4 May

USS Roosevelt Ends Replenishment-at-Sea

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today USS Roosevelt Ends Replenishment-at-Sea Authorities View post tag: Ends Arleigh Burke class guided-missile destroyer USS Roosevelt (DDG 80), successfully completed a replenishment-at-sea (RAS) with the Military Sealift Command USNS Richard E. Byrd (T-AKE 4) the afternoon of July 20. July 23, 2014 The RAS lasted roughly two hours with more than 120,000 gallons of fuel being transferred to Roosevelt. Byrd is one of 12 dry cargo/ammunition ships operated by Military Sealift Command that provide underway replenishment of fuel to U.S. Navy ships at sea. Byrd pulled alongside the Roosevelt to coordinate the transfer of fuel lines from one ship to the other.The RAS began when the two ships were traveling parallel to each other moving at the same speed. Once the ships are at a close enough proximity, Sailors shot a phone and distance line from the receiving ship to Byrd to establish communication and help keep accurate distance between each ship. Once communications were established, the process of transferring the fuel lines began.“Without proper teamwork, the whole evolution could completely come apart,” said Cmdr. Jason Reller, commanding officer of Roosevelt. “It takes the diligence of both ships to ensure a successful RAS.”Once the fuel transfer hoses successfully coupled the ships, the refueling could begin.Roosevelt is deployed as a part of the George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group supporting maritime security operations and theater security co-operation efforts in the U.S. 5th fleet area of responsibility.[mappress]Press Release, July 23, 2014; Image: Wikimedia View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Navy View post tag: Replenishmentcenter_img View post tag: americas USS Roosevelt Ends Replenishment-at-Sea View post tag: Defence View post tag: sea Share this article View post tag: USS Roosevelt View post tag: Navallast_img read more

21 Sep

Sarries edge past Connacht

first_imgAviva Premiership leaders Saracens were made to fight tooth and nail for a 23-17 opening win in the Heineken Cup, needing a late Owen Farrell penalty to edge past a hugely determined Connacht side. A brace of penalties from Farrell were the only scores of a defence-dominated second half at the Sportsground, as 8/1 outsiders Connacht – inspired by man of the match Kieran Marmion – stayed in the hunt for a shock victory. They almost got it right at the death as bodies piled in close to the Sarries line, but replacements Aly Muldowney and Paul O’Donohoe were held up short and the relieved visitors got out of Galway with the points. This entertaining Pool Three opener seemed to be going to script early on as converted tries from Chris Wyles and Chris Ashton saw Saracens stride into an early 14-3 lead. But, despite a further penalty from Farrell, Mark McCall’s men were reeled in by half-time. Scrum-half Marmion and Danie Poolman both touched down with the latter’s score – converted by Dan Parks – getting Connacht back level at 17-17. A second Farrell penalty put the visitors ahead again in the 53rd minute and the England and Lions fly-half decisively added his fifth successful kick of the night with five minutes to go. Quarter-final and semi-final appearances in successive seasons have certainly whetted Sarries’ appetite for European success and they laid down an early marker here with Wyles and Ashton’s scores. United States international Wyles scorched home for the sixth-minute opener, following some smart link-up play between Farrell and David Strettle straight from a lineout. With his centre partner Joel Tomkins running the decoy, Wyles was set free and he showed good pace to finish off with Farrell converting. Connacht, wearing an all-black strip, respond through the boot of Parks, who swung a difficult penalty over from the right. However, the power-packed visitors put the pressure back on from the restart. McCall’s side gave evidence of their expansive ability as backs and forwards suddenly flooded forward, including the strong-carrying Mako Vunipola. His front-row colleague Schalk Brits was standing wide on the right to put Ashton over for a neat finish in the corner. Farrell’s crisp conversion widened the gap to 11 points – just reward for Sarries’ high level of execution and the control shown by half-backs Farrell and Neil de Kock. But their Connacht counterparts, Parks and Marmion, drove the province back into the game in the second quarter, with the hosts also tightening up their defence after some costly missed tackles. Poolman did well to hare after a high kick and Marmion profited, collecting the ball out wide and cutting through from the left for an opportunist 18th-minute try. Parks tapped over the simple conversion. Sarries answered back with a long-range Farrell penalty but Connacht exerted more control approaching the break. Their forwards grew in stature and a spell of patient build-up play was rewarded just past the hour mark when South African Poolman stepped inside two defenders to score, with quick passes from John Muldoon and Marmion creating the chance. Parks converted but missed a late penalty as the sides went in all square, and Saracens regrouped to force the issue on the resumption with George Kruis and scrum-half De Kock both going close. George Naoupu leaked a penalty near the Connacht line which allowed Farrell to boot his side back in front, but the hosts’ gritty defence continued to frustrate Sarries. After conceding a huge amount of territory, heroic Connacht had their opportunity to build from a penalty far out and their forwards probed before Saracens won a scrum and eventually cleared from their 22. The game remained in the balance as Farrell flicked a drop goal effort wide, however Saracens did enough to claim a tight six-point verdict in the end – the key moment seeing a Steve Borthwick-led maul set up Farrell’s match-winning penalty. Press Associationlast_img read more

21 Sep

Allardyce accepts criticism

first_img Allardyce has come in for criticism from some Hammers fans over the football played by the team this season but is focused on taking the east London club forward. He was the target of abuse again during Saturday’s 1-0 Barclays Premier League loss at West Brom, his side’s fourth straight defeat. Boos and chants were hurled at him from the away section at the Hawthorns, and a banner was held aloft which read: “Fat Sam out, killing WHU”. Allardyce oversaw West Ham’s promotion to the top flight in his first season in charge and then guided them to a 10th-placed finish last term. While he admits he did not like being on the end of such vitriol, he could understand why the criticism was being voiced and emphasised that he accepted it he because he was “responsible”. Asked if the hostility would make him consider his future over the summer, Allardyce said: “We all get it at some stage or another, no matter where we are or who we are with. “If we are not winning football matches, we all get criticised. “Fans are showing their disapproval quicker than at any other time I’ve known in the last 20 years or so. “So we have to accept that change in the game and try to keep them happy as best we can – and the best way to do that is to win football matches. “My responsibility is to build a better team than this one. That is my responsibility, along with the owners – making sure that everything gets put into place in the hope that next season we can be better than this season. “Overall this season we haven’t really been as good as we should have been and we haven’t really produced as many results as we should have done. So getting better and improving that is the highest thing on the agenda. Press Association West Ham manager Sam Allardyce feels football fans are quicker to vent their frustration now than ever before in his management career. “I’m well aware of the situation in terms of how we have to finish the season off – as high as we possibly can, in terms of performances and results. “And also, I know there is a huge amount of work to be done in the summer – hopefully for me to make the squad better.” West Ham are 14th in the table on 37 points, five above the relegation zone with two more games to play. When it was put to him that his side may well already be safe, Allardyce said: “It is possible, but there is nothing in my make-up that says we should therefore take it easy. “I’ve been saying to the players for the last few weeks that the game is about results, not going out and playing games of football and losing. It is about going out and trying to win. “I think the disappointing thing is, whether we are safe or not, we have lost four games on the trot and we really should not have allowed ourselves to have done that on the basis that, going into that period, we had won six out of the last nine.” West Brom’s win, secured by Saido Berahino’s close-range strike in the 11th minute, saw them take a major step towards survival. Albion are 15th in the table and four points clear of the drop zone with three more matches left. It was also their first victory at home since Pepe Mel’s appointment as head coach in January. In a tenure that has been difficult for various reasons, things have not been made any easier for the Spaniard by the doubt over his future in the role, something he admits he is in the dark about himself. But he was in understandably positive mood after Saturday’s triumph, which he felt left his side “pretty much safe”. West Brom collected just four points and registered no victories in Mel’s first seven matches in charge, but have taken 11 points and won three times in the seven games that have followed. And asked if he wanted to carry on with the job, he said: “Of course. “I think the job is only half done, and if I’m given the opportunity, I think I can do a good job here. “I really am extremely happy for the fans. “(During the West Ham match) they have once again shown that they are the best in the Premier League, and we were all able to go home happy.” last_img read more