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CAPABLE

At Gibraltar still in RMAS colours including pennant number.
Photo taken 29/07/08.

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I'm not sure who legally owns her nowadays. All other RMAS vessels ( including her sister tugs) were transferred to Serco-Denholm ownership earlier this year, after a period of being managed by them. However, this management deal never applied to Gibraltar-manned vessels, which were locally managed. So, presumably, the Capable is still owned by MOD(N). Served on Capable when she was new and based at Devonport. Nice to see that she is so well maintained after all these years.
 

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Thanks Gibdan, obviously I am a bit out-of-touch, didn't even know that Serco have an input in Gibraltar. Therefore Capable's hull markings are out of date.
 

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The problem with Gib is that Serco have taken the path of 'if it aint broke dont fix it' so they have left everything as it is. It doesnt look likely that they will follow their Serco Denholm counterparts in UK or get any upgrades / replacements in the enar future. Saying that, Capable has very low mileage on her clock so she still has a number of years in her.
Daniel.
 

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Let's hope that they don't paint the funnels red, as in UK Ugh .
 

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Agree with you there, Tony! The strange thing is, when we were RMAS, I can remember an order coming out that all items such as hose boxes, pyro lockers, etc, normally painted red, were to be re-painted buff, as red was considered a good aiming point in a terrorist attack. Perhaps Serco-Denholm are not considered worthy of a missile strike?
 

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Youv'e got Me there Noddy I can't remember that. Anyhow if they needed to put their mark on the vessels an SD in front of the ships name would be sufficient surely. Black and Buff is a tradition and should remain so. After all they are still dockyard craft whoever owns them.
 

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I remember being told, as a youngster, that buff and black ( the old RMAS colours) were traditional, as much that these were the old Royal Navy colours up to the beginning of the 20th century, when grey was chosen as being more suitable for warships in the North Sea in anticipation of a conflict with Germany, which, of course did happen. When the RN changed to grey, the old Dockyard departments kept the original colour scheme, albeit with identity funnel bands until the PAS was formed in 1958. I can see no good reason for Serco-Denholm to change the funnels, but feel that I know the individual responsible, who never had a love of RMAS, although he achieved MSO1 grade!
 

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