Farewell Iron Nickel!

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today Farewell Iron Nickel! View post tag: USS Peleliu Authorities April 2, 2015 Share this article View post tag: Navy The U.S. Navy’s Pacific Fleet ceremoniously disembarked the amphibious assault ship USS Peleliu (LHA 5) for the final time during the ship’s decommissioning ceremony at Naval Base San Diego, March 31.USS Peleliu, or the “Iron Nickel”, was named after the Battle of Peleliu which took place from Sept. 15 to Nov. 27, 1944 in which 1,256 Marines gave their lives to take the island which was being held by the Imperial Japanese Army.During 34 years of service, Peleliu was homeported in both Long Beach and San Diego on the California coast as thousands of Sailors and Marines called the ship home. Capable of launching a coordinated air and sea attack from one platform, Peleliu conducted 17 deployments, 178,051 flight operations, served 57,983 personnel and steamed approximately 1,011,946 nautical miles since being commissioned May 3, 1980 in Pascagoula, Mississippi.After the decommissioning process is complete, Peleliu will be towed from San Diego to Hawaii to join the Navy’s reserve fleet. There, the last of its class amphibious assault ship will take its place alongside its sister ship and first in class, the ex-USS Tarawa (LHA 1).[mappress mapid=”15560″]Image: US Navycenter_img View post tag: Iron Nickel View post tag: Naval View post tag: americas Farewell Iron Nickel! View post tag: Decommissionlast_img read more

Clippers start slowly but eventually rout Detroit Pistons 113-91

first_imgFor Farmar, the 15 points were the most he has scored this season. From late in the first quarter to early in the second, he scored 10 consecutive points for the Clippers, who went from trailing 27-26 to leading 36-32. Then, with 5:08 left in the half, his 19-footer gave Los Angeles a 47-36 lead. It was Farmer’s best game for this team, and not just because of his offense.“He was great,” Rivers said. “I’ve been on him, probably riding him harder than anybody right now because I think he has that in him. And forget the offense. I just thought that Jordan Farmar got into the ball, picked the ball up fullcourt, turned the ball and I thought that turned his energy on.“That’s what I’ve been on him about. I tell him, ‘You’re going to play 20 minutes, no reason to save it.’ And if you do like that, you’ll play more. And I thought he was great. I thought his defense changed the game.”Farmar was stoked.“Just trying to be aggressive, man, and got some good opportunities; the shots went down for me,” said Farmar, who made his first five shots. “Trying to make some plays for myself, for my teammates. We needed some energy. We started off a little slow, so just trying to be a spark plug.”Farmar was asked if Rivers getting on him helped.“Nah, nah, that don’t help me,” he said, smiling slightly. “I’m going to be honest. I’m going to try to continue to play like this.”Farmar also had five assists.Detroit (5-20) got 18 points and 13 rebounds from Andre Drummond and 20 points off the bench from Jodie Meeks.Even though the Clippers snapped their mini two-game losing streak, their slow start was not lost on Jordan.“I think once they made their run, we still came out flat,” he said. “We cannot get complacent with our team. We have got to be able to play 48 minutes worth of basketball.”Redick made his first five shots and finished 7 of 9 from the field. But he did not make a 3-pointer, snapping his streak of 29 games where he made at least one. The franchise record is 30 by Barnes. Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy bemoaned his team’s lack of defense.“We quit getting stops, so we could not run,” he said. “I thought the pace was fine, but we just did not get any stops after that. (The Clippers) shot the ball very well, moved the ball very well, and we could not keep up.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The Clippers on Monday night entered their game against Detroit having lost the last two games of their three-game road trip at Washington and Milwaukee. That alone should have been enough motivation to come out strong against the Pistons.Coach Doc Rivers scoffed at that prior to tipoff.“If you need that to motivate a team, your team’s not very good,” Rivers said.Detroit, which had won two games in succession — on the road at Phoenix and Sacramento — started quickly and built a nine-point first-quarter lead. Undaunted, the Clippers pulled it together and routed the Pistons 113-91 before a sellout crowd of 19,060 at Staples Center.center_img The Clippers (17-7), who had won nine consecutive games before the two losses, have won 10 of 12. They led 29-27 after one quarter, 55-44 at halftime and 86-63 heading into the fourth quarter. The Clippers led by as many as 27 points at 90-63 early in the fourth.Blake Griffin led the Clippers with 18 points. He moved past Danny Manning into fifth-place on the franchise scoring list with 7,122 points; Manning had 7,120. Griffin surpassed Manning on a 3-pointer late in the third quarter.“He was a great player for the Clippers and everything,” Griffin said, “but I’m not really here to do those kind of things. I honestly didn’t even know. Our main focus is on these games, to be honest.”DeAndre Jordan had 16 points and 15 rebounds, Jordan Farmar scored 15 off the bench, J.J. Redick had 14 points, Chris Paul scored 11 and doled out eight assists and Matt Barnes had 10 points. Four of Barnes’ points came with 4:58 to play in the third quarter when he made a 3-pointer, was fouled and made the free throw for Los Angeles’ first 20-point lead of the game at 73-53.The Clippers shot 53.8 percent from the field, 50 percent (12 of 24) from 3-point range. Detroit shot 42.4 percent.last_img read more