Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Tim Barrett launched the book Celebrating 100 Years of Pride in the Fleet in Sydney today next to the imposing bow of Navy's newest asset.
The launch took place alongside the soon-to-be HMAS Canberra in the hours before the Landing Helicopter Dock was formally welcomed into the Fleet.
Veterans, historians, current serving members and the former Chief of Navy, now Vice Chief of the Defence Force, Vice Admiral Ray Griggs, were all on hand to celebrate the milestone.
The book commemorates the International Fleet Review, held in October 2013, highlights the current fleet and reflects on a century of service of the Royal Australian Navy.
Photographs in the book are taken by Navy Imagery Specialists and part proceeds go to Navy's charity, Keeping Watch.
Vice Admiral Barrett said the book captured the Fleet at an important juncture and acknowledged the significant effort that had gone into producing the publication.
"I know this book will be used by many people as a sense of nostalgia not just for that period in Sydney last year, but also to look back at what Navy has done over the last 100 years," Vice Admiral Barrett said.
"I commend the book to you, I commend the book to all those who will see it in the future and I think it will sit alongside many other publications as a true and fine record of what this great Navy has done over 100 years," he said.
For those who attended the International Fleet Review the book provides record of the range of events that went into making the review an international success.
The book is available online at http://www.salt.asn.au/IFR or by calling 02 6123 2929.
Imagery is available on the Navy Image Library at http://images.defence.gov.au/S20143654.