British Naval Support Ship “RFA Wave Knight” visits Barbados

The Naval Support Ship RFA WAVE KNIGHT arrives in Barbados on 29 March for a 5 day visit during her deployment to the region on Atlantic Patrol Tasking North (APT(N)). This is a year round commitment to the region in support of Humanitarian Aid and Disaster Relief (HADR) and Counter Narcotics Operations.

WAVE KNIGHT has on board Humanitarian and Disaster Relief (HADR) and UK Department for International Development (DfID) stores to support relief operations in the region. Prior to deployment, the ship’s company of WAVE KNIGHT completed a HADR training package which tested and developed the ship’s company’s ability to plan and deliver support to relief operations.

Speaking of the visit, the ship’s Commanding Officer, Captain Ross Ferris, commented: “My Ship’s Company and I are very much looking forward to the visit to Barbados and enjoying the beauty of the island.”

RFA WAVE KNIGHT is a 31,500 tonne Fleet Tanker which has the ability to refuel other naval vessels at sea from its three beam rigs and one stern rig as well as carrying dry stores.

RFA WAVE KNIGHT is a 31,500 tonne Fleet Tanker which has the ability to refuel other naval vessels at sea from its three beam rigs and one stern rig as well as carrying dry stores.

The ship has recently under gone a refit at Cammell Lairds in Birkenhead following her last deployment, which ended in March 2012. This saw her supporting the international naval effort east of Suez, providing not only fuel for Coalition ships and aircraft but also carrying out front-line and anti-piracy duties.

“Our flexibility and capability is ably demonstrated by Wave Knight’s action-packed programme. This time last year, we were on operations East of Suez and this year operations in the Caribbean, with a major refit en route. 2013 promises to be no less busy and satisfying,” added Captain Ferris.

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