Margie Engle, Sapphire Inducted Into US Show Jumping Hall of Fame

first_imgOlympic veteran Margie Engle and McLain Ward’s two-time Olympic mount Sapphire have been elected for induction into the Show Jumping Hall of Fame. They will be honored during the Hall of Fame’s annual induction ceremony at the Devon Horse Show in May.Induction into the Show Jumping Hall of Fame is an honor bestowed annually upon select individuals whose contributions to the sport have set them apart and whose influence has had a significant impact on the sport of show jumping and the equestrian community. It is because of their talents, efforts, accomplishments, and what they have brought to the sport, that the Election Committee, comprising some of the nation’s top riders, trainers and officials, elected Engle and Sapphire as the class of 2020.Margie Goldstein EngleMargie Goldstein Engle is one of the most accomplished riders in U.S. history. She competed in the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games, won the team Silver Medal at the 2006 FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG) in Aachen, and is a three-time Pan American Games medalist, with team Gold and individual Bronze Medals in 2003 and team Silver in 1999. She has ridden in 17 World Cup Finals and on numerous Nations Cup squads and has won over 200 Grand Prix including many of the nation’s and the world’s most prestigious events.In the 1980s, ’90s and early 2000s when the American Grandprix Association (AGA) represented the sport’s highest level, Engle won the AGA Rider of the Year award 10 times; she is the only person to win the award more than four times. She was the first rider to place six horses in the ribbons, and the first to sweep the top five places, in a single Grand Prix.Engle was one of 12 riders to contribute to the U.S.’s win in the FEI Nations’ Cup Series in 1997, the same year she rode Hidden Creek’s Laurel on USET squads that won Nations Cups at Rome and St. Gallen, along with an individual win in the Grand Prix of Rome.In 1998, she tied for sixth place in the FEI World Cup Final in Helsinki and was first alternate for the U.S.’s World Equestrian Games (WEG) squad. She also won that year’s USET Show Jumping Championship. In 1999, Engle rode Hidden Creek’s Alvaretto to the team Silver Medal at the Pan American Games in Winnipeg. The following year she rode Hidden Creek’s Perin to a spot on the U.S. Olympic team in Sydney where she helped the U.S. place sixth while also finishing 10th individually, the highest U.S. finish.In 2001, Engle swept the two Grand Prix events at Lake Placid, where she has won the Grand Prix seven times, and also won the U.S. Grand Prix League Finals in Culpepper. In 2000-2, she became the first rider to win the Hampton Classic’s featured Grand Prix three straight years. In 2003, Engle won team Gold and individual Bronze Medals at the Pan American Games in Santo Domingo.In 2004, Engle had 11 Grand Prix wins despite a broken hip bone that sidelined her for two months. She added another 11 wins in 2005 and seven more in 2006 when she won the AGA award for the 10th and final time. That year she was also part of the U.S.’s Silver Medal WEG team at Aachen.In 2014, Engle rode Royce on winning U.S. teams at the FEI Nations Cup Final at the Hickstead CSIO5* and at the Barcelona CSIO5*. Engle and Royce were named to the short list for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio and competed in the La Baule CSIO5* where they produced double clear rounds to help the U.S. place second in the Nations Cup while also taking 5th place in the Grand Prix, finishing as the highest ranked American at the show. In 2018, Engle celebrated her 60th birthday by winning the $500,000 CSI5* Grand Prix at WEF aboard Royce. That spring Engle was named to the Short List for the U.S.’s FEI World Equestrian Games squad.SapphireSapphire had one of the most successful careers in show jumping history. The Belgian Warmblood mare carried McLain Ward to two Olympic team Gold Medals, a World Equestrian Games (WEG) team Silver and dozens of individual wins at many of the world’s biggest and most prestigious events.Foaled in Belgium in 1995, Sapphire was recommended to Ward as a 7-year-old by Francois Mathy and was owned at different times by Ward in partnership with Harry Gill, Double H Farm, Blue Chip Bloodstock and Tom Grossman. “Sara” and Ward took to each other right away and had an immediate impact on the U.S. and international show jumping scene.Sapphire and Ward quickly became mainstays on all major U.S. teams, winning Olympic team Gold Medals in 2004 at Athens and 2008 at Hong Kong where they also finished fifth individually. They added a team Silver Medal at the FEI World Equestrian Games at Aachen in 2006, where they placed seventh individually, and also helped the U.S. win the Samsung FEI Nations Cup Super League in 2005. They were also part of the U.S.’s WEG team at Lexington in 2010 when they again placed seventh individually.Sapphire’s record in Grand Prix competition was equally impressive. Ward rode her in four FEI World Cup Finals, placing eighth in 2007 and second in 2009 when they jumped clear in all five rounds. Their long list of wins together includes the $1 million CN International Grand Prix at Spruce Meadows (2009), the $1 Million Grand Prix at Saugerties (2010), the $100,000 President’s Cup at the Washington International (2008, 2010), the Grand Prix of La Baule and Grand Prix of Rome in 2010, the $200,000 American Invitational (2008), and both the $50,000 Grand Prix qualifier and $250,000 Hampton Classic Grand Prix (2009).Other big wins included the USEF National Show Jumping Championship (2006), the Devon Grand Prix (2007, 2009), and multiple major wins at the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington including a record five wins in the Five-Star WEF Finale Grand Prix. Sapphire was named the American Grandprix Association (AGA) Horse of the Year in 2007 and the USEF Show Jumping Horse of the Year in 2009.After her retirement in the spring of 2012, Sapphire lived a happy life at Ward’s Castle Hill Farm until her passing in 2014 at age 19. Tags: McLain Ward, Sapphire, Show Jumping Hall of Fame, Margie Goldstein Engle, Email* We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. 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USS Nevada Finishes First Post-Overhaul Patrol

first_img July 13, 2011 View post tag: finishes View post tag: News by topic Trident ballistic missile submarine USS Nevada (SSBN 733) and its Blue Crew returned to Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor July 3, capping Nevada’s first strategic deterrent patrol following a two-year refueling overhaul.“I am extremely proud of the crew in completing all strategic certifications in the last 12 months and taking the ship to sea for her first strategic patrol in nearly four years,” said Cmdr. Alan Schrader, Blue Crew’s commanding officer.“It is through the crew’s hard work that we completed all tasking,” Schrader continued. “Taking a ship out of refueling overhaul and back to the strategic front lines in the strict timeline required by U.S. Strategic Command was a great accomplishment for both crews and family members of Nevada. It is great to be back as a strategic asset.”Sailors’ families were on hand to greet Nevada as it arrived, with Amanda Voelker receiving the traditional first kiss from her husband, Lt. Nathan Voelker.During Nevada’s 56 days underway, a total of 56 Blue Crew Sailors earned the SSBN Deterrent Patrol Insignia, marking their first deterrent patrol. The crew honored the awardees on the pier with a pinning ceremony during which each was pinned by a representative of his leadership team.Nevada also qualified 10 Blue Crew Sailors – two officers and eight enlisted – as submariners, giving them the honor of wearing the traditional “dolphins.”“Sailors on their first submarine assignment spend a significant amount of time learning the complex systems onboard the submarine,” said Lt. Cmdr. J.W. Hale, Blue Crew’s executive officer. “Their final qualification as a submariner is a significant career achievement that each Sailor can be very proud of. Working with these motivated and intelligent Sailors is the best part of serving as their XO.”Nevada underwent an engineered refueling overhaul at Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility from February 2008 to July 2010. The overhaul included a refueling of the ship’s reactor, extending Nevada’s service for 20 more years.After emerging from the shipyard, Nevada underwent several months of post-refueling overhaul certifications, capped by the successful test launch of a Trident II D5 missile during demonstration and shakedown operations off the coast of Southern California in March.“Our Sailors’ dedication and perseverance allowed us to successfully complete every challenge and milestone placed in front of us to get USS Nevada back on the front lines as a strategic asset,” said Command Master Chief(SS) and Chief of the Boat Matt Tresch. “Our Sailors’ sacrifice would not have been possible if not for the support of our families and friends. It has been a complete team effort from both Blue and Gold crews, our family support groups, and the entire Pacific northwest Navy team.”Nevada is one of eight Ohio-class ballistic missile submarines homeported at Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor, providing the survivable leg of the nation’s strategic deterrent forces.[mappress]Source: navy, July 13, 2011; View post tag: USS View post tag: Post-Overhaul Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Nevada Finishes First Post-Overhaul Patrol View post tag: Patrol View post tag: first View post tag: Naval View post tag: Navy USS Nevada Finishes First Post-Overhaul Patrol Training & Education View post tag: Nevada Share this articlelast_img read more

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Latvian Navy’s New SWATH Patrol Boats to Stay Under GL Class

first_img View post tag: Boats View post tag: Naval View post tag: class View post tag: Patrol View post tag: Latvian View post tag: GL Industry news View post tag: News by topic Latvian Navy’s New SWATH Patrol Boats to Stay Under GL Class March 5, 2012 View post tag: Stay View post tag: Navy View post tag: under View post tag: Navy’s Back to overview,Home naval-today Latvian Navy’s New SWATH Patrol Boats to Stay Under GL Class View post tag: New View post tag: SWATH The Latvian Navy’s new SWATH (Small Waterplane Area Twin Hull) patrol boats will be kept under Germanischer Lloyd (GL) class. GL surveyors will conduct periodic examinations throughout the life cycle of the vessels to verify that the vessels continue to be fit for purpose, technically reliable and seaworthy. Five vessels are currently planned with one, the Skrunda, already delivered. This is the first contract ever awarded for the maintenance in class of military SWATH boats.The five SWATH Patrol Boats are being built with GL class at German shipyard Abeking & Rasmussen (3 vessels) and at the Latvian Riga Shipyard (2 vessels). The first of these vessels, the “Skrunda” was delivered to the Latvian Navy in April of 2011. The Latvian Navy made the decision to maintain the vessels in class due to the advanced nature of the design. Following a tender process, carried out according to EU and Latvian law, GL was awarded the contract.GL surveyors worked with the yards and with the Latvian Navy throughout the construction process to ensure that the vessels’ construction complied with both GL rules and the applicable international regulations (e.g. SOLAS, MARPOL). Building vessels to classification society rules and keeping them in class is a growing trend, as navies look to reduce maintenance and monitoring costs while maintaining high safety standards, through compliance with international regulations. “As vessels become more complex, monitoring the technical safety of such vessels requires a greater investment in resources and manpower. Maintaining vessels to the rules of a classification society allows navies to concentrate on their core activities, reducing the workload on crews and cutting costs,” said André Grabow, GL Business Development Manager Navy.SWATH boats are noted for their exceptional stability and motion comfort, both in high seas and at high speeds. The Skrunda (GL + 100 A5 HSDE OC3, Patrol Boat, + MC Aut) has a length of 25.7m, beam of 13.0m and a draft of 2.7m. It is based on Abeking & Rasmussen’s 25m SWATH Pilot boat design. In a shift from the Pilot boat design the Skrunda’s engines have been placed in the lower hulls, which results in more room for the crew and additional passengers. It is designed to undertake a range of operations through the provision of a mount for a modular mission module, which is positioned between the two bows. This can be used to hold equipment or mount systems for conducting a variety of military missions, as well as for civilian tasks such as hydrographic surveys, environmental protection or diving operations.The patrol boats’ main duties will be to monitor and control Latvian and EU territorial waters and the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) and carry out search and rescue duties. They will also participate in international operations.[mappress]Naval Today Staff , March 05, 2012; Image: gl-group Share this articlelast_img read more

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Russia: USC, JSC Rosnano Agree on Cooperation

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today Russia: USC, JSC Rosnano Agree on Cooperation View post tag: Rosnano Plan of cooperation between the Russia’s largest shipbuilding company JSC United Shipbuilding Corporation (USC) and investment company responsible for competitive nano-technological industry JSC Rosnano was approved on March 15 at the meeting with participation of Anatoly Chubais and Roman Trotsenko. The parties formed joint working group consisting of Rosnano‘s project managers, experts of innovation block, and chief designers of USC design bureaus.In the nearest two months the group will determine common technical requirements to nano products for shipbuilding and work out possibility to implement Rosnano projects at USC shipyards.One of the top-priority lines of cooperation is introducing of carbon fiber materials, solar and lithium-ion batteries with potential use of super-condensers, different nano coatings, electrochemical cells, and various kinds of special rubbers.JSC United Shipbuilding Corporation is a largest shipbuilding company in Russia. It was established in 2007 with 100% shares in federal ownership. The holding comprises over 50 shipbuilding enterprises and organizations (core national shipyards and leading design bureaus). Russian market is a top priority for the state-led corporation, although it exports production to 20 foreign countries.JSC Rosnano was established in March 2011 by re-organization of state-led Russian Nanotechnology Corporation. JSC Rosnano implements governmental policy on development of nano industry acting as co-investor for nanotechnological projects with considerable economic or social potentials. 100% of Rosnano shares are in state ownership. Anatoly Chubais was appointed the company’s president.Tasks of the former Russian Nanotechnology Corporation on creation of nanotechnological infrastructure and implementation of education programs are currently executed by the Foundation for Infrastructural and Education Programs also established during restructuring of the state corporation.[mappress]Naval Today Staff , March 23, 2012; Industry news View post tag: Naval March 23, 2012 View post tag: Cooperation View post tag: Navycenter_img View post tag: USC View post tag: News by topic View post tag: JSC View post tag: Agree Russia: USC, JSC Rosnano Agree on Cooperation Share this articlelast_img read more

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Naval and Air Commanders Visit USS John C. Stennis

first_img December 5, 2012 View post tag: Visit Back to overview,Home naval-today Naval and Air Commanders Visit USS John C. Stennis View post tag: and View post tag: USS Naval and Air Commanders Visit USS John C. Stennis Senior officers from U.S. Central Command embarked the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74), to meet with the leadership and crew, Nov. 30.Vice Adm. John Miller, commander, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command/U.S. 5th Fleet/Combined Maritime Forces, addressed the crew during an all hands call on the flight deck, while Lt. Gen David Goldfein, commander, U.S. Air Forces Central Command addressed the squadrons of Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 9.“Stennis is the lone representative of naval aviation in the U.S. 5th Fleet and we’re grateful to have you and put you to good use,” said Miller during an all hands call.Afterwards, Miller took questions from the crowd concerning topics ranging from future port visits to the geo-political climate in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.“The all hands call was very informative,” said Personnel Specialist Seaman Danielle Bender. “We have a better understanding of how important our presence is in the 5th Fleet while serving our country.”The John C. Stennis Strike Group, consisting of Stennis, CVW 9, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 21 and guided-missile cruiser USS Mobile Bay (CG 53), deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet to strengthen regional partnerships, sustain maritime security, and support combatant commander requirements for assets in the area.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, December 5, 2012 View post tag: Stennis View post tag: Commanders Training & Education View post tag: Naval View post tag: C. View post tag: News by topic View post tag: air View post tag: Navy View post tag: John Share this articlelast_img read more

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Three Generations of Sailors Serving Aboard USS Abraham Lincoln

first_imgThree generations of Sailors born between the late 1950s through the mid-1990s are serving aboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) as the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier undergoes its refueling and complex overhaul (RCOH) in Newport News.As each Sailor is different so too are the generations they represent with the majority of the nearly 2,500 Sailors assigned to the carrier are known as Millenial or Generation Y and brings with them their own style of problem solving and experience. The majority of the crew, slightly more than 80 percent, is representative of this generation of those born prior to the launch of the personal computer through the birth of the World Wide Web.Lt. Cmdr. Tony Beaster, Lincoln’s training officer, explains how these three separate generations of Sailors respond to training, motivation and education.Prior to reporting to Lincoln, Beaster studied manpower and analysis, earning a master’s degree from Capella University in 2010. While at Capella, he studied how people learn, interact and specifically how motivation affects different groups of people.“What motivates a baby boomer is different then what motivates a millenial,” said Beaster. “The goals are different for each group.”Less than one percent of the crew is defined as a Baby Boomer, born between 1946 through 1964. Slightly more Sailors, about 19 percent, fit into the Generation X mold. This group, like Beaster, is defined as those individuals born between 1965 and 1981. Generation X Sailors are typically team orientated, believe in a work and family-life balance, and have strong loyalty to their relationships.Beaster added that while each generation responds differently to motivation, they also view work differently.“For Baby Boomers working is simply a means to an end and for a Millenial if they didn’t need to work, they wouldn’t,” said Beaster.According to Beaster, each generation is motivated in a myriad of ways. Baby Boomers respond positively to pay raises and new titles when being awarded for their work acumen, said Beaster, whereas Generation X Sailors respond positively if they are given time off or time away from the job. Millenials, Beaster added, are best motivated if they receive immediate recognition for a job well done.Beaster takes into consideration the divergent generations aboard the Lincoln especially since the majority of Sailors who have grown up with the Internet and added that this type of learning style also effects how they live and engage.“Learning how to interact and communicate with these groups will help us to determine the best way to train each group and pass information and solicit feedback,” said Beaster.Personnel Specialist Seaman Apprentice Catherine Kapic, assigned to the Administrative Department aboard USS Abraham Lincoln was born in 1994 and reflects on her communication style with her fellow Sailors.“Texting to me is the easiest and emails are more like letters and require more thought before sending,” said Kapic.Beaster said that Millenials respond more positively when supervisors allow them to tackle their to-do lists and admonish micromanagement work styles.“You can motivate the Millenials by giving them the list of everything we need them to do, and let them figure out what is important,” said Beaster. “They like being given the problem. Giving them a due date is an absolute need, but Millenials don’t always react well to last-minute changes.”Beaster added that both Baby Boomers and Generation X Sailors are more prone to roll with the punches and adapt more quickly to changed plans and schedules, but Millenials need more structure.Education, according to Beaster, is a common denominator for Baby Boomers and Millenials.“Baby boomers are more interested in gaining a skill set than a four or six-year degree and many Millenials are reverting back to the Baby Boomer mentality,” said Beaster.”Another motivating factor is the region a Sailor was raised and how they were raised.”Lincoln is truly a representation of the United States. Sailors from every state are assigned to the Lincoln. California remains in the lead with more than 300 Sailors calling that state home. Rhode Island and Vermont are at a tie with three Sailors each hailing from those states.Motivation and work styles are different across each generation. So too are the communication styles.Beaster said that whether Sailors are from Washington, Texas or New York, one thing connects all three generations — their need for communicating. Beaster added that understanding how they best like to communicate is the key to bridging the communication gap.[mappress]Press Release, October 22, 2013 View post tag: Abraham Training & Education View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Defense View post tag: Generations Three Generations of Sailors Serving Aboard USS Abraham Lincoln View post tag: serving View post tag: USS View post tag: sailors View post tag: Lincoln Share this article View post tag: Defence View post tag: Aboard October 22, 2013 Back to overview,Home naval-today Three Generations of Sailors Serving Aboard USS Abraham Lincoln View post tag: three View post tag: Navy View post tag: Navallast_img read more

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Singapore Orders Two Subs from ThyssenKrupp

first_img Share this article Singapore Orders Two Subs from ThyssenKrupp ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems, a company of ThyssenKrupp Industrial Solutions, has signed a contract for the delivery of two submarines of HDW Class 218SG to Singapore.HDW Class 218SG is a customised design from ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems. The submarines, which will be fitted out with an air independent propulsion system, are going to be built at the Kiel premises of ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems.Compared to the present ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems submarines, the new design has been customised to house additional equipment for present and future operational requirements. Special attention has also been paid to the ultra-modern layout of the tailor-made Combat System of these submarines. ST Electronics, being part of the ST Engineering group, will co-develop such Combat System with Atlas Elektronik GmbH.Dr. Hans Christoph Atzpodien, Chairman of the Management Board of Business Area Industrial Solutions of ThyssenKrupp AG, underlines the importance of the order: “We very much look forward to continue the co-operation with the Republic of Singapore Navy which has already been a customer of ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems. The new order is an affirmation of our high-end products and services and will further strengthen our position as a world market leader in the sector of non-nuclear submarines. The contract does not only safeguard jobs at ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems, but also several hundred jobs at subcontractors.” [mappress]Press Release, December 6, 2013; Image: Industry news December 6, 2013 Back to overview,Home naval-today Singapore Orders Two Subs from ThyssenKrupp last_img read more

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USCG Cutters to Re-Use Weapons from Decommissioned Frigates

first_img View post tag: Frigates Share this article View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Navy View post tag: Naval View post tag: americas View post tag: Cutters Authorities Back to overview,Home naval-today USCG Cutters to Re-Use Weapons from Decommissioned Frigates center_img View post tag: Decommissioned View post tag: Re-Use Engineers at Naval Ship Systems Engineering Station (NAVSSES), Naval Surface Warfare Center Carderock Division are harvesting weapon system components from decommissioned U.S. Navy frigates (FFGs) for re-use on Coast Guard cutters.The harvesting of components from four decommissioned frigates will result in more than $24 million in cost avoidance, with more expected from a fifth ship. The Navy’s leveraging of decommissioned ships’ assets shows a judicious use of resources and collaboration between services.Abe Boughner, with Auxiliary Ships/Acquisition Support Branch at NAVSSES, said:The Navy’s FFGs will all be decommissioned by the end of fiscal year 2015, but the Coast Guard cutters have the same gun weapons systems.The equipment includes MK 75, 76mm/62 caliber gun mounts, as well as gun control panels, barrels, launchers, junction boxes and other components. The Coast Guard can use all of this equipment on cutters during the course of the ships’ expected service life, which spans into the 2030s.The harvesting effort began in December 2012 when Roger Raber of Naval Sea System Command’s Surface Warfare Readiness Directorate proposed a plan to harvest equipment from five decommissioned FFGs docked at the Navy’s inactive ship maintenance facility in Philadelphia. Raber coordinated with NAVSSES engineers E. Alan Karpovitch, the Navy’s propulsion program manager, and Ashley Ferguson, mechanical engineer, to oversee the daily operations of removing items from the frigates. The Coast Guard also provided a team to assist with removal of components from the FFGs.Some of the MK 75 mounts will be placed into the overhaul cycle at the Coast Guard Yard Ordnance Shop and returned to service onboard Famous Class cutters. One mount is slated to support the Coast Guard’s sustainment program for parts no longer manufactured or in short supply. Other components will also be placed in the overhaul cycle for later return to service.Press release, Image: US Navy USCG Cutters to Re-Use Weapons from Decommissioned Frigates View post tag: USCG View post tag: Weapons October 24, 2014last_img read more

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TCG Gemlik Sails to Horn of Africa’s Djibouti Port

first_img Authorities TCG Gemlik Sails to Horn of Africa’s Djibouti Port Taking a short break from counter-piracy operations in the Arabian Sea and the Gulf of Aden, TCG Gemlik came alongside in the Horn of Africa’s Djibouti port.During the visit, Rear Admiral Ayhan Bay, Commander Combined Task Force (CCTF) 151, called on the Defence Minister His Excellency Hassan Darar Houffaneh; the Djibouti Armed Forces Deputy Commander Brigadier General Daher Ali Mohamed and the Coast Guard Commander Captain Wais Bogoreh to discuss issues related to counter-piracy.Rear Admiral Bay also visited the Japanese Deployment Ground Force for Counter-Piracy Enforcement; the Deployment Air Force for Counter-Piracy Enforcement and the Spanish Air Force maritime patrol reconnaissance aircraft detachment.CTF 151 is a multi-national Task Force consisting of TCG Gemlik; the Pakistan Navy Ship Aslat; the Japanese Navy Ships Akizuki and Sawagiri and the Republic of Korea Ship Chungmugong Yi Sunshin.[mappress mapid=”16947″]Image: CMF September 17, 2015 Share this article View post tag: afrika View post tag: Djibouti Back to overview,Home naval-today TCG Gemlik Sails to Horn of Africa’s Djibouti Port View post tag: piracy View post tag: Horn of Africa View post tag: TCG Gemliklast_img read more

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Makin Island ARG returns home

first_img Makin Island ARG returns home Authorities May 16, 2017 Back to overview,Home naval-today Makin Island ARG returns home Share this article U.S. Navy’s Makin Island amphibious ready group (ARG) entered Naval Station San Diego, May 15, returning from a seven-month deployment to the U.S. 3rd, 5th and 7th Fleet areas of operation.During the deployment, more than 4,500 sailors and marines of the Makin Island ARG and embarked 11th marine expeditionary unit (MEU) conducted maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the Asia-Pacific and Middle East regions.Makin Island ARG is comprised of amphibious assault ship USS Makin Island (LHD 8), amphibious transport dock ship USS Somerset (LPD 25) and amphibious dock landing ship USS Comstock (LSD 45).Throughout the U.S. Pacific and Central Command areas of responsibility, the ARG/MEU trained with partner militaries to enhance relationships with those nations and to strengthen proficiency in the execution of the full spectrum of amphibious operations. In 7th Fleet, Sailors and Marines worked with militaries and self-defense forces from Japan, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, and Papua New Guinea. While in 5th Fleet the team participated in exercises with forces in Djibouti and Oman.This was the third deployment for Makin Island, the seventh for Comstock, and the first for Somerset.“I am very proud of Somerset’s Blue and Green Team and their ability to quickly adapt to changing mission sets on this deployment,” said Somerset commanding officer Capt. Darren Glaser. “From our participation in the first-ever theater security cooperation event with the newly-formed Sri Lankan Marine Corps, to our bilateral exercise with the Royal Omani Forces in Exercise Sea Soldier, and executing a range of amphibious operations in the Middle East, Somerset has worked extraordinarily hard during this deployment to accomplish every mission asked of us. The team can be proud that they truly lived up to the memory of this ship’s 9/11 namesake and set an incredibly high bar on Somerset’s maiden deployment.”The ships visited several foreign ports throughout deployment, giving sailors and marines a valuable opportunity to experience new cultures and enjoy liberty while interacting with local communities and strengthening relationships with partner countries. The ships visited ports in Guam, Singapore, Hong Kong, Papua New Guinea, Sri Lanka, Seychelles, Bahrain, and United Arab Emirates.Aboard Makin Island, the ARG flagship, the crew consumed nearly a half-million eggs, 17,000 pounds of coffee, and 32,000 pounds of ground beef. The ship’s store sold $1.5 million in merchandise, the barber shop performed 8,000 haircuts, and the post office received 120,000 pounds of mail. The ship’s engineers produced more than 17 million gallons of fresh water for the crew, and the flight deck saw more than 6,000 successful aircraft launches and recoveries. View post tag: US Navylast_img read more

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