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Falklands : Former red plumb for the scrap heap
Submitted by Falkland Islands News Network (Juanita Brock) 26.10.2013 (Article Archived on 23.11.2013)

HMS Endurance also known as Red Plum, which was replaced by HMS Protector in 2011, is due to be scrapped. HMS Endurance was damaged when its engine control room flooded off the Chilean coast in 2008.





Former red plumb
for the scrap heap



 



By J. Brock (FINN)



HMS
Endurance also known as Red Plum, which was replaced by HMS Protector in 2011,
is due to be scrapped.  HMS Endurance was damaged when its engine control room
flooded off the Chilean coast in 2008.



 



The Ministry of Defence (MoD) said the Portsmouth-based ship, which was
replaced by HMS Protector in 2011, would go out of service in 2015 and an MoD
spokesman said the "damage sustained" by the ship off Chile meant
repairs were not "economically viable".



 



The incident near South America saw 15 civilians airlifted to safety.



 



The spokesman said: "Given the level of damage sustained and the
subsequent deterioration of the ship, it was not considered economically viable
to repair her."



 



'Value
for money'



 



The mission of the ship, which is also known as Red Plum, was to patrol
and survey the Antarctic and South Atlantic. That duty has now been undertaken
by HMS Protector.



 



HMS Protector was built in 2001 as an Antarctic research ship and was
formerly known under the Norwegian name of MV Polarbjorn.



 



It underwent a refit to join the Royal Navy and was officially named HMS
Protector in June 2011.



The MoD spokesman said 5m had been spent "to bring HMS Protector
up to the Royal Navy's world-class standards" and work had been done to
improve the ship's communications systems and add specialist hydrographic
equipment, including a survey motor boat.



 



"The purchase of HMS Protector offers good value for money and
secures the UK's long term ice patrol survey capability," he said.



 



 



 

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