Casualty ship

Primary Casualty Receiving Ship

The primary role is to serve as a Primary Casualty Receiving Ship, there is a fully equipped 100 bed hospital including a 4 bay operating theatre with a 10 bed Critical Care Unit, a 20 bed High Dependency Unit and a CT Scanner.  A secondary role is to provide aviation training facilities.

RFA Argus does not comply with the Geneva Convention's definition of a 'hospital ship' as she is fitted with self-defence guns and decoys and may have operational units embarked. Thus she is not classified as a hospital ship and does not dispaly the International Red Cross symbol.

Explore Weapons & Missiles

  • Primary Casualty Receiving Ship
  • DS30B 30mm

    DS30B 30mm Automated Small Calibre Gun

    A single mounting carrying an Oerlikon 30mm gun, it was designed as a ship-protection system to defend Royal Navy frigates from various short range missiles, rockets, grenades and explosives.   

    The gun is controlled from a remote operator console elsewhere on the ship.

  • GAM BO 20mm

    GAM BO 20mm Auto Cannon

    A simple hand operated mounting carrying a single Oerlikon KAA200 automatic cannon.

    It can fire 1000 rounds a minute and has a  range of 2000m.

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The Primary Casualty Receiving Ship has a 4 bay operating theatre on board