There are now less than 100 days to go until the Royal Australian Navy commemorates the arrival of its first fleet 100 years ago with a spectacular International Fleet Review inSydneyfrom 3-11 October 2013.
More than 40 warships and 17 tall ships, plus 8,000 naval personnel, will help celebrate this historic event, which is being staged in partnership with the City of Sydney and NSW Government.
More than 20 nations have confirmed participation by either a warship or tall ship, including: Australia, Brunei, Canada, China, Colombia, France, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Micronesia, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Papua New Guinea, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Thailand, Tonga, the United Kingdom and the United States of America.
The International Fleet Review will commence with 17 tall ships entering Sydney Harbour on Thursday, 3 October, followed by a combined fleet entry of more than 25 warships on Friday, 4 October.
Saturday, 5 October will mark the Ceremonial Fleet Review by Her Excellency the Governor-General of Australia, Quentin Bryce, embarked in HMAS Leeuwin.
Military and historic aircraft will also feature prominently during the Review, with more than 30 RAN and visiting navy helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft taking part.
Saturday, 5 October, will conclude with a 30-minute International Fleet Review Pyrotechnics and Lightshow Spectacular.
Nearly 100 years to the day, under the banner of a combined ‘Navies Parade’, sailors will march along George Street from The Rocks to the Town Hall on Wednesday, 9 October.
Lord Mayor Clover Moore will then host a reception at Sydney Town Hall for 800 officers and crew from the combined fleet.
The International Fleet Review will showcase Sydney around the globe like the City’s own New Year’s Eve display and other world class events, including our annual Chinese New Year celebrations and the Art & About Sydney public art festival.
Together, these events shine the international spotlight on our city, boost tourism and bring significant benefits to the local economy.
The International Fleet Review will further cement Sydney’s status as one of the world’s great event capitals.