USS William P. Lawrence Conducts First Strait of Hormuz Transit

first_img View post tag: Lawrence View post tag: Transit Back to overview,Home naval-today USS William P. Lawrence Conducts First Strait of Hormuz Transit Share this article View post tag: P. USS William P. Lawrence Conducts First Strait of Hormuz Transit View post tag: Defence View post tag: Hormuz View post tag: conducts View post tag: Defense View post tag: USScenter_img View post tag: Navy Training & Education View post tag: first The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS William P. Lawrence (DDG 110) transited the Strait of Hormuz and entered the Arabian Gulf for the ship’s first time, March 1.The Strait of Hormuz is a vital waterway in the region. At its widest, the strait spans 21 miles, and offers the only sea passage into the Arabian Gulf.“The fact that the waterway is so narrow makes this a dangerous evolution,” said Lt. Jason Bardin, the senior officer on watch during the transit. “It is important not to escalate tensions while in transit. This is an innocent passage, we are not here to provoke but promote security and partnership.”Cmdr. Jana Vavasseur, commanding officer of William P. Lawrence said the transit was a success.“We came through smoothly with no major issues,” said Vavasseur. “Everything was handled professionally and safely.”Vavasseur explained that the ship’s success was due to training and the crew’s teamwork.“We’ve gone through extensive training, our joint task force exercise and composite training unit exercise experience helped us very specifically,” said Vavasseur. “We were able to build off of that training and build a terrific team. Whether it’s a direct role for a specific mission or a supporting role, every role is important.”In a typical week, more than 500 ships will sail through the Strait of Hormuz. 300 of these ships are energy carriers representing 40% of the world’s seaborne traded oil; the rest carry other maritime commerce critical to the vitality of nations in the Gulf and elsewhere in the region.William P. Lawrence, on her maiden deployment, is deployed with the John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group to the U.S. 5th Fleet Area of Responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, March 5, 2013 View post tag: News by topic March 5, 2013 View post tag: Naval View post tag: William View post tag: Straitlast_img read more

Burton’s MD leaves after only months

first_imgBurton’s Biscuits has confirmed the departure of Ian Deste just six months after he joined the company.Deste joined in July 2015, and was the company’s first managing director UK & Ireland. However, it has now been revealed that he left the company in December, and his duties have now been assumed by chief operating officer, Simon Browne.Burton’s Biscuits refused to comment on why Deste had departed, or whether it would seek to find a replacement for his position.A Burton’s Biscuits spokesperson said: “We can confirm that Ian Deste, Burton’s Biscuit Company’s managing director UK & Ireland, left the business in December 2015. Simon Browne, chief operating officer, has since taken responsibility for all UK commercial activities.”Burton’s Biscuits is believed to be closing in on a deal to buy rival biscuit brand Fox’s from 2 Sisters Food Group.last_img read more

Israel’s coalition deal: Political stability with pitfalls

first_imgIsrael’s coalition deal between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Benny Gantz breaks a year-long deadlock but has pitfalls — from power sharing mechanisms to West Bank policy and the premier’s corruption charges.Monday’s agreement for a unity government, signed by Netanyahu and parliament speaker Gantz after three inconclusive elections in less than a year, seeks to give the Jewish state desperately-needed political stability as it confronts the coronavirus pandemic.  “After a year and a half of political stalemate and as the country endures one of the most severe economic crises in its history, it is high-time for Israel to have a functioning government,” said Yohanan Plesner, president of the Israel Democracy Institute think-tank.  Implementing the deal will require majority support in Israel’s 120-seat parliament, the Knesset. That is likely to happen, assuming it is backed by Netanyahu’s unified right-wing bloc and most of Gantz’s supporters. Netanyahu will serve as prime minister through the first 18 months of the three-year deal. Gantz will first serve as “alternate prime minister,” a new position that must be created through an amendment of Israel’s so-called Basic Laws. Passing that amendment is a key part of the coalition deal.After 18 months, Gantz takes over as prime minister, with Netanyahu serving as his alternate. Through the first six months, the government will be defined as an “emergency” body focused primarily on containing the COVID-19 pandemic and mitigating the economic devastation it has caused. Israel has more than 13,800 confirmed virus cases, including over 180 deaths, and a nationwide lockdown has left huge numbers of people without an income.Cabinet portfolios are split between the two camps. Key ministries assigned to Netanyahu’s side include finance and interior, while Gantz’s side will control the justice ministry and the position of foreign minister will rotate.The former army chief announced Tuesday evening he would serve as defense minister. Ministers can only be fired if there is agreement from both sides, and the prime minister cannot sack his alternate.  Power sharing  Topics : Netanyahu’s trial The prime minister was due to face trial on charges of bribery, fraud and breach of trust last month. The trial’s start date was postponed to May 24 because of the pandemic. Under Israeli law, a prime minister can continue to serve while under indictment, but a regular cabinet minister cannot. With his trial, including possible appeals, expected to last several years, the veteran premier did not want to be forced out of government when his term expired. His expected transition to alternate prime minister in 2021 likely solves that problem. Netanyahu’s Likud party also retained significant say over the appointment of judges and prosecutors, influence that could help the prime minister as his case moves forward. Legal cases have also been filed by non-government groups seeking to block an individual under indictment from serving as prime minister. Under the coalition deal, if Israel’s top court bars Netanyahu from serving, his agreement with Gantz is dissolved and another election will be called.  West Bank annexationsFor Netanyahu, US President Donald Trump’s plan for Middle East peace offered Israel an “historic” opportunity. The plan — rejected by the Palestinians and condemned by much of the international community — gave Israel the green light to annex Jewish settlements and other strategic territory in the occupied West Bank. Such annexations would violate international law and likely inflame tensions in the volatile region. Gantz had praised Trump’s controversial plan but was more cautious regarding its implementation. The coalition agreement says that any measures regarding Trump’s plan would be executed “in full agreement of the United States,” while maintaining “international dialogue” and “the need to maintain regional stability”.At the same time, with Gantz’s permission, Netanyahu can bring Trump’s annexation plan to cabinet and parliament for discussion and approval from July 1.Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh on Monday condemned the formation of an “Israeli annexation government,” saying it marked the end of the two-state solution. But he warned that the Netanyahu-Gantz deal risks creating a government “without a grand vision or clear goals” that would be vulnerable to being bogged down with “cumbersome political agreements.”Here are the main points of the deal:last_img read more