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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Dearborn, Switzerland bridge work set to begin

first_imgDearborn County, In. — North Vernon-based Dave O’Mara Contracting will begin bridge deck overlays and repairs in Dearborn and Switzerland Counties around July 31, weather permitting. The $497,612 contract includes work on U.S. 50 near Tanner’s Creek in Dearborn County and State Road 56 at Indian Creek in Switzerland County.The overlay on U.S. 50 at Tanner’s Creek will cover all four spans and increase traction. Two-way traffic will be maintained on the bridge, but shifted to accommodate work operations. Statistics show more than 17,000 vehicles per day use the bridge.The State Road 56 bridge will be reduced to one lane and controlled with signals during construction. Statistics show the bridge handles about 3,000 vehicles per day.The completion date for both bridges is September 1, 2017.last_img read more

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Two-year-old struck by foul ball at Astros game suffered fractured skull, bleeding in brain

first_img Cubs’ Albert Almora renews call for better safety at ballparks The family has retained counsel, though no lawsuit is pending.”The Astros’ risk management representative reached out to the family, and now that the family is represented by counsel, I wanted to let the other side know that I am involved so that can get in touch with me,” Mithoff said. “It’s not unusual to let the other party know when one party has retained counsel.”The incident prompted several MLB teams to extend protective netting further down the foul lines. “She is receiving excellent care, and everyone is hoping and praying for the very best.”The child, who celebrated her second birthday in May, was gifted tickets to the game May 29 when she was struck with the ball off the bat of Almora. Hospital records obtained by the Chronicle indicate she suffered a skull fracture with associated subdural bleeding, brain contusions, and brain edema. Related News The child struck by a foul ball off the bat of Cubs outfielder Albert Almora at a game at Minute Maid Park suffered serious head injuries.”She is doing relatively well, but she has had seizure(s) and the abnormal EEG, and so it’s going to be a matter of time” the family’s attorney Richard Mithoff said in a statement Wednesday, via the Houston Chronicle. “It’s too early to tell what kind of residual (damage) there may be, but any time there is a fractured skull and bleeding of the brain involved, it’s a serious matter. At this time, the Astros have no plans to expand protective nets at Minute Maid Park.”The Astros continue to send our thoughts and prayers to the young girl and her family,” a spokesman from the Astros told the Chronicle in an email. “We continue to respect the family’s request for privacy and have no further comment at this time.”last_img read more

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