Best base for Kuttabul

This article has photo gallery Published on Ms Natalie Staples (author), ABIS Richard Cordell (photographer)

Location(s): Garden Island, Sydney

Topic(s): HMAS Kuttabul, RAN Annual Fleet Awards, Governor's Cup

L-R: Commanding Officer HMAS Kuttabul, Commander Rebecca Jeffcoat, RAN; Governor of New South Wales, His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley, AC, DSC (Ret’d); and HMAS Kuttabul's Ship's Warrant Officer, Warrant Officer Robert Van Eldik, hold the Governor's Cup in front of the parade at Ceremonial Divisions, held at the Royal Australian Navy Heritage Centre, Garden Island, Sydney. (photo: ABIS Richard Cordell)
L-R: Commanding Officer HMAS Kuttabul, Commander Rebecca Jeffcoat, RAN; Governor of New South Wales, His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley, AC, DSC (Ret’d); and HMAS Kuttabul's Ship's Warrant Officer, Warrant Officer Robert Van Eldik, hold the Governor's Cup in front of the parade at Ceremonial Divisions, held at the Royal Australian Navy Heritage Centre, Garden Island, Sydney.

The Governor’s Cup has been awarded to HMAS Kuttabul as the best performing Royal Australian Navy shore establishment in all aspects of operations, safety, training and support to the fleet for the year.

Former Chief of the Defence Force, now Governor of New South Wales, His Excellency General The Honourable David Hurley, accompanied by Mrs Hurley, presented the cup to the Commanding Officer Commander Rebecca Jeffcoat at Ceremonial Divisions in Sydney.

Personnel proudly stood to attention as the Governor, hosted by Commander Australian Fleet, Rear Admiral Stuart Mayer, inspected the mustered ship’s company.

Commander Jeffcoat assumed command of Sydney’s premier establishment in January and said the award is testament to the leadership of her predecessor and the hard work of the ship’s company.

“2014 was an incredibly busy year for Kuttabul. We played a vital role supporting the Commissioning of Navy’s latest ship, Landing Helicopter Dock HMAS Canberra (III).

“The base also underwent significant changes with building works, the removal of the hammer head crane and wharf repairs, all while continuing to provide logistics and operational support to the fleet,” Commander Jeffcoat said.

“It is my privilege to accept the Governor’s Cup today on behalf of the ship’s company. I particularly want to recognise Commander Todd Willson who led Kuttabul over the period, for which we’ve been recognised.”

In his address, Rear Admiral Mayer recognised the complexity of the base and all her small command team achieved during 2014.

“Fifty-five resident units over seven Sydney locations with around 3500 uniformed and civilian personnel – all of them rely on the ship’s company of Kuttabul and the command team of just 25,” Rear Admiral Mayer said.

“This small command team are put under significant pressure not only by the huge overhead of the day to day administration of the Establishment but also by the large volume of special events that they play host to.

“The sheer volume of these events and the dependable, high quality manner in which they have been planned and executed is the result of the tireless commitment of a relatively small but high performing team,” Rear Admiral Mayer said.

“I would like to pass on my personal thanks to everyone that contributed to Kuttabul’s success and achievements in 2014, the award of this years Governor's Cup is very well deserved.”

Kuttabul includes the historic Garden Island Dockyard facility. It is the primary berth for major Royal Australian Navy ships homeported in Sydney and provides berths for other visiting warships from Australian and overseas.