View post tag: Naval USS Bonhomme Richard Concludes Exercise Talisman Sabre View post tag: Exercise Authorities July 20, 2015 View post tag: USS Bonhomme Richard Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Bonhomme Richard Concludes Exercise Talisman Sabre View post tag: Asia-Pacific View post tag: Navy After two weeks of dynamic maneuvering schemes and elevated command and control, USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6), flagship to Expeditionary Strike Group (ESG) 7 commanded by Rear Admiral Hugh D. Wetherald Commander, completed Exercise Talisman Sabre July 18.Bonhomme Richard, with USS Green Bay (LPD 20), USS Ashland (LSD 48), USS Preble (DDG 88), 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), and counterparts from the Australian Defence Force (ADF) worked to make the biennial exercise a success.From the Northern Territory waters of the Indian Ocean to the North Australia Exercise Area, Bradshaw Field, Australia provided a unique setting for Australian and U.S. forces to increase the already-strong partnership between the two allies. It enabled the forces to accomplish missions across naval and land warfare.The Strike Group performed more than 20 landing craft, air cushion (LCAC) and landing craft utility (LCU) ship-to-shore connections and more than 40 MV-22 Osprey tiltrotor aircraft flights from the Bonhomme Richard. In those craft more than 2 million pounds of equipment was moved from the sea based platform to the Bradshaw Field Training Area.During Talisman Sabre the multifaceted training scenarios allowed the teams to practice integration.Ashore, Marines alongside members of the 2nd Battalion Royal Australian Regiment (2RAR) who embarked on USS Green Bay (LPD 20) participated in the amphibious assault, July 11 and in the field they conducted live-fire training.At sea, the Expeditionary Strike Group teamed up with Royal Australian Navy ships, HMAS Choules and HMAS Perth to conduct air, surface and sub-surface defense training allowing for a dynamic range of participant aircraft and ships.This was the sixth iteration of the Talisman Sabre exercise. Talisman Sabre merges the previous exercises Tandem Thrust and Crocodile into one biennial, combined exercise with U.S. and Australian forces. Planning teams have already begun preparations for Talisman Sabre 2017.Image: US Navy Share this article View post tag: TALISMAN SABRE View post tag: News by topic
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest A federal jury has ordered Swiss giant Syngenta to pay $217.7 million to Kansas farmers after a verdict was announced this week at a trial in Kansas City. The class action lawsuit was brought because of the Viptera line of corn seed Syngenta began selling to farmers in 2011. At the time, Sygenta hadn’t received Chinese approval of the trait (MIR162) within the seed that gave it insect resistance.China began rejecting U.S. grain shipments in 2013 because it detected the unapproved trait in corn. China would go on to approve the trait in 2014 but farmers contended the damage had been done because of lower corn prices and lost sales. The plaintiffs contend that the China rejection led to grower losses of more than $5 billion.The trial featured four Kansas farmers representing more than 7,000 across the state. Syngenta issued a statement saying they were disappointed with the verdict “because it will only serve to deny American farmers access to future technologies, even when they’re approved in the U.S.” The release said the case is without merit and Syngenta will be moving forward with an appeal. Class action lawsuits have been approved in several other states, including Arkansas, Missouri, Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Ohio, and South Dakota.