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RFA Tiderace unveiled in South Korea

DSME built UK Navy ship RFA Tiderace named in ceremony on 1 December in Okpo

Royal Fleet Auxiliary Tiderace
Royal Fleet Auxiliary Tiderace

In a ceremony at Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) in Okpo, South Korea on 1 December, Mrs Anita Lister named the second of four Naval Tankers ‘Royal Fleet Auxiliary Tiderace’ (RFA Tiderace). The tankers are being built by DSME for the UK Ministry of Defence.

UK Chief of Materiel (Vice Admiral Simon Lister) and the British Ambassador to South Korea (His Excellency Charles Hay) attended the ceremony, accompanied by senior representatives from DSME.

Speaking at the naming ceremony, Vice Admiral Simon Lister said:

With the naming of RFA Tiderace, the Royal Navy looks forward to another new arrival into our future fleet.

The Tide-class will supply our fighting ships, including our two new aircraft carriers, with fuel and stores, allowing them to remain on task for as long as required. But they offer more. Through their ability to support an array of forces, such as helicopters and Royal Marines, the Tide Class will also be able to make a direct contribution to counter terrorism, maritime security and disaster relief operations around the world.

British Ambassador Charles Hay said:

This is another great example of UK-Korean cooperation in defence and security. The RFA Tiderace is the result of a successful collaboration between DSME and a range of UK companies, whose skills have complemented each other to deliver this complex project. I am delighted to see this further example of the UK and RoK working together to ensure a safe and secure region and world.

Published 2 December 2016