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HMS Protector sails further north than any other RN ship

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Icebreaker crunches her way to within 1,050km of the North Pole.

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The icebreaker HMS Protector has made Royal Navy history by sailing further north than any other UK surface vessel.

The only other vessels in the history of the service to reach further north are the navy’s submarines, such as HMS Trenchant.

The ship tested herself against various depths and types of ice, assisted by scientists, engineers and advisors including from the Ministry of Defence and the British Antarctic Survey.

“This team has ventured far to one of the most amazing parts of the planet,” said Protector’s Commanding Officer Captain Michael Wood.

“The chance to familiarise ourselves with this unforgiving environment has been fantastic, and re-asserts the UK’s ability to operate in the Arctic.”

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