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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Renewable energy advocates call for expansion of Vermont net-metering program

first_imgHomeowners, businesses, and renewable energy manufacturers, installers and developers met today to call for the expansion of Vermont’s net-metering program. At a State House press conference, members of Renewable Energy Vermont (REV), the state’s leading trade association for the renewable energy industry joined Vermont home and business owners and leadership from the House Natural Resources and Energy Committee to discuss the role of Vermont’s net-metering law in creating jobs and deploying home-grown renewable energy to Vermonters.Afterward, the group testified before the House Natural Resources and Energy Committee.‘Net metering has been a cornerstone program for Vermonters growing locally produced, renewable power,’ says REV Board Chair and VERA V.P. Martha Staskus. ‘Expanding the program will spur the development of new renewable energy systems, produce additional economic growth, and create more jobs at no cost to the state.’Net metering allows Vermont rate-payers to generate their own power using renewable energy systems. Excess power they generate can be fed back to their utilities, running their electric meters backwards. This successful program originally enacted by the Vermont Legislature in 1998 has resulted in nearly 1,300 solar, wind, and digester installations across the state with a total capacity of over 11MW of local renewable power. About Renewable Energy Vermont (REV), www.revermont.org(link is external)REV is a nonprofit, nonpartisan trade association representing nearly 300 businesses, individuals, colleges and others committed to reducing our reliance on fossil fuels and expanding the availability of renewable sources of energy in Vermont. MONTPELIER, Vermont | January 28, 2011 – ###last_img read more

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Students show best way to improve your life is by improving others’

first_imgAccording to them, the best part is they’ll never know who they’ve helped. Despite the fact they’ve managed to raise the money, that isn’t the thing their teacher is most proud of. Kolby and Xavier were juniors last year when a teacher challenged them to do more in their community, but what they’ve accomplished since has challenged even that teacher’s sky high expectations. Even though they’re both graduating, both Kolby and Xavier told me they hope to see the program continue next year. They went to local businesses in delhi to raise funds to purchase any kind of clothing students of all ages may need. In the year and a half since their project started, the two of them have managed to raise more than two thousand dollars. DELHI, NY (WBNG) — Two Delaware Academy students saw a need in their community and decided to do something about it.center_img “That way when kids don’t have clothes at home and they don’t feel like telling anybody because they feel embarrassed, we don’t need to know either,” said Xavier Gardepe. “It’s just between the one teacher and Ms. Losie so they can supply the student with that stuff so they’re not made fun of. We’re not about that.” The seniors created a program to fund clothes for less fortunate students, and it’s made a difference in unexpected ways. The two originally came up with an idea to do a sock drive to help elementary students, but soon realized they could do much more than just that. “I think that in school we focus a lot on the education aspect of somebody’s life and not necessarily them as a whole, and I want them to realize that they have so much to offer, not just as students, not just in this case as mechanics, but as people. They’re good people,” said Abby Losie, an English teacher and the program coordinator.last_img read more

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Area Basketball Scores (1-6)

first_imgArea Basketball Scores.Wednesday  (1-6)Ripley County Boys Tourney.1st Round Games.Batesville  38     Milan  29South Ripley  63     Jac-Cen-Del  46Rivertown Classic Girls Tourney.1st Round Games @ South Dearborn.Switz. County  63     Lawrenceburg  46South Dearborn  66     Rising Sun  44last_img

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Coral Daily Download – Can Bayern Munich pull off a miracle against Barcelona?

first_imgSimon Clare joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.The Coral spokesman reflects on Arsenal’s defeat to Swansea on Monday night and reveals the Gunners are now 9/4 to finish second in the Premier League, with Manchester City priced at 1/3.He also looks ahead to the League One play-off final, with Preston the 4/6 favourites to win promotion to the Championship and Swindon priced at 6/5 for Wembley glory.And he previews the Champions League semi-final second leg clash between Bayern Munich and Barcelona, stating the German giants need to ‘pull off a miracle’ to overturn a three-goal deficit.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfastlast_img

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