London Mayor’s Housing policy

first_imgSadiq Khan, the new London Mayor, says that his biggest priority is to build thousands more homes every year. “Our capital needs more than 50,000 new homes a year – yet Boris Johnson built barely half that number.” He also vows to create a living rent and improve the private rented sector in the Capital. This sounds good, most property professionals would agree… but is it possible?Miles Gibson, Head of UK Research, CBRE UK said, There are key areas, specifically housing planning, investment in infrastructure and ensuring London’s placemaking continues to be world class, which must be capitalised upon if it is to prove a successful term in office.“To date there has been little detail on how the new Mayor’s manifesto will be funded, in particular the infrastructure investment and proposed surface transport improvements. It’s the detail behind these numbers which is most eagerly anticipated by the property industry.”Adam Challis, Head of JLL Residential Research, said, “Sadiq Khan has said he will introduce a 50 per cent affordable housing target for new developments, and use mayoral planning powers to stop ‘buy-to-leave.’ He also vowed to stop homes being sold off in advance to foreign investors. In reality, however, there is little evidence of ‘buy to leave’ actually happening, and restricting demand is a quick way to compromise the viability and deliverability of new developments. The industry is already signed up to the mayor’s ‘London first’ concordat for sales, which commits to give Londoners first option on new homes in the capital and which we wholeheartedly support.“Sadiq has a number of other plans revolving around creating a living rent, setting up a not-for-profit lettings agency and introducing a landlord licensing scheme. All of these policies may be beneficial, but cost, process and regulatory challenges would pose hurdles to overcome.”Shane Ballard, Director at Greene & Co. says, “The Capital sorely needs real and achievable solutions to solve its housing crisis. His manifesto prioritises housing, but it’s an ambitious target given that over the past eight years, Boris Johnson only managed an average of 23,840 homes per year.“At the heart of Sadiq’s manifesto is a focus on affordable housing and, he is looking to ensure that 50 per cent of all new homes built are truly affordable. While this is a laudable aim, it will be difficult to achieve as it will directly affect the profits of housebuilders. As a result, we may find they adjust their business plans and opt instead to develop homes outside of the Capital, further impacting the London crisis.“It is my hope that when we review Sadiq Khan’s effectiveness in 2020 we find that his fresh approach has indeed solved our housing crisis, but at present the jury is well and truly out.”Andrew F. Reeves, Managing Director of central London estate agents, Andrew Reeves, says, “London’s Private Rented Sector would have benefitted more from Zac Goldsmith’s policies and approach, than from Sadiq Khan’s. Firstly, I expect the supply side to suffer should Mr Khan propose any form of ‘rent control’; the UK moved away from that nearly 30 years’ ago with the 1988 Housing Act. The resulting recovery of the sector, with thousands more rental properties becoming available, has been plain for all to see, and has helped to lift the burden of housing provision off the shoulders of local and national government – until now.“Should the number of available rental properties now begin to decline because investor landlords are frightened off by talk of rent controls, private sector rents will inevitably rise even further.“There are several other ways of solving the Capital’s ever-growing housing problem, but attacking private landlords is crazy and would be totally counter-productive.”The National Landlords Association (NLA) welcomed Sadiq with a challenge: To use just a fraction of his £17bn budget to help support London’s PRS.“Private landlords provide more than 860,000 homes for the people of London, working in the Capital on wages which are unlikely to ever allow them to buy. Without the private rented sector the public services and businesses could not fill their vacancies.Despite this we have seen little from this election campaign that demonstrates anything but disdain for private landlords and the homes they provide. We call upon Mr Khan to work with the NLA to achieve a targeted crackdown on criminal landlords.Criminals will not sign up to costs licensing schemes, the Mayor’s priority must be funding targeted enforcement programmes resulting in tangible benefits for local communities.CEO Richard Lambert (left) said, “The NLA welcomes the election of Sadiq Khan as Mayor of London and looks forward to meeting him to discuss the crisis facing many Londoners seeking affordable, high quality accommodation.”London Mayor Housing policy Sadiq Khan 2016-05-11The Negotiator Related articles Calls for ‘green belt’ to be explained to public29th April 2021 Young entrepreneur launches UK’s first ‘modern’ land buying and selling portal15th April 2021 Retail and pub re-openings sparked newbuild sales homes surge yesterday13th April 2021What’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. 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SDL Group acquires Humphreys of Chester

first_imgSDL Group, one of the UK’s fastest-growing independent property groups, has today announced its third business acquisition in 12 months.Humphreys of Chester, one of the most respected estate agencies in the region, has been acquired by the SDL Group for an undisclosed amount. Humphreys is the recipient of various awards for estate agency and auctions.The deal means that the Humphreys business will expand across the North West region offering its complete property service from sales and exclusive homes to lettings, property management and auctions. It will report into Rob Clifford, SDL’s estate agency Chief Executive.Following the acquisition, the Chester office on Lower Bridge Street will also become a regional hub for hundreds of SDL Group’s Private Rental Sector (PRS) build-to-rent properties while its auction business will join the SDL Auctions network – the UK’s largest auction network outside of London.Paul Gratton, CEO of the SDL Group, said, “Humphreys of Chester is a leading agent in the North West property market and is hugely respected so I’m delighted to welcome them to the SDL Group.“Their areas of expertise, particularly in auctions, estate agency and lettings, perfectly complement our own portfolio of property services and our aim through this investment and acquisition is to create a regional hub with much growth locally, to offer customers an enhanced and personalised property experience.”Humphreys of Chester has been offering a complete property service from sales and exclusive homes to lettings, property management, auctions and surveying for over 22 years and prides itself on its personal service and honest advice, helping clients to move forward with their lives.Peter Humphreys, Founder and Managing Director, said, “We’re very excited about the Humphreys business becoming part of the SDL Group. By combining the Chester team’s regional reputation and knowledge with the SDL Group’s national expertise Humphreys can provide an unmatched service to its clients.“We’ve had a highly successful year to date across all areas of our business and we’re keen to see this great business move to the next chapter under new ownership. My team’s dedication and clear ambition is matched by the team at SDL Group. I’m incredibly proud of what we have built over almost three decades and delighted about its outlook as part of the SDL Group.”The acquisition of Humphreys of Chester comes less than a year after SDL Group acquired leading auctioneers CP Bigwood in the West Midlands and Graham Penny Auctions in the East Midlands. Now combined as SDL Auctions, it has already raised over £100m for vendor clients so far in 2016 and is next month shortlisted for Auction House of the Year at the property industry ‘Oscars’, the Negotiator Awards.SDL Group owns the 54-branch estate agency franchise, CENTURY 21 UK and has significant stakes in national mortgage broker network Stonebridge, life insurance adviser Pure Protect and MoneyQuest the mortgage advice business.HOT TOPIC This story is being discussed in the forum nowThe Negotiator says:Agency groups bringing in the independentsHumphreys of Chester SDL acquisition SDL Group October 4, 2016Sheila ManchesterRelated articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Agencies & People » SDL Group acquires Humphreys of Chester previous nextAgencies & PeopleSDL Group acquires Humphreys of ChesterCheshire agency joins the rapidly growing SDL groupSheila Manchester4th October 20160771 ViewsHOT TOPIC This story is being discussed in the forum nowThe Negotiator says:Agency groups bringing in the independentslast_img read more

Flatfair and Homesearch offer estate agents a £1m subs ‘giveaway’

first_imgEstate agents can now enjoy a year’s free access to challenger portal Homesearch following a deal with no-deposit solution provider Flatfair.The agreement, which is claimed to be worth £1 million in free subscriptions, means estate agents who sign to the Flatfair lettings platform will get a 12-month subscription to Homesearch thrown in, which would normally cost £155 per branch a month.The full offer is available to the first 250 branches who sign up to flatfair from today, while the next 750 branches to join flatfair will have 50% of their Homesearch Network subscription paid for 12 months.Sam Hunter, COO of Homesearch (left), says, “Part of our long-term mission is to make the property market the best environment for everyone involved, which is why I’m so excited about this partnership.“It really is a solution that helps not just letting agents, but landlords and renters too.“After learning more about Flatfair and getting to know their team over the last few months, their vision is clear.“Like us, they want to champion agents and bring about positive change in our industry, for everyone.“That’s why it felt like a no-brainer to work together to provide an offer we believe will deliver significant business benefits, as well as a great experience for consumers.”Simon Scott, Director at Flatfair says: “We recognised early on that Homesearch really do place agents at the heart of everything they do. Our businesses really align in that respect.”Read more about challenger portals.Sam Hunter Homesearch Simon Scott estate agents flatfair August 13, 2020Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Flatfair and Homesearch offer estate agents a £1m subs ‘giveaway’ previous nextProducts & ServicesFlatfair and Homesearch offer estate agents a £1m subs ‘giveaway’The proptech firms have joined forces and agents joining Flatfair will now be given a free or heavily discounted subscriptions to the challenger portal.13th August 20200578 Viewslast_img read more

Change course on stamp duty holiday, industry urges Rishi

first_imgHome » News » Housing Market » Change course on stamp duty holiday, industry urges Rishi previous nextHousing MarketChange course on stamp duty holiday, industry urges RishiSenior figures say stamp duty holiday cut-off on 31st March is too soon if property market is to survive the looming downturn as the second wave of Covid sweeps the nation.Nigel Lewis28th October 202009,778 Views Leading industry figures have warned the Chancellor that his stamp duty holiday should be modified or extended to prevent serious problems as hundreds of thousands rush to complete by the 31st March cut-off.The calls have been made after housing minister Christopher Pincher dismissed calls from opposition MPs to extend the scheme.He told Labour shadow justice minister Peter Kyle that: “The temporary increase in the Stamp Duty Land Tax nil rate band was designed to provide an immediate stimulus to the property market, where property transactions fell during the COVID-19 lockdown.“The Government does not plan to extend this relief and will continue to monitor the property market.”The announcement was unusual as Pincher is with the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government and not HM Treasury.DevastatingNorth London agent and former RICS residential chairman Jeremy Leaf (left) says the loss of so many transactions caused by the ending of the stamp duty holiday could have a devastating effect, not just on the property market but the wider economy.“Housing market sales have an enormous multiplier effect by supporting bricks, plumbers, electricians, roofers, decorators, gardeners, and so many other trades – to say nothing of the contribution to job and social mobility,” he says.“The Chancellor could extend or taper the scheme to avoid a ‘cliff edge’ or perhaps more constructively leave the concession in place just for first-time buyers who are the lifeblood of the housing market. Either way, doing nothing is not an option.”Industry proptech consultant Andrew Stanton says the Chancellor could also consider allowing ‘sales agreed’ transaction to be included in the scheme, helping the hundreds of thousands sales that are unlikely to complete in time to benefit from the scheme.‘Whenever a chancellor tinkers with stamp duty there is an equal reaction; 1988, boom to bust, 2017, scramble to buy a second home and house inflation, 2020 race to save up to 15K; resulting in house inflation and potentially hundreds of thousands missing the holiday cut off, causing mayhem,” he says.Read more: Is the property market walking into a stamp duty disaster?Rishi Sunak Andrew Stanton stamp duty October 28, 2020Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

Washington International Horse Show Returns to Tryon

first_imgThe 63rd Annual Washington International Horse Show (WIHS) presented by MARS EquestrianTM will be held Oct. 26-31, 2021, at Tryon International Equestrian Center (TIEC), in Mill Spring, N.C., featuring the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Washington CSI4*-W for the President’s Cup, and a complete schedule of hunter, jumper and equitation events, the WIHS Board of Directors announced today.Traditionally held in Washington, D.C., WIHS had to make other plans in 2020 when Capital One Arena, the show’s home since 2000, was closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The solution came when TIEC, a world-class venue with a proven history of hosting top-quality events, offered WIHS a temporary outdoor home to hold the WIHS Championship and Finals classes and the President’s Cup Grand Prix.“Our horse show in the city found a wonderful temporary home in the beautiful mountains of North Carolina thanks to a great partnership with Tryon,” said Vicki Lowell, WIHS President since 2013. “WIHS was able to keep treasured traditions alive while ensuring competition would be as safe as possible for exhibitors, and partners could feel secure in their continued support of WIHS.”Though the heart and history of WIHS remains in the D.C. community, given the continued COVID-19 uncertainty and strict D.C. reopening policies for events, WIHS will return to the safe, horse- and rider-friendly TIEC before planning a return to a venue in the Washington, D.C., area in 2022.“This year, we’re embracing our history and traditions to re-create a WIHS experience at Tryon and expand beyond what we did last year. We’ll be welcoming our exhibitors and sponsors to an exciting and competitive show with a D.C. twist in October,” said Lowell.WIHS will offer its complete schedule of hunter, jumper and equitation divisions, the World Cup Qualifier, and amenities unique to WIHS. A new Medium Junior Amateur Jumper Division will be added as well as classes for Child and Adult hunter and jumper competitors. Plus, additional FEI riders will be accepted to compete in the Longines FEI Jumping World CupTM Washington CSI4*.2021 WIHS Competition at TIECHunter: Professional, Junior, Amateur and Pony Hunter DivisionsJumper: FEI, Junior and Amateur Divisions, a new Medium Junior Amateur Jumper Division, and the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup Washington CSI4*-W for the President’s CupEquitation: WIHS Equitation and Pony Equitation FinalsWIHS Children’s and Adult Hunter and Jumper Championships2021 WIHS Regional Horse Show & USHJA Zone 3 ChampionshipFollowing a highly successful event last year, the WIHS Regional Horse Show & USHJA Zone 3 Championship will return to Morven Park International Equestrian Center in Leesburg, Va., October 21-24, and continue to offer a wide range of hunter and jumper classes in a picturesque and historic setting.For more information, visit wihs.org. Tags: Washington International Horse Show, WIHS, Tryon International Equestrian Center, TIEC, equitation, hunter, Longines FEI Jumping World CupTWashington CSI4*-W, Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! SIGN UP We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. Email* Horse Sport Enews More from News:MARS Bromont CCI Announces Requirements For US-Based RidersThe first set of requirements to allow American athletes and support teams to enter Canada for the June 2-6 competition have been released.Canadian Eventer Jessica Phoenix Reaches the 100 CCI4*-S MarkPhoenix achieved the milestone while riding Pavarotti at the inaugural 2021 CCI4*-S at the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event.Tribunal Satisfied That Kocher Made Prolonged Use of Electric SpursAs well as horse abuse, the US rider is found to have brought the sport into disrepute and committed criminal acts under Swiss law.Chris von Martels and Eclips Win FEI Grand Prix FreestyleThe CDI 4* class saw Lindsay Kellock and Sebastien a close 2nd, Jill Irving/Arthur 4th and Evi Strasser/Déjà Vu Tyme 6th.last_img read more

USA: Ray Mabus Visits USS John C. Stennis

first_img View post tag: Naval Back to overview,Home naval-today USA: Ray Mabus Visits USS John C. Stennis USA: Ray Mabus Visits USS John C. Stennis May 18, 2011 The Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Ray Mabus visited the aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis (CVN 74) May 16, off the coast of Southern California.Mabus ate lunch with John C. Stennis Strike Group warfare commanders, observed flight deck operations and addressed Sailors to thank them for their service.Upon arriving aboard Stennis, Mabus was welcomed by Rear Adm. Joseph Aucoin, commander, John C. Stennis Strike Group; and Capt. Ronald Reis, USS John C. Stennis commanding officer.In the hangar bay, Mabus addressed Sailors during an all hands call and talked about the important role the Navy plays in humanitarian assistance, disaster relief, and the war on terror.“There is no other country in the world that can do those things, and there is no other service in the world that can do those things, except the United States Navy and Marine Corps,” said Mabus.During his speech, Mabus expressed his appreciation for Sailors’ efforts aboard Stennis and around the fleet.“Thank you for what you do, day in and day out,” said Mabus. “What you do is hard, what you do is exhausting, what you do is dangerous, and what you do always requires sacrifice.”Mabus, a Mississippi native, took time to shake hands and personally speak to Sailors from his home state.“There’s a nice connection with him being from Mississippi, and this being a ship named after a senator from Mississippi,” said Master Chief Aviation Maintenance Administrationman (AW/SW) Rick Gilman, Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Department leading chief petty officer.Mabus answered questions from Sailors, including questions about Marines and Sailors serving in Afghanistan.“It was a morale booster,” said Chief Information Systems Technician (SW/AW) Wilfredo Casillas. “Sometimes folks lose focus, and they think that the outside world doesn’t notice. The SECNAV’s visit shows that we’re being paid attention to and that what we do is important.”John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group is participating in a composite training unit exercise off the coast of southern California in preparation for deployment later this year.By Seaman Carla Ocampo (navy)[mappress]Source: navy, May 18, 2011; View post tag: USS View post tag: Ray Authorities View post tag: John View post tag: News by topic View post tag: C. View post tag: Mabus View post tag: visits View post tag: Stennis View post tag: usa Share this article View post tag: Navylast_img read more

US Navy Amphibious Transport Dock Ship Receives Blue “H” Award

first_img View post tag: ship View post tag: Naval June 3, 2011 Equipment & technology Share this article View post tag: award View post tag: News by topic View post tag: blue View post tag: Navy View post tag: receivescenter_img Amphibious transport dock ship USS Green Bay (LPD 20) earned its first Blue “H” – Navy Surgeon General’s Health Promotion and Wellness Award, recognizing excellence in command health promotion programs, May 12.The Blue H is an annual award sponsored by the Navy Surgeon General, and managed by the Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center located in Portsmouth, Va.“The Blue H Health Promotion and Wellness Award is a very important program because it recognizes our ship’s excellence in carrying out our health programs and other workplace safety and prevention policies,” said Senior Chief Hospital Corpsman Darius Vergara, Leading Chief Petty Officer of Green Bay’s Health Services Department.Green Bay’s award embodies the ship’s variety of programs available to help Sailors and Marines make personal lifestyle choices. Program topics range from sexually transmitted diseases, anger and stress management, tobacco cessation classes, regular physical health assessments and maintaining the crew’s immunizations.“Green Bay as a whole is very proud of its staff of medical professionals,” said Cmdr. Ralph Jones, Green Bay’s executive officer. “Each of them should be extremely proud of the effort given in achieving this historic milestone.”Jones said the award signifies a continuous effort by every doctor, dentist and corpsman for the entire year to provide only the best medical and dental coverage to every member of the Green Bay team.The Blue H award began in 1995 to recognize commands for their efforts in implementing successful Navy health promotion and Marine Corps Semper Fit programs.Green Bay has also been awarded the Maritime Warfare Excellence Award (Black E), the Engineering/Survivability Excellence Award (Red E), the Command, Control, Communications and Information Warfare Excellence Award (Green E), the Logistics Management Excellence Award (Blue E), and the Type Commander Ship Safety Excellence Award (Yellow E) in their effort to win the Battle “E” award for Efficiency as one of the best overall ships in the fleet.Green Bay is on its maiden deployment as part of the Boxer Amphibious Ready Group supporting maritime security operations and theater security cooperation efforts in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility.[mappress]Source: navy, June 3, 2011; Back to overview,Home naval-today US Navy Amphibious Transport Dock Ship Receives Blue “H” Award US Navy Amphibious Transport Dock Ship Receives Blue “H” Award View post tag: “H” View post tag: Amphibious View post tag: Transport View post tag: US View post tag: Docklast_img read more

USS Ford Visits Kochi Port on Saturday

first_img View post tag: Kochi USS Ford Visits Kochi Port on Saturday (thehindu)[mappress]Source: thehindu, October 03, 2011 View post tag: port View post tag: Naval October 3, 2011 View post tag: Saturday Training & Education Share this article View post tag: Navy View post tag: News by topic View post tag: visits View post tag: ON USS Ford, an Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigate of the U.S. Navy, called at the Kochi port on Saturday. View post tag: USS Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Ford Visits Kochi Port on Saturday View post tag: Fordlast_img

USS Jason Dunham Completes Underway Training of Exercise SB12

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today USS Jason Dunham Completes Underway Training of Exercise SB12 View post tag: Naval View post tag: Navy View post tag: USS The guided-missile destroyer USS Jason Dunham (DDG 109) completed the underway training portion of Exercise Sea Breeze 2012 (SB12), July 19.During the training, Jason Dunham, Ukrainian naval vessels Hetman Sahaydachniy (U 130) and Konstantin Olshansky (U 402) participated in ship handling, underway replenishment, towing, live-fire, boarding, and flight operations exercises with other participating nations.Cmdr. David A. Bretz, commanding officer of Jason Dunham, said his crew exceeded his own expectations during the exercises.“Sea Breeze 2012 challenged the crew in many areas, but they responded in true Jason Dunham fashion by focusing on their mission and completing every task,” said Cmdr. Bretz. “We are proud to have been able to take part in Sea Breeze 2012 with all of the participating nations, and are especially proud to have been able to co-host the event with our Ukrainian partners.”The underway schedule for SB12 was intense, especially for Jason Dunham’s deck division, which played a role in nearly every evolution.“In the last few days, these guys have experienced a very high operational tempo, but they always come to work and get their job done,” said Ensign Andrew Pfarner, deck division officer. “They all realize how much their jobs impact the ship and what it accomplishes and they take a lot of pride in that.”In addition, Jason Dunham’s boarding team worked together with the Ukrainian navy boarding team to conduct an at-sea vessel inspection exercise.Logisitics Specialist 3rd Class Cody Weaver, a Jason Dunham boarding team member, said the exercise illustrated how two teams with different methods of operation can lead to similar results.“It was really interesting to see how the Ukrainians went about their jobs,” said Weaver. “They do things in a different way, but they were very effective and communicated well.”SB12 presented challenges many service members had never experienced before, making the exercise a remarkable learning experience.Seaman Mariela Garcia said SB12 was a whirlwind of learning and activity. “I only came aboard right before deployment and have never been a part of many of the operations we conducted in the last two days,” said Garcia. “I feel like I learned a lot and it makes me proud to be a part of something like this.”SB12, co-hosted by the Ukrainian and U.S. navies, aims to improve maritime safety, security and stability engagements in the Black Sea by enhancing the capabilities of Partnership for Peace and Black Sea regional maritime security forces.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, July 23, 2012; Image: US Navy View post tag: News by topic Share this article View post tag: completes View post tag: SB12 USS Jason Dunham Completes Underway Training of Exercise SB12 July 23, 2012 View post tag: underway View post tag: Jason View post tag: Exercise View post tag: Dunham View post tag: Training Training & Educationlast_img read more

Senegal: Multinational Maritime Exercise Saharan Express 2013 Concludes

first_img View post tag: Multinational Senegal: Multinational Maritime Exercise Saharan Express 2013 Concludes The multinational maritime exercise Saharan Express 2013 (SE-13) successfully concluded with post-sail discussions and a press conference, March 14.SE-13, which began March 7, is a maritime exercise designed to improve cooperation among participating nations in order to increase counter-piracy capabilities and deter maritime crimes in West Africa.“During the past week, eight West African nations, five European nations and the United States worked very well together,” said Capt. Andrew Lennon, U.S. exercise director for SE-13. “With the skills they developed during Exercise Saharan Express, the participating nations are better prepared for real world operations. They now have a better capability to stop weapons and narcotics trafficking and prevent illegal fishing.”Focusing on counter-piracy and maritime security operations, the exercise included a wide variety of training for participating forces, including at-sea ship boarding and queries, medical familiarization, air operations, communication drills and regional information sharing.“This marks the third time that this exercise has been conducted,” said U.S. Ambassador to Senegal Lewis Lukens. “I’m happy to say that it has become a cornerstone in our efforts to achieve the improvement of maritime security in the waters off West Africa.”SE-13, which has occurred annually since 2011, is one of the four African regional Express-series exercises known as Africa Partnership Station (APS). The regional maritime exercises test skills learned from previous APS training events.“Saharan Express is not just another task passing across the desk of the Senegalese armed forces,” said Rear Adm. Mohamed Sane, Senegalese sous-chef d’etat major general des armes. “It is an exercise of great importance for the Senegalese navy and the naval forces of the sub-region. It allows us to practice the techniques taught to our crews and is, as such, an indicator of the progress we are making in strengthening our capacity to carry out the tasks entrusted to us.”During SE-13, 10 ships, four aircraft and four maritime operations centers were operated by participating nations to achieve their common maritime security goals through partnerships and collaboration while focusing on deterring piracy, countering illicit trafficking and protecting resources.As part of the U.S. nation’s global maritime partnerships, APS was developed to support sustained, focused training and multinational and organizational collaboration on a regional scale in order to increase maritime safety and security in Africa.Eight West African and six European nations participated in SE-13 including Cape Verde, Cote d’Ivoire, France, The Gambia, Liberia, Mauritania, Morocco, The Netherlands, Portugal, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Spain, United Kingdom and the United States.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, March 18, 2013; Image: US Navy View post tag: Concludes View post tag: Naval View post tag: Defence View post tag: Saharan View post tag: Navy Back to overview,Home naval-today Senegal: Multinational Maritime Exercise Saharan Express 2013 Concludes View post tag: Exercisecenter_img View post tag: Express View post tag: Maritime Training & Education View post tag: 2013 View post tag: Defense View post tag: News by topic March 18, 2013 Share this articlelast_img read more