an invasion of big toys for big boys...
If you're on the harbour in exactly a fortnight and see a mass of military ships swarming through the heads: don't fear, it isn't an invasion.
It's to mark the centenary of the entry of the Royal Australian Navy's Fleet into Sydney Harbour on the 4th of October 1913.So on Friday the 4th of October expect to see the best of our own Navy as well as three Russian vessels, a destroyer from the UK, Chinese ships, tall ships, fly overs and a lot more.
Mike Carlton is a naval nut and joined Adam in the studio to talk more about the event, called the International Fleet Review which runs from the 4th to the 11th of October, and to give some fascinating glimpses into our Naval history.
Did you know for example that in 1909 Australia bought the battle cruiser the HMAS Australia which, according to Carlton, was the only thing that saved Australia from invasion during WW1.
"We were directly menaced by the Kaiser's Germany who had a huge imperial spread of colonies across the pacific," Carlton told Adam on 702 Breakfast.
"And they had a very powerful naval squadron in the Pacific which had plans to bombard Sydney, Brisbane, and Melbourne to sink our trade carrying Australia's' wealth to the mother country... gold, wheat and wool and all that sort of stuff.
"The only thing that stopped that happening was the arrival of the Navy.
I believe Her Excellency the Governor General, Quentin Bryce is the patron of the Navy and will be there... I also know about the U-boats and the Bismarck.. and a lot about navies fighting navies, including the chase of some German navy boats in Argentinean rivers... I also know about D-Day and how to steer a big ship... I know too many bloody things... including pirating... Then I gave up the toys for big boys... I am not disrespectful of those who gave their lives to save people from the crap of war... I am disrespectful of those who ordered the wars, since Abel and Cain... Actually it was our cousins, the monkeys' fault... It always is the monkeys' fault. The monkey in all of us...