Tidespring’s arrival in Portsmouth today is an exciting milestone in the history of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary

Commodore Duncan Lamb

RFA Tidespring’s Commanding Officer Captain Simon Herbert said: “Sailing the first of 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 today.

“Not only are we the first of the Tide class but we are also the first to sail with HMS Queen Elizabeth once she officially joins the Royal Navy later this year, and  that is a huge honour for myself and the ship’s company.”

The Tide Class tankers are replacing the RFA’s current ageing single-hulled tankers. Larger than their predecessors and double hulled, they are an advanced capability specifically designed to provide fuel and water to the carriers. They can also accommodate a Chinook helicopter on their flight decks.

They will also be able to undertake a range of maritime operations such as policing shipping lanes and providing humanitarian relief.

The ships will predominately be based out of Falmouth.

The dedication ceremony in 11 days’ time will see RFA Tidespring officially join the RFA Fleet.

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