UK: HMS Vigilant Returns Home

first_imgThe V-boat returned to her home on the Clyde and was escorted home by HMS Tracker of the Faslane Patrol Boat Squadron and Royal Marines patrol craft.HMS Tracker leads the most potent weapon in the nation’s arsenal back home to base after a successful deterrence patrol.The souped-up patrol boat – she and her sister HMS Raider are 10kts faster than the rest of the P2000 flotilla – met HMS Vigilant as the ballistic missile submarine completed her latest mission.Joining Tracker on the Clyde to help bring Vigilant safely back to base, Royal Marines of 43 Commando Fleet Protection Group in one of their heavily-armed former police launches.Together the combination of Tracker and/or Raider and the Royal Marines – they have two such launches, Rona and Mull, plus various RIBs and raiding craft – provide protection for ‘high value shipping’ entering or leaving the Firth of Clyde and HM Naval Base at Faslane especially.As for Vigilant, she’s one of three active V-boats (HMS Vengeance is in refit in Devonport) providing the nation’s around-the-clock deterrence (aptly titled Operation Relentless).It is a mission which has been successfully carried out well over 300 times – without pause – by generations of Royal Navy submariners since the end of the 1960s; it is the longest-running military operation carried out by Britain’s Armed Forces.[mappress]Press Release, April 24, 2014; Image: Royal Navy UK: HMS Vigilant Returns Home Training & Education HMS Vigilant has successfully completed the latest patrol carrying Britain’s nuclear deterrent. Share this article View post tag: Vigilant View post tag: Naval View post tag: homecenter_img Back to overview,Home naval-today UK: HMS Vigilant Returns Home View post tag: Navy View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Returns View post tag: HMS April 24, 2014last_img read more

Sir Des secures Punchestown Gold

first_img Press Association Over on the far side Mouse Morris’ consistent First Lieutenant, a winner at Aintree, also had a chance but the 2-1 favourite Sir Des Champs held on by three-quarters of a length from Long Run, with First Lieutenant just behind in third. Willie Mullins was winning the race for the first time in 11 years since Florida Pearl took the spoils. Sir Des Champs hung on grimly in a thrilling finish to the Bet Online With thetote.com Punchestown Gold Cup as Long Run and First Lieutenant came storming home.center_img Davy Russell made a positive move down the back straight, taking up the running off Long Run at the third-last and going two lengths clear . There was not much between Sir Des Champs and Long Run at Cheltenham and yet again the pair proved they were closely matched, because as Sir Des Champs began to tire Long Run was coming hard at him after the last. last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_imgF1-HAMILTON-DIVERSITYF1 star Hamilton to set up commission to increase diversityLONDON (AP) — Six-time Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton plans to set up a commission to increase diversity in motorsport.The Mercedes driver said the aim of the Hamilton Commission would be to make the sport “become as diverse as the complex and multicultural world we live in.”Hamilton is the only Black world champion in F1. He has spoken widely about racism since the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis last month. BRITAIN-SUPERBIKERIDER DIESBritish superbike rider dies after crash at English trackDERBY, England (AP) — A British superbike rider has died after being involved in a collision with another bike at an event on the Donington Park track in central England Sunday.Organizers of the No Limits Trackday event say Ben Godfrey died from the injuries he suffered from falling from his bike. Godfrey was 25 and raced in the British Superbike Championship.The No Limits Trackdays director described Godfrey as “a fantastic young man” and said he was “friends with so many people in the paddock, he was always smiling and had time for everyone.” TRIPLE CROWN-WHAT’S NEXTBelmont winner Tiz the Law eyes ambitious summer scheduleUNDATED (AP) — Having secured a victory in the Belmont Stakes, Tiz the Law now faces an 11-week wait until the Kentucky Derby in a reconfigured Triple Crown series. In between, the bay colt who became the first New York-bred to win the Belmont since 1882 is being pointed toward the Travers on Aug. 8 in upstate New York, which is his home turf.Tiz the Law has five wins in six career starts by an average of 19 1/4 lengths. His only loss came at Churchill Downs last year, and he’ll get a chance to avenge it over the same track in the Kentucky Derby on Sept. 5.SANTA ANITA-FATALITIES June 21, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNASCAR-TALLADEGAWeather delays NASCAR race at TalladegaTALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) — Thunderstorms Sunday forced NASCAR to postpone the Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway that was to mark the return of more fans to the track. The race, which was pushed back to 2 p.m. CDT on Monday, is the first amid the coronavirus pandemic in which NASCAR opened the gates for up to 5,000 fans. The event was stopped several times for more than three hours of total delays.The race is the ninth for the elite Cup Series since the May 17 resumption, and restrictions are gradually being lifted.It was hardly an ordinary race day at Talladega Superspeedway, even before the lousy weather. The normal hordes of partying fans were nowhere to be seen.The Confederate flags were harder to find, too — except for a plane circling above the track with the message “Defund NASCAR” trailing behind the flag. It was a double whammy of change for the Cup series race.The Confederate flags that once flew openly around the infield and stands are now banned. NASCAR hasn’t disclosed how it will handle fans flying flags.  Associated Press Dimitrov is ranked No. 19 and a three-time Grand Slam semifinalist. He is the highest-profile current player to say he has the virus. His announcement on his Instagram page comes at the end of a week when the U.S. Open said it would go forward. The professional tennis tours have been suspended since March and are planning to resume in August.In other sports affected by the coronavirus pandemic:— There’s been a setback in the Russian soccer league’s restart this weekend. Dynamo Moscow postponed its game Sunday after three of its players tested positive for the coronavirus. It’s the second game to be disrupted by the coronavirus since the Russian league restarted Friday after a three-month pause.— Newcastle beat 10-man Sheffield United 3-0 in the Premier League to virtually guarantee its top-flight status for another year and make the club an even more attractive option for its controversial potential buyers. The win at an empty St. James’ Park lifted Newcastle to 38 points and 11 clear of the relegation zone. The future of Newcastle has been one of the big talking points during soccer’s three-month shutdown. League officials are deciding whether to approve a takeover of the northeast club by Saudi Arabia’s sovereign fund. Elsewhere in the Premier League, Chelsea rallied to beat Aston Villa 2-1. Chelsea strengthened its hold on fourth place and is five points clear of fifth-place Manchester United.— Two-time major champion So Yeon Ryu (soh yahn yoo) closed with an even-par 72 to win the Korea Women’s Open in her first tournament in four months because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Ryu won for the first time since the Japan Women’s Open in 2018, and it was her first victory on the Korea LPGA since 2015. Upon winning, Ryu offered her entire prize money of just over $200,000 for coronavirus relief funds. Writing in British newspaper The Sunday Times, Hamilton said it would be a research partnership dedicated to exploring how motorsport can be used as a vehicle to “engage more young people from Black backgrounds with science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects and, ultimately, employ them on our teams or in other engineering sectors.”VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSDynamo Moscow reports coronavirus cases, game postponedUNDATED (AP) — Tennis player Grigor Dimitrov (GREE’-gohr DIH’-mih-trahv) says he has tested positive for COVID-19.His announcement led to the cancellation of an exhibition event in Croatia where Novak Djokovic (NOH’-vak JOH’-kuh-vich) was scheduled to play Sunday. Horse injured, euthanized after race at Santa AnitaARCADIA, Calif. (AP) — A horse injured after crossing the finish line of a race at Santa Anita has been euthanized, making it the 15th fatality at the track since late December.Strictly Biz, a 4-year-old colt, fractured his right knee while galloping past the finish of the sixth race Saturday. The attending veterinarian determined it was an unrecoverable injury.Ridden by Jose Valdivia Jr., Strictly Biz finished sixth among eight horses in the $51,000 race on the turf. Trained by Brian Koriner and owned by Jay Em Ess Stable, the colt had one win in four career starts and earnings of $29,000, according to Equibase.The California track’s spring-summer meet ends Sunday. Update on the latest sportslast_img read more