Governor’s Cup awarded to HMAS Coonawarra

Published on LSIS Jo Dilorenzo (author), LEUT Andrew Ragless (photographer)

Location(s): HMAS Coonawarra, NT

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

Commander Australian Fleet, Rear Admiral Tim Barrett, AM, CSC, RAN awards the Governor's Cup to Commanding Officer of HMAS Coonawarra, Commander John Navin, RAN during his visit to Darwin. (photo: LEUT Andrew Ragless)
Commander Australian Fleet, Rear Admiral Tim Barrett, AM, CSC, RAN awards the Governor's Cup to Commanding Officer of HMAS Coonawarra, Commander John Navin, RAN during his visit to Darwin.

The Commander of the Australian Fleet, Rear Admiral Tim Barrett, recently presented the 2013 Governor’s Cup to its proud recipients, the ship’s company of HMAS Coonawarra. The Governor’s Cup is awarded to the Shore Establishment that has excelled in all aspects of operations, safety, training and support to the Fleet.

In 2013, the ships company of HMAS Coonawarra went above and beyond in their efforts to provide support to the Fleet, earning them the prestigious award. 2013 was an industrious year which saw the base continuously focussed on supporting Operation RESOLUTE, high profile VIP visits and a multitude of foreign ship visits. Of note, Coonawarra and her lodger units worked around the clock to ensure boats, ships and personnel assigned to Operation RESOLUTE were positively sustained.

The Commanding Officer of HMAS Coonawarra in 2013 was Commander Ben Favelle, who was very proud of his team for their achievement in being awarded the Governor’s Cup.

“The award of the Governor’s Cup recognises the efforts of the entire Navy team in Darwin, including all service and APS personnel posted to HMAS Coonawarra,” CMDR Favelle said.

“All personnel posted to Coonawarra and its resident units, such as Port Services, Headquarters Patrol Boat Group, Fleet Logistics Support Element - Darwin, Fleet Support Unit - North, the Navy People Career Management Agency, Fleet Training Advisory Cell - North and the Larrakeyah Health Centre should be justly proud of their efforts.”

“Despite the fairly complex command and control system that exists within Coonawarra, visiting Fleet Units from the Royal Australian Navy and foreign navies have come to expect a high level of service from the Top End Navy team, regardless of the heightened operational tempo,” CMDR Favelle said.

Current Commanding Officer of Coonawarra, Commander John Navin, received the award from Rear Admiral Barrett at a clear lower deck (a ceremony which requires all hands to be present). He praised the efforts of all those working at Coonawarra and encouraged them to continue their outstanding efforts.

“All of you have contributed to this award and I am honoured to accept it on behalf of the Ship’s Company and our Australian Public Service and contractor colleagues who work here,” CMDR Navin said.

“You can be justly proud to be recognised for your hard work. I look forward to working with you to continue providing outstanding support to the Top End Navy and visiting ships,” he said.