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  • 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.

        Derivatives / Succeeded by
    NO Maud class 2019


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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 - TU----
    UKRoyal Fleet AuxiliaryA136RFA TidespringGXRG2017--
    UKRoyal Fleet AuxiliaryA137RFA TideraceGXRL - TR2018--
    UKRoyal Fleet AuxiliaryA139RFA TideforceGXRN - TF2019--
    NORoyal Norwegian NavyA530Maud class KNM MaudLBEB2019--

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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. Yard no 7045.
    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-febRefitUK A136 RFA Tidespring Feb 2019 to Cammell-Laird for periodic hull inspection and installation of Phalanx mounting points only. Planned 4 month alongside has extended significantly.
    2019-may-4Port VisitUK A139 RFA Tideforce Tied up at D Buoy in Plymouth Sound.
    2019-augRefitUK A137 RFA Tiderace Aug 2019, to Cammell-Laird for periodic hull inspection. In queue for work once RFA Tidespring completes. Refit complete by Jun 2020
    2019-sep-2AircraftUK A139 RFA Tideforce Wildcat HMA.2 of 815 NAS embarked as Tideforce Flt, in preparation for WESTLANT deployment later in the month.
    2019-sep-26DeploymentUK A139 RFA Tideforce Supporting HMS Queen Elizabeth, HMS Dragon and HMS Northumberland during WESTLANT19, off US east coast.
    2019-oct-5DeploymentUK A138 RFA Tidesurge Exercise Joint Warrior 19-2 Participated in JW19-2
    2019-dec-20Port VisitUK A136 RFA Tidespring alongside at HMNB Devonport for Christmas
    2020-may-15DeploymentUK A139 RFA Tideforce secured to C buoy in Plymouth Sound.
    2020-sepDeploymentUK A136 RFA Tidespring participated in Joint Exercise in high arctic with KNM Thor Heyerdahl, USS Ross and HMS Sutherland.
    2020-sep-21DeploymentUK A139 RFA Tideforce Exercise Joint Warrior 20-2 Participated in Ex Joint Warrior 20-2 off NW Scotland
    2020-oct-17Port VisitUK A139 RFA Tideforce alongside at Loch Striven after JW20-2.
    2021-marDeploymentUK A137 RFA Tiderace Supprting HMS Lancaster and HMS Westminster as part of JEF international martime security and freedom of navigation deployment to the Baltic.
    2021-apr-29RefitUK A137 RFA Tiderace to Birkenhead, for refit
    2021-may-6DeploymentUK A136 RFA Tidespring Exercise Strike Warrior 2021 performed RAS with HMNLS Van Amstel, off NW Scotland.
    2021-jul-7DeploymentUK A136 RFA Tidespring Transit of Suez Canal from Mediterranean, with CSG21 main force.
    2022-sep-21Port VisitUK A139 RFA Tideforce visited Bahamas with Wildcat HMA.2 ZZ528 embarked.

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