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Final Tide-Class Tanker joins Royal Navy Fleet

05 August 2019

Almost a year after arriving in the UK for military customization and armament, Tide-class tanker RFA Tideforce entered service.
Tideforce is the final of four ships in the class acquired to support Royal Navy, NATO and ally ship operations by providing fuel and fresh water.
After receiving military equipment – communications and IT systems, defensive weaponry – fitted in Falmouth to turn a tanker into a naval tanker and extensive trials, Tideforce recently arrived in Portland to be officialy accepted into operational service.
Each of the four Tides can deliver more than 1,500 cubic meters of fuel every hour, nearly 400,000 gallons, or 1½ million liters. As well as their supply duties in support of the Royal Navy, the vessels can also undertake a wide range of independent operations, such as patrols policing shipping lanes and humanitarian relief.