Once a ship had been built and launched she then had to be out-fitted, and then complete sea trials
before being handed over to her new owners, in the case of a ship for the Royal Navy, she would also have to go through her commissioning trials before being excepted in to the senior service.
RMAS GOOSANDER (A164) was part of the same order from the Admiralty which saw HMS HERALD built at the Leith Shipyards of Robb Caledon (Henry Robb)
She was a Mooring and Salvage/Boom Defence vessel of the "Wild Duck Class" and she was built at the same time as her sister ship "Pochard" with both ships being built on the same slipway. As she was an order for the MoD (Navy) her build was carried out in the Imperial measurement system as the Navy had not changed to the metric system which had came into effect in the U.K. in 1970.
As part of the Royal Maritime Auxiliary Service she was to be based in her home port of Rosyth before moving to Greenock in the 1990's, this capable little ship was designed and built to fulfil many different roles in peace time and in War a real working ship.
With her two "Bow Horns" she was capable of raising 400 tons from the seabed over her bows.
With a crew of 58 she was also to play a part in the Falklands War along with a few other Leith Built Ships she was part of the large Task Force that eventually re-took the Islands back for Britain from the invading Argentine Forces in 1982 she was in fact the smallest vessel in the fleet.
She was part of an attempt to save a badly damaged Argentine Submarine the "Santa Fe" in South Georgia but due to very heavy weather the attempt was abandoned.
RMAS GOOSANDER was laid up for some time after this at Brooke Marine in Lowestoft, England before being sold to commercial interests in the 1990's and she was to ply her trade doing survey and salvage work in the waters off the West African coast.
In 2006 she was re-named UTEC Surveyor
The Royal Maritime Auxiliary Service used to form the major part of the Marine Services organisation which existed to support the Royal Navy. It was a branch of the Ministry of Defence (Naval).
It provided a versatile, flexible and cost effective service which included harbour tugs and pilots to assist ships of the Fleet when berthing and un-berthing; delivering fuel, water and victualling stores with purpose built vessels and craft to ships in harbour; transporting ammunition; ferrying personnel to and from ships at anchor or secured to buoys, and providing specially designed vessels for other tasks such as moorings and salvage, torpedo recovery , underwater research and development and degaussing.
All RMAS vessels had a buff coloured superstructure and black hulls with an all round white riband at deck level.
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