Tormentor and sister

BUGGINS
12th June 2011, 19:51
I understood that 2 replacements were being built in Abu Dhabi but to date there is no sign.

Don Matheson
12th June 2011, 20:58
Replacements for what exactly?

Don

joe732
13th June 2011, 10:25
Replacements for what exactly?

Don

Supposed replacements for the Tormentor and Tornado.

AHTS type vessels were being built out in Abu Dhabi, but the deal has now fell through and they haven't materialised.

Tornado and Tormentor now looking extremely unlikely to be replaced.

Don Matheson
13th June 2011, 15:56
Biggins and Joe Thanks for the information but the bit I really wanted was what are they and who were they being built for?
Are these to replace RNAS tugs? Sorry if RNAS is not the proper modern name for what I would have called admralty tugs.

Don

joe732
13th June 2011, 17:18
Biggins and Joe Thanks for the information but the bit I really wanted was what are they and who were they being built for?
Are these to replace RNAS tugs? Sorry if RNAS is not the proper modern name for what I would have called admralty tugs.

Don

Don

I'm not sure that Serco even knew what they were supposed to be, which is probably why they are no longer being built or accepted by Serco.

They were meant to be replacements for the ex RMAS (Royal Maritime Auxillary Service) Vessels, Tormentor and Tornado, now operated by Serco.

Tormentor and Tornado were originally built and used for torpedo recovery tasks for the Navy and in later years were fitted with removable mine rails for deploying and recovering exercise mines.

They were also latterly used as diving platform vessels for the Navy, but have been pretty much superceeded in this job by the Moorhen and Moorfowl, ex powered mooring lighters, which have had the 'buoy recovery horns' removed.

Incidentally, when the Moorhen and Fowl were converted to diving tenders, no overnight accomodation was put onboard. The idea being to use locally employed crews on less money, I think.
All well and good if they can get them and the vessels don't go away anywhere.

Not sure what their hotel bills will be over the course of their 15 year contract, but obviously the bean counters have worked it out to be cheaper than having sleeping quarters onboard!

Hope the above helps a bit Don, in short, the replacements would have been multi purpose type vessels, I think.

Their probably still sitting on a beach out the UAE, should you wish to buy one :D

Don Matheson
13th June 2011, 19:22
Joe I think I will have to decline your wonderful offer, unless we can strike a small deal???
Thanks for all the information on on the Tormentor. Dont think I ever knew these ships existed.
Am amazed about the ships with no overnight accomodation on them, dont think its a very good way to save money. Would be good if the ships could get everywhere inside 12 hours but you and I know that is unlikely. Perhaps they tieup everyevening and the boys wander ashore for a sleep.
The mind (or lack of one) of these people is beyond comprehension.

Thanks Don