RFA Argus returns to Cornwall after fighting Ebola virus

Crews on board the RFA Argus have returned to Cornwall after an award-winning six-month deployment to West Africa to fight ebola.

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Families reunited with RFA Argus crew after six-month deployment

Crews on board the RFA Argus have been reunited with their families after a six-month deployment to West Africa.

For their loved ones waiting for them at RNAS Culdrose, it was the best Easter gift they could wish for:

The Royal Navy helicopter crews have been helping deliver vital supplies to fight Ebola in West Africa for the last six months, flying people and equipment ashore, to help set up medical treatment centres in Sierra Leone.

The operation has been demanding. From the outset the team was involved in providing essential lift capability to establish the medical treatment centres across the country. They have also helped to move vital equipment supplies and food packages to remote areas of Sierra Leone which were often inaccessible by road.

– Captain Adrian Orchard, Commanding Officer RNAS Culdrose

The crew were flown back to shore by helicopter yesterday. RFA Argus is at anchor off Cornwall and will return to Falmouth today.

Award-winning RFA Argus back in Cornwall after fighting ebola

The military hospital ship has spent six months helping to fight ebola. Credit: PA Archive/Press Association Images

Crews on board the RFA Argus will return to Cornwall this morning after an award-winning six-month deployment to West Africa to fight ebola.

The ship, three RNAS Culdrose helicopters and a team of Royal Marines helped deliver much-needed equipment, supplies and food packages to remote areas of Sierra Leone.

The Argus was given a special award for its contributions to the ebola fight.

The Argus team received an Admiralty Board Letter of Commendation for its work, which has included establishing crucial medical treatment centres and providing vital transport for medical workers to reach the areas most affected by the disease. It is thought to be first time the award has been granted to an operational unit.

The crew will be flown to shore before the boat docks tomorrow.

The ship delivered vital supplies, equipment and food to areas of Sierra Leone.

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