Home' Navy News : October 24th 2013 Contents From CN VADM Ray Griggs
October 24, 2013 www.defence.gov.au/news/NAVYNEWS
INTERNATIONAL FLEET REVIEW 2013
WHEN HMAS Parramatta sailed
through Sydney Heads on October 4
she was greeted by tens of thousands
of spectators in celebration of the IFR.
However, she had more than one
reason to celebrate.
First, Parramatta participated in
the Fleet Entry as one of the original
seven ships from 1913 and, second, the
IFR marked her 10th anniversary.
CO Parramatta CMDR Simon
Cannell said the IFR was a momentous
"This was a once-in-a-lifetime
opportunity for all the crew," he said.
"I am so honoured to be in command of
Parramatta, with such a wonderful crew,
at such a historically significant time."
SBLT Jahan Barr joined
Parramatta four weeks ago and felt
honoured to have experienced so much
in such a short time.
"Being in a warship and going
under the Harbour Bridge really
wowed me," he said.
MIDN Peter Hunter also joined
Parramatta only four weeks ago.
"It was really spectacular steam-
ing through the Harbour while being
cheered by so many people on the
foreshore and in pleasure craft," he
"Words fail me when trying to
describe the thrill of seeing the Fleet in
HMAS Sydney led her division of
warships through Sydney Heads on
October 4 to the cheers of tens of
thousands of spectators who lined the
foreshore to celebrate the centenary
of the first fleet entry.
Twenty RAN and foreign war-
ships as well as 10 military air-
craft commemorated the arrival of
Australia's first Navy fleet, HMA
Ships Australia, Sydney, Melbourne
Encounter, Warrego, Parramatta and
Yarra -- exactly 100 years before.
The warships entered the har-
bour in six divisions, with Sydney
leading HMA Ships Darwin, Perth,
Parramatta, Bundaberg, Diamantina
and Huon in the third division.
The entry was supported by
10 Navy helicopters from 816 and
723SQNs and a 21-gun salute.
Governor-General Quentin Bryce
viewed the Fleet Entry from Bradley's
Head with CN VADM Ray Griggs.
Officers and sailors said it was the
most memorable event in their Navy
ABCSO Kaytlyn Fay, of Sydney,
said the IFR made her realise how
proud she was to be in the RAN.
"Coming into Sydney Heads as
the flag ship for a procession of 20
RAN and international warships was
really amazing, and made me think
of all the sailors who have given their
lives to defend this great country,"
CO Sydney CMDR Karl
Brinckmann said serving as the flag
ship was a tremendous honour for
Sydney, which celebrated her 30th
anniversary on January 29.
He said when Sydney steamed
through the Heads his crew was
thinking about what the Navy had
achieved over the past 100 years.
"At a time of tremendous pride
and excitement we reflected on
the contribution that the previous
Sydney's have made, including the
ultimate sacrifice of the crew of
Sydney II on November 19, 1941,"
CMDR Brinckmann said given her
battle honours, the name Sydney has
earned special meaning among the
people of Australia.
"The name Sydney is certainly
More reasons to smile
WELCOME HOME: HMAS
Parramatta is escorted by a
fleet of spectators as she enters
Sydney Harbour for the IFR.
Photo: POIS Rick Prideaux
LEUT David Mason and LCDR
Jonathan Bannister (inset) give a
big thumbs up as HMAS Sydney
enters Sydney Harbour for the
Photos: LS Peter Thompson and ABCIS
Leading the way
Navy's most famous and deserving
of ship names," he said.
Sydney I conducted Navy's first
major engagement, in which she
destroyed the SMS Emden early in
During WWII, Sydney II, a
modified Leander-class light-
cruiser, served with distinction
in the Mediterranean, sinking the
Italian destroyer Espero and cruiser
"Sydney II is renowned for her
exploits in the Mediterranean during
WWII before her tragic loss in the
Indian Ocean in 1941," he said.
The aircraft carrier Sydney III
served with distinction in the Korean
and Vietnam Wars.
"The future looks even brighter,
with Sydney V, a Hobart-class air
warfare destroyer, due to enter ser-
vice in the next few years," CMDR
OVER the last few weeks, the
focus of the nation has been on
us as we have celebrated the
centenary of the arrival of the first
seven ships of the then new RAN
in Sydney on October 4, 1913.
I want to mark this moment
by expressing my overwhelm-
ing pride in what you have all
achieved to date.
On the Friday, we saw the
re-enactment of the entry of our
seven ships into the harbour. It
was an event that was marked
by the precision of its timing and
On the Saturday, our formal
fleet review was conducted start-
ing with an outstanding 100-per-
son guard, several hundred
well turned out and well drilled
members of the Australian Naval
Cadets and the RAN Band all
rendering honours to the Gover-
nor of NSW, Prince Harry and the
Starting with a 100-gun salute,
HMAS Leeuwin, with white crew
embarked, acted as the review
ship and completed this task in
the most professional way. Our
ships, submarines and aircraft
were spectacular and, combined
with our international guests,
made the review a wonderful
That night we saw the first
brilliant performance of our new
Indigenous Performance Group
at the Opera House. It was an
historic milestone in recognis-
ing the indigenous contribution
to the Navy. For those involved,
the pride of being indigenous
members of the Navy was clear
for all to see.
The fireworks spectacular was
more than fireworks, it told the
story of our Navy over the last
100 years and brought that story
to millions of Australians in a way
that speeches and conferences
can never do. The skills of the
fireworks ships in maintaining
stations for a prolonged period
was something the untrained
eye may have missed -- for those
with trained eyes it was not. We
had promised to reset the bar for
fireworks in Sydney -- we have
certainly done that.
In the last few weeks we
have made a massive impact on
the people of Australia, who we
serve. They clearly have pride in
what we do and it was clear to
me our people have great pride
in being part of this Navy.
With all of this of course
comes great responsibility and I
know that we will all understand
this.I could not be more proud
of you all than I am right now,
whether you were directly in-
volved in the planning or execu-
tion of the IFR or whether you
are on operations or deployed
away from your loved ones or
ashore in the vital support tasks
for our ships, submarines and
aircraft. You have made Navy
proud and most certainly made
Australia proud. Bravo Zulu!
formation in such a beautiful harbour
"People wait all their lives for
something like this but I was lucky
enough to have it come up early in my
career," he said.
CMDR Cannell said the IFR
marked an important time to reflect on
the sailors who had served in warships
"Parramatta I was one of the origi-
nal Fleet units, which served with dis-
tinction in WWI," he said.
"Parramatta II was lost with all
hands in WWII when she was tor-
pedoed by a German submarine off
Tobruk in the Middle East.
"I served in Parramatta III and
when I talk about her the ship's com-
pany look at me with strange faces
wondering what it was like to serve in
a previous Parramatta.
"It is very special to be the CO of
Parramatta IV after having served in
Parramatta III more than 20 years ago."
CMDR Cannell said Parramatta
IV had lived up to the traditions set by
her earlier names through a number of
operational deployments in the Middle
East and peace-keeping operations in
He said while crew members were
on a high after participating in the
IFR, they had returned from a difficult
"Today also marks the end of an
intense deployment on Op Resolute,"
CMDR Cannell said.
"Throughout the deployment the
ship's company worked very hard and
He said the major achievement of
Parramatta's border protection patrol
was rescuing 106 people from a people-
smuggling vessel that had sunk north of
Christmas Island on August 20.
"It was a major feat for the ship's
company to pull together and, in
the space of less than an hour, res-
cue people who otherwise would have
drowned," he said.
WHILE a last-minute minor
defect prevented HMAS
Yarra from joining the IFR
Fleet Entry, nothing could
deny her crew feelings of
Yarra was moored near
Fort Denison throughout the
celebration. CO Yarra LCDR
Brendan O'Hara said the crew
remembered the significant
role ships called Yarra had
"We are all extremely
proud of our ship's heritage
and will continue to honour
the crew of Yarra II through
our close support of the
Yarra Association," he said.
He spoke of Navy's contri-
bution to regional diplomacy
over the past 100 years.
"The RAN has matured in
both conflict and peace since
1913 into a highly respected
naval force," he said.
tion to both the region and
wider world is evident by the
number of foreign warships
that made the long journey to
Sydney to help us celebrate
this important milestone of
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