Wednesday, March 22, 2017

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The List 4413
To All,
I hope your week has started well.
 
Regards,
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This Day In Naval History - March 21
1917 - Loretta Walsh becomes first woman Navy petty officer when sworn in as Chief Yeoman.
1919 - Navy installs and tests Sperry gyrocompass, in first instance of test of aircraft gyrocompass
1945 - Bureau of Aeronautics initiates rocket-powered surface-to-air guided missile development by awarding contract to Fairchild
 
 
630
Heraclius restores the True Cross, which he has recaptured from the Persians.
1556
Thomas Cranmer, the Archbishop of Canterbury, is burned at the stake at Oxford after retracting the last of seven recantations that same day.
1617
Pocahontas (Rebecca Rolfe) dies of either small pox or pneumonia while in England with her husband, John Rolfe.
1788
Almost the entire city of New Orleans, Louisiana, is destroyed by fire.
1806
Lewis and Clark begin their trip home after an 8,000 mile trek of the Mississippi basin and the Pacific Coast.
1865
The Battle of Bentonville, N.C. ends, marking the last Confederate attempt to stop Union General William Sherman.
1851
Emperor Tu Duc orders that Christian priests are to put to death.
1858
British forces in India lift the siege of Lucknow, ending the Indian Mutiny.
1906
Ohio passes a law that prohibits hazing by fraternities.
1908
Frenchman Henri Farman carries a passenger in a bi-plane for the first time.
1910
The U.S. Senate grants ex-President Teddy Roosevelt an annual pension of $10,000.
1918
The Germans launch the 'Michael' offensive, better remembered as the First Battle of the Somme.
1928
President Calvin Coolidge presents the Congressional Medal of Honor to Charles Lindbergh, a captain in the US Army Air Corps Reserve, for making the first solo trans-Atlantic flight. On June 11, 1927, Lindbergh had received the first Distinguished Flying Cross ever awarded.
1939
Singer Kate Smith records "God Bless America" for Victor Records.
1941
The last Italian post in East Libya, North Africa, falls to the British.
1951
Secretary of Defense George C. Marshall reports that the U.S. military has doubled to 2.9 million since the start of the Korean War.
1963
Alcatraz Island, the federal penitentiary in San Francisco Bay, California, closes.
1965
The United States launches Ranger 9, last in a series of unmanned lunar explorations.
1971
Two U.S. platoons in Vietnam refuse their orders to advance.
1975
As North Vietnamese forces advance, Hue and other northern towns in South Vietnam are evacuated.
1980
President Jimmy Carter announces to the U.S. Olympic Team that they will not participate in the 1980 Summer Games in Moscow as a boycott against Soviet intervention in Afghanistan.
1984
A Soviet submarine crashes into the USS Kitty Hawk off the coast of Japan.
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Today on Fighter Sweep
 
Watch: Boeing Drop Tests Starliner Spacecraft Parachute System
Boeing is working through a series of 'drop tests' for the parachute system on the Starliner spacecraft which makes for some spectacular video! During the test, the Starliner was lifted View More ›
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Subject: Old Folks
 
 

 
 
 
THE ART OF THE DEAL IN PURCHASING A NEW MERCEDES (or ANY vehicle)
 
 
A retired older couple return to a Mercedes dealership where the salesman has just sold the car they were interested in, to a beautiful, leggy, busty blonde in a mini skirt and a halter top.
The old man was visibly upset.  He spoke to the salesman sharply. 
"Young man, I thought you said you would hold that car till we
raised the $55,000 asking price," said the older man. "Yet I just
heard you closed the deal for $45,000 to the lovely young lady there."
 
"And if I remember right, you had insisted there was no way you
could discount this model."   The salesman took a deep breath,
cleared his throat and reached for a large glass of water.

"Well, what can I tell you?    She had the cash ready, didn't need any
financing help, and, Sir, just look at her, how could I resist ?"
replied the  grinning salesman sheepishly.
 
Just then the young woman approached the senior couple and gave
the car keys to the old man...

"There you go," she said. "I told you I could get that idiot to lower the price...

See you later, Dad, Happy Father's day."
 
OPTIMISM IS GOING AFTER MOBY DICK IN A ROWBOAT AND TAKING TARTAR SAUCE WITH YOU !
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Thanks to Shadow -
 
Folks,
 
As anyone of my generation knows… Chuck Berry was the real Godfather and King of Rock n Roll. He was the first real crossover that blended the Blues, Rock A Billy and the driving electric guitar, that was mostly an afterthought in most bands before him. I was surprised that he only had one #1 song that came late in his career (My Ding a Ling), which I thought was mostly a novelty song. Don't know who made the ratings… but I'll guarantee that every radio station I listened to in those days… rated just about every one of his songs as Number One! From "Maybellene", to "Johnny B. Goode" (the most played song in Rock n Roll history, you can take that to the bank), and then a cascade of hits… "Brown Eyed Handsome Man"… the smooth "You Never Can Tell" (C'est la vie, say the old folks… You never can tell)… "Rock and Roll Music", Roll Over Beethoven"… "Back in the USA"… "No Particular Place to Go"…"School Day" (Ring, Ring goes the bell)… "Memphis" (long Distance Operator give me Memphis, Tennessee), "Nadine"… "Almost Grown"…  "Sweet Little Sixteen" (she's got the grown up blues, tight dresses and lipstick… She's wearing high heal shoes)… I could go on an on.
 
I'd venture to say… until this crap came along that they call music today… Berry influenced virtually every great band that came along after him. Black or White. Only Ray Charles came close to him in hits and influence. All the great artists of the era that followed have acknowledged his impact.
 
I met the man once… in a very unusual way. 
 
I was a pilot stationed at MCAS El Toro and left my Laguna Niguel home for an early launch on a Friday summer morning. Took Crown Valley Parkway to I-5 and then headed north for the base. Not much traffic at that time of day. As I was passing Mission Viejo… a red Cadillac Coup de Ville, with a white Landau top, pulled alongside of me and I look over and couldn't believe my eyes! It was Chuck Berry his own self… all alone! As we passed the 405 split… I honked my horn to get his attention. He looked over and acknowledged me. I then pointed for him to pull over (lotta gall on my part), but to my surprise he nodded and slowed to pull over into the emergency lane. I also slowed and pulled in behind him. I got out of my car and walked up to his window that was rolled down before I got there. I was like a teenager again and stuck out my hand and said… "Mr. Berry… I just want to shake your hand and tell you how much I've appreciated your work"! He looked at me dumbfounded... and then said… "Damn man… I thought you were a cop"! I then realized I was in uniform and he'd mistaken me for a CHP in an unmarked car (he probably wouldn't have pulled over otherwise). He said… "Well thanks". He then asked what I was (don't think he recognized I was a Marine). I then explained that I was a pilot at the Marine Base off to our right and was heading in for an early morning flight. And then I said… "How'd you like to follow me and have a look at my jet" (more gall)? He looked at me and said… "Man, I'd love to… but I gotta be in L.A. within an hour… maybe some other time". With that he reached out and shook my hand and said… "Good luck friend… Sorry but I gotta go". He rolled his window up and slowly pulled back onto the freeway. I stood there and watched him drive away. It was cool… hell, he was cool! Made my day before it began. I had just shaken the hand of "The Man"…. "The King of Rock n Roll"! (True story)
 
Over the years I've thought of that brief encounter a thousand times… it still makes me smile to this day. For he was a man that in my youth, made me smile... and made me dance. At least I got to thank him.
 
All the Best, Shadow
 
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Thanks to Doctor Rich
 
 
The Italian Fire Crew
One dark night in the small town in Garfield , NJ ,a fire started inside the local sausage factory. In a blink the building was engulfed in flames. The alarm went out to all the fire departments for miles around.
 
 When the first volunteer fire fighters appeared on the scene, the sausage company president rushed to the fire chief and said, 'All of our secret sausage recipes are in the vault in the center of the plant. They have to be saved, so I will donate $50,000 to the fire company that brings them out and delivers them to me.'
 
But the roaring flames held the firefighters off. Soon more fire departments had to be called in because the situation became desperate. As the firemen arrived, the president announced that the offer to extricate the secret recipes was now $100,000 to the fire department that could save them.
 
Suddenly from up the road, a lone siren was heard as another fire truck came into sight. It was the fire engine of the nearby null , NJ . The volunteer fire department composed mainly of Italian firefighters all over the age of 65.
 
To everyone's amazement, the little run-down fire engine, operated by these Italian firefighters, passed fire engines parked outside the plant, and drove straight into the middle of the inferno.
 
Outside, the other firemen watched in amazement as the Italian old timers jumped off and began to fight the fire as if they were fighting to save their own lives. Within a short time, the Lodi old timers had extinguished the fire and saved the secret recipes.
 
The grateful sausage company president joyfully announced that for such a super human accomplishment he was raising the reward to $200,000, and walked over to personally thank each of the brave elderly Italian firefighters.
 
A TV news crew rushed in after capturing the event on film. The 'on camera' reporter asked the Italian fire chief,
 
'What are you going to do with all that money?'   'Wella,' said Chief Pasquale De Luccinelli, the 70-year-old fire chief, 'de fursta tinga we'gonnna do isza fixa de brakes ondat fockinna truck!!' 
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Thanks to Carl
(Gundersen's site Fairwinds Energy Education is an excellent source of truth about Fukushima: http://www.fairewinds.org/japan-travel-journal/?rq=my%20time%20in%20japan
 
Nuclear engineer says Fukushima is "as close to hell as I can imagine," contamination will linger for decades
Monday, March 20, 2017 by: Vicki Batts 
 
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Item Number:1 Date: 03/21/2017 CHINA - DOWNSIZING COULD LEAD TO DISSOLUTION OF 5 ARMY CORPS (MAR 21/SCMP)  SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST -- The Chinese People's Liberation Army may disband five of its 18 corps as part of a major military reform instituted by President Xi Jinping, reports the South China Morning Post.   The move could affect up to 200,000 personnel, according to internal sources. Some troops are expected to be reassigned to other units, such as the newly created rocket force, the navy or air force, unnamed military sources told the paper.   The affected units include the 20th and 27th Army Corps in the Central Theater Command; 14th Army Corps in the Southern Command; 16th Army Corps in the north; and 47th Army Corps in the west, one of the sources said.   The 16th and 47th corps were the power bases of former vice chairmen of the Central Military Commission Xu Caihou and Guo Boxiong, respectively. Guo was jailed for life for corruption in July 2016, while Xu died of cancer in 2015 while being investigated for graft.   By eliminating those units, Xi can assign his men amid the leadership reshuffle ahead of the Chinese Communist Party's congress in the fall, said one of the sources.   Another source argued that the 16th Army Corps might survive in some form due to concerns about the deployment of the U.S. THAAD missile defense system to South Korea. This might include the merging of the 16th and 40th army groups.   Parts of the units might also be turned into marine or paratrooper elements, according to the sources.  
  Item Number:2 Date: 03/21/2017 GREECE - 8 MORE SUSPICIOUS PACKAGES FOUND IN ATHENS POST OFFICE (MAR 21/AFP)  AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE -- Greek police say they have intercepted eight "suspect" bomb packages addressed to European officials, reports Agence France-Presse.   Police have been on high alert after a mail bomb was found by German authorities last week addressed to German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble. Another letter bomb exploded in Paris, injuring an administrative assistant at the offices of the International Monetary Fund.   On Monday, Greek police found and confiscated eight packages at a sorting center in Athens, reported Reuters   The packages were addressed to "officials at economic institutions and companies" in various European countries, said a security source, without elaborating.   A Greek militant group, the Conspiracy of Fire Nuclei, claimed responsibility for the bomb in Germany. Police suspect the group of being responsible for the second bombing. The eight packages reportedly had a "similar mechanism" as the first two.  
 Item Number:3 Date: 03/21/2017 HUNGARY - SOLDIERS PATROLLING BORDER FOR ILLEGAL MIGRANTS GET ANOTHER BASE (MAR 21/NOVINITE)  NOVINITE -- The Hungarian government has opened a small military base along the border with Serbia for soldiers patrolling to prevent the entry of illegal migrants, reports Novinite (Bulgaria).   The base, which is located in Hercegsaznto about 140 miles south of Budapest, was formally inaugurated on Monday by Defense Minister Istvan Simicsko, reported Russia's RT.   At least 150 soldiers will be deployed to the base at any given time, said Simicsko.   "The soldiers are working in order to avert the possibility of hundreds of thousands of people marching through the territory of the country as they did in 2015," said the minister.   Perhaps 400,000 traveled through Hungary late that year on the way to Germany and elsewhere in Western Europe.   Four bases are planned along Hungary's borders with Serbia and Croatia. The first is already operating in Kelebia. The other two are planned to be completed in Bacsalmas and Madaras.   The bases will allow troops to avoid commutes between their permanent bases and the border, the minister said
Item Number:4 Date: 03/21/2017 IRAQ - AT LEAST SCORE DEAD IN BOMB BLAST IN BAGHDAD; ISIS CLAIMS RESPONSIBILITY (MAR 21/VOA)  VOICE OF AMERICA NEWS -- The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for a bomb attack in Iraq's capital on Monday.   A car bomb in southwestern Baghdad killed at least 23 people and wounded 45 more, say Iraqi officials, as reported by the Voice of America News.   The explosion hit a busy market in the evening in the predominately Shi'ite neighborhood of Amil, reported the BBC.   Casualties were reported variously.   Elsewhere in Baghdad on Monday, there were two other bomb attacks, killing three and injuring five, reported the Middle East Monitor.   Paid subscribers to Military Periscope can find more information on ISIS at:  https://apps.militaryperiscope.com/Terrorism/ShowGroup.aspx?group=431   Back To Top | Back To Headlines  Item Number:5 Date: 03/21/2017 ISRAEL - DAVID'S SLING ABOUT TO BECOME OPERATIONAL, COMPLETING DEFENSE SHIELD (MAR 21/REU)  REUTERS -- Israel's overall air defense missile shield is expected to be declared fully operational early next month, says a senior air force officer cited by Reuters.   The David's Sling interceptor will be declared operational in the next two weeks, completing Israel's multi-tier defense capability, said the officer on Monday.   The multi-layer capability includes the Iron Dome for short-range rockets and mortar shells; the Arrow 2 and Arrow 3 systems for long-range ballistic missiles; and David's Sling for tactical medium- to long-range missiles and rockets and tactical ballistic missiles.   David's Sling, also known as Magic Wand, was developed and manufactured jointly by Israeli state-owned Rafael Advanced Defense Systems and U.S.-based Raytheon.   On Friday, Arrow intercepted a Syrian missile -- the first time it has been used since coming into service 17 years ago, noted the Jerusalem Post
Item Number:6 Date: 03/21/2017 ISRAEL - MILITARY ACKNOWLEDGES SKYLARK UAV 'FELL' IN SYRIAN TERRITORY, DENIES THAT IT WAS SHOT DOWN (MAR 21/TOI)  TIMES OF ISRAEL -- The Israeli military has confirmed that one of its surveillance drones went down in Syria on Monday, reports the Times of Israel.   On Monday evening, the Syrian army said it had downed an Israeli unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) in the Quneitra area in the Syrian Golan Heights. Hezbollah-linked media posted pictures showing the apparent downed aircraft.   On Tuesday, the IDF confirmed that one of its Skylark UAVs went down in Syrian territory. There was no indication that classified evidence could be retrieved from the drone, said the military, as reported by the Jerusalem Post.   An IDF spokesman said the drone was not shot down and that the circumstances of the incident were being investigated. The UAV "fell," he said
  Item Number:7 Date: 03/21/2017 LEBANON - LAST YEAR'S DEATH OF HEZBOLLAH MILITARY COMMANDER BLAMED ON HIS OWN MEN (MAR 21/HA)  HAARETZ -- Israel has concluded that the top military commander of Lebanon-based Hezbollah was killed by his own men.   The terror group's top commander was killed in Syria by rivals last year, said Israeli's army chief, as cited by Haaretz (Israel).   Mustafa Badreddine died in a mysterious explosion near Damascus in May 2016 shortly after meeting with his commanders, reported Lebanese media at the time.   At the time, Badreddine was the commander of Hezbollah forces in Syria, which has been fighting alongside the forces of Syrian President Bashar Assad.   On Tuesday, Lt. Gen. Gadi Eisenkot, Israel's army chief, said that reports that Badreddine was killed by Hezbollah officers matched "intelligence we have." He made his comments at a college during a conference honoring a former head of the Mossad intelligence agency.   The killing "indicates the depth of the internal crisis within Hezbollah," he said. He also said it showed the level of the group's "viciousnesss," as quoted by the Times of Isreal.   An Arab news network earlier this month concluded that the death was ordered by Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah
  Item Number:8 Date: 03/21/2017 LIBYA - LNA TAKES OVER RIVAL'S BUILDING NEAR BENGHAZI; LOSES MIG-21 (MAR 21/LIBHER)  LIBYA HERALD -- Following an extended siege, the eastern-based Libyan National Army says it has cleared out rival militants who were camped in an apartment complex southwest of Benghazi, reports the Libya Herald.   An all-out assault on the holdouts on Saturday morning ended a nearly eight-week siege, according to a senior military source. A Libyan MiG-21 fighter crashed during the operation.   Thirty-one bodies were found in the buildings and one woman rescued. At least 12 LNA personnel were killed and around 30 were injured during the siege.   During the final operation, eight militants sought to escape and were caught, the source said. The numbers could not be verified, noted Reuters.   The MiG-21 crashed Saturday while conducting an airstrike on the complex. The pilot ejected safely. The cause of the crash was not immediately clear.  
 Item Number:9 Date: 03/21/2017 MALAYSIA - MILITARY CONTINGENT TO TAKE PART IN AID MISSION IN DROUGHT-STRICKEN SOMALIA (MAR 21/VOA)  VOICE OF AMERICA NEWS -- The Malaysian government has decided to send a military unit to Somalia as part of a humanitarian mission dealing with a prolonged drought, reports the Voice of America News.   The Malaysian contingent will include three officers and 17 personnel from the medical corps, Defense Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin said on Saturday in Kuala Lumpur.   An infantry unit with an officer and 10 personnel will provide security, while food and medical supplies will be delivered via C-130 Hercules transport, the minister said.   The Malaysian personnel will come from a small unit based in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, that was initially deployed to help evacuate Malaysian civilians from Yemen.   The agreement to send the contingent followed last week's meeting between Somali Deputy Prime Minister Arteh Ghalib and senior Malaysian officials, reported the Star (Malaysia).   The Somali government has asked for regional countries to provide aid as it deals with the drought that has affected up to 6.2 million people.  
  Item Number:10 Date: 03/21/2017 MALAYSIA - QATARI DEFENSE MINISTER AGREES TO ELEVATE TIES (MAR 21/STAR)  THE STAR -- The defense ministers of Malaysia and Qatar have agreed to elevate their nations' defense relations, reports the Star (Malaysia).   The ministers met Sunday in Kuala Lumpur and agreed to set up a high-level committee on defense, noted the Malay Mail Online.   The committee will enable a more focused and structured framework for cooperation between defense institutions in both countries, said Malaysian Defense Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin.   Qatar has also expressed interest in assisting a Malaysian military contingent to provide humanitarian assistance in Somalia, the minister said.   A formal agreement was expected to be signed after a planned visit to Malaysia by Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim Hamad Al Thani, said Hishammuddin.   The two countries will also sign a letter of intent to bolster defense cooperation as well as intelligence-sharing related to counterterrorism, said Qatar Defense Minister Khalid Mohamed Al-Attiyah.  
  Item Number:11 Date: 03/21/2017 NEPAL - U.S. PACOM CHIEF OVERSEES 28-NATION PEACEKEEPING DRILL IN PANCHKHAL (MAR 21/HIMT)  HIMALAYAN TIMES -- The head of the U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM) is taking part in a multinational peacekeeping exercise that has just begun in Nepal, reports the Himalayan Times   Adm. Harry Harris Jr. arrived in Kathmandu on Sunday ahead of the start of Exercise Shanti Prayas III at the Birendra Peace Operations Training Center in Panchkhal.   Around 1,024 military personnel from 28 countries are taking part in the drills that began on Monday and are jointly organized by the Nepalese army and PACOM.   The exercise is designed to strengthen peacekeeping capabilities ahead of deployments to U.N. peacekeeping missions, according to a Nepalese army release.   The drills in Nepal serve as PACOM's annual capstone for the Global Peace Operations Initiative program; they run through April 3.  
  Item Number:12 Date: 03/21/2017 RUSSIA - KEEL LAID IN CRIMEA FOR 800-TON KARAKUT-CLASS MISSILE CRAFT (MAR 21/RUMOD)  RUSSIAN MINISTRY OF DEFENSE -- The More Shipyard in Crimea has laid the keel for a Karakut-class missile craft, reports the Russian Ministry of Defense.   Deputy Defense Minister Yuri Borisov attended the ceremony during a visit to the region, the ministry said in a release on Friday.   The Kremlin says the Okhotsk will displace about 800 tons, have a top speed of more than 30 knots and a range of about 3,000 miles (4,830 km).   Highly maneuverable, the Karakut class is armed with a Kalibr land-attack cruise missile system and naval artillery systems, the ministry said
Item Number:13 Date: 03/21/2017 SOMALIA - HIJACKING COSTS PUNTLAND COUNTER-PIRACY CHIEF HIS JOB (MAR 21/DALRAD)  DALSAN RADIO -- The government of the self-declared autonomous Somali region of Puntland has fired the director of its counter-piracy department, reports Dalsan Radio (Mogadishu).   Abdirizak Mohamed Dirre lost his job on Sunday after last week's hijacking of an oil tanker off the coast of Puntland.   The incident involving the Comoros-flagged Aris-13 was the first major pirate attack in Somali waters in three years.   President Abdiweli Mohamed Ali said that Dirre had failed in his duties; he held the post for six years.   The tanker was released by the pirates on Saturday after three days of negotiations and a failed operation by Puntland forces to free the ship
Item Number:14 Date: 03/21/2017 SYRIA - REBELS, ALLIED ISLAMISTS BEGIN ANOTHER ATTACK IN DAMASCUS (MAR 21/AFP)  AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE -- Syrian rebels and Islamist groups have again attacked government forces in eastern Damascus, reports Agence France-Presse. Tuesday's assault was the second in three days.   Over the weekend, opposition forces, including Tahrir al-Sham and the Free Syrian Army, struck in Jobar district, but they were pushed back by a government counterattack.   On Tuesday, rebels hit a government position between the Jobar and Qabun districts, likely with a car bomb, according to the U.K.-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.   The Syrian air force responded with airstrikes on nearby rebel positions, while rebels shelled the Abbasids and Tijara neighborhoods near Joba, said the monitoring group.   The fighting on Sunday and Monday killed at least 72 people, including 38 government security personnel and 34 rebels, the observatory said
  Item Number:15 Date: 03/21/2017 SYRIA - RUSSIA, KURDISH GROUP DISPUTE NATURE OF SYRIAN DEAL (MAR 21/ALJAZ)  AL JAZEERA -- A U.S.-backed Kurdish group says Russia has made a deal to establish a military base in northwestern Syria, reports Al Jazeera (Qatar).   Russia disputed the report.   The deal was allegedly reached Sunday. Russian troops with troop carriers and armored vehicles had already begun arriving at the village of Kafr Jina, in the Afrin region, said a spokesman for the Kurdish People's Protection Unit (YPG) on Monday.   "The Russian presence... comes in agreement between [the YPG] and the Russian forces operating in Syria in the framework of cooperation against terrorism and to help train our forces on modern warfare and to build a direct point of contact with Russian forces," the spokesman said.   No troop numbers were given. The spokesman noted that Kafr Jina had previously been shelled by Syrian rebels backed by Turkey, which views the YPG as an extension on the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) and therefore a terrorist group.   On Monday, after a wire service carried the Kurdish story, the Kremlin denied that there were plans to open new military bases in Syria. The Defense Ministry said the one near Afrin was a "reconciliation center."   The goal of the center is to negotiate local truces between various warring sides in Syria, said the ministry.  
  Item Number:16 Date: 03/21/2017 TAIWAN - TSAI LAUNCHES INDIGENOUS SUB PROJECT (MAR 21/AFP)  AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE -- President Tsai Ing-wen has inaugurated Taiwan's first indigenous submarine project, reports Agence France-Presse.   Tsai presided over a formal signing ceremony on Tuesday at the southern naval port of Zuoying. The sub will be jointly built by the navy, Taiwanese shipbuilder CSBS Corp. and the National Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology.   Delivery is expected to take eight years; it is part of Taiwan's "indigenous defense policy," said Tsai.   "Strengthening underwater combat capabilities is most needed in Taiwan's defense," she said.   Taiwan maintains an aging fleet of four submarines; two U.S.-built boats date from World War II and are used mainly for training. Those subs make up the Hai Shih class.   The other two, bought from the Netherlands in the 1980s, first saw service in the 1970s, reported Reuters. Those boats are known as the Hai Lung class in Taiwan.   The president boarded the Hai Hu sub and watched a simulated torpedoing, noted the Japan Times.   A planned U.S. sale of eight diesel electric submarines in 2001 never went through
Item Number:17 Date: 03/21/2017 UKRAINE - DEATH TOLL IN EASTERN CONFLICT SURPASSES 2,600 (MAR 21/INT-UKR)  INTERFAX-UKRAINE -- The Ukrainian Defense Ministry says 2,629 soldiers have been killed in the conflict with Russian-backed separatists since fighting started in eastern Ukraine in the spring of 2014, reports Interfax-Ukraine.   Around 2,220 of the fatalities were members of the military. The rest were from the national guard, Internal Affairs Ministry, security service, border guards and state emergency service, a ministry spokesman said during a Kiev briefing on Monday.   A total of 9,453 Ukrainians have been wounded during the fighting, including 7,664 from the military, the spokesman said.   The military operation in the east began in April 2014, after Russia annexed Crimea
Item Number:18 Date: 03/21/2017 USA - ANOTHER ADVANCED SATELLITE IS IN ORBIT, EXPANDING MILITARY COMMUNICATIONS (MAR 21/BOEING)  BOEING -- The U.S. has another Wideband Global Satellite communications (WGS) satellite into orbit, reports Boeing, which builds the system.   The WGS-9 spacecraft was launched into orbit Saturday aboard a United Launch Alliance Delta IV rocket. The satellite is the ninth member of a planned network of 10 satellites.   The latest satellite was funded under an agreement between the United States and Canada, Denmark, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and New Zealand, and will also serve Australia (which funded the WGS-6 satellite).   Each partner country gains access to the full WGS system, including flexible and secure communications in the X- and Ka-band frequencies, said a Boeing release.   The United States ordered 10 WGS satellites from Boeing, with the 10th scheduled for launch in 2018.   The last three satellites feature upgraded digital channelizers that nearly double the available bandwidth of the earlier satellites in the constellation, said the release
Item Number:19 Date: 03/21/2017 USA - ARMY SHOWS OFF UPGRADED HIGH-ENERGY LASER FOR COUNTER-UAV MISSIONS (MAR 21/USARMY)  U.S. ARMY -- The Air and Missile Defense Directorate of the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command (USASMDC/ARSTRAT) has recently demonstrated a high-energy laser capability mounted on a combat vehicle for counter-unmanned aircraft system (C-UAS) operations, reports the Army.   The directorate took part in the Joint Improvised Threat Defeat Organization (JIDO) UAS Hard-Kill Challenge at White Sands Missile Range, N.M., from Feb. 27 to March 3, said the service.   During the event, the Mobile Expeditionary High-Energy Laser 2.0 (MEHEL 2.0) demonstrated its ability to shoot down unmanned aerial vehicles.   The MEHEL laser testbed installed on a Stryker wheeled armored vehicle is a platform for research and development. The 2.0 configuration features a more powerful 5 kW laser and other improved capabilities, the Army said in a release on March 17.   During the JIDO challenge, the laser engaged small, fixed-wing and quadcopter unmanned aircraft, said the Army release
  Item Number:20 Date: 03/21/2017 USA - NAVY MAKES INITIAL GOODWILL VISIT TO BURMESE PORT IN DECADES (MAR 21/S&S)  STARS AND STRIPES -- A U.S. Navy ship has made a port call in Burma for the first time since World War II, reports the Stars and Stripes.   The USNS Fall River expeditionary fast transport vessel arrived Tuesday in Burma's largest city. Long known as Rangoon and formerly the capital, the name was changed to Yangon by the previous military junta -- which also changed the nation's name and capital.   The vessel will remain in Burma for almost a week before heading to Malaysia to resume the annual Pacific Partnership humanitarian assistance and disaster-relief planning mission.   The Fall River will tour the city and engage with the Burmese navy, said the navy. About 200 troops and civilians, including personnel from the U.S., Australia, Japan, South Korea and the United Kingdom are aboard for the mission.   Relations between the U.S. and Burma were strained over decades of military rule in the country. Free elections were held in 2015 and U.S. sanctions were lifted in October 2016.
 
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