NUSHIP Supply, the lead ship for the Royal Australian Navy’s Supply-class auxiliary oiler replenishment (AOR) ships left Navantia’s Ferrol shipyard in Spain for Australia yesterday.
CAPTION: NUSHIP Supply departs Ferrol, Spain. Navantia photo.
The occasion was marked by a small ceremony held in Ferrol attended by senior Navantia personnel, the Royal Australian Navy’s Defence Attaché in Madrid Captain Tim Byles and a Department of Defence inspection team.
Flags from both nations were presented during the ceremony.
Navantia’s Global President Susana de Sarría said it was a proud moment for the people of Navantia and Australia who had worked directly or indirectly in making Supply a reality over many years.
“The achievement of this milestone is a great credit to the people of Navantia S.A. and everyone involved with the SEA1654-3 program, particulary with the challenges presented by COVID-19,” she said.
“We acknowledge the efforts and contributions made by all our subcontractors, including Navantia Australia personnel, Teekay, Raytheon, SAAB, the Royal Australian Navy and the Department of Defence located not only in Ferrol, but also in Canberra and Sydney.”
NUSHIP Supply will arrive in Western Australia early next month and will be based at HMAS Stirling where the installation and testing of the combat and communications systems, as well as some logistics areas will be completed by Australian industry.
Once in-service the AORs will operate in a joint manner with the wider maritime force and Australian Defence Force to provide operational support for deployed naval or combat forces operating far from port.