UK: Lynx Wildcat Maritime Force Undergoes Transition

first_img View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Undergoes View post tag: Lynx View post tag: europe View post tag: Force View post tag: Wildcat View post tag: Transition May 27, 2014 The Lynx Wildcat Maritime Force (LWMF) at Royal Naval Air Station (RNAS) Yeovilton is already deep into this transition, successfully introducing the Wildcat Helicopter Maritime Attack (HMA) Mk2 into service, and from 31 March 2017 when the Lynx Mk8 goes out of service, will become the Maritime Wildcat Force.On 1 August 2014 LWMF, consisting of 815 Naval Air Squadron (NAS), 702 NAS and 700W NAS will become 2 front line squadrons, similar in size but each with a unique focus.815 NAS will become the sole Lynx Squadron, and a new Wildcat Squadron, 825 NAS will form with the unification of 702 NAS and 700W NAS.Lynx aircraft from 815 NAS will continue to operate, supporting the front line to deliver Flights and remain at Very High Readiness for Maritime Counter Terrorism (MCT) until the aircraft goes out of service on 31 March 2017. The Squadron will start its conversion from Lynx to Wildcat during the latter part of 2015. Once fully converted to Wildcat, 815 will consist of 12 single-manned Flights at readiness for deployed operations worldwide and 2 double-manned MCT Flights at very high readiness in the UK.The commissioning of 825 NAS in September 2014 will be the merger of 702 NAS and 700W NAS and will operate the first 4 Wildcat Flights to convert and deploy to sea on either a Type 45 Destroyer or Type 23 Frigate. It will deliver training to Lynx qualified and new aircrew on the Wildcat along with Air Engineers and will be responsible for continuing Wildcat Tactical Development, identifying and understanding the significant potential of this very capable new aircraft.Captain Kevin Fleming, Commanding Officer of LWMF said: “These are exciting times for the Lynx Wildcat Maritime Force, developing the brand new Wildcat whilst delivering the Lynx to the Front Line and not without its challenges. The Force has worked extremely hard to ensure that transition from Lynx to Wildcat is managed smoothly whilst maintaining support to Operations as routine business.”Captain Fleming added, “Over the past 35 years or so we and our predecessors have delivered huge operational success in the Lynx worldwide; I am certain with our continued positive engagement and professional focus, we will put the Maritime Wildcat Force firmly on track to delivering similar and even greater operational achievements for very many years to come.”[mappress]Press Release, May 27, 2014; Image: Royal Navycenter_img Authorities View post tag: Naval View post tag: Maritime Back to overview,Home naval-today UK: Lynx Wildcat Maritime Force Undergoes Transition UK: Lynx Wildcat Maritime Force Undergoes Transition The Fleet Air Arm is undergoing a vast programme of transition as all front line aircraft are replaced over the coming years. Share this articlelast_img read more


first_imgFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare JOURNEY VIP Packages will be available, including premium seats, exclusive merchandise and more. For more information, visit JOURNEY is one of the most popular American rock bands of all time, creating some of the best-known songs in modern music, with iconic hits such as “Faithfully,” “Any Way You Want It,” “Wheel In The Sky,” “Separate Ways,” “Only the Young,” “”Open Arms,” “Lovin, Touchin’, Squeezin’,” “Who’s Crying Now,” and the seminal “Don’t Stop Believin’,” which is the top-selling digital catalog track in history. Since its formation in 1973 in San Francisco, Journey has sold more than 80 million albums worldwide, earning 19 Top 40 singles and 25 gold, platinum and multi-platinum albums, and has headlined multiple sold-out stadium tours. The Greatest Hits album is certified 15 times-Platinum, bringing Journey into the elite club of Diamond-certified award holders. Journey received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, was inducted into the Hollywood Bowl Hall of Fame, and is the subject of the award-winning documentary, ‘Don’t Stop Believin’: Everyman’s Journey.’ The band recently received a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nomination.Neal Schon (founding member and lead guitarist), Ross Valory (original member and bassist), and longtime members Jonathan Cain (keyboardist) and Arnel Pineda (lead singer), welcomed virtuoso drummer Steve Smith back into Journey for their “San Francisco Fest 2016” tour, marking the first time he performed with thebandsince1998. Schon’smusicalcareerbeganattheageof15,whenhedebutedwithSantanaasaguitar prodigy on the No. 1 album, Santana III. Valory has been a grounding force in Journey since the band’s formation (other than a brief hiatus in the late 80’s and early 90’s) and Cain was brought on board in 1980, rounding out the songwriting genius behind the defining album, Escape. Since Arnel Pineda joined Journey as its new lead singer in 2007, the band has released two albums and embarked on seven major tours, performing on four continents for more than five million fans, which earned the group Billboard’s prestigious “Legend of Live Award.” Check for more information.For more information, visit Tickets on sale Saturday, December 10th at 10 AMpage1image3336Rock band JOURNEY has set a concert in EVANSVILLE at the FORD CENTER on Saturday, April 1st, performing all their classic hits like “Don’t Stop Believin’,” “Any Way You Want It,” “Lights,” “Faithfully,” “Wheel In The Sky,” “Separate Ways,” and more. Tickets go on sale to the general public Saturday, December 10th at 10 AM.last_img read more

Olympics: Flame lit for troubled Rio Games

first_imgThe Olympic torch will be handed over to Brazilian officials on Wednesday in a ceremony at the historic all-marble Olympic stadium in Athens, site of the first modern Games in 1896.The torch harks back to the ancient Olympics, when a sacred flame burned throughout the Games. The tradition was revived in 1936 for the Berlin Games.Brazil’s preparations have been overshadowed by the government crisis caused by accusations that Rousseff juggled government accounts to disguise budget shortfalls during her 2014 reelection.The beleaguered president insisted this week that Rio’s preparations are ahead of schedule.“The Games are in a totally adequate situation, we’re even a little ahead of schedule and more so than we had planned for,” Rousseff said Tuesday.– ‘Big party’ will banish problems -“(In terms) of the organisation of the Games everything was done…I don’t think it’s really a problem for the Games,” said Leyser.He said that in true Brazilian tradition, there will be a “big party” and “people (will) forget the other problems.”Bach on Wednesday said he was confident that Rio would lay on an “excellent Games”.“Ninety-eight percent of all infrastructure is ready, the test events are going successfully…we are just full of anticipation to come to Brazil,” he told reporters on Thursday.The IOC and Rio organisers have played down crime concerns and fears over the quality of water in Rio bay to be used for yachting and some swimming.“We are very confident that the competition area will offer safe and fair conditions,” Bach said this week.There have also been travel warnings and athlete cancellations over the Zika virus that is believed to potentially cause serious birth defects if contracted by pregnant women.Greek Olympic Committee chairman Spyros Kapralos said Brazil would pull through, much like Athens overcame chronic delays before it hosted the 2004 Games.“I think like we had in Athens, the same will happen in Rio, everything will come together and we will experience a fantastic Games,” he said.Share on: WhatsApp ANCIENT OLYMPIA, Greece | AFP |The Olympic flame was lit Thursday in an ancient temple in one country in crisis and solemnly sent off carrying international hopes that Brazil’s political paralysis will not taint the Rio Games that start in barely 100 days.As the flame was kindled in the 2,600-year-old Temple of Hera at Ancient Olympia, International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach and Rio organisers sought to rally support.Bach said the Rio Games will be held “in a world shaken by crises” but hailed preparations for the first Olympics in South America.“Brazilian people will enthusiastically welcome the world and amaze us with their joy of life and their passion for sport,” he predicted.“Despite the difficulties that Brazil is facing today, the flame is a timeless reminder that we are all part of the same humanity,” Bach said.Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff cancelled her attendance as she battles threatened impeachment proceedings.In her place, Rio 2016 organising committee chairman, Carlos Nuzman, said the flame “brings a message that can and will unite, our dear Brazil.”“Brazil is ready,” Brazil’s acting sports minister Ricardo Leyser told reporters after the ceremony.Setting off from a country at the forefront of Europe’s migrant crisis, the flame will tour Greece and then go to scores of Brazilian cities arriving at Rio’s Maracana Stadium for the August 5 opening ceremony.After giving thanks to the ancient Greek sun god Apollo, high priestess Katerina Lechou, a prominent Greek actress, handed the flame to the first relay runner, Greece’s gymnastics world champion Lefteris Petrounias.– Refugee torch-bearer -Petrounias passed it to Brazilian volleyball legend Giovane Gavio, an Olympic champion at the 1992 Barcelona and 2004 Athens Games.Overall, some 12,000 torchbearers will carry the flame through Brazil.In a gesture to the migration crisis, a Syrian man who lost a leg in his country’s civil war will carry the torch through the Eleonas refugee camp in Athens next Tuesday.The man, whose is to be named Friday, has been living and working in Athens since being granted asylum in Greece.last_img read more

Steelers looking to make it 3 in a row

first_imgYour comments are welcome. Follow @NewPghCourier on Twitter us at our mobile app at AN IMPRESSIVE OUTING—Rookie Le’Veon Bell had 93 yards on 19 carries. (AP photo)A victory over the Oakland Raiders Sunday could put the Steelers back in the hunt for a playoff berth. A victory over the Raiders would make it three wins in a row pulling their record up to 3-4 after their 19-16 win over the Baltimore Ravens last week.The Raiders are very similar to the Steelers. First of all their records 2-4 are identical, they both are outstanding defensively tied for the second fewest points allowed with 132, and both rank near the bottom in offense even though the Steelers have picked up their production in the past two games.The Raiders offense is led by young Pittsburgh area native Terrelle Pryor from Jeanette who is in his second year in the NFL and his first year as a starter. He’s hitting 64.5 percent of his passes with a 84.8 QB rating which puts him in the lower level of QBs. As most people in this area know, he’s an excellent runner with more yardages than any of the Steelers backs with 285. Actually he’s also better than any of the Raiders backs because Darren McFadden is their top running back with 267 yards on 69 carries.This game should be pretty much like the Ravens game, a battle between two rebuilding teams. The Steelers should win pulling them into a second place tie with the Ravens at 3-4, because Baltimore has a bye week.The Cincinnati Bengals stayed atop the AFC North with another late game victory over the Detroit Lions 27-24 pulling their record up to 5-2. The Cleveland Browns lost to the Green Bay Packers 31-13 to drop 3-4. The Browns play the undefeated Kansas City Chiefs and the Bengals play the hot and cold New York Jets, fresh off their upset of the New England Patriots.Against the Ravens, the Steelers defense looked much more improved and the offense may finally have a running game. Le’Veon Bell picked up 93 yards on 19 carries. The Steelers are still looking for its first 100 yard rusher this year.Ben Roethlisberger had an efficient game going 17 of 23 for 160 yards and no turnovers. Antonio Brown continued his Pro-Bowl play with 6 catches for 50 yards. The defense headed by Troy Polamalu and the linebacking corp., had an outstanding game, holding Ray Rice to just 45 yards on 15 carries. And even though Joe Flacco had some impressive throws on the hold he was held in check. He was 24 of 34 for 216 yards.A win by the Steelers and a loss by the Bengals could put Pittsburgh just one game out of first place.last_img read more