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Embassy Events 2014

FEW Collective: Teaching the Unteachable

14 April 2014

FEW is an artist collective that believes in the power of art to engage, educate, and inspire.  The collective combines traditional forms of music, dance, and art with the elements of Hip Hop and theater to address contemporary issues.

Here dancer, Bravemonk teaches Bobby Adelson from the U.S. Embassy in London some breakdance moves:

 

Winfield House Sessions: Damien Jurado

04 April 2014


Artist Damien Jurado performed an intimate set at U.S. Ambassador Barzun’s residence Winfield House on 04 March 2014.
 
The Winfield House Sessions is a series of informal concerts to celebrate British-American musical synergy.

(Film courtesy Zoon films )

UK Delegation from London visits U.S. Aircraft Carrier in Mediterranean

31 March 2014
UK and Norway delegations pose while an F-18F “Super Hornet” lands onboard USS TRUMAN. (DoD photo)

UK and Norway delegations pose while an F-18F “Super Hornet” lands onboard USS TRUMAN. (DoD photo)

 Mr. Lewis Neal of Her Majesty’s Treasury in the captain’s chair on the navigational bridge – note the phrase “The Buck Stops Here” on the desk.

Mr. Lewis Neal of Her Majesty’s Treasury in the captain’s chair on the navigational bridge – note the phrase “The Buck Stops Here” on the desk.


On Monday, 31 March, the Defense Attaché Office (DAO) London hosted a group of 8 Distinguished Visitors from London on a trip to the USS TRUMAN (CVN 75) which was conducting flight operations in the Mediterranean. 

The group included Labour MP Vernon Coaker, Shadow Secretary of State for Defence, Air Commodore Gary Waterfall, Royal Air Force Typhoon Force Commander and Air Commodore Simon Rochell, RAF Program Manager – Carrier Enabled Power Projection, in addition to representatives from the Royal Navy, Her Majesty’s Treasury and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

The group, touring along with a delegation from Norway, met the TRUMAN Strike Group Commander, Rear Admiral Kevin Sweeney and TRUMAN Commanding Officer Robert Roth who briefed the delegation on their 9 month deployment to the Arabian Gulf and the strike group’s recent operations in the Mediterranean. 

The distinguished visitors observed flight operations, toured static jets and helicopters in the hangar deck, and observed operations in the command and control center, flight control tower, and navigational bridge.

The trip served as an opportunity to demonstrate the value of aircraft carriers not only as a military power projection capability, but as an instrument of diplomatic engagement with global reach.  This visit was conducted as the UK is currently in the process of regenerating it’s carrier fleet and the U.S. and UK are working closely to ensure a smooth and efficient transition for the UK’s Queen Elizabeth II aircraft carriers.

Mary Wilson of The Supremes Sings at Wychwood House

26 February 2014
Deputy Chief of Mission Liz Dibble & Mary Wilson (Embassy photo)

Deputy Chief of Mission Liz Dibble & Mary Wilson (Embassy photo)


On Wednesday, 26 February 26 2014 singing legend Mary Wilson of The Supremes fame sang a set to invited guests at the the Embassy's Wynchwood House residence.

Guests included Baroness Lawrence, Baroness Benjamin and were invited to honor Black History Month.   Mary was presented with a cake to mark her upcoming birthday.

Photos of the event are on Flickr.

Citizenship Day: Ambassador Barzun welcomes our newest American citizens

14 February 2014


On Friday 14th 2014, The U.S. Embassy in London minted 30 of our most adorable new American citizens.

Ambassador Barzun went to congratulate them.

Mars: Latest Results from an Ever-Changing Planet

22 January 2014

Dr. Richard Zurek, NASA's Chief Scientist for the Mars Program at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, stopped by Embassy London on January 17 at the end of a week-long conference at Oxford University on Mars atmospheric research.

Dr. Zurek provided an overview of Mars research past, present, and future to an audience of embassy staff, their families, and guests from other missions.

You can watch that entertaining presentation below and learn how cutting edge science is unlocking mysteries about the planet most similar to our own.

World Cup Warm-Up: U.S. Embassy 5 - 2 MPs

14 January 2014

2014 is a World Cup year!

To celebrate, the U.S. Embassy in London played a selection of UK MPs with the Embassy running out winners 5-2. The match was officiated by renowned non-retired referee Dermot Gallagher.

Members of Parliament in attendance included - Alistair Burt, Stephen Hepburn, Ian Murray, Russell Brown, Karl McCartney, David Burrowes, Greg McClymont, Paul Farrelly, Steve Rotheram, Toby Perkins, Graham Jones, Clive Betts and Gavin Barwell.