USS Anchorage tests HIMARS during Dawn Blitz 2017

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today USS Anchorage tests HIMARS during Dawn Blitz 2017 View post tag: Dawn Blitz View post tag: HIMARS October 24, 2017 View post tag: US Navy USS Anchorage tests HIMARS during Dawn Blitz 2017center_img Authorities US Marines fired the High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) from the flight deck of San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship USS Anchorage (LPD 23) during the joint US Navy-Marines drill Dawn Blitz 2017.The HIMARS is a weapons system made up of the M142 five-ton chassis vehicle and can carry either a launcher pod of six rockets or one MGM-140 Army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS).It enables Marines to engage targets within minutes after firing and features a greater range than traditional artillery, allowing smaller units to cover a larger area.The October 22 demonstration on Anchorage consisted of HIMARS engaging a land-based target with a guided multiple launch rocket system unitary (GMLRS-U).“We had two training objectives for today’s shoot,” said Army Maj. Adam Ropelewski, I Marine Expeditionary Force (MEF), lead planner for sea-based expeditionary fires. “The first training objective was demonstrating this capability and, second, we wanted to have good effects on the target. We achieved both objectives. We destroyed the target at 70 kilometers while at sea.”This portion of Dawn Blitz validated the commander’s ability to integrate HIMARS with ships to conduct a sea-based strike.The shoot was a success from the operator’s perspective as well. “We shot a rocket off Anchorage to validate that we, as HIMARS operators, can shoot off an LPD and successfully hit the target,” said Lance Cpl. Ryan Irving, a HIMARS operator assigned to 5th Battalion, 11th Marines.”Dawn Blitz is a scenario-driven exercise designed to train and integrate Navy and Marine Corps units by providing a training environment where forces plan and execute an amphibious assault, engage in live-fire events and establish expeditionary advanced bases in a land and maritime threat environment to improve naval amphibious core competencies. View post tag: USS Anchorage Share this articlelast_img read more

Move to reform cannabis laws meets supporters, opponents

first_imgRadio NZ News 21 October 2017Family First Comment: We said “”It just seems highly ironic that we’re starting to finally realise the harms of tobacco and trying to do everything we can to discourage it, and here are believing in the myth that marijuana is harmless.”But we also said “now we know the real agenda! Legalisation. The Greens have revealed the ultimate goal which the Drug Foundation have always tried to hide behind the smokescreen of ‘decriminalisation’.www.saynopetodope.nzThe Drug Foundation is welcoming what it calls Labour and the Greens’ fresh approach to tackling the country’s drug problems.New Zealand will have a referendum on legalising marijuana for personal use as part of the Greens deal with Labour.Under the deal, drug use will be treated as a health issue and there will be an increase in drug and alcohol treatment funding.Drug Foundation executive director Ross Bell said that approach was long overdue.“One of our frustrations with the National government was its reluctance to look at things like medical cannabis and decriminalisation,” he said.Lobby group Family First said legalising cannabis could put New Zealanders’ health at risk, however.Its national director Bob McCoskrie said he was against the move and there were too many health risks from marijuana, including its effects on cognitive ability.“It just seems highly ironic that we’re starting to finally realise the harms of tobacco and trying to do everything we can to discourage it, and here are believing in the myth that marijuana is harmless.”READ MORE: on ‘obsolete’ cannabis law ‘long overdue’ – Drug FoundationNewsHub 20 October 2017The director of the NZ Drug Foundation is welcoming a referendum on cannabis law reform, saying we need a change after 42 years of drug legislation that’s “done nothing”.In an email sent out to Green Party delegates on Thursday night, the party outlined 10 big policy wins – including a referendum on legalising the personal use of cannabis by 2020, and more financial backing for drug and alcohol services.Drug Foundation director Ross Bell says that as a country with one of the highest proportion of users in the world, it’s about time we got onto it.“Fundamentally for us, it’s long overdue that New Zealand had a crack at its obsolete drug law. The law that’s in place today, in 2017, was passed in 1975,” he said.Family First NZ national director Bob McCoskrie says the announcement of a referendum on personal cannabis use is “stunning hypocrisy” for a party that only wants the public’s view on “the questions that they ask and the results that they like”.“This is the same party that rejected the voice of New Zealanders when they sent a clear message on the anti-smacking law in 2009 – 87 percent of New Zealanders voting against the law,” he said.“The Greens also voted against having a referendum on the hugely controversial issue of changing the definition of marriage when the views of the country were clearly split down the middle.“If the Greens want to show consistency and they want a binding referendum on marijuana, then they should acknowledge and respect the result of the smacking law referendum.”READ MORE: read more