View post tag: UFC View post tag: USS Share this article Back to overview,Home naval-today UFC Fighters Visit USS Abraham Lincoln April 20, 2012 View post tag: Fighters View post tag: Abraham View post tag: Lincoln View post tag: Visit UFC Fighters Visit USS Abraham Lincoln View post tag: News by topic Three Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) fighters visited the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72), April 17. Rich “Ace” Franklin, Keith “The Dean of Mean” Jardine and Stephan “The American Psycho” Bonnar toured the ship, visited with Sailors, signed autographs for fans and gave a grappling demonstration in the ship’s hangar bay.“It was awesome,” said Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Equipment) Airman Recruit Chris Spires. “I’ve watched these guys since I was little, and they inspired me to start training in mixed martial arts (MMA). My buddies would never believe I actually got to meet these guys.”Shortly after flying aboard, the fighters met with Rear Adm. Mike Shoemaker, commander, Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 9. After a quick briefing, the fighters visited crew members throughout the ship.“We were more than happy to visit Lincoln, especially because the UFC has always had strong support from service members,” said Franklin.“It’s great coming out here to the ships because everybody has been serving and working hard for so long,” added Franklin. “If coming out here helps boost the morale, then it’s the least I can do.”Though the fighters were only on board for a few hours, they managed to make a lasting impression on a few Lincoln Sailors. Airman Richard Gunther said he was excited to have the opportunity to meet some of his heroes.“The sport is so cool,” said Gunther. “Everyone back home will be very excited when they see the pictures. This is one of the coolest experiences of my time in the Navy.”Franklin is a former middleweight champion and is the co-creator of the Keep It in the Ring Foundation, a group that advocates nonviolence and character building for American youth. Jardine is a light heavyweight known for victories over Forrest Griffin and Chuck Liddell. Bonnar, also a light heavyweight, works as a personal trainer.Lincoln is the flagship for CSG 9, which also includes guided-missile cruiser USS Cape St. George (CG 71) and Destroyer Squadron 9, comprised of guided-missile destroyers USS Momsen (DDG 92) and USS Sterett (DDG 104). CSG 9 and Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2, embarked aboard Lincoln, are deployed to the 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support exercises in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.[mappress]Naval Today Staff , April 20, 2012; Image: navy View post tag: Navy Training & Education View post tag: Naval
Miami-based cruise major Royal Caribbean Cruises (RCL) has reported record third-quarter earnings despite negative headwinds. The cruise company’s US GAAP net income rose to USD 883.2 million in the quarter ended September 30, 2019, from USD 810.4 million seen in the corresponding period a year earlier. Total revenues stood at USD 3.2 billion in Q3 2019, against USD 2.8 billion posted in the same period last year.According to RCL, the net results include the negative impact of USD 27 million from itinerary disruptions and relief efforts related to Hurricane Dorian. As a precautionary measure, three main Florida embarkation ports closed during the hurricane, impacting the company’s sixteen sailings.“Our business continues to thrive and exceed our expectations,” Richard D. Fain, chairman and CEO of RCL, commented. “While Hurricane Dorian had a negative impact, stronger demand for our brands and our key itineraries exceeded our expectations. Excluding the hurricane impact, we are not only able to maintain our yield and earnings guidance, but to raise both slightly as a result of particularly strong performance in the US and China,” he added.Due to the negative effect from itinerary disruptions and relief efforts related to the hurricane, adjusted earnings for the full year are expected to be in the range of USD 9.50 to USD 9.55 per share. Additionally, the company expects a net yield increase of approximately 8.0% in constant-currency and approximately 6.75% as-reported. RCL noted that the booking strength has completely offset the negative yield impact related to Hurricane Dorian.“2019 is shaping up to be another year of solid yield growth and record earnings despite some unusual headwinds,”Jason T. Liberty, executive vice president and CFO, said.“As we enter 2020, we are particularly enthusiastic about the new ship deliveries, the development of new destinations, our fleet modernization and technology initiatives,” Liberty further said, explaining that the investments would enable the company to generate higher yields and better returns.Next year, RCL will welcome four new ships — Celebrity Apex which will debut in April, Odyssey of the Seas in the fall and Silver Moon and Silversea Origin during the summer.Royal Caribbean Cruises controls and operates four global brands — Royal Caribbean International, Celebrity Cruises, Azamara and Silversea Cruises. It is also a 50% joint venture owner of the German brand TUI Cruises and a 49% shareholder in the Spanish brand Pullmantur Cruceros. Together these brands operate a combined total of 63 ships with an additional 15 on order as of September 30, 2019.