What are Tide Class Tankers?
The Tide class fleet comprises four tankers, which are operated by the UK’s Royal Fleet Auxiliary, a civilian-operated fleet which supports the UK’s armed forces.
Their primary purpose is to provide essential logistical support to the UK’s naval fleet, including the Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carriers by delivering fuel, water, and other supplies to ships at sea. They are equipped with state-of-the-art pumping equipment and can transfer fuel to multiple ships at once, reducing the time needed for refuelling and increasing operational efficiency.
The ships have advanced sensor and processing system, which allow for highly accurate navigation and safe operation in even the most challenging conditions. They also feature self-defence weapons, including 30mm guns and small arms to protect against potential threats.
The tankers operate worldwide, providing logistical support to UK and allied naval forces wherever they are needed.