With many sailors trained for such occurrences, we were able to advise on a number of lessons which they will incorporate into their reaction plans for the future.

Lt Cdr Peter Barfoot

To keep their skills up to speed, Falklands patrol ship HMS Clyde rocked up as a stricken cruise liner with 20 'casualties' after a fire.

Leading Medical Assistant Will Randall transformed his shipmates into bloodied, broken and traumatised 'passengers'… who then delivered performances that would not be out of place in the West End.

The casualties suffered from injuries ranging from severe shock to open-leg fractures which the team quickly identified.

As the situation progressed the team assessed every individual and moved them across the bay to the main research station at King Edward Point in South Georgia's 'capital' Grytviken, which served as the control hub for the exercise which was observed by the British Commander in the Falklands, Brig Baz Bennett.

The speed and effectiveness of the close-knit Antarctic Survey team demonstrated their ability to deliver prolonged care to those in need.

South Georgia's government is determined to preserve the island's unique environment, and all the visiting sailors received firm briefings on not upsetting Nature's balance by introducing foreign organisms or contaminating Grytviken with rubbish.

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