RFA WAVE KNIGHT (A389) is seen arriving on the Mersey bound for Cammell Laird on Saturday April 21, 2012, she entered the Cammell Laird wet basin just after 11:30 assisted by Smit tugs SMIT SANDON, SMIT BARBADOS and SMIT WATERLOO
RFA WAVE KNIGHT was built by BAE Systems, being launched in 2000. She was accepted into service in 2003. RFA WAVE KNIGHT and sister ship RFA WAVE RULER are large fleet tankers designed to replace the RFA OLNA and RFA OLWEN Olna, two 36,000t displacement fast fleet tankers, built at Swan Hunter and Hawthorn Leslie in the 1960s.
The large fleet tankers are crewed by 72 Royal Fleet Auxiliary personnel and there is also provision for 26 Royal Navy personnel for helicopter and weapons systems operations.
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.