Live-Fire Exercise on Board USS Rentz

first_img View post tag: today Training & Education September 11, 2013 View post tag: News by topic The San Diego-based frigate USS Rentz (FFG 46) conducted live-fire training Sept 10, the second day of the UNITAS 2013 multinational maritime exercise, while assigned to U.S. 4th Fleet.The crew of Rentz fired its 76mm MK 75 main cannon battery and .50-caliber machine guns against a remote-controlled unmanned surface target simulating a small, fast boat approaching the ship in a hostile manner.“This is the best training we have seen during our entire training cycle,” said Cmdr. Lance Lantier, the commanding officer of the Rentz. “We have nothing like this, and to have an actual, ‘living’ target that is moving independently of the ship, forcing us to maneuver to get batteries released, that is priceless training.”The drone target, called a Hammerhead, is a small, unmanned fast boat owned and controlled by operators aboard the Canadian ship HMCS Preserver, also participating in the exercise. Surface combatant ships from Peru, Brazil, Colombia, United Kingdom and Canada participated in the exercise to detect, track and engage the fast-moving target.The target was eventually sunk by surface gunfire from the Canadian destroyer HMCS Iroquois (F 280).UNITAS is intended to train participating forces in a variety of maritime scenarios to test command and control of forces at sea, while operating as a multinational force to provide the maximum opportunity to improve interoperability.“While the overarching goal of the exercise is to develop and test command and control of partner forces at sea, training in this exercise including live fire exercises, will help address the entire spectrum of maritime operations,” said Rear Adm. Sinclair M. Harris, the U.S. 4th Fleet commander.UNITAS develops and sustains relationships that improve the capacity of both U.S. forces and partner nation maritime forces through intricate and inclusive multinational training at sea.This year’s exercise is hosted by the Colombian navy and includes 19 warships that will conduct operations through Sept. 15 in the western Caribbean Sea.The next UNITAS exercise is scheduled for spring 2014 and is to be hosted by the Mexican navy.U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command and U.S. 4th Fleet (COMUSNAVSO/C4F) employ maritime forces in cooperative maritime security operations in order to maintain access, enhance interoperability, and build enduring partnerships that foster regional security in the U.S. Southern Command Zrea of Responsibility.[mappress]Press Release, September 11, 2013; Image: US Navy View post tag: Exercise Back to overview,Home naval-today Live-Fire Exercise on Board USS Rentz View post tag: USScenter_img View post tag: Naval View post tag: Navy Live-Fire Exercise on Board USS Rentz View post tag: Live-fire View post tag: Rentz Share this articlelast_img read more

Binghamton men’s basketball set to tip off Dec. 5

first_imgVESTAL (WBNG) — The Binghamton men’s basketball team will begin its non-conference schedule Saturday, December 5. The schedule has been revised a number of times, and the current schedule is subject to change depending on COVID-19 protocols. Fans are not allowed to be in attendance. Games will be broadcast on ESPN+ or ESPN 3. Following the home opener, the men will head to Marist Sunday, December 6. They return home to host Quinnipiac Saturday, December 12 at 2 p.m. The Bearcats are set to begin conference play the weekend beforehand, as they host Stony Brook Saturday and Sunday December 19-20. The Bearcats will host MAAC member Marist, for a 2 p.m. tip-off. Binghamton’s fourth non-conference game is a home game against Canisius on Tuesday, December 22. last_img