High speed: The Royal Navy fleet auxiliary fast fleet tanker RFA Wave Knight (A 389) prepares to transfer fuel to the amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) during a replenishment at sea. Bataan is serving as the flagship of the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group conducting maritime security operations in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. *Photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Tony Sisti
High speed: The Royal Navy fleet auxiliary fast fleet tanker RFA Wave Knight (A 389) prepares to transfer fuel to the amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) during a replenishment at sea. Bataan is serving as the flagship of the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group conducting maritime security operations in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. *Photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist Tony Sisti

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 23: RFA Wave Knight became the first British military vessel of the year to arrive in Bermuda when she came alongside in Dockyard yesterday.

The 31,500-tonne fast fleet tanker is just starting a six-month deployment in the Caribbean and North Atlantic.

She is specially designed to refuel other ships while on the move at sea and is currently stocked full of humanitarian supplies to help disaster relief operations in the region.

The 77-strong crew, which is bolstered by five Royal Naval personnel who operate the ship’s helicopter and weapons systems, will also be involved in counter-narcotic operations at sea.

Wave Knight will be in Bermuda until Friday when she leaves the island to relieve RFA Argus, which is just finishing the same deployment.

And her visit comes nearly two years after her sister ship, Wave Ruler, stopped into the island on her way to fulfill a similar role in the Caribbean.

Wave Knight has seen action in some of the most dangerous waters in the world since she came into service in 2003.

Over the years she has come to the rescue to a stricken submarine off Ireland, provided support to warships in the Middle East and chased pirates through the Gulf of Aden.

Elsewhere this week the latest batch of vehicles will arrive on Friday on board the car carrier, Pegasus Highway.

While tomorrow at 1pm the bulk carrier, Four Diamond, will rendezvous with the pilot boat out at Five Fathom Hole to pick up spare parts and two new crew before carrying on her journey to Delaware in the US.

The Somers Isles is also in tomorrow as she takes over from the Bermuda Islander, which is having routine maintenance, conducted in New Jersey.