HMAS Perth Freedom of Entry
28 August 2021
Personnel from HMAS Perth (III) marched through the city streets this morning, exercising their right to Freedom of Entry to the city in a tradition that dates back to Medieval Times.
With swords drawn, drums beating, bands playing and colours flying, the 140 members of the crew marched up Murray Street Mall and were reviewed by the City of Perth Lord Mayor Basil Zempilas.
The tradition of Freedom of Entry dates back to when trusted military units would be granted access to walled towns so they could replenish food and arms.
In the modern era, it is a mark of trust and respect.
Commanding Officer HMAS Perth, Commander Tony Nagle said returning to the streets of Perth was a proud moment for the Ship’s company.
“It is such an honour for us to march through the streets of our namesake city,” Commander Nagle said.
“It is rare to serve in a ship that is home-ported in the city it is named after, and we are excited to reconnect with Western Australia.”
HMAS Perth is nearing the end of a major upgrade. The ship will commence sea trials and certification early in 2022, before returning to operational deployments and exercises.
“HMAS Perth is one of eight Anzac Class Frigates which represent an incredible capability for Navy,” Commander Nagle said.
“We are proud to represent Perth and we want our city to be proud of us as we carry on this tradition into the future.”
HMAS Perth (III) is a long-range frigate capable of air defence, surface and undersea warfare, surveillance, reconnaissance and interdiction. She is home-ported at Garden Island Rockingham, Western Australia.
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