RFA Tideforce (A139)

The Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) provides logistical support to the Royal Navy, all over the world. RFA Tideforce is the Fourth of Class of the Military Afloat Reach & Sustainability (MARS) Tankers. At 39,000 tonne, the Tide class tankers are the largest ships currently in service within the Royal Fleet Auxiliary.

RFA Tideforce (A139) is currently on deployment

Westlant

USA

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Facts & figures

Facts & figures

19,000 cubic metres

Fuel capacity 

1,400 cubic metres

Fresh water capacity 

27+ knots

Top speed

Our Role

Our Role

RFA Tideforce (A138) is the Fourth of Class of the Military Afloat Reach & Sustainability (MARS) Tankers.

At 39,000 tonne, the Tide class tankers are the largest ships currently in service within the Royal Fleet Auxiliary.

The Tide Class tankers are flexible, state-of-the-art double-hulled vessels, designed to provide key underway replenishment at sea (RAS) capability and support to the Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers.

Additionally Tideforce provides fuel and water for Royal Navy, NATO and Allied warships all around the world.

The Tide Class tankers are significantly larger than their predecessors with far more advanced capability, they can also operate Chinook, Merlin or Wildcat helicopters from their flight decks.

Our operations

Current operation

Westlant

USA

Operation Westlant is designed to put the Carrier Strike Group through its paces on the USA Eastern Seaboard.

Previous deployment

FOST Support

Our base

Our base

United Kingdom

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RFA Tideforce (A139)

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