The Press Release says it best:
The Indonesian Navy tall ship, KRI Dewaruci, is scheduled to arrive Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam on February 29 for a brief port visit while enroute the U.S. mainland. Dewaruci began her cruise from Surabaya, East Java, Indonesia on January 14.
KRI Dewaruci was invited by the Chief of Naval Operations to participate in the International Operation Sail (OpSail) 2012 to commemorate the bicentennial of the War of 1812. Dewaruci will join other tall ships, naval vessels and the Navy's Blue Angels holding demonstrations this spring and summer in New Orleans, Baltimore, Boston and Norfolk, Va.
The Dewaruci is the only tall mast ship of the Barquentine class owned and operated by the Indonesian Navy. She is used as a sail training vessel for naval cadets and is the largest tall ship in the Indonesian fleet.
The Dewaruci also serves as a goodwill ambassador for the country of Indonesia to the rest of the world.
|The ship's captain greeted visitors.|
|The crew gave us brochures from Indonesia.|
|The crew will sail to San Diego before joining |
the commemoration events. I wish I could be in
Panama when the ship passes through the canal!
|A colorful figurehead ....|
|... underneath the Indonesian flag,|
|I was amazed by the rigging!|
|An Indonesian Naval officer chats |
with a US Navy veteran!
The crew noted they will be away from home for 10 months - wow! How long have you been away from home for work or vacation? Have you sailed in the military or for recreation? What do you remember from the War of 1812? One randomly selected commenter from this week's blogs will win a book choice from my convention stash. This giveaway is open to all readers. Comments are open through Saturday, March 3, 10 pm in Hawaii. I'll post the winners on Sunday, March 4.
Kim in Hawaii