Royal Australian Navy HMAS Provide (A195) efficiently accomplished a first-of-class firing trial of the Phalanx close-in weapon system (CIWS) throughout a regional presence deployment. Profitable and secure completion of the firing train required cautious planning, testing the gun system performance and the protection mechanisms of the methods required. The group then liaised with the operations crew on particular element of the deliberate firing. The success of the CIWS firing was a milestone second for Provide, the ship’s firm and Provide-class vessels. As an auxiliary oil replenishment ship, Provide’s major operate is replenishment of the fleet, however having a weapons defence system to defend towards anti-ship missiles offers better functionality to the ship and people she sails with.

Digital Technician Main Seaman Sam Chiswell stated,”The coaching carried out on board earlier than a firing ensured the ship’s procedures have been secure and environment friendly. In my function I keep and function the CIWS and put together it for firings; this consists of all security checks, pre-firing and loading the stay ammunition. Our coaching helps to ensure procedures are recent in our minds and communication with the warfare group within the operations room is appropriate, guaranteeing a easy firing evolution. Having carried out Provide’s first CIWS, and the primary for its class, was fulfilling. There usually are not many individuals that may say they have been the primary to do one thing like this on an Australian warship”.


HMAS Provide arrives at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam to take part within the 2022 Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) train. (Picture by Petty Officer third Class Dylan Lavin/Australian Authorities Division of Defence)

HMA ships Provide, Canberra and Warramunga are crusing in firm as a part of a regional presence deployment. The Provide-class ships are meant to hold gas, dry cargo, water, meals, ammunition, gear and spare components to supply operational help for deployed Australian naval or fight forces working away from the nation for lengthy durations. Along with replenishment, the vessels can be utilized to fight towards environmental air pollution at sea, present logistics help for the armed forces, and to help humanitarian and catastrophe reduction (HADR) operations following a pure catastrophe. Provide was tasked with supporting the Australian Authorities effort lead by the Division of Overseas Affairs and Commerce to the Kingdom of Tonga in February 2022.

HMAS Provide (A195), named after the Royal Navy ship HMS Provide, is the lead ship of the Provide-class replenishment oilers constructed for the Royal Australian Navy by Navantia at their yard in Ferrol, Spain. The Australian Provide-class ships are primarily based on the Spanish Navy’s replenishment oiler Cantabria. The vessel was launched on 18 November 2017 and commissioned on 10 April 2021. Provide was laid down on 18 November 2017 and launched on the Navantia Shipyards in Ferrol, Spain on 24 November 2018. Provide is the second Royal Australian Navy (RAN) ship to bear the identify after HMAS Provide (AO 195). On 2 October 2020, Provide arrived at Fleet Base West, Western Australia for closing match out and testing actions. Ship acceptance by the Division of Defence occurred on 8 January 2021.

HMAS Supply conducts a Close-in Weapon System firing trials during a 2022 regional presence deployment.
HMAS Provide conducts a Shut-in Weapon System firing trials throughout a 2022 regional presence deployment. (Picture by LSIS Ernesto Sanchez/Australian Authorities Division of Defence)