Royal Fleet Auxiliary:Written question - 51473

Q
(Dunfermline and West Fife)
Asked on: 01 November 2016
Ministry of Defence
Royal Fleet Auxiliary
Commons
To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what the principal technical faults are that have led to the delay of the transfer of the RFA Tidespring to the UK for customisation and capability assessment trials until 2017.
A
Answered by: Harriett Baldwin
Answered on: 08 November 2016

Delays in finalising elements of electrical design and the installation of Multi-Cable Transit insulation in accordance with new legislative regulations resulted in some adjustments in the build schedule. These issues have now been resolved and Tidespring is expected to arrive in the UK in early 2017 to begin UK customisation and capability assessment trials.

Notwithstanding these issues, which are not unusual for any First of Class ship, build of the remaining ships in the Class is progressing well and we remain confident that all four tankers will be in service with the Royal Fleet Auxiliary by the end of 2018, as planned.

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