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

Chris Robinson Brotherhood Continues Winter Tour With Show At Fort Collins’ Washington’s [Photos]

first_imgOn Tuesday, Chris Robinson Brotherhood continued its run of winter performances earlier this week with a show at Washington’s in Fort Collins, Colorado. The rock band fronted by Chris Robinson provided a soulful mix of 17 rock songs over two sets and an encore, as the band continued to charge into the new month of shows with their fans in Fort Collins.The show began with Robinson and company performing “Roan County Banjo” from their 2017 Betty’s Self-Rising Southern Blends, Vol. 3 LP, followed by live renditions of “Badlands Here We Come”, and a cover of The Black Crowes‘ “Tornado”. The continued the first half of the show with “Tulsa Yesterday” off of 2012’s Big Moon Ritual, followed by The “Chauffeur’s Daughter”, “Star or Stone” (also from Big Moon Ritual), and Bob Dylan‘s “She Belongs to Me”. The first half of the show would come to an end with the band sending fans into the set break with a performance of “Let It Fall”.Related: Chris Robinson Brotherhood Releases Psychedelic “New Cannonball Rag” Music VideoThe band returned for set two by getting the second round going with “Coming ‘Round the Mountain”, “Oak Apple Day”, and “Venus in Chrome”. They kept the music flowing with a rendition of “Rare Birds”, followed by the loose, feel-good tune, “Good to Know”. The second set came to a close with “Narcissus Soaking Wet” and the 2017 ballad, “If You Had a Heart to Break”. The band returned for a one-song encore by covering Freddy Fender‘s “Wasted Days and Wasted Nights”.Fans who didn’t make it to Tuesday’s show can check out photos taken by Conrad Meyer below.Robinson and his band have enjoyed a few days off from performing since Tuesday, and will pick the tour up again tonight with a scheduled gig at the Ogden Theatre in Denver, CO. Head over to Robinson’s website for ticketing info to all remaining dates on his winter tour.Setlist: Chris Robinson Brotherhood | Washington’s | Fort Collins, CO | 2/5/2019Set One: Roan County Banjo, Badlands Here We Come, Tornado (The Black Crowes cover), Tulsa Yesterday, The Chauffeur’s Daughter, Star or Stone, She Belongs to Me (Bob Dylan cover), Let It FallSet Two: Coming ‘Round the Mountain, Oak Apple Day, Venus in Chrome, Rare Birds, Good to Know, Narcissus Soaking Wet, If You Had a Heart to BreakEncore: Wasted Days and Wasted Nights (Freddy Fender cover)Chris Robinson Brotherhood | Washington’s | Fort Collins, CO | 2/5/2019 | Photos: Conrad Meyer Load remaining imageslast_img read more