Royal Navy ice patrol ship HMS Protector returned to Portsmouth on June 27 from her maiden deployment. The 5.000-ton ice-breaker spent most of her seven months away surveying and patrolling the Antarctic Peninsula.
After more than 30 years’ service one of the mainstays of Britain’s Fleet Air Arm, including the Ice Patrol, has made its final appearance at sea, reports the Royal Navy. Nearly four decades to the day that the very first Lynx helicopter took to the skies, a Mk3 variant lifted off from the sprawling flight deck of HMS Ocean.
The Royal Navy ocean survey ship HMS Scott has returned to Antarctica for Ice patrol duties that include scientific research in coordination with the UK Hydrographic Office and the British Antarctic Survey.