View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Minehunting View post tag: Seafox View post tag: Ramsey View post tag: American Back to overview,Home naval-today HMS Ramsey Sailors Learn from Their American Minehunting Counterparts Training & Education Sailors from HMS Ramsey visited their American minehunting counterparts to see how they do their business ahead of a US-UK-French exercise in the Gulf. The Brits joined Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron 15 – known as the Blackhawks – in Bahrain to see their giant Sea Dragon helicopters find and destroy mines.Although Ramsey’s a ship and the MH53 Sea Dragon is an absolute beast of a helicopter, there are surprising similarities in the way the two Gulf-based units can deal with mines.Both launch Seafox – a small robot submarine which is a couple of metres long, powered by batteries which drive four small propellers it carries a camera, searchlight and, when required, a 1.5kg explosive charge – to find and destroy underwater devices.The Ramsey team were keen to see how the Blackhawks used Seafox. And the American fliers were keen to see how the Brits do the same, not least because the Royal Navy has front-line experience of using it off Libya.“We frequently operate in the same area as the mine clearance helicopters, but we’ve never had the opportunity to see how they operate,” said Ramsey’s LS(MW) Graeme ‘Blood’ Reid.Ramsey can also put her specialist explosive ordnance divers in the water to dispose of mines.As for the Blackhawks, they can trawl a cutting wire behind their helicopters to scythe mines from their tethers before divers jump in to neutralise the explosives. Their helicopters can also tow a hydrofoil special sled which creates a magnetic field to trigger mines.Their MH53 is the largest helicopter in the Western World – one third as large again as the Fleet Air Arm’s largest helicopter, the Merlin.The two units worked together during the large-scale IMCMEX exercise this spring and are now doing the same on another international work-out, albeit on a smaller scale with British, American and French minehunters joining up, plus mine clearance teams for the week-long Artemis Trident.The Royal Navy maintains a permanent minehunting presence in Bahrain: two Sandown-class ships (HMS Ramsey and Shoreham), two Hunts (Quorn and Atherstone), plus mother ship RFA Cardigan Bay and the mine warfare battle staff.[mappress]Press Release, July 3, 2013; Image: Royal Navy View post tag: Defence Share this article View post tag: learn View post tag: Navy View post tag: HMS View post tag: Naval View post tag: Counterparts July 3, 2013 View post tag: sailors View post tag: Blackhawks HMS Ramsey Sailors Learn from Their American Minehunting Counterparts
IBEW LOCAL 300 ANNOUNCES UNION PLUS SCHOLARSHIP CUTOFFAwards Open to All Members of AFL-CIO AffiliatesSouth Burlington, Vt. – (Dec. 19, 2007) – The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 300 recently announced the deadline for the Union Plus Scholarship Program.The nationwide post-secondary scholarship – open to current or retired AFL-CIO affiliated union members, their spouses and dependent children – will accept applications until Jan. 31, 2008 and is presented by Union Privilege. Since 1992, over $2.4 million has been awarded to 1,700-plus working families. Formed in 1955, the AFL-CIO is a voluntary federation of 55 international labor unions -including the IBEW – that collectively represent over 10 million working people. The AFL-CIO created Union Privilege in 1986 to provide union members and their families with valuable consumer benefits, such as credit cards, loans, mortgages, insurance, legal resources, travel discounts and education services. “Not only do unions emphasize hard work, but they also encourage continuing education,” said IBEW Local 300 Business Manager George Clain. “This scholarship enables union families across the country to better their lives through learning. Local 300 members, as well as those from other AFL-CIO affiliated labor groups in Vermont, are encouraged to apply.”Union Plus Scholarship applications are available for download at http://www.unionplus.org(link is external). Winners must be accepted into an accredited college, university, community college, technical or trade school at the time the award is issued.ABOUT THE IBEW LOCAL 300Based in South Burlington, the IBEW Local 300 serves 1,200-plus laborers throughout Vermont. The organization is part of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), which is headquartered in Washington, D.C., and represents approximately 750,000 members who work in a wide variety of fields, including utilities, construction, telecommunications, broadcasting, manufacturing, railroads and government. The IBEW has members in both the United States and Canada and stands out among the American unions in the AFL-CIO because of its size and highly skilled constituency.For more information, contact Marketing and Business Development Director Matt Lash at (802) 864-5864, [email protected](link sends e-mail) or http://www.ibewlocal300.org(link is external).