HMAS Ballarat Celebrates Tenth Birthday

first_img View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Birthday View post tag: HMAS July 29, 2014 The Royal Australian Navy (RAN) Anzac Class Frigate HMAS Ballarat proudly celebrated her tenth birthday recently, on a characteristically windy day at Fleet Base West. It was a busy time for the ship’s crew as they were preparing Ballarat to enter the Anti Ship Missile Defence (ASMD) upgrade program, whilst simultaneously bringing Ballarat’s sister ship, HMAS Anzac, back into service after completing the upgrade.As Ballarat was being readied for the upgrade that will see a major increase in her capabilitiies, the ship’s company took time out to celebrate the significant milestone marking a decade of service to the Navy.To celebrate the event, the members of Ballarat’s crew mustered in the hangar to wish her a happy birthday including cutting a cake made by her own Chefs. The cake was cut by the ship’s Commanding Officer, Commander Matt Doornbos, assisted by crew members Seaman Rylan Painter (the ship’s youngest crew member) and Chief Petty Officer Tony ‘Angry’ Anderson, a member of Ballarat’s commissioning crew.“It is a very proud moment to see the ‘Ole Girl’ turn 10, and I wish her all the best through the Anti Ship Missile Defence Upgrade.“I trust that future crews enjoy as many good times as I have in my postings to Ballarat,” Chief Petty Officer Anderson said.HMAS Ballarat is the second RAN ship to bear the name and is the eighth Anzac Class Guided Missile Frigate to be built by the then Tenix Defence Systems in Williamstown, Australia.She was laid down in August 2000, launched in May 2002 and commissioned on 26 June 2004.Over the past ten years Ballarat has steamed in excess of 27,000 hours for a distance greater than of 324,000 nautical miles.[mappress]Press Release, July 29, 2014; Image: Australian Navy Back to overview,Home naval-today HMAS Ballarat Celebrates Tenth Birthday View post tag: Naval View post tag: celebrates View post tag: Navy HMAS Ballarat Celebrates Tenth Birthday View post tag: Ballarat Training & Education View post tag: Tenth Share this articlelast_img read more

$1,000 to win for IMCA Modifieds at Willamette

first_imgBy Ben DeatherageLEBANON, Ore. – Willamette Speedway returns to racing Saturday, Aug. 27 with Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds headlining the card with a $1,000.00 to win feature courtesy of Schram Brothers Excavating.The feature is a qualifying event for the 2017 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot.Grandstand admission is $14 for adults, $10 for juniors, seniors and military, $5 for youth and a family pass (two adults and up to four youth) is $35. Front gates open at 3:30 p.m. and racing kicks off at 6 p.m. For more information, log onto

Hammers: Stadium move not state aid

first_imgWest Ham are confident that the deal to move into the Olympic Stadium does not contravene domestic or European legislation and “categorically” stated that it does not constitute state aid. “It is clear that the linking of the naming rights to West Ham United generates real cash value for the LLDC. “Without West Ham United, the Stadium would continue to cost the taxpayer millions of pounds a year. “With us, the public purse will see a return on the hundreds of millions of pounds that were committed to build the Stadium, long before West Ham’s association had begun.” West Ham’s statement was echoed by the LLDC, who highlighted the Olympic Stadium’s multi-use future. “Our position has always been absolutely clear the arrangements for the Stadium at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park do not constitute state aid,” a LLDC spokesperson said. “The Stadium will remain in public ownership after it has been transformed into a multi-use arena and has two concessionaires UK Athletics and West Ham United. “This autumn it will host five matches of Rugby World Cup 2015, a Rugby League international and, in 2017 the IAAF World Athletics Championships and IPC World Athletics Championships. “We have appointed an operator whose role is to programme other events in the Stadium including concerts and conferences, alongside the sport. “We formed our position after taking specialist advice and it was shared with the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and the Department for Culture, Media and Sport before we completed the open competitive process to find the main concessionaire and before we entered into contract with West Ham United.” The report suggests the failure of London Mayor Boris Johnson and the London Legacy Development Corporation to obtain prior approval from the European Commission before signing the deal opens up the possibility of challenges from anyone who feels disadvantaged. That could leave West Ham facing a large compensation bill, but the club defended their position in a lengthy statement about the Olympic Stadium deal. A West Ham spokesman said: “West Ham United is confident that its agreement with the LLDC complies with all relevant UK and European legislation and categorically does not constitute state aid. “Indeed, the European Commission looked into a complaint in relation to our move to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in 2013 but ‘decided not to further pursue’ the matter. “The club was selected as anchor concessionaire following a fair, transparent and robust process that was open to any group or organisation in the country. “Out of the four proposals submitted, West Ham’s was selected as it delivered a sustainable and viable future for the Stadium and, crucially, provided the best return for the taxpayer. “The agreement with the LLDC will see West Ham make a substantial capital contribution towards the conversion works of a Stadium that it may only rent for up to 25 matchdays a year, pay a multimillion pound annual usage fee, as well as offering a share of food and catering sales from its supporters. “The worldwide draw of hosting the most popular and watched football league in the world in such an iconic venue will add value to any sponsorship and commercial agreements related to the Stadium, which the public purse stands to further benefit from. The Premier League club are set to move into the London 2012 showpiece venue for the start of 2016-17 season, but the journey there has been a tortuous one, fraught with controversy. Fresh questions were raised about the award of the 99-year lease to West Ham on Tuesday, when it was suggested the deal may contravene European state aid law. Press Associationlast_img read more

One Razor Clam Beach Opens April 9, Three Other Beaches…

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0 OLYMPIA – State shellfish managers have approved a morning razor clam dig that will run April 9-14 at Twin Harbors beach and April 12-14 at Long Beach, Copalis, and Mocrocks beaches.No digging will be allowed at any beach after noon.The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) approved the dig after marine toxin test showed the clams are safe to eat on those beaches.Digging dates, along with morning low tides, at the four beaches are as follows: April 9, Tues., 6:39 a.m., 0.0 ft., Twin HarborsApril 10, Wed., 7:19 a.m., -0.3 ft., Twin HarborsApril 11, Thurs., 7:57 a.m., -0.4 ft., Twin HarborsApril 12, Fri., 8:34 a.m., -0.4 ft., Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Copalis and MocrocksApril 13, Sat., 9:11 a.m., -0.2, ft., Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Copalis and MocrocksApril 14, Sun., 9:49 a.m., +0.1, ft., Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Copalis and Mocrockscenter_img By law, clam diggers are limited to 15 razor clams per day, and are required to keep the first 15 clams they dig. Each digger’s clams must be kept in a separate container.“We take those rules seriously,” said Capt. Dan Brinson, of WDFW’s enforcement program. “We encounter some harvesters during virtually every dig setting aside small or broken clams in the hope of finding larger ones to take home. That’s a waste of the resource and violators will be cited.”Potential penalties for violating the rule range up to a $1,000 fine and 30 days in jail, he said.Brinson also reminds diggers that all diggers age 15 or older must have an applicable 2013-14 fishing license to harvest razor clams on any beach, noting that licenses effective for 2012-13 expired at midnight March 31. Licenses are available online (, by phone (1-866-320-9933) and from license dealers around the state.last_img read more