Understanding the real story
In 1913, the Royal Australian Navy's first seven warships entered Sydney Harbour. In 2013, they wanted to celebrate the centenary of that historic moment and share it with the world.
The event had to be sensitive to the people who had served during those 100 years, and also an accessible spectacle for those watching on. So we worked with Naval historians, trawled archives and spoke to sailors from every era to put together a journey that did justice to the Navy and its people.
With Sydney Harbour as our stage, we introduced the original fleet, described a century of proud service, showed off the Royal Australian Navy’s current capabilities, remembered the fallen and ended with a finale to rival Sydney’s New Year’s celebrations.
It was the most complex, highly choreographed show ever seen in Australia. Fireworks were launched from seven warships, combined with a light show, a 30 minute projection show on the Opera House, Harbour Bridge pylons and National Maritime Museum roof, live action on-board ships plus aerial flyovers from the Navy and Air Force.
//“The biggest display since the city hosted the Olympic Games” - ABC News