Back to overview,Home naval-today HMS Bulwark Returns to Plymouth, UK [mappress]Naval Today Staff, December 3, 2012; Image: UK MoD December 3, 2012 Training & Education Share this article View post tag: Plymouth View post tag: Naval View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Returns View post tag: Bulwark View post tag: Navy View post tag: UK View post tag: HMS HMS Bulwark Returns to Plymouth, UK The amphibious warship HMS Bulwark returned to her home base of Plymouth last week after two months with the largest Royal Naval deployment of the year in the Mediterranean.The command and control ship led the UK’s Response Force Task Group (RFTG) on Exercise Cougar 12, consisting of the helicopter carrier HMS Illustrious, Plymouth-based HMS Montrose and HMS Northumberland, Royal Fleet Auxiliary ship Mounts Bay and the heavy-lift ferry Hartland Point.HMS Bulwark’s Commanding Officer, Captain Andrew Burns, said:“It has been an immensely successful deployment. We have proved we have the professionalism and the tools to do the job that we are here to do. We have come a long way in the two months since we sailed from Devonport, and we have honed the skills that make HMS Bulwark a capable and formidable amphibious platform and fleet flagship.“We now look forward to 2013 and the opportunities that we are presented with to develop and build upon our capabilities even further.”Sailing fully loaded with 550 sailors, Royal Marines and Commander United Kingdom Task Group staff officers, 62 Land Rovers and armoured vehicles and eight amphibious landing craft, HMS Bulwark departed as a fully loaded amphibious assault platform ready to grasp every opportunity available on the exercise to train and prove her capabilities.Having trained off the south west coast of England, where the task group took the opportunity to exercise the key elements of amphibious operations, the RFTG sailed for the Mediterranean, taking the opportunity to train with the Danish, French and Spanish navies along the way.The culmination of all the rehearsing took place in Corsica, testing the Combined Joint Expeditionary Force concept developed under the UK and France Defence Cooperation Treaty.The British and French navies were successfully able to examine and test the maritime element by demonstrating the task group’s ability to project air power from the sea using the French Carrier Strike Group and the British Amphibious Task Group, with HMS Bulwark at the centre of amphibious operations.The 13-day exercise in Albania involved Royal Marines from 30 Commando Information Exploitation Group and 45 Commando, a full land and air assault on the Vlore Peninsula, and simulated small boat attacks against the ships in the task group by the Albanian Navy, playing the role of smugglers and insurgents.Exercise Albanian Lion allowed HMS Bulwark to demonstrate her prowess in amphibious operations, command and control, and surface defence against maritime attack.The crew of HMS Bulwark also enjoyed port visits to Gibraltar, Toulon, Corfu and Malta for diplomacy duties, memorial services and sporting events. The crew are now taking some well-earned leave.
IS IT TRUE at tonights City Council meeting a presentation will be made by a representative of the Evansville Redevelopment Commission and VenuWorks to update Council members on recent changes to the newly amended contractural agreement between the City and the new owners of the Thunderbolts? …we hope that the presenters will give Council members a true and accurate line item breakdown on how the Thunderbolts have lost many hundreds of thousands of dollars this season? …we would also like to know if the taxpayers of this community have been subsidizing any of the financial losses of the Thunderbolts? …we also hope that the above individuals will come forward and tell Council members who ready owns the Evansville Thunderbolt hockey team? …it would be extremely helpful to find out who are responsible for covering any financial losses of the Thunderbolts at the Ford Center? we also hope that the presenters will tell Council if they have any past or present bills they haven’t paid?…we hope that presenters will include the $8 million annual bond payment in their profit and lose statements they present to Council this evening?IS IT TRUE we predict that the upcoming city budget shall be a financial disaster because of excessive past and present spending habits of the current Administration? …we wonder how Mayor Winnecke and Council Finance Chairman Dan McGinn are going to come up with the money to build the new Lloyd Swimming Pool at Robert’s Parks, build the Penguin display at the Zoo and pay for the excessive financial shortfall of City employees Healthcare coverage for the coming budget year?IS IT TRUE that the majority of Council members are going to attempt to take an additional 2% of our Homestead Tax Credit money so they can cover their excussive spending habits?IS IT TRUE that it should be blatantly obvious to anyone who has been paying attention that the City of Evansville can’t seem to figure out how to make a buck or break even on any sports related activity?…the latest revelation is that the public golf courses are costing the Evansville Park and Recreation Department a boatload of money?IS IT TRUE specifically speaking the golf courses had a positive balance of $300,000 in 2011 when Mayor Winnecke was first elected and now 5 years later the balance is NEGATIVE $700,000?…That means the golf courses have lost $1 Million in 5 years?…a loss of $200,000 per year to subsidize a bunch of loser golf courses is nothing less than taking money from those who don’t play golf and giving that money to a golfer?…it is time for the City of Evansville to either figure out how to make a profit on the city owned and operated golf courses or lease them to a private developer?…there are only two ways to make a moneymaker out of a losing operation and those either increase revenue, cut expenses, or preferably both?IS IT TRUE it isn’t just golf that is a subsidized losing operation in the City of Evansville’s portfolio of investments? …sports entities that have been reported to lose money are Thunderbolt teams, the Evansville Bluecats (arena football), outdoor football, and a couple of now defunct basketball teams?…even the NFL Evansville Crimson Giants couldn’t make a go of it?…it has also been reported on many occasions that the Evansville Otters baseball operation struggles financial?…profits and sports are not two things that have gone together in many years?…repeating the same thing over and over and expecting a different result is the definition of insanity?Todays ‘Readers Poll” question is: Do you think the City should consider leasing City golf courses to private developers?FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail