Baseball cap : Chief Petty Officer S Eades, HMAS Toowoomba

Accession Number REL37711
Collection type Heraldry
Object type Headdress
Physical description Cotton, Embroidery cotton thread, Velcro
Maker Oakwood
Place made China
Date made c 2005
Conflict Iraq, 2003-2013

Black cotton baseball adjustable size cap with embroidered front consisting of yellow text 'HMAS TOOWOOMBA / grey ship profile / FFH-156'. A pair of Velcro tabs on the rear of the hat adjusts the size of the hat to fit the wearer. On the left hand side of the visor is impressed with the word 'NAVY' and the Royal Australian Navy emblem into the surface of the material. On the left hand side of the cap is a yellow and purple embroidered charging horse head with 'FEARLESS' incorporated into the bottom of the motif. Handwritten in blank ink on the inside left of the crown is 'CPO EADES'.

History / Summary

This cap is associated with the service of Chief Petty Officer (CPO) Shayne Eades who served onboard HMAS Toowoomba during Operation Catalyst in 2007.

He was posted to HMAS Toowoomba on 24 August 2006. His category onboard this ship at the time was CPO Marine Technician where his role was to be in charge of maintaining refrigeration units, air-conditioning units, cooling water pumps for the engine rooms, galley equipment including ovens, fry pans and deep fat fryers. He was also second in command for refuelling the ship while at sea with Coalition ships.

Baseball style caps have been a popular addition to Australian Defence Force (ADF) units since the Vietnam War. Originally used by United States forces such as the United States Navy (USN), official and un-official baseball style caps are found in all three services of the ADF. Of note on the side of the hat is an embroidered copy of the National Rugby League (NRL) football team logo of the Brisbane Broncos. This team being the 'local' South East Queensland team within the National competition.