Singapore fleet review reaffirms friendships

This article has photo gallery Published on POIS Phil Cullinan (author), LSIS Bradley Darvill (photographer)

Location(s): Changi, Singapore

Topic(s): HMAS Ballarat (F155), South East Asia Deployment, International Fleet Review

Leading Seaman Electronics Technician Cristy Hazelman along with other sailors from HMAS Ballarat line the upper decks as the ship awaits the sail past by the Reviewing Officer during the Singaporean Navy's 50th Anniversary International Fleet Review. (photo: LSIS Bradley Darvill)
Leading Seaman Electronics Technician Cristy Hazelman along with other sailors from HMAS Ballarat line the upper decks as the ship awaits the sail past by the Reviewing Officer during the Singaporean Navy's 50th Anniversary International Fleet Review.

HMAS Ballarat has joined warships from navies all around the world for the Singaporean Navy’s 50th Anniversary International Fleet Review.
 
The fleet review is a long-standing naval tradition that is practised by navies all over the world where ships present for ceremonial inspection. The first fleet review recorded dates back to 1415 in Britain when Henry V reviewed his fleet before sailing to France.
 
The activity allows the host Navy to reaffirm its loyalty and allegiance to its sovereign and the state. It originated as an inspection of battle readiness but today, the assembling of warships serves the function of naval diplomacy, as it strengthens the sense of solidarity shared by participating navies and seafarers of the world.
 
President of Singapore Tony Tan Keng Yam inspected the Guard of Honour before he boarded an open-top vehicle to review the docked warships. 

On completion of the dockyard inspection, he then boarded Littoral Mission Vessel RSS Independence for a review of the remaining warships anchored.
 
Officers and sailors of Ballarat lined the upper decks in 'Procedure Alpha' as they conducted a ‘Cheer Ship’ as the Reviewing Officer, President Keng Yam sailed past.
 
The President said that the gathering of navies was testament to the strong global friendships and networks that Singapore enjoys.
 
Ballarat
 will continue on her South East Asia deployment, visiting Thailand, Malaysia and Vietnam, before returning to Australia for regional exercises.