HMS Protector returns to Portsmouth

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THE Royal Navy’s ice patrol ship has returned home to Portsmouth today after a busy nine months on operations in Antarctica.

HMS Protector passed the Round Tower at 9am.

RETURNING HMS Protector arrives in Portsmouth. Picture: Paul Jacobs

RETURNING HMS Protector arrives in Portsmouth. Picture: Paul Jacobs

The ship conducted three work periods in the ice, and a fourth in the waters surrounding South Georgia.

She was there to provide support to a UK-led Antarctic Treaty inspection team, landing scientists at sites and assisting with environmental work.

The ship operates a three-watch crew rotation system, as she is deployed 330 days a year.

HMS Protector will deploy to the Antarctic again in the autumn.