HMAS Rankin awarded Platypus Cup

Published on LCDR Alistair Tomlinson (author), ABIS Steven Thomson (photographer)

Commander Australian Fleet, Rear Admiral Stuart Mayer, CSC and Bar, RAN, presents the Platypus Cup to Commanding Officer HMAS Rankin, Commander Doug Theobald, RAN, who receives it on behalf of the crew, during a presentation ceremony held on the West Dock Wall at Garden Island, Sydney NSW. (photo: ABIS Steven Thomson)
Commander Australian Fleet, Rear Admiral Stuart Mayer, CSC and Bar, RAN, presents the Platypus Cup to Commanding Officer HMAS Rankin, Commander Doug Theobald, RAN, who receives it on behalf of the crew, during a presentation ceremony held on the West Dock Wall at Garden Island, Sydney NSW.

HMAS Rankin has been presented the Platypus Cup, a Fleet Unit Award for the highest performing submarine or crew which has excelled in all aspects of submarine operations, safety, reliability and unit level training.

Fleet Commander, Rear Admiral Stuart Mayer, said Rankin had consistently demonstrated a commitment to achieving and maintaining a superior standard in operational proficiencies, engineering and training.

“Most notably, she excelled in providing quality training to new submariners while successfully implementing a program for the continuous up-skilling of their personnel,” Rear Admiral Mayer said. 

Commanding Officer Rankin, Commander Doug Theobald, who accepted the award on behalf the submarine, said it had been a very busy but rewarding year for his crew.

“I am very proud of how the crew rose to numerous challenges across many difficult circumstances,” Commander Theobald said.

During 2015, Rankin completed a South East Asia deployment, four exercises, the United States Navy Submarine Command Course, held a number of community engagement events and even found time participate in several fleet sports competitions.

This is the first time Rankin has been awarded the Platypus Cup since 2005.

“With a forward leaning and innovative command and crew, the achievements of Rankin are commendable and in keeping with the finest traditions of the Royal Australian Navy,” Rear Admiral Mayer said.