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Prince Harry reviews global armada in Sydney

HMAS Leeuwin with Australia's Governor-General Quentin Bryce and Britain's Prince Harry, sites in front of the Harbour Bridge in Sydney, Australia, on Oct 5, 2013 during the International Fleet review. -- PHOTO: AP
HMAS Leeuwin with Australia's Governor-General Quentin Bryce and Britain's Prince Harry, sites in front of the Harbour Bridge in Sydney, Australia, on Oct 5, 2013 during the International Fleet review. -- PHOTO: AP
People pack the foreshore to view the International Fleet review in Sydney, Australia, on Oct 5, 2013. -- PHOTO: AP
People pack the foreshore to view the International Fleet review in Sydney, Australia, on Oct 5, 2013. -- PHOTO: AP
Britain's Prince Harry salutes at Garden Island in Sydney as he arrives to attend the 2013 International Fleet Review on Oct 5, 2013. -- PHOTO: AP
Britain's Prince Harry salutes at Garden Island in Sydney as he arrives to attend the 2013 International Fleet Review on Oct 5, 2013. -- PHOTO: AP
Britain's Prince Harry, center in the background, receives a royal salute from the honor guard at Garden Island Naval base in Sydney, Australia, on Oct 5, 2013 before boarding HMAS Leeuwin to view the International Fleet review. -- PHOTO: AFP
Britain's Prince Harry, center in the background, receives a royal salute from the honor guard at Garden Island Naval base in Sydney, Australia, on Oct 5, 2013 before boarding HMAS Leeuwin to view the International Fleet review. -- PHOTO: AFP
Britain's Prince Harry stands and salutes as he arrives at Garden Island in Sydney to attend the 2013 International Fleet Review on Oct 5, 2013. -- PHOTO: AFP
Britain's Prince Harry stands and salutes as he arrives at Garden Island in Sydney to attend the 2013 International Fleet Review on Oct 5, 2013. -- PHOTO: AFP
Britain's Prince Harry (right) and Australia's Governor-General Quentin Bryce (centre) look out onto Sydney Harbour from onboard the HMAS Leeuwin during the 2013 International Fleet Review in Sydney on Oct 5, 2013. -- PHOTO: AFP
Britain's Prince Harry (right) and Australia's Governor-General Quentin Bryce (centre) look out onto Sydney Harbour from onboard the HMAS Leeuwin during the 2013 International Fleet Review in Sydney on Oct 5, 2013. -- PHOTO: AFP
Britain's Prince Harry (left) and Australia's Governor-General Quentin Bryce (right) pose onboard the HMAS Leeuwin during the 2013 International Fleet Review in Sydney on Oct 5, 2013. -- PHOTO: AFP
Britain's Prince Harry (left) and Australia's Governor-General Quentin Bryce (right) pose onboard the HMAS Leeuwin during the 2013 International Fleet Review in Sydney on Oct 5, 2013. -- PHOTO: AFP
Britain's Prince Harry (left) and Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott view Sydney Harbour as they participate in the the 2013 International Fleet Review on Oct 5, 2013. -- PHOTO: AFP
Britain's Prince Harry (left) and Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott view Sydney Harbour as they participate in the the 2013 International Fleet Review on Oct 5, 2013. -- PHOTO: AFP
Australia's Governor-General Quentin Bryce (second left) is greeted by the Royal Australian Navy as she arrives at Garden Island in Sydney to attend the 2013 International Fleet Review on Oct 5, 2013. -- PHOTO: AFP
Australia's Governor-General Quentin Bryce (second left) is greeted by the Royal Australian Navy as she arrives at Garden Island in Sydney to attend the 2013 International Fleet Review on Oct 5, 2013. -- PHOTO: AFP
Britain's Prince Harry (centre) embarks on the HMAS Leeuwin as he attends the 2013 International Fleet Review in Sydney on Oct 5, 2013. -- PHOTO: AFP
Britain's Prince Harry (centre) embarks on the HMAS Leeuwin as he attends the 2013 International Fleet Review in Sydney on Oct 5, 2013. -- PHOTO: AFP
Britain's Prince Harry (right) is met by Vice Admiral Ray Griggs, Chief of Navy before they embark on the HMAS Leeuwin as they attend the 2013 International Fleet Review in Sydney on Oct 5, 2013. -- PHOTO: AFP
Britain's Prince Harry (right) is met by Vice Admiral Ray Griggs, Chief of Navy before they embark on the HMAS Leeuwin as they attend the 2013 International Fleet Review in Sydney on Oct 5, 2013. -- PHOTO: AFP
Britain's Prince Harry salutes at Garden Island in Sydney as he arrives to attend the 2013 International Fleet Review on Oct 5, 2013. Prince Harry, in full military uniform, reviewed a global armada of warships in a day of pomp and ceremony watched b
Britain's Prince Harry salutes at Garden Island in Sydney as he arrives to attend the 2013 International Fleet Review on Oct 5, 2013. Prince Harry, in full military uniform, reviewed a global armada of warships in a day of pomp and ceremony watched by tens of thousands of people on Sydney Harbour on Saturday. -- PHOTO: AFP

SYDNEY (AFP) - Britain's Prince Harry, in full military uniform, reviewed a global armada of warships in a day of pomp and ceremony watched by tens of thousands of people on Sydney Harbour on Saturday.

Captain Wales, as he is known in the British military, was on his first official trip to Australia to take part in a nautical extravaganza marking the centenary of Australia's emergence as an independent sea power.

The prince, in a white tropical dress uniform of the British Army and a blue Army AirCorp beret, boarded Australian survey ship HMAS Leeuwin to review the fleet alongside the Queen's representative, Governor General Quentin Bryce, and Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

Ayesha Sweeney, 19, travelled 460 kilometres (287 miles) from the rural town of Albury to see the prince and she managed to catch of glimpse of him as he saluted officers at Sydney naval base Garden Island.

"His uniform was really cool, his salute was awesome," Ms Sweeney said.

"He's a bit of a cutie, I think everyone has a crush in him - all of the ladies were wooing and whistling when he came out."

In brilliant sunshine, the Leeuwin was reviewing an armada of warships from 17 countries, along with as many Australian vessels, watched by crowds of onlookers cramming vantage points around the harbour and an estimated 5,000 spectator boats.

The flotilla is part of celebrations to commemorate 100 years since the Royal Australian Navy's fleet first entered the city's waters.

It was on October 4, 1913 that seven Australian warships, led by HMAS Australia, first steamed into Sydney to be met by huge crowds, heralding the country's independent sea power and emergence as a modern nation.

Until then, the Australian colony had been watched over by British vessels.

The prince is also expected to hold a meet-and-greet with the public and attend an official function with Mr Abbott at his Sydney residence Kirribilli House, on the harbour opposite the Opera House, before heading to Perth for a brief visit.

Sydney is playing host to a week of maritime celebrations, including aircraft fly-pasts, helicopter display teams, marching bands and firework displays, with many of the visiting ships, from countries including Britain, Singapore, Japan and the United States, open to the public.