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Prince Harry Celebrates Navy Centenary In Oz
Prince Harry is in Australia helping the country's navy celebrate 100 years since its first warships steamed into Sydney.
The prince, dressed in a crisp white uniform, looked at home among the military personnel as he took part in the once-in-a-lifetime nautical extravaganza.
Harry took to the sparkling harbour on board HMAS Leeuwin as hundreds of thousands of onlookers filled the shoreline to watch the gathered warships and catch a glimpse of the prince.
The International Fleet Review is celebrating 100 years since seven warships arrived in Sydney harbour, the first fleet solely owned and operated by Australia's then fledgling navy.
About 40 warships, 16 tall ships and 8,000 sailors are participating in this weekend's celebrations, which featured a massive fireworks display over the harbour.
The event is expected to have drawn 1.4 million spectators.
Following a 100-gun salute, Governor-General Quentin Bryce, who represents Queen Elizabeth II in Australia, joined Harry on board the Leeuwin to officially review the ships.
The participating warships are from the US, China, Britain, Brunei, Micronesia, France, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Papua New Guinea, Singapore, Spain, Thailand and Tonga.
Harry is in Australia's largest city for just one day as part of a quick trip Down Under.
He greeted the public opposite the famous Sydney Opera House before attending a reception with Prime Minister Tony Abbott at Kirribilli House, Mr Abbott's official residence in Sydney.
One young Sydney woman went to great lengths to get Harry's attention.
Victoria McRae, 20, got taken out of Sydney Harbour by the Water Police after she got on a kayak and waved a flag that read "I (heart) U Harry" and printed her phone number on it in big red letters.
"I just wanted to see Harry on the boat really, I thought we'd get up close," Ms McRae told AAP. "It didn't quite go to plan, we got towed away, but it was worth it.
"We were under the Harbour Bridge and they were worried we were going to get run over. He's an eligible bachelor, I thought I was in with a chance."
Ms McRae said she got her mum's boyfriend to navigate the kayak as she tried to look for the popular Royal on the Leeuwin.
The prince flies to the Western Australia capital, Perth, on Sunday morning for a brief visit before leaving the country.