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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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Military hospital ship awarded for work during the Ebola crisis

A military hospital ship which left Falmouth in September to help combat the Ebola crisis in West Africa is to receive a special award.

The RFA Argus will receive an Admiralty Board Letter of Commendation. It's thought this is the first time the award has been granted to an operational unit.

RFA Argus will receive a special award for her work during the Ebola crisis Credit: PA

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.

– Defence Secretary Michael Fallon

RFA Argus helps feed 16,000 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