HMS Protector returns to Portsmouth

An exercise involving Hampshire emergency services has been held on board HMS Queen Elizabeth at HMNB Portsmouth.  Hampshire Fire & Rescue Service, Hampshire Ambulance Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) and Portsmouth Naval Bases Emergency Response Team (ERT) were put through their paces on board the Royal Navys brand new aircraft carrier.  The ship put together a realistic harbour fire exercise with training smoke and mock casualties to test their agencies in their response and in working together to combat an emergency on an extremely unfamiliar environment.

IN PICTURES: The first major emergency training exercise on HMS Queen Elizabeth

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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.