Training & Education View post tag: celebrates View post tag: Birth July 24, 2013 View post tag: Defence View post tag: News by topic Share this article View post tag: Naval UK: Royal Navy Celebrates Royal Birth Back to overview,Home naval-today UK: Royal Navy Celebrates Royal Birth View post tag: Navy View post tag: Royal The Armed Forces are celebrating the birth of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s child in fine style across the world.As is customary with the birth of a British Prince, Royal Salutes will be fired across the capital.In Green Park, members of The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery will fire a 41 Gun Royal Salute from their 13 Pounder Quick Fire Guns which were all used in action in the First World War.The Guns will be pulled into action by teams of six horses. Over at Tower Wharf in front of HM Tower of London, the Honourable Artillery Company, an Army Reserve Unit and the oldest in the British Army, will fire 62 rounds over the River Thames to mark the happy occasion.Major Mark Edward, Commanding Officer of the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery, said:“The opportunity to mark the birth of the child of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge by firing a 41 Gun Royal Salute, comes as a huge honour for the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery.”Celebrations are not confined to London however, as all of Her Majesty’s Ships – in home or international waters – are flying the Royal Navy Ensign from their Main Mast to mark the birth of the Prince.Ensigns were proudly flown by HMS Kent, on operations in the Middle East, and HMS Lancaster, currently deployed on Atlantic Patrol Task (North) in the Caribbean.The Ships’ companies added their own special congratulatory message to The Duke and Duchess spelling out “It’s A Boy!” on the deck of the Ship.HMS Lancaster’s Commanding Officer, Commander Steve Moorhouse said:“As ‘The Queen’s Frigate’ we were particularly delighted to hear the fantastic news of the Royal birth and everybody on board HMS Lancaster sends their warmest congratulations and best wishes to The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.”RAF Valley, the RAF Station where Prince William serves as a Search and Rescue pilot were among the first to offer official congratulations.Led by the Station Commander Group Captain Adrian Hill, and Search and Rescue Commander Group Captain Sara Mackmin, staff from RAF Valley sent a congratulatory message to Flight Lieutenant Wales and The Duchess of Cambridge on the birth of their first child.Group Captain Hill said:“We’re all delighted to learn that Flight Lieutenant Wales, and The Duchess of Cambridge are now proud parents of a new born son.“We wish them all the very best for the future. From everyone at RAF Valley, congratulations.”Other units connected to The Duke of Cambridge have also been celebrating.The Household Cavalry, the Army Regiment that Prince William commissioned into from Sandhurst, celebrated the birth in Afghanistan where elements are currently deployed.A toast was also raised back in the UK by the Mounted Regiment which is currently on exercise with their horses in Norfolk.Prince William is also Colonel of the Irish Guards, and he and the Duchess of Cambridge visited the Battalion just after their wedding in 2011 to present medals for Operation Herrick 13.On St Patrick’s Day 2012 and 2013, HRH The Duchess of Cambridge did them the honour of presenting shamrock to all ranks, a role carried out for many years by a female member of the Royal family.At the news of the Royal birth, the Irish Guards celebrated in their own unique way at their barracks at Aldershot and in bases in London, toasting the Royal baby with a traditional glass of Irish Stout. Their Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Colonel Ed Boanas said:“On behalf of all ranks 1st Battalion Irish Guards, I send our warmest congratulations and best wishes to the Colonel of the Regiment and HRH The Duchess of Cambridge on the occasion of the birth of their son, with the heartfelt hope that he has a long and happy life.“Quis Separabit.”[mappress]Press Release, July 24, 2013; Image: Royal Navy View post tag: Defense
Seal(Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images) View Comments “Killer” casting! Seal will take on the role of Pontius Pilate on Fox’s next live musical event, The Passion. The singer will join the previously reported country music icon Trisha Yearwood, Tyler Perry and more in the two-hour telecast, which will air from New Orleans on Palm Sunday, March 20.Seal’s worldwide album sales exceed 30 million; his breakthrough hit was Adamski’s 1991 club hit, “Killer,” followed by his own Top 10 hit, “Crazy.” Later work includes the Grammy-winning “Kiss From a Rose.”The Passion, written by Peter Barsocchini (High School Musical), tells the 2000-year-old story of the last hours of Jesus Christ’s life on earth through a variety of popular music. Set in modern day, the event will follow the story of Jesus of Nazareth, as he presides over the Last Supper, and then is betrayed by Judas, put on trial by Pontius Pilate, convicted, crucified and resurrected. As Mary follows her son into Jerusalem, she already has witnessed Jesus struggle with opposition from other religious leaders, but bolsters him with the boundless depth of a mother’s love. Peter, meanwhile, remains one of Jesus’ closest confidantes, but his loyalty will be sternly tested.The event will unfold live at some of New Orleans’ most iconic locations, while featuring a procession of hundreds of people carrying a 20-foot, illuminated cross from outside the Superdome to the live stage at Woldenburg Park on the banks of the Mississippi River.Along with Yearwood as Mary and Perry as the host/narrator, the cast will include Prince Royce as Peter, Jencarlos Canela as Jesus Christ and Chris Daughtry as Judas.
First boxing competition in Somalia since civil warMogadishu, Somalia | AFP | Somalia has held its first boxing competition in more than three decades, with young fighters in the conflict-torn nation dreaming of a career in international rings.The three-day lightweight boxing competition that wrapped up Sunday took place in the capital Mogadishu, where athletes squared off in a ring set up on a basketball court surrounded by ruined buildings that bore witness to the country’s long conflict.The fighters were cheered by dozens of enthusiastic residents of the capital, many of whom had never seen or heard of boxing before in a country where football and basketball are far more popular, even before the war when such competitions were rare.“Boxing in Somalia stopped after the civil war and it is now reviving with the fact that the country is recovering from the war,” said Awil Gelle Ahmed, deputy chairman of the country’s national boxing federation.The last Somali competition he could recall was in 1982.“There are significant changes which affect the political and security situation of the country and this competition is part of the changes.”Ahmed said the competition involved four teams of two people, all from Mogadishu as “we don’t have access to other regions in the country.”The winner was 21-year-old Mustafa Mohamed Nur, who told AFP: “This was a big day for me, I have become the first Somali to win a boxing competition inside the country since the civil war.” Another fighter, 21-year-old Abdiasiz Ali Shirad, said he had begun boxing in 2014.“I want to become like Mohamed Ali and Malik Hawkins so that I can be a national boxer, this is my ambition and I want make my dreams come true,” he said.Somalia collapsed into civil war in 1991 and since then has endured successive rounds of conflict involving clan-based militias, foreign armies and, latterly, Al-Qaeda affiliated jihadists the Al-Shabaab who stage regular deadly attacks on the capital.Because of the conflict, many Somali athletes compete internationally for adopted nations.Britain’s most successful track athlete Mo Farah was a Somalian refugee, and title-winning female boxer Ramla Ali and her family fled Mogadishu during the war.“I’m very happy to see this development which was missing for a long time. Now that the boxing competition is back I think our boxers can compete with counterparts worldwide,” said spectator Mohamed Ahmed Abdulahi.Share on: WhatsApp