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

Couple endows rector position of Dillon Hall

first_imgAlumnus James Corgel and his wife, Christine, gifted $1 million to endow the rector position in Dillon Hall on Tuesday, a University press release said. This gift represents the first endowed rector position in a new initiative launched by the University to endow all rector positions in the 29 residence halls, the press release said.The endowment will provide for a portion of the rector’s salary, which will allow the University to provide more funds to each hall for events and programs, the press release said.“The residence hall community has always been central to a Notre Dame undergraduate education, and the rector is a crucial figure in building that community,” University President Fr. John Jenkins said.“Through their gift, Jim and Chris support the continuation of an educational ideal at Notre Dame that joins moral and spiritual growth with intellectual learning in the residence hall and the classroom.”The current rector of Dillon Hall is Fr. Paul Doyle, who has served in this position since 1997, according to the press release.“The rector role at Notre Dame is unique within higher education,” Erin Hoffmann Harding, vice president of student affairs, said. “While they have other important responsibilities, rectors serve first and foremost as pastors of our cherished residential communities …“This wonderfully generous gift from Jim and Chris is a powerful affirmation of the importance of this role to Notre Dame’s undergraduate education.”James Corgel ’73 earned his B.A. and MBA from Notre Dame and participated in the Irish Guard while he was an undergraduate, the press release said. Corgel retired from IBM in 2013, where he was a member of the senior management group, the press release said. He currently serves as chair of the University’s Undergraduate Advisory Council and has previously served on the Graduate Studies and Research Advisory Council, the press release said. He also received the 2006 Distinguished Alumnus award, according to the press release.His wife, Christine Corgel, earned her B.A. from Michigan State University and served in a variety of executive positions at IBM, the press release said. She now serves on the board of the Mercy Learning Center and is a mentor for at-risk high school students, the press release said.“As a Dillon hall resident, I experienced great coaching and camaraderie that helped me prosper and grow at Notre Dame,” James Corgel said. “This environment was created and nurtured by my rectors, Frs. Jim Flanigan and Dave Schlaver.“Today’s role models like Fr. Paul Doyle will ensure that residential life at ND remains relevant, leading-edge and inclusive. To me, this is a smart investment.”Tags: Dillon Hall, Fr. Paul Doyle, James Corgel, rector positionlast_img read more