Fleet Entry, Fleet Air Arm and Fleet Divisions

John Briggs
2nd March 2009, 07:00
Friday 15 March 2009

The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) will conduct a ceremonial Fleet Entry with 15 warships steaming into Sydney Harbour accompanied by a Fleet Air Arm Flypast.

This spectacular event will be the culmination of the Fleet Concentration Period, one of the Navy’s largest exercises, conducted on the East Coast of Australia during February and March 2009. This will be followed by a ceremonial inspection of the RAN ships by the Commander Australian Fleet, RADM Nigel Coates, AM, RAN, and his senior staff while the ships are at anchor in Sydney Harbour.

The ships will be anchored in the harbour between Kirribilli Point and Bradley’s Head, out of the way of the main shipping channels. This number of warships has not been seen in Sydney Harbour since the Bicentennial celebrations in 1988. The Fleet Entry coincides with other Sydney Harbour Week 2009 activities, and interest from a variety of yachting, boating and historical maritime clubs is expected.