What is a supply vessel?

Some of the main limitations of any military vessel is to stay longer on the high seas or reach more distant destinations, the solution is the need to stock up on everything necessary (fuel, food, people, ammunition, etc.) in order to continue its mission.

This type of vessel covers this need, as it can supply up to three ships at the same time; fuel, water, food, ammunition and other materials on the high seas. In addition, its hospital on board, its capacity to transport containers and the large volume of its tanks, among other benefits, allows this ship to carry out missions of humanitarian and health assistance to civilians in circumstances of catastrophe and environmental defense.

Navantia has built the  CSS Cantabria vessel for the Spanish Navy and is currently building two very similar units for the Australian Navy. This design integrates military and civil concepts and complies with current international environmental regulations regarding the provision of double hull.


Logistic ships for Spain and Australia

Sea Trials of the "Supply"

Navantia launches "Nuship Supply" for the Royal Australian Navy

Navantia launches "Stalwart", the second AOR for Australia

CSS Cantabria "A-15" Spanish Armada

Navantia has designed and built a Combat Supply Ship (CSS) for the Spanish Navy, designed on the basis of the previous vessel of these characteristics, the "Patiño", but with a double hull, in accordance with international regulations.

CSS 'Cantabria' (A-15) in action

Operations of the supply ship for combat (CSS) 'Cantabria' during its integration in Operation "Active Endeavor" of NATO.

CSSCantabria: The one year history of deployment in Australia

The combat supply vessel (CSS) 'Cantabria' arrived in Ferrol on December 21, 2013, after spending a year deployed in Australia, where it has been integrated with the Royal Australian Navy (RAN, in its acronym in English). In total, the ship has remained 353 days out of its base, navigated over 43,200 nautical miles (77,700 km) in 215 days of sea and supplied more than 12,000 tons of fuel, far exceeding the targets set for deployment.

NAVANTIA Ferrol: CSS launching maneuver 'Cantabria'

Fleeting of the A-15 after a scheduled technical stop.

CSS Cantabria, tests in the sea

CSS Cantabria, supply


Provisioning frigate, tests at sea

Our supply ships
navigate the world

Provisioning the necessary resources