4 May

USA: Pre-Commissioning Unit Arlington Completes First Crew Certification Phase

first_img Training & Education October 31, 2012 View post tag: Pre-Commissioning USA: Pre-Commissioning Unit Arlington Completes First Crew Certification Phase View post tag: Unit Back to overview,Home naval-today USA: Pre-Commissioning Unit Arlington Completes First Crew Certification Phase View post tag: certification View post tag: completes View post tag: phase View post tag: Naval View post tag: first View post tag: crew View post tag: News by topic Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) Arlington (LPD 24) completed the two-day Naval Surface Force Atlantic (SURFLANT) Crew Certification Phase One administrative evaluation Oct. 22, while the ship is under construction in the Huntington-Ingalls Industries’ shipyard.The inspection, performed by nine members of the amphibious transport dock ship’s type commander from Norfolk, Va., reviewed the command’s administration, policies, training and warfare areas to ensure the crew can safely operate their ship at sea following delivery.“Arlington did an outstanding job,” said Lt. Tim Henderson, the SURFLANT team’s amphibious readiness officer. “It was evident that the ship’s leadership and crew were very engaged.”Arlington has been preparing for this phase of crew certification since “day one” – almost two years – said Prospective Commanding Officer Cmdr. Darren Nelson.“Overall, our programs are in really good shape,” he said. “I’m very proud of my command’s senior leadership, as well as all the first and second class petty officers, who stepped up and made this a success on the deckplates.”The second and final phase of crew certification, scheduled to take place during the last week of February, will include material inspections of the ship.“We cannot perform a material inspection of the ship yet, because most of our equipment is still in warehouses, and the Navy doesn’t own the ship,” Nelson explained. The Navy is scheduled to take delivery of Arlington Dec. 7.Arlington’s next milestone will be acceptance trials, Oct. 28 through Nov. 2.“Huntington-Ingalls Industries will be showing the ship to the Navy’s Board of Inspection and Survey, and if everything looks good, they will make a recommendation to the secretary of the Navy and the chief of naval operations to accept the ship for delivery,” Nelson explained. “Once the secretary of the Navy has given the green light, the supervisor of shipbuilding will accept the ship on behalf of the Navy, and they will sign the ship over to the crew of Arlington.”Arlington is named for Arlington County, Va., home of the Pentagon, in honor of the 184 victims and heroes who lost their lives during the Sept. 11 terrorist attack there.Arlington is the eighth in the Navy’s San Antonio-class of ships, designed to be the most survivable amphibious vessels ever put to sea. The third in the U.S. fleet to bear the name, Arlington will be commissioned in early 2013 and homeported in Norfolk, Va. The ship combines 21st century amphibious shipbuilding and warfighting technologies to support current and future Marine Corps aircraft and landing craft and will be capable of taking nearly 1,200 Sailors and Marines into harm’s way.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, October 31, 2012; Image: US Navy View post tag: Navy View post tag: Arlington Share this articlelast_img read more

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19 Sep

Ashwin falls just short of 80-year-old record

first_imgINDIA’s Ravichandran Ashwin has become the second-fastest bowler in Test history to take 200 Test wickets, reaching the milestone on day four of the first Test against New Zealand.Ashwin claimed three wickets early in NZ’s second innings, moving to 200 Test wickets in just his 37th TestThe Indian spinner sits behind only Australia’s great legspinner Clarrie Grimmett, who still hold the record mark of 36 Tests, achieved in 1936.Australian paceman Dennis Lillee, Pakistan’s Waqar Younis (both with 200 wickets in 38 Tests) and South Africa’s Dale Steyn (39 Tests) are the only other players in history to reach 200 wickets in less than 40 Tests.Ashwin may well have joined Grimmett in reaching the milestone in 36 Tests had the fourth Test against the West Indies last month not been restricted to just 22 overs due to an unsatisfactory outfield in Trinidad and Tobago.Ashwin easily eclipsed the Indian record of the fastest to 200 wickets, beating the previous mark of 46 Tests held by fellow off-spinner Harbhajan SinghHaving claimed four wickets in New Zealand’s first innings, all members of the tourists’ top seven, Ashwin put the Black Caps on the back foot in their unlikely pursuit of 434 for victory in Kanpur.He had out-of-form opener Martin Guptill caught in close by Murali Vijay for a duck before trapping Tom Latham in front just four balls later.And after a long wait, including a close lbw shout and a dropped catch off his bowling, Ashwin trapped NZ skipper Kane Williamson in front for 25 to complete the record.Ashwin is the sixth-fastest to the 200-wicket milestone in terms of time taken, reaching the mark four years and 324 days since he made his debut on November 6, 2011.Australian Shane Warne remains the fastest to the 200-wicket mark from his debut, while legendary allrounder Kapil Dev remains the fastest Indian.It took Grimmett almost 11 years to reach the milestone.Of Ashwin’s 200 Test wickets to date, 133 have come from just 20 Tests on home soil, including 13 five-wicket hauls and three of ten for the match.FASTEST TO 200 TEST WICKETS (Tests played)36 Tests – Clarrie Grimmett (Australia)37 Tests – Ravichandran Ashwin (India)38 Tests – Dennis Lillee (Australia)38 Tests – Waqar Younis (Pakistan)39 Tests – Dale Steyn (South Africa)FASTEST TO 200 TEST WICKETS (Time from debut)Shane Warne (Australia) – 3y, 340d (42 Tests)Graeme Swann (England) – 3y, 348d (48 Tests)Ian Botham (England) – 4y, 30d (41 Tests)Kapil Dev (India) – 4y, 146d (50 Tests)Steve Harmison (England) – 4y, 303d (53 Tests)Ravichandran Ashwin (India) – 4y, 324d (37 Tests)last_img read more

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