View post tag: vessels Authorities View post tag: Naval May 9, 2012 View post tag: News by topic Back to overview,Home naval-today Australian Govt Assigns USD 33.3 Million for New Vessels View post tag: New Australian Govt Assigns USD 33.3 Million for New Vessels View post tag: Navy View post tag: USD 33.3 million Attorney-General Nicola Roxon and Minister for Home Affairs and Justice Jason Clare announced on May 8 that the Federal Government would provide $33.3 million for the operation of two new vessels for the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service.The 6,500 tonne Offshore Support Vessel Skandi Bergen is 105m long and 21m wide. It has accommodation for up to 100 people, more than 1,000 metres of deck area, and a helipad.The vessel has been purchased by Defence for humanitarian and disaster relief operations and will be transferred to Customs and Border Protection in 2016 to provide a long-term capability to undertake border protection functions including patrols in the Southern Ocean.Ms Roxon said the ships’ primary role for Customs and Border Protection would be to protect Australia’s interests in the Southern Ocean.“The vessel is able to operate in sub-Antarctic weather conditions making it ideal for the work it will undertake in the Southern Ocean,” Ms Roxon said.“The patrols that it will undertake are key to securing our economic and territorial interests.”Mr Clare said the ship would deliver a long-term capability for Customs and Border Protection.“This is about ensuring that Australia’s interests in the Southern Ocean are protected into the future,” Mr Clare said.“The ships’ job will be to provide surveillance, detection and apprehension of any other vessels operating illegally.“That means protecting Australia’s interests in the Southern Ocean maritime against threats like illegal fishing.”Customs will also purchase a dedicated surveillance and response vessel to be located at Ashmore Reef.This vessel will ensure that Australia maintains an effective surveillance capacity around Ashmore Reef into the future.[mappress]Naval Today Staff , May 09, 2012; Image: Australian Govt View post tag: Australian Govt View post tag: Assigns Share this article
Related A Navy SEAL who cheated death finds his voice Warrior-Scholar Project aims to ease their transition to college life An Air Force major completes his Ph.D. and becomes a new parent — all in three years Grit and determination fuels Extension School student Sergio Lopez’s recovery after three heart attacks in succession Ready for takeoff Military, veterans study at Harvard A small, but highly engaged officer-in-training community has begun to grow in the College, where a new administrator helps support students in ROTC and those who are veterans. Jack Swanson and Philip Geanakoplos found their way to Marine Corps Platoon Leaders Course (PLC), an Officer Candidate School held during the summer that awards commissions to graduates who pursue the military after College. “These are very self-driven, self-motivated students,” said Craig Rodgers, program manager for military student services, a role funded by Todd F. Bourell ’92 and Brooke C. Bailey ’92. The two also endowed ROTC and veterans programming as part of expanded support for military recruitment. The Gazette spoke to Swanson and Geanakoplos about their desire to serve their country.Philip Geanakoplos ’21 comes from “a very not military family.”“I had never seen a gun that wasn’t in a police officer’s holster,” said the classics concentrator from New Haven, Conn., who decided to apply for the PLC Combined (rather than the two-summer version of the program) after writing a paper sophomore year for John Stauffer’s course on the Civil War.“My research was on Memorial Hall, which has the names of every Harvard soldier who fought and died for the Union on the wall. It was built to ask every undergrad what they are doing for mankind, and it got me thinking about what I wanted to do to serve,” Geanakoplos said.He prepared both mentally and physically for the 10-week intensive summer program, studying the history of the Corps and hiking with a heavy backpack.,“I’m the third-string goalkeeper on the soccer team so I hadn’t done a ton of running, so I’d go on runs by myself and with friends with the pack. Two days before I went I shaved my own hair. That was a mental step for me,” he said.Still, his platoon started PLC Combined with 85 men and ended with just 75.“The toughest part was tough. You get yelled at constantly. You have to be upbeat. Complaining is just bad for you and annoys everyone else in the group,” he said. “We had LRC, Leadership Reaction Course. I never successfully completed the tasks, but it’s about being able to keep calm and make the right decisions, even if they don’t solve the problem. The gunnery sergeants would try to fluster you all the time. They’d scream and yell to see if, once you messed up, you could recover or if you would wilt.”“We had to demonstrate initiative every day. It’s a bedrock driving force,” said Geanakoplos. “I’m driven, but I always felt initiative was a weakness, and something I wanted to work on.”Jack Swanson ’22 grew up in rural North Carolina, where two-thirds of his class went to work, trade school, or the military after high school. He had planned to enlist in the Marine Corps before College, but his early decision acceptance and the accompanying financial aid package gave him the space to think more deeply about military service.“My freshman year I realized the military was something I still wanted to do. I’m involved in a lot of organizations on campus, and I didn’t want ROTC to crowd my schedule so I started looking at different resources. I reached out to 50 or so people in the Harvard alumni directory and heard back from a dozen, some of whom I still talk to today,” he said.He applied for the two six-week intensive program held during two sequential summers and said COVID made it both better and worse.“Everything was canceled anyway, so the Marine Corps was one of the few things to do, but seven weeks is a long time to be in a bubble. Normally by the fourth or fifth week, you get liberties. You can use the phone, or meet in the outside world, but because of COVID, they cut us off from everything,” the government concentrator said.,The middle of five children raised by a single mom, Swanson’s do-it-yourself attitude helped him through moments of doubt.“I knew why I was there. I wanted to prove myself, but you would still get questions from superiors, and no answer was good enough. Or you would wake up at 2 a.m. and go on an all-day hike with a 50-pound bag and not eat all day,” he said. “There was a lot of pride in finishing, but also humility in questioning why you were there and [whether you] have the resolve to finish.”Swanson thinks more Harvard students “would join if they knew they could do this program and serve and get back out in the civilian world to do what they want to do.”“The military can be a great leadership opportunity. I’ve gotten a lot of emails from first-years, and I’m always happy to talk to them,” he said. “There is a lot of pressure to get that internship, secure that job after College, chase the next step. Signing that paperwork my sophomore year really gave me a sense of freedom I hadn’t felt before. It opened me up to really focus on what I want to focus on.” The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news.
Vietjet bags Best Ultra Low Cost Airline Award 2018Vietjet bags Best Ultra Low Cost Airline Award 2018New age airline Vietjet is certainly no stranger in the aviation arena, making headlines for its innovative campaign executions and exponential growth in recent years.It comes as no surprise that the airline was recently bestowed the inaugural Best Ultra Low Cost Airline Award 2018 title by AirlineRatings.com – the world’s only air safety and product rating review website. Joining the likes of Air New Zealand and Singapore Airlines, Vietjet was named a winner of the Airline Excellence Awards by the website which promotes excellence in the airline industry.Geoffrey Thomas, Editor-in-chief of AirlineRatings,com said, “Vietjet is a real innovator bringing very affordable, safe and enjoyable travel with an outstanding product to millions across Asia and Vietnam. The airline has done the impossible – bringing top class travel to the region at amazing prices and ultimate flight experiences.”“The new award, taken out by Vietjet, celebrates a new breed of airlines that offer extraordinary value to passengers, while not compromising on product or service,” added Thomas.Since its debut in December 2011, Vietjet has rapidly grown its fleet and expanded its route networks to include a number of local and international destinations, opening up affordable travel to all across the region.To date, the airline has flown over 40 million passengers, and been presented with numerous awards including 32 domestic and nine international accolades such as being named ‘The Pioneer Airline’ by The Guide Awards 2017 at the annual festival of national tourism 2017 Vietnam and the ‘The Best Asian Low-Cost Carrier 2015’ at the TTG Travel Awards 2015.At the helm of Vietjet’s success is its Founder and CEO, Nguyen Thi Phuong Thao who was recently listed in Forbes World’s 100 Most Powerful Women list.“I have always aimed big and done big deals. I have never done anything on a small scale and this is the same driving force behind the growth of Vietjet. It is my goal to continue propelling Vietjet forward and leading it to its highest point of success,” said Thao. Vietjet plans to open six new routes in the fourth quarter, increasing its total new routes by 19 for the year 2017.The AirlineRatings.com Airline Excellence Awards, judged by six editors with over 180 years’ industry experience, combines major safety and government audits, with 12 key criteria – up from nine last year – that include: fleet age, passenger reviews profitability, investment rating, product offerings, and staff relations.Source = Vietjet