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UK’s new carrier has its supporter ready

UK’s new carrier has its supporter ready June 24, 2018

UK’s new carrier has its supporter ready

 

Britain's flagship of tomorrow can now strike out across the Seven Seas after refuelling ‘on the go’ for the first time. 

After a dry run earlier in the year, HMS Queen Elizabeth successfully took from RFA Tidespring  in the North Atlantic.

The tanker is built to support the new aircraft carrier on her global operations. 

In fairly choppy conditions, the 65,000-tonne warship practised the manoeuvre – known as replenishment at sea – to take on supplies on both her port (left) and starboard (right) sides. 

The two ships were just 42 metres – 138ft – apart, sailing along at 12 knots (14mph/22kmh) as the lines were passed and the fuel hose transferred to hook up with the intake on the carrier. 

If needed, the Tide-class ship could deliver 800 cubic metres of fuel in an hour – that’s enough to fill up more than 14,500 Superminis… and less than one twentieth of the total amount of fuel the tanker carries. 

If needed, the Tide-class ship could deliver 800 cubic metres of fuel in an hour – that’s enough to fill up more than 14,500 Superminis… and less than one twentieth of the total amount of fuel the tanker carries.

For the maiden transfer just 220 ‘cubes’ of F76 marine fuel was sent across – the replenishment was more about testing the principle rather than the carrier’s tanks running low.

The tanker is one of four built for the Royal Fleet Auxiliary to support HMS Queen Elizabeth and her sister HMS Prince of Wales around the world.

 

 

 

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