Sea Kings train for Queen Elizabeth carriers on HMS Ocean

first_img Sea Kings embark HMS Ocean in preparation for aircraft carrier arrival January 9, 2017 Back to overview,Home naval-today Sea Kings embark HMS Ocean in preparation for aircraft carrier arrival View post tag: Royal Navy View post tag: Sea King View post tag: HMS Oceancenter_img Authorities Share this article View post tag: QE class Royal Navy’s Sea King Mk7 airborne surveillance and control helicopters have joined HMS Ocean in the Gulf to practise in preparation for Merlin helicopters that will succeed the Sea Kings as the carrier’s ‘flying eyes’.After years over the sands of Afghanistan – where their radars proved vital in tracking the movements of insurgents on the ground – the Sea Kings of 849 Naval Air Squadron are re-learning the art of working with a carrier task group, led by HMS Ocean.They will need their skills once the Queen Elizabeth-class aircraft carriers enter the fleet.The helicopter assault ship is currently the flagship of the only carrier group in the Gulf, Combined Task Force 50 – the first time a Royal Navy warship and its staff have taken command of a predominantly US Navy force.Ocean is three times smaller than HMS Queen Elizabeth – due to begin her sea trials later this year – but the experience of operating at sea, in a challenging environment – even in January temperatures are in the 20s Celsius – in an operational theatre alongside British and Allied warships and aircraft is invaluable.The Sea Kings were originally designed to provide Royal Navy aircraft carriers airborne early warning of impending threats.They still do, but the latest variant of the veteran helicopter and its radar system – contained in the giant black sack, or bag, which gives the Sea Kings their ‘bagger’ nicknames – is equally useful in tracking movements on the ground (hence its success in Afghanistan) or on the surface of the ocean.Once those threats are identified, the observers operating the computer consoles in the back of the Sea Kings direct allied air, naval or ground forces to intercept.Bagger squadron 849 NAS is rotating its three flights – Normandy, Okinawa and Palembang – through the Gulf, taking advantage of RN and RFA vessels operating in the region to get their sea legs back.With the arrival of Ocean, however, the flights – currently Palembang – can considerably expand the training (benefiting them and the future RN) thanks to Merlin helicopters embarked to protect Ocean’s group from surface and, especially, submarine threats.The result is that aircrew and task group staff can test the ability of the two different helicopter types to work together to help protect the task force from threats coming from every dimension.By the time Queen Elizabeth begins operations, the Sea King will have finally retired (after 49 years’ service with the Fleet Air Arm), but the ‘bagger’ function will be taken over by ‘Crowsnest’ – Merlins fitted with a similar radar and sensors which will be indispensable when it comes to F-35B Lightning II stealth fighters conducting targeted strike missions.last_img read more

Do This: Long Island Concert & Events March 31–April 6

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The King of ArcadesRichie Knucklez, The King of Arcades, will lead a lecture about The Richie Knucklez Arcade in NJ, one of the biggest arcade phenomena in the world, and discuss the upcoming documentary in which he stars. Lecture followed by arcade play time. Cradle of Aviation Museum, Charles Lindbergh Blvd., Garden City. $10. 7 p.m. March 31.Patti LaBelleWitnessing a performance by the “Queen of Rock ‘n‘ Soul” can be summed up in one word: soulful. Of course, a singular adjective could never capture all the passion, all the joy, all the emotional upheaval and celebratory enthusiasm unleashed in the symbiotic love-affair between performer and audience that is a Miss Patti Labelle concert. She is a true diva—a legendary singer, a talented actress, a gifted author and even a talented cook! NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. $69.50-$99.50. 8 p.m. April 1.Joe SatrianiThe former Deep Purple guitarist who, legend has it, taught original guitar hero Stevie Vai how to rock, is coming home to Long Island. Read more about the Carle Place High School graduate in the Press’ profile of him. Tilles Center for the Performing Arts, LIU Post, 720 Northern Blvd., Brookville. $45-$100. 8 p.m. April 1.Jessie’s GirlJessie’s GirlBreak out the Converse, strap on a headband and dust off the jean jacket, because this Back to the Eighties Show will do everything short of taking you in a Delorean back to the decade when Men at Work, Flock of Seagulls and Debbie Gibson ruled the airwaves. That’s because Jessie’s Girl is more than just a cover band. They’re here to party like it’s 1989! The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. $15-$30. 8 p.m. April 1.Keb’ Mo’ BandThis three-time Grammy winner and visionary roots-music virtuoso has come to embody all the hopes and dreams, joys and sorrows in the great American art form known as the blues for a new generation of aficionados. Hard to believe he embarked on this journey only two decades ago because his roots run so deep, but here he is continuing to grow as an acoustic guitarist and an accomplished artist, and it’s fitting that on his 12th album, BLUESAmericana, he offers some of the most poignant and uplifting melodies he’s ever recorded. He imbues the Chicago blues, soul-blues, the legendary greats like “Big” Bill Bronzy and Robert Johnson, plus pop, R&B, rock and jazz influences. Opening the show is Gerald Albright. The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. $45-$95. 8 p.m. April 1.Tom CotterThis 2012 America’s Got Talent runner-up may not be a doctor, but if laughter’s the best medicine, he’ll give the audience a healthy dose of what they deserve. Governor’s Comedy Club, 90 Division Ave., Levittown. $25. 8 p.m. April 1, 7 & 9:30 p.m. April 2.John PopperLead singer and principal songwriter of Blues Traveler, John Popper, will be speaking and signing his new book, Suck and Blow: And Other Stories I’m Not Supposed to Tell. Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington. Price of book. 7 p.m. April 2.Rock Legends LiveThis trifecta of tribute bands includes Beginnings, performing the greatest hits of Chicago, FM recreating the timeless music of Steely Dan, and Petty Rumors, playing the best of Tom Petty and everyone’s Fleetwood Mac favorites. The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. $37-$57. 7:30 p.m. April 2.SinbadOff-stage he’s a mellow fellow named David Adkins but when he’s on stage, look out! He’s on fire as Sinbad, a hugely entertaining American stand-up comedian and actor who’s been lighting up the comedy world with his incendiary HBO specials, his TV shows—he even got his family into the act—and funny films like Necessary Roughness, Houseguest, First Kid and Jingle All The Way. Some have dubbed his comic style “hit ’em in the face” because when Sinbad gets going, he delivers a no-holds-barred laugh riot that pulls no punches. NYCB Theatre at Westbury, 960 Brush Hollow Rd., Westbury. $39.50. 8 p.m. April 2.Folk FestivalThe first event since this venue temporarily closed for renovations is their seventh annual Folk Festival, headlined by The Chapin Family, performing the songs of the late great local music icon Harry Chapin. A free local singer-songwriter showcase, featuring nine artists, will be held in the lobby starting at 2 p.m. the same day. Patchogue Village Center for the Performing Arts, 71 East Main St., Patchogue. $28-$58. 8 p.m. April 2.The Zombie WeddingFrom the producers of Tony & Tina’s Wedding comes this comedy of matrimonial mahem. It’s sort of like My Big Fat Greek Wedding meets The Walking Dead. Audience members (and dismembers) are encouraged to come in costume. Suffolk Theater, 118 East Main St., Riverhead. $45. 8 p.m. April 2.Naughty By NatureAre you down with O.P.P.? Yeah, you better be at this 25th anniversary party! The Emporium, 1 Railroad Ave., Patchogue. $15, $20 DOS. 10 p.m. April 2.The Wonder YearsThis Philadelphia pop/punk/emo sextet is not to be confused with the TV show of the same name. Warming up the crowd are Microwave, Tiny Moving Parts and letlive. The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. $15-$35. 7 p.m. April 3.TEDxAdelphiUniversityThe inaugural TEDxAdelphiUniversity, organized by the staff from the Center for Health Innovation, will gather 100 of the most impassioned TEDx enthusiasts for a day of networking and dialogue featuring a stellar line-up of nine speakers and TED Talks videos under the theme of “What if…” The event will also be streamed live. Lunch is included in the event, and audience members are strongly encouraged to stay for the entire program. Adelphi University Performing Arts Center Concert Hall, 1 South Ave., Garden City. $10 members, $20 public. 9 a.m. April 5.Buzz AldrinBeloved American hero and Astronaut, Buzz Aldrin will be at Book Revue to sign his new book, No Dream is Too High: Life Lessons From a Man Who Walked on the Moon. You won’t need a lunar module to get you into the store, but you will have to have a copy of his book with you or you won’t get to meet him this time around. Book Revue, 313 New York Ave., Huntington. Price of book. 7 p.m. April 5.The CultMore than 30 years removed from their beginnings as a gothic rock band in the UK, The Cult is still going strong. Already holding nine studio albums to their name, The Cult is touring America while working on a tenth. Led by singer Ian Astbury and guitarist Billy Duffy, the group’s 1985 album Love reached to No. 4 on the UK charts. Today, The Cult still achieves the success they had back then. Their most recent album, Choice of Weapon, debuted at No. 1 on the UK Rock Chart and was named the iTunes Rock Album of the Year. Will they perform Sonic Temple’s “Fire Woman”? “Edie (Ciao Baby)”!? Sure hope so.  The Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington. $35-$75. 8 p.m. April 6.Randy NewmanWith songs that run the gamut from heartbreaking to satirical and a host of unforgettable film scores, Randy Newman has used his many talents to create musical masterpieces widely recognized by generations of audiences. The man is a genius who doesn’t take himself too seriously, but his work can cut like a knife or soothe like a feather, depending on the song. In addition to his solo recordings and regular international touring, Newman began composing and scoring for films, including The Natural, Awakenings, Ragtime, all three Toy Story pictures, Seabiscuit, James and the Giant Peach, A Bug’s Life, and most recently, Monsters University. The highly praised 2008 “Harps and Angels” was Newman’s first album of new material since 1999. The Space at Westbury, 250 Post Ave., Westbury. $55-$95. 8 p.m. April 6.last_img read more

Hearing on Chief’s Reports Takes Place This Week

first_imgThe U.S. House of Representatives said in their latest release that the Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment will meet this week to receive testimony from the United States Army Corps of Engineers on Reports to Congress on Future Water Resources Development, and on Chief’s Reports.  Congressional review of these reports, along with an explanation of the process by which the Corps develops projects and activities, is a necessary step in the development of a Water Resources Development Act, which the Committee will consider later this year.The hearing of the Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment, chaired by U.S. Rep. Garret Graves (R-LA), is entitled “Building a 21st Century Infrastructure for America: Water Resources Projects and Policy” and is scheduled to begin at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 15, 2018, in 2167 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, D.C.Witnesses will include:The Honorable R.D. James, Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works), Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army – Civil Works;Lieutenant General Todd T. Semonite, Commanding General and Chief of Engineers, United States Army Corps of Engineers.[mappress mapid=”24963″]last_img read more

USC’s recruiting class lags behind previous years

first_imgBru McCoy, a senior wide receiver at Mater Dei High School, is the latest in a long line of star pass-catchers to commit to USC. (Photo Courtesy of TFB Texas Twitter) In addition, the coaching staff is heavily targeting four-stars Noa Pola-Gates, a tall cornerback from Arizona, and Enokk Vimahi, a guard from Hawaii. Signing Pola-Gates would be a huge win, as USC lacks depth at the position, but 247 Sports has it lower on the list of his options, listing Nebraska as the favorites to sign him. Gone are the days when the Trojans could easily run laps around Pac-12 rivals, especially for local recruits. USC has gained prominence at Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana and Junipero Serra in Gardena, locking up diminutive four-star cornerback Max Williams from the latter school. Ben Griffiths, an under-the-radar signing, could fill a position of need that often goes overshadowed by the flashier skill players–punter. The Australian will look to fill a major role on a special teams unit that did no favors for an already struggling offense and lagging defense. The coaching staff will be looking to target more positions of need for National Signing Day. But Southern California native Kayvon Thibodeaux, the No. 1 edge recruit, and four-star Mater Dei inside linebacker Mase Funa both signed with Oregon, marking a huge loss for the Trojans’ local presence. The 2019 class is currently shaping up, but it is still weaker than in past years at No. 13 ranking. The SEC once again dominates the recruiting rankings currently with four of the top five classes and the Trojans aren’t helping to dethrone the SEC with turmoil in the coaching staff and inconsistent on-field play. McCoy was expected to sign with USC, so it was not a particular feat, but the hard commit of five-star wide receiver Kyle Ford was a significant triumph, shooting the Trojans up the Pac-12 rankings. McCoy and Ford are big physical receivers, standing at around 6-foot-2 and weighing around 212 pounds.center_img USC typically dominates Pac-12 recruitment, boasting a top-five class nationally in three of the past four years and the top Pac-12 class for the past five years. But after its Early Signing Day period, recruitment for the Trojans could be impacted by former offensive coordinator Kliff Kingsbury’s departure from USC, after he was hired as head coach of the Arizona Cardinals. Unfortunately, pass catcher is not a position of need for the Trojans, with solid wide receivers already at the program in freshman Amon-Ra St. Brown, junior Michael Pittman Jr., redshirt sophomore Tyler Vaughns and redshirt sophomore Velus Jones Jr. However, McCoy and Ford will add value to the already deep receiving corps with big bodies and strength in the red zone. Additionally, the Trojans are looking at Matthew Pola-Mao to fill the defensive tackle vacancy. Offensive tackle Dawand Jones is also a target, but USC is an underdog for his commitment; according to 247 Sports, Ohio State is Jones’ most likely destination. Kingsbury was supposed to be the great beacon of hope for the Trojans’ underperforming offense, and his cool charisma gave the program a brief resurgence. But his departure has hurt the Trojans’ chances at landing their recruiting targets and moving into the top-five class. However, USC successfully signed five-star Bru McCoy, another one of freshman quarterback JT Daniels’ targets at Mater Dei. He is listed as an “athlete” but is expected to slide in at receiver. He could also see action at outside linebacker for the Trojans in the coming season. last_img read more

Floyd Mayweather wins with 10th round TKO

first_imgLAS VEGAS: (R-L) Conor McGregor throws a punch at Floyd Mayweather Jr. during their super welterweight boxing match on August 26, 2017 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. PHOTO AFPFifty and out as Mayweather stops brave McGregorLas Vegas, United States | AFP | Floyd Mayweather outclassed Conor McGregor with a 10th-round stoppage here Saturday to win their money-spinning superfight and clinch his 50th straight victory.Former welterweight boxing champion Mayweather, who had emerged from a two-year retirement to take on the Irish mixed martial arts star, took his time to get going before dominating from the fourth round.The end came with a tired McGregor doubled over on the ropes as Mayweather landed two hard left hooks, prompting referee Robert Byrd to intervene and declare a technical knockout.It was an explosive finale to their much-hyped contest at the T-Mobile Arena which proved surprisingly competitive in the early rounds as McGregor managed to land a string of scoring punches.But once Mayweather began to find his range and McGregor wearied rapidly, there was only going to be one winner.The 40-year-old American scored at will after the fourth round, snapping back McGregor’s head with a series of stinging blows.McGregor somehow survived an onslaught in the seventh round when a right counter from Mayweather staggered him badly. Finally McGregor’s resistance broke in the 10th when a Mayweather right sent him lurching across the ring.A hard left put him on the ropes and another hook saw him bent over and helpless, prompting the stoppage.The fight had followed a largely expected script but McGregor, in his first ever boxing appearance, by no means embarrassed himself.Mayweather will now head into what he says is a permanent retirement with a perfect 50-0 record, one better than heavyweight legend Rocky Marciano.The American is also expected to be around $200 million wealthier, taking his career earnings to around $1 billion.McGregor, who was an unemployed former plumber four years ago before emerging as one of the biggest stars of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, is expected to earn around $100 million.[View the story “Floyd does it in 10th” on Storify]Share on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2last_img read more

Mourinho bemoans lack of ‘mad dogs’ after United draw

first_img“In the Premier League, to play with only one central defender is hard, a situation of fragility that we tried to compensate by playing with a back three,” Mourinho said.“Scott and Nemanja had the courage to play in that position and Phil Jones was a good reference point for them.”Seven minutes later Cedric curled home a free kick after Rashford had fouled Mario Lemina as he tried to cover that exposed defence.But Rashford atoned with a brave run and pass to Romelu Lukaku, who smacked in his fifth Premier League goal on this ground, but looked heavy and slow for most of the match.When Rashford crossed for Ander Herrera to flick home the equaliser, United looked the only winners, but they could not keep up the momentum.“The result is not good so I have to say we dropped two points,” Mourinho said.“The comeback is good. It was a match we wanted to win and because of that good reaction in the first half we had 45 minutes to win the game and we didn’t so for me it was not obviously a good result.”So what went wrong after the break?“Someone once said that simplicity is genius. I agree totally. I think in some areas of the pitch simplicity is still genius. We wanted to win in the second half but we needed better decisions, to move the ball faster. And Southampton were playing for a point.”De Gea, who had to make one excellent save to deny Nathan Redmond in that period, might disagree, and Mark Hughes, the Saints boss, was the happier manager afterwards.“I can’t be disappointed with the performance,” he said.“We defended better in the second half and I never felt we came under sustained pressure and we were prepared to ask questions in their half. People keep talking about pressure on me because there is a perception that we should be doing better. But I’ll deal with it and you can see that everyone is fully engaged.”Share on: WhatsApp Southampton, United Kingdom | AFP | Jose Mourinho suggested after a third Premier League match without victory that his team had not had enough “mad dogs” on the field in their 2-2 draw with Southampton.To a neutral, it seemed that it was not rabid canines that were missing but intensity and desire at key times in the stalemate with a side who have yet to win a home match this season.Saints had only netted four times at St Mary’s, once from the penalty spot.But they had two more goals after only 19 minutes against a United side who seemed to be going through the motions.At least until Marcus Rashford atoned for the free kick that led to Southampton’s second goal with a pair of assists to drag United back into a game that could have slipped away from them entirely.That should have been their cue to go on and win on a ground where they have usually done well.But they failed to resume the second half in control of the match and David De Gea was the busier of the two goalkeepers.“It’s a football expression,” Mourinho said of his ‘mad dogs’ reference.“I love dogs and I think they are better than many men. People who are aggressive on the ball, fight hard to recover the ball. Marcus Rashford was a mad dog until he got tired.“In that first period Marcus Rashford was fresh, not hurt by hard tackles in the ankles in situations that progressively put a player in difficulty. One foul here, one foul there, 75 minutes and he was done.”With Chris Smalling nursing a groin injury to add to the absence of Victor Lindelof, Scott McTominay lined up alongside Phil Jones and Nemanja Matic in a three man defence.And here United lacked authority as Michael Obafemi set up Stuart Armstrong to score his third Saints goal in two league games.last_img read more