Submarine appeal launched

Prince William backs campaign to save Britain's last World War II submarine

An appeal has been launched to save Britain’s last surviving submarine built for service in World War II. HMS Alliance was first displayed at the Royal Navy Submarine Museum in Gosport in 1982, but her condition has deteriorated significantly during the past 28 years.

It will cost an estimated £6 million to restore and remount the submarine, establish new interpretation plans and build an Alliance gallery. £1.7 million has already been raised with a pledge of £3m from the Heritage Lottery Fund, but this is conditional on the appeal raising £1.8m by January 2011.

HRH Prince William said that the plans for Alliance, which was launched in 1945 and served with the Royal Navy at the height of the Cold War, were heartening and inspiring.

“It will remind us all of the debt we owe to the brave men and women who serve in our submarines”, he said.