RAN receives new support vessel
The Royal Australian Navy’s second new Supply-class support tanker, Nuship Stalwart, has been launched during a ceremony at shipbuilder Navantia’s Ferrol, Spain site.
The delivery into service next year of the replenishment vessels will provide the RAN with afloat logistics support to enable ships including frigates, destroyers and combatants to remain at sea for longer periods of time.
‘Nuships Stalwart and Supplywill extend our warships’ endurance and operational range by providing bulk fuels, potable water, stores and explosive ordnance to naval vessels operating at sea,’ Chief of the Royal Australian Navy, VAdm Michael Noonan, said.
Nuships Stalwart and Supply will replace the current replenishment tanker HMAS Sirius, plus HMAS Success that was decommissioned on 29 June 2019.
In addition to the two support vessels, three air warfare destroyers based on Navantia’s F100 frigate design are being built for the RAN by Australian shipbuilder ASC, and two amphibious LHD vessels and twelve landing craft have already been designed and built by Navantia for the service.
Navantia also announced that the Ferrol shipyard will soon undergo an investment plan of more than €160 million to digitally transform it.
This investment will generate more than 700 jobs during the next five years for most of the companies in the area, the company says.
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