HMS Scott

HMS Scott is an ocean survey vessel and is the third Royal Navy ship to carry the name. She is the only vessel of her class and can remain at sea for up to 300 days a year, thanks to her novel crew rotation system.

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At 13,500 tonnes Scott is the fifth largest ship in the Royal Navy but only needs a crew of 78. 

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


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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.

Third HMS Scott1995

In 1995 a new Ocean Survey Vessel was ordered to replace the ageing HMS Hecla. This ship would be the third to carry the name HMS Scott.


In June 1997, HMS Scott was commissioned into the Fleet. Not was she the largest vessel in the Royal Navy's Hydrographic Squadron, she was also the largest survey vessel in Western Europe.

Red Sea2013

In 2013 HMS Scott was in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden supporting coalition maritime security operations and surveyed over 7,200 square miles of the sea floor; an area almost three times the size of Devon.

42,000 miles2015

In 2015 HMS Scott discovered a chasm almost as deep as the Grand Canyon, mountains higher than Ben Nevis and rivers carving their way through the Atlantic sea bed. She also conducted survey operations all over the North Atlantic and Mediterranean mapping an area equivalent to that of the UK. This involved steaming over 42,000 - miles the equivalent of going round the world one and three quarter times.

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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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