Colombian Navy Boosts Capabilities with Customized Ships

first_imgBy Yolima Dussán/Diálogo September 07, 2018 On July 23, 2018, the Colombian Navy added a new rapid reaction amphibious landing ship to its fleet. The ARC Bahía Colombia was named after the bay in the south of the Gulf of Urabá. The vessel is designed to boost naval fleet capabilities with high-performance and shallow-draft capacities, and the ability to carry out maritime interdiction exercises in hard-to-reach areas. The ship will also increase humanitarian operations in maritime and riverine coastal areas, especially in the Pacific, where it was assigned. ARC Bahía Colombia is equipped with two propulsion systems, located port and starboard. Each system consists of a propeller shaft transmitting power from the reducer to a jet drive system to guarantee speed and integration of the drive system. “The propulsion system was chosen as an innovative feature,” said Colombian Navy Vice Admiral Enrique Ramírez Gáfaro, commander of Operations of the Navy. “As it does not use conventional propulsion, such as a propeller, the ship can approach coastal areas and carry out beach and shallow-draft maneuvers without problems.” The vessel can reach a maximum speed of 9 knots per hour. At this speed, it has autonomy to travel up to 1,500 maritime knots for 20 days with 51 people aboard. “It has a storage capacity of 530 cubic feet for fuel,” Wilson Álvarez, project manager at the Colombian Science and Technology Corporation for Naval, Maritime and Riverine Industry Development (COTECMAR, in Spanish), told Diálogo. “It can operate a 12-ton telescopic crane, a 90 kW emergency generator that can serve as a port generator, a desalination plant, a weather station, and a computer to monitor and diagnose engines and generators, among other features.” Effective missions ARC Bahía Colombia has great potential to serve as a deployment platform for maritime interdiction missions. It can increase the Navy’s coverage of territorial waters and allow for speedy deployment at sea for longer periods, something that was not possible before. “These kinds of ships have been used in missions to effectively counter criminal narcotrafficking organizations, organized armed groups, and remnants of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia,” Vice Adm. Ramírez said. “[Now] we can reach areas, transport troops, and carry resources that enable offensive operations along the Pacific coast in areas that can only be accessed by sea as there are no roads, something that criminals use to their advantage.” In addition to coastal navigation, ARC Bahía Colombia will be able to travel through rivers and tributaries that originate in the western mountain range and flow into the sea. The ship can also transport equipment and speedboats, and make landings in the area’s complex geographical conditions. Customized design Bahía Colombia is the fifth vessel COTECMAR built and the sixth produced in the country in the last five years. In September 2017, a similar ship was delivered to the Honduran Naval Force, a milestone for the Colombian naval industry as an exporter of military products through technology transfer. “The progress for construction of this type of better equipped ships with higher performance is the result of two key conditions,” Colombian Navy Vice Admiral Javier Díaz Reina, president of COTECMAR, told Diálogo. “On the one hand, having first-hand knowledge of the Navy’s operational requirements, by talking with the institution about ship performance; on the other, using that knowledge to build optimized ships.” With ARC Bahía Colombia, naval engineers were able to increase the main and emergency engines’ power by updating control technologies. They also installed a weather station that merges with the radar system for an improved mooring system. “This new and enhanced vessel will enable increased territorial control and presence along Colombia’s 807-mile coastline on the Pacific Ocean, where [operations] of narcotrafficking organizations don’t stop,” Vice Adm. Ramírez said. “The ship is essential for the Navy’s mission, allowing for better maritime control in areas where the main effort is required.”last_img read more

How David Luiz helped Ainsley Maitland-Niles before Arsenal’s win against Newcastle United

first_img Coming Next Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Read More Advertisement How David Luiz helped Ainsley Maitland-Niles before Arsenal’s win against Newcastle United Metro Sport ReporterMonday 12 Aug 2019 8:03 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link14.8kShares PLAY David Luiz was pictured talking to Ainsley Maitland-Niles before Arsenal’s win over NewcastleMaitland-Niles, 21, has endured difficult moments since breaking into the Arsenal side in 2017-18 although he has generally been deployed outside his natural position of central midfield.AdvertisementAdvertisementBefore the game against Newcastle, eagle-eyed Arsenal fans spotted Luiz appearing to give Maitland-Niles a pep talk as the players made their way through the tunnel and onto the pitch.Video Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Clearly, whatever instructions Luiz passed on to Maitland-Niles had the desired effect as the youngster excelled both in defence and attack to help the Gunners to a good victory.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityMaitland-Niles won more tackles (four) and completed more dribbles (four) than any other player in the Arsenal side while also getting an assist for Aubameyang with a pinpoint cross.It was a good day all around for Arsenal academy graduates as both Reiss Nelson and Joe Willock were named in the starting line-up after catching Emery’s eye during pre-season.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Manchester United captain Harry Maguire David Luiz was named on the bench for Arsenal’s game against Newcastle (Picture: Getty)David Luiz was a shock deadline day arrival for Arsenal from rivals Chelsea but already the Brazilian looks like he could be an important player for his new club.The 32-year-old was an unused substitute for Arsenal’s 1-0 victory against Newcastle United on Sunday having only joined up with his teammates on Friday after his £8m move from Chelsea.Unai Emery opted to pair Sokratis Papastathopolous and Calum Chambers in the heart of Arsenal’s defence and the pair performed well, helping the side to a rare away clean sheet.Another player to impress was Ainsley Maitland-Niles, who deputised for the injured Hector Bellerin in the right-back position and provided the assist for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s winner.ADVERTISEMENT by Metro Comment Read More Read More Advertisementcenter_img Video Settings 1/1 Read More Read More Top articles SPONSORED / Skip Ad Full Screen About Connatix V67539 Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling Skip 1 min. storylast_img read more

Several ramps on I-74 scheduled for milling and paving starting next week

first_imgPaving on all ramps will occur starting Thursday, September 19 they will start on (EB ramps, then WB ramps with each being closed separately at each location):Thursday, 9/19 (7 p.m. to 6 a.m.) at Exit 156Friday, 9/20 (7 p.m. to 6 a.m.) at Exit 149Saturday, 9/21 (7 p.m. to 6 a.m.) at Exit 143Sunday, 9/22 (No work scheduled)Monday, 9/23 (7 p.m. to 6 a.m.) on C.R. 850 E. overpass (overpass open with flaggers) Tuesday, 9/24 to Thursday, 9/26 at Exit 143 Pipe installation on EB off-ramp (6 a.m. to 7 p.m. on 9/24)Paving (7 p.m. on 9/24 through 9/25)9/26 will be utilized as a workday if necessary Decatur, Franklin, and Ripley Counties— Milestone Contractors will begin milling and paving at three I-74 interchanges in Decatur, Franklin and Ripley Counties on or after Monday, September 16, weather permitting, as crews move toward the completion of the $61 million I-74 reconstruction project that began in August of 2017.Work will take place as follows on all ramps at Exit 156 (S.R. 101/Sunman/Milan), Exit 149 (S.R. 229/Oldenburg/Batesville) and Exit 143 (St. Maurice/New Point) from September 16 to 26, weather permitting.Milling on all ramps next week and will have (no ramp closures scheduled):Monday 9/16 (6 p.m. to 6 a.m.) at Exit 156Tuesday, 9/17 (6 a.m. to 6 p.m.) at Exit 149Wednesday, 9/18 and Thursday, 9/19 (6 p.m. to 6 a.m.) at Exit 143 and C.R. 850 E. overpass (overpass open with flaggers)Friday, 9/20 (6 p.m. to 6 a.m.) at WB I-74 Rest Area (currently closed) Motorists may enter or exit I-74 at the exit before or after each closed ramp. A signed detour will also be available via S.R. 46. The entire I-74 reconstruction project is scheduled to be completed in late October or early November of this year. All drivers are urged to slow down and continue using caution in and near the work zone. All schedules are subject to change.last_img read more

Haidara’s stunner sends Mali into the last 16

first_img Tags: Amadou HaidaraAngolaGroup EMALIMauritaniaTunisia Haidara (right) celebrates after scoring the winner againat Angola on Tuesday. (PHOTOS/Agencies)AFCON 2019Angola 0-1 MaliIsmailia Stadium, IsmailiaTuesday, 02-07-2019Mali progressed to the last 16 as group E winners with a 1-0 win over Angola on Tuesday 2nd July.Angola just needed a point to advance as one of the best four third placed teams but were consequently shown the exit.Amadou Haidara’s sensational strike was enough to send Mali into the next round of the Africa Cup of Nations while Angola were consequently shown the exit.Srdjan Vasiljevic’s side nearly took an early lead in the fourth minute but Gelson Dala’s tame shot was comfortably gathered by Mali goalkeeper Djigui Diarra.At the half hour mark, Kalifa Coulibaly had a decent chance to give the Malians the lead but his header went wideIn the 37th minute, the RB Leipzig midfielder Haidara fired a stunning 20 yard strike past Angola custodian Tony Cabaca in the first period and it was enough to see Mali set up a knockout meeting with two time champions Ivory Coast.In the second period, Angola tried to threaten but Wilson Eduardo was unable to find the target from the chances that came his way.In the closing stages, Adama Traore nearly doubled Mali’s lead but was denied by goalkeeper Cabaca.At the end of proceedings, Mali was able to saw out the win in routine fashion while Angola’s campaign ended in disappointment. They last won an AFCON game in 2012.In the other group E contest, Tunisia played out to a goalless draw with tournament debutants Mauritania which was enough to send them through to the knockout phase.Mali finished top of the group with 7 points, followed by the Tunisians on 3 points, Mali in third place with 2 points. Mauritania who were making their first ever appearance at the continental showpiece finished bottom on two points.The full round of 16 fixtures-Egypt Vs South Africa-Madagascar Vs DR Congo-Nigeria Vs Cameroon-Senegal Vs Uganda-Algeria Vs guinea-Morocco Vs Benin-Mali Vs Ivory Coast-Ghana vs TunisiaComments last_img read more