Tuesday, February 04, 2014

The Italian Frigate Libeccio Assists A Dhow In The Gulf of Aden. | Eunavfor

The Italian Frigate Libeccio Assists A Dhow In The Gulf of Aden. | Eunavfor

USS Kidd Completes OMSI with USCG

USS Kidd Completes OMSI with USCG
From USS Kidd Public Affairs
WESTERN PACIFIC OCEAN (NNS) -- The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Kidd (DDG 100) participated in an Oceania Maritime Security Initiative (OMSI) with U.S. Coast Guard's 14th District, Jan. 7 - Feb. 2, in the Western Pacific Ocean.

"OMSI is aimed to diminish transnational illegal activity and enhance regional security and interoperability," said Cmdr. Gabe Varela, Kidd's commanding officer. "By combining forces with the Coast Guard we were able combat illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing activity."

The Navy-Coast Guard team, including the two embarked MH-60R helicopters from Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 78, conducted 46 external visual inspections and 13 boardings with internal inspections of fishing vessels across three separate jurisdictional areas - high seas, Marshall Islands and Nauru exclusive economic zones (EEZ). The boarding inspection resulted in several documented violations and, more importantly, demonstrated U.S. commitment to regulating these fishing areas in partnership with our friends in the region.

"This mission really strengthened our coordination and relationship with the Coast Guard," said Lt. Doug Robb, Kidd's operations officer. "With their Law Enforcement Detachment embarked we were able to leverage our respective strengths to safely and efficiently conduct these important boardings."

"OMSI is just part of a whole array of activities we are supporting in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region to help allies and partners with their critical concern areas while upholding established internal norms for conduct in the maritime realm" said Cmdr. T.J. Zerr, Kidd's executive officer.

OMSI is a Secretary of Defense program which leverages Department of Defense assets transiting the region to increase the U.S. Coast Guard's maritime domain awareness, ultimately supporting its maritime law enforcement operations in Oceania. The U.S. Coast Guard is responsible for patrolling the waters around the numerous islands associated with the United States throughout the region. Each of these islands have territorial waters stretching out to 12 miles from shore. Beyond that, stretching out to 200 nautical miles is an exclusive EEZ, an area defined by international law that allows each nation exclusive rights to the exploration and use of marine resources. Oceania contains 43 percent, or approximately 1.3 million square miles, of United States' EEZs.

Kidd is deployed to the 7th Fleet area of operations supporting security and stability in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.

For more news from Commander Task Force 70, visit www.navy.mil/local/ctf70/

U.S. Navy Photo of the Day

GULF OF OMAN (Jan. 15, 2014) A C-2A Greyhound assigned to the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) launches from the French navy aircraft carrier Charles de Gaulle (R 91). Charles de Gaulle, flagship for Task Force 473, is conducting operations with the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group to enhance levels of cooperation and interoperability, enhance mutual maritime capabilities and promote long-term regional stability in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Lorenzo J. Burleson/Released)

Blue Island Cop Uses Stun Gun On Accident Victim « CBS Chicago

Blue Island Cop Uses Stun Gun On Accident Victim « CBS Chicago

Crime Stats: How Does Your State Fare?

It is pretty obvious, when looking at the crime stats, that liberal policies have failed. DC is practically a Democrat's paradise with bloated government and severe restrictions on freedoms and they rank dead last. I think a strong case can also be made that illegal immigration has caused a massive crime problem in several states.

No doubt many state's rankings are affected by a single large democrat controlled city where freedom is rare and crime is common.

The answer to lowering the crime rate even more is less government and more freedom across the board. Many of the safest states to live in are also the freest.

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ABC Plants Guns Among Toys and Candy, Shocked That Kids Touch Them

ABC Plants Guns Among Toys and Candy, Shocked That Kids Touch Them

**Sen. Tiffany Email Alert**

February 3rd, 2014

Area Lawmakers Join Senator Tiffany at Propane Press Conference
Madison – State Senator Tom Tiffany (R-Hazelhurst), State Representative Mary Czaja (R-Irma), State Representative Jeff Mursau (R-Crivitz) and State Representative Rob Swearingen (R-Rhinelander) are asking Wisconsin residents to make a donation to those in need during this propane shortage after pledging their support at a press conference in Rhinelander.

 “As a result of numerous constituent contacts throughout this unprecedented propane shortage asking how people can help and where they can donate, we all wanted to make a donation and reach out to our constituents in the hope that those who are able will do the same,” Tiffany said.  “We want to reach out because even though the holidays have passed, there are still families in need this winter.”

“I have personally heard from constituents about the impact that this shortage is having on their family, friends, and neighbors,” commented Czaja.  “We want to give back to ensure that people can stay both safe and warm and will not have to choose between heating their home and feeding their family.”

 “Today, we are asking residents all across the state to make a contribution to the Keep Wisconsin Warm Fund or contact their County Clerk to make a donation to the County Department which will provide needed resources throughout this shortage,” added Mursau.  

“During times like these, Wisconsin residents have shown their generosity and we hope that during these bitterly cold days they will find it in themselves to do the same once again.” 

“We appreciate the leadership and all the efforts of Governor Walker to ensure that crisis benefits and loan guarantee programs are available as well,” said Swearingen.  “This shortage is impacting residents all across the Midwest and we want to do our part to help those in need navigate this difficult challenge.” 

 Contributions can be made to the Keep Wisconsin Warm Fund by donating online to www.kwwf.org/donate or by calling 1-800-891-9276.

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