In April 1903 Harold Ozanne returned to the Royal Marine depot at Plymouth. His annual reports describe him as 'A very gentlemanly young officer with good social qualities and a knowledge of colloquial French. He has athletic tendencies, is a good rider and a good marksman. Strongly recommended for advancement' (Capt le Marchant)
In December 1904 Harold joined the 4th Cruiser Squadron which was a training fleet based in Bermuda (the North American and West Indian Station). The fleet made three trips a year from England carrying Cadets and Boy sailors on sea-going training around Bermuda and the West Indies, spending 30 weeks a year at sea.
Initally Harold served on the cruiser St George under Capt (later Admiral and ADC to the King) Arthur Moggridge.
When the St George was taken out of service Harold followed Capt Muggridge to the cruiser HMS Hogue (above) a vessel which was to be sunk by torpedo in 1914, an event which Harold witnessed as a member of the crew of HMS Cressy (see in following chapters)