Description: RAN Tally Band – HMAS Snipe

Maker’s Name: N/A

Condition: Very Good

Comments: Royal Australian Navy – Tally Band – HMAS Snipe.

HMAS Snipe (M1102) (formerly HMS Alcaston) was a Ton class minesweeper which served in the Royal Navy (RN) and Royal Australian Navy (RAN).

The ship was constructed by John I. Thornycroft and Company at Southampton and launched on 4 September 1952.

Following her sale, the ship was refitted with her engines replaced by Napier Deltic diesel engines, stabilisers being fitted and air conditioning added to better suit the ship for Australian service.

The ship recommissioned as HMAS Snipe on 11 September 1962. During the mid-1960s, Snipe was one of several ships operating in support of the Malaysian government during the Indonesia-Malaysia Confrontation. This service was later recognised with the battle honour “Malaysia 1964-66”.

Snipe remained in RAN service until her decommissioning on 3 June 1983.