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Princess Anne opens 'The Princess Royal Jetty'

Princess Anne was on duty at the Royal Navy site in Portsmouth Credit: Royal Navy

HRH The Princess Royal was in Portsmouth today to officially name the berth that will become home to the Royal Navy's giant new aircraft carriers.

Named 'The Princess Royal Jetty' the dockside area has been upgraded and strengthened to support the carriers - the first of which - HMS Queen Elizabeth - is due to arrive later this year.

As well as those behind the jetty's construction, Princess Anne, also met Navy bomb disposal experts who have been clearing Portsmouth Harbour of unexploded wartime bombs.

The interviewee is: Commodore Jeremy Rigby, Naval Base Commander.


Princess Anne to be guest of honour in Kent

Princess Anne will be guest of honour Credit: ITV

It's been announced that Princess Anne will be the guest of honour at an agricultural event at the Detling Showground in Kent next week. The Agri-Expo is the leading land-based industry show for the South East. The Princess has her own working farm in Gloucester and has a keen interest in farming.

Fears for future of cross-channel hovercraft

Thousands of people are backing an online bid to save one of two remaining cross channel hovercraft.

The Princess Anne is under threat as the site in Lee on Solent, they're kept on is being sold.

She's one of the main points of the Hovercraft Museum - housed next door to the SRN4.

The Princess Anne hovercraft is under threat as the site it is held on is being sold Credit: ITV Meridian

"The SRN4's are the centre point of the museum and our most important exhibits. Many people come simply to see these huge relics from a bygone age and their loss would be an enormous blow to the museum.

"But more important than that is the fact that they are piece of British history, the like of which we will never see again. The Hovercraft Museum trust is dedicated to preserving them and we hope that a deal can be reached to allow this to happen.

"The final decision is out of our hands and this has all happened at very short notice but we will do everything in our powers to protect at least one of these national treasures."

– Hovercraft museum trustee Emma Pullen


History behind ship name

The new Royal Research Ship Discovery due to be officially named today by the Princess Royal is the latest in a line of vessels bearing the name that date back to 1602 when the East India Company commissioned the first recorded Discovery to explore the waters now known as the Hudson Strait.

In the 20th Century a new Discovery was specially commissioned for the British National Antarctic Expedition of 1901-04, that included Antarctic heroes Captain Scott and Ernest Shackleton.

Royal Research Ship equipped for exploration

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.

£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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