Royal Naval Auxiliary Service

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Royal Naval Auxiliary Service
Naval Ensign of the Royal Naval Auxiliary Service.jpg
Active1962-1994
CountryUnited Kingdom
TypeNaval Branch
Part ofHM Naval Service
Garrison/HQPortsmouth, Hampshire, England

The Royal Naval Auxiliary Service (RNXS) was a civilian volunteer service of HM Naval Service established on 5 November 1962, it was administered and trained by the Royal Navy to operate in the ports and anchorages of the UK in an Emergency until 31 March 1994 when it was abolished.

History

The Royal Naval Auxiliary Service (RNXS) was a civilian volunteer service of HM Naval Service established on 5 November 1962, it was administered and trained by the Royal Navy to operate in the ports and anchorages of the UK in an Emergency. Although the abbreviated title would logically have been RNAS this abbreviation had long been taken by the various Royal Naval Air Stations, so RNXS it was. It maintained training units, and vessels at most major ports in the UK. and was formed in 1962 from the amalgamation of the Royal Naval Minewatching Service (RNMWS) and Admiralty Ferry Crew Association in response to the perceived nuclear threat to British ports. The service was disbanded on 31 March 1994 due to Ministry of Defence (MOD) cuts. Most vessels from its fleet were transferred to the Royal Navy or sold, with the exception of XSV Loyal Volunteer, which was struck by a RO-RO ferry while berthed in Ipswich Harbour and was later scrapped.