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08 Dec 16. UK Royal Navy to invest in new training centre for reservists in Wales. The UK Royal Navy has announced an £11m investment to build a new facility especially for reservists in Cardiff Bay, Wales.
The new facility, plans of which have been submitted, will serve as a modern 21st century training centre for the Royal Marine Reserve (RMR), Royal Naval Reserve (RNR), and the University Royal Naval Unit (URNU).
RNR unit HMS Cambria commanding officer Commander Steve Fry said: “This significant investment by the Royal Navy in Wales will provide great opportunities for our reservists and for anyone wishing to be part of the Reserve Forces.
“The site is the perfect location to meet our requirements and gives us real potential to grow and thrive.”
Expected to be completed by 2019, the project will be carried out jointly by the Reserve Forces’ & Cadets’ Association for Wales (RFCA) and the Royal Navy and Associated British Ports (ABP).
Once developed, the training establishment will be able to meet the aspirations of the country’s Reserves Forces over the next 50 years.
ABP chief executive James Cooper said: “ABP’s Port of Cardiff has a long association with the Royal Navy and we are proud to be chosen to develop a facility that will play such a vital role in the service’s future.
“The port and its customers play a significant role in the regional economy, supporting 2,000 jobs, and there is considerable room for expansion.”
Work on the new building is scheduled to commence next year.
The establishment will offer the latest training and classroom suites, administrative services, shared accommodation, and social as well as fitness facilities for three naval units, the RMR Cardiff Detachment, the RNR Unit HMS Cambria and the Wales URNU.
The building will also have access to the Waterfront and docking facilities for visiting warships. (Source: naval-technology.com)
08 Dec 16. Ike CSG resumes support of OIR to combat ISIS. The US Navy’s Dwight D Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group (Ike CSG) has resumed combat sorties from the Eastern Mediterranean Sea, resuming its support of Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR) in Libya, Syria and Iraq against ISIS.
The Ike CSG has returned to the US 6th Fleet area of operations (AOO) in support of European allies, and regional and coalition partners as part of a routine deployment.
The aircraft carrier had earlier operated in the US 6th Fleet AOO, inflicting strikes from the Eastern Mediterranean Sea from 28 June to 7 July this year. So far, Ike CSG has completed 116 sorties in support of OIR. US 6th Fleet commander and vice-admiral Christopher W Grady said: “US 6th Fleet is fighting ‘Daesh’ (ISIS) on multiple fronts, simultaneously supporting three combatant commanders.
“As a flexible, adaptive force, we are committed to defeating Daesh, we are committed to our NATO allies and partners, and we are ‘where it matters, when it matters.’”
US 6th Fleet is supporting three geographic combatant commanders, US Central Command, US Africa Command, and US European Command. Ike CSG comprises aircraft carrier USS Dwight D Eisenhower (CVN 69), Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 3, guided-missile cruisers USS San Jacinto (CG 56) and USS Monterey (CG 61), and Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 26, with associated guided-missile destroyers USS Roosevelt (DDG 80), USS Mason (DDG 87), and USS Nitze (DDG 94).
OIR reflects the commitment of the US and regional partner nations in eliminating the terrorist group ISIS and the threat it poses to the international community.
In support of OIR, elements of the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) continued conducting precision air strikes ag