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A173 HMS Protector

UK Royal Navy

A173 HMS Protector

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


History of UK HMS Protector A173

2001LaunchedLaunched as mv Polarbjorn
2011-mayRefitRefit DK Odense Staalskibsvaerft Installation of survey equiment and moving flight deck to aft.
2011-may-23HomeportHomeport arrived HMNB Portsmouth
2011-jun-23CommissionedCommissioned 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-29DeploymentDeployment 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-23DeploymentDeployment AQ Ferraz 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-08Port VisitPort Visit Ipswich Harbour to Ipswich for open day and visit by ships company to British Antarctic Survey HQ in Cambridge.
2012-sep-17DeploymentDeployment departed Portsmouth for a 8 month mission to survey the Southern Ocean and coastal Antarctica and returned on 10 May 2013.
2013-sep UK MoD purchased ship from GC Rieber Shipping.
2013-oct-17DeploymentDeployment departed HMNB Portsmouth for a 19 month double Antarctic summer deployment. Returned to HMNB Devonport on 12 May 2015.
2013-dec-22DeploymentDeployment coastal sonar survey of Antarctic Peninsula
2014-janDeploymentDeployment South 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-08Port VisitPort Visit Grytviken South Atlantic rendezvous with HMS Iron Duke off Grytviken
2015-apr-01HomeportHomeport 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-octDeploymentDeployment departed HMNB Devonport for 4 year Antarctica and Southern Ocean deployment. Returned on 25 Apr 2019.
2015-dec-01Port VisitPort Visit Hobart As part of South Atlantic deployment, will monitor Japanese Whaling activities, cooperating with RAN and RNZN.
2016-jan-19Port VisitPort Visit NZ Lyttleton Harbour Lyttelton Port to Christchurch. 1st visit of RN ship to NZ for 7 years.
2017-jan-17Port VisitPort Visit AQ Signy Station H visited Signy Research Station to remove redundant equipment.
2019-mayRefitRefit UK Docks Teesside Refit and docking period after 4 year Antarctica deployment.
2019-aug-20DeploymentDeployment Departed the Clyde for Antarctic survey mission.
2019-sep-06Port VisitPort Visit BM Hamilton Harbour Hurricane Dorian Called at Hamilton to take on up to 200 tons of aid supplies for Hurricane Dorian relief in the Bahamas.
2022-octRefitRefit UY Montevideo Intensive maintenance period in Montevideo, following S Atlantic and Antarctic operations.

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

2Naval Engine diesel

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