USS Benfold, Milius and Barry to Join U.S. Navy’s 7th Fleet in Yokosuka, Japan

first_img View post tag: Naval View post tag: USS View post tag: U View post tag: join The U.S. Navy has announced that the ballistic missile defense (BMD)-capable guided-missile destroyers USS Benfold (DDG 65) and USS Milius (DDG 69) will become part of the Forward Deployed Naval Forces (FDNF) based at Commander, Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan.Benfold and Milius will leave their current homeport of San Diego and forward deploy to Yokosuka in the summers of 2015 and 2017, respectively. The move directly supports the announcement made by Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel in April of this year that the Navy would commit to sending two additional BMD-capable ships to the defense of Japan by 2017.The Navy also announced that the guided missile destroyer USS Barry (DDG 52) will conduct a hull swap with USS Lassen (DDG 82) and become a member of the Forward Deployed Naval Forces (FDNF) in early 2016. USS Barry will forward deploy from its current homeport of Norfolk, Va. while USS Lassen will return to the U.S. and homeport in Mayport, Fla.Barry, Benfold, and Milius will all complete a midlife modernization, making them among the most capable ships of their class. All will be fitted with the latest Aegis Baseline 9 combat system which includes state of the art air defense, ballistic missile defense, surface warfare and undersea warfare capabilities.The three Flight I ships will also receive upgrades including a fully-integrated bridge, improved machinery, damage control and quality of life improvements, an advanced galley and commercial-off-the-shelf computing equipment.These U.S. BMD-capable forces, combined with the sea-based missile defense systems operated by their counterparts in the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, as well as the new TPY-2 radar at Kyogamisaki scheduled to start operations later this year, provide the U.S.-Japan alliance a regionally responsive missile defense capability.[mappress mapid=”14089″]Press release; Image: U.S. Navy Authorities View post tag: Navy USS Benfold, Milius and Barry to Join U.S. Navy’s 7th Fleet in Yokosuka, Japan View post tag: Milius View post tag: Japan View post tag: 7th Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Benfold, Milius and Barry to Join U.S. Navy’s 7th Fleet in Yokosuka, Japan View post tag: Benfold View post tag: Yokosuka October 17, 2014 View post tag: fleet View post tag: Barry View post tag: S Share this articlelast_img read more

Yonder Mountain String Band Announces 2019 Summer Tour

first_imgJamgrass quintet Yonder Mountain String Band has announced their upcoming 2019 summer tour dates, which will feature support from Southern rockers Great Peacock for an extensive portion of the tour.Yonder Mountain String Band will open up their tour with a performance at Charlotte, NC’s Sound Of The Summer on May 3rd, followed by festival appearances at Rochester, NY’s Lilac Festival (5/10); Cumerland, MD’s DelFest (5/23 & 24); and Chillicothe, IL’s Summer Camp Music Festival (5/26).The band will then head to Wichita, KS’s Wave on May 29th, followed by stops at Ozark, AK’s Backwoods at Mulberry Mountain (5/30); Huntsville, AL’s SideTracks Music Hall (5/31); Canton, NC’s Cold Mountain Music at Lake Logan (6/1); Isle Of Palms, SC’s Windjammer (6/2); Annapolis, MD’s Rams Head On Stage (6/4); Newport News, VA’s Boathouse Live (6/5); Rocky Mount, VA’s Harvester Performance Center (6/6); Wilmington, NC’s Brooklyn Arts Center at St. Andrews (6/7); Greenville, NC’s The State Theatre (6/8); Telluride, CO’s Sheridan Opera House (6/21); and a final stop at the 46th annual Telluride Bluegrass Festival on Saturday, June 22nd.Head to Yonder Mountain String Band’s website for ticketing and more information.Yonder Mountain String Band 2019 Summer Tour:5/03 Charlotte, NC Sounds Of The Summer5/10 Rochester, NY Rochester Lilac Festival5/23 & 24 Cumberland, MD DelFest5/26 Chillicothe, IL Summer Camp Music Festival5/29 Wichita, KS Wave5/30 Ozark, AR Backwoods at Mulberry Mountain5/31 Huntsville, AL SideTracks Music Hall #6/01 Canton, NC Cold Mountain Music at Lake Logan6/02 Isle Of Palms, SC The Windjammer6/04 Annapolis, MD Rams Head On Stage #6/05 Newport News, VA Boathouse Live #6/06 Rocky Mount, VA Harvester Performance Center #6/07 Wilmington, NC Brooklyn Arts Center at St. Andrews #6/08 Greenville, NC The State Theatre #6/21 Telluride, CO Sheridan Opera House6/22 Telluride, CO 46th Telluride Bluegrass Festival# with Great PeacockView Tour Dateslast_img read more

Saint Mary’s hosts first 5k ‘Sister Sprint’

first_imgSaint Mary’s Student Government Association (SGA) hosted its first ever ‘Sister Sprint,’ a 5k run and walk, on Saturday as a fundraising event to benefit the Sisters of the Holy Cross.Starting at the Saint Mary’s Welcome Center, the race wound through campus and the Saint Joe River trail, ending in front of Madeleva Hall. Visiting members of the Sisters of the Holy Cross opened the event with words of encouragement and the “runner’s version” of an Irish Blessing.Sarah Law, a Saint Mary’s junior and chair of the SGA Community Committee, said she was happy with the results of the ‘Sister Sprint.’ Though rain and driving winds made for a muddy nature trail and prevented many runners from participating, Law said she was impressed by those who pushed through the inclement weather.The race raised about $440, Law said, which will be used to support the missions of the Sisters of the Holy Cross and aid them in their global efforts to help others.“I hope that [in the future] more money can continue to be raised through this race in order to support the wonderful things that the Sisters do across the world,” Law said in an email.The unpredictable spring weather and the busy schedule of Junior Moms Weekend made planning the event challenging, Law said. The planning committee also required special permission from the Sisters to use the nature trail as part of the race course.As the event is intended to occur yearly, Law said she hopes that the ‘Sister Sprint’ encourages more interaction between Saint Mary’s students and the Sisters of the Holy Cross in future years.“I think that as a campus, we definitely can benefit from having more involvement with the Sisters,” Law said. “For the future, I hope that this event can be a bigger success in terms of student and community involvement. This was the first year for the race, but I think that it could be a new SMC tradition.”Natalie Dock, a Saint Mary’s junior who participated in the event, said she enjoyed the ‘Sister Sprint’ despite the poor conditions.“The race was really fun … although it was kind of rainy,“ Dock said. “It was really nice that everyone stuck together and we finished pretty much together. I think it will be a fun event for next year, as long as it’s sunny.”Tags: Sarah Law, Sister Sprint, Sisters of the Holy Cross, Student Government Associationlast_img read more