The Duke Of Cambridge Visits The Royal Navy Submarine Museum

The Duke of Cambridge, Commodore-in-Chief Submarines and Royal Patron of the HMS Alliance Conservation Appeal, visited the Royal Navy Submarine Museum to attend the Service of Re-dedication of the newly restored submarine HMS Alliance. He then met veteran submariners and toured the historic submarine before being offered the “Dolphins” submariner badge with a traditional tot of rum.

Based at the Royal Navy Submarine Museum, part of The National Museum of the Royal Navy, HMS Alliance re-opened on 3rd April following a major £7M conservation and restoration project. HMS Alliance was designed during WWII for service in the Far East and was launched in 1945. She then began a distinguished 28 year career during the Cold War until she retired and became the centrepiece of the Submarine Museum. Moored on cradles by the Museum quayside since 1982, the outer structure of HMS Alliance had corroded severely, a process that had proved hard to arrest due to difficulties of access.

A three-year £7m fund-raising campaign (Saving HMS Alliance) led by the Royal Navy Submarine Museum was launched to fund the restoration of the vessel, and £3.4m of this was donated by the Heritage Lottery Fund. The project to restore HMS Alliance has also included a new education and volunteering programe. Over a hundred volunteers from the local area of Gosport have contributed by undertaking duties at special fundraising events, helping conserve the submarine and working behind the scenes in the archives.

The museum is also home to The Royal Navy's first submarine Holland 1 and the only surviving WW2 midget submarine X24.  The family friendly museum has working periscopes, hands on interactive games, the "Horrible Science of Submarines" exhibition and a family indoor play centre “Busy Boat Bay”. 

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