Thursday, August 4, 2016

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To All
I hope that you all had a great weekend. This is a Bubba Breakfast Friday in San Diego

This Day In Naval History - August 1
1801 - U.S. schooner Enterprise captures Tripolitan ship Tripoli
1921 - Successful tests of gyroscopic high level bombsight (Norden
Bombsight) at Torpedo Station, Yorktown, VA. Carl Norden developed the bombsight for the Bureau of Ordnance.
1946 - Office of Naval Research established
1950 - Control of Guam transferred to Department of Interior
1958 - USS Nautilus (SSN-571) submerges under Arctic ice cap near Point Barrow
Monday Morning Humor from Al
Editor's Note:  For my Democratic  friends, don't hate me; I seek humor as I find it.  The Republicans came under fire last week.  For my Independent friends, there will be no political jokes next week, except what the candidates generate themselves.

     Democrats are funny.  They built a big security wall around their convention and required photo identification to get in so they can safely condemn Republicans for wanting to build a security wall for the country and require photo ID to vote.

Weather Report:  It was so hot at the DNC convention in Philadelphia that even Hillary was sticking to her story.

     A union boss walks into a bar next door to the factory and is about to order a drink to celebrate Clinton's nomination when he sees a guy close by wearing a 'Trump for President' button and two beers in front of him. He doesn't have to be an Einstein to know that this guy is a Republican. So, he shouts over to the bartender so loudly that everyone can hear, "Drinks for everyone in here, bartender, but not for the Republican."
     Soon after the drinks have been handed out, the Republican gives him a big smile, waves at him, then says, "Thank you!" in an equally loud voice. This infuriates the union boss.
     So the union boss once again loudly orders drinks for everyone except the Republican. As before, this does not seem to bother the Republican. He continues to smile, and again yells, "Thank you!"
     So just to make his point one more time, the union boss once again loudly orders drinks for everyone except the Republican. But, as before, this does not seem to bother the Republican. He continues to smile, and again yells, "Thank you!"
     Frustrated, the union boss asks the bartender, "What the #*!! is the matter with that Republican? I've ordered three rounds of drinks for everyone in the bar but him, and all the silly @$$ does is smile and thank me. Is he nuts?"
     "Nope," replies the bartender. "He owns the place."

     Hillary was finishing up a day on the campaign trail when the devil suddenly appeared in her and made her an offer.  "I am here to make you a deal," the devil says. "I will give you unlimited wealth, power, and a media that will pander to your every whim. In return, all I ask for is your soul, the souls of every member of your family, and the souls of all your constituents."
     Hillary ponders for a moment and then asks, "Unlimited wealth and power?"
     "Completely unlimited," the devil confirms.
     "A pandering media?" she asked.
     "They'll fall over themselves to support you, no matter what you do or say," the devil assured.
     "And you want my soul, my family's souls, and the souls of my constituents?" she asks.
     "Yes. All of them," says the devil.
     Hillary thinks deeply about it, then finally says, "So…what's the catch?"

     The Heckler, a comedy website owned by TBS, posted a video of cackling Hillary Clinton with hyenas shrieking  in the background. In response to hysterical complaints, TBS quickly pulled the offending video and offered up a craven apology for having created it.
     There is no word yet on whether or not the hyenas have accepted the apology.

Rejected Hillary Clinton Campaign Slogans:
For Real This Time, Guys...It's MY Turn! 
A Record of Honesty and Integrity...As Far As You Know. 
Let's Keep the Middle Class from Disappearing, Like All My Old E-Mails. 
Hope, Change, and Pantsuits. 
You Want a Strong Foundation?  Look at the Width of These Friggin' Thighs!
I'm Not Joe Biden.
I'll Rid America of its Problems Faster than My Emails! 
As a Woman, I'll Make Less and Pass the Savings on to You! 
Let Me Prove that Women Can Wreck More than Cars! 
If You Have Any Doubts About Whether I'm a Smart Choice, Please Refer to My Sensible Pantsuit! 
Let's See How Many Times I Can Get Republicans to Say "BENGHAZI!" 
I Won't Bother You With Emails, Because I Don't Know How to Use It. 
When I'm President, the State of the Union Will Be Strong...unlike the State of the Union I Have with My Husband. 
Hillary, Feel the Chill!

Donald leans over, and with a smile on his face, says, "The media is really tearing you apart for that scandal."
Hillary: "You mean my lying about Benghazi?"
Trump: "No, the other one."
Hillary: "You mean the massive voter fraud?"
Trump: "No, the other one."
Hillary: "You mean the military not getting their votes counted?"
Trump: "No, the other one."
Hillary: "Using my secret private server with classified material to hide my activities?"
Trump: "No, the other one."
Hillary: "The NSA monitoring our phone calls, emails and everything else?"
Trump: "No, the other one."
Hillary: "Using the Clinton Foundation as a cover for tax evasion, hiring cronies, and taking bribes from foreign countries?
Trump: "No, the other one."
Hillary: "You mean the drones being operated in our own country without the benefit of the law?"
Trump: "No, the other one."
Hillary: "Giving 123 Technologies $300 Million, and right afterward it declared bankruptcy and was sold to the Chinese?"
Trump: "No, the other one."
Hillary: "You mean arming the Muslim Brotherhood and hiring them in the White House?"
Trump: "No, the other one."
Hillary: "Whitewater, Watergate committee, Vince Foster, commodity deals?"
Trump: "No the other one:"
Hillary: "The IRS targeting conservatives?"
Trump: "No the other one:"
Hillary: "Turning Libya into chaos?"
Trump: "No the other one:"
Hillary: "Trashing Mubarak, one of our few Muslim friends?"
Trump: "No the other one:"
Hillary: "Turning our backs on Israel?"
Trump: "No the other one:"
Hillary: "The joke Iran Nuke deal?"
Trump: "No the other one:"
Hillary: "Leaving Iraq in chaos?"
Trump: "No, the other one."
Hillary: "The DOJ spying on the press?"
Trump: "No, the other one."
Hillary: "You mean HHS Secretary Sibelius shaking down health insurance executives?"
Trump: "No, the other one."
Hillary: "Giving our cronies in SOLYNDRA $500 MILLION DOLLARS and 3 months later they declared bankruptcy and then the Chinese bought it?"
Trump: "No, the other one."
Hillary: "The NSA monitoring citizens'?"
Trump: "No, the other one."
Hillary: "The State Department interfering with an Inspector General investigation on departmental sexual misconduct?"
Trump: "No, the other one."
Hillary: "Me, The IRS, Clapper and Holder all lying to Congress?"
Trump: "No, the other one."
Hillary: "Threats to all of Bill's former mistresses to keep them quiet"
Trump: "No, the other one."
Hillary: "I give up! … Oh wait, I think I've got it! When I stole the White House furniture, silverware and china when Bill left Office?"
Trump: "THAT'S IT! I almost forgot about that one."

Jimmy Fallon on the Tonight Show:
The Clinton campaign promised she would have a 'crackerjack' staff. Fitting, when it's filled with nuts and disappointing surprises.
Did you hear the latest? They rigged it so Hillary would catch all the Pokemon.
By the end, everyone was chanting, 'I'm with her.' Unfortunately for Hillary Clinton, it was for Michelle Obama.
Boyz II Men opened up the Democratic Convention yesterday performing their hit "Motown Philly." Then they closed it out with Bernie Sanders singing "It's so Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday."
People were even more shocked to find out there were 20,000 emails Hillary hadn't deleted yet.

Conan O'Brien:
Ms. Clinton's main job this week is to divert attention from the leaked emails involving Ms. Wasserman Schultz.  Hillary is expected to begin her speech with a rousing "Hey look! There's a Pokemon!"
Hillary Clinton's new campaign slogan is 'Stronger Together' which replaces her old slogan, '&0%%@^^!+, It's My Turn!'

Stephen Colbert:
Wow, it is rare when the comedian heckles the audience. I love Sarah and I'm glad she said something, because the Bernie supporters are known to respond positively to strong, independent women.
Finally a chance for Hillary Clinton to prove to the Bernie delegates that she's not a puppet of the big banks.  And what better place than the Wells Fargo arena?

Jimmy Kimmel:
Every time Hillary Clinton's name was mentioned, there were boos from the Sanders supporters. Some of the people aren't aware that Bernie passed away six weeks ago.
Bill Clinton was the major speaker of the evening. Of course, he strongly supported his wife to be president. And in a surprise move, he asked Melania Trump to be his first lady.
Hillary Clinton became the first woman to be nominated by a major party in the United States, which even if she doesn't win is going to look great on her resume.

Seth Meyers:
When Democrats held the roll call vote to formally elect Hillary Clinton as their party's nominee, delegates had the option of voting either "no" or "ugh, fine."
Tim Kaine was so excited to be nominated he couldn't fall asleep until 9:30.  The only way Hillary could have been safer is if she'd picked a Volvo wearing a bike helmet.
Hillary found Kaine while searching a stock photo database for 'white businessman.'

Have a great week,
The year was 1955, ONLY 61 YEARS AGO! Did you hear the post office is thinking aboutcharging 7 cents just to mail a letter? If they raise the minimum wage to $1.00,nobody will be able to hire outside help at the store.
When I first started driving, who would have thought gas would someday cost 25 cents a gallon?  Guess we'd be betteroff leaving the car in the garage.
Did you see where some baseball player just signed a contract for $50,000 a yearjust to play ball? It wouldn't surprise me ifsomeday they'll be making more than thePresident.
I never thought I'd see the day all our kitchen appliances would be electric.They're even making electric typewriters now.
It's too bad things are so tough nowadays. I see where a few married women are havingto work to make ends meet.
It won't be long before young couples are going to have to hire someone to watchtheir kids so they can both work.
I'm afraid the Volkswagen car is going to open the door to a whole lot of foreign business.
Thank goodness I won't live to see theday when the Government  takes halfour income in taxes. I sometimes wonderif we are electing the best people to  government.
The fast food restaurant is convenient for a quick meal, but I seriously doubtthey will ever catch on.
There is no sense going on short tripsany more for a weekend. It costs nearly $2.00 a night to stay in a hotel.
No one can afford to be sick anymore.At $15.00 a day in the hospital, it's too rich for my blood.
If they think I'll pay 30 cents  for a haircut,forget it.
Thanks to Dutch and Ted
: APOLLO 11 LANDING ANNIVERSARY  + SpaceX DRAGON Arrives at ISS this morni..
We were VERY disappointed with the Florida delegate during the Republican National Convention Roll Call last night on the EVE OF APOLLO 11's MOON LANDING.  He mentioned everything Florida -  EXCEPT our Space Program – who the heck do they think launches those satellites and from where that make America SAFE!  Even Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions  proudly mentioned "that Alabama is home of the Saturn V rocket that sent us to the Moon".
ALSO this morning from www.spaceflightnow.com07:09 Today's arrival marks the ninth time a Dragon spacecraft has reached the space station, the 86th unmanned cargo ship to arrive at the complex, and the 173rd overall mission to reach the outpost.  07:02 The next step this morning will be to move Dragon to an Earth-facing berthing port on the space station's Harmony module in the next few hours.  07:01 Capture confirmed. Astronaut Jeff Williams grappled Dragon at 6:56 a.m. EDT (1056 GMT) as the space station flew about 250 miles above the Great Lakes.
On July 20, 1969, American astronauts Neil Armstrong (1930-2012) and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin (1930-) became the first humans ever to land on the moon. About six-and-a-half hours later, Armstrong became the first person to walk on the moon. As he set took his first step, Armstrong famously said, "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind." The Apollo 11 mission occurred eight years after President John Kennedy (1917-63) announced a national goal of landing a man on the moon by the end of the 1960s. Apollo 17, the final manned moon mission, took place in 1972.
Apollo Program: Background
The American effort to send astronauts to the moon had its origins in an appeal President John Kennedy made to a special joint session of Congress on May 25, 1961: "I believe this nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to Earth." At the time, the United States was still trailing the Soviet Union in space developments, and Cold War-era America welcomed Kennedy's bold proposalThe "Address at Rice University on the Nation's Space Effort", or better known simply as the "We choose to go to the moon" speech, was delivered by U.S. President John F. Kennedy in front of a large crowd gathered at Rice Stadium in Houston, Texas on September 12, 1962. It was one of Kennedy's earlier speeches meant to persuade the American people to support the national effort to land a man on the Moon and return him safely to the Earth.
"We set sail on this new sea because there is new knowledge to be gained, and new rights to be won, and they must be won and used for the progress of all people. For space science, like nuclear science and all technology, has no conscience of its own. Whether it will become a force for good or ill depends on man, and only if the United States occupies a position of pre-eminence can we help decide whether this new ocean will be a sea of peace or a new terrifying theater of war. I do not say that we should or will go unprotected against the hostile misuse of space any more than we go unprotected against the hostile use of land or sea, but I do say that space can be explored and mastered without feeding the fires of war, without repeating the mistakes that man has made in extending his writ around this globe of ours.
There is no strife, no prejudice, no national conflict in outer space as yet. Its hazards are hostile to us all. Its conquest deserves the best of all mankind, and its opportunity for peaceful cooperation may never come again. But why, some say, the Moon? Why choose this as our goal? And they may well ask, why climb the highest mountain? Why, 35 years ago, fly the Atlantic? Why does Rice play Texas?
We choose to go to the Moon! ..We choose to go to the Moon in this decade and do the other things,[7] not because they are easy, but because they are hard; because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one we intend to win ..."
Did You Know?
President Richard Nixon spoke with Armstrong and Aldrin via a telephone radio transmission shortly after they planted the American flag on the lunar surface. Nixon considered it the "most historic phone call ever made from the White House."
Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) conducted the first unmanned Apollo mission, testing the structural integrity of the proposed launch vehicle and spacecraft combination. Then, on January 27, 1967, tragedy struck at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, when a fire broke out during a manned launch-pad test of the Apollo spacecraft and Saturn rocket. Three astronauts were killed in the fire.
Despite the setback, NASA and its thousands of employees forged ahead, and in October 1968 Apollo 7, the first manned Apollo mission, orbited Earth and successfully tested many of the sophisticated systems needed to conduct a moon journey and landing. In December of the same year, Apollo 8 took three astronauts to the dark side of the moon and back, and in March 1969 Apollo 9 tested the lunar module for the first time while in Earth orbit. That May, the three astronauts of Apollo 10 took the first complete Apollo spacecraft around the moon in a dry run for the scheduled July landing mission.
Apollo 11 Mission: July 16-July 24, 1969
At 9:32 a.m. EDT on July 16, with the world watching, Apollo 11 took off from Kennedy Space Center with astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins aboard. Armstrong, a 38-year-old civilian research pilot, was the commander of the mission.
Apollo 11 was the first spaceflight that landed humans on the Moon. Americans Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed on July 20, 1969, at 20:18 UTC. Armstrong became the first to step onto the lunar surface six hours later on July 21 at 02:56:15 UTC; Aldrin joined him about 20 minutes later. They spent about two and a quarter hours together outside the spacecraft, and collected 47.5 pounds (21.5 kg) of lunar material for return to Earth. The third crew member, Michael Collins, piloted the Command Module Columbia alone in lunar orbit while they were on the Moon's surface. Armstrong and Aldrin spent just under a day on the lunar surface before rendezvousing with Columbia in lunar orbit.
After traveling 240,000 miles in 76 hours, Apollo 11 entered into a lunar orbit on July 19. The next day, at 1:46 p.m., the lunar module Eagle, manned by Armstrong and Aldrin, separated from the command module, where Collins remained. Two hours later, the Eagle began its descent to the lunar surface, and at 4:17 p.m. the craft touched down on the southwestern edge of the Sea of Tranquility. Armstrong immediately radioed to Mission Control in Houston, Texas, a now-famous message: "The Eagle has landed."
At 10:39 p.m., five hours ahead of the original schedule, Armstrong opened the hatch of the lunar module. As he made his way down the module's ladder, a television camera attached to the craft recorded his progress and beamed the signal back to Earth, where hundreds of millions watched in great anticipation. At 10:56 p.m., as Armstrong stepped off the ladder and planted his foot on the moon's powdery surface, he spoke his famous quote, which he later contended was slightly garbled by his microphone and meant to be "that's one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind."
Aldrin joined him on the moon's surface 19 minutes later, and together they took photographs of the terrain, planted a U.S. flag, ran a few simple scientific tests and spoke with President Richard Nixon (1913-94) via Houston. By 1:11 a.m. on July 21, both astronauts were back in the lunar module and the hatch was closed. The two men slept that night on the surface of the moon, and at 1:54 p.m. the Eagle began its ascent back to the command module. Among the items left on the surface of the moon was a plaque that read: "Here men from the planet Earth first set foot on the moon–July 1969 A.D–We came in peace for all mankind."
At 5:35 p.m., Armstrong and Aldrin successfully docked and rejoined Collins, and at 12:56 a.m. on July 22 Apollo 11 began its journey home, safely splashing down in the Pacific Ocean at 12:50 p.m. on July 24.
Apollo Program: Final Missions
There would be five more successful lunar landing missions, and one unplanned lunar swing-by, Apollo 13 (whose lunar landing was aborted due to technical difficulties). The last men to walk on the moon, astronauts Eugene Cernan (1934-) and Harrison Schmitt (1935-) of the Apollo 17 mission, left the lunar surface on December 14, 1972. The Apollo program was a costly and labor intensive endeavor, involving an estimated 400,000 engineers, technicians and scientists, and costing $24 billion (close to $100 billion in today's dollars).  
Broadcast on live TV to a world-wide audience, Armstrong stepped onto the lunar surface and described the event as "one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind." Apollo 11 effectively ended the Space Race and fulfilled a national goal proposed in 1961 by the U.S. President John F. Kennedy in a speech before the U.S. Congress: "before this decade is out, of landing a man on the Moon and returning him safely to the Earth."
CURRENT LOCATION (from Wikipedia)
The Command Module is displayed at the National Air and Space Museum, Washington, D.C. It is in the central Milestones of Flight exhibition hall in front of the Jefferson Drive entrance, sharing the main hall with other pioneering flight vehicles such as the Wright Flyer, the Spirit of St. Louis, the Bell X-1, the North American X-15, Mercury spacecraft Friendship 7, and Gemini 4. Armstrong's and Aldrin's space suits are displayed in the museum's Apollo to the Moon exhibit. The quarantine trailer, the flotation collar, and the righting spheres are displayed at the Smithsonian's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center annex near Washington Dulles International Airport in Virginia.
In 2009, the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) imaged the various Apollo landing sites on the surface of the Moon, for the first time with sufficient resolution to see the descent stages of the lunar modules, scientific instruments, and foot trails made by the astronauts.
In March 2012 Amazon founder Jeff Bezos located the F-1 engines that launched Apollo 11 into space. The engines were found below the Atlantic Ocean's surface through the use of advanced sonar scanning. His team brought at least one of the five engines to the surface.[68] In July 2013, it was confirmed through serial numbers (2044) that F-1 engine parts brought up from the depths of the Atlantic Ocean were from the Apollo 11 launch.
The "Address at Rice University on the Nation's Space Effort", or better known simply as the "We choose to go to the moon" speech, was delivered by U.S. President John F. Kennedy in front of a large crowd gathered at Rice Stadium in Houston, Texas on September 12, 1962. It was one of Kennedy's earlier speeches meant to persuade the American people to support the national effort to land a man on the Moon and return him safely to the Earth.
Thanks to Bill
U.S. Navy To Produce More Of Its Deadly Mark 48 Heavyweight Submarine Torpedo
Russia's Powerful New Submarines Lead Russian Navy's 'Pivot to Asia' (Russia)
U.S. Navy To Produce More Of Its Deadly Mark 48 Heavyweight Submarine Torpedo
By Arhur Dominic Villasanta,, 30 July
The U.S. Navy will re-start production of its long-lived Mark 48 heavyweight submarine torpedo to build a newer and more modular version of this already excellent weapon.
The 45 year-old Mark 48 torpedo arms all U.S. Navy submarines but was recently upgraded to sink deep-diving submarines and high performance surface warships of the Chinese and Russian navies.
This huge, wire-guided torpedo weighing 1,600 kilograms has the unique ability to circle around and again attack a surface warship it failed to hit on its first try. The torpedo is nicknamed "the keel buster" because its warhead is designed to explode beneath the keel of an enemy ship, thereby breaking its back and sinking it more quickly.
The newest version of the torpedo, the Mk-48 Mod 7 Common Broadband Advanced Sonar System (CBASS), is optimized for both the deep and littoral waters and has advanced counter-countermeasure capabilities.
The modular Mod 7 increases sonar bandwidth, enabling it to transmit and receive pings over a wider frequency band. It takes advantage of broadband signal processing techniques to greatly improve search, acquisition and attack effectiveness.
More important, the version is a lot more resistant to Chinese or Russian countermeasures.
Lockheed Martin, which developed the new version of the Mk-48 in 2011, will also be in charge of the production re-start.  Under the terms of the contract, Lockheed Martin will deliver 20 Mod 7 CBASS kits to the Navy every month.
The company expects selling some 250 torpedoes to the Navy over the next five years. There are some 760 Mk-48 torpedoes in the U.S. Navy's inventory.
The Mod 7 can deliver a 290 kg high explosive warhead at an enemy surface ship out to a maximum range of 38 kilometers at a speed of 102 km/h. It can also destroy enemy submarines hiding at a depth of 800 meters.
The Mk-48, which is 5.8 meters long, arms all U.S. Navy submarines, including Ohio-class ballistic missile submarines and Seawolf-, Los Angeles-, and Virginia-class attack submarines. It is also used by Canadian, Australian and Dutch submarines.
Item Number:1 Date: 08/01/2016 AFGHANISTAN - POWER KNOCKED OUT IN KABUL TALIBAN ATTACK (AUG 01/WP)  WASHINGTON POST -- A massive explosion on Monday has temporarily caused a power blackout on Monday in the capital of Afghanistan, reports the Washington Post.   The Taliban claimed responsibility for the explosion near a compound in Kabul used to house foreign contractors, according to the BBC.   Security officials said a suicide truck bomb was detonated outside the gate of the North Gate Hotel Monday morning. Two gunmen then stormed inside, said a police official.   Another account said the facility had not been breached.   Two attackers and a policeman were killed in a lengthy gun battle, said police. Three other officers were injured.   The Taliban claimed its fighters had killed and wounded more than 100 foreigners. The BBC said there were no reports of injuries among the staff and guests of the hotel.  
  Item Number:2 Date: 08/01/2016 ARMENIA - YEREVAN POLICE STATION STANDOFF ENDS AFTER 2 WEEKS; GUNMEN SURRENDER (AUG 01/ALJAZ)  AL JAZEERA -- A two-week siege in Armenia's capital is over.   All the armed men who seized a police station in Yerevan on July 17 surrendered on Sunday, reports Al Jazeera (Qatar).   Twenty people were arrested, according to Armenia's security services.   When the gunmen stormed the police station two weeks ago, they killed one police officer and wounding several. Four police officers were held hostage for a week before being released.   Four members of an ambulance crew were later taken hostage before being freed on Saturday.   The attackers demanded the release of a jailed opposition leader and the resignation of President Serzh Sargsyan.   There was gunfire on Friday between the police and the gunmen, leaving three of the armed men injured and one police officer dead, reported the BBC
  Item Number:3 Date: 08/01/2016 BELGIUM - MAN FACES CHARGES OVER TERROR PLOT; BROTHER RELEASED (AUG 01/USA)  USA TODAY -- Belgian prosecutors have charged a man over an alleged terrorist plot, reports USA Today.   Federal prosecutors said two brothers, identified as Nourredine H. and Hamza H., were detained on Friday during house searches in the city of Liege in the Mons region, reported Reuters.   According to several accounts, the police searched seven houses, but no weapons or explosives were found.   Public broadcaster RTBF said Nourredine had reportedly helped others travel to Syria to fight and was looking for weapons. That apparently prompted the search.   On Saturday, a judge charged Norredine with an "attempt of committing a terrorist murder and participation in the activities of a terrorist organization," said prosecutors cited by the Wall Street Journal. His brother was released without charge.   The case is not connected to the March terrorist attacks in Brussels or recent attacks in France, said officials.  
  Item Number:4 Date: 08/01/2016 CHINA - DURING AFRICAN VISIT, CHINESE GENERAL ANNOUNCES NEW ANTI-PIRACY EFFORTS IN GULF OF GUINEA (AUG 01/XIN)  XINHUA -- Beijing plans to send Chinese troops to help West African countries battle piracy in the Gulf of Guinea, says a senior Chinese officer visiting Togo, as reported by Xinhua, China's state news agency.   The Chinese personnel will help the coastal nations in the region build the necessary infrastructure to fight piracy and improve navigation safety, said Maj. Gen. Qian Lihu at a July 28 meeting on African peace and stability in Lome.   The international community should help strengthen regional capabilities through training, allocating more resources to anti-piracy and expanding development aid, the general said
Item Number:5 Date: 08/01/2016 INDIA - HAL FLIES MODERNIZED MIRAGE 2000 (AUG 01/HAL)  HINDUSTAN AERONAUTICS LIMITED -- India's state-owned aerospace and defense company Hindustan Aeronautics (HAL) says it has conducted the first flight of the final operational configuration (FOC) of upgraded Indian air force Mirage 2000 fighters.   The modernized jet flew for the first time on July 28, as contracted, the company said.   The FOC configuration was implemented on an aircraft that had received the initial operational configuration, said a HAL spokesman.   The final design integrates Indian-specific weapons, sensors and electronic warfare system. It also provides additional air-to-ground, training and helmet-mounted display capabilities
  Item Number:6 Date: 08/01/2016 IRAQ - MILITANTS HIT OIL FIELD, GAS FACILITY NEAR KIRKUK (AUG 01/CNN)  CABLE NEWS NETWORK -- Two energy facilities in northern Iraq came under attack over the weekend.   The Islamic State terrorist group claimed responsibility for an attack on Sunday against an oil field, reports CNN.   Four militants apparently wearing suicide vests stormed the Bai Hassan oilfield northwest of Kirkuk on Sunday, said a senior security source.   One of the attacks blew himself up. The others were killed by security forces, the source told CNN.   Four hostages were taken but safely freed, the source said. Five Kurdish soldiers and one oil worker were injured, according to Bloomberg.   Fires were reported at the oil storage tanks of the facility.   Meanwhile, also on Sunday, gunman attacked an energy facility in the Bajwan area in northwestern Kirkuk, killing four.   The attackers reportedly fled after being pushed back by security forces. They were said to have planted several bombs. The attackers were on motorbikes, reported AFP.   There was no immediate claim of responsibility for that attack.  
Item Number:7 Date: 08/01/2016 ISRAEL - U.S. MARINES, ISRAELI COMMANDOS TRAIN TOGETHER ON URBAN WARFARE, COUNTERTERRORISM (AUG 01/TOI)  TIMES OF ISRAEL -- Elite Israeli naval commandos and U.S. Marines recently conducted a joint exercise in the Negev Desert aimed at combating terrorism, reports the Times of Israel.   The Noble Shirley drills involved Israeli ground, air and naval units and focused on urban combat and counterterrorism tactics.   The Israelis reportedly demonstrated their counterterrorism tactics to Marines that would be employed in the campaign against the Islamic State and other militant groups in the Middle East, said Israel's Channel 2 TV station.   The training involved Israel's elite Shayetet 13 naval unit and a Marine Corps Battalion Landing Team, 6th Marine Regiment, and the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit, according to the televised account.   The exercise included the joint U.S.-Israeli missile defense systems, including the David's Sling interceptor system.  
  Item Number:8 Date: 08/01/2016 JAPAN - TOKYO IN LINE FOR ANOTHER ADVANCED HAWKEYE AIRCRAFT (AUG 01/DOD)  DEPT. OF DEFENSE -- The U.S. Navy has awarded Northrop Grumman a contract modification for an airborne warning and control system (AWACS) aircraft for Japan, reports the Dept. of Defense.   The US$164 million modification covers a single E-2D Advanced Hawkeye configured for Japanese service, said a Pentagon release on Thursday.   Work under the contract is scheduled to be completed in March 2018.   Japan ordered four Advanced Hawkeyes and related services from the U.S. government under a potential US$1.7 billion Foreign Military Sales deal approved by the State Dept. in June 2015, reported  
Item Number:9 Date: 08/01/2016 MALAYSIA - ARMY, POLICE GET NEW POWERS AS NEW SECURITY MEASURES TAKE EFFECT (AUG 01/ALJAZ)  AL JAZEERA -- Strict, new security laws are now in effect in Malaysia, reports Al Jazeera (Qatar).   Prime Minister Najib Razak pushed the law through the Parliament in December, giving him stronger police powers, noted CNBC.   The National Security Council Act that took effect on Monday essentially declares martial law in areas deemed to be under a security threat.   Under the new measure, a new national security council headed by the prime minister is authorized to suspend civil liberties in designated "security areas."   The law could be used to prevent protests and target the opposition, say critics.   The prime minister has been embroiled in a scandal over funds allegedly funneled from a government investment fund
  Item Number:10 Date: 08/01/2016 ROMANIA - 2,700 FROM 10 NATIONS TAKE PART IN SABER GUARDIAN DRILLS IN CINCU (AUG 01/ANS)  ARMY NEWS SERVICE -- The Romanian military is hosting a multinational exercise at its Land Force Combat Training Center in Cincu in the central part of the country, reports the Army News Service.   Saber Guardian, co-hosted by Romania and U.S. Army Europe, is designed to boost regional stability and security and enhance interoperability.   The drills, which began July 27 and run through Aug. 7, feature a collective defense scenario with command post, field and live-fire exercises.   The training uses the U.S. Army's concept of using active, Reserve and National Guard forces together to maximize their combined capabilities, officials said.   Taking part are more than 2,700 troops from five NATO nations and five from states of the Partnership for Peace.   Computer simulations are connected to training centers in Bulgaria and Ukraine, noted the Romanian ACTMedia
  Item Number:11 Date: 08/01/2016 RUSSIA - BIOLOGICAL WARFARE PERSONNEL IN SIBERIA AFTER ANTHRAX OUTBREAK HOSPITALIZES DOZENS, KILLS 1 (AUG 01/SIBTIMES)  SIBERIAN TIMES -- Russian biological warfare troops have been in northern Siberia for several days after a lethal outbreak of anthrax, reports the Siberian Times.   Warm temperatures are believed to have thawed a carcass from an animal that died from anthrax decades prior. Others theorize that the outbreak was caused by infected human remains from a local burial ground.   Up to 40 people have been placed under hospital observation. Officials in the region said the bacteria may be behind the deaths of 1,200 reindeer in the area.   Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu deployed specialists from the military's chemical, biological and radioactive protection corps to the regional capital of Salekhard. They arrived aboard an Il-76 aircraft on Sunday.   The troops were expected to perform laboratory tests and dispose of dead animals. The unit is equipped with military helicopters and off-road vehicles.   A state of emergency was declared and a mass vaccination of reindeer is also underway, reported CNN.   On Monday, at least eight people were confirmed to be suffering from anthrax. At least one boy died on Saturday from the disease
Item Number:12 Date: 08/01/2016 RUSSIA - KEEL LAID FOR ANOTHER MISSILE BOAT IN ST. PETERSBURG (AUG 01/INT-AVN)  INTERFAX-MILITARY NEWS AGENCY -- The Pella Shipyard in St. Petersburg has laid the keel for a new small missile ship for the Russian navy, reports Interfax-AVN.   Construction on the Shkval, the third vessel of the Project 22800 design, formally began, marked with a ceremony on Friday.   Yury Borisov, Russia's deputy defense minister, said the boat will be armed with eight Kalibr cruise missiles and Pantsyr-M air defense systems, according to Russia's PortNews.   Pella Shipyard is building eight of the ships under a contract with the Russian Defense Ministry.   The first ship in the class, the Uragan, is scheduled for commissioning in December 2017. The second ship, the Typhoon, will be commissioned in 2018.   The missile boats displace 800 metric tons and have a top speed of more than 30 knots.  
  Item Number:13 Date: 08/01/2016 RUSSIA - WORK BEGINS ON LATEST SEVERODVINSK-CLASS NUCLEAR-POWERED SUBMARINE (AUG 01/INT-AVN)  INTERFAX-MILITARY NEWS AGENCY -- The Sevmash Shipyard in Severodvinsk recently laid the keel for another Severodvinsk-class nuclear-powered attack submarine, reports Interfax-AVN.   Friday's ceremony marked the official start of construction on the Perm.   The boat is the sixth member of the Yasen-M class, a modernization of the lead Severodvinsk sub. The Severodvinsk is the only member of the class in service.   Four other Yasen-M boats are in various stages of construction.   Six subs in the class are due to be completed by 2020.  
  Item Number:14 Date: 08/01/2016 SOMALIA - AL-SHABAAB ATTACKS POLICE STATION IN CAPITAL WITH BOMBS, GUNS (AUG 01/DEWELLE)  DEUTSCHE WELLE -- Local Somali officials say that Al-Shabaab militants have attacked a police headquarters in Mogadishu, reports Deutsche Welle.   The casualty numbers reported have varied.   Militants detonated cars loaded with explosives at the gates of Somalia's Criminal Investigation Dept. on Sunday, said police. A group of five gunmen then attempted to storm the building.   All the gunmen were killed, said Somali security officials. Five civilians and a policeman were among the dead.   Reuters said four militants, five civilians and a soldier were killed.   Al-Shabaab claimed responsibility for the attack
Item Number:15 Date: 08/01/2016 SYRIA - GROUND FIRE BRINGS DOWN RUSSIAN HELICOPTER BRINGING AID TO ALEPPO; ALL 5 ABOARD DEAD (AUG 01/SPUTNIK)  SPUTNIK -- Five Russian military personnel have been killed after their helicopter was shot down in Syria on a humanitarian supply mission, reports Russia's Sputnik news agency, citing a statement from Russia's Defense Ministry.   The Mi-8 helicopter was went down Monday in the northwestern Syrian province of Idlib while making an aid delivery to Aleppo from Khmeimim air base, said the ministry.   Rebels hold much of the province   The helicopter was carrying three crew members and two officers from Russia's Reconciliation Center in Syria to the besieged city of Aleppo.   All five "died heroically because they were attempting to steer the machine to minimize the casualties on the ground," said a Kremlin spokesman, as cited by Russia's RT
Item Number:16 Date: 08/01/2016 SYRIA - REBELS TRY TO REOPEN ALEPPO SUPPLY ROUTES (AUG 01/REU)  REUTERS -- Syrian rebels within the besieged city of Aleppo have mounted a major offensive in an attempt to reopen supply lines, reports Reuters.   Last week, government forces cut off supply routes to the rebel-held areas of the city.   On Sunday night, rebels and other jihadist groups tried to break through a strip of government-held territory in the southwest to reconnect with rebel-controlled areas, reported the International Business Times.   A rebel military command center includes Jabhat Fatah al-Sham, which was previously Al-Qaida's Syrian arm, Nusra Front.   The center claimed to have taken over the army positions within the first few hours of the attack.   The Syrian army confirmed the rebel offensive, but said that the attackers had been pushed back.  
  Item Number:17 Date: 08/01/2016 TURKEY - 11 MEMBERS OF 'DEATH SQUAD' SAID TO BE IN CUSTODY; SOLDIERS CHARGED WITH TRYING TO KIDNAP PRESIDENT LAST MONTH (AUG 01/AFP)  AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE -- Turkish authorities say government troops have arrested 11 suspected commandos alleged to have taken part in a kidnap operation against the nation's president during an attempted coup last month, reports Agence France-Presse.   The renegade commandos were said to have been among a group that raided a hotel in the southwestern beach town of Marmaris, where President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was on holiday on July 15. Erdogan fled the complex before the attack, reported the Wall Street Journal.   An Interior Ministry official called those arrested members of a "death squad."   Villagers spotted the commandos in the Ula district of Mugla province during a boar hunt. Eleven were captured by Monday following a massive manhunt that included drones and helicopters, according to officials.   One soldier was still at large, said Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus. Thirty-seven are said to have taken part in the raid; 25 were previously arrested.  
  Item Number:18 Date: 08/01/2016 USA - 2ND U.S. AIRCRAFT CARRIER SHOULD BE STATIONED IN ASIA, SAYS REPORT (AUG 01/S&S)  STARS AND STRIPES -- A new report by an influential think tank in Washington, D.C., says the U.S. Navy should forward-base another aircraft carrier in the Asia-Pacific region, reports the Stars and Stripes.   A second carrier strike group would help counter China's growing assertiveness in the region, according to the report published by the Center for Strategic and International Studies. The report was commissioned by the U.S. Defense Dept.   "A larger demonstration of U.S. will and capability is necessary for deterrence and reassurance purposes," concludes the study. The Navy should consider the moves necessary to transfer another carrier group to the region, say its authors.   "There is a unique political opportunity to shift a carrier forward in 2019 because the U.S. fleet is scheduled to add the USS Gerald R. Ford, which will deploy to California and would therefore permit movement of an older carrier forward without decrementing home-ported U.S. carriers," the report says.   The Navy is in the process of rebalancing its deployment so that 60 percent of its forces are stationed in the Pacific.  
  Item Number:19 Date: 08/01/2016 USA - IN ROTATIONAL DEPLOYMENT, B-1S BOUND FOR GUAM FOR 1ST TIME IN A DECADE (AUG 01/AFT)  AIR FORCE TIMES -- For the first time in more than 10 years, the U.S. Air Force is sending its B-1B bombers to Guam in the Pacific, reports the Air Force Times.   The B-1Bs based at Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., will deploy to Andersen Air Force Base on Aug. 6 as part of the service's continuous bomber presence in the region, said an Air Force release.   The bombers were last deployed to the island in the Western Pacific in April 2006. They will replace B-52s from Minot AFB, N.D., now in Guam.   The B-1Bs have been active in air operations against the Islamic State terrorist group in Iraq and Syria and returned to the U.S. in January for maintenance and upgrades, said service officials
  Item Number:20 Date: 08/01/2016 USA - MARINE PILOT KILLED IN HORNET FIGHTER CRASH (AUG 01/MCT)  MARINE CORPS TIMES -- The U.S. Marine Corps is investigating last week's fatal crash of a fighter jet in California.   The pilot was killed Thursday night when his F/A-18C Hornet fighter crashed near Twentynine Palms, Calif., reports the Marine Corps Times.   The pilot was assigned to the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif.   The F/A-18 was in a dive preparing to drop ordnance on a simulated target when the aircraft broke apart in midair and erupted into a fireball, according to a Marine witness cited by the Washington Post.   The fighter was supporting a Marine infantry company participating in the air assault course training segment at the time.


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