RFA Wave Ruler Visits
The RFA Wave Ruler is scheduled to make a call on Grand Cayman between the 16th and 18th August. During this time the ship will load some of the DFID supplied disaster relief stores from the Cayman Islands' Red Cross managed warehouse. These stores consist of shelter kits for up to 2,000 families. The remaining 4,000 kits will stay on Grand Cayman. The stores being onboard will add to the equipment already carried and maximise the ability to respond quickly and when most needed, should any Overseas Territory be struck by a hurricane.
The ship is currently on duty as part of the Royal Navy's Atlantic Patrol Task (North). Her primary role is to provide support to the UK Overseas Territories in order to reinforce the UK Government's commitment to the region. This role includes providing assistance in the event of a natural disaster. The ship most recently went to the aid of Cayman Brac in the aftermath of Hurricane Paloma in November 2008.
Whilst at sea, the RFA Wave Ruler conducts maritime patrols, working with various agencies and nations, particularly aimed at countering drug trafficking in the Caribbean region.
Whilst in Grand Cayman the Commanding Officer, Captain N A Budd, RFA, will host a VIP luncheon onboard for the Governor and Cabinet Members.
Captain Budd was quoted as saying: "Our visit will reinforce our excellent long-standing relations with the people of Grand Cayman and will serve to further enhance our disaster relief capability. Wave Ruler is in the Caribbean specifically to support UK Overseas Territories. We are well placed to provide first aid humanitarian and technical assistance, with an extensive range of disaster relief stores and on-board logistics capable of providing food, water and shelter, utilising well trained personnel should this be required."
About the RFA Wave Ruler
The RFA Wave Ruler is a Fast Fleet Tanker and was built in Govan, Glasgow, entering service in 2002. She has a displacement of 31,500 tonnes, and is 196.5 metres long with a beam of 30.4 metres, a draught of 10 metres and capable of speeds up to 21 knots. She is a modern double hulled tanker and able to operate in all climates including icy waters. The vessel can issue 16,000 cubic metres of diesel and aviation fuel and has a flight deck and hangar to support helicopter operations.
The ship has a crew of 80 British Royal Fleet Auxiliary seafarers, with accommodation for additional 22 Royal Navy personnel when carrying a helicopter.
In recent years, Wave Ruler has seized approximately 11 tonnes of drugs during counter narcotic boarding operations in the Caribbean area and has conducted a number of high-profile disaster relief operations.
The Royal Fleet Auxiliary is a flotilla of 16 replenishment and logistic ships with just over 2000 personnel, operating worldwide in support of the British Armed Services, primarily the Royal Navy.