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UK’s third Tide-class tanker arrives for fit-out

30th March 2018 - 11:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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RFA Tidesurge, the third of four new Tide-class support tankers for the UK Navy’s Royal Fleet Auxiliary, has arrived for customisation and trials in Cornwall, the UK Ministry of Defence announced on 27 March.

The 39,000-tonne tanker can carry up to 19,000 cubic metres of fuel and 1,400 cubic metres of fresh water in support of Royal Navy operations around the world.

The ship’s customisation work will be performed at the A&P shipyard in Falmouth and is expected to take around four months after which it will begin final sea trials before entering into service in autumn 2018. The vessel will be equipped with UK specific armour, self-defence weaponry and communications systems.

RFA Tidespring is currently performing as the training tanker for the navy’s Flag Officer Sea Training. The second vessel, RFA Tiderace, is undergoing preparations for its capability trials which are expected to commence in early April 2018. The fourth of class, RFA Tideforce, is expected to be delivered later this year.

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