RFA Wave Ruler

RFA Wave Ruler

Wave Ruler is a double-hulled tanker, designed to support the Royal Navy in global operations, which include amphibious warfare and anti-submarine operations.

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She has extensive aviation facilities and can carry an additional eight refrigerated 20ft containers when needed. She has a cargo capacity of 16,000 cubic metres, which include 3,000 cubic metres of aviation fuel, 380 cubic metres of fresh water, and 500 metres of dry cargo. She has a large one spot flight deck, hangar and maintenance facilities capable of supporting two Merlin helicopters. She is fully capable of self-defence, which a defensive fit which includes 30mm cannon and the ability to receive two Phalanx close-in weapon systems (CIWS).

RFA Wave Ruler has been deployed to the Gulf and Indian Ocean; her main activity is patrolling in our pre-defined operating area providing support to the Royal Navy and coalition warships. Wave Ruler provides the fuel and stores that allows these ships to remain operational for extended periods.

This is a demanding environment and the ship never knows what challenges will be faced, whether it is at the operational end of the Service's business, countering piracy, humanitarian relief, medical emergency or evacuating UK and other nationals from troubled areas. 


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Current operation Operation Kipion

Units of the Royal Navy and Royal Fleet Auxiliary have been on patrol in the Gulf since October 1980, after the Iran/Iraq conflict of that year, and more recently operations have extended further south with the increase in piracy off the Somalia coast.

Having warships present in the region is one of the main tools the UK has to show our commitment to this part of the world.

Protecting our economy

Maritime trade is the lifeblood of the UK economy and industry. 95% of Britain’s economic activity depends on the oceans. And every year Britain imports goods worth £524 billion.

The UK is so dependent on the seas for its prosperity, that without the Royal Navy acting as a deterrent the effect on the economy would be overwhelming.

Providing security at sea

The UK has a responsibility to its citizens and its allies to endeavour to safeguard the high seas. This is why the Royal Navy protects home and international waters – making sure the global trade that Britain and the world depend on can proceed without a hitch.

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Unit History


In March, Wave Knight and Wave Ruler were ordered from Vickers Shipbuilding and Engineering Ltd

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