For the second year in a row, HMAS Stirling has been awarded the Navy League Perpetual Trophy. This trophy is presented to a ship, group of ships, shore establishment or naval unit judged most worthy of recognition for assistance given to the civilian community during the preceding year.
As the major base in Western Australia, HMAS Stirling has represented the Australian Defence Force in regional and local community events, contributed significantly to fundraising and assisted leadership and youth development. In the past year, Stirling has hosted or supported 363 community activities.
Stirling Commanding Officer, Captain Brian Delamont said it was a great honour to learn Stirling had again taken out the trophy.
“This award wouldn’t have been possible without the tireless efforts of the entire ship’s company,” he said.
“Every department of Stirling has contributed in some way to this award and we should be very proud as a base to have won it for the second year in a row.”
A driving force behind numerous community engagements and fundraising was Navy Community Engagement WA Regional Coordinator, Chief Petty Officer Maritime Logistics – Support Operations Toni Ralph.
“When I found out about HMAS Stirling winning the Navy League Perpetual Trophy for the second year in a row, I felt very proud,” she said.
“HMAS Stirling's continuous achievements, support and involvement in our local and regional communities by those dedicated Navy personnel is highly regarded by the wider community and continues the positive reputation of Navy here in the West.”
Stirling personnel travelled and participated in numerous communities as far and wide as Esperance, the WA Goldfields and Wheatbelt regions and smaller regional schools such as Norseman Primary School.
“We have had countless highlights throughout the year, however, I’m proud of the constant events that we have the honour to be involved with every year,” CPO Ralph said.
“These include Celebrate Maritime Day, Red Cross - Red 25 Blood Challenge and the HMAS Stirling charity high tea for Breast Cancer Care WA and Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia where we raised just under $7,000 this year,” PO Ralph said.
The Navy Community Engagement Program is designed to improve the Australian community's knowledge and understanding of the Navy’s role, people, capability and day to day activities.
There is a particular focus on providing members of the community with the opportunity to meet with Navy personnel and experience Navy life.