was initially procured for a helicopter training role. This former Ro-Ro container
ship was converted for her new task by Harland and Wolf, completing in
former Ro-Ro deck is used as a hanger with four sliding WT doors able to
operate at a speed of 10 m/min. Argus can replenish other ships underway.
There is one lift port midships and one abaft the funnel.
facilities are somewhat limited if she is used in the Command support
role. She was the first RFA to be fitted with a command system.
Argus has a subsidiary role as a Primary
Casualty Receiving Ship having been upgraded with state-of--the-art
medical equipment in an extensive refit worth over £23 million, that
provides hospital facilities to troops in war zones.
Medical equipment installed includes the latest
advances in CT scanning equipment, used to assess casualties by 3D X-ray
imagery, as well as new sterilising kit. As a Primary Casualty Receiving
Facility, Argus can accommodate 100 casualties at any time ensuring
wounded service personnel can receive swift primary care.
Studies are underway relating to a Joint Casualty Treatment Ship (JCTS)
programme intended to replace the capability currently provided by RFA
Argus in a 2020 timeframe. This programme would aim to deliver a
ship-borne medical facility broadly similar in scope to a field
hospital, capable of treating a full range of casualties, whether from
sea, land or air environments.
Argus started a refit at Falmouth in early
2013 that should be completed by September 2013.
||20,000nm at 15 knots
||80 (22 officers) plus 35
permanent RN plus 137 RN Aviation personnel
||3,300 tonnes diesel
1,100 tonnes aviation fuel 138 x 4 ton vehicles in lieu of
||4 x 30mm Guns 4 x 7.62mm
MG. Combat Data System and Sensor fit appropriate for aircraft
||Provision to transport
12 x BAe Sea Harrier, Helicopters
6 x Westland Sea King HAS 5/6 or similar
|RFA Argus (A135)