Navantia to build replenishment ships

This article has photo gallery Published on Mr James McPherson (author), ABIS Kayla Hayes (photographer)

Topic(s): Supply Class (AOR)

HMAS Sirius conducts a dual Replenishment at Sea with HMA Ships Arunta and Stuart as they sail home to Australia across the Java Sea, after completing a North East Asia Deployment. (photo: ABIS Kayla Hayes)
HMAS Sirius conducts a dual Replenishment at Sea with HMA Ships Arunta and Stuart as they sail home to Australia across the Java Sea, after completing a North East Asia Deployment.

A contract was signed with Spanish shipbuilding company, Navantia, last week to build Australia’s two replacement replenishment ships, with the first to be delivered by 2021.
 
Australia’s current supply ships HMA Ships Success and Sirius will be replaced with a single class of Auxiliary Oiler Replenishment ship.
 
The Australian Government accepted Defence’s recommendation to build the replenishment ships in Spain due to shipyard capacities and the ability to build the vessels in the required time without impacting future shipbuilding schedules.
 
The Minister for Defence, Senator Marise Payne, said the replenishment ships needed to be replaced as a matter of priority.
 
“As part of the $640 million contract with Navantia more than $130 million will be invested in Australian industry,” Minister Payne said.
 
“Local industry activity will include Combat and Communication Systems integration, Integrated Logistics Support, and elements of the onboard cranes.”
 
An initial $250 million, five-year sustainment contract also signed with Navantia will be undertaken in Australia.
 
The Government has recently announced significant ship building programs beginning with 12 Offshore Patrol Vessels in 2018. This will be followed by nine Future Frigates in 2020 and 12 Future Submarines which will all be built in Adelaide.
 
Contracts worth $280 million were also recently signed with Austal to construct up to 21 steel-hulled Pacific Patrol Boats in Western Australia. Support and sustainment of the boats will be conducted in Cairns, Queensland, and is estimated at more than $400 million across the life of the vessels.
 
These projects represent the largest recapitalisation of the Royal Australian Navy since the Second World War.