Shipping & Shipbuilding News -  22 January 2009- The Brightest Maritime Daily

RFA ARGUS in 23m refit at Falmouth
A&P undertake first major RFA refit of 2009...

Royal Fleet Auxiliary (RFA) hospital ship Argus will be upgraded with the latest medical equipment as part of an extensive refit worth over 23m.

Work began on the ship this week at A&P Group's Falmouth facility in the first major refit under an RFA support contract awarded to A&P in 2008.

The new medical equipment to be installed includes the latest advances in CT scanning equipment, used to assess casualties by 3D X-ray imagery, as well as new sterilising kit.

Argus provides hospital facilities to troops in war zones; as a Primary Casualty Receiving Facility the ship can accommodate 100 casualties at any time ensuring wounded Service personnel of any nationality can quickly receive primary care.

MOD Defence Equipment & Support (DE&S) Director of Afloat Support, Commodore Dave Preston, said:

"The medical support Argus can provide troops on operations is a crucial capability that can make all the difference when time is of the essence in the treatment of casualties."

The ship's environmental credentials will get a boost with a state of the art bioreactor that uses microbial action to process sewage, while new refrigeration and air conditioning plants that use more environmentally friendly refrigerant gases will be installed. The accommodation and mess facilities will also be modernised, to improve living standards for both crew and patients.

A&P Managing Director Peter Child said:

"A&P has a long history of working with the RFA and this experience has proved invaluable in the planning of this package which we have worked closely with DE&S to draw up. Working through the through-life support package, which we expect to secure nearly 100 jobs over the next five years, will expand this experience even further helping us to deliver real value while giving us stability in our order book."



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