USS Canberra Freedom of Entry parade

Commander Will Ashley Commanding Officer USS Canberra Blue Crew and Chief of Navy Australia Vice Admiral Mark Hammond AO, lay a wreath at the HMAS Canberra Navy Memorial.

On 23 July, the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) will grant Freedom of Entry to the crew of the future USS Canberra a day after the ship officially becomes a part of the US Navy active fleet. This tradition, which stretches back to medieval times, is a mark of trust and confidence. This is the highest accolade a city can bestow and is a symbol of the strong alliance between Australia and the US.

The parade will then continue south on Northbourne Avenue, left into London Circuit and end at Civic Square.

For further event details, road closures and map, visit the ACT government website.



23 July 2023,
10:00 am – 10:45 am


Civic Square, London Circuit
Australian Capital Territory