First a bit of history! In 1996 the 816 Squadron took part in training exercises in Moreton Bay, during which time retired members of the Fleet Air Arm, who were living on the Coast, initiated introductions between the Squadron and the former Caloundra City Council. As a result of these introductions, Caloundra City Council first bestowed Freedom of Entry rights in 1996. The Squadron has exercised its right to march into Caloundra on several occasions since 1996; also maintaining close connections with Caloundra, through attending annual Anzac Day celebrations.
The Freedom of Entry dates back to medieval times, when cities granted military units the right to parade through their cities bearing arms. This parade was in recognition of the defence of a sea port township as well as to establish good relations with citizens, to earn the privilege of passage.
What a fantastic idea! And I love the fact that Caloundra City Council is continuing with this tradition.
On Saturday 28 October, Kings Beach in Caloundra is the place to be, so as not to miss out on a unique opportunity to see the Navy's newest MR-60R Seahawk helicopters. These helicopters are replacing the S-70B-2 Seahawks, which are completely retiring come December this year - which means this is also the last chance for us to see the retiring S-70B0-2 in action!
Make sure you stay until the very end for a MH-60R Seahawk helicopter's spectacular handling demonstration plus so much more!
Event road closures for Saturday 28 October: 8.00am to 12.00noon at
De Vene Avenue
Ormonde Terrace (between Edmund Street and Esplanade Headland)
part of Princess Lane (access will still be available via Albert Street)
Temporary car park closure: 6.00am to 12.00noon
Kings Beach Amphitheatre Car Park (access to car park between Edmund Street and De Vene Avenue via Edmund Street only).
This is definitely a family event not to be missed - bookmark this coming Saturday (weather reports are coming up favourably, as partly cloudy with temperatures between 19 and 24) and get on down to Kings Beach Amphitheatre for some fun in the sun!