I’ve posted about the fireworks and the aircraft in Sydney at the beginning of October, and of course, one of the highlights of the whole week was the International Fleet Review Navy Ships. Twenty ships from the Australian navy were joined in Sydney by ships from a series of other navies including the UK, the USA, France, China, Japan, Indian, Malaysia, New Zealand, Indonesia, Brunei and Thailand. For a week, the city was filled with the various ships, and of course, with the sailors from the ships.
It was interesting to watch the crews onboard the various ships enjoying their time taking part in the review, and the spectacle of the various ships sailing in close proximity in the harbour.
I could even see a sailor on one ship, China’s PLANS Qingdao, taking a photo of me taking a photo of him.
The harbour was full of warships.
It was interesting to see the ships sailing around the harbour and past some of the famous sights.
The Fleet Review itself saw a series of ships pass by HMAS Leeuwin, where a party including Prince Harry were arranged to take the salute.
Later that evening, there was a huge fireworks display up and down Sydney Harbour, which was quite spectacular. Some of the fireworks were launched from some of the warships that were involved in the Fleet Review.
The whole event was spectacular, with the normally busy waterways of Sydney being augmented with a fleet of tall ships who were also in harbour at the time as well as the many warships of the world. Definitely an event to remember.