Freedom of Entry and the City of Rockingham
Freedom of Entry can be granted to units of the Defence Force which have significant attachment to a local government.
For more than 40 years the City of Rockingham has fostered a strong relationship between Defence and local community industries. Garden Island hosts a workforce of more than 3600 staff, including active duty members, defence civilians and long term contractors.
The City of Rockingham granted Freedom of Entry to HMAS Stirling on 12 November 1988 in conjunction with its celebration of Rockingham becoming a City.
On 9 September 2023, HMAS Stirling exercised its right of Freedom of Entry in Rockingham, armed, with swords drawn, bayonets fixed, drums and band playing.