High-Speed Vessel Swift Conducts Crew Turnover in Naples, Italy

first_img High-Speed Vessel Swift Conducts Crew Turnover in Naples, Italy View post tag: Swift View post tag: Naples View post tag: Italy View post tag: News by topic View post tag: turnover View post tag: nvay The Blue Crew of High-Speed Vessel Swift (HSV 2) exchanged command with Swift’s Gold Crew during a port visit to Naples, Italy, in preparation for its upcoming Africa Partnership Station (APS) West 2012 deployment, July 23.Swift’s Blue Crew completed a nearly four month deployment that brought them through ports in the Black Sea, Europe, and 13 countries in Africa supporting APS East 2012.“The real reward from APS was to be engaged with African host nations, meet people, get to know what issues are important to them and feel like we are making a valuable contribution to their security and economy,” said Lt. Cmdr. Charles Eaton, officer in charge of Swift’s Blue Crew. “I think that’s probably the biggest takeaway you can have from any deployment, to feel that you made a difference in the world.”With a rotational manning concept, crew turnovers are a common occurrence aboard the Military Sealift Command-chartered vessel. The crews rotate every four months which allows Swift to remain forward deployed nearly the entire year.During their deployment, Swift’s Blue Crew conducted military-to-military engagements focusing on combat medical training, infantry tactics, port security and junior officer and non-commissioned officer leadership training.“The mission was amazing,” said Chief Boatswain’s Mate Robert Frost, senior enlisted leader of Swift’s Blue Crew. “We learned a lot, and I feel our partners did too.”During APS, Swift’s Blue Crew helped offload humanitarian and goodwill supplies for Project Handclasp, hosted four diplomatic receptions, painted schools and participated in a variety of community projects. “Every time we do a port visit we have to one-up it everywhere we go,” said Culinary Specialist 1st Class Howard LeRoy. “The Gold Crew does have a tremendous amount of work ahead of them, maintaining what we started and continuing APS successfully.”After Swift departs Naples the crew will continue the APS mission in August with separate visits to West African nations.APS is an international security cooperation initiative, facilitated by Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa, aimed at strengthening global maritime partnerships through training and collaborative activities in order to improve maritime safety and security in Africa.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, July 25, 2012 View post tag: crewcenter_img Share this article View post tag: Naval View post tag: vessel View post tag: High-Speed Industry news July 25, 2012 Back to overview,Home naval-today High-Speed Vessel Swift Conducts Crew Turnover in Naples, Italy last_img read more

Regal Masters win GSCL Inc. Independence Cup title

first_imgAN unbroken 158-run second-wicket stand between Ramesh Deonarine and Troy Kippins, ensured Regal Masters made light work over their counterparts Wellman Masters, to win the final of the Georgetown Softball Cricket League Inc. Independence Cup by nine wickets last Sunday, at the Everest Cricket Club ground.Regal Masters chasing 165 for victory, lost Eon Abel without scoring, but thereafter it was a Deonarine and Kippins show.Deonarine clobbered one four and 10 sixes to finish on 95 which came off 54 balls, while the right-handed Kippins slammed five fours and four sixes in scoring 60 off 43 balls.Earlier, Wellman Masters posted 164-7 from their allocation of 20 overs. Openers Mahase Chunilall and Greg De Franca added 56 before De Franca was dismissed for 25.Chunilall struck one four and three maximums before he departed for 35 off 31 balls. There were also small contributions from Nandram Samlall, Eon Lovell and Wayne Jones.Deonarine was named man-of-the-match while Regal Masters collected a trophy and $53 000 and Wellman Masters received a trophy. The competition was sponsored by Regal Stationery and Computer Centre and Trophy Stall Bourda Market.The tournament forms part of preparation for the upcoming New York Softball Cricket League tournament, which bowls off on June 28.last_img read more

‘Racism is real’, Sammy urges governing bodies to do better

first_imgBy Amlan ChakrabortyNEW DELHI, India (Reuters) – Former West Indies captain Darren Sammy has urged cricket’s governing bodies to treat racism more seriously and pay it the same attention they give to upholding the integrity of the game.Athletes across the world have spoken out about racism in sport as part of the Black Lives Matter protests after the death of George Floyd, a black man who died in police custody in Minneapolis on May 25.Sammy, who led West Indies to two Twenty20 World Cup titles, has been at the forefront of the movement in cricket and wants those who run the game to do more.“We’ve made the recommendations. You know racism is real. It is not something that we can hide,” Sammy told Reuters from Trinidad, where he is playing in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL).“So I urge them (to give racism) the same emphasis they put on protecting the integrity of the game. Why not protect the integrity of human beings?“If you’re able to raise awareness in the game, where every person, every human being is treated equally, regardless of the colour of their skin, I think that is the way the world should be.”Sammy, who led the St Lucia Zouks in the CPL final against Trinbago Knight Riders later yesterday, travels around the world with his former West Indies team mate Chris Gayle to play in numerous domestic tournaments as Twenty20 freelancers.Both have complained about facing racial abuse in the past.Former Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed was slapped with a four-match ban last year for a racist remark aimed at South Africa all-rounder Andile Phehlukwayo, while England’s Black fast bowler Jofra Archer was abused on social media.England joined West Indies in wearing ‘Black Lives Matter’ logos on their shirts during their recent Test series and also took the knee as part of the protests against racism.“It’s amazing to see the lack of conversation in the cricket circle from certain parts of the world when it comes to social injustice and racism and all these things,” Sammy added.“Yes, we saw West Indies play England, so it was bound to happen, the show, the support for Black Lives Matter. But what about the other boards? What about the other territories? I have not heard a statement from a few of the other boards.“If you do care about the integrity of the game and don’t take a stance against racism, or social injustice against people of colour, then to me you’re really not doing your job.”Sammy caused a stir when he made an allegation of racism against his former Sunrisers Hyderabad team mates over a Hindi nickname he was given when he was part of the Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise from 2013 to 2014.West Indies later accepted a former team mate’s explanation and now hopes the issue can be used to educate players about racism.“My focus now is to educate people on certain slurs that is inappropriate to people of colour,” added Sammy, who felt his T20-related travel had helped him better understand the culture and different backgrounds of players across the world.“That’s where I will always use my voice to advocate change for the better.”‘Racism is real’, Sammy urges cricket to do betterlast_img read more

Satellites beat Golden Boots 3-2 in a friendly

first_imgGhana U20 recorded a narrow 3-2 win over lower-tier side, Golden Boots on Saturday at the Accra Sports Stadium as part of their pre-tournament warm-up friendlies .Liberty Professionals danger man Ebenezer Assifuah got on the score-sheet after Francis’s opener in the first-half to record a 2-1 lead over a strong opposition who were determined to hand Sellas Tetteh’s boys their first significant defeat.But Atletico Madrid youngster Thomas Partey unmasked the opposition’s defence with a powerful header from a cross mid-way through the second half to end their ambition.New arrivals Daniel Pappoe Mills – the Chelsea reserves captain and Arsenal’s Zak Ansah all had a feel of competitive action with the team as Sellas Tetteh continues to devised means to trim down the squad before they leave for Europe for the final preparations.The arrival of Inter Milan midfield talisman Alfred Duncan will soar the number of foreign-based players to six with Baba Rahman and Richmond Boakye-Yiadom to join later after helping the Black Stars with the upcoming World Cup qualifiers.Sellas is widely expected to keep all eight foreign-based players available for the tournament while thirteen places will be up for grasp by the locals. Asante Kotoko goalkeeper Felix Annan is still undergoing trials in Belgium and is expected to fly down to join the squad.last_img read more