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Royal Navy’s RFA Wave Ruler to Visit BVI

18th – 21st September 2010 Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) ship WAVE RULER will pay a Regional Engagement visit to Tortola between 18th and 21st September. To date RFA WAVE RULER has seen service in the Far East, the Persian Gulf, around the UK and as APT(S) (Atlantic Patrol Tanker South) in the South Atlantic, supporting the Falkland Islands.

  Photo courtesy of Royal Navy.

A significant part of the Royal Navy’s presence in patrolling the North Atlantic and Caribbean RFA WAVE RULER’s main task is to provide support to the UK Overseas territories and reinforce the UK Government’s commitment to the region. This role includes providing regional support in the event of a natural disaster such as hurricanes. With an extensive range of disaster relief stores WAVE RULER is capable of providing food, water and shelter where required. Additionally the ship and her crew can provide medical and humanitarian aid, together with technical assistance utilising their extensive training, skills, knowledge and experience.

Working with local defence and police forces from a host of Caribbean nations, together with United States Coast Guard, RFA WAVE RULER conducts maritime patrols particularly aimed at countering drug trafficking in the Caribbean region.

RFA WAVE RULER and her Commanding Officer Captain Nigel BUDD (RFA) will host VIPs for a Formal Luncheon Reception Party. The ships company will also provide training for local customs and police units and undertake a guided tour for the Cadet Corps.

Captain Budd says: “We are delighted to be in Tortola to continue the UK’s close relationship with the Caribbean region, supporting and offering assistance where required. It will be the second time the ship has ever visited Tortola with the first visit in June 2008. I know members of the ships company are looking forward to enjoying the many sights and attractions Tortola has to offer”.

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