Freedom of Entry
Granting of Freedom of Entry upon military units is mostly ceremonial and gives the right of general entry to the unit to parade through the streets on ceremonial occasions. By extending this invitation, local governments are able to honour a distinguished unit of the Armed Forces, so strengthening the ties between citizens and servicemen and women.
With Australia's submarine service celebrating their centenary in 2014, the City of Fremantle has invited the Submarine Force from HMAS Stirling to request a Freedom of Entry. In accordance with military law and tradition this gives the military unit the right to march through the streets with swords drawn, bayonets fixed, drums beating, bands playing and ensign flying. It will be a sight to be seen, and an opportunity to honour our submariners, past and present.