Historical information

On the evening of February 17, 1960, 74 peacetime commandos in army boats set off on a training exercise from Point Lonsdale to Point Nepean, simulating a raid. The weather was calm at Point Lonsdale on a midweek evening 50 years ago, but 50 years ago weather forecasts were not yet reliable. By nightfall a massive storm came through and all hell broke loose. Soon, three young Victorians were dead and more than 70 others were rescued from huge seas in Bass Strait.


Green commando beret similar to ones worn by commandos involved in Rip Disaster of 1960

Physical description

Commando beret (green) with unit insignia

Inscriptions & markings

Unit insignia: "Strike Swiftly"