DSME's design which win in Royal Navy's tender (image : DSME)
(DS/IMP) -- Australian shipbuilder ASC has teamed up with South Korea's Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) and UK design house BMT Defence Services in a bid to build new afloat replenishment ships for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN).
The Adelaide-based company said its proposal - based on BMT's Aegir 18A afloat support ship design - constituted the "most capable, affordable, and lowest risk solution to SEA 1654 Phase 3, a project to deliver the next generation of RAN auxiliary warships into service from 2018".
Under Project SEA 1654 Phase 3, the Australian Department of Defence (DoD) plans to replace the RAN's existing afloat support capability. The government's latest defence white paper, released on 3 May, stated an intention "to replace the capability currently provided by the supply ships HMAS Success and HMAS Sirius at the first possible opportunity", adding that procurement options included "local, hybrid, and overseas build or the leasing of an existing vessel".
The Spanish Navy auxiliary oiler replenishment (AOR) ship Cantabria is augmenting Australia's afloat support requirements while Success is in refit. BAE Systems Australia and Navantia are looking to bid a variant of the Cantabria AOR design for Project SEA 1654 Phase 3.