Royal Navy Members Train aboard USS Harry S. Truman Share this article View post tag: americas Representatives from the UK’s Royal Navy embarked aboard the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) for an international training opportunity, Sept. 11-13.The visit served to strengthen global ties while helping prepare the U.K. for the launch of their new Queen Elizabeth-class carriers.During their visit, the Royal Navy representatives witnessed a variety of Truman’s evolutions, from flight deck operations to strike group coordination. Royal Air Force Commodore Harv Smyth, F-35 Lightning Force Commander for the Royal Air Force and Royal Navy, said seeing the crew tackle different training scenarios helped to draw parallels for the new carriers.As Truman moves toward its turn on the front lines, preparing to fight and win at sea, more opportunities for integrated training may arise.Image: US Navy View post tag: Royal Navy Back to overview,Home naval-today Royal Navy Members Train aboard USS Harry S. Truman View post tag: train October 2, 2015 View post tag: USS Harry S. Truman Authorities
By Erika Palmai WagnerBRIDGEPORT, N.J. – In honor of their family patriarch, the family of Craig Pellegrini Jr., the driver of the no. 27 Mid-Atlantic Sprint Series IMCA Racesaver Sprint Car, has graciously chosen to sponsor top five finishers in the season opener at Bridgeport Speedway on April 30 in memory of Albert A. Pellegrini, Craig’s car owner, grandfather and mentor, who passed away earlier this year.“My grandfather was a dedicated race fan who just loved going to the races when he could,” Pellegrini Jr. noted. “As a child, I can remember spending my weekends with him and my dad at Bridgeport Speedway on Saturday nights, and also he often liked coming and watching me race go karts when we ran them before moving into a full-sized Sprint. With this being the first race of the season since his passing, and also with it being the first race for the Mid-Atlantic Sprint Series, we couldn’t have thought of a better way to remember him by than raising the ante on opening day in his name.”On April 30 at Bridgeport Speedway, dubbed the “fastest dirt track in the east,” Mid-Atlantic Sprint Series drivers will race for an increased purse thanks to the Pellegrini family.The winner of the 20-lap feature event will take home $500, with second earning $300, third place will receive $225, fourth will get $175 and fifth place will collect the advertised $150 plus a brand new Hoosier Racesaver Spec right rear tire.Additional bonuses, including $50 to each heat race winner, and other added weekly contingency bonuses will also be up for grabs to MASS members.Among confirmed entries for the series opener, in addition to Craig Pellegrini Jr., are Tim Tanner, Tommy Carberry, Bryant Davis, Stef Carberry, Joe Kay, Eddie Wagner, Jeff Geiges, David Bonner, Logan Diehl, Rick Stief, Bryant Davis, Brendon Poff, Harris Kohen and Dave Brown Jr.The list of rookies making their MASS debut includes Patrick Compton, Austin Burke, Bobby Schreff, Dean Conk Jr., Tom Carberry, Doug Snow and John Webster Jr.Pit gates open at 2 p.m., hot laps are at 4 p.m. and racing starts at 5 p.m. on opening night.Albert A Pellegrini of Buena, N.J., was a zoning officer for Buena Vista township for over 25 years and also was employed by Bernal Mechanical for over 30 years as an estimator and purchasing agent. Pellegrini also owned a gas station in Vineland, N.J., where he built and worked on race cars that he raced at Vineland Speedway. Dedicated to his work and family, Albert never wanted anything less for his three sons and grandchildren whom he was survived by.“He really made me smile at the track, and he always knew what was best for me,” Craig Jr. recalls. “We were really looking forward to this upcoming season because we were finally going to be racing closer to home, but his memory will keep me going, and I will always be thinking of him and what he strived for me to be … fast.” For more info on what’s going on with the Mid-Atlantic Sprint Series, visit our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/midatlanticsprintseries/ or visit our new website at www.masprintseries.com.
Defense wins championships.We all know that saying. I think it’s probably been plastered onto so many high school football shirts and motivational posters that anyone who’s ever watched or played or even been around sports knows it. Offense wins games, but defense wins championships.No matter what sport, I’ve always loved defense, perhaps even more than offense. When I played basketball and soccer, there was something satisfying about squaring up an opponent and shutting down any move they tried to make past you. When I watch football and basketball, I live for the hard hits and the showboat blocks.That might be because of where I’m from. Kansas City is known across the board for teams that specialize in defense — Sporting KC with its indomitable home field atmosphere, the Chiefs with their smash mouth defensive line and Alex Gordon and the Royals and their high-flying antics in the outfield. It’s something the teams and the city takes pride in. And when defense is great, it’s a thing of beauty to watch.Last Saturday, I don’t think I could use the word “beautiful” to describe most of the USC defense. There were, of course, the highlights of the fourth quarter — that Porter Gustin sack, the Marvel Tell interception — but the game left a bitter taste in the mouths of most fans despite the 49-31 final score.Entering this season, there has been perhaps too much hype surrounding this USC football team. Yet most of it focused on phenom quarterback Sam Darnold, his offense and his inevitable quest to collect a Pac-12 championship, a national championship and a Heisman trophy in one fell swoop. There was a slight rumble in the Coliseum when Darnold took the field for the first time on Saturday, a thrum of expectation that paid off in the opening touchdown drive and then quickly dissipated throughout the frustrating first half. And despite receiving very little of the offseason spotlight, the same expectation still stood for the defense as it took the field.What unfolded over the first three quarters of the Western Michigan game was, in a word, disappointing. The defensive line found no room to pressure the quarterback, while the secondary blew coverage and the linebackers let running backs slip away with sloppy arm tackles. The offense struggled to get off the ground, but they also had no safety net. The defense allowed 263 yards on the ground alone, falling to 113th out of 125 teams in the FBS after the poor outing. The hits weren’t hard and the stops weren’t impressive. For the first time, I felt that the best way to describe the USC defense was “soft.”There are a lot of excuses that could be made for the defense. Western Michigan was bringing a new head coach, offensive coordinator and quarterback to the Coliseum, and there was little to no film available to prepare the defense. Junior linebacker Cam Smith, who typically leadsin-game adjustments for the Trojans, was confined to the locker room for the first half due to a suspension carried over from the Rose Bowl, leaving the young defense to adjust themselves without one of their captains. For all those reasons, it makes sense that team came out to a slow start. But there’s a difference between a slow start and allowing almost 300 yards rushing. Sloppy tackles and lack of energy couldn’t be blamed on a lack of film or a sidelined leader or even the heat. Smith was harsh in his review of the team, saying it had nothing to do with anything except lack of concentration.“Bad,” he said impatiently to the reporter scrum after the game. “It was really bad.”Something has to change. The Trojans squeaked out of their season opener with a victory, but the same performance can’t be repeated next Saturday against Stanford. The Cardinal will bring everything that Western Michigan did — scrappy defense, a hard-nosed run game and balanced aerial attack — with the added benefit of Pac-12 talent. It’s too early to panic, and first games are historically poor barometers for the future success of football teams. (Just ask any fan who stuck through from the Alabama game to the Rose Bowl last year, if you don’t believe me.) But while many might be ready to sound the alarm while poring over Darnold’s Heisman chances, I’m much more concerned with the defense.Defense wins championships. It’s cliché. It’s also true. And as USC continues to grind through a tough Pac-12 and non-conference schedule — all without a bye week — it will be the defense, and not the offense, that will be tested the most.If the Trojans are going to live up to the hype this year, fans will have to hope that a different defense shows up to the Coliseum this Saturday.Julia Poe is a junior studying print and digital journalism. She is also the sports editor of the Daily Trojan. Her column, Poe’s Perspective, runs Wednesdays.
Capitals’ Tom Wilson will not be disciplined for blindside hit on Devils’ Brett Seney Capitals winger Tom Wilson exited Tuesday’s matchup with the Golden Knights after taking a big hit from Ryan Reaves, who received a five minute game misconduct and was ejected for the play.A trainer helped Wilson off the ice after the hit in the second period and the Capitals later ruled him out for the rest of the game with an upper-body injury. Wilson recently returned from a 14-game suspension he received due to an illegal hit he delivered in the preseason. The suspension was originally supposed to be 20 games but an arbitrator reduced the punishment in mid-November.Wilson has committed his fair share of questionable hits in his six-year NHL career. No player has accrued more penalties than Wilson since he entered the league in 2013 and he has been suspended by the league multiple times for his conduct on the ice. Related News Capitals’ Tom Wilson ejected for illegal check to the head on Devils’ Brett Seney The severity of Wilson’s injury is unclear.