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  • UK Protector (2011) class

    Support Ship



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    89.70length (m)
    18beam (m)
    15max speed (knots)
    2Naval Engine diesel


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        Typical Max
    Landing platform only. No hangar
    UK Royal Navy Westland Lynx 01

    The Max option implies only aircraft of this model onboard    


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    UKRoyal NavyA173HMS ProtectorGXRK2011--

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    2001LaunchedUK A173 HMS Protector as mv Polarbjorn
    2011-mayRefitUK A173 HMS Protector Installation of survey equiment and moving flight deck to aft.
    2011-may-23HomeportUK A173 HMS Protector arrived HMNB Portsmouth
    2011-jun-23CommissionedUK A173 HMS Protector assigned to BFSAI
    to 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-29DeploymentUK A173 HMS Protector departed HMNB Portsmouth for her first (7 month) mission to survey the Southern Ocean and coastal Antarctica and returned on 27 Jun 2012.
    2012-feb-23DeploymentUK A173 HMS Protector 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 VisitUK A173 HMS Protector to Ipswich for open day and visit by ships company to British Antarctic Survey HQ in Cambridge.
    2012-sep-17DeploymentUK A173 HMS Protector departed Portsmouth for a 8 month mission to survey the Southern Ocean and coastal Antarctica and returned on 10 May 2013.
    2013-sepUK A173 HMS Protector UK MoD purchased ship from GC Rieber Shipping.
    2013-oct-17DeploymentUK A173 HMS Protector departed HMNB Portsmouth for a 19 month double Antarctic summer deployment. Returned to HMNB Devonport on 12 May 2015.
    2013-dec-22DeploymentUK A173 HMS Protector coastal sonar survey of Antarctic Peninsula
    2014-janDeploymentUK A173 HMS Protector 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 VisitUK A173 HMS Protector rendezvous with HMS Iron Duke off Grytviken
    2015-apr-1HomeportUK A173 HMS Protector administratively 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-octDeploymentUK A173 HMS Protector departed HMNB Devonport for 4 year Antarctica and Southern Ocean deployment. Returned on 25 Apr 2019.
    2015-dec-1Port VisitUK A173 HMS Protector As part of South Atlantic deployment, will monitor Japanese Whaling activities, cooperating with RAN and RNZN.
    2016-jan-19Port VisitUK A173 HMS Protector to Christchurch. 1st visit of RN ship to NZ for 7 years.
    2017-jan-17Port VisitUK A173 HMS Protector visited Signy Research Station to remove redundant equipment.
    2019-mayRefitUK A173 HMS Protector Refit and docking period after 4 year Antarctica deployment.
    2019-aug-20DeploymentUK A173 HMS Protector Departed the Clyde for Antarctic survey mission.
    2019-sep-6Port VisitUK A173 HMS Protector Called at Hamilton to take on up to 200 tons of aid supplies for Hurricane Dorian relief in the Bahamas.
    2022-octRefitUK A173 HMS Protector Intensive maintenance period in Montevideo, following S Atlantic and Antarctic operations.

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