Spanish Maritime Action Ship (BAM in its Spanish initials) ‘Tornado’ with home port in Las Palmas, the Canary Islands departed on Thursday morning to participate in Operation ‘Atalanta’.The ‘Tornado’ is the fourth ship of her class to participate in operation ‘Atalanta’, an EU maritime security mission fighting piracy in the Gulf of Aden and Somalia, also protecting merchant ships and trawlers fishing in the area.The ship will integrate in the EU Naval Force (EUNAVFOR) at the beginning of December relieving her sister ship ‘Meteoro’. This oceanic patrol vessel is scheduled to stay five months in the area of operations.The ship is under the command of Lieutenant-Commander Eduardo Guitian Crespo. Her complement consists of 83 people: 53 crew members, 17 Air Unit personnel in support of the AB-212 helicopter, an 11-strong Special Operations detachment, in addition to a doctor and an interpreter.The ‘Tornado’ is the fourth ship of her class.[mappress]Press Release, November 18, 2013; Image: Spanish Navy November 18, 2013 Spanish Action Ship ‘Tornado’ Bound for Operation Atalanta Back to overview,Home naval-today Spanish Action Ship ‘Tornado’ Bound for Operation Atalanta Share this article
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers FY17 Civil Works Work Plan was finalized in late May 2017, allowing the New England District to plan for final project funding for the remainder of the fiscal year.In Connecticut, funding is available for operation and maintenance of the 8 Corps-managed flood risk management reservoirs, the Stamford Hurricane Barrier, project condition surveys and inspection of completed works. Also, $500,000 is available to continue study plans for the New Haven Harbor Improvement Deepening, USACE said.In Massachusetts, funding is available for operation and maintenance of the 12 Corps-managed flood risk management reservoirs, the Cape Cod Canal, the New Bedford Hurricane Barrier and for project condition surveys and inspection of completed works.Funding is also available for maintenance dredging of Chatham (Stage) Harbor ($470,000), Green Harbor ($350,000), and Boston Harbor (($3,100,000). Also in preparation for dredging, $150,000 is available for Glouchester Harbor and Annisquam River.Additionally, the Work Plan provides $18.2 million for Boston Harbor Deep Draft Improvement to initiate navigation improvements, $15.2 million for the Muddy River Flood Risk Management Project to complete the scheme, $230,000 for Green Harbor to complete the dredging, and $150,000 for Wellfleet Harbor for design efforts in preparation of future dredging.In New Hampshire, funding is available for operation and maintenance of the 6 Corps-managed flood risk management reservoirs and for project condition surveys, inspection of completed works and $150,000 for dredging Portsmouth Harbor and Piscataqua River at Sagamore Creek.In Vermont, funding is available for operations and maintenance of the 5 Corps-managed flood risk management reservoirs and inspection of completed works, including operation of the Narrows of Lake Champlain.In Rhode Island, funding is available for operation and maintenance of the Fox Point Hurricane Barrier and Woonsocket Flood Risk Management project and for project condition surveys and inspection of completed works.It also funds $350,000 for dredging the Block Island Harbor of Refuge, $350,000 for dredging the Great Salt Pond, and $200,000 to prepare plans and specifications for dredging the Providence River. Additionally, the Work Plan provides an additional $250,000 for the Providence River for environmental testing and design efforts in preparation for future maintenance dredging.In Maine, funding is available for disposal area monitoring, inspection of completed works, project condition surveys and surveillance of northern boundary waters. Additionally, the Work Plan provides $150,000 for Wood Island Harbor for design efforts in preparation for future maintenance dredging.
USC has signed a lease to expand its stake in downtown Los Angeles office buildings at the AT&T Center complex and to officially change the signage at the top of the tallest tower from “AT&T” to “USC.”The 32-story AT&T Center building will be renamed the USC Building at AT&T Center sometime during the fourth quarter, according to USC Associate Senior Vice President for Real Estate and Asset Management Laurie Stone.The university already leases 215,000 square feet of space at the AT&T Center complex, located at 1149 S. Hill St. and 1150 Olive St., and will expand it’s lease to include 30,000 additional square feet of space.“We have been a tenant in that building for a number of years, and this is an expansion of the lease that is currently existing,” said Stone. “We’re adding about 30,000 square feet to an existing presence in that building.”The complex already houses the university radio station, Classical KUSC-FM, as well as portions of the Viterbi School of Engineering, the School of Social Work and the Marshall School of Business. The new square footage is only designated for the School of Social Work and Marshall, however.“Having space Downtown is important for the university,” Stone said. “It solidifies our presence in Los Angeles and Downtown, so there’s a good reason for those departments and schools to be Downtown to have the connections.”Stone said the space will be available for university operations sometime in May or June, following some routine renovations.