A389 RFA Wave Knight

UK Royal Fleet Auxiliary

2003 to present    

A389 RFA Wave Knight


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Flight Deck: WK
Call Sign: GWBU


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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 RFA Wave Knight.
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 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-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.



    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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