Tanker RFA Wave Knight will also deploy to the Gulf (Picture: MOD).
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Haiti Earthquake: RFA Vessel Heading To Support Aid Effort

The 7.2-magnitude earthquake has left about 30,000 families homeless, with RFA Wave Knight now deploying to help with relief support.

Tanker RFA Wave Knight will also deploy to the Gulf (Picture: MOD).

A Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) vessel is sailing towards Haiti to support the international aid effort in the Caribbean country after a powerful earthquake there killed at least 1,400 people.

RFA Wave Knight, a Royal Navy support ship, is already deployed to the region to help those potentially affected by natural disasters during the hurricane season and is currently in the Caribbean Sea.

The 32,000-tonne fast fleet tanker carries food, water and other supplies for disaster relief support. 

Tropical Storm Grace has since swept over Haiti with drenching rains just two days after the impoverished nation was hit by the 7.2-magnitude earthquake.

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RFA Wave Knight is a fast fleet tanker (file photo) (Picture: Royal Navy).

Six thousand people have been injured by the quake, while officials said more than 7,000 homes have been destroyed and nearly 5,000 damaged, leaving about 30,000 families homeless.

The RFA is the civilian branch of the naval service and is staffed by merchant sailors. It delivers worldwide logistic and operational support to Royal Navy and Royal Marines operations. 

In 2019, RFA Mounts Bay helped provide emergency relief to the Bahamas following Hurricane Dorian.

Cover image: File photo of RFA Wave Knight (Picture: MOD).