Maritime Volunteer Service


The MVS in a uniformed voluntary organisation which was founded in 1994 after the Royal Navy Auxiliary Service was disbanded. In 1998 the MVS gained Formal Recognition from the Royal Navy and was granted a Privileged Ensign. More importantly, HRH Prince Michael of Kent became the Royal Patron.

Since then the MVS has been involved in some large-scale operations, taking up various responsibilities. These include escorting the “Little Ships” to Dunkirk for the memorial rallies, providing media boats for prominent events and acting as safety boats at large festivals such as the Bournemouth Air Festival.

In 2012 the service was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Award, also known as the “MBE for Voluntary Organisations” for services rendered to the nation, one of only 60 organisations to receive this award.

Till today the MVS has remained a voluntary society funded by public donations and grants with members from all ranges of life dedicated to maritime training and safety.

Currently a new unit is being set up in Southampton, which will operate out of the Hamble, with the exact location for boat berthing and regular meetings and training sessions still to be confirmed. Over the next months the aim is to confirm sites and start building a strong and stable unit which fulfills all targets as set by the Maritime Volunteer Service.