Royal Navy ice patrol vessel calls on SA Navy
South African sailors, particularly working in hydrographic and climate musterings, have had the opportunity of garnering first-hand information from their colleagues aboard HMS Protector. She ported in Cape Town harbour earlier this month as part of a worldwide voyage that has already seen her circle the globe since October last year. Since leaving the United Kingdom Protector has sailed over 18 600 nautical miles of which three thousands were across the Southern Ocean. Close to the ice edge the bridge team encountered huge icebergs, some measuring more than half a nautical mile in diameter. Protector sailed solo and was at times more than 1 000 nautical miles from any other ship or human settlement in Antarctica and over two thousand nautical miles from both South America and New Zealand. It has been a busy year for HMS Protector which provides a UK sovereign presence in the British Antarctic Territory, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands and meets the UK’s obligations under the Antarctic Treaty System. Under this she provides inspections of vessels, completes hydrographic charting and support to scientific research.