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Research ships

The ice-strengthened Royal Research Ships, the RRS James Clark Ross (JCR) supports Britain’s Antarctic and Arctic operations. In September/October of each year the ship sails to Antarctica from the UK and return the following May/June for annual refit before JCR deploys to the Arctic. Ships operated by British Antarctic Survey are registered at Stanley in the Falkland Islands.  The new polar research ship for Britain – the RRS Sir David Attenborough will replace the JCR.