Friday, September 30, 2016

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To All
I hope you all have a great weekend.
This Day in Naval History September 30
1800 - U.S. concludes treaty of peace with France, ending Quasi War with France.
1944 - USS Nautilus (SS-168) lands supplies and evacuates some people from Panay, Philippine Islands.
1946 - U.S. Government announces that U.S. Navy units would be permanently stationed in the Mediterranean to carry out American policy and diplomacy.
1954 - Commissioning at Groton, CT, of USS Nautilus (SSN-571), the world's first nuclear-powered ship
1958 - Marines leave Lebanon.
1959 - Last flight of airships assigned to the Naval Air Reserve at Lakehurst, NJ takes place
1968 - Battleship New Jersey arrives off Vietnam
This Day in Naval History - October 1
1800 - U.S. Schooner Experiment captures French Schooner Diana.
1844: The Naval Observatory, headed by Lt. Matthew F. Maury, occupies its first permanent quarters in the Foggy Bottom district of Washington, D.C. before it moves nearly 50 years later to its present location north of Georgetown.
1874 - Supply Corps purser, LT J. Q. Barton, given leave to enter service of new Japanese Navy to organize a Pay Department and instruct Japanese about accounts. He served until 1 October 1877 when he again became a purser in the U.S. Navy. In 1878, the Emperor of Japan conferred on him the Fourth Class of Rising Sun for his service.
1880 - John Phillip Sousa becomes leader of Marine Corps Band
1928 - First class at school for enlisted Navy and Marine Corps Radio intercept operators (The "On the roof gang")
1937 - Patrol aviation transferred to Aircraft Scouting Force, a reestablished type command. With change five patrol wings were established as separate administrative command over their squadrons.
1946 - Truculent Turtle lands at Columbus, Ohio, breaking world's record for distance without refueling with flight of 11,235 miles.
1949 - Military Sea Transportation Service activated.
1955 - Commissioning of USS Forrestal (CVA-59), first of postwar supercarriers
1979 - President Jimmy Carter awards the Congressional Space Medal of Honor to former naval aviators Neil Armstrong, CAPT Charles Conrad, Jr., USN (Ret.), COL John Glenn, USMC (Ret.), and RADM Alan Shepard, Jr., USN (Ret.)
1980 - USS Cochrane (DDG-21) rescues 104 Vietnamese refugees 620 miles east of Saigon
1990 - USS Independence (CV-62) enters Persian Gulf (first carrier in Persian Gulf since 1974)
This Day in Naval History - October 2
1799 - Establishment of Washington Navy Yard
1939 - Foreign ministers of countries of the Western Hemisphere agree to
establish a neutrality zone around the Atlantic and Pacific coasts of North
and South America to be enforced by the U. S. Navy
Arnold Palmer was a real gentleman and the only athlete I ever really idolized. I had Arnold Palmer shotmaker golf clubs and learned to play by reading all his books and watching him on TV. His comebacks on the last few holes of major tournaments were legendary and you could never count him out. I was very sorry to learn of his passing and this is the first note that talks about him worthy of sharing.
Thanks to Rowan – neat!!
My meeting the King and getting his autograph Avenel as I held his can of Bud. He signed with slow penmanship right where it needed to go.
On Sep 30, 2016, at 7:48 AM, Dutch R <> wrote:
Thanks to Bud -
Finally, a lifting message:
The King was born 87 years ago Sept 10th (1929). There's no
record what Arnold Palmer weighed at birth, but there is no
doubt he became one of America's true heavyweight sports
figures.  To paraphrase Rudyard Kipling, Palmer truly walked
(and golfed) with presidents and kings, but didn't lose the
common touch.  
Here are 86 reasons to celebrate Arnie on his big day:

1. He made hitching up your pants cool.
2. He brought big-time golf to Orlando, turning the sleepy Florida Citrus Open into the Arnold Palmer Invitational.
3. He signed a zillion autographs — all of them legibly.
4. He beat prostate cancer.
5. He served three years in the U.S. Coast Guard.
6. The Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children is ranked among "Best Children's Hospitals" by U.S. News & World Report.
7. JFK sent him film of his golf swing to critique.
8. In 49 years, he made $1,784,497 on the PGA Tour.
9. In 2014, he made $42 million in endorsements and other income, according to Forbes.
10. He went to the same high school as Fred Rogers from "Mister Rogers'
11. He rallied from seven shots behind on the final day to win the 1960 U.S. Open.
12. He designed the first golf course built in China.
13. You can order an "Arnold Palmer" and restaurants worldwide will pour you a half-iced tea, half-lemonade.
14. He's still a member of the Latrobe (Pa.) Elks club.
15. He broke 100 for a round of golf when he was 7.
16. When Palmer turned 37, Dwight D. Eisenhower flew to Latrobe to deliver a surprise birthday greeting.
17. He met his first wife, Winnie, on a Tuesday and asked her to marry him four days later.
18. They were married 45 years until her death in 1999.
19. He played in 50 Masters.
20. He became a pilot to help overcome his fear of flying.
21. He rode into a 2013 Wake Forest football game on the back of a motorcycle.
22. He was the last golfer to look debonair with a cigarette dangling from his lips.
23. He has a Congressional Gold Medal.
24. He has a Presidential Medal of Freedom.
25. He's the only sports figure to have both.
26. His grandkids called him "Dumpy."
27. He has 62 PGA Tour wins.
28. When arch-villain Goldfinger was cheating while playing golf against James Bond in the 1964 film, Sean Connery's caddie said, "If that's his original ball, I'm Arnold Palmer."
29. He gave Kate Upton her first golf lesson.
30. He personally taught hundreds of pro golfers how to properly comport
31. His father was a lowly club pro, so Arnie wasn't allowed to swim in the club pool.
32. He swam in the creek that supplied the pool water and joked that he urinated in it.
33. He hung out with Frank Sinatra.
34. He really did drive that tractor seen in the Pennzoil commercials.
35. He helped start the Golf Channel.
36. He was honorary national chairman of the March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation for 20 years.
37. He made eye contact with fans.
38. The Winnie Palmer Hospital for Women & Babies delivered 13,800 newborns in 2014.
39. Richard Nixon asked his advice on how to end the Vietnam War.
40. He was Associated Press Athlete of the Decade for 1960's.
41. He won seven majors.
42. Kirk Douglas was asked of all his famous acquaintances, who had the most personal magnetism?  His answer: Arnie.
43. He loves bologna.
44. He worked as a paint salesman after getting out of the Coast Guard.
45. He has 13 streets named after him.
46. He doesn't expect people to call him "Mr. Palmer."
47. He addressed Congress in 1990 on the 100th anniversary of Eisenhower's birth.
48. He shot 71 in his first high-school golf match.
49. He has his own winery.
50. He has refused any marketing overtures to make an Arnold Palmer wine comprised of half-Chardonnay and half-Cabernet Sauvignon.
51. It took him 13 years to become the first golfer to win $1 million in career
52. Matt Every, winner of this year's Arnold Palmer Invitational, got a first-place check for $1,134,000.
53. In 1976, he set a round-the-world speed record in a Learjet that still stands — 57 hours, 25 minutes, 42 seconds.
54. Only two rooms in the Pennsylvania house he grew up in had heat.
55. He had a hole-in-one five years ago.
56. He was confident enough to wear pink before it was fashionable.
57. The Arnold Palmer Center for Golf History is home to the world's leading collection of golf artifacts.
58. He quit the Champions Tour when he felt he was playing like a golf
59. He expects men to take off their hats when they go indoors.
60. He helped found a nature preserve named after his first wife.
61. Gerald Ford's first act after leaving the presidency was playing a round of golf with Palmer.
62. The Latrobe airport is named after him.
63. He bought the golf course that wouldn't allow him to go swimming as a kid.
64. He came up with his simple yet iconic multicolored umbrella logo.
65. He often cries during the national anthem.
66. After a lifetime of signing autographs for free, he finally charged for his signature during the 1994 Bay Hill tournament when his grandchildren told him business was slow at their lemonade stand.  Palmer agreed to sign for anyone who'd buy a $1.50 glass.  The kids made a quick $50 before running out of lemonade.
67. The Arnold Palmer Medical Center is the largest facility in the U.S. dedicated to children and women.
68. When he was 17, he had a photo taken with Hollywood starlet Esther
69. His around-the-world record flight would have finished sooner, but he stopped to refuel in Sri Lanka and rode an elephant.
70. For years, the trophy at his Orlando tournament was a sword.
71. His would-be father-in-law boycotted the wedding because he doubted Palmer could make enough to support a family.
72. He designed more than 300 golf courses around the world.
73. He came up with the concept of modern Grand Slam in 1960.
74. He flew a Boeing 747 before they were in commercial service.
75. The golfing great Arnold Palmrock appeared in the animated "The Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm Show" in 1971.
76. He's an honorary starter at the Masters.
77. There's an Arnold Palmer statue at Wake Forest.
78. Nike's "LeBronold Palmer" sneakers are named for him and LeBron James.
79. He led the campaign to prevent golf courses from being built in Florida's state parks.
80. After first seeing Palmer's jerky swing, Gene Sarazen said Palmer wouldn't amount to much of a golfer.
81. He can still be spotted walking his dog at Bay Hill.
82. His dog's name is Mulligan.
83. His review of Bill Clinton's golf game: "He can hit a long way, he just doesn't have a ZIP code."
84. In 2010, Esquire named him one of "The 75 Best Dressed Men of All Time."
85. He smoked his last cigarette on Dec. 23, 1973.
86. He had his very own Army.
87. He is The Gold Standard in golf and personal professionalism and behavior.


September 29, 2016Bear Taylor0 Comments
Good Morning: Day TWO HUNDRED THIRTEEN of a look back at the air war over North Vietnam called ROLLING THUNDER…
30 SEPTEMBER 1966… NEW YORK TIMES… A rainy Friday in the Big Apple…
Page 1: "U.S. Casualties In Week Increased To Record 970"..."Fierce, often confused, jungle fighting between Marines and North Vietnamese regulars just south of the demilitarized zone helped to bring United States battle casualties to a record for a single week of 970. A spokesman for the Military Assistance Command announced today that 142 Americans were killed, 825 wounded and 3 are missing in the week ending September 24. The previous record was 966 in the week ending May 21, 1966. The United Press-International reported that the total of U.S. combat deaths in Vietnam now totaled 5,302. The Marine effort to 'find and fight' the renewed Communist build-up in the rugged 'Rockpile' area was continuing with what official spokesman call 'moderate casualties,' or loss serious enough to reduce the effectiveness of the operation yesterday after a five day advance the Third Battalion of the Fourth Marine Regiment took Hill 184, it's objective. The marines had been slowed by accurate enemy mortar fire and jungle that had confined them to an easily defended 8-foot wide path alone a ridge crest. The Hill is one of several dominating the Rockpile area two miles to the south. There, other marine units cover Route 9 and the valley approaches leading east to the coastal plain of Quangtri province. According to marine staff officers at Dongha, headquarters for the marines ten week old series of 'spoiling attacks' south of the DMZ, the North Vietnamese have been building up supply dumps, underground command posts and entrenchments in the mountainous areas north and west of the Rockpile. As in Operation Hastings which began in July the marines engaged in what is now called Operation Prairie, have been probing the jungle three miles west of Dongha to disrupt enemy preparations and set up the enemy for artillery and air strikes. Since August 31, 871 North Vietnamese have been counted…as slain on the battleground. At times, according to seasoned marines the battalion and company actions in this rugged terrain have been only a little less grueling than combat in the South Pacific in WWII. The war south of the DMZ between North and South Vietnam is not against elusive Vietcong guerrillas, but against well armed North Vietnamese regulars who stand and fight valiantly–often in the face of 500-pound bombs, napalm and 8-inch shells hurled at their jungle covered positions."
Page 12: "U.S. Figures Higher"…"Casualties for the week ending September 24 were again higher for U.S. forces than South Vietnamese forces, which were 98 killed, 281 wounded and 71 missing. (U.S.: 142 KIA/825 WIA) The enemy losses were put at 1,165 KIA. U.S. authoriti8es said U.S. now has 315,000 troops in Vietnam. South Vietnam has 600,000 under arms. Vietcong strength is estimated at 283,000."… Page 1: "Hanoi Calls U.S. Peace Bid Cover For New Aggression"…"Radio broadcasts and newspapers from Hanoi overtures and said the only way to end the war in Vietnam was for the Americans to halt their 'aggressions.' Hanoi made no mention of the possibility raised yesterday by the National Liberation Front that it might be willing to compromise the requirement that U.S. troops be withdrawn before peace talks can begin. Hanoi termed the proposals of Arthur Goldberg at the U.N. a 'psychological warfare' move to cover up the plot to expand the aggressive war in Vietnam."… Page 1: "Calm Is Restored In San Francisco"…"San Francisco's Police Department took over control today of the city's riot marked areas from helmeted, battle garbed National Guardsmen after two nights of violence…some 80 members of the militant new left organization, Students for a Democratic society were arrested for demonstrating against the police. the police described those arrested as 'white beatniks' from the Berkeley area."… Page 1: "House Votes Poverty Bill: Mandates a Role For The Poor"…"The House approved tonight a "1.75 billion authorization bill to extend the anti-poverty program for 1967. Before doing so it wrote in a specific program to enforce a provision for 'maximum feasible participation' of the poor in the direction of community action projects."…
30 SEPTEMBER 1966… OPERATION ROLLING THUNDER… NYT (1 Oct reporting 30 Sept ops)… Page 3: "Over North Vietnam American pilots flew an estimated total of 126 multi-plane attack missions around Hanoi and Haiphong and through the narrow coastal region north of the buffer zone."…
"Vietnam: Air Losses" (Hobson)…Page 75…One fixed wing aircraft downed in Southeast Asia on the last day of September 1966…
(1) LCOL W.M. FOWLER was flying an F-100D of the 531st TFS and 3rd TFW out of Bien Hoa and was hit by ground fire while attacking a Vietcong position on the outskirts of Saigon. LCOL FOWLER was making his third pass on the Vietrcong troops when hit. He was forced to eject from his burning aircraft a few miles south of Bien Hoa where he was rescued by the base HH-43."…
RIPPLE SALVO… #213… A NEIL SHEEHAN article from the New York Times, 28 September 1966, page 2, is quoted here to reinforce my RIPPLE SALVO #210 of 26 September entitled "Going Downtown Gets Tougher and Tougher". As we executed a strategy of gradual defeat we gave our enemies opportunities they did not squander. Napoleon said "First the circumspect defense then the audacious attack." North Vietnam used the time we gave them to reinforce an already formidable integrated air defense system. Here is Neil Sheehan on the subject… "HANOI BOLSTERS AIR RAID DEFENSES"… I quote…
North Vietnam, with Soviet aid is responding to an increase in United States bombing raids by developing a formidable anti-aircraft defense system…The antiaircraft defense…is already the most advanced that American pilots have ever faced. Indications are that the system will be further elaborated and strengthened. Since last fall the number of conventional antiaircraft guns in the North has increased from 1,500 to 5,000. One unofficial estimate put the current number of guns at 7,000. Some analysts said that was too high. The North Vietnamese deployed four firing batteries for Soviet made antiaircraft missiles last fall. Now they have 25 to 30. There are said to be more radar sets per square mile in North Vietnam than in Eastern Europe. Over recent months there has been a particularly significant increase in the type of radar designed to track American planes at the relatively low altitudes they often use. Analysts believe that the bulk of this antiaircraft equipment is being supplied by the Soviet Union rather than Communist China. United States reconnaissance planes have repeatedly photographed conventional antiaircraft guns, missiles, and launching equipment being unloaded from Soviet ships in Haiphong. The advanced technology of the antiaircraft defenses gives rise to a suspicion that Soviet Air Force personnel are to some extent involved in running the network instead of merely giving training and advice. In the summer of last year the antiaircraft defenses were put under a central control apparatus and since then North Vietnam has displayed an increasing ability to operate the system as a whole in response to zoned American attack patterns. The Soviet missiles for example, have not proved successful in destroying aircraft by themselves because more than 500 missiles have been fired but they have only brought down 14 of 384 American aircraft lost over the North and over Communist held areas of Laos since regular bombing raids began on February 7, 1965. Used in combination with conventional antiaircraft guns however, the missiles drive American planes down from high altitudes where the missiles are dangerous into the flak canopies thrown up by the radar controlled 37mm, 57mm, 87mm, and 100mm cannon. Besides elaboration of the antiaircraft defenses of North Vietnam have developed, simple but ingenious methods to meet the problems caused by the American bombing. The Chief technique is simply the employment of tens of thousands of manual laborers, possibly as many as 250,000 throughout the country to repair damaged roads, bridges and rail lines. Roads and railroads are often repaired overnight. If a rail bridge is destroyed, a fully loaded train is brought to one side of a river or gorge, the cargo is unloaded and pushed across a pontoon bridge in carts then reloaded into empty trains on the other side. Trucks are elaborately camouflaged and the camouflage is changed to  conform to whatever terrain the truck happens to be passing through at the moment. Motorized junks are hidden under foliage of river banks a few miles above he point where a bridge has been knocked out. At night the junks are brought down the river, planks are laid across the decks and the trucks run over. Before dawn the planks are removed and the junks hidden once more. Lanterns have been hung in trees to simulate truck headlights at times on hill sides in the hope that an overaggressive pilot will crash his plane into it…Despite the increasing effectiveness of the antiaircraft defenses American military analysts do not believe North Vietnam will ever be able to bring the system to the point where it will make the United States bombing raids too expensive to continue. According to reliable estimates overall American losses from the beginning of regular bombing I February of last year to the present, including planes scrapped because of heavy damage, are about 3.5 per cent of all sorties.         end quote…
By 1 October 1966 Ho Chi Minh had his defenses set and ready for…. the December 1966 deployment of a FNG assigned to the VA-113 Stingers embarked in USS Enterprise…  
Lest we forget…        Bear 
  Item Number:4 Date: 09/30/2016 FRANCE - RAFALES AGAIN FLYING FROM DE GAULLE CARRIER AGAINST ISIS (SEP 30/AFP)  AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE -- France has restarted its carrier-based air operations over Iraq against the Islamic State terrorist group in the Middle East, reports Agence France-Presse.   Several Rafale fighters took off Friday from the French Charles de Gaulle carrier, which deployed to the region earlier this month.   The planes are attacking the ISIS stronghold of Mosul, said an officer on board. A total of 24 aircraft from the U.S.-led coalition are to take part in the operation, reported French radio station RTL.   This is the carrier's third mission with the coalition since February 2015. The Charles de Gaulle last served along the Syrian coast in November 2015 following the terror attacks in Paris
Item Number:5 Date: 09/30/2016 GERMANY - ROAD CLOSES WHEN SUSPECTED BOMB-MAKING MATERIALS ARE FOUND NEAR AUSTRIAN BORDER (SEP 30/BBC)  BRITISH BROADCASTING CORP. -- A German motorway has been reopened after a bomb scare overnight on Thursday.   Police temporarily shut down a road at the Austrian border when a car was found with suspected bomb-making materials, reports the BBC.   The A93 motorway was briefly closed after a Polish-registered car was found with "explosive-like" materials during a routine search at the Kiefersfelden border crossing.   The Polish driver and three African passengers from Ivory Coast and Guinea were detained, according to local officials. The driver is suspected of human-trafficking.   Police said they found three pipes apparently intended for pipe bombs, a large amount of gunpowder as well as wires and mobile phones.  
  Item Number:8 Date: 09/30/2016 NIGERIA - ARMY PLANS 'OPERATION RESCUE FINAL,' TARGETING BOKO HARAM'S HOSTAGES (SEP 30/NANIGERIA)  NEWS AGENCY OF NIGERIA -- The Nigerian army has plans for another operation to rescue all those who have been abducted by the Boko Haram terrorist group, reports the News Agency of Nigeria.   Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, the army chief of staff, announced the plans during an oversight visit by lawmakers in Abuja, reported TV360 Nigeria.   The effort has been named Operation Rescue Final.   "Once we start [the operation], we will not relent until everybody abducted is rescued," the general said. He did not provide further details.   Buratai also expressed gratitude to the lawmakers for increased funding this year
Item Number:9 Date: 09/30/2016 PAKISTAN - INDIAN SOLDIER BEING HELD ON PAKISTANI SIDE OF KASHMIR BORDER (SEP 30/GUARDIAN)  GUARDIAN -- An Indian soldier has been captured by Pakistani forces on the Pakistani side of the disputed border of Kashmir, reports the Guardian (U.K.).   Indian officials told CNN that the soldier was seized on Thursday.   Tensions between the two nations are elevated after India said it made cross-border raids against militant camps in Pakistani territory on Wednesday night. Pakistan denied that the raids occurred.   Reports about the Indian soldier have been sketchy. It was unclear whether he was involved in the strikes earlier this week.   Pakistani officials said he had wandered across the Line of Control, the de facto border in Kashmir, hours after the operation.   Pakistani security sources cited by Dawn (Pakistan) said eight Indian soldiers were killed and one captured during cross-border fire at the border in Tatta Pani.   The captured soldier has been identified as 22-year-old Chandu Babulal Chohan.   Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh said "all attempts are being made" to secure his release.  
  Item Number:10 Date: 09/30/2016 SAUDI ARABIA - SAUDI BORDER GUARD DIES FROM SHELL FIRED BY HOUTHIS IN YEMEN (SEP 30/MEO)  MIDDLE EAST ONLINE -- Shells fired by Houthi rebels from Yemen on Thursday have killed a Saudi border guard and wounded three civilians, says the Saudi Interior Ministry, as reported by the Middle East Online.   The attack occurred in the Tuwal district of Jazan city, on Saudi border, the ministry said on Friday.   The border guard was wounded and later died of his injuries, said officials.   Two Saudis and a Bangladeshi national were also reportedly injured.   Cross-border fire has hit Saudi territory a number of times since the Saudi-led coalition began its campaign against Houthi rebels in Yemen in March 2015.  
Item Number:14 Date: 09/30/2016 TURKEY - 20 TV CHANNELS, RADIO STATIONS ORDERED SHUT; 1,500 PRISON PERSONNEL SUSPENDED FOR ALLEGED GULEN LINKS (SEP 30/REU)  REUTERS -- The Turkish government has announced the closing of 20 television channels and radio stations for spreading "terrorist propaganda," reports Reuters.   The channels banned on Thursday are owned by Kurds or the Alevi religious minority, according to an editor at one of the affected news outlets.   The 12 television channels banned include one that airs folk music and another that airs Kurdish-language children's cartoons, said the editor from IMC TV.   Separately, on Friday, Turkish authorities suspended 1,500 prison personnel and guards over links to U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen. Ankara blames the cleric for orchestrating the failed coup in July.   Those personnel may be fired if concrete links are found, said Justice Minister Bekir Bozdag.  
  Item Number:15 Date: 09/30/2016 TURKEY - OFFICIALS ANTICIPATE WALL ALONG BORDER WITH SYRIA TO BE FINISHED WITHIN 5 MONTHS (SEP 30/HUR)  HURRIYET -- The Housing Development Administration of Turkey (TOKI) is now working on the final section of a wall along the border with Syria, reports the Hurriyet Daily News (Istanbul).   Construction of the first 124-mile (200-km) section of the wall was completed by the Turkish Defense Ministry and the provinces affected.   The onset of the building of that portion dates to 2014, noted Reuters.   The remaining 435 miles (700 km) will be built by TOKI, with construction to be completed by the end of February 2017, according to agency officials.   The barrier is designed to prevent uncontrolled passage of the border. The wall is 6 feet, 7 inches (2-m) wide and 9 feet, 10 inches (3-m) high. Each block weighs seven tons, said the officials. The top of the wall is covered with razor wire.   A road is also being built behind the wall.   Turkey has been under pressure from its NATO allies to stop ISIS militants from traveling through its territory. Ankara is also concerned about Kurdish fighters, which control much of the Syrian border with Turkey, noted Reuters
  Item Number:16 Date: 09/30/2016 UKRAINE - NEW UKRAINIAN WEAPONS TURRET MAKES APPEARANCE AT SHOW IN AZERBAIJAN (SEP 30/UKROB)  UKROBORONPROM -- Ukrainian firm SpetsTehnoEksport has displayed its new combat module for the first time, reports Ukroboronprom, the nation's defense holding company.   The Taipan turret was unveiled this week at the ADEX 2016 show in Azerbaijan. It was mounted on the AZCAN armored vehicle, which has been jointly developed by Azerbaijan and Canada.   The system provides automatic targeting and target-tracking as well as stabilization of the installed gun. An automatic command guidance system takes into account weather condition, ammunition type, angular velocity and target range for improved performance, according to its manufacturer.   The displayed turret was armed with a double-barreled 23-mm cannon. It can also be fitted with a 7.62-mm or 12.7-mm machine gun and 30-mm automatic grenade launcher.   The Taipan can be remotely operated at a range of up to 550 yards (500 m).  
  Item Number:17 Date: 09/30/2016 USA - 18 ISIS LEADERS TAKEN OUT RECENTLY; GOOD INTEL CITED FOR SUCCESS (SEP 30/VOA)  VOICE OF AMERICA NEWS -- U.S. officials say multiple key Islamic State leaders have been systematically killed in the last month or so, reports the Voice of America News.   On Thursday, a spokesman for Operation Inherent Resolve told reporters at the Pentagon that airstrikes had killed 18 ISIS officials, including 13 close to the ISIS stronghold of Mosul, reported Fox News.   Good intelligence have permitted the U.S. to target and eliminate "high-value" individuals, including ISIS spokesman Abu Muhammad al-Adnani and chief information officer Wa'il Adil Hasan Salman al-Fayyad, he said.   Such operations will likely pick up as coalition-backed forces move against Mosul, said the spokesman.   On Wednesday, the Pentagon announced that 615 additional U.S. troops are heading head to Iraq to take part in that operation.   Many are said to be intelligence experts. "This additional capability is going to give us a lot of insight into [ISIS] networks, not just in Iraq and Syria, but also give insight into how they export terror around the world," he said.  
Item Number:18 Date: 09/30/2016 USA - LONG-DELAYED FIGHTER JET SALES TO KUWAIT, QATAR GET GREEN LIGHT FROM WHITE HOUSE (SEP 30/AWST)  AVIATION WEEK AND SPACE TECHNOLOGY -- The White House has approved proposed sales of fighter jets to Kuwait and Qatar, reports Aviation Week & Space Technology.   The pending deals include 36 F-15E Strike Eagles for Qatar and 28 F/A-18E/F Super Hornets for Kuwait, worth up to US$4 billion and US$3 billion, respectively, said a Boeing spokesman. Boeing builds both jets.   The sales had been stalled for months over concerns about Israel's security. The conclusion of a 10-year, US$38 billion military aid package with Israel is said to have cleared the fighter sales.   The deals will extend both fighter production lines. The F-15E line is now likely to remain open until 2021-2022, and potentially longer if Qatar exercises an option for another 36 jets.   The Super Hornet sale would extend that production line into the early 2020s.   The White House also reportedly has approved the sale of Lockheed Martin F-16 fighters to Bahrain. Lockheed has not confirmed those reports. Such reports appeared in Defense News and Forbes, among others.   Congress will review the deals before a formal notification is given, noted Defense News.   The State Dept. and DoD approved all three proposed deals some time ago, noted Forbes
  Item Number:19 Date: 09/30/2016 USA - MARINE SQUAD LEADERS SEEN AS KEY IN WAR WITH ADVANCED FOES (SEP 30/MCT)  MARINE CORPS TIMES -- Marine leaders say the Corps is looking to improve the combat power of its squad leaders, calling them the first line of offense against unmanned aircraft and network jamming in any fight against more powerful military adversaries, reports the Marine Corps Times.   Since 2004, Marines have been training to fight insurgents in Afghanistan and Iraq. However, such fighters lack many of the tools of professional militaries, said Marine Commandant Gen. Robert Neller.   Under the just-released Marine Corps Operating Concept, individual Marines will be equipped with significantly more technology.   In addition to the air and ground domains, Marines will need to operate in the information warfare, cyber, electronic warfare and signals intelligence domains in order to understand the environment and act quickly opening up new methods of operation, said Lt. Gen. Robert Walsh, the head of Marine Corps Combat Development Command.   He made his comments this week at a Marine expo in Quantico, Va.   Squad leaders may be equipped with equipment to counter enemy drones and conduct information warfare, in addition to their leadership responsibilities, say officials.   The Marines will also have to prepare for operations should the enemy hack or disrupt command, control and communications, said one official from an internal think tank
  Item Number:20 Date: 09/30/2016 USA - WHITE HOUSE LIKELY TO EXTEND, ONCE AGAIN, AIR CAMPAIGN AGAINST ISIS IN LIBYA (SEP 30/FN)  FOX NEWS -- President Obama is expected to extend airstrikes against the Islamic State in Libya, according to unnamed U.S. military officials cited by Fox News.   If the president follows through, that decision would authorize the military to continue air attacks against ISIS in the coastal city of Sirte for a third month.   The air campaign began on Aug. 1 following a request from the U.N.-backed Libyan government in Tripoli. At the time, the mission was expected to last for "weeks, not months," according to the Pentagon.   The bombing mission has already been extended once.   Keeping up the air operations would mean that the Navy will have to maintain two ships off the coast of Libya for up to a third straight month, defense officials said. Initially, plans called for the ships to remain in the area for only a month.   The amphibious assault ship USS Wasp was previously slated to go to the Persian Gulf in September to support airstrikes against ISIS in Iraq and Syria. The destroyer, USS Carney, was scheduled to go to the Black Sea in October. The Libya mission has been deemed more important by senior military leaders.   As of Sept. 26, the U.S. had conducted 175 airstrikes against ISIS in Libya.


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