SD Northern River, Serco’s largest vessel, is docked at King George V Dock in Glasgow.

This auxiliary ship carries out numerous tasks, including transporting naval equipment, towing targets for naval exercises, noise ranging, data collection, and submarine escort duties.

Additionally, the vessel is the primary platform for the NATO Submarine Rescue System (NSRS).

SD Northern River also reportedly specialises in Special Forces (SF) operations, participating, for instance, in Exercise Chameleon 23-1 off the British Sovereign Base Areas in Cyprus in early 2023.

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AlexS (@guest_807955)
1 month ago

Don’t seem to have an helicopter platform which is not good.

George Amery
George Amery (@guest_807957)
1 month ago

Hi folks hope all is well.
Interesting, this vessel is under private ownership from looking at the article operated by Seco. So she is not operating as RFA then? Are there other vessels that can be called upon in similar status?
As similar theme. An interesting article in Navy Lookout, upon reading tge article, it dies lift the spirit a tad!


Paul T
Paul T (@guest_807980)
1 month ago
Reply to  George Amery

STUFT (Ships Taken Up From Trade )

Exroyal. (@guest_807988)
1 month ago
Reply to  George Amery

Seriously more or less as a private contractor carry out the role previously done by the RMAS. Tugs buoys, Pas boats and the like.

Exroyal. (@guest_807989)
1 month ago
Reply to  Exroyal.

Should read Serco not seriously.

Jonathan (@guest_807996)
1 month ago
Reply to  Exroyal.

I am serious and don’t call me Shirley.

Daniele Mandelli
Daniele Mandelli (@guest_808031)
1 month ago
Reply to  George Amery

Look into SD Victoria as a fine example.