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A390 RFA Wave Ruler

UK Royal Fleet Auxiliary

IMO: 9168609
MMSI: 235519000
Flight Deck:
Call Sign: GCVR
Shipyard: Kvaerner (Govan)


History of UK RFA Wave Ruler A390

1997-mar-12OrderedOrdered originally to be built by Vickers at Barrow, construction was moved to Govan, to save that yard.
2001-feb-09LaunchedLaunched at Govan, Yard No 321
2006-jun-23AircraftAircraft temporarily assigned Lynx HAS.3 XZ228 as 218 Flt / 335 until early Jul 2006
2008-augAircraftAircraft 229 Flt assigned to 815 Squadron
assigned Lynx HMA.8 ZF557 as Ships Flt, until c Dec.
2008-sepDeploymentDeployment Hurricane Ike relief operations Sent for 5 day relief mission as part of British contribution, in company with HMS Iron Duke.
2008-oct-03Port VisitPort Visit CU Port of Havana start of a 5 day visit to Havana, Cuba while otherwise engaged in Caribbean anti-drug operations.
2010-febDeploymentDeployment departed Portland Harbour for 21 month Atlantic Patrol Task (North) assignment, returning 12 Dec 2011.
2010-nov-04DeploymentDeployment while on Atlantic Patrol Task (North), arrived at St Lucia after Hurricane Tomas for humanitarian relief duties
2011-jul-22Port VisitPort Visit KY George Town HSB APT(N) Met with Cayman Islands emergency planners in preparation for the 2011 Hurricane .
2011-augDeploymentDeployment ordered to Turks and Caicos Islands for humanitarian support, after Hurricane Irene struck.
2012-sepDeploymentDeployment Combined Task Force 53 Assigned as Support Ship to CTF 53 in the Red Sea and Indian Ocean. Also took up Gulf Readiness Tanker tasking from Oct 2012. Relieved by RFA Fort Victoria and returned to UK via Gibraltar in Jan 2013, for refit.
2014-janDeploymentDeployment Left UK for Gulf support tanker deployment, relieving RFA Fort Victoria, as part of Operation Kipion. Relieved in turn by RFA Fort Victoria on station on 2 Jul 2015
2017-aug-01DeploymentDeployment North Western Approaches Saxon Warrior 17 Exercise Saxon Warrior 17 supporting Warships engaged in Exercise
2017-sepRefitRefit Cammell Laird Pre-lay up refit Began refit (Completed Apr 2018) on Merseyside
2018-apr-18 Seaforth Docks Laid up Entered lay up period and into Extended Readiness on Merseyside, after a refit.

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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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