Pouring rain did not dampen the pride of all present when His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove, AK, MC (Retd) Governor General of Australia presented HMAS Success with the Royal Australian Navy’s most prestigious annual award for outstanding performance, the Gloucester Cup.
Friends and family joined Ship’s Company and Commander Australian Fleet, Rear Admiral Stuart Mayer, for the ceremony which took place whilst the ship, fondly known as “Battle Tanker”, was alongside Fleet Base East in Sydney.
The Governor General said that Success had excelled beyond all others in all aspects of operations, safety, reliability and unit level training, setting in the process new benchmarks for performance.
“Awards like this don’t just happen,” the Governor General said. “They are culmination of much hard work and a commitment to excellence that has to extend across the entire ship.
“It takes the determined efforts of every single member of the Ship’s Company working as a cohesive and motivated team, to achieve best overall efficiency,” he said.
Highlighting a year of outstanding milestones during 178 days at sea, the Governor General said that Success remained on station for 49 days in sometimes difficult weather conditions as part of the ongoing search for Malaysian Airlines Flight 370.
“As part of Exercise Rim of the Pacific 2014 you honed your replenishment skills and performed your first dual Replenishment at Sea—and the first by the Navy in six years.
“This experience proved to be so valuable as you carried out multiple dual replenishments whilst deployed to Operation MANITOU and played your part in promoting maritime security in the Middle East,” he said.
The Governor General said that families and friends of Success’ personnel deserved to be acknowledged for their role in the ship’s many achievements.
“You are a vital part of the Navy family. The men and women standing here before us do what they do because of your support, love, understanding and encouragement,” he said.
The current Commanding Officer of Success, Captain Justin Jones RAN, accepted the Cup on behalf of the Ship’s Company and paid tribute to his predecessor Captain Allison Norris, who commanded Success during the search for MH370.
In living up to its name, Success, whose motto is “Strive to Win” also took out the coveted Spada Shield which is awarded to the top Royal Australian Navy Surface Force unit.
As the holder of the Gloucester Cup, Success is entitled to attach a gold five-point star on each side of the Bridge structure.
The Gloucester Cup was instituted in 1946 by the then Governor-General, the Duke of Gloucester and is highly valued by the recipient and the accomplishment is widely respected throughout Navy.