RFA Tidespring Enters Refit at Cammell Laird

March 5, 2019 – The 39,000 tonne Tide-class tanker RFA Tidespring has moored at Cammell Laird in Birkenhead, UK for its inaugural docking period. Its arrival marks the start of two Through Life Support contracts that will see the UK shipyard and engineering company maintain nine vessels of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) over the next 10 years. The Ministry…

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Future USS Michael Monsoor and HMS Queen Elizabeth Conduct PHOTOEX

November 16, 2018 – Two of the world’s most technologically sophisticated warships, the future USS Michael Monsoor (DDG 1001) and the British Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth (R08), conducted a photo exercise (PHOTOEX) with USS Lassen (DDG 82) and RFA Tidespring (A136), November 11. The rendezvous was a reminder of the long alliance between two maritime nations. “To…

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Cammell Laird wins 10-year RFA support contracts worth £619 million

October 6, 2018 – Merseyside, UK-based shipyard and engineering company Cammell Laird says winning two 10-year contracts to support the Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA – see notes to editors), worth an estimated £619million, is a massive boost for the company and will enable it to continue to invest in its workforce, apprenticeship programme and infrastructure. In total Cammell Laird said…

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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…

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HMS Westminster Receives First Ever RAS From RFA Tidespring

Other ships have practised – including future flagship HMS Queen Elizabeth but HMS Westminster became the first Royal Navy vessel to receive fuel on operations from the Fleet’s newest tanker, RFA Tidespring. Fellow tanker RFA Wave Knight and Westminster’s HMS Sutherland had previously proved the Tide-class ship’s capabilities during her sea trials last year. [smartslider3 slider=75] The Royal Fleet Auxiliary…

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Third Tide-Class Tanker Arrives in UK

The arrival of RFA Tidesurge comes just weeks after her sister ship, RFA Tidespring, met up at sea with aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth for the first time. The 39,000-tonne tankers can carry up to 19,000 cubic metres of fuel and 1,400 cubic metres of fresh water in support of Royal Navy operations all over the world. The detailed customisation…

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Nautilus welcomes arrival of new RFA ship

April 4, 2017 – The first in a series of four new Royal Fleet Auxiliary tankers has arrived in the UK after a 15,000-mile delivery voyage. Built by DSME in South Korea, the 39,000-tonne RFA Tidespring is now at the A&P yard in Falmouth to undergo ‘customization’ work, including the fitting of specialist communications equipment and self-defense weapons, before entering…

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