International Naval Reservists Join Forces within Bell Buoy Exercise

first_img View post tag: News by topic International Naval Reservists Join Forces within Bell Buoy Exercise View post tag: Naval June 12, 2013 View post tag: UK View post tag: International View post tag: buoy Naval reservists from 10 nations, including the UK, descended on New Zealand to practise their response to natural disasters.Exercise Bell Buoy saw the personnel, who form part of Maritime Trade Operations, rehearse how they would ensure merchant and military shipping could aid a country in the event of a humanitarian disaster such as flooding, or even a conflict situation.Held in Devonport, Auckland, the home of the Royal New Zealand Navy (RNZN), there were 6 attendees from the UK – 5 members of the Royal Naval Reserve and a member of the Fleet AWNIS (Allied Worldwide Navigation Information System) Unit.The attendees were welcomed to the base with a traditional Maori ceremony at the marae (meeting house).Lieutenant Commander Sue Roll from HMS Flying Fox, based in Bristol, a teacher in civilian life, said: This was the first time I’ve undertaken this type of exercise, which demonstrated broader scope for the Naval Co-operation and Guidance for Shipping (NCAGS).I’ve really enjoyed working in a multinational headquarters, and we got real value from seeing how each other nation conducted its business.Maritime Trade Operations (MTO) is a system whereby authorities can ensure trade vessels can safely transit in particular areas – they act as the primary point of contact for merchant vessels and liaise with local military forces.The UKMTO is manned by reservists and is based in Dubai. They track vessels and the positional information is passed to Combined Maritime Forces, the NATO Shipping Centre and the EU’s Maritime Security Centre – Horn of Africa. Emerging and relevant information affecting commercial traffic can then be passed directly to ships rather than by company offices, improving responsiveness to any incident and saving time.For the New Zealand-based exercise, which was held in the Pacific Rim, the teams practised MTO and how they would operate if called to support a country in need of humanitarian aid or disaster relief.For the exercise the naval participants worked for a fictitious organisation called the Regional Assistance Mission Nivaki Islands – the Nivaki Islands also made up part of the training.The UK participants practised 2 disciplines within MTO – AWNIS and NCAGS.Lieutenant Commander Michael White, Fleet AWNIS Unit (UK Hydrographic Office), said: We’ve been talking to other navies outside NATO for a while about what AWNIS can do, but this exercise marks a shift in the understanding of other navies as to what it can do to aid deconfliction and quickly get maritime safety information out to those at sea.Exercise Bell Buoy also saw a new AWNIS capability being practised, with rapid port assessment (RPA) demonstrated to officers from New Zealand, Australia, Chile and the United States.Lieutenant Richard Burdett, who runs a homeless charity in civilian life, guided officers through RPA and practised it in 6 ports on the north island of New Zealand, from Auckland to Whangarei:This wasn’t just a wonderful opportunity to visit New Zealand, but was a great chance to work with staff from other navies,” he said.We’ve found fertile ground for what AWNIS can do and the teams on RPA have proved able and enthusiastic to explore this capability.The RPA teams started with basic techniques, fixing buoys with relative positions recorded and taking bearings with a magnetic compass. This enabled them to solve the problem of an exercise chart that differed considerably from reality, and they went on to use GPS and laser range-finders where they were the best option. The training value provided by our Royal Navy counterparts was invaluable and helped us to understand how best to approach this particular task,” said Lieutenant Commander Jeremy Packham of the Royal New Zealand Naval Volunteer Reserve.The UK Armed Forces are changing, with greater emphasis being put on the Reserve Forces. The aim is that, by 2020, reservists will be a fully integrated component of the ‘Whole Force’ and will routinely deploy as part of all military operations.[mappress]Press Release, June 12, 2013; Image: UK MoD Training & Education View post tag: Bell View post tag: Reservists View post tag: join View post tag: Defence View post tag: Exercise View post tag: Navy View post tag: forces Share this article View post tag: New Zealand Back to overview,Home naval-today International Naval Reservists Join Forces within Bell Buoy Exercise last_img read more

A timeline of AFC North violence: Browns, Steelers add another incident to division’s ugly decade

first_imgRyan Shazier drills Giovani Bernard (2016)During a 2016 wild-card game, Bernard caught a pass from AJ McCarron and turned just quickly enough to be face-to-face with Shazier, who walloped Bernard and forced a fumble. Though it wasn’t penalized at the time, Shazier’s headshot on Bernard ultimately made the league decide to outlaw these types of hits.Vontaze Burfict knocks out Antonio Brown (2016)At the end of that same postseason matchup, Burfict, who has his own personal history of dirty plays, got called for a personal foul for throwing his shoulder into Brown’s head. Referees then flagged Adam “Pacman” Jones during the kerfuffle following Brown’s concussion, giving the Steelers an easy field goal attempt for the win. Needless to say, it was a chaotic ending.Burfict later told ESPN he believed Brown “faked” the injury. Brown missed the divisional playoff game the next week, and Burfict received a three-game suspension.Ryan Shazier’s spine injury (2017)While Shazier’s tackle on Josh Malone is the most normal football play on this list, it is also the most frightening to revisit. The Steelers linebacker couldn’t move his legs after his head connected with Malone’s ribs.He hasn’t suited up since that play, but Shazier is still hopeful he will be able to return to the field.JuJu Smith-Schuster gets revenge on Vontaze Burfict (2017)This time it’s Burfict on the other end of an illegal hit in the same game. Smith-Schuster crackback blocked Burfict on a Le’Veon Bell run and taunted Burfict while he was on the ground, leading to a couple obvious flags.During Smith-Schuster’s postgame media availability, Brown repeatedly yelled “karma,” clearly referencing the 2016 wild-card game. Smith-Schuster, who said he didn’t mean to hurt Burfict, was suspended one game.As JuJu Smith-Schuster describes his block on Vontaze Burfict, Antonio Brown keeps yelling ‘Karma.’— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) December 5, 2017Mason Rudolph unconscious after shot from Earl Thomas (2019)On a third-and-long near his own end zone, Rudolph scrambled out of the pocket and found James Washington for a big gain. Rudolph was instantly knocked out by Thomas after throwing the pass, and he had to be helped off the field. Thomas said the hit wasn’t intentional, but the NFL ended up giving him a $21,000 fine.JuJu Smith-Schuster, Diontae Johnson leave game after helmet-to-helmet hits (2019)Prior to the Garrett vs. Rudolph melee, multiple Steelers receivers suffered concussions on dangerous plays. Smith-Schuster absorbed multiple hits to the head on a catch over the middle of the field, and Johnson got tagged by Browns cornerback Damarious Randall, who was ejected from the game. Browns DB Damarious Randall was ejected for this helmet-to-helmet hit #PITvsCLE— Kevin Boilard (@247KevinBoilard) November 15, 2019Myles Garrett swings helmet at Mason Rudolph (2019)And then arguably the ugliest incident of all. With only seconds remaining and a Browns win secured, Garrett and Rudolph became tangled up on the ground. Rudolph appeared to reach for Garrett’s helmet, and Garrett responded by snatching Rudolph’s helmet and wildly swinging it at his head.Garrett has been suspended indefinitely by the NFL, and the Browns and Steelers have been fined $250,000— Viral Sports (@NotScTop10plays) November 15, 2019 (Steelers Depot) The Browns and Steelers hit a new low for the AFC North on Thursday night — and that is saying something considering the division’s checkered history.When Browns defensive end Myles Garrett ripped off Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph’s helmet and whipped it at Rudolph’s head, he only added to an already long list of brutal incidents. When the Bengals, Browns, Ravens and Steelers take the field for a divisional game, bad things tend to happen. MORE: “AFC North football” needs culture shift after Garrett suspensionOld school football fans will surely remember a time when hits from AFC North battles in the 2000s were being celebrated on ESPN’s “Jacked Up,” but gradual changes to improve player safety have done little to decrease the violence. Helmet-to-helmet hits and major injuries are not uncommon when these teams meet.The NFL handed down significant suspensions and fines to everyone involved in the Browns-Steelers debacle. Perhaps those punishments will make players think twice about questionable hits or extracurricular activities. Take a look at the past decade, though, and you’ll see this story has played out a similar way before.James Harrison goes helmet-to-helmet on Josh Cribbs, Mohamed Massaquoi (2010)On a first-down play near midfield, Cribbs took the ball out of the Wildcat formation (remember those days?) and ran to the opposite side of Harrison, who continued to pursue the ball. As Cribbs attempted to cut back toward the Steelers’ logo, Harrison lowered his helmet and smacked Cribbs in the side of the head.Later in that same game, Harrison blew up a defenseless Massaquoi on a crossing route. Harrison was later fined $75,000 by the NFL.James Harrison at it again with Colt McCoy (2011)It didn’t take long for Harrison to find himself at the center of controversy once again. The Steelers linebacker was flagged for dropping the crown of his helmet into McCoy’s facemask and earned a one-game suspension.Josh Cribbs loses his helmet against Ravens (2012)Cribbs was wrapped up down low by Morgan Cox and hit up high by Dannell Ellerbe, sending the Browns return man’s helmet flying into the air. Ellerbe was not penalized.”I don’t remember much about the hit, but after I came up I was ready to play again,” Cribbs said (via USA Today). “They had to take my helmet and everything for me not play and had to keep tabs on me in the locker room so I wouldn’t run back out there. I was ready to play.”Terence Garvin breaks Kevin Huber’s jaw (2013)Garvin blindsided Huber as the Bengals punter attempted to slow down Antonio Brown on a return. Huber missed the rest of the 2013 season with a broken jaw, and Garvin was fined $25,000.Antonio Brown kicks Spencer Lanning (2014)Instead of simply outrunning Lanning to the sideline, Brown tried to hurdle the Cleveland punter. Brown’s leap ended with a cleat to the face for Lanning and a penalty for Brown, who was also fined $8,200.A.J. Green, Tyler Eifert suffer concussions after hit from Mike Mitchell (2014 and 2015)For Bengals fans, the name Mitchell might as well be a curse word. The Steelers safety gave Green a concussion in the 2014 regular season finale, an injury that also kept him out of a wild-card game. The Bengals ended their season with a 26-10 loss to the Colts.Mitchell continued his head-hunting ways the next season with a shot on Eifert, who left the game with a concussion. Mitchell was fined more than $23,000 for hitting a defenseless receiver.last_img read more

Historic American Chestnut Trees Acknowledged with Special Monument

first_imgFacebook16Tweet0Pin2 Submitted by Mills & Mills Funeral Home and Memorial Park A special monument will be unveiled at Mills & Mills Memorial Park in honor of two of the largest and oldest living American Chestnut trees in the Unites States. The public dedication ceremony will take place Friday, Feb. 20 at noon and will include Don Trosper, a descendant of the Trosper family, President of the Tumwater Historical Association Corinne Tobeck, and Tumwater Mayor Pete Kmet. Premier Memorial, a leading supplier of cemetery and public memorials graciously donated the new monument.Towering more than 80 feet tall, the two trees were planted by original settlers of Tumwater who brought chestnut seeds from the east coast.  In 1846, Jesse Ferguson planted the two trees on 320 acres he claimed on the Bush Prairie. Today, the trees symbolize the legacy of early Tumwater, one of the first settlements in Washington.“We were so pleased to have the opportunity to collaborate with historians, descendants of original settlers, community members, the mayor’s office and Premier Memorial to recognize the significance and legacy of these American Chestnut Trees,” said Todd Shifflett, General Manager of Mills and Mills Funeral Home and Memorial Park. “It is truly remarkable that they still stand tall and healthy more than a century after being planted,”Mills & Mills Funeral Home and Memorial Park is a proud Dignity Memorial provider in Tumwater. The Dignity Memorial network of more than 2,000 funeral, cremation and cemetery service providers is North America’s most trusted resource for funeral and memorialization services. Dignity Memorial providers offer an unmatched combination of products and locations serving families with care, integrity, respect and service excellence to celebrate a life like no other. For more information, visit read more