Prince William to spearhead submarine appeal


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Prince William is to become patron of a multi-million pound appeal to conserve Britain's last remaining Second World War submarine.

The young royal, who will tour HMS Alliance in Gosport later today, said it was of "great importance" that maritime heritage like the underwater vessel was safeguarded so future generations could understand the sacrifices made by submariners.

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 in Gosport, Hampshire.

It has been on display since 1981 but urgent conservation and restoration is now needed costing millions.

William, 25, who is Commodore-in-Chief, Submarines, said: "I am delighted and honoured to become patron of the HMS Alliance conservation appeal.

"It is of great importance that such heritage is safeguarded to help future generations to understand the past heroism and sacrifice of Britain's submariners.

"I wish the appeal every success in its crucial efforts to preserve this historic submarine for the Nation."

The appeal was launched in October last year and will run for two years to raise the funds needed for restoration and future maintenance.

Vice-Admiral Sir Tim McClement, chairman of the appeal, welcomed the announcement and said: "HMS Alliance is the only surviving World War Two submarine and needs to be maintained as a lasting memory to those who served in submarines during the war.

"Equally importantly, she also stands as a tribute to all submariners who have lost their lives in the service of their country."

During his visit to the museum William will open a memorial dedicated to the submariners who have lost their lives defending the UK.

The area of remembrance lists the names of 5,300 personnel who have died while in service between 1904 and the present day.

Sub-Lieutenant Wales, who is on a two-month attachment with the Navy, will also get a chance to see the service's first ever submarine, the Holland 1.

The museum also serves as the regimental headquarters for past submariners and houses a collection of photographs, transcripts, artefacts and archive material.

During his naval attachment, the Prince is undergoing training at the Britannia Royal Naval College in Dartmouth before spending five weeks on board the frigate HMS Iron Duke which will patrol the north Atlantic.

About time it was given a make over,it looked realy shabby the last time I saw it.

Still think they should have used the Andrew instead as it had more of an interesting history.