More than 300 Navy Cadets from around the country converged on Sydney for the once-in-a-life-time experience of the International Fleet Review.
Cadets were involved in two programs during in the review. One involved a two-week commitment where Navy sponsored cadets to travel to Sydney.
These cadets supported IFR events such as the ceremonial guard for the Governor-General and Freedom of Entry marches at Parramatta and Mosman.
The second program, Join The Journey, allowed training ships to bring cadets to Sydney where they could nominate which events they attended.
Wollongong-based cadets from TS Albatross took part in the Join the Journey program and spent a day looking over warships from Australia, the US and the UK berthed at Barangaroo.
XO TS Albatross POANC Sharon Frank said her 17 cadets had a lot of fun seeing the ships.
“The cadets have had a great day seeing the ships and learning how other navies work,” she said.
“We don’t get to see many ships so to get on board some has been a great experience.”
Cadet LS Phillip Aquilina, of TS Albatross, has just turned 18 and is planning to join the Navy in the near future.
“I have absolutely loved it here today,” he said.
“Seeing the ships and being on them is an experience we don’t normally get.”
Cadet LS Aquilina’s favourite ship was HMAS Parramatta.
“I really like the style and layout of the ship,” he said.
After viewing all the ships at Barangaroo the cadets took the opportunity to head around to Darling Harbour to take a look at some of the historical sailing ships on show there.