Princess Royal at ship naming

The Princess Royal is in Southampton today for the naming of a new ocean research ship.

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£75m ship to be named

Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal will name a new Royal Research Ship - RRS Discovery - at the National Oceanography Centre in Southampton today. She is a state-of-the craft for world-leading oceanographic research.

She was commissioned by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and will be operated on NERC's behalf by the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) for the United Kingdom's marine science community.

Discovery's capability will allow deep-ocean research in the remotest and least hospitable parts of our planet, from tropical seas to polar waters.

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