HMS Protector has departed Portsmouth at the start of her second eight-month deployment to Antarctica. On her way south the icebreaker will call at St.Helena to conduct surveys of the harbour ahead of the construction of a new jetty.
The ice patrol ship will arrive in Antarctica for the austral summer and will conduct four periods in the ice. During this time she will utilise her multi beam echo sounder and deploy her survey motor boat to ensure the UK provides cutting-edge, hydrographic imagery of the Antarctic region. Around 80% of the world’s charts are provided by the Royal Navy’s hydrographic department. The ship will also assist with the re-supply of British Antarctic Survey stations in the region.