Australia’s newest warship HMAS Brisbane (III), has arrived at her namesake city for the first time.
During the five day visit, the ship will be involved in a number of events designed to maintain the special bond Navy enjoys with the residents of Brisbane.
According to the Commanding Officer of HMAS Brisbane, Commander Josh Wilson, the Ship’s Company is especially looking forward to the Freedom of Entry march through the streets of Brisbane, and the Open Day when the public will be able to inspect the ship first hand.
“As the third Royal Australian Navy ship to carry the Brisbane name, we are very keen to build on the rapport and support that the previous two ships shared with the people of Brisbane.
“With around 20 Brisbane locals serving as crew members on my ship, our first visit to their home town will be especially important,” Commander Wilson said.
Commander of the Australian Fleet, Rear Admiral Jonathan Mead said HMAS Brisbane, the second Australian built guided missile destroyer (DDG), would increase the Australian Defence Force’s flexibility and lethality throughout our region and beyond.
“This ship is among the most potent warships in the world and forms an essential part of the defence of our nation.
“Ships that have carried the name Brisbane have an honoured history in the Royal Australian Navy.
With the motto, ‘Aim at Higher Things’, I am confident all who sail in her will realise the incredible potential she represents,” Rear Admiral Mead said.
The public are welcome to watch the Freedom of Entry march on Saturday 6 April, commencing at 10am.
Further information is available at https://www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/whats-on/event/freedom-entry-parade.