THOUSANDS of people lined the shores of Jervis Bay on Wednesday to get a glimpse of the warships anchored in the bay.
Seventeen warships from around the world were in the bay for five days preparing for the International Fleet Review in Sydney.
Local residents and visitors flocked to vantage points at Hyams Beach, Iluka and Greenpatch to witness the impressive build-up of military hardware.
The ships started arriving Sunday and stayed in the bay until Thursday morning when they departed, heading to Sydney for the IFR.
They made for a spectacular sight anchored throughout the bay.
On Tuesday the fleet headed out to sea to undertake various roles in exercises that were being held off the coast.
On Wednesday morning Jervis Bay was at its glorious best, with the ships dropping anchor between HMAS Creswell and Bowen Island.
Private cruise operators ran trips out of Huskisson, while free shuttle buses operated from Beecroft Peninsula and Vincentia High School to vantage points around the bay.
A number of activities were staged in and around Huskisson on Wednesday including a family day with food and music at the Lady Denman Museum and a twilight market in White Sands Park.
The Chief of Navy co-hosted an official reception at HMAS Creswell with Shoalhaven City Mayor Joanna Gash for visiting captains and crews, which also included a 0sunset ceremony.
The celebrations culminated in a fireworks display at Huskisson on Wednesday evening which attracted huge crowds.
The ships dropped into Jervis Bay to prepare for the IFR, just as Australia’s first RAN fleet did 100 years ago before the seven RAN ships steamed into Sydney Harbour. The International Fleet Review will take place in Sydney Harbour on Saturday.
The ships started heading out of Jervis Bay at dawn on Thursday.
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