Royal Maritime Auxiliary Service

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Royal Maritime Auxiliary Service
British Royal Maritime Auxiliary Ensign.svg
RMAS Naval Ensign
Active 1976 - 2008
Country United Kingdom
Type Navy
Size 89 ships
over 200 ships in 1985[1]
Part of Ministry of Defence, Royal Navy
Disbanded 31 March 2008 (service replaced by Serco Denholm)

The Royal Maritime Auxiliary Service (RMAS) was a British Government agency which ran a variety of non-combat support vessels for the Royal Navy.


The RMAS merged with the former Port Auxiliary Service in 1976 to form a component of the Naval Service that is known as Marine Services. Marine Services exists to support the Royal Navy. Marine Services was put out to commercial tender by the Ministry of Defence Warship Support Agency (now absorbed into the Defence Equipment and Support organisation) and since 1996[2] tugs, lifting craft, various tenders and management of HMNB Devonport, Portsmouth and Clyde have been operated by Serco Denholm. Serco were preferred bidders[3] for the next contract, and the RMAS was disbanded on 31 March 2008.[4]

RMAS vessels carried the ship prefix RMAS and auxiliary (A) or yard (Y) pennant numbers. They also had a distinctive livery or colour-scheme, namely: black hulls with white beading and buff-coloured upperworks (discontinued since privatisation).


Below is a list of vessels previously operated by the Royal Maritime Auxiliary Service. Many of the vessels listed are now operated by Serco Denholm who provide Marine Services in support of the Royal Navy.

Colonel Templer passing Greenock on the Firth of Clyde.
Salmoor passing Gourock on the Firth of Clyde.
Harlech at Exeter, England, in 2004
Lamlash passing HMS Warrior at Portsmouth April 30, 2000
Ilchester at Wick, Scotland, in 2004, on her way from Rosyth to Holyhead during the closure of the Caledonian Canal
Loyal Watcher off the south coast of England in 2000
Milbrook at Almerimar, Spain, in 2000
Research vessels
Ammunition transport
Sal-class salvage vessels
Moor-class salvage vessels
Tornado-class torpedo retrievers
Torrent-class torpedo retrievers
Impulse-class submarine berthing tugs
Adept-class tractor tugs
Moorings/Range tender
Fast fleet tender/VIP carrier
Aberdovey-class fleet tenders
Clovelly-class fleet tenders
Dive tenders
Loyal-class dive tenders
Manly-class dive tenders

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Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Moore, John, Captain, RN (1985). Jane's Fighting Ships 1984-85. London: Jane's Publishing Co. pp. 623–631. 
  2. ^ Marine Services Planning Agreement[dead link]
  3. ^ "£1 billion MoD Marine Services contract". Retrieved 2011-12-06. 
  4. ^ Queen’s Thanks as Last Post Sounds for Royal Maritime Auxiliary Service

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