A time of tran­si­tion

Melville Times - - Opinion -

From page 1 Mr Hunter said he en­tered at a time of tran­si­tion.

“We were the first of the per­ma­nent ser­vice per­son­nel af­ter the ces­sa­tion of the hos­til­i­ties,” he said.

“We were learn­ing things were chang­ing so damn fast be­cause the train­ing they have for war is to give you the knowl­edge and get you out to sea as fast as they could.

“Now we were go­ing as the peace-keep­ers up into Ja­panese wa­ters.

“We had to learn a lot in a very short time.”

Mr Hunter’s Navy ca­reer saw him travel the world trans­port­ing food parcels, mon­i­tor­ing Aus­tralian and Pa­cific wa­ters, and car­ry­ing out res­cue mis­sions.

He was drafted to HMAS Cer­berus to be a chief in­struc­tor and pro­moted to chief petty of­fi­cer in 1956.

He was dis­charged in Jan­uary 1957.

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