News story: Refurbished homes for sailors at HMNB Clyde

first_img The Naval Base Command is delighted to see completion of this Service Family Accommodation refurbishment project. The expansion of activity at Clyde and growth of our Service population over the next few years means that we need to make best use of all available accommodation. It is important that what we have to offer is of a high standard, not only because that is what our people deserve, but also because we aim to encourage an increasing number of Service families to relocate to this area. The offer of good housing, coupled with the excellent amenities and quality of life on offer here, are significant attractions for those considering such a move. In February 2017 the Naval Base, UK government and local authority Argyll and Bute signed a unique agreement committing the parties to work together to ensure that investment in the military site benefited the growth and regeneration of the wider community. The Strategic Defence Delivery Framework agreement, as it is known, is aimed at delivering new housing and improved infrastructure, ensuring that both the Service community and people living in Argyll and Bute benefit directly from hosting the base.Captain Craig Mearns, HMNB Clyde’s Captain of the Base, said: The refurbishment of these houses is a prime example of how DIO provides vital support to the Armed Forces. This upgrade work will make a real difference to the quality of life of our Royal Navy personnel and their families. We are grateful to all the residents for their patience with the inevitable disruption caused by the work, and we hope they are very happy with the results. The Ministry of Defence’s (MOD) Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) led the £1.5 million refurbishment at Bannachra Drive in Helensburgh, which will help improve the lives of Royal Navy families already living in the area, and of some of the hundreds of families expected to move to the vicinity when the base becomes the Submarine Centre of Specialisation.From 2020 HM Naval Base Clyde will host all of the Royal Navy’s hunter killer submarines and will be the future home of the Dreadnought class of nuclear deterrent submarines. The MOD is investing hundreds of millions of pounds in developing HMNB Clyde, with the construction phases of the work expected to support a further 1,000 contractor jobs.The development of the site will see the number employed rise from the current figure of 6,800 to an eventual population of 8,500, with up to 1,400 Royal Navy submariners moving to the area from Plymouth. In the future all submariners will expect to serve their entire career at HM Naval Base Clyde, ensuring greater harmony and stability for them and their families. The refurbishment of these 34 family homes also contributes to the joint Royal Navy and Argyll and Bute Council strategy to align the development of the naval base with local needs such as planning and transport.The extensive upgrade work at Bannachra, which was carried out by Amey and contractor Bells Ltd, included the fitting of new roofs, windows and doors, as well as new boilers, external wall insulation and rendering of the buildings. Work was also undertaken to replace fencing and gates and rain water goods, with chimneys on the properties also removed and garage roofs replaced. Commenting on the work, Air Commodore Rothery said: The work of the HM Naval Base Clyde team demonstrates clearly how Scotland benefits from the UK’s armed forces, and how our military contributes to the safety and prosperity of Scotland. HM Naval Base Clyde makes a huge contribution to the local area, providing skilled jobs, supporting the local economy and contributing to regeneration. This project, which will improve service families’ accommodation, is a great example of that strong partnership with the local community in action. Facts and figures of the refurbishment. MOD Crown Copyright.Secretary of State for Scotland David Mundell was there to witness the completion of the refurbishment work on August 28, joined by Air Commodore Wendy Rothery, DIO’s Head of Accommodation, and Captain Craig Mearns, HMNB Clyde’s Captain of the Base.Scottish Secretary David Mundell said:last_img read more

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Los Angeles Dodgers and Anaheim Angels on collision course?

first_imgThen he reared back and unleashed one of those knee-buckling curveballs that’s left the rest of baseball helpless. “This is fun,” he said with a grin.And with those three words, the Dodgers’ ace perfectly summed up baseball in the southland at the moment. And the way things are going, perhaps for the next four months or so.From Chavez Ravine to Anaheim, the Dodgers and Angels are waging a summer-long battle of anything you can do, I can do better.The way things are looking, it might keep rolling over the next four months. The Angels and Dodgers have remained at arm’s length, but that all changes Monday when the Angels arrive at Dodger Stadium to begin a four-game series that wraps up Wednesday and Thursday in Anaheim.It’s the most meaningful Freeway Series in years.Only four teams are on pace to win 90 games this year, and the Dodgers and Angels are two of them.There is plenty of star power, with Kershaw putting together a season for the ages, Yasiel Puig a human highlight film and Mike Trout’s first three seasons comparable to Ted Williams, Frank Robinson and Mickey Mantle.It’s also left fans dreaming of an October Freeway Series. Only this time a Fall Classic seems more doable than ever.The World Series is a long way off, of course, but the fact we’re even dreaming a little bit represents a dramatic change from expectations coming into this season and just how far managers Mike Scioscia and Don Mattingly have traveled.Both came into this season sitting on hot seats, although for completely different reasons.Scioscia needed a bounce-back year in the worst way after a four-year slump. His job, essentially, was hanging in the balance.Mattingly faced a different set of issues, with the long-term commitment the Dodgers made in him and a soaring payroll turning up the heat on him.For now, at least, both have solidified their positions.It wasn’t so long ago Mattingly was frustrated by his contract situation and challenged the Dodgers at a season-ending press conference last year to either extend his contract or find someone else to manage the club.The former New York Yankee great wasn’t interested in working on a one-year deal after his 2014 option got picked up. He believed the lack of long-range commitment deprived him the hammer he needed to manage his star-studded clubhouse.The Dodgers relented by extending Mattingly for the next three years, but with commitment came expectations — especially considering the high-priced, power-packed team management entrusted him with.After easing their way into the season, the Dodgers turned things up a notch in early June and have risen to the top of the National League.Meanwhile, Mattingly is proving to be a deft handler of the array of personalities and egos inside the powder-keg clubhouse.Aside from a few early missteps — all of which were dealt with — the mercurial Puig has shown steady growth and maturity. A crowded outfield situation that could have led to resentment and hard feelings has been managed as well as can be expected by Mattingly, and by moving Matt Kemp from left field to right Mattingly created a comfort level that allowed Kemp’s offense to blossom.There’s still a long way to go, but with the rest of the NL West either vulnerable or downright bad, you get the sense Mattingly and the Dodgers will navigate their way to the postseason.And with no super teams emerging across the rest of the National League, they have just as good a chance as anyone to break through to the World Series.The Angels’ situation is more tenuous given the strength of the A’s and Detroit Tigers, but Scioscia has his team in the thick of a playoff chase.That’s saying something after three third-places finishes over the last four seasons and last year’s 78-84 record left them buried 18 games under the Texas Rangers.It’s hard to imagine owner Arte Moreno stomaching another year of discontent considering his hefty financial commitment. Another year of unmet expectations would have left Scioscia exceedingly vulnerable, no matter what he’s done over his 15 years in Anaheim.But a progressive approach to winter conditioning, specifically a pitching program that began much earlier than normal, resulted in a more fit club in spring training and to start the season.That, coupled with the maturation of some key young players, more organizational depth and a revamped bullpen propelled the Angels to a 14-12 April — a dramatic improvement from the 9-17 and 8-15 nosedives in 2013 and 2012 — and set them up for a 57-win first half.Scioscia is back on solid ground and the Angels are two games behind the Oakland A’s and securely in front in the wild-card race.Meanwhile, for the first time in five years, the Dodgers and Angels are positioned to make mutual playoff runs.If you close your eyes and allow yourself to dream a little bit, maybe, just maybe stage a long-awaited Freeway Series World Series. Clayton Kershaw grinned sheepishly, pulled off his Dodgers cap and ran a hand through his thick, blond hair.Kershaw had just put the finishing touches on a complete-game win over the Atlanta Braves Thursday to wrap up the Dodgers’ first sweep of the Braves in 24 years. It was their sixth win in a row to finish a 14-10 month of July and it pushed the Dodgers three games ahead of the second-place San Francisco Giants.Not bad for a club that trailed San Francisco by 9 1/2 games just seven weeks before.Kershaw, the driving force behind the surge while going 4-0 in July with three complete games and and an N.L.-best 1.07 ERA, struggled to find the right words to put it all in perspective.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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