View post tag: HMAS Huon HMAS Huon Recognized for RENDER SAFE Op Efforts Authorities On 9 December, just prior to departing the wharf on patrol, HMAS Huon’s then Lieutenant Commander Richard Caton received a Silver Australian Defence Force Commendation for his achievements and commitment to duty during Operation RENDER SAFE 2013 and was promoted to Commander.Commander Northern Command, Commodore Brenton Smyth, and Captain Patrol Boats, Captain Bryan Parker, boarded the vessel to award the Commendation.Commander Caton was awarded a Silver Commendation from the Deputy Chief of Joint Operations for his “outstanding devotion to duty and delivering outstanding operational results as Chief of Staff to Commander Joint Task Force 663 during the planning and conduct of Operation RENDER SAFE 2013, the Australian led regional assistance operation focused on the clearing of World War Two remnants of war from the South West Pacific.”Commodore Smyth echoed the comments made in the commendation, noting Commander Caton’s extensive understanding of the region, knowledge of the South Pacific geopolitical and cultural sensitivities, and ability to engage fully at all level of government, helped maximise the impact of operations across Central Provence, Solomon Islands during the operational deployment.Commodore Smyth said:Not only did Operation RENDER SAFE 2013 reduce the threat from explosive hazards across areas on Central Provence Solomon Islands, it also enhanced the reputation of the Australian Defence Force and its allied partners across the South Pacific region.Commander Caton said that his task was facilitated by the outstanding efforts of Australian Mine Warfare and Clearance Diving personnel, as well as Explosive Ordance Device qualified personnel from New Zealand, USA, Canada and the Solomon Islands assigned to the operation.At the end of the operation more than 12,000 individual items of unexploded ordnance totalling over 20,000kg were cleared from waterways, farms, gardens and residential areas in the Solomon Islands. In addition, a number of schools, a women’s shelter and an orphanage had been rebuilt as part of the community outreach during the operation.He also noted that the clear lower deck had been probably the most embarrassing one he had been to.Huon departed on patrol, which would include a port visit to Dili, East Timor. the vessel will be operating in support of Operation RESOLUTE until February 2015.[mappress mapid=”14793″]Press release, Image: Australian Navy View post tag: OP View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Asia-Pacific View post tag: Efforts View post tag: Recognized Share this article Back to overview,Home naval-today HMAS Huon Recognized for RENDER SAFE Op Efforts View post tag: Navy December 22, 2014 View post tag: RENDER SAFE View post tag: Naval
With defending IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car national and PASS champion Ken Duke Jr. and Gramley, both former Port Royal champions, on the front row, it might have seemed that things would be settled there, but Bard and several other challengers had other ideas. Of the group behind the pair, it was Bard who made the move, passing both Duke and Gramley over the next five laps. The veteran Gramley kept Bard in his sights, though, and when a close brush with the outside wall caused the leader to drop to a lower line, Gramley tried to take advantage. Bard, who just celebrated his first anniversary as a PASS driver the previous weekend, took the win by .719 seconds over Gramley, who in turn held off Doug Dodson by a scant .124 seconds. PORT ROYAL, Pa. (July 18) – Garrett Bard notched Pennsylvania Sprint Series win number four of the season at Port Royal Speedway Saturday, coming from seventh starting spot – the biggest advance to a win since the season opener May 30 – and holding off a determined veteran Nathan Gramley at the end. By Frank Buhrman Feature results – 1. Garrett Bard; 2. Nathan Gramley; 3. Doug Dodson; 4. Ken Duke Jr.; 5. Nick Sweigart; 6. Kassidy Kreitz; 7. Erin Statler; 8. Devin Adams; 9. Johnny Scarborough; 10. Jared Zionkowski; 11. Jaremi Hanson; 12. Kyle Keen; 13. Derek Hauck; 14. Landon Price; 15. Jake Waters; 16. Christian Rumsey; 17. Fred Arnold; 18. Ian Detwiler; 19. Jason Roush; 20. John Walp; 21. Jake Frye; 22. Mike Alleman; 23. Justin Mills; 24. Dominic Melair; 25. Dustin Young; 26. Kenny Heffner. Thirty-five cars vied at Port Royal. PASS win number four on the season for Garrett Bard came Saturday at Port Royal Speedway. (Photo by Angela Dmuchowski) Gramley built a nice little lead in the early laps, but a caution bunched the field again, looking to improve on three straight runner-up finishes.