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

Maker’s Name: N/A

Condition: Very Good

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

HMAS Cairns is a naval base of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) located in Cairns, Queensland. Although used regularly as a port-of-call since before World War II, a permanent RAN presence was not established until 1971, when a maintenance and support base for patrol boats was set up. This was formally commissioned in 1971 as a minor war vessel base.

HMAS Cairns is responsible for all Australian naval activity off north-eastern Australia, and is the home base for Ardent Division of the Australian Patrol Boat Group, the ships of the Royal Australian Navy Hydrographic Service, and several Balikpapan class landing craft.