The Australian Department of Defense has signed the Australian Auxiliary Oiler Replenishment (AAOR) Supply acceptance certificate, once Navantia has completed its work on board in this country.
The AAOR “Supply”, built in Ferrol and launched in November 2018, left for Australia on September 2 and after more than a month of navigation, arrived at the naval base that the Navy has in Garden Island, near the city from Perth in the state of Western Australia, where it was completed with the support of the shipyard staff.
In addition to the workload that this construction has meant for the Ferrol shipyard, it also includes support for the life cycle of the two AOR vessels for a period of 5 years, which will be carried out from Navantia Australia.
For Navantia, it represents an important new milestone in its internationalization, especially in Australia, a strategic client, where 19 naval units designed by Navantia will soon be in service, 16 of which have also been built in Spain.
RAN Supply Class AOR
The two Supply Class AOR vessels, which are based on Spanish Navy replenishment oiler, Cantabria (A15), were ordered in May 9, 2017 as part of the Royal Australian Navy’s Project SEA1654. The contract between Navantia and the Commonwealth of Australia also includes life cycle support for the two vessels for a period of 5 years.
The ships, which are adapted to Australian standards and requirements, will replace the current RAN replenishment ships, HMAS Success (OR 304) and HMAS Sirius (O 266).
The ships are intended to carry fuel, dry cargo, water, food, ammunition, equipment and spare parts to provide operational support for the deployed naval or combat forces operating far from the port on the high seas for longer periods.
In addition to replenishment, the vessels can be used to combat against environmental pollution at sea, provide logistics support for the armed forces, and to support humanitarian and disaster relief (HADR) operations following a natural disaster.
The construction of future HMAS Supply (A195) – now NUSHIP Supply – was started on June 19, 2017 and the keel laying ceremony was conducted at Navantia’s shipyard in Ferrol on Nov. 17 the same year. The vessel was launched on November 24, 2018.
NUSHIP Supply is due to arrive in Sydney and commission early next year.