|The first of 3 Merlin Mk2 helicopters from 820 Naval Air Squadron touches down on RFA Argus [Picture: Petty Officer Airman (Photographer) Carl Osmond, Crown copyright]|
London October 17, 2014 - The Royal Fleet Auxiliary ship began her journey to Sierra Leone today as part of the UK’s response to the Ebola outbreak.
RFA Argus sailed from Falmouth this morning with Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA), Royal Navy personnel and Royal Marines, along with 3 Merlin helicopters, aircrew and engineers from 820 Naval Air Squadron.
On arrival RFA Argus will play a vital role in transporting medical teams and equipment as well as assisting experts deployed to help tackle the Ebola epidemic. The deployment that is expected to last up to 6 months.
Defence Secretary Michael Fallon visited RFA Argus, an aviation support ship, earlier in the week to emphasise the leading role which the UK has taken in tackling the crisis in Sierra Leone.
|RFA Argus leaves Falmouth heading for Sierra Leone [Picture: Petty Officer Airman (Photographer) Paul A'Barrow, Crown copyright]|
By the end of October, defence’s total contribution to tackle Ebola in Sierra Leone will amount to 750 personnel and the UK’s treatment centres will provide direct medical care for up to 8,800 Ebola patients over 6 months.
|RFA Argus joins the fight against Ebola (infographic)|