Prince Harry reviews global armada in Sydney

Prince Harry reviews global armada in Sydney
Britain's Prince Harry stands and salutes as he arrives at Garden Island in Sydney to attend the 2013 International Fleet Review.

SYDNEY - 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 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," 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.

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