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HMS Protector on route to the Antarctic previous surveying in St Helena

Friday, October 5th 2012 - 22:06 UTC
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The Royal Navy’s Ice Patrol ship HMS Protector is on her way for an eight-month deployment surveying and patrolling Antarctica. She left Portsmouth late September and is currently visiting St Helena to conduct surveys of the harbour in preparation for the building of a new jetty. Read full article


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  • ProRG_American

    laying more mines for ...Pirac.....Amhrrrrrr... science I see.

    Oct 05th, 2012 - 10:22 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Steveu

    Any comment about laying mines is pretty hypocritical considering that there are still minefields on the islands from '82 still awaiting clearance which were laid by your country - oh sorry - it was that nasty junta so it's not your fault.

    The BAS is a scientific organisation. It is as simple as that.

    Oct 05th, 2012 - 10:35 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ProRG_American

    Another spy mission under wraps. No question about it.

    Oct 05th, 2012 - 10:48 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • reality check

    Aye, what assholes don't know is that that an SSB is 100 miles behind her, shadowing her. Maybe, maybe not!!!! Just try and interfer with her penguin count and see what happens?

    Oct 05th, 2012 - 11:17 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Also Add

    lol, UK doesn't have to “spy”. They openly pass through those waters as they please, and survey their territory as they please, while you turn red in the face Argies.

    Oct 05th, 2012 - 11:34 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ProRG_American

    What an ignorant fool. Argentina and any country can wonder anywhere it wants in Antarctic.That't is OK though. Just keep counting penguins on territory to be become a formal part of Argentina and Unasur in the future.

    As for the minefields. Have fun playing war while you clear them.

    Oct 06th, 2012 - 12:03 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Anbar

    “”“ Argentina and any country can wonder anywhere it wants in Antarctic.”“”

    I wonder if you meant wander?

    Of course, if you did, I wonder if you knew what wander really meant?

    “”“As for the minefields. Have fun playing war while you clear them.”“”

    Its hard work, especially when those who laid them broke all sorts of conventions and failed to record their positions accurately. I imagine that such actions are carefully written-out of existence in some histories though.


    Oct 06th, 2012 - 12:35 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • reality check

    The Brits did not use mines in 82. Argentina did, thankfully they did not have many. Those they did have were deployed around Port stanley, wrong again! You know what the Brits did prior to the landings at San Carlos? They sent a frigate up the sound to see if it was mined! not very technical, hey!

    Oct 06th, 2012 - 12:51 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Conor J

    Pro RG you really are an odd bastard rent you? You think its funny that school children on the islands have had to live in such close proximity to 20,000 mines? Mines left by the cowardly murdering Argie military in a desperate attempt to claim what is not theirs?

    Oct 06th, 2012 - 02:00 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • mastershakejb

    lol, also, I have to ask, what do you think Britain would be spying ON exactly, ProRG? Argentina's crumbling military? their dilapidated infrastructure? Their two nuclear reactors that are BARELY functioning?

    Oct 06th, 2012 - 03:44 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • tonto

    Well said ConorJ.
    What a scornful jealous weasel that “ProRG” is... Finding it funny that unchartered mines are still on the Falklands is the mark of a spineless cowardly scum sucking maggot.

    When comments like that are made, it only makes the resolve of the FI's far stronger.

    Oct 06th, 2012 - 09:12 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Eddieposted

    @6 The argentine mines and argentine dead should be dug up and returned to argentina where they belong.

    Oct 06th, 2012 - 10:14 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • lsolde

    So, do you see ProAG, why we hate you & will NEVER become part of Argentina?
    With an attitude like yours, we will always hate you.

    Oct 06th, 2012 - 10:19 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • toooldtodieyoung

    “laying more mines for ...Pirac.....Amhrrrrrr... science I see.”

    “Another spy mission under wraps. No question about it.”

    You are seriously a weapons grade retard. what planet are you on? because it ain't Planet Earth. I suppose, in your paranoid state HMS Endurance was a spy ship as well? yes? clown.

    “As for the minefields. Have fun playing war while you clear them.”

    What? you mean like those unmapped minefields you lot left on the Falkland Islands? thanks for that, as well as those grenades you so thoughtfully left in the schools for children to discover....... to a man, may you all burn in hell.

    Oct 06th, 2012 - 02:56 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Conqueror

    @1 But they only go off in the presence of argies. A means of elevating argies to a higher plane!
    @3 Spying on the cold ice!
    @6 Let's carry on returning argie mines to argieland. But apparently British and FI-flagged vessels can't dock in argieland. So we can just drop them off where we can. Still live. Good luck with that, argies. Watch where you walk, where you drive, where you “sail”, where you swim.
    @12 How I agree with you! One digger. Dig 'em up, dump the mess in a rusty container and send it to argieland. If they won't take it, dump it overboard. Who would want argies, alive or dead, on or in their land?
    @13 Don't ignore us! Here in Britain, we hate them too. 255 British servicemen and 3 Falkland Islanders. Payback must include at least a million argie corpses. Although 10 million would be better. Including EVERY member of the argie so-called government. CFK should be last. She should get to watch every one of her cronies disembowelled and, where possible, castrated and then see the carcasses on butchers' hooks. Just so she knows what's coming. But her death should be slow. Very slow. Chopping a bit off every day. Leaving it to bleed. Hacking them all apart with a chain or circular saw!

    Oct 06th, 2012 - 04:20 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Rufus

    I'm sure that ProRG thinks that a 292 foot long ship that has a hull that is painted bright red would be an ideal vessel for a spy mission.

    Says it all really...

    Oct 06th, 2012 - 06:09 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • toooldtodieyoung

    16 Rufus

    It can't possibly be a spy ship!!! If it was a spy ship, we would have painted “I am spy ship” on the side of it!!!

    ProRG_American is such a fool. Somewhere out there, there is a village that's missing it's idiot..........

    Oct 06th, 2012 - 06:18 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Conqueror

    @16 ProRG is a faggot. Even worse, ProRG is an argie bendover faggot. A bender. A spreader. A sucker. A swallower.

    Oct 06th, 2012 - 07:02 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Clyde15

    Spying on what . Has Argentina got a secret military base underwater just off the Antarctic shelf manned by gill men and mermaids. Is this why you are so scared. Makes as much sense as the drivel you spout !

    Oct 06th, 2012 - 09:35 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • briton

    why so nasty.
    if it was not for the good nice and friendly british,
    the argentine navy would not exist,

    we left it alone after the belgrano,
    we could have sunk the lot,
    ungratfull aint you....

    thats what not moving does to you,
    [keeps you still] .lol.

    Oct 06th, 2012 - 10:51 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • mastershakejb

    Argentina really shot itself in the foot with this Falklands business (again). If they hadn't made a fuss, they could have participated in the exploitation process probly, their ports would have been utilized, maybe even a refinery built, food sales to Falklands, etc, could have been some good money in it for them if they had behaved.
    Instead they had to act like spoiled children (aka Argies).

    Oct 07th, 2012 - 12:59 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Islander1

    21- Hit the nail on the head! The Aberdeen boys are very greatfull to Argentina! As they are scooping 100% of the business - and its coming in quite handy to them and the British economy as a whole as Oil extraction in the North sea winds down - a nice new place to have jobs,wages and business!
    Where are the $5 billion of investment over the next 10 years into SeaLion being spent? - Answer, mostly in equipment and materials from UK!!!
    You know what- CFK - could yet be the cause of helping UK get out of the recession well ahead of the rest of Europe! Thankyou Argentina for your stance over Oil off the Falklands!

    Oct 07th, 2012 - 01:52 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Martin Woodhead

    Thats perferdious albion for you who would expect a pirate ship painted bright red.
    You wont be laughing when it sails off with your flagship.

    Oh wait somebody else already stole it :)
    Ghanians pirates of africa somali is going to be annoyed.

    Oct 07th, 2012 - 02:25 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Santa Fe

    the only military base in antarctica is wait for it.....the Rgs. Blatant colonialism

    Oct 07th, 2012 - 02:40 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • briton

    .Only they call it progress

    We call it,
    Creeping empire.

    Oct 07th, 2012 - 05:47 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Boovis

    Can the UK government please buy the Libertad (because they can afford to) sail it to Portsmouth and use it for target practice?

    Oct 08th, 2012 - 08:57 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Pete Bog

    Spot on-yes thank you kind Argentina for pulling out of the oil exploration agreement so the UK can sell oil expertise to the Falkland Islands, instead of you getting the money.

    Perhaps the UK government could make a cocession over soveriegntyto Argentina over the parts of the Islands that are mined?

    Then the Argies could sent governors to each mined area until they go BANG!

    Oct 08th, 2012 - 09:46 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Adrian Jumper Cross

    Wow! Anyway... I will look forward to see her in the Bransfield Striats, as I do with all of the other vessels, from Brazil, Uruguay, Korea, Argentina, Chile, etc... Antarctica, is a place where we all work in harmony. It will be a delight to contact her over the radio, as it is with all of the others. For those that are unaware, the patrol vessels under the treaty, no matter who they belong too, whilst in the Antarctica have the same goals and work towards the same aims. Peace science and the environment. Most countries have a Ice patrol vessel.... It's the norm

    Oct 08th, 2012 - 01:27 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • briton

    does what it says on the side.

    Oct 08th, 2012 - 05:58 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Clyde15

    The name HMS Protector rang a bell with me. My sister was a nursing sister in St. Bernards Hospital, Gibraltar in the late 1960's and after an invitation from the Ward room to a cocktail party on board, she came away with the ship's crest as a present from the Captain and Officers.
    It came back to the UK in her luggage by courtesy of HMS Keppel
    She gave it to my son. and I found it in a box in the loft a few weeks ago.
    A bit of naval history as the ship was returning home to be decommissioned.

    Oct 08th, 2012 - 06:46 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • briton

    A collectable perhaps .

    Oct 08th, 2012 - 10:54 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Ayayay

    Free charts?

    Oct 09th, 2012 - 04:43 am - Link - Report abuse 0

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