French aircraft carrier starts final pre-deployment exercise

first_img View post tag: French Navy Share this article View post tag: FS Charles de Gaulle Ships form the navies of Spain, Italy, and the US got underway from the French naval base in Toulon on February 3 to join the French aircraft carrier FS Charles de Gaulle and ships form its carrier strike group on their final pre-deployment exercise.The carrier is on the final leg of deployment preparations after completing an 18-month mid life refit and returning to the fleet in November 2018.The exercise is named FANAL19 and is joined by US destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75), Spanish frigate ESPS Cristóbal Colón and an unidentified Italian warship. USS Donald Cook joined the exercise while underway on a forward-deployed patrol in the US 6th Fleet area of operations. ESPS Cristóbal Colón is taking part in the Mediterranean Sea drill after spending three and a half months as part of NATO’s Standing Maritime Group 2.Once FANAL concludes, FS Charles de Gaulle will deploy to the Indo-Pacific where it is expected to join the Japan Maritime Self Defense Force (JMSDF) for exercises in the Indian Ocean among other activities. The exercise was announced during the visit of Japanese defense officials to France last month during which the two sides agreed on a new bilateral framework on maritime security cooperation.In August 2018, Denmark’s defense ministry announced a possible deployment of a Royal Danish Navy Iver Huitfeldt-class frigate with the French aircraft carrier. Denmark said the frigate would spend three to four months with the carrier in the Mediterranean Sea and the Indian Ocean providing air defense commander capabilities for the carrier strike group.FS Charles de Gaulle is France’s sole aircraft carrier and has been adapted for a new carrier air wing, with a transition to “all-Rafale” operations after the modernized Super Etendard were withdrawn from service in March 2016. During the overhaul, the ship also received a new combat system, improved IT networks and communications systems, and is now ready for additional 25 years of service with the Marine Nationale. View post tag: Spanish Navy Photo: US destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) departs Toulon, France, Feb. 3, for the start of exercise FANAL19. Photo: US Navy View post tag: US Navy View post tag: FANAL19 View post tag: ESPS Cristobal Colonlast_img read more

3 ‘ninja cops’ in Pampanga raid dismissed

first_img The three dismissed officials were among the 13 former members of the Pampanga police under the watch of former PNP chief General Oscar Albayalde. They were accused in 2013 of pilfering some 160 kilos of shabu from an operation against a Chinese drug lord. Gramaje managed to escape but Roque, Vital and Guerrero followed him home and allegedly carted away P30,000 and several gadgets. “We have already dismissed 3 of the 13 cops involved in the Pampanga raid for another grave offense in Antipolo,” Gamboa said in a Camp Crame press briefing on Monday. PNP officer-in-charge Lieutenant General Archie Gamboa said that he ordered the dismissal of police Master Sergeants Donald Roque and Rommel Vital, including Corporal Romeo Guerrero Jr. Gamboa also ordered the PNP-Internal Affairs Service to review its recommendation for sanction on Lt. Joven De Guzman, who was only recommended for suspension for 59 days for a lesser offense. De Guzman was linked to the operations in Pampanga and Antipolo City.center_img MANILA – The Philippine National Police (PNP) has dismissed three so-called “ninja cops” from the anomalous 2013 Pampanga buy-bust operation. However, the dismissal of the three were not related to the said Pampanga raid six years ago and instead in an operation last May where they allegedly fired at the vehicle of a certain Arnold Gramaje Jr. after he refused their order to alight. “Yung demand ko he will be charged again but this time for a graver offense and sa nakikita ko sa records, there is enough and substantial evidence then I think he will also be dismissed from the service,” said Gamboa./PNlast_img read more

Syracuse men’s basketball to play Eastern Michigan on Dec. 19

first_img Published on July 15, 2016 at 2:53 pm Contact Connor: [email protected] | @connorgrossman Related Stories Syracuse basketball will reportedly host Georgetown on Dec. 17Syracuse basketball reportedly to play Connecticut at Madison Square Garden on Dec. 5Syracuse basketball to host St. John’s on Dec. 21Syracuse will host North Florida on Dec. 3Syracuse basketball will host Cornell in 122nd all-time matchup on Dec. 27 Syracuse added another nonconference game to its 2016-17 slate on Tuesday. Eastern Michigan will come to the Carrier Dome on Dec. 19, led by head coach Rob Murphy, formerly an SU assistant coach from 2004-11.The Orange leads the all-time series between the teams, 3-1, most recently beating the Eagles, 70-48, on Dec. 31, 2013. Senior guard Raven Lee led EMU with 15.1 points per game last year, rounding out the team’s top three scorers that will return next season.Eastern Michigan finished last season 18-15 while Syracuse landed in its sixth Final Four.Syracuse now has 13 nonconference games on its 2016-17 schedule with announced or reported dates. Here’s a list of them, including a three-game, five-day stretch created because of the EMU-SU game.Nov. 11 — vs. ColgateNov. 15 — vs. Holy CrossNov. 18 — vs. MonmouthNov. 22 — vs. South Carolina StateNov. 26 — vs. South Carolina (Barclays Center)Nov. 29 — at WisconsinDec. 3 — North FloridaDec. 5 — Connecticut (Madison Square Garden)Dec. 10 – vs. BostonDec. 17 — vs. GeorgetownDec. 19 — vs. Eastern MichiganDec. 21 — vs. St. John’sDec. 27 — vs. CornellBold = Brooklyn Hoops Holiday InvitationalAdvertisementThis is placeholder text Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Hearts change training grounds from ATTC to Legon Park

first_imgAccra Hearts of Oak shifted its training base from the Accra Technical Training College Park to the University of Ghana, Legon Park, on Friday. The first session held at the Legon Park on Friday, 7th February, 2014 was the first training of the Club after the mid-week defeat to Wa All Stars.Board Member Frank Nelson Nwokolo, Managing Director Neil Armstrong Mortagbe, and Public Relations Officer Muheeb Saeed were in attendance to lift the morale of the team.Head Coach Mohammed Polo used almost an hour of the first training session at the Legon Park to cheer his team up and spoke at length on how best the players could lift the spirit of the team by putting up good performances in the subsequent matches.Team Hearts will be travelling to Dormaa on Saturday as guests of Aduana Stars in the match-day 17 of the First Capital Bank Premier League. Hearts will train at the Legon Park on Monday ahead of the fixture, and will be using the Legon Park as its training base for the remainder of the season.last_img read more