KRI Dewaruci Stops at Pearl Harbor

KRI Dewaruci, and Indonesian Navy tall ship, arrived at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam on February 29. The ship stopped at the base on Oahu to replenish supplies on her trip to the mainland. The Dewaruci began her cruise on January 14th from Surabaya, East Java, Indonesia.

KRI Dewaruci

The KRI Dewaruci is owned and operated by the Indonesian Navy, and is the only tall mast ship of the Barquentine class that the Indonesian Navy owns. She is used as a sail training vessel, and is the largest tall ship in the Indonesian fleet. Dewaruci also serves as a goodwill ambassador for the Indonesian Navy to the rest of the world. While in port on Oahu the crew of more than 80 Indonesian sailors will visit and replenish supplies. KRI Dewaruci was invited to participate in the International Operation Sail (OpSail) 2012 by the Chief of Naval Operations. OpSail 2012 is a bicentennial commemoration of the War of 1812, and a celebration of the Star-Spangled Banner.

Operation Sail

OpSail was first held during the summer of 1964 in conjunction with the New York World’s Fair, and it was instantly iconic, and each event after that was tied to landmark historical American events. Founders of Opsail, Frank Baynard and Nils Hansell shared a vision of fostering global goodwill during a time when the fate of the world seemed uncertain. The pair traversed the globe to gain support and recruit participants to take part in the first ever Operation Sail. In May of 1963, President John F. Kennedy gave his endorsement of the event. Walter Kronkite, who served as an advisor to the organization, described the Bicentennial Operation Sail in 1976 as “the grandest birthday party in the history of the world.”

Operation Sail 2012

Operation Sail has celebrated the majesty and beauty of international tall ships since 1964, and this year is no different. For their 2012 celebration the parade will be entitled The Star-Spangled Sail, and class A tall ships from 25 countries around the world will journey to New Orleans, New York, Norfolk, New London, Baltimore, Annapolis, and Boston to join the USCGC Eagle for the commemorative sail, honoring the War of 1812, and the star-spangled banner.

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