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UK to get new polar ship in 2019

The UK is to get one of the biggest, most capable polar research vessels in the world, a £200m icebreaker.

The ship is likely to be 130m long and sport a helipad, cranes, onboard labs, and have the ability to deploy subs and other ocean survey and sampling gear.

The money to build and equip the vessel is coming from the government's capital fund for science.

Royal Society president Sir Paul Nurse said the investment was really important, and spoke to our correspondent Jonathan Amos about the need for further support for science to help build the British economy.

  • 25 Apr 2014
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