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  • A389 RFA Wave Knight

    UK Royal Fleet Auxiliary

    2003 to present    

    A389 RFA Wave Knight


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


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    History of UK A389 RFA Wave Knight

    1998-may-22Laid downBarrow-in-Furness Yard No 1119. Laid down at Barrow in a joint ceremony with HMS Albion.
    2002-novHomeportarrived HMNB Devonport
    2003-marCommissionedto replace the decommissioned RFA Olwen.
    2003-sepdeparted UK for 9 month APT(N) deployment, returned on 3 Jun 2004.
    2005-febDeploymentCaribbean 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-11DeploymentSLFreetown Port Sierra Leone Operation Vela (Green Eagle) in support of Exercise Green Eagle phase of Operation Vela, off Sierra Leone
    2007-apr-2Refitat Cammell Laird in Birkenhead, until Jun 2007
    2008-jan-21DeploymentOrion 08 departed HMNB Portsmouth in support of a Royal Navy Middle East deployment. Returned to Devonport on 22 Nov.
    2010-octRefitat Cammell Laird in Birkenhead, Merseyside
    2011DeploymentLYLibyan coast Gulf of Sirte Operation Unified Protector supported the contribution to the international forces and the UK Response Force Task Group with fuel
    2011-aprDeploymentdeparted 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-21Refitat Cammell Laird, on Merseyside for 3 months.
    2013-janDeploymentdeparted 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 VisitSeen at dock in Antigua
    2014-sep-2DeploymentGIGibraltar Harbour Cougar 14 arrived in Gibraltar for Cougar 14 deployment, in company with HMS Bulwark and RFA Lyme Bay.
    2015-feb-5RefitCammell Laird refit at Birkenhead, completed by Aug 2015
    2016-jun-21Deploymentdeparted Devonport for APT(N) tasking. Joined by 815 NAS Lynx HMA.8 ZF558/336.
    2016-oct-7Deployment 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-1Port VisitKYGeorge Town HSB APT(N) visited Grand Cayman for 5 days
    2017-jun-30DeploymentMQFort Saint-Louis Relieved as APT(N) by RFA Mounts Bay at Fort de France
    2018RefitCammell 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-mayDeploymentdeparted UK for 8 month Caribbean mission with an 815 NAS Wildcat embarked, returned 27 Jan 2022.



        from 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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    UK Royal Navy AW EH101 01
    UK Royal Navy Westland Lynx 01

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