Boaty McBoatface is a yellow unmanned submarine, the lead submarine for the research in Antarctica and is owned by NERC (Natural Environment Research Council). The name Boaty McBoatface was suggested by BBC radio presenter James Hand as a joke but the public seemed to like it and it quickly got popular. The vote was originally for naming the ship but as Boaty McBoatface was such a silly name they called the ship RRS Sir David Attenborough and the sub Boaty McBoatface.
Boaty will be carried aboard the vessel RRS Sir David Attenborough (still under construction) as it gets prepared for its dives. Boaty has already been put to work on the RRS James Clark Ross looking at the conditions of the water it is in. It is a new sub and if needed it can operate under ice. It will set sail in 2019 and will hopefully help scientists by checking the levels of krill, ice thickness and will also take measurements of seawater.