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Spanish bring in Supply to Australia

8th October 2020 - 08:25 GMT | by Gordon Arthur in Christchurch

Australia's new replenishment ship has arrived in-country, ready to be equipped with Australian-specific equipment.

The first Navantia-built replenishment ship for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) arrived at the Garden Island naval base in Western Australia on 5 October. It had departed Ferrol, Spain on 3 September.

Supply is the first of two 19,500t auxiliary oiler replenishment (AOR) built by Navantia for the RAN.

The AOR is now scheduled to undergo fitting of Australian-specific equipment, including its Phalanx close-in weapon system, Saab combat management system, two Typhoon 25mm weapon systems and Raytheon communications suite. 

This equipment was all deemed too sensitive to be fitted at the Spanish shipyard, but Navantia and other defence industry technicians

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Gordon Arthur


Gordon Arthur

Gordon Arthur is the Asia Pacific editor for Shephard Media. Born in Scotland and educated …

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