UK Polar Circle class




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91length (m)
17.90beam (m)
8.50draught (m)
6500range (nm)
15max speed (knots)


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UK Royal Navy Westland Lynx 22

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UKRoyal NavyA176HMS Polar Circle19911992
A171 HMS Endurance (1992) 19922009

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1991-nov-21CommissionedUK A176 HMS Polar Circle as HMS Polar Circle for Antarctic support duties
1992-octDecommissionedUK A176 HMS Polar Circle renamed HMS Endurance (A171)
1992-octFate: transferedUK A176 HMS Polar Circle renamed HMS Endurance (A171)
1992-octCommissionedUK A171 HMS Endurance (1992) ex HMS Polar Circle, renamed; aka The Red Plum.
1992-decUK A171 HMS Endurance (1992) assigned to BFSAI
1998-augPort VisitUK A171 HMS Endurance (1992) on board Lynx XZ241
1998-aug-28DeploymentUK A171 HMS Endurance (1992) International Festival of Sea Participated in IFoS 1998.
2005-jun-28DeploymentUK A171 HMS Endurance (1992) Fleet Review: Trafalgar 200 Review ship, carrying HM Queen Elizabeth II to review the fleet
2005-octDeploymentUK A171 HMS Endurance (1992) left Portsmouth for Antarctic survey mission with 2 Lynx embarked, returned May 2006.
2008-octAircraftUK A171 HMS Endurance (1992) embarked 815 NAS 212 Flt Lynx HAS.3ICE XZ238 and XZ246 from RAF Mount Pleasant for Antarctic summer support mission
2008-dec-17UK A171 HMS Endurance (1992) Engine room flooded whilst underway in Magellan Straits. Towed to Punta Arenas and returned to UK via Falklands on heavy lift vessel mv Target by Apr 2009. Entered Portsmouth 10 Apr for repair assessment.
2010-aprUK A171 HMS Endurance (1992) Deployed 815 NAS, 212 Flight Lynx on board HMS Ark Royal, on loan until Aug 2010
2016-jun-1Fate: scrappedUK A171 HMS Endurance (1992) departed Portsmouth under tow, for scrapping in Turkey

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