Description: RAN Tally Band – HMAS Aware – circa 1970s.

Maker’s Name: N/A

Condition: Near Mint

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

HMAS Aware (P 91) 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.

Aware was laid down by Evans Deakin and Company at Brisbane in Queensland in July 1967, launched on 7 October 1967 and commissioned on 21 June 1968.

The patrol boat paid off on 17 July 1993. She was sold to a private owner sometime before 1998, and after modification in Melbourne (including an extension of the superstructre to cover the quarterdeck), was used as a diving and salvage ship.