Royal Australian Navy commissions HMAS Supply (II)

An aerial view of HMAS Supply's commissioning ceremony at Fleet Base East in Sydney, New South Wales.
An aerial view of HMAS Supply's commissioning ceremony at Fleet Base East in Sydney, New South Wales.

Supply Class Auxiliary Oiler Replenishment (AOR) ship HMAS Supply (II) Commissioned in Sydney on Saturday 10 April 2021.

HMAS Supply (II) is the lead ship of two Supply Class Auxiliary Oiler Replenishment (AOR) ships currently being built for the Royal Australian Navy by Spanish shipbuilder, Navantia. The Australian Supply Class ships are based on the Spanish Navy’s Cantabria Class design.

The ships are intended to carry fuel, dry cargo, water, food, ammunition, equipment and spare parts to provide operational support for the deployed naval or combat forces operating far from the port on the high seas for longer periods.

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Leading Seaman Communication and Information System Lori Mannion prepares to raise the Australian White Ensign for the first time on-board HMAS Supply. (Credit: Royal Australian Navy)

In addition to replenishment, the vessels can be used to combat against environmental pollution at sea, provide logistics support for the armed forces, and to support humanitarian and disaster relief (HADR) operations following a natural disaster.

HMAS Supply was laid down on 18 November 2017 and then launched at the Navantia Shipyards in Ferrol, Spain on 24 November 2018.

HMAS Supply is the second Royal Australian Navy ship to bear the name after the Tide Class Fleet Tanker, HMAS Supply (I).

On 2 October 2020, HMAS Supply arrived at Fleet Base West, Western Australia for final fit-out and testing activities. Ship acceptance by the Department of Defence occurred on 8 January 2021.

HMAS Supply (II) commissioned at Fleet Base East on Saturday 10 April 2021.

HMAS Supply

Commanding OfficerCaptain Ben Hissink
TypeSupply Class AOR
RoleFleet Oiler
Logistical support
Ammunition supply
Humanitarian and disaster relief
MottoStrengthen the Shield
Laid Down18 November 2017
Launched24 November 2018
Commissioned10 April 2021
Displacement19,500 tonnes
9800 tonnes (full load deadweight)
Length173.9 metres
Beam23 metres
Draught8 metres
Speed20 knots (maximum)
Range11,000 kilometres at 13 knots
Capacity8200 cubic metres of marine diesel fuel
1400 cubic metres of fresh water
270 tonnes of ammunition
470 tonnes of provisions
1450 cubic metres of JP5 jet fuel
Machinery2 x MAN 18V 32/40 main engines4 x MAN 7L21/31 generator sets
Helicopters1 x helicopter

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