HMS Scott passing the Statue of Liberty in New York
|Ordered:||20 January 1995|
|Builder:||Appledore Shipbuilders, Bideford (Subcontracted from BAeSEMA)|
|Launched:||13 October 1996|
|Commissioned:||30 June 1997|
|Homeport:||HMNB Devonport, Plymouth|
|Identification:||Pennant number: H131
International callsign: GCUP
MMSI number: 233844000
IMO number: 9127289
|Status:||in active service, as of 2013[update]|
|General characteristics |
|Class & type:||Scott-class ocean survey vessel|
|Displacement:||13,500 tons full load|
|Length:||131.1 m (430 ft)|
|Beam:||21.5 m (71 ft)|
|Draught:||8.3 m (27 ft)|
|Speed:||18 knots (33 km/h; 21 mph)|
(42 onboard at any time)
|Aviation facilities:||Platform for one light helicopter|
HMS Scott is an ocean survey vessel of the Royal Navy, and the only vessel of her class. She is the third Royal Navy ship to carry the name, and the second to be named after the Antarctic explorer, Robert Falcon Scott. She was ordered to replace the survey ship HMS Hecla.
She was ordered from BAeSEMA in 1995 to replace the ageing HMS Hecla. She was built at the Appledore Shipbuilders in North Devon and launched on 13 October 1996 by Mrs Carolyn Portillo, wife of Michael Portillo, the then-Secretary of State for Defence. She was commissioned on 20 June 1997. Not only is she the largest vessel in the Royal Navy's Hydrographic Squadron, and the fifth largest in the entire fleet, but she is also the largest survey vessel in Western Europe.
Scott is the Royal Navy's only ocean survey vessel. She can remain at sea for up to 300 days a year, thanks to her novel crew rotation system. Her complement of 78 is divided into three sections: two sections are required to keep the ship operational, with the third on shore on leave or in training. When the ship returns to port, one crew section on board is replaced by the section on shore. The ship can then deploy again almost immediately. As with all of the Royal Navy's large survey vessels, Scott has an auxiliary role in support of mine countermeasure vessels.
In February 2005 Scott surveyed the seabed around the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake, which varies in depth between 1,000 m (3,300 ft) and 5,000 m (16,000 ft). The survey, conducted using a high-resolution, multi-beam sonar system, revealed that the earthquake had made a huge impact on the topography of the seabed.
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