US Navy’s Newest Amphibious Transport Dock Arrives at Her Homeport

first_img View post tag: Transport US Navy’s Newest Amphibious Transport Dock Arrives at Her Homeport View post tag: Navy Pre-Commissioning Unit Anchorage (LPD 23) moored pierside for the first time at her homeport in San Diego during a homecoming ceremony Nov. 21.The Navy’s newest amphibious transport dock completed her maiden voyage from the Huntington Ingalls Industries (HII) Shipbuilding site in Avondale, La. where she departed Oct. 30. The departure completed nearly six years of construction when fabrication kicked off in January 2007.Fire Controlman 1st Class Michael Keller was among the first crew members to report to Anchorage while she was under construction, arriving in Avondale more than a year-and-a-half ago. “The entire process was amazing to witness and be a part of,” said Keller, who hails from San Diego. “When I got to Anchorage, she wasn’t even painted. There were wires everywhere, scaffolds, and decks were bare metal. The relationship we built with both the shipbuilders and each other really brought this ship to life. I know as the first crew members, we’ll be proud to leave behind a legacy that will endure throughout the entirety of Anchorage’s history.”Anchorage’s crew will spend the next few months working on certifications and completing installation of non-essential ship systems prior to sailing to her namesake Anchorage, Alaska where she will be commissioned in May.“We are excited to be reunited with our families,” said Capt. Brian J. Quin, Anchorage’s commanding officer. “It’s been a rewarding journey, but we’re not done yet. We look forward to the next round of testing and our voyage to Alaska. The community in Anchorage has already welcomed us with open arms and we will work even harder to live up to the rich diversity and tradition present in the ship’s namesake municipality.”Anchorage is the seventh San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock. She was delivered to the U.S. Navy Sept. 17. The ship is the second ship to be named for the city.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, November 26, 2012; Image: US Navy Back to overview,Home naval-today US Navy’s Newest Amphibious Transport Dock Arrives at Her Homeport View post tag: Amphibious View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Naval View post tag: Her View post tag: Homeport November 26, 2012 Industry news View post tag: Arrives View post tag: Dock View post tag: newest View post tag: US Share this articlelast_img read more

Watch The 2008 Jammy’s Tribute To Phish With Members Of The Biscuits, Cheese, Umphrey’s, & More

first_imgHonoring the highest musical highs of the previous calendar year, the Jammys always brought together a who’s who of the top talent in the jam-band scene to pay tribute to the best artists, best sets, and best moments of improv of the year. Back in 2008, the Jammy Awards were still alive and well in New York City, and that year, the award ceremony honored Phish with a special tribute set. Phish was broken up at the time, and the Jammy awards paid tribute to the winner of six previous Jammy awards with a Lifetime Achievement award. The award was certainly an honor—so much so that it brought the members of Phish together for the first time since their 2004 break up, as they stood together on stage to accept the award.This Fan-Made Music Video For Phish’s “More” Inspires Hope In A Time Of Darkness [Watch]While Phish wouldn’t take the stage together that night (as many had hoped), event organizer Peter Shapiro had an excellent trick up his sleeve. He organized a group of musicians from several other beloved jam bands to play a set in tribute to Phish. Dubbed “The Headcount All-Stars”, the band was made up of Marc “Brownie” Brownstein and Jon “The Barber” Gutwillig from The Disco Biscuits, Jake Cinninger from Umphrey’s McGee, Kyle Hollingsworth from String Cheese Incident, and Joe Russo of the Benevento/Russo Duo. The performance was truly electric, as they covered classic songs from Phish’s live repertoire like “Run Like An Antelope”, “Maze”, “2001”, and “Wilson” to the blown-away audience.“Wilson”[Video: SpottedStripers]“Run Like An Antelope”[Video: tdbvideos]“2001”[Video: tdbvideos]last_img read more

Sierra Nevada Summerfest Lager: Nostalgia in a Can

first_imgLet’s set the scene. It’s 1992, or 1982, or whenever. It’s a long time ago. You’re young, that’s the point. Like, 17. You’re in a car that someone borrowed from their mom headed down a dirt road to a swimming hole on a river where you’re hoping to see Jennifer Barksdale in a bikini. The car is packed beyond manufacturer recommended capacity, nobody’s wearing seatbelts, and there’s a cooler of beer sitting in the floorboards. You’re disregarding safety standards left and right. In that cooler of beer is a six pack of Zima (for Jennifer Barksdale) and a twelve of Budweiser, or Coors Light, or MGD in the can. Remember that feeling? That summertime mix of irresponsibility and anticipation underscored by can after can of easy-drinking beer?Sierra Nevada wants to put you back in that station wagon headed down that dirt road thinking about Jennifer Barksdale in a bikini with their latest release: a limited run of Summerfest lager in the can.I salute Sierra Nevada for giving us a lager, a style of beer that is typically the territory of macrobreweries. The craft beer industry rose in the ‘90s in part because Americans were tired of drinking lagers. We wanted beers with a bit of a bite. The typical American Pale Ales that have become the staple of craft brewers across the country are the antithesis of the easy-drinking (sometimes tasteless) lager.Here’s how Sierra Nevada describes its Summerfest: “crisp, golden, dry.” They’re practically tapping the Rockies with that verbiage.So, why not just buy a Budweiser for half the price? Because Sierra Nevada isn’t just recreating the canned beer that was there when you lost your virginity in high school (sadly, not to Jennifer Barksdale, but to her slightly more homely friend Margaret Grossman. Hey Maggie!). This beer is more complex than the Silver Bullets of your youth. It has a slight malty sweetness and the faintest hint of spicy hops, giving Summerfest a balanced integrity you just don’t find from Bud or Miller. It is a lager, yes, it is easy drinking, yes, but it is not tasteless.Does that mean hop-heads will fall all over themselves for this beer? Probably not. There’s still a strong anti-lager streak amongst craft beer snobs. I get it. It wasn’t too long ago when you couldn’t get anything but a lager in the South. But now that the variety of beer has reached record level at your local Stab ‘n’ Grab, I say it’s okay to reach for this mild beer again, and relive the glory days of high school. Stock a cooler with Summerfest and head to that swimming hole. Better add a few Zima too, just in case Jennifer Barksdale is there and also feeling nostalgic.Look for Summerfest at your favorite beer store starting Memorial Day.Follow Graham Averill’s adventures in drinking and Dad-hood at daddy-drinks.comlast_img read more

I’II quit Kotoko if the board fails to support me: Opoku Nti

first_imgKotoko Chief Executive Opoku Nti has threatened to quit due to the lack of support from the club’s board, reports in the local media have claimed.Nti is becoming increasingly frustrated with the lack of financial support from the board and has served notice of his willingness to leave the job.The Ghana legend is aiming to lead the Porcupine Warriors to retain their Premier League crown as well as make a meaningful impact in next year’Scaf Champions League.But he is fuming he is not getting the support he feels he should get and has threatened to walk out.Kotoko are believed to be owing players salaries and winning bonuses running into several weeks according to report in the Ghanaian media.The Kumasi-based side lost 1-0 at Bechem United to bring their perfect start to a halt.last_img read more