Garden Island: HMAS Rankin wins Gloucester Cup, the Navy’s highest unit award

The Gloucester Cup
Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove at the ceremony
The Gloucester Cup Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove at the ceremony

SAILORS on Garden Island were in full regalia for the presentation of the Navy’s highest unit award, the Gloucester Cup to HMAS Rankin by Australia’s Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove.

Touching down from Sydney on Friday, August 25, Sir Peter and Lady Cosgrove were accompanied by the Commander Australian Fleet, Rear Admiral Stuart Mayer and personnel from HMAS Rankin.

Sir Peter presented the cup to Commanding Officer of the HMAS Rankin, Commodore Micheal Jacobson before thanking personnel for their service.

“It is your brave contribution that keeps our nation safe,” he said.

HMAS Rankin and her crew have the proud honour of taking out the award for the third time after being awarded in 2004 and 2007.

Rankin is affectionately known as the “Black Knight” and is home ported at Fleet Base West, Rockingham.

The Gloucester Cup is awarded each year to recognise the fleet unit within the Royal Australian Navy with the highest level of overall proficiency.

The Gloucester Cup was instituted in 1947 by the 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.