RFA Wave Knight left Scotland this weekend to begin the 4,500-mile journey across the Atlantic.
The Royal Navy say here that once in the Caribbean she’ll join forces with HMS Medway, the Royal Navy patrol ship stationed in the region.
“Together, the two vessels form the spearhead of the UK’s response to Nature’s fury – hurricane season begins on June 1st, while the people of St Vincent continue to be affected by the eruption of volcano La Soufrière.
Last year proved to be one of the quieter hurricane seasons, but Wave Knight has undergone thorough training and loaded all the necessary supplies to respond if required.
For although officially a tanker, the ship can also carry up to 2,000 disaster relief packages, 150 tonnes of fresh food and provide up to 380,000 litres of fresh water.”
Commanding Officer Captain Simon Herbert RFA was quoted as saying:
“Our holds are full of humanitarian aid and disaster relief stores and our decks packed with workboats ready to respond to the upcoming hurricane season. My ship’s company – Royal Fleet Auxiliary, Royal Navy and Royal Marines – has been comprehensively prepared and trained to offer not only humanitarian and disaster relief support, but also Maritime Security and to support the international fight against illegal drug running.
It is a privilege and a honour to command RFA Wave Knight as she deploys to provide support, assistance and reassurance to Britain’s overseas territories in the Caribbean region. All onboard will miss their family and friends but they are also looking forward to the challenges ahead.”
The ship is also taking a Wildcat helicopter from 213 Flight/815 Naval Air Squadron, you can read more here.