Deputy Chief of Mission, Ted Osius (right) and David McKinnie (left), NOAA liaison to the US Embassy-Jakarta watch video from the Okeanos Explorer INDEX 2010 Expedition during the US Embassy-Jakarta 4th of July Celebration. Click image for larger view and image credit.
Fourth of July in Indonesia
At American Embassies around the world, one of the most important events of the year is the 4th of July celebration. Indonesia is large enough to merit three of them— in Surabaya, Jakarta, and Medan— on different days. This year, Jakarta celebrated the 4th on July 2nd. The celebration was special for NOAA and its ocean exploration partners in Indonesia. The Ambassador requested that we highlight ocean exploration with displays in the foyer outside the ballroom. Four screens showed loops of ROV footage from this week and banners highlighted the INDEX-SATAL ocean exploration partnership. The Ambassador featured the Okeanos Explorer in his remarks before about 1,000 guests, using our ocean exploration partnership to describe the kind of relationship that Indonesia and the U.S. can and should have.
Members of the US Embassy Jakarta IT team (left to right: Pak Awang, Ibu Melly, and Pak Yudi) pose in front of displays about INDEX SATAL 2010 outside the ballroom of Embassy Jakarta’s annual 4th of July party. Help from the IT team was critical to developing the Jakarta Exploration Command Center, and continuing to ensure it runs smoothly. Click image for larger view and image credit.
The 4th of July celebration brought together many friends and supporters who made Okeanos Explorer’s visit to Indonesia, and the INDEX SATAL 2010 expedition possible. Nada Marsuda (left, Ministry of Science and Technology) coached us through the research permit process, and Murni Murniati (right, U.S. Embassy) has been critical to every aspect of brining the Okeanos Explorer to Indonesia. Click image for larger view and image credit.
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