Royal Fleet Auxiliary naval support ship RFA Argus has set sail for the Caribbean in preparation to support the British Overseas Territories where required during the Covid-19 pandemic as well as carry out its normal hurricane season duties.
RFA Argus' deployment to the Caribbean had been scheduled for the hurricane season but will now be able to play a part in ensuring the UK Government is ready to support the Overseas Territories during the pandemic.
The ship's commanding officer Captain Terence Barke said: 'RFA Argus' ship's company, consisting of both Royal Fleet Auxiliary and Royal Navy personnel, will rise to this challenge. We understand that there are people in need in the UK Overseas Territories who require our support.'
Minister of State for Defence Jeremy Quinn, responsible for the Overseas Territories, said: 'The Armed Forces are taking decisive and coordinated action both at home and overseas to respond to the Covid-19 outbreak. The Royal Navy and Royal Fleet Auxiliary have worked hard to ensure that RFA Argus is ready for the hurricane season in the Caribbean and now also able to support the UK's Overseas Territories during the pandemic.'