RFA Wave Duke

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

RFA EnsignUnited Kingdom
  • SS Empire Mars (1944-46)
  • RFA Wave Duke (1946-69)
BuilderSir J. Laing & Sons Ltd, Sunderland
Launched16 November 1944
Commissioned16 November 1946
Decommissioned30 April 1960
FateScrapped in 1970
General characteristics
Tonnage8,187 gross register tons (GRT)
Displacement16,483 tons full load
Length492 ft 8 in (150.16 m)
Beam64 ft 4 in (19.61 m)
Draught28 ft 6 in (8.69 m)
Propulsion2 x Metrovick double reduction geared steam turbines, 6,800 hp (5,100 kW).
Speed14.5 knots (26.9 km/h)

RFA Wave Duke (A246) was a Wave-class fleet support tanker of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary built at Sir J. Laing & Sons Ltd at Sunderland. She saw service during the Korean War. She was laid up at Devonport on 30 April 1960, and arrived at Bilbao to be scrapped on 25 December 1969.[1]


  1. ^ "RFA Wave Duke". historicalrfa.uk. Retrieved 24 November 2023.