Protector in the freezer

ICE SHIP HMS Protector at the Rothera ice station in Antarctica.  Picture: LA(Phot) Arron Hoare/MoD
ICE SHIP HMS Protector at the Rothera ice station in Antarctica. Picture: LA(Phot) Arron Hoare/MoD

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THE Royal Navy’s ice patrol vessel HMS Protector has been exploring the frozen continent as the ship ventured to her mostly southerly position in Antarctica.

Royal Marines serving on the Portsmouth-based icebreaker had a chance to explore the island of Rothera after making an aviation fuel delivery to a station of the British Antarctic Survey (BAS). The scientists then took them crevassing.

Marine Thomas Lemar said: ‘It was a truly mind-blowing experience. It was like being in Superman’s secret lair with huge ice crystals shooting out in every direction.’