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Say Goodbye to HMAS Darwin…on Her Last Visit to Darwin

By Korgan Hucent

Did you know it is the HMAS Darwin’s last visit to Darwin this year?   The Royal Australian Navy warship has been coming to town for the past 33 years but in December this year, the ship will sadly be decommissioned. To say the final farewell to the ship that has proudly carried Darwin’s name for over three decades, the public are invited to a series of events to do so in style – Darwin style!

From Wednesday 1st November to Monday 6th November, you can attend several free events to honour the ship’s final week in Darwin. On Wednesday, head down to Fort Hill Wharf to welcome the ship in one last time where you will catch a gun salute, which will be conducted upon her arrival.

On Saturday 4th November, the ship’s company will then conduct a Freedom of Entry march from the City of Darwin Council to the Centopath via Cavenagh and Knuckey streets from 9.50am. You will then have the opportunity to tour the guided missile frigate during their public open day the following day, on Sunday 5th November.

The ship will then depart for the final time on Monday 6th November at 10am. The Ray White Bayside team reckon it could be quite emotional, particularly for all who have proudly served onboard throughout her long and successful career! It is the end of an era after all! For more info, please visit

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