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RFA Tidesurge trials Chinooks

19th November 2018 - 09:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


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The Royal Navy’s third of four Tide-class tankers, Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) Tidesurge, is conducting trials with UK Chinook helicopters off the coast of Portsmouth.

The trials, conducted in the navy’s South Coast Exercise Areas, will help to refine the operators’ manual for the Tide class, allowing all four ships to launch and land Chinook helicopters on the front line.

The tankers are designed to refill the fuel tanks of the UK’s Queen Elizabeth-class carriers and escorts, and carry fresh water and aviation fuel for use by the Fleet Air Arm.

The 39,000t vessels could also be deployed independently, or with Royal Navy/Royal Marine detachments on board, and an embarked helicopter. The ability to use the Chinook means heavier loads – such as humanitarian aid – can be carried, or more troops (up to 55, with kit) deployed ashore.

A specialist Ministry of Defence team is operating the Chinook, recording readings on how the helicopter responds in various weather and sea conditions during the first of class flying trials.

Once work with the Chinook is complete, Tidesurge will continue its trials and training and will be ready to join operations.

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