Spanish shipbuilder Navantia announced that NUSHIP Supply, a new AOR (Auxiliary Oiler Replenishment) vessel for the Royal Australian Navy departed from the Ferrol shipyard to start initial sea trials.

The sea trials are set to last three days and two nights. The vessel set sails with 135 sailors onboard including shipyard and RAN personnel.

The vessel is based on the BAC ‘Cantabria’ (A15) replenishment oiler design of the Spanish Navy. The future HMAS Supply was launched at the Navantia Shipyard in Ferrol, Spain on 24 November 2018.

NUSHIP Supply will be heading home to Australia at the end of August. HMAS Supply was set to enter service with the Royal Australian Navy this year. It is not clear if the global health crisis delayed those plans. Supply‘s sistership, HMAS Stalwart, was launched by Navantia last year in August. It is planned to enter service with the RAN fleet in 2022 and is currently at fitting out stage.

Supply-class main specifications

Displacement: 19,500 tonnes
Length 173.9 metres
Beam 23 metres
Draught 8 metres
Speed 20 knots (maximum)
Range 6,000nm at 13 knots


1,450 cubic metres of JP5 jet fuel
8,200 cubic metres of marine diesel fuel
1,400 cubic metres of fresh water
270 tonnes of ammunition
470 tonnes of provisions

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