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October 25, 2012
AN international armada of 40
warships will mark the cente-
nary of the RAN Fleet entry into
Sydney Harbour from October
3-11 next year.
The International Fleet Review
(IFR) will mark the date when
the flagship HMAS Australia led
the new Australian Fleet of seven
ships into Sydney Harbour for the
first time on October 4, 1913.
The Fleet included HMA Ships
Melbourne, Sydney, Encounter,
Warrego, Parramatta and Yarra.
Director IFR CAPT Nick
Bramwell said more than 50
nations had been invited to partici-
pate in the IFR by sending a war-
ship, tall ship and/or military band.
"More than 40 warships and 12
tall ships are expected to attend the
IFR in Sydney next year," he said.
Full details of the launch of the IFR to be
held on board HMAS Parramatta at Farm
Cove on October 22 will appear in the
next edition of Navy News.
International Fleet Review on track
LCDR David Perry
HMAS Anzac was visited by Prime
Minister Julia Gillard during the ship's
maintenance period conducted in Port
Rashid, Dubai, on October 13.
Ms Gillard and her party had the
opportunity to tour Anzac and meet
members of the ship's company during
the brief visit.
The Prime Minister praised the ship's
company for its contribution to Joint
Task Force 633 and its achievements in
While acknowledging that time away
from family and friends was difficult,
Ms Gillard stressed that the work being
conducted was important to Australia's
During her speech the Prime Minister
highlighted the quality of the food pro-
duced on board.
LSCK Douglas said to have the
Prime Minister comment on the quality
of the food produced was a great boost
to the chefs on board Anzac.
"We are over the moon about the
Prime Minister's comments," LSCK
Many members of the ship's com-
pany took the opportunity to have their
photos taken with the Prime Minister.
Ms Gillard was presented with a spe-
cial Anzac ball-cap during her visit.
PM makes special
visit to HMAS Anzac
HIGH PRAISE: Prime Minister Julia Gillard addresses sailors on board
HMAS Anzac during her visit to the ship in Dubai on October 13.
LEUT Samantha Dudley
HMAS Tobruk is in New Caledonia
to take part in the Croix du Sud
amphibious exercise with the
French Navy from October 12-27.
In the build-up to the exercise,
Tobruk joined French ship Jacques
Cartier to conduct amphibious
operations with LCM8s and lighter
amphibious resupply cargo plat-
Embarked members of 1RAR
were also sent ashore with vehicles
to carry out training and confirm
readiness for Operation Dirani -- a
fictitious operation under Ex Croix
The amphibious rehearsal ena-
bled training and familiarisation for
French military drivers and practice
for foreign forces.
New Zealand and French land
forces then embarked Tobruk over-
night for ship familiarisation.
The remainder of the Task
Group conducted training in joint
maritime operations including
search and rescue, force protection,
replenishment at sea evolutions and
Also embarked on this deploy-
ment were New Entry Officer
Course 47 trainees as well as 35
Water Transport Squadron and
The tempo built quickly, with
Tobruk's RHIB conducting a boarding
on French vessel Vendemiaire, devel-
oping critical boarding party skills.
Officer of the watch manoeuvres
facilitated consolidation training for
junior maritime warfare officers on
NEW HORIZONS: NEOC 47 trainee MIDN Caru Byrne lines the upper deck with other trainees as
HMAS Tobruk enters Noumea in New Caledonia to participate in Exercise Croix du Sud. Inset, the
embarked NUSQN808 MRH-90 conducts winching operations from Tobruk's flight deck in the lead-up to
Croix de Sud.
Photos: LSIS Brenton Freind
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