Fast Fleet tankers

Wave Class

The Fast Fleet Tankers are designed to support the Royal Navy in global operations, which include amphibious warfare, anti submarine operations and protections of vital Sea areas and shipping. They have a cargo capacity of 16,900 tonnes of fuel and 915 tonnes of dry stores. They have the ability to deliver fuel through a RAS (Replenishment at sea) rig, either port or starboard or astern to other vessels.

Wave Class are double hulled tankers, which meet the current International Maritime Organisation legislation for protecting the environment.

Explore Weapons & Missiles

  • Fast Fleet Tankers
  • DS30B 30mm

    DS30B 30mm Automated Small Calibre Gun

    A single mounting carrying an Oerlikon 30mm gun, it was designed as a ship-protection system to defend Royal Navy frigates from various short range missiles, rockets, grenades and explosives.   

    The gun is controlled from a remote operator console elsewhere on the ship.


  • Phalanx

    Phalanx Close-in weapon

    Phalanx is one of the deadly last lines of defence for Britain's warships. Capable of engaging targets around one mile away, it is a radar-controlled Gatling gun which fires 20mm shells, spewing out 3,000 rounds a minute.

    Designed to engage incoming enemy aircraft and missiles if they penetrated a ship or task group's outer ring of defences such as Sea Viper or Sea Dart.

    During Operation Telic, Phalanx guns were removed from ships and used to defend Basra airport, the hub of British operations,they  saw extensive action against incoming rockets and mortars fired by insurgents.



operations Atlantic Patrol Tasking North

The APT(N) task centres on reassurance to UK overseas dependent territories, providing humanitarian and disaster relief during the main hurricane season (June to November) and conducting counter narcotic patrols as part of the wider international effort.

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Fact

Fast Fleet Tankers have a cargo capacity of 16,900 tonnes of Fuel