Future destroyer USS John Finn completes first sea trials

first_img Authorities September 5, 2016 Future US Navy destroyer ‘John Finn’ completes first set of sea trials View post tag: HII Back to overview,Home naval-today Future US Navy destroyer ‘John Finn’ completes first set of sea trials View post tag: USS John Finn View post tag: US Navy The future U.S. Navy guided missile destroyer USS John Finn (DDG 113) completed initial builder’s sea trials on August 30 following three days at sea.The Arleigh Burke-class (DDG 51) ship, built at HII’s Ingalls Shipbuilding division, spent three days in the Gulf of Mexico testing the ship’s main propulsion system and other ship systems.DDG 113 is planned to return to sea later next month for a second round of sea trials prior to a third underway period with members of the U.S. Navy’s Board of Inspection and Survey.During this underway period, many of the ship’s systems were tested to demonstrate that they are installed properly and are operational. John Finn successfully conducted a full power run and demonstrated key communication, damage control, and navigation systems as well as various hull, mechanical and electrical, and propulsion applications.The ship is 509 feet in length, has a waterline beam of 59 feet, and a navigational draft of 31 feet. According to the Navy, four gas turbine engines will power the ship to speeds in excess of 30 knots.“The DDG 51 program has been the backbone of our shipyard for nearly three decades,” said Ingalls Shipbuilding president Brian Cuccias. “Getting DDG 113 underway is a significant milestone in this program, and we are looking forward to continuing our legacy of building these quality, complex ships for our U.S. Navy customer.”Ingalls has delivered 28 Arleigh Burke-class destroyers to the U.S. Navy. Other destroyers currently under construction at Ingalls include Ralph Johnson (DDG 114), Paul Ignatius (DDG 117), Delbert D. Black (DDG 119) and Frank E. Petersen Jr. (DDG 121). Construction on Lenah H. Sutcliffe Higbee (DDG 123) is scheduled to begin in the second quarter of 2017. Share this articlelast_img read more

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‘Serious’ doubts over Russian, Kenyan athletes – IOC chief

first_img“In this decision-making process, the absence of a positive national anti-doping test should not be considered sufficient by the IFs. This means that the respective IF should take into account other reliable adequate testing systems in addition to national anti-doping testing.“This decision about the ‘level playing field’ in each of their very different Olympic sports, and eligibility, including of their member National Federations, should be taken by each IF taking into account all the specific circumstances in the relevant National Federations, any available evidence, the World Anti-Doping Code and the specific rules of their sport.”Bach added that Russian athletes who pass an individual test by the IAAF would compete under their nation’s flag at the Rio Games.“If there are athletes qualified then they will compete as members of the team of the Russian Olympic Committee,” Bach told reporters.Bach dismissed suggestions that Russian track and field stars could compete under a neutral or Olympic flag, as had been suggested when the IAAF extended its ban on Friday.Share on: WhatsApp Lausanne, Switzerland | AFP |Deficiencies in the anti-doping systems in Russia and Kenya have created doubts about the presumption of innocence for athletes from both countries, the Olympics chief said Tuesday.“Because of the (World Anti-Doping Agency) non-compliance declaration of Kenya and Russia and the related substantial allegations, the Olympic Summit considers the ‘presumption of innocence’ of athletes from these countries being put seriously into question,” International Olympics Committee chief Thomas Bach said in a statement.The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) on Friday voted to uphold Russia’s suspension, first imposed in November after a WADA report unveiled state-sponsored doping and widespread corruption in Russian athletics.Similarly, Kenya has come under the IAAF and WADA spotlight over its flagging anti-doping control system, necessitating changes to legislation to avoid exclusion of its world-beating distance runners from August’s Rio de Janeiro Olympics.“As a result, every IF (international federation) should take a decision on the eligibility of such athletes on an individual basis to ensure a level playing field in their sport,” Bach continued in a stark warning.last_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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Huge Southampton blow: La Liga side to block defender move

first_img1 Atletico Madrid may decide against selling defender Toby Alderweireld to Southampton at the end of his loan – but it will cost them.The Belgian has impressed for the high-flying Saints during the first four months of the season, following his arrival from Atletico late in the summer transfer window.That loan deal included a purchase option, thought to be around £6.3m, which would be paid next summer.But now, according to reports in Spain, there was a further clause in the deal which means Atletico could renege on that deal if they decided they wanted to keep Alderweireld after all.However it would involve the Spanish club paying Southampton just under £1.2m if they decided to block a permanent sale.According to Spanish newspaper AS, that could be seen as a viable option for Atletico, given the centre-back’s recent performances.They are having second thoughts about selling him at all but also reckon they could flog him to another club for much more than the £6.3m written into the current deal with Southampton.Alderweireld, who has made eight appearances for the Saints, has previously interested Arsenal and Liverpool before his switch to the south coast. Toby Alderweireld last_img read more

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