News and Media Blogs Congratulations to RFA Argus Ebola crisis personnel Congratulations to the RFA Argus Naval personnel who were deployed to Sierra Leone to assist during the Ebola crisis. On 10 September they were presented with their operational medals by the First Sea Lord Admiral Sir George Zambellas at a ceremony in Portsmouth. The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity supported the crew's deployment by providing a range of Christmas gifts last year. RFA Argus deployed in October 2014 as the UK government’s response to the Ebola outbreak with 350 Tri-Service personnel on board – including 80 Royal Navy medical personnel. The ship spent six months off the coast of Sierra Leone with many medics and logistical personnel joining their Army colleagues on the ground to offer frontline support. During her time away the ship ensured 16,000 people received a month’s worth of food, more than 400 patients were treated and the three Merlin helicopters flew 294 missions from her deck.