Australian Navy Counts Down to Historic International Fleet Review

first_img View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Defence View post tag: Australian April 10, 2013 Share this article View post tag: down View post tag: Navy Australian Navy Counts Down to Historic International Fleet Review The 3rd of April 2013 marked six months until Sydneysiders experience one of the biggest commemorative events since the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games: the Royal Australian Navy’s International Fleet Review Sydney 2013.Taking place on Sydney Harbour from 3 -11 October 2013, the International Fleet Review will commemorate the centenary of the first Royal Australian Navy fleet entry into Sydney Harbour on 4 October 1913.On this day, the flagship HMAS Australia led the new Australian Fleet of seven cruisers and destroyers (HMA Ships Melbourne, Sydney, Encounter, Warrego, Parramatta and Yarra) into Sydney Harbour for the first time.It’s anticipated that more than 40 warships from Australia, Brunei, Canada, China, India, Indonesia, France, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Russia, Singapore, Spain, South Korea, Thailand, Tonga, Turkey, United Kingdom and the United States of America will be involved in the International Fleet Review. They will be joined by up to 20 international and local tall ships and at least six military bands.This one-in-one-hundred-year event will commence with 20 tall ships entering Sydney Harbour on Thursday 3 October, followed by the Combined Warship Entry on Friday 4 October including a symbolic group of seven warships representing the original 1913 fleet.To mark this historic occasion, Her Excellency the Governor General of Australia will welcome the Fleet from Bradley’s Head on 4 October and officially review the fleet onboard HMAS Leeuwin on Saturday 5 October as part of the Ceremonial Fleet Review.Naval aviation will also feature on 5 October with more than a dozen RAN and visiting navy helicopters taking part in the day via a massed helicopter flypast over the harbour. Other activities staged during the afternoon include navy helicopter displays, RAAF and historic maritime aircraft flypasts. Saturday 5 October will conclude with the International Fleet Review Pyrotechnics and Lightshow Spectacular at 7.30pm, the scale of which will be similar to Sydney’s annual New Year’s Eve celebrations.“The International Fleet Review Sydney 2013 will be the largest commemorative event the Royal Australian Navy has ever undertaken,” says Vice Admiral Ray Griggs, Chief of Navy. “We expect it to rival our wonderful 75th Anniversary and Bicentenary celebrations that occurred in 1986 and 1988, with up to one million spectators lining the Sydney Harbour foreshores to witness history in the making.”Further International Fleet Review activities include Tall Ship and Warship Open Days at Cockle Bay, Darling Harbour, Fleet Base East, Garden Island and Barangaroo on Sunday 6 and Monday 7 October; Freedom of Entry parades in Mosman and Parramatta on Tuesday 8 October; a Combined Navies Parade along George Street from The Rocks to Town Hall on Wednesday 9 October, the RAN Sea Power Conference and Pacific 2013, an international maritime trade show at the Convention Centre from 7-10 October.Over 8,000 Australian and visiting naval personnel are expected to participate in the event which is being staged in partnership with the NSW State Government and the City of Sydney. The event is expected to bring around $50 million into the state’s economy.Many of the Australian and international warships will participate in Exercise TRITON CENTENARY 13 off the east coast of Australia and/or visit other Australian ports before and following the International Fleet Review.Tall Ships from around the world will embark on an exciting journey to Australia to help celebrate the centenary of the Royal Australian Navy’s fleet entry into Sydney Harbour. Australian and foreign tall ships will visit Fremantle, Melbourne and Hobart prior to gathering in Sydney on 3 October 2013 then take part in a special regatta race to Auckland, New Zealand.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, April 10, 2013; Image: Australian Navy View post tag: Defensecenter_img Training & Education View post tag: historic View post tag: International View post tag: fleet View post tag: Naval View post tag: review Back to overview,Home naval-today Australian Navy Counts Down to Historic International Fleet Review View post tag: Countslast_img read more

Iowa Democratic Party approves 99 ‘satellite’ caucus locations

first_imgDES MOINES — If Iowa voters cannot make it to their neighborhood precinct meeting site on Caucus Night, the Iowa Democratic Party is sanctioning 99 “satellite” locations for caucusing on February 3, including three locations for Iowans who are outside the country.Registered Iowa voters who are overseas have the option of Caucusing in a student housing building in Paris, France or at homes in Scotland or the country of Georgia.Seventy-one of the satellite caucus locations are in Iowa at places like college campuses, senior living facilities and churches and religious centers. All locations were evaluated and approved by a site selection committee.Iowa Democrats are establishing caucus sites in Arizona, California and Florida for Iowa voters who retreat to warmer states during the winter. And Iowans working in Washington, D.C. will be able to Caucus at a Marriott hotel.Here’s the list of satellite locations, plus information from the Iowa Democratic Party about “early bird” registration to will speed up the process of Caucusing on February 3, 2020.Iowa Republicans intend to have caucuses at precincts around the state on February 3rd, but have not taken steps to sanction other sites and there are no early registration options for participating in the GOP’s Caucuses.last_img read more

World Cup: ICC to reinspect Eden Gardens on Jan 31 for remaining 3 matches

first_imgThe International Cricket Council (ICC) on Friday gave Kolkata’s cricket fans some hope when it announced a reinspection of the iconic Eden Gardens stadium for the World Cup.The ICC said the Eden Gardens would be reinspected on January 31 for the last three of its scheduled four World Cup matches. These are the encounters between Ireland and South Africa (March 15), Ireland and Holland (March 18) and Kenya and Zimbabwe (March 20).The cricketing body had on Thursday ruled out Eden Gardens as the venue for the February 27 World Cup match between India and England.An ICC inspection team had visited Kolkata on Tuesday and deemed the stadium unfit as it was still undergoing renovation.ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat pulled up the BCCI and the Cricket Association of Bengal for failing to meet the deadlines. “All venues had ample time to prepare for the World Cup matches. We had been understanding and had provided extensions to the deadline dates, but unfortunately we are now at a point where we must carefully manage our risks,” Lorgat said. “Sadly, Eden Gardens in Kolkata was unable to meet the final deadline date of 25 January 2011. Eden Gardens has not made sufficient progress to justify the level of confidence required to confirm that the venue would be ready,” Lorgat said.last_img read more

WORLD CUP OPENING CEREMONY KICKS OFF IN DHAKA

first_imgThe ICC Cricket World Cup 2011 kicked off on Thursday with a grand opening ceremony at the Bangabandhu National Stadium in Dhaka.Indian music composer trio Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy, who have composed the official song for the World Cup, and playback singer Sonu Nigam are slated to enthrall the audience with their performances. Singer Runa Laila of Dama Dam Mast Kalandar fame and pop singer Mila will add a local touch to the extravaganza.But the highlight of the show will be a performance by legendary Canadian singer Bryan Adams.The organisers have also promised a spectacular fireworks and laser show at the end of the programme.last_img read more