Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Defence – STS Young Endeavour Prepares for 2015 World Voyage

The Royal Australian Navy operated Sail Training Ship Young Endeavour is undergoing significant maintenance work in preparation for a 12-month circumnavigation of the world—the vessel’s first such deployment in more than 20 years.

Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Defence, Darren Chester MP, today visited members of the Royal Australian Navy crew and maintenance team to view STS Young Endeavour in the Captain Cook Graving Dock in Sydney.

Mr Chester said the contribution the Royal Australian Navy made to the Australian community through programs such as the Young Endeavour Youth Scheme was a credit to Defence.

“The Young Endeavour Youth Scheme delivers an internationally recognised program which develops teamwork, leadership, communication and resilience amongst hundreds of young Australians each year,” Mr Chester said.

“The 2015 World Voyage will provide a unique opportunity for more than 200 youth to complete the Young Endeavour Youth Development Program while representing Australia at events such as the annual international Tall Ship Races in the North Sea and the 360th anniversary of the Royal Netherlands Naval Barracks Amsterdam, as well as being off the Gallipoli Peninsula during the Dawn Service on Anzac Day 2015.”

Young Endeavour will set sail from Sydney on 22 December 2014 for the 12-month world voyage, which was announced earlier today by the Governor-General, His Excellency General the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC (Retd), who is patron of the Young Endeavour Youth Scheme.

Berths on each of the nine passages will be allocated via ballot. Youth aged 18-30 years are encouraged to apply for this once in a lifetime opportunity to join a circumnavigation of the world aboard the national sail training ship Young Endeavour.

For more information about the Young Endeavour Youth Scheme and to apply for voyages aboard STS Young Endeavour, visit: www.youngendeavour.gov.au

Media note:
Images will be available at http://images.defence.gov.au/S20142528

Media contacts:
Chloe Petch (Darren Chester’s office) 0477 395 356
Defence Media Operations (02) 6127 1999
Jennifer Reilly (Young Endeavour Youth Scheme) 0447 401 677


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