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.
Syracuse snuck out with a seven-point win over UNC Asheville on Thursday, advancing to the third round of the NCAA Tournament. The Orange will face eighth-seeded Kansas State, a 70-64 winner over Southern Mississippi in the second round, on Saturday.The Wildcats (22-10) have had a successful, but inconsistent season. Kansas State has three wins against ranked teams – two of them against Missouri – but was also swept by Oklahoma, one of the worst teams in the Big 12 this year. KSU goes as Rodney McGruder goes, and his 30-point effort in the second round propelled the Wildcats to this game.Syracuse (32-2) and Kansas State will square off at 12:15 p.m. on Saturday in Pittsburgh. Here’s a look at this year’s Wildcats team, the program’s history and the university as a whole:About the 2011-12 WildcatsStatistical leaders: McGruder is Kansas State’s scoring leader with 15.9 points per game, and KSU only has two players total in double digits scoring. Jamar Samuels (10 points, 6.6 rebounds) is Kansas State’s leading rebounder, and Angel Rodriguez leads the Wildcats with 3.2 assists per game. Jordan Henriquez, KSU’s 6-foot-11 forward, leads the team with 2.5 blocks per game. He had six against Southern Miss, and is averaging 4.2 blocks per game over his last five.The head coach: This is Frank Martin’s fifth season as head coach at Kansas State, and it is the fourth time he’s taken the Wildcats to the NCAA Tournament. He has won at least one game in each of the four appearances, taking KSU to the Elite Eight in 2010. Martin became the Kansas State head coach in 2007 after Bob Huggins left the Wildcats to take the head-coaching job at West Virginia. Martin was an assistant under Huggins at both Kansas State and Cincinnati.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBest wins: Baylor (8 RPI) and (twice) Missouri (10)Worst loss: (twice) Oklahoma (138)How they got in: Kansas State received an at-large bid out of the Big 12 Conference. The Wildcats lost their first game of the Big 12 tournament to Baylor, 82-74.About the Kansas State men’s basketball programColors: Royal PurpleConference: Big 12Facility: Bramlage Coliseum (12,528)Mascot: Willie WildcatNCAA Tournament history: This season is Kansas State’s 26th NCAA Tournament appearance, and the third year in a row the Wildcats have made the Big Dance. Kansas State holds a 33-29 all-time record in the NCAA Tournament and has advanced to four Final Fours (1964, 1958, 1951, 1948). The Wildcats lost to Kentucky in the 1951 national championship.Last season, Kansas State made the tournament as a No. 5 seed and knocked off No. 12 Utah State, 73-68, in the second round. The Wildcats fell to No. 4 Wisconsin in the third round.Syracuse and Kansas State met in a regional final in 1975. The Orangemen defeated the Wildcats, 95-87, in overtime.Wildcats in the pros: Kansas State has two active players in the NBA. Michael Beasley, the second overall pick in the 2008 NBA Draft, plays for the Minnesota Timberwolves. Bill Walker, a teammate of Beasley’s at Kansas State, plays for the New York Knicks.Kansas State has had seven NBA first-round picks in its history, including one No. 1 overall pick. Bob Boozer was taken with the top pick in the 1959 NBA Draft by the Cincinnati Royals. Howard Shannon was also taken with the No. 1 pick in the 1949 Basketball Association of America Draft by the Providence SteamrollersOther notable former Kansas State players include Lon Kruger and Mitch Richmond.About Kansas State UniversityType: PublicLocation: Manhattan, Kan.Enrollment: 19,385 undergraduatesFounded: 1863President: Kirk SchulzAthletic Director: John CurrieFamous alumni: Kirstie Alley (actress), Sam Brownback (Governor of Kansas), Josh Freeman (Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback)-Compiled by Mark Cooper, sports editor, [email protected] Published on March 16, 2012 at 12:00 pm Comments Facebook Twitter Google+