USA: NAVSTA Norfolk Remembers Battle of Midway

first_img View post tag: Defence Share this article View post tag: Norfolk View post tag: Navy View post tag: Battle View post tag: Naval View post tag: News by topic Back to overview,Home naval-today USA: NAVSTA Norfolk Remembers Battle of Midway June 6, 2013 View post tag: Commemorates View post tag: Defense View post tag: Anniversary View post tag: of View post tag: NAVSTA USA: NAVSTA Norfolk Remembers Battle of Midway View post tag: 71st View post tag: Midway Training & Education Naval Station (NAVSTA) Norfolk commemorated the 71st anniversary of the Battle of Midway in a ceremony, June 5. The historic and decisive battle, which took place June 4-7, 1942, is regarded by many as the turning point in the Pacific during World War II. During the sea battle, U.S. Navy carrier strike forces, augmented by shore-based bombers and torpedo planes, defeated an Imperial Japanese navy carrier task force.“It is good for the people to learn that freedom was not free, and this ceremony is a way to express that,” said guest speaker Capt. Dexter Rumsey II, USN (RET), Naval Air Station (NAS) Oceana’s 17th commanding officer, 1964 – 1966. “They gave the ultimate sacrifice to give us freedom. We are just the lucky ones who got back.”Rumsey entered the Navy as an aviation cadet and was assigned to four commands before assuming command of NAS Oceana. He had a support role flying patrol planes during Midway.During the battle, Japan lost four carriers, a heavy cruiser, three destroyers and 256 planes. The United States lost Yorktown, a destroyer and 145 planes. Japan’s losses, both at Midway and at the Battle of Coral Sea, shifted the balance of naval power in the Pacific; Japan was never able to recover from its losses.“This commemoration event on the Battle of Midway is important for everyone to remember the past and the service members that defended this country, and gave their lives so that we are free today and continue to be free,” said NAVSTA Sailor Air Traffic Controller 1st Class Narcisco Penate. “It is great to attend these events because you meet the service members who participated in past wars, it has been an honor for me to be here and pay tribute to those service members.”The actions of the service members during the battle prevented Japanese forces from capturing Midway Island and according to many, marked the dawn of the U.S. Navy’s global prominence and the coming of age of carrier aviation.Approximately one month after the Battle of Coral Sea and six months after the attack on Pearl Harbor, the U.S. Navy decisively defeated the Imperial Japanese Navy and turned the war in U.S. favor.[mappress]Press Release, June 6, 2013; Image: US Navylast_img read more

Watford bolster midfield with signing of Mario Suarez from Fiorentina

first_img “It means Watford is improving a lot in the last years. “The players are really clever and they have a lot of information. “Before they come to Watford they know everything – the owner, the players, the squad, the staff, the fans – so, when they decide ‘okay, I want to go to Watford’ it is because the conditions are really good. “There are a lot of teams in the Premier League with a lot of history so if they decide to come here it is amazing for us.” Suarez started his career at Atletico Madrid before having loan spells at Real Valladolid and Celta Vigo and completing a permanent switch to Mallorca in 2008. The three-times capped Spain international made 64 appearances for Mallorca before returning to Atletico two years later in a deal worth £1.8million euros. Back in Madrid, where he spent one season under current Watford boss Quique Sanchez Flores, he played 180 games in five years and won Primera Division, Europa League and Copa del Rey winners’ medals. Suarez joined Fiorentina last July where he made 13 appearances, scoring one goal. “I am very happy to be here because it is a dream come true to play in the Premier League,” Suarez told the official club website. “I am very excited with the project of the club, to be trained again by Quique and to start playing for Watford.” Sanchez Flores said on Thursday that Suarez’s imminent arrival was a statement of intent for the Hornets, who lie in 10th place in the Barclays Premier League with 32 points from 23 games following their promotion from the Sky Bet Championship last season. “I think the amazing news for Watford is that we have the possibility to convince players to come here,” Sanchez Flores said. Watford have completed the signing of Spanish international midfielder Mario Suarez. Press Association The 28-year-old has signed a four-and-a-half-year deal at Vicarage Road and joins from Serie A side Fiorentina for an undisclosed fee, understood to be around £4million. The transfer was confirmed on the official Watford website after the Hornets had progressed into the fifth round of the FA Cup with a 1-0 win at Nottingham Forest. last_img read more