A vintage Royal Navy Barracks "Devonport" cigarette case. The case has some age related wear. It measures 10cm x 9cm x 1.5cm.
Devonport is where sailors and officers are based for much of their naval career. New recruits become part of the Recruit Training Squadron of HMNZS PHILOMEL which over 13 weeks (22 for an officer) turns trainees from a civilian to a competent and self-disciplined sailor. After completing Basic Common Training (for sailors) or Junior Officer Common Training personnel begin branch or specialist training courses where they learn skills for their chosen trade.
After completing branch training sailors and officers are usually posted to a ship to begin their seagoing career. During and after training many ratings live at Devonport in barracks, or in nearby Navy housing, when not at sea.
Throughout their naval careers sailors and officers will regularly return to Devonport for refresher courses, more advanced training or posting to administrative roles.