Description: RAN Tally Band – HMAS Nepal – circa 1940s.
Maker’s Name: N/A
Condition: Very Good
Comments: Royal Australian Navy – Tally Band – HMAS Nepal.
HMAS Nepal (G25/D14) was an N class destroyer of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN). Launched in 1941 as Norseman, the ship suffered significant damage during an air raid on the John I. Thornycroft and Company shipyard, and during repairs was renamed to recognise Nepal’s contribution to the British war effort. Although commissioned into the RAN in 1942, the ship remained the property of the Royal Navy.
Most of Nepal’s wartime service was as part of the British Eastern Fleet, operating in the Indian Ocean. The destroyer was involved in Madagascar Campaign in 1942, and the Cockpit and Transom air raids in 1944. In early 1945, Nepal was reassigned to the British Pacific Fleet, and operated with them for the rest of the war.
On her return to Sydney in October 1945, Nepal was decommissioned and returned to the Royal Navy. The British did not return the ship to active service; she was sold off in 1955, and broken up at the start of 1956.