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Royal Maritime Auxiliary Service

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

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Organisation

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[1] tugs, lifting craft, various tenders and management of HMNB Devonport, Portsmouth and Clyde have been operated by Serco Denholm. Serco were preferred bidders[2] for the next contract, and the RMAS was disbanded on 31 March 2008.[3]

Vessels

RMAS vessels carried the ship prefix RMAS and auxiliary (A) or yard (Y) pennant numbers. They can be recognised by their black hulls with white beading and buff-coloured upperworks.

Research vessels

Cablelayer / Research vessel

Acoustic research / Diving support vessel

Colonel Templer passing Greenock on the Firth of Clyde.

Ammunition transport

RMAS Arrochar

Lifting ships

Sal-class

Salmoor passing Gourock on the Firth of Clyde.

Moor-class

Torpedo retrievers

Tornado-class

Torrent-class

Tugs

Impulse-class submarine berthing tugs (2)

Adept-class tractor tug (9)

Tenders

Moorings / Range tender

Fast Fleet tender/VIP carrier

HMS Daring]] at BAE Systems Naval Ships, Scotstoun February 1, 2006

79 ft (24.1 m) Fleet Tenders

Aberdovey Class (14)
Clovelly Class (32)

Harlech at Exeter, England, in 2004

HMS Warrior]] at Portsmouth April 30, 2000

Dive Tenders (5)

Wick]], Scotland, in 2004, on her way from Rosyth to Holyhead during the closure of the Caledonian Canal

Loyal Class (9)

Loyal Watcher off the south coast of England in 2000

Manly Class (4)

Almerimar]], Spain, in 2000

See also

Notes and references

Further reading

External links

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