HMS Protector makes night-time journey through the Panama Canal

HMS Duncan has returned to Portsmouth after spending three months in the Mediterranean Picture:  L/Phot Louise George

HMS Duncan returns to Portsmouth after three months away at sea

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SILHOUETTED against the controls on HMS Protector’s bridge, the ship’s officer on watch guides her through the Panama Canal.

The Royal Navy’s Portsmouth-based icebreaker has made a night-time journey through the canal, taking seven hours and 38 minutes to make the 48 mile passage.

STEADY HMS Protector is guided through the Panama Canal Picture: L(Phot) Jay Allen

STEADY HMS Protector is guided through the Panama Canal Picture: L(Phot) Jay Allen

Sub Lieutenant David Campbell was on the bridge for the transit.

He said: ‘As my first time going through the Panama Canal it was amazing to see a fantastic piece of engineering while cutting through the heart of the jungle.

‘It was a tiring night’s work but I can tick it off my experiences to-do list.’