Foreign warships, including PLA vessel, join Australian naval party

A Chinese destroyer is among vessels marking 100 years since the Australian navy was formed

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 05 October, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 05 October, 2013, 12:54am


HMAS Perth moves past the Opera House as warships from 17 countries, including China, entered Sydney Harbour yesterday to mark the centenary of Australia's emergence as an independent sea power. Among the other nations represented were France, Japan, Malaysia, Thailand, the United States and former colonial power Britain, their warships passing through the entrance of the famous harbour where they joined 16 tall ships from around the world. The PLA was represented by the destroyer Qingdao. The flotilla was welcomed by a 21-gun salute from HMAS Sydney, before a ceremonial fleet review today led by Britain's Prince Harry, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott and the Queen's representative, Governor General Quentin Bryce.
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