Royal Navy sailors prepare to help tackle Ebola

Royal Navy nurse Lieutenant Susan Jeffreys checks medical equipment as the hospital ship RFA Argus prepares to sail. Picture: Ben Birchall/PA
Royal Navy nurse Lieutenant Susan Jeffreys checks medical equipment as the hospital ship RFA Argus prepares to sail. Picture: Ben Birchall/PA

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ROYAL Navy sailors are preparing to deploy on board a medical ship to tackle the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

A team of 750 military personnel are expected to reach Sierra Leone by November with Royal Navy hospital ship RFA Argus departing from Britain on Friday. She will sail loaded with three Merlin helicopters, medics and Royal Marines.

Strict rules to keep the ship sterile from Ebola will be put into force, including banning personnel from going ashore on leave during up to three months of deployment.

Royal Marines who leave the RFA ship for operations in the local communities will go through a decontamination process upon their return.