The new Supply Class vessel is one step closer to FOC after leaving Spain for a final fit-out in Australia.
The Royal Australian Navy’s second Supply Class auxiliary oiler replenishment (AOR) ship, NUSHIP Stalwart, has departed from Pier 12 in Navantia’s Ferrol shipyard in Spain.
The ship will now spend approximately 30 days at sea before arriving at its homeport of HMAS Stirling, in Western Australia, where it is expected to undergo a final fit-out.
Combat and communications systems will be installed and tested, with local industry also expected to perform logistics tasks.
NUSHIP Stalwart will operate alongside NUSHIP Supply, delivered by Navantia earlier this year.
The two AORs will be used to provide operational support for the deployed naval or combat forces away from their homeports for an extended period of time.
Australian ambassador to Spain Sophia McIntyre farewelled the vessel from Ferrol shipyard, along with Navantia’s president, Ricardo Domínguez, and the director of the shipyard, Eduardo Dobarro.
Domínguez said Navantia would continue to support Australia’s capability objectives, despite wrapping up its contribution to the SEA 1654-3 program.
“Australia has relied on Navantia to provide a decisive capacity to achieve its strategic objectives in the maritime field,” he said.
“Navantia, through Navantia Australia, will continue to be Australia’s partner now and in the future.”
Dobarro thanked stakeholders for their contributions to the project, including Navantia Australia personnel, Teekay, Raytheon, SAAB, the Royal Australian Navy and the Department of Defence.