One ship that travelled the furthest to attend IFR was also one of the newest.
HMS Daring left Portsmouth in May for her long voyage to Australia.
LEUT Alex Tuckwood, Lynx Observer, said preparations for IFR had been ship-wide.
“Every sailor on board has been a valuable part of the team working together to ready Daring for the entry into Sydney Harbour,” he said.
“The ship’s company are extremely excited to be part of IFR, a truly once-in-a-lifetime experience.
“It’s rare for the Royal Navy to travel to this part of the world so we’ve taken every opportunity available to strengthen our ties with Australia and the ADF.”
LEUT Tuckwood said working with the RAN, and the Fleet Air Arm in particular, had been great.
“We disembarked the Lynx to HMAS Albatross where 816 Squadron were great hosts, and took the time to show us some flying in the Tianjara Flying Area – definitely not your average day in the RN.”
Weapons engineer PO Roy Fenwick said the crew had loved all the stops along the way.
“It was very different from last year when we were in the Gulf,” he said.
“It’s like Trafalgar 200 all over again.”
LS Katharine Marsh said IFR was worth the already long period away.
“We’ve been working towards it for a long time and Sydney is a place the majority of people would love to say they’ve been to,” she said.
“We recently underwent a maintenance period in Melbourne to ensure the reputation of the Royal Navy was kept high in our presentability during the IFR.”
LS Marsh said she had met new people and made some good friends while bettering herself in her own job.
“I’ve certainly seen parts of the world I never thought I’d get to,” she said.
HMS Daring is the first of the Royal Navy’s six Type 45 destroyers, displacing 8000 tonnes and with a complement of 190.