HMS Protector will shortly visit Buenos Aires, the capital city of Argentina.
The tragedy that was the loss of the submarine San Juan accelerated what had previously been planned, a joint communiqué issued in September 2016 pointed out measures of rapprochement between the UK and Argentina, strengthening relationships between the Armed Forces, the establishment of a commercial flight to the Islands from the continent and the identification of the Argentine soldiers buried in graves on the Falkland Islands.
The last time a Royal Navy vessel visited the city was 2004.
A fantastic dawn for our arrival in #BuenosAires this morning. A real honour to lead @hmsprotector into this fabulous port for the first time.
Una mañana fantástica para nuestra llegada en Buenos Aires. Es un gran honor poder ir a este puerto por primera vez. pic.twitter.com/FoOJMuzjlz
— HMS_Protector (@hmsprotector) April 11, 2018
HMS Protector is a Royal Navy ice patrol ship built in Norway in 2001. In 2011, she was chartered as a temporary replacement for the ice patrol ship HMS Endurance and was purchased outright by the Ministry of Defence in September 2013.
In 2016, the ship completed a five-week patrol of the Ross Sea conducting inspections in support of the Convention for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources, with the aid of six embarked Australian and New Zealand specialists. In 2017, following a request for assistance from the Argentine government, Protector was redeployed to aid international efforts to locate the missing submarine ARA San Juan.