Tuesday, May 2, 2017

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To All,
I hope your week has started well. This is a Bubba Breakfast Friday. It is also the week of the F-8 Crusader reunion. Our 29th Last Annual Crusader Ball and festivities starts tomorrow and goes to Sunday.  I am on the committee and move to the hotel early tomorrow morning so the list may be spotty to none over the next 5 days. Welcome to San Diego to all my Crusader brothers.
Regards,
skip
 
This Day In Naval History - May 2
1975 - US Navy departs Vietnamese waters at end of evacuation.
2011: President Barack Obama announces Navy SEALs raided Osama bin Laden's compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, and killed America's most wanted terrorist during Operation Neptune Spear.
 
Today in History May 2
1670
The Hudson Bay Company is founded.
1598
Henry IV signs Treaty of Vervins, ending Spain's interference in France.
1748
Peace of Aix-la-Chapelle ends the War of Devolution in France.
1776
France and Spain agree to donate arms to American rebels fighting the British.
1797
A mutiny in the British navy spreads from Spithead to the rest of the fleet.
1798
The black General Toussaint Louverture forces British troops to agree to evacuate the port of Santo Domingo.
1808
The citizens of Madrid rise up against Napoleon.
1813
Napoleon defeats a Russian and Prussian army at Grossgorschen.
1863
Stonewall Jackson smashes Joseph Hooker's flank at Chancellorsville, Virginia.
1865
President Andrew Johnson offers a $100,000 reward for the capture of the Confederate President
1885
King Leopold II of Belgium establishes the Congo Free State.
1890
The Territory of Oklahoma is created.
1919
The first U.S. air passenger service starts.
1923
Lieutenants Oakley Kelly and John Macready take off from New York for the West Coast on what will become the first successful nonstop transcontinental flight.
1941
Hostilities break out between British forces in Iraq and that country's pro-German faction.
1942
Admiral Chester J. Nimitz, convinced that the Japanese will attack Midway Island, visits the island to review its readiness.
1945
Russian forces take Berlin after 12 days of fierce house-to-house fighting.
1946
Prisoners revolt at California's Alcatraz prison.
1968
The U.S. Army attacks Nhi Ha in South Vietnam and begins a fourteen-day battle to wrestle it away from Vietnamese Communists.
1970
Student anti-war protesters at Ohio's Kent State University burn down the campus ROTC building. The National Guard takes control of campus.
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Monday Morning Humor thanks to Al
 
Brothers and Sisters Day is observed on May 2, 2017. It is a day in which siblings cherish one another. Of course, there may be times you don't like to talk to your brother or sister, but this day should not be one of them. Go visit them and give them a hug, or at least give them a call to let them know how important they are to you. Imagine how your life would be without them. If you don't have siblings, just act like a brother or sister by being nice to someone you like. Maybe you even have a friend who's like a brother or sister to you.
Today's truism--If your sister hits you, don't hit her back. They always catch the second person.

Best friends are the siblings God forgot to give us.

Older siblings—The only people who will pick on you for their own entertainment and beat up anyone else who tries.

Mom always said she didn't have a favorite child, which was tough because I don't have any brothers or sisters.

Brother/Sister Property Rules
If I like it, it's mine.
If I'm holding it, it's mine.
If I can take it from you, it's mine.
If I had it a little while ago, it's mine.
If it's mine, it must never appear to be yours anyway.
If it just looks like mine, it's mine.
If you are playing with something and you put it down, it automatically becomes mine.
If it's broken, it's yours.

     Five-year-old Jimmy was playing with his little sister, one-year-old Jenny, in the playroom while their mother was in the kitchen. Hearing screams, she ran into the playroom and saw Jenny with a handful of Jimmy's hair, yanking away.
     She separated the two, and Jimmy was yelling "Spank her! Spank her!"
     "It's not her fault, son," their mom said. "She doesn't understand that it hurts when she pulls your hair."
     The mom walked back into the kitchen, but 30 seconds later she heard screams again. She ran back into the playroom to see Jenny in tears.
     "What happened?" she demanded.
     "Not much," Jimmy said. "Only now she understands."


Submitted by Kelly Dodson and Rick Hein:

     Two young boys walk into a pharmacy one day, pick out a box of Tampax and proceed to the checkout counter. The man at the counter asks the older boy, "Son, how old are you?"
     "Eight," the boy replies.
     The man continues, "Do you know what these are used for?"
     "Not exactly," the boy says. "But they aren't for me. They're for him. He's my brother. He's four. We saw on TV that if you use these you would be able to swim and ride a bike. Right now he can't do either one."



Submitted by Chuck Kincade:
     A Sunday school teacher was discussing the Ten Commandments with her five and six year olds. After explaining the Fourth Commandment to "Honor" thy father and thy mother," she asked, "Is there a commandment that teaches us how to treat our brothers and sisters?"
     Without missing a beat one little boy (the oldest of a family) answered, "Thou shalt not kill."

TEACHER: "Desmond, your composition on "My Dog" is exactly the same as your brother's. Did you copy his?"
DESMOND: "No, teacher, it's the same dog!"



Submitted by Mary Fisher:

Dear God,
     My brothers told me about being born but it doesn't sound right. They are just kidding, aren't they?
Signed, Marsha



Submitted by Skip Leonard:

     Mary was having a tough day and had stretched herself out on the couch to do a bit of what she thought to be well-deserved complaining and self- pitying.
     She moaned to her mom and brother, "Nobody loves me ... the whole world hates me!"
     Her brother, busily occupied playing a game, hardly looked up at her and passed on this encouraging word: "That's not true, Mary. Some people don't even know you."

     A new law recently passed in Arkansas:  When a couple gets divorced, they're still brother and sister.



Submitted by Bill Quintero:

     Many years ago, when I worked as a volunteer at a hospital, I got to know a little girl named Liz who was suffering from a rare &serious disease. Her only chance of recovery appeared to be a blood transfusion from her 5-year old brother, who had miraculously survived the same disease and had developed the antibodies needed to combat the illness. The doctor explained the situation to her little brother, and asked the little boy if he would be willing to give his blood to his sister.
     I saw him hesitate for only a moment before taking a deep breath and saying, "Yes I'll do it if it will save her."
     As the transfusion progressed, he lay in bed next to his sister and smiled, as we all did, seeing the color returning to her cheek. Then his face grew pale and his smile faded. He looked up at the doctor and asked with a trembling voice, "Will I start to die right away".
     Being young, the little boy had misunderstood the doctor; he thought he was going to have to give his sister all of his blood in order to save her.


Have a great week,
Al
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Today on Fighter Sweep
Flying the 'Mach Loop'at Low Level! Must Watch if You Like it Low & Fast!
Have you heard of the Mach Loop? If not, you are in for a treat! Check out the first video of an RAF Typhoon yanking and banking their way through the View More ›
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Thanks to Tom
Fighter Pilot General ' Chick ' Cleveland—Shares His Electrifying ' Granite ' Flying  Experience    In 1962, at RAF Bentwaters, Robin's good friend Chappie James, was the Wing DCO anmd I was one of his Squadron Commanders. We were the only wing in the Air Force equipped with F-101 A's and C's.  And we were in Hog Heaven.
Right ?
    That summer, Chappie, also a good friend of mine, and I had occasion to fly to Wheelus to the bombing and gunnery encampment, so we went together with Chappie leading.
    When we were over France, it looked like we would run a little low on fuel at Wheelus, so Chappie decided to divert to Aviano, Italy.
    The weather forecast was for showers and maybe thunderstorms in the Alps.  But we had lots of fuel for the shorter distance, so it didn't seem like there was anything to be particularly worried about.
    When we crossed into Italy, there was a increasing undercast with thunder storm buildups up ahead. Now, at 35M, we started to get into cirrus. Soon, we were on instruments and got a clearance to let down enroute to cross Aviano's   low frequency beacon at 20M.
   The air became extremely bumpy with lightning flashes and all the rest of the good stuff that goes with flying in a thunder-storm. Of course, this was before the days of TACAN, so our primary navigation instrument was the low frequency ADF radio compass.
   In the dark and turbulence, I had my hands full just hanging on to Chappie's wing. Every once in a while, I'd sneak a look at my radio compass needle . . and I noticed it was aimlessly swinging around trying to figure out whether to home in on Aviano's beacon . . or the closest thunderstorm.
   When the needle seemed to settle on our tail, Chappie accepted the ADF's needle flip as the indication of station passage over Aviano's beacon -- I didn't know any different -- and started our letdown.
   We were in a jet penetration passing through 10M, an as we straightened out   on our inbound heading when . . unexpectedly . . it seemed to get a little lighter.
Suddenly we broke out . . and the sight . . ELECTRIFIED US  !
We were staring at the bottom of small Alps valley . . about 100 feet below . .



FRIDAY’S QUOTATIONS - ‘Food For Weekend Thought’  //  2017-05-05
Weekly Wisdom to Provoke Thought, Encourage Reflection and Inspire Faith
(selected and distributed weekly by Bob Varga, Johns Creek, GA since 1997)

“Tears come from the heart and not from the brain.”
— Leonardo da Vinci

“Bad habits are like chains that are too light to feel until they are too heavy to carry.”
— Warren Buffett

“You never know how strong you are until being strong is your only choice.”
— Bob Marley

“Three Rules of Work: 1) out of clutter find simplicity; 2) from discord find harmony; 3) in the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.”
— Unknown (frequently attributed to Albert Einstein)

“Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.”
— Corrie ten Boom

“Don't find fault with what you don't understand.”
— French Proverb

“A man who lies to himself, and believes his own lies, becomes unable to recognize truth, either in himself or in anyone else, and he ends up losing respect for himself and for others.”
— Fyodor Dostoyevsky

“Grief knits two hearts in closer bonds than happiness ever can; and common sufferings are far stronger links than common joys.”
— Alphonse de Lamartine

“The most difficult thing is the decision to act, the rest is merely tenacity.”
— Amelia Earhart

“The dumbest people I know are those who know it all.”
— Malcolm Forbes

“In my sex fantasy, nobody ever loves me for my mind.”
— Nora Ephron

“The man most sought after as a public servant combines the best qualities of the milkman's horse: he must raise no important problems and he must know where to stop.”
— Howard Morgan

“Opportunists take now for an answer.”
— Bob Talbert

“Though you live near a forest, do not waste firewood.”
— Chinese Proverb

“Faced with the choice between changing one's mind and proving that there is no need to do so, almost everyone gets busy on the proof.”
— John Kenneth Galbraith

“Loneliness does not come from having no people about one, but from being unable to communicate the things that seem important to oneself.”
— Carl Jung

“The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble.”
— Psalm 9:9

“It is not violence that best overcomes hate — nor vengeance that most certainly heals injury.”
— Charlotte Bronte

“You can safely assume you've created God in your own image when it turns out that God hates all the same people you do.”
— Anne Lamott

“Our greatest fear should not be of failure but of succeeding at things in life that don't really matter.”
— Francis Chan

“You know I hate, detest, and can't bear a lie, not because I am straighter than the rest of us, but simply because it appalls me. There is a taint of death, a flavor of mortality in lies.”
— Joseph Conrad

Business 101...
“Never Mistake Motion For Action.”
— Ernest Hemingway
with the rocks and boulders on both sides of us . .' poked up ' into the clouds we had just penetrated.
Chappie shouted :
"A-F-T-E-R  B-U-R-N-E-R-S  ! "
   Every man for himself, as we both pulled up steeply, and headed back into the more forgiving environment of the thunderstorms. I lost him and told him, as we reached for clouds with no rocks. 
   We told Approach Control our plight, squawked emergency, and received individual steers, allowing us to miss the bigger storms and let down to Aviano.   As a matter fact, the weather was good right around the base, and we landed without further incident.
   But what is imprinted indelibly on my brain, are the close-in piles of rocks and bouldersup closeand disappearing into the clouds.
   On the ground, in our drenched flying suits, we looked at each other and smiled. What else could we do? Was it pure chance, Lady Luck, or God that allowed us to survive and continue our full careers?
   I don't know. But I do know that Chappie and I had a special relationship after that, up until his death from a heart attack at age 58.

' Chick ' Cleveland
[ Editor :  Former ' Ivory ' Ace ]
 
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Thanks to Bart
Another of the Sea stories from the good old days...
 
This true story is from a pilot who was in VMFA 314 at Chu Lai in '69...Just another day at the office!
You Vietnam F4 guys will appreciate this amazing story.  Here's another 'bad day' at Chu Lai.
I was one of a half-dozen replacements who checked-in with MAG-13 on August 2.  We were not all assigned to VMFA-314 though.  There were two other combat squadrons in the Air Group: VMFA-115, the Able Eagles, and VMFA-323, the Death Rattlers.  All three squadrons flew the McDonnell Douglas F4B Phantom II and shared common living areas.

Although we may have been in different squadrons, eventually we all got
to know each other very well.
The first thing we six rookies did was attend an Air Group briefing in an underground bunker protected by a thick layer of sandbags. This bunker served as our group intelligence center. Suddenly, an urgent radio call interrupted our briefing.  We listened as one of VMFA-115s aircraft radioed-in to report a problem.  The aircraft had been hit by enemy ground fire and could not lower its landing gear. The pilot was going to attempt a belly landing on the runway.  At that news, we all raced outside near the runway to grab a good spot from which to watch the crash landing.
Crash crews raced to cover the runway with a layer of fire retardant foam while the damaged F4 circled overhead, burning down its load of fuel.  Two arresting cables were strung across the middle of the runway.  The cables were anchored on each end by a chain made with heavy, 40-pound links.  The plan was for the F4 to lower his tail hook, to belly-land in the foam, to catch one of the arresting wires, and to come to a screeching halt.  It did not quite happen that way…
After burning off most of his fuel, the pilot gingerly lowered the airplane onto the foamed runway.  A spark set off the fumes in the jet's empty wing tanks and they erupted into flames.  All one could see racing down the runway were two wingtips protruding from an orange and black ball of fire heading toward the arresting cables.  The F-4 hit the first arresting cable. We watched the cable snap and hurl its 40-pound chain links skyward.  Then the plane hit the second arresting cable.  It also parted and flung its chain links.  The aircraft was now just a ball of fire heading toward the end of the runway.
Then we heard, Boom! Boom!  The pilot had lit his afterburners. He was attempting to take-off without wheels!  As the aircraft roared toward the end of the runway, it slowly struggled skyward.  It got airborne and began to climb nearly vertically. Then, both the pilot and his backseater, the radar intercept officer (RIO), ejected.
We stared in wonder as the aircraft crashed into the nearby ocean.  The two crewmen slowly floated down in their parachutes.  The wind carried them over the ocean and they too soon splashed down.  A Navy rescue helicopter was on the scene immediately.  Both of the F-4 crewmen, treading water, raised their right hand.  This was a signal to the chopper that they were unharmed.  The helicopter slowly lowered itself and plucked the pilot out of the water and into the safety of the helicopter.  The helicopter then turned its attention to the RIO. As the helicopter slowly lowered itself over the RIO, the helicopter pilot suddenly lost control of his chopper, and he crashed into the water atop the RIO.  As soon as the chopper hit the water, its pilot regained control, got airborne again, and yanked the RIO from the water.  Although the RIO was rescued safely, his leg was broken when the helicopter crashed atop him.
That night at the Officers Club, the RIO sat with his leg elevated and encased in a full-leg cast.  As he imbibed a few, he related his story:
"First, we got the daylights shot out of us.  But, hey, that okay. We weren't hurt.
Then, we survived a belly landing.  But, that was okay too.  We weren't hurt.
Then the pilot decided he'd take off without wheels, but that worked out well, too.
Then we survived an ejection and a water landing, but that was also okay we weren't hurt.  
Then the damn rescue helo crashed on me and broke my leg!"
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Thanks to Michael ...
Father Norton woke up Sunday morning and, realizing it was an exceptionally beautiful and sunny early spring day, decided he just had to play golf. 
So… he told the Associate Pastor that he was feeling sick and persuaded him to say Mass for him that day.
As soon as the Associate Pastor left the room, Father Norton headed out of town to a golf course about forty miles away. This way he knew he wouldn't accidentally meet anyone he knew from his parish.
Setting up on the first tee, he was alone. After all, it was Sunday morning and everyone else was in church!
At about this time, Saint Peter leaned over to the Lord while looking down from the heavens and exclaimed, "You're not going to let him get away with this, are you?"
The Lord sighed, and said, "No, I guess not.
Just then Father Norton hit the ball and it shot straight towards the pin, dropping just short of it, rolled up and fell into the hole.
IT WAS A 420 YARD HOLE IN ONE!
St. Peter was astonished. He looked at the Lord and asked, "Why did you let him do that?"
The Lord smiled and replied, "Who's he going to tell?"
 
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Item Number:1 Date: 05/02/2017 COLOMBIA - CESSNA MILITARY PLANE CRASHES NEAR BOGOTA, KILLING 8 (MAY 02/CR)  COLOMBIA REPORTS -- All eight on board a small Colombian military aircraft were killed after the plane crashed on Monday, reports Colombia Reports.   The Cessna Caravan 208 appeared to have collided with a telecommunications antenna in Facatativa, about 24 miles northeast of Bogota, local authorities told El Tiempo. Bad weather was also seen as a possibility.   The dead include two pilots, one crewmember, two military passengers and three civilians, said the army.   The aircraft was flying between the Tolima and Cundinamarca provinces when it went down, the army said.   An investigation has been opened into the crash
Item Number:2 Date: 05/02/2017 EGYPT - GUNMEN ATTACK POLICE PATROL IN CAIRO, KILLING 3 (MAY 02/AHRAM)  AHRAM ONLINE -- Gunmen in two vehicles have shot and killed three policemen and wounded five others in Cairo, say Egyptian officials, as reported by Ahram Online (Egpyt).   The drive-by shooting took place late Monday night in the capital's northeastern Nasr City neighborhood, said the Interior Ministry.   The attackers approached a police patrol and fired machine guns, said a statement from the ministry.   There was no immediate claim of responsibility.  
  Item Number:3 Date: 05/02/2017 FINLAND - COLLABORATION ON DEFENSE EQUIPMENT ON RISE AS NORDIC AGREEMENT TAKES EFFECT (MAY 02/DN)  DEFENSE NEWS -- The Nordic states have decided to ramp up their collaboration in the area of defense equipment, reports Defense News.   Denmark, Finland, Sweden and Norway have launched the Nordic Defense Materiel Agreement (NDMA), which aims to strengthen collective security and enhance the joint role played by the countries in international defense and security.   Signed in Helsinki in 2016, the NDMA took effect on March 30, 2017, according to the Finnish government.   Iceland, which does not have a military, is the only Nordic state not included in the agreement.   The NDMA is being implemented within the framework of the European Union Defense and Security Procurement Directive and in conjunction with the E.U. Intra-Community Transfer Directive for defense-related products. While Norway is not a member of the E.U., it is part of the single market.   The Nordic agreement covers joint weapon systems development and common equipment procurement programs. Implementation is the responsibility of the Nordic Defense Cooperation (NORDEFCO) organization.   The participants hope to save money through collective rather than single-nation equipment purchases.  
  Item Number:4 Date: 05/02/2017 GERMANY - DEFENSE MINISTER CRITICIZES ARMY LEADERSHIP OVER RACIST CASE; ARMED FORCES ASSOCIATION FIGHTS BACK (MAY 02/DEWELLE)  DEUTSCHE WELLE -- German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen has criticized the military over the recent arrest of an officer arrested on suspicion of planning a racist attack to frame refugees, reports Deutsche Welle.   Von der Leyen said on German television over the weekend that the army had "an attitude problem," "a misunderstood esprit de corps" and "apparently weak leadership at different levels."   She made her comments in response to last week's arrest of the 28-year-old army lieutenant accused of pretending to be a Syrian refugee as part of an apparent plot.   The army has been criticized in some quarters of ignoring indications of right-wing extremist sympathies.   On Monday, Von der Leyen published an open later saying she had asked the army's inspector general to investigate racism in the military.   The defense minister drew fire from the Bundeswehrverband, a group that represents members of the armed forces. The association urged the Von der Leyen to retract her comments.   "Her comments leave us bewildered and outraged," said the group's chairman. "To say all 250,000 in the Bundeswehr have an attitude problem affects us all," Andre Wuesterner told the Passauer Neue Presse.  
  Item Number:5 Date: 05/02/2017 INDIA - DEFENSE MINISTER CHARGES PAKISTANIS WITH KILLING, MUTILATING 2 SOLDIERS IN KASHMIR (MAY 02/FINEX)  FINANCIAL EXPRESS -- The Indian army says Pakistani forces killed and mutilated two of its soldiers on Monday along the Line of Control in disputed Kashmir, reports the Financial Express (India).   "Two of our soldiers in Krishna Ghati sector in Poonch have been killed and their bodies mutilated by our neighbors," said Defense Minister Arun Jaitley. "This is a reprehensible and inhumane act. Such attacks don't even take place during war, let alone peace. Bodies of soldiers being mutilated is an extreme form of barbaric act. Government of India strongly condemns this act," he said.   Another Indian soldier was reportedly injured.   The Indian military said the Pakistani side fired rockets and mortars on two forward posts on the effective border area in the Krishna Ghati sector and attacked on a patrol operating between the two posts, reported the Press Trust of India.   The Pakistani army denied both violating the cease-fire and the mutilations.   The Indian army responded with mortar fire, noted NDTV (India).   Separately, four police officers and two civilians were killed by Pakistani terrorists attacking a van carrying cash for a bank in the Kulgam district of Kashmir, said PTI, citing Indian police officials. Hizbul Mujahedin claimed responsibility.  
  Item Number:6 Date: 05/02/2017 IRAQ - ISIS KILLS 10 TROOPS AT OUTPOST IN RUTBA (MAY 02/IQN)  IRAQI NEWS -- Islamic State fighters have killed at least 10 Iraqi soldiers and wounded six in an attack in Anbar province, reports Iraqi News.   Tuesday's attack hit a remote outpost in the town of Rutba, about 390 km (242 mi) west of Baghdad, said officials cited by AFP. The post is on a key road from the capital to Jordan and Syria.   The ISIS fighters attacked the base with mortar rounds and rockets before attempting to storm it, said one army officer.   Twenty-six Iraqi security forces have been killed in recent days.   Pro-government forces control most of Anbar province, but ISIS militants are known to be active in areas near the Syrian border.  
Item Number:7 Date: 05/02/2017 ISRAEL - HAMAS CHARTER ACCEPTS 1967 BORDERS FOR FUTURE PALESTINE STATE; P.M.'S OFFICE SAY GROUP IS TRYING TO 'FOOL THE WORLD' (MAY 02/BBC)  BRITISH BROADCASTING CORP. -- Hamas has released a new policy document aimed at softening its image, reports the BBC.   The document was released Monday in Doha, the capital of Qatar, by exiled Hamas leader Khaled Meshall.   As noted by AFP, the document for the first time declares a willingness to accept an interim Palestinian state within pre-1967 boundaries, without recognizing Israel. Israel has occupied the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem since the 1967 war.   The new policy does not mention the Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas' parent organization that is banned in Egypt.   The document says its opposition is directed at "occupying Zionist occupiers," not against Jews because of their religion.   "The document gives us a chance to connect with the outside world," said a Hamas spokesman.   The group or its military wing is designated as a terrorist group by Israel, the U.S., European Union and others.   The document reasserts Hamas' call for armed resistance toward the "complete liberation of Palestine," noted the Los Angeles Times.   Hamas previously rejected any territorial compromise and called for the destruction of Israel. The new policy is considered an addendum to Hamas' original 1988 charter.   Israeli officials said the new policy was aimed at deluding the world. "Hamas is attempting to fool the world but it will not succeed," said a spokesman for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
Item Number:8 Date: 05/02/2017 NEW ZEALAND - GOVERNMENT SEEKS 4 P-8 POSEIDON MARITIME PATROL AIRCRAFT (MAY 02/DSCA)  U.S. DEFENSE SECURITY COOPERATION AGENCY -- The government of New Zealand wants to buy maritime patrol aircraft from the United States, reports the U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency.   The proposed US$1.46 billion Foreign Military Sale covers up to four P-8A Poseidon aircraft.   The New Zealand Defense Force says the price is likely to be less than that, according to Stuff, a New Zealand news website.   Each aircraft includes commercial engines; Tactical Open Mission Software (TOMS); MX-20HD electro-optical and infrared sensor; AN/AAQ-2(V)1 acoustic system; AN/APY-10 radar; and ALQ-240 electronic support measures, according to a DSCA release on April 28.   The potential sale also includes eight Multifunctional Information Distribution System Joint Tactical Radio System (MIDS JTRS); five Guardian laser transmitter assemblies for the AN/AAQ-24(V)N; five system processors for the AN/AAQ-24; 30 AN/AAR-54 missile warning sensors for the AN/AAQ-24; 10 LN-251 with embedded GPS/inertial navigation systems; support equipment; spare and repair parts; and associated technical and logistics support.   The P-8As would replace New Zealand's existing P-3K maritime patrol aircraft, noted the DSCA.   The U.S. State Dept. has approved the potential deal.  
 Item Number:9 Date: 05/02/2017 PAKISTAN - AFGHAN TALIBAN ATTACKS ARMY POSTS IN S. WAZIRISTAN (MAY 02/GEOTV)  GEO TV -- The Pakistani army says its troops have repulsed a cross-border attack from Afghanistan, reports GeoTV (Pakistan).   Suspected militants from Afghanistan attempted to storm two outposts late Monday in South Waziristan, said the military's official Inter Service Public Relations (ISPR).   Troops stationed at the border posts killed three infiltrators and wounded scores of militants, said the ISPR.   The Afghan Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, saying 120 of its fighters took part. The action was retaliation for a suspected U.S. drone strike that targeted militants in Pakistan's North Waziristan tribal region, said the Taliban.  
  Item Number:10 Date: 05/02/2017 PHILIPPINES - PRESIDENT WELCOMES CHINESE SHIPS, DISCUSSES POSSIBILITY OF JOINT NAVAL TRAINING (MAY 02/PHILSTAR)  PHILIPPINE STAR -- President Rodrigo Duterte has opened the door for possible joint military exercises with China, reports the Philippine Star.   Duterte made his comments about military drills on Monday after visiting Chinese warships on a port visit in Davao in the southern Philippines.   "Yes, I said I agree. We can have joint exercises here in Mindanao, maybe in the Sulu Sea," he said.   The visit of three Chinese warships is part of confidence-building and goodwill measures, the president said. Duterte has been trying to improve relations with China and Russia as part of an independent foreign policy.   The Chinese vessels arrived in Davao on Sunday, with departure planned for Tuesday.   The ships in Davao are the guided-missile destroyer Chang Chun (150), frigate Jin Zhou (532) and the Chao Hu (890) replenishment ship.  
Item Number:11 Date: 05/02/2017 SOUTH KOREA - THAAD ANTI-MISSILE SYSTEM 'OPERATIONAL' SAYS U.S. (MAY 02/YON)  YONHAP -- U.S. military forces in South Korea announced on Tuesday that an advanced U.S. air missile defense system installed in that country is now operational, reports the Yonhap news agency (Seoul).   Seoul and Washington agreed last year to deploy a Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system to a site in Seongju in North Gyeongsang province to counter North Korean nuclear and missile threats.   THAAD is now "operational and has the ability to intercept North Korean missiles and defend" South Korea, said a spokesman for U.S. Forces Korea on Tuesday. The announcement came a week after U.S. forces began installing the system.   U.S. officials told AFP that THAAD had not yet reached full operational capability. It will take several months before the entire system is up and running full time, they said.   China, which has opposed the THAAD deployment, reiterated its position. "We will resolutely take necessary measures to defend our interests," said a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman.   North Korea also blasted the development, calling the security chief in the South "an ugly pro-American running dog."  
  Item Number:12 Date: 05/02/2017 SYRIA - '90 PERCENT' OF TABQA SAID TO BE IN HANDS OF SDF (MAY 02/ALJAZ)  AL JAZEERA -- U.S.-backed rebels in Syria say they control about 90 percent of the town of Tabqa in Raqqa province, reports Al Jazeera (Qatar).   The Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) -- a largely Kurdish force with Arab militia -- began a multiphase offensive in October 2016 to seize control of Raqqa, the de facto capital of the Islamic State. Tabqa is seen as a key step in that goal.   After taking control of Tabqa's old city, the SDF "now control around 90 percent of Tabqa. ... we advanced against the [ISIS] and pushed further to the new parts of the city," said a SDF spokesman on Tuesday. The spokesman also speaks for the Ghadabal-Furat, a Kurdish group (aka Wrath of the Euphrates).   Fighting was ongoing, he said.   Also on Tuesday, ISIS fighters attacked a SDF checkpoint at Rajm al-Salibi, close to a refugee camp near the border between Iraq and Syria, according to a monitoring group cited by Reuters.   At least 24 people were killed and 30 injured the fighting, said the U.K.-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights
  Item Number:13 Date: 05/02/2017 SYRIA - AMERICAN FORCES TRYING TO KEEP PARTNERS FROM KILLING ONE ANOTHER; KURDS, TURKS CLASH (MAY 02/MILTIMES)  MILITARY TIMES -- The U.S. Defense Dept. says American military forces have started patrolling the Syrian border between Turkey and Kurdish-held areas in an attempt to curtail fighting between those allies of Washington, reports the Military Times.   U.S. Army Rangers have been sent to Manbij in northern Syria deter Turkish aggression against the Kurdish People's Protection Unit (YPG).   "We have forces in the entirety of northern Syria, the border is among the area where they operate," said a Pentagon spokesman. The Dept. of Defense would not confirm whether the forces had been sent to the border region specifically to deter fighting between the Turks and YPG.   A Syrian YPG commander told Reuters on April 28 that U.S. forces would soon be monitoring the situation along the Syria-Turkey border.   Fighting between Turkish and YPG forces has intensified in recent days following Turkish airstrikes against Kurdish militant positions in northern Syria and Sinjar, Iraq.   Ankara sees the YPG as the Syrian branch of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) terrorist group.   The fighting between U.S. partners could complicate operations to liberate Raqqa, the de facto capital of ISIS
Item Number:14 Date: 05/02/2017 TURKEY - DRIVER BEING HELD; ANTI-TANK MISSILE COMPONENTS BOUND FOR IRAN SEIZED (MAY 02/HUR)  HURRIYET -- Turkish police say they have confiscated parts of anti-tank missiles found in the northern port city of Zonguldak on the Black Sea, reports the Hurriyet Daily News (Istanbul).   Customs anti-smuggling units said they discovered an articulated truck attempting to smuggle two telescopes and two trigger mechanisms from Ukraine into Zonguldak on April 27.   The driver of Iranian origin was detained. He reportedly said the missiles were for Iran and alleged that he was being paid for each piece he delivered.   A statement from the Turkish Customs and Trade Ministry said the components were from Russian-made 9K111 Fagot or 9K113 Konkurs anti-tank guided missiles, which have been used by the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), Islamic State and Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) in Syria.  
 Item Number:15 Date: 05/02/2017 UNITED KINGDOM - AUDACIOUS NUCLEAR-POWERED ATTACK SUBMARINE HITS WATER (MAY 02/BAE)  BAE SYSTEMS -- BAE Systems has launched the fourth Astute-class nuclear-powered attack submarine being built for the British Royal Navy.   The Audacious was put into the water during an April 28 ceremony at the BAE Systems facility in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, in northwestern England.   The sub will undergo additional testing and systems commissioning before embarking on sea trials in 2018, BAE said in a release.   The Audacious was launched in a more advanced state of construction than the previous boats in the class, noted company officials.   There are three active subs in the class, with three under construction and another boat planned
Item Number:16 Date: 05/02/2017 UNITED KINGDOM - COUNTERTERRORISM OPERATION LEADS TO MORE ARRESTS; 3 TEEN WOMEN IN CUSTODY (MAY 02/GUARDIAN)  GUARDIAN -- Police in London have arrested three young women in connection with a raid last week that foiled an "active terror plot," reports the Guardian (U.K.).   On April 27, police raided a house in Willesden in greater London, shooting a 21-year-old female suspect and arresting six others.   On Monday morning, two 18-year-old women and a 19-year-old woman were arrested at three different addresses in east London. They are suspected of planning terror attacks, said police, as cited by the London Evening Standard.   The arrests were part of an "ongoing intelligence-led operations" connected to last Thursday's raid, police said
  Item Number:17 Date: 05/02/2017 USA - NAVAIR AWARDS LOCKHEED $1.4 BILLION ADVANCED FUNDING FOR NEXT BATCH OF F-35S (MAY 02/DOD)  DEPT. OF DEFENSE -- The U.S. Naval Air Systems Command has awarded Lockheed Martin a $1.4 billion advance acquisition contract for Lot 12 F-35 Lightning II fighter jets, reports the Dept. of Defense.   The deal covers long lead-time materials, parts, components and work for 130 low-rate initial production Lot 12 F-35 aircraft for the U.S. Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps and foreign customers.   The award also included long lead-time materials, parts, components and work for 110 Lot 13 and 14 F-35 aircraft for non-U.S. customers, said a Pentagon release on Friday.   The order combines purchases for the Air Force ($315.5 million, 23 percent); Marine Corps ($128.9 million, 9 percent); Navy ($43.5 million, 3 percent); non-U.S. DoD participant ($524.4 million, 38 percent); and Foreign Military Sales customers ($364.6 million, 27 percent).   Work under the contract is scheduled to be completed in December 2018
Item Number:18 Date: 05/02/2017 USA - PENTAGON EYES AS MANY AS 5,000 ADDITIONAL U.S. TROOPS IN AFGHANISTAN (MAY 02/MILTIMES)  MILITARY TIMES -- The U.S. Dept. of Defense is weighing the possibility of sending thousands of additional troops to Afghanistan to deal with rising violence, reports the Military Times.   Possible options include dispatching between 3,000 and 5,000 conventional personnel, say officials.   Such forces, if deployed, would advise Afghan military and police units focused on fighting the Taliban. They could also be accompanied by an unspecified number of special operations forces to bolster counterterror operations against Al-Qaida and Islamic State militants along the border with Pakistan.   U.S. officials say the White House could make a decision and announce any strategy changes at the NATO security summit scheduled for May 25 in Brussels.   A senior Afghan defense official told Military Times that NATO is looking at deploying up to 13,000 troops in all, including U.S. and allied personnel.   Such troops would likely accelerate training for Afghan army and police and conduct more aggressive operations in an effort to reverse Taliban momentum in several population centers.  
Item Number:19 Date: 05/02/2017 USA - STATE DEPT. WARNS TOURISTS OF CONTINUED TERROR THREAT IN EUROPE (MAY 02/VOA)  VOICE OF AMERICA NEWS -- The U.S. State Dept. has issued a travel alert for Europe, citing the "continued threat" of attacks by terrorists, reports the Voice of America News.   The alert issued Monday warns travelers to be aware of the threat, saying groups such as Al-Qaida and the Islamic State are capable of making attacks with little or no warning. The alert also warned of "terrorist sympathizers and self-radicalized extremists."   Malls, government facilities, hotels, clubs, restaurants, places of worship, parks, airports and other locations are all possible targets for attacks, said the statement.   The alert cited recent incidents in France, Russia, Sweden and the United Kingdom. There is no specific threat, said a State official.   The alert expires on Sept. 1. State's previous travel alert concerning Europe expired in February.   Last year, about 12.5 million American tourists traveled to Europe, noted Newsweek, citing industry statistics
Item Number:20 Date: 05/02/2017 WESTERN SAHARA - POLISARIO FRONT PULLBACK COULD PROMPT NEW TALKS (MAY 02/AFP)  AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE -- The United Nations has expressed optimism about new political talks over the disputed territory of Western Sahara reports Agence France-Presse.   The U.N. Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) confirmed last week's withdrawal of all Polisario Front elements from the Guerguerat area near the border with Mauritania, reports the U.N. News Service.   Along with the earlier withdrawal of Moroccan elements in response to pressure from U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, the developments could improve the prospects for renewed talks, said a spokesman for the secretary-general.   Guterres wants to relaunch negotiations with a new dynamic and a new spirit that reflects the guidance and resolutions of the U.N. Security Council to reach a "mutually acceptable political solution which will provide for the self-determination of the people of Western Sahara," said the spokesman.   MINURSO will continue to monitor the buffer strip in the Guerguerat area to avoid additional tensions, said a U.N. release.   On Friday, the Security Council also unanimously extended MINURSO's mandate until April 30, 2018.
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