Friday, April 7, 2017

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To All,
I hope that your week has started well.
This Day In Naval History - April 6
1776 - Sloop-of-war Ranger, frigate Queen of France and frigate Warren capture British Hibernia and 7 other vessels
1862 - Naval Gunfire from Tyler and Lexington help save Union Troops at Battle of Shiloh
1909: Cmdr. Robert E. Peary reports reaching the North Pole, dropping a note in a glass bottle into a crevice in the ice that states: "I have this day hoisted the national ensign of the United States of America at this place, which my observations indicate to be the North Polar axis of the earth, and have formally taken possession of the entire region, and adjacent, for and in the name of the President of the United States of America."
1917 - U.S. declares war on Germany
1945 - First heavy kamikaze attack on ships at Okinawa.
1961 - USS Lake Champlain brings oxygen to aid stricken passenger of British liner Queen of Bermuda.
1968 - USS New Jersey recommissioned for shore bombardment duty in Vietnam
1989 - President orders DOD to assist in Exxon Valdez oil spill cleanup
1993 - Branch Navy Hospital Adak responds to crash of civilian Chinese airline providing lifesaving treatment and medical evacuation of 89 injured passengers. Only one passenger out of 265 passengers died.
On this day in history (April 6):
1896: The first modern Olympic Games began in Athens, Greece.
1930: Hostess Twinkies were invented by bakery executive James Dewar. It is a creamy-filled sponge cake created in order to use small baking pans that would otherwise remain in storage except for each year's brief strawberry shortcake season. About a billion Twinkies are eaten every year.
1954: The TV Dinner was first put on sale by Swanson & Sons. It was black and white at the time.
1992: The Great Purple Satan begins charming millions of unknowing tiny followers into his cult of Dino-worship as "Barney and Friends" makes its debut on PBS.  Remember, sharing is caring and caring is sharing!
And today is:
National Raisin and Spice Bar Day
April 6
English King Richard I is killed by an arrow at the Siege of the Castle of Chalus in France.
The First U.S. Congress begins regular sessions at Federal Hall in New York City.
Granted sovereignty in the island of Elba and a pension from the French government, Napoleon Bonaparte abdicates at Fontainebleau. He is allowed to keep the title of emperor.
Joseph Smith and five others organize the Church of Latter-Day Saints in Seneca, New York.
Confederate forces attack General Ulysses S. Grant at Shiloh, Tennessee.
At the Battle of Sailer's Creek, a third of Lee's army is cut off by Union troops pursuing him to Appomattox.
The Modern Olympics begin in Athens with eight nations participating.
French Army Nationalists are revealed to have forged documents to guarantee a conviction for Alfred Dreyfus.
Americans Robert Peary and Matthew Henson become the first men to reach the North Pole.
The United States declares war on Germany and enters World War I on Allied side.
Four planes leave Seattle on the first successful flight around the world.
The United States recognizes Nazi Germany's conquest of Austria.
German forces invade Greece and Yugoslavia.
President Lyndon B. Johnson authorizes the use of ground troops in combat operations.
Today on Fighter Sweep
Russia to Produce Zircon Hyper-sonic Missile – Can it Destroy an Aircraft Carrier in One Strike?
Can one missile really destroy an aircraft carrier? According to speculation about the Russian Zircon hyper-sonic missile that may be true. Reports are that Russia is expected to soon begin View More ›
Breaking! F-16 Crashes Near Joint Base Andrews
An F-16 Falcon single seat jet went down today near Joint Base Andrews in the Washington DC area.  The F-16 from Air National Guard's 113th Wing crashed this morning about six miles View More ›
Thanks toPhil
We have lost another hero
A very interesting one about another WW11 vet. I'm going to check Amazon to see if I can find his books.
 We have lost another hero.
Follow the link below to an article about an American hero.  Please take the time to watch the videos at the end. Especially 'American Rifleman TV: Don Burgett, Part 2'. This is one all should see. Sobering. 
Thanks to Carl
Destroyer's Name Honors Aviator Who Tried to Save Comrade |
Destroyer's Name Honors Aviator Who Tried to Save Comrade

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Ensign Jesse L. Brown in the cockpit of an F4U-4 Corsair fighter, circa 1950. A Navy destroyer will carry the name of the man who tried to save him during the Korean War. (US Navy photo)
Associated Press | 2 Apr 2017 | by David Sharp
BATH, Maine -- Naval aviator Thomas Hudner watched helplessly as a fellow fighter pilot's plane turned into a death trap after a crash-landing behind enemy lines during the Korean War. The injured pilot was pinned in the cockpit, unable to escape from the burning plane.
The lieutenant did the only thing he could to help: He crash-landed his own plane, climbed out and tried to save his comrade, Ensign Jesse Brown.
"What Tom did is one of the greatest feats of bravery in any war," said Adam Makos, who wrote a book about the aviator called "Devotion."
The 92-year-old Medal of Honor recipient watched Saturday as the future USS Thomas Hudner was christened during a snowstorm at Bath Iron Works in Maine.
The wet and cold spectators included Hudner's wife, Georgea, one of the ship's sponsors, their children and other family members. Brown's daughter and two brothers were also there. Also on hand were two other Medal of Honor recipients, along with Marine Corps veterans who credited naval aviators for saving their skin during the Battle of Chosin Reservoir, where both enemy bullets and brutal cold claimed the lives of Marines.
"Without the fighter pilots, we wouldn't be here today," said John "Red" Parkinson, a Marine corporal during the battle who commented that the snowy weather seemed appropriate.
The ceremony celebrated heroism -- and friendship.
Brown was the African-American son of sharecroppers in Mississippi who became the first black aviator in the U.S. Navy. Hudner, who is white, was a U.S. Naval Academy graduate and son of a well-to-do grocery store owner in Massachusetts. The two squadron mates hit it off despite their differences.
Fletcher Brown, one of Jesse's brothers, said both men were driven and loved to fly. "From what I know about Tom and what I know about Jesse, they were probably two of a kind. The only difference is one was wealthy and one was a cotton picker," he said.
On the fateful mission, on Dec. 4, 1950, the two flew from the aircraft carrier USS Leyte to protect outnumbered Marines who were encircled by Chinese soldiers.
Brown's gull-winged Corsair began leaking oil after being struck by ground fire, and he crash-landed on a snowy mountainside in enemy territory. Brown survived the hard landing but suffered injuries and was trapped inside the burning airplane.
Circling overhead, Hudner saw that Brown was unable to escape. So Hudner did a wheels-up belly landing in his own plane and ran to his friend's aid.
It was a race against time. If the crash injuries or the flames didn't claim Brown, then the bitter cold surely would. The temperature was just above zero.
There was no happy ending, however.
Neither Hudner nor the crew of a rescue helicopter could free Brown despite taking an ax to the plane. Brown lost consciousness.
"An aviator is calculating by nature and all he had to do was look around to know he wasn't coming home. That's when he glanced up at me and said his last words, 'Just tell Daisy how much I love her,'" Hudner said before the event, referring to Brown's wife.
Hudner promised to return, and he did return years later. But Brown's remains were never found.
A U.S. Navy frigate was named for Brown in 1973.
On Saturday, speakers praised Hudner's selfless act during the ceremony in which champagne was broken on the ship's bow to christen the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer.
Hudner said he was just helping a shipmate. "If it had been me down there on the ground, Jesse would have done the same thing for me," he said.
Also thanks toCarl
Navy Announces Three-Day Grounding for T-45s After Pilot Strike |
Navy Announces Three-Day Grounding for T-45s After Pilot Strike | 5 Apr 2017 | by Hope Hodge Seck
The morning after it was reported that some 100 Navy instructor pilots are refusing to fly due to concerns about hypoxia-like problems in the cockpits of T-45 training jets, service officials announced that Naval Air Forces has directed a three-day "safety pause" for the T-45 aviation community.
The temporary pause, which will run from Wednesday through Friday, will allow time for the Navy's aviation leadership to speak with the pilots, listen to their concerns, and discuss ongoing risk mitigations, Naval Air Forces spokeswoman Cmdr. Jeannie Groeneveld said in a statement provided to
News of the pilots' refusal to fly was first reported Tuesday night by Fox News. The outlet reported that Marine 1st Lt. Michael Pence, son of Vice President Mike Pence, is among the student pilots affected by the strike.
Last Friday, roughly 40 percent of flights in T-45 training commands -- located in Meridian, Mississippi; Pensacola, Florida; and Kingsville, Texas -- were canceled after instructor pilots cited operational risk management concerns, Groeneveld said in the statement. When that happened, she said, engineers were dispatched to the three wing locations to conduct briefs with pilots and further discuss the problem.
Fox reported that physiological episodes connected to problems with the trainers' onboard oxygen generation systems had quadrupled over the last five years, with 10 episodes in the last month. In August, the report notes, a flight instructor and student ejected near Kingsville after they both felt symptoms of hypoxia. While they both survived without injury, the aircraft crashed and was destroyed.
Groeneveld said no resource is being spared to find the source of the problem.
"To tackle this as effectively as possible, [the Naval Aviation Enterprise] is using an 'unconstrained resources' approach to the problem, with multiple lines of effort established to address physiological episodes," she said. "Progress and potential solutions have no manpower or cost restraints."
She added that physiological episodes in the cockpit are the number one safety priority for the Navy, a point multiple officials have made before, and said the service is committed to fully understanding all causal factors and eliminating the issue.
"This is a complex problem with multiple interrelated potential causal factors," she said. "The root cause of physiological episodes remains unidentified, but engineers are working diligently to find a solution."
In an interview with on Wednesday, Rear Adm. DeWolfe Miller, the Navy's director of air warfare, said he expects honest discussions between the service's engineering team and instructor pilots to allay the community's concern.
"My expectation is we're back in the air, we're flying, and guys will feel more confident knowing that leadership is listening and doing something about the issue," he said.
-- Editor's Note: This story has been updated to correct mistaken information provided by the Navy regarding the length of the operational pause, which will be three days, not two.
Thanks to Bill
When Love Fades
Last night I was sitting on the sofa watching TV when I heard my wife's voice from the kitchen ask...
"What would you like for dinner, my love, Chicken, Beef or Lamb?
I said, "Thank you, dear, I think I'll have chicken."
She replied, "You're having soup, asshole. I was talking to the cat."
​I think the honeymoon is over!​
Item Number:1 Date: 04/06/2017 AFGHANISTAN - GENERAL, COLONEL AMONG SENIOR OFFICERS SUSPENDED FOR ISIS HOSPITAL ATTACK IN KABUL (APR 06/S&S)  STARS AND STRIPES -- The Afghan military has suspended nine soldiers, including a general, ahead of a probe into the March 8 on Kabul hospital, reports the Stars and Stripes.   Gunmen dressed as doctors attacked the Sardar Daud Khan Hospital, the largest military hospital in the nation, killing at least 50 people. The Islamic State claimed responsibility.   At least 24 people were arrested, including generals, for negligence, incompetence and complicity, according to the New York Times.   On Wednesday, the Defense Ministry said that nine people had been suspended, "including one general, one colonel and three majors, for not carrying out their duties when the attack happened, and they are being investigated
 Item Number:2 Date: 04/06/2017 AUSTRALIA - GOVERNMENT WARNS TOURISTS OF POSSIBLE ATTACK IN GALLIPOLI FOR ANZAC DAY CEREMONY (APR 06/9 NEWS)  9 NEWS -- The Australian government has issued a general terrorism warning for Anzac Day World War I commemorations in Turkey, reports   Anzac Day, April 25, marks the Battle of Gallipoli, the first major battle involving Australian and New Zealand troops in World War I.   "The Australian government has received information to suggest terrorists may seek to target Anzac Day commemorations on the Gallipoli Peninsula," said a statement on Thursday from Prime Minister Julie Bishop and Veterans Affairs Minister Dan Tehan.   About 500 people are expected to attended the commemorations in Turkey, including more than 250 Australians, reported Sky News (Australia).   Australian federal police said that the warning does not relate to a specific plot and the overall travel warning for Turkey has not changed, reported the Sydney Morning Herald
  Item Number:3 Date: 04/06/2017 GERMANY - NEW CYBER UNIT WILL EVENTUALLY NUMBER 13,500 (APR 06/LOCAL)  THE LOCAL -- The German military is putting together a new unit for defense and offensive cyber missions, reports the Local (Germany).   Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen announced the launch in Bonn on Wednesday.   Plans call for about 13,500 soldiers and civilian workers to be deployed by 2021 to protect the military's networks and weapons systems.   Initially, it will be commanded by a lieutenant general with 260 troops.   Von der Leyen told the troops at the launching ceremony that "we can defend ourselves offensively," as quoted by the news service
Item Number:4 Date: 04/06/2017 ISRAEL - HAMAS HANGS 3 PALESTINIANS IN GAZA FOR 'COLLABORATING' WITH ISRAEL (APR 06/TOI)  TIMES OF ISRAEL -- The Hamas rulers of Gaza executed three Palestinian men Thursday accused of collaborating with Israel, reported the Times of Israel.   The three were charged with supplying information about the location of Hamas personnel and military sites over the past three decades, leading to the deaths of Hamas fighters, said the Hamas-run Interior Ministry in Gaza.   Hamas has been hunting for "collaborators" following the March 24 assassination of Mazen Faqha, a commander of the group's military wing. The group blamed Israeli intelligence agency Mossad, without offering evidence.   Those executed were not involved with that death, said Hamas.   On Wednesday, Hamas offered "collaborators" a chance to surrender and seek clemency as long as they were not involved in Faqha's death, reported the BBC
Item Number:5 Date: 04/06/2017 LIBYA - 4 MIGRANT-SMUGGLERS DIE IN SHOOTOUT WITH COAST GUARD (APR 06/REU)  REUTERS -- Libyan coast guard personnel exchanged fire with suspected migrant smugglers in a clash off the country's western coast on Thursday, reports Reuters.   Four of the migrant-smugglers were killed, according to the coast guard.   Fighting broke out when the coast guard attempted to apprehend gunmen guarding a migrant boat, a coast guard spokesman told the wire service.   Two of the suspected smugglers were injured and one was missing, he said. A German journalist traveling aboard the coast guard vessel was also injured
Item Number:6 Date: 04/06/2017 LIBYA - AUTHORITIES CLEAR FORMERLY ENSLAVED ERITREANS, NIGERIANS; 35 FINALLY RELEASED (APR 06/REU)  REUTERS -- Dozens of people who were enslaved by the Islamic State in the coastal Libyan city of Sirte have been released by Libyan authorities, reports Reuters.   Twenty-eight Eritreans and seven Nigerians, almost all women and children, escaped late last year as forces loyal to the United Nations-backed government contested ISIS for control of Sirte.   The former captives were investigated for several months in a Misrata prison before being released on Wednesday to staff from the U.N. refugee agency (UNHCR) and the Libyan Red Crescent.   Some of the women were reportedly on their way to Europe when ISIS fighters kidnapped them and held them as sex slaves.   The office of Libya's attorney-general's announced in February that the women had been cleared of any wrongdoing. No explanation was given for the delay of their release.   Dozens of women and children who escaped from ISIS-held Sirte or were found they by Libyans, are still being held. Those held reportedly include Tunisians, Libyans and nationals from several sub-Saharan African countries
Item Number:7 Date: 04/06/2017 MALI - JIHADISTS KILL FRENCH SOLDIER IN SOUTHEAST (APR 06/AFP)  AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE -- A French soldier has been killed fighting terrorists in southeastern Mali, says the French presidential office, as reported by Agence France-Presse.   Juelien Barbe was killed overnight by enemy fire, said a statement released Thursday from the office of President Francoise Hollande.   The soldier's unit was ambushed about 200 km (124 mi) southwest of Gao while helping the crew of a lightly armored vehicle that had been struck by an improvised explosive device. Two other soldiers were injured, said the statement.   Barbe is the 19th French soldier killed in Mali since the military intervention in 2013 against Islamist militants.   There are about 4,000 French soldiers in the Sahel region as part of Operation Barkhane, noted France 24.  
  Item Number:8 Date: 04/06/2017 PAKISTAN - ARMY PLANE DAMAGED IN CRASH-LANDING NEAR PESHAWAR; PILOT SAFE (APR 06/DAWN)  DAWN -- An army pilot is safe after a crash-landing of a training aircraft in northwestern Pakistan, reports Dawn (Pakistan).   The Mushshak turboprop aircraft was damaged when it went down Thursday in a village close to Peshawar, the capital of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, said security sources.   The pilot had minor injuries, according to the Express Tribune.   The aircraft suffered a "technical failure," said the sources
Item Number:9 Date: 04/06/2017 PHILIPPINES - 2 FOREIGN ISIS MEMBERS IN CUSTODY, SAYS JUSTICE SECRETARY (APR 06/SUNS)  SUN STAR -- Philippine Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre confirmed on Thursday that two suspected ISIS members were arrested last month, reported the Sun Star (Manila).   Police say they arrested two suspected Islamic State members and foiled a potential terror attack.   Husayn Al-Dhafiri, a Kuwaiti national, and his Syrian wife Rahaf Zina were arrested late last month, after police received a tip from Kuwaiti authorities, said officials cited by Reuters.   The arrests were kept secret to continue an investigation, the officials said.   The pair had entered the country in recent months as part of "bombing operation" in either the Philippines or Kuwait, said Justice Secretary Aguirre.   Al-Dhafiri was reportedly an active ISIS members in the Middle East; his wife was previously married to a high-ranking ISIS commander who was killed in Syria, said Aguirre.   Al-Dhafiri allegedly was involved in manufacturing explosives and possibly operational planning against Kuwait, said the justice secretary.  
Item Number:10 Date: 04/06/2017 PHILIPPINES - MAOISTS, MANILA AGREE TO TEMPORARY TRUCE (APR 06/CNNP)  CNN PHILIPPINES -- Negotiators from the Philippine government and Maoist rebels have reached a deal for an interim joint cease-fire, reports CNN Philippines.   Representatives of the government and the National Democratic Front (NDFP), an umbrella group of communist rebels, reached the agreement Wednesday during peace talks in the Netherlands.   The NDFP includes the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and the New People's Army (NPA).   The talks, brokered by Norway, began earlier this week in the Netherlands.   The cease-fire was expected to be signed Wednesday night and last until a permanent cease-fire is reached, reported Reuters.   Manila also agreed to release 23 political prisoners. For its part, the NDFP said it would free three soldiers and a policeman
Item Number:11 Date: 04/06/2017 PHILIPPINES - PRESIDENT TELLS MILITARY TO OCCUPY, FORTIFY ISLANDS IN DISPUTED S. CHINA SEA (APR 06/RAP)  RAPPLER -- President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered Philippine troops to deploy to unoccupied islands in the disputed South China Sea, reports Rappler (Philippines).   "It looks like everybody is making a grab for the islands there, so we better live on those that are still vacant," Duterte told reporters on Thursday.   He made his comments during a visit to a military camp on the western island of Palawan, near the disputed Spratly Islands.   "I have ordered the armed forces to occupy all the so many islands, I think nine or 10, [build] structures] and [raise] the Philippine flag," he said, referring to the Spratly islets controlled by the Philippines.   Duterte also said he was considering visiting the islands on June 12, or Philippine Independence Day.   Duterte has sought to improve relations with China, which claims much of the region. Duterte previously said he would "set aside" a favorable international ruling over the Philippines' claims against China's
  Item Number:12 Date: 04/06/2017 RUSSIA - AUTHORITIES ARREST 6 ALLEGED TERRORIST RECRUITERS IN ST. PETERSBURG (APR 06/BBC)  BRITISH BROADCASTING CORP. -- Russian authorities have arrested six Central Asian men suspected of recruiting for terrorist groups, reports the BBC.   The suspects were arrested Wednesday in St. Petersburg; they have been active since November, charged Russia's Investigative Committee.   The suspected perpetrator in Monday's fatal subway bombing in St. Petersburg was a Kyrgyzstan national.   Those arrested had reportedly been recruiting other local Central Asian immigrants "to carry out terrorist crimes" and to join "illegal armed groups," including the Islamic State, said the committee.   Security personnel found extremist Islamist literature during a search of their living quarters, the committee said.   There was no evidence connecting those arrested with the main suspect in the subway bombing, according to the committee. Fourteen people were killed and dozens more injured in that attack
  Item Number:13 Date: 04/06/2017 RUSSIA - RAID UNCOVERS EXPLOSIVE DEVICE IN ST. PETERSBURG; POSSIBLE ACCOMPLICES OF SUBWAY ATTACKER IN CUSTODY (APR 06/RT)  RUSSIA TODAY -- Russian authorities have found and rendered safe an explosive device found in a St. Petersburg apartment, reports Russia's RT news channel.   Police raided the nine-story apartment early Thursday in Tovarichesky Prospekt, reported the BBC.   Residents were evacuated after a suspicious object was found in one of the apartments. "An explosive device has been located and disarmed," said a local official.   Seven people were arrested after the device was found, he said.   Sources told Interfax that investigators were probing possible links between those detained and the main suspect in Monday's fatal subway bombing in St. Petersburg. The explosives found were said to be similar to those found after the subway attack, according to a subsequent report.  
  Item Number:14 Date: 04/06/2017 SOUTH KOREA - SEOUL'S RECENTLY TESTED MISSILE ABLE TO HIT ALL OF N. KOREA (APR 06/YON)  YONHAP -- South Korea has reportedly tested a domestically developed ballistic missile with a range of 500 miles, reports the Yonhap news agency (Seoul).   The Hyunmoo-type ballistic missile was recently launched at the Anheung test site of the Defense Ministry's Agency for Defense Development (ADD), said defense sources on Thursday.   No time was mentioned. The test was examined by Defense Minister Han Min koo, said the source.   The ministry declined to confirm or deny the test's success.   The missile has a reported range of 800 km (500 mi), making it capable of hitting anywhere in North Korea.  
Item Number:15 Date: 04/06/2017 UNITED KINGDOM - GIBRALTAR BLASTS SPANISH INTRUSION INTO ITS WATERS; MADRID DENIES THAT WAS 'INTRUSION' (APR 06/DAILYTEL)  DAILY TELEGRAPH -- A Spanish patrol vessel has been charged with trespassing in Gibraltar's waters on Tuesday, reported the Daily Telegraph (U.K.).   The government of U.K.-controlled Gibraltar said the Spanish ship entered its territory without permission, reports Deutsche Welle.   HMS Scimitar told Spain's Infanta Cristina to leave, noted the Telegraph.   This was the seventh intrusion this year by a Spanish navy ship, said Gibraltar's government.   Spain's Foreign Ministry denied the patrol vessel had illegally entered because Madrid does not recognize British claims to the waters.   Tensions between Spain and the U.K. have been high over Gibraltar since the 'Brexit' decision. The E.U. maintains that Spain should have veto rights over agreements regarding Gibraltar
  Item Number:16 Date: 04/06/2017 USA - KING STALLION ACHIEVES MILESTONE, READY FOR PRODUCTION PHASE (APR 06/LM)  LOCKHEED MARTIN -- The Pentagon has approved the U.S. Marine Corp's CH-53K Super Stallion for initial low-rate production, says manufacturer Lockheed Martin.   The program successfully passed its Defense Acquisition Board (DAB) review and achieved a Milestone C decision, said a Lockheed release on Tuesday.   The DoD approved the Navy's request for the CH-53K program to enter the production and deployment phase, said a spokesman.   The CH-53K is designed to have three times the heavy lift capacity of the CH-53E that it is replacing. Automation is also supposed to make the aircraft safer and easier to operate, said a Navy program manager.   The new aircraft will cost about the same as its predecessor in operations and sustainment costs, but will have a higher sortie generation rate, said the Pentagon
Item Number:17 Date: 04/06/2017 USA - MARINES HOPE NEW MOS WILL HELP RETAIN CYBER WARRIORS (APR 06/MCT)  MARINE CORPS TIMES -- A senior U.S. Marine says the service will soon have a new cyber military occupational specialty (MOS) and occupational field, says a commander cited by the Marine Corps Times.   Gen. Robert Neller, the commandant of the corps, has authorized the new field and new military occupational specialty for enlisted cyber warriors, warrant officers and officers, Maj. Gen. Lori Reynolds, the commander of Marine Forces Cyberspace Command, said on Tuesday.   Marine cyber personnel have traditionally come from the signals intelligence and communications field.   The change will allow the command to keep talented cyber operators instead of having them return to their original MOS, said Reynolds.   The Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command retains Marines in a similar fashion. "What we've learned in MARSOC is once you get all that training into Marines, you want to reap that investment for the fullness of their career," said Reynolds.  
  Item Number:18 Date: 04/06/2017 USA - NATIONAL GUARD F-16 CRASHES NEAR JOINT BASE ANDREWS; PILOT EJECTS SAFELY (APR 06/FN)  FOX NEWS -- A U.S. Air National Guard pilot is safe after his fighter jet crashed in suburban Washington, D.C., reports Fox News.   The F-16C went down Wednesday morning at about 9:15, local time, several miles south of Joint Base Andrews, said Air Force officials.   The aircraft was flying with a second jet in a routine training mission around the greater Washington area, said D.C. Air National Guard officials.   The pilot ejected safely in a wooded area of Clinton, Md., and hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries, said officials cited by NBC News.   Some homes in the area close to the crash site were evacuated, said a spokesman for the local fire department
Item Number:19 Date: 04/06/2017 USA - RAYTHEON'S ELECTRIC GUN FOR PHALANX CIWS PASSES INITIAL TEST (APR 06/RAYTHEON)  RAYTHEON -- Raytheon has announced the successful completion of a test of an electric gun for the Phalanx Close-In Weapon System.   The electric gun allows the system to be fired at varying rates of fire, using less ammunition, noted the firm. The new design replaces a pneumatic motor, compressor and storage tanks, reducing the weight by 180 lbs, according to a Raytheon release on Tuesday.   The design also increases reliability and reduces operating costs, the company said.   The live-fire test was aimed at ensuring the electric gun could handle heavy vibrations that occur during firing.   The Phalanx is a 20-mm gun system that automatically acquires, tracks and destroys incoming enemy threats. More than 890 have been built and deployed by navies around the world, said the release
Item Number:20 Date: 04/06/2017 USA - SEA TRIALS LOOM FOR GERALD R. FORD CARRIER (APR 06/USNIN)  USNI NEWS -- The U.S. Navy's Gerald R. Ford carrier is about to begin sea trials, reports USNI News.   The carrier, the first of the class, is scheduled to leave a Huntington Ingalls shipyard in Newport News, Va., for its first set of builder trials, Vice Adm. Tom Moore, the commander of Naval Sea Systems Command, said.   He made his comments on Monday at the Navy League Sea Air Space 2017 conference in National Harbor, Md.   The carrier was scheduled to depart on Tuesday, but delayed by weather.   The trials will test the carrier's basic functionality of the ship, said a program manager last month. The Navy will then hold its own acceptance trials before delivery. The Ford is expected to be commissioned later this year.

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