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  • UK Improved Tide class

    Support Ship
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    1963    


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


    Specifications

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    110crew
    8531light (tn)
    27400full load (tn)
    177.90length (m)
    21.70beam (m)
    9.80draught (m)
    17max speed (knots)
    15000power (shp)
    2Naval Engine steam turbines

    Aircraft

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        Typical Max
    UK Royal Navy Westland Wessex 13
    UK Royal Navy Westland Sea King 14

    The Max option implies only aircraft of this model onboard    

    Shipyards

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    UK Hawthorn Leslie - Hebburn2


    List of Ships

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    UKRoyal Fleet AuxiliaryA75RFA TidespringGJNC - TS19631991
    UKRoyal Fleet AuxiliaryA76RFA TidepoolGJMB - TP19631982
    CL Chilean Navy AO-52 Almirante Jorge Montt 19821997
    UKRoyal Fleet AuxiliaryA122OL class RFA OlwenGQKA - OW19651999
    UKRoyal Fleet AuxiliaryA124OL class RFA OlmedaGPBE - OD19651994
    UKRoyal Fleet AuxiliaryA123OL class RFA OlnaGOGS - ON19662000
    UKRoyal Fleet AuxiliaryA389Wave class RFA Wave KnightGWBU - WK2003--
    UKRoyal Fleet AuxiliaryA390Wave class RFA Wave RulerGCVR2003--

    7 units


    Events

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    1961-feb-28OrderedUK A75 RFA Tidespring
    1961-feb-28OrderedUK A76 RFA Tidepool
    1961-jul-24Laid downUK A75 RFA Tidespring at Hebburn, as Yard No 752
    1961-dec-4Laid downUK A76 RFA Tidepool
    1962-may-3LaunchedUK A75 RFA Tidespring
    1962-dec-11LaunchedUK A76 RFA Tidepool
    1963-jan-18CommissionedUK A75 RFA Tidespring to replace RFA Wave Master.
    1963-jun-28CommissionedUK A76 RFA Tidepool to replace RFA Wave Sovereign.
    1963-sepPort VisitUK A76 RFA Tidepool visited International Maritime show in Helsinki, Finland
    1966-marDeploymentUK A76 RFA Tidepool Beira Patrol off Moazmbique to enforce UN sanctions against Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe).
    1966-dec-9RefitUK A76 RFA Tidepool Refit at Vickers at Hebburn on Tyneside - site owned in 2010 by A&P Tyneside.
    1967-novDeploymentUK A75 RFA Tidespring part of Task Force 318 to cover the British withdrawal from Aden during Operation Magister.
    1968-sep-20DeploymentUK A75 RFA Tidespring Exercise Coral Sands participated in Exercise Coral Sands, until 13 Oct.
    1971DeploymentUK A75 RFA Tidespring R A S with RAN Ships in South China Sea. Wessex helicopter from HMAS Melbourne 817 Squadron were onboard.
    1973-jun-8DeploymentUK 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-22DeploymentUK 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-26DeploymentUK 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-25DeploymentUK A75 RFA Tidespring Fleet Review: Silver Jubilee of HM The Queen Present at Silver Jubilee Fleet Review, off Bramble anchorage
    1977-sep-5DeploymentUK 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-31DeploymentUK 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-decDeploymentUK 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-2DeploymentUK 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-14AircraftUK A75 RFA Tidespring Operation Paraquat Embarked 845 NAS, C Flt Wessex HU.5 (XT464 & XT473) on 11 Apr 1982 for Operation Paraquat.
    1982-may-14DeploymentUK A75 RFA Tidespring Operation Corporate called at Ascension Island to restore and collect attrition replacement Wessex HU.5 for 845Sq C Flt.
    1982-aug-12DecommissionedUK A76 RFA Tidepool
    1982-aug-13Fate: transferedUK A76 RFA Tidepool to Chilean Navy as Almirante Jorge Montt
    1982-aug-15RefitUK A75 RFA Tidespring Refit at Gibraltar, departed for HMNB Devonport on 6 Sep.
    1982-oct-25DeploymentUK A75 RFA Tidespring Departed HMNB Devonport for South Atlantic, embarking one 826 NAS Sea King. Returned to Rosyth 25 Mar 1983.
    1982-dec-13CommissionedCL AO-52 Almirante Jorge Montt ex UK RFA Tidepool
    1986-novDeploymentUK 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-28DeploymentUK A75 RFA Tidespring present at Plymouth Navy Days 1989
    1991-dec-13DecommissionedUK A75 RFA Tidespring
    1992-mar-20UK A75 RFA Tidespring departed Portsmouth under tow, for India and the breakers yard.
    1992-jul-2Fate: scrappedUK A75 RFA Tidespring scrapping begun at Alang, in India, 18 days after first arrival.
    1997-dec-15DecommissionedCL AO-52 Almirante Jorge Montt






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