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07/12/2012 - Humber Send Second Load Of Assaults
Humber have just despatched the second consignment of seven Assault 4.3m RIBS making their way across the continent to their final destination. The boats will be used by various Sailing Academyís as support and rescue vessels.
04/12/2012 - ASCENSION ISLAND LIFEBOAT
The RAF Sub-Aqua Association (or RAFS-AA), like its Army and Navy counterparts promotes and supports sub-aqua diving as an adventurous training (AT) activity within the Armed Forces, and in particular the Royal Air Force. This wide ranging remit includes providing support to RAF Sub-Aqua clubs, offering advice on the implementation of sub-aqua and AT policy and regulations, running sub-aqua instructor training courses under the BSAC banner and acting as a conduit for inter-branch communication.
In addition to this, and unique to the other sub-aqua associations, RAFS-AA also runs its own expedition centre on Ascension Island in the South Atlantic for expeditions from all 3 Services to use throughout the year. Typically, in excess of 200 divers per year visit the island as part of sub-aqua expeditions. Maintaining the infrastructure and equipment from 4000 miles away in the UK is not an easy task. The Expedition Centre is not funded or supported by ATG(A) as the centres in Gibraltar and Cyprus are, it is in effect a private operation that RAFS-AA chooses to provide for the good of all 3 services diving communities.
The RAF Sub-Aqua Association have just collected two new Humber Sea Pro 4.8m RIBS to there fleet now made up of five Humber Ribs. SGT Matt Osgood Deputy Equipment Offcier came to collect the crafts who has only recenlty returned from the Ascension Island. He informed us that the boats will now be making there way to RAF Marchwood were they will be kept for two weeks whilst fitting the engines and safety equipment before being sent over to the Ascensions Islands, the majority of equipment sent out to Ascension goes by ship which takes 6 weeks. The boats will then be moored up until the beginning of 2013 season in the English Bay.
27/09/2012 - Poignant trip for community champion Helen Newlove launches training boat for Great Yarmouth cadets
Helen Newlove was thrown into the national spotlight in 2007 after her husband Garry was kicked to death by a trio of teenagers outside his Cheshire home.
Since then she has been working as a community safety champion, helped launch initiatives to tackle antisocial behaviour and been given a peerage and sits in the House of Lords.
Through her Community Alcohol Partnership Baroness Newlove donated £10,000 towards the cost of a training boat to be used by young members of TS Warrior, the cadet unit in Cobholm, Great Yarmouth.
And today (Friday) she officially launched the six metre rib - the Newlove - and took a touching ride with other invited guests down the River Yare and under the Haven Bridge, to the delight of the cadets who watched and waved from their waterside base in Steam Mill Lane.
The boat will now be used to give older members of the Warrior training and qualifications, which they can then use to get jobs in offshore industries that are booming in Yarmouth.
Speaking before she doused the boat with a bottle of fizzy grape juice, Baroness Newlove said: "Iím a bit lost for words because next week is the fifth year of Garryís death and Iím struggling as it is. But Iím very proud for you to invite me here and Iím very humbled to be here with you."
The mum visited the cadets in April to present them with their cheque and said it was "refreshing" to meet a group of young people who spoke for themselves and were full of "vibrancy" and "proud of themselves".
She added: "I do believe in the Great British backbone and you kids have so much to offer and donít let anybody tell you you canít. You have got the capability of going to the top."
The launch of the Newlove was also a special moment for Warrior staff including chairman Duncan Boyne, who has worked for two years to help secure the cash needed to buy the boat. Other donations came from the police, Norfolk County and Great Yarmouth Borough Council.
Older members of the unit, which runs on three nights a week with children aged eight to 18, will be going out on the Newlove with two Royal Yachting Association instructors to gain qualifications in seamanship that is hoped will lead to employment.
Duncan said: "Most of these kids come from deprived homes, weíre just trying to make them have a bit of a better future life. Hopefully by the end of the year weíll have 10 to 12 kids qualified."
He added: "The children who have been out on the boat love it, itís a new experience for all of them. Itís been two years of hard work and stress but seeing the kidsí in the boat and when they come back and say Ďthat meant everything to meí - thatís the only reason weíre here."