Cammell Laird is currently undertaking the conversion of RFA Proteus, formally known as Topaz Tangaroa.
The offshore support vessel was purchased by the UK Ministry of Defence earlier this year for conversion for Multi-Role Ocean Surveillance (MROS) and has spent the last three months at the Birkenhead facility.
Cammell Laird has been tasked with preparing the vessel for its new role, with works to the crane and deck machinery as well as a full paint scheme and name change.
RFA Proteus is the newest member of Cammell Laird’s RFA cluster – joining the In-Service Support contract with the Ministry of Defence.
Cammell Laird’s Cluster Support Team (CST) supports the Royal Fleet Auxiliary whilst at home and in operational theatre across the globe. Cammell Laird has supported nine of the 13 vessel strong RFA fleet in total which includes the Fort-class, replenishment ships, the Wave-class tankers and new Tide-class tankers.
David McGinley, Chief Executive Officer, said, “Cammell Laird was delighted to welcome the newest member of the Royal Fleet Auxiliary’s flotilla.
“RFA Proteus will deliver vital underwater surveillance and safeguarding critical seabed warfare infrastructure.
“We wish RFA Proteus and her crew the very best as she embarks on her future endeavours.”