first_img View post tag: Submarine rescue Photo: Photo: Royal Navy View post tag: NSRS Share this article View post tag: SRScenter_img View post tag: Royal Navy View post tag: NATO Submarine rescue specialists from France, Norway and the United Kingdom gathered at HM Naval Base Clyde to take part in a NATO Submarine Rescue System (NSRS) training exercise.Over 110 people participated in the week-long event – the largest evacuation exercise ever to be planned at Faslane – bringing together military and civilian staff including submariners, divers, medics and Babcock personnel.The NSRS, which is jointly owned by France, Norway and the UK, is in three main parts – an intervention remotely operated vehicle (IROV), a submarine rescue vehicle (SRV), and the transfer under pressure system (TUP). The system is based and operated out of HM Naval Base Clyde.A speedy response time is vital in the saving of lives and with the system available to be transported anywhere in the world within a 72-hour timescale, it is important that this response is tested on a regular basis.This annual mass evacuation exercise – MASSEVEX – brings together all the partner nations to test the system and performance and provides an opportunity for the operating staff, medical staff, divers and pilots to meet and exchange their knowledge and experiences to enhance their collective capability and effectiveness.Maître Thomas of the French Navy said: “This is my first time attending an exercise of this scale and it has been a good experience, training with the other nations is an excellent way of sharing knowledge and learning from the experience of others. I look forward to being involved in similar exercises in the future.”As well as the partner nations, medical officers from the US Navy attended to observe the scenario-led training with the aim of developing relationships and sharing knowledge. Their attendance is valuable as the US have their own similar submarine rescue systems and there is a mutual agreement that each rescue system will provide back-up to the other if required.Commander Chris Baldwin, NSRS Operations Officer said: “The NATO Submarine Rescue System is a unique tri-national capability, with it’s base here in HMNB Clyde and it is an absolute pleasure for me to be in the role of the Operations Officer of this world leading rescue system.The NATO Submarine Rescue System is available to respond to a stricken submarine anywhere in the world. The equipment can be transported by road or air before being taken by ship to the location of the distressed vessel. Once there the SRV has the ability to dive to the submarine, engage with the escape hatch and begin the process of ferrying the crew to the safety of the waiting transfer under pressure system.last_img read more

first_img continue reading » The Community Development Financial Institutions Fund is once again on the chopping block.The Trump administration’s budget for 2020 would eliminate funds for the grants, which are used to encourage investment in low- and moderate-income areas deemed underserved and lacking access to traditional financing.Congress created the CDFI program in 1994 to help generate economic growth and opportunity in distressed communities around the country. President Trump’s 2018 and 2019 budgets also called for no funding for grants, but that was beaten back by lawmakers.The CDFI Coalition offers an online toolkit for advocating for the fund, and attendees at the CDFI Roundtable on March 11 at the CUNA GAC, coincidentally held moments after the budget proposal was released, were urged to tell their story to lawmakers while Hiking the Hill and beyond. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

first_img Press Association Martinez felt his side suffered after a significant victory at Old Trafford and a well-deserved draw at Arsenal last weekend. “It wasn’t one of our best days. I was a bit fearful before the game as mentally we were going to be fatigued after the two away games which were very demanding,” said the Spaniard. “Physically we were fine but mentally the way we moved the ball it wasn’t as sharp as usual, we couldn’t see our normal patterns going forward. “The first half we controlled the game and had we scored the second goal (earlier) it would’ve changed the game. “Second half you have to give great credit to Fulham. They were well organised, pressing us high up, stopping us from playing. “Once you get that equaliser I have seen many times before the home team collapse and you start panicking and you lose the game. “What we did really well was the mindset changed. We didn’t have anything to lose, we just wanted to win the game and we were brave, adventurous and creative in the final third. “I don’t think it was a 4-1 performance but we deserved the three points.” The only downside was a hamstring tear to youngster Gerard Deulofeu which is likely to rule him out for several weeks. “Gerard is the big negative. He is a sprinter and those players are exposed to those injuries and he has pulled his hamstring,” said Martinez. “We don’t know how big the tear is going to be but we expect Gerard to be out for some time. “It is unfortunate because I thought he was ready to play a big role in the side but we are going to have to be patient and wait for him to come back in the final third of the season as strong as he can be.” Fulham boss Rene Meulensteen was in full agreement with Martinez about the scoreline flattering the hosts. “I do think it didn’t reflect the actual game,” said the Dutchman. “I thought we came back really strongly in the second half, changed a few things, put them under pressure, and that resulted in a few early chances. “We got the equaliser and then conceded too soon after. That took the wind out of our sails. “The 3-1 settled the game from that corner. We spoke about it, to concede another for 4-1, it didn’t reflect the game.” Everton manager Roberto Martinez felt mental fatigue played a part in a disjointed performance against Fulham which was turned around late on to win 4-1. Having gone ahead through Leon Osman’s 18th-minute goal, the Toffees failed to press home their advantage and Dimitar Berbatov equalised from the penalty spot midway through the second half. However, just when it seemed the visitors were threatening a winner Seamus Coleman, Gareth Barry and Kevin Mirallas all scored in the last 17 minutes to make the scoreline look somewhat harsh on the Cottagers. last_img read more