Local News for Tuesday 11th October 2016
Joint Warrior begins
The major international military exercise Joint Warrior has begun in Scotland, and activity will be seen by land, sea and in the sky around the Western Isles. Exercise Joint Warrior is a multinational NATO exercise conducted in the UK during the spring and the autumn of each year. This month’s exercise will involve more than 31 warships and submarines, 60 aircraft, and a total of around 6,500 personnel from the 14 participating nations. For the first time so-called ‘robot wars’ will be tested, with unmanned aircraft and sea vessels being deployed on an experimental basis, including around Benbecula, where exercises will test the response of manned versus unmanned craft. The operation began on Saturday and runs until October 20th.
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Local News for Monday 10th October 2016
The last leg for oil rig
Transocean Winner is likely to leave Hebridean waters on Wednesday, carried away as cargo on the deck of the heavy load carrier Hawk following a massive operation to recover the stricken oil rig since she went aground at Dalmore in August. Welding work to secure the rig on the Hawk’s cargo deck is continuing, after the ship lifted her clear of the water late last week. Late on Thursday environmental experts spotted some leakage of oil in the water – believed to have been a maximum of 50 litres of hydraulic or gear oil. It’s thought to have come from a damaged part of the rig and appropriate counter-pollution measures were taken. There has been no further sighting of oil, but counter-pollution vessels remain on scene. Hugh Shaw, Secretary of State’s Representative Maritime and Salvage Intervention, said: ‘I’m delighted that after so much work and effort that the operation to load the Transocean Winner has been successful. We’re so grateful to the community in the area for being so supportive, from the time the rig first grounded in August, right through this long process.’
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