First Night Replenishment for Aircraft Carrier

First Night Replenishment for Aircraft Carrier 8 June, 2020

Replenishment at sea has strategic importance not only for ships but also for the fleet's deficiencies in fuel, ammunition and equipment during the mission. In this way, the navy elements can perform their duties in a long time without returning to the port.

HMS Queen Elizabeth (R08), ​​one of the two aircraft carriers of the Royal Navy, performed replenishment at sea operations for the first time in the night conditions last week. Receiving fuel and material transfer from the RFA Tideforce (A139) platform, HMS Queen Elizabeth completed her task.

The process, in which the two ships come to the board at a very short distance and must maintain the distance during the entire transfer process, is a matter of high discipline and training. Especially the unstable currents between the two platforms hit the boards and push the ships in opposite directions. This poses a risk to the safety of many elements, especially personnel and re-supply systems.

Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carriers have the largest gas turbine machines used in the Royal Navy. In addition to two Rolls-Royce Marine 36 MW MT30 gas turbine engines, four diesel engines power the platform's hybrid drive system.

First Night Replenishment for Aircraft Carrier

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