Monday, March 6, 2017

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To All,
I hope you all had a great weekend.
Regards,
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This Day In Naval History - March 6
1822: The schooner Enterprise captures four pirate ships in the Gulf of Mexico. During her time in the Gulf, Enterprise takes 13 vessels while suppressing pirates, smugglers, and slaves.
 
1862 - USS Monitor departed New York for Hampton Roads, VA
1942 - U.S. Cruisers and destroyers bombard Vila and Munda, Solomon Islands, sinking 2 Japanese destroyers
 
1836 - A Mexican army overwhelms the defenders of the Alamo.
·         2016 March 6
1521
Ferdinand Magellan discovers Guam.
1820
The Missouri Compromise is enacted by Congress and signed by President James Monroe, providing for the admission of Missouri into the Union as a slave state, but prohibits slavery in the rest of the northern Louisiana Purchase territory.
1836
After fighting for 13 days, the Alamo falls.
1853
Giuseppe Verdi's opera La Traviata premieres in Venice.
1857
The Supreme Court's Dred Scott decision holds that blacks cannot be citizens.
1860
While campaigning for the presidency, Abraham Lincoln makes a speech defending the right to strike.
1862
The USS Monitor left New York with a crew of 63, seven officers and 56 seamen.
1884
Over 100 suffragists, led by Susan B. Anthony, present President Chester A. Arthur with a demand that he voice support for female suffrage.
1888
Louisa May Alcott dies just hours after the burial of her father.
1899
Aspirin is patented following Felix Hoffman's discoveries about the properties of acetylsalicylic acid.
1901
A would-be assassin tries to kill Wilhelm II of Germany in Bremen.
1914
German Prince Wilhelm de Wied is crowned as King of Albania.
1916
The Allies recapture Fort Douaumont in France during the Battle of Verdun.
1928
A Communist attack on Beijing results in 3,000 dead and 50,000 fleeing to Swatow.
1939
In Spain, Jose Miaja takes over Madrid government after a military coup and vows to seek "peace with honor."
1943
British RAF fliers bomb Essen and the Krupp arms works in the Ruhr, Germany.
1945
Cologne, Germany, falls to General Courtney Hodges' First Army.
1947
Winston Churchill opposes the withdrawal of troops from India.
1948
During talks in Berlin, the Western powers agree to internationalize the Ruhr region.
1953
Upon Josef Stalin's death, Georgi Malenkov is named Soviet premier.
1960
The Swiss grant women the right to vote in municipal elections.
1965
The United States announces that it will send 3,500 troops to Vietnam.
1967
President Lyndon B. Johnson announces his plan to establish a draft lottery.
1973
President Richard Nixon imposes price controls on oil and gas.
1975
Iran and Iraq announce that they have settled the border dispute.
1980
Islamic militants in Tehran say that they will turn over the American hostages to the Revolutionary Council.
1981
President Reagan announces plans to cut 37,000 federal jobs.
1987
The British ferry Herald of Free Enterprise capsizes in the Channel off the coast of Belgium. At least 26 are dead.
 
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* Bill Bennett's The American Patriot's Daily Almanac
REMEMBER THE ALAMO!
Storm winds of tyranny blew across Texas in early 1836. In those days the region was a part of Mexico, where General Santa Anna had seized power and made himself dictator. Texans weren't willing to submit to his rule, so Santa Anna marched north with an army.
In San Antonio a small band gathered to make their stand at the Alamo, an old Spanish mission turned into a fort. They were tough characters, men who had settled a wild frontier. With them was the famous Davy Crockett from Tennessee.
The Mexican army arrived and demanded the Alamo's surrender. The Texans answered with a cannon shot. Santa Anna ordered a red flag raised, a signal meaning "We will take no prisoners."
Colonel William Travis, commander of the Alamo, dispatched messengers bearing appeals for reinforcements. "Our flag still waves proudly from the walls," he wrote. "I shall never surrender nor retreat . . . Victory or death!"
Only 32 men made their way through the enemy lines to join the Texans at the Alamo. That brought the number of defenders to about 189. The Mexican army, meanwhile, swelled to perhaps 5,000.
Legend says that Travis called his men together, drew a line in the dust with his sword, and announced that those who wanted to stay and fight should step over the line. Every man but one crossed over.
The attack came early the next morning, on March 6, 1836. For a while, the Texans managed to hold the Mexican army back, but soon Santa Anna's soldiers swarmed over the walls. All of the Alamo's defenders were killed.
The Texans weren't finished. On April 21, troops commanded by Sam Houston attacked and broke Santa Anna's army. "Remember the Alamo!" was their battle cry—a cry that still reminds Americans of unyielding courage and sacrifice for freedom.
 
 
 
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Monday Morning Humor from Al
Submitted by Mark Logan and Tana Harvey:
I might wake up early and go running.  I also might wake up and win the lottery.  The odds are about the same.
One of the happiest moments ever is when you find the courage to let go of what you can't change.
Some days you eat salads and go to the gym, some days you eat cupcakes and refuse to put on pants.  It's called balance.
I put whiskey in my coffee because it's Ireland somewhere.
I wonder why we are so obsessed with trying to find intelligent life on other planets, when we can't even find intelligent life here?
Don't be afraid of death; be afraid of an unlived life.  You don't have to live forever, you just have to live.
I heard WalMart is closing 268 stores…putting 14 cashiers out of work.
I hate when I gain 10 pounds for a role ant then realize that I'm not an actor.
My boss said, "Dress for the job you want, not the job you have."  Now I'm sitting in a disciplinary meeting dressed as Batman.
Wouldn't life be perfect if sweatpants were sexy, Mondays were fun, junk food was healthy, girls didn't cause so much drama, guys weren't so confusing, and goodbyes only meant until tomorrow?
Some things are better left unsaid, which I generally realize right after I have said them.
I don't know what's longer:  a microwave minute of a treadmill minute.
I always carry a knife…you know, in case of cheesecake or something.
I'd rather look back at my life and say "I can't believe I did that" instead of saying "I wish I did that."
I accidentally went grocery shopping on an empty stomach and now I'm the proud owner of Aisle 4.



Submitted by John Hudson:
The fact that there's a 'highway to hell' and only a 'stairway to heaven' says a lot about anticipated traffic numbers.
So when is this 'old enough to know better' supposed to kick in?
Have you ever listened to someone for a while and wondered, "Who ties your shoelaces for you?"
Be careful when you follow the masses…sometimes the "m" is silent!
I'm not lazy; I just really enjoy doing nothing.
When you're dead, you don't know you're dead; it's only difficult for others.  It the same way when you're stupid.
Calm down.  Take a deep breath and hold it for about 20 minutes.
Don't confuse my personality with my attitude…my personality is who I am.  My attitude depends on who you are!
Sometimes I sit quietly and wonder why I'm not in a mental asylum…then I take a look around and realize maybe I already am.



Submitted by Colleen Grosso:
I was addicted to the Hokey Pokey but I turned myself around.
I went to the Air & Space Museum but there was nothing there.
Hold the door open for a clown…it's a nice jester.
My reality check bounced.
If pride comes before a fall, humility should come by winter.
All those who believe in psychokinesis, raise my hand.
Between two evils, I always pick the one I've never tried.
My cure for an obsession:  Get another one.
The first five days after the weekend are the hardest.
I child-proofed my house but the kids still got in.
Ban pre-shredded cheese…Make America grate again.
If attacked by a mob of clowns, go for the juggler.
The past, present, and future walk into a bar…it was tense.
A clear conscience is the sign of a fuzzy memory.



Submitted by Dave Harris:
What doesn't kill you makes you stronger…except for bears…bears will kill you.
There are times when my greatest accomplishment is just keeping my mouth shut.
Yes, I've got OCD—old, cranky and dangerous.
No matter how big a hammer you use, you can't pound common sense into stupid people.
I had a goldfish that could break dance on the carpet…but only for like 20 seconds…and only once.



Submitted by Barry Gaston:
Some days the best thing about my job is that the chair spins.
You know that tingly little feeling you get when you like someone?  That's common sense leaving your body.
I don't like making plans for the day, because then the word "premeditated" gets thrown around the courtroom.
Dear paranoid people who check behind the shower curtains for murderers, if you do find one, what's your plan?
Sometimes you have to burn a few bridges to keep the crazies from following you.
Those who say, "There is no such thing as a stupid question" have never worked in Customer Service.
You can tell a lot about a woman's mood just by her hands.  For instance, if they are holding a gun, she's probably angry.
I've got to stop saying "How stupid can you be?"  Too many people are taking it as a challenge.


Have a great week,
Al
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Thanks to Wigs and Micro
Subject: Get a load of this!!
Seems this kid has been paying very close attention!
This little girl was at CPAC 
She is incredible. 
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Thanks to Dr. Rich and Dutch. Plenty of material here.
 
BABY FLATTOPS OF THE ROYAL NAVY
 
Ladies and Gentlemen Aviators
In the Second World War, the big fleet carriers of the Royal Navy and the US Navy got the lion's share of the glory, but they also got the same share of the enemy attention. Along with these legendary ships, the smaller escort carriers often were ignored. Called "jeep" or "baby" carriers, these ships were far from small, and far from inglorious. Follow this link to read and see moreabout one particular group of escort carriers of the Royal Navy.
 
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Thanks to Ben and Dutch and Dr. Rich…
Real honest to goodness hanger flying. I would love to do this. My favorite was bridges.
 
 
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Thanks to Carl  and others
 
(Will never forget the first time I landed at NAS Miramar and saw Fightertown USA!!  What wonderful memories from over 10 years there!  And the WOXOF room at the O'Club was on the other side of Miramar!) 
 
 
Today in Aviation History: 1969 the US Navy Establishes the Fighter Weapons School – Top Gun!
MARCH 3, 2017fightertownusa-miramar
March 3, 1969 was a memorable day for the US Navy (and for Tom Cruise) with the establishment of the famed Fighter Weapons School better known as 'Top Gun' at the former Naval Air Station (NAS) Miramar, California.
Watch: What is Top Gun?
US Navy TOPGUN Strike Fighter Tactical Training Program - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EwZnp7nE2q0 (4:46)
 
Background:
During the early years of the Vietnam War the US suffered a high number of aircraft being lost in combat. From March 1965 to November 1968, during Operation Rolling Thunder the US Military lost almost 1000 aircraft. The Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) appointed Captain Frank Ault to conduct a total review of all aspects of Naval Aviation to try and determine why Naval aircraft seemed to be suffering higher losses than expected.
Aircraft, aircrew training, squadron and air wing organizational aspects as well as air to air missile performance all were to be examined and then recommendations made for improvements.
The Verdict:
The results of the review became known as the Ault Report and after being published in May 1968 quickly lead to some major changes in Naval Aviation training methods and organization. The main culprit for those large losses of aircraft turned out to be inadequate aircrew training in air combat maneuvering (ACM) and not so much faulty missile technology as earlier thought by many.
Action:
Quick and immediate action was taken by the Navy to resolve this issue with the establishment of the Fighter Weapons School.
Its objective was to develop, refine and teach aerial dogfight tactics and techniques to selected fleet air crews, using the concept of Dissimilar Air Combat Training, DACT. DACT uses stand-in aircraft to realistically replicate expected enemy aircraft and is widely used in air arms the world over. At that time, the predominant enemy aircraft were the Russian-built transonic MiG-17 'Fresco' and the supersonic MiG-21 'Fishbed'.
Topgun initially operated the A-4 Skyhawk and borrowed USAF T-38 Talons to simulate the flying characteristics of the MiG-17 and MiG-21, respectively.
Air crews selected to attend the Topgun course were chosen from front-line units. Upon graduating, these crews would return to their parent fleet units to relay what they had learned to their fellow squadron mates—in essence becoming instructors themselves. – Wikipedia
A U.S. Navy Grumman F-14A Tomcat of Fighter Squadron 213 (VF-213) "Black Lions" flown by CDR Greg "Mullet" Gerard and LTJG Don "Coach" Husten engages a General Dynamics F-16N Viper aggressor aircraft flown by Lieutenant Commander George "Elwood" Dom during training at the Navy Fighter Weapons School (TOPGUN) at Naval Air Station (NAS) Miramar, California, in March 1989. Later in his career, Dom served as flight leader of the "Blue Angels" aerobatics team. Photo by US Navy.
Results:
According to reports the Navy said the results from 'Top Gun' training were dramatic. In the years before Top Gun, 1965-1967 their kill ratio was 3.7 to 1 meaning the Navy would lose one aircraft per every 3.7 enemy aircraft they destroyed. After 1970, when Top Gun graduates were infiltrating back into the Fleet and teaching other aircrew what they had learned the kill ratio soared to 13:1.
The fame created by the Navy's Fighter Weapons School lead to the production of a hit movie in 1986 called Top Gun starring the F-14 Tomcat and some guy named Tom Cruise which created even more folklore about the exploits of Navy fighter pilots at NAS Miramar near San Diego, California.
Watch Scenes From the Movie Top Gun
Top Gun - Danger Zone - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=58QOBqAWNzE (3:40)
 
In 1996 the Navy transferred ownership of NAS Miramar to the United States Marine Corps and merged the Fighter Weapons School (Top Gun) into the Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center at NAS Fallon, Nevada. Many Naval Aviators were saddened to see Top Gun leave Miramar but the storied history it had there will never be forgotten and always remain a part of Navy tradition.
Have any Top Gun or NAS Miramar stories? Share them with us by commenting below. Did you see the movie?
Featured image of Fightertown USA (aka NAS Miramar) via Pinterest/Michael Sherriff
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(Will never forget the first time I landed at NAS Miramar and saw Fightertown USA!!  What wonderful memories from over 10 years there!  And the WOXOF room at the O'Club was on the other side of Miramar!) 
 
 
Today in Aviation History: 1969 the US Navy Establishes the Fighter Weapons School – Top Gun!
MARCH 3, 2017fightertownusa-miramar
March 3, 1969 was a memorable day for the US Navy (and for Tom Cruise) with the establishment of the famed Fighter Weapons School better known as 'Top Gun' at the former Naval Air Station (NAS) Miramar, California.
Watch: What is Top Gun?
US Navy TOPGUN Strike Fighter Tactical Training Program - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EwZnp7nE2q0 (4:46)
 
Background:
During the early years of the Vietnam War the US suffered a high number of aircraft being lost in combat. From March 1965 to November 1968, during Operation Rolling Thunder the US Military lost almost 1000 aircraft. The Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) appointed Captain Frank Ault to conduct a total review of all aspects of Naval Aviation to try and determine why Naval aircraft seemed to be suffering higher losses than expected.
Aircraft, aircrew training, squadron and air wing organizational aspects as well as air to air missile performance all were to be examined and then recommendations made for improvements.
The Verdict:
The results of the review became known as the Ault Report and after being published in May 1968 quickly lead to some major changes in Naval Aviation training methods and organization. The main culprit for those large losses of aircraft turned out to be inadequate aircrew training in air combat maneuvering (ACM) and not so much faulty missile technology as earlier thought by many.
Action:
Quick and immediate action was taken by the Navy to resolve this issue with the establishment of the Fighter Weapons School.
Its objective was to develop, refine and teach aerial dogfight tactics and techniques to selected fleet air crews, using the concept of Dissimilar Air Combat Training, DACT. DACT uses stand-in aircraft to realistically replicate expected enemy aircraft and is widely used in air arms the world over. At that time, the predominant enemy aircraft were the Russian-built transonic MiG-17 'Fresco' and the supersonic MiG-21 'Fishbed'.
Topgun initially operated the A-4 Skyhawk and borrowed USAF T-38 Talons to simulate the flying characteristics of the MiG-17 and MiG-21, respectively.
Air crews selected to attend the Topgun course were chosen from front-line units. Upon graduating, these crews would return to their parent fleet units to relay what they had learned to their fellow squadron mates—in essence becoming instructors themselves. – Wikipedia
A U.S. Navy Grumman F-14A Tomcat of Fighter Squadron 213 (VF-213) "Black Lions" flown by CDR Greg "Mullet" Gerard and LTJG Don "Coach" Husten engages a General Dynamics F-16N Viper aggressor aircraft flown by Lieutenant Commander George "Elwood" Dom during training at the Navy Fighter Weapons School (TOPGUN) at Naval Air Station (NAS) Miramar, California, in March 1989. Later in his career, Dom served as flight leader of the "Blue Angels" aerobatics team. Photo by US Navy.
Results:
According to reports the Navy said the results from 'Top Gun' training were dramatic. In the years before Top Gun, 1965-1967 their kill ratio was 3.7 to 1 meaning the Navy would lose one aircraft per every 3.7 enemy aircraft they destroyed. After 1970, when Top Gun graduates were infiltrating back into the Fleet and teaching other aircrew what they had learned the kill ratio soared to 13:1.
The fame created by the Navy's Fighter Weapons School lead to the production of a hit movie in 1986 called Top Gun starring the F-14 Tomcat and some guy named Tom Cruise which created even more folklore about the exploits of Navy fighter pilots at NAS Miramar near San Diego, California.
Watch Scenes From the Movie Top Gun
Top Gun - Danger Zone - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=58QOBqAWNzE (3:40)
 
In 1996 the Navy transferred ownership of NAS Miramar to the United States Marine Corps and merged the Fighter Weapons School (Top Gun) into the Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center at NAS Fallon, Nevada. Many Naval Aviators were saddened to see Top Gun leave Miramar but the storied history it had there will never be forgotten and always remain a part of Navy tradition.
Have any Top Gun or NAS Miramar stories? Share them with us by commenting below. Did you see the movie?
Featured image of Fightertown USA (aka NAS Miramar) via Pinterest/Michael Sherriff
 
 
 
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Item Number:1 Date: 03/06/2017 AUSTRALIA - CHOICES NARROW TO SAAB, AEGIS COMBAT SYSTEMS AS CANBERRA SPEEDS UP PROCESS TO DESIGN NEW FRIGATES (MAR 06/AUS)  THE AUSTRALIAN -- The Australian government says it is going to speed up the process for selecting a design for the navy's new frigates, reports the Australian newspaper.   The goal is to ensure that construction of the new warships can begin in 2020.   The number of combat systems competing for the program has been reduced to two, Defense Industry Minister Christopher Pyne told the newspaper last week.   Narrowing down the number to the two considered most suited will streamline the process and allow bidders to focus on other aspects of the competition, said Pyne.   The government also hopes to announce the winner of the competition sooner than April 2018, as is currently planned, said the minister.   Since the navy already uses both the Aegis and Saab combat systems in its Hobart-class air warfare destroyers and ANZAC-class frigates, one of the two will be chosen for the new warships, the minister said.   A detailed request for tenders to build the nine future frigates will be released later this month, he said.   Three companies have been short-listed for the program: Italy's Fincantieri with its Carlo Bergamini-class design; Spain's Navantia with a redesigned version of the Hobart class; and BAE Systems in the U.K. with its new Type 26 design
Item Number:2 Date: 03/06/2017 CANADA - 300 TAKE PART IN ARMY'S WINTER WARFARE EXERCISE IN NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR (MAR 06/CDND)  CANADA DEPARTMENT OF NATIONAL DEFENSE -- The Canadian army is in the midst of a large winter warfare exercise in Labrador, reports the Canadian Dept. of National Defense.   Exercise Northern Sojourn is an annual drill designed to enhance the skills of Canada's Arctic-capable regular and reserve personnel.   The training, which involves a snowmobile patrol from Happy Valley-Goose Bay to Makkovik, in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador, began on March 2 and runs through March 10.   More than 300 Canadian soldiers are taking part in the drills, along with personnel from the U.S. and Polish armies. Members of 5 Canadian Ranger Patrol Group are expected to serve as guides and advisers throughout the exercise, the department said in a release on Thursday.   The drills cover snowmobile patrol tactics; snow shelter construction; Arctic survival skills; Arctic security posture techniques; and other skills
Item Number:3 Date: 03/06/2017 CHINA - JAPAN, TAIWAN KEEP CLOSE EYE ON CHINESE EXERCISE TRANSITING MIYAKO STRAIT (MAR 06/JT)  JAPAN TIMES -- Both Taiwan and Japan have been reacting to Chinese military moves in the region.   On Thursday, the Japan Air-Self Defense Force scrambled fighter jets after the Chinese navy conducted a large-scale exercise through the strategic Miyako Strait, northeast of Taiwan and southwest of Okinawa, reports the Japan Times.   Chinese fighters, bombers and early warning aircraft flew through the strait to conduct training with Chinese warships in the Pacific, according to Xinhua, China's state news agency.   Thirteen Chinese aircraft flew through the strait, according to the Japanese Defense Ministry. This was the largest number of foreign aircraft Japan eliciting a Japanese scramble since 2003, reported the Kyodo news agency. The Chinese aircraft did not violate Japanese airspace, the ministry said.   The March 2 drill was the latest in a series over the last six months in the politically sensitive region.   Meanwhile, Taiwan's Defense Ministry said it had monitored the Chinese exercise, which took place outside of Taiwan's air defense identification zone, reported Reuters.   Earlier that day, Defense Minister Feng Shih-kuan said Taiwan's military would step up patrols in the South China Sea and the navy would train more with the air force in response to growing Chinese military activity in the region.  
  Item Number:4 Date: 03/06/2017 EUROPEAN UNION - EDA WRAPS UP PROGRAM TO IMPROVE ARTILLERY ACCURACY (MAR 06/EDA)  EUROPEAN DEFENSE AGENCY -- The European Defense Agency (EDA) has announced the completion of a project designed to increase the accuracy of artillery systems.   The EDA noted that the Course Correction Fuze (CCF) program began in 2012 within the agency's Smart Munition Working Group.   The goal of the program was to develop common technical knowledge on cost-effective and affordable solutions for reducing ballistic dispersion and enhancing the accuracy of artillery rounds via a new fuze, said an agency release on March 2.   Experts from EDA members Belgium, Poland, Sweden and the U.K., along with Norway (which has an administrative arrangement with the agency), put together a Common European Requirements document. It was agreed to and distributed to participating member states in late 2016, said the EDA.   Officials also recognized the need to harmonize their approach to the problems of integrating and testing the CCF in existing and future artillery systems to reduce costs, said the agency.   According to the release, an investigation into integrating the CCF with E.U. artillery systems was conducted in three phases. The first gathered data on existing CCF solutions, artillery systems and ammunition. Five solutions were selected for further study.   The second phase analyzed the five CCF solutions and their integration with the artillery systems and ammunition used by the participating member states. Artillery systems were divided into manual; semi-automatic loading and gun-laying; and automatic loading and gun-laying, each of which has its own requirements for a CCF, said the release.   The third and final phase developed conclusions and recommendations for future opportunities for cooperation among the participants, the EDA said.  
  Item Number:5 Date: 03/06/2017 IRAQ - MOSUL'S AL-HURRIYA BRIDGE NOW IN GOVERNMENT HANDS (MAR 06/ALJAZ)  AL JAZEERA -- Iraqi forces backed by the U.S. say they have captured a second key bridge in Mosul, reports Al Jazeera (Qatar).   All of Mosul's five bridges crossing the Tigris have been destroyed since government forces launched an offensive to regain control of the city from ISIS late last year.   Capturing and repairing all of the bridges would help in the effort against the jihadists, noted Euronews.   Government forces seized the eastern half in Mosul in January; an operation to retake the west began on Feb. 19.   The Interior Ministry's rapid-response forces said on Monday that they had seized the western end of the al-Hurriya bridge.   Government forces are also advancing toward Mosul's old city center from the south and southwest, reported Reuters
  Item Number:6 Date: 03/06/2017 LIBYA - AL-QAIDA, ISIS PLANNING TOGETHER FOR ATTACKS, SAYS DEFENSE MINISTER (MAR 06/DTL)  DAILY TELEGRAPH (LONDON) -- The Islamic State terrorist group is regrouping in southern Libya with the assistance of Al-Qaida, says Libya's defense minister, as reported by London's Daily Telegraph.   The cooperation deviates from with public animosity between the leaders of the two groups. Ayman Al-Zawahiri, the head of Al-Qaida, recently blasted the brutal methods and propaganda of ISIS.   Islamic State and Al-Qaida "have never attacked each other here and now we have evidence that they are actively cooperating," Mahdi Barghathi, the defense minister for the U.N.-backed government in Tripoli, told the Telegraph, as quoted last week. "Al-Qaida is providing logistics and support to help [ISIS] re-group and launch attacks."   Mokhtar Belmokhtar, the one-eyed Al-Qaida leader who was believed to be killed last year, is apparently alive and leading the remnants of ISIS fighters who escaped a Libyan offensive to retake Sirte in 2016, said Barghathi.   Belmokhtar was said to have been killed in a French airstrike in eastern Libya, but his death was denied by Al-Qaida and his body was never recovered. His death has been reported a number of times.   A Libyan military intelligence report, reviewed by the Telegraph, indicates that there are as many as 700 ISIS fighters south of Bani Walid. About 3,000 militants from various groups, including Al-Qaida, are believed to be active in Libya.   Those terrorists were financing their activities through illegal immigration to Europe and gold smuggling, the report says.  
 Item Number:7 Date: 03/06/2017 LIBYA - RIVAL FACTIONS CONTEND FOR OIL TERMINALS IN EAST (MAR 06/MIDEEYE)  MIDDLE EAST EYE -- Forces affiliated to an eastern Libyan strongman have acknowledged losing control of a key oil export terminal seized last year. A spokesman for Khalifa Haftar conceded the loss on Saturday, noted the Middle East Eye.   Fighting in the area continued on Monday.   The clashes involved the eastern-based Libyan National Army (LNA), which is led by former Gen. Haftar and allied to the government in Tobruk, and the Benghazi Defense Brigades (BDB), an Islamist group, noted Reuters.   The BDB militia controlled Benghazi until it was ousted by the LNA in an offensive that began in 2014. They are allied with eastern groups opposed to Haftar and has worked with groups loyal to the U.N.-backed government in Tripoli, reported AFP.   The LNA gained control of the ports of Es Sider, Ras Lanuf, Brega and Zueitina in September 2016, ending a blockade and allowing national oil output to double. The BDB and other groups tried to take the ports in December and January 2017.   On Friday, the BDB seized the ports of Sider and Ras Lanuf from the LNA, which has since been attempting to regain control.   As of Monday, LNA forces were stationed at Al Uqaylah, about 45 miles southeast of Ras Lanuf, said a spokesman. LNA warplanes hit targets near the two ports, he said.  
  Item Number:8 Date: 03/06/2017 MALI - MILITANTS KILL AT LEAST 11 SOLDIERS AT POST CLOSE TO BURKINA FASO BORDER (MAR 06/VANGUARD)  VANGUARD -- A militant attack on a Malian army base near the border with Burkina Faso has killed at least 11 soldiers and wounded five others, reports the Vanguard (Nigeria).   Armed men attacked a military post early Sunday in the village of Boulikessi, said a Defense Ministry statement.   French forces deployed in Mali were sent by helicopter to assess the attack site, said a source cited by AFP. Around 20 Malian soldiers reportedly fled into Burkina Faso.   There was no immediate claim of responsibility.   A security source cited by AFP blamed Ansarul Islam. That group, which is led by radical preacher Malam Ibrahim Dicko, claimed an attack in December that killed 12 Burkinabe soldiers.   Reuters noted that Al-Qaida affiliates have been active in the region of late
Item Number:9 Date: 03/06/2017 NORTH KOREA - TOKYO PROTESTS AFTER PYONGYANG FIRES MISSILES INTO JAPANESE WATERS (MAR 06/CNN)  CABLE NEWS NETWORK -- North Korea has fired ballistic missiles into Japanese waters, say officials from South Korea, Japan and the U.S., as cited by CNN.   Four missiles were launched from a long-range missile test site in North Pyongan province Monday morning. All flew about 620 miles and reached an altitude of 161 miles before falling into the Sea of Japan (also known as the East Sea), said the South's Joint Chief of Staff, as reported by the Yonhap news agency (Seoul).   Three of the projectiles landed inside Tokyo's exclusive economic zone, said Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. The prime minister said "strong protests" had been lodged over the incident, noted NBC News.   The missiles did not appear to be capable of reaching the western coast of the U.S., said the South's Defense Ministry. One U.S. official said they were intermediate-range missiles.   The projectiles could have been short-range Scuds or mid-range Rodong missiles based on their number, according to experts.   The launches come as South Korea and the U.S. are conducting annual joint exercises set to run until April 1. The North calls such drills a rehearsal for invasion, and often responds with missile tests, noted the New York Times
Item Number:10 Date: 03/06/2017 PAKISTAN - 5 TROOPS DIE IN MOHMAND ATTACKS FROM ACROSS AFGHAN BORDER (MAR 06/ALJAZ)  AL JAZEERA -- A splinter group of the Pakistani Taliban has claimed responsibility for attacking border posts close to Afghanistan late on Sunday, reports Al Jazeera (Qatar).   The group responsible has not been confirmed.   Militants attacked three posts in Pakistan's northwestern Mohmand tribal area on Sunday night. Five soldiers and 10 militants were killed in the fighting, the army announced on Monday.   The attacks were made from Afghan territory, said a statement from Pakistan's Foreign Ministry and military.   "[This attack] emphasizes need for required physical presence on Afghan side of the border for matching and effective border security," said the statement.   On Monday, the Foreign Ministry summonsed a senior Afghan diplomat to protest the attack.   The Jamaat-ul-Ahrar faction of the Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.   Pakistan's military pointed to the Afghan Taliban, noted UPI
Item Number:11 Date: 03/06/2017 PHILIPPINES - BODY OF BEHEADED HOSTAGE FOUND, TO BE RETURNED TO GERMANY (MAR 06/PDI)  PHILIPPINE DAILY INQUIRER -- Philippine troops have found the body of a German hostage executed by Abu Sayyaf terrorists last week, reports the Philippine Inquirer.   Jugen Kantner, 70, was abducted from his yacht in November. A gruesome video released by the Islamist group in late February showed his apparent execution after a deadline for a US$600,000 ransom passed. The video was distributed by the SITE Intelligence Group, noted CNN.   His body was recovered Saturday on the island of Sulu. It will be returned to Germany, said officials.   President Rodrigo Duterte earlier apologized to Germany and Kantner's family for failing to rescue him. The Philippine leader has insisted that no ransoms be paid, reported Reuters.   Abu Sayyaf is believed to be holding 31 hostages, including 12 Vietnamese, seven Indonesians, six Filipinos, five Malaysians and one from the Netherlands
Item Number:12 Date: 03/06/2017 RUSSIA - COUNTERTERRORIST FORCES BREAK UP DAGESTAN CELL SAID TO BE AFFILIATED WITH ISIS (MAR 06/TASS)  TASS -- Counterterrorist officials in Russia say they have busted a group in the Caucasus with links to the Islamic State terrorist group, reports Tass (Russia).   Three people were arrested Sunday in raids in Derbent, Dagestan, said the National Anti-Terror Committee (NAC). One cell member was killed in a gunfight.   The committee described the group as an ISIS sleeper cell that had been involved in local attacks.   The group was also plotting crimes against authorities and law enforcement, said the NAC
Item Number:13 Date: 03/06/2017 RUSSIA - TOP GENERAL, NATO MILITARY CHIEF HAVE 1ST TOP-LEVEL TALKS SINCE 2014 (MAR 06/TASS)  TASS -- Russia's senior military officer has held talks with the head of the NATO Military Committee, the first such talks in three years, reports the Tass news agency (Moscow).   At the initiative of NATO, Gen. Valery Gerasimov, the Russian chief of General Staff, spoke with Czech Gen. Petr Pavel on the telephone on Friday, according to the Russian Defense Ministry.   The alliance froze relations with the Kremlin in April 2014 following Moscow's annexation of Crimea from Ukraine.   The generals discussed security, potential for restoring military relations, preventing incidents and the participation of NATO representatives at international events held by the Russian Defense Ministry.   Gerasimov noted Moscow's concerns with the buildup of NATO military forces near Russia's borders, the ministry said.   The alliance headquarters in Brussels confirmed the conversation and said the generals "agreed that they will remain in contact," as quoted by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.  
  Item Number:14 Date: 03/06/2017 SINGAPORE - TRAINING AREA FOR ARMED FORCES TO BE TRANSFORMED INTO WORLD-CLASS FACILITY (MAR 06/CHNA)  CHANNEL NEWS ASIA -- The Singapore government has decided to significantly upgrade the SAFTI training area in the western part of the city-state, reports Channel News Asia.   The new "SAFTI City" training ground will be modernized over a decade at a cost of about US$633 million, Defense Minister Ng Eng Hen told lawmakers on Friday.   "The new SAFTI City will allow any battalion to fight across different terrains successively as they will do in real-life missions. It will therefore have both urban and conventional terrain. In the urban setting, there will be low houses and high-rise buildings. In the open terrain - jungles, hills and rivers to cross," the minister said.   Advanced training simulation technologies will also be "designed into new physical facilities to replicate distinct operating environments," said Ng.   The training area will cover 217 acres (88 hectares) and consist of two sectors with extensive road networks and more than 200 buildings. The size of the new facility has been compared to Bishan, a large populated town in the central part of Singapore.   The first sector will simulate island defense missions against a backdrop of a petrochemical complex, warehouses, container parks and industrial buildings, said officials.   The second will simulate homeland security, disaster relief, and civil contingency response operations, including basement parking lots, dense clusters of shops, interconnected high-rise buildings, a bus interchange, an underground subway station with multiple surface exits, low-rise residences and rubble
  Item Number:15 Date: 03/06/2017 SYRIA - AFTER HALT TO REGROUP, U.S.-BACKED SDF AGAIN PUSHES TO RAQQA (MAR 06/XIN)  XINHUA -- U.S.-backed Syrian rebels have cut off a supply route between Syria's Deir Ezzor province and the de facto capital of the Islamic State in Raqqa, says a monitoring group cited by Xinhua, China's state news agency.   The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) severed the main road connecting Raqqa with ISIS-held areas in Deir Ezzor, said the U.K.-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights on Monday.   That action leaves just one route out of Raqqa across the Euphrates River, noted the observatory.   The SDF resumed its operations on Sunday after a week-long halt, seizing at least seven villages in Deir Ezzor, reported the Voice of America News
Item Number:16 Date: 03/06/2017 SYRIA - MIG CRASHES IN TURKEY; SYRIAN PILOT FOUND, HOSPITALIZED (MAR 06/DHA)  DOGAN NEWS AGENCY -- Turkish troops say they found the pilot of a Syrian fighter jet that went down over the weekend has been found alive, reports the Dogan News Agency (Turkey).   The Syrian military reported that it lost contact with the pilot on Saturday night. Turkish forces found him on Sunday and took the pilot to a hospital.   The pilot, identified as Mehmet Sufhan, was found in the Hatay region after a nine-hour search, reported Turkey's Anadolu Agency.   He was said to have some spinal fractures from ejecting, but was said to be not in critical condition.   The pilot told Turkish authorities that his aircraft had been shot down. The Islamist coalition Ahrar al-Sham claimed responsibility for downing the fighter jet, reported Russia's Sputnik.   Turkey's Prime Minister Binali Yildirim confirmed that the plane was a MiG-23, but said why it crashed was unclear
  Item Number:17 Date: 03/06/2017 UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - MILITARY MIGHT ON DISPLAY BY ALL BRANCHES IN ABU DHABI PUBLIC EXERCISE (MAR 06/NATIONAL)  THE NATIONAL -- The United Arab Emirates military has just concluded a public exercise in Abu Dhabi involving all of its branches, reports the National (U.A.E.).   Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed, the crown prince of Abu Dhabi and deputy supreme commander of the armed forces, attended the March 2 event, which included personnel from the air force, air defense, army, navy, Joint Aviation Command and quick-reaction force of the Presidential Guard.   The Union Fortress drills included paratroopers, helicopters, surveillance aircraft, fighter jets and infantry, including a simulated hostage rescue from a ship off the Abu Dhabi Corniche.   The maritime assault included a submersible delivering special operations forces followed by paratroopers performing high-altitude, low-opening (HALO) jumps and a flyover by F-16 fighters, reported the Khaleej Times (Dubai).  
  Item Number:18 Date: 03/06/2017 USA - NEXT-GEN MINOTAUR SYSTEM BEING INSTALLED IN MODERNIZATION OF USCG'S 10TH C-130J (MAR 06/USCG)  U.S. COAST GUARD -- The U.S. Coast Guard has taken delivery of its 10th C-130J transport for conversion into a patrol aircraft.   The C-130J was delivered at the Lockheed Martin Aeronautics facility in Greenville, S.C., on Feb. 24, in its baseline configuration.   The aircraft was flown on Feb. 28 to the L3 Technologies Integrated Systems Platform Integration Division in Waco, Texas, to have its Minotaur mission system suite installed, the service said in a release on Friday.   During missionization, Coast Guard-specific radar, sensor and communication systems will be installed, after which the aircraft will be re-designated as an HC-130J, noted the release.   The 11th C-130J for the Coast Guard is currently in production, with the 12th and 13th under contract. One base configuration aircraft is scheduled for delivery in 2018 and two in 2019
  Item Number:19 Date: 03/06/2017 USA - TROOPS IN HAWAII TO BREAK IN NEW JUNGLE BOOTS IN 3-MONTH PHASES (MAR 06/ARMY)  ARMY TIMES -- The U.S. Army is about to start outfitting two brigade combat teams with the latest jungle boots this month, reports the Army Times.   The 25th Infantry Division in Hawaii tested the boots last year. Feedback from the trials led to the development of the more comfortable, quick-drying, puncture-resistant boots that are now being fielded, said officials.   The Army began pushing for better and more suitable boots when it expanded its role in the Pacific region.   The new boots feature a thick layer of polyurethane to absorb shock; new tread pattern that easily sheds mud; perforated holes for improved drainage; treated knit mesh that helps boots dry out and allows feet to breathe; and puncture-resistant soles instead of steel plates, according to the makers.   The footgear is made by Rocky Boots and Belleville Boot Company, noted Military.com.   Plans call for the 2nd and 3rd Brigade Combat Teams of the 25th Infantry Division to wear the boots in three-month phases. The first will run from March to June and the second from June to September.   Each soldier will receive two pairs of boots. The boots will be worn for field training, to the range and possibly for physical training.   The Army will obtain feedback from the troops at the end of September and decide whether to continue fielding the boots or see what changes may be necessary
  Item Number:20 Date: 03/06/2017 YEMEN - AMERICAN AIRSTRIKES CONTINUE AGAINST AQAP (MAR 06/AFP)  AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE -- Yemeni security sources say U.S. airstrikes have hit Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) positions in Yemen for five nights running, reports Agence France-Presse.   An early dawn raid on Monday hit the town of Al-Nasl in the southern province of Abyan, said one source.   Residents cited by Reuters also reported strikes in the village of Noufan in central Abyan and a mountainous area in al-Saeed in Shabwa.   There were no immediate casualty reports.   The U.S. has conducted more than 30 airstrikes against AQAP since March 2, focusing on Abyan, Shabwa and Baida provinces, according to the Pentagon.

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