U.S. Navy P-8As returns from U.S. 6th Fleet deployment

first_img View post tag: Poseidon P-8A Authorities Back to overview,Home naval-today U.S. Navy P-8A Poseidon squadron concludes historic U.S. 6th Fleet deployment View post tag: US 6th Fleet April 18, 2017 A U.S. Navy P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft squadron completed a seven-month deployment to the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations (AOO) as the last P-8A Poseidon returned to Naval Air Station Jacksonville on April 8, 2017.The “Pelicans” of Patrol Squadron 45 (VP-45), attached to Commander, Task Force 67 (CTF 67) and led by Commanding Officer Cmdr. Ryan Lilley, consists of 274 personnel and seven P-8A “Poseidon” aircraft.Operating out of Naval Air Station Sigonella in Sigonella, Italy, VP-45 supported a multitude of U.S., allied and partner nation forces throughout the Mediterranean, including the French Navy Charles De Gaulle Carrier strike Group (CSG), the Wasp Amphibious Ready Group and 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit, the Dwight D. Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group, and the George H. W. Bush Carrier Strike Group.The Pelicans made Naval aviation history as the first P-8A squadron to deploy to the U.S. 6th Fleet AOO providing anti-submarine warfare (ASW), anti-surface warfare (ASUW), and search and rescue (SAR) operations, as well as superior maritime intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) capabilities to the region.The P-8A replaces the P-3C which has operated within the U.S. 6th Fleet AOO for decades. With the P-8A comes enhanced anti-submarine warfare (ASW) capabilities through an extended range, increased internal buoy storage, and improved processing capabilities. Built on the Boeing 737-800 frame it brings an improvement in speed and reliability to the maritime domain and highlights the U.S. commitment to maintaining the technological edge.“We’re the first squadron to deploy with the P-8 to Europe and we successfully and safely integrated our operations, paving the way for other squadrons to follow,” said Lilley.Over the course of their deployment, VP-16 combat aircrews conducted 24 detachments throughout Europe including operating out of Denmark, England, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Italy, Malta, Portugal, Romania, Scotland, and Spain while participating in multiple operations including Operation Atlantic Resolve.While deployed, the Pelicans flew more than 3,700 hours of operations and completed more than 8,700 maintenance actions encompassing almost 33,000 maintenance man-hours.In addition to their regular missions, the Pelicans had the opportunity to participate in numerous exercises throughout Europe.In September, VP-45 crews flew ASW missions in support of exercise Northern Coast from Aalborg, Denmark and participated in the Malta International Air Show.In October, crews flew ASW missions in support of exercise Cable Car from Lossiemouth, Scotland and participated in an airshow in Conigsby, England. Crews and support personnel participated in Turkish-led exercise Mavi Balina in November.In March, exercise Dynamic Manta was supported from Sigonella, as well as exercise Joint Warrior in Lossiemouth, Scotland. U.S. Navy P-8A Poseidon squadron concludes historic U.S. 6th Fleet deployment View post tag: US Navy Share this articlelast_img read more

Arsenal star Ozil to mark wedding by funding surgery for 1,000 needy children

first_imgIt may be their big day, but Mesut Ozil and his wife to-be Amine Gulse will mark their wedding with a gesture to help children around the world.The couple, who tie the knot on Friday, are paying for 1,000 children to have life-changing surgery.Ozil has chosen to forego receiving traditional gifts and asked guests to donate to a charity which funds operations for children in developing countries who suffer from burns, club feet and cleft lip and palate.In 2014, the Arsenal midfielder, 30, donated his 2014 World Cup winnings – a estimated £240,000 – to pay for 23 Brazilian children to have surgery.”Many fans have asked me, my close relatives and friends about our wishes for tomorrow’s wedding,” the former Germany international wrote in a social media post. “As a professional footballer I am in a fortunate and privileged position. However, I invite everyone who is willing and able to help to support a very special project close to both of our hearts. “Amine and I will bear the expenses for surgeries of 1,000 children in need.”last_img read more

Los Angeles Lakers’ Jeremy Lin making an impact beyond box score

first_imgA buzz hovered around the arena, long after Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash dazzled the crowd with encouraging signs that their health has not failed them.Instead, Jeremy Lin took over the spotlight. You would not know if you just glanced at the box score, his six missed field goals in the Lakers’ 98-95 preseason win Monday over Denver in San Diego sticking out like the torn ligament in Nick Young’s right thumb. But Lin’s 10 assists reflected the 26-year-old guard’s success in bringing offensive clarity among an assorted cast of role players.“I just want to figure out how I can bring my strengths and apply it best to this system,” Lin said. “It’s kind of like a chess match in learning and figuring it out.”The Lakers expect Lin to finish with the same efficiency as his last season with Houston, where he shot 57.8 percent off drives, a statistic that only trailed LeBron James. But with the Lakers losing Young as their top reserve for about the next eight weeks, coach Byron Scott said Lin will become either the first or second reserve to enter the game. Bryant found hypocrisy in the deal, considering the NBA had a lockout in the 2011 offseason. Bryant has also sparked criticism for signing last year with the Lakers to a two-year extension worth $48.5 million. It ensured he stayed the NBA’s highest paid player, but limited the Lakers’ flexibility in building a roster around him.“Players are ‘encouraged’ per new CBA to take less to win or risk being called selfish+ungrateful,” Bryant tweeted, ‘while nbatv deal goes UP by a BILLION.’”Lighter scheduleThe Lakers’ practice on Tuesday consisted of film study and player walk-throughs, marking the team’s lightest training camp session that has mostly featured heavy conditioning drills and full-court scrimmages. All of the Lakers’ starters, including Bryant and Nash, watched film and then received treatment.Meanwhile, the Lakers reported Wesley Johnson feeling better from a patellar tendon in his left knee and will likely practice today. Forward Xavier Henry participated in five-on-zero drills on Tuesday after sitting out all of last week with back spasms. As for Nash and Bryant, Scott plans to keep their minutes consistent through at least the next five exhibition games, including when the Lakers host the Golden State Warriors on Thursday at Staples Center. Bryant posted 13 points on 5-of-12 shooting and five assists in 21 minutes in the Lakers’ preseason opener against Denver, while Nash finished with 11 points on 4-of-8 accuracy and five assists in 20 minutes.Kobe systemLin has played with plenty of the NBA’s top stars, including Carmelo Anthony (New York), Dwight Howard (Houston), James Harden (Houston) and Bryant (Lakers). How does Bryant distinguish himself?“How hard he works and his attention to detail.” Lin said of Bryant. “The stuff that he thinks about or talks about, only someone who is really trying to analyze every single thing about the game would be able to understand something like that.”Staff writer Chris Trevino contributed to this report “Jeremy didn’t shoot the ball well,” Scott said, “but he did a great job of orchestrating the offense and making great passes.”Plenty of them went to Lakers forward Ed Davis, whose 12 points on 6-of-7 shooting featured him and Lin working off one another on pick-and-roll sets. The chemistry worked so well that Scott has considered ensuring that the two play together in future exhibition games. “Sometimes you don’t always need to score or get as many assists,” Lin said. “As long as you’re aggressive, something will open up.” Taking a standBryant seemed irritated on Tuesday, and the reasons had nothing to do with skepticism about his recovery or the Lakers’ rebuilding process. The NBA announced this week a nine-year extension with ESPN and TNT that begins in 2016-17, a deal that reportedly will triple the $930 million the league currently makes in television and digital rights. center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Day Four – Men’s Amateur: The fairytale continues for golden oldie Wharton

first_img31 Jul 2020 Day Four – Men’s Amateur: The fairytale continues for golden oldie Wharton Paul Wharton admits he’s having to pinch himself after fighting through to the quarter finals of the English Men’s Amateur Championships at the ripe old age of 59.Wharton – who won his club championship at Woodhall Spa Golf Club on Saturday – now has a fighting chance of winning his national title after another day of heroics on his home patch.Having beaten England international Sam Bairstow on Thursday, Wharton followed it up with victories against Richard Cheetham and William Hopkins to make the last eight at the Lincolnshire venueDespite having scratched his eye putting in a contact lens in the morning forcing him to wear glasses on the course, Wharton continued to play with unerring accuracy.“The fairytale continues!’ joked Wharton as he contemplated a cold shower rather than a cool beer after a gruelling day of action.“I’ll be going home for a very early night.“I played solidly. The course was trickier today but I’m having to pinch myself that I’m still here.“I’ve exceeded expectations by a massive amount.“I don’t know about playing like a youngster, but you play to your strengths. I get it on the fairway and green and try not to waste shots – I can’t afford to.“This afternoon Will was 60/70 yards past me at times and I had to ignore it and focus on my own game.“But there’s no description column on a score card! I’m a very happy man.“I won’t get ahead of myself – it’s one round at a time.”The 3&2 afternoon victory over fellow Lincolnshire county player Hopkins was one of the highlights of another brilliant day’s play.Also through to the last eight are England internationals Joe Long and Sam Broadhurst.Long’s play has been impressive all week and he edged out Alex Dixon by a 2&1 margin.Broadhurst (pictured above) needed four extra holes to shake off the threat from fellow England player Charlie Thornton.Enrique Dimayuga won a tight game against Jake Bolton on the 17th while Callan Barrow from Royal Lytham and St Anne’s was a comprehensive 7&5 victor over Jake Walley.Sam Done, Jack Cope and Barclay Brown are also safely through to the quarters which will be played on Saturday morning before the semis follow in the afternoon.Sunday’s final will be 36 holes of match play on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa – the home of England Golf.Scores, videos, interviews, images and action can be found on the English Amateur Championships homepage.Photography: Leaderboardlast_img read more