RFA Argus - A135 - IMO 7822550


NameRFA Argus
Acquired18 March 1988
Commissioned1 June 1988
Renamed25 March 1987
HomeportHMNB Devonport[1] (forward deployed as part of Littoral Response Group (South))[2]
MottoOcculi Omnium (Eyes of All)
Honours and
Falkland Islands 1982 (as the MV Contender Bezant), Gulf War 1991, Bosnia War 1992, Kosovo War 1998, Ebola Crisis 2015
StatusIn active service
General characteristics
TypeLittoral strike ship; secondary functions: Role 3 casualty treatment/aviation training and support vessel
Displacement28,081 tonnes
Length175.1 m (574 ft 6 in)
Beam30.4 m (99 ft 9 in)
Draught8.1 m (26 ft 7 in)
Propulsion2 × Lindholmen Pielstick 18 PC2.5V diesels, twin propellers; bow-thruster
Speed18 knots (33 km/h)
Range20,000 nautical miles at 10 knots
  • 80 RFA
  • 50 RN
  • (Part of the Maritime Aviation Support Force)
  • 137 RN air squadron personnel (When embarked)
  • 200 Nursing and Medical Staff (When the Hospital is activated)
Sensors and
processing systems
  • RT994 Surveillance Radar
  • Kelvin Hughes Ltd SharpEye navigation radar[4]
Aircraft carriedThree landing spots; capacity of up to nine Westland Merlin helicopters or equivalent mix of CH47 Chinooks, WAH-64 Apaches and/or AgustaWestland AW159 Wildcats[3]
Aviation facilities1 Aircraft lift from Flight Deck to 4-Deck number 2 hangar, 4x hangars

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