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You will have seen in the Brazilian media the story of the unfortunate fire at the Brazilian Antarctic base on Prince George’s island over the weekend. This is a reminder of the hazards of operating in such a remote and inhospitable region. But the importance of the scientific work undertaken by a range of countries in the Antarctic is without question.
For the UK, the British Antarctic Survey is the focus of our scientific work in the Antarctic. It too has a base there. It produces studies, not least on the key issues of the effect of climate change.
The Royal Navy also support this work through the survey ship HMS Protector. This ship, equipped for scientific work and for all kinds of search-and-rescue coordinated with the Brazilian and Chilean authorities in the area and its personnel helped to put out the fire at the Brazilian base on Prince George’s Island over the weekend.
This is exactly what you would expect in an area of international cooperation. But I am grateful to Captain Peter Sparks of HMS Protector for the role he played in supporting our Brazilians friends at this critical time.