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Royal Navy celebrate Christmas on Antarctic ice caps

A Royal Navy crew has had its own early Christmas - on the ice caps of Antarctica.

The crew of HMS Protector, which is currently deployed to the Antarctic to carry out survey and patrol operations, held festive celebrations early as the ship will be at sea on Christmas Day.

Crew from HMS Protector Credit: LA(Phot) Vicki Benwell/MoD/Crown Copyright/PA Wire

As well as a roast turkey dinner in a real-life winter wonderland, the ship's company enjoyed a game of football.

Officer Captain Rhett Hatcher, said: "Spending Christmas in the coldest, windiest and driest place on earth comes with a number of challenges but it is a truly unique privilege."