Royal Navy Helicopter To Fly Over Island

September 30, 2022

The RFA Tideforce is visiting in Bermuda for a brief stopover, and a Royal Navy helicopter “will conduct familiarisation flights over across the island.”

A spokesperson said, “Government House today announced that RFA Tideforce, a ship of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary, is visiting Bermuda’s waters for a brief stopover. The purpose of the visit is to give its crew a period of rest before continuing on out to sea.

“While here, a Royal Navy helicopter from RFA Tideforce will conduct familiarisation flights over across the island. This was last done in 2020 and is a key part of the ongoing hurricane preparedness plan for Bermuda. The helicopter will also conduct offshore training with the Royal Bermuda Regiment Coast Guard.

“The Royal Fleet Auxiliary [RFA] provides logistical support to the Royal Navy, all over the world. RFA Tideforce is the Fourth of Class of the Military Afloat Reach & Sustainability [MARS] Tankers. At 30,000 tonne, the Tide class tankers are the largest ships currently in service within the Royal Fleet Auxiliary.

“The Tide Class tankers are flexible, state-of-the-art double-hulled vessels, designed to provide key underway replenishment at sea [RAS] capability and support to the Queen Elizabeth Class Aircraft Carriers.”

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