The Collins class submarine HMAS Rankin has been awarded the Royal Australian Navy’s prestigious Gloucester Cup for the third time.
The cup was presented at HMAS Stirling, in Western Australia, by the Governor General of Australia, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove, AK, MC (Retd), to the Commanding Officer of Rankin Commander Micheal Jacobson with personnel from Rankin, sister submarine, HMAS Sheean and Stirling on parade for the event.
The Gloucester Cup was instituted in 1947 by then Governor-General, the Duke of Gloucester and acknowledges proficiency against a range of criteria that include operational efficiency, seamanship, supply and administration, officer and sailor training, divisional systems, morale and discipline and equipment reliability, maintenance and resourcefulness.
Australian submarines have figured prominently over the years with Rankin taking out the award in 2004, Sheean in 2005 and Rankin again in 2007.
Last year was a busy year for Rankin which included a nine-month deployment with visits to north-east Asia, as well as operating out of Sydney for an extended duration.
Rankin also took out the Platypus Cup for the highest performing submarine, the Combat System Proficiency Shield for the unit which has achieved the highest standards in combat systems and weapons efficiency and serviceability and the Voyager Trophy for the highest standard in Anti-Submarine Warfare.
The Gloucester Cup was accepted on behalf of Rankin’s former Commanding Officer Commander Doug Theobald by Commander Jacobson.
Commander Jacobson said that while he was not Commanding Officer at the time, he had seen and experienced the exemplary attitude and professionalism of the crew.
Commander Australian Fleet, Rear Admiral Stuart Mayer also presented the Fleet Environmental Award to Stirling for encouraging and promoting leadership in environment and heritage management in Defence.
Sheean took out the Action Information Organisation Shield for the highest standards in Action Information Organisation operations. This is the team of personnel whose role it is to provide a clear, concise and up-to-date tactical picture for interpretation by the submarines command team. It includes combining the outputs of RADAR, SONAR, electronic warfare equipment, electronic information exchange equipment, optical sensors, communications and lookout positions.
Sheean was also awarded the Submarine Silver Platter for the submarine crew which has achieved the highest standard in the provision of food services.