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HMS Protector

HMS Protector is the Royal Navy’s Ice patrol Ship and is deployed on operations for 330 days a year.

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The ship is capable of positioning to pinpoint accuracy in winds of up to 80 knots and is fitted with an impressive array of specialist equipment.

This includes a hull mounted multi-beam echo sounder; a state-of-the-art survey motor boat (SMB), ‘James Caird IV’; an 8.5m ramped Work Boat, ‘Terra Nova’; seven high-speed rigid inflatable and inflatable boats; three quad bikes and trailers and a Land Rover and two trailers.

HMS Protector deployed from Portsmouth in October 2013 for a 'double deployment' to the South Atlantic and is not expected to return to her new home port of Devonport until spring 2015.

Protector will continue to provide a 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. 

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

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Current operation Maintenance and Sea-trials

Ships, units and aircraft need periods of maintenance and sea-trials to ensure that they are at their best for any tasks asked of them.

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Unit History


Launched on August 20, Protector was commissioned on December 30. She originally displaced 2,900 tones as a fast netlayer or target-towing ship.

World War 21939

During World War 2 she served in the South Atlantic, home waters and the early Norwegian campaign. Then sent to the Mediterranean in 1940, where she was struck by a torpedo.

Major refit1955

She underwent the first phase of a major refit at Devonport where she was converted for service as a guardship for the Falkland Islands Dependencies.

New title1959

Protector was officially reclassified as an ice patrol ship; although she carried out her first patrol in the autumn of 1955 of the South Atlantic and Antarctic region as patrol and survey ship.

The end1968

She was paid off on May 3 1968 after completing 13 'seasons', and scrapped in 1970.

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Commanding Officer Rory Bryan

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Rory Bryan joined the Royal Navy in September 1987. He took command of the Royal Navy’s Ice Patrol Ship, HMS Protector, in December 2014.

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