Royal Australian Navy (RAN)’s newest replenishment vessel, NUSHIP Supply, has completed Sea Acceptance Trials ahead of sailing from Ferrol to Australia later this month for her Australian fit-out.
The delivery to the Navy is expected in December 2020.
@Australian_Navy‘s newest warship, NUSHIP Supply, recently completed Sea Acceptance Trials ahead of sailing from Ferrol to Australia later this month for her Australian fit-out. Navantia Australia is Prime for sustainment of Supply and sister ship, Stalwart. #ausnavy pic.twitter.com/fRubaNcjfL
— Navantia Australia (@Navantia_AU) August 10, 2020
The future HMAS Supply (A195) – now NUSHIP Supply – is the lead ship of two Supply Class Auxiliary Oiler Replenishment (AOR) ships currently being built for the Royal Australian Navy by Spanish shipbuilder, Navantia.
The construction of 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.
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.