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Australian Navy Celebrates 100th Anniversary

  • A Royal Australian Navy helicopter towing the Australian naval ensign passes over the Opera House during the International Fleet review, Sydney, Oct. 4, 2013.
  • Royal Australian Navy warships led by HMAS Sydney enter Sydney Harbor as part of the International Fleet Review celebrations, Oct. 4, 2013.
  • Royal Australian Navy warships led by HMAS Sydney enter Sydney Harbor as part of the International Fleet Review celebrations, Oct. 4, 2013.
  • Republic of Singapore Navy's RSS Endeavour enters Sydney Harbor as part of the International Fleet Review celebrations, Oct. 4, 2013.
  • People brave the inclement weather to watch tall ships sail into Sydney Harbor during the International Fleet review, Oct. 3, 2013.
  • A sailor atop a mast waves as he lashes down sails during the International Fleet review in Sydney, Oct. 3, 2013.

Australian Navy Celebrates 100th Anniversary

VOA News
Warships from 17 nations, including the United States and China, have arrived in Sydney Harbor to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the establishment of Australia's navy.

Thousands of people lined the harbor shores on Friday to watch the warships sail into Australia's largest city.

Seven Australian vessels also entered the harbor in single file to recall October 4, 1913, when the country's first seven warships steamed into the harbor and officially made Australia an independent sea power.

Until then, Australia had been protected by British vessels.

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