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LEUT Lauren Rago
HMAS Sydney will take pride of
place in the International Fleet
Review (IFR) this October as she
leads the commemorative group
of RAN and visiting naval ships
into Sydney Harbour to mark the
centenary of the first RAN Fleet
arrival on October 4.
A hundred years ago the light
cruiser HMAS Sydney joined
HMA Ships Australia, Encounter,
Melbourne, Warrego, Parramatta and
Yarra for the nation’s first Fleet entry
into Sydney Harbour.
The column of warships was a
majestic sight in 1913 and this year
the Navy plans to delight thousands
of Sydney spectators once again.
For the current frigate Sydney,
the event will exemplify the pride,
honour and character inherent
throughout today’s Fleet.
CO Sydney CMDR Karl
Brinckmann said he and his crew
were looking forward to taking part
in the eight-day event.
“I feel very honoured, not just
for myself but for the ship, to have
such a significant role in the IFR,”
“I am looking forward to seeing
Sydney participate in such an iconic
Navies from every continent
have been invited to the IFR.
Ships from Brunei, Canada,
China, Colombia, France, India,
Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia,
Micronesia, New Zealand, Nigeria,
Papua New Guinea, Russia,
Singapore, Spain, Thailand, Tonga,
the UK and the US are expected to
When asked what the challenges
would be for such an epic evolution,
CMDR Brinckmann said it would
be working with so many different
“Many of the nations we operate
with regularly and some we don’t,
with some we speak the same lan-
guage and some we don’t, so it will
be a challenge. But the international
aspect is what makes the event so
special and important,” he said.
“During the actual Fleet entry
itself, manoeuvring in the harbour
and getting it just right will be a
priority for us, as the event is not
just for the public of Sydney, but
for the whole of Australia.
“This is a showcase event that
allows us to strengthen relation-
ships across and beyond Navy
and to make Australians proud of
To start the celebrations, more
than 15 tall ships will enter Sydney
Harbour at 11am on October 3.
The warships will then enter
between 6am and 6pm on October
4 with a 21-gun salute being fired at
10am as the commemorative group
of RAN ships, led by Sydney, pass
Governor-General Quentin Bryce
will officially review the Fleet from
HMAS Leeuwin on October 5.
The eight-day festival of events
will also include ceremonial fly-
pasts by visiting and ADF aircraft,
a spectacular pyrotechnic and light
show on the evening of October 5,
ship open days, memorial services,
military band recitals, formal recep-
tions and the opening of the RAN
Sea Power Conference and Pacific
2013 Maritime Trade Show and
Exposition on October 7.
The RAN ships scheduled to
participate in the IFR are:
HMAS Sydney IV
HMAS Parramatta IV
HMAS Perth III
HMAS Broome II
HMAS Bundaberg II
HMAS Success II
HMAS Tobruk II
HMAS Huon II
HMAS Diamantina II
HMAS Yarra IV
HMAS Labuan II
HMAS Tarakan II
HMAS Benalla II
HMAS Shepparton II
TALL ships around the world are getting
spruced up for the IFR.
More than 20 tall ships will gather
in Australia from July-October for the
International Tall Ship Festival, Sydney
Auckland Tall Ship Regatta and the
International Fleet Review.
More than 1500 places are avail-
able for members of the public to join a
tall ship for ocean passages and coastal
voyages to Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne,
Hobart, Sydney and Auckland.
Voyages are open to people of all ages
and backgrounds, and no sailing experi-
ence is required.
Rarely do tall ships from the northern
hemisphere visit Australia, and most
of the vessels sailing to Australia are
undertaking world voyages, making their
way to Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe,
Antarctica and the Americas.
The first vessels will arrive at
Fremantle in July and will spend several
months exploring the Australian coast.
International Tall Ship Festival pro-
gram dates and locations:
Fremantle – July 27-29
Adelaide – August 29-30
Melbourne – September 9-14
Hobart – September 20-25
Sydney – October 3-10
Auckland – October 25-28
For more information on how to join a voy-
age or where to see the tall ships, visit www.
LSIS Helen Frank
EX-HMAS Warrego II crew
member Ron Rosenberg is
on the search for any former
Warrego crew to join him at the
International Fleet Review (IFR)
Mr Rosenberg, the Vice
President of the Naval Association
of Australia NSW, would like to
form a contingent of Warrego sail-
ors to march in the IFR in Sydney.
The IFR will commemorate
the centenary of the first entry
of the RAN Fleet into Sydney.
On October 4, 1913, the flag-
ship, HMAS Australia, led the
new Australian Fleet Unit of
HMA Ships Melbourne, Sydney,
Encounter, Warrego I, Parramatta
and Yarra into Sydney Harbour
for the first time.
This was a moment of great
national pride and importance,
one recognised as a key indicator
of Australia’s progress towards
Warrego I led the destroyer
force into Port Jackson and is
one of three ships from the first
Sydney Harbour entry that does
not have a namesake currently
serving in the Navy.
“At present, Warrego is the
only ship’s name of the first RAN
fleet not to be represented in the
celebrations in October,” Mr
“As there has been no replace-
ment ship bearing the name
Warrego since 1963, I feel her proud
name should not be forgotten.”
Mr Rosenberg can be contacted at
email@example.com or on (02)
Calling all former Warrego crew
ONE of Navy’s longest serving
sailors will be on board Syd-
ney’s bridge or communica-
tions centre for the Fleet entry.
LSCIS Roger Dalby joined
the Navy 45 years ago and
his first ship was Sydney III.
“I think I’ve had 35 years’
sea time and I never imag-
ined I would have an op-
portunity like this,” LS Dalby
“It will be an historic event
that will spotlight Navy.”
Career spans the seas
set to shine
IN PREPARATION: The Australian-built replica of Captain James Cook’s HM
Bark Endeavour and the barque James Craig in the Captain Cook Graving
Dock at Garden Island in Sydney. Both ships will participate in the IFR.
Photo: ABIS Kathy Tuddenham
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