Russia to lay down fourth Project 22160 patrol boat

first_img Russian Gorky Zelenodolsk Shipyard will hold a laying ceremony for the Russian Navy’s fourth Project 22160 patrol boat.The ship, which will be laid down May 8, was named Sergei Kotov, honoring a Russian WWII Rear Admiral.The lead vessel of the class was laid down in February 2014. All vessels of the class are expected to be built by 2019.In October 2015, IHS Jane’s reported that the patrol ships would be armed with Kalibr-NK missiles which were deployed by Russia against Syrian rebel targets in October 2015.The 94-meter ships will have a displacement of around 1,500 tonnes and be capable of reaching speeds of about 30 knots. According to the Russian Navy the cruising range of the ships is 6000 nautical miles or some 60 days.The ships will be fitted with a telescopic hangar and helo deck with facilities for take-off and landing of the Ка-27 PS type 12-ton rescue helicopter. View post tag: Project 22160 Russia to lay down fourth Project 22160 patrol boat May 6, 2016 Back to overview,Home naval-today Russia to lay down fourth Project 22160 patrol boat center_img View post tag: Russian Navy Authorities Share this articlelast_img read more

Simmons already looking ahead

first_img He added: “We’ve put that as a higher priority than this, but we want to win games like this.” With the top two automatically securing a place Down Under there is little room for error and Simmons admits he would take wins in those games over success this week. He added: “It is time to start winning games against full member team anywhere in the world. We haven’t beaten a high-class full-member here at all. It is about time we start. We have to show how much we have improved since the last international team was here.” The most recent full-member nation to visit Dublin was England two years ago when, captained by Irish-born batsman Eoin Morgan, they escaped with an 11-run win in a rain-affect contest. That narrow reverse followed on from arguably Ireland’s finest moment – when they stunned the English at the 2011 World Cup – and heightened debate as to whether they were ready to become a full-member nation. That talk has slowed as Ireland’s presence on the international stage has been reduced – last year’s only home ODI against Australia in Belfast was a wash-out while hardly a ball was bowled of South Africa A’s tour. Work off the field has, however, moved at pace with the introduction of a new professional domestic competition this season. The three-team RSA Interprovincial Series is a cornerstone to any bid for Test status – with the ICC contributing £500,000 a season – while Cricket Ireland also plan to apply for first-class status for the competition in 2015. Coach Phil Simmons has admitted this week’s RSA Insurance one-day international series against Pakistan is not the main priority of a summer in which Ireland will bid to secure their place at a third consecutive World Cup. Ireland host Pakistan in a two-match series in Dublin, which begins on Thursday, having never beaten a full-member nation at home. It is an unlikely statistic given Ireland’s giant-killing at World Cups – which includes surprising Pakistan in Jamaica six years ago. While Simmons concedes claiming a big scalp at home is long overdue, ensuring his side’s place at the 2015 World Cup in Australia is his primary objective, and he said: “I think we’ve got to recognise in a big summer the most important games are the four games we play against Scotland and Holland because that takes us to a World Cup.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Rudge supports Stoke revolution

first_img After seven years at the helm, Tony Pulis departed last week with chairman Peter Coates saying they were looking to take the Potters in a new direction. Rudge has also recently left the club after 14 years with other changes likely to be made but he does not believe the owners are trying to take back control from the manager. “They are trying to change the structure of the club to take it away from the more traditional approach to a more continental approach,” he told The Sentinel. Stoke’s former director of football John Rudge believes structural changes were needed at the club but does not believe the owners are seeking to diminish the importance of the manager’s position. “That means the club dictating the policy more and the manager getting on with the first team. They have decided on change and there was a need for change in terms of some aspects of recruitment: Tony had been dictating the terms on that. “The manager in the past had control over players’ contracts etc, but that’s changing more to owners and chief executives. “But I still cannot see Peter and John Coates overriding the manager on new signings. I don’t think they would interfere that much. “I cannot see a situation where any manager coming into Stoke says he doesn’t want a player, but they go ahead and sign him any way. “I can see a situation where the next manager will be in close association with Peter and John, but he would have the final say. I’m sure they would want it to be that way too. “But in general, they are definitely taking more responsibilities off the manager.” Former Blackburn, Manchester City, Fulham and QPR manager Mark Hughes is the current favourite for the Stoke vacancy. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

NBA Draft: Jahlil Okafor says ‘I can definitely see myself here in L.A.’

first_img“I can definitely see myself here in L.A.,” Okafor said. “I’ve always won. I’ve won state championships, national championship, gold medal, all that, So I would love to come in and have the opportunity to win an NBA championship.”Still, Okafor dismissed reports that said he has told the Minnesota Timberwolves he would not want to play for them. Okafor and his agent, Bill Duffy, plan to meet in Los Angeles sometime this week with Flip Saunders, Minnesota’s coach and president of basketball operations.Nonetheless, Okafor hardly sounded worried about if he should become the top pick ahead of Kentucky’s Karl Anthony-Towns.“Being the No. 1 pick isn’t that important to me, I think it’s more so for the fan base,” Okafor said. “I just want to be in the right position and with a team that wants me.”The Lakers want Okafor after he averaged 17.3 points per game on 66.4 percent shooting, 8.5 rebounds and 1.4 blocks last season at Duke. “Offensively, what he does on the court,” Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak said, “will translate quickly to the NBA.”Kupchak still conceded uncertainty with his No. 2 pick for a few reasons. The modern NBA puts a higher premium on outside shooting and point guard play, making Ohio State’s D’Angelo Russell or China’s Emmanuel Mudiay arguably more valuable. Yet, Okafor’s play could give the Lakers a competitive advantage considering the NBA’s lack of dominant big men. Kupchak also conceded “all options are on the table” on possibly trading the pick.But Okafor offered plenty of positive signs in his individual workout.He played so dominant inside against Lakers assistant coach Mark Madsen that Madsen needed ice bags to treat his knees afterwards. The Lakers said Madsen felt fine, but it was telling that Okafor’s 6-foot-11, 270-pound frame could make such a presence on Madsen after once giving O’Neal problems in practice. Okafor also showed some decent range with his mid-range jumper and 3-point shot toward the end of his workout that was open to reporters. Yet, Okafor noted that his “bread and butter” involves his post play.“I’m very confident on the offensive floor,” Okafor said when asked if he could averaged 19 or 20 points per game his rookie season. “I feel like I can score when there’s one guy guarding me. That’s not too farfetched for my imagination.”NBA talent evaluators still consider Anthony-Towns as the No. 1 pick, mainly because of his superior defense. Okafor downplayed that criticism, noting that Duke’s coaching staff never griped about it and that he often lacked aggressiveness so he could stay out of foul trouble amid the Blue Devils’ short rotation. Kupchak echoed that talking point before conceding his own criticism.“If there’s a part of his game that lags,” Kupchak said, “it would be his defensive presence on the court.”Meanwhile, Okafor shot just 51 percent from the foul line.“That was obvious. I was missing free throws,” said Okafor, who blamed those miscues on mental lapses. “I’ve been working the entire summer on it and I feel confident.”Okafor also sounded confident he would fit with the Lakers, gushing about handling the demanding expectations both from a storied franchise and Kobe Bryant. “When I first thought about the NBA, I always thought about the Lakers. They have a winning tradition,” Okafor said. “I’ve won at every single level and that would be my goal, especially being here with the Lakers. I’ve been walking around and a lot of Laker fans are telling me they want me here and telling me that they want to win. And I love it.” Just as he finished a two-hour workout that showed off his post moves, Duke center Jahlil Okafor stood on the Lakers’ practice court and gazed at the retired jerseys hanging on the walls.The uniforms that George Mikan, Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Shaquille O’Neal once wore remain there, providing a visual reminder on how much the Lakers’ 16 NBA championships have centered around dominant big men. It sounded like the 19-year-old Okafor wanted to become the next one.“I would love to be here and have the opportunity to learn from all those guys,” said Okafor, who listed O’Neal as his favorite player growing up. “Just how dominant they were. They were all about winning and when they came here, they won. If I did that, I would have some big shoes to step in. But I’m ready.”So much that Okafor all but provided an official endorsement that he would want to wear a purple and gold uniform so he can bring championship prosperity the same way he did this past season with the Blue Devils.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more