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Operation Atalanta Gets New Commander

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today Operation Atalanta Gets New Commander View post tag: gets View post tag: EU NAVFOR Share this article View post tag: News by topic View post tag: europe View post tag: Naval View post tag: Commander Operation Atalanta Gets New Commander Authorities August 28, 2014 Rear Admiral Tarrant has commanded the European Union Naval Force since January 2013 and during this time the number of attacks on ships by Somali pirates has reduced significantly, with nine attacks in total, compared to 176 in 2011 and 35 in 2012.Whilst the reduction in Somalia piracy is very much welcomed, it is widely recognised that to achieve a lasting solution to piracy, Somalia will require assistance from the International Community to help strengthen maritime security and develop coastal livelihoods.During the past 20 months Rear Admiral Tarrant has built closer relationships with Somali authorities and hosted a meeting at sea with the Somali President, Hassan Sheikh Mohamoud, and EU Ambassadors. This and other meetings with Somali officials on board EU Naval Force warships have focused on how the EU can advise and assist the Somalis to develop their own maritime strategy in the fight against piracy.Rear Admiral Tarrant has also visited a number of countries within the Horn of Africa region to help foster mutual understanding and cooperation.As Rear Admiral Tarrant has engaged with regional partners, EU Naval Force warships have continued their protection of World Food Programme (WFP) ships carrying much-needed humanitarian aid to displaced people in Somalia. Since its launch, the EU Naval Force has protected 277 WFP and 127 African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) ships from pirate attack off the Somali coast. During port visits, Operation Atalanta sailors and marines have also assisted staff from EU sister mission, EUCAP Nestor, to train local maritime coastal forces.Prior to taking up his new role, Major General Smith commanded 3 Commando Brigade Royal Marines from November 2011 to June 2013. He then attended the Royal College of Defence Studies for a year. He became the Commandant General Royal Marines (CGRM) and Commander United Kingdom Amphibious Forces (COMUKAMPHIBFOR) in June 2014.At his joining brief to the EU Naval Force staff, Major General Smith stated “Operation Atalanta’s success in the fight to suppress piracy speaks for itself, but I recognise that there is work to be done to secure a lasting solution to piracy. As Operation Commander, my focus will be on building on EU Naval Force’s achievements and strengthening the cooperation with other counter-piracy forces and our regional partners to help reduce the permissive conditions that allowed piracy to flourish.”[mappress]Press Release, August 28, 2014; Image: EU Navfor View post tag: Navy On Thursday, 28 August, Rear Admiral Bob Tarrant handed over command of the European Union’s counter-piracy mission, Operation Atalanta, to Major General Martin Smith MBE. View post tag: New View post tag: Operation Atalanta View post tag: africalast_img read more

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Buckeye backs live up to hype

first_imgJEFF SCHORFHEIDE/Herald photoThey heard the hype. They knew what they were in for. But in the end, they were simply overmatched.All week leading up to its showdown with Ohio State, the Wisconsin defense knew it would have its hands full with the Buckeyes’ backfield tandem of Chris “Beanie” Wells and Terrelle Pryor. And not coincidentally, it was this duo that scored both of Ohio State’s touchdowns Saturday night — one to start the game and one to end it — en route to a 20-17 comeback victory.It was Wells who got things started for the Buckeyes with a 33-yard touchdown scamper on the game’s opening drive.“He’s a big guy, a great player,” cornerback Allen Langford said of Wells. “He’s an All-Big Ten-type player. He’s a guy that we have to tackle well. He got some big plays, and that’s just the way it goes.”The junior finished with 168 yards on 22 carries and one score.“They blocked him well, and we didn’t react,” head coach Bret Bielema said. “He was able to get some yards on some bounce plays. There’s a play that sticks out in my mind on the near sideline when he was able to stiff arm Allen Langford and was able to get some runs on the edge.”Wells set the tone early for the Buckeyes, but Pryor, the 6-foot-6-inch, 227-pound true freshman, delivered the knockout punch, scurrying for an 11-yard touchdown run on an option left to retake a 20-17 lead with only 1:08 to play.“He’s elusive, he’s a big body,” Bielema said. “There were a couple times when we were just hanging on, or just barely on him and he was able to fight through some tackles, so he presents a challenge to get him down on any given play. It’s something that we did good some of the time, but ultimately in the end, on the last play, we weren’t good enough.”Pryor finished the game, however, with only 20 net rushing yards on 15 carries, as the Badgers were able to bring him down behind the line of scrimmage a total of four times.“He’s a great athlete. That’s something we’ve seen on film,” Langford said. “He’s able to break tackles and get outside, so we wanted to focus in on getting him down and containing him.”Discounting the Buckeyes’ first and final possessions, the Badger defense was fairly consistent in keeping the Wells-Pryor one-two punch under control. And the defensive lapses weren’t because they were surprised at what they faced, either.“They are real good players,” defensive end O’Brien Schofield said. “We expected them to be great runners, especially Pryor. He was able to do some things; we kept him contained for the most part, but his athleticism allowed him to score that touchdown.”“We knew Pryor and Beanie were going to get their yards,” middle linebacker Jaevery McFadden added. “It was all about limiting them and containing them, and I felt like we were doing that, then that last drive we just let it slip away.”With the game on the line, it was last year’s No. 1 high school recruit and OSU freshman making his first career start on the road who prevailed.“He was able to keep the ball in Ohio State’s hands and able to go down the field,” Bielema said. “Even after the negative yards on the [drive’s] first play, being able to execute that run, my hat goes off to him.”last_img read more