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September 17, 2009
STS Young Endeavour has ber-
thed at HMAS Coonawarra, mark-
ing her first visit to the Northern
Territory in eight years.
Since 1988 the Young Endeavour
Youth Scheme, in partnership with
the Royal Australian Navy, has
provided challenging training voy-
ages for more than 11,000 young
Administrator of the Northern
Territory Tom Pauling welcomed
the ship and, in turn, was welcomed
aboard by CO LCDR Gavin Dawe
and the Chairman of the Youth
Scheme Board Achim Drescher.
"Young Endeavour is currently
undertaking a circumnavigation of
Australia, celebrating 21 years of
life-changing voyages for young
Australians," LCDR Dawe said.
"During the six month circum-
navigation we will embark more
than 700 young men and women to
participate in our unique develop-
ment program -- including many
from north and west Australia who
will sail in Young Endeavour while
the ship is in their coastal waters.
"It is a pleasure to be back in
Darwin and to have the opportunity
to invite so many members of the
community to visit the ship.
"We hope to see many more
young Territorians sail in Young
Endeavour over the next 21 years,"
The voyages provide a unique,
challenging and inspirational expe-
rience that increases self-awareness,
develops teamwork and leadership
skills and creates a strong sense of
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FIRST TIME IN EIGHT YEARS: STS Young Endeavour, currently circumnavigating Australia to celebrate
21 years of life-changing voyages, berths in Darwin for the first time in eight years.
(Inset) POSN Robyn Woods from HMAS Coonawarra climbs the mast during a team building activity.
Photos: LSPH Helen Frank
THE latest in a series of Australian-
sponsored Pacific Patrol Boat (PPB)
refits has been completed and the
refurbished vessel handed back to the
Kingdom of Tonga at a ceremony at
the Rosshaven Marine Shipyard in
Townsville on September 4.
AIRCDRE Tony Jones handed over
the newly-refitted PPB Voea Nelafu to the
High Commissioner of the Kingdom of
Tonga, Crown Prince Tupouto'a Lavaka.
Under Australia's Defence
Cooperation Program -- sponsored and
funded by Defence's International Policy
Division -- 22 PPBs were built and gifted
to 12 Pacific nations between 1987 and
The 31.5m PPBs are built to a com-
mercial standard and are used by Pacific
nations for maritime surveillance and
response, in particular fisheries patrols.
Each PPB will undergo a six-month
life extension refit that will see the repair
and refurbishment of key systems to
allow a further 15 years operation, bring-
ing the total operational life of the boats
to 30 years.
The refit program includes repairs
to ageing hulls and superstructures,
structural modifications to improve and
strengthen the hull, improvements in
refrigeration and air conditioning sys-
tems, engine, generator and gearbox
overhauls and installation of advanced
Since 2003, 12 PPBs have completed
life extension refits in north Queensland.
All refits for the remaining PPBs are
scheduled for completion by the end
Tonga has three PPBs -- Voea Nelafu,
Voea Savea and Voea Pangai. Patrol Boat
Voea Pangai commenced its refit this
PPB refits on track
JOINT EFFORT: Tongan patrol boat Voea Pangai arrives at His Majesty's
Navy Base Masefield (Touliki) with Togan Defence personnel and AUSCDT
One divers after a reconnoitre during Operation Ashika Assist.
Photo: LAC Michael Green
It's that time of year
again -- summer rig
changeover dates have
QLD (south of the
Tropic of Capricorn)
change on September
WA (south of the Tropic
of Capricorn) change
on Sep 28.
SA change on October
NSW, VIC and ACT
change on October 19.
TAS change on
The SNO of each state
has the authority to vary
the changeover date by
up to 14 days depending
on local requirements and
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