Sierra Leone Update

RFA Argus arrives at HMNB Gibraltar en-route to Sierra Leone as part of the UK's response to the Ebola epidemic. On arrival RFA Argus was loaded with Toyota vehicles and addition supplies, she will now continue her journey and play a vital role in transporting medical teams and equipment as well as assisting experts deployed to help tackle the Ebola epidemic. The deployment is expected to last up yto 6 months.

Two items of news to add to the previous post

RFA Argus Stops at Gibraltar En Route

On her way to , RFA Argus stopped at Gibraltar to take on board 32 pickup trucks for use when she arrives.

Thirty two off road vehicles, supplied by DfID, being loaded onto RFA Argus in Gibraltar. The vehicles will now be shipped to Sierra Leone where they will be used to transport equipment and personnel who are dealing with the Ebola outbreak.
Thirty two off road vehicles, supplied by DfID, being loaded onto RFA Argus in Gibraltar. The vehicles will now be shipped to Sierra Leone where they will be used to transport equipment and personnel who are dealing with the Ebola outbreak.
Thirty two off road vehicles, supplied by DfID, being loaded on RFA Argus in Gibraltar.
Thirty two off road vehicles, supplied by DfID, being loaded on RFA Argus in Gibraltar.
Thirty two off road vehicles, supplied by DfID, being loaded on RFA Argus in Gibraltar. The vehicles will now be shipped to Sierra Leone where they will be used to transport equipment and personnel who are dealing with the Ebola outbreak.
Thirty two off road vehicles, supplied by DfID, being loaded on RFA Argus in Gibraltar. The vehicles will now be shipped to Sierra Leone where they will be used to transport equipment and personnel who are dealing with the Ebola outbreak.
RFA Argus arrives at HMNB Gibraltar en-route to Sierra Leone as part of the UK's response to the Ebola epidemic. On arrival RFA Argus was loaded with Toyota vehicles and addition supplies, she will now continue her journey and play a vital role in transporting medical teams and equipment as well as assisting experts deployed to help tackle the Ebola epidemic. The deployment is expected to last up yto 6 months.
RFA Argus arrives at HMNB Gibraltar en-route to Sierra Leone as part of the UK’s response to the Ebola epidemic. On arrival RFA Argus was loaded with Toyota vehicles and addition supplies, she will now continue her journey and play a vital role in transporting medical teams and equipment as well as assisting experts deployed to help tackle the Ebola epidemic. The deployment is expected to last up to 6 months.
RFA Argus arrives at HMNB Gibraltar en-route to Sierra Leone as part of the UK's response to the Ebola epidemic. On arrival RFA Argus was loaded with Toyota vehicles and addition supplies, she will now continue her journey and play a vital role in transporting medical teams and equipment as well as assisting experts deployed to help tackle the Ebola epidemic. The deployment is expected to last up yto 6 months.
RFA Argus arrives at HMNB Gibraltar en-route to Sierra Leone as part of the UK’s response to the Ebola epidemic. On arrival RFA Argus was loaded with Toyota vehicles and addition supplies, she will now continue her journey and play a vital role in transporting medical teams and equipment as well as assisting experts deployed to help tackle the Ebola epidemic. The deployment is expected to last up to 6 months.
RFA Argus arrives at HMNB Gibraltar en-route to Sierra Leone as part of the UK's response to the Ebola epidemic. On arrival RFA Argus was loaded with Toyota vehicles and addition supplies, she will now continue her journey and play a vital role in transporting medical teams and equipment as well as assisting experts deployed to help tackle the Ebola epidemic. The deployment is expected to last up yto 6 months.
RFA Argus arrives at HMNB Gibraltar en-route to Sierra Leone as part of the UK’s response to the Ebola epidemic. On arrival RFA Argus was loaded with Toyota vehicles and addition supplies, she will now continue her journey and play a vital role in transporting medical teams and equipment as well as assisting experts deployed to help tackle the Ebola epidemic. The deployment is expected to last up to 6 months.

Justin Greening, DFiD, said;

These vehicles will be vital to keep Ebola treatment centres running across the country. From transporting medical supplies to ensuring treatment centres are well stocked with protective clothing, they will help increase capacity and capability as we work to control and defeat Ebola in Sierra Leone.

I am in Freetown to see first-hand how British health workers, military personnel, humanitarian experts and engineers are leading the fight to tackle this dreadful disease. I have visited a UK-funded Ebola medic training facility and a British-run community care unit and am immensely proud of what we are already achieving on the ground and how that will scale up dramatically in the coming weeks.

There are currently more than 300 UK military personnel in Sierra Leone from all three services – Army, Navy and RAF – comprised of medics, engineers, logisticians and planners. The Royal Navy’s RFA Argus and its Merlin helicopters, along with highly-skilled personnel, left Falmouth on the 17 October and on arrival will provide further support to UK efforts to tackle the virus. By the end of October, Defence’s total contribution to the UK’s work to tackle Ebola in Sierra Leone will amount to around 750 personnel

A great set of images but one thing that did strike me as unusual was the means of loading.

I thought RFA Argus had RORO ramps and the ability for vehicles to drive on and then lifted onto the deck via the helicopter lifts. Clearly, the yellow crane was used to lift them directly to the deck.

Does RFA Argus no longer have the RORO capability, is it blocked by stores and equipment taken on in the UK or is it just quicker to lift them straight to the deck.

It also begs the question about what happens at the other end.

Will then be craned off to one of the three landing craft seen on deck or lifted by the Merlin helicopter?

More Army Personnel Deploy

Another group of Army personnel have also deployed, by air, to Sierra Leone.

35 Squadron, 5 Medical Regiment, Royal Army Medical Corps and supporting personnel from the Queen’s Own Gurkha Logistic Regiment and 1st Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland will run the Ebola Training Academy.

Catterick based 35 Squadron from 5 Medical Regiment have departed from RAF Brize Norton, Oxfordshire on Tuesday 21 October as part of the Army’s support to the UK’s response to the Ebola outbreak.
Catterick based 35 Squadron from 5 Medical Regiment have departed from RAF Brize Norton, Oxfordshire on Tuesday 21 October as part of the Army’s support to the UK’s response to the Ebola outbreak.
Catterick based 35 Squadron from 5 Medical Regiment have departed from RAF Brize Norton, Oxfordshire on Tuesday 21 October as part of the Army’s support to the UK’s response to the Ebola outbreak.
Catterick based 35 Squadron from 5 Medical Regiment have departed from RAF Brize Norton, Oxfordshire on Tuesday 21 October as part of the Army’s support to the UK’s response to the Ebola outbreak.
Secretary of State for International Development Justine Greening talking to Medics prior to flying to Freetown,  Catterick based 35 Squadron from 5 Medical Regiment have departed from RAF Brize Norton, Oxfordshire on Tuesday 21 October as part of the Army’s support to the UK’s response to the Ebola outbreak. The unit will be deploying to Sierra Leone to man the Ebola Training Academy; the Academy’s role is to train the health care workers who will be working in the five Ebola Treatment Units the UK is currently building.
Secretary of State for International Development Justine Greening talking to Medics prior to flying to Freetown,
Catterick based 35 Squadron from 5 Medical Regiment have departed from RAF Brize Norton, Oxfordshire on Tuesday 21 October as part of the Army’s support to the UK’s response to the Ebola outbreak. The unit will be deploying to Sierra Leone to man the Ebola Training Academy; the Academy’s role is to train the health care workers who will be working in the five Ebola Treatment Units the UK is currently building.
Catterick based 35 Squadron from 5 Medical Regiment have departed from RAF Brize Norton, Oxfordshire on Tuesday 21 October as part of the Army’s support to the UK’s response to the Ebola outbreak.   The unit will be deploying to Sierra Leone to man the Ebola Training Academy; the Academy’s role is to train the health care workers who will be working in the five Ebola Treatment Units the UK is currently building.
Catterick based 35 Squadron from 5 Medical Regiment have departed from RAF Brize Norton, Oxfordshire on Tuesday 21 October as part of the Army’s support to the UK’s response to the Ebola outbreak. The unit will be deploying to Sierra Leone to man the Ebola Training Academy; the Academy’s role is to train the health care workers who will be working in the five Ebola Treatment Units the UK is currently building.
Around 150 British Army personnel left RAF Brize Norton this morning bound for Sierra Leone, to add to the significant efforts that the MoD has already made in tackling the Ebola crisis. The soldiers, mostly medics from 35 Squadron, 5 Medical Regiment of the Royal Army Medical Corps are due to arrive later today in Freetown. They will run the Ebola Training Academy - teaching local healthcare workers and hygienists how to protect themselves from infection and how to prevent it in others. Also deploying today were soldiers from the Queen’s Own Gurkha Logistic Regiment and 1st Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland (1 SCOTS).  Catterick based 35 Squadron from 5 Medical Regiment have departed from RAF Brize Norton, Oxfordshire on Tuesday 21 October as part of the Army’s support to the UK’s response to the Ebola outbreak.   The unit will be deploying to Sierra Leone to man the Ebola Training Academy; the Academy’s role is to train the health care workers who will be working in the five Ebola Treatment Units the UK is currently building.
Around 150 British Army personnel left RAF Brize Norton this morning bound for Sierra Leone, to add to the significant efforts that the MoD has already made in tackling the Ebola crisis. The soldiers, mostly medics from 35 Squadron, 5 Medical Regiment of the Royal Army Medical Corps are due to arrive later today in Freetown. They will run the Ebola Training Academy – teaching local healthcare workers and hygienists how to protect themselves from infection and how to prevent it in others. Also deploying today were soldiers from the Queen’s Own Gurkha Logistic Regiment and 1st Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland (1 SCOTS)..
Catterick based 35 Squadron from 5 Medical Regiment have departed from RAF Brize Norton, Oxfordshire on Tuesday 21 October as part of the Army’s support to the UK’s response to the Ebola outbreak.
Catterick based 35 Squadron from 5 Medical Regiment have departed from RAF Brize Norton, Oxfordshire on Tuesday 21 October as part of the Army’s support to the UK’s response to the Ebola outbreak.
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