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Tide-class Fast Fleet Tanker

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A Tide-class fleet replenishment oiler refueling a Type 45 destroyer at sea.
The Tide-class Fast Fleet Tankers are a class of tankers for the Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) of the United Kingdom that will be tasked with providing fuel, food, fresh water, ammunition and other supplies to Royal Navy vessels around the world. The vessels were ordered on 22 February 2012 in an order worth £452 million. The ships were designed by BMT Defence Services in Bath, England but the first four will be constructed in South Korea and have a projected in-service date of 2016. They are expected to help supplement the seven Wave-class fleet oilers.

Specifications[edit]

  • Type: Fleet Replenishment Oiler (Hull designation symbol AOR)
  • Service Period: 2016
  • Characteristics
    • Length: 670 feet (204.22 meters)
    • Beam: 95 feet (28.96 meters)
    • Draft: 33 feet (10.06 meters)
    • Displacement: 38,020 tons
  • Crew: 119
  • Power: 132,400
  • Propulsion: 4 General Electric LM2500+ gas turbines, turbo-electric drive, 2 shafts
  • Range: 18,200 nautical miles (33,706.4 km)
  • Speed: 26.8 Knots (49.64 km/hr)
  • Sensor Suite: Kelvin Hughes Integrated Bridge System with 3 x SharpEye radar
  • Armament:
    • 2 x 20mm Phalanx CIWS
    • 1 x Otobreda 76mm naval gun
  • Aircraft Carried: 2 x AW101 Merlin helicopters with full aviation facilities

Unit Run[edit]

  • RFA Tidespring (A396)
  • RFA Tiderace (A397)
  • RFA Tidesurge (A398)
  • RFA Tideforce (A399)
  • RFA Tideflow (A400)
  • RFA Tiderange (A401)
  • RFA Tidepool (A402)
  • RFA Tidereach (A403)
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