In late 2011, Australia’s Chief of Navy (CN) – Vice Admiral Ray Griggs, AO, CSC, RAN extended an invitation to over 50 nations to send a warship and/or tall ship to participate in an International Fleet Review (IFR) to be held in Sydney from 3 – 11 October 2013. The Review was held to commemorate the centenary of the first entry of the Royal Australian Navy’s Fleet into Sydney. On 4 October 1913 the flagship, HMASAustralia, led the new Australian Fleet Unit comprising HMA Ships Melbourne, Sydney, Encounter, Warrego, Parramatta and Yarra into Sydney Harbour for the first time to be greeted by thousands of cheering citizens lining the foreshore. This was a moment of great national pride and importance, one recognised as a key indicator of Australia’s progress towards national maturity.
The IFR was a high profile international event and Navy’s signature commemorative event for 2013. Planned in partnership with the NSW State Government and the City of Sydney, 50 ships from 20 nations participated in this historic event.
A special commemorative edition of Navy OUTLOOK 2013 was produced for the International Fleet Review to commemorate the centenary of the first entry of the Royal Australian Navy’s Fleet into Sydney. The publication was produced by specialist military publisher Faircount Media Group with editorial content written by experts in their field and not only acted as an information source during the fleet review, but also reviewed the past year of the RAN, and highlighted what we can expect to see in the future. Read it online here: http://www.nxtbook.com/faircount/NAVYOUTLOOK/SPECIALEDITION/index.php
The publication was made available to all IFR participants, RAN Sea Power Conference & Pacific 2013 International Maritime Exposition attendees and was distributed throughout the RAN, Department of Defence, Commonwealth Government, Defence contractors, naval associations, academic institutions and online.