Scrapyard beckons for Royal Navy ice patrol ship

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THE Ministry of Defence has confirmed the former ice patrol ship HMS Endurance is to be scrapped.

The Royal Navy ship HMS Endurance was damaged when its engine control room flooded off the Chilean coast in 2008 and 15 civilians had to be airlifted to safety.

It was replaced by HMS Protector in 2011, and is expected to go out of service in 2015. The spokesman said: ‘Given the level of damage sustained and the subsequent deterioration of the ship, it was not considered economically viable to repair her.’