UK: HMS Dragon Successfully Tests Sea Viper Weapon System

first_img View post tag: Viper View post tag: sea Equipment & technology View post tag: successfully Back to overview,Home naval-today UK: HMS Dragon Successfully Tests Sea Viper Weapon System HMS Dragon has successfully tested her Sea Viper weapon system by knocking a target out of the sky at the Outer Hebrides missile range off Scotland. The firing exercise took place in almost perfect conditions on a rare hazy summer’s afternoon off the west coast. It marks the start of an intense work-up period for the Navy’s newest Type 45 destroyer.Dragon’s Operations Officer, Lieutenant Commander Duncan MacRae, 32, of the Royal Australian Navy and from Melbourne, said:“This was a great demonstration of the capability of a Type 45 and a reassurance of system performance. “I have been involved in a couple of missile shoots but this one was by far and away the most rewarding as I was in the hot seat giving the order to engage.” There were five days allocated to make sure the ship’s company and machinery were ready. On day three the call came to authorise a ‘hot run’- a real firing exercise.A target missile was launched which increased the working tension, as sensors and communications circuits were tested to make sure they were properly functioning.The missile was coming in towards the vicinity of the ship and the Command order to “take” the target (the executive order to engage with Sea Viper) was made by Lt Cdr MacRae.He was only one member of the team that ensured the firing went as planned.Lt Cdr Kevin Miller, Dragon’s Weapons Engineering Officer, said:“The engineering behind the scenes to ensure that the missile accurately reaches the target and destroys it is immense. “The Sea Viper missile itself is just one small component of the Principle Anti Air Missile System that comprises some advanced radars and powerful computers to do all the maths involved in an engagement.” The head of the group, Chief Petty Officer Ian Dryburgh, 36, from Gosport, said:“I am over the moon that it all went according to plan. I had no doubts that it would all go according well and the kit performed admirably throughout. “Now all we’ve got to do is scrub off the marks made by the efflux on the top of the missile silo.” Dragon’s Commanding Officer, Commander Darren Houston, 43, said:“What has been particularly pleasing is the way in which everyone onboard recognises that they have each played a part in making this happen, from the Marine Engineer’s with their efficient power and propulsion through to the logistics team that ensure the equipment receives all the stores support available. “This firing is but a small step on Dragon’s road to deployment next year and the team have worked really hard to get us where we are today.” Portsmouth-based HMS Dragon now undertakes Maritime Security operations and has a visit to Northern Ireland during a break from an intensive testing period. After the summer the ship continues with Flag Officer Sea Training off the south west coast of England before advanced training with a French carrier battle group.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, July 16, 2012; Image: Royal Navy July 16, 2012 View post tag: Weapon View post tag: Navy UK: HMS Dragon Successfully Tests Sea Viper Weapon Systemcenter_img View post tag: system View post tag: News by topic View post tag: UK View post tag: Tests View post tag: Naval View post tag: Dragon View post tag: HMS Share this articlelast_img read more

HMAS Perth Conducts Replenishment At Sea

first_img View post tag: Perth July 27, 2012 Despite the rough seas and howling wind, the crew on HMAS Perth battled the elements to conduct a Replenishment At Sea (RAS) with the United States Naval Ship Matthew Perry.With just 50 metres between the two ships, extreme precision is required to keep both ships steady on the same course and maintain the gap between the two hulls. Once the guide ropes are attached, the job of manoeuvering the fuel line across a pulley system begins from the Matthew Perry to HMAS Perth.Ship’s Warrant Officer, Warrant Officer Vaughn King said they were the roughest conditions in which the Ship had done a RAS for quite some time.“The RAS is a really important event as it keeps the ship at sea for much longer but it requires a lot of skill and hard work to do it quickly and safely,” said Warrant Officer King.The crew on the port waste deck were swamped numerous times by water churned up by the bow of the Matthew Perry as they kept an eye on the fuel lines while HMAS Perth received aviation fuel and diesel.The RAS is historically celebrated on its completion by the playing of music. HMAS Perth has a unique form of celebration with its own band, “No Direction”, comprised of keen musicians from within the Ship’s company.On this RAS however, the defence watch timetable and rough weather meant that “No Direction” were unable to perform.HMAS Perth has a 21 day stint at sea and with another RAS scheduled before the sea phase exercise concludes so “No Direction” may still get the opportunity to celebrate the RAS in a distinctly HMAS Perth style.HMAS Perth is one of two Australian frigates participating in EX RIMPAC 12. During the sea phase exercise, HMAS Perth will be conducting flying operations with the S-70B-2 Seahawk helicopter onboard, boarding and submarine exercises. HMAS Perth also successfully fired two Evolved Sea Sparrow Surface to Air Missiles in a critical test of the ship’s high end war fighting skills.Approximately 1,100 Australian sailors, soldiers, airmen and women are participating on Exercise RIM-OF-THE-PACIFIC (RIMPAC 12) from 27 June 2012 to 2 August 2012.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, July 27, 2012; Image: Australian Navy Share this article Training & Education View post tag: Naval View post tag: HMAS View post tag: seacenter_img View post tag: Navy Back to overview,Home naval-today HMAS Perth Conducts Replenishment At Sea HMAS Perth Conducts Replenishment At Sea View post tag: Replenishment View post tag: conducts View post tag: News by topiclast_img read more

Weehawken seniors enjoy river cruise

first_img1 / 6    2 / 6    3 / 6    4 / 6    5 / 6    6 / 6  ❮ ❯ ×  1 / 6    2 / 6    3 / 6    4 / 6    5 / 6    6 / 6  ❮ ❯ What better way to spend a summer day than a cruise on the Hudson River?The Hudson County 2018 senior resident cruise, sponsored by Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise and the Board of Freeholders took place on Wednesday, July 18 in perfect weather. Residents of Weehawken and Hoboken were also treated to a buffet luncheon from 12 to 2 p.m.A DJ provided music for dancing. There was plenty of food on the Spirit of New York, which embarked from Weehawken and sailed past the Statue of Liberty.The photos were taken by resident Robert de Zeeuw. Do you have a great photo from around town? Email [email protected], attach the photo as a .jpg, and always put your town in the subject head. Please only send up to two photos at a time.last_img read more

“The Flanders Supper Club 1923” Latest Amenity at O.C.’s Landmark Hotel

first_imgThe iconic Flanders Hotel set to open its new “Supper Club 1923.” (Photos courtesy Flanders Hotel) By TIM KELLYOcean City’s only full-service resort hotel is constantly upgrading and adding amenities. The latest of which is one of its most innovative to date, the new Club 1923 at the Flanders.  It is in the spirit of the Flanders’ elegance of a bygone era, combined with modern conveniences of a full-service resort hotel that Club 1923 was developed.Named for the year the iconic “Jewel of the Southern Jersey Shore” first opened for business, The Flanders Hotel is set to unveil its new and exclusive private supper club on Friday September 6th. The hotel is centrally located just steps off the beach and boardwalk at 11th street.The main attraction of the new supper club will be the overall dining experience, and one unique to Ocean City. “We want to make this club a place where members will enjoy socializing with friends and family,” said Flanders Director of Hotel and Banquet Operations, Peter Voudouris.  “It is a place they can call their own.”Club 1923 will operate out of the newly renovated Emily’s Ocean Room located off the main lobby. Emily’s Ocean Room, already a favorite dining spot of hotel guests and the public, has been refurbished to reflect the atmosphere of a fine private supper club, including the room’s new centerpiece: a dramatic wall fireplace.  Voudouris said it will deliver an upscale dining experience, one that is intimate and relaxing.The Club will be open every Friday and Saturday from 5:00 – 9:30 throughout the year except for January and February. During these two months Club 1923 will be open periodically for special events currently in the planning stages. Such special events are strength of the property, known for its elegant high teas, Sunday and holiday brunches, weddings and other events large and small.  It also hosts many local business, school, community and charitable events.The newly refurbished space just off the main lobby is home to The Flanders Hotel’s Club 1923.The supper club joins a wide range of other Flanders offerings that set it apart from other properties in town. Among these are The Shoppes at the Flanders, which carry a wide range of women’s clothing, artisan and hand-crafted jewelry as well as one-of-a-kind collectibles and antiques. The Flanders also has Divine Image, a full-service salon and day spa, Drip N Scoop, a business center with computer/printer station and internet access, fitness center, free Wi-Fi throughout the property, outdoor heated pool, banquet and conference center and more.The Flanders is an all-suites boardwalk hotel. On the upper floors, the ultra-luxurious Penthouse Suites take luxurious accommodations to the next level with their private elevators, elegant furnishings, balconies and views of the entire island.An upscale menu with nightly specials will soon be announced, he said, including the finest steaks and seafood dishes.   “We encourage members to bring guests to enjoy their dining experience with up to eight of their friends, business associates or family members,” Voudouris remarked.  The main goal of management for the club is at the same time simple and ambitious, according to Voudouris: “We aim to provide the finest culinary experience in Ocean City.Club 1923’s Membership fee is $75 initially and $25 annually after that, said Voudouris. Applications are available on-line at or in person at the front registration desk of the property.Voudouris said anyone with questions or desiring additional information should call Karen Bergman at 609-399-1000, extension 7888 Monday-Friday during regular business hours.An all-suites hotel, the Flanders provides plenty of room for its guests to unwind and relax.last_img read more

Guidance: Use of plasma donations to treat COVID-19: recommendations from SaBTO

first_imgOn 28 April 2020, the Advisory Committee on the Safety of Blood, Tissues and Organs (SaBTO) held an emergency meeting to discuss temporarily allowing people who have received convalescent plasma (plasma from people who have had coronavirus) for treatment for COVID-19 to donate plasma themselves.These documents set out the initial proposal and the recommendations from SaBTO.last_img

Detailed guide: Healthcare for UK nationals living in Norway

first_img making contributions to the National Insurance Scheme through their employer or as a self-employed person using a UK passport for temporary stays taking out private health insurance registering a UK-issued S1 form with the National Insurance Scheme You may also be entitled to an S1 form if you’re a frontier worker (someone who works in one state and lives in another). You must contact HMRC National Insurance enquiries to find out if you’re eligible.Once you have an S1 form, you must register it on the Norwegian system.This will mean you and your dependants will be entitled to healthcare in Norway on the same basis as a Norwegian citizen.You’ll also get: Healthcare if you live and work in NorwayYou must register as a resident if you’re living in Norway for more than 3 months.Once you’re a resident, you’re entitled to state healthcare on the same basis as a Norwegian citizen.If you’re employed or self-employed, you’ll make contributions to the National Insurance Scheme.Once you’re a resident you may also be entitled to a Norwegian European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) for travel.If you were living Norway before 1 January 2021If you started living in Norway before 1 January 2021, your rights to access healthcare in Norway will stay the same for as long as you remain resident.This means you may also be entitled to: Stay up to dateThis guidance will be updated if anything changes to how you get state healthcare in Norway.Sign up for email alerts Dependants and family members may be classified differently in Norway than the UK.Check with the local authorities when you register your S1 form.How to get an S1 formIf you have a UK State Pension, you must request an application form by phone from NHS Overseas Healthcare Services. Not all UK benefits that can be claimed while abroad entitle you to UK-funded healthcare. Read more about claiming benefits if you move abroad or contact Jobcentre Plus to ask about a benefit. How to use an S1 form in NorwayYou must register your S1 with the Norwegian state healthcare service Helfo. Send your S1 form to: This information is about living in Norway. There’s different guidance if you’re visiting Norway.If you started living in Norway before 1 January 2021, your rights to access healthcare in Norway will stay the same for as long as you remain resident.This guidance explains what you need to do in Norway depending on your circumstances.Anyone registered as a resident in Norway has a right to access the Norwegian state healthcare system.State healthcare in Norway is not completely free. Healthcare costs are covered by both the state and through patient contributions (user fees).UK nationals usually access the Norwegian healthcare system (called Helfo) in one of these ways: Give your Norwegian ID number each time you access healthcare. This will prove that you’re an S1 holder and are entitled to healthcare on the same basis as a Norwegian citizen.Studying in NorwayYou can use your UK passport to access healthcare in Norway on the same basis as a Norwegian citizen.Getting treatment in the UKSome former UK residents do not have to pay for NHS treatment when visiting England. This includes UK nationals who started living in Norway before 1 January 2021.Read more about healthcare when you no longer live in the UK.If you return to live in the UK you’ll be able to use the NHS like any other UK resident.Read more about using the NHS when you return to live in the UK.center_img How to registerYou first need to register as a resident in Norway. You’ll receive a Norwegian ID number. This is the same number you’ll use for healthcare access.If you’re employed, your employer will sign you up to the National Insurance Scheme automatically. You’ll make contributions through your payroll.If you’re self-employed, you first need to register your business on the national register (website in Norwegian). You can then sign up to the National Insurance Scheme.Once you’ve joined you’ll be able to access healthcare services through the Norwegian state healthcare system, Helfo.Give your Norwegian ID number when you register with a GP and each time you have an appointment.To be referred to a specialist you need to see your GP first.How much you’ll payState healthcare in Norway is not completely free. You may have to pay some of the cost of any treatment.Find out how much you’ll need to pay for health servicesIf you’re a hospital inpatient, treatment is free. There are charges for outpatient treatment.If you have an occupational health injury, Helfo may cover the full cost of your treatment.Dentists and dental hygienist fees will vary as they can set their own prices.Once you’ve spent a certain amount on state healthcare in a calendar year, you can get an exemption card (‘frikort’).Your exemption card means the National Insurance Scheme will cover most of your user fees for the rest of the calendar year.If your UK employer has sent you to Norway temporarily (‘posted workers’)A posted worker, also known as a detached worker, is someone employed or self-employed in the UK, but temporarily sent to a European Economic Area (EEA) country.You can use your UK passport or registered S1 form to access healthcare in Norway on the same basis as a Norwegian citizen.HMRC has a helpline for National Insurance enquiries from non-UK residents. They can answer questions about posted worker status and explain which documents you will need to get healthcare while posted.UK-funded healthcare: using an S1 form in NorwayThere’s different guidance if you have an S1 as a posted worker.If you started living in Norway before 1 January 2021, you may be entitled to state healthcare paid for by the UK if you’re a Norwegian resident and receive either: a UK-issued EHIC for travel planned treatments in the EEA a UK State Pension some other ‘exportable benefits’ NHS Overseas Healthcare Services Telephone: +44 (0)191 218 1999Monday to Friday, 8am to 6pmSaturday, 9am to 3pm HelfoPostboks 24153104 Tønsberg a Norwegian EHIC for travel, including visits to the UK a UK S1 if you start drawing a UK State Pensionlast_img read more

Stop the Week: online

first_imgWe look at a revolutionary cake-cutting invention and Prince Harry’s clear love of bakery in our tongue-in-cheek Stop the Week.A slice of the actionCutting cake can be rife with problems, can’t it? Do you invariably easily cut a perfect triangle or does the cake gradually become an asymmetrical monstrosity?Regardless, it’s cut. Now to lever it out, especially that awkward first piece. It won’t easily lift out. You wriggle your tool and eventually it breaks forth, leaving its nose buried in the cake and cascading crumbs all over. Why would you live this way?Enter – the Magisso Cake Server. Is that word play on ‘magic’? This life-changing tool is a hollow enclosed gripping tool with semi-rigid sides and these qualities endow it with the ability to slice, pick up and deposit uniform portions of cake. It’s a modern-day superhero.The elegant tool is housed in a flat oblong box, which carries the comment: “The idea for the cake server came to designer Maria Kivijärvi while she was sitting and drawing on the rocks of Lake Näsijärvi in Finland.” What completely unnecessary detail.The verdict: It cuts cake easily, secures it with a gentle grip and deposits evenly portioned slices like a dream. British Baker thinks these babies could take over the world, other than the awkward unwieldy storage issues. Behold the magic:Royal approvalPrince Harry really isn’t playing fair. Not only do girls worldwide swoon over him for his royal status and bad boy ways, but now he has added a streak of domesticity by handing out cupcakes to adoring fans in New Zealand.The loyal bunch of female students from the University of Canterbury in Christchurch had waited in the pouring rain to see him on the latest stop of his New Zealand tour.As if swooning weren’t already a health and safety issue, he then stopped to play with some babies – he knows how to work it.British Baker, however, was more taken with his unwitting promotion of the brilliant cupcake – a fantastic cake ambassador.Baby brain cakeWe are big believers in the adage ‘each to their own’ but, on the other hand, the social media stink that kicked off when a one-year-old’s birthday BRAIN cake came to light is understandable. With the wealth of children’s cakes from Thomas the Tank Engine to Frozen and Cars, what would inspire parents to go for a cake of brain, and not even Disney-licensed?Baby boy Toby celebrated his first birthday on a high chair with a cake-brain in front of him, complete with traces of blood. Capillaries or just a gruesome touch? We don’t know. Regardless, the parents found it hilarious, but onlookers (AKA everyone privy to social media) disagreed, instead branding poor Toby ‘a zombie baby’.It didn’t help, of course, that he smeared lifelike-looking gore all over himself. It is, indeed, disturbing – see for yourself:last_img read more

JJ Food Service launches foodservice credit card

first_imgNational wholesaler JJ Food Service has launched a credit card.Described by the business as a first for the UK foodservice industry, the card has an upper limit of £25,000 and up to 37 days’ interest-free credit, which JJ Food Service said would help to support caterers’ cash flow.“We understand how hard it can be for independent caterers to manage cash flow,” said JJ Food Service CEO Mustafa Kiamil. “The Mastercard can be used to pay for anything from petrol and utilities to food and drink supplies. We invite all our customer to apply for the card.”Opening a trade account can be difficult if you have minimal trading history, added the company’s group general manager Terry Larkin.“That’s why the online application process considers many other unique factors,” he said, adding that 90% of customers would get a decision within 30 seconds of completing the online form.“It’s just one of the many ways we are supporting the independent sector,” added Larkin.Customers can add the card onto their online account or use it in-store. The interest is 0% if the account is paid in full each month and there are no annual or monthly fees.last_img read more

Bob Weir & Phil Lesh Confirm Live Webcasts For Upcoming Duo Tour

first_imgThis weekend, Bob Weir and Phil Lesh will begin a 6-date run of “Bobby & Phil” duo shows, the first of their kind for the two founding Grateful Dead bandmates. Now, has announced that they will be webcasting all six of the upcoming shows, so you can witness the performances from the comfort of your couch (or wherever you happen to be).The Bobby & Phil duo will perform two nights at New York City’s Radio City Music Hall on Friday, March 2nd and Saturday, March 3rd followed by two nights at Boston’s Wang Theatre on Wednesday, March 7th and Thursday, March 8th and, finally, two nights at Chicago’s Chicago Theatre on Saturday, March 10th and Sunday, March 11th. The tour is being presented by Peter Shapiro, the man behind Fare Thee Well, LOCKN’, Brooklyn Bowl, The Capitol Theatre, and a variety of other large-scale live music projects.Pre-orders for Bobby & Phil webcasts are available now through here. You can order a single show, or select a discounted 2-pack or 6-pack. You can also elect to add an mp3 of the performance to your order. Each of the webcasts is scheduled to begin at 7:45 local time (7:45 ET for New York and Boston; 8:45 ET for Chicago).Not much is known about these upcoming shows. The tour was initially revealed by Weir during an interview on SiriusXM’s Tales from The Golden Road. During the broadcast, Weir elaborated slightly on the tour, noting that, in addition to the Grateful Dead bassist and guitarist, fans can expect to see a number of special guests join the two during the performances. Various other rumors have circulated regarding the format of the shows, though the band has yet to officially announce any specifics of what fans can expect at the performances. We’ll just have to wait and see…Until then, you check out the official website for the Bobby & Phil duo to purchase tickets or find out more.Bob Weir And Phil Lesh Tour DatesMarch 2 – New York, NY – Radio City Music HallMarch 3 – New York, NY – Radio City Music HallMarch 7 – Boston, MA – Wang TheatreMarch 8 – Boston, MA – Wang TheatreMarch 10 – Chicago, IL – Chicago TheatreMarch 11 – Chicago, IL – Chicago Theatre[H/T Jambase]last_img read more

INFOGRAPHIC: 4 steps to make cloud deliver on its promise

first_imgWhy should businesses adopt cloud computing? There are many reasons but I want to focus on the killer reason: speed of response. From my experience, internal IT struggles most in this area, which is why users turn to “shadow IT” solutions. These in turn cause major headaches for CIOs the world over, nearly 3 in 4 of whom don’t know how many shadow IT apps are running in their business.The implication is that internal IT hasn’t responded to users’ need for speed. But why not?Because we’ve spent the last two decades, seeking to consolidate IT infrastructure into a centralised yet heterogeneous environment. This was in response to perceived inefficiency and difficulty in managing the extensive distribution of IT that then prevailed. Enterprises had discrete IT resources in every department and division, which in turn meant most of those resources were underutilised.Hence the move to “consolidate” into pools of shared resources. Putting all of IT’s infrastructure in a single place allowed you to aggressively drive down costs as far as possible. Thanks to relatively open and common interoperability standards, this cost-driven “pick and mix” approach led to the heterogeneous IT environment – and the siloing of IT into Network, Compute,  Storage, Systems Management disciplines – which we see in most IT organisation structures today.This heterogeneity is the primary hurdle to adequately responding to that need for speed. As an organisational model, it’s well past its use-by date.Most CIOs first attempted to respond by purchasing cloud automation software tools, then trying to layer this over their current infrastructure.The majority of these attempts fail resoundingly.  The reason is that Cloud is only 20% technology, the other 80% is people and processes.  External Cloud Providers have built radically different processes to deliver their services. Internal IT struggles to emulate these processes, as doing so involves significant change to the current operating model.  Making this change involves rethinking, dismantling and rebuilding just about every current process in internal IT.So what can CIOs do to get the cloud to deliver on its promise?#1: Standardise your infrastructure.One of the biggest promises of the cloud is speed which is delivered through automation of routine processes – but automation requires standardisation. If your infrastructure keeps changing, you can’t automate workloads without risking performance fluctuations. Do away with “choice on every layer” and force your IT team to adopt a single standard for all infrastructure that’s secure, scalable, and reliable. Remember, if it isn’t standardised, you can’t automate it.#2: Standardise your services.The standardisation principle also applies to what your end-users receive. Only when IT ruthlessly eliminates unnecessary variance in the services you offer can you start to automate and speed up the provisioning of services.  This requires significant management of expectations and internal “selling” of the value the business can get by limiting the variances to an absolute minimum. If you’re rolling out VDI, see if you can satisfy 95% of users with just three standard images. Don’t get me wrong – this is hard yards – but trying to automate an infinite number of user images will never work.#3: Dismantle your siloes. This is perhaps the hardest, but most critical point of all. CIOs need to break down the barricades between compute, storage, and network siloes so that a single IT body delivers all services throughout the business. Using Converged Infrastructure helps a lot here. This requires extensive skills development and change management, particularly in helping technical experts relinquish their domain – but the alternative is the dysfunctional and unresponsive IT landscape we’re seeing today.#4: Add the software layer. Only when business processes and IT operating environments have been streamlined, should the business introduce Cloud Software Tools to automate services. With a standard infrastructure and services catalogue in place, and an organisational model that is responsible for all elements of the service, these tools can be very effective.  Without that, there will be wasted money and time.Only the CIO can own the agenda to deliver a high quality internal cloud-like experience. CIOs that are not up for the challenge in people and processes will struggle to deliver services comparable to those that are externally available. When that happens, the trend to Shadow IT will accelerate.Get it right and you can deliver services with speed and agility that are comparable to external Public providers. But at the same time, you’ll have better outcomes in the critical areas of security, data sovereignty, service availability and overall service costs. That’s the best way to get IT out of the shadows.last_img read more