RFA Fort Victoria, RFA Tidesurge and RFA Tideforce sailed together this month.
The images were taken from a Merlin Mk2, from 814 NAS, as it conducted a photographic exercise of RFA Tideforce (A139) and RFA Tidesurge (A138), with RFA Fort Victoria (A387) off the South West Coast.
The Tide class tankers were conducting replenishment at sea trials (RAS).
— RFA Fort Victoria (@RFAFortVictoria) May 3, 2019
RFA Fort Victoria, a stores ship and one of the largest vessels operated by the Ministry of Defence, recently put to sea following the completion of a £44 million refit by Cammell Laird. The year-long programme of work, represented phase two of RFA Fort Victoria’s life extension programme to keep her in service until 2025.
The other two vessels are Tide class tankers. The 39,000 tonne vessels will deliver fuel and water to Royal Navy ships on operations all over the world. Each of the four vessels can deliver more than 1,500 cubic metres of fuel every hour – nearly 400,000 gallons, or 1½ million litres… enough to fill the tanks of more than 27,000 family cars.