First Of New Class Of Royal Navy Support Ships Enters Service

First Of New Class Of Royal Navy Support Ships Enters Service

The first of a new class of Royal Navy support ships is entering service with the Royal Fleet Auxiliary.

RFA Tidespring is the first of four Tide Class tankers, and today a dedication service took place in Portsmouth to officially welcome her into the fleet.

Tidespring and her three sister tankers will be critical to the operations of the nation’s flagship-to-be, HMS Queen Elizabeth.

The 39,000-tonne vessel will be dedicated to providing the two new aircraft carriers, HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales, with fuel food and water.

The ship is a state of the art, double skinned tanker, designed in Britain and built in South Korea.

The tanker also has a flight deck able to accommodate a large Chinook helicopter and will also provide support for other warships within the fleet, wherever they are deployed around the world.

The Royal Navy says the new class of ships will offer significant improvement on previous RFA tankers.

His Royal Highness the Earl of Wessex attended the dedication service and inspected the ship’s company in his role of Commodore-in-Chief of the RFA.

RFA Tidespring’s Commanding Officer Captain Simon Herbert said he was looking forward to taking the helm of the vessel:

“Sailing the first class of any ships is an immense privilege and I am extremely proud to be able to bring this highly modern, capable ship into Portsmouth Naval Base.”

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10 thoughts on “First Of New Class Of Royal Navy Support Ships Enters Service

  1. Great. This foreign built ship can support and resupply the Aircraft carriers that have NO aircraft. They can transfer food and equipment to the Amphibious Assault Ships so as the missing Royal Marines that the government is looking to cut won't need.. It can pull along side the frigates and deliver ammunition for their deck guns so as to shout a strong message to the worlds filth we can't use them against you for fear of offending SOMEONE..

  2. As has been said, should have been built in the UK, we need to compete with the rest of the world post brexit, our shipbuilding industry was the world leader, we need to get that back, or at least a share of the industry

  3. Would have been an even better ship had it been built in Glasgow or somewhere else in the UK. Instead, they outsourced it and the company who won the contract got all these new ships built in South Korea (OK, for a very cheap price), but what about supporting our shipbuilding industry?

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