first_img Industry news The US Navy’s 11th Virginia-class attack submarine was christened in Groton, Conn., Nov. 2, during a late-morning ceremony at the General Dynamics Electric Boat (GDEB) shipyard.The ceremony marked the official naming of Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) North Dakota (SSN 784). The ship is currently under construction by both GDEB and Newport News Shipbuilding, a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries, through a teaming arrangement.Ship sponsor Katie Fowler, wife of retired Vice Adm. Jeff Fowler, was on hand to officially christen the submarine by breaking a bottle of sparkling wine against the back of the boat’s sail. “In the name of the United States, I christen thee North Dakota. May God bless her and all that sail in her,” said Mrs. Fowler just before giving the bottle a brisk swing.During keynote remarks, Commander Submarine Forces Vice Adm. Michael Connor told more than 4,500 dignitaries, Sailors, and shipyard personnel in attendance that the Navy needs the nuclear-powered attack submarine as soon as “practical.” “The Submarine Force eagerly awaits the day when USS North Dakota will assume the watch and establish a legendary reputation worthy of the name North Dakota,” said Connor. “There’s still much to be done, and there is not a moment to lose.”PCU North Dakota is the second Navy ship named after the 39th state. The first was a Delaware-class dreadnought battleship.SSN 784’s name was chosen in honor of North Dakota’s proud military heritage. Seventeen North Dakotans have been awarded the Medal of Honor for actions in combat.In future years, the attack submarine will deliver speed, agility, stealth, endurance and firepower to combatant commanders directing U.S. military operations around the globe.Virginia-class subs have improved stealth and sophisticated surveillance capabilities. Their special warfare enhancements enable them to meet multiple mission requirements.North Dakota will be able to attack targets ashore with highly accurate Tomahawk cruise missiles and conduct covert long-term surveillance of land areas, littoral waters or other sea-based forces. Its reactor plant is designed so that it will not require refueling during the planned life of the ship, reducing lifecycle costs while increasing time at sea.North Dakota’s construction will continue during the next few months as its 138 crewmembers prepare to evaluate the ship’s seaworthiness and operational performance during sea trials. “The Navy and the nation count on our submarine force to deliver relevant and powerful capabilities where and when it matters, and nothing is more important to meeting that commitment than building the most capable submarines in the world,” said Rear Adm. Ken Perry, commander, Submarine Group 2.In addition to surveillance missions, North Dakota will be able to perform anti-submarine and anti-ship warfare; deliver and support special forces; and conduct mine delivery and minefield mapping operations. “Every phase of submarine construction requires world-class expertise and close partnership, and today’s christening at Electric Boat signifies a key milestone in that partnership toward delivering North Dakota to the fleet,” Perry added.PCU North Dakota is scheduled officially join the Navy fleet once commissioned in early 2014.The submarine measures 377 feet in length and has a beam of 34 feet. It will displace 7,800 tons and be capable of operating at more than 25 knots under water.[mappress]Press Release,November 4, 2013; Image: US Navy Share this article Back to overview,Home naval-today US Navy Christens 11th Virginia-Class Attack Sub center_img November 4, 2013 US Navy Christens 11th Virginia-Class Attack Sublast_img read more

first_img With only the runner-up, Arctic Fire, renewing rivalries, Harrington and JP McManus saw an opening on Merseyside and it proved the correct call, albeit after a dramatic climax. Tony McCoy, riding at his last Grand National meeting, was content to bide his time on the 3-1 shot, tracking Ruby Walsh’s every move aboard Arctic Fire. The top two closed up on the leaders from the home turn and neither jockey had gone for everything when favourite Arctic Fire crashed out at the last. With Rock On Ruby hampered by the fall, Jezki sauntered clear on the run-in, passing the post with 13 lengths in hand. Harrington said: “We weren’t worried about stepping up to two-and-a-half (miles). There was no reason he wouldn’t get it. “It was a good decision to come here. I was worried Cheltenham was only three weeks ago, but once we saw what was entered and what was going to run, it was really a no-brainer. “You start off the season and think ‘this is going to be easy’. He’d won the Champion Hurdle, he’d won the Champion Hurdle and Punchestown and you think ‘we’ve just got to turn up and win’. “But we kept running into Hurricane Fly and in Ireland, there’s nowhere to hide. “I’m absolutely thrilled he’s won here today. It’s great for the horse, it’s great for JP (McManus, owner) and I’m absolutely delighted to give AP a winner here, as I think he’s been slightly frustrated with the horse all year.” Jezki could now return to Punchestown, with Harrington raising the possibility of a further step up in distance in the World Series Hurdle. “Today is today, we won’t worry about plans,” said the County Kildare handler. “He’s entered in the Champion Hurdle at Punchestown and he’s entered in the three-mile race as well, but let’ see what happens.” McCoy felt he had Arctic Fire covered when he came to grief. “The two of us were racing between the second-last and the last and this lad has an inclination to go left, so I wanted to make sure I got the inside on him,” said the jockey. “I thought it was going to be a tight race. Whether I’d have won or not I don’t know, but 50 yards from the hurdle I thought I had him (Arctic Fire) beat. “I’m going to miss horses like him, it’s nice he and I have finished on a winning note. “I think circumstances have conspired against him, he’s been taking on very good horses.” Harry Fry was delighted with the performance of his stable star Rock On Ruby, having missed an intended run in the World Hurdle at Cheltenham. “He’s run his usual rock-solid race. He did well to stand up (after Arctic Fire) fell and Noel (Fehily) did well to stay on board,” said the trainer. “We looked like we were being held at the time, but he ran really well and we’re delighted with him. “He is entered at Punchestown in the three-mile race, so we’ll see how he comes out of this and make our minds up. “He was sick over Cheltenham, we had to get him right for this, and it’s credit to him that he’s still managed to finish second in a Grade One as a 10-year-old. “He’s been a brilliant horse for us and continues to be so.” Arctic Fire emerged from the incident unscathed and although Walsh gave up his one remaining ride with a dead leg, he is expected to return to action on Friday. After following up his triumph in last year’s Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham with a dominant display at Punchestown, Harrington believed her pride and joy could become the ruling force in the division this season, but the reality has not been quite straightforward. Jezki’s resurgent rival Hurricane Fly claimed his scalp once at Punchestown and twice at Leopardstown and Harrington’s ace chased home a trio of Willie Mullins big guns when defending his crown at Prestbury Park. Press Association Jessica Harrington stood relieved and thrilled in equal measure in the Liverpool sunshine after Jezki brought a frustrating run of results to an end with victory in the Doom Bar Aintree Hurdle.last_img read more

first_imgCooper has not been a full participant in practice since he left the team’s Aug. 3 workout early with discomfort in his foot. He told reporters he’s done some running of late but nothing at full speed. Even if he doesn’t make it back on the field, Cooper isn’t too concerned.”I’m not worried about it at all, because I know if it does linger it doesn’t matter,” Cooper told reporters Tuesday. “I had 1,000 yards on plantar fasciitis. I’m not really worried.” Related News Dallas fans will have to wait until next month’s regular-season opener to see Amari Cooper back in action.The Cowboys wide receiver is dealing with plantar fasciitis in the heel of his left foot but is optimistic he’ll be able to resume practice at full strength this week. Redskins in ‘no rush’ to name starting quarterback, Jay Gruden sayscenter_img Jerry Jones addresses ‘Zeke who?’ comment: ‘I’ve earned the right to joke with’ him “A lot of stretching and treatment, not a big deal,” Cooper said.When asked if he could still be effective if he had to play with it in September, Cooper replied, “Real effective. I mean I played with a lot of foot injuries. High ankle sprains. All those things, so I’m pretty good at playing with foot injuries. But I don’t think I’m going to have to play with it.”Cooper, 25, had 725 receiving yards for six touchdowns in nine games for Dallas after being traded from Oakland last October.last_img read more

first_imgIf the vaccine proves effective with no serious side effects, it will hit the market with the title of ChAdOx1 nCoV-19 (AZD1222).In explaining how the vaccine works, Bush says the engineered chimpanzee adenovirus that participants will receive contains the spike protein necessary for COVID-19 to infect the body.He goes on to explain that the vaccine then creates neutralizing antibodies as it kickstarts the body’s T-cells. However, trial participants will not become ill from the chimpanzee cold virus.Antibodies are blood proteins that can counteract an invading antigen, such as a virus. T-cells kill the cells infected with COVID.According to Bush, the vaccine works through two shots that are given 29 days apart. Side effects have reportedly been mild, and include irritation around the shot location and a low-grade fever for about one day.Two-thirds of the participants are slated to receive the vaccine, while the other third will receive a placebo.After the study, those participants who received the placebo will be given the option of receiving the actual vaccine.Those interested in participating in the study may call (561) 770-7370. Chimpanzees are coming to the rescue of those looking for a COVID-19 vaccine, and our area is at the center of all the activity.A coronavirus drug trial that is set to begin next week in Palm Beach County will test a vaccine that supposedly triggers the body’s immune response by using a chimpanzee cold virus as a Trojan horse.The trial is seeking up to 1,600 volunteers to participate in the test, which is being conducted by international pharmaceutical company AstraZeneca, in collaboration with Oxford University in England.“We hopefully will be able to vaccinate by the end of the week,” said Dr. Larry Bush, the primary principal investigator who is leading the trial.Bush is known for his work fighting several highly infectious diseases, including the anthrax threat that took place two decades ago.JEM Research Institute is responsible for carrying out the trial.Palm Beach County was selected as one of the first to do the study on the AstraZeneca vaccine since it is in a hot spot for the coronavirus, Bush said.This will be a Phase III trial, which is the last stop before the Food and Drug Administration conducts its review.last_img read more