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 Marine Services
Size Over 200 ships in 1985[1]
Part of Her Majesty's Naval Service, MoD
Disbanded 31 March 2008

The Royal Maritime Auxiliary Service (RMAS) was a British Government agency which ran a variety of auxiliary vessels for Her Majesty's Naval Service (incl. Royal Navy, Royal Marines) and the Royal Fleet Auxiliary. The service is now run by Serco Group and known as Serco Marine Services.

Background[edit]

The Royal Maritime Auxiliary Service merged with the former Port Auxiliary Service in 1976 to form a component of the Her Majesty's Naval Service that was known as Marine Services. Marine Services existed to support the operations of the Royal Navy, Royal Marines and Royal Fleet Auxiliary.

In the 1990s, 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 by 1996, all tugs, lifting craft, various tenders and management of HMNB Devonport, Portsmouth and Clyde was operated by Serco Denholm.[2]

By the mid 2000s, it was decided that the Royal Maritime Auxiliary Service would no longer provide Marine Services to HM Naval Service, and it would be delivered under a Private Finance Initiative instead. Serco were quickly declared preferred bidders and the RMAS was disbanded on 31 March 2008.[3][4]

Vessels[edit]

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. Below is a list of vessels previously operated by the Royal Maritime Auxiliary Service. A number of the vessels listed below were later transferred over to Serco Marine Services who continue to provide 'Marine Services' in support of Her Majesty's Naval Service.

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

See also[edit]

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". Serco.com. Retrieved 2011-12-06. 
  4. ^ Queen’s Thanks as Last Post Sounds for Royal Maritime Auxiliary Service

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