In a day to remember for those in and out of uniform, the Royal Australian Navy’s past, present and future was feted on Sydney Harbour.
Her Excellency, the Honourable Quentin Bryce, AC, CVO, Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia received a Royal Salute from the 37 Australian and international warships in Sydney Harbour during the Royal Australian Navy’s Ceremonial Fleet Review.
His Royal Highness Prince Henry of Wales joined the reviewing officer, the Governor-General, onboard HMAS Leeuwin for the official inspection of the ships.
The harbour teemed with onlookers from every possible vantage point on water and land as people clamoured for a glimpse of the Prince and to watch the official review take place.
Midshipman Peter Hunter was on HMAS Parramatta (IV) and described the day as the highlight of his short naval career so far.
“It was fantastic - an absolute honour to take part in a once in a lifetime event,” he said.
Also embarked in Leeuwin was Prime Minister of Australia, The Honourable Tony Abbott MP, Chief of Defence Force, General David Hurley AC, DSC, and Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Ray Griggs, AO, CSC, RAN.
The Governor-General received a Royal Salute from each warship, which ‘manned and cheered ship’ to show respect.
The International Fleet Review (IFR) commemorated the centenary of the first entry of the Royal Australian Navy’s fleet into Sydney Harbour on 4 October 1913. It was the nation’s most significant commemorative naval event in the past 100 years.