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Re: Tide Class Tankers (MARS) (RFA)

Postby shark bait » 17 Nov 2017, 14:24

Lovely video! The RFA is awesome.

Looking forward to seeing her hook up to QE with 2 hoses.
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Re: Tide Class Tankers (MARS) (RFA)

Postby SKB » 28 Nov 2017, 12:29




RFA Tidespring had her Dedication Ceremony on Monday 27th November in Portsmouth, formally entering into the fleet.

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Re: Tide Class Tankers (MARS) (RFA)

Postby abc123 » 28 Nov 2017, 14:22

SKB wrote:
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Re: Tide Class Tankers (MARS) (RFA)

Postby bobp » 29 Nov 2017, 22:15

Some good pictures there SKB :roll:

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Re: Tide Class Tankers (MARS) (RFA)

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RFA Tidespring left Portsmouth on Thursday 30th November 2017.

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Re: Tide Class Tankers (MARS) (RFA)

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Re: Tide Class Tankers (MARS) (RFA)

Postby ArmChairCivvy » 08 Dec 2017, 09:53

Thanks for the great vid, Armchair
postby The Armchair Soldier » 17 Nov 2017, 14:05

I recently had the pleasure to watch from the shore, as they were practising with helos. At first I thought it was abour vertrep'ping, but gradually it became clear that non-compliant boarding was the thing being repeated, many times over.

Have always liked the shape of the ship, and the vid also nicely shows the overhang of the helo deck.

If there is one thing to criticise, it is how the double funnels restrict the size of the hangar. In the shots from behind, when the tanker and the frigate are in alignment one can see that both have exactly the same hangar. I guess with tie-downs at least one more sizeable helo can be ferried.

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Re: Tide Class Tankers (MARS) (RFA)

Postby shark bait » 08 Dec 2017, 11:47

What overhang?
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Re: Tide Class Tankers (MARS) (RFA)

Postby ArmChairCivvy » 08 Dec 2017, 12:34

Look at the side "shots"... frames with such, on the video and you can see the hull tapering in, well before it meets the helo deck: hence you have a substantial overhang (only at the back, not on the sides)

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Re: Tide Class Tankers (MARS) (RFA)

Postby donald_of_tokyo » 08 Dec 2017, 12:57

ArmChairCivvy wrote:If there is one thing to criticise, it is how the double funnels restrict the size of the hangar. In the shots from behind, when the tanker and the frigate are in alignment one can see that both have exactly the same hangar. I guess with tie-downs at least one more sizeable helo can be ferried.
Look like, the funnel is not the direct cause. There are at least twice the width of the helicopter hangar in between the two funnel. So making it a 2-helo hangar would have been quite easy. Apparently, it is just MOD/RFA did NOT required it.

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Re: Tide Class Tankers (MARS) (RFA)

Postby shark bait » 08 Dec 2017, 12:58

I don't see it, the corners of the flight deck also looks like its chopped off to me.
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Re: Tide Class Tankers (MARS) (RFA)

Postby ArmChairCivvy » 08 Dec 2017, 14:58

shark bait wrote:corners of the flight deck also looks like its chopped off to me.


You are right. Under those chopped off bits, the hull curvature is such that it reflected light differently - and I thought I was looking all through, under that bit of the helo deck.

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Re: Tide Class Tankers (MARS) (RFA)

Postby Ron5 » 08 Dec 2017, 21:05

A few pages ago someone posted pictures of old RFA guys and gals touring Tidespring. The hanger looked pretty big to me. Go look.

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Re: Tide Class Tankers (MARS) (RFA)

Postby sea_eagle » 12 Dec 2017, 22:19

sea_eagle wrote:Here is a link to some nice pictures from a recent RFAA Plymouth visit
http://pdb.rfaaplymouth.org/tidespring-visit.html

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Re: Tide Class Tankers (MARS) (RFA)

Postby easydiver » 30 Dec 2017, 00:17

According to Marine Traffic Tidesurge is now in Sasebo, Japan, so presumably started her delivery voyage.

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Re: Tide Class Tankers (MARS) (RFA)

Postby SKB » 27 Feb 2018, 12:01

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Double first as HMS Queen Elizabeth and RFA Tidespring meet up at sea (27/2/2018)
https://www.royalnavy.mod.uk/news-and-l ... -up-at-sea

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Re: Tide Class Tankers (MARS) (RFA)

Postby Pongoglo » 27 Feb 2018, 15:37

donald_of_tokyo wrote:
ArmChairCivvy wrote:If there is one thing to criticise, it is how the double funnels restrict the size of the hangar. In the shots from behind, when the tanker and the frigate are in alignment one can see that both have exactly the same hangar. I guess with tie-downs at least one more sizeable helo can be ferried.
Look like, the funnel is not the direct cause. There are at least twice the width of the helicopter hangar in between the two funnel. So making it a 2-helo hangar would have been quite easy. Apparently, it is just MOD/RFA did NOT required it.


Well if that's is her hanger and not a 'Squash court' as in the link it looks easily big enough for two Merlin's to me - and potentially more? :-)

http://pdb.rfaaplymouth.org/uploads/1/3 ... 7_orig.jpg

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Re: Tide Class Tankers (MARS) (RFA)

Postby SKB » 27 Feb 2018, 15:45

Taller than the QE hangar, maybe?

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Re: Tide Class Tankers (MARS) (RFA)

Postby jimthelad » 27 Feb 2018, 22:53

About the same I think. It just looks smaller on the QE due to the vast scale.

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Re: Tide Class Tankers (MARS) (RFA)

Postby ArmChairCivvy » 27 Feb 2018, 23:10

Thanks pongoglo, it now makes perfect sense. Emphasis on the length (and thereby the ferry capacity; it is not an aircraft carrier after all, but does have facilities for maintenance under cover from weather)
... when, err, some of the "warships" might have a Merlin-capable deck (but as singletons they would only be able to hangar a Wildcat).

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Re: Tide Class Tankers (MARS) (RFA)

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