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Fiji Navy uses sea phase of Kakadu to boost joint capability

first_img View post tag: Republic of Fiji Navy ship Kikau Fiji Navy uses sea phase of Kakadu to boost joint capability The Republic of Fiji Navy ship Kikau will use the sea phase of Kakadu 2018 to work alongside regional partners including Australia and Tonga to boost joint capability.This is the first time that the Fijian Navy has participated in the bi-annual Kakadu regional exercise, although it has previously attended as an observer, according to the Royal Australian Navy.Commanding Officer Kikau, Lieutenant Commander Joseva Tunidau said that the Kakadu joint activities had direct benefits to the ship’s role at home and for future regional emergency operations.“We will be doing some boarding scenarios side-by-side with the Australian patrol boat crews so we can learn how other navies do things. This is one of the biggest exercises we’ve done and we’re still a developing navy, so we are learning and improving our skills all the time,” LCDR Tunidau said.Other joint exercises planned for the sea phase over the next week include search and rescue activities, replenishments at sea, towing and ship handling.Lieutenant Commander Jorge McKee, Commanding Officer of Armidale class patrol boat HMAS Glenelg, said Kakadu provided an exceptional training opportunity for all partners due to the level of complexity involved.“All of us have a common interest in maintaining peace and prosperity across the Pacific region. Australia and our regional partners all face similar problems which include illegal fishing and threats to maritime trade,” LCDR McKee explained.The Republic of Fiji Navy ship Kikau arrived in Darwin from Cairns, where she recently underwent a significant overhaul at the Norship shipyard. The crew then spent time at HMAS Cairns preparing for Kakadu 2018.Following completion of the exercise, Kikau will return to its home base in Suva, Fiji in late September.Exercise Kakadu aims to foster and strengthen effective security and humanitarian partnerships across the Indo-Pacific region through a series of training and engagement activities. Held from August 30 to September 15, 2018, it will involve 23 ships and submarines, 21 aircraft and more than 3,000 personnel and observers from 27 nations. View post tag: KAKADU View post tag: Kikau September 6, 2018 Back to overview,Home naval-today Fiji Navy uses sea phase of Kakadu to boost joint capability Share this article Vesselslast_img read more

Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy returns home after hospital visit

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — A spokesman for U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy says the Vermont Democrat was taken to a hospital Tuesday evening after not feeling well and later sent home following an examination. The 80-year-old senator had begun presiding over the impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump earlier in the day. Leahy spokesman David Carle says the senator went to George Washington University Hospital “out of an abundance of caution” after being examined by Congress’ attending physician. Carle says Leahy looks forward to returning to work. Leahy swore in his fellow lawmakers for the trial, which will begin next month.last_img read more

How Matteo Guendouzi has emerged as Unai Emery’s most influential midfielder at Arsenal this season

first_imgMatteo Guendouzi was called into France’s senior squad for the first time in September (Picture: Getty)In fact, quite the opposite has been true. Guendouzi started Emery’s very first game against Manchester City and has amassed 54 appearances already for Arsenal, featuring in 81% of the team’s 66 games under the Spaniard. Only Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang with 58 matches has played more times than the young midfielder.This season, his importance to the side has increased further, evidenced by his six Premier League starts and Emery’s decision to rest him during the Europa League opener against Eintracht Frankfurt last week and the Carabao Cup clash with Nottingham Forest on Tuesday.It is becoming increasingly clear that Guendouzi is Arsenal’s prized asset amongst a well-stocked stable of central midfielders.Increased influenceIt has been a chaotic start to the season for Arsenal. After six games they have won three, drawn two and lost one of their matches, scoring 11 goals and conceding 10 along the way.On average, Arsenal have faced over 18 shots per game in the Premier League while attempting just over 14 themselves. Watching Arsenal at the moment is a rather disorientating experience, their matches resembling end-to-end encounters more usually found on a basketball court than a football pitch.Amid that frenetic chaos, though, Guendouzi has flourished. In each of Arsenal’s previous three league matches against Spurs, Watford and Aston Villa, the second halves have offered ridiculous, edge of the seat entertainment and in two of them Guendouzi has been the chief protagonist of the mayhem. Guendouzi will come up directly against his French compatriot Paul Pogba at Old Trafford (Picture: Getty)For Guendouzi, trying to reach Pogba’s level should be the ultimate goal. Like Pogba he passes, tackles, covers ground and is useful in transition phases but he is yet to hone his attacking game just yet, despite visible improvements in that regard this season.AdvertisementWith Pogba returning to fitness, Deschamps may well take a keen interest in Manchester United’s clash against Arsenal at Old Trafford when the seasoned veteran takes on the young pretender in what promises to be an absorbing battle in midfield.That Guendouzi is fast-becoming Arsenal’s go-to midfielder in the big games at the age of 20 shows not only how far he has come already, but how much further he can still go.More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors Advertisement Oliver Young-MylesMonday 30 Sep 2019 7:01 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.4kShares The French youngster has been a driving force in Arsenal’s midfield this season (Picture: Getty)‘In my mind, I was like, at first I couldn’t believe it. Ten minutes before I was asleep – I thought it was still a dream!’Of the exhaustive number of cliches uttered by professional footballers after receiving their maiden international call-ups, ‘I thought it was a dream’ probably ranks just below the age-old English classic ‘I thought it was a wind-up’ at the top end of the list.The above was Arsenal midfielder Matteo Guendouzi’s response to finding out that Didier Deschamps had selected him to join World Cup winners Raphael Varane, Blaise Matuidi and Antoine Griezmann et al in Les Bleus squad for this month’s Euro 2020 qualifiers.AdvertisementAdvertisementGuendouzi might have committed the cardinal sin of resorting to cliche to describe what was a life-changing moment, but in his defence, it is easy to see why the news might have felt more like something plucked from his subconscious thoughts than an event that had actually happened.ADVERTISEMENTRapid riseIt has, after all, been a whirlwind 12-18 months for Arsenal’s floppy-haired No.29. As the French squad – drenched by pouring rain and interminable golden confetti – cavorted around the World Cup trophy in Moscow on July 15 last year, Guendouzi was preparing himself for life in a new country having joined Arsenal only four days before from FC Lorient.The then 19-year-old was the fifth and final signing of Unai Emery’s first transfer window and given his professional experience up until that point had been restricted to one full season in Ligue 2 and a smattering of appearances in the CFA – France’s fourth-tier – he was expected to be the least involved of the new quintet. Guendouzi drove Arsenal on during their second-half comeback against Aston Villa (Picture: Getty)The Frenchman was superb in Arsenal’s comeback against Spurs, driving his team on and providing the assist for Aubameyang’s equaliser in the second half. Against Villa, Guendouzi again took the game by the scruff of the neck, winning a penalty before setting up Calum Chambers to score, leading Alan Shearer to describe him afterwards as Arsenal’s ‘warrior’.AdvertisementAdvertisementEven besides those Herculean second-half efforts, Guendouzi has been involved in the thick of everything in Arsenal’s midfield. The statistics back that up; he ranks top for successful passes, joint-top for interceptions, joint-second for tackles won and joint-third for key passes amongst their squad. Guendouzi basically does everything other than shoot.With Dani Ceballos adapting to the pace of the English game and Granit Xhaka struggling to keep up with it, Guendouzi has taken it upon himself to be Arsenal’s deep-lying playmaker, midfield enforcer and box-to-box runner, all rolled into one. It is why his all-action recent displays have drawn comparisons to Cesc Fabregas’ time at the Emirates.Battle of Les BleusAs impressive as Guendouzi’s start to the campaign has been, he would not have been included in France’s latest squad had it not been for Paul Pogba’s withdrawal due to an ankle injury. That Deschamps chose Guendouzi to replace the Manchester United man, however, is telling.Pogba, despite what Graeme Souness and the rest of his critics might claim, is one of the most well-rounded central midfielders in the world, capable of contributing towards all aspects of play from the centre of the pitch due to his technical and physical qualities.During his time at Juventus, Pogba brought energy to an ageing midfield containing Andrea Pirlo, Claudio Marchisio and Arturo Vidal. For France, he has taken on the role of tempo-setter to complement the tenacity of N’Golo Kante. At United, he does a bit of both with some attacking flair chucked in for good measure. 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