USS Fitzgerald, USS McCampbell Visit Sydney

first_img View post tag: USS Share this article Training & Education July 7, 2011 View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Visit View post tag: Naval View post tag: McCampbellcenter_img View post tag: Navy The forward-deployed Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers USS Fitzgerald (DDG 62) and USS McCampbell (DDG 85) will visit Sydney, July 4, for a port visit before participating in Talisman Sabre 2011, a joint-exercise with the Royal Australian Navy.Exercise Talisman Sabre 2011 is a biennial training activity aimed at improving and validating the Australian Defense Force and United States combat readiness and interoperability as a combined joint task force. Approximately 14,000 U.S. and 8,500 Australian personnel will participate.During their visit, Fitzgerald and McCampbell Sailors will get the opportunity to visit the city and interact with the people of Sydney and make a difference in the life of local Australians by doing community service projects.“Right now we have two community service projects scheduled for just the Fitzgerald alone,” said Lt. Daniel E. Clark, Destroyer Squadron 15 chaplain. “The first project is going to take place at the Children’s Hospital Randwick and the other project is volunteering at the Cancer Council. Both of these projects Sailors will lend a helping hand with fellow volunteers from the local community.”The visit to Australia will be first for many of the Sailors who are planning to make the most of the port visit.“I have a lot planned for Australia already,” said Engineman Fireman Nick Clark, assigned to USS Fitzgerald’s engineering department. “The first thing I’m going to do on liberty is go deep-sea diving with a few of my shipmates and then I’m going to enjoy some music at the famous Sydney Opera House.”Outside of self-guided tours and visiting landmarks, Fitzgerald’s Morale Welfare and Recreation program is helping Sailors to maximize their liberty opportunities.“The crew is pretty excited, we have a lot of exciting prospects for them,” said Chief Fire Controlman Manuel Badiola, Fitzgerald’s recreation service officer. “We’ve got everything from diving with sharks, outdoor trips to the Three Sisters rock formation to five star hotel packages for them to pick and choose from.”Fitzgerald and McCampbell are assigned to Destroyer Squadron 15 and forward-deployed to Commander Fleet Activities Yokosuka, Japan.[mappress]Source: navy, July 7, 2011 View post tag: Sydney View post tag: Fitzgerald Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Fitzgerald, USS McCampbell Visit Sydney USS Fitzgerald, USS McCampbell Visit Sydneylast_img read more

Tiger returns to President’s cup

first_img(REUTERS) – A BIENNIAL tournament that has struggled for relevance under a heavy weight of American supremacy will roar back into life when Tiger Woods returns to the Presidents Cup as a playing captain at Royal Melbourne this week.The 15-times major champion missed the 2015 tournament and was a non-playing assistant two years ago when Steve Stricker’s United States steamrolled the Internationals 19-11 at Liberty National.Woods, though, used one of his four captain’s picks on himself and will be front and centre at the famed sandbelt course, calling the shots in the locker room and out on the fairways as the visitors bid for an eighth straight title.Now 43, Woods may not take a big playing load while juggling management duties but his presence is a bonanza for organisers and certain to bring huge crowds flooding to the usually sleepy bayside suburb of Black Rock.It also spells trouble for an Internationals team short on quality and experience that appears ill-equipped to end the U.S. tyranny.With 10 Americans in the world’s top 20 compared to just Adam Scott for the Internationals, the U.S. might have little need of a seasoned Presidents Cup campaigner to get the job done.They have exactly that in Woods, however.He played the course in 1998 when the U.S. suffered their lone Presidents Cup defeat and returned 13 years later to roll in the winning putt at the 2011 tournament.“On paper, we certainly have the advantage in the world rankings,” Woods said last month.“(But) when you start out on Thursday, it’s 0-0. We have to go out and win this Cup.”Webb Simpson was also part of the 19-15 win in 2011 and can offer tips to his younger team mates.The youthful Internationals have seven debutants compared to five for the visitors and will be looking to fully exploit every advantage they can muster.They will lean heavily on captain Ernie Els, who set the course record at Royal Melbourne’s composite layout when he shot a 12-under 60 in 2004 and counts the 1998 and 2011 tournaments among his eight Presidents Cups as a player.The team’s three Australians — Scott, Marc Leishman and Cameron Smith — also know their way around the sandbelt but they are well aware that local knowledge counted for little in 2011.last_img read more