Wednesday, March 8, 2017

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To All,
A bit of history and some tidbits.
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This Day In Naval History - March 8
1854 - Commodore Matthew Perry opens treaty negotiations with Japan
1862 - Ironclad ram CSS Virginia destroys USS Cumberland and Congress
1945: Phyllis Daley becomes the first African-American ensign in the Navy Nurse Corps and serves at the Naval Dispensary at Boston, Mass.
1958 - Battleship USS Wisconsin (BB-64) is decommissioned, leaving the Navy
without an active battleship for the first time since 1895.
1965 - Seventh Fleet lands first major Marine units in South Vietnam at
Danang
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Military Milestones from Dueling Ironclads to Flying Tigers by  W. Thomas
Smith Jr.
 
This Week in American Military History
 
Mar. 8, 1965:  The lead elements of 3rd Battalion, 9th Marines begin coming
ashore at Da Nang, South Vietnam. Within hours, 1st Battalion, 3rd Marines
will arrive aboard transport aircraft at the nearby airbase. The Marines of
3/9 and 1/3 – both part of the 9th Marine Expeditionary Brigade – are the
first of America's ground-combat forces destined for offensive operations
against the enemy in Southeast Asia, once again putting teeth in the Marine
Corps' claim that it is "first to fight."
 
Mar. 9, 1847:  Thousands of American soldiers and a company-sized force of
Marines (though referred to as a battalion) under the overall command of
U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Winfield Scott and "Home Squadron" Commodore David E.
Conner begin landing at Collado Beach, Mexico, just south of Vera Cruz.
 
In what will prove to be "a model" for future amphibious operations, the
landings are unprecedented: The largest American amphibious operation to
date, conducted in less than five hours without a single loss of life.
 
A portion of Conner's dispatch to the Secretary of the Navy reads:
 
"Gen. Scott has now with him upwards of 11,000 men. At his request, I
permitted the Marines of the squadron, under Capt. [Alvin] Edson, to join
him, as a part of the 3rd Regiment of artillery. The general-in-chief
landed this morning, and the army put itself in motion at an early hour, to
form its lines around the city. There has been some distant firing of shot
and shells from the town and castle upon the troops as they advanced, but
without result."
 
Though the landings are bloodless, grim fighting will continue in the
Mexican-American War.
 
Mar. 9, 1862:  In day-two of the now-famous Battle of Hampton Roads
(Virginia), the Confederate Navy's ironclad warship, CSS Virginia (built
from the remains of the previously scuttled frigate USS Merrimack) and her
Union rival, the also-ironclad USS Monitor, begin exchanging shots in one
of history's first clashes of ironclads.
 
The battle ends in a draw with both vessels inflicting marginal damage on
one another before breaking off the fight: Technically it is a tactical
victory for Virginia because she has inflicted greater damage on the
blockading ships than they on her (Virginia had attacked and destroyed the
Union Navy's wooden warships USS Congress and USS Cumberland the previous
day before the arrival of the Monitor). But it may also be seen as a
strategic victory for the Union because Virginia fails to break the
blockade. The battle however will not be remembered for which side might
have carried the day – though that is still being debated – but rather the
lessons learned in this particular clash which greatly contributed to the
ongoing revolution in Naval tactics and ship-design and construction.
 
Mar. 10, 1783:  The Duc De Lauzun, a Continental Navy transport-vessel
(laden with Spanish silver currency), and her escort, the frigate Alliance
(the first of two so-named American warships), are spotted by three Royal
Navy ships – HMS Sybil, HMS Alarm, and HMS Tobago –off Cape Canaveral,
Florida. Sybil pursues the two American vessels, fires on the slow-moving
Duc De Lauzun, then is aggressively engaged by Alliance. In less than one
hour, the badly damaged Sybil disengages and flees, ending the last Naval
battle of the American Revolution.
 
Alliance is commanded by Capt. (future commodore) John Barry, who – as we
said Feb. 4 – is considered in some circles to be "the Father of the
American Navy," though some would argue that title belongs to Capt. John
Paul Jones.
Mar. 11, 1862:  President Abraham Lincoln – frustrated over Union Army Gen.
George B. McClellan's unwillingness to attack the Confederate Army –
relieves McClellan of his post as general-in-chief of the U.S. Army, but
keeps him on as commanding general of the Army of the Potomac. McClellan –
who will lose his command after failing to destroy Confederate Gen. Robert
E. Lee's wounded army following the Battle of Antietam – becomes the second
well-known casualty in Lincoln's series of firing, hiring, and firing
generals until the Union Army (like the already well-commanded Confederate
Army) is led by some of the most able generals in American military history.
 
Mar. 11, 1943:  "The Flying Tigers" – the famous volunteer group of
American fighter pilots contracted to the Chinese Air Force during World
War II and ultimately brought under U.S. Army Air Forces command as the
China Air Task Force – is absorbed into the 14th Air Force.
 
Commanded by Gen. Claire L. Chennault, "the Flying Tigers" were so-named
because of the tiger-shark faces painted on the noses of their P-40
fighters.
 
Today, according to the U.S. Air Force, airmen of the 14th Air Force are
"the day-to-day operators of Air Force Space Command's space forces." And
the centerpiece of the 14th Air Force emblem is a tiger with wings.
 
March 8
1618
Johannes Kepler discovers the third Law of Planetary Motion.
1702
Queen Anne becomes the monarch of England upon the death of William III.
1790
George Washington delivers the first State of the Union address.
1853
The first bronze statue of Andrew Jackson is unveiled in Washington, D.C.
1855
The first train crosses Niagara Falls on a suspension bridge.
1862
On the second day of the Battle of Pea Ridge, Confederate forces, including some Indian troops, under General Earl Van Dorn surprise Union troops, but the Union troops win the battle.
1862
The Confederate ironclad C.S.S. Virginia (formerly U.S.S. Merrimack) is launched.
1880
President Rutherford B. Hayes declares that the United States will have jurisdiction over any canal built across the Isthmus of Panama.
1904
The Bundestag in Germany lifts the ban on the Jesuit order of priests.
1908
The House of Commons, London, turns down the women's suffrage bill.
1909
Pope Pius X lifts the church ban on interfaith marriages in Hungary.
1910
Baroness de Laroche becomes the first woman to obtain a pilot's license in France.
1921
Spanish Premier Eduardo Dato is assassinated while leaving Parliament in Madrid.
1921
French troops occupy Dusseldorf.
1941
Martial law is proclaimed in Holland in order to extinguish any anti-Nazi protests.
1942
Japanese troops capture Rangoon, Burma.
1943
Japanese forces attack American troops on Hill 700 in Bougainville. The battle will last five days.
1945
Phyllis Mae Daley receives a commission in the U.S. Navy Nurse Corps. She will become the first African-American nurse to serve duty in World War II.
1948
The U.S. Supreme Court rules that religious instruction in public schools is unconstitutional.
1954
France and Vietnam open talks in Paris on a treaty to form the state of Indochina.
1961
Max Conrad circles the globe in a record time of eight days, 18 hours and 49 minutes in Piper Aztec.
1965
More than 4,000 Marines land at Da Nang in South Vietnam and become the first U.S. combat troops in Vietnam.
1966
Australia announces that it will triple the number of troops in Vietnam.
1970
The Nixon administration discloses the deaths of 27 Americans in Laos.
1973
Two bombs explode near Trafalgar Square in Great Britain injuring 234 people.
1982
The United States accuses the Soviets of killing 3,000 Afghans with poison gas.
1985
Thomas Creighton dies after having three heart transplants in a 46-hour period.
 
 
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Thanks to Carl
 
 
Historic Pictures & Rare Film Footage: NAS Pensacola – Birthplace of Naval Aviation
 
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Thanks to Glen
Black Box Generated Hudson River Landing
they did an interview of Sully recently.the post crash PTSD did a number on him.
normal resting pulse before  50   after   100 normal blood pressure 110    after 160
this went on for months. medication, rest, and counselling finally took some of the pressure
off his psyche...his comment:  we practiced every possible scenario so that we won't panic.
we didn't practice this one....and at first I  DID  panic....then he slipped back into experienced pilot mode and got the job done! very impressive...
Glenn
 
On 03/07/17, Alan Featherstone wrote:
.Glenn, this is neat. I really like the way Sully blew off ATC the last minutes or so of flight and concentrated on just flying his airplane to a safe ditching in the Hudson.
 This is a new version of the infamous Hudson Landing.
 Different from the others and very well done.
Black Box Generated View of Hudson Plane Landing  
 
 This is amazing . . . computer generated from the black box . . .In the Hudson River!
 
Click here: #t=109     This is unreal   
 
 
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Thanks to Mike
TODAY'S AVIATION TOPIC IS: HOW TO FLY A HELICOPTER...
Although flying a helicopter may seem very difficult, the truth is that if you can drive a car, you can, with just a few minutes of instruction, take the controls of one of these amazing machines. Of course you would immediately crash and die. 
This is why you need to remember: 
RULE ONE OF HELICOPTER PILOTING: Always have somebody sitting right next to you who actually knows how to fly the helicopter and can snatch the controls away from you.  Because the truth is that helicopters are nothing at all like cars.  Cars work because of basic scientific principles that everybody understands, such as internal combustion and parallel parking. Whereas scientists still have no idea what holds helicopters up. "Whatever it is, it could stop at any moment," is their current feeling. This leads us to: 
RULE TWO OF HELICOPTER PILOTING: Maybe you should forget the entire thing.   
This was what I was thinking on a recent Saturday morning as I stood outside a small airport in South Florida, where I was about to take my first helicopter lesson.  This was not my idea.  This was the idea of Pam Gallina-Raissiguier, a pilot who flies radio reporters over Miami during rush hour so they can alert drivers to traffic problems ("Bob, we have a three-mile backup on the interstate due to an overturned cocaine truck").
Pam is active in an international organization of women helicopter pilots called - Gloria Steinem, avert your eyes - the "Whirly Girls." She thought it would be a great idea for me to take a helicopter lesson.
I began having severe doubts when I saw Pam's helicopter.  This was a small helicopter. It looked like it should have a little slot where you insert quarters to make it go up and down. I knew that if we got airborne in a helicopter this size in South Florida, some of our larger tropical flying insects could very well attempt to mate with us. 
Also, this helicopter had no doors.  As a Frequent Flyer, I know for a fact that all your leading U.S. airlines, despite being bankrupt, maintain a strict safety policy of having doors on their aircraft. 
"Don't we need a larger helicopter?" I asked Pam. "With doors?" 
"Get in," said Pam.
You don't defy a direct order from a Whirly Girl.
Now we're in the helicopter, and Pam is explaining the controls to me over the headset, but there's static and the engine is making a lot of noise.
". . . your throttle (something)," she is saying. "this is your cyclic and (something) your collective." 
"What?" I say. 
"(something) give you the controls when we reach 500 feet," Pam says.
"WHAT?" I say.
But Pam is not listening. She is moving a control thing and WHOOAAA we are off the ground, hovering, and now WHOOOOAAAAAA we are shooting up in the air, and there are still no doors on this particular helicopter.
Now Pam is giving me the main control thing. 
RULE THREE OF HELICOPTER PILOTING: If anybody tries to give you the main control thing, refuse to take it. 
Pam says: "You don't need hardly any pressure to . . ."
 AIEEEEEEEEEEEEEE.......
"That was too much pressure," Pam says.
Now I am flying the helicopter.  I AM FLYING THE HELICOPTER. I am flying it by not moving a single body part, for fear of jiggling the control thing.  I look like the Lincoln Memorial statue of Abraham Lincoln, only more rigid. 
"Make a right turn," Pam is saying.
I gingerly move the control thing one zillionth of an inch to the right and the helicopter LEANS OVER TOWARD MY SIDE AND THERE IS STILL NO DOOR HERE.  I instantly move the thing one zillionth of an inch back.
"I'm not turning right," I inform Pam.
"What?" she says.
"Only left turns," I tell her. When you've been flying helicopters as long as I have, you know your limits.
After a while it becomes clear to Pam that if she continues to allow the Lincoln statue to pilot the helicopter, we are going to wind up flying in a straight line until we run out of fuel, possibly over Antarctica so she takes the control thing back.  That is the good news.  The bad news is, she's now saying something about demonstrating an "emergency procedure." 
"It's for when your engine dies," Pam says. "It's called "auto-rotation.' Do you like amusement park rides?"
I say: "No, I DOOOOOOOOOOOOO . . ."
RULE FOUR OF HELICOPTER PILOTING: "Auto-rotation" means "coming down out of the sky at about the same speed and aerodynamic stability as that of a forklift dropped from a bomber."
 Now we're close to the ground (although my stomach is still at 500 feet), and Pam is completing my training by having me hover the helicopter. 
RULE FIVE OF HELICOPTER PILOTING: You can't hover the helicopter.
The idea is to hang over one spot on the ground. I am hovering over an area approximately the size of Australia.  I am swooping around sideways and backward like a crazed bumblebee.  If I were trying to rescue a person from the roof of a 100-story burning building, the person would realize that it would be safer to simply jump. At times I think I am hovering upside-down.  Even Pam looks nervous. 
So I am very happy when we finally get back on the ground. 
Pam tells me I did great, and she'd be glad to take me up again.  I tell her that sounds like a fun idea. 
RULE SIX OF HELICOPTER PILOTING: Sometimes you have to lie.
Dave Barry is a humor columnist for Knight-Ridder Services.
 
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Item Number:1 Date: 03/08/2017 AFGHANISTAN - TERRORISTS DISGUISED AS DOCTORS ATTACK KABUL HOSPITAL (MAR 08/S&S)  STARS AND STRIPES -- Terrorists have attacked a military hospital in the capital of Afghanistan, killing at least three people and wounding dozens more, say local officials, as reported by the Stars and Stripes.   A suicide bomber blew himself up Wednesday at the gate of the Sardar Dawood Khan hospital in Kabul. Three gunmen wearing hospital uniforms then stormed the complex, according to a Defense Ministry spokesman..   The 400-bed facility is Afghanistan's largest military hospital and is not far from the U.S. Embassy and the diplomatic quarter of the capital.   Security forces blocked off the area around the hospital, and special operations troops were dropped off on the roof of the main building from helicopters, reported the Guardian (U.K.).   In addition to the dead, perhaps 60 of the wounded were taken to other hospitals, said government officials.   A Taliban spokesman said its movement had "no connection" with the attack.   The Islamic State claimed responsibility on its Amaq news agency
Item Number:2 Date: 03/08/2017 BRAZIL - NEW ARMY US$11.7 MILLION CONTRACT COVERS RBS 70 AIR DEFENSE SYSTEMS (MAR 08/SAAB)  SAAB -- The Brazilian army has ordered additional very short-range air defense systems from Saab, reports the Swedish defense firm.   The US$11.7 million order covers RSB 70 air defense systems, with deliveries scheduled for 2017 and 2018, said a Saab release on Monday.   The latest deal covers man-portable launchers, night-vision equipment, training simulators, multi-spectral camouflage for the RBS 70 and additional equipment for operators and maintainers.   The Brazilian army already operates the system, which was first acquired to help protect the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro
Item Number:3 Date: 03/08/2017 CANADA - PARENT GETS NOD AS ACTING VICE CHIEF OF DEFENSE STAFF (MAR 08/TORSTAR)  TORONTO STAR -- Gen. Jonathan Vance, the Canadian chief of defense staff, has named a new second-in-command on an acting basis, reports the Toronto Star.   Lt. Gen. Alain Parent was named acting vice chief of defense staff on Monday. He succeeds Vice Adm. Mark Norman, who was abruptly removed from his post in January.   Parent has been serving as the deputy commander, Allied Joint Force Command Naples in Italy. He will assume his new role on May 30.   Few details have been released over the reasons for Norman's relief. The admiral has hired a prominent Toronto lawyer and "unequivocally denies any wrongdoing."   The Ottawa Citizen has suggested the removal is related to the alleged release of information on the Liberal government's troubled shipbuilding program, but no charges have been made.  
  Item Number:4 Date: 03/08/2017 CANADA - UKRAINE TRAINING MISSION EXTENDED UNTIL 2019; DEFENSE MINISTER CALLS JOB CRUCIAL FOR UKRAINIAN STABILITY (MAR 08/GAM)  GLOBE AND MAIL -- The Canadian government has decided to continue its training mission with the Ukrainian armed forces for another two years, reports the Globe and Mail (Toronto).   Canada will continue to deploy around 200 military personnel to help train Ukrainian security forces.   This assistance "is crucial for a sovereign, secure and stable Ukraine," said Defense Minister Harjit Sajjan in a press conference on Monday, as quoted by AFP.   The mission, which began in 2015, was scheduled to end this month. It will now run until March 31, 2019.   The Canadian mission has focused on bomb disposal, military policing and medical and logistics skills. In the future, the mission will be expanded to include assistance for the reform of Ukraine's defense establishment, officials said
  Item Number:5 Date: 03/08/2017 CHINA - NAVY ROLE SEEN TO BE ON THE RISE (MAR 08/SCMP)  SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST -- The Chinese navy will take a larger role in national defense as Beijing pursues its territorial claims, including in the disputed South China Sea, says a retired senior officer cited by the South China Morning Post.   Traditionally, the army has served as the core of the Chinese armed forces, noted Liu Xiaojiang, a former navy political commissar. However, as China develops its maritime interests and defends its maritime rights, the navy will become more important, he said.   China claims nearly all of the South China Sea, where it has built runways and fortified structures on a number of reclaimed islands. It also claims the Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea; they are administered by Japan. China calls the islands the Diaoyus.   The People's Liberation Army is beginning to acknowledge the importance of naval matters. In February, the PLA appointed a naval officer to lead its southern command, a first.  
  Item Number:6 Date: 03/08/2017 INDIA - POLICE BUST ISIS-AFFILIATED TERROR CELL LINKED TO TRAIN EXPLOSION (MAR 08/AFP)  AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE -- Police in northern India say they have killed a suspected Islamic State member or sympathizer apparently involved in a train bombing earlier this week, reports Agence France-Presse.   The suspect, who was identified as Saifullah, was killed Wednesday after a 12-hour standoff in Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh state, according to anti-terror officials.   Eight pistols, explosives and an ISIS flag were recovered, said police.   The militant was part of a cell of the Islamic State called Khorasan, said an anti-terror official cited by the Hindustan Times. He was believed to be involved in an explosion on a train in Madhya Pradesh on Tuesday that injured 10 people.   At least six other people have been arrested in connection to the train blast.   Investigators cited by NDTV said they were part of a nine-member cell plotting a major attack within the month. The blast on Tuesday was "practice" for a possible terror strike on a Sufi shrine in Barabanki in Uttar Pradesh, they said.  
Item Number:7 Date: 03/08/2017 INDIA - VIRAAT AIRCRAFT CARRIER DECOMMISSIONED AFTER 56 YEARS ON THE SEAS (MAR 08/INDEX)  INDIAN EXPRESS -- The Indian navy has decommissioned the aircraft carrier Viraat after nearly 30 years of Indian service, reports the Indian Express.   The Viraat, the oldest operational aircraft carrier in the world, was retired in a Monday ceremony in Bombay (Mumbai).   She was originally built as the Hermes for the British Royal Navy and first commissioned in 1959. The "Grand Old Lady" was sold to India and commissioned in India as the Viraat on May 12, 1987.   Her fate is not yet clear. The Indian navy is considering turning it into a museum or sinking it as a diving site, said Adm. Sunil Lanba, the navy chief
Item Number:8 Date: 03/08/2017 IRAQ - ISIS COUNTERATTACK IN WESTERN MOSUL FAILS; BAGHDADI'S WHEREABOUTS UNKNOWN (MAR 08/REU)  REUTERS -- Iraqi security forces now in control of western Mosul's main government buildings have fended off an Islamic State counterattack, says a military official cited by Reuters.   On Tuesday, the government rapid-response troops captured the provincial government headquarters, the central bank branch and a museum in a raid.   The troops then fought off a nighttime ISIS counterattack that included several car bombs, Maj. Gen. Kadhem al-Lami of the Federal Police's Fifth Division said on Wednesday. "Today we're clearing the area, which was liberated," he said.   Meanwhile, U.S. and Iraqi officials told the wire service that ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has left operational commanders behind to fight in Mosul and is hiding in the desert.   The absence of official communication from the ISIS leadership suggested the leader had abandoned the city, said officials.   The Iraqi forces are now setting their sights on the area around Mosul's Great Mosque on the western bank of the Tigris. The battle for the city is entering its later stages, said U.S. commanders.   Government forces took the eastern half of Mosul in January. A renewed offensive to take the west began on Feb. 19.  
Item Number:9 Date: 03/08/2017 KOSOVO - PRESIDENT WANTS REGULAR ARMY; KOSOVAN SERBS, BELGRADE OBJECT (MAR 08/RFE/RL)  RADIO FREE EUROPE/RADIO LIBERTY -- The president of Kosovo has asked lawmakers to transform the nation's lightly armed security force into a regular army, reports Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.   President Hashim Thaci submitted a draft law to Parliament on Tuesday that would turn the Kosovo Security Force (KSF) into an army.   The proposed move is aimed at "territorial sovereignty and integrity, preserving peace, and defending" the country, as well as contributing to the region's "peace and stability," said the president.   The plan calls for increasing regular forces from 4,000 to 5,000 and reserves from 2,500 to 3,000.   Kosovo's Serbian minority opposes the legislation, with Serb lawmakers saying the action would be unconstitutional.   Kosovo declared independence from Serbia in 2008.   Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic said on Monday that Belgrade would use all available political means to stop Kosovo from forming a regular army.   On Wednesday, Parliament indicated it would bypass domestic Serbian opposition by amending an existing law that would allow the KSF to purchase heavy weapons. Serb lawmakers said they would boycott an upcoming vote, reported Reuters
  Item Number:10 Date: 03/08/2017 LEBANON - NEW ARMY CHIEF FINALLY NAMED (MAR 08/DAILYSTAR)  DAILY STAR -- The Lebanese government has appointed a new army chief, reports the Daily Star (Beirut).   On Wednesday, the Cabinet promoted Brig. Gen. Joseph Aoun to be commander of the Lebanese armed forces.   He succeeds Gen. Jean Qahwaji, who had been army commander for 16 years. Aoun had been slated to take over since 2015, but Qahwaji's term was extended twice because of political deadlock, reported the Gulf News (Dubai).   The political situation also led to the nation having no president from 2014 to 2016. The stalemate ended in October 2016 when the Parliament elected Michael Aoun. (The president and army chief are not related.)  
  Item Number:11 Date: 03/08/2017 NATO - THINK-TANK REPORT QUESTIONS ALLIANCE STRATEGY IN N. ATLANTIC (MAR 08/DN)  DEFENSE NEWS -- A new report from a London-based think tank urges the NATO alliance to revamp its maritime strategy in response to growing Russian naval power in the North Atlantic, reports Defense News.   "If NATO does not have effective control of the North Atlantic, or at least the ability to deny Russia naval access to this maritime domain, Russia could block or disrupt U.S. reinforcement to Europe," says the Royal United Services Institute paper, which was published on Monday.   The alliance has been focused on air and land responses to Russian aggression, but needs to ensure it is prepared in the maritime domain as well, according to experts cited by the report.   "We must have command of the sea. The way forward is to strengthen both capability and sustainability, upgrade contingency plans, and reassess the current command and control structure to meet the challenges of tomorrow. NATO needs first-class intelligence and top-notch weapon systems for all domains: air; land; sea; submarine; cyber; and space," writes retired U.S. Gen. Philip Breedlove, who served as Supreme Allied Commander Europe from 2013 to 2016.   NATO's European members must also enhance their readiness and responsiveness, Breedlove writes in the foreword.   The Russian navy is operating in areas and at a tempo not seen in decades, while also investing heavily in its maritime capabilities, notes the study.  
  Item Number:12 Date: 03/08/2017 SAUDI ARABIA - SECURITY FORCES KILL SUSPECTED ISIS LOYALIST IN RIYADH (MAR 08/AL ARABIYA)  AL ARABIYA -- Saudi police have killed one Islamic State suspect and arrested another in Riyadh, reports Al Arabiya (Dubai), citing the Interior Ministry.   A security patrol was investigating an apartment on Tuesday in the al-Rayyan district of the capital after a resident complained about an "ISIS loyalist" in the building, said a ministry spokesman.   "Security forces were met with resistance when they attempted to arrest the suspect," said the spokesman. This led to his death, he said.   A companion was arrested and found to be in possession of a weapon, said the ministry
Item Number:13 Date: 03/08/2017 SOUTH KOREA - THAAD'S X-BAND RADAR DUE THIS MONTH; SYSTEM MAY BE OPERATIONAL BY APRIL (MAR 08/YON)  YONHAP -- South Korea officials say the powerful radar component of an advanced U.S. missile defense system will arrive by the end of the month, reports the Yonhap news agency (Seoul).   Other elements of the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system, including two missile launchers, began arriving Monday at Osan Air Base in Pyeongtaek, about 43 miles south of Seoul.   The affiliated X-band radar "will be delivered within this month to undergo an operational test and to be installed as quickly as possible," said one unnamed official on Wednesday.   The remaining parts will be delivered in the coming months to the southeastern county of Seongju, the planned site for the system, he said.   Another official said on Tuesday that the deployment could be done within one or two months, with the system becoming operational as early as April.   The American military personnel operating the system are expected to come from THAAD units from Guam and Fort Bliss, Texas, he said.   A THAAD battery typically includes six truck-mounted launchers, 48 interceptors (eight per launcher), a fire-control-and-communications unit and an AN/TPY-2 radar.  
Item Number:14 Date: 03/08/2017 SWAZILAND - KING AIMS FOR INCREASED SECURITY SPENDING, WITH EYE TO CROWD MANAGEMENT (MAR 08/SMC)  SWAZI MEDIA COMMENTARY -- King Mswati III, the absolute monarch of Swaziland, wants a major increase in security spending this year, reports the Swazi Media Commentary (Gaborone, Botswana).   The hand-picked government has proposed spending US$216 million on the nation's military, police and correctional services in 2017, an increase of about US$45 million.   Under the proposal, security spending will take up 12.4 percent of the total budget, up from 11 percent in 2016, officials said.   Some of the funding is intended to enhance the ability of the police to provide services in rural areas and improve emergency response and crowd management services, Finance Minister Martin Dlamini told the Parliament late last month.   Swaziland has been increasing its security spending over the last few years, in part due to concerns about popular uprisings
  Item Number:15 Date: 03/08/2017 SYRIA - TROOPS TAKE BACK ALEPPO WATER STATION; ISIS FIGHTERS WITHDRAW (MAR 08/VOA)  VOICE OF AMERICA NEWS -- Syrian soldiers, backed by Russian air support, have seized a key water pumping station from the Islamic State near the Syrian border with Turkey, says a monitoring group, as cited by the Voice of America News.   The contested al-Khafsa facility is located on the western bank of the Euphrates River. It supplies Aleppo, the nation's second-largest city, with most of its fresh water.   ISIS took over the station earlier this year, cutting off water to the city's 1.5 million residents and forcing them to rely on local wells and private vendors.   On Tuesday, government and allied forces took back the station when ISIS fighters withdrew to the northeast, according to the U.K.-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.   The latest action is part of a government offensive in Aleppo province. At least 26,000 people have fled the area since late February, reported the BBC.   Syrian government forces have now reportedly shifted their focus on the Jarrah military airport
Item Number:16 Date: 03/08/2017 TURKEY - NORTHERN SYRIA ISSUES HIGH ON THE AGENDA IN MEETING WITH U.S., RUSSIAN, TURKISH DEFENSE CHIEFS (MAR 08/DAILYSABAH)  DAILY SABAH -- The top military officers in Russia, Turkey and the U.S. have been discussing security issues in Iraq and Syria during a meeting in southern Turkey, reports the Daily Sabah (Istanbul).   On Tuesday, Turkish Gen. Hulusi Akar hosted U.S. chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Joseph Dunford, and Russian General Staff chief Gen. Valery Gerasimov.   In addition to issues related to Iraq and Syria, options for an operation against Raqqa, the de facto Islamic State capital in Syria, were discussed.   The disposition of Manbij in northern Syria is another contentious issue. The city is currently held by the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which largely consists of Kurdish fighters.   Ankara sees the Kurds as affiliates of the Kurdish Workers' Party (PKK) terrorist group and has wants them to be withdrawn from the strategic town.   The SDF has turned over some villages in the region to Russian-backed forces to prevent their occupation by the Turks.   U.S. and Russian forces are also operating closely in the area, with leaders seeking to prevent confusion, noted London's Daily Telegraph.  
Item Number:17 Date: 03/08/2017 UGANDA - DOZENS OF ARMED FORMER M23 REBELS DETAINED TRYING TO ENTER FROM DR CONGO (MAR 08/XIN)  XINHUA -- More than three dozen former M23 rebels have been arrested as they attempted to enter Uganda from the Democratic of the Congo, says the Ugandan military, as reported by Xinhua, China's state news agency.   Forty-three armed fighters were intercepted over the weekend in the western district of Kasese, near Uganda's border with the DR Congo, said a military spokesman on Tuesday.   The rebels are being held in Mbarara and will be charged with illegally entering the country with arms, he said.   Former M23 fighters have been in Ugandan camps for years after their defeat in 2013. A deal reached in 2014 required them to stay in Ugandan camps.   In January 2017, 101 former M23 fighters were arrested attempting to flee to DR Congo.  
  Item Number:18 Date: 03/08/2017 USA - NEW PAYLOAD HELPS PROTECT SATELLITE COMMUNICATIONS (MAR 08/NG)  NORTHROP GRUMMAN CORP. -- Northrop Grumman has announced the delivery of the fifth payload for the Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) protected communications satellite program.   The payload was delivered to prime contractor Lockheed Martin in September 2016 and is now being integrated with the space vehicle. The fifth AEHF satellite is scheduled for launch in 2018.   The AEHF satellite system provides significantly greater total capacity and individual user data rates than the predecessor Milstar constellation, Northrop Grumman said on Tuesday.   The higher data rates provide two-way, jam-resistant tactical military communications, including real-time video, battlefield maps and targeting data.   The AEHF also provides survivable, protected and endurable communications to the National Command Authority, including senior leader conferencing at all levels of conflict, noted the release.   The payload contains a full range of features to protect against various threats, including anti-jamming; low probability of detection and intercept; rapid recovery during a nuclear event; ability to operate through scintillation; reduced risk from physical attack to ground systems; and significant cyber defenses, according to Northrop Grumman
Item Number:19 Date: 03/08/2017 USA - SUPER TUCANO TRAINING PLANE CRASHES NEAR MOODY AFB; 2 PILOTS EJECT SAFELY (MAR 08/VALDOSTA)  VALDOSTA DAILY NEWS -- The U.S. Air Force is investigating the crash of training aircraft in Georgia earlier this week, noted the Valdosta Daily News (Georgia).   Two pilots safely ejected from a Air Force training aircraft that crashed Monday near Moody Air Force Base, according to service officials.   The pilots from the 81st Fighter Squadron ejected from an A-29A Super Tucano aircraft during a routine training flight near Homerville, Ga., according to an Air Force statement released Tuesday.   The pilots have been released from a local hospital.   The aircraft crashed in a residential area. No damage or casualties were reported on the ground, according to the service.   The Super Tucanos are used to train Afghan pilots; the training program is part of a US$427 million contract to deliver 20 aircraft.   The nationalities of the pilots involved in the incident were not released, reported Military.com.   As of February 2017, 20 Afghan pilots had been trained to fly eight of the Super Tucanos at Moody
Item Number:20 Date: 03/08/2017 USA - USN UPDATES DAMAGE CONTROL SCHOOL CURRICULUM (MAR 08/NNS)  NAVY NEWSSTAND -- The U.S. Navy's damage control school in Great Lakes, Ill., has revised its online training curriculum, reports the Navy NewsStand.   The Surface Warfare Officers School Unit (SWOSU) Great Lakes Damage Control Apprentice School extended instruction from five to 15 days as part of the reform and adds interactive multimedia instruction (IMI).   The change allows students to interact with a variety of damage control equipment and scenarios they might encounter at sea.   Each student is given his own IMI workstation, which includes a double-screen monitor, and works with it every day through every module of the curriculum, the Navy said on Tuesday.   Instructors use interactive smart boards to work with students on topics such as to fixed damage control systems; portable damage control equipment; advance damage control tactics and techniques; chemical, biological, and radiological defense; and fittings and maintenance, according to the release.   A computer-based simulation test follows each lesson and covers scenarios could occur aboard a ship. Upon completion of the test, a score is generated.   The new curriculum is part of the service's efforts to increase the efficiency of damage control training and enhance training for new sailors, said the Navy.
 
 

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