4 May

UK Warships Exchange Duties in the Indian Ocean

first_imgLength133 m Speed28 knots UK Warships Exchange Duties in the Indian Ocean CPO SUTTON SALUTES AT TWO WARSHIPS EXCHANGE DUTIESHMS Westminster has handed over her Op Kipion duties in the Indian Ocean to her sister ship HMS Somerset and is heading home, due for return at the end of the month. View post tag: Defence Range14,485 km (9,001 mi) at 15 knots View post tag: Exchange View post tag: Defense View post tag: News by topic February 13, 2014 View post tag: Navy View post tag: Duties Draught7.3 m The frigate rounded off her six-month deployment with a final replenishment at sea with US Naval Ship (USNS) Alan Shepard.While keeping shipping lanes safe from pirates and drug lords the ship refuelled at sea 16 times with various vessels.Petty Officer (Marine Engineer) Jason Yates said:“During the course of this deployment we have had many challenges thrown at the Marine Engineering Department.Due to our steely determination and ‘can do’ attitude, we haven’t missed a day on task due to the challenges we have faced.”The deployment saw HMS Westminster hone her submarine-hunting skills and engagement with the regional navies in an effort to boost interoperability and cooperation.Over the next six months, HMS Somerset will be working in support of EU, NATO and coalition forces to undertake security patrols across the Mediterranean Sea, Indian Ocean and Gulf Region.Before reaching her post, Somerset dropped her anchor in Gibraltar for replenishment. The deployment comes in the aftermath of HMS Somerset’s £21 million pound refit, which renewed her operational capability and restored her full readiness. Complement185 View post tag: UK Type 23 Frigate  SPECIFICATIONS Back to overview,Home naval-today UK Warships Exchange Duties in the Indian Ocean Displacement4,900 t View post tag: ocean [mappress]Naval Today Staff, February 13, 2014; Image: Royal Navy Beam16.1 m View post tag: Warships View post tag: Indian View post tag: Naval StatusActive Share this articlelast_img read more

20 Sep

Murray: Ireland can get even better

first_img Press Association British and Irish Lions scrum-half Murray hailed the impact of taskmaster boss Schmidt in overhauling Ireland’s entire approach – and backed the Kiwi head coach to drive another lift in standards before the autumn’s global gathering. “We are at a good level anyway, but I still think we can improve quite a lot,” said Murray. “Every game through the Six Nations there have been things we have been frustrated with and we haven’t executed quite as well as we wanted to, but overall we are very satisfied with the way we have handled this championship. “It’s exciting that we can improve and with a World Cup coming up it’s a great position to be in.” Ireland will be gunning to top Pool D ahead of the likes of France in the World Cup, to tee up a likely quarter-final against Argentina. The perils of finishing as runners-up in Pool D are stark – a potential last-eight showdown with New Zealand, the only major power Ireland are yet to beat in Test action. Head coach Schmidt’s analytical and relentless approach raises hopes Ireland can pass the last-eight stage for the first time at a World Cup however, and Murray hailed his wide-ranging impact. “Right now we are going to relax and enjoy what we have done but when it comes to going back to camp and we gather again, we will be looking forward to a World Cup and that is really exciting for us,” said Murray. Conor Murray has fired a World Cup warning shot to Ireland’s Test rivals, insisting Joe Schmidt’s RBS 6 Nations champions still have plenty of improvements ahead. Ireland retained the Six Nations title for the first time since 1949 with a 40-10 victory over Scotland in Edinburgh on Saturday, edging past England to glory. England fell short of the required points-difference buffer despite a 55-35 victory over France, sending the trophy to Dublin for the second-straight season. “Constantly through the Six Nations we have performed well, we have played well but there have been a few areas where we know we can do better. “That is quite exciting for us as a team with back-to-back championships now. “We know we can get better and push on. Joe is a world-class coach and there is no secret there. “The way he has the group organised, it is player-driven as well. “We take on board what he says and we really believe what he gives us and we have huge belief in the squad at the moment. “The longer we are together, hopefully the better we will get.” Munster scrum-half Murray has scaled the northern hemisphere half-back heights in this Six Nations, working in tandem with peerless fly-half Johnny Sexton. The British and Irish Lions star admitted Schmidt’s unremitting approach has helped him lift his craft to new levels. Ireland were languishing at ninth in the world rankings when Schmidt took the helm in 2013 – just three defeats later, the world’s third-best side have secured consecutive Six Nations titles. “He has been unbelievable for me: when he came in he challenged players to improve,” said Murray. “And if you are not doing the work, and not showing it in training and in games that you are working hard on your game, he will talk to you and take you aside and give you advice on what you should be working on. “From the moment he came in, he gave me a few pointers, a few little areas of my game that I wanted to improve and he’s done that. He has improved me as a player.” last_img read more