Australia Day Organized aboard HMAS Canberra

HMAS Canberra hosted the launch of the Australia Day Council of New South Wales’ 2015 Australia Day Program.

The newly commissioned Landing Helicopter Dock will be the centrepiece of celebrations on Sydney Harbour for Australia Day, positioned between the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge.

Commander Australian Fleet, Rear Admiral Stuart Mayer said the Australian Defence Force would be supporting events across the country in both regional and metropolitan areas.

This Australia Day is the first one celebrated with the newest addition to our fleet and the Navy is honoured to participate alongside the community in this year’s celebrations.

The ship will be pivotal to the ‘Salute to Australia’ that will involve a 21 gun salute by the Army from Bradley’s Head and a fly past by the Air Force.

Navy will also provide helicopter displays and water craft in support of activities around the Harbour.

The Royal Australian Navy provides significant support to Australia Day celebrations each year. Since 1988, the Navy has assisted with the traditional Australia Day Regatta on Sydney Harbour, often providing the flagship when operational commitments allow.

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Press release, Image: Australian Navy