The Royal Australian Navy operated Sail Training Ship Young Endeavour set sail from Sydney today for a 12-month voyage, circumnavigating the globe.
Commander Australian Fleet, Rear Admiral Stuart Mayer was at the departure from Fleet Base East, and spoke with members of the Royal Australian Navy crew and the 24 young Australians who will sail the ship on the first leg, to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
During the 12 month circumnavigation, Young Endeavour will visit New Zealand, Argentina, Brazil, Spain, Malta, Greece, Turkey, France, England, Norway, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, Cape Verde, the Canary Islands and South Africa.
Young Endeavour will return to Fremantle, Western Australia, on 23 December 2015 and arrive in Sydney in mid-April 2016 following youth development voyages along the southern coast of Australia.
The Young Endeavour program has been recognised internationally as a leading youth development program for over 25 years, developing teamwork, leadership, communication, resilience and a sense of community responsibility amongst hundreds of young Australians each year.
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