RFA Tidespring

RFA Tidespring (A136)

The Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) provides logistical support to the Royal Navy, all over the world. That includes refuelling its warships, at sea. Having launched in 2017, RFA Tidespring is the first of a fleet of four 39,000 tonne Tide-class tankers. 

RFA Tidespring (A136) is currently on deployment

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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

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Our base

United Kingdom

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Commanding Officer

Captain Richard Davies

RFA Tidespring’s role

RFA Tidespring 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 Tidespring 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.

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