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HMAS Rankin wins Navy's top award

08 April 2008

Rockingham-based Collins Class submarine HMAS Rankin has been awarded the coveted Gloucester Cup by the Governor General of Australia His Excellency Major General Michael Jeffery, AC CVO MC.

Commander Australian Fleet Rear, Admiral Nigel Coates, AM joined the Governor General in presenting the Commanding Officer of Rankin, Commander Phillip Stanford, with the award in recognition of excellence in teamwork, loyalty and dedication.

To mark the occasion, Ceremonial Divisions was held at HMAS Stirling with HMAS Rankin's ships company gathered on the parade ground in their ceremonial whites.

Commanding Officer of Rankin, Commander Phillip Stanford said: "This is a proud day for me but especially for my crew. This award recognises everything that we hold dear and strive for in the submarine squadron and the Navy.

"I would especially like to thank my crew and their families. The dedication and sacrifice of those associated with HMAS Rankin is something of which we can all be very proud".

The Gloucester Cup was instituted in 1947 by the then Governor-General, the Duke of Gloucester and acknowledges excellence against a range of performance criteria including: operational efficiency; seamanship; supply and administration; officer and sailor training; maintenance and resourcefulness.

The broad scope of criteria demands consistency from every department, with each individual playing a critical role in achieving the Gloucester Cup. Every RAN ship undergoes thorough evaluation and assessment in the selection process for this distinguished award.

The Cup has been won by many notable ships over the years, including Quadrant, Vampire, Sydney and Hobart. And in recent times, winners have included Arunta, ANZAC, Success and Adelaide, Kanimbla and last year HMAS Sheean.

Today, HMAS Rankin joins those prestigious names for a second time, as a result of outstanding performance during the past year.