RFA Tidereach (A96)

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RFA Tidereach
RFA Tidereach with the aircraft carrier HMS Hermes
History
RFA EnsignUnited Kingdom
Name: RFA Tidereach
Builder: Swan Hunter & Wigham Richardson, Wallsend
Yard number: 1847
Laid down: 2 June 1953
Launched: 2 June 1954
Commissioned: 30 August 1955
Decommissioned: March 1978
Fate: Sold for scrap, 22 February 1979
General characteristics
Class and type: Tide-class replenishment oiler
Displacement: 26,000 long tons (26,417 t)
Length:
  • 583 ft 2 in (177.75 m) o/a
  • 561 ft (171 m) w/l
Beam: 71 ft 3 in (21.72 m)
Draught: 32 ft 1 in (9.78 m)
Propulsion:
Speed: 17 knots (20 mph; 31 km/h)
Complement: 90 RFA
Armament: Fitted for, but not with, light AA guns

RFA Tidereach (A96) was a Tide-class replenishment oiler of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary.

Laid down on 2 June 1953 by Swan Hunter & Wigham Richardson, and launched on 2 June 1954, Tidereach was commissioned on 30 August 1955 and served until March 1978.

She was then laid up in Portsmouth for disposal. On 22 February 1979 she was sold for scrap, and left Portsmouth under tow on 16 March 1979. On 20 March 1979 she arrived at Bilbao, Spain to be broken up.