USS Independence Arrives at Naval Base San Diego

first_img View post tag: Naval View post tag: Independence View post tag: USS View post tag: San The littoral combat ship USS Independence (LCS 2) arrived at Naval Base San Diego May 2, completing the ship’s maiden voyage to her homeport.Independence, commissioned in 2010, is the first Independence-class ship to transit the Panama Canal, conduct a foreign port visit and arrive in San Diego.“It’s an honor to be the first-in-class to sail to our homeport of San Diego,” said Cmdr. Gerald R. Olin, commanding officer of Independence’s Gold Crew. “The crew and mine countermeasures detachment have worked hard, adapted to challenges and persevered through months away from home to get to this point. I’m proud to be with them on the pier today.”After two years of training off the coast of Florida, the ship’s transit from Mayport to San Diego marks the successful completion of testing the ability of the ship’s Mine Countermeasures (MCM) mission package, led by MCM Detachment 1, to detect, localize, and destroy mines in a tactical environment.“This on-hull period has been a challenging and learning experience for us all. The biggest reward for all the hard work is to finally be here in San Diego, our homeport,” said Fire Controlman 2nd Class Christopher Dotson. “Through thick and thin, family has been by our sides the entire time. This reward-being home-is for both the crew and our families.”The historic accomplishment of the 23-day transit, lead by the ship’s Gold Crew, was not lost in the excitement of being home.“This is a proud moment in my life because I feel like I have made history to be the first Independence-class ship to arrive here,” said Culinary Specialist 1st Class Tenica Nerestant. “And to be a culinary specialist on board, helping make my second family feel closer to home, that just makes it even better.”Upon arrival in San Diego, Gold Crew will begin the process of turnover with the ship’s Blue Crew, including a custody inspection of parts and an exchange of command.LCS is a fast, agile, networked surface combatant designed to operate in the near-shore environment, while capable of open-ocean tasking, and win against 21st-century coastal threats such as submarines, mines, and swarming small craft.LCS’ modular, focused-mission design provides combatant commanders the required warfighting capabilities and operational flexibility to ensure maritime dominance and access for the joint force.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, May 03, 2012; Image: navy View post tag: Navy Share this article View post tag: Diego USS Independence Arrives at Naval Base San Diego Training & Education View post tag: Arrives View post tag: News by topic May 3, 2012 View post tag: Base Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Independence Arrives at Naval Base San Diego last_img read more

Pin Oak Corpus Christi Loads First Vessel at New Oil Dock

first_imgPin Oak Corpus Christi, LLC received its first vessel at the newly commissioned Oil Dock 14 at the Port of Corpus Christi last week.The new dock can accommodate fully laden bulk liquid tankers up to Suez-max class with loading rates in excess of 40,000 barrels per hour. The Port of Corpus Christi is the primary gateway for American energy exports in the United States.The new dock construction was a joint effort between the Port of Corpus Christi Authority and Pin Oak Terminals.The Port Authority constructed the dock, mooring structures and dredging while Pin Oak installed the topside handling equipment, the storage facilities, and the common carrier pipeline interconnects.Pin Oak Terminals is a joint venture between Dauphine Midstream LLC and Mercuria Energy Group Ltd. Dauphine is a portfolio company of Pelican Advisors, LLC and is focused on the development, acquisition, and operations of midstream assets throughout the world.last_img read more

McGinley will make late decision

first_img Press Association European captain Paul McGinley will leave it to the last minute to decide on his Ryder Cup wild cards, admitting “something spectacular” could yet influence his decision. McGinley admits he faces a tough task in making his selections on Monday, with three heroes from the ‘Miracle at Medinah’ in 2012 – Donald, Poulter and Lee Westwood – all having to rely on a wild card. Gallacher knocking McDowell out of the team would complicate matters further, while the likes of Joost Luiten and Francesco Molinari would boost their chances with a win in Turin. “This is the toughest part of my job so far since I was appointed,” McGinley added. “All the ex-captains who I have spoken to have told me this is the most difficult part because you are going to have to make phone calls to some guys who are friends and tell them that they are not in the team. “It will be tough but I am not alone because I have two very experienced vice-captains in Des Smyth and Sam Torrance who are there to help me. “We will spend all day on Monday discussing it and then we will watch the golf from America and make our announcement on Tuesday.” McGinley knows from experience what the players in Italy are going through, as he sealed his place on the team in 2004 by finishing joint sixth in the final event. “I can understand the pressure the players are under and I can relate to it,” the Dubliner added. “There is no doubt that the pressure I was under in 2004 and the way I pushed myself over the line to make the team helped me play my best Ryder Cup in Detroit that year.” Scotland’s Stephen Gallacher is the only player who can move into the automatic qualifying places by finishing first or second in the final counting event, this week’s Italian Open. But even if Gallacher fails to dislodge Graeme McDowell from the team, the winner in Turin on Sunday or even in Boston on Monday may make a compelling case for one of McGinley’s three wild cards to be named on Tuesday. Although the Deutsche Bank Championship does not count for qualifying, the likes of Ian Poulter and Luke Donald will be keen to impress in the second FedEx Cup play-off event. “There is an opportunity this week for the guys to play well in the last counting event when the spotlight is on them, which will be huge for those players,” McGinley said. “Even if they don’t qualify automatically there are a few players here who could win or do very well and really give themselves the best possible chance of a pick. “I want to see guys bursting over the line this week. “I want the Ryder Cup to be something they gravitate towards and something that excites them to the point where the golf they produce elevates them and pushes them towards that finishing line, just like Jamie Donaldson did last week (winning the Czech Masters to seal his place). “It was pressurised, it was exciting and that’s what I want to see from the guys here this week and the others who are playing in America. “If something spectacular happens either here or in America this week then I will consider it. A win here would be hugely significant in this kind of spotlight at the last counting event. “It would be massively significant in terms of pushing someone over the line.” last_img read more