Young Endeavour posting ends for Navy birdie

Published on Ms Natalie Staples (author), LSIS Nicolas Gonzalez (photographer), ABIS Tara Byrne (photographer)

Topic(s): HMAS Albatross, STS Young Endeavour

Watch Leader, Leading Seaman Megan Horne onboard STS Young Endeavour as they sail into Darling Harbour in Sydney (photo: ABIS Tara Byrne)
Watch Leader, Leading Seaman Megan Horne onboard STS Young Endeavour as they sail into Darling Harbour in Sydney

The first birdie to serve in STS Young Endeavour will fly back to HMAS Albatross when her posting to the sail training tall ship ends later this month.

Leading Seaman Aircraft Technician Avionics Megan Horne joined the brigantine in 2015 after a posting at Training Authority Aviation and completed a suitability voyage on Young Endeavour’s world voyage.

“I was fortunate enough to be thought of as a replacement for a girl who was doing the last leg of the world voyage, so my suitability was sailing from Cape Town to Fremantle,” Leading Seaman Horne said.

“It was a long voyage to take first up as we spent almost 4 weeks at sea sailing constantly.  It was a lot of fun and it created a lot of memories. Thinking back on it, I don’t think I’d have it any other way.

“I’ve picked up a lot of personal skills on Young Endeavour. I’ve learnt how to work with different personality types and have picked up lots of sailing skills.

“Working with youth is really rewarding. It is great when you bump into them after a voyage and hear how much the experience has given them. The program helps them grow and gives them lasting memories,” Leading Seaman Horne said.

A posting to Young Endeavour is unique in the Navy.

“The culture in Young Endeavour is very welcoming and supportive. Everybody gets along really well and we have a lot of fun,” Leading Seaman Horne said.

“I’ve really enjoyed doing an out of category posting. I’ve done things I wouldn’t be able to do in my own branch and met so many different people.”

Commanding Officer Young Endeavour Lieutenant Commander Mike Gough said Leading Seaman Horne had made a valuable contribution to the ship during her time in the crew.

“Megan brought with her birdie safety compliance culture and has made a positive impact on the ship. She has been a valuable crew member and will be missed,” Lieutenant Commander Gough said.

Young Endeavour is always keen to hear from sailors and officer interested in a posting. If you’re adventurous, motivated and engaging, and interested in leading a group of youth on a voyage sailing the open sea on board a tall ship, you should consider it. Any category is eligible to apply. It is not restricted to warfare branches.”

“I may be biased, but I think it is the best job in the Navy,” Lieutenant Commander Gough said.

Young Endeavour is Australia’s national sail training ship and completes around 20 youth development voyages a year, mostly around the east and south coast of Australia.  The youth crew consist of up to 24 youths aged 16-23 from all different backgrounds. Each voyage lasts an average of 11 days during which the youth develop teamwork, self-awareness and leadership skills as they are guided by staff in all aspects of sailing a tall ship – from setting the sails, climbing the rigging, keeping watch, navigation and galley duties.