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INTERNATIONAL FLEET REVIEW 2013
July 18, 2013 www.defence.gov.au/news/NAVYNEWS
LEUT Lauren Rago
NAVY'S Fleet Air Arm (FAA)
will play a spectacular role in the
International Fleet Review (IFR)
from October 3-11, which will
include a combined flypast above
more than 40 ships for the salute on
More than a dozen Navy heli-
copters and hundreds of members
of the FAA will contribute to mark-
ing 100 years since the nation's first
RAN Fleet Entry in 1913.
The FAA will also showcase the
way it supports today's Fleet with
the helicopters that have become
integral to Navy operations.
Major aviation events within
the IFR include a variety of aerial
demonstrations and support activi-
ties. These are expected to include
helicopter flag flying, tactical mis-
sion demonstrations, photographic
support, VIP transport and medical
On October 5, the IFR will fea-
ture a streamed formation flypast
and ceremonial salute for Governor-
General Quentin Bryce at the exact
same moment that warships on the
harbour are making their salute.
That evening, fireworks will
light up Sydney Harbour.
Aviation planning for the IFR
is being undertaken by a small
team of Navy reservists and per-
manent personnel, working within
the Headquarters FAA and the IFR
Coordination Cell in Sydney.
Team members are applying
their skills and experience with dis-
play flying, operations planning and
logistics management, to achieve
safe, spectacular and properly coor-
dinated air activities during the IFR.
CMDR Rick Allen is the IFR
Manager within the Headquarters
FAA. He is a reserve officer who
has worked within the FAA since
1992 as a maritime aviation warfare
officer, mostly flying Seahawks.
CMDR Allen remembers a sim-
ilar spectacle during Navy's 75th
anniversary celebrations in 1986.
"I was in my second last year of
high school and was only 15 months
from joining the Navy as a bright-
eyed midshipman. I remember the
'86 Fleet Review and harbour dis-
plays being a strong motivation
towards joining the Navy and my
personal enthusiasm for the Fleet
Air Arm," he said.
"A special part of the events in
October will be the wide variety of
"Spectators and aircraft enthusi-
asts are likely to see military heli-
copters and aeroplanes representing
a number of our visiting Navy part-
ners. In addition to the helicopters
from each of our commissioned air
squadrons, there will also be other
Defence aircraft and some wonder-
ful heritage aeroplanes that have a
close connection to Navy."
He said it took many people
from across Navy to make the IFR
"It is important to highlight
that it won't just be aircrew who
are involved in the IFR. As ever, it
will be a cooperative team effort
between maintainers, aircrew, engi-
neering support personnel and many
others who will work to ensure that
aviation aspects of IFR are safe,
spectacular and well received by the
general public," CMDR Allen said.
"Most people in the community
don't get to see Navy's ships and
helicopters, let alone in the concen-
tration being assembled for the IFR.
"A lot of careful management is
required for a complex event like
this. Part of that effort will include
a graduated build-up to the activ-
ity through training and trial flying.
Our crews don't get to do things like
flag flying or mounting helicopter
formations that often, so detailed
preparation is essential. Our plans
for the IFR include a practice and
qualification opportunity for the vis-
iting nations who may be participat-
ing in the flying schedule."
The FAA has not been involved
in a public event of this scale in
more than 25 years.
"It's not something Navy does
every day. We are used to working
in small teams so it will be a chal-
lenge of scale. Of course, the IFR
will pose a fantastic opportunity to
showcase Navy and the FAA to the
people of Sydney," CMDR Allen
"The FAA will be a strong play-
er in the overall celebration of our
nation's Fleet. I think the highlight
will be seeing it all come together,
with squadrons participating in the
salute and also cooperating with
partner nations in a remarkable and
uniquely navy celebration."
"It will be such a special oppor-
tunity for people who were not
around in '86 or '88 and who don't
normally get the chance to see our
helicopter operations up close.
"Everyone involved in IFR will
remember October 2013 for the rest
of their career and will take forward
memories from a great celebration."
More information on the IFR can be
found at http://www.navy.gov.au/ifr
PLACES are still available for people
wanting to be part of the tall ship fleet
entry during the International Fleet
Review (IFR) in October.
As part of the IFR celebrations the
Australian National Maritime Museum's
(ANMM) replica of Captain Cook's
ship HM Bark Endeavour will be at the
forefront of the tall ship fleet entry into
Sydney Harbour on October 3.
ANMM is offering a once-in-a-life-
time 10-day voyage on board Endeavour
from September 24 to October 3.
Joining Endeavour will be more than
20 other Australian and international tall
ships that will be sailing from Hobart and
New Zealand to Sydney.
Only 10 voyage crew berths remain on
board Endeavour for the IFR voyage.
Executive project manager ANMM
Vicki Northey said anyone wishing to
join the ship could apply online for a
"We're very excited that Endeavour
will be part of the Navy's centenary cel-
ebrations and to play a part in commemo-
rating the arrival of the first Australian
naval fleet into Sydney 100 years ago,"
Voyage crew members on Endeavour
will learn first-hand how seafarers sailed
and navigated tall ships in the 18th cen-
tury.Members will sleep in hammocks,
stand watch, handle rigging, furl sails,
clear and steer the ship.
Voyage crew prices are $3800.
For those who can't spare 10 days,
the museum is also offering day sails
on Endeavour throughout the IFR from
When not sailing the harbour, she will
be open for public inspection, displaying
the living and working conditions on one
of history's great voyages of discovery --
Cook's circumnavigation of the globe in
For more information and bookings for
Endeavour's IFR voyage and day sails, visit
www.anmm.gov.au/ifr or call (02) 9298 3777.
to fly high
READY: Three of the four
723SQN Squirrels in IFR livery.
Photo: LSIS Yuri Ramsey
DRESSING UP: One of 723SQN's Squirrels in IFR livery in preparation for its role in October.
Photo: ABIS Alan Lancaster
SGT Dave Morley
AS WELL as being one of Navy's first
seven ships into Sydney Harbour in 1913,
HMAS Encounter claimed a number of
'firsts' during her colourful career.
Encounter became Australia's first
cruiser when she was commissioned into
the RAN on July 1, 1912.
She was launched in June 1902 at HM
Dockyard Devonport in England for the
Royal Navy but transferred to the RAN in
1912 as a training cruiser.
Encounter was assigned to the Pacific
Station when war broke out in 1914 and
took part in operations in German New
She intercepted and captured the
steamer Zambezi, an ex-British vessel
under German control, which became the
RAN's first wartime prize, on August 12,
When the Australian Military and
Naval Expeditionary Force advanced
from Herbertshöhe to Toma on
September 14, 1914, Encounter provided
These shots were generally regarded
as Navy's first offensive fire of the war.
While patrolling the Fiji-Samoa area
she captured the German sailing vessel
Elfriede on April 25, 1915.
In November and December 1918,
Encounter carried out the Navy's first
overseas humanitarian assistance opera-
tion in Samoa, Fiji and Tonga.
She embarked medical stores and a
joint Army and Navy relief expedition
providing valuable aid following a severe
outbreak of influenza among the indig-
Encounter spent less than a month
at home before sailing for Darwin in
January 1919, where she participated in
Navy's first services assisted evacuation.
An industrial dispute, which became
known as the "Darwin Rebellion", had
escalated to the point where unionists
directly threatened the Commonwealth-
appointed administrator, John Gilruth.
For almost a month Encounter pro-
vided a dominating presence in the har-
bour and when the situation appeared
stagnant, left for Melbourne on February
20, 1919, with the administrator and his
family safely embarked.
On May 18, 1919, she took part in
Navy's first fleet review in Port Phillip
Bay, which honoured the visit by the
Prince of Wales who later became King
On January 1, 1923, HMAS Penguin,
the depot ship at Garden Island in
Sydney, paid off after 47 years of naval
On the same day Encounter wa s
renamed Penguin and recommissioned
for service as the depot and accommoda-
Painted white with buff funnels and
without armament the new Penguin spent
six years at Garden Island until reduc-
tions in defence expenditure necessitated
She paid off for the final time on
August 15, 1929.
In 1930-31 she was stripped at
Cockatoo Island Dockyard and her hull
was towed out to sea and sunk off Bondi
Beach on September 14, 1932.
She is now popular with technical
divers and lies at a depth of about 74m.
many firsts during
her long service
Chance to secure your berth
FIRST OF MANY: HMAS Encounter had a long career that saw her achieve
many firsts for the Fleet.
Photo courtesy of Sea Power Centre
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