Description: RAN Tally Band – HMAS Barcoo.
Maker’s Name: N/A
Condition: Very Good
Comments: Royal Australian Navy – Tally Band – HMAS Barcoo.
HMAS Barcoo (K375/F375/A245) was a River class frigate that served the Royal Australian Navy from 1944–1964.
She was named for the Barcoo River in Queensland and was one of twelve River class frigates built for the RAN during World War II. The vessel logged 342,579 nautical miles (634,456 km) in her career.
After several weeks of working up, Barcoo was tasked to New Guinea in March 1944 for convoy escort duty. That year, the ship also participated in the bombardments of Japanese Army positions in eastern New Guinea, rescued two downed American P-47 Thunderbolt pilots, and conducted convoy escort and patrol duties in the waters around New Guinea. The frigate’s last hostile action occurred on 3 August 1945, during a bombardment of the village of Soengaipaten in Borneo.
Barcoo received the three battle honours for her wartime service: “Pacific 1944–45”, “New Guinea 1944”, and “Borneo 1945”.