New Delhi, June 24
After a 30 day transit across the world’s oceans, NUSHIP Stalwart arrived safely at Fleet Base West in Western Australia on Monday, 21 June 2021.
NUSHIP Stalwart is the second of two Supply Class Auxiliary Oiler Replenishment (AOR) ships built for the Royal Australian Navy by Navantia, S.A., S.M.E. The Australian Supply Class ships are based on the Spanish Navy's Cantabria Class design.
The ship was crewed by a team of 20 Teekay and six Navantia S.A. S.M.E. personnel who Teekay Captain Luke Hosking said worked together as “One Crew, One Team, One Family”, throughout the voyage.
Navantia Australia’s managing director, Mr Israel Lozano, said that the arrival of Stalwart is a pivotal moment for Navantia Australia.
“The arrival of NUSHIP Stalwart and commissioning earlier this year of HMAS Supply, marks a significant milestone for Navantia Australia. Supporting the Supply Class AORs represents our first opportunity to Prime through life support services for Navantia designed vessels in service with the Royal Australian Navy.”
“This program provides Navantia Australia with the opportunity to demonstrate its commitment to helping develop the Australian sovereign shipbuilding and sustainment industry.”
Navantia Australia is supporting NUSHIP Stalwart and sister ship, HMAS Supply, through life as the Prime Contractor under the AORSPO Enterprise for the first five years’ of service. Navantia Australia established its Sustainment Support Centre in 2020 at the AMC Jakovich Centre, Henderson, Western Australia specifically to provide first class asset management for NUSHIP Stalwart.
NUSHIP Stalwart will commence final fit-out and testing activities at HMAS Stirling after clearing custom and quarantine, and will commission into service with the Royal Australian Navy later this year.
Life Support Facility
Navantia Australia has upped the ante in predictive maintenance and defect analysis with the recent installation of a Through Life Support Facility at Garden Island East, Sydney NSW.
Navantia Australia’s Through Life Support Facility is a multipurpose open architecture system that enables the testing and development of IPMS hardware and software to be conducted on-shore. It replicates the IPMS hardware and software installed on-board the Canberra Class Landing Helicopter Docks and Supply Class Auxiliary Oiler Replenishment ships and is a key enabler for the optimisation of maintenance and platform availability through the capture and analysis of real data from the ships and proactive obsolescence management.
Navantia Australia’s managing director, Mr Israel Lozano Barragán, said the installation of the Through Life Support Facility is another step forward in delivering Australian sovereign sustainment capability.
“The ability to maintain design integrity, configuration control, upgrades and modernisation of all Navantia designed ships and supplied systems and equipment, including the IPMS, in Australia is a key capability developed in Navantia Australia to support CASG and the Royal Australian Navy’s fleet,” stated Mr Lozano.
Leveraging off its pedigree in Platform System Design and Integration and as Original Equipment Manufacturer for the Integrated Platform Management Systems (IPMS) installed on all Navantia designed ships currently in service with the Royal Australian Navy, Navantia Australia is uniquely positioned to provide substantial risk based solutions for Navy’s sustainment challenges.
The Through Life Support Facility is also equipped with the necessary equipment to centralise the operational data stored by the IPMS and to provide data analysis services.