Antarctic patrol

The Ice Patrol Ship is the embodiment of the Royal Navy’s global reach, operational flexibility and the Service’s ability to sustain operations wherever and whenever that presence is required.

The Navy's ice patrol ship's role is to provide a sovereign and reassuring presence in the United Kingdom’s largest Overseas Territory - the British Antarctic Territory. She will help deliver the United Kingdom’s commitments under the Antarctic Treaty, support science programmes and ensure that expeditions and vessels are meeting their international environmental obligations.

What we are doing

Surveying and gathering data on the seas around Antarctica

Why we are there

Providing a reassuring presence in the UK's largest overseas territory - the British Antarctic territory

Providing security at sea

The UK has a responsibility to its citizens and its allies to endeavour to safeguard the high seas. This is why the Royal Navy protects home and international waters – making sure the global trade that Britain and the world depend on can proceed without a hitch.

Location Antarctica

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