THE ROYAL Navy’s newest vessel has made its inaugural call to Portland Port.

Tidespring is the first of four Tide-Class tankers for the Royal Fleet Auxiliary which are expected to provide crucial support to the Queen Elizabeth Class carriers when they come into service.

The ship can carry up to 19,000 cubic metres of fuel and 1,300 cubic meters of fresh water.

Previously a naval dockyard for over 150 years, Portland Harbour is now a thriving and successful commercial facility.

It has maintained a close relationship with the past through its ongoing contract to support the RFA, as well as being home to the activities of Global Marine and Portland Bunkers UK.

Mr Bill Reeves, CEO at Portland Port commented “Portland Port and Harbour Authority has continued to work closely with the RFA since taking over responsibility of the harbour.

“The Tidespring’s call at Portland is evidence of the good relationship between the port and the RFA.

“The importance of this relationship is integral to Portland’s future as well as its past and it is hoped that this relationship will only grow stronger in years to come.”