UK: Royal Navy Sailors Beat Warship to Plymouth

first_img View post tag: News by topic UK: Royal Navy Sailors Beat Warship to Plymouth View post tag: Warship May 9, 2013 Royal Navy sailors from Plymouth-based HMS Sutherland were given a heroes’ welcome when they won a race to beat the ship back to Plymouth from Scotland.The five sailors have raised more than £3,500 for the Royal Navy/Royal Marine Charity by not only beating the ship back to HM Naval Base Devonport by land, but also by completing imaginative tasks along the 833 miles, set by the ship as it sailed south.The triumphant team were given the charity challenge as a way of raising funds with the handicap of starting off without transport, phones or money and somehow surviving but still reaching their goal.They therefore, successfully used their survival instincts, wits, charm and leadership skills – all important attributes in the Royal Navy.Waiting on the jetty as the ship arrived this morning were Master At Arms Dean Latham from Salford, Manchester, age 38; Petty Officer (Above Water Tactical) Russell Simpson from Plymouth, age 34; Leading Chef Brad Morton from Castleford, age 25; Engineering Technician (Marine Engineer) Steve Weaver from Droitwich age 27; and Able Rate (Warfare Specialist) David Grey from Rye age 29.The five men were selected from the 180-strong crew for the event which began on Monday (April 29) while the ship left Scotland on Wednesday.They managed to impress enough businesses and individuals of the good cause they were collecting for to be given at least two vehicles for transport, all their meals and accommodation free of charge.Team member Petty Officer Russ Simpson, from Plymouth, said:“It’s great to be back in Plymouth and to have beaten the ship to Devonport. This challenge was one of the best things I’ve done in the Navy. We were thrown different tasks each day out of the blue, which added to the excitement and pressure.“We were constantly amazed and humbled by the generosity of the people we met on the way, both ordinary members of the public.“This was a daunting challenge to start with only a ruck sack with no money or credit cards to pay for accommodation or food and none booked ahead. We relied on the goodwill of people and businesses we met and the rose to the occasion.“It helped that we were doing this for the military. When people saw we were in the Navy and were raising money for people who need help in the Navy and Marines they were very keen to help us.’’He thanked among others, One Call Direct which donated a van, the Master Mariners, Taunton Race Course, FlyBe and Enterprise Rental, Costa coffee, Ron Dewdney pasties, Waterstones, Greggs Bakers.They had to prove all their tasks, one of which was to meet an MP – they met Helen Grant, Minister for Justice and Equality at the House of Commons.Additional tasks completed were a photo of them outside No’ 10 Downing Street, meeting the head of the Royal Navy (proven by leaving a specially struck ‘Sutherland Coin’ on his desk in his absence), meeting Lord Thurso (MP) of Sutherland and meeting a the first winning jockey and horse at Taunton Race Course on Thursday).[mappress]Press Release, May 9, 2013; Image: Royal Navy View post tag: Royal View post tag: Beat View post tag: Navy View post tag: Defencecenter_img View post tag: Defense View post tag: sailors View post tag: Naval Back to overview,Home naval-today UK: Royal Navy Sailors Beat Warship to Plymouth View post tag: Plymouth Training & Education Share this articlelast_img read more

Jagielka heads for ankle surgery

first_imgEverton defender Phil Jagielka is set to undergo surgery on Saturday evening on a badly gashed ankle, manager David Moyes confirmed. Press Association He added: “It is a bad one because he is a key player for us.” Moyes said he did not know how long Jagielka would be out but the 30-year-old must now be doubtful for next week’s FA Cup quarter-final against Wigan. The incident also reminded Moyes of some of the treatment goalkeeper Tim Howard received in the two previous cup matches against Oldham. Howard was unable to face Reading after suffering a knock in the fifth-round replay win over over the League One side on Tuesday and was replaced by back-up Jan Mucha. “I’m not happy with the challenges on the goalkeeper in the last two games that have put him out and I am not happy with the challenge today that puts Phil Jagielka out,” said the manager. “I’m not one who minds challenges. I like a bit of that, if that’s what it is. “I don’t mind robust challenges but not one that puts out arguably one of my best players.” Howard’s absence ended the American’s run of 210 consecutive Premier League appearances. Moyes said: “I thought Jan did very well but it came about because the goalkeeper wasn’t protected in the first game against Oldham and they felt it was right they could do that again in the second game. In the end the goalkeeper has been injured because of decisions which should have been deemed free-kicks long before.” center_img The England international was injured in a challenge from Adam Le Fondre in the opening minutes of Everton’s 3-1 victory over Reading at Goodison Park. He had to be immediately replaced, and Moyes said: “I genuinely haven’t seen it again but I thought on the pitch it didn’t look good. Jagielka knew about it and it is a bad one. He will have surgery tonight to stitch up his ankle.” last_img read more