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

Senate amends constitution and announces class council leaders

first_imgStudent senate passed 10 resolutions and two senatorial orders Wednesday night, making numerous changes to the constitution of the undergraduate student body and ordering the suspension of the rising junior and senior class council elections. Since the elections for both councils each had only one ticket, a senatorial order was proposed and passed for each class council to suspend the elections and declare the unopposed ticket the winner. For the rising senior class, the only ticket included Sara Dugan for president, Janet Stengle for vice president, Paul Stevenson for treasurer and Matthew Peters for secretary.The sole ticket for the class of 2019 listed Michael Conlon for president, Daniel Hopkinson for vice president, Eddie Griesedieck for treasurer and Jane Driano for secretary. (Editor’s Note: Eddie Griesedieck is a photographer for The Observer).All 10 of the resolutions were passed with strong support and included amending the responsibilities of the parliamentarian, off campus council and the departments of gender relations, University policy, student life, athletics, diversity and inclusion, faith and service, and health and wellness. A resolution indicating which members are required to attend the weekly executive cabinet meeting was also passed.Brian Fremeau, director of facilities for the Campus Crossroads project, gave a presentation to explain the plans for the addition of three new buildings surrounding the football stadium: Duncan Student Center, O’Neill Hall and Corbett Family Hall. He also discussed other enhancements to the stadium.Construction on Campus Crossroads, which began November 2014, is expected to conclude in August 2017. Fremeau’s presentation included images of the partially built rooms compared with artist’s representations of the finished interiors.Fremeau said the Duncan Student Center will not be open during the fall 2017 semester, as the various groups slated to occupy the space will be moving in. “We do expect in spring 2018, at the start of the semester, the doors will fly open and it will be open to everyone,” he said.Fremeau also said that while he cannot currently say which dining options will be available in the new student center, he expects this information to be publicly released soon.Notre Dame Day program director Pablo Martinez also delivered a presentation, discussing Notre Dame Day and the opportunities for club fundraising that it offers, as well as the opportunity to show alumni, parents and friends what students are doing.“It’s one way for us to really engage alumni, parents and friends when they’re not here on campus,” Martinez said. “A lot of people come back sometime during the fall for a football game or a tailgate or a reunion, but other than that people don’t know what’s going on — people don’t know the great work that students are doing. This is our way of showing them.”Julia Dunbar, director of health and wellness, announced that “Love Your Body Week” — hosted by the Gender Relation Center — will kick off Sunday with a talk on eating disorders. On Monday, a “Berry Brunch Break” will be provided in the LaFortune Student Center. The week will conclude with a yoga session, hosted by the McDonald Center for Student Well-Being.To conclude the meeting, student body vice president Becca Blais announced the Notre Dame Box Office is now selling $5 tickets for Show Some Skin, an event in which students anonymously submit stories to be performed by other students as monologues. The event, according to its website, “gives voice to unspoken stories about identity and difference.”Tags: Senate, Student Gov, Student governmentlast_img read more

World Bank warns China growth could screech to a halt

first_imgWith two-fifths of the world’s population under some form of lockdown that’s caused the shuttering of businesses and a slowdown in transportation to try to contain the virus, the country where the outbreak originated may escape a recession but will nonetheless suffer a sharp slowdown.Read also: World Bank approves $300m loan to improve Indonesia’s financial sectorJust two months ago, the World Bank’s economists forecast China would grow by 5.9 percent this year, which would have been its worst performance since 1990.Now the world’s second-largest economy faces a more dire outlook, reflected in the record contraction in manufacturing activity in February and industrial production that fell for the first time in 30 years. The coronavirus pandemic’s economic fallout could cause China’s growth to come to a standstill while driving 11 million more people in East Asia into poverty, the World Bank warned Monday.The pandemic is causing “an unprecedented global shock, which could bring growth to a halt and could increase poverty across the region,” said Aaditya Mattoo, World Bank chief economist for East Asia and the Pacific.Even in the best-case scenario, the region will see a sharp drop in growth, with China’s expansion slowing to 2.3 percent from 6.1 percent in 2019, according to a report on the pandemic’s impact on the region. The East Asia and Pacific region, excluding China, could see growth slow to 1.3 percent in the baseline or contract 2.8 percent in the more pessimistic scenario as compared to 5.8 percent last year, the report said.”The pandemic is profoundly affecting the region’s economies, but the depth and duration of the shock are unusually uncertain,” the report said, noting the region already was unsettled by trade conflict with the United States.Read also: IMF, World Bank call for suspending debt payments by poorest nations”Containment of the pandemic would allow recovery, but the risk of durable financial stress is high even beyond 2020,” the World Bank warned. “Most vulnerable are countries that rely heavily on trade, tourism, and commodities; that are heavily indebted; and that rely on volatile financial flows.”Worsening povertyEven in the best case, marked by a sharp slowdown followed by a strong recovery, 24 million fewer people in the region will escape poverty, the report said.But an additional 11 million people could descend into poverty under the more negative outlook, where there is a severe economic contraction followed by a sluggish recovery.Mattoo said the 17 countries in the region key to global value chains and accounting for 70 percent of world trade “have all been affected” and now have some of the world’s highest numbers of COVID-19 cases.Read also: World Bank adds $2b to funds available for coronavirus response”In this interdependent world where our economic destinies are intertwined, there’s going to be mutual amplification, because the shock is simultaneously affecting all these important countries,” he told reporters.”That makes it particularly costly in economic terms.”The World Bank called for strong action, with the priority first on containment but also on measures to cushion the shock to households of lost wages. Mattoo said it is not too late to follow Korea’s example to ramp up testing and containment so that economies can begin to return to normal more quickly.”This is not rocket science. With help even poorer countries can do it.”Topics :last_img read more