Three decades and still going strong

Published on LEUT Harrison Ingham (author), ABIS Cassie McBride (photographer)

Topic(s): HMAS Tobruk (II)

Chief Petty Officer Communications and Information Systems Scott Revell with the 10-inch signal lamp on HMAS Tobruk. (photo: ABIS Cassie McBride)
Chief Petty Officer Communications and Information Systems Scott Revell with the 10-inch signal lamp on HMAS Tobruk.

Burnie boy Scott Revell has travelled the world with the Royal Australian Navy but the Chief Petty Officer (CPO) always enjoys returning home to Tasmania.

It’s no surprise that CPO Revell relished the opportunity recently to participate in Navy Week Tasmania.

“It’s always good to get home to say hello, but these days with family commitments I don't get the chance to visit Tasmania as often as I would like,” said CPO Revell.

“My parents, however, still live in the same house, which was built by my grandfather well over 100 years ago, so there is a pretty strong attachment to the place.”

Born in Burnie and raised in Penguin with a sense of adventure and a hope to explore, Scott joined the Navy in January 1981.

“I hopped on a plane from Hobart and headed off to Navy’s Recruit Training School which at the time was HMAS Leeuwin, located in Fremantle, Western Australia,” said the sailor.

“I joined Navy with a strong desire to see the world. My cousin joined the year before me and inspired me with his stories of exotic overseas ports,” CPO Revell said.

Now having served for over 33 years Scott is a senior sailor onboard the Royal Australian Navy’s amphibious ship HMAS Tobruk.

He leads a department of twenty sailors and provides the ship’s command team with specialist knowledge and is showing no signs of slowing down after more than three decades.

“I have no plans for retirement, I’m enjoying my time at sea.”