Ocean Surveying

The economy of the United Kingdom relies on the oceans. By conducting detailed oceanographic surveys, the Royal Navy helps keep the routes of global maritime trade open for business.


What are we doing?

Hydrographic survey ships work in a variety of sea areas to gather and process hydrographic and oceanographic data, such as sea depth, wave height and barometric pressure. The Royal Navy uses this information for planning and operational purposes.

The data is also dispatched to the UK Hydrographic Office for analysis and inclusion into navigational charts and other navigational safety publications.

HMS Scott – the only ship of her class and the largest survey vessel in Western Europe – is deployed at sea for up to 300 days a year. She carries the High-Resolution Multi-Beam Sonar System, which is capable of surveying 150 square kilometres of ocean floor every hour.