HMS Forth crossed 850 miles of ocean to patrol the waters around South Georgia, say the Royal Navy.
In a news release, the Royal Navy say that South Georgia forms part of the territory the new patrol ship must reassure and ultimately, protect.
“The Falklands patrol ship spends the majority of her time around the namesake islands. But several times a year it heads to South Georgia for a mix of military training, providing support to the island authorities and British Antarctic Survey scientists.”
An A400m Atlas aircraft scouted the 850-mile stretch of southern ocean between East Cove and South Georgia beforehand for ice bergs, say the Royal Navy.
“For this maiden visit Forth carried Brigadier Nick Sawyer, Commander of British Forces South Atlantic Islands, and two dozen soldiers, air force personnel and civil servants – who made use of the 51-bunk embarked forces mess which makes the ship better suited to carrying troops/commandos than smaller HMS Clyde whom she replaced at the turn of the year.”