UK Tide class

Support Ship


Previously known during design development as the Military Afloat Reach and Sustainability (MARS) Tanker, these double-hulled ships will carry bulk fuel, oil and fresh water to supply Royal Navy ships at sea, from c 2016.


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37000light (tn)
200.80length (m)
28.60beam (m)
10draught (m)
2Naval Gun single 30 mm
2Close-In Weapon System CIWS Phalanx 20 mm


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    Typical Max
UK Royal Navy AW EH101 01
UK Royal Air Force B 414 - H-47D Chinook 01

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UKRoyal Fleet AuxiliaryA138RFA TidesurgeGXRM----
UKRoyal Fleet AuxiliaryA139RFA TideforceGXRN----
UKRoyal Fleet AuxiliaryA136RFA TidespringGXRG2017--
UKRoyal Fleet AuxiliaryA137RFA TideraceGXRL2018--

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2012-febOrderedUK A137 RFA Tiderace
2012-febOrderedUK A136 RFA Tidespring
2012-febOrderedUK A138 RFA Tidesurge
2012-feb-22OrderedUK A139 RFA Tideforce
2014-jun-27Laid downUK A136 RFA Tidespring first steel cut at DSME Okpo yard.
2015-dec-24Laid downUK A139 RFA Tideforce Yard No. 7047
2016-dec-1UK A137 RFA Tiderace Naming ceremony at DSME Okpo, South Korea
2017-jan-14TrialsUK A137 RFA Tiderace start of builders pre-delivery trials
2017-jan-21LaunchedUK A139 RFA Tideforce
2017-apr-2HomeportUK A136 RFA Tidespring Arrived in Falmouth at Duchy Wharf, for UK weapons and communications fit
2017-jun-29UK A137 RFA Tiderace accepted off contract by RFA at DSME, S Korea
2017-sep-25HomeportUK A137 RFA Tiderace Arrived in Falmouth at Duchy Wharf, for UK weapons and communications fit
2017-nov-27CommissionedUK A136 RFA Tidespring Joined the RFA Fleet at Portsmouth as the 1st MARS tanker
2018-jan-24UK A139 RFA Tideforce naming ceremony at DSWE Okpo
2018-mar-27HomeportUK A138 RFA Tidesurge Arrived in Falmouth at Duchy Wharf, for UK weapons and communications fit
2018-jul-30AircraftUK A137 RFA Tiderace 1st at sea landing of a Merlin HM.2, from 814 NAS
2018-augDeploymentUK A137 RFA Tiderace departed Portland as logistic support for HMS Queen Elizabeth maiden deployment on 11 week WESTLANT 18 exercise off east coast of USA.
2018-aug-2CommissionedUK A137 RFA Tiderace Joined the RFA Fleet at Portland as 2nd Tide class MARS tanker
2018-aug-15HomeportUK A139 RFA Tideforce Arrived in Falmouth, for UK weapons and communications fit
2018-novTrialsUK A138 RFA Tidesurge Conducting First of Class Flying Trials with RAF Chinook.
2018-nov-2Port VisitUK A137 RFA Tiderace In Plymouth Sound, at C Buoy
2019-may-4Port VisitUK A139 RFA Tideforce Tied up at D Buoy in Plymouth Sound.

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