UK: HMS Iron Duke Hands Over Gulf Duties to St Albans

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today UK: HMS Iron Duke Hands Over Gulf Duties to St Albans View post tag: HMS Share this article View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Albans View post tag: Iron View post tag: over View post tag: Gulf View post tag: Hands View post tag: St.center_img View post tag: Navy View post tag: Naval July 7, 2011 Ploughing through seas whipped up by the monsoon season, HMS Iron Duke and St Albans perform a traditional sail past in the Indian Ocean as one Portsmouth-based frigate hands over Gulf duties to another.The two ships – Iron Duck on the left here, the Saint on the right – saluted each other with jets of water, a few banners of ribald encouragement, and quite a few matelots in fancy dress on the outgoing Type 23… including Iron Duke’s own Kate Winslet complete with bright red ‘dress’, ginger hair… and a bit of paunch right at the bow.This has been Iron Duke’s very first deployment to this part of the world, despite being in service for nearly 20 years; most of her time to date has been spent in the North and South Atlantics.Her five months in theatre have spanned a rather momentous period – for in addition to events sweeping the North Africa, the Levant and Middle East, the Royal Navy’s Iraq mission has finally concluded after nearly a decade.It fell to the ship to conduct the last patrol of Iraq’s oil platforms which are both the mainstay of the country’s economy and have been the raison d’être for RN frigate deployments to the Gulf since 2003.With the Iraq mission done, Operation Telic is no more and a wider duty for the substantial RN presence east of Suez (generally never fewer than ten surface ships, RFA support vessels and normally one submarine) has emerged – Kipion, a combination of the old Operations Telic and Calash, patrols of the Indian Ocean.The Kipion remit is counter drugs/piracy/smuggling/terrorism, plus working with the sizeable Allied naval force in the region, plus friendly nations.All of which St Albans is getting used to right now. She’s arrived in the area fresh from a dramatic high seas rescue which saw her Merlin pluck all souls from a stricken tanker in the middle of a monsoon.She’ll be away from home until the year’s end, while Iron Duke is making godspeed for Portsmouth on her 6,000-mile journey back to the Solent.[mappress]Source: royalnavy, July 7, 2011 View post tag: Duties UK: HMS Iron Duke Hands Over Gulf Duties to St Albans View post tag: UK View post tag: Dukelast_img read more

3 takeaways from Syracuse’s blowout win against Bucknell

first_imgSyracuse (4-1, 0-1 Atlantic Coast) dominated Bucknell (2-4), 97-46, in the first game of the NIT Season Tip-Off. Elijah Hughes controlled the pace for Syracuse with 21 points, 16 of them coming in the first 10 minutes of game action, and five assists. Syracuse now travels to the Barclays Center for a matchup with Oklahoma State on Wednesday night.Here are three takeaways from the game.Big ImpactBourama Sidibe and Marek Dolezaj, who have started together since the season-opener, started quickly on Saturday. The two bigs combined to nearly out-rebound all of Bucknell by themselves in the first half (13-11) and fought for multiple second-chance opportunities around the rim. Their combined length caused trouble for Bucknell passing to the interior, making inside shots and rebounding — no matter the position they had.To start the second half, Sidibe missed multiple shots around the basket but got his own rebound each time. The length of Dolezaj forced Bucknell to draw some attention away from Sidibe, who finally corralled the ball and went up with a layup that sent the SU bench into a frenzy.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTurnover happySyracuse rotated fast, it possibly showcased more length than the Bison have seen at any point so far this season, but all that combined with some sloppy passing from Bucknell. The Bison turned the ball over 23 times, a season-high for Syracuse opponents. The Orange’s zone was too difficult for Bucknell to keep track of: looking for openings often gave SU time to poke the ball away and forcing the ball into tight spots led to easy Syracuse interceptions.By the end of the first half, the stout SU defense had been established, which opened up for the offense to put the game away.Shooters shootSyracuse has, for the most part, stayed true to its preseason promise to shoot a lot of shots from the perimeter. Early in the game, Bucknell opened it up for that to happen. Several times, Hughes was left open on a skip pass to the corner, which led to open 3s and an inflated box score for Hughes. Once Hughes’ scoring quieted down, Buddy heated up from beyond the arc. His 22 points led all players, and most of his points came from handoffs or dump passes on the perimeter.In all, Syracuse shot 14-of-29 from beyond the 3-point arc. Nearly half of Syracuse’s field goals came from outside the 3-point line and SU converted with an efficiency it longed for in the preseason.  Comments Published on November 23, 2019 at 1:55 pm Contact Michael: [email protected] | @MikeJMcCleary Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more