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RFA Tiderace arrives for customisation

29th September 2017 - 09:09 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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The second of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary’s new Tide-class support ships, RFA Tiderace, has arrived in Cornwall, UK, where it will undergo customisation, the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) announced on 25 September.

The Military Afloat Reach and Sustainability (MARS) tankers are designed to support the new Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carriers.

Tiderace will now undergo a four-month programme of military customisation, including armament and the installation of weaponry and communications systems to meet UK MoD requirements before undergoing sea trials. The ship is expected to enter service in 2018.

Like her sister ship RFA Tidespring, the 39,000 tonne RFA Tiderace can carry up to 19,000 cubic metres of fuel and 1,400 cubic metres of fresh water in support of Royal Navy operations worldwide.

The Tide class has a flight deck to accommodate the Chinook helicopter and provide significant improvements over previous RFA tankers such as double hulls and greater environmental protection measures.

Meanwhile, RFA Tidespring is expected to finish final sea trials in the coming weeks and enter service before the end of this year.

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