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Prince William to visit Gosport

Prince William is to visit Gosport

Prince William is to visit Gosport

SUBMARINE HMS Alliance looks a little different today to how she was when the Duke of Cambridge last saw her.

Prince William came to Gosport in 2008 to open a memorial to thousands of lost submariners at the Royal Navy Submarine Museum in Haslar.

Now he’s coming back to see the fruits of a multi-million pound conservation project which has restored the ship to the way she was.

Fresh from a hectic 19-day tour of Australia, William will come to Gosport on May 12, without wife Kate and son George.

He will attend a service of rededication for the submarine, and tour the boat before being presented with a tot of rum.

Chris Munns, the director of the museum, said: ‘We are delighted to be able to show him the finished project when he comes to visit the museum.

‘We are going to rededicate the submarine, which is something you do to operational submarines when they have come out of a refit. It will be a pleasure to welcome Prince William to it.’

HMS Alliance reopened to the public this month after a £7m conservation project which has extended the life of the boat and ensured she will remain open to visitors for years to come.

Prince William is the Commodore-in-Chief Submarines, and also the royal patron of the HMS Alliance appeal.

Launched in July 1945, Alliance was designed for service in the Far East but the Second World War ended before she could be put into action.

The vessel went on to see more than 25 years of service and is now the star attraction at the Royal Navy Submarine Museum.

She has been on display since 1981 but urgent conservation and restoration was needed after she began to rust and fall into the sea.

The conservation project has also seen the interior of the vessel made to look like it is operational again.

 

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