Ancient military challenge at Caloundra
With swords drawn, drums beating and colours flying, a 120-member naval squadron will march in to Caloundra as part of an ancient military tradition to be played out on Saturday 31 October.
"Halt, who goes there" will echo across the Kings Beach foreshore as the Royal Australian Navy's 816 Squadron is challenged by police as part of the "Freedom of Entry to the City" parade.
The special event, which dates back to medieval times when cities granted military units the right to parade through their cities bearing arms, will also include a march in full military regalia, a naval band performance and Seahawk helicopter demonstration rescue.
Deputy Mayor Tim Dwyer said the pomp and ceremony of the challenge and march is a rare event that is not to be missed.
"It's not often that we have 120 naval personnel marching through the streets of Caloundra and exercising a traditional military challenge," Cr Dwyer said.
"Onlookers can rest assured that when the squadron, bearing arms, is challenged by the Sunshine Coast's Police Inspector, the invading force will be a friendly one."
The relationship between Caloundra and the 816 Squadron was formed over a decade ago and was initiated by a group of local retired members of the Fleet Air Arm.
The 816 Squadron, based at HMAS Albatross in New South Wales, forms the backbone of the Navy's Fleet Air Arm. The Squadron has flown over 60,000 hours of operations and been involved in every major Navy operation over the last 20 years. This has included operations in the Middle East, East Timor, the Solomon Islands and more recently in support of anti-piracy in the Gulf of Aden.
The Squadron has also been called on to support the civil community, contributing to the 1998 Sydney to Hobart yacht race rescue efforts, long range overwater rescue missions in the Southern Ocean, bushfire support and major flood relief efforts.
Noon - Seahawk helicopter rescue demonstration off Kings Beach
1pm - Freedom of Entry march and aircraft flypast. Flag raising ceremony by local naval and airforce cadets.
2pm -- 3.30pm - Concert by the Queensland Detachment Royal Australian Navy Band.
The event is a great opportunity to find out more about joining the Australian Defence Force or cadet services. There will be information and displays from service organisations, Scouts Australia, Guides Australia, Australian Volunteer Coast Guard and more.
Visit council's website at www.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au for more information.
Kings Beach foreshore, Caloundra
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