Navantia Australia is seeking an industry partner and SMEs to provide maintenance, supply and ancillary support services for the Royal Australian Navy’s new Supply-class auxiliary oiler replenisher (AOR) ships, the company announced.
In 2017, Australia ordered two AOR vessels from Navantia under the Navy’s Project SEA1654 procurement program. The contract also includes life cycle support for the two vessels for a period of 5 years.
The ships, based on Spanish Navy replenishment oiler, Cantabria (A15), are adapted to Australian standards and requirements. They will replace the current RAN replenishment ships, HMAS Success (OR 304) and HMAS Sirius (O 266).
The first vessel of the Supply-class, future HMAS Supply (A195) (now called NUSHIP Supply), was launched by Navantia during a ceremony at the Ferrol shipyard in Spain on Nov. 23 last year. The construction of Supply was started on June 19, 2017 and the keel laying ceremony was conducted at the shipyard in Ferrol on Nov. 17 the same year. The construction of the second vessel of the class, the future HMAS Stalwart, was started at Navantia’s facilities on April 4 last year.
Supply is scheduled to be delivered this year, with full operational capability scheduled for 2022 while HMAS Stalwart will be delivered nine months after the first one.