Naval Warfare

RFA Wave Knight​ completes Middle East deployment

24th February 2020 - 12:00 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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UK Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) tanker Wave Knighthas returned to the UK following a seven-month deployment to the Middle East.

The vessel sustained Royal Navy, French, Spanish and US naval vessels with fuel as they patrolled waters east of Suez for six months; as well as NATO’s security mission in the Mediterranean, Operation Sea Guardian.

In total Wave Knight dispensed 12,276 cubic metres of ship fuel during the mission, and 319 cubic metres of fuel for helicopters and aircraft flown from allied warships in the region.

The vessel’s fuel tanks will be pumped out at the fuel depot in Loch Striven, where it is due to arrive on 29 February. The ship will then head to Devonport to offload remaining stores and supplies, then sail to Birkenhead at the end of March to begin a refit at the Cammell Laird yard.

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