In the Navy

From 3-11 October the Royal Australian Navy will be commemorating the arrival of its first fleet 100 years ago.

This week I joined the Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Ray Griggs, and Minister for Sport and Recreation Gabrielle Upton aboard HMAS Leeuwin in Garden Island to promote the upcoming International Fleet Review.

We were joined by the captains of the eight NRL teams in this year's finals series. The NRL is also celebrating its 100th anniversary this year.

More than 40 warships and 17 tall ships from 20 nations, plus 8,000 naval personnel, will help celebrate this historic event, which is being staged in partnership with the City of Sydney and NSW Government.

Vessels from Canada, China, Colombia, France, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Nigeria, Russia, Singapore, Spain and beyond will be taking part in the Review.

On Wednesday 9 October sailors from across the world will march along George Street from The Rocks to the Town Hall, where I will host a reception and welcome them to Sydney.

Large crowds around the harbour and the need to close streets in the CBD for the march will create some traffic issues during the International Fleet Review - particularly Saturday 5 October and Wednesday 9 October. For information about road closures and traffic conditions go to

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