IKE CSG holds anti-submarine drill with Turkish Navy

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today US aircraft carrier holds anti-submarine drill with Turkish Navy US aircraft carrier holds anti-submarine drill with Turkish Navy View post tag: US Navy Authorities June 27, 2016 Share this article View post tag: Ike CSG U.S., Turkish Navy ships during ASWEX. Photo: U.S. NavyShips assigned to the Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group (Ike CSG) met with Turkish naval forces to stage an anti-submarine warfare exercise on June 25.Shortened to ASWEX, the exercise was designed to utilize the navies’ skills while defending multiple units from possible sub-surface threats.“Anti-submarine warfare is a major component in protecting the U.S. homeland and reassuring our commitment to our NATO partners,” said Capt. Scott Switzer, commander of Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 26 and the sea combat commander for Ike CSG. “Working with our counterparts in the Turkish Navy helps hone our skills and amplifies our interoperability for future missions.”The ASWEX, Ike CSG’s second since departing homeport June 1, focused on communication, maneuvering and surveillance and was executed from the guided-missile destroyer USS Nitze (DDG 94).“This is a great opportunity to work with Turkey and to practice all components of anti-submarine warfare,” said Lt. Alex Coker, submarine operations officer for DESRON 26. “The exercise execution was safe and professional for all units involved.”The centerpiece of the group, aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN 69)(Ike) and embarked Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 3, also took part in an air-defense exercise along with Turkish naval forces ships.The ADEX portion required communication between participating ships and aircraft in order to share tactical data and carry out a safe exercise.“All units in the carrier strike group must work together to maintain the recognized air picture,” said Lt. Mathew Rechkemmer, the air and missile defense commander’s liaison officer to Ike CSG. “Our mission is to ensure all ships and aircraft are ready to defend themselves and protect the aircraft carrier at all times.”Throughout the exercise, each unit was responsible for its share of a collaborative effort, strengthening the interoperability between each nation’s military. The ships involved in the exercises include ships from the Ike CSG guided-missile cruiser USS San Jacinto (CG 56) and guided-missile destroyers Nitze and USS Mason (DDG 87); other U.S. ships operating in the area: USS Donald Cook (DDG 75), USS Porter (DDG 78), and the Turkish G-class frigates TCG Gemlik (F-492), TCG Gaziantep (F-490). View post tag: Turkish Navylast_img read more

The deliverers are among the culprits in package thefts

first_imgDear Editor:Your article on package thefts hit home for us–literally. We have been the victims of package thefts on multiple occasions and the problem seems to be increasing. I blame the major delivery services–USPS, UPS and Fed Ex–for making it easy for thieves to help themselves. Although the police chief said that most of the thefts occur in multi-unit apartment buildings, we own a single-family home with a front door that faces the street. If no one is home, more and more often the couriers will choose to leave a delivery outside rather than take it back with them and try again the next day.When a delivery person leaves a package in plain view like that, only three short steps separate our purchases from anyone who wants to take something that isn’t theirs. And what’s worse is sometimes we ARE actually home at the time, waiting for the delivery, and they STILL choose to leave packages outside rather than ring the doorbell and wait the 30 seconds it would take for us to get it. Not long ago I happened to be leaving the house and as I opened my door a delivery man was standing outside leaving. He had just left a large, very visible box on our stoop and was heading back to his truck. I asked him why he didn’t ring the doorbell. He shrugged his shoulders and said, “Sorry, dude.”I have called the three main services to complain and I’ve also called some of the large companies we buy goods from, including Amazon. Their response is always something like, “It’s up to the discretion of the courier.” While Amazon and some of the others will resend the stolen item or give a refund, it’s a huge inconvenience and an invasion of privacy to have to deal with stolen merchandise. This epidemic of thefts from multi-resident dwellings and private homes is out of control (not just in Hoboken but it is definitely easier here) and neither merchants nor the delivery services seem to care. If I treated people that way in my business I’d be unemployed. Anonymouslast_img read more