Spanish shipbuilder Navantia has begun work on the second auxiliary oiler replenishment (AOR) vessel on order for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN).
A first steel-cutting ceremony for the ship was held on 4 April at the company's premises in the northern Spanish municipality of Fene, the company announced that same day, adding that construction of both ships, which are scheduled for delivery in 2019 and 2020 respectively, will require shipbuilders to spend more than 3 million working hours.
In May 2016 the Australian government and Navantia signed an AUD642 million (USD494 million) contract for the delivery and initial in-service support of the two vessels, which are set to replace the RAN replenishment ships HMAS Success and HMAS Sirius .
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