Coast Guard, USS Whidbey Island Team Up To Fight Piracy

first_img View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Island View post tag: Whidbey View post tag: to View post tag: Naval Back to overview,Home naval-today Coast Guard, USS Whidbey Island Team Up To Fight Piracy View post tag: Navy An elite U.S. Coast Guard unit joined the visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) team on amphibious dock landing ship USS Whidbey Island (LSD 41) to conduct counter-piracy and maritime security operations in the Gulf of Aden.Members of a maritime safety and security team, based out of Seattle, Wash., and an advanced interdiction team from San Diego, Calif., came together in February, forming the eight-man team.“Our team specializes in boardings,” said Lt. j.g. Michael Holt, officer in charge of the Coast Guard team. “Back home, our focus is mainly on counter-drug operations, but it’s fairly easy for us to put our training to use for counter-piracy missions.”Prior to joining Whidbey Island, Holt’s team attended three weeks of additional training to prepare them for the unique overseas environment.“It’s a very similar mission, but out here we’re not just enforcing U.S. laws, and of course the threat level is inherently higher,” said Holt.The Coast Guard team provides training, experience, and the perspective of full-time boarding team experts.“For our team, VBSS is a collateral duty that’s incorporated when our schedule permits,” said Chief Master-at-Arms Gil Hurtado, Whidbey Island assistant boarding team officer. “The Coast Guard team is rated and billeted for this mission, making them a more fluid unit. Combining the two forces will sharpen our team’s movements and enhance their tactics.”The Coast Guard unit trains with the ship’s VBSS team twice a week. They cover topics such as mission planning, team integration, boarding fundamentals and detainee processing.“The teams work well together, and we definitely benefit from the merger,” said Hurtado.“This is a unique opportunity, and one of the best Navy ships I’ve been on,” said Holt. “Everyone has been very welcoming, hospitable, and gone out of their way to help us out any time we’ve needed anything.”Whidbey Island is deployed as part of the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group (BATARG), supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.[mappress]Source: navy, September 13, 2011; View post tag: fight View post tag: Guardcenter_img View post tag: coast View post tag: piracy Share this article View post tag: USS View post tag: up View post tag: team September 13, 2011 Coast Guard, USS Whidbey Island Team Up To Fight Piracylast_img read more

Dodgers’ Dustin May has one purpose right now, and it doesn’t involve winning in August

first_imgMay showed plenty of promise in the team’s 5-2 loss to the Padres.The 21-year-old went 5 2/3 innings, struck out three and allowed three earned runs in his MLB debut. He threw 98 mph with sink. His wavy red hair was fabulous.Given Los Angeles’ deep rotation and its inability to trade for a top-shelf reliever at the deadline, the club could use May out of the bullpen in the playoffs if he impresses during the regular season. That role would play up his stuff even more — and potentially place him in an elite club of rookie arms who’ve succeeded in October.“If the time comes when I move to the bullpen, I’m 100 percent down for it,” May told reporters before Friday’s game. “At the moment right now, I’m just focusing on my start and we’ll see where it goes from there.”MORE: Here’s how to watch “ChangeUp,” an MLB whiparound show, for free on DAZNOver the past few decades, a number of rookie relievers have been electric in the postseason. Below is a sampling of the newcomers who showed little agitation in high-pressure situations.PitcherAgeTeamYearIPERAKsMariano Rivera25Yankees19955.10.008Francisco Rodriguez20Angels200218.21.9328Adam Wainwright25Cardinals20069.20.0015Phil Hughes21Yankees20075.21.596David Price23Rays20085.21.598Craig Kimbrel22Braves20104.12.087Neftali Feliz22Rangers20107.11.2311Among the players on this list, Rodriguez and Wainwright were probably the most impressive. They each won the World Series and carried a significant workload in key games. Rodriguez in particular stands out because of his age. May is obviously a long way from nearing any of those hurlers in stature. He has made one big league appearance in his life. He has yet to prove himself.As plenty of past pitchers have demonstrated, though, it doesn’t take much regular-season work to get the postseason call.What May does in the short-term is just preparation for the possibility he takes the Dodger Stadium mound a couple of months from now. That’s when his outings would really matter. Dustin May’s Friday night outing was not about Friday night.It mattered because of what it could represent in the postseason. The Dodgers, almost certain to claim their division, are focused on winning the World Series after consecutive defeats on that stage. They’re interested in whether their top pitching prospect can help in that pursuit, not whether he can earn victories in August.last_img read more