HMS Westminster tests Sting Ray light-weight torpedo

first_img March 20, 2017 Royal Navy’s HMS Westminster tests Sting Ray light-weight torpedo View post tag: HMS Westminster Royal Navy frigate HMS Westminster tested her Sting Ray light-weight torpedo during her weapons systems trials which she started after undergoing a two-year refit.A drogue parachute begins to deploy as a Sting Ray is propelled from its launcher and the magazine-launched torpedo system on the ‘capital ship’ is put through its paces.Having uncoiled its towed-array sonar – a 1,700-metre ‘tail’ lined with hydrophones (underwater microphones) which is normally wrapped around a gigantic drum behind the quarterdeck – to listen for any submarine activity, the weapons maintainers and ops room team flashed up the torpedo as well.The Sting Ray launchers – just forward of the Portsmouth frigate’s hangar – use high pressure to drive the torpedo out of its tube, before the small parachute deploys and slows its entry into the water.Thereafter, Sting Ray – just 8ft 6in long, but packing a 100lb explosive charge to ruin any submariner’s day – races through the water at more than 50mph until it strikes its target.In this instance, the dummy weapon was recovered once the exercise was complete.The system is among a Type 23’s last line of defence against the submarine menace; normally the towed array should find an enemy boat long before it is within striking range, and a Merlin or Wildcat helicopter armed with Sting Rays or depth charges should have finished it off.Ensuring both towed array and magazine-launched system were in full working order was a team under Petty Officer Engineering Technician Colin Howie.“The firing of this torpedo system has been able to happen through hard work by a very able and determined team,” he said. “It proves working in partnership with the civilians and other agencies the Royal Navy is still a force to be reckoned with.” Back to overview,Home naval-today Royal Navy’s HMS Westminster tests Sting Ray light-weight torpedo center_img Share this article View post tag: Royal Navy Authoritieslast_img read more

Tony Bland indicted on charges including bribery, wire fraud

first_imgUSC men’s basketball associate head coach Tony Bland was indicted Tuesday by a federal grand jury following his arrest in September in connection with a corruption ring. Bland was originally arrested with 10 other men also accused of bribery, several of whom have also been indicted. He faces charges for conspiracy to commit bribery, honest services wire fraud and two other charges out of the original six he was accused of at the time of his arrest.According to the Los Angeles Times, the indictment formally accused Bland alongside fellow Division I assistant coaches Book Richardson of Arizona and Lamont Evans of Oklahoma State, sports agent Christians Dawkins and Merl Code of Adidas who face similar charges. Auburn assistant Chuck Person and Rashan Michel, who is a former NCAA referee and owns a clothing company, were charged in a separate indictment. It is not yet known if Adidas employee Jim Gatto, who was also arrested, was indicted on Tuesday. Financial adviser Munish Sood and Florida youth coach Brad Augustine, who were both charged initially in September were not indicted. The court granted their attorneys a two-week continuance to negotiate a deal, according the Los Angeles Times.Bland was put on administrative leave in late September by USC following his arrest. He is charged with taking a $13,000 bribe in July from Sood and Dawkins to sway college athletes to use their services, according to the Los Angeles Times. “Bland also confirmed that, by virtue of his position as a coach for the University of Southern California’s basketball team, he exerted significant influence over his athletes in deciding which agents and advisers to retain,” the indictment said, according to the Times.He was also charged with giving $9,000 to two families of USC basketball athletes in late August. The indictment also accuses Bland of defrauding the University by hiding the bribes that caused the school to give athletic scholarships to athletes regarded as ineligible due to the bribe payments.Following the arrest, USC hired former FBI director Louis J. Freeh to conduct an internal investigation.“Everyone loves Tony Bland,” head coach Andy Enfield said in an interview last week with the Daily Trojan. “He was a big part of what we did here for over four years, and other than that, we can’t comment. It has been emotional, it has been challenging, at a personal level and at a program level.”The investigation of the corruption ring had been underway since 2015. Evidence of the bribery was uncovered partly by the FBI agents working undercover who gained access to the corruption ring as financial backers and partners, according to an affidavit released by federal prosecutors. Bland has been the associate head coach since 2014.“I’m very confident about our program moving forward,” Enfield said last week. “We have tremendous staff and tremendous players in our program.” Eric He contributed to this report.last_img read more