Spanish shipbuilder, Navantia has launched the first of the two Supply-class Auxiliary Oiler Replenishment (AOR) vessels ordered by the Royal Australian Navy (RAN), the future HMAS Supply (AOR1), during a ceremony at the Ferrol shipyard in Spain on Nov. 23, 2018.
The ceremony was attended by Jenny Barrett, the ship’s godmother as well as Susana de Sarriá, the President of Navantia; Julie-Ann Guivarra, the Ambassador of Australia in Spain; and Vice Admiral MJ Noonan, the Chief of Staff of the RAN.
The construction of future HMAS Supply (now called NUSHIP 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. Supply will be delivered next year, with full operational capability scheduled for 2022.
The two AOR vessels, which are based on Spanish Navy replenishment oiler, Cantabria (A15), were ordered in May 9 last year as part of the RAN’s Project SEA1654. The contract with 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 be known as Auxiliary Oiler Replenishment (AOR) vessels and will replace the current RAN replenishment ships, HMAS Success (OR 304) and HMAS Sirius (O 266).
The Navy had named of its future support ships as HMAS Supply and HMAS Stalwart as was announced by the country’s Minister for Defence, Marise Payne last year.
Supply will be the second vessel in the Royal Australian Navy to bear the name that has its origins with the armed tender ship that accompanied the First Fleet to Australia. Stalwart is being named after two previous Australian Navy vessels, one a destroyer that served between 1920 and 1925 and the second destroyer tender served from 1968 to 1990.
The second vessel of the class, HMAS Stalwart will be delivered nine months after the first one.