24 September 2015 Freedom of City for Squadron

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24 September 2015 Freedom of City for Squadron

A helicopter training squadron recently adopted by Coffs Harbour is to be granted Freedom of Entry to the city.


725 Squadron, which operates from the Naval Air Station at Nowra, is a training unit for Sikorsky MH-60R Seahawk ‘Romeo’ naval combat helicopters and was adopted by the city in March this year.


The Squadron was first formed in the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) more than 50 years ago and has a history in the Royal Navy stretching back to 1943. In 2012, the unit was re-established by the RAN.


“The adoption of 725 Squadron was very positively supported by members of local RSL sub branches and Returned and Ex-Services Clubs in the region,” said Coffs Harbour Mayor, Councillor Denise Knight.


“An event such as a Freedom of Entry ceremony would give the wider community the opportunity to enjoy and be a part of this new partnership and the Squadron has made very clear that it wishes to play a role in key city events such as ANZAC Day in the future.”


A date is yet to be confirmed for the Freedom of Entry ceremony, but the day is likely to include an inspection of the forces personnel, presentation of a Freedom of the City scroll and a march/parade by the Squadron.


The granting of Freedom of the City allows the bearer: ‘To enter the township of Coffs Harbour with weapons drawn, flags flying and drums playing’.


In 2005, Council adopted the previous 805 Navy Squadron who have since been decommissioned. They were granted Freedom of Entry to the City as part of a welcome parade and civic event in 2006. Prior to this, Council has also granted Freedom of Entry to the Local 41st Battalion, Royal New South Wales Regiment.