HMAS Moreton played host to His Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey, AC, Governor of Queensland last week, during a gathering of dignitaries, veterans, friends and family who together with members of the Ship’s Company partook in moving ceremonies that were underpinned by the notion and message of ‘reflection and protection’.
The day’s events were set in the shade of mature gum trees and amidst the construction of the growing base.
One focus of the morning was the presentation of the Governor’s Cup. The Cup is awarded annually to the Royal Australian Navy Shore Establishment that has excelled in all aspects of operations, safety, training, and support to the Navy’s Fleet and its allies.
Previously operating as Navy Headquarters - South Queensland, HMAS Moreton was commissioned in 2016 and lives up to its motto of ‘hold fast’, which is certainly reflected by winning this award two years into its modern incarnation.
The base’s name has had many incarnations and locations over its history but has laid largely dormant since 1996 until it’s re-raising. During the presentation, the Governor commented on his pride at the Cup returning to Queensland, having last headed north in 2010 when HMAS Cairns was honoured.
“This cup is a highly sought after symbol of excellence and it reflects the achievements in welfare, morale, equity and diversity that are evident at this base and in this small team,” His Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey said.
As well as presenting the Governor’s Cup, His Excellency the Governor presented three sailors with Australia Day Medallions. Addressing the crowd, Commander Shore Force Captain Stephen Bowater noted that this was all the more significant when you realise that the permanent Ship’s Company totals five people.