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The Visit of the Great White Fleet

WHAT WAS THE BIGGEST public event in the first decade after Federation? According to those who lived through those years it was the visit of the American Great White Fleet to Australia in August 1908. Not only was it a great occasion for the new nation, it helped to forge a close and continuing relationship between the navies of Australia and the United States. The warm reception afforded the Americans on that occasion contrasted to the way our allies were treated later in the century. During the 1980s, visiting US Navy warships were deemed by a coalition of left-wing groups…

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