During the event, the president of Navantia, Susana de Sarriá, thanked the Ministry of Defense and the Australian Navy for the trust placed in the company. She also highlighted the work of the staff of Navantia, the collaborating industry, and the rest of the partners who have put in this boat all their effort and know-how.
NUSHIP Stalwart is the second and final Supply-class Auxiliary Oiler Replenishment (AOR) ship on order for the Royal Australian Navy by Navantia. 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.
The lead ship of the class, HMAS Supply was launched at the Navantia Shipyards in Ferrol, Spain on 24 November 2018.
HMAS Supply is set to enter service with the Royal Australian Navy in 2020. HMAS Stalwart is planned to enter service with the RAN fleet in 2022.
Supply-class main specifications
Displacement: 19,500 tonnes
Length 173.9 metres
Beam 23 metres
Draught 8 metres
Speed 20 knots (maximum)
Range 6,000nm at 13 knots
1,450 cubic metres of JP5 jet fuel
8,200 cubic metres of marine diesel fuel
1,400 cubic metres of fresh water
270 tonnes of ammunition
470 tonnes of provisions