Authorities View post tag: Navy Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Donald Cook Commences FOST View post tag: USS Donald Cook Share this article The Arleigh-Burke class guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) began Flag Officer Sea Training (FOST) March 23, 2015.FOST is based out of naval bases in the United Kingdom (UK); it delivers operational training across all disciplines for the Royal Navy and other Navies that wish to make use of its services.Lt. Matthew Brown, USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) Operations Officer, said:FOST is preparing us for Joint Warrior, which is a 54-nation, international exercise in which we’ll operate as part of a strike group.FOST offers tailored training to meet the specific national requirements of many other navies, air forces and elements of land forces. The syllabus is framed around NATO doctrine and is aimed at delivering Royal Navy standards, drawing upon FOST’s experience across an array of platforms to capture and promote best practice.USS Donald Cook (DDG 75), forward-deployed to Rota, Spain, is conducting naval operations with allies and partners in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of operations in order to advance security and stability in the Mediterranean and Black Sea regions.Image: US Navy USS Donald Cook Commences FOST View post tag: FOST March 24, 2015 View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Naval View post tag: launches
By Roberto López Dubois/Diálogo October 03, 2017 Colombia and Panama will install two additional joint security posts at the border crossings in La Balsa and La Olla, as a result of an agreement reached between the security authorities of the two countries at the most recent Binational Border Commission (COMBIFRON, per its Spanish acronym), meeting from August 29th to September 1st in Medellin, Colombia. With a total of four posts in the border area, the parties are working to make these posts operational by January 2018. “These facilities will allow Colombian soldiers to patrol the area from their side, and the Panamanians from theirs,” stated Panamanian Minister of Public Security Alexis Bethancourt. “Furthermore, it enables joint monitoring of the jungle trails used by organized crime, allows for control of migratory flows, and puts a halt to narcotrafficking activity by both countries.” The armed forces of the two countries are working together to combat narcotrafficking, human trafficking, illegal migration, illegal mining, and other crimes near the countries’ shared border. The border posts at Alto Limón and La Unión are currently in operation. “The advanced security posts will play an important strategic role for control of the border region,” added Commissioner Guillermo Valdés, the operations chief of the National Border Patrol (SENAFRONT, per its Spanish acronym). “All transit corridors in which threats pass from one side to the other have been blocked to this end.” In addition to the new security installations, it was agreed during the meeting to change their frequency from every six to every four months, and it was agreed that the next meeting will take place in Colombia, at the end of November. How COMBIFRON operates COMBIFRON is a coordination mechanism created by the governments of Colombia and Panama to tackle security problems along their shared border. At each meeting, the delegations first outline the new threats affecting their territory as well as their strategies for combating them. Then joint actions to be taken are discussed. “We have set up lines of communication at these meetings regarding aspects from the strategic to the operational,” explained Commissioner Oriel Ortega Benítez, the deputy director of SENAFRONT. “We are consolidating three very important focal points: information exchange, training, and strategic forecasts. Beyond planning, we have carried out simultaneous operations in the two countries, for example, Operation Escudo, and Operation Patria.. What we do will now be done in an integrated way,” he added. The threats The main threat in the area is narcotrafficking, whose methods constantly change in reaction to efforts to combat it. “Their methods have changed. At first we discovered that they were moving in large vessels, the longboats. Then they began transporting drugs in smaller, double-hulled boats,” explained Commissioner Valdés. “But currently, now that the aquatic route has been blocked, they are distributing the drugs by land, using people on foot, who we call backpackers.” Additionally, Colombia brought up illegal mining, and how it employs equipment made by taking materials from nature for use in extracting gold from rivers. The amount of human trafficking was also mentioned, which could rise in the near future, due to the increase in visitors to the area. Advantages of COMBIFRON COMBIFRON makes the creation of a synchronized coordination mechanism between the two countries possible, allowing them to counteract the various threats along the shared Colombia-Panama border. In order to achieve permanent and continuous sharing of information between the institutions, the parties have leveraged the latest technology, enabling activities ranging from simple internet messages to videoconferencing. “The exchange of information allowed by COMBIFRON is a valuable resource when dealing with narcotrafficking and organized crime,” added Minister Bethancourt. “We need the parties to share information regarding who they are [the people committing the criminal acts], what they are doing, and where they are going, and with that information, we can assist in closing their route.” The first meeting goes back to June 2003. On that occasion, Colombia and Panama agreed to create a land, air, and naval border coordination manual, as well as a data bank containing the criminal history of the residents of the towns, provinces, and departments in the border area. The attendees decided to continue holding periodic meetings, which allowed the countries’ forces to reach new agreements more frequently, and to expand activities aimed at guaranteeing border security. Initially, Panama and Colombia decided to hold these types of meetings in response to the actions of narcoterrorist groups along their shared border. The illegal groups were committing criminal acts in Colombia and then crossing the border to hide in the dense and solitary Panamanian jungle. “These types of coordination meetings will continue in order to deal with matters of security, cooperation, and other issues affecting us both,” said Minister Bethancourt. “We have had very positive results with respect to various courses of action, such as planning of joint patrols, structuring of joint plans, integrated work projects, as well as other operations in each country,” he concluded.
… hopes COVID-19 doesn’t ruin 2020 Guyana Open CupBy Clifton RossREIGNING Guyana Open Golf champion Avinash Persaud said he’s training 4 times a week in hopes of competitive action returning soon, adding that the time-off was good way to mentally refresh yourself as a professional athlete.Guyana’s most successful golfer told this newspaper on Monday, that he has been maintaining his pedigree by hitting the greens during private practice sessions at the Lusignan Golf Club (LGC) Course a few times every week.Persaud, who has won the country’s top Golf title a record 10 times, with a number of those titles coming consecutively, believes that the little training-time afforded to golfers, who may be working or have other outside commitments; is needed in order to maintain one’s form as a pro-golfer.“I’ve been keeping and putting in as much practice as I can during the week. It’s good to keep training and go out there, get in some strokes just for a couple of hours a day; it’s good for me”, declared the champ.Although golf is playable during the pandemic due to the way golfers can reduce the number of holes as well as take to the greens without a caddy, the COVID-19 risk is still high. Persaud, not looking too much on his time away from golf, noted that he was using quarantine as a way to refresh the mind and body,“I always keep on training and practising because I’m hoping there is a tournament sometime time soon. But as a professional golfer, it is a very important time to take some time off and get your mind off golf and ease some stress,” said Persaud.A few weeks ago, the executives and members of the LGC gave back to their community of Lusignan on the East Coast of Demerara. The drive was part of many around the country and world, which was specifically geared towards helping those affected by the pandemic.Residents of Lusignan received a hamper among other means of relief, compliments of the LGC family, who said they felt the need to take care of the single-parent families and families of caddies who are out of work. The champ hailed the move as one which will only help to fight the pandemic going forward.Persaud also believed that should the current state of things remain a daily way of living for the next few months, the sport and its shareholders could suffer greatly.The champ who went to Jamaica and Suriname last year to represent Guyana at the respective invitational tournaments, believed that the ripple effect could trickle across the boardThe harsh reality is that should the course remain close for a few more months, the financial setback which mainly affects caddies and those employed in different positions at the Club, will inevitably end up hurting everyone affiliated with the sport – sponsors, players and grounds-men and others.“It was a good thing (the relief drive) because it helped the caddies and their families as well as those single parents who are facing a tough time during C0VID-19. We will have a good day when things get better but it can affect us because we need golf to keep the club and ground going; along with our sponsors for our weekly tournaments,” the champ pointed out.Wrapping up his interview, the defending champ was optimistic that the future will be kind to gold and that the LGC can host its annual Guyana Open Cup, which usually takes place between October and November.Persaud was further confident that his training and weekly practice sessions can see him get in some putting roughly 4 times a week, which will be enough to capture his 11th title, once the Guyana Cup is hosted.“Not playing competitive golf is tough but it’s not a worry for me (my playing form) because I’m always training and working on my game. But hopefully we can get in a few tournaments when things get safer, before the Open Cup,” Persaud concluded.