With almost perfect weather conditions, this (Antarctica) is a most fitting location for such an important and memorable event

Captain Rhett Hatcher

L/Cpl Brunning, from County Durham, was presented with his medal by Captain Rhett Hatcher, HMS Protector’s Commanding Officer.

Capt Hatcher said: “With almost perfect weather conditions, this (Antarctica) is a most fitting location for such an important and memorable event.”

HMS Protector sailed from Portsmouth in October, travelling to the Antarctic Peninsula via Cape Verde, Rio de Janeiro and South Georgia.

She will spend the first of her four work periods in the ice providing logistic support to sites across the Peninsula, conducting research on behalf of the UK Hydrographic Office and Foreign and Commonwealth Office and provide logistical support to the British Antarctic Survey organisation.

Image by LA(Phot) Vicki Benwell