Monday, March 27, 2017

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The List 4417

To All,

I hope you all had a great weekend. This is a Bubba Breakfast Friday in San Diego.

Regards,

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This Day In Naval History - March 27

1794 - Congress authorizes construction of 6 frigates, including Constitution

1799 - USS Constitution recaptures American sloop Neutrality from France

1880 - USS Constellation departs New York with food for famine victims in Ireland

1977     Jumbo jets collide at Canary Islands airport »

Today in History March 27

1350

While besieging Gibraltar, Alfonso XI of Castile dies of the black death.

1512

Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon sights Florida.

1802

The Treaty of Amiens is signed, ending the French Revolutionary War.

1814

U.S. troops under Gen. Andrew Jackson inflict a crushing defeat on the Creek Indians at Horshoe Bend in Northern Alabama.

1836

The Mexican army massacres Texan rebels at Goliad.

1866

President Andrew Johnson vetoes the civil rights bill, which later becomes the 14th amendment.

1884

The first long-distance telephone call is made from Boston to New York.

1899

The Italian inventor G. Marconi achieves the first international radio transmission between England and France.

1900

The London Parliament passes the War Loan Act, which gives 35 million pounds to the Boer War cause.

1912

The first cherry blossom trees, a gift from Japan, are planted in Washington, D.C.

1933

Some 55,000 people stage a protest against Hitler in New York.

1941

Takeo Yoshikawa arrives in Oahu, Hawaii, to begin spying for Japan on the U.S. fleet at Pearl Harbor.

1942

The British raid the Nazi submarine base at St. Nazaire, France.

1944

One thousand Jews leave Drancy, France for the Auschwitz concentration camp.

1944

Thousands of Jews are murdered in Kaunas, Lithuania. The Gestapo shoots forty Jewish policemen in the Riga, Latvia ghetto.

1945

General Dwight Eisenhower declares that the German defenses on the Western Front have been broken.

1952

Elements of the U.S. Eighth Army reach the 38th parallel in Korea, the original dividing line between the two Koreas.

1958

The United States announces a plan to explore space near the moon.

1976

Washington, D.C. opens its subway system.

1977

In aviation's worst disaster yet, 582 die when a KLM Pan Am 747 crashes.

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Monday Morning Humor from Al

Two-thirds of Americans think fake news causes confusion.  The other one-third said, “Why are we talking about this when we’re being invaded by killer dolphins?”—Conan O’Brien


Fake news reports in the past under the title “Are You Having a Bad Day”:

The average cost of rehabilitating a seal after the Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska was $80,000. At a special ceremony, two of the most expensively saved animals were released back into the wild amid cheers and applause from onlookers. A minute later, in full view, they were both eaten by a killer whale.

A woman came home to find her husband in the kitchen, shaking frantically with what looked like a wire running from his waist towards the electric kettle. Intending to jolt him away from the deadly current she whacked him with a handy plank of wood by the back door, breaking his arm in two places. Until that moment he had been happily listening to his walkman.

Two animal rights protesters were protesting at the cruelty of sending pigs to a slaughterhouse in Bonn. Suddenly the pigs, all two thousand of them, escaped through a broken fence and stampeded, trampling the two hapless protesters to death.

Iraqi terrorist, Khay Rahnajet, didn’t pay enough postage on a letter bomb. It came back with “return to sender” stamped on it. Forgetting it was the bomb, he opened it and was blown to bits.

In 1992, Frank Perkins of Los Angeles made an attempt on the world flagpole-sitting record. By the time he had come down, eight hours short of the 400 day record, his sponsor had gone bust, his girlfriend had left him and his phone and electricity had been cut off.

In a hospital’s Intensive Care Unit, patients always died in the same bed, on Sunday morning, at about 11:00 a.m., regardless of their medical condition.  This puzzled the doctors and some even thought it had something to do with the supernatural. No one could solve the mystery as to why the deaths occurred around 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, so a worldwide team of experts was assembled to investigate the cause of the incidents.  The next Sunday morning, a few minutes before 11:00 a.m., all of the doctors and nurses nervously waited outside the ward to see for themselves what the terrible phenomenon was all about. Some were holding wooden crosses, prayer books, and other holy objects to ward off the evil spirits.  Just when the clock struck 11:00, Pookie Johnson, the part-time Sunday sweeper, entered the ward and unplugged the life support system so he could use the vacuum cleaner.



Least clicked on fake news stories on the internet:

Nazi Scientists Revive Corpse Of Orville Redenbacher

McDonald’s Introduces New Vicks Vapor Rub McNugget Dipping Sauce For Cold And Flu Sufferers

PETA and Local Satanist Group Decide to ‘Agree to Disagree’ for the Holidays

Tony Danza Finally Reveals Who the Boss Was

Pope’s Hat Lost at Vatican Dry Cleaners

NASA Reveals Another New Planet with No Aliens or Anything Cool

Extra on Fast And Furious Movie Set Returns Head Nod Greeting from the Rock

Tense Half Hour When SeaWorld Runs Out of Cotton Candy



Humorous spoof on media at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P843ju6YYI4


Submitted by Don Mills:

And finally, fake political news reports on “Why did the chicken cross the road?”

Donald Trump--We will build a big wall to keep illegal chickens from crossing the road.  We will have a door for legal chickens.

John Kerry--We will trust the chicken to tell us whether it crossed the road or not.

Chris Christie--We need to waterboard that chicken to find out why it crossed the road and then fry it.

Rand Paul--It's none of our business why the chicken crossed the road.

Nancy Pelosi--We will have to wait until the chicken crosses the road to see why it crossed the road.

Carly Fiorina--Hilary Clinton lied about why the chicken crossed the road.

Brian Williams--I crossed that road with the chicken.

Ben Carson--This isn't brain surgery... It wanted grain.

Sarah Palin--The chicken crossed the road because, gosh-darn it, she's a maverick!

Barack Obama--Let me be perfectly clear, if the chickens like their eggs they can keep their eggs.  No chicken will be required to cross the road to surrender her eggs.  Period.

Hillary Clinton--What difference does it make why the chicken crossed the road?  It's dead now, anyway!

George W. Bush--We don't really care why the chicken crossed the road.  We just want to know if the chicken is on our side of the road or not.  The chicken is either with us or against us.  There is no middle ground here.

Bill Clinton--I did not have sex with that chicken.

Bernie Sanders--That little chicken will pay 80% income taxes no matter what side of the road it's on.  She's got to help finance free college even for those that just want a four year vacation.

Al Gore--I invented the Chicken.

Al Sharpton--Why are all chickens and turkeys white?



Have a great week,
Al

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Thanks to Clyde

Able Dog –

You're gonna love this one.

Thx for Capt RD - USN

http://www.jetpilots.com/spads-with-a-load

 

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Thanks to Mike

I wonder why they bothered to have this event at an airfield, a parking lot is all the space needed. Some great flying.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=gQJKW5vfvog

2016 STOL Highlights

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Thanks to Mike

32 Strange Things to get your mind off politics....


 1. A rat can last longer without water than a camel.


2. Your stomach has to produce a new layer of mucus every two weeks or it will digest itself.

3. The dot over the letter "i" is called a tittle.

4. A raisin dropped in a glass of fresh champagne will bounce up and down continuously from the bottom of the glass to the top.

5. A female ferret will die if it goes into heat and cannot find a mate.

6. A duck's quack doesn't echo. No one knows why.

7. A 2 X 4 is really 1-1/2" by 3-1/2".

8. During the chariot scene in "Ben Hur," a small red car can be seen in the distance (and Heston's wearing a watch).

9. On average, 12 newborns will be given to the wrong parents daily!
(That explains a few mysteries... .)

10. Donald Duck comics were banned from Finland because he doesn't wear pants.

11. Because metal was scarce, the Oscars given out during World War II were made of wood

12. The number of possible ways of playing the first four moves per side in a game of chess is 318,979,564, 000.

13. There are no words in the dictionary that rhyme with orange, purple and silver.

14 The name Wendy was made up for the book Peter Pan. There was never a recorded Wendy before.

15. The very first bomb dropped by the Allies on Berlin in World War II killed the only elephant in the Berlin Zoo.

16. If one places a tiny amount of liquor on a scorpion, it will instantly go mad and sting itself to death. (Who was the sadist who discovered this??)

17. Bruce Lee was so fast that they actually had to s-l-o-w film down so you could see his moves. That's the opposite of the norm.

18. The first CD pressed in the US was Bruce Springsteen' s "Born in the USA."

19. The original name for butterfly was flutterby.

20. The phrase "rule of thumb" is derived from an old English law which stated that you couldn't beat your wife with anything wider than your thumb.

21. The first product Motorola started to develop was a record player for automobiles. At that time, the most known player on the market was Victrola, so they called themselves Motorola.

22. Roses may be red, but violets are indeed violet.

23. By raising your legs slowly and lying on your back, you cannot sink into quicksand.

24. Celery has negative calories. It takes more calories to eat a piece of celery than the celery has in it to begin with.

25. Charlie Chaplin once won third prize in a Charlie Chaplin look-alike contest.

26. Chewing gum while peeling onions will keep you from crying.

27. Sherlock Holmes NEVER said, "Elementary, my dear Watson."

28. An old law in Bellingham, Washington, made it illegal for a woman to take more than three steps backwards while dancing!

29. The glue on Israeli postage is certified kosher.

30. The Guinness Book of Records holds the record for being the book most often stolen from public libraries.

31. Astronauts are not allowed to eat beans before they go into space because passing wind in a spacesuit damages them.

32. Bats always turn left when exiting a cave!

SEE.....NOW WASN'T THAT CALMING AND NICE FOR A CHANGE?.....



.......Not to mention how much smarter you've now become!

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Today on Fighter Sweep

 

Harrison Ford says “Oohhh. I landed on Taxiway Charlie. I understand now. Sorry for that.”

Harrison Ford,  who may be better known as Indiana Jones from the hit movie series landed his small aircraft on a taxiway instead of the runway back on February 23rd. View More ›

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Item Number:1 Date: 03/27/2017 AFGHANISTAN - PAKISTANI AQ LEADER LINKED TO DEADLY BOMBINGS CONFIRMED DEAD IN PAKTIKA (MAR 27/NBC)  NBC NEWS -- The Pentagon has confirmed that a U.S. counterterrorism strike earlier this month in Afghanistan killed an Al-Qaida leader, says the Pentagon, as reported by NBC News.   AQ leader Qari Yasin was killed on March 19 in Paktika province on the Pakistani border, the DoD announced on Saturday.   Yasin was a "senior terrorist figure" from Balochistan, Pakistan, who planned multiple Al-Qaida attacks, including the 2008 bombing of a hotel in Islamabad and an ambush on Sri Lanka's cricket team in Lahore in 2009, said the Pentagon. He had ties to the Pakistani Taliban, noted the statement.   "The death of Qari Yasin is evidence that terrorists who defame Islam and deliberately target innocent people will not escape justice," Defense Secretary James Mattis said in a statement.  

Item Number:2 Date: 03/27/2017 AFGHANISTAN - WIRE SERVICE REPORTS NOTWITHSTANDING, TALIBAN INSISTS THERE WERE NO TALKS WITH PAKISTANIS ON AFGHAN PEACE TALKS (MAR 27/VOA)  VOICE OF AMERICA NEWS -- The Taliban in Afghanistan has denied media reports that its representatives recently were in Pakistan to discuss the possibility of direct peace talks with the government in Kabul, reports the Voice of America News.   The Taliban has long refused to hold direct talks with Kabul, calling the Afghan government a "puppet" of the United States.   "We strongly reject [the media reports] because none of our leaders has traveled to Islamabad, nor has he met with any official there," a Taliban spokesman told VOA on Friday.   The Associated Press reported on March 23 that Pakistani officials hosted seven Taliban leaders in Islamabad in an effort to get them to return to peace talks.   A senior Pakistani government official and an intelligence official told VOA that they were not aware of any such "visit or talks."   "Pakistan is trying to distance itself from hosting Afghan peace talks and would instead prefer they are held in a country acceptable to all the parties," said the intelligence official.   In July 2015, Pakistan negotiated and hosted a single meeting between Taliban and Afghan officials.  

  Item Number:3 Date: 03/27/2017 BAHRAIN - AUTHORITIES BREAK UP ASSASSINATION CELL SAID TO BE BACKED BY IRAN'S IRGC (MAR 27/AL ARABIYA)  AL ARABIYA -- Authorities in Bahrain say they have busted an Iran-backed terror cell planning to assassinate government and community figures, reports Al Arabiya (Dubai).   Eleven members of a 14-member terrorist cell were arrested in a raid on Sunday, said the Interior Ministry. Weapons and explosives were reportedly found, according to the International Business Times.   The exact location of the arrests was not made public.   Several of the suspects received military training in camps operated by Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), said the ministry. Others reportedly received training from locals or Hezbollah factions in Iraq.   Some were allegedly behind a bomb attack on a police bus in February 2017 that injured four officers, said authorities.   The two cell leaders were not detained; they are believed to be in Iran, said the ministry.  

  Item Number:4 Date: 03/27/2017 BANGLADESH - SECURITY FORCES RESCUE DOZENS; OPERATION CONTINUES AGAINST MILITARY HIDEOUT (MAR 27/BDNEWS24)  BDNEWS24.COM -- At least eight people have been killed in an ongoing raid by Bangladeshi forces against militants in the northeastern city of Sylhet, reports bdnews24.   On Friday, police and personnel from Bangaldesh's counter-terrorism Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) surrounded a housing complex in the Shibbari neighborhood. Army commandos began an assault there on Saturday, rescuing at least 78 people.   Police reported that there were two explosions about 400 yards from the suspected hideout. Six people were killed, including two police officers. About 50 people were injured, including the head of intelligence of the RAB, said police.   The Islamic State claimed responsibility via its Amaq news agency. Police blamed the homegrown Jamatul Mujahedin Bangladesh group, reported AFP.   Clashes continued Monday morning. An army spokesman said at least two militants had been killed. "There are several more well-trained operatives active inside the hideout," he said

Item Number:5 Date: 03/27/2017 DEM REP OF CONGO - HUMANITARIAN AID WORKERS AMBUSHED; 6 DIE (MAR 27/VOA)  VOICE OF AMERICA NEWS -- A top U.N. official says six humanitarian aid workers were killed in an ambush over the weekend in South Sudan, reports the Voice of America News.   Saturday's attack took place as the workers were en route from Juba, the capital, to the town of Pibor, said Eugene Owusu, the senior U.N. humanitarian official in the country.   This represented the deadliest single incident since the start of the civil war in December 2013. At least 12 workers have been killed in South Sudan this year, and 79 since 2013, according to the U.N.   The government should be held accountable because the attack happened in its territory, said rebels, as reported by Reuters.   "We don't have forces in that area. Instead its the government forces and militias who control that area," said a spokesman for the rebel SPLM-IO forces loyal to former Vice President Riek Machar.   It is too early to determine who was behind the ambush, said the government.   Meanwhile, the U.N. says about 100,000 are at risk of starvation, as reported by the International Business Times.  

  Item Number:6 Date: 03/27/2017 DEM REP OF CONGO - MILITIA GROUP AMBUSHES POLICE, BEHEAD 40 (MAR 27/BBC)  BRITISH BROADCASTING CORP. -- Local officials in the Democratic Republic of Congo say a militia has beheaded about 40 police officers after an ambush, reports the BBC.   On Friday, fighters from the Kamuina Nsapu group ambushed a police convoy driving from Tshikapa in Kasai province to Kananga, the capital of Kasai-Central province, said a local lawmaker cited by Reuters.   They reportedly beheaded about 40 officers. Six were spared because they spoke the local Tshiluba language, the lawmaker said on Saturday.   The militiamen are usually armed with machetes. In this case, according to the provincial lawmaker, they took the police vehicles and the firearms.   An insurgency has spread to five provinces after President Joseph Kabila refused to step down after the end of his constitutional mandate in December.   The Luba ethnic group dominates the Kasai region. In early 2016, members of the group named Jean Pierre Mpanda as their "Kamuina Nsapu" or hereditary chieftain. That chief declared war on the government and was killed in August 2016, reported the Washington Post.  

  Item Number:7 Date: 03/27/2017 IRAQ - TROOPS RESUME PUSH INTO OLD CITY; U.S. PROBES REPORTS OF CIVILIAN DEATHS BY AIRSTRIKES (MAR 27/AFP)  AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE -- Government forces in Iraq on Monday renewed their operations against the Islamic State in Mosul's Old City, reports Agence France-Presse.   Those actions were temporarily halted late last week.   Federal police and rapid-response forces were hitting "the southwestern axis" of the Old City, said a federal police commander on Monday.   One of the targets is the Faruq street, close to the Al-Nuri mosque, where ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared a caliphate in 2014, the commander said.   Much of the recent reporting on Mosul has focused on civilian deaths.   On Saturday, the U.S. announced it was investigating reports that coalition airstrikes on March 16 killed more than 100 people in western Mosul's Jadideh neighborhood, according to the New York Times. Some accounts have placed the number at 200 or so.   The U.S. military is trying to determine whether the explosion was caused by an American airstrike, or an ISIS bomb or booby trap, said a spokesman

Item Number:8 Date: 03/27/2017 LEBANON - INITIAL LEBANESE PILOT STRAPS UP A-29 SUPER TUCANO IN U.S; 12 WILL BE TRAINED (MAR 27/ACC)  AIR COMBAT COMMAND (USAF) -- The first Lebanese air force A-29 Super Tucano pilot trainee has made his debut "in-seat" training flight at Moody AFB, Ga., reports the U.S. Air Combat Command.   The flight made on March 22 is part of a program that began earlier in the month to ensure that the Lebanese air force has the support and training needed to safely and effectively use the A-29 light attack aircraft, the command said.   To date, Lebanese pilot trainees have been focused on ground training, including learning procedures, patterns and spending time in the simulator, said instructors with the 81st Fighter Squadron.   The 81st Fighter Squadron has been conducting a similar program to train Afghan A-29 pilots.   Plans call for 12 Lebanese pilots and 20 maintainers to be trained and able to conduct independent operations at home.   The squadron commander said the Lebanese will be "fully trained operational combat pilots." The "ultimate goal," he said, as quoted by the Air Force Magazine, "is for them to fight ISIS on their eastern border

Item Number:9 Date: 03/27/2017 LITHUANIA - ARMY STANDS UP LIGHT INFANTRY BRIGADE IN VILNIUS; UNIT WILL HAVE 4,500 TROOPS (MAR 27/LIMOD)  LITHUANIAN MINISTRY OF DEFENSE -- The Lithuanian army has just stood up a new light infantry brigade, reports the Lithuanian Ministry of Defense.   The Aukstaitija Light Infantry Brigade was formally activated during a March 23 ceremony in Kazlu Ruda in southern Lithuania.   The unit was formed from existing training elements and is located under the Lithuanian Armed Forces Training and Doctrine Command, said the ministry.   The new brigade will bring together personnel from professional military training units; the continuous mandatory initial military service; and trained reserve, said Lt. Gen. Jonas Vytautas Zukas, the chief of defense.   The brigade headquarters is located in Vilnius and will be mostly staffed by personnel from the Training and Doctrine Command.   The unit's four battalions will be commanded and staffed by personnel from the Division General Stasys Rastikis Lithuanian Armed Forces School, Lithuanian Great Hetman Jonusas Radvila Training Regiment, General Adolfas Ramanauskas Warfare Training Center, and General Jonas Zemaitis Military Academy of Lithuania, noted the release.   Maneuver units will be formed by trained reserve soldiers. The reconnaissance company will be manned by conscripts and communications, headquarters and support companies by professional soldiers, the ministry said.   A total of 4,500 personnel will fill the brigade.  

  Item Number:10 Date: 03/27/2017 NIGERIA - SOLDIERS FREE CAPTIVE CIVILIANS, DEMOLISH BOKO HARAM BOMB FACTORY (MAR 27/NANIGERIA)  NEWS AGENCY OF NIGERIA -- Nigerian troops have destroyed a Boko Haram improvised explosive device (IED) factory in the Konduga region of the northeastern Borno state, says the army, as reported by the News Agency of Nigeria.   As part of Operation Lafiya Dole, troops from the 103 Battalion discovered the facility during a clearance operation in the village of Gombole, the army said in a statement late last week.   Four women and six children being held by the terrorist group were freed. Four suicide vests and three motorcycles were also recovered, said the army.   An unspecified number of militants were killed during the operation, said an army spokesman. Others reportedly fled. One Nigerian soldier was injured. As of last week, he was in "stable condition," said the spokesman

Item Number:11 Date: 03/27/2017 PHILIPPINES - TROOPS RESCUE 3 MALAYSIAN HOSTAGES FROM ABU SAYYAF (MAR 27/PHILSTAR)  PHILIPPINE STAR -- The Philippine army has rescued three Malaysian hostages who had been held by Abu Sayyaf for eight months, reports the Philippine Star.   The three men were among five kidnapped in July 2016 from a tugboat between the Philippines’ Tawi-Tawi island province and the eastern Malaysian state of Sabah, reported the Anadolu Agency (Turkey).   The three were rescued on Sunday on Jolo island in the southern Philippines, said the military.   The other two were rescued on March 23 in waters of Jolo and Pata Island

Item Number:12 Date: 03/27/2017 SLOVAKIA - INDIANA GUARDSMEN, CZECHS, SLOVAKS HONE CBRN SKILLS AT LEST TRAINING CENTER (MAR 27/ANS)  ARMY NEWS SERVICE -- Members of the Indiana National Guard have been training on chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) response missions in Slovakia, reports the Army News Service.   This month's Exercise Toxic Lance at Training Center Lest ran for two weeks. The drill included personnel from the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Indiana National Guard and active-duty troops from the U.S. 588th Engineer Battalion, 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division.   Military personnel from the three countries integrated their specialties in different training scenarios that required them to respond to a CBRN threat, including search-and-rescue efforts, according to a service release on March 22.   A reconnaissance section from the 588th BEB provided unique equipment for searching and testing a site for contaminants. The Indiana Guardsmen provided a search-and-rescue capability that is integrated with its decontamination unit, noted the release.   One commander from 588th commented that this was the first time that the unit had integrated a Stryker armored vehicle reconnaissance capability with its decontamination unit, officials said

Item Number:13 Date: 03/27/2017 SOUTH KOREA - NAVAL EXERCISE RECALLS CLASHES WITH N. KOREA (MAR 27/YON)  YONHAP -- The South Korean navy has conducted a significant exercise involving major weapon systems in all of the country's waters, reports the Yonhap news agency (Seoul).   The drills on Friday were the second annual series marking West Sea Defense Day, which commemorates three clashes over the years with North Korea along the Northern Limit Line, the de facto maritime border between the Koreas.   Fifty-five South Koreans were killed in those incidents.   The West Sea is also known as the Yellow Sea.   Destroyers, submarines, frigates, corvettes and military helicopters took part in the training.   The navy also said it is replacing aging warships with new, larger platforms, including the Incheon- and Daegu-class frigates. Six Incheon-class frigates are already in service, with the first Daegu-class vessel slated to enter service in late 2018.   Four new advanced warships are scheduled to be commissioned in April, said navy officials

  Item Number:14 Date: 03/27/2017 SYRIA - REBEL EVACUATION RESTARTS IN AL-WAER NEIGHBORHOOD IN HOMS (MAR 27/REU)  REUTERS -- A second group of rebels and their families have been leaving a district hed by insurgents in Homs city under a deal with the government, reports Reuters.   One group began leaving last week after a March 14 deal was brokered allowing rebels to evacuate the al-Waer neighborhood. That is the only remaining rebel-controlled area of Homs.   On Monday, the evacuation resumed after a delay caused by heavy fighting between rebel groups and the army in Hama province over the weekend, said the U.K.-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.   About 1,600 people are expected to head to areas held by Turkish-backed rebels north of Aleppo, said Talal Barzai, the governor of Homs province.   As many as 15,000 people may leave in weekly batches for about six weeks

Item Number:15 Date: 03/27/2017 SYRIA - SDF TAKES AIRPORT NEAR EUPHRATES DAM (MAR 27/RUDAW)  RUDAW -- A U.S.-backed Syrian rebel alliance says its fighters have wrested control of a key airbase in northern Syria from the Islamic State, reports Rudaw (Iraqi Kurdistan).   A statement from the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces on Sunday said the alliance had captured Tabqa airbase, about 28 miles west of the de facto ISIS capital of Raqqa, reported Al Jazeera.   The base was seized by ISIS in August 2014. About 200 government soldiers were later killed by the terrorists in a mass execution.   Fighting continues at the nearby Tabqa (Euphrates) dam, which has been out of service after its power station was damaged.   On Sunday, ISIS warned locals that the dam could collapse because of U.S.-led coalition airstrikes and increased water levels, reported CNN.   The terrorist group later announced that the dam was fine and told residents to stay in place.   The SDF maintains that airstrikes have not damaged the structure. "We do not assess the dam to be in imminent danger unless ISIS plans to destroy it," said the rebels

Item Number:16 Date: 03/27/2017 THAILAND - LATEST WORD ON CHINESE SUBS: BUY 2, GET 1 FREE (MAR 27/NATION)  THE NATION -- Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has confirmed that the government is acquiring three submarines from China, reports the Nation (Bangkok).   The Thai navy is going to buy two Yuan-class S26T submarines from China and receive a third as a "free gift," the prime minister said last week.   The 78-meter boats will be equipped with the latest air-independent propulsion (AIP) system, which would allow the diesel-powered subs to remain submerged for up to 21 days.   The deal is worth US$103 million, officials said.   There have been reports, discussions and negotiations over such subs for several years. In 2015, the potential deal for three boats was considered to be worth US$1 billion, the Diplomat (Tokyo) reported at the time.  

  Item Number:17 Date: 03/27/2017 TURKEY - DEAL FINALIZED FOR 27 ARMORED AMPHIBIOUS ASSAULT VEHICLES (MAR 27/FNSS)  FNSS DEFENSE SYSTEMS -- Turkish defense firm FNSS has announced a contract award from the Undersecretariat for Defense Industries (SSM) to build an armored amphibious assault vehicle (ZAHA) for the Turkish navy.   The contract was signed on March 7, according to an FNSS release last Thursday.   Under the deal, FNSS will deliver 27 vehicles based on an indigenous design. Twenty-three will be in an armored personnel carrier configuration; two, command-and-control; and two, recovery vehicles.   The vehicles will be designed to be launched from an amphibious assault ship, rapidly travel several miles to shore and engage in land operations, said FNSS.   The value of the contract and timelines were not disclosed.  

  Item Number:18 Date: 03/27/2017 UKRAINE - MILITARY HELICOPTER CRASHES NEAR KRAMATORSK; 5 DIE (MAR 27/INT-UKR)  INTERFAX-UKRAINE -- The Ministry of Defense says that all five aboard a Ukrainian military helicopter were killed Sunday after their aircraft went down in the east, reports Interfax-Ukraine.   Three crew members and two passengers were killed when the Mi-2 helicopter crashed near Malynivka, about 25 miles from the city of Kramatorsk, according to a ministry statement.   The helicopter likely hit an electricity transmission line, said the ministry.   Kramatorsk is the headquarters of government forces in the war-torn Donetsk region

Item Number:19 Date: 03/27/2017 USA - MARINE EXERCISES AT CAMP PENDLETON WILL EVALUATE NEW TECHNOLOGIES (MAR 27/BREAKDEF)  BREAKING DEFENSE -- The Marine Corps will field-test more than 50 different new technologies during an exercise at Camp Pendleton, Calif., in late April, reports Breaking Defense.   Conducted in conjunction with the U.S. Navy, Ship To Shore Maneuver Exploration and Experimentation Advanced Naval Technology Exercise (S2ME2 ANTX) will include nano-drones, self-driving amphibious vehicles, wireless networks, precision-guided mortar shells and classified cyber and electronic warfare equipment.   Technologies that perform well may move on to a more formal operational evaluation or additional testing during the service's Bold Alligator exercise on the East Coast in the fall, said Col. Dan Sullivan, the chief of staff at the Marine Corps Warfighting Laboratory.   The technology demonstration has been set up in nine months, significantly faster than the 18 to 24 months it typically takes, noted Aileen Sansone, an official with the Navy's Rapid Prototyping Experimentation and Demonstration (RPED) office.   Next month's event has been divided into six mission areas, each assigned a nickname, where the new technologies will be tested:   *Shield: early intelligence and reconnaissance;  *Spear: threat identification;  *Dagger: follow-on reconnaissance and threat elimination;  *Cutlass: maneuver ashore;  *Broadsword: combat power ashore; and  *Battleaxe: amphibious command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR).   The focus is on amphibious operations in the face of armed resistance, included hostile anti-access/area denial capabilities, officials said.  

  Item Number:20 Date: 03/27/2017 USA - TOP GENERAL IN EUROPE SEEKS MORE TROOPS, SAYS PUTIN'S INTENT IS TO 'FRACTURE NATO' (MAR 27/S&S)  STARS AND STRIPES -- The U.S. European Command (EUCOM) wants to rebuild the American presence in Europe that has dwindled in recent years, even as Russia has grown stronger, reports the Stars and Stripes.   "EUCOM is coordinating across the DOD to obtain the forces we need in every warfare domain," Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti, the EUCOM chief, said in testimony before the Senate Armed Services Committee. "This may include additional maneuver forces, combat air squadrons, anti-submarine capabilities, a carrier strike group and maritime amphibious capabilities."   This represents the most explicit and wide-ranging request by a EUCOM chief for more assets since the end of the Cold War.   The general also serves as NATO's supreme commander. Scaparotti told the committee that Russian President Vladimir Putin intends "to fracture NATO," as quoted by Military.com.   His command has had sufficient assets "to deter Russia from further aggression" only because of rotational forces that have been added in the last year, Scaparrotti said.   EUCOM has been adjusting to a new role over the last several years, changing its focus from security cooperation with allies to combat command and control.   Since the fall of the Soviet Union in the early 1990s, the U.S. military in Europe has declined from around 300,000 personnel to 62,000. 

 

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