USA: Navy’s Floating Instrument Platform Celebrates 50th Year of Service

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today USA: Navy’s Floating Instrument Platform Celebrates 50th Year of Service View post tag: Navy View post tag: platform View post tag: Instrument View post tag: News by topic View post tag: celebrates USA: Navy’s Floating Instrument Platform Celebrates 50th Year of Service View post tag: floating View post tag: Servicecenter_img View post tag: Naval June 25, 2012 View post tag: Year The Department of the Navy’s Floating Instrument Platform (R/P FLIP) is celebrating its 50th year of service June 29.Scores of scientists have deployed aboard the 355-foot research vessel, owned by the Office of Naval Research (ONR) and administered and operated by the Marine Physical Laboratory at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at University of California, San Diego, to conduct investigations in a number of fields, including acoustics, oceanography, meteorology and marine mammal observation. “FLIP’s unique characteristic of a low-profile, stable observational platform has proven particularly useful over the years,” said Dr. Frank Herr, head of ONR’s Ocean Battlespace Sensing Department. “It will continue to be a research vessel of choice for our naval scientists.”What makes the vessel so special is that it can partially submerge like a sinking ship by filling ballast tanks in its stern with water. When in its vertical position, FLIP’s visible floating platform extends 55 feet above the ocean surface while the rest of the hull reaches 300 feet below the water. Because so much of the vessel is submerged when it sits upright, the platform is impervious to the ocean waves, providing a stable environment for researchers to do their work.“I’m so thankful that ONR and Scripps have been able to maintain FLIP as an active platform,” said Dr. C. Linwood Vincent, a recently retired ONR division director who managed a number of projects that employed the vessel. Now on the faculty at the University of Miami, Vincent added, “It would be very difficult to conduct these studies on a rocking ship.”Built in 1962, the steel-hulled platform accommodates 11 researchers and a crew of five for up to 30 days. It does not have its own propulsion and must be towed to research locations in the ocean, where it “flips” into vertical position in approximately 20 minutes. FLIP, designed by Scripps scientists Fred Spiess and Fred Fisher, operates in two modes, drifting with the currents or moored to the sea floor, and supports the deployment of a variety of sensors and instruments.“FLIP was originally designed to study underwater acoustics-the bending of sound,” said William Gaines, the program manager at Scripps. “In recent times, we’ve done a lot of the marine mammal research because FLIP has the ability to be very quiet in the vertical position. We can place hydrophone arrays far below the surface and put marine mammal observers up top to correlate the signals from the animals to the visual observations.”In 2010, researchers used FLIP for a set of experiments called High Resolution Air-Sea Interaction project, which measured wind and swell conditions. That data is helping to improve weather models and other ocean-atmosphere databases.“FLIP was the pivotal platform for that project, which also included research done by traditional research ships and remotely piloted aircraft,” said Tim Schnoor, the program officer who oversees ONR’s research vessel programs.Naval Research Laboratory scientists recently employed FLIP for oceanographic work using lasers. Additional studies are in the works, and FLIP will continue to support scientists in their research endeavors.“It’s in good material condition,” said Schnoor. “We’ve continued to invest in maintenance and preservation of the platform, including taking hull thickness measurements to ensure hull integrity. There’s no reason it can’t continue to serve research needs as long as we have users to exploit her unique capabilities.”[mappress]Naval Today Staff , June 25, 2012; Image: US Navy Share this article View post tag: 50th Training & Educationlast_img read more

Escape to the mountains for a weekend of great music under the stars!

first_imgOn July 27, a rock band backed by the Piedmont Symphony Orchestra will celebrate Woodstock’s 50th anniversary. PSO Rocks! “Still Stardust, Still Golden – Woodstock at 50,” will revisit the songs that made this three-day festival one of the most iconic events in music history. One Giant Leap – “The Planets” and Beyond, on July 20, will commemorate the 50th anniversary of the First Moon Landing with a multimedia extravaganza! Tour the galaxy with music and fascinating imagery of official NASA video footage and photos of planets and space scenes, projected onto the big screen. This imagery will provide an exciting backdrop to the Fairfax Symphony Orchestra’s performance of Gustav Holst’s, “The Planets.” Here are some of the highlights of this year’s concert series. For the full concert lineup or to purchase tickets visit our website.   For those who want to turn their music festival experience into a Weekend Getaway, our one- and two-night package deals offer discounts on concert tickets and lodging at Shrine Mont. Rooms in the historic hotel and other cabins and cottages on the pristine 100-acre property make it convenient to walk to concerts in the evenings and visit local attractions during the day. The Shenandoah Valley Music Festival, now in its 56th season, will feature eight outdoor concerts this summer, from July 19 through September 1. Our concerts take place at Shrine Mont, a beautiful historic retreat and conference center, in Orkney Springs, Va. Its location at the foot of Great North Mountain provides a stunning backdrop for our evening concerts, and the venue’s modest size allows for great views of the stage from both the covered pavilion and lawn seating areas.   The best part is our low price of $10 per child forlawn admission (ages 3-17) andfree lawn admission for children 2 and under! If you want to spend the night orweekend at our venue, package deals also include the children’s discounts on concerttickets plus accommodations at Shrine Mont for ages 4-12 (ages 3 and under stayfor free).  We love to see families Come Together to enjoy great music under the stars at SVMF!center_img Our 2019 summer season will kick off July 19 with The Drifters, The Platters and Cornell Gunter’s Coasters, all known for their classic Doo-Wop and Motown hits, including “Under the Boardwalk,” “Only You,” “Yakety Yak,” “Up on the Roof,” “This Magic Moment,” and many more. Other concerts in our lineup include The Beach Boys on July 26, The Oak Ridge Boys on Aug. 9 and Home Free on Aug. 10. and Judy Collins on Aug. 31. SVMF will also be celebrating the 50thanniversaries of two historic events this summer. Our concertseries will come to a close on Sept. 1 with the Hot Strings and Cool BreezesMinifest, featuring The Travelin’ McCourys, Sierra Hull and Justin Moses, andThe Becky Buller Band. The lawn is a great seating option for families. Spread outon the lawn with chairs and a blanket and enjoy a picnic dinner before themusic starts. If the kids get a little restless, they can frolic and play inthe grass or pal around with friends and siblings in a safe environment. last_img read more

3 Americans to train local leaders in Aklan

first_imgProvincial coordinator and Kalibocouncilor Phillip Kimpo said the three trainers were Eric Siervo, ColberProsper and David Aguilar who came from the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America(CADCA). “The event which will be held on Nov.4 to 8 is the third batch of training supported by the United States embassy.It will be held in Astoria Current Boracay,” Kimpo added. Kimpo added that delegates from Aklan,Antique, Cavite City, Iloilo City, and Kidapawan City will also participate inthe event. MALAY, Akan – At least three Americannationals are expected to train leaders and local legislators here on drugprevention and education.center_img “The event is also supported by theprovincial government, the Aklan Community Coalition for Drug Abuse Preventionand Education and the National Movement of Young Legislators-Aklan,” he said. “These delegates will undergointensive training in the days ahead, with the aim of preparing them to be theleaders of their respective kontra-drogacommunity coalitions affiliated with CADCA,” said Kimpo./PNlast_img read more

Root hits unbeaten 184 on captaincy debut

first_imgBy Ed OsmondLONDON, England (Reuters) – New England captain Joe Root rode his luck to make a battling unbeaten 184 and lift the hosts to a commanding 357 for five on the opening day of the first Test against South Africa at Lord’s yesterday.Root, dropped twice, and Ben Stokes (56) shared a fifth-wicket partnership of 114 to dig England out of a deep hole after they had stumbled to 82 for four at lunch having won the toss in excellent batting conditions.The skipper reached his 12th Test century by sweeping spinner Keshav Maharaj for three, raising his bat to all corners of a sun-kissed home of cricket as a packed crowd rose to applaud him.Root emulated the feat of the last three England Test captains, Alastair Cook, Kevin Pietersen and Andrew Strauss, in scoring a hundred in his first game in charge but his day had not started well.South Africa fast bowler Vernon Philander dismissed openers Alastair Cook (three) and Keaton Jennings (eight), forcing Root to stride out to the middle with his team reeling at 17 for two.The 26-year-old struggled to find his usual fluency against a disciplined South Africa pace attack and, on 16, he was dropped at gully off Kagiso Rabada shortly after offering a much more difficult chance to fine leg.Gary Ballance made a scratchy 20 before he was trapped lbw by Morne Morkel and Jonny Bairstow fell lbw to Philander for 10.Root and Stokes batted watchfully in the afternoon session, accumulating runs with careful placement.Stokes did advance down the wicket to lift Maharaj over long-on for six but the firebrand all-rounder also enjoyed a stroke of luck when he was bowled by a Morkel no-ball.Root reached 50 off 89 balls and slowly began to find his usual sweet timing as the South African bowlers tired in the warm conditions.Stokes got to his half-century shortly before tea but he fell soon after the interval, nicking a bouncer from Rabada through to de Kock.After passing his century, Root lit up the ground with crisp punches through mid-wicket and square drives but he had another reprieve on 149 when he was stumped off a no-ball from Maharaj.He struck 26 fours and one six, sharing an unbroken partnership of 167 with Moeen Ali, who finished on 61 not out, as runs flowed in the evening sunshine with England on top at the start of the four-Test series.ENGLAND 1st inningsA. Cook c de Kock b Philander 3K. Jennings lbw b Philander 8G. Ballance lbw b M. Morkel 20J. Root not out 184J. Bairstow lbw b Philander 10B. Stokes c de Kock b Rabada 56M. Ali not out 61Extras: (lb-2, nb-13) 15Total: (for 5 wickets, 87 overs) 357Fall of wickets: 1-14, 2-17, 3-49, 4-76, 5-190.Bowling: M. Morkel 16-1-64-1 (nb-6), V. Philander 16-2-46-3 (nb-5), K. Rabada 23-4-94-1 (nb-1), K. Maharaj 22-1-107-0 (nb-1), T. de Bruyn 5-1-30-0, T. Bavuma 5-0-14-0.last_img read more