Royal Australian Navy

International fleet review

We conceived, wrote, designed and produced every element of the Royal Australian Navy’s centennial celebrations in Sydney Harbour.

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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.

International Fleet Review Royal Australian Navy
1.7 million
spectators around Sydney Harbour
2.8 million
views on Youtube
highest rated live TV show in ABC history
8 tonnes
of fireworks used
Celebrating the birth of the Royal Australian Navy

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.

International Fleet Review Royal Australian Navy
International Fleet Review Royal Australian Navy
International Fleet Review Royal Australian Navy

//“The biggest display since the city hosted the Olympic Games” - ABC News

International Fleet Review Royal Australian Navy
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