Royal Navy vessel spotted in English Channel passing Folkestone and Dover

A Royal Navy vessel has been spotted in the English Channel off Kent.

The RFA Argus was seen heading north across the English Channel, soon passing Folkestone and Dover on her left, and Calais on her right.

The ship left Devonport yesterday (Friday March 11) at 10.10am.

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It is not yet known where the ship is heading.

The RFA Argus is a naval auxiliary boat built in 1981.

According to the Royal Navy, she is a primary casualty receiving ship of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary.

The website states: “With a 100-bed medical complex on board, she acts as a floating medical facility in times of crisis or war.”

Its current operation is part of the “Baltic Protector” in Northern Europe and the Baltic Sea, a maritime training deployment in nine countries.

The ship is commanded by Captain Kevin Rimell RFA.

You can follow the ship as it sails up the channel here.

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