HMS Protector lends a hand in the bays of South Georgia

L-R: Mne Griffiths, LS Hickman, LD Waghorn, LCpl Brunning, Sgt Smith, Mne Batty, Lt Cdr Wrigley, Capt Hatcher (CO), AB Warrington, Mne Davies, PO Farrell, WO1 Brown, AB(SEA) Daubney, AB, Mne Lemar. Pictures: LA(Phot) Vicki Benwell

L-R: Mne Griffiths, LS Hickman, LD Waghorn, LCpl Brunning, Sgt Smith, Mne Batty, Lt Cdr Wrigley, Capt Hatcher (CO), AB Warrington, Mne Davies, PO Farrell, WO1 Brown, AB(SEA) Daubney, AB, Mne Lemar. Pictures: LA(Phot) Vicki Benwell

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Dodging curious seals and penguins, sailors on board HMS Protector have lent a hand to clean up an Antarctic beach.

The Portsmouth-based ship broke through ice and fog to reach the bays of South Georgia.

Shackleton's Walk, South Georgia.

On the 11th January 2014, members of the Ship's Company of HMS Protector walked the final 10k of the infamous Shackleton's Walk, in South Georgia. Accompanied by the Ship's Royal Marine Detachment, Ship's Company walked from Husvik Harbour to Stromness, totalling a little over 10k over arduous mountainous conditions. The walkers were reunited with the Ship in Stomness Bay where some members camped out overnight with the RM Detatchment.
Image shows the Ship berthed in Stromness Bay with a penguin on the shoreline.

Shackleton's Walk, South Georgia. On the 11th January 2014, members of the Ship's Company of HMS Protector walked the final 10k of the infamous Shackleton's Walk, in South Georgia. Accompanied by the Ship's Royal Marine Detachment, Ship's Company walked from Husvik Harbour to Stromness, totalling a little over 10k over arduous mountainous conditions. The walkers were reunited with the Ship in Stomness Bay where some members camped out overnight with the RM Detatchment. Image shows the Ship berthed in Stromness Bay with a penguin on the shoreline.

Their primary task was to conduct hydrographic and dive operations, but a team of 10 also spent time cleaning up the beach in Cumberland Bay.

In less than two hours, they cleared a 1.5km stretch of beach which had become littered with debris washed up by the water.

Warrant Officer Second Class Tony Tindale said: ‘It’s always nice to leave an area like this cleaner than when you get there.

‘It’s beautiful and abundant with wildlife.’

Shackleton's Walk, South Georgia.

On the 11th January 2014, members of the Ship's Company of HMS Protector walked the final 10k of the infamous Shackleton's Walk, in South Georgia. Accompanied by the Ship's Royal Marine Detachment, Ship's Company walked from Husvik Harbour to Stromness, totalling a little over 10k over arduous mountainous conditions. The walkers were reunited with the Ship in Stomness Bay where some members camped out overnight with the RM Detatchment.
Image shows the Captain assending a hill during the Shackleton's walk, accompanied by members of the RM Detachment.
Consent has been received for this image. *** Local Caption *** L-R: Captain Hatcher, Sgt Smith, Mne Davies, Mne Griffiths.

Shackleton's Walk, South Georgia. On the 11th January 2014, members of the Ship's Company of HMS Protector walked the final 10k of the infamous Shackleton's Walk, in South Georgia. Accompanied by the Ship's Royal Marine Detachment, Ship's Company walked from Husvik Harbour to Stromness, totalling a little over 10k over arduous mountainous conditions. The walkers were reunited with the Ship in Stomness Bay where some members camped out overnight with the RM Detatchment. Image shows the Captain assending a hill during the Shackleton's walk, accompanied by members of the RM Detachment. Consent has been received for this image. *** Local Caption *** L-R: Captain Hatcher, Sgt Smith, Mne Davies, Mne Griffiths.

At the same time, the ship’s survey motor boat was launched to survey the seabed to help understand the depths and dangers of the waters.

The rocky landscape nearby also provided the embarked Royal Marine cold weather experts the chance to do some mountaineering training among the peaks.

Later, 10 members of the ship’s company tackled an extended version of the Shackleton walk – an 8km route following the original route of famous explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton.

 

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