argus2On 2 February 1998 the Helicopter Training and Primary Casualty Receiving ship RFA Argus raced to the rescue of the Spanish ship “Delfin Del Mediterraneo” which had sunk in a storm, 248 miles south west of Cape St. Vincent at 34° 34'N – 13° 04'W.  The ship launched her helicopters and despite waves of up to 40 feet, managed to rescue twelve Spanish sailors from the ship. Two other crew members were lost.

 

 

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 On 2 February 1998 the Helicopter Training and Primary Casualty Receiving ship RFA Argus raced to the rescue of the Spanish ship “Delfin Del Mediterraneo” which had sunk in a storm, 248 miles south west of Cape St. Vincent at 34° 34'N – 13° 04'W.  The ship launched her helicopters and despite waves of up to 40 feet, managed to rescue twelve Spanish sailors from the ship. Two other crew members were lost.

 

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Three of members of the embarked NAS Squadron were later awarded the Air Force Cross and six other members of the Squadron received the Queens Commendation for Bravery in the Air (London Gazette 7 May 1999)

In March 1998 the Captain of RFA Argus received the Silver Medal of Galicia from the Provincial President, Señor Manuel Frega on behalf of the Ship and embarked aircrew.

 

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