Boaty McBoatface will sail beneath the seas as a drone sub

The internet may have declared that the UK’s newest naval vessel be named Boaty McBoatface, but a drone submarine aboard the ship will carry the name instead.

The internet is a marvellous place to be. When the UK’s Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) announced an online poll to determine the name of its newest research vessel, the last thing it expected was for the name Boaty McBoatface to top the charts.
However, the Council has decided against the name, and has officially the vessel the RSS Sir David Attenborough, after one of the world’s most eminent naturalist and broadcaster.
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However, the Council isn’t without a sense of humour, and the name Boaty McBoatface will instead be borne by a drone submarine which will be house aboard the RSS Sir David Attenborough.
It’s not quite the result we were hoping for, but we think Sir David is an inspired choice instead.
According to the NERC, the decision to name the vessel after Attenborough was motivated by his “90th birthday, and is in recognition of his legacy in British broadcasting, inspiring a love of the natural world over generations.”
The name of the $200 million GBP research vessel was opened to public vote, with names such as Ice Ice Baby and Usain Bolt leading the pack. However, Boaty McBoatface was clearly the most popular, racking up 120,000 votes.
The drone submarine will be housed award the RRS Sir David Attenborough, and will be remotely operated from the vessel’s bridge. The drone submarine will accompany the research vessel on all its outings, leaving the Boatface moniker applied to one of the most sophisticated drones on the face of the Earth.
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What are your thoughts on the future of the RRS Sir David Attenborough and Boaty McBoatface? Be sure to let us know in the comments below!
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Source: NERC