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10 Things You Didn't Know About RFA Argus

RFA Argus has returned from Sierra Leone after a six month deployment to help combat the spread of Ebola.

RFA Argus has returned from Sierra Leone after a six month deployment to help combat the spread of Ebola. How many of these facts did you already know?

 

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It was originally an Italian-built container ship called MV Contender Bezant before being requisitioned for service in the Falklands Conflict. 

 

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Its motto - Oculi Omnium (the eyes of all)

 

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The ship was featured in the film 'World War Z' where it appeared as 'UN Command Ship USS Argus'

 

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The ship was deliberately heavily built to prevent her being unstable during her conversion from a container ship.

 

 

The ship's namesake is HMS Argus, an aircraft carrier painted with 'dazzle' camouflage built during the First World War.

 

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The ship acts as a floating hospital with state of the art medical facilities. 

 

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The Ship's deck is used for training aviators to prepare them for landing on the small decks of Frigates.

 

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Its Commanding Officer is Captain David Eagles. He joined the Royal Fleet Auxiliary in 1988 and owns three Basset Hounds. 

 

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The ship's mission in Sierra Leone was to support three Merlin helicopters and a deployment of Royal Marines.

 

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In 2012 she took a break from drug-busting in the Caribbean to help aid victims of Hurricaine Sandy in Jamaica. 

 

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