Surge in Action as RFA Tidesurge begins trials

October 3, 2018 – On a fine autumn day, the third of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary’s new tankers heads to sea to begin military trials.
RFA Tidesurge – one of four Tide-class ships built to support the new carriers and their battle groups – has already proven her seakeeping abilities courtesy of a lengthy delivery voyage from the builder’s yard in South Korea all the way round to Falmouth.

There, A&P turned a tanker into a military tanker courtesy of comms kit, computer systems, defensive weaponry and the like – as the Cornish yard has done with Tidespring and Tiderace, already in service, and as they’re now doing to RFA Tideforce which completes the quartet of 39,000-tonne vessels.

After a brief visit to Loch Striven in Scotland to take on fuel, Tidesurge will returns south for rigorous testing of her systems in the Channel and the RN’s South Coast Exercise Areas, including communications, flight deck, replenishment rigs, engines – all the while carrying out essential in-depth training for her crew.