Duchess of Cornwall to visit Portsmouth to praise Royal Navy medics

Duchess of Cornwall will be visiting Portsmouth Naval Base on Thursday
Duchess of Cornwall will be visiting Portsmouth Naval Base on Thursday
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CAMILLA, the Duchess of Cornwall will be visiting Portsmouth on Thursday to praise the efforts of Royal Navy medics who helped tackle the Ebola crisis in Africa.

She will be presenting medals to personnel from the Royal Navy Medical Services (RNMS) that were serving on RFA Argus earlier this year.

The duchess, who is the Commodore-in-Chief of the RNMS, will also visit Argus, at the Portsmouth Naval Base, to marks its 25 years of service.

The ship played a key role in Operation Gritlock – Britain’s aid effort providing medical care as well as transporting equipment to Sierra Leone during the height of the Ebola epidemic.

RFA Argus is a primary casualty receiving ship. On board, there is a 100-bed hospital, which includes a four-bay operating theatre, ten-bed critical care unit and 20-bed high dependency unit.