HMAS Penguin Enters Another Busy Year

first_img View post tag: Naval Authorities Back to overview,Home naval-today HMAS Penguin Enters Another Busy Year HMAS Penguin Enters Another Busy Year View post tag: Year View post tag: ANOTHER View post tag: enters January 5, 2015 View post tag: HMAS Penguincenter_img View post tag: Asia-Pacific View post tag: Navy View post tag: Australia View post tag: busy View post tag: News by topic Since receiving a new commander in January 2014, the Australian Navy’s HMAS Penguin has been working around the clock.The establishment was heavily involved with the community participating in a large number of community engagement events throughout the year.Early in the year, divers from the Royal Australian Navy Dive School at Penguin entered as a team for the Balmoral Swim for Cancer and then Penguin played host to the Youth Leadership Forum which provided a unique opportunity for some year 11 and 12 high school students to meet with personnel and discuss the opportunities available in Navy.In May, personnel from Penguin volunteered to support the annual Humpty Dumpty Foundation’s Balmoral Burn. The race has upward of 10,000 participants running, walking and crawling 420 metres up Awaba Street, Sydney’s steepest street.Other community engagement events included the Manly Relay for Life and also making the Annual Penguin Gate to Gate run a ‘White Ribbon event’ as part of White Ribbon Day, thereby raising funds in support of the national movement to prevent violence against women.The annual Penguin Community Reception and Ceremonial Sunset on 13 November showed community leaders the talents of the Royal Australian Navy Band – Sydney Detachment, along with the HMAS Penguin guard as they performed ‘Beat to Quarters’, a traditional naval ceremony which dates back to the age of sail.Impressed with the effort from Penguin personnel over the past year, Commander Paul Gall reflected on the base’s community engagement program.Penguin has always enjoyed a strong Community Engagement program and this year has been no different.It culminated with the ceremonial sunset which was very well received and was a fitting climax to the year with the band putting on a great show along with the guard made up of Penguin’s ship’s company. Of note was having the three mayors from Mosman, Manly and Warringah attend and it certainly was a spectacle to end what has been a busy and dynamic year.The establishment has undergone many changes during the year, with the Royal Australian Navy Dive School and Submarine Underwater Medicine Unit moving into new facilities.The Officer in Charge of the Royal Australian Navy Dive School, Lieutenant Commander Russ Crawford said, since opening in February the new facility has trained over 400 Defence personnel. On 30 October the refurbished Diving Training Facility Pool was officially opened.The team at HMAS Penguin starts another year of raising, training and sustaining members of the Royal Australian Navy and lending a helping hand in support of the local community.[mappress mapid=”14833″]Press release, Image: Australian Navy Share this articlelast_img read more

Football: Takeaways from lifeless loss against Penn State

first_imgDuring their preseason poll, the AP placed the University of Wisconsin football team fourth in the nation. That’s why it was so baffling when they went on to lost to Brigham Young, University of Michigan and Northwestern.Now, after a loss to Penn State University, the AP’s mistake has become clear: They simply misplaced the four. It should have been in the loss column as the Badgers limp to season’s end with a 6-4, 4-3 Big Ten record.Saturday, the Badgers traveled to Beaver Stadium for a pre-supposed matchup of conference stalwarts, that instead has turned to a far less compelling display by game time, as both teams had already garnered three losses and plenty of disappointment.Though the Badgers particularly still had a tangible goal to play for, as they were still in contention for the Big Ten West Title despite trailing Northwestern in the standings by a game.Football: Stagnant offense, injuries lead to 22-10 loss at Penn StateTo keep Big Ten Championship hopes alive, Saturday’s showdown in Happy Valley was a must-win for Wisconsin football. In a Read…Second-string for a reasonThanks to Badgers quarterback Alex Hornibrook’s struggle with a nagging head injury, his backup sophomore Jack Coan received the call for his second start and third game of the season.The original plan for Coan was a redshirt season, as freshman Danny Vanden Boom was called on for mop-up duties, now Coan has reached the three-game threshold and it is up in the air if he will exhaust his eligibility with any play throughout the rest of the year.In the previous two games, despite the deafening cries all season from Hornibrook haters who claimed omnipotent knowledge of Coan’s prowess, we didn’t see much in Coan’s game that could lead to a strong interpretation either way.In his start against Northwestern, he looked adept at points, only to be exposed down the line as the Badgers failed to find any success whatsoever through the air in the final minutes. In limited time against Rutgers he put up a nice 5-7, 64 yard stat line, but still didn’t really yield a judgment.Saturday’s game shifted the Coan-O-Meter into “Uh-oh” mode, as the young gun looked like if Hornibrook tried to play righty.Football: Wisconsin loses nose tackle Olive Sagapolu for remainder of seasonIn what has already been a season replete with adversity, the Wisconsin defense was dealt yet another unfortunate blow Thursday Read…His 9–20, 0 TD-2 INT game looks bad on paper. But it felt worse. He also got sacked six times, which isn’t his fault, but at least on those plays we knew where the ball was going.When Coan threw Saturday we didn’t know if it was going 10 yards wide of his receiver, into the hands of a PSU defensive back or, in the case of a fourth quarter drop by tight end Jake Ferguson, directly through the hands of the receiver.Suffice to say, Coan is not prepared to be a starting quarterback, and will likely quiet the Hornibrook haters for at least a few games.Even Taylor can’t helpIt must be frustrating for sophomore running back Jonathan Taylor when he breaks off a 71-yard touchdown in the first quarter, finishes with 185 yards and a 9.3 yards per game average, yet isn’t able to give his offense even a fighting chance.We often praise the single-faceted nature of the Badger offense, because there is truly something incredible about a team that announces to the whole world its game plan every week for the last thirty years and is still able to execute at a pretty nice clip.But this season has shown that it would be really nice to — I don’t know — have a reliable passing game to take pressure off of the run? Just a thought.Taylor now has 1,548 yards on the season — his second straight year eclipsing the 1,500 yard mark — and moves into eighth place on the Badgers all-time rushing list.ILBs continue to dominateAt times this season, it seems like senior linebacker T.J. Edwards is pouring water into a big bucket with a hole in the bottom. Despite the glaringly apparent short-comings in the Badgers defense, particularly their lack-lusters pass rush and ineffectual secondary play, Edwards — along with fellow inside linebacker staple Ryan Connelly who recorded his perfunctory 10 tackles — has remained excellent.Football: AJ Taylor’s unexpected season as No. 1 receiving optionSo far this season, University of Wisconsin receiver AJ Taylor has accumulated 406 yards and three touchdowns on 24 receptions Read…Saturday’s performance was no different, as the senior notched the second highest tackle total of his career and best of the season with 14. He’s had a double-digit tackle game in three of the Badgers last five games.Though perhaps Edwards had the better game, it was Ryan Connelly who earned my personal envy. He had the luxury — dare I say the privilege (!) — of sacking Penn State quarterback and cover model for smug POS magazine Trace McSorley.Four losses is bad. Four losses is sad. Four losses makes nobody glad.Yet here we are.last_img read more