ICE patrol ship HMS Protector has returned to Portsmouth today from her maiden deployment to the Antarctic.
The Royal Navy ice-breaker arrived in her home port after spending seven months surveying and patrolling the Antarctic Peninsula.
It was her first deployment since joining the fleet as a £26m replacement for HMS Endurance last year.
The ship departed Portsmouth last November and carried studies for the UK Hydrographic Office, which provides 80 per cent of the world’s nautical charts.
She also resupplied British Antarctic Survey stations.