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HMS Scott ocean survey vessel

HMS Scott is a deep-water ocean survey vessel and is the third Royal Navy ship to carry the name. The only vessel of her class, she can remain at sea for up to 300 days a year, thanks to her novel crew rotation system. Built as an ocean survey vessel, HMS Scott was specially designed to carry the modern High Resolution Multi Beam Sonar System (HRMBSS). This swathe echo sounder is capable of collecting depth information over a strip of the sea bed several kilometers wide.

HMS Scott is the largest survey vessel in Western Europe, and the fifth largest vessel in the Royal Navy. Named for the famous Arctic explorer Robert Falcon Scott, she also has an auxiliary role as a mine countermeasures vessel.

At 13,500 tons HMS Scott dwarfs her predecessor HMS Hecla, which at 4,000 tonnes was less than a third of the size - but carried almost twice as many people. HMS Scott has been designed to commercial standards and will provide the Royal Navy with a deep bathymetric capability off the continental shelf. The ship is fitted with a modern multi-beam sonar suite which will permit mapping of the ocean floor worldwide. Her size is a consequence of her unique sonar, capable of surveying the deepest oceans in continuous lines of up to 400 miles (640km) in length.

HMS Scott has a crew of 78. She operates a crew rotation system whereby 52 are onboard at any one time during a standard 35-day operational cycle. The remainder of the crew take leave and by operating in such a manner the ship maximises her operational availability and effectiveness by being at sea for 307 days per year.The ship is fully lean-manned with a complement of only 63, made possible by moving toward commercial manning practices like the use of fixed fire fighting equipment and extensive machinery and safety surveillance technology.

The ship has a three watch crew rotation system with 42 personnel embarked at any one time, enabling the ship to operate abroad for extended periods. HMS Scott was constructed by Appledore Shipbuilders Ltd. in North Devon and launched by Mrs. Portillo on 13 October 1996. HMS Scott is built to sail through ice only up to 80cm thick and is, therefore, not officially an ice-breaker.

The Royal Navy deep-water survey ship HMS Scott deployed to the Antarctic 100 years after her eponym Captain Scott's final expedition to the area. HMS Scott left Plymouth early 25 November 2010 for what will be her second deployment to the region; her aim will be to demonstrate the UK's ongoing commitment to the Antarctic Treaty during the austral summer of 2010/11. The UK was the first state to ratify the treaty, which came into force in 1961, and remains committed to upholding its core values of preserving the continent for peace and science.

The UK has long-term strategic, scientific, environmental and sustainable resource management interests in the Antarctic, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands, and the wider South Atlantic. By taking a leading role in the Antarctic Treaty system, through a policy of presence, governance and commitment to deliver our international obligations, the UK protects its interests and sovereignty. The UK's claim to the British Antarctic Territory (BAT) is the oldest in Antarctica dating back to letters patent issued in 1908. Claims lodged by Argentina and Chile in the 1930s and 1940s largely overlap with the BAT.

During her deployment to the region earlier this year HMS Scott, based at Devonport Naval Base, surveyed 3,000 miles (4,800km) of uncharted ocean, and provided information for the safety of navigation and entirely new seabed views of interest to scientists, including newly-discovered undersea volcanoes. The ship's current mission will again be in support of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the British Antarctic Survey. HMS Scott will provide data for the United Kingdom Hydrographic Office using her state-of-the-art multi-beam sonar system to collect information in the data-sparse waters of the Antarctic.

The out of service date for HMS Scott was not changed as a result of the Integrated Review. Current plans will see SCOTT retired from service in 2022. As part of the Government's investment in shipbuilding, which increases to over 1.7 billion a year this Parliament, the Navy will procure a Multi-role Ocean Surveillance Ship (MROS) to replace HMS Scott.

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