US Navy Experts Upgrade Two Mine Sweepers

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today US Navy Experts Upgrade Two Mine Sweepers View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Navy View post tag: americas Naval Surface Warfare Center (NSWC) Panama City mine warfare In-Service Engineering Agent (ISEA) and a team of mine warfare experts recently modernized two mine sweepers within a four-month window to enable a homeport change. USS Pioneer (MCM 9) and USS Chief (MCM 14), two Avenger class minesweepers were assigned a homeport change from San Diego to Sasebo, Japan, in February but needed critical upgrades before their scheduled departure from San Diego in May.“We modernized two minesweepers in four months because that’s all the time they had and that is what we do,” said Mike Bobroski, SQQ-32 ISEA project engineer, NSWC Panama City. “Our objective was to support modernization initiatives in Seventh Fleet at the earliest opportunity and provide our shipmates with the tools and capabilities to effectively execute missions and maintain a safe posture.”To enable their forward deployed missions, the ships both needed an upgrade to the latest mine hunting sonar, the High Frequency Wide Band (HFWB) sonar set, also called the AN/SQQ-32(V)4. The AN/SQQ-32 sonar system is critical to minesweepers as it detects, classifies and localizes moored mines from a stand-off distance.Modernizations require extensive coordination between NSWC Panama City response teams and the ship’s crew, as it is more than simply swapping out parts. It requires shipboard integration and testing to ensure the equipment will perform as intended when operated by the Sailors in a threat environment. It also includes training the Sailors on how to use the updated equipment properly.NSWC Panama City’s mine warfare response teams are comprised of civilian, military and contracted specialists. And for this project, two teams, the Conditional Assessment Repair Evaluation (CARE) and Alteration Installation Teams (AIT) were integral to the modernization success.[mappress]Press Release, August 15, 2014; Image: US Navy US Navy Experts Upgrade Two Mine Sweepers View post tag: experts Authorities View post tag: Sweepers August 15, 2014 Share this article View post tag: Naval View post tag: US Navy View post tag: upgrade View post tag: two View post tag: Minelast_img read more

Attention! BIA tickets have almost sold out

first_imgThere are only a few tickets left to this year’s Baking Industry Awards, hosted by musician and television presenter Myleene Klass. Don’t miss out on this must-attend evening and see who scoops what at the awards, bakery’s answer to the Oscars! This year’s 26th annual awards ceremony will take place at Park Lane Hilton, London on Wednesday 11 September and tickets are now in short supply.Guests can enjoy a fantastic night of networking and entertainment as the 2013 winners are announced, at the spectacular oriental-themed awards evening. So, book today by calling Elizabeth Ellis on 01293 846593 or emailing [email protected] Baking Industry Awards were launched in 1987 and, with up to 800 key industry executives attending the event every year, they have grown to be the most prestigious event in the baking industry calendar.The awards recognise achievement and professionalism across the baking industry, rewarding those companies and individuals who drive the industry forward.last_img read more

TripAdvisor plans to introduce a loyalty program to win the battle against Google Travel

first_imgWhen you think of the experience of online travel booking, such as searching portals like, or, the loyalty program is probably not the first thing that comes to mind. But in the campaign against Google Travel, a loyalty program could be the element that will put online travel agencies at an advantage, Skift reports. TripAdvisor is not the only one considering a loyalty program. And Booking Holdings, which owns platforms like, and, plans to upgrade its existing program. Glenn Fogel, CEO of Booking Holdings, said the company plans to “expand the reach of the Genius program.” However, with minimal differences between online travel agencies, TripAdvisor will have to differentiate itself very creatively and ultimately offer users unique value. Of course, this would not be the first loyalty program in the online travel agency sector – Expedia Rewards and Orbitz Rewards have been around for years. However, TripAdvisor could make a difference thanks to its powerful review-based system.center_img This is at least the idea of ​​TripAdvisor, which in its latest financial reports has hinted that they are determining the type of loyalty program that makes sense to their community. The concept is, in this case, that current TripAdvisor members are already showing deeper engagement with the platform. By implementing a loyalty program, users will have an additional incentive to stay in the TripAdvisor network, and as far away from Google’s “claws” as possible. Source / photo: Shift; TripAdvisorlast_img read more

Lakers’ Ryan Kelly finding his way at small forward

first_imgThat sharply contrasts how Scott handled decreased playing time to Jeremy Lin and Nick Young, both of whom sought out Scott.“I respect him a lot as a basketball player and a person because of the way he comes to work every single day,” Scott said of Price. “I thought I owed him that.” Price has averaged only 5.2 points and 3.7 assists, but Scott often lauds his defensive toughness. “I’m always thankful to be able to play,” said Price, whose absence against Orlando marked the fifth consecutive game he missed because of a coach’s decision. “The times I got a chance to get on the floor, every chance I get, I try to enjoy it. We never know how many more basketball games any of us have.”Price, a nine-year veteran, signed with the Lakers last summer to a one-year, non-guaranteed deal worth $1.3 million. Price said he “absolutely” would love to stay with the Lakers, though they will prioritize pursuing marquee free agents. “It’s great when you have guys like a Ronnie Price,” said Scott. “He’s going to be good no matter if he’s playing or not. You know he’s going to work his butt off in practice. He’s going to be a mentor to the younger guys. He’s going to be great on the bench and great in the locker room.” ORLANDO, FLA. — It turns out that Ryan Kelly’s frustrations did not end once he fully healed his hamstrings.The Lakers’ 6-foot-11 forward soon encountered a different form of adversity, playing at the small forward position after previously thriving at power forward. But Kelly may have turned a corner, scoring a season-high 20 points on 6-of-14 shooting in the Lakers’ 103-97 overtime loss on Friday to the Orlando Magic at Amway Center. “I was a little more active and teammates saw my opportunities,” Kelly said. “I tend to try make the right play. But sometimes the play is to be aggressive and shoot the ball.”After missing 32 of the Lakers’ first 35 games because of injuries to his left and right hamstrings, Kelly has averaged only 3.6 points on 31.8 percent shooting. That marks a far cry from last season, when he averaged eight points on a 42.3 percent clip during his rookie year under former coach Mike D’Antoni as a stretch forward. “I know he’s a natural (power forward),” Scott said. “But anytime you can have versatility, it makes you more valuable. I want to still experiment with it.”So why did the formula work against Orlando?“He made shots. He got himself open and he was much more active offensively,” Scott said. “That’s the Ryan Kelly we were waiting for.”Meeting of the mindsScott recently told veteran guard Ronnie Price he likely will not play until after the NBA All-Star game on Feb. 13 for two reasons: So rookie Jordan Clarkson can develop as the starting point guard and so Price can fully heal from a sore right elbow.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more