Tuesday, April 11, 2017

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To All,
I hope your week has started well. We need some humor so here is some.
This Day In Naval History - April 11
1783 - Congress declares end of war with Great Britain
1900 - Navy accepted its first submarine, USS Holland
1970 - Launch of Apollo 13, commanded by CAPT James A. Lovell, Jr., USN.
Former naval aviator Fred W. Haise, Jr. was the Lunar Module Pilot. While
200,000 miles from Earth there was an explosion on board which forced Apollo 13 to circle the moon without landing. Mission duration was 5 days,
22 hours, and 54 minutes. Recovery was by HS-4 helicopters from USS Iwo Jima (LPH-2).
1991 - U.N. ceasefire ends Persian Gulf War
April 11
The forces of the Holy League are heavily defeated by the French at the Battle of Ravenna.
The Treaty of Utrecht is signed, ending the War of Spanish Succession. France cedes Maritime provinces to Britain.
After receiving a copy of the provisional treaty on 13 March, Congress proclaims a formal end to hostilities with Great Britain.
Napoleon abdicates and is exiled to Elba.
American President William McKinley asks Congress for declaration of war with Spain.
German bombers blitz Coventry, England.
Detachment 101 of the OSS--a guerrilla force--is activated in Burma.
After two frustrating days of being repulsed and absorbing tremendous casualties, the Red Army finally takes the Seelow Heights north of Berlin.
President Truman fires General Douglas MacArthur as head of United Nations forces in Korea.
Israel begins the trial of Adolf Eichman, accused of war crimes during WWII.
Folk singer Bob Dylan performs in New York City for the first time, opening for John Lee Hooker.
President Johnson signs the 1968 Civil Rights Act.
The Judiciary committee subpoenas President Richard Nixon to produce tapes for impeachment inquiry.
President Ronald Reagan returns to the White House from hospital after recovery from an assassination attempt.
Dodge Morgan sails solo nonstop around the world in 150 days.
The United Nations Security Council issues formal ceasefire with Iraq.
Forty-three African nations sign the African Nuclear Weapons Free Zone Treaty.
Thanks to Bill
Did you Know
            1. Your shoes are the first thing people subconsciously notice about you. Wear nice shoes.
            2. If you sit for more than 11 hours a day, there's a 50% chance you'll die within the next 3 years.
            3. There are at least 6 people in the world who look exactly like you. There's a 9% chance that you'll meet one of them in your lifetime.
            4. Sleeping without a pillow reduces back pain and keeps your spine stronger.
            5. A person's height is determined by their father,and their weight is determined by their mother.
            6. If a part of your body "falls asleep", You can almost always "wake it up" by shaking your head.
            7. There are three things the human brain cannot resist noticing, food, attractive people and danger.
            8. Right-handed people tend to chew food on their right side
            9. Putting dry tea bags in gym bags or smelly shoes will absorb the unpleasant odour.
            10. According to Albert Einstein, if honey bees were to disappear from earth, humans would be dead within 4 years.
            11. There are so many kinds of apples, that if you ate a new one everyday, it would take over 20 years to try them all.
            12. You can survive without eating for weeks, but you will only live 11 days without sleeping.
            13. People who laugh a lot are healthier than those who don't.
            14. Laziness and inactivity kills just as many people as smoking.
            15. A human brain has a capacity to store 5 times as much information as Wikipedia.
            16. Our brain uses the same amount of power as a 10-watt light bulb!!
            17. Our body gives enough heat in 30 mins. to boil 1.5 litres of water!!
            18. The Ovum egg is the largest cell and the sperm is the smallest cell !!
            19. Stomach acid (conc. HCL) is strong enough to dissolve razor blades!!
            20. Take a 10-30 minute walk every day & while you walk, SMILE. It is the ultimate antidepressant.
            21. Sit in silence for at least 10 minutes each day.
            22. When you wake up in the morning, pray to ask God's guidance for your purpose, today.
            23. Eat more foods that grow on trees and plants and eat less food that is manufactured in plants.
            24. Drink green tea and plenty of water. Eat blueberries, broccoli, and almonds.
            25. Try to make at least three people smile each day.
            26. Don't waste your precious energy on gossip, energy vampires, issues of the past, negative thoughts or things you cannot control. Instead invest your energy in the positive present moment.
            27. Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a college kid with a maxed out charge card.
            28. Life isn't fair, but it's still good.
            29. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone. Forgive them for everything.
            30. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
            31. You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.
            32. Make peace with your past so it won't spoil the present.
            33. Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
            34. No one is in charge of your happiness except you.
            35. Frame every so-called disaster with these words:'In five years, will this matter?'
            36. Help the needy, Be generous! Be a 'Giver' not a 'Taker'.
            37. What other people think of you is none of your business.
            38. Time heals everything.
            39. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
            40. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick.Your friends will. Stay in touch.
            41. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.
            42. Each night before you go to bed, pray to God and be thankful for what you've accomplished today.
            43. Remember that you are too blessed to be stressed.
Thanks to Clyde
You Served
Hope everyone reads this....and passes it on to their friends who are veterans.
General Petraeus About Our Military Today -- Thanks to my fellow veterans: I remember the day I found out I got into West Point. My mom actually showed up in the hallway of my high school and waited for me to get out of class. She was bawling her eyes out and apologizing that she had opened up my admission letter. She wasn't crying because it had been her dream for me to go there. She was crying because she knew how hard I'd worked to get in, how much I wanted to attend, and how much I wanted to be an infantry officer. I was going to get that opportunity. That same day two of my teachers took me aside and essentially told me the following: "David, you're a smart guy. You don't have to join the military. You should go to college, instead." I could easily write a theme defending West Point and the military as I did that day, explaining that USMA is an elite institution, that it is actually statistically much harder to enlist in the military than it is to get admitted to college, that serving the nation is a challenge that all able-bodied men should at least consider for a host of reasons, but I won't. What I will say is that when a 16 year-old kid is being told that attending West Point is going to be bad for his future, then there is a dangerous disconnect in America, and entirely too many Americans have no idea what kind of burdens our military is bearing.
In World War II, 11.2% of the nation served in four (4) years. During the Vietnam era, 4.3% served in twelve (12) years. Since 2001, only 0.45% of our population have served in the Global War on Terror. These are unbelievable statistics. Over time, fewer and fewer people have shouldered more and more of the burden and it is only getting worse. Our troops were sent to war in Iraq by a Congress consisting of 10% veterans with only one person having a child in the military. Taxes did not increase to pay for the war. War bonds were not sold. Gas was not regulated. In fact, the average citizen was asked to sacrifice nothing, and has sacrificed nothing, unless they have chosen to out of the goodness of their hearts. The only people who have sacrificed are the veterans and their families. The volunteers. The people who swore an oath to defend this nation. You stand there, deployment after deployment and fight on. You've lost relationships, spent years of your lives in extreme conditions, years apart from kids you'll never get back, and beaten your body in a way that even professional athletes don't understand. Then you come home to a nation that doesn't understand. They don't understand suffering. They don't understand sacrifice. They don't understand why we fight for them.
They don't understand that bad people exist. They look at you like you're a machine - like something is wrong with you. You are the misguided one -- not them. When you get out, you sit in the college classrooms with political science teachers that discount your opinions on Iraq and Afghanistan because YOU WERE THERE and can't understand the macro issues they gathered from books, because of your bias. You watch TV shows where every vet has PTSD and the violent strain at that. Your congress is debating your benefits, your retirement, and your pay, while they ask you to do more. But the amazing thing about you is that you all know this. You know your country will never pay back what you've given up.
You know that the populace at large will never truly understand appreciate what you have done for them. Hell, you know that in some circles, you will be thought as less than normal for having worn the uniform. But you do it anyway. You do what the greatest men and women of this country have done since 1775.YOU SERVED. Just that decision alone makes you part of an elite group. "Never in the field of human conflict has so much been owed by so many to so few." --Winston Churchill Thank you to the 11.2% and 4.3% who have served and thanks to the 0.45% who continue to serve our Nation
.General David Petraeus West Point Class 1974
Thanks to Robert
Subject: Fwd: My new job!!!
 I was sitting at a long stop light yesterday, thinking about what I could do to keep busy during retirement, minding my own business and patiently waiting for the light to turn green, even though there was no on-coming traffic.
An old Nissan full of bearded, young, loud Muslims, shouting anti-American slogans, with a half-burned American Flag duct-taped on the trunk of their car, and a "Remember 9-11" slogan spray painted on the side, stopped next to me.

Suddenly they yelled, "Allah Akbar! Praise Allah! Death to America" and took off before the light changed. Out of nowhere an 18-wheeler truck came speeding through the intersection and ran directly over their car, crushing it completely and killing everyone in it.
 For several minutes I sat in my car thinking to myself, "Man!.....that could have been me!."  So today, bright and early, I went out and got a job as a truck driver

Thanks to Carl
(A few interesting facts about each state!  Must suffer thru a commercial first—and at end.)
Every State in the US
Thanks to Mike
It has recently been announced that all new generation Airbus aircraft are to be retrofitted with a large red button in the middle of the forward instrument panel. This button is to be named The Boeing Button. In future, when an Airbus fails to respond to normal input and the pilots lose control, the pilots are to push The Boeing Button.
This action will have the follow effects;
1.      Two normal aircraft control sticks will rise from the floor and take over control from the dopey sidesticks installed by Airbus.
2.      Design philosophy, software logic etc. will automatically change from "The Airbus flies the pilot" to "The pilot flies the aircraft."
3.      All Airbus Laws, such as  Normal Law, Alternate Law etc. will revert to what has been in use for 100 years,  i.e. "Pull back to go up".
4.      The throttles will move corresponding to power output.  All the way forward gives full power, and all the way back is idle thrust.
The aircraft then can be safely flown without a constant battle for control with onboard computers.  After landing, it can be put up for sale, or scrapped.  Funds thereby realized may then be used to purchase a real pilot's aircraft, any Boeing.
Thanks to John
Subject: Fwd: HE HAD IT ALL - yes he did.
YES.     He had it ALL!!!
Only in America
I talked to a to a homeless man this morning and asked him how he ended up this way. 
He said, "Up until last week, I still had it all.  I had plenty to eat, my clothes were washed and pressed, I had a roof over my head, I had HDTV and Internet, and I went to the gym, the pool, and the library."I was working on my MBA on-line.  I had no bills and no debt.  I even had full medical coverage."
I felt sorry for him, so I asked, "What happened?  Drugs?  Alcohol?  Divorce?" 
"Oh no, nothing like that," he said.  "No, no... I was paroled."
Thanks toBill
            After his plane was hit and he was forced to eject, the Marine Corps fighter pilot finally regained consciousness.  He was in a hospital, in a lot of pain.  He found himself in the ICU with tubes/IV drips in both arms, a breathing mask, wires monitoring every function and a nurse hovering over him, looking worried.  It was obvious he was in a life-threatening situation.
                                                The nurse gave him a serious look, straight into his eyes.  Knowing he was not only a fighter pilot, but a Marine, she spoke to him softly and slowly, enunciating each word: "You may not feel anything from the waist down."
                                                Somehow he managed to mumble in reply, "Can I feel your tits, then?"
                                                And that, my friends, is a real positive attitude
Item Number:1 Date: 04/11/2017 AUSTRALIA - RAYTHEON GETS NOD AS SOLE BIDDER FOR GROUND-BASED AIR DEFENSE SYSTEM PROGRAM (APR 11/ADOD)  AUSTRALIAN DEPT. OF DEFENSE -- The Australian government has approved a project to develop a short-range ground-based air defense system to improve protection for deployed personnel, reports the Australian Dept. of Defense.   This is the first stage of the Australian army's contribution to the military's air and missile defense program that was unveiled in the 2016 defense white paper.   The government plans to invest up to Aus$2 billion (US$1.5 billion) in the system, which will provide the innermost layer of the enhanced air and missile defense capability, said the department. The system will be operated by the army's 16th Air Land Regiment, said a release on Monday.   Raytheon Australia will receive a request for tender in the first half of 2017 to develop the National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile System (NASAMS) for the Australian military.   Raytheon will also evaluate the Hawkei armored vehicle for use as a launch platform for the air defense system, the department said
Item Number:2 Date: 04/11/2017 EGYPT - SECURITY FORCES KILL 7 JIHADISTS SAID TO BE PLOTTING ATTACK ON MONASTERY (APR 11/IBT)  INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS TIMES -- Egyptian security forces have killed seven suspected Islamic State militants who were planning more attacks against Coptic Christians, reports the International Business Times, citing a statement by the Interior Ministry.   The militants fired on the security forces Monday as they approached their hideout in the southern city of Assiut, said the statement.   Weapons, ammunition, a motorcycle and ISIS publications were found, said the statement.   Assiut has a significant Coptic Christian population, noted Reuters.   Authorities said the plotting was directed against a monastery in Durunka, Christians in Assiut and Sohag province and police, reported the Daily Mail (U.K.).   On Sunday, there were attacks on Coptic churches in Alexandria and Tanta, killing at least 44 people
Item Number:3 Date: 04/11/2017 ERITREA - ASMARA CALLS NEW U.S. SANCTIONS 'INEXPLICABLE'; U.N. PANEL POINTS TO MILITARY GEAR PURCHASES FROM N. KOREA (APR 11/VOA)  VOICE OF AMERICA NEWS -- The United States has imposed additional sanctions on Eritrea after a U.N. report charged the government in Asmara with buying military communications equipment from North Korea, reports the Voice of America News.   This was the third consecutive year that Eritrea was identified as violating an arms embargo on Pyongyang, said U.N. officials.   Following the monitors' report in February, the U.S. called for a ban of all equipment sales or interactions with the Eritrean navy under non-proliferation legislation that targets Iran, North Korea and Syria. The U.S. order did not cite the panel's findings, reported Newsweek.   Eritrea was one of seven African countries named as arms-embargo violators for buying weapons, military materiel or receiving training from North Korea.   The U.N. panel found that Eritrea in July 2016 imported 45 boxes of encrypted military radios and accessories, including GPS antennas, microphones and clone cables. The equipment was intercepted before it could be delivered, said the monitors.   The equipment was sold by Glocom, described as a Malaysian front company that sells North Korean goods, the U.N. said.   The Eritrean government called the U.S. decision "inexplicable."  
  Item Number:4 Date: 04/11/2017 FINLAND - NEW CONTRACT COVERS DESIGN WORK FOR NEW CORVETTES IN SQUADRON 2020 PROGRAM (APR 11/FINMOD)  FINNISH MINISTRY OF DEFENSE -- Defense Minister Jussi Niinisto has authorized the Finnish military to sign a design contract with Rauma Marine Construction for the navy's new corvette program, reports the Finnish Ministry of Defense.   The 7.5 million euro (US$7.9 million) design contract follows a memorandum of understanding that was inked in September between the Defense Ministry and Rauma Marine Construction.   The deal covers concept definition and basic design material needed to build the ships, noted the ministry. A construction contract is anticipated in 2018, said a release late last week.   Under the Squadron 2020 program, Finland is acquiring four corvette-type ships to replace seven aging vessels.  
  Item Number:5 Date: 04/11/2017 GERMANY - SINCE 2013, 204 FROM GERMANY HAVE FOUGHT ISIS ALONGSIDE KURDISH MILITIAS; HALF HAVE RETURNED (APR 11/DEWELLE)  DEUTSCHE WELLE -- More than 200 people have traveled from Germany to Syria and Iraq to fight alongside Kurdish militias against the Islamic State, reports Deutsche Welle, citing figures from the Interior Ministry in Berlin.   Sixty-nine of the 204 are German citizens, said the ministry on Monday. The statistics were provided in response to a query from a lawmaker.   The data did not include those fighting alongside the peshmerga, the armed forces in Iraq's largely autonomous Kurdish region.   The ministry said 102 of those travelling since 2013 have returned, including 43 German citizens.   Many of the volunteers are believed to be Turkish nationals.   Berlin warns against travel to conflict zones in Iraq and Syria, but does not dissuade those fighting with Kurdish forces or consider them to be security risks when they return.  
  Item Number:6 Date: 04/11/2017 ISRAEL - FEARING SINAI PROVINCE ATTACK, AUTHORITIES CLOSE TABA CROSSING INTO EGYPT (APR 11/JP)  JERUSALEM POST -- Israel has closed its southern border with Egypt, citing fears of a terror attack, reports the Jerusalem Post.   On Monday, the Taba border crossing between Eilat and Egypt was shut due to concerns of terrorist attacks against tourists in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula.   Thousands were expected to use the crossing for the Passover holiday. The crossing has been shut rarely in recent years.   The closure is expected to last until at least April 18, the end of the Passover holiday, noted the Times of Israel. Israeli citizens will not be allowed to enter Egypt; those currently in the Sinai returning to Israel can use the crossing.   The move was announced by the prime minister's office, citing the "intensifying activities" of the Sinai Province, the Islamic State's affiliate in the region.   Shortly after the announcement, a rocket fired from the Sinai exploded in a greenhouse in southern Israel, causing no injuries. The Islamic State claimed responsibility.  
Item Number:7 Date: 04/11/2017 LEBANON - FIGHTING PICKS UP IN LARGE PALESTINIAN REFUGEE CAMP (APR 11/REU)  REUTERS -- Several days of fighting inside a Palestinian refugee camp in southern Lebanon have left at least seven people dead, reports Reuters   There have been intermittent clashes in recent months between the camp's factions and Islamists. Last week, the largest factions formed a joint force "to bring security to it," said a Fatah commander cited by the BBC.   The clashes began Friday in the Ain el-Hilweh refugee camp when the joint security forces came under fire from radical Islamist followers of Bilal Badr.   Fathi Abu al-Aradat, the head of Fatah in Lebanon, said on Tuesday that the security force would deploy in all areas of the camp to disband the Islamist group and arrest Badr.   The camp is the largest of 12 such Palestinian camps in the country -- with an estimated population of 120,000 or so.  
  Item Number:8 Date: 04/11/2017 MALI - PRESIDENT NAMES DEFENSE MINISTER MAIGA AS PRIME MINISTER (APR 11/DEWELLE)  DEUTSCHE WELLE -- President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita of Mali has named his defense minister as the prime minister, repots Deutsche Welle.   On Saturday, Keita announced that Prime Minister Modibo Keita, had been replaced by Defense Minister Abdoulaye Idrissa Maiga. The former prime minister offered his resignation on Friday, the president said in a statement.   Modibo Keita is a relative to the president and of the founding father of the nation; he also served as prime minister briefly in 2002.   Maiga is a close ally of the president and had served as defense minister since September 2016.   Mali has been struggling to deal with instability, especially in the northern part of the country, where tribal militias are fighting and Islamist militants target civilians, government troops and U.N. peacekeepers, noted Reuters.  
  Item Number:9 Date: 04/11/2017 NIGER - SECURITY FORCES KILL 57 FROM BOKO HARAM WHO ATTACKED VILLAGE (APR 11/ANO)  AFRICA NEWS ONLINE -- Troops in Niger killed dozens of Boko Haram fighters who had attacked a village in the southeast, near the Nigerian border, reported Africa News (Pointe-Noire, Congo), citing the Defense Ministry on Monday.   The jihadists arrived Sunday night on motorbikes and cars at the village of Gueskerou, in the region of Diffa, said the ministry.   Fifty-seven militants were killed and 10 soldiers were slightly injured, said one source cited by AFP. One of those killed was believed to be a Boko Haram leader.   The Boko Haram fighters were "clearly well-trained and certainly well informed about our positions," the source said.   The Defense Ministry statement said that troops recovered a pick-up truck, a 60-mm mortar, two rocket-propelled grenades, five machine guns and 20 AK-47s
Item Number:10 Date: 04/11/2017 OMAN - THIS YEAR'S NAVAL DRILLS WITH IRAN HOSTED BY OMAN (APR 11/TASNIM)  TASNIM NEWS AGENCY -- The navies of Iran and Oman are in the midst of a joint search-and-rescue and humanitarian relief exercise in the northern part of the Indian Ocean, reports the Tasnim News Agency (Iran).   About 1,000 Iranian personnel took part in the first phase of the drills on Sunday, which covered maritime rescue and relief, escorting civilian vessels, maritime fueling, radio communication, rapid reaction and rescuing injured sailors from damaged watercraft, said Iranian naval officials.   The training is scheduled to run for a week.   Iran and Oman hold a joint rescue exercise every year to ensure their ability to address contingencies in the Sea of Oman and northern Indian Ocean, said Rear Adm. Seyed Mahmoud Mousavi, the deputy commander of the Iranian navy, as cited by the Mehr News Agency (Iran). This year's drills are hosted by Oman.   The Iranian contingent includes the destroyer Sabalan, support ship Lavan, SH-3D Sea King helicopter and the missile corvette Falakhan
Item Number:11 Date: 04/11/2017 PHILIPPINES - 9 DIE WHEN AUTHORITIES, SUSPECTED ABU SAYYAF FIGHTERS CLASH (APR 11/RAP)  RAPPLER -- Fighting between Philippine troops and police and Abu Sayyaf militants on a resort island has left nine people dead, says the army, as reported by Rappler (Philippines).   The encounter began early morning on the island of Bohol, about 400 miles south of Manila, when soldiers and police spotted 10 heavily armed men suspected to be Abu Sayyaf members on three boats, said the military, as reported by UPI.   The gunmen were cornered in a section of the coastal town of Inbanga, prompting the firefight, said a military spokesman cited by the New York Times.   Three soldiers, a police officer and five of the armed men were killed, said authorities cited by CNN Philippines
  Item Number:12 Date: 04/11/2017 SOMALIA - KENYAN TROOPS DESTROY AL-SHABAAB CAMP, KILLING 15 (APR 11/ANADOLU)  ANADOLU NEWS AGENCY -- The Kenyan military says its forces killed 15 Al-Shabaab terrorists in Somalia in an attack on Monday, reports the Anadolu Agency (Turkey).   Kenya's Daily Nation described it as a dawn attack.   The Kenyan troops, part of the African Union mission in Somalia (AMISOM), hit an Al-Shabaab camp about 100 km (62 miles) from the border town of El Wak, in Somalia's Gedo region, said a military spokesman late Monday.   The detachment used artillery and mortar fire to destroy the camp, the spokesman said.   One vehicle was destroyed and several other militants injured, he said.  
Item Number:13 Date: 04/11/2017 SOMALIA - SECURITY FORCES TAKE BACK HIJACKED DHOW; PIRATES HOLD CREW AS HOSTAGES (APR 11/GAROWE)  GAROWE ONLINE -- Somali security forces regained control of a hijacked Indian commercial vessel, but pirates are holding crew members as hostages, say authorities, as reported by Garowe Online (Somalia).   Pirates took over the Indian-flagged Al Kauser on March 31 in the Gulf of Aden. The vessel was taken close to the port city of Hobyo in Galmudug, an autonomous region in central Somalia.   On Monday, Somali security forces surrounded and took back the cargo dhow, rescuing two of the 11 Indian crewmembers. The pirates abandoned the boat after elder warned them that security forces were approaching, said the mayor of Hobyo.   The nine remaining crew had been taken to an area between El Hur and Haradheere, said local officials. The two rescued were in a car that was abandoned as the pirates were chased, reported Reuters.   The pirates told the wire service they were keeping the hostages to be traded for other pirates jailed in India. "We encouraged our friends to run away with the crew if they are attacked so that they exchange for the release of 117 pirates jailed in India," said one pirate.  
  Item Number:14 Date: 04/11/2017 SOUTH KOREA - DEPUTY MARINE COMMANDER GETS TOP JOB; NEW MILITARY LEADERS TO BE NAMED AFTER ELECTION (APR 11/YON)  YONHAP -- The South Korean government has named a new commander of the marine corps, reports the Yonhap news agency (Seoul).   Maj. Gen. Jun Jin Goo, currently the deputy commander of the marines, has been promoted to lieutenant general and will assume his new duties later this week, according to the South Korean Ministry of Defense.   He succeeds Lt. Gen. Lee Sang Hoon, whose two-year term ends on Thursday.   The Defense Ministry says it will postpone further reshuffling of senior military personnel until after the presidential elections that are scheduled for May 9.   The former president, Park Geun Hye, was impeached -- a move confirmed by the Constitution Court -- and then arrested for corruption.   The ministry typically shakes up its top officers in April. The delay is apparently intended to maintain stability until a new administration is in place.  
  Item Number:15 Date: 04/11/2017 SYRIA - ISIS MAKES 2 SUICIDE ATTACKS ON REBELS (APR 11/DOD)  DEPT. OF DEFENSE -- The U.S. military says coalition and Syrian opposition forces successfully repelled an Islamic State attack on a joint military base in southern Syria over the weekend, reports the Dept. of Defense.   ISIS launched an attack Sunday on the An Tanf garrison with a car bomb, followed by 20 to 30 fighters, including additional suicide bombers, said a Pentagon release.   At least two rebels were reportedly killed and scores injured in the attack on An Tanf.   ISIS also conducted a suicide attack on a convoy of rebel fighters from the U.S.-backed Osoud al Sharqiya group, who had sent reinforcements from their post near the Rukban refugee camp further southwest, reported Reuters. Two of the U.S.-backed fighters were reportedly killed.   Eight ISIS militants were also killed in the fighting, according to rebel sources on Sunday.   Coalition airstrikes destroyed a number of enemy assault vehicles and ISIS fighters, according to the Pentagon
Item Number:16 Date: 04/11/2017 TAIWAN - PLANS CALL FOR MODERNIZED CORVETTE WITH ADDITIONAL AIR DEFENSE CAPABILITY (APR 11/TAI)  TAIPEI TIMES -- The Taiwanese navy will acquire an upgraded version of its Tuo Chiang-class stealth corvettes with improved air defense capabilities, reports the Taipei Times, citing a military source.   The new ship will reportedly be larger and equipped with three-dimensional radar systems and a ship-based version of the Tien Chien II (Sky Sword) anti-aircraft missile system.   A total of 11 ships are to be produced in three lots, for a total of 12 ships, including the original vessel, said the unnamed source.   The navy plans to begin operating the first three ships and make design adjustments as necessary before ordering the second and third lots, the paper reported on April 9.   The first batch is scheduled to be completed by 2025 at a cost of US$471.7 million.   Final designs are to be submitted by the end of April, the source said.   The upgraded design will be about 100 metric tons heavier than the original 567 tons, with a top speed of more than 30 knots.   Length is to be increased from 198 feet (60.4 m) to 213 feet (65 m); beam, 46 feet (14 m) to 49 feet (15 m); and draft, from 7 feet, 7 inches (2.3 m) to 9 feet, 10 inches (3 m), said the source.  
Item Number:17 Date: 04/11/2017 THAILAND - GOVERNMENT REJECTS CONDITIONAL PEACE OFFER BY BRN MUSLIM INSURGENTS (APR 11/REU)  REUTERS -- Thailand's military government has declined a conditional peace offer by the main separatist group in the southern part of the country, reports Reuters.   The Barisan Revolusi Nasional (BRN) has been at the center of the extended Muslim insurgency in the southern provinces.   On Monday, the BRN announced that it was willing to begin formal negotiations if certain conditions were met by the government. Demands included mediation by a neutral third party and the participation of international observers.   On Tuesday, Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-o-cha rejected the offer, calling peace talks an internal matter.   The prime minister said negotiations would continue in Malaysia with Mara Pattani, a different rebel group of largely exiled insurgents seen to have less influence in the south.  
Item Number:18 Date: 04/11/2017 TURKEY - EXPLOSION AT DIYARBAKIR POLICE HQ CALLED AN ACCIDENT (APR 11/AFP)  AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE -- Turkish officials say Tuesday's explosion near a police headquarters in the southeastern city of Diyarbakir was an accident, reports Agence France-Presse.   The blast injured one person and trapped another under rubble, said Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu.   The explosion occured during repair work on armored vehicles at the headquarters. There were no external forces involved, said Soylu.   On Sunday, Turks will vote on a controversial referendum that would give President Recep Tayyip Erdogan executive presidential powers.  
  Item Number:19 Date: 04/11/2017 USA - FOREIGN TANKS APPROACH 'PARITY' WITH M1 ABRAMS, SAYS ARMY OFFICIAL (APR 11/ARMY)  ARMY TIMES -- A senior U.S. Army official says several foreign tank designs are starting to match the capabilities of the service's M1 Abrams, reports the Army Times.   "I think for the very near term, the Abrams is still near the very top of its class," Lt. Gen. John Murray, the Army's deputy chief of staff for financial management, told a recent Senate Armed Services Committee hearing. "I think we have parity. I think there is parity out there. I don't think we have overmatch."   Murray mentioned the Israeli Merkava, Russian T-90 and British Challenger 2 as being close to or equal to the Abrams. The new Russian Armata is not completely fielded, he noted.   "I would not say that we have the world-class tank that we had for many, many years," Murray said.   The Army's current next-generation vehicle program has been slowed by concerns that tanks are becoming obsolete in today's world. That has not stopped Russia and other countries from continuing to advance their armor capabilities
  Item Number:20 Date: 04/11/2017 USA - STRIKE OVER PILOTS' OXYGEN SYSTEM LEADS TO LONGER GROUNDING OF NAVY T-45 TRAINERS (APR 11/NTIMES)  NAVY TIMES -- The head of naval aviation has indefinitely extended an earlier grounding of the Navy's T-45 trainers, reports the Navy Times.   On Friday, Vice Adm. Mike Shoemaker visited the Navy's flight training school in Meridian, Miss. Instructor pilots had been refusing to fly the T-45 because of a spike in hypoxia-like incidents.   A three-day pause ordered last week and due to end Monday was extended following the visit. Navy engineers will try to find out the cause of the physiological episodes, apparently linked to oxygen systems.   The pilots' boycott was prompted in part because of their belief that the Navy was ignoring their concerns, noted a Fox News report last week.

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