Polish Navy Takes Command Over Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group One

first_img View post tag: Mine View post tag: NATO View post tag: over Back to overview,Home naval-today Polish Navy Takes Command Over Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group One On Thursday, January 17th, the Polish Navy assumed command over Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group One. ORP ‘Kontradmiral Xawery Czernicki’ became the flagship of the Group and Cdr Piotr Sikora (Polish Navy) was appointed as the Commander of the SNMCMG1.The official Change of Command Ceremony took place at Naval Port in Gdynia, alongside the flagship ORP “Kontradmiral Xawery Czernicki” with participation of the crews of two other MCM vessels – FGS “Weilheim” and ORP “Czajka”. Deputy Commander Maritime Command Northwood Rear-Admiral Jacques De Solms, Commander of Belgian Naval Component Rear-Admiral Michel Hofman and Polish Navy Commander-In-Chief Vice-Admiral Tomasz Mathea attended the ceremony.This is the second time in three years that NATO has entrusted the role of Commander of Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group 1 to the Polish officer. The staff of the Group is comprised of ten officers – one from Italy and nine from Poland.In the first half of the year the SNMCMG1 will consist of the following ships:ORP „Kontradmiral Xawery Czernicki” (Flagship – Poland);ORP “Czajka” (Poland);BNS “Belis” (Belgium);FGS “Weilheim” (Germany);HNOMS “Hinnoy” (Norway);HNLMS “Urk” (The Netherlands).SNMCMG1 (Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group 1) provides a continuous Maritime Mine Countermeasures capability for operations in peacetime and periods of conflict. The force demonstrates the support of the contributing nations to the NATO alliance. SNMCM Groups are key assets in the NATO Response Force (NRF) and are able to fulfill a wide range of roles from humanitarian tasks to high intensity operations. They are able to deploy at short notice and are often the first assets to go into an operational theatre both enabling and making a significant contribution to subsequent naval operations. SNMCMG1 makes the sea a safer place for everyone. Among others, the Group will conduct Historical Ordnance Disposal operations to minimize the threat from old WWII mines for all those who use the sea for their benefit – fishermen, cargo ships, ferries and the like.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, January 18, 2013; Image: Polish Navy View post tag: Naval Polish Navy Takes Command Over Standing NATO Mine Countermeasures Group One View post tag: Command View post tag: Group View post tag: News by topic Authorities January 18, 2013 View post tag: Polish View post tag: Defense View post tag: Countermeasures View post tag: takes View post tag: Defence Share this article View post tag: Standing View post tag: one View post tag: Navylast_img read more

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Jazz Aspen Snowmass Adds Turkuaz & H.E.R. To Impressive 2019 Lineup

first_imgIn December, Jazz Aspen Snowmass announced the lineup for its 2019 Labor Day Experience, set to go down on August 30th-September 1st at Snowmass, CO’s Town Park. The three-day event boasts an impressive list of talent, which includes performances by Sting, John Mayer, Weezer, Luke Combs, Portugal. The Man, and ZZ Ward.On Tuesday, JAS Labor Day Experience added Brooklyn-based nine-piece funk powerhouse Turkuaz and Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter H.E.R. to their 2019 lineup.2018 JAS Labor Day Experience performers included Zac Brown Band, Lionel Richie, Jack Johnson, Fitz and The Tantrums, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Gary Clark Jr. and more. The picturesque venue sits in the shadows of the Elk Mountain Range, and typically sees a daily attendance of over 10,000 fans during the Labor Day event, according to the event’s website.Regarding headliners Sting and John Mayer, Jazz Aspen President Jim Horowitz mentioned in a statement, “[Jazz Aspen] is thrilled to welcome two iconic artists who we’ve long hoped to present and have been among the artists JAS attendees have most requested to hear on our main stage.” Now, fans have even more to be excited for at the JAS Labor Day Experience.Head here for ticketing and the event’s website for more information.last_img read more

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Fishermen in Senegal take up other projects as fish population dwindles

first_imgFishermen and traders have stopped fishing in the waters along Senegal’s coasts and switched to other income generating activities.As Peninah Karibe reports, the switch is driven by the steady decline of fish stocks, after a decade of overfishing.last_img

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Shirley Wilke June 9, 1931 – April 8, 2020

first_imgShirley Ann Wilke, age 88 of West Harrison, Indiana passed away April 8, 2020 at Ridgewood Health Campus in Lawrenceburg, Indiana. Born June 9, 1931 in Connersville, Indiana the daughter of Arthur and Marjorie (May) Lancaster.Shirley, an Orange High School Graduate from Orange, Indiana married her high school sweetheart and beloved husband Fred Wilke on February 4, 1950 and just celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary.Shirley is survived by her husband, Fred Wilke, her children Steve, Pam (Brian) and Rebecca (Mark). Grandmother of eight and great grandmother of 13.Shirley is preceded in death by her parents Arthur and Marjorie Lancaster and her youngest son, Kevin.Services will be held at a later date.Memorials may be made to Alzheimer’s Foundation of American 322 EighthAve. 16th Floor New York, NY 10001 or at www.alzfdn.orglast_img read more

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Florida Sales-tax holiday for hurricane supplies is from June 1-7

first_imgFlorida shoppers are being provided a sales-tax holiday from June 1 to June 7 to enable them to stock on supplies for the pending hurricane season which also begins on June 1 through to November 30, 2018.Last year the similar tax-holiday was only for three days. However, bearing in mind the negative impact Hurricane Irma had on vast areas of the state last year, the tax break has been extended to a week.Massive rush anticipated Retailers are expecting a massive rush of shoppers this year. Jan Cruz, a manager at a Walmart store in West Kendal, said “We are gearing for crowds of shoppers starting on Friday. I know people learned the lesion of being without supplies like batteries, flashlights and tin food stuff during last year storm. I am sure they are not going to make the sae mistake, and will turn out in drves to take advantage of the tax break.”  The cost to the state in lost revenue is expected to be a significant $4.6million, while local governments are expected to lose $1.2 million.Bradley Channing, a sales manager at a Home Depot also located in West Kendall, said, “This tax break will be very good for shopper. The forecast is for another active hurricane season this year. Last week when the there was haven’t rains because of a tropical system passing near South Florida, we noticed a spike in sales. That’s a sign that people will take advantage of the tax break.”Active hurricane season predicted The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) have forecasted 10 to 16 named storms for the 2018hurricane season, of which five to nine are expected to reach hurricane status.Tax free itemsThe items which will not bear the normal sales-tax from June 1- 7, includes:Portable self-powered light sources; portable self-powered radios, two-way radios, or weather band radios; tarpaulins or other waterproof sheeting; gas or diesel fuel tanks; batteries, excluding automobile and boat batteries; ice coolers; and portable generators.last_img read more

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