LCDR Steven Reynolds, a Maritime Logistics Officer from HMAS Waterhen is looking forward to the International Fleet Review (IFR) in October this year following his fond memories of the Bicentennial Naval Salute and 75th Anniversary.
“I was a Petty Officer Steward who conducted service on board HMAS Nirimba (1986) and HMAS Parramatta(Destroyer Escort) in 1988” said LCDR Reynolds “I enjoyed taking part in a number of official hospitality events where I served Royalty, Heads of State and senior Government figures not to mention a myriad of military officers.”
LCDR Reynolds believes he is one of the lucky ones to attend the 1986 and 1988 events and this year looks forward to seeing the 100 year celebration, but this time it’s for his own personal milestone.
“The combined naval march through the Sydney CBD will culminate my 40th continuous year in the RAN, it’s a significant achievement and one I feel privileged to share during such a special occasion.”
With two fleet reviews already under his belt and the third less than 100 days away LCDR Reynolds gives an experienced recommendation, “IFR 2013 will be the most significant Military display that the people of Australia will be given an opportunity to witness in their lifetime – it is a show not to be missed!”
The IFR will be held in Sydney from 3-11 October 2013 to commemorate the centenary of the first entry of the Royal Australian Navy's Fleet into Sydney.