RAN Officers Ensure Smooth Sailing during KAKADU

first_imgWhile the focus of attention during Exercise KAKADU 2014 is on the interoperability of the coalition fleet at sea in the waters north of Australia, several teams of people have been working hard in Darwin to ensure smooth sailing. View post tag: Sailing Authorities One of these teams consists of 14 officers from the Royal Australian Navy’s (RAN) Maritime Trade Operations (MTO) branch, a specialised capability that provides the link to the commercial maritime industry that enables protection of seaborne trade.MTO’s Deputy Director Operations, Lieutenant Commander Stephen Hurd, described the varied roles the MTO officers are playing during Exercise KAKADU.“MTO has a group of liaison officers embedded at the Darwin Harbour Control Centre and working in the field visiting merchant ships on a daily basis, along with liaison officers embedded in each coalition ship participating in the exercises.“These officers are supported by a small team within the Exercise Control headquarters, located at RAAF Darwin.“This group provides vital liaison between all participants and the commercial maritime industry, ensuring that disruption to merchant shipping is minimised, and that the exercise can proceed without interference,” Lieutenant Commander Hurd said.One of the key relationships maintained by the MTO team is with the Darwin Port Corporation, who coordinate shipping movements in and out of Darwin Harbour, and manage the berth and anchorage assignments for shipping, including Australian and international warships.The Harbour Control Manager for the Darwin Port Corporation, Mr Daniel Christophersen, oversees the team of people who operate the Harbour Control centre.“We deal with the Navy closely throughout the year, with several interactions daily, mostly dealing with the Armidale Class Patrol Boats that are based in Darwin.“There are also regular visits by larger Australian and international warships, many of which use our wharf facilities.“When an exercise like KAKAKDU is in full operation, the greater numbers of movements can impact merchant mariners, so the liaison service that the RAN MTO team provides are invaluable,” Mr Christophersen said.By virtue of their presence, the embedded MTO officers have been able to be proactive in deconflicting civil and military maritime activities, such as with the ARC Round the World Yacht Race.“Our liaison officers in the Harbour Control office found out that the Darwin to Bali leg of the race was set to kick off when most of the fleet were underway in the sea phase of Exercise KAKADU.“We were able to brief the race organisers, yacht masters and our Commanding Officers, and provide all of them with mutual awareness of each other’s activities.“This is one example of what we refer to as ‘White Shipping Deconfliction’, which is where we keep the civilian seafarers safe, and ensure the impact on shipping and the exercise is minimised,” Lieutenant Commander Hurd said.Maritime Trade Operations is a Reserve only capability that provides liaison between the Royal Australian Navy and the Australian Maritime and Shipping Industry in order to facilitate the protection of maritime trade and ensure better mutual understanding.Exercise KAKADU 2014 is Australia’s largest warfare exercise of 2014, with ships, aircraft, personnel and observers from 15 countries honing high-end warfighting capabilities.[mappress]Press Release, September 10, 2014; Image: Australian Navy View post tag: Naval View post tag: Officers View post tag: Ensure View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Royal Australian Navy RAN Officers Ensure Smooth Sailing during KAKADU Back to overview,Home naval-today RAN Officers Ensure Smooth Sailing during KAKADU View post tag: Asia-Pacific View post tag: KAKADU View post tag: Navy View post tag: Smooth September 10, 2014 Share this articlelast_img read more

No Crises in Nigerian Basketball, Dalung Tells FIBA

first_img“Can a spectator take a shot from outside the field and the referee records it as a goal? Tijani Umar did not register to contest or obtain an election form and therefore could not have contested for the Presidential post.“If he obtained election form, then he could have gone to the Appeals Committee to register his grievances but he couldn’t appeal because he didn’t even buy a form, therefore he wasn’t even eligible to protest.”The Minister told the delegation including the FIBA Executive Director Africa, Dr Alphonse Bile, Special Advisor to FIBA Secretary General, Mr Lubomir Kotleba and FIBA Competition Commission member Fode Amara Conde, that Tijani Umar was a government nominee for eight years and never complained of government interference until government decided to have democratically elected federations devoid of government nominees.“What is the definition of government interference? Is it when government directs that there must be popular elections with a democratised space or when government nominates 155 members of the board?”The minister also thanked FIBA for their assistance to Nigeria through funding, grants and training.“We have received assistance from FIBA. We have received funding too. We are indeed very grateful for the partnership we enjoy with FIBA but we look forward to a more robust partnership with the governing body.“Basketball is one sport that is easy and cheap to set up in a rural community and I think that grassroots sports development should be the priority of our partnership,” he noted.Dalung also appealed to FIBA to support Nigeria in the development and training of coaches and officials which he said is very significant to sports development.He also urged FIBA to consider giving Nigeria the hosting rights for a World Championship someday.In attendance was also the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Youth and Sports Mr Adesola Olusade and Director, FEAD, Mrs Tayo Oreweme.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram In apparent solidarity with the June 13, 2017 election that ushered into office Ahmadu Musa Kida as president of the Nigeria Basketball Federation (NBBF), Minister of Sports, Solomon Dalung, told FIBA officials on a fact-finding mission to Nigeria yesterday that there was no crises in the federation.Dalung told the three FIBA officials who visited his office on Monday in Abuja that the election that brought Kida to office was free and fair.“The position of government is that there is no crisis in basketball. We only heard and read in the newspapers of allegations against government of interference in basketball elections.last_img read more