International Fleet Review celebrations hit Parramatta today with a ceremony to honour those who died on the second HMAS Parramatta during World War II at 11.30am and a Freedom of Entry parade at 12.30pm.
THE first HMAS Parramatta was part of the first Australian fleet to enter Sydney Harbour a century ago. It's the oldest vessel name in the Australian Navy.
The city's strong naval links will be celebrated by a Freedom of Entry parade and a ceremony on October 8 to honour the sailors lost on the second HMAS Parramatta.
More than 250 sailors from the fourth vessel to bear the city's name, HMAS Parramatta, will march through the city with swords drawn, bayonets fixed and drums beating on October 8.
The event, which is part of the Royal Australian Navy International Fleet Review 2013, will include a flyover of four helicopters.
International Fleet Review director Captain Nick Bramwell said the parade represented the special link between a city and a vessel.
Parramatta lord mayor John Chedid said this was a chance to honour and pay respects to the people in the Navy and to HMAS Parramatta.
"We can never take for granted the men and women of the Navy who put their lives on the line every day to serve this country," Cr Chedid said.
Before the parade a ceremony will honour the 138 people who were killed when a German torpedo hit the second HMAS Parramatta.
Lieutenant Commander Jefferson H. Walker went down with the majority of his crew on November 26, 1941, when the 266-foot sloop was hit by a submarine's torpedo and sunk off the Libyan coast.
Only 24 survivors were rescued.
11.30am: Commemoration ceremony for the sailors of the second HMAS Parramatta, Queens Wharf Reserve, Parramatta, at the stern of HMAS Parramatta (I).
12.30pm: The Freedom of Entry parade will start from Darcy Street, through Church Street Mall and along Church Street. The flyover will be about 1pm.