Description: RAN Tally Band – HMAS Arrow – circa 1970s

Maker’s Name: N/A

Condition: Very Good

Comments: Royal Australian Navy – Tally Band – HMAS Arrow – circa 1970s.

HMAS Arrow (P 88) was an Attack class patrol boat of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN).

The Attack class was ordered in 1964 to operate in Australian waters as patrol boats (based on lessons learned through using the Ton class minesweepers on patrols of Borneo during the Indonesia-Malaysia Confrontation, and to replace a variety of old patrol, search-and-rescue, and general-purpose craft.

Arrow was built by Walkers Limited at Maryborough, Queensland, launched on 17 February 1968, and commissioned on 3 July 1968.

Arrow was transferred to the Melbourne Division of the Royal Australian Navy Reserve in mid-1968, then was returned to active service in the early 1970s.

Arrow was driven ashore and sank at Stokes Hill Wharf in Darwin with the loss of two sailors, Petty Officer Leslie Catton, and Able Seaman Ian Rennie, during Cyclone Tracy on 25 December 1974.

Tally band has been shortened for display.