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December has arrived, and so too has the festive spirit onboard HMS Protector, the Royal Navy’s 5,000 tonne Ice Patrol Ship. After breaking ice for the first time this Austral Summer, 20 members of HMS Protector’s Ship’s Company took to the ice dressed as Santa Claus in support of the Ship’s affiliated charity, East Anglia’s Children’s Hospice (EACH).  The Santas, accompanied by Rudolph, were gathered at 10am for a gentle warm up led by the Executive Officer, Commander Don Mackinnon, currently in command for this Antarctic Patrol, before it was “on your marks, get set, ….ho ho ho”. 

The Santa run was conducted on ice in the waters surrounding Deception Island, an impressive, dormant water filled caldera volcano, one of only two in the world. Breaking through a sheet of snow covered ice before coming to a planned stop, HMS Protector took position and disembarked her personnel to test the ice conditions and drill ice core samples to ensure the ice was safe, before Protector’s eager Santas followed via the ship’s accommodation ladder. Amid perfect weather conditions, and under the watchful eye of two seals that had taken up post next to the ship, the Santas completed their run. This year EACH conducted seven Santa runs across Essex and East Anglia throughout the festive period, raising more than £34,000 for the charity. Another Santa Run is planned for January 11 in Colchester.

BFPO: last dates of posting

A list of dates for friends and family of service personnel wishing to send British Forces Post Office mail in time for Christmas 2016 can be found here.