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

Dominican Republic: Cocaine laboratory dismantled

first_imgBy Dialogo September 04, 2013 SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic – Dominican authorities for the first time discovered and dismantled a clandestine cocaine processing laboratory, providing fresh evidence that international drug trafficking rings are establishing themselves in the Caribbean country. The laboratory was found on a farm near a small town 40 kilometers west of the capital, Santo Domingo, where two Colombians were arrested recently, the National Police said on Sept. 3. The laboratory was similar to processing facilities found in the Colombian jungle, where authorities periodically discover large labs capable of producing thousands of kilograms of cocaine. Police allege the Colombians, John Jairo Roldán Estrada and Ángel Fernando Vargas, built the facility, part of which was below ground. At the time of the raid, police found seven microwave ovens, a press, scales, more than 100 plastic bags and a four-gallon tank of ammonia, among other paraphernalia. Police said they seized 225 kilograms of cocaine paste, the base used to produce powder cocaine for consumption. The paste could have been turned into as much as 2,000 kilograms of cocaine, police said. The National Police, which led the operation, called the seizure an “unprecedented blow against organized crime” in a prepared statement. The Dominican Republic has long been one of the favored transshipment points in the Caribbean, with an estimated 6% of cocaine bound for the U.S. traveling through the country. As much as 11% of cocaine bound for Europe also passes through the island, as traffickers have infiltrated shipping containers and airports to move small and large shipments abroad. However, in recent years authorities have seen arms of international criminal groups establishing operations in the country. With an increased presence, authorities have also witnessed increased consumption in the Dominican Republic. National Police Chief Maj. Gen. Manuel Castro Castillo said the discovery of the lab “shows how international drug trafficking is advancing in the Dominican Republic.” As evidence of the presence of international criminal organizations, authorities have arrested several alleged drug smugglers from Colombia, Venezuela, Mexico and elsewhere during the past year. At the site of the lab seizure, heads of Dominican agencies, including the Attorney General’s Office, the National Police, the National Department of Investigations and the National Drug Control Directorate (DNCD), gathered and pledged to coordinate their efforts in the counter-narcotics fight. “We will continue to fight tirelessly, chasing [drug trafficking] in all its forms, by air, by sea and by land,” said Attorney General Francisco Domínguez Brito. He vowed to “arrest and prosecute all those responsible … and we will continue investigating this case and all cases.” [ (Dominican Republic), 03/09/2013; Procuraduría General de la República (Dominican Republic), 30/08/2013]last_img read more

Fast reaction: 3 quick takeaways from Syracuse’s season-opening victory over Kennesaw State

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ No. 23 Syracuse opened up its season with an 89-42 rout of Kennesaw State on Friday night in the Carrier Dome. Here are a few quick thoughts from the blowout.B.J. Johnson can playAnd score. With the Syracuse bench shortened by Michael Gbinije’s absence, Johnson played 14 minutes of the first half and was the team’s co-leading scorer with 11 points at the break.He added six rebounds and a pair of assists, committing his lone turnover on an outlet pass intended for Trevor Cooney off of a rebound.The sophomore forward’s career-high scoring night of 19 points and eight rebounds started with 14:30 left in the first half when he came in for Tyler Roberson and gave the Orange a boost with four points in a 39-second span in the middle of the first half.When Cooney and backup center Chinonso Obokoh left the floor with about a minute and a half left to make way for SU’s walk-ons, Johnson left with the regulars.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textChristmas is playing like he shouldWhen he’s on the court, Christmas is proving himself to be a threat offensively. He’s demanding the ball now and taking his man to the hoop almost every time he gets it in the paint.Early in the second half he directed the offense from the top of key. His first half was reduced to just 10 minutes on the floor after he picked up his second foul with 12:07 left in the first half.After Kennesaw State’s 6-foot-10 center Willy Kouassi was whistled for his third foul just three minutes and 18 seconds into the second half, Christmas continued to do what he pleased to KSU’s defense.Christmas finished with 21 points and nine rebounds in 24 minutes of play.Patterson is PG3Kaleb Joseph played limited minutes after appearing to roll his ankle early in the game. With Gbinije out, that left Ron Patterson to run the point when Joseph left the game.It didn’t matter too much as Syracuse’s stifling zone defense turned the second half into a series of Orange fast breaks only interrupted by SU dominating in the paint.He did throw a transition pass over Cooney and Jim Boeheim’s head with 1:41 to play, but the Orange already led by more than 40 at that point.In conclusion, we now know who Boeheim’s third-choice point guard is. Comments Published on November 14, 2014 at 9:36 pmlast_img read more