NUSHIP Stalwart Departs Ferrol for Australia

May 20, 2021 – The supply ship destined for the Royal Australian Navy NUSHIP ‘Stalwart’ has set sail this Thursday from Pier 12 of the Navantia shipyard in Ría de Ferrol to Australia, where it will arrive in Perth (Western Australia) after approximately 35 days of navigation.

The ‘Stalwart’ is the second of two supply vessels (Auxiliary Oiler Replenishment, AOR) built by Navantia in the Ferrol Estuary for the Royal Australian Navy. After its construction, the ship will complete its equipment in Australia.

The Australian ambassador to Spain, Sophia McIntyre, participated in the farewell to the ‘Stalwart’, together with the president of Navantia, Ricardo Domínguez and the director of the Ferrol shipyard, Eduardo Dobarro.

“Navantia’s role in building four classes of ships for Australia has been an important pillar in the development and evolution of our political, economic, military and cultural ties. Australia is honored to have held a place in Galicia’s impressive and historic shipbuilding tradition. Navantia will continue to play a crucial role as a support platform for these vessels in Australia ”, stated the ambassador.

“Australia has relied on Navantia to provide decisive capacity to achieve its strategic objectives in the maritime field and Navantia will continue to be its partner in the future,” stressed Ricardo Domínguez.

The president of Navantia has especially recognized the efforts of the workers and highlighted the importance of the next program for the Spanish Navy in which the shipyard is already embarked, the F-110 class frigates, which will be a lever for growth and employment.

The director of the shipyard, Eduardo Dobarro, has pointed out that “the knowledge, know-how and effort made by the workers, both of Navantia and its Collaborating Industry, is evident, especially in such a delicate situation, caused by the pandemic ”.

After the speeches, the rope launching maneuver was carried out and the anthems of Australia and Spain were interpreted with the last one.

The contract for the two AOR vessels, signed with the Commonwealth of Australia in May 2016, has meant 1.5 million hours of work per vessel for the Ría de Ferrol, which has meant some 1,800 jobs. It was the third contract undertaken by the Ría de Ferrol for this client, after the construction of two LHDs and its 12 landing craft and the design and transfer of technology for three AWD destroyers.

This contract for the two AAOR vessels also includes their sustainment, for which Navantia Australia is responsible for developing an advanced asset management model to support the life cycle during the first five years.

Likewise, it will also require an important participation of the Australian industry that will be responsible for the installation and testing of elements of the combat and communications systems, as well as some logistics areas. After completing these works, the ship will be delivered to the Commonwealth of Australia on August 31.

Australia is a strategic client for Navantia. When the second AOR is operational, the Royal Australian Navy will have in service 19 naval units designed by Navantia, 16 of which have also been built in Spain. In addition to supporting the life cycle of AOR vessels, Navantia Australia carries out the sustainment of all other units.

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