UK Improved Tide class

Support Ship


Derivatives / Succeeded by
1965 UK OL class
2003         UK Wave class


8531light (tn)
27400full load (tn)
177.90length (m)
21.70beam (m)
9.80draught (m)
17max speed (knots)
15000power (shp)

2Naval Engine steam turbines

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UK Royal Navy Westland Wessex 13
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19631991UKRoyal Fleet AuxiliaryA75RFA TidespringGJNC - TS
19631982UKRoyal Fleet AuxiliaryA76RFA TidepoolGJMB - TP
19821997 CL Chilean Navy AO-52 Almirante Jorge Montt
19651999UKRoyal Fleet AuxiliaryA122OL class RFA OlwenGQKA - OW
19651994UKRoyal Fleet AuxiliaryA124OL class RFA OlmedaGPBE - OD
19662000UKRoyal Fleet AuxiliaryA123OL class RFA OlnaGOGS - ON
2003--UKRoyal Fleet AuxiliaryA389Wave class RFA Wave Knight GWBU - WK
2003--UKRoyal Fleet AuxiliaryA390Wave class RFA Wave RulerGCVR

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1961-feb-28OrderedOrdered UK A75 RFA Tidespring
1961-feb-28OrderedOrdered UK A76 RFA Tidepool
1961-jul-24Laid downLaid down UK A75 RFA Tidespring at Hebburn, as Yard No 752
1961-dec-04Laid downLaid down UK A76 RFA Tidepool at Hebburn, Yard No 753.
1962-may-03LaunchedLaunched UK A75 RFA Tidespring
1962-dec-11LaunchedLaunched UK A76 RFA Tidepool
1963-jan-18CommissionedCommissioned UK A75 RFA Tidespring to replace RFA Wave Master.
1963-jun-28CommissionedCommissioned UK A76 RFA Tidepool to replace RFA Wave Sovereign.
1963-sepPort VisitPort Visit UK A76 RFA Tidepool visited International Maritime show in Helsinki, Finland
1966-marDeploymentDeployment UK A76 RFA Tidepool Beira Patrol off Moazmbique to enforce UN sanctions against Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe).
1966-dec-09RefitRefit UK A76 RFA Tidepool Refit at Vickers at Hebburn on Tyneside - site owned in 2010 by A&P Tyneside.
1967-novDeploymentDeployment UK A75 RFA Tidespring part of Task Force 318 to cover the British withdrawal from Aden during Operation Magister.
1968-sep-20DeploymentDeployment UK A75 RFA Tidespring Exercise Coral Sands participated in Exercise Coral Sands, until 13 Oct.
1971DeploymentDeployment UK A75 RFA Tidespring R A S with RAN Ships in South China Sea. Wessex helicopter from HMAS Melbourne 817 Squadron were onboard.
1973-jun-08DeploymentDeployment UK A75 RFA Tidespring departed HMNB Portsmouth as support for HMS Tiger, Flagship for Far East group deployment of Task Group 317.1, in company with RFA Regent. The group was escorted by HMS Dido, HMS Hermione and HMS Rhyl, until it returned to the UK on 21 Dec 1973.
1975-jul-22DeploymentDeployment UK A75 RFA Tidespring departed UK as support for HMS Glamorgan, flagship of global Task Group 317.3, accompanied by RFA Gold Rover and RFA Tarbatness. Escorted by elements of the 8th Frigate Squadron HMS Ajax, HMS Berwick, HMS Plymouth and HMS Rothesay. Returned 14 Apr 1976
1977-jan-26DeploymentDeployment UK A76 RFA Tidepool Left Portsmouth with RFA Tarbatness and RFA Green Rover for an Atlantic deployment, supporting HMS Tiger and her escort group until May 1977.
1977-jun-25DeploymentDeployment UK A75 RFA Tidespring Fleet Review: Silver Jubilee of HM The Queen Present at Silver Jubilee Fleet Review, off Bramble anchorage
1977-sep-05DeploymentDeployment UK A76 RFA Tidepool Departed HMNB Portsmouth for 7.5 month group deployment (TG 317.6) to Australia and Far East, supporting HMS Tiger and in company with HMS Rhyl, RFA Grey Rover, RFA Regent and RFA Tarbatness. Returned 20 Apr 1978.
1978-may-31DeploymentDeployment UK A75 RFA Tidespring departed HMNB Portsmouth supporting HMS Blake, Flagship of Task Group 317.7 for a 6.5 month Caribbean, Atlantic and Pacific group deployment in company with HMS Juno, and RFA Green Rover and RFA Stromness. This group joined with the Devonport group of HMS Ambuscade, HMS Hermione and HMS Leander, returned to UK 12 Dec 1978.
1980-decDeploymentDeployment UK A76 RFA Tidepool Armilla Patrol with RFA Fort Austin, supported deployment to Middle East for Armilla Patrol, with HMS Ardent and HMS Apollo.
1982-apr-02DeploymentDeployment UK A75 RFA Tidespring Operation Corporate Ordered to South Atlantic whilst exercising, she was assigned to the South Georgia recovery via Ascension Island. She continued as a fleet tanker, leaving theatre and arriving back at Portsmouth on 22 Jul 1982.
1982-apr-14AircraftAircraft UK A75 RFA Tidespring Operation Paraquat Embarked 845 NAS, C Flt Wessex HU.5 (XT464 & XT473) on 11 Apr 1982 for Operation Paraquat.
1982-may-14DeploymentDeployment UK A75 RFA Tidespring Operation Corporate called at Ascension Island to restore and collect attrition replacement Wessex HU.5 for 845Sq C Flt.
1982-aug-12DecommissionedDecommissioned UK A76 RFA Tidepool
1982-aug-13Fate: transferedFate: transfered UK A76 RFA Tidepool to Chilean Navy as Almirante Jorge Montt
1982-aug-15RefitRefit UK A75 RFA Tidespring Refit at Gibraltar, departed for HMNB Devonport on 6 Sep.
1982-oct-25DeploymentDeployment UK A75 RFA Tidespring Departed HMNB Devonport for South Atlantic, embarking one 826 NAS Sea King. Returned to Rosyth 25 Mar 1983.
1982-dec-13CommissionedCommissioned CL AO-52 Almirante Jorge Montt ex UK RFA Tidepool
1986-novDeploymentDeployment UK A75 RFA Tidespring Armilla Patrol In Persian Gulf until Aug 1988. Between Oct and Dec 1987 hosted Lynx detachment of 815 NAS, 241 Birmingham Flt
1989-jul-28DeploymentDeployment UK A75 RFA Tidespring present at Plymouth Navy Days 1989
1991-dec-13DecommissionedDecommissioned UK A75 RFA Tidespring
1992-mar-20 UK A75 RFA Tidespring departed Portsmouth under tow, for India and the breakers yard.
1992-jul-02Fate: scrappedFate: scrapped UK A75 RFA Tidespring scrapping begun at Alang, in India, 18 days after first arrival.
1997-dec-15DecommissionedDecommissioned CL AO-52 Almirante Jorge Montt

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