USA: Rim of the Pacific Exercise to Begin June 29

first_img View post tag: RIMPAC Training & Education View post tag: Navy USA: Rim of the Pacific Exercise to Begin June 29 View post tag: usa View post tag: Naval View post tag: News by topic May 9, 2012 Twenty-two nations, 42 ships, six submarines, more than 200 aircraft and 25,000 personnel will participate in the biennial Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise scheduled June 29 to Aug. 3, in and around the Hawaiian Islands.The world’s largest international maritime exercise, RIMPAC provides a unique training opportunity that helps participants foster and sustain the cooperative relationships that are critical to ensuring the safety of sea lanes and security on the world’s oceans. RIMPAC 2012 is the 23rd exercise in the series that began in 1971.Hosted by U.S. Pacific Fleet, and led by Vice Adm. Gerald Beaman, commander of the U.S. Third Fleet (C3F), RIMPAC 2012 marks the first time non-U.S. officers will command components of the combined task force during the exercise. Commodore Stuart Mayer of the Royal Australian Navy will command the Maritime Component and Brig. Gen. Michael Hood of the Royal Canadian Air Force will command the Air Component. Other key leaders of the multinational force include Royal Canadian Navy Rear Adm. Ron Lloyd, deputy commander of the Combined Task Force (CTF), and Japan Maritime Self Defense Force Rear Adm. Fumiyuki Kitagawa, vice commander of the CTF.The theme of RIMPAC 2012 is “Capable, Adaptive, Partners.” The participating nations and forces will exercise a wide range of capabilities and demonstrate the inherent flexibility of maritime forces. These capabilities range from disaster relief and maritime security operations to sea control and complex warfighting. The relevant, realistic training syllabus includes amphibious operations; gunnery, missile, anti-submarine and air defense exercises as well as counter-piracy, mine clearance operations, explosive ordnance disposal and diving and salvage operations.RIMPAC 2012 will feature the first demonstration of a U.S. Navy “Great Green Fleet,” during which U.S. surface combatants and carrier-based aircraft will test, evaluate and demonstrate the cross-platform utility and functionality of biofuels. This demonstration will also incorporate prototype energy efficiency initiatives such as solid state lighting, on-line gas turbine waterwash and energy management tools.This year’s exercise includes units or personnel from Australia, Canada, Chile, Colombia, France, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Peru, the Republic of Korea, the Republic of the Philippines, Russia, Singapore, Thailand, Tonga, the United Kingdom and the United States.[mappress]Naval Today Staff , May 09, 2012; Image: US Navy Share this article Back to overview,Home naval-today USA: Rim of the Pacific Exercise to Begin June 29 View post tag: Exercise View post tag: Pacific View post tag: Hawaiian Island View post tag: Rim View post tag: begin View post tag: June 29last_img read more

Gunman Gets 45 to Life for Killing NYPD Cop from LI

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Lamont PrideThe North Carolina man who killed a New York City police officer from Long Island during a botched home invasion has been sentenced to 45 years to life in prison.Brooklyn Judge Alan Marrus handed down the sentence Thursday to Lamont Pride, 28, who was convicted two weeks ago of murdering NYPD Officer Peter Figoski, a 47-year-old divorced father of four from West Babylon.Pride fatally shot Figoski in December 2011 when officers caught him trying to rob a drug dealer. Figoski’s partner apprehended Pride shortly later.Michael Velez, Pride’s 22-year-old alleged getaway driver, was tried before the same judge but a separate jury acquitted him. He was reportedly sentenced to two years in prison for a parole violation.Two other suspects, 28-year-old Nelson Morales and 31-year-old Kevin Santos, both of Queens, have pleaded not guilty and are awaiting trial.A fifth man involved in the robbery, 23-year-old Ariel Tejada of Queens, had pleaded guilty and agreed to testify against the others in exchange for a lighter sentence.last_img read more