HMS Endurance replacement

Norwegian ship to replace Endurance
Wednesday, September 08, 2010

A Norwegian icebreaker is to be acquired to replace badly damaged Antarctic patrol ship HMS Endurance, according to reports.

The Portsmouth News reports that 'senior navy sources' have said that the Norwegian vessel will be bought or leased to join the fleet in early 2011 and begin an 18-month deployment in March, allowing the MoD to avoid the estimated £30m cost of repairing Endurance.

The paper reports that the decision will be approved in mid-September.

A Ministry of Defence report in March this year found that inadequate training was to blame for the engine room flood which put HMS Endurance out of action in December 2008 as crew were working to improve the ship's supply of fresh water.

The length of the ship's 18-month deployment was also criticised in the report for creating a number of "significant risks" in staffing, equipment and training.

HMS Endurance was carried back to Portsmouth from the Straits of Magellan, off the coast of Chile, in April 2009, where she has remained ever since.

Ref ; Defencemanagement

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