HMCS Regina Returns Home after Operation Artemis

first_img March 18, 2013 View post tag: Navy View post tag: News by topic After travelling 50,000 nautical miles for Operation Artemis, HMCS Regina returned home March 14. It’s been eight months since the warship sailed from Esquimalt, B.C., on a mission to keep the Arabian Sea secure.The Canadian ship was part of a multinational naval force – Combined Task Force 150 – tasked to monitor the area for troublesome activity. “Our economy floats on salt water and our mission was to promote security, sovereignty and prosperity across the Arabian Sea, Indian Ocean and Gulf of Oman,” explains Commander Jason Boyd, Regina’s commanding officer. “These are some of the most important shipping lanes in the world. This involves keeping the sea lanes safe and preventing the shipping of illicit cargo.”While at sea in the operational area, Regina boarded and examined 19 vessels. Its embarked Sea King helicopter quickly became a familiar sight on the horizon, clocking 388 hours of air time. And the ship’s newsiest capability, the unmanned aerial vehicle that was manned by four soldiers and a small team of civilians, was in the air for 545 hours to take surveillance photos.The peak of this deployment took place January 11 when Regina disrupted a drug smuggling operation on the seas. More than 1,000 pounds of narcotics were dropped overboard in an effort to rid the boat of its illegal activity.“We felt good for intercepting those narcotics and not allowing them to get into the hands they were intended to,” says Cdr Boyd. “I can’t speculate where the cargo was destined for, but we were happy to make that interception.”It wasn’t all high seas law-breaking drama though. The ship helped a dhow in distress. The crew had run out of fuel, food and water. Regina provided the small crew rations and water before sending them on their way.As the ship charted a course for home, they made goodwill visits along the way. Orphanages in Malaysia and the Philippines received a helping hand from crew members, who visited with the children and provided a work party to fix up the establishments. “Our sailors really excel as outstanding representatives of Canada and were great ambassadors in the ports we stopped in,” says Cdr Boyd. “They reached deep in their pockets while visiting kids who had very unfortunate standards of living, and I am really proud of them.”Regina will now undergo a maintenance period, and then eventually enter the Halifax Class Modernization/Frigate Life Extension program.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, March 18 2013; Image: Canadian Navy View post tag: operation View post tag: Naval View post tag: HMCS View post tag: after Back to overview,Home naval-today HMCS Regina Returns Home after Operation Artemis View post tag: home View post tag: Regina Share this article View post tag: Artemis View post tag: Returns HMCS Regina Returns Home after Operation Artemislast_img read more

John Scofield Has Announced Plans For A New Album And Tour

first_imgBeloved jazz guitarist John Scofield has a new offering in the works! Titled Country For Old Men, the new release will see Scofield take a new approach and focus on more of a folk and country genre.Due out September 23rd via Verve/Impulse! Records, the new album will see Scofield cover legends like Merle Haggard, Dolly Parton, James Taylor and more. Steve Swallow, Larry Goldings and Bill Stewart round out the quartet that Scofield played with predominantly on the release.Scofield will tour in support of the album, performing in some major cities throughout September and October. Check out the full tour schedule below!John Scofield Fall Tour DatesSeptember 4 Chicago, IL—Chicago Jazz Fest*September 5 Detroit, MI—Detroit Jazz Fest^September 23 Boston, MA—Berklee Performance CenterSeptember 24 Ardmore, PA—Ardmore Music HallSeptember 25 Washington, DC—The Howard TheatreSeptember 27 New York, NY—The Blue NoteSeptember 28 New York, NY—The Blue NoteSeptember 29 New York, NY—The Blue NoteSeptember 30 New York, NY—The Blue NoteOctober 1 New York, NY—The Blue NoteOctober 2 New York, NY—The Blue NoteOctober 3 Indianapolis, IN—The Jazz Kitchen+October 4 Indianapolis, IN—The Jazz Kitchen+October 5 Evanston, IL—SPACE+October 6 Muncie, IN—Canan Commons+October 7 Bellefontaine, OH—The Holland Theatre+October 8 Cincinnati, OH—Live at The Ludlow Garage+(*) w/ Joe Lovano(^) w/ Brad Mehldau, Mark Guiliana(+) w/ Medeski, Swallow, StewartCountry For Old Men Tracklist1. Mr. Fool (Darrell Edwards / George Jones / Herbie Treece)2. I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry (Hank Williams)3. Bartender’s Blues (James Taylor)4. Wildwood Flower (Joseph Philbrick Webster)5. Wayfaring Stranger (Traditional)6. Mama Tried (Merle Haggard)7. Jolene (Dolly Parton)8. Faded Lov e (Bob Wills, John Lee Wills, Billy Jack Wills)9. Just A Girl I Used To Know (Jack Clement)10. Red River Valley (Traditional)11. You’re Still The One (Shania Twain / John Robert Lange)12. I’m An Old Cowhand (Johnny Mercer)last_img read more