Closing ceremony of Cutlass Express 2013
November 18, 2013: During the closing ceremony of Cutlass Express 2013 Capt. Guy D. Jackson, Exercise Director, recognizes the teamwork of East African Standby Force boarding team members. Exercise Cutlass Express 2013 is a multinational maritime exercise in the waters off East Africa to improve cooperation.
Sailors at a local orphanage in Victoria
November 18, 2013: Sailors participating in exercise Cutlass Express 2013 passed out stuffed animals donated by a non-profit organization to girls at a local orphanage in Victoria, Seychelles.
Cutlass Express 2013
Boarding team members from the Seychelles Coast Guard and Petty Officer 2nd Class John A. Wilcox, U.S. Navy Maritime Interdiction Operations expert, are conducting a drill that will help participating forces combat illegal fishing during the preparatory phase of Cutlass Express 2013 on a Seychelles Coast Guard base.
U.S. Independence Day celebration
Cmdr. Gregory Blyden, commanding officer of the amphibious dock landing ship USS Carter Hall (LSD 50) and Shari Villarosa, U.S. Ambassador to Seychelles and Mauritius, cut a cake during a reception to celebrate the U.S. Independence Day celebration aboard Carter Hall.
Ambassador Villarosa shares views on press freedom
In the context of World Press Freedom Day, Ambassador Villarosa met editors from five local newspapers and representatives of the Seychelles Media Commission to exchange views on press freedom.
Additional VPP Information
The U.S. Embassy is accepting proposals on behalf of the US Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), Cultural Heritage Center, for the U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) 2014 Competition. Established in 2001 to help developing countries preserve their cultural heritage, the AFCP emphasizes the preservation of the world’s cultural patrimony as an integral component of U.S. foreign relations. The deadline to apply is December 9, 2013. Click here for more information »
The redesigned $100 note: Easy to use, hard to counterfeit
The redesigned $100 note will be issued on October 8, 2013. It will begin circulating across the US and around the world in the weeks and months that follow. It is not necessary to trade in your older-design notes for new ones. This $100 note was redesigned to protect your money by staying ahead of counterfeiters. More than a decade of research went into the redesigned note’s security features. The redesigned $100 notes are easy to authenticate. Over than the watermark, look for two new security features: a 3D security ribbon and the bell in the Inkwell. For more information, click here »
U.S. Consular Agency Victoria, Seychelles
The U.S. Consular Agency is temporarily closed. For any consular service, please contact the U.S. Embassy in Port Louis, Mauritius, via email at PTLConsular@state.gov or on (230) 202 4432 between 15:00 and 16:30.
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