This is the 4th ship of this name, the first being the one that carried Shackleton and Scott in 1901, on a successful expedition to the Antarctic and can still be seen in its home in Dundee, Scotland.
provides access to the global ocean from the tropics to the poles, underpinning the UK's leadership in marine science. As well as conducting more traditional marine research, she can deploy NOC's innovative underwater equipment such as the remotely operated vehicle (ROV) and Autosub autonomous submersibles.
(Information from NERC website)
It did provide a couple of interesting reflections on such a grey day