Endeavour leads to promotion

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Location(s): Fleet Headquarters, NSW

Topic(s): STS Young Endeavour, Young Endeavour Youth Scheme, Promotion

Commander Gavin Dawe and Mrs Gillian Renfrey attach Warrant Officer Guv Renfrey's rank slides. (photo: Unknown)
Commander Gavin Dawe and Mrs Gillian Renfrey attach Warrant Officer Guv Renfrey's rank slides.

Following 26 years of hard work and dedication in the Navy, Guv Renfrey received his well-earned promotion to Warrant Officer on 2 September 2019.

Warrant Officer Renfrey is now nearing the end of his second posting to STS Young Endeavour as Chief Boatswains Mate on the national sail training ship, which has seen him undertake more than 50 voyages on the ship.

“Working in Young Endeavour has been a very rewarding experience which has given me immense pride and enjoyment,” Warrant Officer Renfrey said.

“It’s given me confidence in myself and in my abilities to work an entire ship,” he said.

He credits much of his career success and his recent promotion to the unique nature of his role at Young Endeavour, as well as the supportive culture within his team.

“It’s been great to gain experience in a role where I’ve been able to work across all ranks. 

“I’d like to thank the Young Endeavour family and Command who have given me a lot of trust and allowed me to do things ‘Guv Style’,” he said.

Young Endeavour’s Executive Officer, Lieutenant Harrison Ingham said the promotion was well deserved.

“Warrant Officer Renfrey is, without a doubt, the most deserving recipient of this promotion.

“He has made an outstanding contribution to Young Endeavour,” Lieutenant Ingham said. 

Warrant Officer Guv Renfrey celebrates his promotion with former and current STS Young Endeavour staff crew.

Warrant Officer Guv Renfrey celebrates his promotion with former and current STS Young Endeavour staff crew.

Working with Young Endeavour has inspired Guv to apply for a role in the Directorate of Navy Culture for his next posting - something that he wouldn’t have otherwise considered.

“My postings here have allowed me to create a strong connection with youth development culture, which I think will set me up well for a role in Navy Culture,” Warrant Officer Renfrey said.

Though Guv is sad to see his time at Young Endeavour draw to an end, he’s excited for the next phase of his career and is eager to apply the skills he’s learnt through Young Endeavour to the rest of Navy.

“My time in Young Endeavour has allowed me to develop subliminal leadership skills that make me far more personable and visible to other departments, as well as within the department,” he said. 

“The soft skills that I’ve developed at Young Endeavour are priceless and will stand me in good stead for the rest of my career.”

The Royal Australian Navy operates and maintains Young Endeavour, delivering up to 20 youth development voyages under the Young Endeavour Youth Scheme to young Australians aged 16-23 each year.