Tide-class replenishment oiler

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RFA Tidesurge (A98)
Class overview
Name: Tide class
Operators:
Preceded by: RFA Olna
Succeeded by: Olclass
Built: 19531963
In commission: 19551985
Completed: 6
General characteristics
Type: Replenishment oiler
Displacement: 26,000 long tons (26,417 t) full load or 27,400 long tons (27,840 t) (Tidepool & Tidespring)
Length: 583 ft (178 m)
Beam: 71 ft (22 m)
Draught: 32 ft (9.8 m)
Propulsion:
  • 2 × Parmetrada steam turbines
  • 3 × Babcock & Wilcox boilers or 2 × Foster Wheeler watertube steam boilers (Tidepool & Tidespring)
  • double reduction gearbox, single shaft
Speed: 17 knots (20 mph; 31 km/h)
Complement: 90 (RFA)

The Tide class was a series of six replenishment oilers used by the British Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA), the Royal Australian Navy (RAN), and the Chilean Navy.

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The class was based on RFA Olna, which had served with the British Pacific Fleet during World War II. [1] Three ships were laid down for the RFA in 1953, with a fourth being ordered by the RAN at the same time. [1] Two more ships, built for the RFA to a modified design, were launched in 1962.

Upon completion, the Australian Tide Austral could not be accepted into service because of manpower and financial difficulties. The ship was instead loaned to the RFA from 1955 until 1962, when she was returned to the RAN and commissioned as HMAS Supply. She was paid off in 1985. [1]

The first three ships were removed from service and scrapped during the late 1970s. The two modified ships, Tidespring and Tidepool saw service in the Falklands War, after which Tidepool was sold to the Chilean Navy and renamed Almirante Jorge Montt. [2] Tidespring remained with the RFA and was scrapped in 1992. Supply remained with the RAN until 1985.

Ships

NamePennantBuilderLaid downLaunchedCommissionedDecommissionedFate
Tidereach A96 Swan Hunter & Wigham Richardson, Wallsend 2 June 19532 June 195430 August 1955March 1978Broken up at Bilbao, 1979
Tideflow
(ex-Tiderace)
A97 J.L. Thompson and Sons, Sunderland 30 August 195330 August 195325 January 1956November 1975Broken up at Bilbao, 1976
Tidesurge
(ex-Tiderange)
A98 Sir James Laing & Sons, Sunderland1 July 19531 July 195430 August 1955May 1976Broken up at Valencia, 1977
Tide Austral A99 Harland and Wolff, Belfast 5 August 19521 September 195428 May 195515 August 1962Returned to Australia as HMAS Supply
Tidespring A75 Hawthorn Leslie, Hebburn 24 July 19613 May 196218 January 196313 December 1991Broken up at Alang, 1992
Tidepool A7614 December 196111 December 196228 June 196313 August 1982Sold to Chile as Almirante Jorge Montt, 1982

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References

Citations

  1. 1 2 3 Donohue, From Empire Defense to the Long Haul, p 106
  2. Sharpe (ed.), Jane's Fighting Ships, 1996-1997, p. 111

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