UK: HMS Illustrious Begins Training off South Coast

first_img View post tag: off View post tag: Training View post tag: begins October 21, 2011 View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Naval View post tag: coast The flight deck of Britain’s aircraft carrier hums and throbs again as two months of rigorous training begin for HMS Illustrious off the South Coast.Lynx helicopters from 702 Naval Air Squadron in Yeovilton and Merlins of 820 Naval Air Squadron in Culdrose have joined Lusty in the Channel ahead of seven weeks in the hands of the Navy’s most exacting training organisation.The veteran Portsmouth-based warship – converted to a commando and helicopter carrier during her £40m refit completed in July – is about to embark on Operational Sea Training off Plymouth.The seven-week package tests the 750-plus men and women aboard on everything the 22,000-tonne ship might be expected to deal with in the real world, for in the new year she’ll be Britain’s on-call helicopter carrier, taking over from HMS Ocean which is currently deployed east of Suez.As well as preparing Illustrious’ ship’s company for any travails they might encounter, the seven weeks in the hands of the world-renowned Flag Officer Sea Training organisation allow Fleet Air Arm air and ground crews to conduct vital at-sea training.In the case of 702 NAS, it’s a chance to give trainee Lynx fliers a taste of operating from a warship at sea on their long path to front-line duties with 815 Squadron.And for the Merlins of 820 it’s a chance to reacquaint themselves with their traditional role of operating en masse from a flat-top (with its sister unit 814 NAS, 820 has typically been a ‘carrier squadron’).The helicopters’ presence means Lusty’s deck is in operation pretty much at all hours of the day – indeed last night the handlers and air engineers were working into the small hours stowing the Lynx and Merlin in the hangar.And by day… well the FOST staff have lots of ‘fun’ in store: dealing with battle damage, crashes on deck, machinery fires, tracking and destroying incoming aerial threats among other challenges.All of which is bread and butter to veterans of Operational Sea Training, of which there are many aboard the carrier, but there are also many in Illustrious’ ship’s company for whom this is their first taste of the FOST experience.“For all the sailors on board there’s undoubtedly a sense of excitement and eagerness taking Illustrious through her first Operational Sea Training since emerging from refit a few months ago,”said Capt Jerry Kyd, the carrier’s Commanding Officer.“We will be put through a very demanding training period up until Christmas, honing our fighting skills, before we become the UK’s on-call helicopter carrier early next year.“We are ready for both the training – and whatever the Government asks us to do in the future.”[mappress]Source: royalnavy, October 21, 2011 View post tag: Navy View post tag: UK Training & Education Back to overview,Home naval-today UK: HMS Illustrious Begins Training off South Coast View post tag: Illustrious Share this article View post tag: South UK: HMS Illustrious Begins Training off South Coast View post tag: HMSlast_img read more

Matisyahu Brings A Special Tour And Message To Universities This Spring

first_imgBeginning March 20, Matisyahu, his band, and special guest Nadim Azzam will visit twelve college campuses with a special tour and message exclusively for students, faculty and staff. Sponsored by local Hillel chapters and a variety of campus co-sponsors, the story and motivation behind the tour started this past Summer, 2015 when Matisyahu was scheduled to perform in Spain at one of the largest music festivals in Europe. His performance was boycotted by a local Spanish group citing Matisyahu’s support for Israel and his participation in performing at Jewish and Israeli organizational event in the United States. For a moment, the festival bowed to the pressure and cancelled Matisyahu’s performance. However, the outpouring of outrage at the festival and support for Matisyahu from fans worldwide and organizations of varied cultural and religious backgrounds was impossible to ignore.The message was loud and clear, “Let musicians play music and don’t burden creative expression’s ability to unify people with the ugliness of politics.”  Matisyahu was invited back by the festival and he and his band played in front of nearly 40,000 fans.  For Matisyahu however, the message was not yet complete.  In response to the experience, Matisyahu went to Israel just a week later to close out the Jerusalem Sacred Music Festival; a festival that brings musicians from all religious backgrounds to the Old City of Jerusalem to perform together and inject the holy city with unique power and togetherness inherent in music  Matisyahu performed with members of Hadag Nahash (a well known secular and politically left leaning hip hop group in Israel), Daniel Zamir (a devoutly religious Jew and world renowned saxophone player), and Saz (a well known Palestinian Hip Hop artist from Ramallah). Again the message was loud and clear, only this time it was ringing from the walls of the Old City of Jerusalem. Now, six months later, Matisyahu is taking this message through his music to college students across the the United States.  Matisyahu with special guest Nadim Azzam will perform exclusively for students, faculty and staff at 12 campuses this March and April 2016. Matisayhu will bring his full band on the road for these special engagements and after more than a decade of touring, Matisyahu has formed a band that truly gives itself over to the music on par with his lyrical desire to connect to something beyond the self. The band features original Stubbs guitarist Aaron Dugan, Dub Trio bassist Stu Brooks, percussionist Tim Keiper, and keyboardist BigYuki. Combined, the music and lyrics transcend their parts.At its most basic moments, Matisyahu’s music feels alive; an entity unto itself, being born in the moment and evolving each night. At its most exultant moments the music becomes full-band improvisation. Lyrics are rearranged on the spot to serve the energy of the jam. No instrumentalist is playing simply to demonstrate individual skill, and Matisyahu uses his beat boxing not as a party trick, but as an essential element to the full band improvisation, propelling the music further than it’s been before.Special guest Nadim Azzam brings a unique blend of acoustic hip-hop and singer/songwriter presence to the stage. Balancing spoken word-like raps with soothing melodies, Nadim creates an entirely new sound in his music. Brought up in Ann Arbor, Michigan, he was born to an Egyptian-Palestinian father and an American Jewish mother, both of whom raised Nadim with a keen sense of social justice and indiscriminating love for others of different cultural backgrounds.  Together, Matisyahu and Nadim seek nothing more than to give fans music for music’s sake, and the hopeful result is that through the music mutual respect and a deeper connection to the similarities in all peoples is strengthened. In addition to the performance at each University, Matisyahu and Nadim will host a lunch discussion for members of the sponsoring organizations. Keep it tuned to L4LM, as we’ll be releasing exclusive content throughout this exciting tour. You can see the full schedule below:MATISYAHU with Nadim Azzam Campus TourSunday, March 20 – Boston University – Metcalf BallroomWednesday, March 23 – Penn State University – IndigoThursday, March 24 – University of Pennsylvania – World Café LiveSaturday, March 26 – University of Virginia – Paramount TheatreSunday, March 27 – University of Maryland – Stamp Grand BallroomMonday, March 28 – Ohio State University – Newport TheatreWednesday, March 30 – University of Wisconsin – Capture TheatreMonday, April 4 – University of Michigan – Hill AuditoriumTuesday, April 5 – University of Illinois – Canopy ClubSunday, April 10 – University of California Berkeley – Lower SproulTuesday, April 12 – University of California Los Angeles – Schoenberg HallThursday, April 14 – University of California San Diego – Sun God LawnTickets are exclusive, limited to students, staff, and family.last_img read more

Umphrey’s McGee Rages Their First Night Of Summer Camp [Review]

first_imgUmphrey’s McGee opened their run of Summer Camp shows with a laid back set slowly building into scorching peaks and soaring heights.From the opening “Gurgle” to “Plunger,” the boys sounded tight and ready to play from the start. An early drop into crowd favorite “Wife Soup” had everyone turned up and ready to rage. The new AC/DC style anthemic rock riffs of “Rocktopus” fit the large crowd vibe of Umphrey’s home team festival set. As “Syncopated Strangers” took off, the tasty guitar licks of Jake Cinninger were on full display. “Syncopated” led into a funky start stop jam that saw Cinninger slowly building to a fiery peak. The crowd was fully lit up, and ready for the emotional straight forward “Divisions” that followed to close the set.As set two got underway, a strong rain took hold; the combination of Jefferson Waful’s masterful rig, with the sideways rain, had the crowd feeling extra excited. “Stinko’s Ascension” quickly built the crowd up into a frenzy, before launching into a soaring emotionally tinged repeated Stewart. This version was gorgeous and hit on all the right feels. Bayliss had the crowd in the palm of his hand as they seamlessly segued.As the opening notes of “2×2” hit, the rain began to break and Umphrey’s locked into what would be a gorgeous segment as “2×2” flowed directly into the new funk number “Speak Up”. “Speak Up” slowly built into an out of typical structure funk groove as the crowd energy went through the roof and turned into a full dance party. The delicate Bayliss solo to end “2×2” served as a perfect landing for this beautiful segment.A straight forward “In The Kitchen” kept everyone dancing as the band hit a truly notable segue into “Hurt Bird Bath.” The segue was patient and smooth as it slowly bled into the opening nets of the powerful jam vehicle. This Bird Bath didn’t disappoint as it went through several themes and paces. A powerful ending to a powerful set.Umphrey’s was just getting started, and they look primed to bring down the house on Saturday night.Setlist: Umphrey’s McGee at Summer Camp Music Festival, Chillicothe, IL – 5/27/16Set One: Gurgle > Plunger > Wife Soup, Miami Virtue > Roctopus, Syncopated Strangers, DivisionsSet Two: Stinko’s Ascension, Ocean Billy, 2×2 > Speak Up > 2×2, In The Kitchen, Hurt Bird Bathlast_img read more