RFA Tidesurge has been welcomed to the fleet with a dedication service at Greenock Ocean Terminal near Glasgow, say the Royal Navy.
The 39,000-tonne fleet replenishment tanker is the latest of four new RFA ships which are the biggest in service.
According to a release:
“Previously, Greenock was the affiliated town of RFA Gold Rover, which provided sterling service in support of the Royal Navy, NATO, and coalition allies for over 40 years. RFA Tidesurge will now take on the honour, continuing its close ties with the area.
Members of the RFA, military personnel, dignitaries, and civil leaders from Greenock gathered at the waterside for the dedication ceremony. Guest of honour at the event was the ship’s Lady Sponsor, Lady Joanna Woodcock, accompanied by her husband, former Second Sea Lord Sir Jonathan Woodcock.”
“Tidesurge is the third of our four new fleet replenishment tankers”, said Commodore Duncan Lamb, Head of the RFA.
“With her flight deck capable of operating Chinook helicopters, double probe replenishment at sea rigs, self-defence capability, and versatile fuel cargo system, she represents a crucial element of the Royal Navy task group of the future and a key enabler of our navy’s global reach.”
David Farmer, Head of Commercially Supported Shipping (CSS) at Defence Equipment and Support (DES), said:
“Today’s service of dedication for RFA Tidesurge, the third Tide-class tanker, is a culmination of a significant period of expert and steadfast delivery by the CSS team which is proud to be bringing her and her sister ships into the Royal Fleet Auxiliary service in defence of the UK.
The Tide class is a truly world-leading fleet of new supply vessels which has already been proven in operational deployments, including those alongside HMS Queen Elizabeth. I look forward to continuing to work closely with our Armed Forces customer and industry partners as Tidesurge completes final trials and formally enters service over the next few months.”