RFA Argus on operations
Royal Fleet Auxiliary ship Argus departed Falmouth Docks and started a busy training programme on January 23 under the command of Captain Peter N Selby.
Having completed a scheduled maintenance period (SMP) at A & P Falmouth, she began deck landing training (DLT) with 845 Squadron right away.
On the 25th of January she topped up on fuel with a replenishment at sea (RAS) with RFA Wave Ruler (who was accompanied by a pod of porpoises throughout the serial).
“It was great to have the ship back at sea after a successful maintenance period. Argus was able to show what it could do in both the PCRF and Aviation roles,” Captain Selby commented. “Loading fuel at sea enabled the ship to load a considerable amount of fuel in a short time and reduce harbour hassle.”
“The embarkation of 656 Squadron was most successful with over 120 Deck Landings taking place in a short time. All in all a most beneficial time at sea for all concerned.”
After a brief visit to Portland for the weekend, flying training continued with 656 and 846 Squadrons.
Despite the January weather, both Chinooks and Apaches were able to complete their training.
RFA Argus is a primary casualty receiving ship (PCRS) with a fully equipped 100-bed medical complex on board tailored to deliver treatment afloat.