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USA: Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron Honors Fallen Shipmates

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today USA: Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron Honors Fallen Shipmates View post tag: Navy Training & Education July 25, 2012 Friends and service members gathered for a memorial service held aboard Naval Support Activity, Bahrain, July 23 to honor the lives of two fallen shipmates assigned to Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron (HM) 15, also known as the ‘Blackhawks.’Naval Aircrewman 2nd Class Joseph P. Fitzmorris, 31, of West Monroe, La., and Chief Naval Aircrewman (Helicopter) Sean P. Sullivan, 40, of St. Louis, Mo., were killed July 19 when their MH-53E Sea Dragon helicopter crashed 58 miles southeast of Muscat, Oman, while conducting heavy lift support operations.The memorial service opened with an invocation by Lt. Kenneth Dowdey, command chaplain, followed by remarks from Cmdr. Sara Santoski, HM-15’s commanding officer.Santoski spoke about both Fitzmorris and Sullivans’ selfless devotion to duty and unwavering commitment to the Navy. “These men and Sailors were the best of us here at HM-15,” said Santoski. “They were honorable men, dedicated to their families, talented and professional soldiers, and true patriots. They certainly were the best America had to offer.”Fitzmorris, commonly known among his friends as “JP,” joined the Navy in 2004 as an aviation electrician’s mate, and continued his service as a naval aircrewman. Fitzmorris completed tours with Helicopter Training Squadron (HT) 8, HT 28, and HM-15.His friends remembered him as fun-loving with an undeniable zest for life.“Fitz loved a lot of things,” said Lt. Michael McDonald. “He loved his wife Jackie, he loved his dogs, he loved his truck, he loved ordering Firehouse for lunch, he loved LSU Football, country music, beer, flying, and he loved us.”Sullivan enlisted in the Navy as an aviation structural mechanic in 1992, continuing on as a Naval Aircrewman. His tours included Naval Air Facility Atsugi, HT 8, Helicopter Combat Support Squadron 4, Naval Recruiting District St. Louis, and HM-15.Aviation Warfare Systems Operator 1st Class Eddie King remembered the passion Sullivan shared as a member of the ‘Blackhawk’ team. “I’ve never met anyone that loved flying as much as he did. Anytime that bird was going up he wanted to be out there,” said King. “No matter what mission we were going to do, no matter the place, the time, the danger; no one’s hand went up before Chief Sullivan’s.“I know in my heart he would have my back when I say to all of HM-15, ‘It’s time to get back to work. Let’s not mourn them, let’s honor them.’”Fitzmorris is survived by his wife Jacqueline and his mother Florence.Sullivan is survived by his wife Amy and his parents Timothy and Kathy.HM-15 is assigned to Commander, Task Force 52, supporting mine countermeasures in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, July 25, 2012 View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Fallen View post tag: Shipmates View post tag: Helicoptercenter_img View post tag: Mine View post tag: Squadron View post tag: Honors View post tag: Countermeasures USA: Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron Honors Fallen Shipmates View post tag: Naval Share this articlelast_img read more

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Sri Lanka Navy Arrests Illegal Fishermen

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today Sri Lanka Navy Arrests Illegal Fishermen A naval patrol craft attached to SLN Thammanna of the North Central Naval Command arrested 42 persons engaged in illegal fishing.The fishermen were conducting illegal operations in the seas off Urumalai in Mannar on 14th February, 2015.They had been fishing using an illegal purse seine net when they were arrested by the naval craft on routine patrol.The arrested persons with items were handed over to the Assistant Director Fisheries Department in Mannar for further investigations.[mappress mapid=”15162″]Image: Sri Lanka Navy Sri Lanka Navy Arrests Illegal Fishermen View post tag: Arrests Authorities View post tag: Sri Lanka Navy View post tag: asia View post tag: News by topiccenter_img View post tag: Naval View post tag: Navy View post tag: Fishermen February 18, 2015 View post tag: Illegal Share this articlelast_img read more

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Scientists race to develop vaccine for new coronavirus

first_imgScientists from the United States to Australia are using new technology in an ambitious, multi-million-dollar drive to develop a vaccine in record time to tackle China’s coronavirus outbreak. The new virus has spread rapidly since emerging late last year in China, killing more than 800 people in the mainland and infecting over 37,000. Cases have been reported in two dozen other countries.Coming up with any vaccine typically takes years, and involves a lengthy process of testing on animals, clinical trials on humans and regulatory approvals. But several teams of experts are racing to develop one quicker, backed by an international coalition that aims to combat emerging diseases, and Australian scientists hope theirs could be ready in six months.”It is a high-pressure situation and there is a lot of weight on us,” said senior researcher Keith Chappell, part of the group from Australia’s University of Queensland.But the scientist added he took “some solace” knowing several teams around the world were engaged in the same mission.”The hope is that one of these will be successful and can contain this outbreak,” he said. But even a timeframe of six months looks agonizingly slow with the virus, believed to have emerged from a market selling wild animals, killing close to 100 people every day in mainland China.Efforts are being led by the Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), a body established in 2017 to finance costly biotechnology research in the wake of an Ebola outbreak in West Africa that killed more than 11,000 people.With a mission to speed up the development of vaccines, CEPI is pouring millions of dollars into four projects around the world and has put out a call for more proposals.center_img Attack the virus The projects hope to use new technology to develop vaccines that can be tested in the near future.The body’s CEO, Richard Hatchett, said the aim was to start clinical testing in just 16 weeks.German biopharmaceutical company CureVac and US-based Moderna Therapeutics are developing vaccines based on “messenger RNA” — instructions that tell the body to produce proteins — while Inovio, another American firm, is using DNA-based technology.DNA- and RNA-based vaccines use the genetic coding of the virus to trick the body’s cells into producing proteins identical to those on the surface of the pathogen, explained Ooi Eng Eong, deputy director of the emerging infectious diseases program at the Duke-NUS Medical School in Singapore.The immune system learns to recognize the proteins so that it is ready to find and attack the virus when it enters the body.The Australian researchers are using “molecular clamp” technology invented by the university’s scientists that allows them to rapidly develop new vaccines based solely on a virus DNA sequence.French scientists at the Pasteur Institute are modifying the measles vaccine to work against the coronavirus, but do not expect it to be ready for about 20 months.Meanwhile, the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention has also started developing vaccines, according to the state-run Xinhua news agency.Risks versus benefits Health authorities weigh the risks and benefits in vaccine approvals and if there is a public health emergency, the process could be shortened, said Ooi of the Duke-NUS Medical School.But he added that “paradoxically, if the situation improves, then actually the pathway for vaccines would be longer”.”If there’s a lot of these new coronavirus cases around, then you accept some risk, because of the tremendous amount of benefit you can derive, whereas if there are not many cases, the tolerance for risk would be very low.”While there is no vaccine for the coronavirus, some doctors are trying out a potent brew of anti-retroviral and flu drugs to treat those infected, but the science is inconclusive as to whether they are effective.Ultimately, scientists may end up in the same situation they were during the 2002-2003 outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) — it died out before a vaccine could be fully developed.A close cousin of the new coronavirus, SARS spread around the world and killed nearly 800.But Ong Siew Hwa, the director of Acumen Research Laboratories, a biotech company in Singapore, said efforts to develop a vaccine for the new virus should continue even if the outbreak ends.Topics :last_img read more

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