RFA Argus

RFA Argus

The principal role of RFA Argus is to serve as a Primary Casualty Receiving Ship (PCRS). She has a fully equipped 100-bed medical complex on board, which can be uniquely tailored to deliver cutting-edge treatment afloat.

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The Primary Casualty Receiving Facility consists of over 40 different medical and surgical specialties, and is manned by personnel drawn from the MOD Hospital Units and Royal Marine Band Service.

The unit has a state-of-the-art emergency department, resuscitation and surgical facilities, a radiology suite that includes a CT scanner, a critical care unit, a high dependency unit and a 70-bed general ward.

As RFA Argus is fitted with self-defence guns and decoys and may have operational units embarked, she is not designated as a Hospital Ship as defined by the Geneva Convention and so does not display the International Red Cross symbol.

Her secondary role is to provide specialist aviation training facilities for the Fleet Air Arm.   

The ship is busy with a programme of operational flying training which will continue throughout much of 2014. 

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RFA Argus deploys to Sierra Leone

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Defence Secretary visits RFA Argus ahead of Ebola mission

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Tasking Operation Gritrock

The UK armed forces have so far played a pivotal role in delivering the current British support as they work with the government of Sierra Leone to tackle the crisis.Using British expertise and local building contractors, the UK has committed to support 700 new beds in Ebola treatment facilities. This package will further support the country’s stretched public health services in containing the disease by helping up to nearly 8,800 patients over a 6-month period.

  • Operation Gritrock

    he MOD is providing aviation support ship RFA Argus, Merlin helicopters from 820 NAS and military personnel to support efforts to tackle Ebola.

  • Joint Warrior

    Europe's largest military exercise - a tri-Service, multinational exercise involving over 35 warships, 25 aircraft, marines and troops.

Providing humanitarian assistance

When natural or man-made disasters occur, a country’s infrastructure and resources can be crippled. With loss of electricity, shortage of food and water supplies, and human lives at risk – responding to such life-threatening scenarios is central to the Royal Navy’s ethos. Because we have the skills, equipment and know-how to go anywhere, regardless of potential damage to local infrastructure. 

International partnerships

As the fifth largest economy in the world, the UK has responsibilities towards its allies and partners. But Britain also has global ambitions – namely to protect the seaways underpinning the country’s prosperity. The Royal Navy plays a crucial role in fostering these enduring and lasting alliances with other nations.

Location Africa

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Unit History

Ship Launching1981

RFA Argus was originally launched in 1981 as the commercially owned and operated Contender Bezant, a combination freight, Roll on Roll off ferry (RORO) and container ship.

Battle Honours1982

Contender Bezant's Battle Honour: Falkland Islands 1982

Falklands War1982

RFA Argus was one of the ships taken up from trade (STUFT) by the MOD for use in the 1982 Falklands War. During this period she was utilised as an aircraft transport, ferrying aircraft on deck.

Conversion to Aviation Training Ship1985

In 1985 she was converted to an aviation training ship at Harland & Wolff, Belfast, with extended accommodation, a flight deck, aircraft lifts and naval radar communications suites.

Ship History2009

Her principal role became Primary Casualty Receiving Ship during refit when a ramp for casualty transport replaced one of the aircraft hangars.

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Commanding Officer David Eagles

Rank: Captain

Captain Eagles joined the RFA in 1988, he took command of RFA Argus 14th June 2014.

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