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        HMS Scott

        HMS Scott is the Royal Navy’s only ocean survey vessel. Designed to commercial standards, she provides the Royal Navy with a deep bathymetric capability off the continental shelf. At 13,500 tonnes Scott is the fifth largest ship in the Royal Navy. Scott is lean-manned with a complement of only 78.

        HMS Scott

        This is made possible by adopting commercial manning practices such as the use of fixed fire fighting systems and extensive machinery safety surveillance technology.

        Scott has been 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 & gives Scott the capability of surveying 150km2 of ocean floor every hour.

        Plymouth to Swansea Charity Cycle Ride 26 to 29 March

        A team from HMS Scott will be cycling from Plymouth to Swansea on 26 to 29 March.  Not only will this help raise money for St Luke's Hospice but our arrival in Swansea will also mark the 102nd anniversary of the final entry in Captain Scott's diary from the ill-fated Antarctic expedition.

        To donate, please visit our page on www.justgiving.com


        Patrick Mowatt

        Patrick Mowatt
        HMS Echo, Enterprise
        Military experience

        Born and educated in West Yorkshire, Pat Mowatt joined Britannia Royal Naval College as a Midshipman in January 1992. He gained Fleet time experience in HMS Beaver and HMS Hecla before undertaking Junior Warfare Officer training.

        Selected to read for the in-service BA degree in Maritime Defence, Management and Technology, he studied at the Greenwich Naval College and the Engineering College Manadon, Plymouth, graduating with honours in 1996. After sub specialising in military Hydrographic Surveying, Meteorology and Oceanography (HM) he completed an initial period as the Gunnery Officer in HMS Beagle before undertaking a highly rewarding appointment in the Ice Patrol Ship HMS Endurance, planning and managing detached survey operations in the Antarctic Peninsula, South Georgia and Falkland Islands.

        This was followed in 1999 by an appointment as the Operations Officer of HMS Bulldog undertaking Military Data Gathering (MDG) around the UK, the Mediterranean and the Gulf. This period also encompassed NATO duties in the Adriatic acting as the Mine Counter Measures (MCM) Command platform during Operation Allied Harvest.

        After completing advanced specialist training in 2001 he became the first Operations Officer of HMS Echo, co-ordinating her extensive first of class sea trials and taking her through commissioning and sea training in preparation to undertake her operational duties.

        An exchange appointment with the Royal Australian Navy followed in 2003 during which he served as the senior surveyor in both HMAS Melville and HMAS Leeuwin conducting Maritime Security patrols and MDG around Australia, New Zealand and Malaysia.

        Promoted to Lieutenant Commander in 2004 he returned to UK duties the following year on the staff of the Maritime Warfare School instructing Officers in military survey principles and techniques. This was followed in 2007 by a short period in the Joint Operational environment at the Intelligence Collection Group (ICG) co-ordinating the generation of Force Elements at Readiness for operations.

        Returning to sea in 2008 as the Executive Officer in HMS Enterprise, the watch rotational manning afforded him extensive periods in Command whilst undertaking MDG off West Africa, the Gulf and Gulf of Oman. In Dec 2010 he joined the staff of the Above Water Capability area in the MoD with the responsibility for the planning and delivery oversight of future inshore and offshore Patrol (including Ice Patrol), HM and pan-Defence small boat capability.

        Promoted to Commander in 2012, he was subsequently selected to take Command of the Ocean Survey Vessel HMS Scott.

        Having reluctantly hung up his Rugby Union boots Pat now keeps himself fit in the gym as well as walking, swimming and rowing. He is married with two young daughters and lives in Devon although he vows to eventually return to his beloved county of Yorkshire.




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        HMS Scott HISTORY

        • History

          The first HMS Scott was a World War 1 destroyer, name-ship of the Scott class, built by Cammell Laird and launched on 18 October 1917; she and her class sisters were named after historical Scottish leaders.

        • History

          Displacing just over 1,800 tons, the ship mounted five 4.7in guns and six 21in torpedo tubes, but her career with the Royal Navy was short-lived – she was torpedoed and sank in the North Sea off the Dutch coast on 15 August 1918, an attack generally credited to UC-17.

        • History

          The second Scott, along with sister HMS Shackleton, was first envisaged as a Fleet minesweeper in 1937, but by the time she was completed in July 1939 she was officially a survey ship.

        • History

          Displacing 830 tons, with a complement of 84, the ship was built by the Caledon Shipbuilding and Engineering Co Ltd, Dundee, and enjoyed a long and productive life with the Navy – she was only broken up in Troon in 1965.

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