A173 HMS Protector

Royal Navy

2011 to present    

A173 HMS Protector

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Call Sign: GXRK
See Also: AO Protector class A146

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2001Launchedas mv Polarbjorn
2011-may-23Homeportarrived HMNB Portsmouth
2011-jun-23Commissionedto replace the damaged HMS Endurance as Antarctic & Ice Patrol Ship. Leased from GC Rieber Shipping for an initial period of three years, with an option to extend lease for further 2 years.
2011-nov-29Deploymentdeparted HMNB Portsmouth for an 7 month mission to survey the Southern Ocean and coastal Antarctica and returned on 27 Jun 2012.
2012-feb-23DeploymentFerraz Base Comandante Ferraz Base to South Shetland Islands to assist Brazilian and Chilean Navy personnel in fire fighting at the Comandante Ferraz Brazilian research base on King George Island.
2012-aug-8Port VisitIpswich Harbour to Ipswich for open day and visit by ships company to British Antarctic Survey HQ in Cambridge.
2012-sep-17Deploymentdeparted Portsmouth for a 8 month mission to survey the Southern Ocean and coastal Antarctica and returned on 10 May 2013.
2013-sepUK MoD purchased ship from GC Rieber Shipping.
2013-oct-17Deploymentdeparted HMNB Portsmouth for a 19 month double Antarctic summer deployment. Returned to HMNB Devonport on 12 May 2015.
2013-dec-22Deploymentcoastal sonar survey of Antarctic Peninsula
2014-janDeploymentSouth Thule Douglas Straits sonar survey of South Sandwich Islands, in particular around Douglas Straits between South Thule and Cook Island for the UK Hydrographic Office
2014-oct-8Port VisitGrytviken South Atlantic rendezvous with HMS Iron Duke off Grytviken
2015-apr-1Homeportadministratively relocated to HMNB Devonport, from HMNB Portsmouth on 1 Apr 2015. HMS Protector only returned from a double Antarctic summer deployment on 12 May.
2015-octDeploymentdeparted HMNB Devonport for 20 month East Antarctic and Ross Sea deployment
2015-dec-1Port VisitHobart As part of South Atlantic deployment, will monitor Japanese Whaling activities, cooperating with RAN and RNZN.
2016-jan-19Port VisitWhakaraupo Lyttelton Port to Christchurch. 1st visit of RN ship to NZ for 7 years.
2017-jan-17Port VisitSigny Station H visited Signy Research Station to remove redundant equipment.


    from Protector (2011) class
89.70length (m)
18beam (m)
15max speed (knots)


    Typical Max
Landing platform only. No hangar
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