Definition of Operation Drake from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

Operation Drake

 
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a series of scientific and other projects in 16 countries involving 400 young people from 27 countries and a British sailing ship, Eye of the Wind, as a floating base. It was started by Prince Charles and lasted for two years (1978-80), during which the ship sailed completely round the world, as Sir Francis Drake had done 400 years before. It was followed in 1980 by Operation Raleigh, which then developed into a regular international event for young people. The events and the charity that organizes them are now known as Raleigh International.