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October 1966 to October 1967

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Robert Noel Angel

Official No: R95699 Aged: 16 years 5 months Joined: 10th October 1966
Division: Morrow Home Port: Adelaide Discharged: 9th October 1986

Clearance Diver


Postings: Leeuwin, Rushcutter, Anzac, Melbourne, Cerberus, Waterhen, Advance, Yarra, Penguin, CDT2,     Parramatta, Curlew, Snipe, Penguin, CDT1, Melbourne, Stalwart 
Notes: To much to put down, I feel I had the best job going, a majority of the time I was involved in operational duties which is what we all joined up to do, spent time in New Guinea disposing of WWII ordinance, training in EOD and Improvised explosive ordinance before the terrorists thought of it, was posted to the SAS as part of the Navyís Counter Terrorist effort, now that was interesting, ainít easy being green, I actually paid off from there, forgotten by the real world.  
Current Occupation: Currently I am a Financial Planner and have been since my discharge, decided to do something completely different.
1966 today

After Leeuwin I went to Ruchcutter to do my ORDCD course, was a disaster, hard to say what happened but did not get a recommendation and ended up going to Cerberus and doing a gunnery course, from there I ended up on patrol boats in Darwin for a couple of years, went to some fantastic remote places and got to see parts of the country that are still hard to get to.

After that went back to the diving school and finally become a CD in 1971, got married in 1972 we had 4 kids, 3 boys and a girl, stayed married for 26 years, if I had killed her I would have been out in 10.

Had various postings around the fleet and served in 3 diving teams, al in all I feel my overall service experience was a very positive event and would do it all over if given the chance. However, when I felt it was time to get out I was never sorry for making that decision. I then fell into a job with an Insurance company and soon realised that the financial planning industry was the way of the future, did the courses and have been doing that since 1988.

I now have a relationship with a great lady and pretty well do what I like, who said that you have to be miserable, besides Malcolm Fraser? I now enjoy my fishing, travel, camping, trekking and any other ing you can think of.

Sorry I did not make it to the re-union but I was in New Zealand which was fantastic, a great holiday, country is magnificent if only it wasnít full of Kiwiís.

My contact details are available so any of you grubs that get lost and end up in the sunny west give me a call and you can shout me a beer or two.

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