A quality coffee table book that captures the story of today’s Navy in stories and pictures will be launched by the Chief of Navy at the end of this month.
Celebrating 100 Years of Pride in the Fleet brings together the work of Navy photographers, historians and writers, to deliver a remarkable account of Navy, tracing its history, its establishments and its fleet.
The 271 page colour book was initially inspired by the incredible photography of Navy's Imagery Specialists, covering the International Fleet Review (IFR) in Sydney last year, which is a key focus of the publication, but has grown to provide a detailed account of Navy today, from the independent colonial Navies of the states through to current operations.
Celebrating 100 Years of Pride in the Fleet gives a rare insight into life in Navy at the time of the Fleet Review, looking at naval establishments and the role of vessels within the Fleet.
For those who attended the International Fleet Review the book provides a fascinating pictorial record of the range of events that went into making the review an international success.
Able Seaman Michael Schofield, who was aboard HMAS Sydney when the Fleet sailed into Sydney Harbour for the event, summed up the pride most felt during more than a week of celebrations that attracted massive public interest in Navy.
“Sailing through the heads as the lead ship for the IFR was a once in a lifetime experience,” he said.
“It’s not every day that navies from around the world converge on Sydney and put on a show like that. It made me so proud.”
The publication includes forewords by Vice Admiral Ray Griggs (as former Chief of Navy), Vice Admiral Tim Barrett, and Warrant Officer of the Navy, Martin Holzberger.
Part of all funds raised from book sales go to support the work of Keeping Watch, a charity dedicated to providing assistance to serving members of the Royal Australian Navy and their families who are in financial need.
Pre-release copies of this magnificent 297mm x 254mm collectable book are available now in both paperback and limited edition boxed hardback.
To secure an early copy call 02 6123 2929 or visit http://www.salt.asn.au/IFR.