RFA Argus Recognized for Effort against Ebola
Royal Navy’s RFA Argus has been honoured by the Defence Secretary as she heads back to the UK after supporting the fight against Ebola.
The Royal Fleet Auxiliary ship deployed to Sierra Leone from Falmouth in September. Her task was to provide vital aviation support and medical capability to the Department for International Development-led effort against Ebola.
The ship’s three Merlin helicopters from 820 Naval Air Squadron and detachment of Royal Marines from 1 Assault Group Royal Marines helped deliver much-needed equipment, supplies and food packages to remote areas of Sierra Leone over six months.
In recognition of her contribution to operations in Sierra Leone and deployments spanning back to 1982, the Defence Secretary and Chairman of the Admiralty Board, Michael Fallon MP, has awarded Argus an Admiralty Board Letter of Commendation.
Defence Secretary, Michael Fallon, said:
During her deployment to Sierra Leone Argus has made a significant contribution to the UK’s effort to halt the spread of Ebola. She has helped to establish the crucial medical treatment centres and has provided vital transport capability allowing medical workers to reach the areas most affected by the disease and by providing medical reassurance to the British personnel deployed to the region.
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