Gosport marine tech gets a royal seal of approval '“ for the second time in 60 years

A MARINE technology park in Gosport played host to royalty last week as Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal unveiled a plaque.

Sunday, 28th October 2018, 6:44 am
Updated Sunday, 28th October 2018, 11:56 pm
The Princess Royal meets technician Lee Bodenham at QinetiQ in Gosport on October 25.

The Princess Royal visited QinetiQ in Haslar Marine Technology Park, after the ocean basin received a major upgrade.

Originally opened by her father, The Duke of Edinburgh, in 1961, the basin is one of the largest testing tanks in the world.

With a volume of 40,000 tonnes of clear water, it is used by commercial and defence customers for manoeuvring model tests in calm water and seakeeping model tests in waves.

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In his speech ahead of the plaque's unveiling, principal consultant Chris Richarsen said: '˜It is almost 57 years since His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh opened this spectacular basin.

'˜It is my great pleasure to welcome you to this newly-refurbished and reinvigorated facility for its rededication ahead of what we hope will be many more years of hydrodynamic testing.'