HMS Exploit Back at Sea after Refit

first_img Industry news December 5, 2013 Back to overview,Home naval-today HMS Exploit Back at Sea after Refit Cardiff based P2000 HMS Exploit has returned to the front line Fleet after a period of refit in Holyhead. HMS Exploit successfully finished her Annual Slip and Repair Period at Holyhead Boatyard which sees her ready for another busy year of high tempo URNU operations.Starting as she means to go on, Exploit welcomed the new intake of first year students from Birmingham URNU on board for two indoctrination weekends.Following on from their weekends at BRNC Dartmouth and at HMNB Portsmouth, the new intake from Birmingham URNU embarked in Exploit on a cold and bitter Friday night in Penarth.The weekend programme saw the students exposed to life on board ship at a slow and cautious pace – deliberately so to aide the professional development of the students.The first year intake were made up of students from University of Birmingham, University of Leicester, De Montford University, Birmingham City University and Aston University.“During the weekend we needed to brief the students on safety issues, sea survival, damage control and life on board. “Sleeping on board the ship for the first time and keeping watches through the night was somewhat of a shell shock for the students!“For some students, finding out there was a 0600 in the morning was a revelation,” commented CPO Pam Ayres, Exploit XO.“The tempo of these First Year weekends is quite slow to allow the new entry to get the most out of the two days. “Next time the first years are on board the ship will be on passage to a Bristol Channel port for a sea weekend proper or en route to the continent for an Easter or Summer deployment.“Simple tasks like engine room rounds, switching on the oven in the Galley and using the Heads must be briefed and mastered by the new first year students,” added Coxswain Mick Archer, Birmingham URNU’s chief of staff.To give the first year a taste of driving the ship, Exploit sailed through the Cardiff Barrage locks into the Bristol Channel.Each first year drove the ship as quartermaster in the vicinity of Flatholm and Steepholm Islands under the watchful supervision of third year students.Exploit’s home port in Penarth offers the perfect training ground in nearby Cardiff Bay – a man made fresh water lagoon.This two mile by two mile lake is not affected by tide, sea state or wind.So after a morning in the Bristol Channel, Exploit returned to Cardiff Bay for man overboard exercises and damage control scenarios.Thereafter Exploit berthed at Mermaid Quay for the night in the public eye.“It was great to be finally at sea in Exploit. The ship had been delayed leaving her annual slip period in Holyhead and this had impacted the first year induction plan.“However once on board we were made to feel very welcome, given our task books and only lost one to sea sickness, “commented a beaming Officer Cadet Lewis Holdsworth.On the third day of the First Year sea weekend, the new entry students were given engineering briefs by Exploits engineering team of CPO Tug Wilson and LET(ME) Paul Shingleton.Thereafter the students again enjoyed some time on the wheel and a navigation lesson from the embarked training officer in the surroundings of Cardiff Bay.“The keys to a successful new entry sea weekend are a willing ship’s company, supportive second and third year students along with keen, eager first year students.“For both first year weekends this winter we were also fortunate to have good weather, perhaps a little chilly at times, which ensured first year students were not overly sea sick,” said AB Nick Bolt.“This year we recruited 21 first year students, so this necessitated two first year weekends rather than the traditional one weekend.“Five second and third year students along with two training officers supported the weekend, making it a whole ship effort from my team at Birmingham URNU.“The first years had been looking forward to seeing their ship after two weekends of shore based training at BRNC and HMNB Portsmouth.“Now they are trained at a basic level, we can now concentrate on sea weekends to Bristol, Swansea and Milford Haven and deployments to Ireland, Spain and France, ” finished Lt Simon Shaw, Exploit’s CO.HMS Exploit is one of two P2000’s based in Penarth, Cardiff. Along with Express, she forms one of only a handful of Wales based Royal Navy units. Exploit has been assigned to Birmingham URNU since 1994 and celebrates her 25th Birthday this year.[mappress]Press Release, December 5, 2013; Image: Royal Navycenter_img HMS Exploit Back at Sea after Refit Share this articlelast_img read more

VSoftCo & Kiron Interactive team up for Sisal Matchpoint Virtual football leagues

first_img Share Betgenius expands virtual sports range with Kiron August 20, 2020 Share Kiron extends Nordics presence with Complianza deal July 22, 2020 Related Articles Submit SBC Webinars and Digitain present Finding Value in Untapped Markets July 14, 2020 StumbleUpon Industry Virtual Sports games developers VSoftCo and Kiron Interactive have joined forces to ‘expand virtuals reach in Italy’, launching a dedicated football league satellite channel with Italian retail betting market leader Sisal Matchpoint.The strategic partnership will see the launch of an exclusive virtuals channel launched across Sisal Matchpoint’s retail estate of nearly 4,000 betting shops/points.Bringing new engagement to Italian retail betting punters, the channel will promote an HD league format with multiple matches running at the same time, complete with high-quality graphics and immersive audio commentaryMassimo Temperelli, Head of Sisal Betting Business, commented on the product: “Thanks to the profitable collaboration with Kiron Interactive and VSoftCo, Sisal Matchpoint is the first operator in Italy to offer the new league formula with new exclusive bets broadcasted via HD channel. We launched the League (il “Campionato”) last August and it immediately got the favour of our customers.”With four-minute intervals between each in-game week and a new league running every two hours, football fans are sure to get more than their fair share of the action while being captivated by the fast-paced football action and exciting betting opportunities on offer.Simon Westbury, Chief Commercial Officer of VSoftCo, said: “Combining the launch of our new virtual football league product with Kiron was the obvious choice as we undertake this strategically important roll out with Sisal Matchpoint in the Italian market.“Virtual sports are growing rapidly in popularity throughout Europe, and we are excited to launch our new football leagues product with Sisal Matchpoint in one of Europe’s foremost regulated markets.”Adding full-service provisions, the new football league product has also been made available online on Sisal’s website.Steven SpartinosSteven Spartinos, CEO of Kiron Interactive, added: “Following the great success of our racing games across Sisal Matchpoint’s business over the past two years, we are delighted to extend our partnership with Sisal Matchpoint to include football leagues. VSoftCo’s exciting new product is sure to capture the imagination of our customers and enhance their playing experience both in store and online.”last_img read more