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RFA Tidespring sails into Portsmouth

20th November 2017 - 11:11 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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The Royal Fleet Auxiliary’s (RFA) new vessel, RFA Tidespring, has sailed into Portsmouth ahead of her dedication ceremony on 27 November when she will officially join the fleet.

The 39,000 tonne tanker will be brought into service with the RFA – the civilian-manned fleet of support vessels which provide fuel, food and stores for Royal Navy warships.

RFA Tidespring and her three sister ships are designed to provide support to the HMS Queen Elizabeth aircraft carriers. The Tide class tankers will replace the RFA’s current ageing single-hulled tankers. These tankers are larger than their predecessors and double hulled, with an advanced capability designed to provide fuel and water to the carriers. They can also accommodate a Chinook helicopter on their flight decks.

The tankers can also undertake a range of maritime operations such as policing shipping lanes and providing humanitarian relief.

The ships will predominately be based out of Falmouth, England.

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