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Ship is named with royal ceremony


Ship is named with royal ceremony

The UK’s new polar research ship is formally named the RRS Sir David Attenborough today by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. The royals will follow tradition by smashing a bottle of champagne against the hull.   Special guest Sir David Attenborough will attend.

A three-day public celebration, hosted at the shipyard by British Antarctic Survey and Cammell Laird, aims to inspire and inform people about polar science, engineering and technology – and why it matters to everyday life. 

Sir Mark Walport, Chief Executive of UKRI Research and Innovation, says:

“The RRS Sir David Attenborough is one of the most advanced polar research vessels in the world and will transform how ship-borne science is conducted in the Polar Regions. It will provide scientists with state-of-the-art facilities to undertake crucial research into the impact of global change on our oceans, marine biodiversity and climate, and ensure that the UK remains at the forefront of polar science.”

The naming ceremony kicks off a three-day immersive festival of science, engineering and ship building. ‘Ice Worlds’ will bring the Polar Regions to life with over 20 exhibition stands. The festival will be adjacent to the RRS Sir David Attenborough in the Cammell Laird shipyard.

The naming ceremony will be live-streamed from 13.30 on the BAS website: www.bas.ac.uk/live, or follow #polarship #RRSSirDavidAttenborough @BAS_News @UKRI_News @NERCscience

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