HMAS Albatross has been recognised as Navy’s best performing shore establishment during 2015, receiving the Governor’s Cup.
Chief of Navy Vice Admiral Tim Barrett, presented the cup to Commanding Officer, Captain Simon Bateman, at a clear lower deck.
The prestigious award recognises the superior performance of Albatross personnel in all aspects of operations, safety, training and support to the fleet, during what was a demanding and high tempo year.
Captain Bateman said the small command team felt privileged with the recognition.
“It’s a big honour,” Captain Bateman said.
“Especially when you consider the size of the Command team.
“We may be a big base but the command element consists of about 35 people, which includes the naval police coxswains, the physical training instructors, the writers, the legal team and the boatswains,” he said.
“Fortunately those 35 people make up a very dedicated team and it’s great to see their professionalism and commitment recognised through this award.
“When you look at overall output of the base over the last few years we’ve had to work around three major infrastructure projects, the Albatross and Romeo redevelopments in addition to the Helicopter Aircrew Training System project. The fact that the team have been able to keep things going throughout is very impressive,” Captain Bateman said.
The citation states that throughout 2015 Albatross 'coordinated and delivered a consistently high level of support for Navy’s air operations while concurrently managing the many and varied impacts of a major redevelopment of the establishment.'