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Steve Uzzell

Name: Steve Uzzell  

Rank: WO1    

When did you join the Navy?                      

21st September 1976

Why did you join the Navy?              

It was always an ambition of mine as my father served in the Senior Service for 22 years and I never got bored of his ‘adventure’ stories of trips abroad.

How many ships have you served on and what were their names?

I have served on the following ships:

HMS Ark RoyalL – 1977 to 1978, HMS Invincible– 1983 to 1986,

RFA Argus – 1989 to 1991, HMS Fearless – 1997 to 1998,

HMS Ocean – 2000 to 2004 (Two separate periods of 2 years each)

HMS Kent- 2006 to 2007

Where are you serving now?

HMS Kent – until 9th November 2007.

What's your current job?

Executive Warrant Officer

What training or exams do you need to do your job?

There is a training programme that lasts for five weeks, but the my job really depends on previous experience and knowledge.

To be selected for WO1 you have to have 2 GCSE’s at ‘C’ grade or above, one of which must be English Language.

How many people do you look after every day?

There's about 175 people on board and as a ‘family’ we all tend to look after each other.

What do you do on a typical day?

That's a difficult question because my job is so varied. I spend quite a lot of time at my computer, updating information and replying to e-mail correspondence. I also attend quite a lot of meetings throughout the week and ‘walk the patch’ to ensure that everyone onboard is happy in their work.

What is the best and the worst thing about being in the Navy?

The best thing is the camaraderie and close ties that you develop working within a tight-knit Service, knowing that you are serving your Queen for the good of the country.

The worst thing can be the separation from your loved ones and any relationship requires a very understanding spouse!

What's the strangest place you've ever been with the Navy?

I think the strangest place that I have visited with the Navy is Rotorua in New Zealand, where there are miles and miles of sulphur pools and it smells like rotten eggs!

What’s the best place you have visited with the Navy?

The best place that I have visited has to be Hong Kong. It has to be the most exciting and vibrant city I have ever been to and it never sleeps!!

What was your funniest/most interesting moment?

The funniest and most interesting moment of my career was when, as a 17 year old, I joined the Royal Naval Display Team and found myself dressed as a German First World War soldier at the battle of Zeebrugge during a re-enactment of the battle for the Royal Tournament at Earls Court.

Unfortunately the show no longer exists.

Have you won any medals and if so, what for?

I have two campaign medals; one for the Gulf War in 1991 and one for the Iraq Campaign in 2003. I have the Queens Golden Jubilee medal, the Good Conduct and Long Service Medal (With Bar) and the Meritorious Service Medal.

What would you be doing if you weren't in the Navy?

I would probably be taking people around HMS Victory on tours!!

 

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