FOLLOWING in the footsteps of intrepid explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton, a team of Royal Navy personnel are going on an expedition to the Antarctic.
Engineer Sub Lieutenant Emily Kutarski, from Portsmouth, will be joined by communication specialist Petty Officer Daniel Hill, from Gosport, on the six-week trip.
The pair will face extreme conditions as they and nine others research team dynamics and leadership, as well as inspire new sailors and marines to seek adventure.
S/Lt Kutarski is the only woman in Exercise Antarctic Endurance. She is at the start of her navy career having only been in the service for two years after getting a degree in aeronautical engineering.
The 29-year-old said: ‘By taking part in this expedition, I will have achieved a long-held ambition of visiting Antarctica and walking in Shackleton’s footsteps.
‘During the expedition I’m looking forward to building on the new skills I’ve learned during the training and selection process and hope that my actions will inspire other girls to get out exploring.’
I am chasing a childhood dream to follow Shackleton’s footsteps having read South and other explorer books as a youngster.Petty Officer Daniel Hill
For keen yachtsman PO Hill, the trip will allow him to achieve a dream.
He said: ‘I am chasing a childhood dream to follow Shackleton’s footsteps having read South and other explorer books as a youngster.’
The 31-year-old, who is also a field gun runner at HMS Collingwood in Fareham, added: ‘I also wanted to take part in Antarctic Endurance to see what it’s like to be exposed to risk in a remote and inhospitable environment, where teamwork and leadership will be needed in order to survive and succeed.’
Departing later this month, the team will travel to the Falklands through the Weddell Sea, before landing on the east coast of the Antarctic Peninsula and Elephant Island.
They will then send a team overland from King Haakon Bay to Stromness, in South Georgia – the same route travelled by Shackleton 100 years ago.
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