Flooding risks rise with global warming

first_imgAnyone thinking about moving home should take note – flooding is an increasing risk – be sure to check your chosen area against flood risk.The Chairwoman of The Environment Agency, Emma Howard Boyd, said that on current trends, global temperatures could rise between 2C and 4C by 2100 and £1bn a year would need to be spent on flood management.She said some communities might need to move because of the risk of floods.Ms Howard Boyd, launching the consultation on the agency’s flood strategy, said that government policy should ensure that all publicly funded infrastructure is resilient to flooding and coastal change by 2050.“We can’t win a war against water by building away climate change with infinitely high flood defences,” she said.She called for more to be done to encourage property owners to rebuild homes after flooding in better locations, and with improvements such as raised electrics, hard flooring and flood doors, rather than just “recreating what was there before”.However, she warned that in some places “the scale of the threat may be so significant that recovery will not always be the best long term solution” and communities would need help to “move out of harm’s way”.More rain and more intense burstsThe agency expects more intense bursts of rain and continuing coastal erosion.It calculates that, for every person who suffers flooding, about 16 more are affected by loss of services such as power, transport and telecommunications.Ms Howard Boyd warned that climate change and population growth in England meant that properties built in the floodplain will double over the next 50 years.The agency points towards research from the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership which suggests that losses on UK mortgages and insurance-related losses could double.Ms Howard-Boyd said the government’s six-year flood programme had given flood and coastal protection “a shot in the arm”, but more will be needed.Environment Minister Therese Coffey said, “Flooding and coastal erosion can have terrible consequences for people, businesses and the environment.“That’s why we are already providing £2.6bn over six years, delivering more than 1,500 projects to better protect 300,000 homes.”But she added that “the threat of climate change will mean an increasing risk and preparing the country is a priority for the government, and the nation as a whole”.Sheila Manchester climate change Emma Howard Boyd Environment Agency flood risk flooding May 10, 2019The NegotiatorWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Housing Market » Flooding risks rise with global warming previous nextHousing MarketFlooding risks rise with global warmingThe housing market in some areas is in danger of sinking – literally, the Environment Agency warns, as global warming increases flooding risks.Sheila Manchester10th May 20190656 Viewslast_img read more

Countrywide appoints HR specialist to its main board as branch closures rumoured

first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » Countrywide appoints HR specialist to its main board as branch closures rumoured previous nextAgencies & PeopleCountrywide appoints HR specialist to its main board as branch closures rumouredLisa Charles-Jones has experience at several property companies including LSL’s Your Move and Reeds Rains estate agency brands.Nigel Lewis12th June 20191 Comment2,200 Views Countrywide has appointed the former Human Resources boss of estate agency LSL to its board as a non-executive director, replacing outgoing board non-exec Jane Lighting.Lisa Charles-Jones (pictured, above) is to join the top table of the company at the end of June subject to FCA approval and will work on its Remuneration Committee, but her experience will come in handy as the company proceeds with a rumoured programme of both branch closures and redundancies.She has considerable experience of estate agency. As well as having helped run Reeds Rains and Your Move for LSL as its Group HR Director for ten years, she is also a director of Evoca Estate Management in Newcastle and Kingston Properties Services.Both specialise in leasehold block management in the North of England.Non-exec specialistShe is also a professional ‘non-exec’ and is on the board of several other companies including social landlord specialist the Bernicia Group and transport data firm Tracsis.Charles-Jones is a member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and holds an MBA from the University of Durham.“I am delighted to welcome Lisa to the Board of Countrywide plc,” says Peter Long, Countrywide’s Executive Chairman (left).“Lisa brings valuable experience within the property sector and will be the Non-Executive Director Employee Engagement Lead within the Countrywide plc Board”.At the same time Jane Lighting, who has been on its board for five years, is to retire.“The Board of Countrywide wishes to thank Jane for her dedicated service to the Board and its committees,” says Long. “The whole Board wishes Jane well for the future”.Read more about Countrywide.Lisa Charles-Jones Reeds Rains Countrywide Your Move June 12, 2019Nigel LewisOne commentAndrew Stanton, CEO Proptech-PR Real Estate Influencer & Journalist CEO Proptech-PR Real Estate Influencer & Journalist 12th June 2019 at 11:32 amFirst a wave of IT personnel redundancies, then branch closures, now sales progression personnel, very soon even the top executives in their ivory tower will feel the reality that making multi million pound losses is a really stupid idea and decide to exit or be helped on their way.If you look at the composition of the board and their lack of industry knowledge, or the sound bites that have been coming out since the departure of Platt from supposedly experienced directors – it is clear that this slow motion car crash could have been minimised 6-months ago.A one off – closure of non-profit making offices (a big list) the sale of some of the assets (a smaller list) a one off programme of redundancies – with perhaps franchises being offered to the brave who could make marginal offices profitable if not constrained by ingrained and out dated practices.Countrywide – the clue is in the name – maybe it should be less of huge flabby loss making empire sprawling across the country – and cut itself down to size – and become a lean keen selling machine.Another major problem it has, is that CW is top heavy with many middle aged and older personnel – I am not being ageist I am 56, but young blood often helps, because in 10 years – the usual cycle of a successful business these people become the mature advocates whose core values carry companies into profitable times.In the mid 1980’s when agency exploded in the UK with banks and building societies buying up small independent agents to sell their financial wares, lots of 20 something estate agents joined the industry, and their work, motivation etc powered the movement. Many of these people are now in high places, but estate agency has changed and CW is a classic example of a business being run as though we were back 35 years ago.Log in to ReplyWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

Hamptons International launches Vision House

first_imgVision House is on the market with Hamptons International and located in Wimbledon. The transformed art-deco building is reborn to create a collection of 19 one and two bedroom homes, with prices starting at £365,000.Vision House is the reinvention of a classic art deco building into a collection of one and two bedroom high specification apartments. Every apartment has been carefully specified to ensure that life is relaxed, carefree and luxurious. Fixtures and fittings have been extensively researched and carefully selected to create a sophisticated, practical and contemporary home.The individually designed kitchens are glamorous and sophisticated with stone work surfaces and built in ‘A-grade’ appliances, including a washing machine.It is also conveniently located for public transport, opposite Wimbledon Chase Station and close to Thameslink plus bus routes just outside. Wimbledon is considered one of the most desirable neighbourhoods in South West London with superb leisure facilities and a host of local restaurants and shops.Vision House art-deco building Wimbledon luxury apartments Wimbledon Hamptons International December 12, 2019Jenny van BredaWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Land & New Homes » Hamptons International launches Vision House previous nextLand & New HomesHamptons International launches Vision HouseThe Negotiator12th December 20190137 Viewslast_img read more

Fire safety report reveals shocking ignorance among some lettings agents

first_imgThe lettings industry is facing a ticking time bomb over fire risk in residential blocks, a new report has highlighted just a few days before the government’s post-Grenfell Fire Safety Bill becomes law.Services giant JLA, which has drawn up the lengthy report into competency and attitudes to fire risk across several industries including property management, says it found that despite being seen as a reliable source of information for advice, 22.2% of estate agents and letting agents admitted to not knowing how to carry out a full fire risk assessment.This figure is all the more shocking given the current national debate around safety in residential blocks following the Grenfell Tower tragedy.RegulationsProperty managers and landlords in the UK are required by law to comply with regulations set out in the Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005 (RRO) and The Fire Safety (Scotland) Regulations 2006.Also, the new Fire Safety Bill 2019-2021 which will be an amendment to the RRO will also place greater accountability on ‘responsible persons’ for managing and reducing the risk of fire.As well as significantly low levels of knowledge within the property industry, JLA says 10% of those it canvassed did not even know about the new Bill going through parliament.Once it passes into law, this legislation will remove any doubt about who is responsible for safety within multi-occupancy buildings such as HMOs and apartment blocks.It will also hold building owners and ‘responsible persons’ to account for not complying with safety guidelines issued by by fire and rescue authorities, who will soon have enforcement powers.Read the JLA report.JLA fire safety bill March 12, 2021Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Fire safety report reveals shocking ignorance among some lettings agents previous nextRegulation & LawFire safety report reveals shocking ignorance among some lettings agentsThe industry faces a fire safety ticking time bomb, a report has highlighted, just before the post-Grenfell Fire Safety Bill becomes law.Nigel Lewis12th March 202102,133 Viewslast_img read more

Meet the student rental portal beating Rightmove at its own game

first_imgHome » News » Marketing » Meet the student rental portal beating Rightmove at its own game previous nextProptechMeet the student rental portal beating Rightmove at its own gameStuRents is a specialist student property portal that offers agents, landlords and property managers a level playing field.Nigel Lewis12th March 20210877 Views Dozens of specialist property portal platforms have been launched in recent years that claim to be the ‘next Rightmove of their sector’. But only one has come close.StuRents, which now lists 750,000 student beds which it says represents approximately 60% of the student letting market.“There are approximately 350,000 PBSA beds and 900,000 HMO beds in the UK market,” says co-founder Tom Walker.Established in 2008 it has grown organically by offering both landlords, letting agents, purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA) operators and property managers a level playing fields on which to compete for student lettings – unlike Rightmove, Zoopla and OTM, which only allow agents to use their platforms.Its other USP is that, unlike the big property portal players, it offers a ‘full stack’ of services from online contract signing to full property management as well as listings.RightmoveWalker, whose co-founder Mike Rainsford was featured in The Times, says his portal is making hay in a specialist space where the big portals have a weakness and that, for example, Rightmove is non-existent in many of the main student city lettings markets.“If you’re a PBSA operator or student letting agent then using Rightmove is very expensive, so we offer a portal that’s much more affordable and targeted and that covers three quarters of the market,” he tell The Negotiator.“But we’re aware that in particular Rightmove is playing catch-up as it buys up rental property viewings booking proptech platforms. But we have a superior offering and data – we can tell our research clients which neighbourhood in a city is most in demand, how accommodation budgets vary by student cohort and which segments of each city are under or over supplied – granular data that hasn’t previously been available in the student sector.”On the one hand Rightmove may be trying gingerly to back into the transaction world of renting, but on the other hand StuRents is busy building a commanding position in the student market with superior tech that appeal to all the players.student rental portal Tom walker sturents Mike Rainsford student accommodation Student Housing March 12, 2021Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021last_img read more

USS George Washington Returns to Yokosuka

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today USS George Washington Returns to Yokosuka USS George Washington Returns to Yokosuka View post tag: Returns Share this article View post tag: Navy April 21, 2011 View post tag: Naval View post tag: Washington View post tag: Yokosuka View post tag: USS The aircraft carrier USS George Washington returned to its forward-deployed port of Yokosuka, Kanagawa Prefecture, on Wednesday, nearly a mo…By Kyodo (japantimes)[mappress]Source: japantimes, April 21, 2011; View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Georgelast_img read more

US Navy Successful Tests LCS Minesweeping System

first_img View post tag: Tests View post tag: system US Navy Successful Tests LCS Minesweeping System View post tag: News by topic July 22, 2011 View post tag: Naval View post tag: Navy The Navy announced the successful completion of shore-based and at-sea integrated system tests on the prototype Unmanned Influence Sweep System, July 20, at the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Panama City Division, in Panama City, Fla.Designed for the LCS as part of the mine countermeasures mission package, the system provides unmanned mine sweeping capability that keeps warfighters out of the mine field. The system consists of an unmanned surface craft that carries and tows the minesweeping payload.The test, known as Phase 1 Sweep Operational Checkout, consisted of confirming that the new sweep system can be deployed and retrieved from a surface craft and that it tows properly. The test was the first use of the prototype Sweep Power Subsystem which includes magnetic and acoustic sweep systems. The first phase of testing was completed on July 1. Phase II is currently ongoing. “The first day of testing was executed flawlessly. The team performed very well and the system operated as expected. The data gathered during this first phase of testing will provide key performance parameters and establish benchmarks for the remainder of the test event,” said Stephen Olson, Unmanned Maritime Systems assistant program manager for UISS System Integration and Test.This summer’s test program includes a full signature test and full mission profile where the entire UISS system will be tested in a series of integrated systems tests planned to demonstrate minesweeping capability in preparation for littoral combat ship mission package integration.“This is another important step in our efforts to deliver evolutionary technology to the fleet,” said Rear Adm. Jim Murdoch, program executive officer for Littoral Combat Ships.An affiliated program executive office of Naval Sea Systems Command, PEO LCS provides a single program executive responsible for delivering the Littoral Combat Ships to include seaframe, mission modules, mission systems, fleet introduction, and life cycle maintenance and sustainment.[mappress]Source: navy, July 22, 2011; Back to overview,Home naval-today US Navy Successful Tests LCS Minesweeping System View post tag: US View post tag: LCS Share this article View post tag: successful Equipment & technology View post tag: Minesweepinglast_img read more

Sailors, Marines Aboard USS Bataan Volonteer for COMREL

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today Sailors, Marines Aboard USS Bataan Volonteer for COMREL View post tag: Aboard View post tag: sailors View post tag: USS Sailors and Marines aboard multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5) volunteered for community relations (COMREL) projects while in Rota, Spain, Jan. 17.Sailors and embarked Marines participated in two separate COMRELs during the ship’s visit. Volunteers chose to give up some of their liberty to visit a local home for the elderly, while another group played a soccer game against a local Spanish team. A total of 17 Sailors and Marines of all ranks attended the events, which help to forge stronger bonds with the local community.“COMREL events give our Sailors and Marines a chance to interact with people from another country,” said Cmdr. Russell Graef, a Navy chaplain, Religious Ministries department head and coordinator of the COMRELS. “This helps to create good will between the U.S. and the international community. It builds bridges of understanding between people who would otherwise never get a chance to meet.”At the first COMREL, Sailors played guitar and sang for the residents at one home run by a Spanish convent.“That put a smile on their faces,” said Electronics Technician 3rd Class Randy Howe, a participant in the music COMREL. “We let them know that people really care. It makes me proud seeing my fellow sailors give up a little of their liberty to help others.”Residents at the retirement home thanked the volunteers with a standing ovation.A second group of 13 volunteers also played a soccer game against a local Divisional Two team from Rota. Although the American team lost to the more experienced Spanish team, Sailors agreed the game was still an excellent way to let off steam from a long deployment, and to have some fun.“We had a chance to meet and play against some really great soccer players,” said Aviation Boatswain’s Mate (Handler) Morden Joyles, who participated in the game. “We usually don’t get a chance to practice onboard ship, so this was an excellent outlet.”Both of the COMRELs were considered a success by those who gave their time.“We do COMREL projects because it gives all interested personnel a great opportunity to interact with civilians and military members from foreign countries in a venue that may not otherwise be available,” said Graef. “There are many people on Bataan who want to give of themselves. They want to do things for others.”Bataan is the command ship 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]Naval Today Staff , January 24, 2012; Image: navy View post tag: News by topic View post tag: COMREL View post tag: Marines Sailors, Marines Aboard USS Bataan Volonteer for COMRELcenter_img Training & Education View post tag: Bataan View post tag: Navy View post tag: Volonteer Share this article View post tag: Naval January 24, 2012last_img read more

VIDEO: US Navy Names New Scripps Research Vessel ‘Sally Ride’

first_img View post tag: Defense VIDEO: US Navy Names New Scripps Research Vessel ‘Sally Ride’ Training & Education View post tag: Navy View post tag: Naval View post tag: research View post tag: News by topic April 16, 2013 View post tag: Scripps View post tag: Defence U.S. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced the nation’s newest research vessel will be named R/V Sally Ride, in honor of the former UC San Diego faculty member who was the first American female astronaut and the youngest American to fly in space.The ship is owned by the U.S. Navy, will be operated by Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego, and will have its home port at the Scripps Nimitz Marine Facility in Point Loma on San Diego Bay.“Sally Ride’s career was one of firsts and will inspire generations to come,” said Mabus. “I named R/V Sally Ride to honor a great researcher, but also to encourage generations of students to continue exploring, discovering, and reaching for the stars.”Dr. Ride was selected for NASA’s astronaut corps in 1978 and became the first American woman in space aboard Space Shuttle Challenger in 1983. In 1989, she joined the faculty of UC San Diego as professor of physics and was director of the university’s California Space Institute. She died in July 2012 at the age of 61.“Scripps has a century-long history of seagoing excellence that is vital to the well-being of our planet and its pressing environmental challenges, and we appreciate the confidence the U.S. Navy has in UC San Diego with stewardship of its newest, state-of-the-art vessel for global ocean exploration,” said UC San Diego Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla. “And now we are touched by the extraordinary honor that this ship is being named for Sally Ride, who, after serving our nation as a pioneering and accomplished astronaut, served on the faculty of UC San Diego for nearly two decades. Her commitment to teaching and inspiring young minds is legendary and we take tremendous pride in this prestigious and well-deserved honor for her legacy and for UC San Diego.”Designed to operate globally, R/V Sally Ride will continue the Scripps legacy of conducting pioneering ocean exploration and research critical to our understanding of our planet, our oceans, and our atmosphere. As a shared-use, general-purpose ship, R/V Sally Ride will engage in a broad spectrum of research in physics, chemistry, biology, geology, and climate science, including research missions with relevance to the Navy.“Our Navy and Marine Corps depend on detailed prediction of the ocean environment,” said Chief of Naval Research Rear Adm. Matthew Klunder. “The new knowledge provided by our basic and applied research is critical for improvements to prediction systems. The research vessel Sally Ride will enable that research and represents the continuation of a long and fruitful partnership among the Navy, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and the larger ocean science community.”“I’m very proud that the new research vessel Sally Ride will be homeported in California at San Diego’s world-renowned Scripps Institution of Oceanography,” said U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif. “The ship will enable the next generation of researchers to engage in ship-based research science and training and provide the Navy with a world-class research platform. This is an excellent example of the importance of investing in basic research to support national capabilities and competitiveness.”“Dr. Sally Ride inspired millions of people, especially young women and girls, to reach for the stars,” said U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif. “Naming the Navy’s new ocean research vessel in her honor is a fitting tribute to her legacy of innovation and discovery, and I am so pleased that this ship will be based at a great California institution that she loved, the Scripps Institution of Oceanography.”“Achievements such as Scripps’s research vessel Sally Ride show us how important investments in our military and scientific communities are,” said U.S. Rep. Scott Peters, D-Calif. “This vessel, and the rest of the academic research fleet, enables seagoing research that aids scientific discovery and our national security.”“I can’t think of a more perfect name for the Navy’s new research vessel. Dr. Ride was a trailblazer in every sense of the word in the fields of science and engineering. Dr. Ride’s namesake ship and its crew will continue her legacy of courage, determination, and spirit of discovery,” said U.S. Rep. Susan Davis, D-Calif.As a seagoing laboratory supporting research and education, the new ship will feature modern research instrumentation to fuel scientific exploration, including mapping systems, sensors, and profilers that will investigate features from the seafloor to the atmosphere.“Scripps looks forward to welcoming R/V Sally Ride to our fleet, enabling our scientists to conduct transformative ocean research and continued exploration and discovery in the coming decades,” said Catherine Constable, interim director of Scripps Institution of Oceanography and vice chancellor for marine sciences at UC San Diego.Scripps’s seagoing operations contribute significantly to the region’s maritime economy, drawing from the region’s exceptionally skilled workforce and employing more than 150 skilled technicians, engineers, crew, and administrators for ship operations. The more than $28 million generated annually from external funding sources for Scripps fleet operations is reinvested by the university into the local San Diego and regional economy.“The blue economy is the next big thing for San Diego and having this research vessel in our port will be a tremendous opportunity to showcase that,” said Greg Cox, chairman of the San Diego County Board of Supervisors. “Scripps is a research powerhouse and I’m thrilled about the potential economic benefits of better understanding our oceanographic systems.”For more than a century, Scripps has been a part of the University California and its ships have benefitted from key support from the UC System and UC San Diego. As with other Scripps research vessels Roger Revelle, Melville, New Horizon, and Robert Gordon Sproul, R/V Sally Ride will allow early career scientists to engage in ship-based science and training to support the next generation of researchers. The ship will participate in the UC Ship Funds Program, a unique resource that allows University of California graduate students to proposes, design, and execute their own research programs at sea.Thousands of scientists, students, and government researchers use Scripps research vessels every year, making them the most widely used oceanographic vessels in the United States. Scripps operates one-fifth of the research vessels in the U.S. academic research fleet, and over the past four years Scripps ships carried nearly 4,200 people to sea. About half of these scientists are from Scripps and other University of California campuses, and the other half affiliated with other U.S. academic institutions, government laboratories (NOAA, Navy, etc.), international research laboratories, and K-12 schools. Scripps has operated research vessels since 1904, and is a charter member of the University-National Oceanographic Laboratory System (UNOLS), which coordinates academic fleet activities.The new vessel will be the third in the Scripps fleet that is owned by the U.S. Navy and managed by the Office of Naval Research, joining research vessels Melville and Roger Revelle as well as research platform FLIP. Scripps Associate Director Bruce Appelgate, head of Scripps Ship Operations, notes that the Navy funds about 30 percent of the work done on Scripps vessels for basic research with relevance to Department of Defense (DoD) operations. The new vessel will ensure that the seagoing collaboration will continue 30 to 40 years into the future. Funding for research expeditions aboard the Scripps fleet is also provided by the National Science Foundation, NOAA, and the U.S. Geological Survey.“Scripps-operated research vessels are ideal platforms for many kinds of DoD-relevant research, and are available for Navy use,” said Appelgate. “We are able to work closely and flexibly with our Navy research partners to provide quick and efficient access to the sea, whether for a day trip out of San Diego or a multi-week cruise.”R/V Sally Ride is currently under construction at Dakota Creek Industries Inc. in Anacortes, Wash., and is scheduled for launch in 2015, with routine scientific operations commencing in 2016 following installation of instrumentation and sea trials.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, April 16, 2013; Image: UCSD View post tag: names View post tag: Ride’ View post tag: US Back to overview,Home naval-today VIDEO: US Navy Names New Scripps Research Vessel ‘Sally Ride’ View post tag: vessel View post tag: Sally View post tag: New Share this articlelast_img read more

Australian, New Zealand Navies Reinvigorate Collaborative At-Sea Training

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today Australian, New Zealand Navies Reinvigorate Collaborative At-Sea Training View post tag: Australia View post tag: Naval September 5, 2013 View post tag: Defence View post tag: At-Sea View post tag: Collaborative View post tag: Zealand Training & Education View post tag: Trainingcenter_img View post tag: Defense View post tag: Reinvigorate Reinvigoration of collaborative at-sea training as part of Exercise ANZAC 2013 is underway with HMNZS Te Mana conducting a Unit Readiness Work Up with an integrated Australian and New Zealand assessment team.Sea Training Unit – Major Fleet Units (STU-MFU) personnel embarked Te Mana to conduct a Force Integration Training phase of her work up with about 20 of their RNZN equivalent, Maritime Operational Evaluation Team (MOET). This was followed by a Work Up Progress Evaluation on 29 August in company with HMAS Tobruk, providing protection to amphibious operations occurring inside Jervis Bay.Te Mana will be joined by HMAS Stuart for a reciprocal combined team to progress her toward Unit Readiness, as part of the ANZAC Collective Training Cooperation Initiative. Whilst Tobruk’s work up was not a formal element of Exercise ANZAC 13, the concurrent activities formed an excellent opportunity for STU–MFU and MOET to combine forces and establish a ‘superteam’.Commander Jonathon Ley, Commander Sea Training–MFU said that both the common Anzac Class platform and the concurrent nature of Te Mana and Stuart’s work ups provided an ideal opportunity to host the RNZN in the Eastern Australian Exercise Areas and trial the concept.“Whilst there are some differences in the operating procedures, Exercise ANZAC 13 aims to establish the depth and breadth of similarities between the two navies and formalise collaborative training processes for implementation in future,” CMDR Ley said.“Working with the Royal New Zealand Navy is a good fit – we have common and shared values, we’re geographically close and our military traditions, ethos and antipodean spirit are similar. Our Navies operate together further afield such as the Middle East so training together makes it easier to integrate off station.”CMDR Ley said the opportunity to work with a neighbouring Navy with so much in common not only makes sense but provides a key opportunity for our ships to be exposed to operating in company.“Operational tempo and scheduling can make it difficult to have other ships available to support a ship conducting workups and evaluations but task group operations are very much a part of future Naval operations.“It remains a Sea Training Group aspiration that every unit will have a consort and operate in company during the training period. The Task Group concept is something that everyone’s got to be in step with. Ships need to get used to working in company as the concept of Task Group operations approaches in line with our future capabilities.”Partnered training between the two Navies has been reduced to minimal levels in recent years due to operational commitments and emerging capabilities, but was revived following talks between Commodore Training CDRE Michael Noonan, RAN and the RNZN Maritime Component Commander, Commodore John Martin, RNZN in February this year.A working group was established to identify mutually beneficial training opportunities and over the period 12-16 August personnel met at Training Force Headquarters to finalise a combined training program that achieved all requirements.Commander Keith Robb, RNZN, Commander MOET, and working alongside Commander STU–MFU, said there were benefits to both Navies in working together over the six week period. Both groups will observe each others procedures, integrate and value add across the full spectrum of areas.“After a hiatus of many years where we haven’t had the level of engagement we have enjoyed in the past including training, both nations are keen to reengage and reinvigorate.”“Both Navies have resourcing issues, be it personnel or assets, so there is a real advantage in pooling resources to maximise the effect and allow more flexibility. The working group meeting enabled us to brief each other on our organisations, our philosophies and operating procedures. It reconfirmed we’re not that diverse.”“We’ll observe each others ways across all disciplines and departments and over the course of the training period we’ll become more integrated.”[mappress]Press Release, September 5, 2013; Image: Australian Navy View post tag: News by topic View post tag: New View post tag: Navy Australian, New Zealand Navies Reinvigorate Collaborative At-Sea Training Share this articlelast_img read more

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