Description: RAN Tally Band – HMAS Bombard – circa 1970s
Maker’s Name: N/A
Condition: Very Good
Comments: Royal Australian Navy – Tally Band – HMAS Bombard – circa 1970s.
HMAS Bombard (P 99) 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.
During 1978 and 1979, Bombard was one of two Attack class vessels used to portray the fictional HMAS Ambush for ABC drama series Patrol Boat. For this, Bombard’s pennant number was changed to 83, to match the other patrol boat used, HMAS Advance.
Bombard paid off on 12 September 1983, was transferred to the Indonesian Navy and renamed KRI Siribua.