Ice ship returns after nine freezing months

HMS Protector arrives in Antarctica '''Picture: L(Phot) Arron Hoare.
HMS Protector arrives in Antarctica '''Picture: L(Phot) Arron Hoare.

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THE Royal Navy’s ice patrol ship will return to Portsmouth this week after nine months in Antarctica.

HMS Protector, pictured, left the city in September. The ship conducted three work periods in the ice, and a fourth in 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.

Captain Rhett Hatcher, HMS Protector’s commanding officer, said: ‘Completing such a busy and diverse programme in the ship’s second deployment to Antarctica in as many years represents a significant achievement for HMS Protector’s ship’s company.’

HMS Protector will deploy to the Antarctic again in autumn 2013.

She returns to Portsmouth on Friday at about 9am.