The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) has completed the formal ship acceptance of its new Auxiliary Oilier Replenishment (AOR) ship, NUSHIP Supply.
The completion of ship acceptance is a major milestone for the programme.
Australia’s Department of Defence (Defence) had contracted Spain’s Navantia S.A. in May 2016 to build two replacement auxiliary oiler replenishment (AOR) for the RAN.
NUSHIP Supply was launched in Ferrol, Spain, in November 2018.
It arrived at HMAS Stirling, Garden Island Fleet Base West, Western Australia, on 2 October 2020 for final fit out and testing activities.
NUSHIP Supply is expected to sail into her homeport of Sydney next week.
“Despite the impacts of COVID-19, the Australian Government has worked with the prime and sub-contractors to innovate and implement solutions to deliver the Royal Australian Navy’s first Supply-class vessel Nuship Supply, based on the Spanish Cantabria design,” Australia’s Defence Minister Linda Reynolds said.
“The Australian Government remains committed to maximising Australian industry involvement in the shipbuilding enterprise.
Australian industry benefited with more than $130 million spent on engagement of local industry partners to support the ship’s fit out in Australia.”
Australia’s current fleet replenishment capability reaches its end of life in 2021 and NUSHIP Supply will be the first AOR to replace the retired HMAS Success.
The second AOR, NUSHIP Stalwart expected to enter service in late 2021.
The RAN’s new Australian Supply Class ships are based on the Spanish Navy’s Cantabria Class design.
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