Royal Marines from Plymouth have been given a warm welcome as they come ashore in Sierra Leone to help the fight against ebola.
They had sailed in the Royal Fleet Auxiliary ship Argus, which left Falmouth last month.
The small group of men from 539 Assault Squadron Royal Marines and 42 Commando stepped ashore at Lungi beach to carry out a survey to see if the beach was suitable for landing craft to land.
Local people flocked to help them
Corporal Gavin Smith was at the helm of the landing craft.
RFA Argus was deployed to the West African country where she has begun playing a logistical role with three Merlin Mk2 helicopters from 820 Naval Air Squadron at RNAS Culdrose being used to transport British medical teams, stores and aid experts deployed to help tackle the Ebola virus.
The Royal Marines will continue with survey work in different areas in order to assist their longer term logistical role in transporting equipment, stores and personnel.
The UK Military is working in Sierra Leone supporting the Department for International Development at the request of the Government of Sierra Leone in the international battle against Ebola. The outbreak has the potential to affect many countries. It recognises that the battle is urgent.
More than 800 military personnel will be deployed in total to help with the establishment of Ebola Treatment Centres and an Ebola Training Academy. Around 450 of these personnel are already on the ground.