After a refit at HM Naval Base, Devonport, the Royal Navy’s fourth largest warship, has sailed to sea.
The deep-water survey ship HMS Scott is now training and proving the ship is fully able to deploy in the future. HMS Scott helps map the world’s deepest oceans to aid navigation of Royal Navy ships – helping protect the UK’s international trade routes. The ship generally spends over 300 days a year at sea and in her 18-year lifetime she’s put more than 750,000 nautical miles on her hull – enough to go to the moon and back twice.
This current period at sea is expected to be jam-packed for the crew of 85 sailors, who will be conducting intermediate sea safety training, engineering drills and checks, fire and flood exercises and ship-handling manoeuvres. They will be conducting a host of other high-tempo events which are meant to test the resolve of the crew and ship to handle any adverse situation that may come their way.
HMS Scott can survey 150km2 of ocean floor every hour. All the processing of the data is conducted and checked onboard with the final product rendered to the UK Hydrographic Office in Taunton.
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