Once named by Her Royal Highness at Empress Dock in Southampton, new Royal Research Ship Discovery joins RSS James Cook as one of a brace of vessels with deep ocean capability that will be used as research base for decades to come. Her Royal Highness also named James Cook in 2007.
RSS Discovery is almost 100m in length, she will carry a marine crew of 24 and has accommodation for 28 scientists and technicians. The ship is fitted with a suite of laboratories, handling systems and sensors that will enable her to carry out research spanning a wide range of ocean issues.
RSS Discovery will play a key role in the scientific mission to understand the role of the oceans in the Earth system and to carry out research in areas including climate change, ocean acidification, the impact of human activity on delicate ecosystems, mapping earthquakes and underwater landslides.
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