RFA Tidesurge Being Kept Busy

August 22, 2019 – One minute you’re saluting your namesake in his ancestral home, the next you’re taking onboard 70 tonnes of fuel to keep you powering through the North Sea. Refueling in the North Sea is HMS Sutherland. Providing the black gold, new tanker RFA Tidesurge, supporting the work of the Royal Navy in home waters. The 39,000-tonne auxiliary is the third of four Tide-class tankers built to support the UK’s new aircraft carriers and their task groups, delivering fuel to power both the warships and the jets and…

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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 of Defence (MOD) announced in October 2018 that Cammell Laird had been chosen to provide support to all four Tide class tankers – RFA Tidespring, RFA Tiderace, RFA Tidesurge and…

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RFA Tidesurge Welcomed to the Fleet

February 20, 2019 – Royal Fleet Auxiliary ship RFA Tidesurge has been welcomed to the fleet today with a dedication service at Greenock’s Ocean Terminal. The 39,000-tonne fleet replenishment tanker is the latest of four new RFA ships which are the biggest in service. Previously, Greenock was the affiliated town of RFA Gold Rover, which provided sterling service in support of the Royal Navy, NATO, and coalition allies for over 40 years. RFA Tidesurge will now take on the honor, continuing its close ties with the area. Members of the…

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RFA Tidesurge Conducts Chinook Trials

November 12, 2018 – While her sister pumps hundreds of tonnes of fuel into Britain’s new aircraft carrier, RFA Tidesurge is proving the £113m ships are more than mere tankers. The third of four large, fast tankers – built specifically to support the UK’s two Queen Elizabeth-class flagships – is carrying out trials with the largest helicopter on the UK Armed Forces’ books, the Chinook. Those trials, conducted off Portsmouth and in the Navy’s South Coast Exercise Areas, will help to write the operators’ manual for the Tide class, allowing…

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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 winning the contract will sustain more than 300 jobs at the company and in the supply chain and create more than 100 apprenticeships. Cammell Laird previously held an RFA cluster…

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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 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 –…

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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 work to prepare RFA Tidesurge and her sister ships for operations is being undertaken at the A&P shipyard in Falmouth, sustaining around 300 jobs. Minister for Defence Procurement Guto Bebb…

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RFA Tidesurge Christened September 1st

The third of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary’s new Tide-class tankers formally Christened September 1st. RFA Tidesurge was named by her sponsor Mrs. Joanna Woodcock, whose husband is Second Sea Lord Vice-Admiral Jonathan Woodcock, at a ceremony in the South Korean shipyard where the vessels are built. The 39,000-tonne tankers, designed to support HMS Queen Elizabeth and her sister HMS Prince of Wales, are capable of carrying up to 19,000 cubic metres of fuel and 1,400 cubic metres of fresh water.

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