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  • A173 HMS Protector

    UK Royal Navy

    2011 to present    

    A173 HMS Protector


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    IMO: 9233997
    MMSI: 235086758
    Flight Deck:
    Call Sign: GXRK
    Shipyard: Havyard Leirvik
    See Also: AO Protector class A146


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    History of UK A173 HMS Protector

    2001Launchedas mv Polarbjorn
    2011-mayRefitDKOdense Staalskibsvaerft Installation of survey equiment and moving flight deck to aft.
    2011-may-23Homeportarrived HMNB Portsmouth
    2011-jun-23Commissioned 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-29Deploymentdeparted HMNB Portsmouth for her first (7 month) mission to survey the Southern Ocean and coastal Antarctica and returned on 27 Jun 2012.
    2012-feb-23DeploymentAQFerraz 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 4 year Antarctica and Southern Ocean deployment. Returned on 25 Apr 2019.
    2015-dec-1Port VisitHobart As part of South Atlantic deployment, will monitor Japanese Whaling activities, cooperating with RAN and RNZN.
    2016-jan-19Port VisitNZLyttleton Harbour Lyttelton Port to Christchurch. 1st visit of RN ship to NZ for 7 years.
    2017-jan-17Port VisitAQSigny Station H visited Signy Research Station to remove redundant equipment.
    2019-mayRefitUK Docks Teesside Refit and docking period after 4 year Antarctica deployment.
    2019-aug-20DeploymentDeparted the Clyde for Antarctic survey mission.
    2019-sep-6Port VisitBMHamilton Harbour Hurricane Dorian Called at Hamilton to take on up to 200 tons of aid supplies for Hurricane Dorian relief in the Bahamas.



        from Protector (2011) class
    89.70length (m)
    18beam (m)
    15max speed (knots)
    2Naval Engine diesel



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

    The Max option implies only aircraft of this model onboard    



    NO Havyard Leirvik,

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