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SAILORS are working hard to stop the spread of Ebola in one of the worst-affected countries – Sierra Leone.

Sailors and army medics, including many from Portsmouth, arrived in the country on board RFA Argus weeks ago.

The crew of RFA Argus

The crew of RFA Argus

Since then they have been unloading vital stories to take ashore and providing logistical support to the medical teams.

Captain David Eagles, the commanding officer of RFA Argus, said: ‘The UK has made clear its commitment to fighting and containing Ebola and the deployment of RFA Argus is just one element in this campaign.

‘Our primary role is to deliver transportation and logistical support for the medical teams and experts working in Sierra Leone – a role we began upon arrival.

‘Embarked in Argus are men and women drawn from across the armed forces, many of whom are experts in their field.

The presence of the 28,000 tonne Royal Fleet Auxiliary ship RFA ARGUS is already being felt in one of the countries worst affected by Ebola ' Sierra Leone.''Within minutes of her arrival crew members were already unloading Department for International Development (DfID) stores and 32 off road vehicles which are now being used by the Government of Sierra Leone and charities up and down the country.''Her three embarked Merlin Mk2 helicopters, from 820 Naval Air Squadron have flown more than 50 hours of Operation Gritrock tasking transporting essential stores and medical personnel to remote locations.''While Royal Marines from 42 Commando and 539 Assault Squadron Royal Marines have been travelling the densely forested coastline in their landing craft gathering information from local people and identifying potential beach landing sites. Captain David Eagles, Commanding Officer of RFA ARGUS, said: '''The UK has made clear its commitment to fighting and containing Ebola and the deployment of RFA ARGUS is just one e

The presence of the 28,000 tonne Royal Fleet Auxiliary ship RFA ARGUS is already being felt in one of the countries worst affected by Ebola ' Sierra Leone.''Within minutes of her arrival crew members were already unloading Department for International Development (DfID) stores and 32 off road vehicles which are now being used by the Government of Sierra Leone and charities up and down the country.''Her three embarked Merlin Mk2 helicopters, from 820 Naval Air Squadron have flown more than 50 hours of Operation Gritrock tasking transporting essential stores and medical personnel to remote locations.''While Royal Marines from 42 Commando and 539 Assault Squadron Royal Marines have been travelling the densely forested coastline in their landing craft gathering information from local people and identifying potential beach landing sites. Captain David Eagles, Commanding Officer of RFA ARGUS, said: '''The UK has made clear its commitment to fighting and containing Ebola and the deployment of RFA ARGUS is just one e

‘All have undergone stringent counter-Ebola training and after just one week we are already seeing the benefits of deploying such a capable vessel and crew.’

A Merlin Mk2 helicopter from 820 Naval Air Squadron carried an underslung load of supplied on to RFA Argus.''The presence of the 28,000 tonne Royal Fleet Auxiliary ship RFA ARGUS is already being felt in one of the countries worst affected by Ebola ' Sierra Leone.''Within minutes of her arrival crew members were already unloading Department for International Development (DfID) stores and 32 off road vehicles which are now being used by the Government of Sierra Leone and charities up and down the country.''Her three embarked Merlin Mk2 helicopters, from 820 Naval Air Squadron have flown more than 50 hours of Operation Gritrock tasking transporting essential stores and medical personnel to remote locations.''While Royal Marines from 42 Commando and 539 Assault Squadron Royal Marines have been travelling the densely forested coastline in their landing craft gathering information from local people and identifying potential beach landing sites. Captain David Eagles, Commanding Officer of RFA ARGUS, said: '''The UK

A Merlin Mk2 helicopter from 820 Naval Air Squadron carried an underslung load of supplied on to RFA Argus.''The presence of the 28,000 tonne Royal Fleet Auxiliary ship RFA ARGUS is already being felt in one of the countries worst affected by Ebola ' Sierra Leone.''Within minutes of her arrival crew members were already unloading Department for International Development (DfID) stores and 32 off road vehicles which are now being used by the Government of Sierra Leone and charities up and down the country.''Her three embarked Merlin Mk2 helicopters, from 820 Naval Air Squadron have flown more than 50 hours of Operation Gritrock tasking transporting essential stores and medical personnel to remote locations.''While Royal Marines from 42 Commando and 539 Assault Squadron Royal Marines have been travelling the densely forested coastline in their landing craft gathering information from local people and identifying potential beach landing sites. Captain David Eagles, Commanding Officer of RFA ARGUS, said: '''The UK

820 NAS Wings Parade on the flight deck of RFA Argus - Op Gritrock'A unique opportunity to celebrate the finishing point of training for five young Merlin Mk2 pilots occurred on the Flight Deck of RFA ARGUS today (8 Nov 14).' Normally this would be in a hangar at RNAS Culdrose but today, on Operations in Sierra Leone, these  five made history as, not since the Falklands conflict, have junior pilots finished their training and been presented their wings in this way.'Now, having pounded the deck day and night, got used to handling a 15 ton helicopter at sea, in high heat and humidity, these  pilots will now form part of the operational crews of 820 Naval Air Squadron, the oldest and most decorated ASW squadron in the Royal Navy.'Now they have passed their test, they can now start learning! PPP-141111-113322001

820 NAS Wings Parade on the flight deck of RFA Argus - Op Gritrock'A unique opportunity to celebrate the finishing point of training for five young Merlin Mk2 pilots occurred on the Flight Deck of RFA ARGUS today (8 Nov 14).' Normally this would be in a hangar at RNAS Culdrose but today, on Operations in Sierra Leone, these five made history as, not since the Falklands conflict, have junior pilots finished their training and been presented their wings in this way.'Now, having pounded the deck day and night, got used to handling a 15 ton helicopter at sea, in high heat and humidity, these pilots will now form part of the operational crews of 820 Naval Air Squadron, the oldest and most decorated ASW squadron in the Royal Navy.'Now they have passed their test, they can now start learning! PPP-141111-113322001