UK Royal Navy survey ship HMS Scott has successfully completed its six-month deployment in Antarctica and has returned to Devonport, UK.

During the deployment, the ship carried out its primary role of ocean surveying and completed operations in Antarctica and the Atlantic.

HMS Scott, equipped with a multibeam sonar suite, is capable of surveying the deepest oceans in continuous lines of up to 400 miles in length.

The ship uses the CARIS survey processing system to provide the navy with clear and accurate bathymetric data and analyses all types of oceanographic variables from salinity to the speed of sound through water.

HMS Scott is the sixth-largest vessel in the Royal Navy fleet with a displacement capacity of 13,500t and an operational availability of 307 days a year.

The deep-water survey ship, deployed on 26 October 2009, will begin the second phase of survey operations next month.