Royal Marines go ashore at Sierra Leone to fight ebola

Royal Marines from Plymouth have gone ashore at Sierra Leone as part of efforts to fight the Ebola epidemic. They arrived on the RFA Argus, which sailed out of Falmouth this autumn.

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RFA Argus helps feed 16,000 people in Sierra Leone

More than 220 tonnes of food were delivered for the United Nations Credit: RNAS Culdrose

More than 16,000 people in Sierra Leone have a month’s supply of food after a three-day mission by the British Armed Forces to reach islands cut off from the rest of the country by the Ebola outbreak.

The RFA Argus, which set sail from Falmouth in October, joined the operation to bring supplies, with helicopters delivering more than 150 tonnes of food inland.

These couple of days were the best and the most rewarding that I’ve had in the Royal Navy. It was a fantastic experience to be able to work side by side with the people who will benefit from this aid. Storing it centrally will allow the food to be distributed to those who need it.

– Leading Airman Dave Jackson
Merlin helicopters from RFA Argus delivered food inland Credit: RNAS Culdrose

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Argus leaves Falmouth on its way to fight ebola

The medical ship RFA Argus has left Falmouth on its way to Sierra Leone to help in the fight against ebola.

The ship is packed with food, medical equipment and thousands of bottles of water but ebola patients won't be brought on board because of the risk of spreading the virus.

The RFA Argus is guided out of Falmouth on its mission to West Africa Credit: ITV News
The ship's company stands on ceremony Credit: ITV News
More than 750 servicemen and women are on board the medical ship, including personnel from RNAS Culdrose Credit: ITV News

Fond farewells as medical ship leaves for West Africa

There were difficult farewells this morning as RFA Argus, a medical ship with a fully-equipped 100-bed hospital on board, prepared to leave Falmouth on its mission to help Ebola victims.

Here's a short clip from the dockside.

RFA Argus will leave Falmouth for Sierra Leone today

RFA Argus will leave Falmouth headed for Sierra Leone Credit: ITV News

RFA Argus, a medical ship with a fully-equipped 100-bed hospital on board, will leave Falmouth today on its way to Sierra Leone, to help Ebola victims.

The ship is packed with food, medical equipment and thousands of bottles of water and has a state of the art casualty unit but Ebola patients won't be brought on board because of the risk of transmission.

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Medical ship prepares to leave Falmouth to fight Ebola

The RFA Argus is due to leave for Africa to tackle the ebola crisis Credit: PA

The RFA Argus is preparing to leave Falmouth for Sierra Leone where it will help in the battle against the spread of the Ebola virus.

It will transport 750 servicemen and women and three Merlin helicopters to help support training and treatment centres.

It will also be equipped with 100 beds including a critical care unit.

Cornish troops head to Africa to help with Ebola outbreak

Medical exercises have been taking place before Army medics are sent to Sierra Leone Credit: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire

More than 750 military personnel are being sent to West Africa to help in the efforts to contain the Ebola outbreak.

The announcement comes as the first Ebola patient to be diagnosed in the US, Thomas Eric Duncan, has died in hospital in Texas. The World Health Organisation has warned that sporadic cases in Europe are now "unavoidable."

It's understood RFA Argus will also be sent to Sierra Leone, along with three helicopters.

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