RFA Tideforce in Bermuda – The Royal Gazette

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Updated: Oct 01, 2022 07:52

Back to basics: the A139 FRG tidal force is a British Royal Fleet Auxiliary supply ship which was launched in 2017, the ship entered service with the FRG in 2019. The Tideforce is featured at King’s Wharf on the island of Ireland, the site of the former Royal Navy dockyard and HMS Malabar, home of the West Indies and Northwest Atlantic Fleet (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)

A Royal Navy ship is visiting Bermuda to take part in hurricane preparedness exercises, Government House said.

Royal Fleet Auxiliaries tidal forcewhich is designed to support the two British aircraft carriers of the Queen Elizabeth class, makes a brief stopover.

A Government House spokeswoman said: ‘The purpose of the visit is to give her crew a period of rest before continuing at sea.

“While here, a Royal Navy helicopter from FRG tidal force will conduct familiarization flights 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 sea training with the Royal Bermuda Regiment Coast Guard.

“The Royal Fleet Auxiliary provides logistical support to the Royal Navy worldwide.

« FRG tidal force is the fourth in class military tanker with range and durability afloat.

“At 30,000 tonnes, Tidal Class Tankers are the largest vessels currently in service within the Royal Fleet Auxiliary.

“Tidal-class tankers are flexible, state-of-the-art double-hulled vessels designed to provide key offshore replenishment capability and support to Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carriers.”

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