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HMAS Leeuwin - Junior Recruit Training Establishment  

October 1966 to October 1967

This website is dedicated to Michael John BROWN who passed away 3 December 2006
Mike did an enormous amount of work to make this site a reality

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Official No: R95757 Aged: 15 years 8 months Joined: 9th October 1966
Division: Marks Home Port: Adelaide Discharged: 9th October 1978


Postings: Leeuwin, Sydney, Cerberus, Sydney, Coonawarra, Cerberus, Torrens, Harman (Navy Office), Torrens
Notes: We enjoy watching our kids with their sport. And GO SAINTERS - LSETP on discharge
Current Occupation:  MAINFRAME HARDWARE SUPPORT ENGINEER - Have worked for IBM since leaving the RAN (26 years now) started fixing typewriter’s worked to current position as Remote Technical Support Specialist, providing 24/7 support for IBM’s mainframe computing systems in Australia, New Zealand and India
1966 today

As with most of us I joined Sydney straight out of Leeuwin, from there to Cerberus for EM training.  On completion of this training back to the Sydney, until it was time to go to pick up the Skyhawk’s from the US and someone at Navy office decided he wanted to go, but, he did give me a good posting to Coonawarra.  Claim to fame at Coonawarra was when driving the fire truck to a fire at the transmitting station with the siren blaring, was passed by a road train on the highway, I quickly turned off the siren with embarrassment.  Then back to Cerberus from hot Darwin in the middle of winter to show sex education movies to the WRANS.  From Cerberus to Torrens (good ship) for a couple of years for a trip up top and refit in Williamstown.  Met my wife, Marilyn, in Melbourne and got married in December ’75.  We have 6 children,4 boys and 2 girls...Daniel 24, Renee 22, Damien 19, Luke 16, Erin 15 and Liam 12 so as you can see I'll be working for a while yet.  Torrens to the nations capital Harman (Navy Office) creating planned maintenance documentation. Finally back to Torrens for my last 6 months, tried to sign on but request was denied. 

On leaving the RAN I have worked for IBM in Canberra, Sydney and now in Melbourne, having been with them for 24 years and I am a Mainframe Hardware Support Engineer working mostly from home (LARA near Geelong) if ever anyone is down this way give me a call always have some spare time and accommodation.


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