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A Casualty Receiving Ship with a fully equipped hospital, this ship also provides aviation training facilities - making it a valuable asset in critical care and the education of the Navy’s future pilots.

Primary casualty receiving ship

Merlin helicopter comes in for landing on RFA Argus


Royal Marines Band Service members carry out training in a medical facility onboard RFA Argus

A hospital on water

The Royal Navy’s Casualty ‘Class’ consists of just one vessel, RFA Argus. The primary role of this ship is to receive and treat casualties and for this purpose it has a fully-equipped, 100-bed hospital complete with a four-bay operating theatre, ten-bed critical care unit, 20-bed high dependency unit and a CT scanner.
Crew onboard the HMS Cumberland fire deck weapons out to sea

Armed for protection

RFA Argus comes equipped with Oerlikon 30mm guns and hand-operated mounts carrying Oerlikon KAA200 automatic cannons (that can fire 1,000 rounds per minute at a range of 2,000 metres) for protection. As such, she cannot be classified as a hospital ship under the Geneva Convention and thus does not display the International Red Cross symbol.

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