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

2 Sisters to close RF Brookes business

first_imgLeicester-based RF Brookes is set to close, resulting in more than 200 members of staff losing their jobs.Managers from the chilled food firm on Magna Road in South Wigston, which was bought out by the 2 Sisters Group last December as part of a £30m deal to purchase the Brookes Avana business from Premier Foods, have launched a 90-day consultation period. This will involve the remaining 229 employees currently with the business, with RF Brookes due to close by end of March 2013, and its food production operations to be transferred to the company’s other manufacturing facilities.A spokesman for 2 Sisters said: “After exploring all viable options, unfortunately it has not been possible to find a sustainable future for the loss-making factory. We are proposing to transfer the remaining products from Leicestershire to other company factories and close the site during the first quarter of 2013, following a 90-day consultation period with our 229 colleagues.”Tony Lewis, regional officer for the Bakers Food and Allied Workers Union, told the BBC: “This is bad news for the workers, but it is also bad news for Wigston and Leicestershire. Some people have worked there for 25, even 30 years, and they are being thrown on the scrapheap, because jobs are scarce. It is just sad.”last_img read more