A fleet of seven Muscovy Company ships were sent on a whaling expedition to the English islands of Spitsbergen. It is believed that the fleet included a Royal Navy warship for the first time. It has been announced that the Company fleet encountered twenty five ships, Basque, French and Dutch, that were planning to illegally hunt for whales in the area. These ships were turned away. The Company has confirmed that the expedition was a success and all of its ships safely returned to England with full cargoes of whale oil and whale product produced at its bases on Spitsbergen.