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1997 Gloucester Cup, Sydney, Friday 6 February 1998: address on the occasion of the presentation.



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ADDRESS BY SIR WILLIAM DEANE

GOVERNOR-GENERAL OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA

ON THE OCCASION OF THE PRESENTATION OF

THE 1997 GLOUCESTER CUP

SYDNEY

FRIDAY. 6 FEBRUARY 1998

It is a great pleasure for me to be here today to present the Gloucester Cup for 1997 to HMAS CANBERRA Clearly, it does not need the award o f the Gloucester Cup for you all to know that CANBERRA is a great ship But it is always good to have the knowledge o f your own worth confirmed by outside judges Today’s presentation does this for you, since it confirms that HMAS CANBERRA is currently, overall, the most efficient unit in the whole o f the Royal Australian Navy

The Gloucester Cup was instituted in 1947 by the late Duke o f Gloucester when he was Governor-General o f Australia It has been awarded annually for the last 5 1 years It is an award o f the greatest significance. For it includes among its criteria the general and operational efficiency o f the ship, seamanship and ship husbandry, supply and administration, training, morale and discipline, equipment and reliability, maintenance and resourcefulness

These are matters in which everybody on board has an important role to play For success depends upon teamwork, dedication and loyalty to tl\e great traditions o f the Navy They are traditions handed to you from past generations The accomplishments demonstrated by winning the Gloucester Cup ensure that you, in turn, w ill pass those traditions o f efficiency and service to those who come after you

The win is the highlight o f a year that saw HMAS CANBERRA cover a wide spectrum o f operations - and all o f which were conducted as the junior Ship o f the "Fleet Truly you deserve the reputation you have gamed as the “ quiet achiever” . For you have, in addition to the Gloucester Cup, won the Fleet Awards for Engineering, for Combat Systems and for Nuclear,

Biological, Chemical Defence essentially, firefighting and damage control You were also runner-up in the award for Electronic Warfare.

At a time when the spirit o f competition is very strong in every fleet unit vying for these awards, your achievement is a truly outstanding one. Indeed, even though there was a substantial change o f personnel during the year, the whole ship’s company has maintained the highest professional standards. They have been recognised by the award o f the Gloucester Cup for 1997

I congratulate Commander Guy James, Commander Nigel Coates who, I am glad to say, is back with us on Canberra today, and every member o f the Ship’s company, and wish you well in all your endeavours in the years ahead