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 tugs, lifting craft, various tenders and management of HMNB Devonport, Portsmouth and Clyde have been operated by Serco Denholm. Serco were preferred bidders for the next contract, and the RMAS was disbanded on 31 March 2008.
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.
Cablelayer / Research vessel
Acoustic research / Diving support vessel
Colonel Templer passing Greenock on the Firth of Clyde.
Salmoor passing Gourock on the Firth of Clyde.
Impulse-class submarine berthing tugs (2)
Adept-class tractor tug (9)
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
Notes and references
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