Having completed his training at HMS Ganges, Albert was posted to the cruiser HMS Neptune, based in Scapa Flow as part of the Grand Fleet.
Neptune was launched in 1905 and was one of the Navy's key capital ships. She had a crew of 750 and carried 8 powerful 12 inches guns.
The Grand Fleet remained in Scapa Flow in the Orkneys waiting for an opportunity to face the German High Fleet. After a two year wait the opportunity arrived and June 1916 the Fleet set sail.
HMS Neptune with Albert McKenzie on board, formed part of the huge fleet formation.