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Duchess of Cornwall to present medals to Navy personnel who helped with the Ebola crisis

The Duchess of Cornwall begins the new royal season on 10 September honouring Navy personnel who helped with the Ebola crisis last year.

The Duchess of Cornwall is pictured here in 2012 at HMS Excellent in Portsmouth. There she presented operational medals to Royal Navy medics upon their return operations in Afghanistan.

The Duchess of Cornwall is pictured here in 2012 at HMS Excellent in Portsmouth. There she presented operational medals to Royal Navy medics upon their return operations in Afghanistan.

Camilla, Commodore-in-Chief of the Royal Naval Medical Services will present medals and take the salute to mark the completion of Operation Gritrock.

Operation Gritrock was the UK’s support to the global Ebola threat.

The RFA Argus was deployed in October 2014 to the Sierra Leone as part of the United Kingdom’s response to the Ebola crisis and keep Britain safe from the disease.

Personnel from the Royal Naval Medical Services (RNMS), were on board Argus for the operation, named Operation Gritrock, administering medical care and support and transporting equipment in Sierra Leone.

The Duchess will also visit The Royal Fleet Auxiliary ship, RFA Argus to honour its 25 years of service.

The RFA Argus will be moored at Greenwich for three days as part of London Shipping Week.

RFA Argus is a Primary Casualty Receiving Ship. 25 years old this year, it has a 100-bed hospital, containing a 4-bay operating theatre, a ten bed Critical Care Unit, a 20 bed High Dependency Unit and a CT Scanner on board.

The Royal Naval Medical Service supports and maintains the health, fitness and well-being of the men and women in the Royal Navy, which is essential to operational capability and effectiveness.

The Duchess of Cornwall was appointed Commodore-in-Chief of the Royal Naval Medical Services in 2006.

Commodore-in-chief is a honourary appointment given by the monarch to various members of the Royal Family and is not a rank. Possessing an appointment of Commodore-in-Chief does not bestow upon the holder the rank of commodore or any other rank.

Photo credit: Royal Navy Media Archive via Flickr

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