HMS Diamond Joins Australian Warship East of Suez

first_imgHMS Diamond has taken her place among the international naval effort determined to stamp out criminal activity on the seas east of Suez. The state-of-the-art destroyer has relieved her sister HMS Daring as the latest Royal Navy warship serving with the 26-nation Combined Maritime Forces, sailing in tandem with Australia’s HMAS Melbourne.Admittedly, HMAS Melbourne rather than the antipodean metropolis, but it’s a start.Indeed the link-up with the Adelaide-class frigate east of Suez was the perfect introduction for the Portsmouth-based destroyer to her new mission.Diamond has now joined the Combined Maritime Forces – the partnership of more than two dozen navies committed to keeping the seas clear of all manner of nefarious activity (pirates, smugglers, drug-runners, people traffickers, terrorists) – which will oversee many of her activities for the next four or five months.The Bahrain-based forces directs the work of three distinct task groups of around half a dozen warships each, operating from the head of the Gulf to the Red Sea in the west, shores of India and Pakistan in the east and Seychelles in the south – an area of some 2½ million square miles or more than eight times the size of the North Sea.The ships allocated to those three task forces – 150 (counter-terrorism/maritime security), 151 (counter-piracy), 152 (maritime security in the Gulf) – typically operate as ‘lone wolves’, hundreds of miles away from other vessels assigned to the same force.So the rare link-up between Diamond and Melbourne allowed for a series of drills, manoeuvres and the obligatory ‘photo exercise’ for the record.Diamond has just relieved her older sister Daring on station east of Suez (D32 is making her way back to Portsmouth through the Med presently) as she knuckles down to her maiden deployment; she’s now engrossed with counter-terrorism and piracy patrols, bringing security and stability to the region.“We have a vital role to play in keeping these sea lanes safe for international trade, not just for the UK but for the good of the wider global economy,” explained her Commanding Officer Cdr Ian Clarke.“It is a massive and important task and we are looking forward to working with colleagues from 26 navies including Australia, Pakistan, South Korea and Thailand as well as our US and European partners.” His ship and the 200 sailors, Lynx crew and Royal Marines aboard will continue their patrol of these waters until their expected return home in late December.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, July 20, 2012; Image: Royal Navy View post tag: Diamond View post tag: Suez Share this article View post tag: joins View post tag: Warship View post tag: Australian View post tag: Navy July 20, 2012center_img HMS Diamond Joins Australian Warship East of Suez Back to overview,Home naval-today HMS Diamond Joins Australian Warship East of Suez View post tag: East View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Naval Training & Education View post tag: HMSlast_img read more

A moment for gratitude

first_imgA note of thanks in the workplace can mean a lot, but with demanding schedules it’s often hard to find the time to share appreciation for those close to us. Last Thursday, Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) staff members took the opportunity to share gratitude for colleagues across the University at the sixth annual Giving Thanks open house.FAS staff members gathered in the faculty room at University Hall to see friends, enjoy cider and cookies, and write personal thank-you notes to co-workers.“I don’t often regret knowing so many wonderful people, but I think I’m going to be here a while,” joked Janet Collins, a case administrator in the Department of College Life, over a large stack of notes.Notes like Collins’ are being delivered via campus mail during this Thanksgiving week. After last year’s Giving Thanks open house, nearly 4,000 notes of appreciation were sent across the FAS.Team members from the Division of Continuing Education (DCE) not only penned thank-you notes, but came to the faculty room as a group. “This is our first year all together. It’s wonderful to come and share appreciation for people on your team,” said Colleen Bertrand, director of human resources administration and payroll at DCE.Staff members also had the opportunity to give back to the larger Cambridge community, thanks to the Harvard Square Homeless Shelter (HSHS). Harvard student volunteers were on hand to collect donations for the shelter, and to share a little information about their work.“The HSHS was the first student-run homeless shelter in the U.S.,” said Harvard student Amy Huang. The shelter provides hot meals every day, nightly sleeping accommodation, clothing and other donations, and advocacy programs like employment and housing search assistance. This year, more than $1,300, socks, and many other items were donated to the HSHS as part of the open house.“We’re looking toward another hard winter, and donations like the ones shared today will go a long way in helping our guests,” said Huang.Gratitude shared Harvard Divinity School students, faculty, and staff share what they are grateful for. <a href=”” rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank”> <img src=”” alt=”0″ title=”How To Choose The Correct Channel Type For Your Video Content ” /> </a>last_img read more