Topic: International Fleet Review
While a last-minute minor defect prevented HMAS Yarra (IV) from joining the Fleet Entry procession, nothing could deny her crew’s feelings of immense pride during the International Fleet Review.
More than 1000 Navy personnel got a peek at the future when the 2013 Sea Power Conference opened at Sydney’s Darling Harbour on 7 October. More than 500 sailors flocked to the exhibition hall to gain an insight into some of the new technologies that the Navy and our coalition partners will absorb in the coming decade.
While thousands of sailors were out sightseeing and enjoying Sydney, a dedicated team of Naval Police Coxswains (NPC) were working around the clock to safeguard the safety and security of Garden Island and visiting ships sailors.
"Visiting Sydney is one of my dreams come true,” said PO Uttam Kushwaha, a gun maintainer in INS Sahyadri, the Indian Navy’s newest ship.
One ship that travelled the furthest to attend IFR was also one of the newest.
Sydney Harbour ferry passengers were surprised and entertained by the smooth sound of a saxophone as they stepped aboard during the IFR.
When a fleet of modern warships, boasting the very latest in missiles and equipment, entered Sydney Harbour on October 3, they were saluted by a battery of guns more than 100 years old.
Despite Vice-Regal attendance, spectacular pyrotechnics displays and a Prince, the highlight for many visitors to the International Fleet Review was getting up close and personal with the technology of a modern Navy.
From the 100 cadets cheering ships at Fort Denison right up to Governor-General Quentin Bryce aboard HMAS Leeuwin, the Ceremonial Fleet Review lived up to all expectations.
A former HMAS Shepparton (I) veteran went back to Garden Island for the first time since WWII on October 4 with his grandson who he’d influenced to join the Navy.