The tanker RFA Wave Knight is to take over patrol duties from the patrol vessel HMS Mersey in the Caribbean.
According to the Royal Navy, Mersey’s focus has largely been drug-busting duties, mixed with visiting British territories in the region and generally flying the flag for the UK in the Americas and Caribbean.
The Atlantic Patrol Tasking North, APT(N), task centres on reassurance to UK overseas dependent territories, providing humanitarian and disaster relief during the main hurricane season and conducting counter narcotic patrols as part of the wider international effort.
The Commander of HMS Mersey said:
“After six busy months away from the UK, HMS Mersey has visited all but one of the UK Overseas Territories, conducted training and exercises with the region’s coastguards and navies, carried out counter-narcotics patrols across the Caribbean, resulting in a £12m bust, and hosted key defence engagements in Central America.
As I hand over Atlantic Patrol Task North duties to RFA Wave Knight, I wish them a successful deployment in support of the international effort to stem the flow of narcotics in to the region.”
Captain Peter Selby RFA, Commanding Officer RFA Wave Knight said:
“Having completed our training and pre-deployment preparations only last week, it has been very beneficial to meet up with HMS Mersey to fully understand what we can expect in the coming months.
All onboard are looking forward to a busy period of defence engagement and countering the illegal narcotics trade during our time on station.”
RFA Wave Knight is a Wave class fast fleet tanker of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary tasked with providing fuel, food, fresh water, ammunition and other supplies to Royal Navy vessels around the world.