Veteran survey ship prepares for new mission

By on 21 June, 2022


The Royal Navy’s veteran survey ship HMS Scott is preparing for a record-breaking 14-month mission which will keep the ship at sea until the end of next year.

The RN’s fifth-largest surface ship has completed a three-month, £7.5 million revamp in Falmouth to prepare for the most demanding deployment in its 25-year career.

Once trials and training are complete, the Plymouth-based vessel will head out into the North Atlantic.

While deployed, her crew intend to spend over 200 days at sea, surveying half a million square kilometres of ocean and seabed (roughly the size of Spain), beating the record she set on her 2021–22 survey ‘season’.

During that earlier mission, the team surveyed an area of 400,000 square kilometres.

“We’ve achieved a huge amount during this life extension docking period,” said Commanding Officer Commander Tom Harrison.

“The team have worked diligently alongside their A&P counterparts and the ship is now in an excellent condition to deploy for another record-breaking period of military data collection.

“We’re all excited to get back to sea and back on deployment.”

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