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RFA Argus Heads To Caribbean Ahead Of Hurricane Season

The ship will also available to support the British Overseas Territories during the coronavirus pandemic, if required.

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RFA Argus has left Devonport to support British Overseas Territories in the Caribbean during hurricane season.

Among those on board on the vessel are Royal Marines, Royal Fleet Auxiliary sailors and RFA aviators from 815 and 845 Naval Air Squadron.

As well as lending assistance during hurricane season, Argus will also be available to work as part of the response to the coronavirus crisis.

"RFA Argus’ ship’s company, consisting of both Royal Fleet Auxiliary and Royal Navy personnel, will rise to this challenge," Captain Terence Barke, the ship's commanding officer, said.

Defence minister Jeremy Quinn, who is responsible for the Overseas Territories, said."The Armed Forces are taking decisive and coordinated action both at home and overseas to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak."

"The deployment of this ship is just one way the UK Government is supporting communities at home and overseas as together we face the biggest public health emergency in a generation," Mr Quinn added.

For her deployment, RFA Argus is carruing aid from the Department for International Development so to be able to provide water and ration packs where needed.

The vessel is also equipped with materials to repair damage and clear blocked roads.

Should it be required, there is a possibility for a medical team to join RFA Argus in the Caribbean at a later date in response to the coronavirus in the region.

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