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The United Kingdom launch new research vessel ‘Discovery’

2013.10.14

The United Kingdom launch new research vessel ‘Discovery’

RRS Discovery – a new, £75 million research vessel – was named at Southampton by Anne, Princess Royal on the 10th of October

The christening of The Royal Research Ship Discovery heralds the arrival of a new vessel to the UK’s marine research fleet. Replacing a vessel of the same name, the Discovery hopes to continue the successes of itsong line of distinguished predecessors whose successes it hopes to continue.

RSS Discovery will allow the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) to perform deep-ocean research on behalf of the Natural Environment Research Council(NERC). The £75 million investment represents the commitment the Department for Business Innovation & Skills is making to frontier science, a sentiment further echoed in the speech given by the Minister for Science, Mr David Willetts MP, where he emphasised the UK’s world-leading role in marine science.

Discovery is well prepared; with a suite of laboratories, handling systems and sensors it is able to sample and measure properties of the atmosphere, water column and - thanks to Discovery’s submersible deployment capabilities - deep sea bed. With capacity for a marine crew of 24 and 28 scientists & technicians, the Discovery's research capability should see it play a part in research surrounding climate change, ocean acidification, impacts of human activity on ecosystems, mapping earthquakes and hydro-thermal vents.
 

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