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Polarbjorn HMS Protector

Polarbjorn HMS Protector

Polarbjorn soon to be HMS Protector made a brief call to Falmouth during the weekend.
Vessel will change its profile prior to acceptance to RN fleet.

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Bears a lot of similarities (apparently) to the RN diving ship HMS Challenger of the 1980's, which was quickly discarded.
 

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Perhaps, but being a thoroughly commercial design and not an MOD compromise - this one will actually work, and has done successfully for some years!
 

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Ah. Well that is sure to knock it off the MoD's shopping list then! ;-)
 

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Correct me if I'm wrong but she does not have a hangar, so can't embark a permanent helo?
 

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Stevo,
I suspect that will be an issue addressed in her pre deployment refit, perhaps something similar to the tent arrangement on the Bays - after all, she is only on a short term charter and to make any significant structural alterations will mean paying for the cost of both installing aviation facilities and then removing them before the ship is handed back to her owners.
Saying that, HMS Scott has filled some elements of the Antarctic patrol without helo facilities, although they are of course desirable.
 

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There are plans afoot to address the helo arrangements, her profile will change quite considerably when they undertake the work.
 

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she will be rrifitted to meet rn requirements and as fg says her appearance will change, the main factor in her aquirement is that she is a class 1 ice breaker, the flight deck will be moved aft and a hangar provided the sea boat will be moved forward and the provision of a rec ( rapid escape chute) will be part of the transition not to mention advanced fire fighting equipment and the provision of pumping equipment to cope with rapid flooding, a lesson learnt fron her pre dessor
 

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