The Royal Australian Navy is welcoming the second Supply class Auxiliary Oiler Replenishment (AOR) vessel to its fleet. The launch was proceeded by Navantia its shipyard in Ferrol, Spain.
The vessel “HMAS Stalwart” will provide the navy with vital afloat logistics support to enable other ships to remain at sea longer.
The first ship in the class, “HMAS Supply”, was launched in November 2018.
“NUSHIPs Stalwart and Supply will extend our warships’ endurance and operational range by providing bulk fuels, potable water, stores and explosive ordnance to naval vessels operating at sea,” said Vice Admiral Michael Noonan, Chief of the Royal Australian Navy.
The two Supply Class ships will replace the current replenishment tankers HMA Ships “Success” and “Sirius”, which were decommissioned on 29 June 2019.
Australia’s defence industry will provide extensive support as part of the maintenance and sustainment contracts for “Supply” and “Stalwart”. Maintenance and sustainment will be carried out entirely in Australia, between major fleet facilities in NSW and Western Australia through the subsidiary Navantia Australia and subcontractors.