The Naval Support Ship RFA WAVE KNIGHT is expected to drop anchor in Dominica on April 5 for a three-day visit.
The ship is on 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.
During WAVE KNIGHT’s visit to Roseau, the Commanding Officer Captain Ross Ferris will call on President Eluid Williams and the crew is planning to assist with repairs and maintenance to The Grotto Home and entertain some school children on board.
WAVE KNIGHT has loaded 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.
“My Ship’s Company and I are very much looking forward to the visit and to forging relationships whilst being able to liaise with Disaster Management authorities regarding our capabilities,” Ferris said of the visit.
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 to carry dry stores.
The ship has recently under gone a refit at Cammell Lairds in Birkenhead following on from her last deployment which ended in March 12. 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 operations East of Suez and this year operations in the Caribbean, with a major refit enroute. 2013 promises to be no less busy and satisfying,” Captain Ferris said.