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NEWTON was built by Scotts' at Greenock in 1976 and this was taken at Greenock when she was on trials.
Not very sure about her role.She is described as a Trials Ship.Think she is still going strong.
 

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Yes, she is still going strong, photographed her during the summer arriving at Marchwood, Southampton.
 

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Very nice shot it is too! And I see she still has her original colours.Thought she might have inherited grey.
 

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Still going strong

Seen here at Devonport...her new role is shrouded in mystery. A large cable laying ship, with most of her cable laying equipment removed. So what is the justification for keeping her? The special forces boats on her deck might be a clue as to her new role.
 

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Newton was built for the MOD and operated by the Royal Maritime Auxiliary Service (RMAS) as an oceanographic trials and research vessel. Its equipment included the ability to lay cables and included two cable tanks with a capacity for 400 tons of cable along with bow rollers and winches for deployment. In 2000 significant modifications were made to remove or replace obsolete sustems and re-equip the vessel for a new role to support training of amphibious forces. It is still operated by the RMAS whose HQ is in Pembroke Dock though the vessels home base is Devonport.
 

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Newton Due in Portland End of January 06 working with Marines. She will be mainly at anchor North of the harbour, but occasionally shift to alongside to load Fresh water and other stores. She will be here for a week or two.
 

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RMAS is no more; all now operated by Serco-Denholm on long term contract. Newton due to be replaced by a Damen new-build this or next year Presumably with a multi role capability.
 

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SD Victoria now taking over the training / support role arrived in UK beginning of the summer. SD Newton supposed to be going out on the charter market but suspect her days are numbered due to her age (33) and limited possible uses.
 

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SD Newton alongside at Portland Port only a few days ago. She has since sailed.
 

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Seen here at Devonport...her new role is shrouded in mystery. A large cable laying ship, with most of her cable laying equipment removed. So what is the justification for keeping her? The special forces boats on her deck might be a clue as to her new role.
Not shroude in mystery these days! Now replaced by SD Victoria but same role although I'd like to think spare capacity could be utilised for other work.
 

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Saw her in Greenock about ten days ago alongside the Tank Cleaning Berth sporting red/black funnels. Still looks good. After completion at Scotts Cartsburn Yard, she had a couple of areas incomplete which I recall were to be completed by "others". Newton suffered a fatality shortly before her launch, when a Chargehand Fitter was killed.
 

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The Newton was unfortunate to have a few deaths on board during her service. The first master Captain Greiner passed away on board in the early 80's and the Bosun Roger Launder was killed on board in a tragic accident off the Bahamas in 1994.
 

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The old girl is back in Greenock having replaced Salmaid operationaly. Salmaid having been tied up with a view to being disposed of. She is being manned by Salmaids crew, I wonder if they know what they are getting into, she is not as easy to live with as a SAL though she was much more comfortable at sea than a SAL, well Salmaster.
 
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