Home sweet home
The Royal Australian Navy’s new auxiliary oiler replenishment ship, NUSHIP Supply, has arrived at its homeport of Garden Island, Sydney.
It is one of two new auxiliary oiler replenishments that will provide combat and logistics support to the Royal Australian Navy’s fleet.
Supply is the second ship to carry the name and the first Navy vessel to be equipped with the newest generation of Saab Australia’s 9LV Combat Management System.
Commanding Officer NUSHIP Supply Captain Ben Hissink said the arrival of the ship in her homeport initiated the last stages of her journey to commissioning and represented an important milestone for the Navy and the crew.
“Supply is part of the largest regeneration of the Royal Australian Navy since World War II, as outlined in the Australian Government’s Naval Shipbuilding Plan,” Captain Hissink said.
“Supply represents the beginning of a new capability for the Royal Australian Navy, which will extend the endurance and operational range of Australia’s entire naval fleet, while also supporting air, surface and sub-surface naval warfare.”
Due to commission into service later this year, Supply and her sister ship NUSHIP Stalwart will carry fuel, dry cargo, water, food, ammunition, equipment and spare parts to provide operational support to deployed naval or combat forces based far from ports for long periods.
In addition to replenishment, the vessels can be used to combat against environmental pollution at sea, provide logistics support to the joint force and partner navies and to support humanitarian and disaster relief operations.
“Our 170-strong crew have been preparing for the ship’s arrival for many months now and are excited to have her home to begin the final stages in preparation for commissioning and actively supporting the fleet,” Captain Hissink said.
“We look forward to continued liaison with the Defence industry which supports not only Supply, but the entire Navy, in building, maintaining and projecting a force that meets current regional maritime needs.”
Supply was sailed into port by Teekay Shipping Australia and Supply crew and welcomed by Commander Australian Fleet Rear Admiral Mark Hammond and Commander Surface Force Commodore David Mann.