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The Gloucester Cup is the common name for three awards of the Australian Defence Force. Formally referred to as the Duke of Gloucester Cup, the three awards are presented to the most efficient infantry battalion of the Australian Army, ship of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN), and squadron of the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) during the previous year. The awards were created by Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester in 1946, while he was serving as the Governor-General of Australia, and were first presented in 1947.

Australian Army[]

To compete for the Gloucester Cup, infantry battalions from the Army's Royal Australian Regiment each send a team to the Lone Pine Barracks at Singleton.[1] These teams participate in a five-day competition demonstrating their training and endurance, from which the winning battalion is determined.[1]

Royal Australian Navy[]

The RAN Gloucester Cup is assessed on the criteria of:

  • operational efficiency;
  • husbandry and seamanship;
  • supply and administration;
  • officer and sailor training;
  • divisional systems, morale and discipline; and
  • equipment reliability, maintenance and resourcefulness.[2]

Winning ships[]

Royal Australian Air Force[]

The RAAF's Gloucester Cup recognises the most proficient flying squadron during a calendar year. The winner is announced at the Air Force Awards night, held in April or May annually.

The unit to have been recognised the greatest number of times is No. 38 Squadron, with 6 awards (1947, 1954, 1974, 1975, 1987 and 2003), followed by No. 1 Squadron and No. 36 Squadron with 5 awards each. In 1991, No. 2 Airfield Defence Squadron became the first non-flying unit awarded the Cup.

Winning squadrons[]

Citations[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Sheridan, Greg (11 November 2007). "Slain hero deserves the gratitude of the entire nation". The Australian. p. 14. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Jeffery, Michael (8 April 2008). Presentation of the 2007 Gloucester Cup to HMAS Rankin (Speech). HMAS Stirling, WA. http://www.gg.gov.au/governorgeneral/speech.php?id=407. Retrieved 26 May 2009. 
  3. "Gloucester Cup Won By Frigate". The Canberra Times. 15 December 1948. http://ndpbeta.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/article/2780802. Retrieved 29 July 2009. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Column 8". The Sydney Morning Herald. 19 April 1951. http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=pfgQAAAAIBAJ&sjid=EpMDAAAAIBAJ&pg=3436,6856700. Retrieved 29 July 2009. 
  5. "Honour for warship". The Sydney Morning Herald. 6 August 1952. p. 3. http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=16UUAAAAIBAJ&sjid=5bADAAAAIBAJ&pg=5386,3939113. Retrieved 27 May 2009. 
  6. "Cup awarded to H.M.A.S. Hawkesbury". The Sydney Morning Herald. 28 August 1953. p. 2. http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=6LAUAAAAIBAJ&sjid=hboDAAAAIBAJ&pg=4842,413871. Retrieved 27 May 2009. [dead link]
  7. "H.M.A.S. Australia Wins Cup". The Sydney Morning Herald. 25 March 1954. p. 7. http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=B6cTAAAAIBAJ&sjid=TrMDAAAAIBAJ&pg=5721,5461680. Retrieved 27 May 2009. 
  8. 8.0 8.1 "Fleet Awards to Destroyer". The Age. 19 May 1962. p. 3. http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=9aATAAAAIBAJ&sjid=G6wDAAAAIBAJ&pg=4883,2815560. Retrieved 27 May 2009. 
  9. Nott, Rodney; Payne, Noel (2008) [1994]. The Vung Tau Ferry: HMAS Sydney and Escort Ships (4th ed.). Dural, NSW: Rosenberg. p. 56. ISBN 978-1-877058-72-1. OCLC 254773862. 
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 Smith, Nigel (8 March 2007). "Tartan Terror Wins". Navy News. http://www.defence.gov.au/news/NAVYNEWS/EDITIONS/5003/topstories/story2.htm. Retrieved 29 July 2009. 
  11. "Yo, ho, Hobart is Navy's top ship". The Age. 3 January 1976. pp. 3. http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=VrUQAAAAIBAJ&sjid=QZIDAAAAIBAJ&pg=5985,236948. Retrieved 27 May 2009. 
  12. Shaw, Lindsey (2005). HMAS Onslow: cold war warrior. Sydney, NSW: Australian National Maritime Museum. p. 6. ISBN 0-9751428-4-4. OCLC 225390609. 
  13. "Vice Regal - Federal". The Age. 14 January 1982. p. 12. http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=dEwQAAAAIBAJ&sjid=ZpQDAAAAIBAJ&pg=2860,4270086. Retrieved 27 May 2009. 
  14. 14.0 14.1 Davidson, Jon; Allibone, Tom (2005). Beneath Southern Seas. Crawley, WA: University of Western Australia Press. p. 204. ISBN 1-920694-62-5. OCLC 69242056. 
  15. 15.0 15.1 Farynski, Jerzy. "Cup winners praised". Navy News. http://www.defence.gov.au/news/navynews/editions/2000/02_21_00/story03.htm. Retrieved 29 July 2009. 
  16. Doolan, Ken (2007). HMAS Tobruk: Warship for Every Crisis. Queanbeyan: Grinkle Press. pp. 89–101. ISBN 978-0-9802821-0-8. OCLC 225713122. [page needed]
  17. Cassells, The Destroyers, p. 41
  18. "Adelaide's pair of cups". Navy News. 22 February 1999. http://www.defence.gov.au/news/navynews/editions/1999/02_22_99/story10.htm. Retrieved 29 July 2009. 
  19. Delaney, Chris (18 March 2002). "Gloucester cup tops off Anzac's awards". Navy News. http://www.defence.gov.au/news/navynews/editions/03_18_02/story02.htm. Retrieved 29 July 2009. 
  20. Gibbs, Stephen (4 April 2005). "For the Governor-General, a personal pain". Sydney Morning Herald. http://www.smh.com.au/news/National/For-the-GovernorGeneral-a-personal-pain/2005/04/03/1112489350304.html. Retrieved 29 July 2009. 
  21. Paver, Chris (14 March 2009). "Hello sailor: the navy fleet's in town". The Australian. http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,25184419-5006784,00.html. Retrieved 27 May 2009. 
  22. "Navy crew set sail on top gongs". The Daily Telegraph. 7 April 2010. p. 20. 
  23. "Collection of awards for Anzac". Navy News. 15 August 2013. p. 2. 
  24. 24.0 24.1 24.2 "No. 9 Squadron RAAF awarded Duke of Gloucester Cup 1969-70". AWM Collection. 23 April 1971. http://cas.awm.gov.au/photograph/F02801. Retrieved 2009-10-20. 
  25. 25.0 25.1 "Presentation of Gloucester Cup 1973". AWM Collection. 14 December 1973. http://cas.awm.gov.au/photograph/F10454. Retrieved 2009-10-20. 
  26. "BEST OF THE BEST: 2001 AIR FORCE AWARDS". Minister for Defence Media Release. 21 May 2002. http://www.minister.defence.gov.au/2002/239210502.doc. Retrieved 2008-10-24. 
  27. "Prize performances". Air Force News. 22 May 2003. http://www.defence.gov.au/news/raafnews/editions/4508/features/feature01.htm. Retrieved 2008-10-24. 
  28. "Oh, what a night". Air Force News. 1 June 2006. http://www.defence.gov.au/news/raafnews/editions/4809/features/feature02.htm. Retrieved 2008-10-24. 
  29. "87th Night of Nights". Page 5, Air Force News. 17 April 2008. http://digital.realviewtechnologies.com/default.aspx?xml=defencenews_airforce.xml&iid=7464. Retrieved 2008-10-24. 

References[]

  • Cassells, Vic (2000). The Destroyers: their battles and their badges. East Roseville, NSW: Simon & Schuster. ISBN 0-7318-0893-2. OCLC 46829686. 

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