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News on HMS Endurance

Following a serious flooding incident suffered in the engine room just before Christmas,  HMS Endurance, the Royal Navy’s only ice breaker, is currently moored in her second home port, Mare Harbour in the Falkland Islands. Due to the severity of the accident, a vessel is currently sailing from the UK and will then tow the ship back to Portsmouth for extensive repairs. At this stage it is not known how long she will be away from the South Atlantic, where she carries out vital work patrolling Antarctica.

According to the ship’s Captain, Gavin Pritchard, “In terms of the future, it is the Navy’s intent to get the ship back to Portsmouth at the earliest opportunity in order to complete repairs and then to get the ship back to patrolling Antarctica as soon as safely possible thereafter”.