The HNoMS Maud is the first ship of its kind in the Norwegian Navy. So we need some expertise from the Royal Navy to train

Commander Fridtjof Joys Christensen, the Executive Officer of HNoMS Maud

Commander Fridtjof Joys Christensen, the Executive Officer of HNoMS Maud, said, “The HNoMS Maud is the first ship of its kind in the Norwegian Navy. So we need some expertise from the Royal Navy to train.

“We don’t have these facilities at home, so coming here and having one to one, hands-on training is very good. For this course we have nine crew members and five observers from our Navy’s seamanship department to observe and learn, so that they can carry out some basic training back at home.”

RAS is recognised as one of the most hazardous seamanship tasks. Ships can come within just 50 metres of each other and are linked together by heavy tensioned steel wires to transfer supplies. RAS can take place in all weather conditions, day or night.

An order for four Tide-class tankers has been placed by the Royal Navy. The 39,000-tonne tankers will support HMS Queen Elizabeth and her sister-ship, HMS Prince of Wales.  The ships can carry up to 19,000 cubic metres of fuel and 1,400 cubic metres of fresh water.  

The first of the class, RFA Tidespring, is currently undergoing sea trials, having been fitted out at A&P Group’s Falmouth Yard.

The second of the class, RFA Tiderace, is on her way to Falmouth, while the third ship, RFA Tidesurge, has recently been named by her sponsor, Mrs Joanna Woodcock, the wife of the Second Sea Lord, Vice Admiral Jonathan Woodcock, during a ceremony in South Korea.  

RFA Tideforce , the fourth tanker, is currently under construction.

As well as carrying fuel, ammunition and other stores, HNoMS Maud is also fitted with a 48-bed hospital.  

The ship is named after Queen Maud of Norway, the wife of King Haakon VII. Born in 1869 at Marlborough House in London, she was the daughter of His Majesty King Edward VII and Alexandra of Denmark.

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