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A389 RFA Wave Knight

UK Royal Fleet Auxiliary

A389 RFA Wave Knight

IMO: 9168594
MMSI: 235491000
Flight Deck: WK
Call Sign: GWBU
Shipyard: BAE Systems (Vickers)


History of UK RFA Wave Knight A389

1998-may-22Laid downLaid down Barrow-in-Furness Yard No 1119. Laid down at Barrow in a joint ceremony with HMS Albion.
2002-novHomeportHomeport arrived HMNB Devonport
2003-marCommissionedCommissioned to replace the decommissioned RFA Olwen.
2003-sep departed UK for 9 month APT(N) deployment, returned on 3 Jun 2004.
2005-febDeploymentDeployment Caribbean Sea TG326.01 supporting Task Group 326.01 in the Caribbean, with HMS Liverpool as APT(N). Returned to UK 20 Dec 2005
2006-oct-11DeploymentDeployment SL Freetown Port Sierra Leone Operation Vela (Green Eagle) in support of Exercise Green Eagle phase of Operation Vela, off Sierra Leone
2007-apr-02RefitRefit at Cammell Laird in Birkenhead, until Jun 2007
2008-jan-21DeploymentDeployment Orion 08 departed HMNB Portsmouth in support of a Royal Navy Middle East deployment. Returned to Devonport on 22 Nov.
2010-octRefitRefit at Cammell Laird in Birkenhead, Merseyside
2011DeploymentDeployment LY Libyan coast Gulf of Sirte Operation Unified Protector supported the contribution to the international forces and the UK Response Force Task Group with fuel
2011-aprDeploymentDeployment departed HMNB Devonport for 11 month east of Suez support deployment with 815 NAS Lynx HMA.8 embarked, returning to Portland on 16 Mar 2012.
2012-apr-21RefitRefit at Cammell Laird, on Merseyside for 3 months.
2013-janDeploymentDeployment departed UK for 15 month Atlantic Patrol Task (North) deployment, relieving RFA Argus. The period around Jan 2014 included first time embarking an armed USCG helicopter on a non-US ship. Returned to Portland on 24 Apr 2014.
2013-mar-20Port VisitPort Visit Seen at dock in Antigua
2014-sep-02DeploymentDeployment GI Gibraltar Harbour Cougar 14 arrived in Gibraltar for Cougar 14 deployment, in company with HMS Bulwark and RFA Lyme Bay.
2015-feb-05RefitRefit Cammell Laird refit at Birkenhead, completed by Aug 2015
2016-jun-21DeploymentDeployment departed Devonport for APT(N) tasking. Joined by 815 NAS Lynx HMA.8 ZF558/336.
2016-oct-07DeploymentDeployment Hurricane Matthew relief operations arrived off the Bahamas late on 7 Oct to assist in Hurricane Matthew humanitarian relief. Lynx HMA.8 /336 embarked.
2017-feb-01Port VisitPort Visit KY George Town HSB APT(N) visited Grand Cayman for 5 days
2017-jun-30DeploymentDeployment MQ Fort Saint-Louis Relieved as APT(N) by RFA Mounts Bay at Fort de France
2018RefitRefit Cammell Laird Phalanx fitted CIWS Phalanx 20 mm Completed refit in Dec 2018, with Phalanx now fitted to the previously provided mount stations, fore and aft.
2021-mayDeploymentDeployment departed UK for 8 month Caribbean mission with an 815 NAS Wildcat embarked, returned 27 Jan 2022.
2022-mar HMD Portsmouth Laid up Laid up at Portsmouth and into Extended Readiness.

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Wave class
18200light (tn)
31500full load (tn)
196.50length (m)
28.25beam (m)
10draught (m)
10000range (nm)
18max speed (knots)

1Naval Engine electric motors
4Naval Engine diesel - Wärtsilä VASA32

2Naval Gun single 30 mm
2Close-In Weapon System CIWS Phalanx 20 mm
8Chaff and decoys Seagnat

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