WW2 AUSTRALIAN NAVY BLAZER BADGE HMAS ASSAULT
In June 1942, Royal Navy Commander F. N. Cook, the former commander of the Combined Operations Centre, HMS TORMENTOR who was on loan to the RAN to help establish an Australian combined operations school, identified Port Stephens as the ideal location to establish a RAN training base for amphibious landings. On 9 August, General Douglas MacArthur ordered the establishment of the Joint Overseas Operational Training School (JOOTS) at Port Stephens. While the base was under construction, HMAS WESTRALIA was assigned to the area as an accommodation ship, with HMAS PING WO serving as a tender.
This HMAS Assault Blazer Badge is in unissued condition and still is in its original cellophane packing.