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During a visit to the Jakarta Exploration Command Center, US Ambassador Cameron Hume speaks to US and Indonesian representatives onboard the NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer.

During a visit to the Jakarta Exploration Command Center, US Ambassador Cameron Hume speaks to US and Indonesian representatives onboard the NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer. Minister Fadel of Indonesia’s Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries stands behind him. Click image for larger view and image credit.


A Fond Farewell!


Jeremy Potter
NOAA Expedition Coordinator
NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research

“Creative solutions turn challenges into opportunities.” U.S. Ambassador to Indonesia Cameron Hume wrote those words in an op-ed a few years ago. He also lives by them. The INDEX-SATAL 2010 expedition was one of those rare opportunities that he envisioned. It seems quite appropriate that one of his biggest successes is bearing fruit in the waning time of his tour as US Ambassador to Indonesia.

It is no secret that the U.S. and Indonesia both face huge environmental challenges. What may have surprised many people is that the Ambassador highlighted the environment as a critical component of any future Indonesia-U.S. comprehensive partnership.

He identified scientific research and scientists themselves as critical in this effort. Alfred Russell Wallace navigated the waters of Indonesia 150 years ago to make fundamental advances in science. The Ambassador continued this quest for knowledge and pursuit of collaborative international research as a way to find solutions to the world’s greatest problems.

Indonesian scientists and staff in the Jakarta ECC whipped out a plethora of personal digital cameras when the vehicle imaged this over 70 cm scraggly-toothed bathysaurus fish.

Indonesian scientists and staff in the Jakarta ECC whipped out a plethora of personal digital cameras when the vehicle imaged this over 70 cm scraggly-toothed bathysaurus fish. Click image for larger view and image credit.


At a special farewell event hosted by the Indonesian Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries, Minister Fadel congratulates US Ambassador Cameron Hume on a successful expedition and tenure in Indonesia.

At a special farewell event hosted by the Indonesian Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries, Minister Fadel congratulates US Ambassador Cameron Hume on a successful expedition and tenure in Indonesia. Click image for larger view and image credit.


July 26 was the Ambassador’s day to celebrate one significant step in that direction. Today, Minister Fadel of Indonesia’s Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries hosted a going away event for Ambassador Hume in the Jakarta ECC. During the event, the Minister and the Ambassador spoke with Indonesian and US representatives on the NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer. Together they reminisced about the daunting challenges that once stood firm in the way of making this expedition and a new course for the strong future of US-Indonesian scientific interaction possible as well as a successful reality. More importantly, they celebrated the successes to date and the broader significance of the milestone that now exists: the improvement of Indonesia-US relations.

In his op-ed, the Ambassador noted that “We need the greatest minds – from Indonesia, the U.S., and the world – to find the creative solutions to turn these challenges into opportunities.” Well Mr. Ambassador, we certainly think you lead by example. Your leadership and drive are a primary reason we got here.

 

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