The British Antarctic Survey currently operates 2 ice-strengthened Royal Research Ships and a fleet of specially adapted aircraft to support research in the Polar Regions:
RRS James Clark Ross – primarily a marine research vessel for biological, oceanographic and geophysical cruises.
RRS Ernest Shackleton – primarily a logistics vessel used to transport cargo, fuel and passengers.
The UK will also have a new polar research ship, the RRS Sir David Attenborough which is due to enter service in 2019. This has been commissioned by NERC and built by Cammell Laird and will be operated by the British Antarctic Survey once it comes into service in 2019 to conduct research in the Polar regions.
Aircraft: For further information about the aircraft used in the Polar Regions, please see the British Antarctic Survey website.
Further information about all of NERC’s Polar Research facilities can be found on the NERC website.