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US Navy Sailors Drive Potent New Riverine Boat

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today US Navy Sailors Drive Potent New Riverine Boat View post tag: Riverine View post tag: Naval Training & Education “There are lots of concepts we’re trying to prove out here,” said Capt. Joseph DiGuardo, commodore of Task Force 56, whose job is to assess the armored boat’s uses for explosive ordnance disposal, Seabees and more.The unnamed craft – numbered 65PB1101 – arrived here aboard a cargo ship in February, shipped from San Diego. The 65-foot, 50-ton CCB was built by Bremerton, Wash.-based SAFE Boats International.The craft is similar in form and features to the larger Mark VI patrol boats being built by SAFE Boats. The first of six Mark VIs is scheduled for delivery in the early fall.Until the Mark VIs get here, CTF 56 will use the CCB to prove new operating concepts.The craft, steered by a joystick and able to top 35 knots, got a thumbs-up from crew members on a recent trip.The craft is a major step up from the U.S. Navy’s riverine command boats operating in the Persian Gulf.“It has the legs and endurance to get us out into some of the blue-water areas,” DiGuardo said March 28.The craft carries a crew of 10 to enable port-and-starboard watches of five Sailors with a boat captain in command – the same setup used on the RCBs.Seats on heavy-duty shock mountings are fitted for 13 SEALs in the main compartment, each with laptop connections. Video screens abound in the vessel’s interior.Sound-deadening curtains separate the berthing area from the galley and an electronics space, and noise-reducing floor mats reduce machinery and water noise. A galley is fitted, along with a head and shower and five racks for crew rest.The CCB features an armored citadel enclosing the propulsion plant and fuel tanks.Numerous automatic and crew-served weapons are fitted topside, up to .50-caliber machine guns.Standoff weapons like Griffin and Spike missiles are to be tested on the vessel, DiGuardo said. When such weapons are mounted, a qualified tactical action officer will be aboard.Cradles on the fantail and a small handling crane were installed in Bahrain to handle two 800-pound mine-detection vehicles, and the vessel is intended to function as a platform for a variety of unmanned vehicles, including Puma UAVs.Small rubber rafts can be launched off the step-down stern, and divers have easy access off the fantail or on either side amidships.CTF 56 has installed the CCB on its own dock in Bahrain, and plans to operate the vessel in a variety of scenarios around the Gulf region, occasionally transporting it even farther afield.Ultimately, the CCB is to be returned to the U.S. after the Mark VIs arrive, according to U.S. Navy Expeditionary Combat Command.The 85-foot Mark VIs will be larger and, with two Mark 38 stabilized 25mm machine gun mounts, more heavily armed, designed to engage with hostile fast attack craft. After the first boat is delivered this year, three more are to follow in fiscal 2015 and two more in 2016.[mappress]Press Release, May 14, 2014; Image: US Navy US Navy Sailors Drive Potent New Riverine Boat View post tag: US View post tag: Drive View post tag: Navy View post tag: New View post tag: sailors View post tag: Potent It’s small, fast, heavily armed, networked and one of a kind. But the new coastal command boat just starting to operate in this region is giving sailors in the Persian Gulf a taste of the swift and bad-ass boats coming to the brown-water Navy. View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Boat May 14, 2014 Share this articlelast_img read more

Bent back to boost Villa

first_img Meanwhile, Lambert has praised the fighting qualities of club captain Stiliyan Petrov in his year-long battle to overcome acute leukaemia. Petrov has again hinted that Petrov could eventually slot into a coaching role at Villa although recovering from his current illness is the number one priority. It is exactly 12 months since the Bulgarian was diagnosed with the illness. It was announced publicly on March 30. Asked about the chances of Petrov moving into coaching, Lambert said: “That is a wee bit away. I don’t think he could do the stressful job of being a manager. I think maybe he would like to work with younger kids or something like that if that was a field he was going to go down. “He was a great player and could give advice to everyone but the main thing is he recovers fully from a horrible illness. Thankfully he is getting there. Nearer the time I will speak with him. We will have to see how he feels.” Petrov is in remission and Lambert has nothing but admiration for the way his former Celtic team-mate has tackled the challenge. He said: “I am always in contact with Stiliyan. He is doing great and I don’t think anyone in this room can imagine what he has been going through, the way he has battled so strongly. He is doing really well and hopefully it’s not too long before he comes out of that stage he’s at. “Stiliyan has been a big, big loss to us. I can’t imagine what he has gone through at certain times. The way he has come through that has been unbelievable. Lesser people – no wonder they struggle through it. He was a really close friend of mine at Celtic and I’m delighted he is getting there.” The striker suffered a foot injury in training last month and there were initial fears that he may be ruled out for the remainder of the campaign. But the £24million capture from Sunderland two years ago is back in contention after missing only four games with his latest setback. Villa manager Paul Lambert confirmed: “Benty is back training. He had a little flu bug there for the last few days but I think he’s okay. He trained yesterday (Wednesday) morning so he’s back. He got a kick in training, one of the lads caught his foot. It was a bit tender to kick the ball, but he’s okay. It could have been worse, but he’s okay now.” Press Associationcenter_img Aston Villa have received a boost ahead of Sunday’s home game against Liverpool with record signing Darren Bent returning to full training.last_img read more

Duck hunting

first_imgCarlo Acenas | Daily TrojanFreshman wide receiver Marqise Lee streaks for USC’s first touchdown Saturday night in Eugene, Ore., at Auzen Stadium. Lee finished with 187 receiving yards and a touchdown. USC beat the Ducks 38-35 after holding a 24-point lead late in the second half. Read more about the game on page 12.last_img

House Consolidation Group: Falling Apart

first_imgThe Speaker had been under pressure from lawmakers, particularly, the committee chairmen, to remove Abdulmumin on allegations of unilaterally awarding to his Kiru/Bebeji constituency of Kano State projects worth N4.1 billion, while his committee was working on the budget. This had contributed to the impasse between the legislature and the executive over the budget.President Mihammadu Buhari had refused to sign the budget into law on the ground that the legislators had removed several key projects and inserted theirs. Abdulmumin and his senate counterpart, Senator Danjuma Goje, came under fire for what many termed mishandling of the budget, leading to calls for his removal.Dogara, in making the announcement, said the decision was already reached to replace Abdulmumin, who coincidentally had offered to resign.“He met me and said he does not think he can continue as the committee chairman due to pressure of the work. But the notification came too late, as the House leadership had already concluded plans to remove him from the position,” Dogara said.Abdulmumin, who had left the chambers before the announcement, addressed a press conference where he explained that he had voluntarily resigned after “consultations with my family”, saying his relationship with the Speaker remains a cordial one.But the cordiality lasted less than 24 hours, before the bubble burst between both men.Erstwhile AlliesBoth men, ranking members, were close allies, a situation that came clearly during the tussle for the leadership of the House, when Abdulmumin stood solidly behind Dogara. Abdulmumin had stepped down from contesting for Speaker and thrown his weight behind Dogara, against Femi Gbajabiamila. Dogara emerged Speaker, but the rift between the Consolidation Group, Dogara’s platform, and the Loyalists Group, which backed Gbajabimaila, continued.Abdulmumin was the spokesman for the Consolidation Group. He was, apparently, rewarded with his appointment as chairman of the appropriation committee, which is considered one of the juiciest committees in the National Assembly. Abdulmumin was one of the few who had the ears of the Speaker.AllegationOn Thursday, Abdulmumin released a strongly-worded statement where he accused Dogara, the deputy speaker, Yusuf Sulaiman Lasun, Chief Whip, Alhassan Ado Doguwa, and Minority Leader, Leo Ogor, of allocating to themselves N40 billion, out of the N100 billion earmarked for the entire National Assembly. The lawmaker claimed that his refusal to cover up the deal and remain silent over the allocation of wasteful projects worth N20 billion to the principal officers’ constituencies put him at loggerheads with the House leadership.“My inability to admit into the budget almost N30 billion personal requests from Mr. Speaker and the three other principal officers also became an issue,” Abdulmumin alleged.These, Abdulmumim noted, resulted in attempts to blackmail him by Dogara, who he said constantly reminded him that occupying the coveted position of chairman of appropriation committee was a favour.Abdulmumin added that he had explained to his colleagues how the N100 billion for the National Assembly was allocated at one of the private sessions, and had since been blocked from briefing members on the matter.According to him, “I gave Mr. Speaker statistics of 2,000 new projects introduced into the budget by less than 10 committee chairmen without the knowledge of their committee members. He did nothing about it because he was part of the mess, yet he is talking about improving the budget system. I did nothing wrong. I worked within the rules of the House and instructions of Mr. Speaker.”Abdulmumin said Dogara also took offence at a meeting the Buhari had with the chairmen of the Senate and House committees on appropriation, while working on the budget.“Speaker Dogara took it extremely personal that we saw the president without his knowledge and went on to scuttle all our efforts to help the president during the budget process because he wanted to be seen by the president as the only good man,” he said.DenialThe House has, however, denied Abdulmumin’s allegations, describing them as untrue. The chairman of the Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Hon. Abdulrazak Namdas, described the allegations as wild and non-issues. He queried why the embattled lawmaker did not make his facts public before now, insisting that they are manufactured because the House removed him.Namdas insisted that Abdulmumin was not removed because of his opposition to the immunity bill. Namdas stated, “After all, he is not the only one who opposed the bill. The bill is still pending before the committee on review of the constitution and it has to be voted upon by each and every member of the House, get Senate concurrence, be endorsed by two-third of the 36 state Houses of Assembly and be assented to by the president. It is a cheap blackmail on the part of Hon. Jibrin to even insinuate that he was removed because he opposed immunity bill.”Dogara, in a series of tweets, said he would not engage in political mudslinging.“I won’t respond to jokes. I’m not a mud wrestler. I owe a word on the subject to my friends on this platform. The rest would be dealt with by the Institution,” he said.Ogor also refuted the allegations and said Abdulmumin “is singing different tunes because he has lost his committee.”A Fractured CampThere are indications that the Speaker would not take the accusations levelled against him lying low. Sources told THISDAY that if not well handled, Abdulmumin may be suspended.“He is fond of issuing threats. One single person cannot hold the House to ransom, it was not very unexpected that this would happen,” a lawmaker said on condition of anonymity.Another legislator noted that the Speaker would have simply hinged his announcement on the fact that Abdulmumin resigned.“The Speaker should not have announced that the decision was already reached to remove him, since he has offered to resign. In this clime, we all know resignation means you know you are about to be sacked. We need peace and stability in the House and he is not someone who would go down quietly, without a fight.”From the beginning of this year things seemed to be quiet in the House, with an air of unity pervading the lower chamber. Many, however, insisted that peace among politicians was always a fragile one, as friends become foes within easily. Yet the current development in the House is surprising, coming from an unexpected quarter.Nigerians are watching to see how the present controversy would unfold in the coming days and weeks.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Erstwhile allies, Speaker Yakubu Dogara and Hon. Jibrin Abdulmumin, clash and upset the peace in the House of Representatives. Damilola Oyedele writesThe plenary last Wednesday at the House of Representatives was smooth with no inkling of what was about to happen. That was before Speaker Yakubu Dogara made the announcement, which, though, certainly, unsurprising to many lawmakers, was not quite expected. He announced the removal of the chairman of the Committee on Appropriation, Hon. Jibrin Abdulmumin, and replaced him with Hon. Mustapha Bala Dawaki.Pressurelast_img read more