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.
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.