US Navy carrier strike group starts South China Sea patrol

first_img Share this article View post tag: USS Carl Vinson US Navy carrier strike group starts South China Sea patrol View post tag: US Navy Authorities View post tag: South China Sea U.S Navy’s aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson and the attached carrier strike group entered the South China Sea and started patrols in the disputed region, the U.S. Navy announced on February.The start of “routine operations” comes a week after Beijing warned the U.S. not to challenge China’s sovereignty in the South China Sea.What is more, according to media reports, China is considering maritime law changes that could possibly require foreign ships to obtain China’s permission to enter its waters. Additionally, submarines would likely have to surface while transiting Chinese waters.Prior to starting the patrol, USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), together with guided-missile destroyer USS Wayne E. Meyer (DDG 108), and aircraft from Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 2, trained off the islands of Hawaii and Guam to maintain and improve their readiness and develop cohesion as a strike group.The strike group recently enjoyed a port visit to Guam and after departing the Marianas, conducted operations in the Philippine Sea.Vinson last deployed to the Western-Pacific in 2015 and conducted a bilateral exercise with the Royal Malaysian Navy and Royal Malaysian Air Force in the South China Sea. Vinson first operated in the South China Sea in 1983 and in total, has operated there during 16 previous deployments over its 35 year history.“The training completed over the past few weeks has really brought the team together and improved our effectiveness and readiness as a strike group,” said Rear Adm. James Kilby, commander, CSG 1. “We are looking forward to demonstrating those capabilities while building upon existing strong relationships with our allies, partners and friends in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.”While deployed, the Carl Vinson CSG will remain under U.S. 3rd Fleet command and control, including beyond the international dateline, which previously divided operational areas of responsibility for 3rd and 7th Fleets. Third Fleet operating forward offers additional options to the Pacific Fleet commander by leveraging the capabilities of 3rd and 7th Fleets. This operational concept allows both numbered fleets to complement one another and provide the foundation of stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region. Back to overview,Home naval-today US Navy carrier strike group starts South China Sea patrol February 19, 2017last_img read more

Oklahoma man charged in shooting deaths of 5 kids, brother

first_imgMUSKOGEE, Okla. (AP) — A 25-year-old Oklahoma man has been charged in the fatal shootings of his brother and five young children. Court records show Jarron Deajon Pridgeon of Muskogee was charged Wednesday with six counts of first-degree murder and other felony counts. Muskogee police say they don’t yet know why Pridgeon fatally shot 24-year-old Javarion Lee or the children, the oldest of whom was 9. The children’s mother, Brittany Anderson, was also wounded in the shootings early Tuesday and was hospitalized in Tulsa. The youngest victim was 1. Court and jail records do not list an attorney who could speak on Pridgeon’s behalf.last_img

Ireland labour to bonus point win over Russia

first_imgIRELAND remain on course for a World Cup quarter-final after easing to an uninspiring 35-0 win over a toothless Russia in Kobe.Rob Kearney, Peter O’Mahony and Rhys Ruddock scored first-half tries before Andrew Conway secured the bonus point in the 62nd minute.Garry Ringrose’s late score put a final exclamation point on an otherwise flat second half performance.Another five-point win over Samoa would guarantee a place in the last eight.Ireland now have nine days before their final Pool A assignment in Fukuoka against the Samoans.Five days on from their already famous defeat by Japan, Ireland knew there was little they could do to change the narrative of their World Cup campaign to date against a side as unfancied as Russia.The best they could hope for was to secure all five points in a performance that exposed the chasm of quality between the two sides and showed signs of a team with the skill-set to match any side in the tournament.While the victory was never in doubt from the moment Kearney opened the scoring with his fifth try in six World Cup matches inside two minutes, moments of real quality were notable by their absence, particularly in an error-strewn second half. SEXTON’S IMPORTANCE AGAIN UNDERLINEDCaptaining the side from the start for the first time on his 86th international appearance, Johnny Sexton returned to Ireland’s line-up having missed the Japan match through injury.HIs half-time withdrawal only served to further underline how vital the 34-year-old remains to this Ireland side.With the result of the game beyond doubt, Joe Schmidt wasted no time in ensuring his star man left Kobe unscathed, as he handed Jack Carty the reins for the second half.After Kearney raced over off the back of a neat set-piece move, O’Mahony added Ireland’s second after 12 minutes as he latched onto Sexton’s grubber-kick. (BBC Sport)last_img read more

Konadu unhappy with 1-1 draw with Liberty

first_imgKotoko head coach, Maxwell Konadu, was not a happy man after his team failed to beat Liberty Professionals in their Week 7 clash at the Baba Yara Stadium in the Ghana Premier League.The Porcupine Warriors needed William Opoku Mensah to score in the 86th minute to give them a point in the encounter.After defeating rivals Hearts of Oak in Week 6, the expectations were that the Reds would use the momentum of the victory to push them to another victory but they had to settle for a 1-1 draw and that did not make Konadu a happy man on Sunday.“We are not that we lost points at home. We were stronger in the second half but we just could not manage to take the points, We wanted to win to help our position on the table.It was a tough match and Liberty played very well. It was a good match overall but then, Liberty were better than us.”The result meant that Konadu’s team has picked up two wins, a draw and a loss in their home matches so far in the season.Kotoko head to WAFA and Dreams FC in Week 8 and 9 before returning home to face AshGold on February 16.last_img read more