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Wave Knight joins Bermuda for the Americas Cup

The Royal Fleet Auxiliary ship Wave Knight arrived on 25 May as part of UK’s support towards Bermuda’s preparations for the Americas Cup.

RFA Wave Knight (LIbrary Pictures)

RFA Wave Knight (LIbrary Pictures)

RFA Wave Knight is on deployment to the region as part of her Atlantic Patrol Tasking (North) duties, a year round commitment to the UK’s Caribbean overseas territories and Bermuda, wider regional humanitarian aid and disaster relief and counter narcotics operations.

The visit to Bermuda coincides with the hosting of the America’s Cup in Bermuda, the first time such an event has been held in a UK Overseas Territory. The visit marks the second time this year that the RFA Wave Knight has undertaken a port visit to Bermuda. Building on strong liaison links from her earlier visit, RFA Wave Knight will provide logistical support to the Bermuda Police Service and Royal Bermuda Regiment during the opening of the Americas Cup and will witness the opening ceremony.

During RFA Wave Knight’s visit the Governor hosted a working lunch with the Commanding Officer, who also paid a call on Premier, The Rt.Hon Michael Dunkley.

The Governor for Bermuda, John Rankin CMG, commented on the visit:

Once again, we welcome the visit of RFA Wave Knight to Bermuda and we are grateful for her logistical support to the Police and emergency services during the start of the America’s Cup; helping to ensure the safety and security of residents, participants and visitors alike during an event that will raise Bermuda’s profile significantly across the world.

Notes for editors

  • 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.

  • 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

  • has a HMA Mk2 “WILDCAT” Royal Navy helicopter and support personnel embarked to enhance her operational capabilities in her APT (N) tasking

  • 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.

For more information see RFA Wave Knight

Published 25 May 2017