The Naval Ship Argus in Dry Dock at Falmout during a refit

Malcolm Chant

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oyal Fleet Auxiliary ship Argus was quick of the mark in terms of military service – she was already doing sterling work in the Falklands before she became a permanent part of the Ministry of Defence.

Built in Italy as the container ship Contender Bezant, she was taken up from trade by the RFA during the Falklands War and subsequently converted by Harland and Wolff in Belfast before being accepted into RFA service in 1988.

Her primary role is to provide specialist aviation training facilities to the Fleet Air Arm.

As such, she is often to be found sailing on ten-day deployments to Vigo or Lisbon with a Naval Air Squadron embarked, giving trainee aircrew intensive at-sea flying experience.

More than two-thirds of her length is taken up by a five-spot landing deck, which has a 5ft-thick concrete underside, giving Argus the ability to operate any of the Royal Navy’s helicopters – the new Merlin has been operating from the ship in a trials programme in recent months.

Argus can also, when required, transport and launch RN FA2 Sea Harriers or RAF GR7 Harriers.


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