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RFA Tideforce in Bermuda

Back to its roots: the A139 RFA Tideforce is a replenishment tanker of the British Royal Fleet Auxilirary that was launched in 2017, the ship entered service with the RFA in 2019. The Tideforce is shown at King’s Wharf, Ireland Island, the site of the former Royal Navy Dockyard and HMS Malabar, headquarters of the West Indies and Northwest Atlantic fleet (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)

A Royal Navy ship is paying a visit to Bermuda to take part in hurricane preparedness exercises, Government House has said.

The Royal Fleet Auxiliary’s Tideforce, which is designed to support the UK’s two Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carriers, is making a brief stopover.

A Government House spokeswoman said: “The purpose of the visit is to give its crew a period of rest before continuing on out to sea.

“While here, a Royal Navy helicopter from RFA Tideforce will conduct familiarisation flights over across the island.

“This was last done in 2020 and is a key part of the ongoing hurricane preparedness plan for Bermuda.

“The helicopter will also conduct offshore training with the Royal Bermuda Regiment Coast Guard.

“The Royal Fleet Auxiliary provides logistical support to the Royal Navy all over the world.

“RFA Tideforce is the fourth of class of the military afloat reach and sustainability tankers.

“At 30,000 tonne, the tide class tankers are the largest ships currently in service within the Royal Fleet Auxiliary.

“The tide class tankers are flexible, state-of-the-art double-hulled vessels, designed to provide key under way replenishment at sea capability and support to the Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carriers.”

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Published September 30, 2022 at 11:36 pm (Updated October 01, 2022 at 7:52 am)

RFA Tideforce in Bermuda

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