UK: Crew Says Farewell to HMS Cornwall

first_img View post tag: UK View post tag: says View post tag: News by topic Authorities View post tag: Naval View post tag: crew July 6, 2011 Back to overview,Home naval-today UK: Crew Says Farewell to HMS Cornwall View post tag: Farewell The crew of HMS Cornwall said farewell to the ship last week at a decommissioning ceremony at Devonport Naval Base.The ceremony, held on Thursday 1 July 2011, marked the retirement of the ship from the Royal Navy after 23 years, and was an occasion for the ship’s captain, Commander David Wilkinson, to pay tribute to her affiliated organisations and the county of Cornwall as a whole for their support.Commander Wilkinson said he and the ship’s company had been proud to represent the nation and Cornwall worldwide on operations and other duties.The event included a parade of the crew, a band of the Royal Marines, a religious service, the ceremonial final sounding of the ship’s bell and the lowering of the commissioning pennant, White Ensign and Union Flag.HMS Cornwall, known as the ‘Fighting 99′, is the last of the Type 22 frigates to be decommissioned under the MOD’s Strategic Defence and Security Review. Sister ships HMS Cumberland, HMS Chatham and HMS Campbeltown have preceded HMS Cornwall.The ship has circumnavigated the globe, visited every ocean, taken part in Cold War operations, and recently served east of Suez on counter-piracy duties.Commander Wilkinson described his ship as world-beating and was proud to have served with his crew over the last 13 months, who he thanked for their support and professionalism. He said they were both compassionate and aggressive when needed, served with good grace and humour, and were his strength.He added: “My ship’s company have been fantastic, a wonderful example of the youth of today. I look back on my command with pride. It is an honour to be the last commanding officer of HMS Cornwall. “I hope the people of Cornwall have good memories of HMS Cornwall and all who served on her. This was an occasion to say farewell and to thank the county of Cornwall. The freedom of the city of Truro parade by the ship’s company on the 13th of July is a chance for the country to say goodbye to us.”Chief Petty Officer John Midwood, of Dewsbury, near Leeds, lowered the White Ensign for the last time at the stern of the ship.Most of the crew will stay together until late October 2011 after which they will attend courses and move onto new posts. In the meantime the physical decommissioning process will continue but the future of the ship is yet to be determined.[mappress]Source: mod, July 6, 2011 View post tag: HMS View post tag: Navy UK: Crew Says Farewell to HMS Cornwall Share this article View post tag: Cornwalllast_img read more

Japanese Coast Guard Patrol Ship Arrives at Port of Korsakov to Attend Russian-Japanese Exercise

first_img View post tag: Guard Training & Education View post tag: of View post tag: At View post tag: Russian-Japanese Japanese Coast Guard patrol ship arrives at the port of Korsakov (Sakhalin Island, Russia) on Oct 25 to attend Russian-Japanese exercise of frontier services, reports RIA Novosti referring to a representative of Sakhalin Coast Guard Dept Natalia Yershova.“Japanese patrol ship Soya will stay at Sakhalin till Oct 28. Purpose of the visit is improvement of international cooperation between border guard agencies of the two countries and countering trans-frontier criminality at sea”, Yershova said.According to her, apart from joint exercise the visit program includes solemn meeting ceremony at Korsakov port, courtesy visits of Japanese delegation, state receptions arranged by both parties, and concerts for the crews of Russian and Japanese ships. Besides, residents and guests of Sakhalin Island will be allowed to visit a Russian Coast Guard ship and Japanese patrol vessel Soya.The history of mutual official calls paid by Sakhalin and Japanese frontiersmen goes back to 2000. When the memorandum of cooperation development between Russian FSB Frontier Service and Japanese Coast Guard was signed, a Sakhalin patrol ship for the first time attended the naval parade in Tokyo Bay. In 2003 two other Russian patrol vessels participated in an exercise jointly with Japanese ships. Since 2007 this trend has received new impulse; joint drills and official visits of Russian and Japanese border guards are becoming regular. The most eventful year was 2008 when frontier agencies of both countries celebrated jubilees; Russian Frontier Service turned 90, and Japanese Coast Guard – 60.Such close cooperation promotes mutual understanding and helps to protect territorial waters of both countries more effectively, respond to regional challenges rapidly, and reach compromise in problematic issues.[mappress]Source: rusnavy, October 26, 2011; View post tag: coast View post tag: Navy Back to overview,Home naval-today Japanese Coast Guard Patrol Ship Arrives at Port of Korsakov to Attend Russian-Japanese Exercise View post tag: Naval View post tag: News by topic Share this article View post tag: port View post tag: Korsakov View post tag: Patrol October 26, 2011 Japanese Coast Guard Patrol Ship Arrives at Port of Korsakov to Attend Russian-Japanese Exercise View post tag: attend View post tag: Arrives View post tag: to View post tag: ship View post tag: Japanese View post tag: Exerciselast_img read more

US Navy Assistant Secretary Backs NPS Community Outreach Initiative

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today US Navy Assistant Secretary Backs NPS Community Outreach Initiative View post tag: community View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Navy View post tag: Backs Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Manpower and Reserve Affairs Juan M. Garcia returned to the Naval Postgraduate School (NPS) for his second round of meetings with local community business and education leaders, Jan. 9.“It has been a great couple of days for the NPS community. Secretary Garcia’s presence and participation in our community outreach initiative is critical to its success,” said NPS Interim President Rear Adm. Jan E. Tighe. “His interactions with our students, faculty and staff have been very beneficial in highlighting our unique value to the Navy and the nation. The high-quality of our students and workforce showed prominently throughout the visit.”The community outreach initiatives are intended to strengthen community ties, ensuring both the institution and the community maintain constant dialogue as NPS moves forward into 2013.“I am pleased to return to Monterey to continue our efforts of engagement with regional leadership through these outreach initiatives,” said Garcia. “The input we have received in the early stages of this effort has been invaluable, and I am very confident this outreach will only continue to provide critical input to the future of this prestigious university.”In addition to meeting with community leaders, Garcia also held a meeting with current NPS students as well. Garcia posed a series of questions on a wide range of subjects, with the students offering their own opinions on everything from NPS research opportunities and faculty to future assignments and quality of life issues.“During this visit to campus, I took the opportunity to meet with several students and faculty to gain a deeper understanding of their perspectives of the institution,” said Garcia. “The men and women studying here are the future leaders of the Navy … As we move forward, we must keep a vigilant eye toward the true value of NPS.”“The instruction at NPS, compared to the training we normally receive, is extraordinary … The people in front of the podium are incredible and what they teach is in line with the needs of my service,” said U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Brent Molaski in response to a question about the quality of an NPS education.“They are recognized experts in the field, particularly in my field of tropical cyclone research,” added U.S. Navy Lt. Travis Wendt.NASA employee Marissa Herron agreed with her fellow students, and commented on her plans after graduation.“I plan on going back to Houston and applying my remote sensing experience to a NASA problem, perhaps the Mars Rover Project,” said Herron.In addition to his meetings with regional leaders, students and faculty, Garcia also spent an afternoon touring various NPS educational and research facilities.“I was impressed with the research facilities and labs I had the chance to explore this afternoon,” said Garcia. “Certainly, any graduate education requires a fundamental effort in research, and NPS clearly has the talent and facilities to support the explorations of its students.”[mappress]Naval Today Staff, January 11, 2013 US Navy Assistant Secretary Backs NPS Community Outreach Initiative View post tag: Outreach View post tag: Initiative January 11, 2013 View post tag: NPS View post tag: US Share this article View post tag: Secretary View post tag: Naval View post tag: Assistant Authoritieslast_img read more