The Royal Fleet Auxillary Tanker Wave Knight took part in a security exercise off the Kent coast in November involving various police forces from the South East along with the SAS and SBS taking part. The scenario was that the ship had been hijacked with the possibility of a bomb being on board.

RFA Wave Knight (A389) is a fast fleet tanker launched in 2000 and entering service in 2003. The ship, part of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary, is capable of operating in support of amphibious forces, anti-surface and anti-submarine operations.

Her main role is to supply Royal Navy warships around the world with fuel and supplies. The ship is crewed by 72 Royal Fleet Auxiliary personnel while also being able to host 26 crew from the Royal Navy for helicopter and weapons systems.

She is able to deliver fuel at sea through an RAS (replenishment at sea) rig on both sides of the ship and astern to other vessels.

Report and photo by Trevor Boston

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