Royal Australian Navy (RAN)’s newest replenishment vessel, NUSHIP Supply, departed Pier 9 of Navantia’s Ferrol shipyard in Spain for Australia on Sept. 2, the company announced.
In an act limited by the circumstances of COVID-19, Navantia bid farewell to Supply which is expected to arrive in Australia after approximately 35 days of navigation.
Future HMAS Supply (A195) – now NUSHIP Supply – is the first of the two Auxiliary Oiler Replenishment (AOR) vessels that are being built for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) by Spanish shipbuilder Navantia according to the contract signed in May 2016 with the Commonwealth of Australia.
This contract is assuming 1.5 million hours of work per vessel, as well as 35,000 hours derived from the manufacture and supply of the main engines, diesel generators and reducers, and another 35,000 derived from the Integrated Platform Control System.
In addition, it includes support for the life cycle of the two AOR vessels for a period of 5 years, and an important participation of the Australian industry that will be responsible for the installation and testing of elements of the combat and communications systems, as well as the some logistics areas. In fact, the ship will arrive at the naval base that the Navy has in Garden Island, near the city of Perth in the state of Western Australia, where it will be completed for its final delivery to the Royal Australian Navy next December.
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.
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.