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A practice stretching again to medieval instances will proceed on the streets of Caloundra this weekend and the neighborhood is invited to observe.

816 Squadron of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) will train its Freedom of Entry to the town of Caloundra, on the Kings Seaside Amphitheatre, on Saturday, November 12, from 9.30am.

Greater than 100 members of 816 Squadron, the Royal Australian Navy Band, Fleet Air Arm Affiliation and Cadets from native items might be in attendance. A flypast by the MH-60-R helicopter will happen at 10.05am and once more at 10.35am.

Spectators are inspired to face on the grassed space on the high finish of Kings Seaside Park. The march will proceed up Edmund Road, turning proper into the automotive park adjoining to Burgess Road.

The 816 Squadron will cease and be challenged by Queensland Police Service Inspector Jason Overland, who will then welcome 816 Squadron into the town.

The march will proceed across the park and enter from Edmund Road to cease in entrance of the Amphitheatre the place Sunshine Coast Council Mayor Mark Jamieson, Commanding Officer 816 Squadron Commander Lee Pritchard and Caloundra RSL Sub Department President Heather Christie will conduct speeches.

Mayor Jamieson mentioned the ceremonial march and problem, in full army regalia, recognised a mutual dependency between the army and the neighborhood.

“The Freedom of Entry is essentially the most honourable distinction a metropolis can bestow on a contingent of the Australian Defence Pressure,” Mayor Jamieson mentioned.

“It’s an occasion which occurs roughly each 5 years, to resume the Friendship settlement between Caloundra and the Navy’s 816 Squadron.

“This yr marks the 26th anniversary of 816 Squadron’s acceptance of the proper to train Freedom of Entry to the town of Caloundra.

“The custom of army items exercising Freedom of Entry to a metropolis dates again to medieval instances when residents have been cautious about who they allowed inside their walled cities bearing arms.

“Solely items that have been particularly trusted have been granted the proper to parade by way of their cities bearing arms.

“We don’t have partitions round Caloundra however now we have monumental belief in our Royal Australian Navy personnel and all of our Armed Providers.”

The previous Caloundra Metropolis Council first bestowed Freedom of Entry rights in 1996. The Squadron has exercised its rights to march into Caloundra on a number of events since.

“We cherish the connection that has grown between the Sunshine Coast, and Caloundra specifically, and the 816 Squadron,” Mayor Jamieson mentioned.

“In addition they keep shut ties with Caloundra by way of attending annual Anzac Day celebrations.”

The 816 Squadron types part of the Fleet Air Arm and commissioned in its present guise on 23 July 1992 with 16 Sikorsky S-70B-2 Seahawks.

Since 2016 it operates 12 MH-60R helicopters. The squadron at present has six Romeo Seahawks embarked in RAN ships supporting Fleet operations all over the world.

The squadron gives the first embarked maritime fight helicopter functionality inside the fleet.

816 Squadron Freedom of Entry Ceremony, Saturday 12 November, 2022

Time and venue:

10:00am – Parade begins on Edmund St subsequent to Kings Seaside

Amphitheatre parade will proceed to march across the amphitheatre

10:05am – Helicopter flypast over amphitheatre West to East

10:30am – Parade enters into Kings Park Amphitheatre

10:38am – Helicopter flypast over amphitheatre North to South

10:40am – Speeches by Mayor, Commanding Officer 816SQN and RSL President

11:00am – Parade concludes

Street closures: Non permanent street closures might be in impact at De Vene Avenue from 8am to noon and Ormonde Terrace between Edmund Road and the Headland Esplanade from 8am to noon.

No Parking areas: Parking restrictions will apply to Kings Seaside Amphitheatre automotive park from 6am to noon and entry to the automotive park between Edmund Road and De Vene Avenue. Entry to the automotive park might be obtainable by way of Edmund Road entrance.

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