Monday, May 11, 2015

Gun salute welcomes HMAS Anzac arrival in the Grand Harbour

The Australian Navy frigate, HMAS Anzac was honoured with a gun salute from the vintage guns on the Upper Barrakka Gardens today as it sailed into Grand Harbour. 

The salute, which was reciprocated by the warship's saluting guns, commemorated the 'Anzacs' - the Australian and New Zealander troops who spearheaded the Gallipoli landings a hundred years ago in the first world war. Thousands of the injured were brought to Malta, which became known as the Nurse of the Mediterranean. 

HMAS Anzac arrived accompanied by the training ship STS Young Endeavour a tall ship given to Australia by the British government in 1988, as a gift to mark Australia's bicentenary of colonisation. (Source: timesofmalta.com, 11-May-2015)