The 5th October saw the spectacular that marked the International Fleet Review in Sydney, 100 years on from the Australian navy first entering Sydney Harbour to take responsibility for naval protection from the former colonial power in the form of the Royal Navy.
The International Fleet Review 2013 is a huge celebration lasting several days in Sydney, with the arrival of tall ships, warships from various navies of the world, and being Sydney, of course, a fireworks extravaganza. Sydney is famous for its fireworks, and I’m told that the 7.7 tonnes of fireworks this time made it the largest ever, as well as being the most complex, with a story being told across the display and right across the harbour area. The display opened with helicopters launching flames into the sky, and included fireworks launched from warships. The display took half an hour to complete. I did take some photos, which I will load separately, but in the meantime, here is a short video from my phone. If you can imagine that this is one part of the harbour for about 40s, you can imagine what the whole display across thirty minutes was like.
I hope you enjoyed that. We certainly did!