RFA Tidepsring finally on her way home


The long delayed Tide class tanker RFA Tidespring is finally on her way home after a scheduled stop-off in Japan.

Internal wiring issues had delayed the acceptance of RFA Tidespring, the first of four new naval tankers until January this year.

The first of the four military tankers built in South Korea was finally been handed over to the Ministry of Defence in January, over a year later than planned.

The Tide class tanker is a class of four fast fleet tankers that will enter service with the Royal Fleet Auxiliary. The 37,000 tonne ships will provide fuel, food, fresh water, ammunition and other supplies to Royal Navy vessels around the world.

First steel was cut on the 24th of June 2014 for RFA Tidespring, she was expected to arrive in Falmouth in Spring 2016 to allow A&P Group to fit military equipment such as communications gear. Her three sister ships were to follow at six-month intervals.

Defence procurement minister Harriett Baldwin earlier blamed “delays in finalising elements of electrical design and the installation of Multi-Cable Transit insulation in accordance with new legislative regulations” which have now been resolved.

The UK still expects to have all four tankers delivered by 2018.


  1. Great news

    Hopefully the first of many new support vessels. It would be great to see the follow on batches made in the UK – but this must be within the price paremeters.

    Major investment in the much under rated RFA – the sailors of the RFA deserve better equipment and hopefully this is the beginning of a total equipment refresh