HMAS Newcastle Drops Anchor in Seychelles

first_img View post tag: News by topic HMAS Newcastle Drops Anchor in Seychelles View post tag: Seychelles View post tag: Anchor View post tag: Naval View post tag: Navy View post tag: Defense Share this article View post tag: Defencecenter_img A port visit to the Seychelles provided a much-needed opportunity for the crew of HMAS Newcastle to re-energise ahead of her next high-tempo counter-terrorism patrol on Operation SLIPPER.Soon after coming alongside Port Victoria, the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) Guided Missile Frigate (FFG) took on around one tonne of mail and care packages from loved ones in Australia, much to the delight of her crew.“It was like Christmas, parcels and letters were going out to people all through the ship. Some people had recently celebrated birthdays, so they got some nice surprises,” Acting Sub Lieutenant (ASLT) Rachel Jones, the ship’s Assistant Supply Officer, said.“Mail is always a massive morale booster on operations. It’s nice to know the people at home are thinking about us.”Stores, water and fuel were received onboard to ready Newcastle for her next patrol and were delivered by the team from the RAN Liaison Office (RANLO), who travelled to the Seychelles from Bahrain to coordinate the port visit.Newcastle also hosted an historic event: the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on the Conditions of the Transfer of Suspected Pirates, Armed Robbers and Seized Property to the Seychelles.The MOU was signed by Australian High Commissioner to the Seychelles, Her Excellency Ms Sandra Vegting, and Seychelles Minister for Home Affairs and Transport, Mr Joel Morgan.While alongside, the crew also had an opportunity to explore Mahe Island, the tropical main island of the 115 that make up the Seychelles.Some jumped at the chance to dive and snorkel in the aqua blue waters surrounding the atoll, while others recharged their batteries by meandering through local gift shops, and sampling the local cuisine.Half way through the port visit, Newcastle left the wharf and went to anchor nearby. Her crew used local water taxis for one more run ashore before farewelling the tropical paradise and returning their full attention to the mission of countering terrorism, piracy and narcotics in the Indian Ocean.Operation SLIPPER is the Australian Defence Force (ADF) contribution to the international campaign against terrorism, counter smuggling and counter piracy in the Gulf of Aden, and enhancing regional maritime security and engagement.Newcastle’s current deployment is the 55th rotation of an Australian warship to the MEAO since 1990, and her visit to the Seychelles was the fourth by a RAN vessel since 2012.[mappress]Press Release, July 5, 2013; Image: Australian Navy View post tag: Newcastle July 5, 2013 View post tag: drops Back to overview,Home naval-today HMAS Newcastle Drops Anchor in Seychelles Training & Education View post tag: HMASlast_img read more

Dodgers bats flail in 5-2 loss to Oakland A’s

first_imgOAKLAND >> The Dodgers lost to the Oakland A’s, 5-2, on Wednesday. Instead of letting their bullpen waste a winnable game, this time their offense doomed them from the start. The Dodgers collected two hits off A’s starter Jesse Chavez (7-12) in eight innings. At least they made the first one count.With one out in the third inning, Joc Pederson worked a walk. After getting Kiké Hernandez to fly out, Chavez fell behind Jimmy Rollins 2-1. Rollins turned on the next pitch, a fastball over the middle of the plate, and planted it over the right field fence for his 12th home run of the season. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Johnson has a 21.00 ERA since he was acquired from the Atlanta Braves on July 30.center_img Chavez set down 15 of the next 16 Dodgers hitters, interrupted by a harmless walk, until Hernandez stroked a double to center field with two outs in the eighth inning. Rollins was up next and he struck out on three pitches.That was the entirety of the Dodgers’ offense.Under the circumstances, it didn’t matter much how well anyone pitched for the Dodgers on Wednesday. As it happened, Alex Wood (8-8), Chris Hatcher and Luis Avilan pitched pretty well. Jim Johnson and Pedro Baez did not.Wood got through five innings allowing only two hits and one run; one of the hits was a bunt single. He ran into trouble in the sixth inning, however, allowing three straight hits that saw the A’s take a 3-2 lead. The inning continued a season-long trend that’s seen Wood struggle to retire hitters facing him three or more times in a game.Hatcher retired the only four batters he faced, but Johnson loaded the bases in the eighth inning without recording an out. All three scored, the last run coming off an RBI double by Jake Smolinski against Baez.last_img read more