2018 04 25 JG RN YoEThis week, James Gray, MP North Wiltshire, has been hosting a week-long exhibition in Parliament to celebrate the Government’s Year of Engineering campaign. The exhibition consists of displays created by the Royal Navy and the British Antarctic Survey.

Mr Gray said: “I am delighted to have been able to help the Royal Navy and the British Antarctic Survey showcase their incredible contributions to British engineering as part of the national Year of Engineering”.

The Royal Navy is showcasing its key role in promoting careers in engineering and the role it plays in everyday life. Approximately a third of the Royal Navy’s personnel are engineers and technicians, who serve as the ‘beating heart’ of operational capability.

The British Antarctic Survey, meanwhile, is displaying an incredibly detailed model of the Royal Research Ship Sir David Attenborough, Britain’s new polar research ship. The ship was commissioned by the Natural Environmental Research Council, is being built by Cammell Laird, and will be operated by the British Antarctic Survey. From 2019, it will provide a state-of-the-art platform from which scientists will tackle some of the most important issues facing humanity, including climate change, future sea-level rise, and marine biodiversity.

Mr Gray, who, is Chairman of both the All-Party Parliamentary Group for the Armed Forces and the All-Party Parliamentary Group for the Polar Regions, added: “It is important that Parliament gets to see the very best that British engineering has to offer, especially where tax-payer funded projects are concerned.”