Australia: NUSHIP Canberra’s Ship’s Company Get Acquainted with Newest Platform

first_img View post tag: platform View post tag: Naval View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Canberra NUSHIP Canberra’s Ship’s Company walked hundreds of kilometres over the past month, familiarising themselves with the Navy’s newest platform. Back to overview,Home naval-today Australia: NUSHIP Canberra’s Ship’s Company Get Acquainted with Newest Platform Industry news April 14, 2014 View post tag: company View post tag: getcenter_img View post tag: Acquainted View post tag: Navy View post tag: newest Australia: NUSHIP Canberra’s Ship’s Company Get Acquainted with Newest Platform View post tag: NUSHIP Twelve decks high and 230 metres in length, the ship’s company have had a taste of how big the learning curve is and how fit they need to be to navigate around the Landing Helicopter Dock (LHD), the largest ship ever built for Navy.One of the most important preparations for Canberra’s ship’s company is getting ready to take responsibility for the safety and security of ship the day it is handed over to Defence from the contractors. Canberra’s Commanding Officer, Captain Jonathan Sadleir, said the training that took place while the ship was in commercial dry dock in Sydney was used to maximum effect.“We had our first four duty watch teams conduct three intensive weeks of training onboard which included damage control, ship familiarisation, and security training specific to LHDs,” Captain Sadleir said.“I was impressed with the way the teams went about their training. Members from all ranks contributed to the learning outcomes from Seaman through to Commander, and we have taken that information and applied it.“Having access to the ship for these three weeks was an important part of the learning journey for ship’s company. It enabled us to make assessments regarding how we will structure the Duty Watches and carry out damage control practices onboard,” Captain Sadleir said.Duty watch is the term used for the team of people who look after the ship while it’s in harbour. This team is responsible for the initial responses for any incident onboard and the safety and security of the ship and personnel while alongside.Deputy Marine Engineering Officer, Lieutenant Jazz Kastaniotis, coordinated the training for duty watches.“The training included damage control walk throughs and exercises covering fire, flood and gas detector alarm response. It also included training in force protection, ceremonial training and general ship’s familiarisation,” Lieutenant Kastaniotis said.“Most days, members of Duty Watch were walking up to 15 kilometres, up and down 12 decks of stairwells to familiarise themselves with different areas of the ship.“If we need to deal with any incident onboard – the teams have to know how to get to that part of the ship immediately, and that is why the training is so critical, particularly on such a large and brand new platform.“The teams are also learning a brand new philosophy of damage control. This is due to the range of fixed damage control systems available, so there is a lot for our Duty Watch teams to learn while also honing the traditional damage control skills that we always need to maintain,” she said.In addition, all ship’s company members conducted Departmental ship’s familiarisation including the completion of a comprehensive induction book.After a hull clean and paint, Canberra has now departed Sydney to continue contractor sea trials. These trials will include a set of propulsion, speed and endurance trials on the way back to Melbourne.Canberra is returning to Williamstown to prepare for the final phase of harbour and sea trials, focussing on the ship’s communication and combat system equipment.[mappress]Press Release, April 14, 2014; Image: Australian Navy View post tag: ship Share this articlelast_img read more

Windies skipper Holder confident ahead of crucial ODI series at Providence

first_imgA NEW-LOOK West Indies team arrived in Guyana yesterday, ahead of their three-match One Day International (ODI) series against Pakistan at the Guyana National Stadium. The three ODIs are scheduled for April 7, 9, and 11, with matches set to bowl off from 09:30hrs.Given their recent run of form, West Indies are under pressure to bring their ‘A’ game, in order to avoid the indignity of having to qualify for the next World Cup in 2019.The ODIs will be crucial, since the top eight teams in the ICC ODI rankings at the end of September 2017 automatically advance to the 2019 Cricket World Cup in England.Pakistan are currently ranked eighth on the ICC ODI rankings table, the last automatic-qualification spot, with 89 points while West Indies are five points behind them in ninth position with 84 points.If West Indies fail to get into the top eight spots by September, they must participate in the 2018 ICC World Cup Qualifier.That tournament is currently scheduled to be held in Bangladesh, although that may change if Bangladesh – currently ranked seventh with 91 points – gain an automatic qualification.“We look forward for this tour; it’s just a situation where we need to get out and start the series well. It’s a very short series,” said West Indies skipper Jason Holder, while speaking to reporters at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport.Holder will be joined by Guyanese Devendra Bishoo, Jonathan Carter, Miguel Cummins, Shannon Gabriel, Shai Hope, Alzarri Joseph, Evin Lewis, Jason Mohammed, Ashley Nurse, Kieran Powell, Rovman Powell and Chadwick Walton in the West Indies 13-man squad.“It’s a good squad,” Holder pointed out, adding that “there are a couple of changes and it will be a good test; we just need to play good cricket.”“The series will be crucial and as I said it’s very important that we play good cricket. The T20 series is behind us; this is a new format and we have some fresh faces coming into the squad,” Holder said.Given the home side’s recent form in international cricket, Pakistan will be seen as favourites to clinch this series, despite West Indies’ record at the Guyana National Stadium, Providence, where the Caribbean side won two of the three games against Pakistan.However, last year when the two teams met in an ODI series on West Indies tour of the UAE, Pakistan won the series 3-0.It is the first Pakistan tour of the West Indies since 2013 – when Pakistan won a five-match ODI series 3-1 and swept a pair of T20 Internationals – and their first Test series in the Caribbean since a drawn two-match series in 2011.last_img read more