This marks the handing over of the Gulf tanker duties baton back to RFA Fort Victoria after over 18 months of hard work by RFA Wave Ruler and her crew.

Captain Kevin Rimell

She is a highly versatile ship, capable of concurrently supplying fuel and stores to multiple ships and aircraft.

Her arrival in theatre frees up both the tanker Wave Ruler and dry stores ship Fort Austin to return to the UK.

In addition, Fort Victoria also has the facilities to operate up to three Merlin helicopters, a full Royal Marines boarding team and a specialised damage control team.

She can be tasked in a wide range of roles including counter-piracy, counter-narcotics, humanitarian aid and disaster relief.