A390 RFA Wave Ruler

UK Royal Fleet Auxiliary

2003 to present    


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Call Sign: GCVR


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History of UK A390 RFA Wave Ruler

2001-feb-9Launchedat Govan
2006-jun-23Aircrafttemporarily assigned Lynx HAS.3 XZ228 as 218 Flt / 335 until early Jul 2006
2008-sepDeployment Hurricane Ike relief operations Sent for 5 day relief mission as part of British contribution, in company with HMS Iron Duke.
2008-oct-3Port VisitCUPort of Havana start of a 5 day visit to Havana, Cuba while otherwise engaged in Caribbean anti-drug operations.
2010-febDeploymentdeparted Portland Harbour for 21 month Atlantic Patrol Task (North) assignment, returning 12 Dec 2011.
2010-nov-4Deploymentwhile on Atlantic Patrol Task (North), arrived at St Lucia after Hurricane Tomas for humanitarian relief duties
2011-augDeploymentordered to Turks and Caicos Islands for humanitarian support, after Hurricane Irene struck.
2012-sepDeploymentCombined 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-janDeploymentLeft 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-1DeploymentNorth Western Approaches Saxon Warrior 17 Exercise Saxon Warrior 17 supporting Warships engaged in Exercise
2017-sepRefitCammell Laird Pre-lay up refit Began refit (Completed Apr 2018) on Merseyside
2018-apr-18Seaforth Docks Laid up Entered lay up period on Merseyside, after a refit



    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



    Typical Max
UK Royal Navy AW EH101 01
UK Royal Navy Westland Lynx 01

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UK Kvaerner (Govan), Govan

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