Overhauled HMS Westminster receives her embarked Merlin Mk2

first_img June 14, 2017 View post tag: HMS Westminster Share this article Authorities After completing two-year overhaul in Portsmouth, Royal Navy frigate HMS Westminster has trained with a number of Merlin Mk2 helicopters during her preparations to return to the fleet.The Type 23 frigate now has her own embarked Merlin, however, named Gatekeeper – for guardian to underworld from Ghostbusters, as the Royal Navy said.The submarine-hunting helicopter, from 829 Naval Air Squadron in Culdrose, brings what has been described as a ‘second operations room’ to the hunt, with the helicopter’s observer and aircrewman using sonobuoys (expendable buoys which are dropped to listen for the presence of a boat) or dipping her sonar to locate and track the underwater foe, before launching Stingray torpedoes to neutralise any threat.Embarking Gatekeeper is not as simple as landing on the flight deck – if landing a 15-tonne helicopter in all-weather conditions on an area three quarters the size of a tennis court that pitches and rolls with waves up to 20ft high could be considered simple.The aircrew, engineers and over 15 tonnes of tools and stores need to be integrated into an already-full ship.“It is good to be welcomed back on board Westminster and to be able to see all the improvements that were made during her refit,” said CPO John Court, flight maintenance coordinator, and a Westminster veteran as he was aboard on her final pre-refit deployment to the Gulf.“The next few weeks will be a busy time for us, but we are looking forward to getting fully integrated with the ship and bringing her up to her full capability.”As well as the emphasis on anti-submarine warfare, the Merlin will practise counter-piracy and interdiction roles, ferrying troops/sailors around, transferring stores and performing rescues if required while attached to the frigate. Overhauled Royal Navy frigate receives her embarked Merlin Mk2 helicopter View post tag: Merlin MK2 Back to overview,Home naval-today Overhauled Royal Navy frigate receives her embarked Merlin Mk2 helicopter View post tag: Royal Navylast_img read more

Uitvlugt Warriors secure point needed to win WDFA/STAG Senior League title … draw 1-1 with archrivals Pouderoyen

first_imgWHEN positive things occur, `ole people does say, Da ah de boy fuh de gal’, well that was exactly what happened on Sunday when Uitvlugt engaged archrivals Pouderoyen in their (Uitvlugt) final fixture of the West Demerara Football Association/STAG Senior League.The end result was a 1-1 draw that gave Uitvlugt the much-needed one point to capture league championship honours with an unassailable lead of 26 points.Requiring just a single point, the Warriors came from one goal down to win the title via a Jamal Petty 43rd minute strike.Pouderoyen had opened the scoring in the 20th minute from a Morgan Denny gem of a strike after receiving a cross from the right side while inside the left of the penalty box, and unleashing a left foot volley that directed the ball into the right corner of the opposition’s goal.Six minutes earlier, Denny had placed the ball into Uitvlugt’s goal from the penalty spot, but the goal was disallowed as the official deemed that a Pouderoyen player had entered the penalty area before the shot was taken.Uitvlugt then grabbed the much-needed equaliser in the 43rd minute when Petty’s tame shot rolled past a diving Pouderoyen custodian Sherwin Bernard – into the lower left corner of the goal.Meanwhile, Eagles secured a walkover victory from Beavers.last_img