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

Jill Ellis steps down as USWNT coach after back-to-back Women’s World Cup titles

first_img U.S. Soccer says it has paid women’s national team more than men’s team Megan Rapinoe writing book, wants to ‘inspire people to find what they can do’ Ellis, 52, became the eighth head coach of the national team when she took over in 2014 after serving two separate stints as interim coach. She replaced Tom Sermanni after his dismissal.2 – Jill Ellis will leave the #USWNT second in team history in wins and as one of two managers (mens or womens) to win multiple World Cups. Pinnacle.— OptaJack⚽️ (@OptaJack) July 30, 2019She saw much success as the national team’s leader as she became one of just two coaches (man or woman) to win back-to-back World Cup titles. The last time that feat was accomplished was more than 80 years ago when Vittorio Pozzo was leading Italy’s men’s national team in the 1934 and 1938 tournaments. She’s the first to win two Women’s World Cups. Ellis ends her career with an overall record of 102-7-18, winning eight major tournaments. The move doesn’t come as too much of a surprise as Ellis’ current contract is set expire Wednesday, though there was an option to extend her contract through the 2020 Olympics. The Equalizer notes that it was Ellis’ decision to move on.While this is the end of her USWNT coaching career, Ellis will continue to work with the federation for at least the next year in the role of an ambassador, representing U.S. Soccer at various events. For everything she has done and everything she has meant to this program we say, THANK YOU ❤️Jill Ellis will step down as #USWNT head coach in October.#ThankYouJill:— U.S. Soccer WNT (@USWNT) July 30, 2019“The opportunity to coach this team and work with these amazing women has been the honor of a lifetime,” Ellis said in a statement. “I want to thank and praise them for their commitment and passion to not only win championships but also raise the profile of this sport globally while being an inspiration to those who will follow them.“When I accepted the head coaching position this was the time frame I envisioned. The timing is right to move on, and the program is positioned to remain at the pinnacle of women’s soccer. Change is something I have always embraced in my life, and for me and my family this is the right moment.”  Related News FIFA wants to expand Women’s World Cup to 32 teams within days The U.S. women’s national team will have a new coach as it prepares for the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup. Jill Ellis is stepping down as the national team’s head coach just weeks after leading the U.S. to the 2019 World Cup title, U.S. Soccer announced Tuesday. She plans to stay with the national team for its five-game World Cup victory tour, which starts Saturday against Ireland at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, and will end in early October.last_img read more

Housing woes emphasized during Iowa flood board meeting

first_imgDES MOINES — The need for housing was the primary concern raised Wednesday during the first meeting of the governor’s Flood Recovery Advisory Board. Governor Kim Reynolds said the state is waiting for the Federal Emergency Management Agency to respond to a request for temporary housing trailers.“Over 25,000 homes have been demolished or have had some kind of damage and over 4200 businesses and my guess is that’s probably still on the short side of the numbers that we’re going to see as we move through the process,” Reynolds said.FEMA is approving some money for individual homeowners to repair “essential living space.” Cindy Axne, who represents southwest Iowa’s third congressional district, told the governor she’s met with flood victims who’ve been told they won’t be getting grants to repair their entire home.“These homes won’t even be able to be repaired fully with $35,000, let along $17,000 or $20,000,” Axne said.Congresswoman Axneand Governor Reynolds.Some flood victims may be able to get federal aid to cover living hotel bills. There’s a meeting tonight in Glenwood for residents of Pacific Junction. Officials hope to gauge who plans to stay and who plans to leave the flood-ravaged community.Iowa’s Republican governor and Democratic Congresswoman Axne talked after the meeting to discuss collaborating on the flood response. Both opened the meeting by emphasizing bipartisanship.“It’s going to just require a significant amount of coordination, not only at the local, state and federal level. I’m so appreciative that Congresswoman Axne is here. It’s going to take all of us working together,” Reynolds said.A few moments later Axne said: “I want everybody to understand this is fully an Iowa issue. This is not a partisan issue. This is something that we’re all working on hard together.”The head of Iowa Workforce Development reports 95 people have filed for unemployment benefits because they’ve lost their job due to the flooding.last_img read more

Guardiola will play golf as City await title

first_imgAt the end of a draining fortnight we dug deep and got result and performance. Ever so proud of this group. One more win to lift the trophy. #ManCity #SharkTeam— Vincent Kompany (@VincentKompany) April 14, 2018Share on: WhatsApp “We will see. Football is unpredictable. Normally United beats West Brom.”City could also take the title if United beat West Brom and then lose to Bournemouth in midweek.If United — who denied Guardiola’s team the title by beating them last weekend — win both games, City can still clinch it with a victory against Swansea next weekend.“We didn’t take our first chance, so hopefully we can take the second chance to celebrate with our fans next week,” Guardiola said. FILE PHOTO: Pep Guardiola playing golf2364, United Kingdom | AFP | Pep Guardiola will be on the golf course as Manchester City wait for news of the Manchester United match that could see them crowned champions on Sunday.Guardiola’s side are within touching distance of the Premier League title after Saturday’s 3-1 win at Tottenham.The leaders are 16 points clear of second-placed United and a defeat for Jose Mourinho’s men against West Bromwich Albion on Sunday would see City take the trophy.center_img But Albion are bottom of the table and few give them a chance of upsetting United.So City boss Guardiola won’t be watching the match on television.Instead, he plans a round of golf with his son Marius.“I have a golf game with my son. The only score I want to know is bogey or birdy,” Guardiola said.last_img read more

Woman’s body found on the side of I-95 in St. Lucie County

first_imgAuthorities in St. Lucie County are currently investigating the death of a woman who was found on the side of the southbound lanes of Interstate 95.The discovery was made Tuesday morning by a man who pulled over on the side of the road because he was having car trouble.Multiple crime scene units are currently at the scene which seems to be just inches from the roadway.No other details have been released at this moment.One southbound lane of I-95 is currently closed due to the investigation.last_img read more