Reliability Centred Maintenance (RCM) in the Royal Navy – Developing a Risk-Based Policy for Integrating Safety and Maintenance Management


Reliability Centred Maintenance (RCM) was adopted by the Royal Navy (RN) in 1995 following trials in the HUNT Class mine counter measures vessels which indicated that its adoption could deliver both cost savings and improvements in availability. This paper defines the policy for RCM in the RN and RFA, and how employment of RCM is integrated into the Safety Case regime and the First Sea Lord’s Safety Argument to provide an integrated approach to safety and maintenance management. It discusses the potential benefits of RCM, why these benefits are not being fully realised, and what is being done to address these deficiencies. RCM, when applied correctly, can deliver through lifesavings in materials and maintenance tasks in the region of 40%.