^ RFA Tidespring (A136) approaching Portsmouth for the first time on 16th November 2017.Introduction
The Tide class tanker is a class of fast fleet tanker currently under construction for the Royal Fleet Auxiliary of the United Kingdom. Originally known under the project name Military Afloat Reach and Sustainability tankers (MARS), they will be tasked with providing fuel, food, fresh water, ammunition and other supplies to Royal Navy vessels around the world. The vessels were ordered on 22 February 2012 in an order worth £452 million. The ships were designed by BMT Defence Services in Bath, England but were constructed in South Korea.Ships in class
1. RFA Tidespring (A136) Launched April 2015. Named 7th October 2015. Dedication Ceremony 27th November 2017.
2. RFA Tiderace (A137) Launched November 2015. Named 1st December 2016.
3. RFA Tidesurge (A138) Launched 4th June 2016. Named 29 August 2017.
4. RFA Tideforce (A139) Launched 21st January 2017.SpecificationsType:
Fast Fleet TankerDisplacement:
36,000 long/imperial tonnes. (41,000 short/US tons or 37,000 metric tons)Length:
200.9 m (659 ft 1 in)Beam:
28.6 m (93 ft 10 in)Draft:
10 m (32 ft 10 in)Propulsion:
26.8 knots (49.6 km/h; 30.8 mph)Range:
18,200 nautical miles (33,700 km; 20,900 mi)Capacity:
Tanks for diesel oil, aviation fuel and fresh water. Lubrication oil stored in drums. Stowage for up to 8 × 20 containers.Crew Complement:
63 plus 46 non-crew embarked persons (Royal Marines, flight crew, trainees)Sensors and processing systems:
Kelvin Hughes Integrated Bridge System. Servowatch IPMS System. 3 × SharpEye radarArmament:
2 × Phalanx CIWS. 2 × 30 mm cannonsAircraft carried:
1 x Wildcat or AgustaWestland MerlinAviation facilities:
Enclosed Merlin capable hangar. Large Chinook capable flight deck
RFA Tidespring and HMS Queen Elizabeth scale models in Haslar testing tank