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816 Squadron cloth patch

Date: 2007
Overall: 100 x 85 mm, 7.26 g
Medium: Fabric
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from Sea Power Centre Australia
Object Name: Patch
Object No: 00044936

User Terms

    This unofficial patch features the image of a blue-tongued lizard and the text, 'these are the cards we've been dealt'. It was designed by members of HMAS TOOWOOMBA's 816 Squadron Flight 5, deployed to the Middle East in 2007 and worn on their civilian clothes. The Squadron team of 16 Seahawk helicopters provided anti-submarine warfare and anti-surface surveillance. Their call sign was 'Bluetongue'.
    SignificanceThis patch highlights the recent action of an Australian squadron in the Middle East. It is indicative of the pride 816 Squadron has in its deployment.
    HistoryThe 816 Squadron operates 16 Sikorsky S-70B-2 Seahawk helicopters. The primary role of the Seahawk is to embark in the Navy's FFG and FFH frigates and provide anti-submarine warfare and anti-surface surveillance. The Seahawk extends the combat radius of the ship by finding, localising and attacking where appropriate, surface or submarine targets either independently or in conjunction with other forces. The Seahawk's main weapon is the MK 46 torpedo. The official 816 Squadron crest depicts the head of a Bengal tiger on a black field in allusion to its warlike and courageous qualities. The motto, 'Imitate the Action of the Tiger' is drawn from the extract of William Shakespeare's 'Henry V'.

    During 816 Squadron's deployment in 2007, Flight 5 was deployed on HMAS TOOWOOMBA to the Middle East Area of Operations. HMAS TOOWOOMBA (FFH156) is the seventh ANZAC class guided missile frigate of MEKO 200 design to be built by Tenix Defence Systems at Williamstown, Victoria.
    Additional Titles

    Web title: 816 Squadron cloth patch

    Assigned title: Deployment Patch- Flight 5 816 Squadron

    Collection title: Royal Australian Navy's (RAN) service in the Middle East 2006-2007

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