equipment / ships
These double-hulled tankers maintain the Royal Navy’s dedicated bulk fuel replenishment at sea capabilities all around the world.
Tide Class fast fleet tanker
18,200 nautical miles
Sturdy fleet suppliers
The Tide Class of ships consists of four vessels – RFA Tidespring, Tiderace, Tidesurge and Tideforce – and these ships, provide fuel, food, fresh water, ammunition and other supplies to Royal Navy vessels around the world. These colossal ships are double-hulled to prevent oil spilling into the oceans in the event of the outer hull being damaged.
Replenishment at sea (RAS) is made possible via three stations for diesel fuel, aviation fuel and fresh water, with an additional rig available for astern replenishment. A flight deck and hangar allow for replenishment by air (known as ‘vertical RAS’), and this flight deck is large enough for a Chinook-sized helicopter to land on.