HMAS Newcastle welcomed in the New Year with a visit from Commander Australian Fleet, Rear Admiral (RADM) Barrett, AM, CSC, for the presentation of two Fleet Awards which Newcastle earned for its performance in 2013. Newcastle accepted the awards following a successful six month deployment to Operation SLIPPER. Newcastle’s awards included the Commodore Wardle Cup and the Supply Excellence Award.
The Commodore Wardle Cup was donated by Commodore Wardle to the Communications Branch in 1925, to be contested annually in an inter-ship Communications competition. The method of determining the award has changed over the years and the terms of the award were formalised in April 1973, with the Commodore Wardle Cup now “to be awarded annually to HMA Ship, Establishment or Communications Facility or HMA Ship attached for full-time service in the Fleet which, in the judgement of the Flag Officer Commanding Her Majesty's Australian Fleet, has provided outstanding communications service in or to the Fleet.”
The Cup was accepted by Chief Petty Officer (CPO) Emma Procopis on behalf of Newcastle’s Communication and Information Systems department.
CPOCIS Procopis stated she was “extremely proud of the way her department had performed throughout the whole year including Unit Readiness Assessment, Mission Readiness assessment and into Operation SLIPPER.”
The Supply Excellence Award, awarded to the fleet unit that achieved the highest standard of supply excellence, was accepted by Petty Officer (PO) Brenda Cox on behalf of the Maritime Logistics Department.
“The whole department provided excellent service to the ship for the entirety of 2013, from the most junior Seaman to the Maritime Logistics Officer and everyone worked extremely well as a team,” said PO Cox.
RADM Barrett said the annual fleet awards are presented to fleet units for their performances through 2013, after measuring the performance of each unit and assessing each unit against the other.
“Newcastle’s Maritime Logistics provided a comprehensive logistical service to the ship throughout the deployment; and I know the significance of getting logistics right for a ship to function properly,” he said.
Newcastle Commanding Officer, Commander Dominic MacNamara, was delighted to see the work of his crew recognised.
“It is an honour to receive these awards in recognition of the ship’s efforts in 2013. We intend to continue the good work into a busy 2014.”