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RFA Argus has set sail for the Caribbean in preparation to support the British Overseas Territories during the upcoming hurricane season and will be able to support the response to the Covid-19 pandemic if required.

RFA Argus’ deployment to the Caribbean had been scheduled for the hurricane season, but she will now be able to play a part in ensuring the UK Government is ready to support the Overseas Territories.

The support ship left Devonport on 2 April to cross the Atlantic, with sailors and Royal Marines standing ready to assist the United Kingdom in its efforts to defeat the pandemic at home and overseas.

RFA Argus set sail from HM Naval Base Devonport

The Armed Forces are taking decisive and coordinated action both at home and overseas to respond to the Covid-19 outbreak. The Royal Navy and Royal Fleet Auxiliary have worked hard to ensure that RFA Argus is ready for the hurricane season in the Caribbean and now also able to support the UK’s Overseas Territories during the pandemic. 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.

Minister of State for Defence Jeremy Quinn, responsible for the Overseas Territories

RFA Argus has deployed carrying aid from the Department for International Development to provide water and ration packs where needed.

She is also equipped with materials to repair damage and clear blocked roads in support of local emergency services.

If required, a medical team could later join RFA Argus in the Caribbean to support the UK Government’s response to Covid-19 in the Overseas Territories.

“RFA Argus’ ship’s company, consisting of both Royal Fleet Auxiliary and Royal Navy personnel, will rise to this challenge. We understand that there are people in need in the UK Overseas Territories who require our support.”

The ship’s commanding officer Captain Terence Barke

Deploying on board RFA Argus are Royal Marines, Royal Navy and Royal Fleet Auxiliary sailors and aviators from 815 Naval Air Squadron and 845 Naval Air Squadron.

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