USS George Washington Completes Sea Trials

first_imgThe Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73) returned to its homeport of Commander Fleet Activities Yokosuka May 16, after completing sea trials.Sea trials is the testing phase of a U.S. Navy warship designed to measure a vessel’s performance and general seaworthiness.During this five-day evolution, George Washington completed drop tests on both anchors; conducted several aqueous film forming foam (AFFF) countermeasures drills and high-speed runs and rudder swing checks; as well as on-loaded both JP-5 jet fuel and various ordnance. “Sea trials are where we put the past six months of maintenance to the test,” said Capt. David Lausman, USS George Washington commanding officer. “The crew worked extremely hard to make this warship the best in the Navy, and I could not be happier to see the way the crew and this ship have responded.”George Washington’s Deck department spent the first day of sea trials conducting anchor drop tests that tested the durability and integrity of the ship’s two 30-ton anchors.The anchor drop tests were conducted by 40 deck Sailors and involved lowering both anchors more than 60 feet to the sea below. These tests not only ensured the stability of the anchor and chain, but familiarized the crew with this dangerous evolution. “This was the first time we released the anchor in quite some time,” said Boatswain’s Mate 2nd Class John McNeil, from Conway, S.C. “I feel that our Sailors gained a tremendous amount of experience and knowledge. And that will translate into them getting the job done faster and safer when they are called upon.”George Washington was coated with foam from a chemical fire-fighting agent known as AFFF. This was a part of a two-day long test of the ship’s counter-measure washdown system conducted by the ship’s engineering department.Over three football fields of AFFF covered the ship, but all hands picked-up brooms to join the ship’s air department and scrubbed the aircraft carrier from stem to stern.George Washington also conducted rudder swing checks and high-speed runs to test not only the ship’s seaworthiness, but the crew’s ability to perform in extreme high seas conditions. The ship maneuvered approximately 60,000 tons of steel and traveled more than 30 knots while conducting sharp turns. George Washington also conducted a ‘raging bull’ maneuver that began with the ship moving at top speed and then braking to a complete stop.The crew worked diligently for a full two days of replenishments-at-sea (RAS) and vertical replenishments (VERTREP) with the USNS Tippacanoe (T-AO-199) and USNS Earhart (T-AKE-6). The ship received more than 1.9 million gallons of JP-5 jet fuel and approximately 3.7 million pounds of ammunition.Each department contributed to the ship’s overall mission readiness by conducting its own set of evolutions and tasks – including the ship’s Air department, which is preparing for Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 5’s arrival. “We’re using our time wisely,” said Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Equipment) 3rd Class Yves Marlo Aguirre, from Manila, Philippines. “When we embark the air wing, we’ll be ready to go. “CVW-5 will combine with George Washington to support U.S. 7th Fleet operations during its upcoming patrol.The ship is working diligently to complete sea trials and pre-deployment preparations before returning to Yokosuka, Japan.George Washington was commissioned July 4, 1992, and is the fifth of the Nimitz-class aircraft carriers. Aircraft carriers exercise the Navy core capabilities of power projection, forward presence, humanitarian assistance, deterrence, sea control and maritime security.[mappress]Naval Today Staff , May 17, 2012; Image: navy USS George Washington Completes Sea Trials May 17, 2012 Back to overview,Home naval-today USS George Washington Completes Sea Trials View post tag: Washington View post tag: USS View post tag: Georgecenter_img View post tag: completes View post tag: sea View post tag: trials Industry news Share this articlelast_img read more

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RHTYSC, Food for the Poor (Guy) make donation

first_imgTHE Rose Hall Town Youth and Sports Club and Food for the Poor (Guy) Inc. on Friday last assisted three cricket clubs with cricket gears, while the Rose Hall Town Primary School along with two young club members also received assistance.Of the three clubs – Rose Hall Canje Cricket Club and Young and Restless Cricket Club received two cricket bats, two pairs of batting pads and gloves along with a complete set of stumps, while the Mount Sinai Cricket Club collected a cricket bat, a pair of batting pads and gloves and a set of stumps.The Rose Hall Town Primary School received a collection of trophies, certificate frames, cleaning detergents, sports equipment, school bags among other things, while two young cricketers of the RHTYSC, Simon Naidu and David Prahalad,received a complete cricket kit for their hard work over the last year.At the simple presentation ceremony, Club Secretary/CEO Hilbert Foster stated that this year will be a historic one for the RHTYSC as they aim to complete a total of 500 programmes/activities for the first time in its history.With Berbice cricket in a crisis due to a court injunction against the Berbice Cricket Board, Foster said the club will seek to play a greater role by hosting more cricket tournaments at the junior, female and second division levels.last_img read more

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Free college plan pushes for reform

first_imgAs the beginning of the semester brings a collective sigh to students as they cut their five-figure tuition checks, nationwide conversations about reducing the cost of college become more critical. Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Bernie Sanders recently introduced a cutting-edge way to reform the affordability of higher education. The solution is simple: eliminate tuition costs altogether. Sanders’s “College for All” act would provide four years of free education to students attending public colleges and universities, a proposal that opens the door to many needed conversations about education reform and forces fellow presidential candidates to express their stance.Sanders’s message resonates with those burdened by loans.“We have a crisis in higher education today. Too many of our young people cannot afford a college education, and those who are leaving college are faced with crushing debt,” Sanders said in a speech to American University students. “This is not what America is supposed to be about.”Sanders recognizes a very important point that other candidates often overlook: Financial pressure has the ability to debilitate academic performance. According to Edvisors, a website that analyzes how students pay for college, 71 percent of recent college students with a bachelor’s degree will graduate with student debt.The class of 2015 is the most indebted graduating class in history. Each recent graduate will pay back on average $35,000. Higher education is becoming less affordable, and thus less attainable.Sanders’s legislative proposal came after President Barack Obama’s guarantee to make the first two years of community college free. Under Obama’s plan, “America’s College Promise,” students could attend community college at no cost as long as they maintain a 2.5 GPA and attend part-time. Sanders’s plan, the “College for All” act would tax Wall Street transactions, direct revenue toward college tuition, lower interest rates and increase work-study. Though economists dispute feasibility, many agree that Sanders’s ideas will shape Hillary Clinton’s education platform. He may be able to wield this influence because he is one of the first presidential candidates to blatantly state his view on education reform. And his influence over his fellow presidential candidates will only strengthen as the election progresses.“Sanders can have an influence in terms of the kinds of issues that get attention, get talked about and eventually get picked up by the candidate that does become Democratic nominee and potentially the next president,” said Matthew Chingos, senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, to the International Business Times.Following Sanders’s education bill, fellow presidential candidates are starting to announce their views on education reform. Hillary Clinton introduced a new plan for making higher education more feasible for students, and Democratic candidate Martin O’Malley proposed freezing tuition rates in public institutions.One thing is certain. There is no clear consensus in either political party on how to rebuild the current education system. Sanders’s proposal, however, propels fellow presidential candidates to take a stance on education reform, thus increasing the chance of real education reform.While notable communities such as Beverly Hills have started to crack down on their residents for excessive water consumption, the progress is too slow to warrant the continuation of the #droughtshaming fad. Fines might be a good idea, but if we want any serious results out of Southern California, the region needs more action. Perhaps the next logical step is in the hands of the local city councils — punishments beyond the water company fines. Cutting off water to certain wasteful areas or households could be the next step in water conservation efforts, however harsh it may sound, but maybe that is what it will take to reduce our water footprint while we still have the resource.last_img read more

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‘I am the judge, not Joe Hart’ – Mancini blasts Manchester City goalkeeper’s outburst

first_imgRoberto Mancini has blasted goalkeeper Joe Hart after the Manchester City goalkeeper criticised his team-mates in the aftermath of their 3-2 defeat to Real Madrid on Tuesday evening.The City No. 1, who was visibly angered by the late defeat, claimed it was “not on” after his side’s defeat to the Spanish champions.And despite Mancini broadly agreeing that the whole team were to blame rather than just his goalkeeper, the Italian said he was the only person who should be openly criticising his team.“Joe Hart should stay in goal and make saves,” a frustrated Mancini told reporters after the game.“If anyone should criticise the team it should be me, not Joe Hart. I am the judge, not Joe Hart.”City looked set for a memorable win at the Santiago Bernabeu after an Aleksandar Kolarov free kick five minutes from time edged them ahead. However, strikes from Karim Benzema and Cristiano Ronaldo – which seemed to deceive Hart – meant the English side returned home pointless from their first Champions League game of the season.Despite being downhearted after the clash, Mancini insisted that, although it was not the start his side wanted to this season’s European campaign, there was no need to get carried away.“We should be disappointed that we have lost this point but we can improve,” he said.“Other teams will lose here. We have five games and it is important that we beat Dortmund in the next game. It will be difficult because Dortmund are a top team.”last_img read more

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