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