HMS Somerset to Return Home After Six-Month Deployment

first_img February 22, 2012 View post tag: Navy Back to overview,Home naval-today HMS Somerset to Return Home After Six-Month Deployment An emotional homecoming is expected when the Royal Navy frigate HMS Somerset returns to HM Naval Base Devonport, Plymouth, on Friday (24 February) following a six-month deployment to the Middle East.HMS Somerset’s second-in-command Executive Officer, Lieutenant Commander Ben Aldous, said:“Our homecoming is a long and eagerly anticipated conclusion to a lengthy deployment. “Although Somerset is well-equipped and her ship’s company well-trained, it cannot be under-estimated how well the spirit and moral of the team is bolstered by the support of family and friends at home. It is going to be an emotional day.”HMS Somerset has remained at sea for up to six weeks continuously at any one time and visited Oman, United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Tanzania and the Seychelles.Whilst in various ports the crew engaged with their host nations on a variety of issues ranging from maritime security tactics to playing football; all of which served to strengthen international co-operation based on the shared need to protect maritime trade routes.The crew of the Type 23 frigate achieved some operational successes as well as providing life-saving assistance to stranded fishermen.The homecoming is expected to be very moving; many of the sailors have not seen loved ones for many months, including separation over Christmas. As well as crowds waving to welcome the ship at Devil’s Point in Plymouth Sound, families will gather inside the naval base and joined by the rousing music of the Band of Her Majesty’s Royal Marines.Throughout her deployment Somerset’s ship’s company have remained ready to respond to any tasking. She has predominantly been working under Combined Maritime Forces (CMF) as part of a task force which patrols the Red Sea, Gulf of Aden, Indian Ocean and the Gulf of Oman.It is a multi-national endeavour and exists to create a lawful and stable maritime environment free from terrorism, smuggling and piracy. Her principal mission was to deter, disrupt and defeat such actions.Powerful and versatile with the capability to operate anywhere in the world, the Type 23 frigate is the mainstay of the Royal Navy’s surface fleet. The 13 Type-23 frigates form half of the frigate/destroyer force in the Royal Navy. Originally designed for the principal task of anti-submarine warfare, they have evolved into multi-purpose ships.As well as warfare roles, these ships conduct embargo operations using boarding teams, disaster relief work and surveillance operations.[mappress]Naval Today Staff , February 22, 2012; Image: royalnavy HMS Somerset to Return Home After Six-Month Deployment View post tag: after View post tag: Return View post tag: HMS View post tag: Navalcenter_img View post tag: home View post tag: Somerset View post tag: News by topic Training & Education View post tag: Six-month View post tag: Deployment Share this articlelast_img read more

Workplace Insight: Wellbeing deserves more attention

first_img continue reading » Before COVID-19 hit, workplace wellness was a growing priority among credit union leaders, and now it is even more important. It’s difficult to understand the impact that workplace wellbeing, whether it is in the office or a remote work setting, has on employees. Unwell employees are neither happy nor productive.Yet our recent workplace research, published in the whitepaper, “A Study of Credit Union Workplaces and the Future of Work,” consistently revealed gaps between the importance employees assigned to various aspects of workplace wellness and how their workplace supported them. We’re going to walk you through a few takeaways from our research and show you how to take the next step towards providing a healthy working environment both in your office and at home.The majority of wellness efforts don’t deliver impressive results, and this is often due to a disconnect between what employers’ think matters to employees and what actually matters to employees. A recent study published in the Harvard Business Review reveals that the wellness perks that matter most to employees are the basic comforts, including clean air and better lighting.Poor air quality, bad lighting, distracting noise levels, too hot or too cold temperatures, and uncomfortable workstations induce both physical and mental discomfort and stress. These comforts are important to employees, yet these are the areas that employees are most dissatisfied with. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Badgers return home for Big Toe Invitational

first_imgThere is nothing more exciting in college sports than a classic battle between two in-state rivals. Usually the larger school winds up with the victory, but the stage is still set for great competition. This weekend the No. 15 Wisconsin women’s soccer team (4-1-1) will return home to host UW-Milwaukee (2-2-2) and Brigham Young University (6-0) in the Big Toe Invitational.”We are looking forward to being at home again,” Wisconsin head coach Dean Duerst said. “We have not played a home night game, so I hope there is a great electric atmosphere. I’m hoping we will get a lot of students out, which would be great.”The Badgers will play BYU Friday night, before taking on the Panthers Saturday. The Cougars enter the Big Toe Invite undefeated. They are coming off of an exciting Monday night game, where they upset No. 22 Texas 1-0. It was their first victory against a ranked opponent since fall 2003.”[BYU] is a team that you need to respect with their record,” Duerst said. “You need to respect everyone. They have been getting the job done. They have only allowed one goal. This is a team that has obviously put it together early in the season. It will be a great match, which is what we are here for. We are looking for a challenge; it is what makes us a better team.”This will be the first meeting between the Cougars and Badgers. So far this season, the Cougars have shown great dominance in the beginning of their games, a task the Badgers have yet to accomplish.”We want to come out and really set a tone for the match,” sophomore Taylor Walsh said. “I think so far this season we have not played to our potential as far as connecting. So, this weekend, hopefully, we will be able to bring it all together for a big win.”Sophomore goalkeeper Lynn Murray and the Badger defense will be challenged against leading Cougar forwards Jessica Aquino and Jamie Beck. Beck leads the BYU offense with 11 points and Aquino is second with eight. Beck also leads the Cougars with 22 shots, including 11 on goal. The two forwards have four goals apiece.The Badgers will have one last chance to continue their non-conference win streak Saturday against UWM.The Badgers and Panthers have faced each other 21 times in the past, with the Badgers getting the best in 16 matchups. The traditional rivalries between the two in-state schools have become a large focus for the Badgers’ season.”As always it is always big to play an in-state school like [UW-M],” Walsh said. “Every year one of our goals is to win the whole state. So far, Milwaukee has had a really good season.””There is a lot of pride on the line in a game like this,” Duerst added. “It has always been our goal at the beginning of the year to win the in-state title. Milwaukee is off to a very good start. They are always a very organized program. Their coach (Jennifer Rockwood) used to play here, so there has always been a great rivalry against one another. Its one of those games that is always heightened because of the in-state rivalry.”The Badgers are hoping for a big turnout against both schools. It’s a rare occasion when the Badgers get to host a night game, and both games will be played at 7 p.m. at the McClimon Soccer Complex.This weekend will be the last chance for the Badgers to prepare for Big Ten play. The cardinal and white open their Big Ten season next week on the road against Iowa and Illinois.”This weekend is like a Big Ten weekend,” Duerst said. “Both teams are solid. It should prepare us for Big Ten play.”last_img read more