Sail Training Ship Young Endeavour has sailed into Fremantle, Western Australia, completing her final leg of a year-long circumnavigation of the world.
Commander Australian Fleet, Rear Admiral Stuart Mayer and Assistant Minister for Defence, the Hon Darren Chester MP, joined family members to welcome the seafarers home.
Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Commander Gavin Dawe said that the 12-month voyage had been both challenging and rewarding for his combined Royal Australian Navy and youth crew team.
“I am exceptionally proud of the efforts of everyone involved - we have not only sailed this 44 metre ship around the globe, but given an invaluable experience to over 200 Australian youth,” he said.
Young Endeavour visited New Zealand, Argentina, Brazil, Spain, Turkey, Greece, Malta, France, Portugal, England, Norway, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands, Cape Verde, the Canary Islands and South Africa throughout the passage.
Joining the Navy crew for up to 60 days onboard each time were 208 young Australians. The crews sailed across the world's oceans and seas, rounding both Cape Horn and the Cape of Good Hope.
Some of the highlights were participating in Centenary of Anzac commemorations at Gallipoli, and racing in the 2015 Tall Ship Races in Europe.
The final leg of the voyage was from South Africa, and the western coast of the Australian continent was a welcome sight to the crew.
“While the experiences have been unforgettable for all of us involved, it's the icing on the cake to be home for Christmas,” Lieutenant Commander Dawe said.
Young Endeavour will remain in Western Australia until the New Year and in 2016 will undertake 20 voyages along the Australian coast, providing opportunities for more than 500 youth to participate in the program.
For more information about the Young Endeavour Youth Scheme and to apply for voyages on STS Young Endeavour, visit http://www.youngendeavour.com.au.