HMS Montrose has entered icy waters on the latest leg of its deployment in the South Atlantic.
This latest stage of Montrose’s six-month trip has taken it to the edge of the ice fields to the extreme south of the Earth.
Slipping past icebergs 8,000 miles from home, the Plymouth-based Type 23 frigate has begun 2012 hard at work and is patrolling British territories including Saint Helena and the South Sandwich islands.
HMS Montrose has encountered breathtaking scenery, from penguin-clad glaciers to rocky outcrops, as she operates in cold waters and her crew, led by Commander Jonathan Lett, has been in the South Atlantic since before Christmas.
Commander Lett said: “Working in this part of the world involves long distances but spectacular scenery. We often experience sub-zero temperatures because of where we are, and landscapes that are nothing like Britain.
“It’s a deployment that many of my ship’s company enjoy, because it is so unique. We have worked hard as a ship, which is very encouraging.
Accompanied by RFA Grey Rover and HMS Leeds Castle, HMS Montrose is now en route to Mare Harbour in the Falkland Islands after spending two days in South Georgia.