HMS Westminster Hones Her Hunter-Killer Technique with Italian Navy

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today HMS Westminster Hones Her Hunter-Killer Technique with Italian Navy View post tag: Anti-Submarine Share this article September 3, 2013 HMS Westminster Hones Her Hunter-Killer Technique with Italian Navy View post tag: Naval A Royal Navy warship on deployment in the Mediterranean has been flexing her hunter-killer technique in an anti-submarine warfare exercise with the Italian Navy. HMS Westminster is working as part of the Navy’s Response Force Task Group which is on an annual deployment to the Med and then the Gulf that tests the flexibility and capability of the force.Part of their tasking includes working alongside NATO allies – and in Westminster’s case this came in the form of the Italian destroyer Francesco Mimbelli and submarine Salvatore Pelosi.Taking turns to practise hunting for each other, the sailors from both ships and the submarine were put through their paces in an action packed few days. As well as testing sensors and weapon skills, the exercise also tested the reactions of those on board.There was also the chance for some of the sailors to experience life on board a partner nation’s vessel. From HMS Westminster, Medical Officer Lieutenant Moira McLellan spent two days on Mimbelli.She said:“It was a very enjoyable visit and interesting to see the similarities in the day to day workings of both navies.Aside from the anti-submarine exercise, HMS Westminster has been busy preparing for a wide range of tasks including seamanship, flying, gunnery and boarding as part of her Cougar deployment and also in preparation for her operations further afield.HMS Westminster is due to leave the Cougar force before the end of their deployment and take up station in the Gulf as one of the Royal Navy’s long-standing commitments to the region.The Commanding Officer of HMS Westminster, Captain Hugh Beard, said:“The ship’s company of Westminster have been working hard as part of our Cougar 13 deployment and also in preparation for our future mission.“As a former Submarine Commanding Officer, I am a poacher-turned-gamekeeper and I have really enjoyed my experience with the capabilities of Westminster to try to defeat the Italian submarine Pelosi.”The ships of Cougar 13 will operate in the Mediterranean, Red Sea, Persian Gulf, and Horn of Africa.This annual deployment involves exercising with partner nations, and will show the UK Armed Forces’ capacity to project an effective maritime component anywhere in the world as part of the Royal Navy’s Response Force Task Group, commanded by Commodore Paddy McAlpine from the Fleet Flagship HMS Bulwark.The RFTG is the United Kingdom’s high readiness maritime force, made up of ships, submarines, aircraft and a landing force of Royal Marines, at five days notice to act in response to any contingency tasking including humanitarian disaster relief or international military intervention.As well as HMS Westminster there are three other Royal Navy ships – HMS Bulwark, HMS Illustrious and HMS Montrose taking part as supported by five Royal Fleet Auxiliary vessels.[mappress]Press Release, September 3, 2013; Image: Royal Navy View post tag: Defense View post tag: Hunter-Killer View post tag: Navycenter_img View post tag: Technique View post tag: Italian View post tag: HMS Training & Education View post tag: Hones View post tag: Westminster View post tag: Defence View post tag: News by topiclast_img read more

Clippers star Blake Griffin did ‘tedious work’ to get back on court

first_img“I knew I was going to be off, but I wanted to do a better job of taking care of the ball.”Griffin had five of the team’s 20 turnovers.“A big part of our problems was my turnovers,” said Griffin, who turned 26 on Monday. “No, it didn’t go how I wanted it to go, but I wasn’t expecting to come out and have 30 (points) and 15 (rebounds). It’s a rhythm thing.”Griffin had 11 points, 11 rebounds, eight assists, two steals and a block.Can infection return? Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error When coach Doc Rivers on Sunday spoke before the game about Griffin’s return, he recalled a staph infection former NFL wide receiver Ahmad Rashad had.“Ahmad Rashad had a staph infection and it came back a year later,” Rivers said. “So I don’t know if this is the same thing.”Griffin addressed that after the game.“They got rid of it all,” he said. “I don’t think I’m more susceptible now than I was before.”Player updatesSwingman Jordan Hamilton sustained a high ankle sprain late in the third quarter Sunday. He was walking around practice Monday, and Rivers said he would likely be signed for the remainder of the season after playing on two 10-day contracts.Rivers said guard Nate Robinson would likely be signed to a second 10-contract. Robinson’s numbers are not good in five games with the Clippers — he’s averaging 4.0 points and shooting just 24.1 percent from the field. But Rivers liked what Robinson did Sunday when he scored seven points on 3-of-5 shooting.“Nate’s energy was great,” Rivers said. That’s what we need from him. He’s not played well so far. But he’s had another game where he didn’t score well, but he played with great energy.” Scouting the HornetsCharlotte had a record of just 29-35 ahead of its game Monday at Utah, but that was good enough for eighth place in the Eastern Conference standings. The Hornets are led by point guard Kemba Walker and center Al Jefferson. Walker is averaging 18.3 points, 5.2 assists and 1.3 steals. Jefferson is averaging 17.2 points and 8.8 rebounds. Walker recently missed 18 games following knee surgery. Standings updateHeading into Monday, the Clippers (42-25), Dallas (42-25) and San Antonio (41-24) were tied for fifth place in the Western Conference standings, though the Spurs (.631) were percentage points ahead of the Clippers (.627) and Mavericks (.627).Of the three, only Dallas was to play Monday, at home against Oklahoma City.center_img Sure, it was a bummer for the Clippers that they couldn’t pull out a victory over the Houston Rockets on Sunday, losing 100-98 at Staples Center.But there was still cause for a celebration of sorts because Blake Griffin returned after missing 15 games because of a staph infection in his right elbow.After the game, Griffin talked about what it took for him to get back on the court.“The last two weeks were slow, but I had to put in a lot of tedious work to be able to even dribble a basketball and shoot,” said Griffin, whose team plays host to the Charlotte Hornets at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. “As far as going out (to play Sunday), I knew it wasn’t going to be great, not having any contact for a little over five weeks, really.last_img read more