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International Fleet Review Sydney 2013

supported by City of Sydney

The International Fleet Review (IFR) will take place on Sydney Harbour from 3 -11 October 2013, to commemorate the centenary of the first Royal Australian Navy (RAN) fleet entry into Sydney Harbour on 4 October 1913.

The IFR will involve 17 tall ships, over 40 warships and 8000 navy personnel from 19 nations. It will be one of the largest and most exciting public events held on Sydney Harbour since the Sydney Olympics in 2000. There are many activities and events happening across the nine days of IFR, including a symbolic seven ship representation of the original fleet entry with current RAN warships.

On 3 October 17 tall ships will beging entering Sydney Harbour from 11am.

On 4 October 2013, exactly one hundred years after the first fleet entry, the namesake ships from the original seven: Sydney (IV), Parramatta (IV) and Yarra (IV), along with the Darwin, Perth (III), Bundaberg (II) and Diamantina (II) will follow the same route as the first RAN fleet recreating the original fleet entry into the harbour. During the day over 40 warships from the RAN and participating international navies will enter Sydney Harbour.

Saturday 5 October will be the formal ceremonial fleet review, undertaken by the Her Excellency the Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia. The review will be followed by military band recitals and military displays, which will include flypasts and aerial displays by Australian and visiting aircraft.

Saturday’s events will culminate with the IFR spectacular pyrotechnics and lightshow, 30 minutes of complex, highly choreographed fireworks, projection, lighting and live action centred around Sydney’s Harbour and Opera House. Some harbour vantage points during the IFR Fireworks and Lightshow Spectacular will be ticketed.

A number of RAN, visiting navy warships, and tall ships will be open to the public at Garden Island, Barangaroo and Darling Harbour. The open days, which will be ticketed events, are being held on Sunday 6 and Monday 7 October. This is a rare opportunity to see not only a variety of ships from the Royal Australian Navy up close, but also from navies around the world, along with historic tall ships.

The RAN Navy Band will be performing around Sydney, along with performances by visiting Navy Bands from the UK, New Zealand, South Africa and Nigeria.

Other activities around Sydney running across the nine days of the IFR include: Freedom of Entry Parades in Mosman and Parramatta, a Naval Memorial Service at the Cenotaph in Martin Place on Tuesday 8 October; and a parade by 4,000 navy personnel from the participating navies through the Sydney CBD on Wednesday 9 October.

The RAN Sea Power Conference 2013 and Pacific 2013 International Maritime Congress and Exposition, will also be on at Darling Harbour from 7-9 October 2013 to coincide with the IFR.

The IFR is a high profile international event and Navy’s signature commemorative event for 2013. This entire event is being held in partnership with the NSW State Government and the City of Sydney Council.

Event Snapshot

When:

  • Between Thursday 03 October and Friday 11 October from 00.00 to 00.00

3 October 2013
1100 Tall ships entry. Location: Sydney Harbour.

4 October 2013
0600-1600 Warships enter Sydney Harbour
1000 Ceremonial Fleet Entry and 21 Gun Salute. HMA Ships Sydney, Darwin, Perth, Parramatta, Bundaberg, Diamantina and Yarra. Location: Sydney Harbour.

5 October 2013
Dress ship. Location: Sydney Harbour.
1100-1430 Ceremonial Fleet Review. Location: Sydney Harbour.
1130-1200 Formation flypast by rotary and fixed winged aircraft. Location: Sydney Harbour.
1400-1900 Military demonstrations and Naval band performances.
1930-2000 Pyrotechnics and Lightshow. Location: Sydney Harbour.

6 October 2013
1000-1130 HMAS Sydney Memorial Service. Location: Naval Memorial, Bradley’s Head.
1300-1800 Tall ships open to the general public. Location: Cockle Bay/Darling Harbour (TBC).
1300-1800 Warships Open Day. Location: Fleet Base East, Garden Island/Barangaroo.
1400-1530 Ecumenical Service. Location: St Mary’s Cathedral.

7 October 2013
0730-1015 Opening of Sea Power Conference 2013 and Pacific 2013 International Maritime Exposition. Location: Sydney Conference and Exhibition Centre, Darling Harbour.
Royal Australian Navy Band recitals.
0800-1800 Warships Open Day. Location: Fleet Base East, Garden Island/Barangaroo.
0800-1800 Tall ships open to the general public. Location: Cockle Bay/Darling Harbour (TBC).

8 October 2013
0800-1700 Sea Power Conference 2013 and Pacific 2013 International Maritime Exposition continue. Location: Sydney Conference and Exhibition Centre, Darling Harbour
Royal Australian Navy Band recitals.
1000-1500 Combined Navies Golf Competition. Location: The Coast Golf Club.
1230-1400 HMAS Penguin Freedom of Entry to Mosman. Location: Mosman Central Business District.
1230-1400 Navy Memorial Service. Location: Cenotaph, Martin Place.
1300-1430 HMAS Parramatta Freedom of Entry to Parramatta. Location: Parramatta Central Business District.

9 October 2013
1030-1100 Sea Power Conference 2013 Closing Ceremony. Location: Sydney Conference and Exhibition Centre, Darling Harbour.
1230-1430 Combined Navies Parade. Location: George Street – The Rocks to Town Hall.
Closing of Pacific 2013 International Maritime Exposition. Location: Sydney Conference and Exhibition Centre, Darling Harbour.
1500-1730 Twilight sailing with RAN Sailing Association. Location: Sydney Harbour.

10 October 2013
1100 Tall ships depart. Location: Sydney Harbour.
1000-1500 Combined Navies Sporting Competition. Location: Randwick Barracks/Macquarie Park.

11 October 2013
Warships depart. Location: Sydney Harbour.

Where:

Various locations, see website for details Sydney 2000 Venue details

Cost:

Adult: TBC
Children: TBC
Senior: TBC

More Info:

Royal Australian Navy
1800 815 652
ifr.info@defence.gov.au

How to get to this event:

Call 131 500 or visit www.131500.com.au

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