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Supply class AOR HMAS Stalwart joins Royal Australian Navy.

| 2021

According to information published by the Australian Department of Defence on November 13, 2021, the newest vessel in the Royal Australian Navy Fleet was commissioned at Fleet Base West, Western Australia.
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Russian Vyborg Shipyard laid the Purga ice class coastguard ship of project 23550 925 001 Supply Class Auxiliary Oiler Replenishment HMAS Stalwart (Picture source: Twitter account of Royal Australian Navy)

HMAS Stalwart is the second of two Supply Class Auxiliary Oiler Replenishment (AOR) ships purchased for the Navy and will enable extended deployment of Australian Defence Force personnel to ensure a peaceful and prosperous Indo-Pacific region.

The Supply Class marks a generational shift from the capability provided by previous support ships. They will sustain the ADF with fuel, water, food, ammunition, and a variety of cargo for extended periods.

HMAS Stalwart will operate out of Fleet Base West in Western Australia, while her sister ship, HMAS Supply, is based at Fleet Base East, New South Wales.

HMAS Stalwart is the second of the Navantia built Supply-class replenishment oiler for the Royal Australian Navy. It had its keel laid in November 2018 as a part of the SEA 1654 Phase 3 project.

The vessel has an overall length of 173.9 m, a displacement of 19,500 t, and a full-load deadweight of 9,800 tons. Its design draught and beams will be 8 m and 23 m respectively.

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