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Rafael Nadal: US Open champion puts resurgence down to 'passion' for tennis

Rafael Nadal: US Open champion puts resurgence down to 'passion' for tennis

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Rafael Nadal put his remarkable resurgence down to his "love for the game" after claiming a 16th Grand Slam title at the US Open.The 31-year-old Spaniard beat South Africa's Kevin Anderson 6-3 6-3 6-4 to win his third title in New York.Following his French Open success in June, it is the first time since 2013 that Nadal has won two Slams in a year."I wake up every morning with the passion to go on court and to try to improve things," he said."I still want to compete and still feel the nerves every time that I go on court. While that keeps happening, I will be here."When some day arrives that I don't feel the nerves or that extra passion for the game that I feel, it will be the day to say, 'OK, I do another thing.'"I am 31, I'm not 25, but I still have the passion and the love for the game....
Navy to commission new destroyer USS Rafael Peralta

Navy to commission new destroyer USS Rafael Peralta

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July 29 (UPI) -- The Navy will commission the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS Rafael Peralta in a ceremony this morning at Naval Air Station North Island in San Diego.Commandant of the Marine Corps Gen. Robert Neller will be present to deliver the primary address and the mother of the ship's namesake, Ms. Rose Maria Peralta, will serve as its sponsor.The new destroyer is named for Marine Corps Sgt. Rafael Peralta, who was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross for heroism for protecting fellow Marines during the second Battle of Fallujah in Iraq. After being badly wounded by enemy gunfire during house-to-house fighting, Peralta covered an enemy grenade with his own body to absorb the blast and save the two Marines with him."During Operation Iraqi Freedom, Sgt. Peralta acted heroically and s...
Rafael unveils Drone Dome anti-drone system

Rafael unveils Drone Dome anti-drone system

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June 23 (UPI) -- A radar and laser beam system for detecting and destroying drones has been unveiled at the Paris Air Show by Israel's Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd.The system, called Drone Dome, has a range of up to several miles and causes minimal interruptions to other systems in nearby urban areas, the company said during at the Paris Air Show."The threat posed by drones and packs of drones is one of the most complex challenges confronting us," reserve Brig. Gen. Meir Ben Shaya, manager of Rafael's Business Development, Air division, told Globes. "We have seen ISIS and other groups using them and the entire world is looking for a solution.""We have taken the laser systems developed by Rafael and adapted them to cope with this threat, which is such a major challenge for defense sy...