View post tag: Bollinger View post tag: Navy View post tag: united September 14, 2012 View post tag: delivers View post tag: Guard View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Naval Bollinger Delivers FRC to United States Coast Guard View post tag: states Share this article View post tag: FRC Training & Education Back to overview,Home naval-today Bollinger Delivers FRC to United States Coast Guard Bollinger Shipyards, Inc. has delivered the WILLIAM FLORES, the third Fast Response Cutter (FRC) to the United States Coast Guard.The announcement was made by Bollinger executive vice president of new construction, Chris Bollinger, “We are very pleased to announce the delivery of the WILLIAM FLORES, to USCG Sector Miami. We look forward to the vessel’s commissioning, honoring William “Billy” Flores.”The 154 foot patrol craft WILLIAM FLORES is the third vessel in the Coast Guard’s Sentinel-class FRC program. To build the FRC, Bollinger Shipyards used a proven, in-service parent craft design based on the Damen Stan Patrol Boat 4708. It has a flank speed of 28 knots, state of the art command, control, communications and computer technology, and a stern launch system for the vessels 26 foot cutter boat. The FRC has been described as an operational “game changer,” by senior Coast Guard officials.The Coast Guard took delivery August 15, 2012 in Key West, Florida and is scheduled to commission the vessel in Tampa, Fla. on November 3, 2012.Each FRC is named for an enlisted Coast Guard hero who distinguished him or herself in the line of duty. This vessel is named after Coast Guard Hero, Seaman Apprentice William Ray “Billy” Flores, who gave his life to save his shipmates after a collision between the Coast Guard Cutter Blackthorn and the 605-ft. oil tanker Capricorn in 1980. He was posthumously awarded the Coast Guard Medal for heroism.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, September 14, 2012; Image: Bollinger Shipyards View post tag: coast
View post tag: Bangladesh Navy The navies of India and Bangladesh kicked off their first ever coordinated patrol (IN-BN CORPAT) from the Bangladesh port city of Chittagong on June 25.The Indian Navy sent frigate INS Satpura and corvette INS Kadmatt to take part in the patrol.Bangladesh contributed frigate Abu Bakr and corvette Dhaleshwari, while both navies also sent maritime patrol aircraft.The maiden CORPAT was officially inaugurated by Indian Navy Admiral Sunil Lanba, Chief of the Naval Staff on June 27. The CORPAT will also be instituted as an annual feature between the navies of both countries.A joint planning meeting with commanding officers of the participating ships and CSO to Commodore Commanding BN Flotilla was conducted at Chittagong.As part of cross visits, 46 sailors and seven officers from IN ships visited BNS Shaheed Mozzam and were briefed about the training facilities. Indian Navy personnel also visited BNS Bangabandhu and Bangladesh Naval Academy. In addition, trainees from Bangladesh Naval Academy visited the IN ships. View post tag: Indian Navy Share this article Photo: Photo: Indian Navy View post tag: CORPAT
What’s better than a run through North Carolina’s High Country? A beer run through North Carolina’s High Country. The inaugural Oskar Blues 5K Hash commences next Saturday, July 20, with a scenic route across Beech Mountain and beer stops stocked with Dales Pale Ale, Mama’s Little Yella Pilsner, and Old Chub Scottish Ale. That’s a hell of a lot better than the malt liquor that was circulating at the last last hash I ran. The run is part of Beech’s incredibly cool Bikes, Brews ‘n’ Views weekend (July 19-21) with live music (Acoustic Syndicate headlines), Monster Energy Dual Slalom and Downhill races, and a beer festival featuring some of North Carolina’s finest hop hucksters. Demo from the mountain’s fleet of state of the art downhill bikes and check out the newly-dug downhill park that’s poised to put Beech on the gravity map. The weekend also marks the grand opening of the mountain’s new disc golf course, a sport that truly pairs well with beer.As for brewery standouts, keep an eye out for regional favorites Green Man (Asheville) and Natty Greene’s (Greensboro) as well as up and comers Blind Squirrel (Plumtree) and Gizmo Brewworks (Raleigh). And here’s the best part—the $40 entry fee to the Oskar Blues Hash gets you a ticket to see Acoustic Syndicate and entry into the Beer Fest.Best. Weekend. Ever.Check out more beer fueled runs here.
This article is part of the Daily Trojan‘s supplement issue, “If you build it, will they come?” This semester’s supplement focused on the impact of the new Ronald Tutor Campus Center and University Gateway apartment complex, both of which will open this fall.On a Friday in April, four Daily Trojan staffers took a tour of the new Ronald Tutor Campus Center, which is scheduled to open in August. The building offers an array of venues new to USC’s campus, and administrators hope it becomes a destination for students during the week, at night and on weekends. Here’s one student’s take on the places in the campus center most likely to help reach that goal.The BallroomThe Ballroom is enormous. Our tour guide boasted that it can seat 1,200 students, and administrators have touted its flexibility. It can be used for concerts, plays, lectures, parties and formal dinners. It can also be divided into smaller sections for conferences and meetings. Student groups will be able to reserve this room. I imagine it will end up being a cross between Town and Gown and Bovard Auditorium.TraditionsFor students, Traditions is clearly the premiere attraction in the Ronald Tutor Campus Center. It’s built like a sports bar, with booths facing a long bar and flat screen televisions lining the walls. The bar will also serve food and unlike in the past, the new Traditions will be open to anyone, even those under 21. Like at The Lab, students who are drinking will be required to show I.D. Given Traddies’ new hours — open until at least 2 a.m. on weekends — I could easily see it becoming a go-to hangout for students wanting to grab a bite or a drink, watch the game or just relax.Tommy’s PlaceTommy’s Place is connected to Traditions. It’s is a performance/hangout venue about twice the size of Ground Zero Café, and will be a great place for concerts, comedy sketches, readings, etc. It also has a huge screen that can broadcast live television, and we’re told Tommy’s will transform into a theater to watch away football games. There will also be pool tables. Combined with Traditions, Tommy’s seems like a great place for students to gather, but like everything else in the campus center I would have thought it’d be bigger, considering how many students will likely be using it.The Trojan Family RoomThe Trojan Family Room is the cornerstone of the campus center, the first thing you see when you enter the main doors. It seems, however, to be targeted least toward current students. It’s a large, circular room with fancy furniture and flashy memorabilia, but few televisions. The nearby concierge booth also struck me as strange. The Trojan Family Room seems like a way to sell USC to alumni and prospective students, who must walk by this room to reach the admissions center on the second floor. But I doubt many current students will hang out here.Moreton Fig RestaurantMoreton Fig Restaurant is the new Upstairs Commons. If you weren’t around for Upstairs Commons, you missed out: It was a sprawling upscale restaurant where students could use dining dollars. Moreton Fig is in the same mold, but in a more intimate setting. Tight booths and wide windows dot the room; it has access to a patio seating area and it has a bar. But, like the food court, it seems much too small for USC’s huge student body and Trojan Family. We didn’t get a peek at the menu, but it likely won’t be cheap.The Food CourtThe food court is a wide open space next to a large outdoor courtyard. It will house Wahoo’s Fish Taco, Carl’s Jr., a small version of California Pizza Kitchen, Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf and one other restaurant to be announced soon. There’s also a marketplace similar to the one in The Lot. The food court is surprisingly small and I found myself wondering if it could accommodate the lunch rush. But an array of flat screen televisions means it could be a great place to grab a bite and watch the game. Take-out windows that are accessible from the courtyard also mean students will be able to order food after the food court is closed.