HMS Scott

HMS Scott is the Royal Navy’s only ocean survey vessel. At 13,500 tonnes Scott is the fifth largest ship in the Royal Navy but only needs a crew of 78.

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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.

All the processing of the data is conducted and checked onboard with the final product rendered to the UK Hydrographic Office in Taunton.

Because HMS Scott was designed and built to house her advanced survey sonar system she is a spacious ship with most 85 crew members onboard having his or her own cabin complete with an en-suite restroom and shower.

There are also two gymnasiums as well as a badminton/basketball court, designed to maintain the crew’s fitness.

HMS Scott helps scientists in mid-Atlantic

HMS Scott helps scientists in mid Atlantic


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Survey ship HMS Scott returns home

Survey ship HMS Scott returns home


One in every 17 sailors and RM on duty over Christmas at home and abroad

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Current operation Alongside in Devonport

Currently alongside in her home port of Devonport Naval Base.

Location Plymouth

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Unit History


The first HMS Scott was a World War 1 destroyer launched on 18 October 1917; she and her class sisters were named after historical Scottish leaders.


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.


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.


Displacing 830 tons, with a complement of 84, the ship enjoyed a long and productive life with the Navy – she was only broken up in Troon in 1965.

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Commanding Officer Karen Dalton-Fyfe

Rank: Commander

Commander Karen Dalton-Fyfe joined the Royal Navy in 1997, she assumed command of HMS Scott in December 2014.

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30 June 1997

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