Topic: International Fleet Review
It was a case of being in the right place at the right time for three sailors of HMAS Tobruk.
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.
A former Wagga Wagga signwriter who gave up his job to join the Navy was one of 8000 sailors who took part in the IFR.
It’s pretty obvious LEUT Luis Cotarelo Martinex, of ESPS Cantabria, loves his job. A personable friendly character, he’s quick to say he’s not in the Navy but belongs to the Spanish Defence Department and his English is not good. He stresses he knows little about the inner machinations of the ship, yet his guided tour of her suggests otherwise, as does his command of the English language.
International pop superstar Ricky Martin was swept up in the International Fleet Review fever gripping Sydney when he visited HMAS Perth (III) during IFR.
On the evening of 4 October, HMAS Success had the honour and privilege to assist the Commander Australian Fleet (COMAUSFLT), RADM Tim Barrett, in hosting a welcome Reception for the International Fleet Review onboard the Royal Australian Navy Replenishment Ship.
Everyone was a winner and lots of fun was had at the International Fleet Review Sports Carnival and Sailing Regatta this week.
While there were dozens of large warships in and around Garden Island during the International Fleet Review, there was also a sizeable fleet of 1:72 scale models on display.
Africa was represented at the International Fleet Review by just one ship, but that ship has a history any navy crew could be proud of.
Two Royal Australian Navy admirals had just completed what would undoubtedly be one of the most exhilarating climbs a person could do - scaling the forward mast of Sail Training Ship Young Endeavour while she was underway in Sydney Harbour, during the International Fleet Review.