Monday, October 3, 2016

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To All
I hope you all had a great weekend. This is a bubba Breakfast Friday in San Diego.
This Day in Naval History - October 3
1921 - USS Olympia sails for France to bring home the Unknown Soldier from World War I
1955 - USS Saipan (CVL-48) begins disaster relief at Tampico, Mexico rescuing people and delivering supplies. Operations ends 10 October.
1962 - Launch of Sigma 7 (Mercury 8) piloted by CDR Walter M. Schirra, Jr., USN. In a mission lasting 9 hours and 13 minutes, he made 6 orbits at an altitude up to 175.8 statute miles at 17,558 mph. Recovery by USS Kearsarge (CVS-33).
     Arnold Palmer and Tiger Woods are playing the 16th hole, when Tiger's tee shot lands behind a huge, 100-foot fir tree. Tiger looks at Arnie and says, "How would you play this one? Lay up and take the extra stroke?"
     Arnold replies: "When I was your age, I'd just play right over this tree."
     Tiger, not wanting to be shown up by ol' Arnold Palmer, proceeds to hit the ball high, but not high enough. It bounces off the tree and lands out of bounds. Tiger, really ticked at this point, asks Arnold how he ever hit a ball over that tree.
     Arnold replied: "Well, when I was your age, that tree was only three feet tall.

     Back in the days, it was kind of a running joke that the trajectory of Arnie's tee shots was so low you could always tell when Arnold Palmer had been on the tee–the grass in front of it was scorched by the ball.

     During a Pro Am, Arnold Palmer's partner asked, "Well Arnold, what do you think of my game?"
     "It's OK," said Arnie, "but I prefer golf!"

     Manager: "I'm sorry, Sir, we have no times open on the course today.
     Golfer: "Wait a minute. What if Arnold Palmer and Jack Nicklaus showed up? I'm sure you'd find a starting time for them."
     Manager: "Of course we would, sir."
     Golfer: "Well, I happen to know they're not coming, so we'll take their time."

     You may not know it but I have been very busy over the past two years putting my thoughts and ideas together in a book about golf. I am very proud of the results and in order to market the publication, I am asking friends and family to be the first to own a copy. Here is the Table of Contents from my new book: "Winning Golf Strategies," which I believe gives the reader valuable playing tips and inside information that I have gained through my own years of experience in the game and observations of golfing partners and what improved their games.
Chapter 1 - How to properly line up your fourth putt.
Chapter 2 - How to hit a Titleist from the rough when you hit a Maxfli from the tee.
Chapter 3 - How to avoid the water when you lie 8 in a bunker.
Chapter 4 - How to get more distance off the shank.
Chapter 5 - When to give the Marshall the finger.
Chapter 6 - Using your shadow on the greens to distract your opponent.
Chapter 7 - When to implement Handicap Management.
Chapter 8 - Proper excuses for drinking beer before 9:00 a.m.
Chapter 9 - How to urinate behind a 4" x 4" post undetected.
Chapter 10 - How to rationalize a 6-hour round.
Chapter 11 - How to find that ball that everyone else saw go in the water.
Chapter 12 - Why your spouse doesn't care that you birdied the 5th.
Chapter 13 - How to let a foursome play through your twosome.
Chapter 14 - How to relax when you are hitting three off the tee.
Chapter 15 - When to suggest major swing corrections to your opponent.
Chapter 16 – Religion and the meaning of the Birdie-to-Bogey three-putt.
Chapter 17 - When to re-grip your ball retriever.
Chapter 18 - Use a strong grip on the Hand-Wedge and a weak slip on The Foot-Wedge.
The final chapter is best:
Chapter 19 - Why male golfers will pay $7.00 a beer from the Cart Girl and give her a $3 tip, but will balk at $3.50 for a beer at the 19th Hole and then stiff the bartender for the tip.

Great Caddy Replies…

Golfer: "Think I'm going to drown myself in the lake."
Caddy: "Think you can keep your head down that long, sir?"
Golfer: "I'd move heaven and earth to break 100 on this course."
Caddy: "Try heaven, sir, you've already moved most of the earth."
Golfer: "Do you think my game is improving?"
Caddy: "Yes sir, you miss the ball much closer now."
Golfer: "Do you think I can get there with a 5 iron?"
Caddy: "Eventually, sir."
Golfer: "You've got to be the worst caddy in the world."
Caddy: "I don't think so, sir. That would be too much of a coincidence."
Golfer: "Please stop checking your watch all the time. It's too much of a distraction."
Caddy: "It's not a watch - it's a compass, sir."
Golfer: "How do you like my game?"
Caddy: "Very good sir, but personally, I prefer golf."
Golfer: "Do you think it's a sin to play on Sunday?"
Caddy: "The way you play, sir, it's a sin on any day."
Golfer: "This is the worst course I've ever played on."
Caddy: "This isn't the golf course, sir. We left that an hour ago."
Golfer: "That can't be my ball, it's too old."
Caddy: "It's been a long time since we teed off, sir."

Submitted by Bob King:

Here is an actual sign posted at a golf club in Scotland UK:

Submitted by J.T. Strong:

     The other day I broke 70. That's a lot of clubs.

     I was playing golf. I swung, missed the ball, and got a big chunk of dirt. I swung again, missed the ball, and got another big chunk of dirt.
     Just then, two ants climbed on the ball saying "Let's get up here before we get killed!"

Submitted by Chuck Kincade:

     Shortly after the Pope had apologized to the Jewish people for the treatment of Jews by the Catholic church over the years, Ariel Sharon, then prime minister of Israel, sent a proposal to the College of Cardinals for a friendly game of golf to be played between the two leaders, or their representatives, to demonstrate the friendship and ecumenical spirit shared by the Catholics and the Jews.
     The Pope met his College of Cardinals to discuss the proposal. "Your Holiness," said one of the Cardinals, "Mr. Sharon wants to challenge you to a game of golf to show that you are old and unable to compete. I am afraid that this would tarnish our image in the world."
     The Pope thought about this and, since he had never held a golf club in his life, asked, "Don't we have a cardinal to represent me?"
     "None who plays golf very well," a cardinal replied. "But there is a man named Arnold Palmer, an American golfer, who is a devout Catholic. We could offer to make him a cardinal, and then ask him to play Mr. Sharon as your personal representative. In addition to showing our spirit of co-operation, we will also win the match."
     Everyone agreed that this was a great idea. The call was made. Of course, Arnie was honored and he agreed to play as a representative of the Pope.
     The day after the match, Arnie reported to the Vatican to inform the Pope of the result. "This is Cardinal Palmer. I have some good news and some bad news, Your Holiness," said the golfer.
     "Tell me the good news, Cardinal Palmer, "said the Pope.
     "Well, Your Holiness, I don't like to brag, but even though I have played some pretty terrific rounds of golf in my life, this was the best I have ever played, by far. I must have been inspired from above. My drives were long and true, my irons were accurate and purposeful, and my putting was perfect. With all due respect, my play was truly miraculous."
     "How can there be bad news?" the Pope asked.
     Arnie sighed, "I lost by three strokes to Rabbi Tiger Woods.

Submitted by many:

     A pastor, a doctor and an engineer were waiting one morning for a particularly slow group of golfers.  
     The engineer fumed, "What's with these guys? We must have been waiting for 15 minutes!"
     The doctor chimed in, "I don't know, but I've never seen such ineptitude!"
     The pastor said, "Hey, here comes the greens keeper. Let's have a word with him. Hi George! Say, what's with that group ahead of us? They're rather slow, aren't they?"
     The greens keeper replied, "Oh, yes, that's a group of blind firefighters. They lost their sight saving our clubhouse from a fire last year, so we always let them play for free anytime."
     The group was silent for a moment, then the pastor said, "That's so sad. I think I will say a special prayer for them tonight."
     The doctor said, "Good idea. And I'm going to contact my ophthalmologist buddy and see if there's anything he can do for them."
     The engineer said, "Why can't these guys play at night?"

Raise an "Arnold Palmer" to Arnie this happy hour, and have a great week,
Thanks to Carl. You really need to read this article. After dealing with my parents in their 80s and 90s and my next door neighbors in the same age group I am convinced that this drug culture is doing much more harm than good. With both we found to many drugs and drugs that were interacting with each other and causing more problems. A number of other points seen in the article we also found to be true. And the cost of these drugs is off the scale.
In 2013, the average number of prescriptions per capita in the United States was:
50-64 years old: 19.2 prescriptions per person
65-79 years old: 27.3 prescriptions per person
80+ years old: 29.1 prescriptions per person
Date: 10/01/2016    Written by: Jon Barron  1999-2016 The Baseline of Health Foundation
Polypharmacy Hell
Thanks to Carl
'Virginia'-Class Submarines Are So Good
Incremental improvements keep them battle worthy


October 2, 2016Bear Taylor
Good Morning: Day TWO HUNDRED SIXTEEN of honoring the warriors living and dead who carried the war to the enemy in North Vietnam…
3 OCTOBER 1966… THE NEWS ON THE HOMEFRONT…NYT… A sunny and warm Monday for sitting and gawking in Central Park…
Page 1: "Moscow Reports Missile Advisors Undergo U.S. Raids"…"The Soviet Defense Minister said today that Russian missile specialists had come under attack during United States bombing raids against anti-aircraft sites in North Vietnam. It did not report whether any of the Soviet military men had been killed or wounded…the Defense Ministry's newspaper described the bombing raids in an article on the experiences of officers and enlisted men who had gone to North Vietnam to instruct Vietnamese soldiers in the use of Soviet supplied anti-aircraft missiles. The Soviet missile experts have returned to the Soviet Union after having completed their training mission. Some U.S. aircraft were shot down while Russians were serving at the launching sites…pains were taken by the newspaper to emphasize that Vietnamese crews had fired the missiles with the Soviets standing by as observers."… Page 1: "Dodgers Win Race, Will Face Orioles in the World Series"…"Sandy Koufax pitched the Los Angeles Dodgers to the National League pennant by defeating the Philadelphia Phillies, 6-3, in the second game of a double header on the last day of the season…Sandy Koufax won his 27th game of the season. The World Series opens Wednesday in Los Angeles with the Dodgers opposing the Baltimore Orioles, the American League Champions. The Orioles Frank Robinson won the league triple crown with a .316 batting average, 49 home runs, and 122 RBIs. The New York Yankees finished in last place for the first time since 1912."… Page 1: "Hurricane Inez heads north from Cuba on a path that will take it between the Bahamas and the mainland"… Page 1: "All 50 States Agree To Set Curbs On Water Pollution"…" All 50 states have decieded to set their own water quality standards rather than have Federal rules imposed on them. Utah was the last state to signify its intention to establish criteria for cleaning up inter-state streams and lakes within its borders…any state that missed today's deadline would have been placed under rules drafted by the Interior Department. Secretary of the Interior Stewart Udall said: 'The program is beginning to roll. Perhaps two or three years from now we will begin to reduce pollution instead of just holding our own.'…"
Page 2: "Indecisive Mood Seen Behind Red Chinese Fete"…"Analysts here (Hong Kong) felt there was an undercurrent of uncertainty beneath the surface self-assurance of the Chinese Communist hierarchy as China celebrated National Day yesterday. In what was said and not said, they saw indecision, especially in regard to economic matters and the role of the Red Guards. They thought that this could indicate despite the purges and power shifts of the last few months, voices of dissent were still being heard among the policy makers. They found the anniversary speeches and even the spectacle something of an anti-climax after the frantic developments that had occurred since the previous National Day. During the last year China has witmessed a vast social and political upheavals in the name of the 'proletarian cultural revolution.' An extensive purge begun early this year is still in progress and has reached from the top ranks of the Chinese Communist Party to the lowest member. A new and militant youth group, the Red Guards, has been introduced as a violent instrument of authority. Secondary schools and universities have suspended classes so that the Red Guard can run wild and an education system can be reorganized. In the wake of these changes Chairman Mao Tse-tung continues to be at the top of the pyramidical party structure, but he has acquired a new right hand man, Lin Piao, Defense Minister."…
Page 1: "110 Enemy Troops Reported Slain"…"Troops of the 1st Cavalry Division (Air Mobile) reported having killed 110 North Vietnamese and Vietcong soldiers in two engagements today in a valley about 305 miles northeast of Saigon. Helicopters and the division's reconnaissance unit spotted about 300 enemy soldiers marching west through the valley in the coastal area plain this morning. An Air Mobile commander then sent about 150 men into the valley in the central coastal area this morning. At 9:30AM a fight described as 'savage' developed and commanders sent in a second force. Two hours later the enemy troops pulled back and the airmobile troops counted 85 dead. The airmobile companies then pursued the enemy, finding them in the afternoon. They reported killing 25 more in a 30-minute fight. During the early fight the enemy gunners knocked down a UH-1 Huey and 2 smaller H-13 observer helicopters. None of the crewmen were injured or killed."… Page 8: "Naval Gunfire Proves Effective Against Foe In South"…"The demand for naval gunfire has grown along with the military buildup and the Navy has four destroyers and three rocket ships permanently assigned to Vietnam duty. A cruiser is also available when needed. Destroyers can hit targets 10 miles inland with 5-inch projectiles. As always, the disadvantage of naval gunfire is the straight line trajectory of their projectiles."
3 OCTOBER 1966…The President's Daily Brief…CIA (TS sanitized)…North Vietnam: On Monday, Moscow announced the signing of a new economic agreement with Hanoi which provides "fresh, gratuitous assistance" to North Vietnam with a general pledge for support of North Vietnam's conditions for ending the war…. Soviet Union: Preliminary analysis of the latest satellite photography provides further evidence that the Soviet ICBM deployment program is continuing apace. More than 20 new construction starts for the small silos that house the SS-11 missile have already been discovered, although the mission covered less than half of the known 15 ICBM complexes. Two new large silos for the SS-9 missile were also identified…these discoveries raise the count reported in the 6 September bief to about 340 small silos and 129 large ones.
3 OCTOBER 1966… OPERATION ROLLING THUNDER… NYT (4 Oct reporting 3 Oct ops)… Page 6: "In North Vietnam United States fighter-bomber pilots flew 113 attack missions of several planes each through the southern region of North Vietnam known as the panhandle and around the key cities of Hanoi and Haiphong. Navy pilots smashed at the Phuly railroad yards 35 miles south of Hanoi with bombs ranging from 250 to 1,000 pounds. They reported having destroyed six warehouses and having cut the tracks in several places. Navy and Air Force pilots who bombed targets near Donghoi along the coast of North Vietnam panhandle said they wrecked 20 to 22 barges. Meanwhile, Air Force and Marine pilots struck more than 12 times in the demilitarized zone and with about the same intensity just north of the six mile wide buffer strip created by the 1954 Geneva accords that ended the Indo-China War. For the fifth straight day yesterday, B-52s bombed areas of suspected troop concentrations and infiltration routes in South Vietnam's northern most province of Quangtri in support of Operation Hastings."… Also on Page 6: a little one inch report that the Department of Defense announced the names of 43 troops killed in action. In a "normal" week it takes two or three of these little obscure reports buried on a back page to complete reporting of the average week's loss of troops in combat of about 100. LEST WE FORGET.
"Vietnam: Air Losses" (Hobson) …One fixed wing aircraft lost in Southeast Asia on 3 October 1966, fifty years ago today …
(1) MAJOR B.J. CRESWELL was flying an F-100D of the 416th TFS and 3rd TFW out of Bien Hoa on a napalm strike on Vietcong troops near the village of Rach Gia on the west coast of South Vietnam when hit by ground fire forcing his ejection. He was rescued by an Air force helicopter…
RIPPLE SALVO… #216… Your Humble Host is proud to point out that these RTR blogs are ad free… Until today… This is as commercial as I can get...this is a plug for the Texas Tech University's "The Vietnam Center and Archive." About five years go our Weber State football team signed up to play Texas Tech in a season opener where a BCS team gets to pound on an FCS lower division squad. I made the trip to Lubbock to0 watch our Wildcats get mauled by the Red Raiders. Coincident with the ball game I spent three days in the University's Vietnam Center and Archive. I contributed four or five boxes of my best Vietnam War stuff collected over the years of 1963 to 2011. I also took advantage of the Center's "Oral History" program. Kelly Crager coached me through seven hours of sea stories. I most strongly recommend anybody who did a tour or two in Vietnam or had a role in supporting the war check out this world class archive that is tied into the National Archive system. Start with a google of the Center's well developed web site.   and go from there… Be sure to check out the pages on "Information For Donors." Especially if you are up to your eyeballs in Vietnam stuff in your basement, attic or man-cave that you "can't take with you" on your "last flight." The Vietnam Center wants what you have. They are prepared to keep it for posterity and give it TLC while making everything available to on-site researchers and on the internet as appropriate. This is a first class operation… And I have another suggestion: all you guys with bedrooms on wheels– add a trip to Lubbock, Texas to your "bucket list." This shouldn't be too hard to sell a spouse–all you have to do is remind her that the trip is to save her a lot of trouble down the road... I suggest you call Kelly Crager (806-742-9010), who runs the Oral History program and see if what you have to say into a mike for all of time is of interest to he and the Center. If so, schedule a trip and session or two to put your tales from Rolling Thunder or the war on the record…
Meanwhile, if you want to use this RTR site to tell a story you are most definitely encouraged to post what you will or email me with that tale you want or think should be preserved for posterity… As always I am looking for tributes to great leaders and followers from Rolling Thunder ops and missions that YOU believe deserve a mention in the history of the air war. There isn't a single flight leader who can't remember a young wingman who didn't get the recognition he deserved. There isn't a single wingie who can't tell a great story about a fearless leader or maybe not so fearless... RTR OFFERs YOU THE OPPORTUNITY TO SAY SOMEHTING NICE ABOUT SOMEBODY WHO DESERVES A STROKE. If you are too reserved to tell the tale, send it to me and I'll get it in the record… Speak now or hold your piece…
Meanwhile, the retelling of Operation Rolling Thunder on the 50th anniversary, day by day, continues…and those who perished carrying the fight to the heartland of our nation's enemy will be remembered…
Lest we forget…           Bear
Item Number:1 Date: 10/03/2016 AFGHANISTAN - TALIBAN ATTACKS KUNDUZ; U.S. CALLS ACTION 'SPORADIC' (OCT 03/ALJAZ)  AL JAZEERA -- The Taliban has launched an assault the Afghan city of Kunduz, reports Al Jazeera (Qatar).   The attack began around midnight on Sunday and came from four directions, said a police commander on Monday.   A Taliban spokesman said its fighters had seized the Nawabad area and four checkpoints.   The city of Kunduz is the capital of the strategically important Kunduz province.   Afghan forces repelled the attack, according to the provincial governor, as cited by the BBC. Fighting was said to be continuing on the outskirts of the city.   "We are not observing evidence via our internal means to support the reports that Kunduz is under significant attack," said a U.S. military spokesman. He described the clashes in Kunduz as "ongoing sporadic fighting."   The Taliban briefly took over Kunduz in September 2015.  
Item Number:5 Date: 10/03/2016 CZECH REPUBLIC - GRIPEN FIGHTERS RETURN TO ICELAND FOR ANOTHER STINT WITH NATO AIR-POLICING MISSION (OCT 03/CTK)  CZECH NEWS AGENCY -- The Czech air force has deployed five fighters to Iceland for a NATO air-policing mission, reports the Czech News Agency.   The Gripen fighters departed Caslav air base on Sept. 29, said service officials.   Four of the Czech fighters will be operational, with the fifth in reserve. A total of 66 personnel are taking part.   This is the third time that the Czech air force has taken part in air-policing operations in Iceland. This follows deployments in 2014 and 2015. The contingent will fly over Iceland through Nov. 10.   This is the fifth overall deployment for the Czech Gripens. In 2009 and 2012, they protected the airspace over Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, noted a NATO release.  
Item Number:6 Date: 10/03/2016 INDIA - COUNTERTERROR AGENCY ARRESTS 7 ALLEGED PLOTTERS; SUSPECTS LINKED WITH ISIS (OCT 03/IBT)  INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS TIMES -- India's national counterterror agency has announced the arrests of seven people who are suspected of having links to the Islamic State, reports the International Business Times.   The National Investigation Agency (NIA) reported detaining six people on Sunday as they were meeting at a shrine in the southern state of Kerala.   A seventh person was arrested on Monday in Tamil Nadu based on information gained from interrogations of the other six, said the NIA.   "During the searches, incriminating material including electronic devices have been seized from their possession and search of their premises," said an NIA statement cited by Reuters.   The suspects allegedly plotted to gather explosives and other materials for attacks in southern India later this month, the agency said
Item Number:7 Date: 10/03/2016 INDIA - MILITANTS ATTACK ARMY BASE IN KASHMIR (OCT 03/BBC)  BRITISH BROADCASTING CORP. -- Militants have attacked an Indian army camp in Indian-administered Kashmir, leaving at least one border guard and two rebels dead, say local officials, as reported by the BBC. Another soldier was wounded   On Sunday night, militants attacked the camp in the garrison town of Baramulla, about 50 km (30 miles) northwest of Srinagar.   The camp is the local headquarters to a counter-insurgency military unit.   The base which was attacked by an unspecified number of militants who were firing grenades and guns, said police officials cited by Time.   The battle ended Monday morning and search operations were underway, a police official told the Times on India.  
  Item Number:8 Date: 10/03/2016 IRAN - IRGC UNVEILS ARMED UAV SAID TO BE BASED ON CAPTURED U.S. DRONE (OCT 03/GUARDIAN)  GUARDIAN -- Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps has unveiled a new unmanned aerial vehicle said to be based on a U.S. drone captured five years ago, reports the Guardian (U.K.).   The Saegheh (Thunderbolt) drone was unveiled at an IRGC expo, reported the domestic Tasnim news agency on Saturday.   The drone was reportedly made by reverse-engineering an American Lockheed Martin RQ-170 vehicle that was downed in December 2011.   The UAV is said to be equipped with four precision-guided bombs. "This long-range drone is capable of hitting four targets with smart precision-guided bombs with high accuracy," according to the head of the Revolutionary Guards' aerospace arm, as quoted by the state news agency IRNA.   Last year, Tehran reported the successful testing of a replica of the RQ-170.   Separately, photos purporting to show a U.S.-made MQ-1C drone reportedly captured by the Revolutionary Guards were published on Saturday. No details were given on when or how the drone was seized.  
Item Number:9 Date: 10/03/2016 MEXICO - NAVY TAKES DELIVERY OF 1ST PANTHER HELICOPTER; 9 MORE TO FOLLOW (OCT 03/AIRBUSHEL)  AIRBUS HELICOPTERS -- Airbus Helicopters has announced the delivery of the first of 10 AS 565MBe Panther helicopters to the Mexican navy.   The initial aircraft in the order was handed over at the Airbus Helicopters facility in Marignane, France, on Sept. 29, reported FlightGlobal. The Mexican navy is the first customer to receive the modernized variant of the Panther helicopter.   Three more Panthers are due to be delivered by the end of the year. The six remaining aircraft will be supplied by early 2018. It may be earlier than that.   Delivery was nine months ahead of schedule, at the request of the navy. The schedule anticipates that all 10 will be delivered by a presidential transition in December 2018, according to FlightGlobal.   In Mexican navy service, the helicopters are intended for search-and-rescue, disaster relief, drug enforcement and coastal protection missions.   The MBe variant features Safran Helicopter Engines Arriel 2N powerplants, new avionics and an increased payload, which increases its maximum take-off weight from 9,480 pounds (4,300 kg) to 9,910 pounds (4,500 kg), noted Flight International
Item Number:11 Date: 10/03/2016 RUSSIA - BELATEDLY, YAK-152 BASIC TRAINER MAKES 1ST FLIGHT (OCT 03/UAC)  UNITED AIRCRAFT CORP. -- Russia's newest basic trainer aircraft has completed its maiden flight, reports the United Aircraft Corp., which is headquartered in Moscow.   The Yak-152 flew for the first time on Sept. 29 at the Irkutsk Aviation Plant.   The aircraft is designed to provide initial pilot training in day and night conditions. The Yak-152 is intended to train pilots in basic flying techniques; navigation; simple, complex and aerobatic maneuvers; and formation flying, according to UAC.   The Yak-152 can also be used to practice instrument flying and landing approaches with the use of airfield landing systems, the UAC release said.   The maiden flight was previously expected in 2015, with service entry in November 2016 -- but the schedule slipped, noted IHS Jane's Defence Weekly.   Earlier reports indicated that there is a production order for 150 aircraft.  
Item Number:16 Date: 10/03/2016 UNITED KINGDOM - CAPTAIN JOINS THOSE FAVORING U.S. MARINE F-35BS WHEN QUEEN ELIZABETH CARRIER BECOMES OPERATIONAL (OCT 03/DN)  DEFENSE NEWS -- The commander of the British Royal Navy's new aircraft carrier has indicated that he wants to embark U.S. Marine Corps F-35B Lightning II fighters and V-22 Osprey tiltrotors for up to nine months at a time, reports Defense News.   Early in September, British Defense Secretary Michael Fallon and U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter confirmed that Queen Elizabeth would carry Marine F-35Bs.   Eventually, British aircraft could be deployed on U.S. aircraft carriers, said Fallon.   "We'll certainly see some footprint aboard the ship," said British Capt. Jerry Kyd, the carrier's skipper. "The big question is do they deploy with us much longer term in the future, maybe for six, seven, eight, nine months from when we deploy. That's what I would love to see," he said.   The Queen Elizabeth is currently in the final stage of construction ahead of sea trials, which are anticipated in the spring of 2017.   The carrier is expected to begin fixed-wing flight trials with three British F-35Bs off the east coast of the U.S. in late summer 2018.   "The strategic expectation is the USMC will embark with regularity from 2019-2020," said Kyd.   Budget restrictions in the U.K. have kept the Royal Navy from acquiring sufficient British jets to provide a credible strike force immediately following the service entry of the Queen Elizabeth
  Item Number:18 Date: 10/03/2016 USA - NAVY ABANDONS ENLISTED RATINGS SYSTEM; 'YEOMAN' IS OUT (OCT 03/USNI)  U.S. NAVAL INSTITUTE -- The U.S. Navy is tossing overboard the enlisted ratings system that has been used for more than 200 years, reports USNI News.   The Navy has long used a rating system adopted from the U.K. Royal Navy that refers to enlisted soldiers by their job titles.   The service announced on Sept. 29 that will adopt a job classification system similar to those used in the Army, Marine Corps and Air Force.   Sailors' jobs will be recorded through a Navy Occupational Specialty Code similar to the Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) used by the Army and Marines.   For example, Fire Controlman 1st Class John Doe would now be Petty Officer 1st Class John Doe.   For lower pay grades E-1 to E-3, "there will no longer be a distinction between 'Airman, Fireman and Seaman'." All sailors will now be referred to as "Seamen."   Senior enlisted personnel will still be respectively called Chief, Senior Chief and Master Chief.   The move is said to be aimed at allowing more flexibility in enlisted promotion and job assignments.   "We believe that modernizing all rating titles for sailors and establishing a new classification system is the first step of a multi-phased approach to do just that. This transformation will occur in phases over a multi-year period," said a Navy spokesman.   The change also means title names like "yeoman" will be lost. Navy leaders have been trying to make such names gender-neutral, under orders of Navy Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, noted the Daily Caller. A spokesman for the service said there was no "direct line" between the all-out effort for gender-neutrality and the new job title overhaul.   That is not what the CNO seemed to indicate last week. It was Mabus' request – examining how changing ratings like yeoman, legalman and damage controlman could better reflect the diversity of the service – that was the genesis of the new policy, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson said during a Thursday all-hands call in explaining the changes, pointed out USNI News.  
  Item Number:19 Date: 10/03/2016 USA - NEW TARGETING SYSTEM SEEN DRAMATICALLY CUTTING THE TIME NEEDED TO CALL FOR FIRE (OCT 03/ARMY)  ARMY TIMES -- The U.S. Army is developing a new lightweight, handheld targeting system expected to significantly cut the time needed to call for fire support, reports the Army Times.   Under current procedures, it might take 30 minutes for the coordinates for an airstrike to get approved once a forward observer has identified a target.   The Joint Effects Targeting System (JETS), scheduled for fielding in mid-2019, is a precision, handheld marking tool with a color camera that can supply coordinates within 30 feet (10 m) of accuracy and digitally send that data to members of the fire support chain day or night and in all weather conditions.   The main benefit is that the system cuts out the 20- to 30-minute process of refining coordinates through multiples steps before receiving approval to drop GPS-guided ordnance.   This improvement addresses the top capability gap for the Army's Fires Center of Excellence, according to program officials.   The system is designed to be used by forward observers at the platoon and fire support team levels.   The JETS weighs just 5.5 pounds (2.5 kg) and is about the size of an old handheld video recorder. With the addition of various cables and batteries for a 72-hour mission, the system weighs about 17 pounds (7.7 kg).   On the other hand, the smaller JETS only has a range of 2,730 yards (2,500 m), compared to the range of 4,050 yards (3,700 m) provided by current systems, officials noted.   The engineering, manufacturing and development phase of the project concluded this month with the approval of a $340 million contract for DRS Networks and Imaging Systems
Item Number:20 Date: 10/03/2016 YEMEN - HOUTHIS HIT EMIRATI VESSEL IN BAB AL-MANDAB STRAIT (OCT 03/CNN)  CABLE NEWS NETWORK -- An Emirati vessel has been hit by Houthi rebels in Yemen, but there are conflicting claims on what that ship might have been carrying.   A ship used by the U.A.E. military was headed to the Yemeni port city of Aden on Saturday when it was hit by an airstrike made by Houthi rebels, reports CNN.   The vessel was delivering medical aid and other supplies when it was hit in the Bab al-Mandab Strait, according to the official U.A.E. state news agency WAM.   The rebel group said it had destroyed a Emirati military vessel that was advancing toward the Red Sea port of Al-Mokha, reported Reuters.   A Houthi spokesman said on Sunday he did not believe the ship was carrying aid. "In any case, the Yemeni people consider the Emiratis and Saudis their enemies and so anything belonging to them is a legitimate target," he said.   The Saudi-led coalition that is fighting the Houthis in Yemen said it rescued passengers of the vessel. There were no reported casualties.


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