Admirals aloft

Published on ABIS Kathy Tuddenham (author and photographer)

Location(s): Sydney, NSW

Topic(s): STS Young Endeavour, International Fleet Review

RADM Mick Uzzell nearing the top of the mast on STS Young Endeavour, with RADM Mark Campbell close behind, while POMT Darren Smith watches on. (photo: ABIS Kathy Tuddenham)
RADM Mick Uzzell nearing the top of the mast on STS Young Endeavour, with RADM Mark Campbell close behind, while POMT Darren Smith watches on.

“A once in a lifetime experience,” said Rear Admiral Mark Campbell.

“Once in a lifetime - unfortunately,” agreed Rear Admiral Mick Uzzell.

Both admirals had just completed what would undoubtedly be one of the most exhilarating climbs a person could do - scaling the forward mast of Sail Training Ship Young Endeavour while she was underway in Sydney Harbour, during the International Fleet Review.

POMT Darren Smith instructs Mrs Robyn Uzzell, RADM Mick Uzzell and RADM Mark Campbell on how to climb the mast on STS Young Endeavour during the International Fleet Review 2013.

POMT Darren Smith instructs Mrs Robyn Uzzell, RADM Mick Uzzell and RADM Mark Campbell on how to climb the mast on STS Young Endeavour during the International Fleet Review 2013.

Rear Admiral Mark Campbell, Director of Navy Capability, and Rear Admiral Mick Uzzell, Head Navy Engineering, can normally be found in Russell Offices, in Canberra. They are just two of the visiting current serving members amidst hundreds of serving members of the Royal Australian Navy who are making the most of one of the greatest celebrations of the century - the International Fleet Review 2013.

Young Endeavour was a gift from the United Kingdom to the Government and people of Australia to mark the Bicentenary in 1988. The Royal Australian Navy operates and maintains the ship, and the Young Endeavour Youth Scheme manages the associated sail training program.

The International Fleet Review commemorated the centenary of the first entry of the Royal Australian Navy’s fleet into Sydney Harbour on 4 October 1913. It was the nation’s most significant commemorative naval event in the past 100 years. Taking part in celebrations were 37 warships, 16 tall ships and around 8000 sailors.

When asked his opinion of the International Fleet Review, Rear Admiral Campbell stated “Tremendous for the nation, for Sydney and the Navy. Perfect.”

Thousands of visitors from Australia and overseas would share his sentiment.

Imagery is available on the Royal Australian Navy Media Library at http://images.navy.gov.au/IFR13011.