HMS Somerset Prepares the Next Generation of Warfare Officers

first_img View post tag: Naval HMS Somerset has been at the centre of an advanced course for the next generation of warfare officers.HMS Somerset has spent the week at sea on complex war-fighting exercises designed to test skills of the next generation of Royal Navy principal warfare officers as the ship became a dynamic floating classroom.Under pressure students of the 13-month long course took part in the 96-hour assessment where they became extra members of the ship’s crew taking part in challenging war scenarios culminating in the legendary ‘Thursday War’.HMS Somerset’s captain, Commander Mike Smith said:It’s been an important week for developing the next generation of warfare officers, both the students and my crew gained a great deal from the time spent together in a high pressure environment.Passing on our knowledge and seeing the students’ progress has been highly rewarding.The frigate’s crew of 180 worked 24 hours a day to provide the weapons, sensors, engines and even the extra meals required to keep the training going, with many at work deep inside the ship and not seeing daylight for several days.Other Royal Naval ships and aircraft formed a training convoy escorting and protecting a cargo ship serving an imaginary country under attack. The aircraft simulate enemy jets and missiles to provide the highest degree of realism as they repeatedly attacked HMS Somerset to test her defences. The ship is also expected to ‘fight’ while dealing with simulated fire and flood war damage.The advanced phase comes at the end of the course teaching warfare officers procedures, tactics and provides technical and legal training required to operate in a multiple-threat environment.HMS Somerset now returns to patrol, protecting the UK’s national interests.Press release, Image: UK Navy Authorities HMS Somerset Prepares the Next Generation of Warfare Officers View post tag: Officers View post tag: Navy View post tag: HMS Somerset View post tag: europe Back to overview,Home naval-today HMS Somerset Prepares the Next Generation of Warfare Officers center_img November 12, 2014 View post tag: prepares View post tag: Warfare View post tag: next View post tag: generation View post tag: News by topic Share this articlelast_img read more

Electricity-Generation Trends in New Mexico Reflect Larger U.S. Shift

first_imgElectricity-Generation Trends in New Mexico Reflect Larger U.S. Shift FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Santa Fe New Mexican:The Trump administration’s announcement Monday that it’s taking steps to repeal regulations on coal-fired power plants is unlikely to change the fact that market forces already are pushing the state away from dependence on coal.A large coal company operating in New Mexico says it supports the repeal. But, while some environmental groups decried the rollback as an affront to climate change policy, others said deregulation will not be enough to save an industry that is no longer viable.Public Service Company of New Mexico said it still plans to stop burning coal in the next decade or so.Public Service Company of New Mexico said last spring it plans to shut down the coal-dependent Four Corners Power Plant near Farmington by 2022 and entirely wean its energy production off coal by 2031. The company currently relies on coal for 60 percent of its energy generation but will drop at least 12 percent by 2025.To comply with the Clean Power Plan, PNM had already agreed to shut down two of its four coal-burning units at Four Corners and install pollution controls on existing units by the end of 2017.Four Corners is among a number of coal-fired power plants nationwide that have closed or are scheduled to close in coming years as a result of rising costs of burning coal compared to cheap natural gas and increasingly affordable renewable energy sources.In April, a survey by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis found that 46 coal-burning units at 25 power plants across 16 states will close or significantly reduce production by 2018.More: Rollback unlikely to reverse coal’s downtrend in N.M.last_img read more