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HMS Endurance III (Ex- Polar Circle)
Ice Patrol Ship [IPS]

Type of Vessel
  • Antarctic Patrol Ship.
  • Built as Passenger Ship
  • Icebreaker ICE05.
  • Modified by UK MoD.
  • Ice class1A1
    BuilderUlstein Hatlo
    Commissioned21 November 1991
    Out of service2008
  • Pennant number: A171
  • IMO number: 8901561
  • Nickname(s)The Red Plum
    (from the colour of her hull).
    Displacement6,100 tons
    Displacements Lightship 4,050 tonnes
    Estimated metal weight 3,200 tonnes
    Length OA91 m (298 ft 7 in)
    Length W/L 82.5m
    Beam (moulded)17.9 m (58 ft 9 in)
    Bridge wings overhang 20.9m
    Draft8.5 m (27 ft 11 in)
    Drafts Lightship 5.6m Fwd. 5.8m Mid. 6.6 Aft. Ship upright.
    Mainmast-head height 31m
    Propulsion2 Bergen BRG 8 Diesels, 8,160 hp (6,085 kW)
    Speed14 knots
    Range24,600 nmi (45,600 km) @ 12 kn
    Sensors and processing systems
  • Type R84 and M34 surface search radar,
  • Type 1006 navigation radar
  • Electronic warfare & decoysClassified
  • 2 7.62mm Mk.44 Miniguns
  • 6 7.62mm L7 GPMGs
  • Boats & landing craft 4
    Aircraft2 Ice-modified Lynx HAS 3 helicopters
    Aviation facilitiesFull aircraft facilities and double hangar
    TroopsRoyal Marines
    CrewRoyal Navy, civilian researchers

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