Thursday, 16 July 2009

Batumi Reception

Today was a very exciting day for STOUT. We had the honor of hosting a reception for several Georgian dignitaries and Military Officers. Most notable of the dignitaries was the Georgian President, Mikheil Saakashvili. In a speech at the reception he expressed Georgia’s gratitude to the United States and explained that Georgia held a deep affinity for Americans.

The U.S. Ambassador to Georgia, John Tefft, addressed the crowd later in the evening and praised the crew for hosting an excellent reception and proudly showing the flag. Ambassador Tefft was a wonderful guest and talked with nearly every one from during the course of the evening.

The reception was expertly planned and executed by STOUT’s Supply department with support form everyone onboard. The Culinary Specialists worked overtime preparing gourmet foods and a cake that was nothing short of a masterpiece. The reception’s success was a direct result of their hard work.

One particular highlight was a performance by the youth dance troupe that participated in STOUT’s welcoming reception. The young dancers treated the crew to another spectacular show that included a riveting drum performance featuring remarkable acrobatic moves with the drums. Following the performance, the dancers were able to join the crowd for a piece of cake, a treat that was well-deserved.

As STOUT departs Batumi, we look forward to future port visits in the Black Sea that continue to promote maritime partnerships in the region.