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The Tall-Ship Dewaruci As Goodwill Ambassador of Indonesia Conquers the Hearts of Newfoundlanders

Indonesian Ambassador to Canada, H.E. Dienne H. Moehario and Commanding Officer of Dewaruci, Lt. Col. Bima Haris Bayuseto posed during the Indonesian Night on board the Dewaruci, St. John’s, NL, Canada, 13 July 2012, with the guests, among them were H.H. The Honourable Lieutenant Governor of NL & Mrs. John C. Crosbie, Minister of Intergovernmental and Aboriginal Affairs, The Honorouble Nick McGrath and B. Gen. Anthony Stack, Deputy Commander of the Land Forces Atlantic Area, Canada

Marking the 60th Anniversary of Indonesia and Canada bilateral relations in 2012, the 59 year old Indonesian Tall-Ship Dewaruci harboured in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador from 11-14 July 2012. The Indonesian Ambassador to Canada, H.E. Dienne H. Moehario welcomed the visit of the magnificent Tall-Ship. She emphasized that Dewaruci had been serving as an excellent training vessel to the Indonesian Navy and strengthening friendship among nations by promoting people to people contact. Since her arrival which was covered by media, more than 700 local people had a tour of the ship Dewaruci.

The magnificent Reog Ponorogo Dance from East Java presented on the pier of St. John’s Harbour mesmerized the guests.

Serving as an Indonesian Goodwill Ambassador, the Tall-Ship Dewaruci had an Indonesian Night on board on July 13, 2012, at Pier 9, St. John’s Harbour. The Tall-Ship commanded by Naval Lieutenant Colonel Haris Bima Bayuseto, with 77 crew members that presented various cultural performances during the reception, among others the Badinding Dance from the Province of West Sumatra, Reog Ponorogo from the Province of East Java, a tribal dance from Papua and Rampak Gendang musical performance from the Province of West Java. The guests consisted of the Indonesian Community and the Canadian Community in St John’s. They enthusiastically danced and sang along with the cultural performances. Among the guests were H.H. the Honourable Lieutenant Governor of Newfoundland and Labrador, the Honourable John C. Crosbie, Newfoundland and Labrador’s Minister of Intergovernmental and Aboriginal Affairs, the Honourable Nick McGrath, Senator Norman Doyle, Mr. Jack Harris, M.P. and Brigadier General Anthony Stack, Deputy Commander of the Land Forces Atlantic Area, Canada.

The magnificent Reog Ponorogo Dance from East Java presented on the pier of St. John’s Harbour mesmerized the guests.

In her opening remarks, the Indonesian Ambassador reiterated how momentous the visit of the Tall-Ship Dewaruci was in the special year of 2012 when Indonesia and Canada celebrated their Diamond Anniversary, strengthened by various significant achievements, such as the increase of visits of officials from both countries, the Bilateral Consultative Forum held in June 2012, which were preceded by an Economic and Human Rights Dialogue and the establishment of the Canada Indonesia Parliamentary Friendship Group (CIPFG) in Ottawa in 2012. Minister Nick McGrath emphasized that Newfoundland and Labrador had been enjoying stronger economy and were ready to cooperate with Indonesia, which had been friends to Canada for 60 years. B. Gen. Anthony Stack put forward the importance of the courageous Canadians and Indonesians who bravely served in the Canadian Forces and the Indonesian Armed Forces for the safety and security of the Nations.

At the reception, the guests enjoyed Indonesian cuisine, such as Dadar Gulung, Kue Lumpur and Sate (Satay) prepared by the Indonesian Ladies as well as Nasi Goreng (Fried Rice) and bakso (special meat ball soup) prepared by the crew of the Tall-Ship Dewaruci, which has been the favourite of the guests each time the Tall-Ship harbours.

Indonesian Tall-Ship Dewaruci sailing away from St. John’s, NL, Canada for Porto, Portugal on 14 July 2012

Before the Tall-Ship Dewaruci stopped over in St. John’s, her last stop was Boston. She began her journey on January 14, 2012 from Surabaya, East Java, Indonesia and has visited many cities on the American continent, such as Honolulu, San Diego, Manzanilla, Panama, New Orleans, New York and Baltimore. St. John’s is her fifteenth stop. On July 14, 2012, she embarked for Portugal, Spain, Malta, Egypt, Oman, Sri Lanka and returns to her home, Indonesia in October 2012. This sail is Dewaruci’s second trip around the globe, including Canada, since 1964. (Embassy of Indonesia in Ottawa/SM)