Royal Maritime Auxiliary Service

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 from 2009 has been run by Serco and is known as Serco Marine Services.

Royal Maritime Auxiliary Service
RMAS Naval Ensign
Disbanded31 March 2008
CountryUnited Kingdom
TypeMarine Services
SizeOver 200 ships in 1985[1]
Part ofHer Majesty's Naval Service, MoD


The Royal Maritime Auxiliary Service merged with the former Port Auxiliary Service in 1976 to form a component of 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 were 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 were 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 instead 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]


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.

Research vessels
Ammunition transport
  • RMAS Kinterbury (A378)
  • RMAS Arrochar
Sal-class salvage vessels
Moor-class salvage vessels
  • RMAS Moorhen (Y32)
  • RMAS Moorfowl (Y33)
  • RMAS Cameron (A72)
Tornado-class torpedo retrievers
  • RMAS Tornado (A140)
  • RMAS Torch (A141)
  • RMAS Tormentor (A142)
  • RMAS Toreador (A143)
Torrent-class torpedo retrievers
  • RMAS Torrent (A127)
Impulse-class submarine berthing tugs
  • RMAS Impulse (A344)
  • RMAS Impetus (A335)
Adept-class tractor tugs
Moorings/Range tender
  • RMAS Warden (A368)
Fast fleet tender/VIP carrier
  • RMAS Adamant (A232)
Aberdovey-class fleet tenders
  • RMAS Aberdovey (Y10)
  • RMAS Abinger (Y11)
  • RMAS Alness (Y12)
  • RMAS Alnmouth (Y13)
  • RMAS Appleby (A383)
  • RMAS Ashcott (Y16)
  • RMAS Beaulieu (A99)
  • RMAS Beddgelert (A100)
  • RMAS Bembridge (A101)
  • RMAS Bibury (A103)
  • RMAS Blakeney (A104)
  • RMAS Brodick (A105)
  • RMAS Cartmel (A350)
  • RMAS Cawsand (A351)
Clovelly-class fleet tenders
  • RMAS Clovelly (A389)
  • RMAS Criccieth (A391)
  • RMAS Cricklade (A381)
  • RMAS Cromarty (A488)
  • RMAS Denmead (A363)
  • RMAS Dornoch (A490)
  • RMAS Dunster (A393)
  • RMAS Elkstone (A353)
  • RMAS Elsing (A277)
  • RMAS Epworth (A355)
  • RMAS Ettrick (A274)
  • RMAS Felsted (A348)
  • RMAS Fintry (A394)
  • RMAS Fotherby (A341)
  • RMAS Froxfield (A354)
  • RMAS Fulbeck (A365)
  • RMAS Glencoe (A392)
  • RMAS Grasmere (A402)
  • RMAS Hambledon (A1769)
  • RMAS Harlech (A1768)
  • RMAS Headcorn (A1766)
  • RMAS Hever (A1767)
  • RMAS Holmwood (A1772)
  • RMAS Horning (A1773)
  • RMAS Lamlash (A208)
  • RMAS Lechlade (A211)
  • RMAS Llandovery (A207)
  • RMAS Lydford (A251/A510)
  • RMAS Meon (A87)
  • RMAS Milford (A91)
  • RMAS Melton (A83)
  • RMAS Menai (A84)
Ilchester-class dive tenders
  • RMAS Ilchester (A308)
  • RMAS Instow (A309)
  • RMAS Invergordon (A311)
  • RMAS Ironbridge (A310)
  • RMAS Ixworth (A318)
    Manly-class fleet tenders
    • RMAS Manly (A92)
    • RMAS Mentor (A94)
    • RMAS Messina (A107)
    • RMAS Milbrook (A97)

    See also

    Notes and references

    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 Archived 28 April 2006 at the Wayback Machine
    3. "£1 billion MoD Marine Services contract". Archived from the original on 4 February 2012. Retrieved 6 December 2011.
    4. Queen’s Thanks as Last Post Sounds for Royal Maritime Auxiliary Service

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