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Image of the Day: RAS in the Dark

first_img Image of the Day: RAS in the Dark September 28, 2015 View post tag: Royal Navy Royal Fleet Auxiliary ship Fort Victoria met up with frigate HMS Richmond in the Persian Gulf for a Replenishment at Sea (RAS) – but the ships chose to do it at night rather than during daylight hours.Even in daylight RAS serials are challenging because the ships get so close during the refueling and stores transfer.Fort Victoria’s Navigating Officer, Second Officer Mark Bongartz, said:Although we are experts at replenishment at sea, undertaking the serial in darkness adds a new dimension to it. We have to be extra careful with the safety and the seamanship at night.Apart from providing essential supplies to the Portsmouth-based Type 23, the RAS provided a great learning opportunity for RFA apprentice seafarers gaining experience with the ship’s Deck Department.Since her arrival East of Suez three months ago, RFA Fort Victoria has maintained a busy RAS schedule.In addition to her role supporting the Royal Navy, RFA Fort Victoria has furthered the Royal Navy’s work with international partners by conducting replenishment serials with the navies of coalition partners in the Persian Gulf, Indian Ocean and Gulf of Aden.Image: Royal Navy View post tag: middle east Authorities Back to overview,Home naval-today Image of the Day: RAS in the Dark View post tag: RAS Share this articlelast_img read more

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Navy Patrol Craft Zephyr and Shamal Return to Mayport

first_imgBy U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. 4th Fleet Public Affairs January 25, 2017 Two Cyclone-class patrol coastal ships USS Zephyr (PC 8) and USS Shamal (PC 13) return to Mayport from 64 day patrols in the U.S. 4th Fleet area of responsibility (AOR), Jan. 17. Marking the completion of the ship’s first deployment in fiscal year 2017, Zephyr’s patrol resulted in one interdiction entailing the seizure of 900 kilograms of cocaine and detaining four personnel in support of Operation Martillo. “The professionalism and seamless interaction between the U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Navy during the go-fast interdiction lead to the successful confiscation of over $30 million worth of cocaine,” said USS Zephyr Commanding Officer, Lt. Cmdr. Cameron Ingram. “Such a strong presence in the Caribbean is vital in building partnering nation cooperation and homeland security. I am proud of my crew and their execution of this critical mission.” Operation Martillo is a joint, international, law enforcement and military operation involving U.S., European, and Western Hemisphere partner nations that targets illicit trafficking routes in the waters off Central America. U.S. Navy forces support the Joint Interagency Task Force-South-led operation in the Western Caribbean and Eastern Pacific through available air and surface assets. Three patrol crafts, including Zephyr and Shamal, have been outfitted with advanced capabilities including a U.S. Coast Guard Over the Horizon-Rigid Hull Inflatable Boat (OTH-RHIB), which allows U.S. Coast Guard law enforcement personnel to travel a greater distance from the ship utilizing their own radar to conduct counter-illicit trafficking operations. Zephyr and Shamal deployed to conduct counter illicit trafficking operations in support of the operation. Shamal, Zephyr, and USS Tornado (PC 14) are home ported in Mayport and deploy regularly to the 4th Fleet Area of Responsibility. U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command and U.S. 4th Fleet support U.S. Southern Command’s joint and combined military operations by employing maritime forces in cooperative maritime security operations to maintain access, enhance interoperability, and build enduring partnerships in order to enhance regional security and promote peace, stability, and prosperity in the Caribbean, Central American, and South American regions.last_img read more

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Governor Wolf Orders Flags at Half-Staff to Honor Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

first_img December 07, 2015 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Flag Order,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf has ordered all United States and Pennsylvania flags in the Capitol Complex and at commonwealth facilities statewide to fly at half-staff on Monday, December 7, in honor of Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.The December 7, 1941, surprise attack on Pearl Harbor killed 2,403 Americans and led the United States to enter World War II.All Pennsylvanians are invited to join in this tribute.# # #Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolfcenter_img Governor Wolf Orders Flags at Half-Staff to Honor Pearl Harbor Remembrance Daylast_img

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