Royal Research Ship
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A Royal Research Ship (RRS) is a merchant navy vessel of the United Kingdom that conducts scientific research for Her Majesty's Government. Organisations operating such ships include; the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), the British Antarctic Survey (BAS) and the National Oceanography Centre (NOC). A warrant from the Queen is required before a ship can be designated as an RRS.
The work of the two Royal Research Ships operated by the British Antarctic Survey is complemented by a Royal Navy icebreaker, currently HMS Protector, which provides science logistics support to the British Antarctic Survey.
Current Royal Research ShipsEdit
All ships bear the prefix "RRS" - Royal Research Ship.
|RRS Sir David Attenborough||2021||15,000 tonnes||Research ship||Natural Environment Research Council||British Antarctic Survey|
|RRS James Cook||2007||5,800 tonnes||National Marine Facilities Division|
National Oceanography Centre
|RRS Discovery||2013||6,260 tonnes|
Notable former Royal Research ShipsEdit
- "£36m contract awarded for scientific research ship". NERC press release. 2 July 2004. Archived from the original on 8 July 2009. Cite journal requires
- "HMS Protector". Royal Navy (British Ministry of Defence). Retrieved 7 September 2013.
- "RRS Sir David Attenborough". British Antarctic Survey (NERC). Retrieved 15 June 2021.
- "RRS James Cook". National Oceanography Centre (NOC). Retrieved 15 June 2021.
- "RRS Discovery". National Oceanography Centre (NOC). Retrieved 15 June 2021.