Would you do this for charity? Phil Spencer to climb 8,848 metres in four days on skis


first_imgPhil Spencer has arrived in the Alps to begin training for his latest charity fund-raising attempt to ‘climb Everest’ by ascending slopes in France totalling the same height as the 8,848m Himalayan peak.The Location, Location, Location presenter has told The Negotiator that his initial three-hour training run yesterday in the Three Valleys resort of Meribel was a wake-up call, despite this being his second time around.Spencer says the challenge, which starts in two weeks based from Verbier, will see him complete four three-hour ski touring treks each day for four days, no mean feat for a ‘relatively OK skier’ aged 50.Each day he will climb up to 2,500 metres during gruelling 11-hour days which include up to 20 ascents.“It is a very daunting challenge and to give you some context, I’ll be burning 10,000 calories a day which is the equivalent of three marathons – but the biggest test is the sheer relentlessness of it.”He is doing it with 14 other mates many of whom work on his MoveIQ property reports business, including Nick Sowerbutts, Richard Billington, Tom Golding and James Orme-Smith.Brain Tumour TrustSpencer is raising money for The Brain Tumour Trust which works in the field of paediatric brain tumours, and the TV presenter decided to get involved after the son of friends of his developed the condition.Called Toby Ritchie, his parents decided start fund raising for the charity.Toby was diagnosed with a low grade brain tumour at the age of five. In 2015, his dad – Rob – led a unique and physical demanding challenge – Everest in the Alps – to raise money for The Brain Tumour Charity. The events have raised £3m so far.This year Phil is raising money in partnership with Agents Giving, which he is also a patron of. Donate here.Read more about Phil Spencer.Phil Spencer 2020-02-20Nigel LewisAny comments? 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 » Agencies & People » Would you do this for charity? Phil Spencer to climb 8,848 metres in four days on skis Would you do this for charity? Phil Spencer to climb 8,848 metres in four days on skis20th February 20200563 Viewslast_img read more

USA: Huntington Ingalls Industries’ Pascagoula Shipyard Wins USD 2.7 Million Grant for Project


first_img View post tag: USD View post tag: million View post tag: Huntington View post tag: wins Huntington Ingalls Industries’ Pascagoula shipyard won a $2.7 million grant for a project to improve shipyard welding and lower costs for th…(al)[mappress]Source: al, May 10, 2011; View post tag: shipyard May 10, 2011 View post tag: industries View post tag: grant Industry newscenter_img USA: Huntington Ingalls Industries’ Pascagoula Shipyard Wins USD 2.7 Million Grant for Project View post tag: Pascagoula View post tag: Ingalls View post tag: 2.7 View post tag: usa Back to overview,Home naval-today USA: Huntington Ingalls Industries’ Pascagoula Shipyard Wins USD 2.7 Million Grant for Project View post tag: project Share this articlelast_img read more

USS New Mexico Visits Namesake State


first_img Training & Education USS New Mexico Visits Namesake State Share this article Back to overview,Home naval-today USS New Mexico Visits Namesake State View post tag: Navy USS New Mexico (SSN 779) commanding officer and chief of the boat visited the Virginia-class attack submarine’s namesake state, Jan. 29-31, in honor of the ship’s commissioning nearly three years ago.Cmdr. George Perez, commanding officer, USS New Mexico and his chief of the boat, Master Chief Electronics Technician (SS) Steven Fritzler met New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez (R-NM), members of the USS New Mexico Committee and the New Mexico Navy League members.“As USS New Mexico prepares to depart on her maiden deployment, it is important for us to personally convey to our namesake state and the New Mexico Committee just how much the crew appreciates their support,” said Perez.Dick Brown, chairman, USS New Mexico Committee coordinated the visit as a way to continue forging the strong bonds between the state and their namesake submarine.“Scheduling a meeting between our governor while the State Legislature is in session and the commanding officer of a submarine is quite a challenge,” said Brown. “But it’s all part of our committee’s work in helping to maintain strong ties between the submarine and its namesake state.”Brown and his committee vice chairman, retired Lt. Cmdr. Damon Runyan, have been spearheading other collaboration opportunities with the boat and the state to include a letter-writing initiative between an Albuquerque-based elementary school. Forty-five students attending the North Star Elementary School sent letters to the crew of the Virginia-class submarine in 2012, to which Sailors have since responded.“We just received 45 letters back from individual crew members addressed to the kids,” said Brown. “What a wonderful opportunity for a pen-pal exchange.”New Mexico was commissioned March 27, 2010 and was the sixth Virginia-class submarine to be commissioned. There are currently 127 officers and enlisted Sailors assigned to New Mexico.New Mexico was commissioned March 27, 2010 and was the sixth Virginia-class submarine to be commissioned. There are currently 127 officers and enlisted Sailors assigned to New Mexico.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, February 1, 2013; Image: US Navy View post tag: Defense View post tag: State View post tag: Namesake View post tag: Naval View post tag: USS View post tag: New View post tag: Mexico View post tag: Defence View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Visit February 1, 2013last_img read more

Operation RENDER SAFE TF Arrives in Solomon Islands


first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today Operation RENDER SAFE TF Arrives in Solomon Islands Operation RENDER SAFE TF Arrives in Solomon Islands Members of an Australian led multi-nation Task Force in Solomon Islands as part of Operation RENDER SAFE 2013 were welcomed to the country last week by the Australian High Commissioner to the Solomon Islands, Mr Matt Anderson.Operation RENDER SAFE is an ongoing Australian-led operation to safely dispose of large amounts of explosive remnants of war, or ERW, which are a legacy of the World War II across the Pacific region.In formal introductory briefings at the Task Force headquarters in Honiara, members of the Task Force, known as Combined Joint Task Force 663, (CJTF663) heard that the local Royal Solomon Islands Police Force (RSIPF) were some of the most skilled Explosive Ordnance Disposal technicians in the region but Operation RENDER SAFE was an important supplement to the local effort.Commander Joint Task Force 663, Commander Doug Griffiths RAN, told Task Force members that the RSIPF were known as the “gold standard” of Explosive Ordnance Disposal across the South West Pacific region. “We will be working with some of the best in the region, people who have grown up living with the threat of explosive remnants of war, but we will also be giving them an important boost in their capacity to make a dent in the huge amount of unexploded ordnance around the national capital and in some of the outlying islands,” said Commander Griffiths.Australian High Commissioner to the Solomon Islands, Mr Matt Anderson told members of the Task Force that their contribution was an important contribution to the local economy and community. “You are going to make a real difference working with some extraordinary people,” he told the Task Force.“You are returning to the Solomon Islanders land that they can use to grow produce, to create businesses, to educate their kids and to change their lives,” concluded Mr Anderson.Operation RENDER SAFE includes personnel from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United States and Solomon Islands. The Operation will move into the main phase of its tasking commencing on 8 November and concludes on 7 December 2013.[mappress]Press Release, November 11, 2013; Image: RAN November 11, 2013 Share this articlelast_img read more

Somali Pirates Flee Captured Dhow


first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today Somali Pirates Flee Captured Dhow View post tag: Naval View post tag: Pirates View post tag: Captured View post tag: Dhow Share this article The master confirmed his ordeal to members of the Boarding Team from the EU Naval Force flagship, FGS Brandenburg, after the German warship had closed the sea area to investigate the dhow.The master stated that the pirates had forced him and his crew to sail to the Gulf of Aden, where they had planned to use the dhow as a ‘mother ship’ to attack merchant ships at sea.Before they left the dhow, the master said that the pirates had stolen electronic equipment and other personal items from the crew.Speaking about the incident, the EU Force Commander, Rear Admiral Jürgen zur Mühlen, stated “This event confirms that the piracy threat is still very real. The deterrence and swift action by EU Naval Force has once again denied freedom of action to pirates.”Warships and patrol aircraft from EU Naval Force continue their counter-piracy patrols in the Indian Ocean and Gulf of Aden.[mappress]Press Release, April 28, 2014; Image: EU Navfor On Saturday 26 April the master of a dhow spoke of his relief after 6 armed pirates, who had taken his vessel and crew hostage, fled the scene after sightings of an EU Naval Force Spanish maritime patrol and reconnaissance (MPRA) aircraft.center_img Somali Pirates Flee Captured Dhow View post tag: Navy View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Somali View post tag: Flee April 28, 2014last_img read more

USS Rhode Island’s Motor Generator Restoration Finished


first_img View post tag: finished View post tag: News by topic Authorities View post tag: Motor View post tag: Naval Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Rhode Island’s Motor Generator Restoration Finished View post tag: USS Rhode Island USS Rhode Island’s Motor Generator Restoration Finished Share this article Portsmouth Naval Shipyard (PNSY) completed restoration of the motor generator set for the Ohio-class ballistic-missile submarine USS Rhode Island (SSBN 740) three days ahead of schedule Feb. 23.PNSY was already restoring a motor generator set for Rhode Island, a process that typically takes 12 to 18 months, when Trident Refit Facility (TRF) Kings Bay informed the shipyard they wanted to replace the motor generator set during the upcoming availability – 10 months earlier than the regularly scheduled overhaul. To support the timeline of this change, TRF Kings Bay required the completed MG set on site by Feb. 26.Engineering and production reprioritized their work and the MG team worked through a holiday weekend snowstorm and completed full machine assembly and setup for final testing. Testing was completed successfully and the motor generator was shipped to TRF Kings Bay, arriving three days early.PNSY is the Navy’s Designated Overhaul Point for 500 kilowatt motor generator set. Motor generator overhaul at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard remains a vital element of the Navy’s submarine maintenance industrial base. As a field activity of Naval Sea Systems Command, PNSY is committed to maximizing the material readiness of the fleet by safely delivering first-time quality work, on time, and on budget.[mappress mapid=”15389″]Image: US Navy View post tag: Navy View post tag: americas View post tag: Generator View post tag: Restoration March 13, 2015last_img read more

HMCS Athabaskan Holds Fleet Week New Orleans Reception


first_img Share this article View post tag: americas Back to overview,Home naval-today HMCS Athabaskan Holds Fleet Week New Orleans Reception View post tag: HMCS Athabaskan Authorities View post tag: New Orleanscenter_img April 27, 2015 The Royal Canadian Navy’s top officer hosted allied participants of Fleet Week New Orleans April 25 aboard the Royal Canadian Navy Iroquois-class destroyer HMCS Athabaskan.Vice Adm. Mike Norman, commander of the Royal Canadian Navy, welcomed aboard Sailors and Marines from the U.S. and U.K. who are in New Orleans until April 29.The Fleet Week is a weeklong celebration and collaboration between six ships representing the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Coast Guard, Royal Navy, Royal Canadian Navy and the community of New Orleans.U.S. Navy ships participating in Fleet Week NOLA include amphibious assault ship USS Wasp (LHD 1), and Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers USS Cole (DDG 67) and USS James E. Williams (DDG 95). The Royal Navy sent the Duke-class British frigate HMS Lancaster.[mappress mapid=”15791″]Image: US Navy HMCS Athabaskan Holds Fleet Week New Orleans Reception View post tag: Fleet Weeklast_img read more

ESPS Galicia Assists Injured Seafarer


first_img While conducting counter-piracy patrols north of the Seychelles, ESPS Galicia provided urgent medical assistance to an injured seafarer, who had suffered serious injuries to his hand on Sunday, September 6.After receiving a distress call from the fishing vessel’s owners, ESPS Galicia sailed towards its location and as soon as it was in range, the Spanish Navy warship’s helicopter was launched.A member of the helicopter’s crew was lowered down to the fishing vessel to help air lift the seafarer to ESPS Galicia.Once on board, the warship’s surgical team, led by Major Rafael Tamburri Bariain, provided specialist medical treatment to the seafarer’s hand and the seafarer is now expected to make a full recovery.Following the operation, the seafarer was transported by the ship’s helicopter to a hospital in the Seychelles.Since the start of Operation Atalanta in December 2008 many EU Naval Force warships have assisted seafarers in distress in the Gulf of Aden and Indian Ocean.Image: EU Navfor View post tag: Injured ESPS Galicia Assists Injured Seafarer September 7, 2015 View post tag: ESPS Galicia Back to overview,Home naval-today ESPS Galicia Assists Injured Seafarer center_img Share this article View post tag: africa Authorities View post tag: Seafarerlast_img read more

HNLMS Karel Doorman returns from operation Sea Guardian


first_imgRoyal Netherlands Navy multi-purpose amphibious ship HNLMS Karel Doorman returned to her homeport in Den Helder on June 8, concluding a two-month deployment to the NATO-led operation Sea Guardian.HNLMS Karel Doorman supported the operation with 300 people on board. In addition to the helicopter detachment and medical personnel for a fully-fledged hospital, Karel Doorman was also home to marines from the Netherlands, Belgium and Denmark.During its time in the Mediterranean, Karel Doorman monitored patterns-of-life to detect suspicious activities at sea. Special operations forces boarded several suspicious vessels as part of the mission.The Dutch ship also hosted Tunisian anti-terror personnel on board for joint exercises.Prior to deploying to the Mediterranean, the ship supported hurricane relief efforts in the Caribbean after Hurricane Irma struck the Dutch overseas territory of Saint Maarten, destroying a third of buildings on the island. HNLMS Karel Doorman is a 204-meter ship, launched in October 2012 by shipbuilder Damen in Galati, Romania and commissioned into the Royal Netherlands Navy in April 2015. View post tag: Royal Netherlands Navy Share this article Photo: HNLMS Karel Doorman in Den Helder. Photo: Royal Netherlands Navycenter_img View post tag: Op Sea Guardian View post tag: HNLMS Karel Doormanlast_img read more

Dynamic Mongoose 2018 concludes


first_img Photo: Photo: NATO MARCOM View post tag: ASW View post tag: NATO Share this articlecenter_img The NATO-led anti submarine warfare (ASW) exercise Dynamic Mongoose 2018 concluded off the coast of Norway on July 6.Ships, submarines, aircraft and personnel from 8 allied nations converged on the North Atlantic Ocean while host nation Norway provided support from the Harstad and Narvik harbors as well as Andoya air base.Participating ships included Turkish frigate TCG Gediz, Dutch frigates HNLMS Van Speijk and HNLMS Van Amstel, Danish frigate HDMS Niels Juel, Spanish frigate ESPS ALvaro de Bazan, Polish frigate ORP Generał Tadeusz Kościuszko and tanker ORP Bałtyk.Submarines under operational control of NATO Submarine Command (COMSUBNATO) joined surface ships under Standing NATO Maritime Group One (SNMG1) and maritime patrol aircraft under NATO Maritime Air Command in a simulated multi-threat environment.The aim of this exercise was to provide all participants with complex and challenging warfare training to enhance their interoperability and proficiency in anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare skills. Furthermore the exercise provided opportunity to identify best practices and lessons learned.Dynamic Mongoose is one of a series of exercises in which NATO trains and practices ASW skills under various circumstances and geographic conditions. Dynamic Mongoose is set in the deep, cold waters of the North Atlantic and is designed to specifically train for ASW work in this type of environment. It is part of the NATO effort on continued adaptation to new security challenges and helps to develop understanding of the North Atlantic. View post tag: Dynamic Mongooselast_img read more