RFA Tiderace (A137)

The Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) provides logistical support to the Royal Navy, all over the world. That includes refuelling its warships, at sea. Scheduled to enter service in 2018, RFA Tiderace is the second of a fleet of four 39,000 tonne Tide-class tankers. 

Facts & figures

Facts & figures

19,000 cubic metres

Fuel capacity 

1,400 cubic metres

Fresh water capacity 

27+ knots

Top speed

Commanding Officer

Captain R H Allan

RFA Tiderace’s role

RFA Tiderace is predominantly deployed on replenishment at sea operations. These involve refuelling Royal Navy ships while they are on operations, delivering vital supplies, and transporting specialist personnel, including Royal Marines Commandos. 
 
RFA Tiderace undertakes a range of other maritime operations, including policing shipping lanes and providing humanitarian aid. It also has capacity for a large Chinook helicopter on the flight deck, making it more versatile than previous tankers.

Unit history

Royal Navy careers

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