International Fleet Review to welcome Prince Harry

Published on LEUT Sarah West (author)

Location(s): Sydney Harbour

Topic(s): International Fleet Review

A Royal Australian Navy Seahawk helicopter flies with a large International Fleet Review flag in Sydney Harbour.  (photo: ABIS Nicolas Gonzalez)
A Royal Australian Navy Seahawk helicopter flies with a large International Fleet Review flag in Sydney Harbour.

His Royal Highness Prince Henry of Wales, known by millions around the world as ‘Prince Harry’, will take part in the Royal Australian Navy’s International Fleet Review in Sydney Harbour next month, during his first official visit to Australia.

IFR will bring over 35 warships, 16 tall ships, 60 aircraft, 10 military bands and over 8000 sailors from around the world to Sydney, to commemorate 100 years since the arrival of the first Royal Australian Navy fleet into Sydney.

As a guest of the Commonwealth of Australia, Prince Harry will accompany the Governor-General of Australia, Her Excellency Quentin Bryce, while she performs the role of Reviewing Officer of the IFR Ceremonial Fleet Review, which will be held in Sydney Harbour on Saturday 5 October.

During the review, the Reviewing Officer will receive a salute from each warship from her position onboard the Hydrographic Survey ship HMAS Leeuwin. The warships will also ‘man and cheer ship’, as a mark of respect for the Reviewing Officer and her guest of honour.

Director International Fleet Review, Captain Nick Bramwell said hosting Prince Harry would be a great honour for the Royal Australian Navy.

“The Australian public has a fond regard for members of the Royal Family and His Royal Highness is sure to draw big crowds to Sydney Harbour for the biggest public event ever hosted by the Royal Australian Navy.

“Prince Harry is a Defence Force member who has recently returned from a tour of duty in Afghanistan and our people regard him with absolute respect. It will be a great privilege to welcome him to the International Fleet Review,” said Captain Bramwell.

IFR is a significant commemorative event for the nation, the State of NSW, and the City of Sydney.

The event will commence on 3 October 2013 with the arrival of tall ships in Sydney Harbour. This will be followed by the ceremonial arrival of the warships on Friday 4 October.           

The formal review of the assembled ships will take place on Saturday, 5 October, and will culminate in the evening with a Pyrotechnics and Lightshow Spectacular.