THE assembly of visiting warships ahead of the International Fleet Review got under way on Sunday at Jervis Bay, with 11 warships lying at anchor off the naval training base, HMAS Creswell.
As well as preparing for the IFR in Sydney, the ships and their crews have been taking part in a Maritime Security Field Training Exercise, which is being staged both inside Jervis Bay and in the East Australian Exercise Area.
Ships from Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Brunei, China and India were among those participating in training exercises, along with HMAS Parramatta and helicopters from HMAS Albatross.
More ships are due to arrive in the bay and more than 20 are expected to be anchored on Wednesday, with a number of local activities planned.
The vessels will sail up to Sydney for entry into the harbour following the navigational path of the original seven ships of the first Australian navy 100 years ago on Friday.
Photos by defence photographers Yuri Ramsey, Sarah Williams and Paul McCallum.
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