HMS Protector Ready for Antarctic Deployment

July 31, 2019 – It’s the height of summer, but crew of HMS Protector say “bring on the ice” as they’re ready for a return to frozen seas. The Royal Navy’s sole polar research, survey and science ship has come through fire, flood, breakdowns and helicopter crashes – all scenarios testing her ship’s company so their ship is safe to operate thousands of miles from the UK. Since returning from an extended polar/South Atlantic/southern Africa research/environmental/mapping mission back in the spring, the icebreaker has undergone an extensive overhaul in Middlesbrough’s…

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HMS Forth Visits Gibraltar

August 1, 2019 – HMS Forth has paid her first visit to Gibraltar as the Portsmouth-based patrol vessel continues to write the ‘operators’ manual’ for the five-strong class of warships. With the unmistakable outline of The Rock behind her, the UK’s newest operational warship debuts in the Mediterranean. The 2,000-tonne ship began operations this spring after an intensive period of training off western Scotland. She’s conducted her inaugural fishery protection patrol and inspected trawlers, and shadowed a Russian warship through the Channel as part of her role safeguarding home waters.…

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