Large crowds have gathered around a sparkling Sydney Harbour to watch a procession of warships cruise in for the International Fleet Review.
The first warships arrived early on Friday morning, following the fleet of tall ships blown in by gusty winds on Thursday.
Warships enter Sydney Harbour
Prince Harry smiles onboard the HMAS Leeuwin during the 2013 International Fleet Review on October 5, 2013 in Sydney, Australia. Photo: Getty
At 10am on Friday, a 21-gun salute sounded across the harbour as seven Australian ships, led by HMAS Sydney, passed Bradleys Head in a line towards the Sydney Opera House.
Uniformed crew dressed the decks of each vessel, standing to attention.
The seven ships represented the seven that arrived 100 years ago as Australia's first naval fleet.
Back then, the foreshore was crowded with spectators. On Friday a flotilla of small ships was there to greet them.
Ship gazers posed with naval officers and snapped pictures as the ships sailed under the bridge, while a navy band in full regalia began setting up on the Opera House forecourt, ready to supply the soundtrack for the day's activities.
Speaking onboard the HMAS Sydney, Premier Barry O'Farrell said it was a fitting celebration for the Royal Australian Navy and its proud role in our nation's history.
“225 years ago Arthur Phillip described Sydney Harbour as the finest harbour in the world and on a morning such as today we can see why," he said.
“The sight of so many navy vessels in Sydney Harbour, and the fireworks and lightshow extravaganza tomorrow night, will be something that won't be forgotten by the hundreds of thousands of people who are lucky enough to witness it.”
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Craig Boyd, 45, came from Canberra with his son Daniel, 13, to see the spectacle.
As a helicopter circled overhead, Mr Boyd said it was an ideal school holiday outing and a chance to teach his young son some impromptu history lessons.
"My father was in the navy for some time, so just the opportunity – you don't get to see things like this too often."
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By the foreshore, Stacy and Georgina Andreadis, 63 and 61, had set up their deck chairs in prime vantage points.
"We'd been here for the 75th anniversary (of the RAN), and now we're here for the 100," Mr Andreadis, of Wetherill Park, said.
He said he was particularly keen to see the international vessels sailing down under and both were considering a return on Saturday for the harbour fireworks spectacular.
By mid-morning, Ruth Pigott, 60, of Camden, had also ticked a few things off her day's itinerary.
"We've ridden the ferries and listened to the bands," she said.
"Now we're going to go out on the harbour to look at the boats."
But she was less enthusiastic about one of the star attractions of the review, Prince Harry, who will be inspecting the fleet on Saturday.
"No, no. Not interested in him," she said.
smh.com.au and AAP