HMAS Adelaide to exercise her Freedom of Entry
Thursday 23 June, 2016
What: In a time honoured tradition, up to 300 officers and sailors from the Royal Australian Navy will march through the City of Adelaide to exercise their Freedom of Entry.
When: March commences at 11:00am on Friday, 24 June 2016.
Where: King William Road, towards the Adelaide Town Hall, where a challenge will be made by the Lord Mayor of Adelaide, The Right Honourable Mr Martin Haese, then past the official dias and along Flinders Street.
Who: Commanding Officer HMAS Adelaide, Captain Paul Mandziy, and members of the ship’s company will be available for interview following the parade.
The tradition of Freedom of Entry originates in medieval times, when a city would show its trust in a group of men-at-arms by allowing them to enter their walls without being disarmed. Nowadays the right of Freedom of Entry is a symbolic mark of honour and support from a city to a military unit.
HMAS Adelaide III, the second of two Canberra class amphibious ships and the largest ever built for the Royal Australian Navy, was commissioned on 4 December 2015.
HMAS Adelaide, also known as a Landing Helicopter Dock, provides one of the most capable and sophisticated air-land-sea amphibious deployment systems in the world.
At 230 metres long, and more than 30 metres high, the 27,000 tonne warship can land a force of more than 1,000 personnel by helicopter and water craft, along with weapons, ammunition, vehicles and stores.
The ship is also well equipped for large scale humanitarian and disaster relief missions featuring two operating theatres, an eight bed critical care unit, resuscitation, pathology, radiology, x-ray, pharmacy and dental facilities.
The last visit by frigate, HMAS Adelaide II, took place in November 2007, including exercising Freedom of Entry. She decommissioned in January 2008.
Simone Liebelt, Regional Manager Public Affairs – SA: 0417 887 040