The second of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary’s new Tide-class support ships, RFA Tiderace, has arrived in Cornwall to begin a programme of customisation that will support 300 UK jobs. Like her sister ship RFA Tidespring, which arrived in April this year, the 39,000-tonne RFA Tiderace can carry up to 19,000 cubic metres of fuel and 1,400 cubic metres of fresh water in support of Royal Navy operations all over the world. She has been designed to support the new Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers, the first of which, HMS Queen Elizabeth, arrived in Portsmouth last month. Minister for Defence Procurement Harriett Baldwin said: This year of the Royal Navy goes from strength to strength as we welcome yet another new ship into the UK’s growing fleet.
Troops with specialist fire-fighting skills have been prepared at the request of the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG).
If called upon, the deployed personnel will be a mixture of professional Royal Navy and Royal Air Force firefighters supported by fully trained Army crew members. They will be using civilian fire-fighting appliances.
Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said:
I am pleased that our armed forces are able to offer a supporting role throughout the planned strikes. It reflects the professionalism and can-do attitude of our military that they can provide a high standard of service if required.
The Ministry of Defence frequently plans for a range of contingencies which might be required to support other government departments.
The Standing Joint Commander, Lieutenant General James Everard said:
I am confident that our soldiers, sailors and airmen, should they be called upon, are well prepared and trained to be able to support DCLG. This is an important task we have been asked to assist with and highlights the role Defence can play in UK resilience.