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

Evan Molloy stymies Colgate offense in Syracuse men’s lacrosse’s 18-3 win

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on May 7, 2016 at 5:37 pm Contact Connor: [email protected] | @connorgrossman Evan Molloy has seen Syracuse’s defense start to click, and it’s “beautiful” from his view. The defensive midfielders. The long poles. The close defenders. Molloy rattled off a laundry list of outstanding remarks about a unit that put Syracuse on the fringe of NCAA tournament contention for two months.The junior goalkeeper’s only notable omission was himself. Since entering a blowout loss to Notre Dame with 11 minutes left and allowing three goals to whizz past him in that timeframe, he’s been the best thing to happen to the Orange defense.“It’s better than what I expected,” head coach John Desko of Molloy’s play. “… I made the decision to go with (Molloy) and I’m glad I did. It’s worked out really well. He’s playing well and playing better.”He was rock solid again from the crease, allowing one goal in two and a half quarters before Warren Hill relieved him in No. 5 Syracuse’s (11-4, 2-2 Atlantic Coast) 18-3 explosion against Colgate (4-10, 2-6 Patriot) on Saturday afternoon in the Carrier Dome. Molloy’s teammates and coaches have lauded the first-time starter for his communication and athleticism outside the crease.The skill set was on full display against the Raiders, as Molloy scooped up a loose ball on Colgate’s first possession of the game after defender Nick Mellen had it knocked out of his stick in a brief moment of panic. The 6-foot-1 goalie emerged from his safe zone and deftly slung a pass to Brandon Mullins, rescuing the possession.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textA savior role is the one that’s best fit Molloy. He’s revived plenty of possessions, but the ultimate topper for SU is the amount of opposing possessions that haven’t reached the back of the net. He hasn’t allowed a goal in one third of his quarters (8-of-24) since becoming a starter.“I think that I’ve become more patient,” Molloy said. “I think I kind of more attacked the ball when I first got here. I think I kind of took a step back and let the game come to me more.”He’s welcomed it with open arms, and added a new dimension to Syracuse’s defense. Molloy’s willingness to vacate the crease has lent itself seamlessly to clearing situations, which he’s now prominently a part of.Raiders head coach Mike Murphy knew what his team was up against with Molloy, and the problems he’d cause them on the ride. To counter, Murphy wanted his players to get in Molloy’s face, forcing an errant pass or turnover. But it didn’t stop Molloy from either dishing off to a defender, or even launching a 20-plus yard pass up field to create transition offense with Tom Grimm.Murphy wanted his team to work Molloy side-to-side, preventing the home run pass. But the Syracuse goalkeeper kept swinging. And in the few swings the Raiders put on goal, Molloy performed well as a catcher.“He seems to be seeing the ball really well down the stretch,” Murphy said, “which is always great when you’re moving into tournament play.“You’re going to need your goalie to be the guy that erases mistakes.”That’s all he’s done since entering the UND game on April 2 that was lost many minutes before he stepped in the crease. Since then, his team has one loss and is bound for the NCAA tournament with a conference championship under it’s belt.Molloy’s fortified the Syracuse’s greatest weakness, and in its eyes, it’s a beautiful thing. Commentslast_img read more