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Armed Forces: South Georgia

Volume 487: debated on Monday 26 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence whether the Royal Navy stations any vessels in the region surrounding South Georgia and the Sandwich Islands. (250288)

There are no Royal Navy vessels permanently stationed near South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands. There are regular patrols in this area by the Falkland Islands Patrol Vessel, HMS Clyde, and the Atlantic Patrol Task (South). Visits would also normally include the Antarctic patrol and survey vessel in the austral summer (HMS Endurance). Regular air and land patrols also take place.

The South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands Government also have their own fisheries protection vessel, MV Pharos.