Stratton HII’s Third U.S. Coast Guard National Security Cutter Completes Sea Trials

first_img View post tag: sea August 14, 2011 View post tag: Guard View post tag: completes View post tag: Cutter View post tag: News by topic View post tag: trials View post tag: third Share this article Stratton HII’s Third U.S. Coast Guard National Security Cutter Completes Sea Trials View post tag: National View post tag: Naval View post tag: STRATTON View post tag: coast Back to overview,Home naval-today Stratton HII’s Third U.S. Coast Guard National Security Cutter Completes Sea Trials View post tag: U.S. View post tag: Navy Stratton (WMSL 752) Huntington Ingalls’ third U.S. Coast Guard National Security Cutter, returned from sea after successfully completing acceptance sea trials. The ship spent two days in the Gulf of Mexico effectively testing all of its systems for the Board of Inspection and Survey (INSURV).“Stratton’s two days at sea proved her readiness and extraordinary capabilities,” said Mike Duthu, National Security Cutter (NSC) program manager for Ingalls Shipbuilding. “This successful sea trial is a positive reflection of the efficiencies established during the construction and testing of this ship. Our shipbuilders reduced the construction schedule compared to NSC 2 and improved vessel labor costs by reducing man-hours. Congratulations to our shipbuilders, the Coast Guard and our industry partners on a very successful start-to-finish plan.”The NSC is the flagship of the Coast Guard’s cutter fleet, designed to replace the 378‐foot Hamilton-class High-Endurance Cutters, which entered service during the 1960s.During acceptance trials, INSURV observed and evaluated Ingalls’ test and trials team as it conducted extensive testing of the propulsion, electrical, damage control, anchor handling, small boat and combat systems.“It’s a complex and comprehensive set of tests performed over the course of two days at sea,” said Richard Schenk, vice president, test and trials, Ingalls Shipbuilding. “Our team worked really efficiently around the clock and allowed Stratton to effectively demonstrate her seaworthiness and the full potential of her systems. The Coast Guard is getting a tremendous cutter with capabilities specifically designed to perform their missions.”First Lady Michelle Obama​ is Stratton’s sponsor. She christened the ship at Ingalls Shipbuilding on July 23, 2010. Stratton is scheduled for delivery to the U.S. Coast Guard on Sept. 2.Stratton is the third of eight planned ships in this new class of highly capable, technologically advanced multi-mission cutters. Bertholf and Waesche have been commissioned and are successfully executing Coast Guard missions. The construction contract for a fourth cutter, Hamilton, was awarded in November 2010, and construction will begin on Aug. 29.Ingalls Shipbuilding builds the NSC hull, mechanical and electrical systems, while Lockheed Martin builds and integrates the command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR) capabilities onboard the cutters. Over the two-day trial period, all of the C4ISR systems were tested successfully, including the surface and air tracking radars as well as the communications and navigational systems.NSCs are 418 feet long with a 54-foot beam and displace 4,500 tons with a full load. They have a top speed of 28 knots, a range of 12,000 miles, an endurance of 60 days and a crew of 110.The Legend-class NSC is capable of meeting all maritime security mission needs required of the High-Endurance Cutter. The cutter includes an aft launch and recovery area for two rigid hull inflatable boats and a flight deck to accommodate a range of manned and unmanned rotary wing aircraft. It is the largest and most technologically advanced class of cutters in the U.S. Coast Guard, with robust capabilities for maritime homeland security, law enforcement, marine safety, environmental protection and national defense missions. This class of cutters plays an important role enhancing the Coast Guard’s operational readiness, capacity and effectiveness at a time when the demand for their services has never been greater.Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) designs, builds and maintains nuclear and non-nuclear ships for the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard and provides after-market services for military ships around the globe. For more than a century, HII has built more ships in more ship classes than any other U.S. naval shipbuilder. Employing nearly 38,000 in Virginia, Mississippi, Louisiana and California, its primary business divisions are Newport News Shipbuilding and Ingalls Shipbuilding.[mappress]Source: Huntington Ingalls, August 14, 2011; Equipment & technology View post tag: Security View post tag: HII’slast_img read more

Willett’s wonderful win throws spotlight on English golf

first_img11 Apr 2016 Willett’s wonderful win throws spotlight on English golf Danny Willett’s dramatic win in The Masters led a remarkable display by English golfers at Augusta which is set to inspire a new generation of players.New champion Willett was accompanied in the top 10 by Lee Westwood (T2), Paul Casey (T4), Matt Fitzpatrick (T7) and Justin Rose (T10).  Meanwhile Chris Wood shared 42nd place.In addition Charley Hull is flying the flag for the women’s game, having been runner up in the first Major of the season, the Ana Inspiration, earlier this month.All seven players have been involved with England Golf, either as champions or team players – or both. “This is inspirational,” said Nigel Edwards, England Golf Performance Director, as he reviewed Willett’s wonderful performance, carding a blemish free 67 in the final round to hold off Westwood and leave no way back from a 12th hole disaster for defending champion Jordan Speith.“Who ever said golf was boring?” said Edwards, who has captained two GB&I Walker Cup teams to victory. “All the media are going crazy about this and hopefully we can have another surge, as there was for European golf in the 80s and 90s.”These successes have thrown the spotlight on English golf and the work of England Golf, supported by clubs and counties, to create champions.England Golf’s training programme offers coaching and playing opportunities to the country’s most talented players to help them develop their skills.For Willett that included trips to Australia – where he won the Australian stroke play championship – and to Spain, where he won the Spanish amateur before turning professional as the world number one amateur. He is pictured top, playing for England in 2008 (copyright Tom Ward).“Ultimately the performance is down to the player, but many of them have said that the opportunities they have had along the way have been outstanding – whether it’s from a junior organiser at their club, someone running county events, someone offering regional coaching, or the chance to play for England or going to the Walker Cup or Curtis Cup,” said Edwards.“Our England Golf ambassador, Justin Rose, has said that the opportunities England gave him when he was young, to compete around the world, were crucial to his development.“Obviously, it’s down to the player, whether they have the heart and the will to put in the hard work, whether they have the desire. But everyone contributes.”Most recently, the programme has produced players such as Ashley Chesters, two-time European amateur champion, and Jimmy Mullen who were unbeaten in last year’s record Walker Cup win; and world number four Bronte Law, who is odds-on to play in her third Curtis Cup this summer.Edwards’s words were echoed by Graham Walker, the lead coach to the England Golf men’s squad. He was Danny Willett’s coach for over a decade, taking him from a two-handicapper to the world number one amateur.“For an Englishman to win the Masters is just fantastic and it should be an inspiration to lots of players coming through. But they have to make sure they work at the right things,” said Walker.“Danny had an insatiable appetite for work and for good information. I had good information and he was willing to work very hard. That’s a recipe for success.”Amateur record factfileDanny Willett was English amateur champion in 2007 and, in the same year, represented England, played for GB&I in the Walker Cup, and for Europe in the Sir Michael Bonallack Trophy. He went on to win the 2008 Australian stroke play and Spanish amateur championships and became the world’s top amateur.Lee Westwood played for England in 1993, when he won the British Youths’ championship. He won the Peter McEvoy Trophy in 1990.Paul Casey won the English amateur championship in 1999 and 2000. He played in the ’99 Walker Cup, winning all four of his matches and playing his foursomes with Luke Donald.Matthew Fitzpatrick became the first English winner of the US Amateur in 102 years when he triumphed in 2013, when he represented GB&I in the Walker Cup, won the silver medal as the leading amateur at The Open, and became the world’s number one amateur for the year. He was the 2012 Boys’ Amateur champion.Justin Rose, is an England Golf ambassador and the 2013 US Open champion. In his amateur days he represented England in 1997-8, played in the ’97 Walker Cup and finished fourth in the ’98 Open Championship at Royal Birkdale.Chris Wood topped the England men’s order of merit in 2007 and ’08. He represented England in both years, reached the quarter finals of the Amateur Championship in 2007 and won the Welsh stroke play the following year.Charley Hull is an England Golf Ambassador who won a national ladies’ competition at the age of nine. By 15 she was England’s top woman amateur, having won the English and Welsh stroke play titles among other events. At 16 she played in her first major, the Kraft Nabisco, and finished in the top 40, before going on to represent GB&I in the winning Curtis Cup team of 2012.last_img read more

Fresh faces, same expectations for Steelers

first_imgPITTSBURGH (AP) – Mike Tomlin knows he can talk all he wants about progress and the overhauled roster and how much he likes what he’s seen during the offseason.Yet the Pittsburgh Steelers coach understands it means little if it doesn’t translate onto the field.“The reality is these types of processes are measured based on results,” Tomlin said at the end of minicamp in June.And the results were typically un-Steelerlike last fall for one of the NFL’s most consistent franchises. A late-season swoon dropped Pittsburgh to 8-8 and a spot outside the playoffs looking in. It marked a decidedly ungraceful exit for some of the stars that led the team to three Super Bowl appearances in six years.James Harrison, Casey Hampton, Mike Wallace, Max Starks, Rashard Mendenhall, Willie Colon and Keenan Lewis were either cut, not brought back or lured elsewhere in free agency. In their place are a bevy of rookies or reserves expected to take on larger roles.How quickly youngsters like rookies Jarvis Jones and Le’Veon Bell assimilate will determine if the “processes” the Steelers have undergone the last few months will pay off with a return to the postseason.Five things to look for at Steelers training camp:1. THE BELL TOLLS: The Steelers didn’t exactly shed any tears when enigmatic RB Mendenhall bolted for Arizona in free agency. Five seasons and just as many off-the-field issues had Pittsburgh all but pushing him out the door. Enter second-round pick Bell. Though the 21-year-old comes to camp in a three-way battle with Isaac Redman and Jonathan Dwyer for the starting job, there’s little doubt Bell will be given every opportunity to win it. The 6-foot-2, 230-pound Bell offers size and versatility the other two lack. The Steelers haven’t had a true every down back since Willie Parker left the team after the 2009 season. Running back by committee failed last season – the Steelers were 26th in yards rushing. Bell gives them their best chance at taking some of heat off quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.2. SPEED TO BURN: Mike Wallace and his speed ran off to Miami in the offseason. The Steelers hope they brought in a cheaper – but eventually no less effective – replacement in third-round pick Markus Wheaton. The rookie missed minicamp and organized team activities due to NCAA rules that prevented him from leaving school before graduation. Wheaton will have time to get his feet set behind veterans Antonio Brown, Emmanuel Sanders and Plaxico Burress. But with Sanders in the final year of his deal and Burress looking for one last hurrah, Wheaton will be expected to contribute this season.3. YOUNG GUNS: So long Starks. See you later Colon. The youth movement along the offensive line is complete after those two were allowed to leave through free agency. In their place are 20-somethings – Marcus Gilbert (25), Maurkice Pouncey (24), David DeCastro (23) and Mike Adams (23) – with 27-year-old Ramon Foster the “old” guy. Despite their youth, none of the starters made it through 2012 unscathed. Their health and the quickness with which they gel will be vital for a unit required to protect the health of Roethlisberger and open holes for Bell. Pouncey, a three-time Pro Bowler, is the unquestioned leader, but his image took a hit when he was pictured wearing a hat defending former college teammate Aaron Hernandez. Pouncey apologized but as one of the faces of the franchise, he’ll need to let his play make the biggest impression this fall.4. CAN JONES KEEP UP? The Steelers felt they got lucky when Jones bombed on his 40-yard dash during Pro Day. The shoddy 4.8-second time scared off some teams, but not Pittsburgh, which scooped him up with the 17th pick with the expectations he’ll be the eventual successor to James Harrison at outside linebacker. Jones led the NCAA in sacks last fall (14½) at Georgia and the Steelers believe he will give a jolt to a pass rush that got to the quarterback just 37 times in 2012, tied for 15th in the league.5. HAPPILY EVER AFTER? Roethlisberger and offensive coordinator Todd Haley have enjoyed a year to work out the rough spots in their relationship. The quarterback even praised Haley for openness in accepting input from players during the offseason. The two will need to find a way to peacefully coexist if the Steelers want to minimize the off-the-field distractions. Without Wallace around to take the top off opposing defenses, the Steelers will need to find interesting ways to get players open. Haley likely can’t do that without Roethlisberger’s support, and vice versa.___Online: AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org Bengals fine-tuning team that’s been playoff flopCINCINNATI (AP) – Marvin Lewis sees it as a whole new series rather than a summer repeat.The Cincinnati Bengals agreed to be the focus of HBO’s “Hard Knocks” training camp series for the second time this summer. They also were in the cable spotlight in 2009 with an entirely different cast that reached the playoffs and flopped.“It is a lot different football team,” the Bengals coach said. “There are very few players on this squad that were here in ’09, so there’s a lot of interesting positions, some battles that we’re going to have. There’s been quite a bit of change.”One thing hasn’t changed: the knack for falling flat in the postseason. The Bengals have been to the playoffs each of the last two seasons and lost to Houston both times. Those poor performances extended the seventh-longest stretch of playoff futility in NFL history – no postseason win since the 1990 season.Andy Dalton is entering his third season as the starting quarterback, and young players like receiver A.J. Green and defensive tackle Geno Atkins have emerged as stars. While HBO’s audience watches, the Bengals will try to fine-tune a roster that returns nearly intact from last season and knows the stakes.Five things to know as the Bengals prepare to open training camp with cameras rolling at their first practice at Paul Brown Stadium on Thursday.1. IT’S DALTON’S TIME: He needs to take a big step in his third season. Dalton is the first Bengals quarterback to reach the playoffs in each of his first two seasons. He has 47 touchdown passes, trailing only Dan Marino and Peyton Manning for most in the first two seasons. But he’s had two awful playoff games – no touchdowns, four interceptions and a 48.6 passer rating. He overthrew an open Green in the end zone late in the playoff loss at Houston last season. Dalton has been working on his long throws and needs to find receivers other than Green with more consistency. Tight end Tyler Eifert, taken in the first round, should give him another option.2. DALTON’S BACKUP: One of Cincinnati’s biggest losses in free agency was backup quarterback Bruce Gradkowski, who gave the Bengals some security in case Dalton got hurt. They signed Josh Johnson, who started five games for Tampa Bay from 2008-11, and claimed John Skelton off waivers for Arizona, which couldn’t settle on a starter last season. Johnson knows offensive coordinator Jay Gruden from their days in Tampa Bay. Skelton has never run a West Coast-style offense. Although Dalton has been very durable, missing only half of a game because of injury, a team with playoff aspirations needs some security at the backup spot.3. WHAT’S UP WITH ANDRE? The Bengals reached a three-year deal with right tackle Andre Smith as the draft started in April, meaning their entire offensive line would return intact. But Smith missed all of the team’s offseason workouts and its mandatory minicamp because of personal matters, the only player who wasn’t available. His conditioning will be a focus in camp early. They’ll also be looking at how center Kyle Cook has recovered from an ankle injury that required surgery and forced him to miss the first 12 games last season.4. TURNING HARRISON LOOSE: The Bengals’ biggest offseason acquisition was linebacker James Harrison, who left Pittsburgh after they couldn’t agree on a restructured contract. Coordinator Mike Zimmer will be looking for ways to turn the outside linebacker loose in a defense than finished sixth in the NFL in yards allowed last season. Harrison says he’s healthy and ready to make an impression with his new team, especially when it faces his old team.5. PAGING DRE KIRKPATRICK: Cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick was the 17th overall pick in the 2012 draft, but missed all of training camp and the first seven games of the season after injuring his left knee during workouts. He played in five games, then suffered a concussion and was bothered again by the knee problem, ending his season. Kirkpatrick has been limited because of the knee in the offseason. His status will be another focus in camp. MIKE TOMLIN (AP Photo/File)last_img read more