Navantia HMAS Supply: Australian Navy Saturday commissioned its latest replenishment ship, HMAS Supply, built by Spanish shipbuilder Navantia at Fleet Base East near Sydney.
HMAS 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. These replenishment ships are based on the Spanish Navy’s Cantabria Class design.
The ships are intended to carry fuel, dry cargo, water, food, ammunition, equipment and spare parts to provide operational support to the 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,” said the Royal Australian Navy.
Navantia’s Global President, Ricardo Domínguez, said the commissioning of Supply by the Royal Australian Navy is a proud moment for Navantia’s global workforce.
“The commissioning of HMAS Supply (II) into service by the Royal Australian Navy today marks a significant milestone for all involved,” Ricardo Domínguez said in a statement sent to Defence Star.
Domínguez said despite many challenges, including COVID-19, the Australian Government, Navantia, Navantia Australia and Australian industry worked collectively and collaboratively to make Supply a reality.
HMAS Supply was built at Navantia’s shipyard in Ferrol, Spain, with her final fit-out performed at Garden Island, Western Australia in late 2020.
Defence’s Capability Acquisition and Sustainment Group AOR Systems Program Office (SPO) and Navantia Australia formed the AORSPO Enterprise to deliver industry-leading asset management to support the AOR capability through life, said the Spanish ship builder.
Navantia Australia will act as Prime Contractor and manage the through life support for these vessels for their first five years of service.
As the design authority for the Supply class, Navantia Australia is also providing configuration and baseline management as an integral component of the through life support for these vessels.
HMAS Supply (II) is the lead ship of two Supply Class Auxiliary Replenishment Ships. Her sister ship, Stalwart (III), is due to arrive in Australia mid this year for final-fit out and will be homeported at HMAS Stirling, Western Australia.
Supply will carry fuel, dry cargo, water, food, ammunition, equipment and spare parts to provide operational support for the deployed naval or combat forces and provide support for humanitarian and disaster relief operations, said the company.
Australian Navy also operates a bigger supply vessel, HMAS Sirius, which was built by the South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Mipo Dockyard.
Navantia Australia designs, integrates and supports naval maritime platforms and systems for the Royal Australian Navy.
Navantia Australia is recognised as a design authority by the Commonwealth of Australia for the Canberra Class Landing Helicopter Docks (LHD) and Landing Craft, Hobart Class Guided Missile Destroyers (DDG) and Supply Class Auxiliary Oiler Replenishment (AOR) Ships.