"Visiting Sydney is one of my dreams come true,” said PO Uttam Kushwaha, a gun maintainer in INS Sahyadri, the Indian Navy’s newest ship.
One ship that travelled the furthest to attend IFR was also one of the newest.
Sydney Harbour ferry passengers were surprised and entertained by the smooth sound of a saxophone as they stepped aboard during the IFR.
When a fleet of modern warships, boasting the very latest in missiles and equipment, entered Sydney Harbour on October 3, they were saluted by a battery of guns more than 100 years old.
Despite Vice-Regal attendance, spectacular pyrotechnics displays and a Prince, the highlight for many visitors to the International Fleet Review was getting up close and personal with the technology of a modern Navy.
From the 100 cadets cheering ships at Fort Denison right up to Governor-General Quentin Bryce aboard HMAS Leeuwin, the Ceremonial Fleet Review lived up to all expectations.
A former HMAS Shepparton (I) veteran went back to Garden Island for the first time since WWII on October 4 with his grandson who he’d influenced to join the Navy.
Among the dozens of warships, big and small, gracing Sydney Harbour during IFR, there was one crewed by policemen rather than sailors.
Survivors of HMAS Perth (I) went to sea again yesterday to observe IFR warships in Sydney Harbour.
A pyrotechnics and lightshow spectacular was promised and what a show it was.
Sydney Harbour was transformed into a tribute to the Navy as the city stopped to commemorate 100 years since the first Royal Australian Navy Fleet sailed through Sydney Heads in 1913.