THE FOURTH and last of the new Tide class tankers, RFA Tideforce, was offi cially accepted into service at a ceremony conducted at Portland in Dorset on 30 July. The 39,000-tonne vessel‘s handover also marked the end of the UK’s Military Afl oat Reach and Sustainability (MARS) programme.
HMS Talent has successfully completed her move of homeport from Devonport to HM Naval Base Clyde. Her move is part of the Royal Navy’s plan to home port all of the fl eet’s submarine force at Faslane by 2020.
The first components in the construction of the second Type 26 Global Combat ship for the Royal Navy were put in place at a ceremony held at BAE Systems Govan shipyard. HMS Cardiff is one of eight projected ships in the class with HMS Glasgow already well under way. The ceremony was conducted by UK Defence Procurement Minister Anne-Marie Trevelyan.
THE TRANSFER of the former South Korean Po Hang class corvette Chung Ju to new ownership with the Philippine Navy was completed in late August and took the name Conrado Yap. The ship was retired from service in Korea as recently as 5 August and transferred at Manila just thirteen days later. In Philippine service, the corvette will continue in its designed role of anti-submarine warfare, but not before additional air conditioning units were installed aboard alongside new cranes for launching and retrieving rigid hull infl atable boats.
THE SECOND of the Royal Thai Navy’s Krabi class missile capable offshore patrol vessels, HTMS Prachuap Khiri Khan, was launched on 2 August at RTN’s Mahidol Adulyadej Naval Dockyard in Sattahip. The ship, like her sister ships, is based on the British River class OPV design but unlike the Royal Navy vessels the Thai Navy ships will be capable of being fi tted with Boeing Harpoon anti-ship surface to surface missile systems mounted amidships.