Royal Manticoran Merchant Marine

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The 'Royal Manticoran Merchant Marine (abbrev: 'RMMM') is one the civilian branches of The Royal Manticoran Navy: The Official Honor Harrington Fan Association, Inc..

The 'RMMM' is one of three uniformed civilian branches of TRMN'. Members of this branch hold merchant marine ranks and job titles and may wear the various orders of RMMM uniform. Members of this component tend to focus on the merchant marine, trade and merchant ships of the stories. Chapters of merchant spacers are organized as merchant ships, titled RMMS <<name>>.

The Royal Manticoran Merchant Marine was authorized in 2013 by Admiralty Order 1312-05. It became active with the opening of the Merchant Fleet Academy in 2016.


The mandate of the RMMM is to provide a framework for TRMN chapters to be organized as merchant ships and crewed by members in the RMMM branch. The RMMM has a mission of:

  1. Highlight the strategic and economic importance of the merchant marine in the Honorverse.
  2. Introduce the members of TRMN to the strategic importance, both historically and the current times, to the real world merchant marine.
  3. Introduce the members of TRMN to the ethnography of the real world maritime industry.
  4. Introduce the members of TRMN to the shipboard and shore side operation real world maritime industry.
  5. Provide a role playing experience that expands upon the roles and importance of the Royal Manticoran Merchant Marine in the Honorverse.
  6. Provide an outlet for fans to Cosplay and role play as merchant spacers within the Honorverse.
  7. Explore the depiction of the merchant marine in both the Honorverse and other science fiction properties and compare and contrast both with the real world and 20th & 21st century fictional settings.

RMMM Leadership

The commanding officer of the RMMM is Fleet Manager Peter Gold, Baron Castine.

The deputy head of the RMMM is Fleet Engineer Joe Jungers.

List of Fleet Managers

No. Name Assumed Relieved
1 Peter Gold Circa 2016 Incumbent

Merchant Marine Chapters

There are 6 sizes of RMMM chapters:

RMMM civilian ship chapters are commissioned by the Third Space Lord. The minimum and maximum command composition for merchant ship chapters are as follows:[1]

Command Type Minimum Command Composition Maximum Command Composition Parasite Inter-System Shuttle Allowance
Inter-System Shuttle 2 total crew (1 Officer) 5 crew + 2 passengers N/A
Courier 3 total crew (1 Officer) 10 crew + 2 passengers Zero
Light Freighter 6 total crew (2 Officers) 25 crew + 10 passengers One
Medium Freighter 8 total crew (3 Officers) 30 crew + 15 passengers Two
Heavy Freighter 10 total crew (3 officers) 35 crew + 20 passengers Three
Passenger Liner 15 total crew (4 officers) 1,000 crew + 3,000 passengers Four

The command crew (Master, Chief Engineer, and Certified Bosun) of each civilian ship must be Merchant Mariners and must meet the minimum educational requirements (or equivalencies) as set forth by BuTrain.

Currently Operating RMMM chapters

  • RMMS Pequod Epsilon Capricorni (Passenger Liner) [2]

Merchant Marine Rank Structure[1]

Rank Equiv. Paygrade RMMM (without endorsement) Merchant Marine (Deck) Merchant Marine (Engineering) Merchant Marine (Catering) Merchant Marine (Medical)
E-1 C-1 Apprentice Spacer
E-2 C-2 General Vessel Assistant (GVA)
E-3 C-3 Spacer I Ordinary Spacer Wiper Steward's Assistant Medical Aid
E-4 C-4 Spacer II Senior Ordinary Spacer Technician 2nd Cook Medical Assistant
E-5 C-5 Spacer III Efficient Spacer Technician II Steward Medical Technician
E-6 C-6 Spacer IV Able Spacer Technician III Baker Paramedic
E-7 C-7 Spacer V Leading Spacer Technician IV Chief Cook Sick Berth Attendant
E-8 C-8 Spacer VI Certified Bosun Technician V Chief Steward Senior Sick Berth Attendant
E-9 C-9 Patrolman
E-10 C-10 President
O-1 C-11 Fourth Officer Fourth Engineer Junior Assistant Purser Nursing Assistant
O-2 C-12 Third Officer Third Engineer Junior Purser Nurse
O-3 C-13 Second Officer Second Engineer Purser Senior Nurse
O-4 C-14 Senior Second Officer Senior Second Engineer Entertainment Director Practical Nurse
O-5 C-15 First Officer First Engineer Cruise Director Assistant Merchant Surgeon
O-6 C-16 Master Chief Engineer Hotel Manager Merchant Surgeon
F-1 C-17 Fleet Manager Fleet Port Manager Fleet Passenger Director Fleet Medical Director
F-2 C-18 Superintendent
F-3 C-19 Managing Director
F-4 C-20 Owner
F-5 C-21 Trade Minister
F-6 C-22 Home Secretary


Admiralty Order 1703-02 specifies awards for the civilian branches, including the RMMM. See Royal Manticoran Merchant Marine Awards for a list of awards issued to RMMM personnel.


RMMM unlicensed spacers, officers, and specialists are trained at the Civilian Space Services Academy.


The merchant marine, whether of the Star Empire of Manticore, the Republic of Haven or any other star nation, is a civilian industry. The ships are owned by private companies or individuals in free market societies. In places like the old People’s Republic of Haven, in which the government owned every major capital intensive business, the ships are government-owned and are operated by a civilian bureaucracy, usually associated with the Ministry of Trade or similarly named non-military agency. The merchant marine is also known as the merchant navy, mercantile marine, merchant service, or hansemarine (in the Andermani Empire). The people who work on the ships are referred to as merchant mariners or merchant spacers, never as merchant marines.

The Royal Manticoran Merchant Marine, or RMMM, is comprised of Manticoran flagged merchant ships that transported cargo and people during times of both peace and war. The Royal Manticoran Merchant Marine is the single largest merchant navy in the galaxy. The hundreds of companies that own the thousands of ships that fly the Manticoran flag operate a wide variety of ships, from small 100,000 ton couriers to 8 megaton freighters with a crew of about 25, to passenger liners with crews of 600 that can carry up to 5,000 passengers. We serve the carrying trade not only between the Star Empire of Manticore and other star nations, but also within the many star systems of the Galaxy, including in the Solarian League.

See Also


  1. 1.0 1.1 Per Admiralty Order 2307-02
  2. Licensed 14 September 2023. See BuShips Directive 2309-02