Prince Harry reviews fleet
Warships, planes and helicopters parade before royalty at the International Fleet Review in Sydney Harbour. Courtesy Nine News.PT2M4S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-2v0jt 620 349 October 5, 2013
Royalty will hit Sydney’s shores today with Prince Harry in town inspecting navy ships taking part in the International Fleet Review.
Captain Wales, as he’s known in the British military, will be joined by Governor-General Quentin Bryce and Prime Minister Tony Abbott.
He is expected to meet and greet onlookers at some point in the day.
Prince Harry visits the Australian Naval Fleet Review
Helipcopters fly in tight formation over Sydney Harbour. Photo: Anthony Johnson
The day will culminate in a pyrotechnics and light show, marking 100 years since the Royal Australian Navy fleet sailed into Sydney Harbour.
The warships will enter formation ahead of Saturday’s fleet review in preparation for a royal salute from the prince.
Project director Heath Campanaro says seven lit-up warships will act as launching pads in an Australian first.
"People will never have seen anything like this," Mr Campanaro said. "The show is very different to anything done on Sydney Harbour before.
"It’s going to be one of the most amazing things we’ve seen."
More than seven tonnes of fireworks are at the ready to fuel a show 12 months in the making.