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  • 5 March 2019
    Authorities, Vessels

    RFA Tidespring, the first of Royal Navy’s four 39,000 tonne Tide-class tankers, has moored at Cammell Laird in Birkenhead to start its inaugural docking period. This is the ship’s first overhaul since it entered service in November 2017 after arriving from South Korea in April. Its arrival to Birkenhead marks the start of two Through Life […]

  • 25 January 2017
    Authorities, Industry news

    After a ten-month delay, UK Ministry of Defence accepted the first Tide-class tanker, RFA Tidespring, from the South Korean shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering on January 12, 2017. Several technical issues, including wiring and electrical design, came together to delay the ship delivery. The Tide-class tankers – RFA Tidespring, RFA Tiderace, RFA Tidesurge and RFA Tideforce […]

  • 16 November 2017
    Authorities, Vessels

    The lead ship in the Royal Fleet Auxiliary’s new tanker fleet, the RFA Tidespring, has arrived in Portsmouth to prepare for her November 27 dedication ceremony, the Royal Navy announced. The 39,000 tonne tanker will be brought into service with the RFA – the civilian-manned fleet of support vessels which provide fuel, food and stores […]

  • 29 September 2015
    Authorities

    The last of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary Leaf Class support tankers is to leave the Service on Wednesday (30 September). RFA Orangeleaf, built in Birkenhead and launched in 1975 before being commissioned for service with the RFA in 1984, will complete her service in the port where she was built 40 years ago. The single […]

  • 30 August 2017
    Authorities

    UK’s defense ministry is inviting interested buyers to provide expressions of interest for the purchase of former Royal Fleet Auxiliary ships RFA Gold Rover and RFA Black Rover. The buyer of the final two ships of the Rover-class will not be able to use the ships for any purposes other than scrapping, however. The ministry’s Disposal […]

  • 8 March 2017
    Authorities

    Royal Fleet Auxiliary tanker Gold Rover was officially decommissioned in a March 6 ceremony at HM Naval Base Portsmouth, after over 40 years of service. Commander Naval Operations Rear Admiral Bob Tarrant and the Head of the RFA Cdre Duncan Lamb joined former COs of the tanker for a service of thanksgiving led by the RFA’s chaplain, […]

  • 6 April 2012
    Industry news

    A&P Falmouth has successfully completed a multi-million pound refit of the RFA Cardigan Bay – the third ship in her class to undergo a major refit at the world-renowned dockyard. The team at the docks is now preparing for the arrival of the RFA Lyme Bay, which is due to arrive this summer and will […]

  • 14 August 2013
    Training & Education

    Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) Argus is playing a colourful role in the launch of Henri Lloyd Falmouth Week 2013 after being officially dressed in bunting for the festival. RFA Argus is currently docked in Falmouth for works to be completed by A&P Falmouth, as part of the company’s ‘cluster’ contract with the Ministry of Defence. […]

  • 22 October 2013

    On Wednesday 16 October 2013, Royal Fleet Auxiliary Landing Ship, RFA Lyme Bay joined Operation Atalanta, as part of the EU’s counter piracy Naval Force off Somalia. RFA Lyme Bay is an amphibious operations support unit, whose primary role is to land troops, vehicles, equipment and stores from the sea to the shore, using landing […]

  • 30 August 2017
    Authorities

    The third of four Royal Fleet Auxiliary Tide-class tankers has been named in a ceremony at the Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering shipyard in South Korea. RFA Tidesurge was named in a ceremony on August 29, attended by Deputy Chief of Naval Staff, Vice Admiral Jonathan Woodcock, British ambassador to South Korea Charles Hay and a number […]

  • 28 March 2018
    Authorities, Industry news, Vessels

    Royal Fleet Auxiliary’s third Tide-class tanker RFA Tidesurge arrived in Cornwall, England, on March 27 where it will undergo further outfitting and trials before entering service. Tidesurge arrived from South Korea where it was built by Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering. It is the third of four tankers in its class, designed and acquired to […]

  • 3 April 2017
    Authorities, Equipment & technology

    RFA Tidespring, the lead ship of the new Tide-class tankers built for Great Britain by the South Korean shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering, arrived in the UK on April 2. Tidespring started her journey from South Korea in February after being officially accepted by the UK Ministry of Defence on January 12, 2017. Tidespring […]

  • 3 August 2017
    Authorities, Equipment & technology

    RFA Tiderace, the second of four Royal Fleet Auxiliary Tide-class  ships, has gotten underway from Okpo, South Korea starting her lengthy voyage to UK. Tiderace departed the Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) shipyard and has sailed the Japanese Kanmon Strait, according to latest AIS data. The replenishment vessel was named on December 1, 2016, […]

  • 11 July 2014
    Authorities, Research & Development

    Merseyside shipyard and engineering services company Cammell Laird has completed the first year of the second five-year period of its cluster contract with the UK Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA).   Cammell Laird CEO John Syvret CBE said the first anniversary marked ‘a period of significant progress’ and added that the company would now be redoubling […]

  • 22 February 2017
    Authorities

    Royal Fleet Auxiliary Gold Rover entered Portsmouth one final time on February 22, marking the end of her 43-year career. The tanker made the entry minutes after a wartime bomb was moved from the harbour. RN divers dealt with the German 250kg device which was dredged up overnight as part of preparatory work for the arrival […]

  • 9 February 2017
    Authorities, Industry news

    Royal Fleet Auxiliary tanker Tidespring arrived in Japan on February 9 for a scheduled stop on its way to UK waters. RFA Tidespring is the lead ship of Tide-class tankers built for Great Britain by the South Korean shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering. As the first of four ships that will be built, Tidespring was […]

  • 2 July 2019
    Industry news

    Britain’s maritime union RMT confirmed that a program of industrial action involving nearly 700 workers at the Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) – the Royal Navy supply lifeline – in a fight for pay justice goes ahead today. RMT has criticized the Tory Government for interfering in the pay negotiations, forcing the employer to impose a […]

  • 27 July 2012
    Industry news

    RFA Lyme Bay, the fifth ship to have a multi-million pound refit as part of the Cluster contract at A&P Falmouth, has arrived in the port for work to begin. She returned to Falmouth after three years in the Gulf supporting coalition operations. The major refits, carried out every five years, have been completed on […]

  • 24 January 2018
    Authorities, Industry news, Vessels

    RFA Tideforce, the final of four Tide-class tankers being built for the UK in South Korea, was named on January 24 in a ceremony at the Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering shipyard in South Korea. The ceremony was attended by Royal Marine General Gordon Messenger, British ambassador to Republic of Korea Charles Hay and a […]

  • 15 October 2012
    Training & Education

    Senior American officer Rear Admiral Mark Buzby paid a visit to HMS Collingwood’s Maritime Warfare School as part of a UK-wide visit looking into how the Royal Navy’s global operations are supported. The admiral is head of the US Navy’s Military Sealift Command – its counterpart to the UK’s Royal Fleet Auxiliary – and was […]

  • 3 August 2018
    Authorities, Vessels

    The Royal Navy has commissioned its second Tide-class tanker RFA Tiderace in a dedication ceremony in Portland. In a half-hour ceremony, attended by the 39,000-tonne ship’s sponsor, Lady Anita Lister, the head of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary Commodore Duncan Lamb and crew, RFA Chaplain the Rev Mike Hills welcomed the new tanker to the naval […]

  • 21 February 2019
    Authorities, Vessels

    The Royal Navy’s third Tide-class tanker RFA Tidesurge entered service in a ceremony on February 20. The 39,000-tonne fleet replenishment tanker is the latest of four new Royal Fleet Auxiliary ships. “Royal Fleet Auxiliary Tidesurge is the third of our four new fleet replenishment tankers,” said Commodore Duncan Lamb, Head of the RFA. “With her […]

  • 8 October 2018
    Authorities, Industry news

    The UK defense ministry announced it has awarded over £1 billion worth of contracts for the maintenance of Royal Fleet Auxiliary ships and the Royal Navy’s survey and hydrographic fleet over the next ten years. The deal covers 17 ships and will improve how spares, repairs and maintenance work are carried out. “This £1bn deal secures […]

  • 18 October 2013
    Training & Education

    After three years continuously deployed at sea Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) Fort Victoria has begun her journey back to the UK to undergo planned maintenance. Over the course of her deployment Fort Victoria has operated in the Gulf, Red Sea, Arabian Sea and Indian Ocean. She has embarked the staff of Combined Task Force 151 […]

  • 25 October 2017
    Authorities, Industry news

    UK-based ship repair and conversion company A&P Group is launching a defense division to better position itself for UK defense ministry’s future Type 31 frigate and Type 45 destroyer contracts. The new division will be headquartered at A&P Falmouth and managed by Gerald Pitts, who now takes the role of Managing Director of A&P Group Defence. […]

  • 17 December 2012
    Training & Education

    Royal Fleet Auxiliary Argus returned to the UK after a seven-month deployment to the US and Caribbean Sea on counter drugs and disaster-relief patrol. On Thursday December 13, RFA Argus returned into the Port of Portland, Weymouth, having left Falmouth in May, from Atlantic Patrol Task (North) deployment. The commanding officer of RFA Argus, Captain […]

  • 14 September 2015
    Authorities

    Personnel on board RFA Argus have been presented with Ebola campaign medals following a six-month deployment to West Africa. The Royal Fleet Auxiliary ship deployed to Sierra Leone in October 2014 with more than 350 Tri-Service personnel on board – and returned to Falmouth in April this year. RFA Argus spent six months off the coast of […]

  • 6 November 2013
    Training & Education

    RFA Lyme Bay has carried out the first of six friendly approaches in the Gulf of Aden. It was the first friendly approach carried out by a UK Royal Fleet Auxiliary Bay Class ship, as part of European Union Naval Force (EUNAVFOR) Somalia Operation Atalanta. The ship’s boat team interacted with the local seafarers to […]

  • 13 November 2018
    Authorities, Equipment & technology, Vessels

    The Royal Navy has started Chinook helicopter trials for the Tide-class tankers off Portsmouth and in the Navy’s South Coast exercise areas. The trials for the largest helicopter in the UK armed forces inventory are taking place aboard RFA Tidesurge, the third of four ships in the class. The undertaking will help to write the […]