The Duke of Gloucester’s Cup

History

The Duke of Gloucester’s Cup was instituted in 1946 when His Royal Highness the Duke of Gloucester presented a silver cup to the Royal Australian Navy as a prize for the ship which shot down the greatest number of sleeve targets, in proportion to the number of rounds fired, during a calendar year.

Such a competition proved to be impracticable and consequently the cup has traditionally been awarded as a prize for the RAN unit displaying the highest level of overall proficiency.

The first RAN major fleet unit to be awarded the prize was HMAS Hobart (I) in 1947. The first submarine to win the coveted award was HMAS Onslow in 1977 while in 2011, RAN Clearance Diving Team 4 wrested the cup from the fleet to become the first Clearance Diving Team to be awarded the prestigious award.

Several RAN units have won the cup multiple times, notably HMAS Hobart (II) which took the prize on eight separate occasions during her long commission. Others have won the award in successive years – HMA Ships Quadrant, Vampire (II), Sydney (III), Hobart (II) and Darwin.

Visible Recognition

On those occasions when a fleet unit wins the award a five pointed gold star is painted in a prominent position on the vessel concerned in recognition of the achievement. The star is removed only when the award is won by another RAN unit.

Left: Commander J. Jones, RAN conning HMAS Newcastle, the 2009 Duke of Gloucester Cup winner, from her starboard bridge wing. Note the gold star painted on the ship's side. Right: Commander Jones receiving the Gloucester Cup on behalf of HMAS Newcastle's ship's company from Her Excellency the Governor General of Australia, Quentin Bryce, AC, CVO.
Left: Commander J. Jones, RAN conning HMAS Newcastle, the 2009 Duke of Gloucester Cup winner, from her starboard bridge wing. Note the gold star painted on the ship's side. Right: Commander Jones receiving the Gloucester Cup on behalf of HMAS Newcastle's ship's company from Her Excellency the Governor General of Australia, Quentin Bryce, AC, CVO.
Year Unit
1947 HMAS Hobart (I)
1948 HMAS Shoalhaven (I)
1949 HMAS Arunta (I)
1950 HMAS Sydney (III)
1951 HMAS Murchison
1952 HMAS Hawkesbury (I)
1953 HMAS Australia (II)
1954 HMAS Quadrant
1955 HMAS Quadrant
1956 HMAS Queenborough
1957 HMAS Anzac (II)
1958 HMAS Melbourne (II)
1959 HMAS Quickmatch
1960 HMAS Vampire (II)
1961 HMAS Vampire (II)
1962 HMAS Melbourne (II)
1963 HMAS Vampire (II)
1964 HMAS Vendetta (II)
1965 HMAS Sydney (III)
1966 HMAS Sydney (III)
1967 HMAS Hobart (II)
1968 HMAS Stalwart (II)
1969 HMAS Supply
1970 HMAS Hobart (II)
1971 HMAS Brisbane (II)
1972 HMAS Melbourne (II)
Year Unit
1973 HMAS Stuart (II)
1974 HMAS Swan (III)
1975 HMAS Hobart (II)
1976 HMAS Stuart (II)
1977 HMAS Onslow
1978 HMAS Torrens (II)
1979 HMAS Hobart (II)
1980 HMAS Brisbane (II)
1981 HMAS Perth (II)
1982 HMAS Hobart (II)
1983 HMAS Stalwart (II)
1984 HMAS Adelaide (II)
1985 HMAS Orion
1986 HMAS Sydney (IV)
1987 HMAS Jervis Bay (I)
1988 HMAS Hobart (II)
1989 HMAS Derwent
1990 HMAS Success (II)
1991 HMAS Darwin
1992 HMAS Hobart (II)
1993 HMAS Tobruk (II)
1994 HMAS Hobart (II)/Darwin
1995 HMAS Darwin
1996 HMAS Brisbane (II)
1997 HMAS Canberra (II)
1998 HMAS Adelaide (II)
Year Unit
1999 HMAS Success (II)
2000 HMAS Arunta (II)
2001 HMAS Anzac (III)
2002 HMAS Arunta (II)
2003 HMAS Kanimbla (II)
2004 HMAS Rankin (III)
2005 HMAS Sheean
2006 HMAS Stuart (III)
2007 HMAS Rankin
2008 HMAS Parramatta (IV)
2009 HMAS Newcastle
2010 HMAS Melbourne (III)
2011 AUSCDT 4
2012 HMAS Anzac (III)
2013 HMAS Huon (II)
2014 HMAS Success (II)
2015 HMAS Melbourne (III)
2016 HMAS Rankin
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Gallery


Left: Captain Adrian Cummins and Commander Don Chalmers, HMAS Perth (II) are presented with the Duke of Gloucester Cup by the then Governor General Sir Ninian Stephen KG, AK, GCMG, GCVO, KBE, QC in recognition of Perth's achievements in 1981.
The Governor General of Australia Sir Ninian Stephen presents Captain MS Unwin, RAN with the Duke of Gloucester Cup onboard HMAS Stalwart in 1983
The Governor General of Australia Sir Ninian Stephen presents Captain MS Unwin, RAN with the Duke of Gloucester Cup onboard HMAS Stalwart in 1983
CMDR M Bell, RAN accepts the award of the Duke of Gloucester Cup from the Governor General the Honourable Bill Hayden, on behalf of HMAS Darwin's ship's company in 1995
CMDR M Bell, RAN, accepts the award of the Duke of Gloucester Cup from the then Governor General, the Honourable Bill Hayden, on behalf of HMAS Darwin's ship's company in 1991.
Commander KB Taylor, CSC, RAN accepts the Duke of Gloucester Cup on behalf of HMAS Tobruk's ship's company in 1993. Rear Admiral D. Chalmers, RAN looks on.
Commander KB Taylor, CSC, RAN accepts the Duke of Gloucester Cup on behalf of HMAS Tobruk's ship's company in 1993. Rear Admiral D. Chalmers, AO, RAN looks on.

The Governor of New South Wales, Her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir AC, CVO, presents the 2006 Duke of Gloucester Cup to the commanding officer of HMAS Stuart, Commander Jason Hunter RAN. 2006.
Able Seaman Seamus O'Reilly (left) and Able Seaman Cameron Johnson from HMAS Huon stand proudly with the Gloucester Cup after it had been presented to HMAS Huon by His Excellency General The Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK, MC (Retd), Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia
Able Seaman Seamus O'Reilly (left) and Able Seaman Cameron Johnson from HMAS Huon stand proudly with the Duke of Gloucester Cup after it had been presented to HMAS Huon by His Excellency General The Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK, MC (Retd), Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, 2013.

The Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd), presents the Commanding Officer HMAS Rankin, Commander Michael Jacobson, CSM, RAN, with the Duke of Gloucester Cup at HMAS Stirling, Western Australia.