USS Helena Returns to Norfolk

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today USS Helena Returns to Norfolk Share this article View post tag: USS View post tag: News by topic October 16, 2013 The Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Helena (SSN 725) returned to its homeport at Naval Station Norfolk from a regularly scheduled deployment, Oct. 15.Under the command of Cmdr. Jeffrey E. Lamphear, the submarine is returning from the European Command, Central Command and Pacific Command Areas of Responsibility, where it executed the nation’s maritime strategy in supporting national security interests and maritime security operations.“Congratulations to the fine crew of USS Helena for an exceptional deployment,” said Vice Adm. Michael Connor, commander, Submarine Forces. “I could not be more pleased with Helena’s superb execution of missions vital to national security in the Central Command and other areas of operation. Cmdr. Lamphear’s crew demonstrated outstanding determination, agility and resiliency. Helena’s unflinching ability to respond to all tasking was a true test of a well-prepared high performance warship. Welcome back home to well-deserved reunion with family and friends. A grateful nation is thankful for the sacrifices made by the Helena crew. You set the example for the fleet – well done!”Lamphear expanded on the submarine’s mission accomplishment during the deployment.“Our operations spanned three gulfs, two seas and two oceans while conducting exercises with coalition partners and other U.S. forces,” said Lamphear. “Our operations supported multinational, U.S. national and theater strategic and tactical objectives. The operations demonstrated the U.S submarine force’s ability to maintain an extended presence and execute any of our multiple missions, while remaining undetected in any area accessible from the world’s oceans.”During the deployment Helena steamed more than 50,000 nautical miles, which is equivalent to circumnavigating the Earth twice along the equator. They did get the opportunity to enjoy some down time.“We were able to conduct port visits in Bahrain, Diego Garcia, Greece, Spain, and the United Arab Emirates,” said Lamphear. “We had an opportunity to experience different cultures and enjoy the different cuisines each presented. While in port the crew was outstanding ambassadors for the United States and while at sea their performance was even more outstanding.“The Helena crew demonstrated the high level of moral, professionalism, and technical and tactical excellence that characterizes the U.S. submarine force. Operating in some of the most navigationally-constrained areas with the highest shipping densities in the world, they demonstrated our ability to execute multiple missions in seas and oceans spanning the globe. Also, they demonstrated the force’s flexibility by planning and executing a complex mission we did not specifically plan for and in an area we did not plan to go. We overcame hardships, material failures, and challenging environments to execute our missions, further demonstrating the submarine force’s endurance by operating at sea for long periods without external material support.“There were also some significant personal achievements during the deployment. Sixteen enlisted and three officers earned their submarine warfare qualifications, can wear the coveted and elite dolphins. In addition, we had 25 junior enlisted, six chief petty officers, and seven officers promoted or advanced to their current ranks. I could not be prouder of their accomplishments.”Despite all the professional and personal achievements, they are glad to be returning home.“We are very happy to be back in Norfolk with our friends and loved ones,” said Lamphear. “We will enjoy a very well-deserved break and the quality time we will be able to spend with our families. Afterwards, we will be back to work training new crew members and ensuring Helena is in top material condition to maintain our readiness for deployment worldwide in supporting our country’s defense.”Fast-attack submarines like Helena have multi-faceted missions. They use their stealth, persistence, agility and firepower to deploy and support special force operations, disrupt and destroy an adversary’s military and economic operations at sea, provide early strike from close proximity, and ensure undersea superiority.Helena is the 38th Los Angeles-class attack submarine and fourth ship to bear the name of the capital city, Helena, Mont. The submarine was built by the Electric Boat Division of General Dynamics Corporation, Groton, Conn., and commissioned July 11, 1987. The 360-foot ship has a current crew compliment of 15 officers and 129 enlisted Sailors, and displaces more than 7,100 tons of water.[mappress]Press Release, October 16, 2013; Image: Royal Navy View post tag: Norfolk View post tag: Helena USS Helena Returns to Norfolk Training & Education View post tag: Naval View post tag: Navy View post tag: Defense View post tag: Returns View post tag: Defencelast_img read more

USS Germantown Takes Part in Keen Sword Ex

first_img View post tag: Naval The amphibious dock landing ship, USS Germantown (LSD 42) and the 2nd Assault Amphibian Battalion (AAB), 2nd Marine Division (MARDIV), operated with Japanese Self Defense Forces (JSDF) during exercise Keen Sword, Nov. 11-12.Keen Sword is a bilateral amphibious training exercise conducted with JSDF designed to increase combat readiness and interoperability.This portion of the exercise kicked off with service members from JSDF being flown over on a Japanese Ground Self Defense Force (JGSDF) CH-47 Chinook, for a tour of Germantown. This allowed Sailors and Marines to engage with members of JSDF and show them a variety of the ship’s systems and capabilities. This included a tour of the well deck, the weapons systems, the bridge, the boat deck and the wardroom.The main goal of Germantown’s participation with JSDF is to practice tactics, techniques and procedures with Japanese forces to strengthen amphibious warfare and to help the JSDF build their developing amphibious forces.The final exercise of the day was a simulated MEDEVAC drill that included a CH-47 Chinook helicopter landing on the flight deck with two patients that had simulated injuries.Keen Sword is the latest in a series of joint exercises since 1986 between the U.S. military and JSDF to help enhance cooperation and unity between the two countries in the 7th Fleet Area of Responsibility.Keen Sword will run until Nov. 19, and will include approximately 11,000 U.S. personnel and will continue to take place in a variety of locations throughout Japan, Okinawa and the waters surrounding Japan.[mappress mapid=”14449″]Press release,. Image: US Navy Authorities Share this article View post tag: Ex View post tag: Navy USS Germantown Takes Part in Keen Sword Ex View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Takes Part Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Germantown Takes Part in Keen Sword Ex View post tag: americas View post tag: USS Germantown View post tag: Keen Sword November 17, 2014 View post tag: asialast_img read more

Treasury debates scrapping student fund

Speculation that the Treasury plans to scrapthe £327 million Student Opportunities Fundhas been met with condemnation by Oxford students.Although no decision has been reached as to whether or not the fund will be cut, it is expected that David Cameron, George Osborne, Nick Clegg and Danny Alexander will push forsubstantial reductions or even cutting thefund altogether, after the Treasury and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) failed to come to an agreement earlier thisweek. The fund is currently used by universities across the country to improve access and success rates for students from disadvantaged backgrounds.Andrew Smith, MP for Oxford East, was one ofthe first to speak out against the possibility of cuts in Parliament on Wednesday. He said,“This torpedoes the government’s claimed commitment to social mobility throughhigher education,” he said. “Many universities run fantastic outreach programmes, but these cuts to the Student Opportunity Fundwill mean universities will not be able to afford the staff and other costs to make these aseffective as they need to be. A number of students also expressed their anger at the Treasury’s potential plans. OULC chair Dan Turner condemned the proposed cuts: “It’s difficult to see how these cuts will do anything other than damage university efforts to encourage those from worse-off backgrounds to apply for university.Worse, it will disproportionately affect those collegeswhich make the most effort to recruit disadvantaged students. The whole policy creates perverse incentives and will set back social mobility in higher education across thecountry.”Jane Cahill, former Queen’s JCR President, also condemned the move. She commented, “Student-led access work is drastically under-funded and under-resourced, despite being the most effective.”“The students working at Target Schools need better support so they can get away from spreadsheets and emails and engage with students. I don’t see how the student union could fight for that if the university as a whole experiences a cut. Raising tuition fees at the same time as cutting access budgets is just about as regressive an HE strategy as you could hope for.”As the coalition partners began their debate, OUSU launched a Twitter campaign to garner support for the action against the proposed cuts, calling on Nicola Blackwood to“#SaveStudentOpportunities and protect access funding!”OUSU President Tom Rutland told Cherwell, “The government must not renege on its promise to ensure fair access to universities by further cutting the money dedicated to this area.”He went on to point out that Oxford’s allocation of the Student Opportunities Fund is significant. “Here in Oxford, the £600,000 ofStudent Opportunities Fund money goes towards the widening participation work that the University does in the local community to encourage application to universities, as well as supporting disabled students.”Oxford University is waiting for a government decision to confirm their position on the matter and clarify what action they might take if the fund is cut. A spokesperson said, “We cannot speculate on any effects this may have on the University before details are confirmed. We are naturally concerned about the impact of any cuts that may affect our ability to support students and encourag ewidening participation, and we will be following the issue closely.” read more

Aces tennis signs top junior college player

first_imgIn his first signing period as the head coach of the University of Evansville women’s tennis program, head coach Jayson Wiseman has announced the signing of Katie Delgado to a grant-in-aid to begin playing for the Purple Aces in January. “We are very excited to have a player of Katie’s caliber and experience join our team,” Wiseman continued. “She hit it off well with our players and will be a positive addition to our team chemistry.” She finished the 2015 season as the 23rd-ranked JUCO singles player in the nation. A 3-star prospect coming out of high school in Universal City, Texas, Delgado grew up in a large family as she was the 7th out of 9 children. Delgado transfers to UE from Tyler Junior College in Texas. Playing #3 singles for Tyler, she took second place at the JUCO National Championships. She also helped her team take second place in the championships.center_img FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare “Katie is a very accomplished singles and doubles player who will contribute to our line up from day one this January,” Wiseman said. “She is an incredibly hard worker and excellent student, exactly what we are looking for in a Purple Aces Tennis player.”last_img read more

Guidance: Visiting care homes during coronavirus

first_img an overview of the visiting practices supported by this guidance advice for providers when establishing their visiting policy advice for providers when taking visiting decisions for particular residents or groups of residents advice on delivering safe visiting, with and without testing information on visiting in exceptional circumstances such as end of life This guidance is for directors of public health, care providers and others who will be involved in planning to enable visits to care homes. It sets out:last_img

Nieman Foundation and Berkman Center announce joint fellowship

first_imgAddressing the growing need for fresh ideas and research in news reporting, the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard and the Berkman Center for Internet & Society announce the creation of the joint Nieman-Berkman Fellowship in Journalism Innovation.Candidates for the new yearlong fellowship will be asked to propose a specific course of study or project relating to journalism innovation. The proposal may deal with any issue relating to journalism’s digital transformation. Examples might include ideas for new revenue streams to fund journalism, the construction of new tools for reporting or research into news consumption patterns. The candidate must indicate clearly how his or her proposal will benefit journalism.Nieman and Berkman share a set of common interests around journalism, innovation and the development of digital space, and both run fellowship programs that offer professionals a year to learn and collaborate with others in the Harvard community.“We are excited to marry the resources of Nieman with the expertise of our colleagues at Berkman,” said Nieman curator Ann Marie Lipinski. “This partnership offers an excellent opportunity for a fellow to use these assets in support of a project that will help journalism in a meaningful way. We think this sort of collaboration with a great Harvard partner holds much promise.”“While a great many challenges to journalism and news remain, there is tremendous energy and innovation among the diverse journalists and news organizations embracing digital opportunity,” added Colin Maclay, managing director of the Berkman Center. “This fellowship is a promising step toward catalyzing and deepening our relationship with the Nieman community – and in our joint efforts to better understand and support journalism’s digital future.”On campus, the Nieman-Berkman Fellow will be a full participant in the Nieman and Berkman fellowship programs and serve as a conduit of information between the two. The fellow also will be expected to share the results of his or her work online through the Nieman Journalism Lab.The Nieman-Berkman Fellow will be able to draw upon the wealth of resources available at Harvard and in the surrounding area including such institutions as Harvard Business School, the Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations, the Shorenstein Center for Press, Politics and Public Policy, the MIT Media Lab, MIT’s Center for Civic Media and other organizations concerned with journalism’s ongoing evolution.The Nieman-Berkman Fellowship is open to both United States citizens and citizens of other countries. Working journalists, including independent journalists, and those who work for a news organization in a business, technology, or leadership capacity are welcome to apply.The deadline for applications for the 2012-2013 academic year is Feb. 15, 2012. American citizens may apply for both the standard Nieman Fellowship (deadline: Jan. 31) and the specialized Nieman-Berkman Fellowship.The Nieman Foundation and the Berkman Center share a commitment to diversity and encourage applications from members of underrepresented groups.The Nieman-Berkman Fellow will receive the standard Nieman Fellowship stipend, which is $60,000 over 10 months. Fellows also receive additional allowances for housing, childcare and health insurance. More details about the new fellowship are available on the Nieman Foundation website at about the application process may be sent to Nieman fellowship administrator John Breen at [email protected]last_img read more

TeleHealth: A Mission Critical 5G Use Case

first_imgDell Technologies, VMware and Telenor have collaborated closely to fully leverage and realize the potential and promise of 5G, Edge and machine learning innovation applied to a TeleHealth use case as part of a broader commitment to doing research and development going forward.Health Service Administrators are looking at how advanced technology can play an enabling role in transforming healthcare delivery. Enabled by 5G and integrated Multi-Access Edge Computing (MEC), the design of better-connected and coordinated IT services will dramatically advance urgent healthcare delivery. The development of these new models will create improved experiences and life enhancing outcomes for patients in their care.The vision of our Proof-of-Concept (PoC), which we’ll be showing at our booth at MWC 2019 in Barcelona, was to examine the scenario of possible stroke victims at a remote locations. We show how the continuous collection and streaming of patient data is enabled from initial contact through to arrival at the destination hospital emergency department.We demonstrate that the seamless composition of services will provide a secure, reliable, low-latency mobile HD video link from a remote ambulance to a hospital and an Edge assisted remote stroke assessment application that shortens the time to assess and provide urgent care to potential stroke victims (and save lives). The availability of remote, real-time HD video streaming from paramedics to the hospital emergency room or medical specialists enables more intelligent and timely decision making and improves the probability of better patient outcomes.Additionally, new health assessment innovations, such as the telestroke application, are being developed to enable faster remote diagnosis; combining machine learning and real-time edge computing. This mission critical use case scenario (figure below) was approached from and end-to-end perspective, focusing on several key new 5G network capabilities that include:E2E Networking Slicing – leveraging Open Source Management & Orchestration (OSM) capability to provide virtual multi-layer slice from core, SDN/NFV, to radio access to enforce QoE requirements on common infrastructureMulti-Access Edge Computing (MEC)– common infrastructure platform, based on Dell Technologies hardware and VMware Integrated Openstack (VIO) and software-defined networking (NSX), supporting the hosting of virtual applications for low latency, as well as hardware acceleration and GPU for ML/Analytics capabilitiesHardware Acceleration – GPU offload of x86 CPU for video, image processing, ML/Analytics and real-time processingIntelligent workload placement – as the ambulance moves between different edge sites toward the hospital, OSM instantiates, monitors and scales out critical VNFs to the appropriate MEC siteAutomation and Programmability – OSM provides cross-plane/domain orchestration, FCAPS management in concert with vRealize Operations Manager and QoE slice management 5G, IoT, Network Slicing and Multi-Access Edge Computing are transformative to the Telecom architecture, ecosystem and partnerships, as well as operating model. Dell Technologies is at the forefront of 5G innovation and actively participating in EU 5G research projects, relevant standards & open source consortia and with 5G/Edge use case development with the leading Telecom Service Providers. We are leveraging this innovation work to solve real problems as well as increase our understanding of vertical solution requirements and business drivers to build our 5G partner ecosystem. Dell Technologies provides common validated 4G and 5G NFVi and edge computing solutions that are open and integrated with both commercial and open source partners.To learn more about the TeleHealth collaboration effort or all our NFV, Edge, 5G and IoT solutions come visit the Dell Technologies booth at MWC 2019 in Barcelona, Hall 3 – Stand 3M11, from Feb 25-28, or watch the video series.We would like to thank our partners on the EU Horizon 2020 program, SliceNet and Telenor, for their help developing this PoC. The SliceNet project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under grant agreement No 761913.last_img read more

Conference addresses climate change

first_imgThe inaugural Climate Change and the Common Good Conference, an event focused on the “multidisciplinary exploration of the challenges and opportunities society faces in addressing climate change and resource scarcity,” was held April 8-10 in McKenna Hall. “[The conference was designed] to show how an important scientific issue also demands help,” associate biology professor Jessica Hellmann said. This multidisciplinary event brought together the fields of technology, science, theology and philosophy in facing this issue. “We wanted to show the University that climate change is critical to our mission,” she said. Almost 450 people registered for the event, and attendees included representatives of various universities as well as members of the local community. The topics of the conference included “The Long Thaw: How humans are changing the next 100,000 years of Earth’s climate,” “Jane Austen vs. Climate Economics” and “An Inconvenient Mind: The Mental Barriers to Confronting Climate Change.” “[We hope to] strike a balance between scientific theory [and understand] the response of the religious community, particularly the Catholic religious community and how it is that other responsible communities are responding,” theology professor Robin Darling Young said. On Monday, the conference included “several interesting talks and discussions with the audience,” Professor Hellmann said. “Two speakers presented different strategies of reducing different greenhouse gas emissions,” he said. “Both agreed, however, that without action, society is on a disastrous course that will threaten human lives and environmental health.” The panel of scientific researchers spoke about the need for scientists to help society understand the scope of the climate challenge. Professor of Atmospheric and Climate Sciences at the University of California, San Diego Veerabhadran Ramanathan opened the conference with a talk on ways to reduce black carbon emissions in India. The last talk of the conference will be given today by Bob Doppelt, instructor at the University of Oregon who will speak on Buddhist base theory and the process of “get[ting] out of the self-centered communist mentality.” Video tapes of the conference will be available at a later date through the event’s website the event website at Contact Charitha Isanaka at [email protected]last_img read more

In Search of a Secret Spot

first_imgMy love for the Blue Ridge Mountains came at an early age. Like many kids in Charlottesville, Va., I grew up hiking, biking, fishing, skiing and paddling, but it was my grandparents who really taught me about the Blue Ridge Mountains. They had an Airstream trailer—the big silver spaceship-looking thing that still turns heads today on the highways and in campgrounds.Every weekend and all summer, I would take off with my grandparents on another adventure in the mountains. We hit every campground from Pennsylvania to Georgia, often driving on the Parkway and exploring back roads. My grandfather taught me about the mountains and mountain people, and I became comfortable in the woods and was always ready for an adventure.Fishing was an important part of almost all of these weekends and summer adventures. My grandfather (I called him Dub for reasons unknown to me) fancied himself as a fisherman, and he loved fresh rainbow trout. He didn’t know the term “catch and release” but he knew how to fillet a fresh caught fish and cook it to perfection on his grill outside the Airstream. He started teaching me to fish at trout farms and fish hatcheries where you could put just about anything on the end of a hook and catch a fish.I quickly graduated to the rivers, streams and lakes of Appalachia. We went deep into the mountains on dirt roads in his old wood-paneled Suburban, passing dozens of fishable spots, and hiked miles of unmarked trails in search of the “secret spot.” These secret spots didn’t come from online research or a paid guide — they came through connecting the old fashioned way, by talking to locals. He had a system. Each time we would go into a new area or return to an area we had previously been, we’d hit up the local gas station and convenience store. Even today, these stores can be the centerpieces of some rural communities. He would get to know folks, ask questions, and when they told my grandfather to go to the place down the road where they sent everyone, he smiled and dug a little deeper. Eventually “the secret spot” would come out of them. As a kid, the list of directions, turns, and odd landmarks—all delivered by a thick Appalachia accent—was dizzying. And almost every time, my grandfather was able to make the turn at the “pregnant tree” or “where the three legged dog barks” and find that secret spot.One day I asked, “Dub, I wonder if we stopped at all of those other spots closer to the campground if we would catch as many fish as at the secret spot?” I remember his mouth gaping slightly and his foot coming off the gas of the Suburban slowing the vehicle down the dirt road and he said, “I don’t know. I suppose we could try, but what would be the fun in that?”I realized that eating a great trout dinner at the end of the day wasn’t the goal—it was the icing on the cake to a great day of adventure and conquering the unknown in pursuit of trout. It required persistence, attention to detail, and patience, and the reward was delicious. And sometimes at night around the community campground campfire after my grandfather told some strangers about our adventures, if the person asked just the right questions, he would tell them how to get to the secret spot.I would have never imagined back then that one day I would own a media company that’s main goal is to tell our fans, followers, and readers how to go outside and play. We are oftentimes criticized for giving up “secret spots” and sending readers into places that were previously only known by a small group of people. We don’t give up everything, and we still hold plenty of secrets, but we take our goal of encouraging people to get outside seriously. If someone wants to work hard enough to find some of the spots we uncover, then I hope the people who hold those spots sacred can be impressed enough to share them with others. In this day and age where everyone is looking for a quick “experience,” even Dub could probably get on board with this notion.As we celebrate our 20th Anniversary and I look back on the past 11 years that I have been with Blue Ridge Outdoors, I can’t express how lucky I am to do this for a living. But none of this would be possible without our dedicated readers.5.1.3last_img read more

Fans Make the Difference in Volleyball

first_img If the rules allow for the entry of a seventh player on the court, the crowd would be it, if coach Flávio Marinho of the of Brazilian men’s volleyball team had anything to say about it. Volleyball matches at these Military World Games have attracted a lively and enthralled crowd at the Maracanãzinho Gym. During two intense hours of match play on July 18, the 1,600 spectators on hand watched Brazil edge out Qatar in a hard fought win for the hosts. The Brazilians won by 3 sets to 1, winning 25-27, 25-20, 25-14 and 35-33. “Both teams are to be congratulated for the show, and the fans for their part,” said Sgt Thiago Sens, who led all scorers with 19 points. While the Brazilian team kept on committing mistakes, the crowd kept the pressure on the Qatari team. In three decisive plays in the second and fourth sets, the Brazilian fans helped turn the score. In the fourth set, one of the Qatari players, Zied Benlouafer (18 points), gave his team a one point lead before going to serve. Just before serving, the Brazilian crowd got so loud, it caused Zied’s serve to go into the net. On the next play, Sergeant Douglas Lamb tied it up for Brazil with an unreturnable serve. When the host team was not on the court, the Brazilian fans threw their support behind another team. In the heated battle between the U.S. and Italy in women’s volleyball, the Italians got the crowd’s support, probably due to the large number of descendants of Italian immigrants in Brazil. For their part, the Americans had the enthusiastic support of male counterparts, who attended the match on Monday, July 18. The American team played a hard fought match that lasted until the fifth set. Italy won with partial scores of 25-18, 21-25, 25-11, 24-26 and 15- 8. By Dialogo July 19, 2011last_img read more