The Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN’s) future auxiliary oiler replenishment (AOR) vessels will be named Supply and Stalwart , according to a 17 November statement by Australian Defence Minister Marise Payne.
The ships, which will replace the RAN’s current replenishment vessels HMAS Success and Siriu , are being constructed by Spanish shipbuilder Navantia.
“When these ships enter service from 2020, they will be an important part of the future fleet that the government has committed to in the 2016 Defence White Paper,” said Payne, adding that Supply will be built in two years, with full operational capability scheduled for 2022.
Payne’s statement follows Navantia’s announcement in June that it had begun work on the two AOR vessels after the successful completion of the critical design review.
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