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Research ships

British Antarctic Survey operates ice-strengthened Royal Research Ships. The RRS Sir David Attenborough (SDA) was handed over to NERC and BAS by shipbuilder Cammell Laird in November 2020 and will commence polar operations from late 2021. Ships operated by British Antarctic Survey are registered at Stanley in the Falkland Islands.

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RRS Sir David Attenborough

The RRS Sir David Attenborough, commissioned by NERC, built by Cammell Laird for operation by British Antarctic Survey, is one of the most advanced polar research vessels in the world.