Arcade co-owner, Adrian Gilmour, is a big fan of anything to do with the navy. Ships in bottles, model ships, naval paintings, prints and sculptures. So when AB HM Ollie Friend came into the Arcade to buy a lovely Ercol table for his dining room, he immediately hit it off with Adrian by telling us about his fantastic job aboard HMS Protector – an Antarctic ice breaker and survey ship.
Ollie left for his post at the beginning of October and will be there until January 2015, patrolling the South Atlantic and Antarctic Peninsula.
In less than a year, Protector has seen a fair share of action, tackling a blaze at a research station in the Shetlands and delivering hundreds of tons of fuel to another station south of Cape Horn. She has also taken part in training exercises in the Caribbean.
We wish Ollie and all of the crew aboard HMS Protector the best of luck for the next few months.
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