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HMAS NIZAM ship badge

Date: 1939-1945
Dimensions:
Overall: 172 × 126 × 25 mm
Medium: Wood, paint
Credit Line: ANMM Collection Gift from Rhod Cook
Object Name: Ship badge
Object No: 00054674

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    Description
    Ship badge from HMAS NIZAM acquired by Captain William Cook, RAN during his time as commander of the vessel during the Second World War. It comprises a hand painted badge with circular shape and a stylised yellow rope pattern around the edge, while its centre features a rampaging tiger over a blue a white chevron pattern. The name NIZAM is situated at the centre top of the rope under a naval yellow crown featuring two masts with white sails and a ship's stern.
    SignificanceThis badge is associated with HMAS NIZAM, an N Class destroyer that served with distinction during the Second World War and was present at the Japanese surrender in Tokyo Bay in September 1945. It is also directly associated with William Cook, who served as NIZAM'S second-in-command, and later as commander. At the time Cook assumed command in February 1945, he was 28 years old and was the youngest Australian naval officer to command a destoyer during the Second World War.
    HistoryThis object is one of a large collection of documents, photographs, uniforms, ship badges and ephemera associated with the Royal Australian Navy service of brothers William Cook and Frederick Cook. Both men entered service prior to the Second World War, were seconded to the Royal Navy, and underwent training at Greenwich and Portsmouth. Frederick Cook later gained fame as the only Australian survivor of HMS ROYAL OAK, torpedoed by a German U-boat in October 1939. William Cook was the youngest commander of an Australian destroyer during the Second World War, and was First Lieutenant of HMAS WYATT EARP, the primary research vessel for the Australian National Antarctic Research Expedition in 1947- 48.

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