RFA Wave Laird (A119)

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Career (UK) RFA Ensign
Name: SS Empire Dunbar (1946)
RFA Wave Laird (1946-70)
Owner: Ministry of War Transport (1946)
Admiralty (1946-64)
Ministry of Defence (1964-70)
Operator: Royal Fleet Auxiliary
Builder: Sir J Laing & Sons Ltd, Sunderland
Yard number: 754[1]
Laid down: 1945[citation needed]
Launched: 3 April 1946
Completed: September 1946
Commissioned: 30 September 1946[citation needed]
Decommissioned: 1961
Fate: Scrapped at Gandia, Spain in March 1970
General characteristics
Tonnage: 8,187 gross register tons (GRT)
Displacement: 16,650 tonnes full load[citation needed]
Length: 493 feet 8 inches (150.47 m)[1]
Beam: 64 feet 1 inch (19.53 m)[1]
Draught: 28 feet 6 inches (8.69 m)[citation needed]
Propulsion: 2 x Metrovick double reduction geared steam turbines, 6,800 horsepower (5,100 kW).[citation needed]
Speed: 14.5 knots (26.9 km/h)[citation needed]

RFA Wave Laird (A119) was a Wave-class fleet support tanker of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary.


RFA Wave Laird was built by Sir J Laing & Sons Ltd, Sunderland. She was launched on 3 April 1946 as the 8,187 GRT SS Empire Dunbar for the Ministry of War Transport. She was completed in September 1946 as RFA Wave Laird for the Royal Fleet Auxiliary.[1] She was laid up in reserve at Devonport in 1961[citation needed] and scrapped at Gandia, Spain in March 1970.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Mitchell, W H, and Sawyer, L A (1995). The Empire Ships. London, New York, Hamburg, Hong Kong: Lloyd's of London Press Ltd. p. 154. ISBN 1-85044-275-4.