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

New squad leader named in Versailles

first_imgVersailles, In. — Indiana State Police Superintendent Douglas Carter announced that Trooper Zachariah Ruble, a Jackson County resident, is being promoted to sergeant to serve as a District Squad Leader with the Indiana State Police, Versailles District.Sgt. Ruble is a 1999 graduate of Southwestern High School, Hanover, Indiana.  After high school he joined the United States Marines where he served over five years, achieving the rank of Sergeant in 2002.  During his time in the Marines, he was awarded the Marine Corps Combat Aircrew Wings and First Strike/Flight Air Medal for his actions in Afghanistan in 2004.Sgt. Ruble attended the 65th Indiana State Police Academy and graduated in April 2006.  After graduation, he was assigned to the Seymour District of the Indiana State Police until its closing in 2010.  He was then transferred to the Versailles District.  He also served three years as a watch officer in the Indiana Fusion Center.As a trooper, Sgt. Ruble has been a member of the Tactical Intervention Platoon, Honor Guard, and a field training officer.  He is certified as a Control Tactics, Taser, and Firearms Instructor.  He has been a core instructor at the Indiana State Police Academy for five years and recently served as a counselor for the 78th ISP Recruit Academy.Sgt. Ruble is very active in his community.  He has coached football for the Seymour Youth Football League and the Seymour Middle School Football Team.  He has also coached baseball at Seymour Middle School and Trinity Lutheran High School.Sgt. Ruble was promoted after completing the rigorous Indiana State Police promotional process which included performance evaluations, written testing, oral interview, and review by the Indiana State Police Superintendent.Sgt. Ruble’s new responsibilities include supervising and evaluating a squad of troopers who patrol the Versailles District.Versailles District Commander Lt. Paul Adams recently stated, “Sgt. Ruble is deserving of his new position as a supervisor with the Indiana State Police.  His experience in the Marines and Indiana State Police Career has prepared him to lead troopers at the Versailles District. He truly represents the values of the Indiana State Police and I believe his experience and knowledge will be an asset in his new role.”last_img read more