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Souvenir of HMAS SYDNEY's visit to Cebu Island

Date: 2000
Dimensions:
Overall: 60 x 100 x 70 mm, 74.98 g
Medium: Cowrie shell
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from Jodie Hutchison
Object Name: Cowrie shell
Object No: 00045369
Related Place:Cebu,

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    Description
    The Royal Australian Navy undertakes annual joint naval exercises with the Philippine Navy and during shore leave it is very common for sailors to purchase local souvenirs. This example features a carving on a cowrie shell of the guided missile frigate HMAS SYDNEY (IV) in 2000.
    SignificanceCarved and painted shells are common souvenirs purchased by sailors visiting overseas ports during joint naval exercises. They are cheap souvenirs featuring their ship and a reminder of their deployment in that region.
    HistoryRoyal Australian Navy joint exercises with the Philippine Navy address maritime security and surveillance concerns as well as being diplomatic visits and training opportunities for the Philippine and Australian navies. An annual event, the code word for these exercises is LUMBAS.

    During shore leave it is very common for sailors to purchase local souvenirs and a considerable market in carved and painted seashells has arisen at Cebu. These travel souvenirs (called pasalubong) are frequently made specifically for the ships in port. This shell is carved with an image of HMAS SYDNEY - the fourth ship bearing this proud name.

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