Final Farewell for HMAS Newcastle

Saturday 15 June 2019


You are invited to farewell our city's namesake ship.

After more than 25 years of service in the Royal Australian Navy, HMAS Newcastle will decommission at Garden Island, Fleet Base East, Sydney on Sunday, 30 June 2019.

Prior to decommissioning, HMAS Newcastle will make a final port visit to her namesake city.

Freedom of Entry March

To mark the end of our 26-year relationship, the HMAS Newcastle company will exercise its Right of Freedom of Entry to the city of Newcastle at a ceremony and march through the streets.

Date: Saturday 15 June 2019
Time: 10am
Where: Civic Park

Program of events:

  • 9.40am Parade will form up in Laman Street (west of Dawson St)
  • 10.00am March east past Library then Art Gallery
  • Challenge will take place on Laman Street (immediately prior to Darby street)
  • March proceeds left into Darby and then left King street and continue past the Cenotaph
Everyone is welcome to come along and honour this unique association.

HMAS Newcastle Visit Schedule:

9.30am Wednesday 12 June 2019 - HMAS Newcastle arrives
10am Saturday 15 June 2019 - Freedom of Entry March
10am - 4pm Sunday 16 June - Fort Scratchley Open Day 
10am Tuesday 18 June 2019 - HMAS Newcastle departs

The Newcastle connection:

  • HMAS Newcastle is the first major Australian fleet unit to bear the name of a non-capital city.
  • Built in  Australia, with about half the hull produced in Newcastle
  • Captained by born-and-bred Novocastrian Commander Anita Sellick.
  • Provides active support of adopted charity organisation, Newcastle Senior School (formerly known as the Hunter Orthopaedic School).
HMAS Newcastle is one of four Adelaide Class Guided Missile Frigates (FFG) in service with the Royal Australian Navy. A long-range escort vessel capable of air defence, surface and undersea warfare, surveillance, reconnaissance and interdiction.

In recent years HMAS Newcastle has been deployed in support of peacekeeping operations in East Timor, the Solomon Islands and Operation CATALYST in the Persian Gulf.


Civic Park
King Street