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

Maker’s Name: N/A

Condition: Very Good

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

HMAS Samarai (P 85), named after the island of Samarai and its former town, 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 Initially, nine were ordered for the RAN, with another five for Papua New Guinea’s Australian-run coastal security force, although another six ships were ordered to bring the class to twenty vessels.

Samarai was built by Evans Deakin and Company at Brisbane, Queensland.

HMAS Samarai was launched on 14 July 1967 and commissioned on 1 March 1968.

Samarai was one of five Attack class vessels transferred to the Papua New Guinea Defence Force on 14 November 1974. She is in active service as of 2008.

Now a scarce and highly desirable RAN tally.