November 23, 2018 (Google Translation) – Navantia has launched today the ship “Nuship Supply” first of the two AOR ships that Navantia is building for the Royal Australian Navy, according to the contract signed in May 2016.
The ceremony took place at the Ferrol shipyard at 4:15 p.m., coinciding with the high tide and was attended by Jenny Barrett, as the ship’s godmother, as well as the president of Navantia, Susana de Sarriá; the Ambassador of Australia in Spain, Julie-Ann Guivarra and the Australian AJEMA, Vice Admiral MJ Noonan.
The president of Navantia thanked the Australian Navy for the trust placed in the Company, which once again demonstrated its ability to design and build in time and quality the products and services for the most competitive markets. By putting a new ship in the sea, Navantia once again demonstrates its enormous potential and with the Strategic Plan and the F110 we will guarantee to maintain these capabilities in the future.
These ships are based on the vessel “Cantabria” of the Spanish Navy, adapted to Australian standards and requirements. This type of logistics ships can supply on the high seas three ships simultaneously fuel, water, food, ammunition and other materials. In addition, its capacity to transport containers and the large volume of its tanks, among other benefits, allows this ship to carry out missions of humanitarian and health assistance to civilians in circumstances of catastrophe and environmental defense.
The contract with the Commonwealth of Australia also includes support for the life cycle of the two AOR vessels for a period of 5 years. This contract is assuming for the shipyards of the Ría de Ferrol the realization of 1.5 million working hours per ship, as well as 35,000 hours derived from the manufacture and supply of the main engines, diesel generators and reducers, and other 35,000 derivatives of the Integrated Platform Control System.
Regarding its impact on employment, about 1,800 direct and indirect employees are being generated annually, of which more than 330 would be direct employees, more than 530 employees of the auxiliary industry and more than 900 would be indirect employees generated by other suppliers.
In addition, these contracts include a significant participation of the Australian industry that will be responsible for the development of combat systems and communications, as well as some logistics areas and deck cargo cranes.
In relation to the maintenance contract, it will be carried out entirely in Australia (New South Wales and Western Australia) through the subsidiary Navantia Australia and subcontractors with whom Navantia already has an excellent relationship since 2007, when the first contracts were signed in Australia .
Australia is a preferred customer for Navantia, since these two logistics ships will join the two LHDs designed and built by Navantia, the three AWD destroyers based on the F-100 frigates that are built in Australia and the twelve landing boats also based in Navantia designs for the Spanish Navy.