Royal Australian Navy’s new replenishment ship arrives at homeport

The Royal Australian Navy’s new auxiliary oiler replenishment (AOR) ship NUSHIP Supply has arrived at its homeport in Garden Island, Sydney, Australia’s Department of Defence said January 15.

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The future new HMAS Supply was accepted by the Australian Department of Defence on January 8. She is set to be commissioned before 2021 ends.

She is the lead ship of two AOR ships ordered for the Royal Australian Navy from Spanish shipbuilder Navantia. The two ships will carry fuel, dry cargo, water, food, ammunition, equipment and spare parts to provide operational support to deployed naval or combat forces based far from ports for long periods, the Australian Department of Defence said.

“Supply is part of the largest regeneration of the Royal Australian Navy since World War II, as outlined in the Australian Government’s Naval Shipbuilding Plan,” NUSHIP Supply commanding officer Captain Ben Hissin said. “Supply represents the beginning of a new capability for the Royal Australian Navy, which will extend the endurance and operational range of Australia’s entire naval fleet, while also supporting air, surface and sub-surface naval warfare.”