RFA Wave Knight

RFA Wave Knight

RFA Wave Knight (A389) is a Wave Knight-class fast fleet tanker. She was launched in 2000 and accepted into service in 2003. She is the second ship to bear this name in RFA service.

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Her predecessor long held the replenishment at sea record for managing the swiftest transfer of bulky fuel hoses, when only 105 seconds elapsed from firing the pilot line across until the pumping of fuel began. 

The ships are crewed by 72 Royal Fleet Auxiliary personnel and there is also provision for 26 Royal Navy personnel for helicopter and weapons systems operations.

Wave Knight is able to operate in support of amphibious forces, anti-surface and anti-submarine warfare operations and protection of vital sea areas and shipping.

She has the capability to deliver fuel through an RAS (replenishment at sea) rig, either port, starboard or astern to other vessels.


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RFA Wave Knight crosses the line to the Southern Hemisphere


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Wave Knight refuels Dutch ship

RFA Wave Knight refuels Dutch Navy at sea

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Current operation Atlantic Patrol Tasking North

The APT(N) task centres on reassurance to UK overseas dependent territories, providing humanitarian and disaster relief during the main hurricane season (June to November) and conducting counter narcotic patrols as part of the wider international effort.

Providing humanitarian assistance

When natural or man-made disasters occur, a country’s infrastructure and resources can be crippled. With loss of electricity, shortage of food and water supplies, and human lives at risk – responding to such life-threatening scenarios is central to the Royal Navy’s ethos. Because we have the skills, equipment and know-how to go anywhere, regardless of potential damage to local infrastructure.

Protecting our economy

Maritime trade is the lifeblood of the UK economy and industry. 95% of Britain’s economic activity depends on the oceans. And every year Britain imports goods worth £524 billion.

The UK is so dependent on the seas for its prosperity, that without the Royal Navy acting as a deterrent the effect on the economy would be overwhelming.

Location Caribbean

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Unit History

Battle Honours1951

Korea 1950-1953
RFA Wave Knight was in theatre from 1951

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RFA Wave Knight Can carry 16,000 cubic metres of cargo