Ice Patrol and Survey

The Surveying Flotilla

The Surveying Flotilla is a disparate group of ships which probe the waters of the world in a task which has been carried out by Royal Navy ships for centuries.

Providing safe passage

Whether it is HMS Scott in the deep oceans or HMSML Gleaner in a harbour, data is gathered and translated into charts which provide safe passage for mariners across the globe.

Weapons and capabilities

Survey/work boats

Survey motorboat

The Survey Motor Boat can fly the nest independently from the mother ship to survey shallow waters.

It will carry state of the art equipment on board, such as the 2040 Multibeam Echo Sounder, EA400 Single Beam Sounder and the GeoAcoustics 2094 Side Scan Sonar. These allow it to update charts and take various scientific readings.

8.5m ramped workboat

The 8.5m workboat is used transport equipment, stores, vehicles and people from ship to shore in the difficult environments that the Ice Patrol and Survey Ships are deployed.

Sonar

Hull-mounted multi-beam echo sounder

The multibeam echo sounder is a device used by hydrographic surveyors to determine the depth of water and nature of the sea bed.

The system works by transmitting a broad acoustic fan-shaped pulse from a transducer which then forms multiple receive beams known as beamforming. From this beam, a two way travel time of the pulse is established. If the speed of sound in water is known, the depth and position of the return signal can be determined.

For deep water, a steerable transmit beam is required to compensate for pitch.

Being a part of the Surface Fleet

Lt Jenkins, 25

Warfare officer

The job may be intense, but it’s incredibly rewarding. I also get to work on some of the most advanced warships on the planet.

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Middle East

Kipion

Units of the Royal Navy and Royal Fleet Auxiliary have been on patrol in the Gulf since October 1980, after the Iran/Iraq conflict of that year, and more recently operations have extended further south with the increase in piracy off the Somalia coast. 

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Bay of Biscay

Standing NATO Maritime Group 2

Standing NATO Maritime Group 2 is a multinational, integrated maritime force - made up of vessels from various allied nations, training and operating together as a single team - that is permanently available to NATO to perform a wide range of tasks, from participating in exercises to crisis response and real world operational missions.

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Middle East

Kipion MCMV

In support of wider British efforts in the region, minehunters are providing the capability to conduct route survey, sea-bed clearance, and mine clearance operations all over the Gulf. 

The operation also aims to provide a visible naval presence in a region where stability and good relations with local nations is vital. Much of the UK’s oil and gas, as well as other products, come from the Gulf region and as such these efforts are of vital importance to our economy and lifestyle.

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Arctic

Nato MCMV Force

The RN has always supplied an MCMV to one of the two NATO Mine Counter-Measures Squadrons. These are six-month deployments as part of the NATO Standing MCM Groups and will generally be around the coasts of Northern Europe or the Mediterranean depending upon the squadron in which the RN ship is working. 

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The North Sea and Bay of Biscay

Standing Nato Maritime Group 1

Standing NATO Maritime Group 1 is a multinational, integrated maritime force - made up of vessels from various allied nations, training and operating together as a single team - that is permanently available to NATO to perform a wide range of tasks, from participating in exercises to crisis response and real world operational missions.

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United Kingdom

University Royal Naval Unit

To provide high-quality sea training experiences to undergraduates from universities.

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Falkland Islands

Falkland Islands Patrol Vessel

Patrolling the waters around the Falkland Islands and South Georgia to reassure the people of UK overseas territories.

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United Kingdom

Fishery Protection Squadron

Protecting the British fishing industry and safeguarding the nation's fishing stocks. 

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Gibraltar

Gibraltar Squadron

Conducting security patrols within British Gibraltar territorial waters, and providing protection to warships.

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Antarctic

Antarctic patrol

To provide a UK sovereign presence in the British Antarctic Territory, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands and their surrounding maritime areas, to underpin their security and good governance; and meet the UK treaty obligations and exercise rights under the Antarctic Treaty System through inspections, hydrographic charting and support to scientific research.

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Mediterranean

Operation Sophia

A European Union Naval Force operation to counter arms bound for Libya, in support of the UN arms embargo. 

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