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Romanian Navy Pilots Conduct Training aboard USS Whidbey Island

first_img View post tag: USS Sailors aboard USS Whidbey Island (LSD 41) conducted deck landing qualification (DLQ) training with Romanian navy pilots July 31-Aug. 1 as part of the bilateral exercise Summer Storm 2011.The eight Romanian pilots, the only aviators in that country’s navy, are members of “Black Sea Knights” and fly the IAR-330 Puma helicopter.“There are over 400 pilots in Romania’s air force,” said Lt. Cmdr. Marius Metric, the Black Sea Knights commander. “Our naval aviation program is five years old and there are eight of us.”Metric flew Pumas for 10 years in the Romanian Air Force before transferring to the navy and taking command of the squadron in 2010. The three Pumas assigned to his squadron primarily operate with Romanian frigates and perform a wide range of missions, including search and rescue, medical evacuations, vertical replenishments and insertions and extractions.“It was very inspiring working with them,” said Lt.j.g. Jason Canonigo, Whidbey Island’s helicopter control officer. “They are extremely professional and it was one of the top training exercises we’ve been through. From their procedures to their communication, everything they did is exactly the way you see it in the book.”The Whidbey Island helicopter control officers met the Romanian pilots for a face-to-face discussion the day before the DLQs commenced. This allowed them to go over the details in depth and establish a rapport, said Canonigo.“Whether your program is 100 years old or five, you’re always looking for ways to improve the way you work,” said Canonigo. “You’re always trying to get better, and one of the ways we do that is through exercises like these.”“This was great training for us, particularly the junior guys who are on their first deployment,” said Boatswain’s Mate 2nd Class (SW) Desmond Charles, who served as one of the Landing Signalmen Enlisted (LSE) during the DLQs. “It’s good for them to gain familiarity with different types of aircraft and to work with pilots from different navies.”The Romanian pilots expressed their excitement at working together as well as a strong belief in the future of Romanian naval aviation.“One of my goals during this exercise is to learn your procedures and see how you operate,” said Lt. Petre Pavlov, the Black Sea Knights commander of patrols and liaison officer on board Whidbey Island. “I want to remain in naval aviation and train future aviators as an instructor.”The Whidbey Island is deployed as part of the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group, supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility.[mappress]Source: navy, August 2, 2011; Back to overview,Home naval-today Romanian Navy Pilots Conduct Training aboard USS Whidbey Island View post tag: Training View post tag: Whidbey View post tag: Navy View post tag: Naval View post tag: Island Romanian Navy Pilots Conduct Training aboard USS Whidbey Islandcenter_img Training & Education August 2, 2011 View post tag: Romanian View post tag: News by topic View post tag: conduct View post tag: Pilots Share this articlelast_img read more

Lynne Tompkins drops out of Wellington City Council Race

first_imgLynne TompkinsBy Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — With 15 candidates running for at-large positions of the new Wellington City Council, it was bound to happen that one candidates has decided to bow out before the election.Lynne Tompkins said she is dropping out of the race. She said since filing for the council seat, she was asked to serve on another board and also wanted to keep her position on the advisory Wellington City Park Board. “ I have decided to withdraw from the race for City Council due to other commitments,” Tompkins said in a written statement to Sumner Newscow. “I encourage the voters to get out and vote for a change in the Council.”Sumner Newscow will be featuring forums of each city council and school board members starting Thursday. The city and school board elections across Sumner County will be held April 2. People can advance vote at the Sumner County clerk’s office. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more