Junior Recruit training was conducted at HMAS Cerberus in 1963 and 1964, where a toal of 325 of Australia’s finest 15 and-a-half to 16 and-a-half year old youths were assembled to commence a 12 year Career in the RAN.
That was the plan, and though life has a habit of not necessarily following the script, here we are 50 years on, planning a reunion of those hardy young souls, and the Oficers and other Instructors whose task it was to successfully lead us into a brave, new world.
So, when is it?
On Friday the 5th of April, 2013, a meet-and-greet will be held at Frankston RSL at approx 1900 hrs.
On at Saturday April 6 approx 1100 hrs, a Plaque-laying and Dedication Service will be held between the Churches at HMAS Cerberus, followed by a possible visit to the Museum (time permitting) before retiring to Club Cerberus for a light meal and much-needed liquid refreshments. That evening a formal Dinner (miniatures may be worn) will be held at Frankston RSL at approx 1830 for 1900.
Sunday School will be held at the RSL, hang-overs permitting. (Hair of the dog, and all that stuff.)
PLEASE BE WARNED. PLEASE BE WARNED.
DUE TO SECURITY CHANGES AT HMAS CERBERUS, PRIVATE VEHICLES WILL NOT BE ALLOWED ON TO THE DEPOT.
If you arrive in a private vehicle, you will be directed to leave the Depot, park your vehicle in Crib Point and walk back to the Main Gate. THIS WILL NOT GUARANTEE ENTRY. You will THEN need to contact somebody onboard (NOT one of us, we’re visitors also) to sign you in, not leave you side whilst you are on the Depot, and sign you off, when you leave the Depot.
Which makes this next point VITALLY important.
A meeting-point will be established at Frankston RSL and BUSES will be used to get us to Cerberus and back to the RSL.
Accommodation deals and other activities are being worked on at this time and info will be posted.
Could those wishing to attend please contact me at tjm63272@gmail with your Name, Division, Year, Spouse’s Name, Number of Children, rellies attending, etc.
If you have any comments, suggestions, other issues, please let me know. firstname.lastname@example.org Ph: 03 6432 2893
I hope we can all find the time to get together to celebrate our collective company in a manner worthy of our unique bond.
Tim Mackey. Hunter Div. 1964 email@example.com Ph: 03 6432 2893