In a major television event, ABC TV will broadcast the FLEET REVIEW SPECTACULAR, the finale event of the Royal Australian Navy International Fleet Review, live-to-air* on Saturday October 5 at 7.30pm on ABC1, ABCNews24 and online via ABC iview. The Royal Australian Navy International Fleet Review is one of the largest and most exciting public events held on Sydney Harbour since the Sydney Olympics in 2000.
The jewel in the crown is a fireworks and lightshow spectacular – the most complex, highly choreographed fireworks, projection, lighting and live action show ever seen in Australia, and centres around Sydney’s famous Harbour and Opera House.
The ABC will capture all the action from the best vantage points on land, sea and air, including from the deck of HMAS Sydney, and from two helicopters above the harbour.
Hosted by Stephanie Brantz, you’ll see Sydney Harbour come alive as never before in a 30-minute show that celebrates over 100 years of proud history of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN), and in particular, commemorates the original seven warships that entered Sydney Harbour in 1913.
Fireworks will be launched from city rooftops, barge positions from Cockatoo Island to Fort Denison, the Harbour Bridge, and for the first time ever, from the decks of RAN warships. This will all be joined by a lightshow from land, warships and Harbour Bridge positions, and a full projection show on the Opera House sails, Harbour Bridge pylons and National Maritime Museum roof telling the history of the Royal Australian Navy.
Live action scenes will also take place on and off ships and support boats, plus choreographed fly-overs from Navy and Air Force aircraft. The entire show will be choreographed to a soundtrack created in collaboration with the Royal Australian Navy’s Director of Music, Lieutenant Commander Paul Cottier.
The fireworks and lightshow spectacular will be a show that Sydney and the world will never forget.
"We are delighted that ABC television will broadcast the International Fleet Review Spectacular enabling millions of Australians across the country to be a part of this historic national event which commemorates 100 years since the arrival of the first Royal Australian Navy ships into Sydney Harbour," said Chief of Navy, Rear Admiral Ray Griggs.