HMAS Benalla Freedom of Entry to City

Crew of HMAS Benalla on ship deck

A procession of 45 Navy personnel from HMAS Benalla (II) and the Royal Australian Navy Band will march along Bridge Street on Tuesday 16 July as part of a Freedom of Entry to the City ceremony.

Freedom of Entry to the City ceremonies date back to medieval times where a neighbouring armed force was granted freedom to enter a city’s walls while carrying weapons as a sign of mutual trust and respect.

The Royal Australian Navy, since its formation, has upheld the tradition of Freedom of Entry ceremonies as a march through a Ships’ namesake City or township with weapons drawn, band playing and flags flying.

HMAS Benalla (II) was commissioned on 20 March 1990.

Mayor, Cr Scott Upston said granting permission for this ceremony confirms the bond between Benalla and the HMAS Benalla (II).

“The granting of Freedom of Entry is the highest accolade a city can bestow upon a group from the Navy or Army.

“This is a historic opportunity for Benalla to see a Freedom of Entry Ceremony and I encourage our community to come along.”

Bridge Street East and West from Carrier Street to Arundel Street will be closed to traffic during the event.

11am: HMAS Benalla II Ship’s Company and Royal Australian Navy Band form up at the corner of Carrier and Bridge Streets, Benalla.

11.15am: March commences

11.30am: Ship’s Company arrive at the Monash Bridge and seek to exercise Freedom of Entry.

11.45am: Ship’s Company and band continue

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