HMS Protector sails past ex-HMS Ocean PMH Atlantico in Brazil fuel stop 01112021 Credit HMS Protector Twitter
HMS Protector sailing past former-HMS Ocean (now PHM Atlântico) during a fuel stop in Brazil (Picture: HMS Protector Twitter).
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Former HMS Ocean spotted by HMS Protector during Brazil fuel stop

PHM Atlântico, formerly known as HMS Ocean, is the flagship of the Brazilian fleet after being decommissioned by the Queen in 2018.

HMS Protector sails past ex-HMS Ocean PMH Atlantico in Brazil fuel stop 01112021 Credit HMS Protector Twitter
HMS Protector sailing past former-HMS Ocean (now PHM Atlântico) during a fuel stop in Brazil (Picture: HMS Protector Twitter).

The Royal Navy's ice patrol ship HMS Protector sailed past an old work colleague during a fuel stop in Rio de Janeiro.

Ice patrol ship HMS Protector caught a glimse of the Brazilian Navy flagship PHM Atlântico, formerly known as HMS Ocean during their quick fuel stop at anchor in Brazil.

She was one of the Royal Navy's largest warships before being decommissioned by the Queen in a  ceremony in Plymouth.

In a tweet, HMS Protector's crew posted their disappointment at the weather but were impressed with the "fabulous location" and seeing ex-HMS Ocean.

The ice patrol ship tweeted: "A bit too overcast to see Christ The Redeemer, but did catch sight of ex-HMS Ocean (PMH Atlantico)!

"Great to stop in such a fabulous location – hopefully next time we'll be able to come ashore!"

In August, ice patrol ship HMS Protector set sail for the Antarctic in a deployment that the ship's company believe could see them make Royal Navy history.

The deployment to the Antarctic means HMS Protector will have crossed the Equator and visited both polar circles in a single year.

Protector, the Navy's only icebreaker, left Plymouth for Antarctica in her first visit to the frozen continent since 2019.

The survey/research ship will continue her work supporting scientists from around the world who are studying the impact of global warming.

Watch: On board HMS Protector – the Royal Navy's ice patrol ship.