International Fleet Review
A proud partnership
The Royal Australian Navy partnered with the City of Sydney and the NSW Government to plan the International Fleet Review, which takes place from 3-11 October 2013.
In honour of Sydney
The City of Sydney has a proud affiliation with the Royal Australian Navy from its very beginnings a century ago and an obviously close association with 'HMAS Sydney' after 4 ships have carried that name.
The current ship to bear the city's name, HMAS Sydney (IV), will lead the International Fleet Review that commemorates 100 years of the Royal Australian Navy and its home in our world famous harbour.
Sydney will welcome the international fleet of warships from Australia, Brunei, Canada, China, India, Indonesia, France, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Micronesia, Russia, Singapore, Spain, South Korea, Thailand, Tonga, the UK, and the US on Friday 4 October 2013. The fleet of tall ships are due to arrive on Thursday 3 October.
More than 1 million spectators are expected to line the shores of the harbour (see 'Harbourside vantage points' below) to welcome the international fleet, of which some vessels will be open to the public on Sunday 6 and Monday 7 October at various sites around the harbour.
On Wednesday 9 October, hundreds of navy personnel will take part in a combined Navies Parade along George Street from The Rocks to Sydney Town Hall for the Lord Mayor’s reception.
Lord Mayor Clover Moore will host the reception at Sydney Town Hall for 800 guests from the visiting navies, almost a century to the day since her predecessor, joined the Governor-General Thomas Denman and Prime Minister Joseph Cook to welcome Australia’s naval fleet as it sailed into Sydney Harbour for the first time on 4 October 1913.
Significant pieces of memorabilia commemorating our close association with the Royal Australian Navy are held in the City of Sydney’s civic collection and will be on display at the Lord Mayor's reception.
A centenary of pride
Australia’s first naval fleet, led by the flagship HMAS Australia, consisted of the HMA ships Sydney, Melbourne, Encounter, Parramatta, Yarra and Warrego.
Defence Minister Edward Millen greeted the fleet in 1913 and said, since the arrival of Captain James Cook no more memorable event had happened than the arrival of the Australian fleet.
The original HMAS Sydney sank the pride of the Imperial German Navy, the SMS Emden, after a 90-minute sea battle during World War I. The people of Sydney marked the event and raised money to erect a large bronze plaque, which is part of the civic collection. One of the Emden’s 4-inch guns is mounted on a plinth in the south-east corner of Hyde Park.
The second HMAS Sydney served with distinction in the Mediterranean during World War II. On 11 February 1941, officers and crew attended a reception in Sydney Town Hall where 2 large bronze plaques featuring an image of the Sydney (II) were unveiled. HMAS Sydney (II) was lost 9 months later with all hands in battle against the German raider Kormoran, which was also sunk.
HMAS Sydney (III) operated with distinction during the Korean and Vietnam wars. In 1992, during Council’s sesquicentennial year, a plaque commemorating the service of the logistical support group personnel on board the vessel was unveiled.
In 1992, Freedom of Entry to the City was conferred upon the officers and sailors of HMAS Sydney (IV) in appreciation of the honours gained by all the vessels bearing the name Sydney. The ship’s company paraded through the City's streets to Town Hall, to receive the honour on 13 November 1992.
Sydneysiders can catch all the fleet review action on the harbour from a number of free vantage points operated by the City of Sydney from 6am to 10pm.
The Rocks park has a capacity for 8,000 people with 20 portaloos as well as accessible toilets. Glass and alcohol are prohibited.
The elevated Potts Point site offers a great vista of the Harbour Bridge. The park has a capacity of 1,500.
Toilets and accessible facilities are available on site. The site will have managed access from 1pm and glass and alcohol are prohibited.
The Annandale park, and adjoining Jubliee Park, are great options for families with a total capacity of 8,000.
More than 20 toilets, including accessible facilities, will be on site. No BYO glass or alcohol.
The 8,000 capacity park in Pyrmont offers good views of the harbour, CBD towers and western side of the Harbour Bridge. Glass is prohibited however BYO alcohol is permitted. Toilets and accessible facilities will be available on site.
Located above Pirrama Park, the site is accessible by elevator and has a capacity of 500. Glass and alcohol are prohibited. Toilets and accessible facilities will be available.
The Elizabeth Bay site has a capacity of 1,000 and limited parking. No BYO alcohol or glass is permitted.
Just off Elizabeth Bay Road, the site has a capacity of 200. No BYO alcohol or glass is permitted.
The Millers Point site has a capacity of 200. No BYO alcohol or glass is permitted.
Last updated: Tuesday, 8 October 2013