RFA Tiderace, the second of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary’s new Tide-class support ships, has arrived in the UK to begin a programme of customisation.
The 39,000-tonne ship can carry up to 19,000 cubic metres of fuel and 1,400 cubic metres of fresh water in support of Royal Navy operations all over the world, and has been designed to support the new Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers.
The four-month customisation work will take place in Falmouth and will see armour, self-defence weaponry and communications systems installed onto RFA Tiderace.
Harriett Baldwin, Minister for Defence Procurement, said: “This year of the Royal Navy goes from strength to strength as we welcome yet another new ship into the UK’s growing fleet. It’s great to see RFA Tiderace join her sister ship RFA Tidespring in the UK today, and I would like to thank the Falmouth team for their important work.”