SAILORS on board HMS Daring are on their way to celebrate the Royal Australian Navy’s 100th anniversary.
The Portsmouth-based Type 45 destroyer will become the first of her class to make the journey to the country.
The Royal Australian International Fleet Review is a celebration of the centenary of the first entry of the Royal Australian Navy fleet into Sydney in 1913.
More than 40 warships and 16 tall ships, along with 8,000 naval personnel from 19 nations are due to attend the celebrations from Thursday.
Commander Angus Essenhigh is the commanding officer of HMS Daring.
He said: ‘It is a privilege and an honour to be representing the Royal Navy and we are looking forward to it immensely.’
HMS Daring left Portsmouth in May for a nine-month deployment which has so far seen her stop at Puerto Rico, sail through the Panama Canal, visit San Diego, Pearl Harbour in Hawaii, and the Marshall islands.
The destroyer has also taken part in several training exercises with Royal Fleet Auxiliary Wave Knight, which is deployed in the Caribbean.
The two ships took part in gunnery exercises and helicopter drills using her on board Lynx helicopter.
Members of the ship’s company also went on board the RFA ship to deliver chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear and damage control training.