Sydney International Naval Review HMAS Sydney

HMAS Sydney leads a fleet of seven Australian naval ships into the Harbour as it did 100 years ago.

One hundred years ago in early October, Australia’s first seven Navy ships triumphantly entered Sydney Harbour marking a significant stride in Australia’s youthful history. With a sense of foreboding, within a year, these vessels were shipping young men to savage war fronts in Europe.

To celebrate the centenary, seven Australian naval ships led by HMAS Sydney entered a glittering Sydney Harbour thronging with pleasure craft under spectacular sunny skies. To help celebrate the centenary, a gathering of almost forty naval vessels from the far reaches of the planet – Australia, Europe, Asia, Africa and North America – entered and sailed up the Harbour during the day, participating in a ceremonial International Fleet Review on the following day.

Sydney International Naval Review Navy Harbour Entrance

Seven Australian Naval vessels enters the Harbour as they did in 1913.

Various air displays including helicopters and the Air Force Precision Flying Squad (Roulettes) accompanied the naval display. Sixteen wooden tall ships from around the world elegantly sailed around the Harbour as part of the celebrations giving a wonderful touch of shipping of yesteryear while celebrations were capped with a grand fireworks display.

This is a part one of a two part photo journey through the weekend’s celebration of Australia’s Naval centenary.

Sydney International Naval Review Helicopters

Helicopters dance in the air

Sydney International Naval Review Flying Roulettes

while The Roulettes dazzle with their precision flying

Sydney International Naval Review HMAS Parramatta Chopper

A chopper with the naval ensign skims near HMAS Parramatta

Sydney International Naval Review HMAS Huon

The 7th and last vessel in line skilfully maneuvers through thousands of pleasure craft

Sydney International Naval Review HMAS Darwin

before each vessel steams further up Sydney Harbour

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