Britain’s Flagship HMS Albion Leads Cougar Task Force East of Suez

first_imgBritain’s flagship HMS Albion has passed through the Suez Canal as the Navy’s key deployment of 2011 resumes.Events in Libya saw the assault ship, her escorting frigate HMS Sutherland and tanker RFA Wave Knight, plus helicopter carrier HMS Ocean and ‘floating warehouse’ RFA Fort Rosalie, diverted to support the NATO mission there.The ships formed the bulk of the Cougar 11 deployment – the first ‘run out’ for the newly-formed RN Response Force Task Group, deploying an amphibious force to the Mediterranean and Middle East.After the first major exercise of the group in and around Cyprus, however, the quintet were dispatched to the Gulf of Sirte as part of the international military effort helping the free peoples of Libya – and bringing pressure to bear on the Gaddafi regime.Ocean, whose Apache gunships have been much in demand over the past fortnight, plus Rosalie remain on station off Libya, but Albion, Sutherland and Wave Knight have returned to their original mission.Passing through Egypt’s great manmade waterway means they’ll link up with a substantial RN/RFA presence (at least ten warships and auxiliaries are in the Indian Ocean and Gulf region presently) and fall under the banner of the UK Maritime Component Commander, the senior Royal Navy officer in this part of the world, Cdre Tim Fraser, based in Bahrain.He’s looking forward to making use of the new arrivals to assist the global effort against piracy, smuggling, drug-running and terrorism in the region.“The Middle East is a vital artery of world trade, linking Europe and America with the Far East. Over 23,000 ships pass through the Gulf of Aden each year. The work of the Royal Navy in this part of the world is invaluable to the UK’s own defence and security as well as that of the wider region,” He said.“The Royal Navy’s Response Force Task Group will strengthen some of the UK’s key relationships and will make an important contribution to international efforts to promote maritime security.”“The Response Force Task Group is the UK’s maritime quick reaction force and has a range of capabilities that make it ideally suited to the fast pace and unpredictable nature of world events,” said Albion’s Commanding Officer Capt James Morley.“Having developed and demonstrated our capabilities through a series of exercises and operations in the Mediterranean, the task group is now ready for the next stage of our deployment east of Suez.”The Cougar vessels will work with other Royal Navy and allied warships stationed in the Middle East for a series of pre-planned exercises and operations with regional partners.[mappress]Source: royal-navy, June 16, 2011; View post tag: Cougar View post tag: Navy View post tag: Suez View post tag: Force View post tag: Task Back to overview,Home naval-today Britain’s Flagship HMS Albion Leads Cougar Task Force East of Suez View post tag: Britain’s View post tag: East View post tag: Navalcenter_img View post tag: HMS View post tag: Albion View post tag: leads View post tag: Flagship View post tag: News by topic Britain’s Flagship HMS Albion Leads Cougar Task Force East of Suez Share this article June 16, 2011last_img read more

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Fourth Ranked Argonauts Advance Over Sixth-Ranked Vulcans

first_imgFourth Ranked Argonauts Advance Over Sixth-Ranked Vulcans ALTAMONTE SPRINGS, Fla. – After having their match suspended because of rain on Thrusday, fourth-ranked West Florida returned to the courts on Friday at the NCAA Division II National Championships at the Sanlando Park. West Florida (22-6) finished their match with a 5-1 win over sixth-ranked California Univ. of Pennsylvania (28-2). West Florida moves on to the semifinals later this afternoon against Lynn. The match was suspended after the Argonauts sweep the doubles competition. In singles action, Suzana Cavalcante (Sao Paulo, Brazil) was up one set in the first position. Tammy Kevey (Auckland, New Zealand) won the first set and was up 3-0 in the second set in the second position. Anne Beard (Villevaude, France) was also up one set in the sixth position. When the matches were resumed at 8:00 a.m. EST on Friday, Kevey quickly stepped up and only lost one game to improve to 21-5 in singles. Fifth-ranked Cavalcante also took advantage of the lead and defeated her opponent with a 6-3, 6-3 victory, improving her singles record to 17-4. Simultaneously, The Vulcans avoided a shutout as Nina Reiswich won in the fifth position over Paola Arevalo (Cali, Colombia). West Florida will return to action in the NCAA Division II National Championship semifinal this afternoon. West Florida will meet third-ranked Lynn at 2:30 p.m. EST. Lynn defeated West Florida, 5-4, earlier this season, and the Fighting Knights hold an 11-1 advantage in the all-time series against the Argonauts. Lynn advanced to the semifinals by defeating Hawaii Pacific, 5-3. Results: #1 Singles: Suzana Cavalcante (UWF) def. Inga Chilingaryan (CU-Penn) 6-3, 6-3#2 Singles: Tammy Kevey (UWF) against. Lisa Santoro (CU-Penn) 6-0, 6-1#3 Singles: Mandy Septoe (UWF) against Helena VanEysendeyk (CU-Penn), DNF#4 Singles: Renata Mattos (UWF) def. Yumi Matsuto (CU-Penn), DNF#5 Singles: Nina Reiswich (CU-Penn) def. Paola Arevalo (UWF), 6-4, 6-1#6 Singles: Anne Claire Beard (UWF) def. Olga Alekseeva (CU-Penn), DNF#1 Doubles: H. Lindloff/L. Pavlin (CU-Penn) def. I. Chilingaryan/Y. Matsuto (UWF) 8-3#2 Doubles: S. Cavalcante/P. Arevalo (UWF) def. L. Santoro/H. VanEysendeyk (CU-Penn), 8-1#3 Doubles: R. Mattos/A. Berad (UWF) def. N. Reiswich/K. Anderson (CU-Penn), 8-4(By Gui Amaral Jasmin) Print Friendly Version Sharelast_img read more