HMS Endurance, the Royal Navy's badly damaged Antarctic patrol ship, is due to arrive in the Solent aboard a heavy lift ship on 8 April

HMS Endurance, the Royal Navy’s badly damaged Antarctic patrol ship, is due to arrive in the Solent aboard a heavy lift ship on 8 April after an 8,000-mile piggy-back voyage from the South Atlantic. Endurance was operating in the Magellan Strait before Christmas when a faulty seawater valve allowed her engine room and a significant proportion of C Deck to flood, and she lost all propulsion and most auxiliary systems.

Subject to suitable weather conditions she will be floated off the 53,800-tonne semi-submersible heavy lift ship Target in Spithead on 10-11 April in an operation which is expected to take between 18-20 hours. There will be a 250-metre exclusion zone in place around the ships while the operation takes place.