First Saudi MH-60R in Mayport for flight crew training

first_img Authorities First Royal Saudi Navy MH-60R arrives at Mayport for flight crew training View post tag: Royal Saudi Navy View post tag: MH-60R View post tag: NS Mayport Back to overview,Home naval-today First Royal Saudi Navy MH-60R arrives at Mayport for flight crew training Share this article The first of ten future Royal Saudi Arabian Navy MH60-R Seahawk helicopters landed at Naval Station Mayport on October 2.Saudi pilots and crew are expected to spend the next three years training with HSM 40, a helicopter squadron based out of Naval Station Mayport.“This is an exciting day!” said Lt. Cmdr. Ryan Miller, the training officer for the “Airwolves” of Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 40. “This is the first of a series of five aircraft that will be joining us here at HSM 40.”“We are responsible for providing the training that the foreign military sales office has contracted with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia,” Miller said. “[We will be providing the training] for their 250 plus, pilots, aircrew and maintainers.”“We’ve been waiting for this moment for a long time,” said Lt. Cmdr. Mazin Alshahrani, the officer in charge of the Saudi detachment. “We appreciate our partnership with the US Navy and especially the squadron, HSM 40.”Once the detachment is fully trained, 10 aircraft, including five from Mayport, will be shipped to Saudi Arabia where a new squadron will be stood up.“The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has purchased 10 MH60-R helicopters,” Miller said. “Five of those aircraft will be homebased in Mayport for the next three years. [This one] is the first of those aircraft. We expect one more per month for the next four months. The remaining five aircraft will remain in the United States until all of the remaining aircraft are ready to be shipped back to Saudi Arabia to join the Royal Saudi Naval fleet.”In another milestone for the Saudi MH-60R program, first students from the Royal Saudi Naval Forces completed the inaugural MH-60R Sensor Operator Course offered by the Naval Education and Training Security Assistance Field Activity (NETSAFA) International Training Center (NITC) in late September.The NITC course is the latest step for preparing the RSNF students for flight operations in the MH-60R multi-mission helicopter. October 4, 2018last_img read more

Saint Mary’s to begin spring semester Feb. 3, following ND and HCC schedule

first_imgSaint Mary’s President Katie Conboy announced in an email Thursday afternoon that the College will adopt the spring semester schedule implemented by Notre Dame and Holy Cross.The first day of the spring semester will be Wednesday, Feb. 3, with no classes on Good Friday. Final exams will be from May 14-19, and commencement weekend will be May 21-23.Conboy cited cold winter weather and the threat of increased seasonal illnesses as the reasons for the later spring semester start date.“We know that the winter months will present new challenges, including the need to spend more time indoors and the usual round of winter colds and flus — that’s why we are trying to shrink the winter period for campus-based activity,” Conboy said.According to the email, the College is in the process of deciding whether or not to offer housing during the extended winter break. The College is also considering adding a winter academic session.Tags: COVID-19, president katie conboy, spring semesterlast_img read more

Five great sporting comebacks

first_imgLos Angeles, United States | AFP |  Tiger Woods crowned his comeback from a near two-year injury layoff on Sunday by claiming victory in the Masters at Augusta National, winning his 15th career major nearly 11 years after his last triumph, at the 2008 US Open.Here AFP looks back at five other athletes who made successful comebacks from injury or adversity:– Greg LeMond –The US cycling legend came within 20 minutes of bleeding to death after a hunting accident in California in 1987.The then-reigning Tour de France champion was hit by more than 60 pellets after being shot by his uncle during a wild turkey hunt. He was airlifted to hospital and lost an estimated 65 percent of his blood volume.Injuries from the accident forced him to miss the next two editions of the Tour de France, but he returned in 1989 to win the racing showpiece by eight seconds after a thrilling duel with Laurent Fignon.– Niki Lauda –Austrian driver Lauda appeared to be cruising to a second Formula One World Championship title in 1976 when disaster struck at the German Grand Prix in Nuerburgring.Lauda’s Ferrari swerved off the course and struck an embankment, before exploding in flames. Lauda was trapped in the wreckage and suffered severe burns before being pulled to safety.Incredibly, he returned to racing 43 days later at the Italian Grand Prix. He would go on to win two more drivers championships before retiring.– George Foreman –US heavyweight Foreman had faded into obscurity after his stunning defeat to Muhammad Ali in the ‘Rumble in the Jungle’ in 1974, fighting six more times before retiring in 1977 after a defeat to Jimmy Young.But in 1987 he confounded the boxing world by returning to the ring at the age of 40, fighting in a series of low-key bouts at a time when Mike Tyson ruled the division. He failed with his first attempt to regain a world title when he was beaten by Evander Holyfield on points in 1991.However three years later Foreman was on top of the world, defeating Michael Moorer by knockout to claim the title 20 years after he had last held it. At 45 he was the oldest ever heavyweight world champion.– Monica Seles –Monica Seles looked poised to rule women’s tennis in the early 1990s, becoming the youngest woman to reach the world number one ranking in 1991 before winning three out of four grand slam singles titles in 1992 with victories at the Australian, French and US Open.In 1993 she again looked set to dominate, opening the year by winning the Australian Open with a defeat of German rival Steffi Graf.In April, however, Seles was stabbed by a deranged spectator while playing at a tournament in Hamburg.Although she soon recovered from her injuries, Seles would not play for two more years. She returned in 1995, and the following year she won her 10th and last grand slam singles title with victory at the Australian Open.– Muhammad Ali –After refusing to be inducted into the US army in 1966, world heavyweight champion Ali was effectively banned from boxing for three years between 1967 and 1970 as various sanctioning bodies across the United States refused to grant him a license.The ban meant Ali missed some of the peak years of his career before he was eventually allowed to return to the ring.He attempted to regain his title in 1971’s ‘Fight of the Century’ against Joe Frazier but suffered the first defeat of his career after losing by unanimous decision.In 1974, Ali was given no chance as he attempted to regain his title against George Foreman in the ‘Rumble of the Jungle’.But the then-32-year-old Ali pulled off one of the great upsets by confounding Foreman with his ‘rope-a-dope’ tactics before scoring an eighth round knockout.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Carjacked Disabled Dog Found Dead

first_imgTragic news, a disabled dog stolen with her owner’s car has been found dead.Last week, Wanda Ferrari left her beloved dog Zorra in her air-conditioned car as she went into a store last week. That’s when someone stole her car.Zorra was a rescue dog. Her back legs were paralyzed and she had to use a pink wheelchair to get around.Overnight police recovered the stolen car in Lauderdale Lakes and found Zorra dead inside.Watch video of the carjacker taking the vehicle here.last_img