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

Byron Scott calls Kyrie Irving more mature & offensively developed than D’Angelo Russell during rookie season

first_img“Effing up on a lot of things and (Byron) being there to protect me every single time,” Irving recalled. “I’m learning and being given the keys to the organization and accepting responsibility and knowing how to become a better professional. Knowing all the things he was teaching me are things I’m starting to understand.”Thus far, Russell ranks fourth in his class in points (12.1), third in assists (3.3) and fourth in minutes played (27). Russell has occasionally admitted he wished for a larger role after losing his starting spot 20 games into the season and sitting out late in games. But in recent weeks, Russell has softened his stance so much that he even argued he did not deserve a starting spot. Russell even partly credited Scott for his development. “He kind of doesn’t really put you on a leash,” Russell said of Scott. “He kind of lets you learn from your own mistakes. I talked to a few vet guys and they say that’s kind of the way where they didn’t have it that way. So it’s almost a good thing.”It appears likely to be a good thing that Bryant has both advised Irving and Russell. Though he gushed about Irving’s “killer mentality,” Bryant has talked about perfecting his pull-up jumper as well as figuring out the dynamic between himself, LeBron James and Kevin Love.“It’s how to do that where everybody kind of plays the way they normally play. You’ll have that friction and that conflict, but you have to trust through that out,” Bryant said. “It sounds strange, but you can’t try to make the pieces fit. In other words, you can’t compromise to make pieces fit. That probably goes against anything that you’ve ever heard. But the reason Shaq and I figured out how to make it work is because neither one of us had compromise and because of that, you had this incredible storm, and through that storm we were able to figure out how to make pieces fit.”Meanwhile Bryant described himself as Russell’s “big brother” before joking he is actually “his grandfather” given the 18-year age difference. “I just talk to him often about the game and the mentality and technique and execution,” Bryant said, “as well as some of the psychological things that he’s going through and how to navigate through those.”One of those things entails staying patient for his starting spot. Scott only offered a “maybe” on if Russell would start after the NBA All-Star break next Friday against San Antonio at Staples Center. “Some time after the All-Star break, I’ll put him back in the starting lineup,” Scott said. “There’s no timetable on when.”Revising historyThe story sounded confusing to Kobe Bryant. Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue recalled that Bryant wanted to fight him after he blocked his dunk at practice during the 1999-2000 season.“That may just be Lue mythology,” Bryant said. “I don’t remember. I bet that I kicked his (butt) in practice more than he’s blocked my shots.”Lue laughed at Bryant’s recollection.“You think he would say yes? You know Kobe,” Lue said. “When Brian Shaw hears about it, he’s probably going to talk about it next time he’s on TV.” The nostalgia swept over Lakers coach Byron Scott as he reflected on coaching Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving during his first two NBA seasons.“He was the most talented point guard I had,” Scott said. “He didn’t have any weaknesses offensively.”The realism hit Scott as he evaluated Lakers point guard D’Angelo Russell with 30 games left in his rookie season. “He still has a whole lot to room to learn about this league and about playing that position,” Scott said. “But the thing I like about him is he’s willing to learn and willing to accept the criticism to try to get better.” In the Lakers’ 120-111 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday at Quicken Loans Arena, Irving and Russell symbolized how Scott viewed them differently during their rookie seasons. Irving posted a team-high 35 points on 15-of-24 shooting and seven assists while Russell had 15 points on 5-of-11 shooting and three assists. “He was a little bit more business-like at practice and games,” Scott said of Irving. “D’Angelo still has a playfulness about him. Sometimes in practice he’s joking around and losing a little bit of focus.”The majority of Lakers practices are closed to the media. But Russell spends the tail-end of practice often working on his shot as well as various ball-handling and shooting drills with Lakers assistants Thomas Scott and Larry Lewis. Russell will do the same thing about 2 1/2 hours before each game. But Russell has often concluded his sessions by attempting half-court heaves or one-handed 3-pointers. “There’s always a time to be serious and there’s always a time to joke around,” Scott said. “So I’m not saying it’s a bad thing, I’m saying he’s 19.”Irving won the NBA’s Rookie of the Year in the 2011-12 season after leading his class in points (18.5), ranking second in assists (5.4) and finishing third in minutes played (30.5). Four years later, Irving looked back at that time with fondness. He called Scott a “leader.” Irving also credited how Scott developed him. center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Yankees may use opener at times in 2019, manager Aaron Boone says

first_imgEight of those opener games came against the Yankees, so Boone saw first-hand how the strategy works.Tampa Bay’s success led to other teams copying the idea. The A’s, Rangers and Twins all experimented with an opener in September, and Oakland went as far as using Liam Hendriks to open its American League wild-card game against the Yankees in New York. Hendriks allowed a two-run homer to Aaron Judge in the first inning and New York went on to a 7-2 victory.The Giants may use an opener to protect some of their younger starters this season, but veteran San Francisco starters Jeff Samardzija and Madison Bumgarner are vocal opponents. “In a long stretch of games and you wanted to give a guy an extra day. [Or] you felt like it’s a little softer landing for some guys to let them start from the back end of the lineup and give them a time and a half through,” Boone said, per ESPN.com.New York may begin the season without ace Luis Severino (shoulder inflammation) or fifth starter CC Sabathia (heart, knee). That would open the door to internal fill-in options such as Jonathan Loaisiga and Domingo German. Both started games for New York last season as rookies.Boone’s reasoning tracks with the rationale the division-rival Rays used last season to employ an opener.Under the concept, a relief pitcher is called upon to record the game’s first three to six outs, and a starter or long reliever is generally asked to go through the batting order two to 2 1/2 times before handing the ball to the late-inning relief corps. RIVERA: How the Yankees should fill the hole created by Severino’s injuryTampa Bay used a designated opener 55 times last season, going 32-23 in those games. It settled into a loose pattern in the final two months: Ryne Stanek, Diego Castillo or Hunter Wood opening, and Ryan Yarbrough, Yonny Chirinos or Jalen Beeks throwing into the fifth, sixth or seventh inning. Add the Yankees to the list of MLB teams that will dabble in using an opener in 2019.Manager Aaron Boone told reporters Wednesday that injuries in the rotation, a desire to give starters extra rest and shielding younger pitchers from facing top hitters would be the team’s reasons for using the strategy.last_img read more