Expedition 351 hadn’t even set sail yet, and things already got off to an exciting start on June 2.
While the JOIDES Resolution was in port at Yokohama, US Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy paid a visit to the ship, along with several members of her staff and officials from MEXT – the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology.
The group got a five-star tour of the vessel’s lab facilities, starting with a meet-and-greet with Co-Chiefs Richard Arculus and Osamu Ishizuka. Guided by Dr. Jay Miller from USIO, the tour included a look at the catwalk and all the lab facilities, a detailed imaging presentation from Bill Crawford (USIO), a tour of the bridge with Captain Terry Skinner (Siem/ODL), a look at one of the staterooms on board (a rare treat for tour groups), and a photo shoot near the ship’s bow.
Although Ambassador Kennedy had to get to another appointment, the rest of the group stayed behind for a special lunch prepared by the galley staff.
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