USA: Secretary of the Navy Announces Names of Two LCS

first_img View post tag: Naval Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced today that the next two Freedom-class littoral combat ships (LCS) to be built in Alabama will be named the USS Jackson and the USS Montgomery.These two ships are part of a dual block buy of LCS class ships announced by Mabus in December 2010.  By procuring both versions of the LCS — Lockheed Martin’s semiplaning monohull and General Dynamic’s aluminum trimaran — the Navy can stabilize the LCS program and the industrial base with an award of 20 ships; increase ship procurement rate to support operational requirements; sustain competition through the program; and enhance foreign military sales opportunities.  Both designs meet the Navy’s LCS requirement.  However, the diversity provided by two designs provides operational flexibility.The selection of Jackson, designated LCS 6, honors the great state capitol Jackson, Miss.  This is the first ship to bear the city’s name.The selection of Montgomery, the capitol of Alabama, designated LCS 8, honors Montgomery, Ala.  This is the second ship to bear the city’s name.Jackson and Montgomery will be designed to defeat growing littoral threats and provide access and dominance in the coastal waters.  A fast, agile surface combatant, the LCS provides the required war fighting capabilities and operational flexibility to execute focused missions close to the shore such as mine warfare, anti-submarine warfare and surface warfare.Jackson and Montgomery will be 419 feet in length, have a waterline beam of 103 feet, displace approximately 3,000 tons, and will make speed in excess of 40 knots.Construction of Jackson and Montgomery will be by Austal Shipbuilding in Mobile, Ala.(defense)[mappress]Source: defense,March 28, 2011; Industry news March 28, 2011 USA: Secretary of the Navy Announces Names of Two LCS View post tag: Secretary View post tag: usa View post tag: LCS Back to overview,Home naval-today USA: Secretary of the Navy Announces Names of Two LCS View post tag: names View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Announces View post tag: Navy View post tag: two Share this articlelast_img read more

Sri Lanka Navy Arrests 57 Australia Bound Persons

first_img View post tag: Persons August 17, 2012 View post tag: Arrests Sri Lanka Navy Arrests 57 Australia Bound Persons View post tag: $57 View post tag: News by topic Share this article View post tag: Sri Back to overview,Home naval-today Sri Lanka Navy Arrests 57 Australia Bound Persons View post tag: Naval View post tag: Australia View post tag: Navy View post tag: Lanka Sri Lanka Navy arrested 57 persons illegally bound for Australia in a multi-day trawler on 16th August 2012.The trawler named “Pushpa Rejini” was intercepted 40 nautical miles off Pigeon Island in Trincomalee. Thirty-nine (39) men, eight (8) women and 10 children (6 boys and 4 girls) were among the arrested. They are residents of Trincomalee, Jaffna, Batticaloa and Mannar.The arrested persons that included 52 Tamils and 5 Sinhalese were brought to Trincomalee Harbour to be handed over to the CID for further investigations.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, August 17, 2012; Image: Sri Lanka Navy View post tag: Boundlast_img read more

US UCT 2, Philippine NAVSOG Finish Construction Project

first_img View post tag: News by topic View post tag: asia View post tag: NAVSOG View post tag: Philippine Seabees from Underwater Construction Team (UCT) 2 and sailors from the Philippine Naval Special Operations Group (NAVSOG) gathered for a ribbon-cutting ceremony of a joint reconstruction boat ramp at Naval Base Heracleo Alano in Cavite City, Philippines, Nov. 5.The ceremony marked the culmination of a six-month collaboration between the Philippine navy and U.S. Navy to increase interoperability and hone construction and mission-critical skillsets, said U.S. Navy Seabee Chief Equipment Operator (SCW/DSW) James Igoe.Continuing to work together on construction projects such as these will not only keep all our mutual technical skills sharpened but will further enhance our lasting relationship.Igoe, officer-in-charge of an 11-member unit from UCT 2 stationed at Port Hueneme, California, worked with Philippine engineers to reconstruct a ramp, originally built in 2005, to place boats in the water from the NAVSOG compound.The reconstructed ramp will enable NAVSOG to enhance their land-sea based training and operations.Rear Adm. Caesar Taccad, vice commander of the Philippine navy, was the keynote speaker and thanked the U.S. Sailors for their efforts.The boat ramp will be used for training and operational NAVSOG requirements.[mappress mapid=”14401″]Press release, Image: US Navy US UCT 2, Philippine NAVSOG Finish Construction Project View post tag: construction November 11, 2014 Back to overview,Home naval-today US UCT 2, Philippine NAVSOG Finish Construction Project center_img View post tag: finish View post tag: US UCT 2 View post tag: Navy View post tag: project Authorities View post tag: Naval Share this articlelast_img read more

USS Hopper arrives in Alaska ahead of Northern Edge 2017

first_img View post tag: Northern Edge Share this article Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Hopper arrives in Alaska ahead of Northern Edge 2017 Authorities USS Hopper arrives in Alaska ahead of Northern Edge 2017 The U.S. Navy’s Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Hopper (DDG 70) arrived in Homer, Alaska, April 29 for a scheduled port visit prior to their participation in Exercise Northern Edge 2017.Northern Edge is a biennial training exercise conducted in the Joint Pacific Alaska Range Complex, which includes the area within the Gulf of Alaska, as well as land and airspace within the state.Northern Edge includes participation from several commands, including Alaskan Command, U.S. Pacific Fleet, U.S. 3rd Fleet, Marine Corps Forces Pacific, U.S. Army Pacific, and others.The exercise is planned to involve approximately 200 aircraft at Joint Base Elmendorf- Richardson and Eielson Air Force Base, along with Hopper, USS O’Kane (DDG 77), and USNS Guadalupe (T-AO 200).USS Decatur (DDG 73) was the last ship to visit Homer in June 2011, while O’Kane visited in June 2006 and USS Lake Champlain (CG 57) in July 2004.Alaskans have objected to this exercise because of the impact the drills could have on the ecosystems. Alaskans fear that sonars used by the Navy during exercises might endanger the region’s commercially viable species of fish.The U.S. Navy did not comment on the ecological impact of the exercise but mentioned that during the 2015 edition of the drill, approximately $13 million was brought into the state of Alaska due to the additional military personnel, support contracts, and port visits.Hopper is a multi-mission surface combatant, capable of anti-air, anti-submarine, and anti-surface warfare missions. It can operate independently or in support of carrier and expeditionary strike groups. Hopper is homeported in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. View post tag: US Navy View post tag: USS Hopper May 1, 2017last_img read more

UK sending Type 23 frigate to Japan next year

first_img View post tag: JMSDF UK sending Type 23 frigate to Japan next year View post tag: HMS Argyll As the UK and Japan defense ministries are stepping up their cooperation in response to the unprecedented threat posed by North Korea, the Royal Navy is sending a Type 23 frigate to Japan.In December 2018, HMS Argyll is set to be sent to the region. UK troops exercising jointly with their Japanese counterparts next year will be a first for non-US troops on Japanese soil.The announcement was made as part of UK Prime Ministers Theresa May’s visit to Japan and the headquarters of the Japanese Maritime Self Defence Force (JMSDF) at Yokosuka outside Tokyo, where she received a briefing from Japanese and UK military personnel on-board helicopter destroyer JS Izumo, the largest vessel in the JMSDF.The briefing focused on the strength of the UK-Japan defense relationship, including joint mine countermeasures work in the region.In addition to naval cooperation, the UK and Japan will agree to cooperate on cyber security ahead of the 2019 Rugby World Cup and 2020 Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics and share best practice and expertise, including through an exchange of expert visits.The two countries will also improve information-sharing and will strengthen cooperation on aviation security and tackling violent extremism.“I am determined that our defence and security cooperation will continue to go from strength to strength, enhancing our collective response to threats to the international order and to global peace and security, through increased cooperation on defence, cyber security, and counter-terrorism,” Theresa May said. Share this article View post tag: Type 23center_img Authorities September 4, 2017 Back to overview,Home naval-today UK sending Type 23 frigate to Japan next year View post tag: Royal Navylast_img read more

Argentine Navy confirms explosion near missing submarine

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today Argentine Navy confirms explosion near missing submarine View post tag: Argentine Navy November 24, 2017 Share this article The Argentine Navy confirmed that an explosion occurred near the position from which the missing submarine ARA San Juan last sent her position.The confirmation follows reports from November 22 which said several agencies had been investigating a so-called “hydroacoustic anomaly” which took place on November 15, around the time ARA San Juan last communicated.The navy has now confirmed that the sound in question was indeed an explosion but has not confirmed the deaths of 44 crew aboard the submarine as it is yet to be found. While the navy could not provide details about the fate of the submarine’s crew, fears are widespread that there would be no survivors. It is feared that, even if an explosion did not occur on the submarine, the submariners are likely to have run out of air after nine days under water.An international search party composed of a number of specialized aircraft and ships equipped with unmanned and remotely operated underwater vehicles continues. Search and rescue units are currently focused on a swath of ocean 250 kilometers in radius, near the continental shelf off the coast of Puerto Madryn.Meanwhile, Russia has deployed a team of experts from St. Petersburg to Argentina to aid the search efforts. The Russian Navy special purpose ship Yantar has also been sent to the region after being rerouted from west Africa shores. Argentine Navy confirms explosion near missing submarine Authorities View post tag: ARA San Juan View post tag: submarinelast_img read more

Russia to receive two new Improved Kilo subs in 2020

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today Russian Navy to receive first second-batch Improved Kilo submarines in 2020 June 27, 2018 View post tag: Russian Navy After starting construction on the first two boats of a new batch of Project 636.3 (Improved Kilo-class) submarines in 2017, Russia’s Admiralty Shipyard is set to deliver the submarines to the navy in 2020.The seventh and eighth boats in their class will be handed over to the Pacific Fleet in November 2020, Russian news agency Tass reported based on the shipyard’s annual report.Admiralty Shipyard started construction on the boats, to be named ‘Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky’ and ‘Volkhov’, in July 2017 with a keel laying ceremony in St. Petersburg.According to plans from 2017, the two submarines were expected to be delivered in 2019 while all six second-batch Project 636.3 subs were to be delivered by 2022. The latest adjustments will likely postpone delivery dates for all units in the class.These new submarines (also referred to as Varshavyanka-class in Russia) are being built under a contract the Russian defense ministry signed with Admiralty Shipyard and Armur Shipbuilding Plant in September 2016.The sixth unit in the class – Kolpino – was expected to be the Russian Navy’s final Improved Kilo-class submarine, but problems and delays in the development of the Project 677 Lada-class diesel-electric attack submarine program prompted Russia to order an additional six Project 636.3 submarines.The submarines are armed with 18 torpedoes and eight surface-to-air missiles. The vessels can accommodate a crew of 52 submariners and stay at sea for 45 days.They displace 4,000 tonnes when submerged and reach speeds of over 17 knots, according the Russian Navy. The submarines carry Kalibr-cruise missiles which are also being fitted on Russian nuclear-powered Oscar-class submarines. View post tag: Volkhov View post tag: Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky Russian Navy to receive first second-batch Improved Kilo submarines in 2020 View post tag: Project 636.3 View post tag: Pacific Fleet Authorities Share this articlelast_img read more

US Navy completes pier project at Bahrain base

first_img View post tag: USACE Authorities A ribbon-cutting ceremony held on February 20 marked the completion of a new USD 49.6 million steel and concrete pier project at the US Navy base in Bahrain.The pier, built by the US Army Corps of Engineers Middle East District, is expected to enhance the navy’s operational readiness in the region.Previously, the US Navy had been using barges for much of the work on ships that can now be done while docked at the pier. Additionally, larger ships needed to use the commercial port in Bahrain for things that required an extended docking such as a resupply operation. That meant increased security and logistics requirements, greater transit time and an increase in maritime traffic congestion in an already extremely busy port.“Since the barges had basically become unusable over time, it was extremely important to our navy partners that we deliver this project as quickly as possible,” Army Capt. Grant Wanamaker, a project manager with the District in Bahrain, said.Wanamaker said the Corps of Engineers was able to expedite things using a process called a critical path design. A critical path design is a process in which construction is able to start prior to completion of the entire project design.Apart from the time frame challenge, the team had to put concrete trucks onto barges to get the concrete where it needed to be. Beyond the engineering challenge this presented, they also had to work around heavy maritime traffic in the area.“This was a pretty straight forward pier as that type of build goes but it’s not something USACE does very often and not something we’ve executed here before. I’m extremely proud of the work our team has done,”  Wanamaker added.Ultimately, the project was completed six months ahead of the original Building Occupancy Date (BOD) schedule and will significantly improve 5th Fleet capabilities.The commanding officer of Naval Support Activity Bahrain, Navy Capt. Greg Smith, said the pier would greatly improve shore operations for the U.S. Navy and their partners in the region.“With this pier, we are better able to do our mission to support U.S. and coalition maritime operations throughout the USCENTCOM AOR.”“We can provide more efficient and effective shore services to the U.S. 5th Fleet and the 31 coalition partners … we will all work together to enhance stability and ensure the free flow of commerce throughout the region,” Smith explained. View post tag: Bahrain navaltoday US Navy completes pier project at Bahrain base to boost operational readiness View post tag: Pier February 26, 2020, by View post tag: US Navy Back to overview,Home naval-today US Navy completes pier project at Bahrain base to boost operational readiness Share this articlelast_img read more

Screenwriting Faculty – Adjunct

first_imgDescription*This recruitment is to establish an applicant pool for futurevacancies. Individuals will be contacted as vacanciesoccur.*Olympic College is continuously recruiting for ScreenwritingAdjunct Faculty (part-time) to teach multiple level/cluster coursesin script writing, and serve as mentors for our screenwritingstudents.Olympic College is home to award-winning Associate andBaccalaureate degree programs in Filmmaking. The programs combinethe more traditional theory approaches of film studies withextensive hands-on instruction and active student engagement ineach course. OC is seeking adjunct faculty members in the area offilmmaking that can incorporate this teaching approach into theirpedagogy. Emphasis is on the practical and artistic elements ofnarrative storytelling.Olympic College’s Filmmaking department features a media productionstudio, dedicated editing suites, a sound stage, all new filmproduction equipment, a screening theatre, and Mac computers withindustry software. The program grants Bachelor and Associatedegrees in Filmmaking, and is taught by current and former industryprofessionals. The department currently enrolls over 250 students aquarter and is rapidly growing. Olympic College is seeking adjunctfaculty who can help maintain cutting edge instruction, bring anentrepreneurial spirit necessary to collaboratively assist ingrowing and guiding a department dedicated to serving the authenticneeds of the digital filmmaker in the 21st century, and help takethe department to the next level of national prominence.Click the “How to Apply” button for more information.last_img read more


first_imgI want to bottle-fuck you slowly with my sunglasses on. Well, there’s something to try out next time you’re in Filth. Yum. These are words spoken by Eric Packer, the central figure in Don DeLillo’s new novel, Cosmopolis (Picador, £16.99), to one of his many women. The moral throughout the book is the corrupting power of capital: DeLillo creates a Capitalist nightmare/ dream in which he places a man utterly devoid of human sensation. His only forays into feeling consist of bestial urges, eating and screwing. And abusing drink receptacles too, apparently. Ultimately, the super-rich, superbright twenty-something dot com entrepreneur discovers that his only hope of escape from a dampened existence is in his own destruction at the hands of a rambling former-employee. DeLillo has been internationally lauded and won many awards for critically acclaimed best-sellers like Americana and more lately, Underworld. I haven’t read either. If I were to judge this author by this book, I wouldn’t bother. It’s never nice admitting publicly that you aren’t impressed by a book, especially one that seems to promise so much. Reading it, you can’t help but feel that it’s a bit of a cop-out – the half-fulfilment of an idea that could be fascinating, were it not something we are already aware of and familiar with. His prose is blunt with its own poetic concision, but is never quite as punchy as he might have hoped. There are brilliantly executed moments in the novel. For example, some of the most interesting passages in the book are those that depict Packer’s thoughts as he lies awake before starting his day. The theme of order against disorder, patterns in chaotic economy, is also effective and cleverly wrought, as is Packer’s unsettling indifference to almost everything around him. Overall, though, it’s somewhat disappointing. It’s not that this book lacks style or interest – DeLillo’s images of a bleak, looming city are effective, as is the fragmented, passionless progress of Packer’s day, giving form to the notion of the loss of human sentiment. Once you grasp the direction in which the novel’s headed, though, nothing spectacular happens; maybe DeLillo intended this, but it doesn’t bring anything to the narrative itself.The flaw of this book is that it reveals nothing particularly new. We have now all heard of Anti- Capitalist movements, and their arguments; we have all witnessed immense political and corporate ambition. Cosmopolis, then, presents a strong dystopian vision, and one that is, in itself, not impossible to foresee. Read it, by all means, and enjoy its many strengths but don’t hope for much more than a depiction of how a modern yuppy realises the vapidity of his existence.ARCHIVE: 4th week TT 2003last_img read more