Royal Australian Navy HMAS Supply (A195) Conducts First Replenishment at Sea
Royal Australian Navy HMAS Supply (A195) Conducts First Replenishment at Sea

Royal Australian Navy HMAS Supply (A195) Conducts First Replenishment at Sea

Royal Australian Navy HMAS Supply (A195) is one step closer to supporting Australian and partner nation ships after successfully completing the first Replenishment at Sea (RAS) for the Supply Class. HMAS Supply, the Auxiliary Oiler Replenishment (AOR), transferred fuel to HMAS Anzac off the east coast of Australia recently. A Replenishment at Sea is the transfer of fuel, solid cargo and potable water to naval combat units while the ships are underway. It involves 30 to 60 personnel depending on the type of goods being transferred and requires technical and non-technical expertise.

Royal Australian Navy HMAS Supply (A195) Conducts First Replenishment at Sea
HMAS Supply conducts her first replenishment at sea with HMAS Anzac, while sailing in the East Australia Exercise Area. (Photo by POIS Tom Gibson/Australian Government Department of Defence)

Commanding Officer HMAS Supply, Captain Ben Hissink said the ship performed well, illustrating why the Government invested in two new AOR ships. “Supply can carry more fuel and stores, has a faster pumping rate for aviation fuel and can operate in a wider range of sea states than her predecessors Success and Sirius. Importantly, we also have a combat management system that will allow us to integrate better with other Australian Defence Force and allied assets, so we can work more effectively in a Task Group,” Captain Hissink said.

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Royal Australian Navy HMAS Supply (A195) Conducts First Replenishment at Sea
Leading Seaman Boatswain’s Mate Ailsa Schwerin controls HMAS Supply’s fuel probe during the ships’ first replenishment at sea with HMAS Anzac, while sailing in the East Australia Exercise Area. (Photo by POIS Tom Gibson/Australian Government Department of Defence)

Commander of the Australian Fleet, Rear Admiral Mark Hammond congratulated the ship’s company on achieving this milestone.”HMAS Supply is the first of its class, and the crew have been working hard to progress it through the operational test and evaluation period. By completing her first replenishment at sea with HMAS Anzac, Supply is one step closer to achieving Initial Operating Capability later this year.Once this is declared by the Chief of Navy, Supply will be available for operational tasking, and ready to assume duties—sustaining a Joint Force for enduring periods at sea,” Rear Admiral Hammond said.

Royal Australian Navy HMAS Supply (A195) Conducts First Replenishment at Sea
Navy personnel onboard HMAS Supply pass lines during the ship’s first ever replenishment at sea with HMAS Anzac, while sailing in the East Australia Exercise Area.(Photo by ABIS Jarryd Capper/Australian Government Department of Defence)

HMAS Supply (A195), named after the Royal Navy ship HMS Supply, is the lead ship of the Supply-class replenishment oilers built for the Royal Australian Navy by Navantia at their yard in Ferrol, Spain. The Australian Supply-class ships are based on the Spanish Navy’s replenishment oiler Cantabria. The vessel was launched on 18 November 2017 and commissioned on 10 April 2021. HMAS Supply is one of two new AOR ships purchased for the Royal Australian Navy, to ensure Australian maritime operations are robust and ready to meet rising regional security challenges. NUSHIP Stalwart arrived in Australia in June and will commission later this year.

Royal Australian Navy HMAS Supply (A195) Conducts First Replenishment at Sea
HMAS Supply prepares for her first heavy jackstay transfer at sea with HMAS Anzac, while sailing in the East Australia Exercise Area.(Photo by ABIS Jarryd Capper/Australian Government Department of Defence)
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