Supply-class replenishment oiler

The Supply class is a planned class of replenishment oilers of the Royal Australian Navy, a role that combines the missions of a tanker and stores supply ship. As such they are designated auxiliary oiler replenisher (AOR). They will be tasked with providing ammunition, fuel, food and other supplies to Royal Australian Navy vessels around the world. There will be two ships in the class, Supply and Stalwart.[1] The project is expected to cost anywhere between $1 and $2 billion. Navantia were selected to build a design based on the Spanish Navy's current replenishment vessel the Cantabria, which entered service in 2011.[2]

Supply class
Class overview
Name: Supply class
Builders: Navantia, Ferrol
Operators:  Royal Australian Navy
Preceded by: HMAS Sirius, HMAS Success
Built: 2018–present
Planned: 2
Completed: 1
General characteristics
Class and type: Replenishment oiler
Displacement: 19,500 tonnes
Length: 173.9 m (570 ft 6 in)
Beam: 23.0 m (75 ft 6 in)
Draught: 8.0 m (26 ft 3 in)
Propulsion:
  • 2 x MAN 18V 32/40 main engines
  • 4 x MAN 7L21/31 generator sets
Speed: 20 knots (37 km/h; 23 mph)
Range: 6,000 nmi (11,000 km; 6,900 mi) at 13 knots (24 km/h; 15 mph)
Complement: 122
Aircraft carried: 1 helicopter

Planning

Cantabria (A-15) 01
HMAS Supply and Stalwart will be based on the Spanish oiler Cantabria shown here in March 2011.

A number of designs were considered by the Australian Government for their replacement tankers, with Navantia competing against the Aegir variant of the Tide-class tanker built by South Korea's DSME in a restricted tender competition.[3][4] Navantia's proposal based on Cantabria was announced as the successful design in the Australian tender in March 2016, with an expected in service date for the first of two vessels of late 2019.[5]

Construction

The class of ships based on Navantia's replenishment oiler will be built at the Navantia shipyard in Ferrol, Spain.

Ships

Name Pennant number Builder Laid down Launched Commissioned Status
Supply A195 Navantia, Ferrol 18 November 2017 24 November 2018 Sea trials
Stalwart A304 25 November 2018 Keel laid

Citations

  1. ^ Dominguez, Gabriel (17 November 2017). "Australia names future replenishment vessels". IHS Jane's 360. Retrieved 19 November 2017.
  2. ^ "Australia selects Navantia for new replenishment ship". IHS Jane's 360. Retrieved 14 March 2016.
  3. ^ "Minister for Defence – Transcript – Naval shipbuilding announcement, CEA Technologies, Canberra" (Transcript). Department of Defence Ministers. 6 June 2014. Archived from the original on 22 February 2015. Retrieved 1 January 2015.
  4. ^ Hewett, Jennifer (26 April 2015). "Australian ships, Australian jobs". The Australian Financial Review. Retrieved 4 May 2015.
  5. ^ Grevatt, Jon (10 March 2016). "Australia selects Navantia for new replenishment ship". IHS Jane's 360. Retrieved 15 March 2016.

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