Norway: EMS Inks USD 289 Million Military Contract

first_img View post tag: Navy Norway: EMS Inks USD 289 Million Military Contract View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Norway View post tag: EMS View post tag: 289 View post tag: Inks Industry news Back to overview,Home naval-today Norway: EMS Inks USD 289 Million Military Contract View post tag: Naval View post tag: million View post tag: USD September 19, 2012 Eitzen Maritime Services ASA (EMS) today announced that the Company has been awarded a USD 289 million Military supply order from a major NATO country. The customer is EMS largest customer and has been an important business partner to EMS Group since 1988.The contract is for food supplies and distribution to the country’s naval fleet and shore bases in the Middle East and Africa region over the next 5 years. The new contract replaces the bridge contract which the Company announced on 18 June 2012. The deliveries will be handled by EMS’ UAE subsidiary, Seven Seas Shipchandlers LLC.Delivery under the new contract will start up in Q1 2013.  The minimum contract award value is USD 43.2 million and for award budget purposes the maximum value is set at USD 1.30 billion.  Profitability under the contract is considered normal for the industry.The award of this contract is an important milestone for the EMS Group and in particular for Seven Seas Shipchandlers and will improve operational visibility and predictability over the contract period. With this award, EMS Group holds a portifolio of long term military contracts providing an annual turnover of more than USD 100.Eitzen Maritime Services is a global leader ship supply company with operations in 60 ports around the world. General supply to military forces is currently EMS’ largest segment, alongside supplies to the world’s merchant fleet.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, September 19, 2012; Image: EMS View post tag: military View post tag: contract Share this articlelast_img read more

News story: New stealth jets set to arrive home in Britain

first_imgToday’s 617 Squadron is currently training with the UK’s F-35 Lightning jets in America before they start flying to the UK two months ahead of schedule. This provides a good opportunity for support staff to do extra training on the road to the jets being ready for operational service by the end of the year. 75 years ago the Dambusters pushed the boundaries of what was possible. That same spirit of innovation continues today as the Dambusters of today prepare to fly the world’s most advanced fighter jet in the skies over the UK. Just like those Lancasters which played such a vital role in the Second World War, the F-35B Lightning is based on great British design, operating with futuristic technology to adapt to an increasingly dangerous world. Wing Commander Guy Gibson, while Commanding Officer of No 617 Squadron RAF, wearing flying kit.617 Squadron, commonly referred to as the ‘Dambusters’, were originally set up for the highly-specialised mission to knock out dams and disrupt industrial production in the Ruhr Valley of Germany.Wing Commander Guy Gibson hand-picked his bomber crews for the original 617 Squadron, who then went on to deploy the iconic ‘bouncing bomb’ which had to be dropped above the water at an exact height of 60 feet and a speed of 220mph. The crews successfully managed to breach the Mohne and Eder dams. I have the great privilege of leading a jointly manned Squadron made up of the best engineers, mission support personnel and pilots from the Royal Air Force and Royal Navy. The original Dambuster Squadron did not know what their mission was going to be until the last moment. Yet they had to make sure they were ready and that is as true for us today. The spectrum of missions we can undertake in the F-35 will be huge and we have to make sure we are ready to do whatever is asked of us. Gavin Williamson confirmed the imminent arrival of the F-35 Lightning stealth jets to RAF Marham in Norfolk during an event at RAF Coningsby to mark the 75th anniversary of the famous Dambusters raid of World War II.The aircraft are due to fly across the Atlantic Ocean from the United States with several air-to-air refuelling serials. They will be flown by members of the newly reformed 617 Squadron which flew, and was immortalised by, the Dambusters mission in 1943.Defence Secretary Gavin Williamson said: 617 Squadron’s Commanding Officer, Wing Commander John Butcher617 Squadron’s Commanding Officer, Wing Commander John Butcher, said: Read the full interview with Wing Commander Butcher which compares todays 617 Squadron with the Dambusters of 1943 hereThe F-35B Lightning, multi-role fighter jet is the first to combine radar evading stealth technology with supersonic speeds and short take-off and vertical landing capability. It will be jointly manned by the Royal Air Force and the Royal Navy and can operate from land and sea, forming a vital part of Carrier Strike when operating from the Queen Elizabeth Class aircraft carriers.last_img read more

News story: Fourth Quick Reaction Alert Squadron for RAF Lossiemouth

first_imgThe personnel and aircraft of IX(B) Squadron will be at the heart of the UK’s Quick Reaction Alert (QRA) Force, ready to take off within minutes of an alert being triggered.The Squadron was officially stood up at a ceremonial parade and flypast at RAF Lossiemouth today, but has been operational since 1 April. The standing up of the new Squadron coincides with RAF Lossiemouth marking its 80th anniversary.Some of the Squadron’s aircraft will be painted in distinctive markings to identify them as training ‘adversaries’, in their role as ‘aggressors’. In this role, they will provide a sterner training test to RAF and NATO fast-jet pilots, as they will play the role of opposing aircraft which match their speed and manoeuvrability while using the latest real-world dogfighting and air combat tactics against them.Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Hillier said: I’m delighted to be back at RAF Lossiemouth today, one day after the station celebrated its 80th Anniversary. RAF Lossiemouth has and will continue to play a key role in the Defence of the United Kingdom, being ready to intercept potential airborne threats 24/7 and in addition shortly becoming home to our nine new submarine hunting P-8A Poseidon Maritime Patrol Aircraft. These will work with our Typhoon force to patrol far out into the Atlantic protecting the UK’s submarine-based nuclear deterrent and two new aircraft carriers. Today’s transition of IX Sqn from Tornado to Typhoon is one important part of the expansion of RAF Lossiemouth which will see the number of service personnel here increase to some 2,300, supported by a further 1,800 MOD civilian and contractor staff. I am proud to see our Combat Air capabilities continue to grow, a necessity as they will undoubtedly continue to be in exceptionally high demand on operations, here in the UK and across the world. Image shows Chief of Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Hillier, and RAF personnel at a ceremony to mark a fourth Quick Reaction Alert Squadron based out of RAF Lossiemouth. Crown Copyright.Quick Reaction Alert involves the entire UK Air Defence system on standby at immediate readiness, 24/7, 365 days a year, with aircraft from RAF Lossiemouth and RAF Coningsby protecting northern and southern UK airspace respectively. In recent months, Typhoons from RAF Lossiemouth have been scrambled four times as long-range Russian bombers approached UK airspace.Personnel and Typhoons from RAF Lossiemouth conducted a NATO Air Policing mission role in Romania in 2018, where they scrambled eight times in response to 20 Russian aircraft as part of assurance measures for eastern allies. Later this year, RAF Lossiemouth aircraft will deploy to Iceland to conduct a further NATO Air Policing mission, while other aircraft from the UK Typhoon force deploy to Estonia on a similar task.The Typhoon has exceptional performance that makes it capable of intercepting aircraft from the smallest light aircraft to the largest of airliners.  The supersonic fighter has the ability of reaching all corners of the UK’s airspace within minutes of getting airborne.last_img read more

Activist promotes stalking awareness

first_imgSaint Mary’s Belles Against Violence Office (BAVO) hosted Debbie Riddle, who spoke Tuesday evening to promote awareness of stalking. Riddle’s sister Peggy Klinke was stalked by an ex-boyfriend, Patrick Kennedy, who murdered Klinke in 2003. Her murder led to a congressional briefing and declaration of National Stalking Awareness month celebrated every January.Riddle said the highest rates of stalking occurs between the ages of 18-24.“When we surveyed college-age women during a nine-month period, which is one year on a college campus, 13 percent of women surveyed reported being stalked,” Riddle said. “So when you apply those numbers to the Saint Mary’s population of just over 1,500 students, at a rate of 13 percent you would have 197 stalking cases. That’s putting 200 women in this room and labeling them as stalking victims.”Riddle said through her three-year-long relationship with Kennedy, her sister suffered emotional abuse.“The behavior is cyclical,” she said. “Women that are in an abusive relationship sort of learn to know the ebb and flow of this behavior; it is pretty predicable, but sometimes they don’t know what is going to set them off.“This is what Peggy lived with. Patrick was very good at removing Peggy from her social circle.”Riddle said the most critical time for women in abusive relationships is when they decide to leave. She said soon after Peggy left Patrick, he began to stalk her sister.“Basically [victims] are asking, what is my punishment going to be when we walk away from this? What will he do to me?’” Riddle said. “… She called me and she said ‘you are never going to believe this, you know what he is doing to me? He’s stalking me.’ … What he started with was 55-155 text messages, phone calls every single day. This went on for days; she wouldn’t answer her phone, she wouldn’t respond to text messaging. He began to follow her in his truck, sit outside her work, outside her gym.”Riddle said stalking includes noncriminal behaviors such as texting, phone calling, leaving music on someone’s voicemail and more — anything that instills fear in a victim.“The behavior will tend to escalate overtime; it won’t stay consistent,” she said. “It might start out in text messaging and end up in murder.”Riddle said her sister’s habits as she was stalked illustrate the profound psychological toll stalking may take on its victims.“No eating, no sleeping, hyper-vigilant, certainly wouldn’t stand in front of any windows, wouldn’t stand in front of a door, wouldn’t answer the door, wouldn’t answer the phone,” Riddle said. “She was very edgy. It seemed like everything scared her. She was afraid of everything. It was so painful to look at her and really not be able to do a thing for her.”Riddle said even after receiving death threats from Patrick, the police department was reluctant to deal with the case. Riddle shared details about her sister’s final moments spent trapped in her bedroom with her friend Rachel, in a violent confrontation with Patrick.“Peggy knew this was the end, and I think what Peggy felt was, ‘Thank God this is over. Thank God it’s done,’” she said.Riddle said telling her sister’s story helps her own healing process.“I started putting things together, people are coming in and out of the house and I sort of became the spokesperson of our family,” Riddle said. “Every time I told the story, it made my heart heal more and more. I can make the world a safer place for women like you.”Tags: BAVO, Belles Against Violence Office, Debbie Riddle, National Stalking Awareness Month, Stalkinglast_img read more

Speaker promotes LGBTQ acceptance

first_imgIn October 1998, Judy Shepard’s son Matthew was murdered in a hate crime. 17 years later, Shepard spoke as the keynote speaker for Ally Week 2016 to share a mother’s perspective on hate crimes and prejudice.On Tuesday night, Shepard spoke about the theme of acceptance and how it applies to members of any community that may experience discrimination, not just the LGBTQ community.“This is not just about the LGBTQ community — this is about everybody,” Shepard said. “This is not a new thing. Unfortunately, it’s something we deal with not in a positive way, so what we do now at the Matt Shepard Foundation is promote the idea that we should accept everyone for who they are. Not just members of the [LGBTQ] community, but everybody as fellow human beings because really, at the core of it, we are all the same.”In her victim statement, a statement read to the court by the victim or their loved ones so the court gets to know the victim during a trial, Shepard said she and her family started the Matt Shepard Foundation to solidify her son’s legacy.“While Matt was in the hospital, many people concerned about him began to send money to help defray medical costs,” she said. “As a family, we decided we would rather use that money to make something positive come from something so completely devoid of humanity. We have started the Matthew Shepard Foundation and are hoping that it will be helpful in encouraging acceptance and embracing diversity. It is one way we can honor our son.”Shepard said she does not understand why people struggle or refuse to accept members of the LGBTQ community for who they are.“You don’t tolerate people,” she said. “You accept them because they are who they are. You can’t change who you are. You are who you are, you love who you love and that’s just the way it is. How you choose to live your life is certainly up to you, but you are who you are and the idea that you can change any of that is, in my opinion, absurd.”Shepard said her son’s death was a direct result of the hate that had been normalized in society.“Matt is no longer with us because two men learned that it was okay to hate,” she said. “Somehow, somewhere they received the message that the lives of ‘the others, those people,’ are not as worthy of respect, dignity and honor as the lives of ‘us.’ They were given the impression that society condones or is at least indifferent to violence against ‘the others, the people.’”Even though progress such as the legalization of gay marriage has been made recently, the type of violence and discrimination Matt experienced remains prevalent, Shepard said.“When same-sex marriage became the law of the land — or should I just say when marriage, for everyone, became the law of the land — we began to feel pushback from places that did not want to honor marriage between same-sex couples,” Shepard said. “We’re facing actual, open discrimination now and we’ve taken many, many steps back when we thought we were moving forward … You can still be fired in over half the states for being gay.”Despite the remaining legislation discriminating against the LGBTQ community, Shepard said the 2009 Federal Hate Crimes Prevention Act, which carries Matthew Shepard’s name, offers some hope.“Before, [LGBTQ] was not a protected class and now it is,” Shepard said. “It’s the first time that any federal legislation actually mentions the gay and lesbian community as a protected class. It is also the first time that any legislation is actually progress in the [LGBTQ] community, so this is really a special thing.”Tthe most powerful way to combat this discrimination is through education, Shepard said.“We’ve become a SIC society — silent, indifferent and complacent,” she said, “For all those who ask what they can do for Matt and all the other victims of hate and hate crime, my answer is this: educate, educate, educate … It’s the key. Everything stems from ignorance. Fear, violence [and] hate stem from ignorance.”However, Shepard said no legislation will ever be as effective as sharing a personal story and urged the audience to speak out.“If you tell your story, then other people begin to understand what that story is about,” she said. “No one knows how to help you, no one knows what they can do for you until you share your story. It makes it personal, it makes it real. It’s so much more difficult to hate a person or discriminate against a person than it is against an abstract idea … Storytelling is how we change the world.”Shepard placed an emphasis on the importance of allies also sharing their stories and said she believes her son’s death contributed to expanding the ally community.“If he were here, I’m not really sure where we would be in the land of progress,” Shepard said. “I think what happened to Matt woke up the straight world about what’s going on to the gay community. Of all the mail we received, easily over half was from the straight community.”Shepard said her and her husband’s work as allies is their attempt to carry on Matt’s work for him.“Dennis [Shepard] and I feel like we are doing what Matt would be doing if he were still here,” she said. “If Matt were still with us, if what happened to him had not happened, then he would be doing this work … I would not be here, you all would not know who I am — it would be Matt that would be here, and that would be just fine with me.”Tags: acceptance, allies, Death, Judy Shepard, LGBTQ, Matthew Shepard Foundationlast_img read more

Lula to decide on fighter jet deal after October elections

first_imgBy Dialogo September 09, 2010 We in Latin America continue behaving stupidly by spending fundamental human resources for the development of weapons. How long are the irresponsible politicians going to use the people’s resources in order to continue the absurd arms race that lead to nothing and with the passage of time will be seen as absurd. Brazil is a “developed” country on the outside, but inwardly it is poor. History and the people should charge the politicians for their irresponsible attitude and for their complete absence of love for the people and humanity. Enough is enough! It must be an honor, to be the host of a program of this importance of which the whole world is interested. A wise and intelligent sale of the 2×1 airplanes – handing it over in my country neither one is possible at any time. President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva will decide who gets Brazil’s multi-billion dollar contract to build jet fighters, after the October elections but before he leaves office on January 1, his defense minister said Tuesday. The finalists now battling it out in the final stages of the tender are France’s Rafale made by Dassault, Sweden’s Gripen NG by Saab, and the F/A-18 Super Hornet manufactured by US giant Boeing. “After the (October 3) elections, the president will study the issue. He’ll make a decision this year, during this administration,” Defense Minister Nelson Jobim said after presiding an Independence Day parade, as quoted by Agencia Brasil news agency. The deal is estimated to be worth between four and seven billion dollars, depending on details of armaments, maintenance and peripheral industrial involvement. Brazil could also end up buying up to another 100 fighter jets from the supplier over the long term. Brazil has made technology transfer the main priority in the tender, so it can produce fighter aircraft itself and boost its aviation industry. To that end, Lula has already stated his preference to purchase 36 French-made, semi-stealth Rafale jets. Lula will call a meeting of his national defense council, and announce his decision after hearing its advice. Throughout the bidding process, however, the president has made it clear the final decision involved politics and was his alone to make. Brazil’s Air Force has stated that from a defensive point of view all three bids meet the requirements of the national defense strategy that was approved last year. Lula’s candidate to succeed him in October, Dilma Rousseff, has taken a commanding lead over her nearest challenger Jose Serra, Sao Paulo’s former governor.last_img read more

Female Combatants

first_imgBy Dialogo March 08, 2013 If this was supposed to be a tribute to honor how far women have come, not only in the armed forces, but in the world, for International Women’s Day, you’ve achieved completely the opposite.This is a condescending, sexist account of how a MAN sees women in “his” arena. Do you all forget that none of you would even be here if it was not for a woman and her period for that matter? Do you forget the GREAT female leaders the world has had throughout history and in combat? Maybe not combat in the front lines the way described in this ignorant article, but definitely throughout history…Disappointed that Diálogo would publish this. The U.S. society has a peculiar cultural acceptance on female combatants. At Arlington National Cemetery, located a few miles away from the Pentagon, in Washington, D.C., there is a section dedicated specifically to female participants in armed conflict. The topic has already been approached in a romantic manner, in movies such as G.I. Jane (1997), starring Demi Moore; Private Benjamin (1980), starring Goldie Hawn; among others. Normally, the female gender is presented with equal conditions to perform combat activities. Statistically, men have more physical strength and a higher carrying capacity for weight, when compared to women. This is a physiological difference that must not be ignored. Women also have menstrual periods (which can have psychological influence), and 11% more fat and 8% less muscular mass; we must remember that “combat makes no compromises.” These aspects directly influence performance during the fulfillment of a mission. Obviously, this does not mean that some women cannot have better performances than many men. The democratic regime seeks equal rights for all citizens, on all aspects, including the possibility of risking their lives to defend their country. Based on this premise, at the end of January, the Pentagon authorized female participation in front-line activities. It was not the first time that this occurred; in theory, France, Australia and Germany have already adopted this practice. Besides, in the asymmetric war (which currently prevails), the geo-referenced definition of the battlefield is very difficult; car bombs may be launched at command posts, soldiers are shot by snipers in regions that are considered relatively safe and civilians are kidnapped by terrorists. The U.S. Armed Forces have nearly 1.5 million troops, among which approximately 210,000 are women. However there are no females in Infantry troops, Rangers, and Special Operations, some of them (paramedics, pilots, and aircraft mechanics, among other jobs) have been participating in combat activities since 2001. The Brazilian Army first incorporated women in its ranks in the early 90s, only for support and administrative activities. Later on, female doctors, engineers, veterinarians, and nurses, joined. The Brazilian Army now trains females at the Military Parachuting Basic Course and some have graduated from the Jungle Operations Course. However, the standard requirements for them are lower. Moreover, there are no records of direct participation in combat activities. After a visual review, most likely only the females from professional fields such as medical (licensed vocational nurses and doctors) and communications were in fact employed at the front lines. The job opportunities within the Brazilian troops are rare, which makes it hard to be conclusive on this matter. I was fortunate enough to have trained the first two female jungle warriors in Brazil, at the Jungle War Instruction Center, in 2010, when I was chief of the Education Division. It was not my own initiative, and I had not created the physical qualifications for admission either; I followed orders with a lot of intellectual discipline (and I was against it, as well as the entire instruction team). I sustained that the physical ratings required were significantly inferior compared to those of the males, and even then, only two (out of ten volunteers) were approved. However, the two women who finished the course, performed along with 35 men (who were approved in the male-specific selection process). I want to emphasize that the requirements during the course were the same for all students, and one man quit during the second week. Their physical and intellectual performance as students was equivalent to the males, even when carrying the weight in their backpacks. Later, while in the command of the Sampaio Task Force, for the occupation of the slums known as Complexo do Alemão (2011) and Complexo da Penha (2012), I had female soldiers (military police, dentists, and doctors) in the territory, supporting the Infantry combat groups by performing searches of people at the checkpoint. During this time, their performance was widely praised. I believe that the requirements must be the same for both genders, specific for each type of mission, not only for intellectual evaluation, but also psychological and physical. It is not fair to allow a desperate and under qualified member to join the team, regardless of the gender, in a high risk mission, only to ensure democratic equality. Some activities, even for physically qualified soldiers, may result in severe physical injuries that can be irreversible, such as spinal disc herniation, for instance. Of course there can be missions for which the right profile is a female. All will depend on the situation. Another development that has been creating trouble for U.S. commanders is sexual harassment. Many allegations of rape have gone unsolved (due to difficulty of identification, no material proof, among other matters), but on the other hand, any compliment from a colleague during meal time at the ranch, via text message, comments on social networks, or any joke can be interpreted as sexual harassment. Therefore, I believe that the subject will remain under development and management of the facts by the commanders and counsels, which will lead to an improvement of the female participation in the Armed Forces all around the world. *Fernando Montenegro is a Colonel/R1 of the Brazilian Army, Special Forces, and Airborne Command, specialized in Counterterrorism and, twice commander of a Light Infantry Battalion Task Force This article was originally published on the Operational Magazine website last_img read more

Your technology provider is not your opponent

first_imgKnow your opponent. That’s the advice that one industry pundit offered to financial institutions in a recent opinion piece about negotiating pricing with technology companies.Know your opponent.I’m not going to lie. When I first read that, it made my stomach churn a little. Then it just made me angry. Why? Because that’s about the worst advice ever – and I mean ever.Know your opponent.That encourages financial institutions to create and maintain an adversarial relationship with their technology vendors. That’s so fricking stupid, it boggles my mind.Here’s a newsflash for all you banks and credit unions out there: Your technology vendors are not your enemies. They’re actually your friends. Or at least they should be. They want the exact same thing you want – for you to be successful using their products and services. You’re both on the same side. continue reading » 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Good news, bad news for credit unions and millennials

first_imgThere is good news and bad news for credit unions and millennials.The good news is that 20% of millennials in the age group, 18-24, use credit unions as their primary financial institution.The bad news is that only 10% of millennials, age 25-34, use credit unions as their preferred financial institution, according to the latest consumer finance trend survey released Thursday by FICO, a San Jose, Calif.-based analytics software company.There’s more bad news. continue reading » 7SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img

5,000 CU reps head to capital

first_imgThe largest gathering of credit unions in the country will kick off this weekend when CUNA hosts its annual Governmental Affairs Conference (GAC). Approximately 5,000 people are expected for the meeting at the Washington Convention Center.And for the first time, a little piece of history will also be visiting the meeting.Although CUNA and its state leagues host meetings in advance of the GAC itself, the conference officially launches on Sunday afternoon, beginning with a Small Credit Union Roundtable and first-time attendee orientation, before the first keynote address begins at 4 p.m. The opening keynote will be given by the portrait and documentary photographer who goes by the single name Platon. Platon has worked to promote inclusion and human rights around the world.GAC will include full days of keynote addresses and breakout sessions on Monday and Tuesday, with a half-day scheduled for Wednesday. Wednesday afternoon and Thursday will include the annual Hike the Hill effort by credit union representatives as they meet with their respective members of Congress. continue reading » 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more