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I served in the Royal Navy for almost eleven years.My basic training took place at HMS Raleigh in Cornwall. This was followed by intensive Electrical and Electronic training at HMS Collingwood. I was later to return here to under go an adult Naval Apprenticeship and Mechanicians Course.
My Royal Navy service...
1962 - 1972
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My first draft was to HMS Lochinvar at Port Edgar, which at that time was the base of the First Minesweeper Squadron. I first acquired my sea legs on HMS Bronington M1115 a Minesweeper that was based here. For the next ten years, I travelled the world extensively and saw active service on:HMS London (D16) (County Class Destroyer); First Commission Book: HMS Duncan (F80) (Fishery Protection vessel);HMS Echo (A70) (Inshore Survey Ship);HMS Cleopatra (F28) (Anti-Submarine Frigate).However, despite having achieved Senior Rate Status, I decided to leave the Royal Navy in 1972, as by then I was married with two children, who needed more stability in their lives than the navy could provide. I completed my service at HMS Drake in Plymouth and subsequently joined Ferranti Ltd, in Edinburgh, but remained on the Naval Reserve until April1982.
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