Buzz Bingo’s road to recovery

first_imgHe sees in-person gambling as beneficial not only to the operator, but to players who may be struggling with problem gambling.  “We’ve invested a very significant amount of money into our responsible gambling tools and player protection over the past 12 to 24 months. It’s an investment that we plan to accelerate over the next couple of years.”  In July 2020, the company was forced to close a quarter of its UK clubs due to what it described as an “unsustainable working environment”. Despite initial support, owners Caledonia Investments sold Buzz Bingo to Intermediate Capital Group for a “nominal sum” in March.  Forward thinking He stresses the potential of connecting clubs online, but remains hopeful for a return to in-person bingo.   He speaks to Marese O’Hagan about his new role, the importance of the digital space, and the effects of the pandemic on retail bingo.   Like the rest of the UK, Buzz Bingo could not escape the devastating effect the pandemic had on the retail industry.   Aside from the pandemic, Buzz Bingo faces the everyday gambling issues shared by bingo operators nationwide.   Buzz Bingo’s road to recovery  “The technology headwind, and the Gambling Commission with a number of consultations about affordability and the review of the Gambling Act right now, make for a challenging environment from a regular troops perspective as well,”  poses Mansour.   Buzz Bingo, like the rest of the market, is operating in an uncertain environment. The review into the 2005 UK Gambling Act and the effect it has had on public perception have already made gambling a tricky landscape.  Regions: UK & Ireland It helps that in the real world, paper bingo is consistently becoming less popular. “Now people walk in and it’s a touchpad device which naturally appeals to a younger demographic.”   “I love what the art of possible is with technology. I got very excited about what we could do with cross-channel in omnichannel, and there’s not many operators that you can do this with now in the UK who haven’t [already] delivered it.”   Persistent  uncertainty   30th April 2021 | By Marese O’Hagan AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter For Buzz Bingo, these efforts to appeal to younger audiences tie intrinsically with the UK roadmap back to normality. “Later on in the year, around the summertime, there’s some really cool event-based bingo that we’re going to really build off in clubs that will definitively appeal to a younger audience.”   Mansour’s wealth of experience could lend a hand to Buzz Bingo’s revival. Prior to his current role he was the group CEO of Bragg Gaming and managing director at Full Tilt.  “Before  Covid  kicked in, the business was in a really strong position,” says Mansour. “It was growing really well. It’s been difficult to trade in retail obviously for the last 12, 13 months. I think in that time period we’d been open for about six weeks.”   Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter It’s clear that recovery, coupled with day-to-day  gambling matters, will not be straightforward. Looking towards  what  omnichanne l could provide – a  route  that has seen success for other operators – could bring a new lease of life to Buzz Bingo.  “The digital space naturally appeals to younger audiences,” Mansour explains. “So if you consider that we’re tying digital with retail then we’ll naturally bring a younger audience together.”   “This is my 21st year in gaming and a large majority of that has been online… there’s a fairly even split between consumer facing and B2B. I think what that does is give you a good advantage in terms of understanding the landscape from both perspectives.”  Although smartphones have placed gambling right in our pockets, the worldwide drought of live experiences may bring young people into bingo clubs once more. center_img Tags: Buzz Bingo Scouring the market   “[Gambling regulation] is something that we must, as an industry, put at the front of everything we do,” says Mansour. And particularly now, with GambleAware’s second annual GB Treatment and Support survey reporting a 10% rise in problem gamblers using some form of treatment over the last 12 months. Juggling the enthusiastic welcoming back of customers with staunch player-protection initiatives is a delicate balance.  Dominic Mansour “I think that the demographic of our customers is one that has been vaccinated first, which is great, and secondly are keen to get out of the house and get back to their old habits… Given that we’ve got all the safety in place and we’re very  Covid-secure, they’ll be very keen to get out there again.”   Email Address “I think we, as an  omnichannel [business], have a slight advantage as face-to-face interaction with people is often a much easier way of gauging where they are, in terms of whether that person requires some kind of protection themselves. It’s much harder when it’s only digital.”  “We’re excited for a strong return from our customer base – we’ve got high hopes.”   Mansour  believes  that it will be a gradual return to normality for Buzz Bingo.  “We’ve got some really exciting stuff in the pipeline later this year… So there’s some plans around simple, local entertainment -whether that’s comedy, music, quiz shows and so on – in the clubs.”  “Bingo is one of the softest forms of gambling, and I think by that definition, players are actually quite protected as it’s difficult to lose large amounts of money,” Mansour  declares.   The issues faced by Buzz Bingo have had equally devastating effects on the wider market. Financial issues cause by lack of casino use have forced operators to adapt to the climate or continue to suffer.   Ongoing regulation   Mansour’s experience will be critical, as Buzz Bingo may need all the help it can get.  Topics: Casino & games People Bingo Product & technology Bingo In one instance, Mansour hopes to take the mandatory opportunities enforced by  the  lockdowns  further and integrate them into Buzz Bingo’s future offerings. “This whole pandemic has accelerated what we’re doing now – live video – and if we translated that into a live bingo game, whether that’s broadcast from a studio or broadcast from a club to online… that’s genuinely something we should aspire towards.”   It’s clear how  much  Mansour believes in the potential of Buzz Bingo. In this ambiguous climate,  there are more questions than answers.  But there are moments of hope in Buzz Bingo’s operations. Although the lack of in-person gambling was a deadly blow, Buzz Bingo’s online gambling revenue has the potential to support the operator, for now.  Online gaming can tend to appeal towards younger audiences, while the  age bracket for  online bingo is considerably wider.  A recent report placed 80% of online bingo  players in the 35-64 years old age bracket. This leaves a largely untouched 18-35 year old band – a group with prime marketing potential.  Hopes of a return to normal for Buzz Bingo lie in the hands of its customers.   Most UK retailers, whether in the bingo industry or not, seems to be following the Covid-secure emphasis route.  But with  many people moving online for their day-to-day affairs, it’s possible that online bingo may become a preferred method of play too.  Although fairly new in his position, Mansour has big plans for Buzz Bingo.  It’s a unique position for sure, one that  couldn’t  play out in tougher circumstances.   UK operator Buzz Bingo has suffered considerably in the last year. Chief operating officer Dominic Mansour, a recent appointment, aims to rely on skills gained by going virtual and the perseverance of Buzz Bingo’s main audience to navigate a path out of the novel Coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic.  With the conclusion of the call for evidence for the 2005 Gambling Act review looming, gambling operators may see even further restrictions on their operations. Mansour believes that Buzz Bingo’s customer loyalty and ability to adapt can see it through to the end. last_img read more

RioZim Limited ( 2011 Abridged Report

first_imgRioZim Limited ( listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange under the Mining sector has released it’s 2011 abridged results.For more information about RioZim Limited ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the RioZim Limited ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: RioZim Limited (  2011 abridged results.Company ProfileRioZim is an integrated mining and metallurgical company in Zimbabwe with an extensive portfolio of resources in gold, base metals, diamonds, coal and chrome. It mining operations include Renco Gold Mine in Masvingo Province, and Cam & Motor Gold Mine and Empress Nickel Refinery; both in the Mashonaland West Province. RioZim also has interests in Sengwa Colliery (Private) Limited with coal assets in Gokwe North; Murowa Diamonds (Private) Limited with operations in Zvishavane; and Marnatha ferrochrome refinery in Kadoma. RioZim separated from its parent company, Rio Tinto plc, in 2004 to become a wholly-owned Zimbabwean company. Its subsidiaries include RioGold (Private) Limited, RioZim Base Metals (Private) Limited and RioDiamonds (Private) Limited. RioZim Group Limited is listed on the Zimbabwe Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Charity Pulse 2008 survey launches

first_img Howard Lake | 12 March 2008 | News Charity Pulse 2008 survey launches  25 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Birdsong Charity Pulse 2008 is collecting information for the second year running on what it’s like to work for a charity.This is the annual voluntary sector staff satisfaction survey run by Birdsong Charity Consulting and Third Sector magazine and is open to anyone working for a UK charity.The research aims to build up a picture of working life in charities and help to improve the standard of people management in the sector. The more people who take part, the more useful the data will be – last year over 700 people filled in the survey.In 2007 it revealed that charity staff working in the environment and conservation sector are happiest with their employers and that people working for organisations with fewer than 200 staff have more faith in their senior management than staff in bigger charities.You can find the survey at Closing date is 25 April. Anyone completing the survey can enter a prize draw for four free coaching sessions and a year’s free subscription to Third Sector.center_img About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of Researching massive growth in giving. Tagged with: Recruitment / people Research / statistics AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

This rebellion is more than about police violence–a WW commentary

first_imgAn earth-shattering rebellion against police violence and systemic racism just completed its fourth week, culminating with tens of thousands of protesters in the streets on Juneteenth (June 19) on a countrywide scale.That is the historic day that the chains of enslaved people of African descent were finally broken from the wretched plantations in Texas in 1865, two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed into law on Jan. 1, 1863.  While the struggle for total Black Liberation is far from being over, it has certainly taken center stage on a global scale like no other time since the 1960s.  This rebellion has already won important concessions from the powers that be and continues to sharply expose, on a class-wide basis, historical and present-day white supremacy in all forms. Police brutality is the immediate catalyst and most acute crisis, ignited by the public lynching of George Floyd by Minneapolis police on May 25.  Who would have thought it was conceivable that just a month ago corporate bosses like Nike, the NFL and other big corporations would be giving their workers a paid holiday on Juneteenth — which is not even a federal holiday? Juneteenth is a state holiday in 47 U.S. states, so could it become a federal holiday, sooner rather than later, due to the ever-changing political climate?  What is the impact of this rebellion on decades-long, embedded racist culture?  Since the U.S. government’s betrayal of the most revolutionary period for Black people — Radical Reconstruction in the 1860s and 70s — Black people have had to endure continued degrading, less-than-human treatment. This included demeaning representations in movies like “The Birth of a Nation” in 1915 and “Gone With the Wind” in 1939, along with generations of images on food products like Aunt Jemima Syrup and Pancake Mix, Uncle Ben’s Rice, Mrs. Butterworth’s Syrup and more.  Mega-companies such as PepsiCO and B&G Foods that promote these racist stereotypes recently announced that the images — derived from 19th century minstrel shows and 20th century Jim Crow segregation — will no longer be used. But the question is: Why did it take a rebellion in the streets to force these cultural changes that should have been made decades ago?  Rebellion risingNow, just as high school students around the country followed in the footsteps of former National Football League quarterback Colin Kaepernick in taking a knee to protest police brutality and systemic racism four years ago, many more are carrying out other forms of protests on a broader scale.  More and more Black student-athletes are speaking out against the ugly, racist remarks they have had to endure from their football coaches — including at football powerhouses Clemson, Iowa and Oklahoma State — and have pledged to take a knee when the sports season resumes.  The entire graduating class at Sam Houston High School in San Antonio, Texas, refused to stand when the national anthem was played. Liana Morales, an Afro-Latinx of Dominican descent, refused to sing the “Star-Spangled Banner” at her virtual high school graduation in New York City after the lynching of Floyd.  She explained, “With everything that’s happening, if I stand there and sing it, I’m being complicit to a system that has oppressed people of color.” (Wall Street Journal, June 22)  Instead she performed “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing,” widely recognized as the Black national anthem.   These two examples are just the tip of the iceberg of the various kinds of protests young people are taking against police violence and racism, in addition to their being out in the streets in vast numbers.  Confronting proslavery symbols and townsJune 4 protest against police brutality in Anna, Ill., where African-American residents were forced to leave by racists almost a century ago.Much of the spotlight has been on the large, historic protests against police brutality taking place in big cities like New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Oakland, Denver and elsewhere — and rightfully so. But protests in smaller, more isolated cities and towns, especially in the South, are just as politically significant, if not more so. Why?  Because many of these places have been strongholds for white supremacist, Ku Klux Klan and neo-Nazi views for decades — if not centuries. In some places, for white protesters to bravely carry “Black Lives Matter” and “White silence = violence” placards has been nothing short of a revolutionary act as they show which side they are on. These unarmed protesters have gone face-to-face with armed, ultra-right militia — and they have refused to bow down to white supremacy. Whether the protesters were ten or a couple of hundred in number, these anti-racist demonstrations are a psychological defeat for Trump’s racist worshippers everywhere. And this is happening as more and more police are becoming demoralized from the steadfast opposition and demands to “Defund, disarm, abolish!”A tidal wave has erupted with the removal of pro-Confederacy and pro-colonial statues and symbols all over the country.  None of them are safe anymore from the wrath of this righteous uprising, whether the protesters deface them, pull them or burn them down on their own, or if they force city officials to remove them.  The same is true with Confederate flags, still embedded in some state flags or revered by reactionaries on college campuses like Ole Miss — but whose days are numbered.  Striking down Confederate flagsBubba WallaceProbably the biggest story of all in dealing with the Confederate flag has been its removal from all events of the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing. NASCAR is a 72-year-old institution that has flown Confederate flags officially and allowed its fans to bring the pro-slavery flag into the stands.Bubba Wallace, the only full-time Black NASCAR driver, demanded that  NASCAR owners ban the flag from its races, which CEO Jim France Jr. agreed to.  Wallace proudly competes wearing his “I Can’t  Breathe” T-shirt and drives a car that displays the “#Black Lives Matter” slogan. Now NASCAR officials have announced that a noose was found in the Wallace competitor’s stall on June 21, the first official racing day ever without Confederate flags at the Superspeedway in Talladega, Ala.  A noose historically promotes the lynching of Black people. Wallace described this as “a despicable act of racism and hatred [that] leaves me incredibly saddened and serves as a painful reminder of how much further we have to go as a society.” (Washington Post, June 22)  NASCAR has promised an official investigation, saying only someone who had security clearance could have carried out this cowardly act. Also on June 21 a “Defund NASCAR” plane with a Confederate flag attached to it was flown over the same race.  Wallace’s fellow white drivers and other well-known athletes have responded with #IStandwithBubba on Twitter and before the race, expressing their anti-racist solidarity with him against this hate crime.   The rebellion against racism will continue to raise this critical question in a crucial way: Which side are you on in the overall struggle? Not only against white supremacy, but also against a capitalist system founded on racist exploitation.  FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Pioneer Northwest Indiana Field Report 6/27/12 with Mary Gumz

first_img Pioneer Northwest Indiana Field Report 6/27/12 with Mary Gumz SHARE Mary GumzParts of Northwest Indiana have seen significant rains in the past week and, in general, are looking better than other areas of the state. Mary Gums, product agronomist with Pioneer in Northern Indiana, says the dry conditions so far have not reduced yield dramatically, “We still have time to make a good crop and have good yields.” She told HAT that, up until pollination, it is mostly genetics that determines a plant’s yield Previous articleNorthwest Indiana Corn And Soybeans Still Doing OkayNext articleIndiana Farmers Bracing for Heat Wave in Midst of Drought Gary Truitt Home News Feed Pioneer Northwest Indiana Field Report 6/27/12 with Mary Gumz [audio:|titles=Mary Gumz report 6/27/12 ]center_img By Gary Truitt – Jun 27, 2012 Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitter SHARElast_img read more

Albanian journalists repeatedly threatened, attacked

first_img Julian Shota, a reporter for commercial TV channel Report TV, went to the town of Laç yesterday to cover an explosion that had just occurred in a bar but, on arriving at the bar, was immediately ordered to leave by its owner. After telling Shota not to film, the owner seized a pistol and threatened to shoot him. News AlbaniaEurope – Central Asia Protecting journalists Organized crimeCorruptionViolence “Laç is reputed to be a dangerous town with very powerful crime rings that are not necessarily targeted by the local police,” RSF was told on condition of anonymity by a journalist who specializes in the region. “To do their reporting properly, journalists must deal with organized crime all the time, and yet they are paid very poorly.” Repressive laws, prosecutions, attacks… Europe fails to shield its journalists against the abuse of the COVID-19 crisis RSF_en It is not known who fired shots with a Kalashnikov-style automatic weapon on 30 August at the Tirana home of Klodiana Lala, an investigative journalist who specializes in covering crime but, in a Facebook post a few hours after the attack, Lala said she thought it was linked to her reporting. The police have given her protection. August 7, 2020 Find out more AlbaniaEurope – Central Asia Protecting journalists Organized crimeCorruptionViolence Follow the news on Albania to go further The death threat against Shota and the shooting attack four days earlier in Tirana have highlighted the climate of violence prevailing in Albania, in which journalists are among the leading targets. Albania is ranked 75th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2018 World Press Freedom Index. Organisation April 29, 2020 Find out more “I owe my survival to those who prevented him from shooting and grabbed his wrist at the last moment,” a visibly shaken Shota said on the air on Report TV a few hours later. Help by sharing this information September 4, 2018 Albanian journalists repeatedly threatened, attacked Receive email alerts Attacks on media in Europe must not become a new normal News News Albania: Seizure threatens independence of two Albanian TV channels Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is appalled to learn that a TV journalist was threatened at gunpoint in a small town in northern Albania yesterday, just four days after bursts were fired with an assault rifle at the home of an investigative reporter in the capital, Tirana. The police are investigating the cause of the explosion in the bar, which caused no injuries. They also took the bar owner and questioned at the local police station, but released him this morning. Julian Shota / TV Report News “Firing at a reporter’s home with a Kalashnikov and threatening a reporter at gunpoint are unacceptable practices designed to intimidate and silence journalists who dare to investigate suspicious events or organized crime, which is prevalent in Albania,” said Pauline Adès-Mével, the head of RSF’s EU-Balkans desk. “We call on the authorities to firmly and publicly condemn each attack and to protect journalists for as long as necessary for them to be able to do their duty to report the news.” April 8, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

[Full Video] Custodial Deaths : Need For An-Anti-Torture Law” Justice Deepak Gupta, Dr Ashwani Kumar, Sunetra Choudhary

first_imgTop Stories[Full Video] Custodial Deaths : Need For An-Anti-Torture Law” Justice Deepak Gupta, Dr Ashwani Kumar, Sunetra Choudhary LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK3 July 2020 5:15 AMShare This – x…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginNext Storylast_img read more

Training news

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Training newsOn 9 Nov 2004 in Personnel Today Fast-track scheme to push talented doctors to topYoung doctors could be consultant surgeons by the time they are 31 under new fast-track training programmes to be introduced next year. Instead of the current ‘time-based’ system of training, the new curriculum will be based on the acquisition of agreed competencies. Hugh Phillips, new president of the Royal College of Surgeons, said: “The aim of training is, and will continue to be, to produce individuals with knowledge and skills to allow them to practice within a defined clinical framework, working as a member of a consultant team. There are too many talented surgeons-in-training stuck at the senior house officer grade. Not only is this wasteful of human resources, but it makes for an insecure and difficult time at a crucial stage in the surgeon’s career. The new scheme will recognise excellence rather than reward time-serving.”Standard for management and leadership launchedThe Management Standards Centre (MSC), part of the Chartered Management Institute, has launched new national occupational standard for management and leadership in response to Government-backed studies showing that poor management is holding back the UK economy. The standards, launched following a two-year review, have been developed to provide a set of best-practice guidelines for management and leadership development across all industry sectors. Subjects include change management, customer service, delivering equality of opportunity and team leadership. Ivan Lewis, minister for skills and vocational education, said: “These new standards will help employers recruit and train the two million new managers they need by 2012.” expansion exposes skills gaps in UK workforceEmployers are experiencing the first signs of a new IT skills shortage as businesses begin stepping up investment in IT systems after four years of belt tightening. An estimated 15,000 businesses in the UK face difficulty filling their IT vacancies, according to an analysis of supply and demand published last week by sector skills council E-Skills UK and analyst firm Gartner. The problem will get worse unless there is a concerted effort by the Government, employers and universities to transform the way IT professionals are trained and supplied, the research said. The survey, of 3,200 businesses, found that even though the recovery in the jobs market is still at an early stage, more than a third of employers with IT vacancies have had difficulties finding people to fill them.Guidance for Jobcentre staff to get refugees in workThe Government is to offer Jobcentre Plus staff training on how to best help refugees looking for work. Jane Kennedy, minister of state for work at the Department for Work and Pensions, made the announcement at the World at Work conference held by the Employability Forum, which advises the government on refugee policy. She said the ‘refugee operational framework’, to be launched next month, would help staff understand more about refugees and how to support them. “It can take some refugees a long time to find that first job,” Kennedy said. Most refugees want to contribute positively to the economy and to British life, she added. “A proper welcome means showing an interest and making sure they feel comfortable, that they are being taken seriously and that they know they will be given help if they need it,” she said.For more in-depth training news and features see the next issue of Training Magazine, with the 16 November issue of Personnel Todaylast_img read more

Local tragedy sparks campaign against letting fees

first_imgA councillor in Southend, Essex has vowed to do battle with local agents who charge tenants high letting fees after his son killed himself over the cost of renting a flat.Southend independent councillor Tino Callaghan says the council has supported his motion to ‘name and shame’ local agents charging tenants high administration costs.Mr Callaghan, who launched the initiative with fellow councillor Laurence Davis, says his son was worried because he couldn’t afford the cost of a deposit for a flat to house his family.“Registration fees can be astronomical and we have spoken to many tenants who been caught out with fees,” Mr Davis told the Halstead Gazette.“The council can’t enforce anything but they can name and shame those who are not acting in the best interests of the public.”This tragedy played out in Southend is the latest development in a growing campaign by several media outlets, councils and politicians to highlight what they see as the excessive administration fees charged by some agents.This includes The Guardian newspaper which recently called fees a ‘great letting agency rip-off’ while in May this year the London Borough of Tower Hamlets gave six local agents 28 days to display fees or face a £5,000 fine, following a local campaign.“Since April 2015 lettings agents are legally obliged to display their fees prominently online and in their offices, but research showed that 34 of around 134 agents operating in the borough were failing to do so”, the Tower Hamlets Renters campaign website says.Also, a bill was introduced in Parliament in June this year by Lib Dem peer Baroness Grender designed to amend the Landlord and Tenant Act. This would prevent letting agents charging tenants a range of fees including registration, administration, inventory check and reference fees and recently passed its second hearing unopposed.   southend letting agent registration fees administration fees refernce checks fees September 26, 2016Nigel 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 2021 Home » News » Local tragedy sparks campaign against letting fees previous nextRegulation & LawLocal tragedy sparks campaign against letting feesCouncillors in Southend call for agents who charge high fees to be ‘named and shamed’Nigel lewis26th September 20160626 Viewslast_img read more

US Navy Ships Dpart for Scotland

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today US Navy Ships Dpart for Scotland View post tag: US View post tag: Dpart View post tag: Navy Training & Education US Navy Ships Dpart for Scotland September 24, 2012 View post tag: Naval View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Scotland Two U.S. Navy ships, led by Commander, Destroyer Squadron (COMDESRON) 26, departed from the U.S. for Scotland, Sept. 17.The ships will take part in the Joint Warrior 12-2 exercise with allied navies. Joint Warrior is a coalition exercise designed and led by the Joint Tactical Exercise Planning Staff (JTEPS) in the United Kingdom.Sailors from guided-missile destroyer USS Mitscher (DDG 57), guided-missile cruiser USS Gettysburg (CG 64), Helicopter Maritime Strike (HSM) 46 Detachment 2 and U.S. maritime support reconnaissance patrol aircraft from Experimental Evaluation Test Squadron (VX) 1, Patrol Squadron (VP) 9 and VP 10 and fleet replenishment oiler USNS Leroy Grumman (TAO 195) will play a role in the exercise, which is intended to improve interoperability between allied navies and prepare them for possible joint exercises in the real world. “Allied and coalition operations are the standard when units deploy,” said Capt. Nelson Castro, commander of COMDESRON 26. “This exercise provides a venue for our Sailors to practice and learn NATO operating procedures.”Joint Warrior is the United Kingdom’s advanced naval certification course and is on par with a U.S. Joint Task Force Exercise. The exercise is a multi-national training event for allies in a maritime environment. It aims to improve interoperability and prepare forces for combined exercises. There are 12 countries participating in Joint Warrior including the U.S. and the United Kingdom. Those countries are Denmark, Netherlands, Estonia, France, Spain, Norway, Brazil, Germany, Canada, Sweden, and Belgium.“Many of the allied units involved in Joint Warrior exercises will be the same units our ships will see on deployment,” said Castro. “This familiarity allows for the development of trust. All nations benefit from open commerce in the maritime common. Our Navy deployed forward supports the movement of goods worldwide, which affects everyone.”Joint Warrior is a two-week exercise that begins in early October. It involves sea, ground and air assets from participating allied and NATO forces and aims to foster a spirit of teamwork between allied nations.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, September 24, 2012; Image: US Navy Share this article View post tag: shipslast_img read more