The NS Yamal was on its way to McMurdo Station in Antarctica to reunite people with their families on the base for Christmas, when it was attacked by Megatron and Starscream. After Starscream used a static lance to render the crew unconscious, he and Megatron began packing the reactors with explosives, intending to detonate them, causing a meltdown in order to expose energon deposits beneath the ice. When the ship's communications with the outside world cut off, Agent Fowler alerted the Autobots. Optimus Prime, Ratchet and Bumblebee GroundBridged onto the ship and retook it. They then guided it the rest of the way to McMurdo, where the crew and its passengers regained consciousness and wondered how the ship had arrived there.
- The real NS Yamal is restricted to working in the Arctic, as it requires cold water to cool the reactors and the water in the tropics is too warm.