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We were honoured to welcome Her Royal Highness, The Princess Royal, on Thursday 18 January to officially launch our new £6 million home for officer cadet education and training and first certification courses at our St Mary's campus in Southampton. The Princess Royal unveiled a plaque inside the building to commemorate the occasion and toured the new premises.
The new building provides our students and officer cadets with a modern teaching environment, brand new engineering workshops, a welding area, electrical and control laboratories, an ECDIS simulator suite and marine electro-technical officer (METO) workshops.
Her Royal Highness was received by the Lord-Lieutenant of Hampshire, Nigel Atkinson Esq. She was then presented to a number of dignitaries including the Vice-Chancellor of Solent University, Professor Graham Baldwin; Chancellor of Solent University, Admiral Lord West; Director of Warsash School of Maritime Science and Engineering, Dr Syamantak Bhattacharya; and staff and officer cadets from the School.
Professor Baldwin added: “The development at St Mary’s campus is the first phase of our investment into maritime education and training at Solent. It has modernised our facilities and allows us to build on the heritage and expertise associated with Warsash Maritime Academy. We are proud that Warsash has become world-renowned for providing cadet programmes and professional short courses for more than 70 years.”
During her visit Her Royal Highness met with cadets and staff. Charlotte Astbury, who is completing her Officer of the Watch Unlimited certificate, said: “It was a pleasure to meet Her Royal Highness; she was very well informed. We showed her an exercise in ship simulation collision avoidance. I hope to work on a research vessel or tanker once I’ve completed my certificate.”
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