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HMS Roebuck is the 17th ship to bear the name giving her the longest battle honours of any other ship spanning from Armada to the Second World War. Roebuck is the Royal Navy's only remaining coastal survey vessel, and was built as one of a class. Launched in Nov 1985 and commissioned on 3 Oct 1986, she has a Ship's Company of 52. Originally designed to operate up to the UK continental shelf undertaking hydrographic surveys to update the Admiralty Charts, she is now capable of worldwide hydrographic and oceanographic combat survey operations and is the Navy's premier Rapid Environmental Assessment unit and can collect data from the upper atmosphere to within the sea bed. Roebuck maintains close links with its affiliated town of Didcot, TS Roebuck Sea Cadet Corps, 130 (Bournemouth) Squadron Air Training Cadets and Taunton School CCF.

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