Back to overview,Home naval-today BAE Systems Awarded Further USS San Diego Works View post tag: BAe Systems Authorities View post tag: Navy BAE Systems San Diego Ship Repair received a $16,7 million modification to previously awarded contract for USS San Diego (LPD 22) fiscal 2015 selected restricted availability. A select restricted availability includes the planning and execution of depot-level maintenance, alterations, and modifications that will update and improve the ship’s military and technical capabilities.This modification includes options which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value to $18,796,615.Work will be performed in San Diego, California, and is expected to be completed by November 2015.The Southwest Regional Maintenance Center, San Diego, California, is the contracting activity.[mappress mapid=”15519″]Image: US Navy BAE Systems Awarded Further USS San Diego Works View post tag: USS San Diego View post tag: News by topic View post tag: LPD 22 View post tag: americas View post tag: Naval March 27, 2015 Share this article
MEU Disembarks USS Ashland in Japan Back to overview,Home naval-today MEU Disembarks USS Ashland in Japan Amphibious dock landing ship USS Ashland (LSD 48) arrived in Okinawa, Japan, Aug. 27 to offload the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU).Ashland completed an array of exercises throughout her patrol, which began Jun. 3, that culminated in the bi-annual, joint-force exercise Talisman Sabre 2015 in addition to providing aid to Saipan after Typhoon Soudelor made land fall.Ashland’s final mission will be to offload the embarked 31st MEU’s Amphibious Assault Platoon and Command Logistics Battalion (CLB) 7 in Okinawa.Ashland and its embarked 31st MEU and NBU 7 are a part of the Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group (BHRARG). BHRARG is assigned to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.[mappress mapid=”16780″]Image: US Navy View post tag: asia August 28, 2015 View post tag: Japan View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Okinawa View post tag: Navy Share this article Authorities View post tag: USS Ashland View post tag: Naval
Share this article Authorities View post tag: HMAS Darwin Royal Australian Navy frigate HMAS Darwin pulled into her namesake city one last time after 33 years of service and more than a million nautical miles underway.Following a two month deployment to the Indo-Pacific region, the Royal Australian Navy’s most senior warship stopped in Darwin on November 1 before she completes her passage to Sydney for decommissioning at the end of the year.“Visiting a namesake port is always a great occasion, but to bring Darwin in during her decommissioning year and celebrate her achievements with the people of Darwin is especially memorable for us,” Darwin’s commanding officer, Commander Phillip Henry, said.“Our ship’s company are honoured to be part of Darwin’s history and we are proud to tell the story of her illustrious career representing Darwin and all of Australia with distinction.“She is a fine ship and has served Australia well with deployments to Timor-Leste in 1999, the Solomon Islands in 2001 and regular trips to the Middle East, bringing peace and stability to the region.”Darwin will exercise the ship’s right to Freedom of Entry with a public parade through the streets of Darwin on Saturday, November 4, and will host an open day on Sunday, November 5. November 1, 2017 Back to overview,Home naval-today Australian frigate HMAS Darwin on final visit to namesake city Australian frigate HMAS Darwin on final visit to namesake city View post tag: Royal Australian Navy
View post tag: MARCOM Back to overview,Home naval-today Tactical level NATO mine countermeasure drill Dynamic Move kicks off in Belgium Tactical level NATO mine countermeasure drill Dynamic Move kicks off in Belgium The NATO-led mine countermeasure exercise Dynamic Move kicked off on March 19 at Ecole de Guerre des Mines (Naval Mine Warfare School) in Oostende, Belgium.The exercise will see the participation of mine warfare specialists from 16 allied nations and four NATO partners.Exercise Dynamic Move is an annual NATO-led tactical level mine countermeasures command post exercise carried out on a computer war gaming system and designed to train participants from NATO and partner nations on the intricacies of managing multiple mine countermeasures ships in a group to clear minefields and open shipping lanes and ports.Participants will use a special wargaming system designed for Ecole de Guerre des Mines that can simulate the command and control requirements for managing multiple mine sweepers and mine hunters operating in various conditions and locations.Each of the groups is led by a current or former commander of the Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Groups. These officers have come through this program themselves, serve as commanders of NATO groups, then return to mentor the next leadership cadre. It’s an excellent opportunity to infuse real-world experience and lessons learned into the exercise.Dynamic Move will run March 19-29 and has more than 160 participants from Belgium, Canada, Croatia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Sweden, United Kingdom and United States as well as four observers from NATO Partners Algeria and Morocco. Ecole de Guerre des Mines also serves as NATO Naval Mine Warfare Centre of Excellence which offers recognized expertise and experience to the benefit of the Alliance. March 20, 2018 View post tag: DYNAMIC MOVE View post tag: NATO View post tag: MCM Share this article Authorities
Share this article Germany’s defense ministry has announced names of the five new corvettes to be built for the country’s navy.The second batch of Braunschweig-class (K130) corvettes will be named Köln, Emden, Karlsruhe, Augsburg, and Lübeck. They will also be affiliated with their namesake cities.As informed, the five vessels will be constructed in phases. ‘Köln’ is scheduled to start construction in January 2019, with a keel laying ceremony planned for April 2019.Corvette Köln will be followed by Emden, Karlsruhe, Augsburg, and Lübeck. The keel for the final vessel is expected to be laid in December 2020.In 2017, a contract worth €2.4 billion for the construction of the new corvettes has been awarded to the ARGE K130 consortium, composed of Lürssen Werft, ThyssenKrupp Marine Systems and the recently incorporated German Naval Yards Kiel.German maritime technology firm Atlas Elektronik and Thales Deutschland have been also contracted to deliver combat systems for the five new K130 corvettes. In addition to combat systems, the contract will see the two companies set up and deliver a test and training center in Wilhelmshaven.Braunschweig-class corvettes were ordered because of the navy’s increased scope and tempo of operations. Another reason is the fact that the MKS180 Multi-role Combat Ship order was delayed and the corvette announcement was interpreted as an offset to the delays.The German Navy already operates five K130 ships. The second batch of corvettes will be similar in design to their predecessors, with updated technology. View post tag: Braunschweig-class View post tag: K130 View post tag: Corvette View post tag: German Navy Photo: F260 corvette Braunschweig; Photo: German Navy
The Oxford Union is set to face an electoral tribunal after sacked bouncer Imran Abrahams vowed to fight the allegations that led to his dismissal over the Christmas vacation.Describing the entire affair as a “fucking joke” Abrahams refused to comment further but was known to be in close contact with his lawyers throughout the week, as well as liaising with other Union insiders in efforts to secure his former position.Abrahams left his medical degree at Oriel College to work as a full time security officer at the Union. A former captain of the blues boxing team, he is skilled in Kray Maga – the Israeli military defence art. Members of Standing Committee, the Society’s ruling executive, were given the details regarding his departure in a secret meeting on Monday, an act which invariably ensures the leaking of all confidential information. Union President Edward Tomlinson stated that he was unable to enter into the details of the events concerned, merely confirming that Abrahams had engaged in actions warranting the charge of “gross misconduct”.At the time of going to print Cherwell is unable to disclose any details regarding the disputed allegations upon which Mr Abrahams’ dismissal was based.Archive: 0th week HT 2004
The first new TB vaccine for 80 years, designed by researchers at Oxford University, is being given to nearly 3000 infants in South Africa to test its effectiveness.Researchers say the current vaccine, the familiar and widely used BCG, is not effective enough, with 1.5 million people worldwide still dying from TB each year.The new experimental vaccine is called MVA85A. It can be used on its own, or as a booster in conjunction with the BCG.Dr Helen McShane, who led the vaccine research, said: “This trial will hopefully show that the vaccine can protect people from getting TB.”
Concerns have been raised about the status of the unique Oxbridge tutorial system following news that around £10 million will be withdrawn from government funding to Oxford and Cambridge Universities.In a document addressed to the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), Oxford University has reportedly said that it will have little choice but to slim down provision for teaching unless an alternative source of income is found.The proposed cuts would affect funds allocated for the upkeep of Oxbridge’s historic buildings, and the University warns it would have to divert resources to fill the gap.David Palfreyman, the bursar of New College, Oxford, and the director of the Oxford Centre for Higher Education Policy Studies, expressed concern at the difficulties less wealthy colleges could face in maintaining the prestigious tutorial system. “We are a relatively rich college and we will do our damnedest to keep it going but I don’t know how poorer colleges are going to struggle through.”Commenting on the challenges facing Oxford, a University spokesperson denied that the tutorial system is to be scrapped. However, they pointed out, “Current public funding only covers about 50% of Oxford’s undergraduate teaching costs. The more cuts we face in government funding, the more acute this problem becomes.“We are doing all we can to help ourselves, particularly through our large fundraising campaign, where we are asking friends and alumni to help us maintain Oxford’s standards of excellence.”The University is not alone in facing fiscal difficulties. The University and College Union has suggested that more that 5,000 jobs are at risk nationwide as the government reduces its Higher Education budget by £180 million.However, some have argued that it is disproportionate that Oxbridge should be hit by £10 million of this cut.Oxford University is still engaged in consultations with the HEFCE.
A Living Wage Forum was held yesterday, involving economists, campaigners and academics, including the Director of the national Living Wage Campaign.Ellie Horrocks of Trinity College, chair of the event, said, “Students may have voted on a JCR motion, or seen campaign posters, or heard about St. John’s recent decision to raise scouts’ wages from £6.49 to £7.20 per hour. But many people aren’t sure what the living wage is all about. The Forum intends to create a platform for exploring the idea of a living wage, dispelling misconceptions, and answering vital questions.”She added, “Living Wage is especially imperative in Oxford: a city of dreaming spires and extreme income inequality.”The Living Wage Campaign sent personal invitations to the bursars and heads of every Oxford college and PPH to the Forum.A Living Wage Forum was held yesterday, involving economists, campaigners and academics, including the Director of the national Living Wage Campaign.Ellie Horrocks of Trinity College, chair of the event, said, “Students may have voted on a JCR motion, or seen campaign posters, or heard about St. John’s recent decision to raise scouts’ wages from £6.49 to £7.20 per hour. But many people aren’t sure what the living wage is all about. The Forum intends to create a platform for exploring the idea of a living wage, dispelling misconceptions, and answering vital questions.”She added, “Living Wage is especially imperative in Oxford: a city of dreaming spires and extreme income inequality.”The Living Wage Campaign sent personal invitations to the bursars and heads of every Oxford college and PPH to the Forum.
Coventry Police Commander, Chief Superintendent Claire Bell, said in the same statement, “We are aware of videos of the protest being circulated on social media sites. We expect the highest standards from all officers, and if any officer is found to have fallen below these standards, they will be thoroughly investigated.”In a statement the Vice-Chancellor of the University, Nigel Thrift, said, “Let me be clear that the police were called solely to investigate the alleged assault on a member of staff and not in response to the protest on campus. When the police arrived our security team still endeavoured to get the individual alleged to have made the assault to fully identify himself before the police engaged directly with the protestors.“Sadly that individual, and others present, would not co-operate with this request and the police were obliged to intervene directly. I, like many others, have been saddened by the images of what then occurred which saw police and students having to engage in and resolve an unnecessarily challenging situation which led on from the actions of one individual.”There has been an angry response from many on and off campus to the incident. A change.org petition started by Warwick alumni demanding an unreserved apology to students who faced ‘police violence’, a review of the University’s policy on police liason, and a guarantee of assistance from Warwick University for students who want to make complaints or take legal action against the police, has gathered over 2000 signatures.Yesterday around 100 students occupied the top floor of the Rootes builing on Warwick Campus and issued demands to both the University of Warwick management and to the West Midlands police. Demands included an apology from the West Midlands police and for the University of Warwick to release a statement about the incidents which occurred in which they declare their total support to Warwick students.Speaking to Cherwell from inside the occupation, Hattie Craig, a student from the National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts who has been involved in organizing yesterday’s action, described the mood on campus, commenting, “The feeling on campus has been incredible. I was leafleting for the protest today but all the students were already aware and were pretty shocked and horrified at the way the police had dealt with the sit-in yesterday. It’s been great to see that there’s been a really strong response- there were over a thousand people out on campus today showing their support. Students thought that it was necessary to have a strong response to police brutality. We haven’t ever seen CS gas used at student protests in this country; we couldn’t let this go unnoticed. A hundred of us are currently staging an occupation and we will shortly be issuing demands to both West Midlands police and the University.”Amnesty International has also voiced its concerns about the events with its UK Arms Control Director, Oliver Sprage, saying, “Videos of the incident and accounts from several eyewitnesses raise serious concerns about whether the police acted heavy-handedly and seriously endangered people at the scene.“We’re worried that West Midlands Police are becoming increasingly trigger-happy with Tasers.”Protests in solidarity with Warwick students have also been held at campuses around the country, including at Lancaster, Manchester, London and Leeds. Hundreds of students at Warwick gathered outside the University’s Senate House yesterday to express their anger about police response to student protests. Students also occupied a university space in order to have an open dialogue about the events on Wednesday 3 December.On Wednesday a group of students at the University of Warwick staged a peaceful sit-in at Senate House as part of a national day of action in support of free education, called by the National Campaign Against Fees and Cuts. Police have said that they were called to the University by security services after a member of staff was assaulted by a protester. Three men were later arrested – one on suspicion of assault, and two on suspicion of obstructing the police; they have since been bailed, but their bail conditions state that they are not allowed to return to campus. This version of events is contested by some of the students who were present; speaking to Channel 4 News, Callum Cant, a 20-year-old English student, said, “it’s utterly unbelievable to suggest that [a protester assaulted a member of staff]. It just wouldn’t fit with how the day panned out… It wasn’t really an occupation because we weren’t blocking anything. We spent 20 or 30 minutes talking with security. Then police cars turned up and security told us they were for us.”Footage has emerged on social media showing police clashing with protesters; a police officer is seen wielding a can of CS spray, which was used on at least two students. West Midlands Police have confirmed that a taser gun was drawn, but not used on any protester. West Midlands police have issued a statement in response to allegations of excessive use of force on student protesters stating, “During the incident a taser was drawn as a visible and audible warning to prevent a further disorder. CS Spray was also used by police during the protest when a group advanced on officers. Police officers and security staff from the university worked together to ensure everyone was safe.”