The Royal Australian Navy commissioned HMAS Supply (II), lead ship for the Supply Class Auxiliary Oiler Replenishment (AOR) vessels.
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. Despite many challenges, including COVID-19, the Australian Government, Navantia, Navantia Australia and Australian industry have worked collectively and collaboratively to make Supply a reality,” he said.
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.
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 home ported 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.