VIDEO: PCU Arlington Docks in Norfolk Homeport for First Time

first_img View post tag: Navy View post tag: Homeport Industry news Back to overview,Home naval-today VIDEO: PCU Arlington Docks in Norfolk Homeport for First Time View post tag: Naval View post tag: Norfolk View post tag: docks View post tag: time Precommissioning Unit Arlington (LPD 24) arrived in her Norfolk homeport March 22, in advance of an April 6, commissioning.A special salute by more than 30 Arlington County, Va., and Pentagon first responders welcomed the crew of the multi-mission, amphibious ship as she pulled in pierside.Alongside Sailors’ family and friends were members of the ship’s namesake Police Department, Fire Department and other emergency services personnel who were the initial responders at the Pentagon immediately following the 9-11 attack.The ship was named in remembrance of the 184 heroes and victims who died that morning in Arlington. “I look forward to boarding the ship I have heard so much about and knowing what it represents,” said Arlington County Police Department Capt. Kevin Reardon, also a member of the commissioning committee.Arlington crewmembers met Reardon and other first responders at the ship’s christening two years ago and again during the 10th anniversary of 9-11 in Washington, D.C. After pulling in, they welcomed these heroes aboard, to see their new ship. “The first responders have been tremendously supportive throughout the last two years,” said the ship’s Commanding Officer, Cmdr. Darren Nelson. “To be able to present to them their ship is an awesome occasion. For many Sailors, this is a very emotional event.”Arlington is the second of three ships named in remembrance of 9-11. The first, USS New York (LPD 21), was commissioned in her namesake city in November 2009, and completed a nine-month deployment last December.Precommissioning Unit Somerset (LPD 25), which honors the passengers of United Airlines Flight 93, who were killed when the plane crashed in Somerset County, Penn., is under construction in New Orleans’ Avondale shipyard.The newest addition to the fleet, Arlington and its crew are a tangible tribute to honor the victims, heroes, and survivors. Her strength and fortitude are not only reflected in the ship’s crest and motto, but in the fact that her crew of 400 Sailors and Marines have worked diligently to ensure she is ready to execute the mission of the Navy, representing America – and Arlington County, around the world.Although this is the first time for the ship at her homeport, many of the ship’s crew will be returning to Norfolk, having spent months – and in some cases years – in Pascagoula, Miss., where the amphibious transport dock ship has been under construction at Huntington Ingalls Industries’ shipyard since the keel was laid in December 2008.Hundreds of family members were waiting at Naval Station Norfolk’s Pier 14 when the ship pulled in.“This homecoming’s going to be so special to us,” said Command Ombudsman Marcia Hovey, “knowing all the hours of work and training, and the months and years of separation all of our Sailors and Marines have put into making her the best ship she can be.”Already developing a strong reputation for top-notch performance, the hard work and dedication of the crew was made evident when they aced Crew Certification Phase II, Light-Off Assessment and Antiterrorism Basic Phase Verification, scoring significantly higher than the fleet averages.Last year, Arlington Sailors performed more than 4,800 hours of community service, topping 56 Navy commands to earn the Commander, Navy Region Middle Atlantic Community Service of the Year Award.“The crew is performing beyond my greatest expectations,” Nelson said. “It’s great seeing a new crew learning their jobs quickly and then performing those jobs to the highest standards by taking ownership of their ship right from the start.”A new chapter for the ship and her crew will begin with an April 6 commissioning ceremony at Naval Station, Norfolk. The eighth in the San Antonio class of ships, Arlington is designed to be the most survivable amphibious vessel ever put to sea. The ship combines 21st century amphibious shipbuilding and warfighting technologies to support current and future Marine Corps aircraft and landing craft, and will be capable of taking nearly 1,200 Sailors and Marines into harm’s way.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, March 27, 2013; Image: US Navy View post tag: Arlington Share this article View post tag: News by topic View post tag: first View post tag: US VIDEO: PCU Arlington Docks in Norfolk Homeport for First Time View post tag: PCU March 27, 2013last_img read more

State Champ

first_imgCongratulations to Oldenburg Academy’s Curt Eckstein who won the IHSAA State Cross Country Championship last Saturday at Terre Haute.  Curt’s margin of victory over the second place runner was one of the largest in the history of the state championship.  Although his time was not as good as the previous week, it is still a tremendous accomplishment.Curt also won the mental attitude award.  The OA senior will be competing for the Twisters during the spring outdoor track season.  Congratulations, Curt, and best of luck this spring.last_img read more

Sports today: WHS baseball team gets 4th straight win; golfers host invite and more…

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Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Girls softballThe Wellington girls softball split with Rose Hill Thursday evening at Worden Park.The Crusaders lost the first game 11-9. They then came back and won the second 6-4.The boxscore and individual batting stats are as follows:Game #1 Rose Hill 11 Wellington 9RHHS  1 1 3 0 0 4 0 0 2.    11 11 3WHS.  2 0 3 0 2 2 0 0 0.     9.  15 6WP WheelerLP Dry 2.2I 3H 5R 5ER 4BB 0K 3HBPE Goodrum 6.1I 8H 6R 2ER 1BB 1KBatting:Oathout. 1/6 1RAdams. 3/5 2R 1SACBuck. 1/4 2R 1DBL 1ROE 1HBPE Goodrum 3/5 2R 2RBIB DeJarnett. 3/5 2R 3RBI 1DBLDry 0/1G Fink 0/3 1HBPA Goodrum  1/5 1RZimmerman 1/4 2RBI 1BBM Fink 2/4 1BB 8Andover386 Individual Medalists  5Goddard363 Game #2 Wellington 6 Rose Hill 4RHHS. 1 0 2 0 0 1 0.    4 6 3WHS.  1 0 0 0 1 4 x.    6 10 2WP Lewellen 7I 6H 4R 2ER 1BB 5KLP DockBatting:Oathout. 1/3 1RBI 1BBAdams. 0/4 1ROEBuck. 2/4 1R 1RBI 1HRE Goodrum 1/3 1RB DeJarnett 2/3 1RA Goodrum 2/3 1RZimmerman 0/2 1RBI 1SF 1ROEM Fink 1/2 2R 1BBLewellen 1/2 1RBIDry 0/1 3Mulvane357 PlaceSchoolScore PlaceNameSchoolScore 2Augusta339 4LIPSCOMBROSE HILL80 3AUSTINROSE HILL79 5BARNHARTHESSTON80 7CAINEISENHOWER81 Wellington Middle School golf:The WMS golfers played at the Augusta Country Club against Augusta, Ark City, Rose Hill, Winfield and Wellington.Scores from the tournament: True DeJarnett 47, Hanna Hawks 52, Rylan Blasi 54, Tyler Jimenez 56, Luke McComb 65, Faith Rowley 65, Tanner Dillon 68, Cody Metz. 80.DeJarnett finished fifth and medaled. Hawks tied for first and lost in the scorecard playoffs.Follow us on Twitter. 6WALKERROSE HILL80 by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The following are sports results for the last few days at Wellington High School and Wellington Middle School. If you don’t see a score listed below, send us an e-mail at [email protected]•••••Boys baseballThe Wellington varsity boys are on a roll!The Crusader boys have won four straight games and are now 6-2 overall. More importantly, they are 4-0 in the Ark Valley-Chisholm Trail League Div. IV.Wellington swept Wichita Collegiate Tuesday 14-5. On Thursday, at Sellers Park, the Crusaders defeated Rose Hill 10-8 and 7-6.The line scores are as follows: Game #1: Wellington 14 Wichita Collegiate 5.1  2  3  4  5  6  7       R   H   EWHS          0  0  6  1  1  0  6      14  12  1WCS          1  1  1  1  1  0  0       5    6   2W – Nance   L – Haist 1Rose Hill325 9DEJARNETTWELLINGTON85 7Wellington381 2BECKERAUGUSTA79 6Hesston365 Game #1: Wellington 10 Rose Hill 8.1  2  3  4  5  6  7      R   H   ERHHS           2  1  1  0  3  1  0      8    9   3WHS            4  0   3  0  1  2  x     10  11  6W – Frame   L – Grant   HR – Nance, Phelps 9Maize403 Wellington Golf Invitational: The Wellington golf team hosted 11 teams in its own invitational at the municipal golf course. The Crusaders placed seventh with 381 points. Rose Hill won the tournament with 325 points.Graysen DeJarnett finished ninth with an 85 score on an extremely windy day.Other individual scores were: Jonah Luna with a 107, Shane Hughes 89, Jack Walton, 110, Ty Wilson 100, and Aaeron Mason 109. Game #2: Wellington 7 Wichita Collegiate 6.1  2  3  4  5  6  7      R   H   EWHS           1  0  3  0  3  0  0      7   10  3WCS           1  2  0  0  0  0  3      6    4   4W – Condit   L – Freed   S – Phelps 10ABERGROSE HILL86 1PITCHERGODDARD74 Team Scores 8UHRMACHERAUGUSTA83 10Circle431 11JV451 Wellington Tennis:Wellington varsity tennis team had a couple of tournaments this week.The Crusaders were third in a tournament in Chaparral on April 7 with an 18. Chaparral won the event with 24.Brock Edwards placed third in No. 1 singles, Tyler Pettegrew finished first in No. 2 singles.In No. 1 doubles, Jaden Adams/Will Long placed fourth. No. 2 doubles saw Weston Driskell/Ian King place third in No. 2 doubles.In Andover on Thursday, Wellington finished last in a competitive eight-team tournament. Hesston won with 21 points.Ian King placed seventh in No. 1 singles. Will Long placed sixth in No. 2 singles. Pettegrew/Edwards placed sixth in No. 1 doubles. Driskell/Adams finished seventh at No. 2 doubles. 4Eisenhower357 Game #2: Wellington 7 Rose Hill 6. 1  2  3  4  5  6  7     R   H   ERHHS            0  2  0  0  0  0  4     6    6   4WHS              0  0  3  0  3  0  1     7    6   7W – Hines   L – Gregorylast_img read more