UK: Apache Gunships Practise Strike Power from Sea Aboard Newly-Refitted Helicopter Carrier

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today UK: Apache Gunships Practise Strike Power from Sea Aboard Newly-Refitted Helicopter Carrier View post tag: sea View post tag: Helicopter View post tag: Gunships UK: Apache Gunships Practise Strike Power from Sea Aboard Newly-Refitted Helicopter Carrier View post tag: power View post tag: Newly-Refitted View post tag: News by topic July 22, 2011 View post tag: Strike View post tag: Navy View post tag: Apache Apache helicopter pilots have found their sea legs on the unfamiliar setting of HMS Illustrious.The newly-refitted helicopter carrier – fresh from her £40m refit – has swapped Harrier jets for the imposing outlines of the Army gunships.Crews from 664 Squadron, 4 Regiment Army Air Corps, took the chance to bump neatly into position on Lusty’s flight deck during a week of exercises in the Channel, just days after the famous carrier returned to Portsmouth following her 18-month ‘exile’ in Rosyth.The Apaches are heavily in demand right now off Libya, where they’ve been repeatedly called upon to strike at government targets ashore from HMS Ocean.Illustrious will take over as the nation’s helicopter assault carrier from Ocean when the Mighty O enters refit, so there’s a demanding work-up ahead for Lusty.“It’s a fantastic training package for us to be operating Apaches in this way,” said Capt Jerry Kyd, Illustrious’ Commanding Officer.“It’s not the first time that Apaches have flown from a carrier – they’ve flown from Ark and obviously Ocean over the past five years.”“It’s very important that we can show we can integrate and offer that power projection to the government if they need it.”“It’s not our judgement that counts on the question of where we operate, but it is our job to be as ready as possible.”As well as seeing the thermostat plummet during a cool, wet British summer, army fliers used to Afghan heat have had to cope with high winds.One pilot from 664 Sqn, who did not want to be named for security reasons, said: “It’s very different from the desert but it should still be within our range of skills to fly from HMS Illustrious.”“The landing space is obviously smaller and it’s a moving target that we are returning to from our flights, but we are confident that we can manoeuvre in most weathers.”While Apaches were flying from her decks, amphibious assault personnel were working below on another of Lusty’s rarer roles.As a newly-converted helicopter carrier, the ship must be able to embark an assault group and deliver them complete with heavy Bergens to the flight deck.Capt Kyd said: “Illustrious has served as helicopter carrier before but we are now looking in more detail at the routes and processes we use to get troops ready to go.”“It’s very exciting to be working on varied roles at such a busy time – there are 750 naval and army personnel here doing a great job.”[mappress]Source: royalnavy, July 22, 2011; View post tag: Naval View post tag: Practise View post tag: Carrier View post tag: Aboard View post tag: UK Share this articlelast_img read more

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Watch Keller Williams Unite The All-Star Bluegrass “Andys” At NWSS [Video]

first_imgKeller Williams united three of the best pickin’ Andys he knows—Andy Thorn from Leftover Salmon and Andy Falco and Andy Hall from the Infamous Stringdusters—for a laid back, fun-in-the-sun set at this year’s Northwest String Summit. Williams brought his trademark sense of humor, wicked guitar playing, and uber-talented cadre of Andrews to Oregon’s picturesque Horning’s Hideout as part of the 17th-annual iteration of the popular bluegrass and Americana festival. With a backdrop of trees swaying in the hot summer breeze, Keller and his army of Andys mixed slick licks and silly songs, bringing smiles to the faces in the crowd.Covering everything from classics from Keller’s own catalog like “Portapotty” and “Broken Convertible” to hits from the Grateful Dead, The Band, Joe Walsh, Peter Rowan, and even an all-whistling rendition of the “Andy Griffith Theme Song,” the players offered up a cheeky, if not outright hilarious, set for the Northwest String Summit crowd. Check out some of the highlights from this delightful set of tunes below!“Andy Griffith Theme Song” > “Life’s Been Good”“Scarlet Begonias”“Broken Convertible”“Up On Cripple Creek”last_img read more

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TS Karen Forms, Puerto Rico in the Cone

first_imgTropical Storm Karen has formed just north of Venezuela and is expected to take a northward path away from South America toward Puerto Rico.South Florida and the Bahamas are not in the cone of concern. DISCUSSION AND OUTLOOK———————-At 1100 AM AST (1500 UTC), the center of Tropical Storm Karen waslocated near latitude 12.5 North, longitude 61.7 West. Karen ismoving toward the west-northwest near 13 mph (20 km/h) and thisgeneral motion is expected to continue today. A turn toward thenorthwest is forecast to occur on Monday, followed by a turn towardthe north on Tuesday. On the forecast track, the center of Karenwill move away from the Windward Islands later today, and thenacross the eastern Caribbean Sea tonight and Monday. On Tuesday,Karen is expected to approach Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.Maximum sustained winds are near 40 mph (65 km/h) with higher gusts.Little change in strength is forecast during the next 48 hours.Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 105 miles (165 km),primarily in squalls to the east of the center.The estimated minimum central pressure is 1006 mb (29.71 inches). As of 11 a.m., the National Hurricane Center reported Tropical Storm Karen had sustained winds of 40 mph and was moving west-northwest at 13 mph about 30 miles north of Grenada and 65 miles south-southeast of St. Vincent. Tropical Storm Karen formed Sunday morning and is projected to threaten Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, while a yet another tropical wave off the coast of Africa could become a tropical depression as well. WATCHES AND WARNINGS——————–CHANGES WITH THIS ADVISORY:A Tropical Storm Watch has been issued for the U.S. Virgin Islandsand Puerto Rico, including Vieques and Culebra.The government of Antigua and Barbuda has issued a Tropical StormWatch for the British Virgin Islands.SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT:A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for…* Trinidad and Tobago* Grenada and its dependencies* St. Vincent and the GrenadinesA Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for…* U.S. Virgin Islands* Puerto Rico, including Vieques and Culebra* British Virgin IslandsA Tropical Storm Warning means that tropical storm conditions areexpected somewhere within the warning area.A Tropical Storm Watch means that tropical storm conditions arepossible within the watch area, generally within 48 hours.Interests elsewhere in the Lesser Antilles should monitor theprogress of Karen.For storm information specific to your area, please monitorproducts issued by your national meteorological service. SUMMARY OF 1100 AM AST…1500 UTC…INFORMATION———————————————–LOCATION…12.5N 61.7WABOUT 30 MI…45 KM N OF GRENADAABOUT 65 MI…105 KM SSW OF ST. VINCENTMAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS…40 MPH…65 KM/HPRESENT MOVEMENT…WNW OR 290 DEGREES AT 13 MPH…20 KM/HMINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE…1006 MB…29.71 INCHES BULLETINTropical Storm Karen Advisory Number 2NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL AL1220191100 AM AST Sun Sep 22 2019…KAREN BRINGING GUSTY WINDS AND HEAVY RAINFALL TO PORTIONS OFTHE SOUTHERN WINDWARD ISLANDS…last_img read more

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Officials Arrest Suspect in January I-4, I-95 Vehicle Shootings

first_imgThe Volusia County Sheriff’s Office says they have their suspect in last January’s string of BB gun shootings involving 19 vehicles along I-4 and I-95.Officials have charged 21-year-old Deon Anthony Jones with 19 counts of shooting into an occupied vehicle and felony criminal mischief. Deputies explain that Jones was already in custody for other charges in the Duval County Jail when detectives arrested him on Tuesday.They add that 22-year-old Tiyana Anderson is believed to be the person who was driving the vehicle during the shootings. She is also wanted on principal charges in connection to each of Jones’ charges.Deputies say they responded on New Year’s Day to several reports of shots fired at cars traveling along I-4 and I-95 in Volusia County. “Each of the victims’ vehicles had damage consistent with BB projectiles,” the sheriff’s office said in a press release. “Similar incidents were also reported across Seminole, Flagler, and St. Johns counties around the same timeframe.”One of the victims provided a tag number and suspect vehicle description to authorities. It states: “The tag reported in St. Johns was assigned to a vehicle registered to Jones’ grandparents, and that vehicle was soon located by FHP troopers in Jacksonville. There were BBs visible on the floorboard, and the passenger side mirror was broken in a way that appeared consistent with being shot by someone inside the vehicle.”Deputies confirmed that Jones used a BB gun to randomly shoot at the 19 vehicles while Anderson drove. The total property damage was estimated to be about $12,000.Jones reportedly has a lengthy criminal history that includes armed robbery, possession of firearm by a convicted felon, and dealing in stolen property. He is being held on $100,000 bond.Anderson is not in custody at this time.FHP Tracks Down Vehicle Possibly Involved in Shooting 13 Cars on Central Florida’s I-4last_img read more

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‘Everybody has one’

first_imgThis time of year is “purgatory” for sports writers. All of us who rely on pro football for our weekly injection of testosterone are presently making our way to the back alleys of bootleg DVD land where we wait patiently for the bootlegger to whisper in our ears, “psst, got those uncut copies of Super Bowl XLVI.” That particular product will probably continue to be a hard sell around this neck of the woods in consideration of the fact that “dem dere Stillers” did not make it to the Promised Land to close off the 2011 campaign. I was truly interested at what the fans might have to say to embellish the underachieving year of the Black and Gold. Armed with my digital recorder I invaded “dawntawn.” I was not disappointed. Simply put; opinions are like, let’s just say everybody has one.I hovered around Market Square in the hope of at least hearing an argument or a siren or two. I was truly disappointed in how the day was going until I ran into Reginald Portis, brother of the “Duke” of Portis, Richard and the “Duchess” of Portis, Connie. Richard once was a practitioner of the “pugilistic” arts and at age 70 informed me that he still works out religiously and to these cataract laced eyes still appeared to be quite fit.I asked him to give me his assessment of the current day Pittsburgh Steelers and his comparison to the teams of old. He looked at me with a gleam in his eye. “Well,” he said, “the philosophy of the Steelers is a far cry from when Chuck Noll was the head coach. The playbook was usually run, run, run and throw deep. They would put you to sleep with the run and put the sleeper hold on you with the pass. It was more of a chess game. Plus you didn’t have all of the rules to help the offense score and make it a more exciting game.” Portis went on to say that, “ball control is good as long as a team holds the lead but if the opposing team happens to somehow grab the lead late in the fourth quarter, chances are the team that held may wish that they could recover some of those ball control minutes.”Maybe not from the mouths of babes but certainly from the mouths of fans.Cedric Stinson from Blawnox overheard our conversation and shadowed me as I was exiting the square. “Hey,” he shouted, “I’m a Steelers fan too. I heard what the other gentleman was saying and I agree with a lot of it but I have issues with a few of the things that he said.”I was finally able to catch my breath long enough to ask him: “what might those issues be?”“Point number one for me is that the offense that Chuck Noll ran was good for those days but it would be hard to run that same offense and use that same playbook against these pass happy offenses and eight men in the box defenses. Just look at Tim Tebow and how the Broncos manhandled the Steelers last year in their playoff game at Denver. The Steelers put seven and sometimes eight men in the box and they got smoked with the pass by a running quarterback.” I said, “can, I can I?”He continued on, “plus the Steelers who are supposed to have better wide receivers and a more experienced quarterback looked as if they had the less experienced guy and Tebow looked like an old vet. And the defense,” my tape recorder was smoking now, “looked old and tired. Everybody was crying crocodile tears when Hines Ward finally gave up the ghost and James Farrior met the ‘Turk’ as Chuck Noll used to call him.”It seems to me as if this guy never met a mike that he didn’t like. My cell phone mercifully rang. It was a bill collector who at that very moment probably thought that I had lost my mind or that she was losing hers by the way that I answered the telephone, “Hey baby what was that; you want me to pick up the baby from school?” That bit of improv was crafty on my part being as though my youngest is fast approaching 30. The customer service rep on the other line was now becoming assertive. “Is this Mr. Aubrey Bruce?” she asked. I was smiling now because I was killing two birds with one stone. “Yeah baby of course it’s alright you just caught me at a weird time. Okay, see ya when I get home.”Cedric jumped right back in. “Can I say one more thing, before you go?” By this time I had come to know him on a first name basis. “Cedric I wish I had the time,” I said looking at my watch just to maintain my sanity, “but I have to pick up my little one.” I was now praying hard for God not to leave my toes crossed permanently at the telling of this little “white” lie.As I left the city center and proceeded to turn and walk back up Fourth Avenue a huge smile broke out across my face. I have been fortunate and blessed to have covered and reported on one of the greatest, maybe even the greatest professional football franchise in the history of sports. The Steelers Nation even though showing an obvious bias for the home team still has an uncommon intellect about the game and an unparalleled passion about their team. Steelers’ fans love talking about and rooting for their team, with or without a shot and a beer.(Aubrey Bruce can be reached at: [email protected] or 421-583-6741.)last_img read more

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Bruh moment of 28th October 2019: ter Stegen’s save so incredible that Barcelona resurrected…

first_imgImage Courtesy: DPA/FC BarcelonaAdvertisement bgqkeNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs9gdsd7Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre E2m88( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 7nhpWould you ever consider trying this?😱131a8xCan your students do this? 🌚8myxRoller skating! Powered by Firework Marc-André ter Stegen was inordinately praised after that incredible save against Slavia Prague last Thursday. The clip of the German shot stopper has gathered attention around social media to such an extent, the club has created a meme video dedicated to the save!Advertisement Image Courtesy: DPA/FC BarcelonaTitled ‘@mterstegen1 AIRLINES‘, the clip starts off with the German goalkeeper jumping high and stretching his arm to deflect Slavia forward Peter Olayinka’s clip, edited into a ‘shooting star’ meme. Check it out below, courtesy to Barça’s official Twitter.Advertisement The ‘shooting star’ meme trend started back in 2016, where clips of people, animals or objects jumping, falling or getting airborne was edited into them traversing over famous landscapes and finally into space and beyond. The hilarious meme, making proper use of the song ‘Shooting Star’ by Australian electronic music duo Bag Raiders.Ter Stegen here is also shown to fly off from the field, soaring over the Pyramids in Egypt, alongside military jets, past an astronaught in the space, and finally coming back to his spot and making that awesome save.The video has got a mixed response from the fans, some praising the creativity, while others are mocking it for being ”too cringey.”The UEFA Champions League Group F match between the Červenobílí and the Blaugranas at the Sinobo Stadium saw a 2-1 victory for the visitors, as club talisman and skipper Lionel Messi opened up the scoreline in the 3rd minute, while the rest were both scored by the home team. First the equalizer by Jan Bořil in thr 50th minute, 7 minutes later and Olayinka himself unfortunately sending one to their own net. Advertisementlast_img read more

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