USA: ONR Demonstrates Lightweight Ramp for JHSV

first_img View post tag: Navy View post tag: Lightweight View post tag: ramp View post tag: ONR Back to overview,Home naval-today USA: ONR Demonstrates Lightweight Ramp for JHSV View post tag: Demonstrates Industry news View post tag: JHSV USA: ONR Demonstrates Lightweight Ramp for JHSV May 13, 2014 The advanced ramp would provide significant improvement over the JHSV’s current ramp by allowing the loading or unloading of people and combat vehicles—in rougher ocean conditions than are currently possible—between a JHSV and another ship, pier, mobile landing platform or more.“The knowledge we have gained in designing this ramp is going to be vital for successful future deployment of personnel and equipment,” said Dr. John Pazik, who heads ONR’s Ship Systems and Engineering division. “The Navy and Marine Corps need easy-to-use, lightweight ramps to load and unload materiel in combat or humanitarian situations.”The Commandant of the Marine Corps, Gen. James Amos, told an audience last month that he views a new ramp for the JHSV as an essential element of future JHSV capability.While the May 1 demonstration, which included a tank and a Heavy Expanded Mobility Tactical Truck crossing in simulated high-wave conditions, was successful, officials say the future for the ramp is still being decided.“Right now we have a lot of data analysis and reporting to consider,” said Dr. Paul Hess, who manages ONR’s Interface Ramp Technologies (IRT) program. “This demonstration ramp met significant engineering challenges in connecting two ships in a simulated seaway, while also allowing a tank, truck and HUMVEE to successfully cross.“This gets us to a place we’ve never been before, in terms of at-sea transfer of vehicles between ships.”Navy officials will receive the results of the analysis this summer, and begin consideration on how to best utilize the knowledge gained. Options include a review of existing ramps, to see if they could be made stronger, using lessons learned from the IRT program; or using the information to pursue an entirely new ramp for the JHSV fleet.In either case, officials said at the demonstration, ONR’s work will play a key role in whatever direction is ultimately decided for the JHSV ramp.JHSV is a new class of all-aluminum swift ships, intended to meet requirements for shallow water deployment of personnel, combat vehicles or other supplies and equipment as needed. The vessels can transport approximately 600 tons at an average speed of 35 knots, and are designed to operate in challenging ports and waterways.Officials will use the analysis of the ramp demonstration to help determine ramp requirements for existing JHSVs, as well as for future vessels.The ONR ramp program was done in partnership with the Navy’s Strategic Mobility and Combat Logistics office, as well as the Strategic and Theater Sealift program office.[mappress]Press Release, May 13, 2014; Image: US Navy View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Naval As an M1A1 Abrams tank roared across a giant aluminum ramp, atop a motion simulator that mimicked crashing waves, the Office of Naval Research (ONR) two weeks ago completed a successful demonstration of a new lightweight ramp intended for use on the U.S. Navy’s Joint High Speed Vessel (JHSV). Share this articlelast_img read more

Vigil raises anxiety, depression awareness

first_imgStudents gathered outside Holy Cross Hall at 8:30 p.m. Monday for a candlelight vigil to kick off “Support a Belle, Love a Belle” week at Saint Mary’s. The College’s Student Government Association dedicated the first day of the week, World Suicide Prevention Day, to supporting women who suffer from anxiety and depression.  The day marked the second anniversary of former Saint Mary’s student Lizzy Seeberg’s death. Seeberg passed away in September 2010. Susan Larson, vice president of the class of 2014, said the walk of solidarity from Holy Cross Circle to the Grotto was held not only in memory of Seeberg. “[The walk is] to show support for our sisters and friends who suffer from anxiety or depression,” she said. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, roughly 20 percent of adults in the United States suffer from some sort of anxiety disorder. Junior class president Carolyn Backes, a freshman roommate of Seeberg’s, addressed the group of 47 women who walked in support of the cause. “It is only fitting that [Seeberg’s] memory be celebrated in action and activities that help others – particularly on the issue of mental health and well being,” Backes said. Seeberg, who would have been a junior this year, struggled with anxiety and a related depression disorder, she said. “Awareness of mental illness as a very real disease, as real as heart disease and cancer is a critical step in driving out the stigma that still surrounds the topic,” Backes said. Larson devoted a prayer to Saint Dymphna, the patron saint of those afflicted with mental and emotional illness. Backes said she believes the march is cathartic and crucial to maintain a close community on Saint Mary’s campus. “I think it’s a tradition we need to keep up because we are such a small community.  I was her roommate freshman year, so it had a big impact on me,” she said.  “It made me realize early on how much of a community and family we all are. The support on campus is part of the reason I am still here today.” Sophomore Anna Nolan said the transition to college can be overwhelming. “One is granted so much independence and has to cope with a multitude of new responsibilities while simultaneously losing … the physical presence of your support system, or family,” she said. Kristen Vokt, one of the “Support a Belle, Love a Belle” week organizers said she also felt very alone her sophomore year. “Knowing that others are empathetic and aware is comforting,” she said. “This march shows that there is a willingness to acknowledge the significant number of people who struggle with mental illness and aiding them to recovery,” she said. Vokt said the march is a symbol of seeking peace and comfort. “It’s supposed to be empowering,” she said. “It’s about letting things that burden you fall aside to find courage and being supported by those that walk with you.” Contact Rebecca O’Neil at [email protected]last_img read more

Saint Mary’s senior awarded Orr Fellowship

first_imgFor the seventh-consecutive year, a graduating senior from Saint Mary’s has been awarded the Governor Bob Orr Indiana Entrepreneurial Fellowship. Gabrielle Weldy is the recipient from this year‘s college class.The Orr Fellowship is a program that places “high-caliber college graduates” into careers in business or technology in Indianapolis. Weldy is a member of only six percent of accepted applicants. “The positions are guaranteed to grow you in terms of leadership and entrepreneurship, as well as connect you with influential people and organizations in the city,” Weldy said in an email. “Additionally, you are networked instantly with a group of roughly 100 other Fellows who are involved in similar positions at various host companies in the area.”Having this network with other recipients of the fellowship affords Weldy a unique experience, she said. “It’s a really cool opportunity to get your foot in the door through unique positions at high-growth companies,” she said. Weldy’s interest stemmed from presentations regarding the fellowship in her classes, she said. “The first stage of the application was simply a resume drop, so I thought, ‘Why not?’” she said. “And I just went for it. Then, one whirlwind of a vetting process later, I came out with a great opportunity with a brand new tech startup in Indy. I couldn’t feel more sure of my decision.”Weldy said she is looking forward to seeing how the Orr Fellowship impacts her future. “I’m uncertain of the exact shape the next five years of my life will take — I’m considering law school, grad school, non-profit work and more,” Weldy said. “The Orr Fellowship fit well because it was a way that I could take time to think about my long-term plans while making a meaningful investment in myself.” “I’m confident that I’ll meet talented people who will help me grow immensely in the next two years of my Fellowship, and I’m excited to see where those connections will take me,” Weldy said.Weldy credits her success to her liberal arts education, although she said at first she did not know how her college experience would translate into a professional setting. “I think my liberal arts education is taking me exactly where I want to go,” Weldy said. “Being a philosophy and communication double major, I wasn’t sure what kind of a position I would end up in. I also was heavily involved in stage managing theater during my time at Saint Mary’s, and I was unsure how I would tie in that skill set to my career upon graduation.” Now, Weldy said she sees her background in liberal arts as a factor in what helped her get a spot in the Orr Fellowship program. “But it turns out, I was exactly the kind of person they were looking for — someone who was a general problem solver, able to wear many hats,” she said. “So I’m just looking forward to putting my education — and that confidence felt by so many Saint Mary’s women — and putting them to the test when the rubber meets the road.” For students considering applying for the Orr Fellowship themselves, Weldy said she recommends taking the steps to apply due to the opportunities afforded by the fellowship. “If you’re on the fence about applying, just do it,” Weldy said. “It’s a simple process to initiate, and it can open a world of possibilities that you wouldn’t even think to consider otherwise. When applying, as cheesy as it sounds, it’s very important to just be yourself. They have a well-developed process for finding suitable ways to match graduates with positions that complement their skill sets. The more honest you are about the way you work, the better equipped they will be to know how to place you.”Tags: gabrielle weldy, Governor Bob Orr Indiana Entrepreneurial Fellowship, Orr Fellowshiplast_img read more