HMAS Toowoomba Returns from the Middle East Deployment

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today HMAS Toowoomba Returns from the Middle East Deployment View post tag: Frigate Authorities View post tag: Deployment June 14, 2013 View post tag: class View post tag: Minister HMAS Toowoomba was welcomed home today from a six-month deployment to the Middle East Area of Operations (MEAO).The homecoming ceremony was attended by Minister for Defence, the Honourable Stephen Smith MP, Shadow Minister for Defence and Senator for Western Australia, Senator the Honourable David Johnston, Senior Officer Commodore Peter Lockwood DSC, CSC, RAN, RTD, Commander Surface Force, Commodore Jonathan Mead AM RAN, and the family and friends of Toowoomba personnel.Minister Smith greeted the crew at her homeport Fleet Base West (HMAS Stirling), Rockingham, Western Australia and availed of the opportunity to congratulate the ship’s company on a challenging but successful operation.HMAS Toowoomba is an ANZAC Class Frigate with a crew of 191 men and women. As part of Operation SLIPPER, she provided essential naval support to International Maritime Security Operations in the Arabian Gulf.While deployed, HMAS Toowoomba participated in counter-terrorism operations in the Gulf of Oman and North Arabian Sea, and counter-piracy operations in the Gulf of Aden and in the waters off the Horn of Africa and the Somali Basin.Toowoomba was replaced on station by HMAS Newcastle, which took over in late May. This marked the end of Toowoomba’s fourth rotation to the MEAO.This was the fifty-fourth rotation of a RAN ship to the MEAO since the commencement of the first Gulf War in 1990.The deployment made a significant contribution to maritime security and continued the longstanding tradition maintaining Australia’s high standing as a maritime security partner in the Middle East.[mappress]Press Release, June 14, 2013; Image: Australian Navy View post tag: Defence Share this article View post tag: News by topic View post tag: HMAS View post tag: Returns View post tag: Anzac View post tag: Middle View post tag: Naval View post tag: Smith View post tag: Toowoomba View post tag: Australia HMAS Toowoomba Returns from the Middle East Deployment View post tag: Stephen View post tag: East View post tag: Navylast_img read more

GAIN index makes new home at ND

first_imgThe GAIN Index, a project of the Global Adaptation Institute (GAIN), annually ranks countries on their vulnerability to climate change and ability to adapt to natural disasters that climate change may cause. The GAIN Index will make its new home at Notre Dame becoming ND-GAIN. Juan Jose Daboub, GAIN’s founding CEO and current chair of the World Economic Forum’s Council on Climate Change, said ND-GAIN will become an international necessity.  “The ND-GAIN index will become the preferred tool for decision makers in the private, public, and civil society sectors,” he said. “The index helps decision makers prioritize investments in water, food, energy, infrastructure and coastal protection, especially in developing countries.”  Daboub said he believes the mission of the ND-GAIN endeavor will be to help vulnerable people globally.  “In a fast changing world, where urbanization, economic growth, population shifts and the effects of climate change are creating additional challenges for people, Notre Dame is positioning itself in the global state as a major playing in saving lives and improving livelihoods,” he said.  According to a recent press release, the GAIN Index was formerly under the direction of the Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit Global Adaptation Institute. The program’s primary founding sponsor was NGP Energy Capital Management.  Ken Hersh, chairman of the Global Adaptation Institute and NGP’s CEO and founder, stressed GAIN’s importance in a press release.  “GAIN highlights those countries that urgently need help adapting to a warmer world,” Hersh said. “We are thrilled about our new partnership with Notre Dame and it’s ability to help us take GAIN to the next level.”  Notre Dame Professor Jessica Hellmann, leading climate expert and director of the Climate Adaption Program, believes GAIN and the University will help each other to grow.  “I will be responsible for bringing student and faculty research to bear on the ND-GAIN Index-to help build and improve it-and for bringing the Index to bear on activities at Notre Dame,” she said. “I hope to use ND-GAIN to increase the profile and social relevance of our University’s world-class research on climate change.” The University will also use ND-GAIN to advance and apply knowledge  for the better of humanity and nature, she said. “Notre Dame, and the Environmental Change Initiative (ECI,) are committed to pursuing teaching and research that makes the world a better place for diverse people and places,” Hellmann said. “ND-GAIN gives us a new platform for translation and outreach that makes our research relevant to countries around the world.”  Contact Carolina Wilson at [email protected]last_img read more


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