Image of Cliff Daylight that will be used in the photo exhibition of indigenous servicemen and women for NAIDOC week in Rockhampton, to be held at the CQ Military Museum, organised by Margie Hornagold. Photo Contributed
Image of Cliff Daylight that will be used in the photo exhibition of indigenous servicemen and women for NAIDOC week in Rockhampton, to be held at the CQ Military Museum, organised by Margie Hornagold. Photo Contributed Contributed

Cliff Daylight worked in search and rescue in the Navy

CLIFF Daylight was 16 when he joined the Navy as a junior recruit on April 10, 1970, and was sent to HMAS Leeuwin, in Fremantle, where he attended a Navy school for 12 months.

His first posting to sea was aboard the aircraft carrier HMAS Melbourne.

He then joined HMAS Cerberus, where he did his training as a quartermaster gunner.

He joined the HMAS Vampire for a six-month tour of the Far East which included the ship escorting troop carrier HMAS Sydney into Vung Tau harbour to drop off troops and equipment for the forces fighting in Vietnam.

After returning he was drafted to the naval base HMAS Creswell in Jervis Bay where he worked search and rescue, before patrolling the Gulf of Carpentaria and Bass Strait on the HMAS Buccaneer.

He re-joined the Vampire, was drafted to HMAS Albatross, then on to HMAS Nirimba.

He left the Navy on September 10, 1980.



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