In 2016 Navantia was awarded the contract to build two auxillary oiler replenishment ships (AORs). These ships will replace existing vessels HMAS Success and HMAS Sirius and will be known as the Supply Class.
The AORs will provide operational support to the Navy’s fleet by providing fuel, ammunition and stores.
Australian industry is playing a key role in the build of the AORs with a minimum $120 million of investment into Australian products, skills and expertise. As part of this, 4,500 tonnes of steel has been sourced from BlueScope. The AORs Integrated Platform Management System (IPMS) will be built in Australia by NSAG, Navantia’s joint venture with Adelaide based SAGE Automation. Hobart’s Taylor Bros is supplying a range of services including hospital, laundry and gallery fitouts. Saab Australia will supply the combat management systems and Raytheon Australia, the communications systems.
In June 2017, Navantia cut steel on the two vessels. The keel of the first of two Australian AOR was laid in the Ferrol shipyard in November 2017 in a ceremony attended by Chief of Navy Vice Admiral Tim Barrett, AO, CSC, RAN, chair of Navantia S.A. José Esteban Garcia Vilasanchez and chair of Navantia Australia Warren King.
The Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, announced on 17 November 2017 the names of the Royal Australian Navy’s future support ships – Supply and Stalwart.
The contract to build these vessels was awarded in 2016 with the first ship to be delivered in 2019 and the second in 2020.
Navantia Australia will be responsible for the sustainment of both ships for their first five years of operation.