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New Australian Navy tanker arrives from Spain for final fit out

NUSHIP Supply arrives at HMAS Stirling, Garden Island, Western Australia. Photo: Navantia Australia

The Royal Australian Navy’s new auxiliary oiler replenishment (AOR) ship, NUSHIP Supply, has arrived at HMAS Stirling, Garden Island in Western Australia, for the final stage of its construction.

Supply will now undergo an Australian fit-out to fit specialized equipment that cannot be installed overseas for security reasons such as the close-in weapons system, communications suite, Typhoon and Combat system.

Supply arrived in Australia after getting underway from the Ferrol shipyard in Spain, where it was built and launched. The voyage took 35 days to complete.

NUSHIP Supply (II) is the lead ship of two AOR ships Navantia is delivering under a contract from May 2016. The Australian Supply-class 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 for the deployed naval or 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.

NUSHIP Supply was laid down in November 2017 and then launched at the Navantia Shipyards in Ferrol, Spain in November 2018.