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Saturday, May 6, 2017

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To All,
I hope your week has been going well.
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Today is Star Wars Day- May the 4th be with you.
 
This Day In Naval History - May 4
1917 - First Navy ships, Destroyer Division 8, arrive at Queenstown, Ireland, to provide convoy escorts against German U-boats
1942: Battle of the Coral Sea begins when TF 17 attacks the Japanese Tulagi Invasion Force at Tulagi, Solomons., first carrier vs. carrier battle, begins
1945 - Japanese attempt to land on Okinawa repulsed; kamikaze attacks damage 6 U.S. Navy ships
1961 - Pilot CDR Malcolm D. Ross, USNR, and medical observer LCDR Victor A.
Prather, Jr., ascended in two hours to over 110,00 feet in Strato-Lab 5, a 411-foot hydrogen filled balloon launched from the deck of USS Antietam. This was the highest altitude attained by man in an open gondola.
Tragically, Prather drowned during the recovery.
Son of Quote of the day
On this day in history (May 4):
 
1968: McDonald's Big Mac Hamburger debuts.  That's two all beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles,  (onions)  on a sesame seed bun!
1970: The Ohio National Guardsmen opened fire on students during an anti-Vietnam war protest at Kent State University. Four students were killed and nine others were wounded.
1973: A world record for hamburger eating was set by University of Rhode Island student Bob Matern, who ate 83 of them in 2 1/2 hours.
 
And today is:
 
National Candied Orange Peel Day  (honestly, I do not make these up!)
 
Today in History
May 4
1471
In England, the Yorkists defeat the Lancastrians at the Battle of Tewkesbury.
1626
American Indians sell Manhattan Island for $24 in cloth and buttons.
1715
A French manufacturer debuts the first folding umbrella.
1776
Rhode Island declares independence from England.
1795
Thousands of rioters enter jails in Lyons, France, and massacre 99 Jacobin prisoners.
1814
Napoleon Bonaparte disembarks at Portoferraio on the island of Elba in the Mediterranean.
1863
The Battle of Chancellorsville ends when Union Army retreats.
1864
Union General Ulysses S. Grant's forces cross the Rapidan River and meet Robert E. Lee's Confederate army.
1927
A balloon soars over 40,000 feet for the first time.
1930
Mahatma Gandhi is arrested by the British.
1942
1942
The United States begins food rationing.
1961
13 civil rights activists, dubbed Freedom Riders, begin a bus trip through the South.
1970
Ohio National Guardsmen open fire on student protesters at Kent State University, killing four and wounding nine others.
 
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The Shores of Tripoli...
 
Thanks to Gaucho –
 
The Marine Hymn  Contains the Verse "To the Shores of Tripoli"
Muslim pirates of the  past:
Americans are unaware of the fact that over two hundred years  ago, the United States had declared war on Islam, and Thomas Jefferson led  the charge!
At the height of the eighteenth century, Muslim pirates were  the terror of the Mediterranean and a large area of the North  Atlantic.
  
They attacked every ship in sight, and held the crews for  exorbitant ransoms. Those taken hostage were subjected to barbaric treatment  and wrote heart breaking letters home, begging their government and family  members to pay whatever their Mohammedan captors demanded.
  
These  extortionists of the high seas represented the Islamic nations of Tripoli,  Tunis, Morocco, and Algiers – collectively referred to as the Barbary Coast  – and presented a dangerous and unprovoked threat to the new American  Republic.
  
Before the Revolutionary War, U.S. merchant ships had been  under the protection of Great Britain. When the U.S. declared its  independence and entered into war, the ships of the United States were  protected by France. However, once the war was won, America had to protect  its own fleets.
  
Thus, the birth of the U.S. Navy. Beginning in 1784,  seventeen years before he would become president, Thomas Jefferson became  America's Minister to France. That same year, the U.S. Congress sought to  appease its Muslim adversaries by following in the footsteps of European  nations who paid bribes to the Barbary States, rather than engaging them in  war.
  
In July of 1785, Algerian pirates captured American ships, and  the Dye of Algiers demanded an unheard ransom of $60,000. It was a plain and  simple case of extortion, and Thomas Jefferson was vehemently opposed to any  further payments. Instead, he proposed to Congress the formation of a  coalition of allied nations who together could force the Islamic states into  peace. A disinterested Congress decided to pay the ransom.
  
In 1786,  Thomas Jefferson and John Adams met with Tripoli's ambassador to Great  Britain to ask by what right his nation attacked American ships and enslaved  American citizens, and why Muslims held so much hostility towards America, a  nation with which they had no previous contacts.
  
The two future  presidents reported that Ambassador Sidi Haji Abdul Rahman Adja had answered  that Islam "was founded on the Laws of their Prophet, that it was written in  their Quran, that all nations who should not have acknowledged their  authority were sinners, that it was their right and duty to make war upon  them wherever they could be found, and to make slaves of all they could take  as Prisoners, and that every Musselman (Muslim) who should be slain in  Battle was sure to go to Paradise."
  
Despite of this stunning  admission of premeditated violence on non-Muslim nations, as well as the  objections of many notable American leaders, including George Washington,  who warned that caving in was both wrong and would only further embolden the  enemy, for the following fifteen years, the American government paid the  Muslims millions of dollars for the safe passage of American ships or the  return of American hostages. The payments in ransom and tribute amounted to  over twenty percent of the United States government annual revenues in  1800.
  
Jefferson was disgusted. Shortly after his being sworn in as  the third President of the United States in 1801, the Pasha of Tripoli sent  him a note demanding the immediate payment of $225,000 plus $25,000 a year  for every year forthcoming. That changed everything.
  
Jefferson let  the Pasha know, in no uncertain terms, what he could do with his demand. The  Pasha responded by cutting down the flagpole at the American consulate and  declared war on the United States. Tunis, Morocco, and Algiers immediately  followed suit. Jefferson, until now, had been against America raising a  naval force for anything beyond coastal defense, but having watched his  nation be cowed by Islamic thugery for long enough, decided that is was  finally time to meet force with force.
  
He dispatched a squadron of  frigates to the Mediterranean and taught the Muslim nations of the Barbary  Coast a lesson he hoped they would never forget. Congress authorized  Jefferson to empower U.S. ships to seize all vessels and goods of the Pasha  of Tripoli and to "cause to be done all other acts of precaution or  hostility as the state of war would justify."
  
When Algiers and Tunis,  who were both accustomed to American cowardice and acquiescence, saw the  newly independent United States had both the will and the might to strike  back, they quickly abandoned their allegiance to Tripoli. The war with  Tripoli lasted for four more years, and raged up again in 1815. The bravery  of the U.S. Marine Corps in these wars led to the line "to the shores of  Tripoli" in the Marine Hymn, and they would forever be known as  "leathernecks" for the leather collars of their uniforms, designed to  prevent their heads from being cut off by the Muslim scimitars when boarding  enemy ships.
  
Islam, and what its Barbary followers justified doing in  the name of their prophet and their god, disturbed Jefferson quite deeply.  America had a tradition of religious tolerance, the fact that Jefferson,  himself, had co-authored the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom, but  fundamentalist Islam was like no other religion the world had ever seen. A  religion based on supremacism, whose holy book not only condoned but  mandated violence against unbelievers was unacceptable to him. His greatest  fear was that someday this brand of Islam would return and pose an even  greater threat to the United States.
  
This should bother every  American. That Muslims have brought about women-only classes and swimming  times at taxpayer-funded universities and public pools; that Christians,  Jews, and Hindus have been banned from serving on juries where Muslim  defendants are being judged, Piggy banks and Porky Pig tissue dispensers  have been banned from workplaces because they offend Islamist sensibilities.  Ice cream has been discontinued at certain Burger King locations because the  picture on the wrapper looks similar to the Arabic script for Allah, public  schools are pulling pork from their menus, on and on in the  newspapers….
  
It's death by a thousand cuts, or inch-by-inch as some  refer to it, and most Americans have no idea that this battle is being waged  every day across America. By not fighting back, by allowing groups to  obfuscate what is really happening, and not insisting that the Islamists  adapt to our own culture, the United States is cutting its own throat with a  politically correct knife, and helping to further the Islamists agenda.  Sadly, it appears that today's America would rather be politically correct  than victorious.
  
Not much has changed, has it?
 
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Thanks to Carl
 
POSTED ON MAY 3, 2017 BY SCOTT JOHNSON 
LEO THORSNESS, RIP
I am sad to report that Leo Thorsness has died at the age of 85.
 
UPDATE: The New York Times has posted an excellent obituary. Please check it out.
 
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Thanks to Gearbox
Another lesson in "distraction"!!!!
Whew - that was close !!!
 
 What is not mentioned in this story is WHY the NO FLAP/NO SLAT landing was made on the carrier:  there was a piece of pine tree limb embedded in the leading edge of the left wing (SLATS).  About 12-18" long by 3-4" inches diameter.  The pilot had the piece mounted on a plaque and hung it in the eating area of his kitchen.  He's been retired from American Airlines for some years now, but what a great A-6 pilot he was back in the day. 
  
A Flying Story

This tale is a great tribute to the 
mighty Intruder.


A great Naval Aviation News magazine Grandpa Pettibone column, circulated 
this week by Rat Sanford to Sunday Puncher alums. (the crew was Mike 
Schuster and Jerry Mullins):
"The Scent of Pine, Yankee Station, 1972 An A-6 Intruder launched from the 
carrier at night to attack a truck park near Haiphong Harbor, where the 
North Vietnamese were offloading material from Chinese Communist ships onto 
trucks in the target area. Allied aircraft were prohibited from bombing the 
ships, so they had to wait until the cargo was on the trucks. As the A-6 was 
ingressing, the crew of an outbound Intruder reported heavy antiaircraft 
artillery (AAA) and surface-to-air missile (SAM) activity in the area. The 
Intruder sped toward the trucks at 200 feet altitude, its 500-pound Snakeye 
bombs at the ready.
Approaching the target, as the A-6 popped up to 300–400 feet for the drop, 
AAA fire erupted around the plane. The A-6 sustained several light hits on 
the bottom of the starboard wing. Pulling off target after releasing the 
bombs, the bombardier navigator (BN) noted that two SAMs had been fired at 
the Intruder. The A-6 was so low that the SAM radar could not track it, so 
the enemy missile crew was guiding the missiles manually. Because the bomber 
was under a low, thin overcast, the pilot and BN could see the flame from 
the rocket motors as the North Vietnamese guided the SAMs. If one of the 
missiles could be guided close enough to the A-6, the enemy would detonate 
its warhead manually.
The BN concentrated on the SAMs as the pilot flew the Intruder, and as best 
he could kept his eye on the AAA that streaked and flashed by the A-6. As a 
result, neither the pilot nor the BN was watching the terrain avoidance 
radar. They observed a slight break in the overcast at the same time the 
refueling probe of the Intruder was struck by shells from a 23 mm gun. 
Because there was a full moon that night, visibility was good on top of the 
overcast as well as low to the ground through breaks in the clouds.
Suddenly, as they raced along hugging the deck, the crew saw a ridge 
directly in front of them, illuminated by the moonlight. A collision was 
imminent, so the pilot hauled back on the control stick as hard as he could. 
The A-6 angled sharply upward. The two manually guided SAMS had so 
distracted the crew that they nearly slammed into the ridge.
"We cleared most of the ridge," the pilot said later, "but not everything on 
it." The Intruder had plowed through the treetops, causing significant 
damage to the wings and fuselage. The pilot zoomclimbed to altitude to 
ensure the A6 was flyable, then rapidly descended to the deck for the runout 
to "feet wet" and escape from the SAM envelope. The two SAMs were no longer 
a threat, but the pilot noted, "We knew there were more where they came 
from." Once clear of land, the A-6 climbed to altitude so that a second 
Intruder crew could examine it. Because of the damage, the second A-6 
recommended the first make a no-flap, no-slat landing on the carrier. The 
crew jettisoned all external stores, including the multiple ejector bomb 
racks. All wing fuel had been lost due to punctures caused by impact with 
the trees, but the main tanks had plenty, so gas was not a major concern. 
One of the two main hydraulic systems was disabled.
En route to the carrier, the crew slow-flighted the A-6 and determined they 
could fly without flaps and slats at 22 knots above the maximum speed for 
engaging the cross-deck pendants. The air boss and skipper gave the Intruder 
permission to trap. All airplanes were pulled forward, and the deck was 
cleared of all personnel except the landing signal officers. Because the A-6 
had to land at a speed much higher than normal, there was fear the arresting 
cable might break and whip across the deck, causing a severe hazard. 
Fortunately, the pilot made a good landing—although catching the number one 
wire—considering his forward vision was obscured by tree sap and leaf stains 
on the windscreen. The battle-weary Intruder was taxied forward and taken 
below where it was parked in a corner of the hangar bay. It remained there 
for the rest of the deployment.
"The Intruder reeked of pine trees," noted the pilot, "which was a welcome 
seasonal touch much appreciated by the troops, since it was near Christmas. 
The damage to the airplane was so severe that it was later struck from the 
inventory. You have probably heard of the Grumman 'Ironworks.'Well, this was 
a great example of how Grumman builds tough aircraft!"
Grampaw Pettibone says: "And an even greater example of the tough aviators 
who flew the A-6 in Vietnam combat."
Naval Aviation News September–October 1997 (Amen, Gramps!)
 
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Item Number:1 Date: 05/04/2017 AFGHANISTAN - WARLORD HEKMATYAR, 'CALLED BUTCHER OF KABUL,' RETURNS TO CAPITAL AFTER PEACE DEAL (MAY 04/BBC)  BRITISH BROADCASTING CORP. -- A veteran warlord who signed a peace deal last year with the Afghan government has returned to Kabul, reports the BBC.   Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, the leader of the Hezb-e Islami militant group, signed a peace agreement with President Ashraf Ghani's government in September 2016. Under the deal, the Islamist group laid down its arms and ended its insurgency. In exchange, all Hezb-e Islami prisoners were released from prison, noted Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.   Once known as the "Butcher of Kabul," he returned to the capital on Thursday after more than 20 years of exile, noted AFP. He was due to meet Ghani for talks and a ceremony in his honor.   His group fought against the Soviets during the 1979 invasion and the subsequent Afghan government and other mujahedin factions during the civil war.   Hekmatyar was forced into exile by the Taliban in 1996, but fought alongside that group against the U.S.-led coalition during the 2001 invasion. In recent years, Hezb-e Islami has had only a small role in the conflict.   Hekmatyar was believed to be responsible for killing thousands of people in the capital during the civil war in the 1990s.  
 Item Number:2 Date: 05/04/2017 BRAZIL - GOVERNOR OF RIO DE JANEIRO SEEKS FEDERAL TROOPS TO COUNTER GANG VIOLENCE (MAY 04/XIN)  XINHUA -- The Brazilian government is deploying federal troops into the state of Rio de Janeiro to deal with rising gang violence, reports Xinhua, China's state news agency.   On Tuesday, drug gangs set fire to several vehicles and blocked one of the capital's expressways, prompting Gov. Luiz Fernando Pezao to request federal troops.   Justice Minister Osmar Serrglio confirmed on Wednesday that troops would be sent.   There has been a drug war for five months in the Cidade Alta slum. Police began a massive operation there on Tuesday, arresting 45 people, said authorities.   There have been security problems in several states as the country grapples with recession and financial problems. Police have been striking in Espirito Santo, for example, noted the Japan Times.  
  Item Number:3 Date: 05/04/2017 CANADA - MILITARY HAS MAJOR NEEDS BUT INSUFFICIENT FUNDING, SAYS DEFENSE MINISTER (MAY 04/TORSTAR)  TORONTO STAR -- Defense Minister Harjit Sajjan says years of underinvestment have hurt the Canadian military, reports the Toronto Star.   Sajjan's prepared remarks in his Wednesday speech in Ottawa presage a planned government announcement in the coming weeks that will include a new defense policy and a pledge for long-term spending.   The new policy is directed at evaluating the types of threats the Canadian military will need to be able to deal with in the future.   The remarks will confront the current state of the armed forces and could set the stage for a national debate on military spending, a government official told the newspaper.   There are core capabilities that need to be upgraded or replaced, but there is no funding available for those projects, the official said.   These include a new multi-mission aircraft to replace the CP-140 Aurora by 2026; a mid-life upgrade for Cormorant search-and-rescue helicopters; future aircrew training program; bulldozers, forklifts and other ancillary army equipment; logistics vehicles; and enhanced satellite communications in the Arctic
Item Number:4 Date: 05/04/2017 FRANCE - ARMY RECEIVES 400 HK416 ASSAULT RIFLES; OVER 10 YEARS 100,000 WILL BE DELIVERED (MAY 04/DEFAERO)  DEFENSE-AEROSPACE -- The French army has taken delivery of its first batch of new HK416 assault rifles, reports defense-aerospace.com.   On Wednesday, 400 HK416F rifles were handed over to the French defense procurement agency, DGA, according to a French army release.   The weapon was selected under the Individual Weapon of the Future (AIF) program to replace the army's existing FAMAS rifles, which have been in service since the late 1970s.   Delivery took place eight months after the DGA awarded Heckler & Koch SAS France a contract for the program, noted the release.   Deliveries are scheduled to run for about 10 years and cover 100,000 rifles and their accessories, along with initial support and training.   The HK416 will gradually replace all FAMAS rifles in service with all three French military services.  
  Item Number:5 Date: 05/04/2017 GREECE - COURT AGAIN BLOCKS EXTRADITION REQUEST BY TURKEY (MAY 04/REU)  REUTERS -- A court in Greece on Thursday blocked an extradition request by Turkey for the last two of eight soldiers who fled following a coup attempt last year, reports Reuters.   Eight soldiers -- three majors, three captains and two sergeants major -- fled to Greece in July 2016 and sought asylum. Ankara accuses the soldiers of being involved in the coup attempt.   An initial extradition request for all eight was blocked in January. Courts blocked a second request for six of the soldiers in two decisions over the last week.   On Thursday, a court blocked the request for the remaining two men. The prosecutor in the case, as in the previous rejections, said the reason was that the men might not get a fair trial in Turkey and could be subject to torture.   The eight soldiers are to be held in detention until their asylum applications are processed.   Ankara previously threatened to scrap a bilateral migration deal with Greece if the men were not returned.  
  Item Number:6 Date: 05/04/2017 INDIA - AMID ATTACKS, BANK ROBBERIES, TERRORIST ACTIVITIES, SECURITY OPERATION KICKS OFF IN KASHMIR'S SHOPIAN DISTRICT (MAY 04/TI)  TIMES OF INDIA -- Indian security forces have begun a major anti-terror operation in the Indian-administered Kashmir, where terrorists have been moving freely in some areas, reports the Times of India.   Personnel from the army, local police and Central Reserve Police Force began an operation on Thursday in Shopian district, reported the Indian Express.   More than 4,000 troops cordoned off dozens of villages in an attempt to flush out militants, said army sources.   Over the last several days, there have been multiple attacks against security forces and several militant-linked bank robberies.   In southern Shopian, suspected terrorists broke into a police post and stole rifles, reported India Today.  
 Item Number:7 Date: 05/04/2017 INDIA - CHEETAH HELICOPTER CRASHES IN HIMALAYAS; CREW SAFE (MAY 04/HT)  HINDUSTAN TIMES -- The Indian military says the crew of an army helicopter is safe after a crash-landing in the country's north, reports the Hindustan Times.   The Cheetah went down Wednesday at Partapur in the Ladakh region, where the army's Siachen brigade is headquartered. The Siachin Glacier, which is located in the Himalayas, is claimed both by India and Pakistan.   Engine failure caused the crash, said army sources.   The aging fleet has been a concern for some time. In December 2016, the army and air force temporarily grounded their fleets after three army personnel were killed in a crash in West Bengal
  Item Number:8 Date: 05/04/2017 INDIA - MILITARY TESTS AGNI-II, BRAHMOS MISSILES (MAY 04/IANS)  INDO-ASIAN NEWS SERVICE -- India has conducted missile tests for three consecutive days.   The military said on Thursday that it had successfully tested a nuclear-capable ballistic missile, reports the Indo-Asian News Service.   The Agni-II medium-range ballistic missile was launched from a test range on Wheeler Island, off the coast of Odisha, said Defense Ministry officials.   The test was aimed at maintain operational effectiveness of the weapon system, said defense sources.   There were also tests of the BrahMos land-attack missile on Tuesday and Wednesday from the Andaman and Nicobar Islands, according to India's FirstPost.   The tests featured the Block-III version of the missile, which has "steep dive, trajectory maneuver and top-attack capabilities" designed for mountain warfare, reported the Times of India. These tests were considered successful
  Item Number:9 Date: 05/04/2017 IRAN - TEHRAN INTENDS TO SEND MORE 'MILITARY ADVISERS' TO SYRIA, SAYS REVOLUTIONARY GUARDS COMMANDER (MAY 04/PRESSTV)  PRESS TV -- A senior commander from the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) says Iran is going to send additional military advisers to Syria to support the Assad regime, reports Press TV (Iran).   "We will send advisers [to Syria] in every aspect so the resistance front is not breached and we will offer every assistance possible," said Brig. Gen. Mohammad Pakpour, the IRGC ground force commander, as quoted by Iran's semi-official Fars News Agency.   There are already Iranians there and more will be deployed to Syria "as long as there is a need," he said.   Iranians serve in a number of fields, including "strategic, technical, specialized, tactical and technical," the general said.   The advisers are solely to help the Syrian army and its allies, he insisted.   Members of the IRGC's ground force are in Syria to assist the Guards' Quds Force operating there, he said, as cited by Reuters.  
 Item Number:10 Date: 05/04/2017 IRAQ - ISLAMIC STATE FIGHTERS STILL HITTING IN 'LIBERATED' AREAS, RESURFACING ELSEWHERE (MAY 04/VOA)  VOICE OF AMERICA NEWS -- Recent attacks indicate that Islamic State fighters have not been fully driven from neighborhoods of Mosul thought to be cleared and may be regrouping in other parts of Iraq, reports the Voice of America News.   In April, ISIS killed four people in a car bombing in the Zuhur district of east Mosul, an area that was considered to be liberated in January.   That attack is part of a pattern "that suggests the Mosul operation itself was rushed and more importantly that [ISIS] is already recovering in liberated areas," said a report published by the Henry Jackson Society, a London-based think tank. An analyst there described the terrorist group's position as "out but not down."   Analysts say ISIS is exploiting its strategic depth in remote parts of Iraq, including the Euphrates River Valley bordering Syria, the Jalam desert east of Samarra and in the Hamrin mountains, to conduct hit-and-run attacks, such as an April 23 ambush on a convoy near Rutba that killed 10 Iraqi soldiers.   The terrorist group is also said to be regrouping in the northern Kirkuk province, where it still controls about half of the territory.  
Item Number:11 Date: 05/04/2017 IRAQ - SEEKING TO TRAP ISIS, GOVERNMENT FORCES OPEN NEW FRONT IN MOSUL (MAY 04/NYT)  NEW YORK TIMES -- In an attempt to accelerate a military operation that has been going slowly, Iraqi forces fighting the Islamic State in western Mosul have opened up a new front, reports the New York Times.   On Thursday, the Iraqi army's 9th Armored Division and rapid response unit of the Interior Ministry pushed into the city from the north, said the military.   Government forces began the operation to retake Mosul in October 2016. They regained control of the city's eastern half in January.   In February, Iraqi forces began advancing on western Mosul, taking most of its southern and western neighborhoods. ISIS has since been holed up in Mosul's Old City, where it has taken advantage of narrow streets and used civilians as human shields.   The latest targets are the neighborhoods of Musharifah, Kanisah and al-Haramat, said the military's Joint Operations Command.  
Item Number:12 Date: 05/04/2017 KENYA - 12 MD 530F HELICOPTERS SOUGHT; U.S. ARMY SECURITY COMMAND TO PROPOSE DEAL (MAY 04/DSCA)  U.S. DEFENSE SECURITY COOPERATION AGENCY -- The U.S. State Dept. has cleared a possible Foreign Military Sale of light helicopters to Kenya, reports the U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency.   According to a DSCA release on Tuesday, the proposed US$253 million deal covers 12 MD 530F armed helicopters; 24 heavy machine gun pod 400 (HMP-400) systems; 24 M260 rocket launchers; 4,032 M151 rockets; 1,536 2.75-inch (70-mm) M274 smoke signature warhead rockets; and 400,000 rounds of .50-caliber ammunition.   The U.S. Army Security Assistance Command at Redstone Arsenal, Ala., is expected to provide Kenya with a formal letter of offer and acceptance, and Kenya will likely make a decision on the terms in the next several months, according to a release from Redstone.   The potential sale also covers communications and navigation equipment; spare parts; and associated technical and logistics support, says the DSCA.   If the deal goes through, the MD 530F helicopters would support Kenya's scout and attack helicopter operations with the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), the DSCA said. They would also replace Kenya's aging fleet of MD 500 aircraft.  
Item Number:13 Date: 05/04/2017 MALI - MINUSMA BASE SHELLED IN 'TERRORIST' ATTACK; 1 DEAD, 9 WOUNDED (MAY 04/VOA)  VOICE OF AMERICA NEWS -- A rocket and mortar attack against a U.N. peacekeeping camp in Mali has left one person dead and nine others wounded, according to the Voice of America News, citing a reported from the U.N.   The attack hit a camp near Timbuktu belonging to the U.N. mission in Mali (MINUSMA), the mission said late Wednesday.   The mission said it had reinforced the camp's defenses and deployed air cover to detect the source of the rocket fire. MINUSMA called the incident a "terrorist" attack.   The dead person was not immediately identified. Those wounded were from Sweden and Liberia, reported AFP.   There was no immediate claim of responsibility.  
  Item Number:14 Date: 05/04/2017 NORTH KOREA - SATELLITE IMAGES SHOW NEW SUBMARINE MISSILE LAUNCHPAD ON W. COAST (MAY 04/JT)  JAPAN TIMES -- New satellite imagery suggests that North Korea might be ramping up its submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) development program, reports the Japan Times.   The images from April 19 and released on Monday by the 38 North website, a project of the U.S.-Korea Institute at Johns Hopkins University, show a second submersible test-stand barge at the Nampo Naval Shipyard on North Korea's west coast.   The first test-barge is located at the Sinpo South Shipyard on the east coast. From this location, Pyongyang has conducted at least four, and possibly as many as six, test-firings of Pukguksong-1 (KN-11) SLBMs since 2014.   The newly identified barge appears to be identical to the first at Sinpo, according to the report by 38 North.   The west coast barge appears to have been acquired some three years after the first on the east coast, suggesting that North Korea is planning to accelerate its SLBM program; develop new SLBM designs; or deploy a ballistic-missile submarine with the West Sea Fleet, says the report.  
  Item Number:15 Date: 05/04/2017 PAKISTAN - SENIOR IRANIAN, PAKISTANI OFFICIALS AGREE ON MORE BORDER SECURITY (MAY 04/PRESSTV)  PRESS TV -- Top Iranian and Pakistani officials have reached an agreement to strengthen border security after a fatal attack on Iranian guards by terrorists from the Pakistani side of the frontier, reports Press TV (Iran).   On April 26, terrorists killed 10 Iranian border guards in an ambush near the town of Mirjaveh in southeastern Iran. The Jaish ul-Adl group claimed responsibility.   On Wednesday, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javid Zarif met in Islamabad with Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan.   Earlier in the day, the minister met with Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and discussed the attack. He also met with the army chief, who promised to deploy more forces near the border, reported the news agency.   During the talks with Interior Minister Khan, Zarif emphasized resolving border security loopholes, fighting terrorism and punishing those responsible for the attack.   Khan said that his government was prepared to remove obstacles at the political and military levels and would improve contacts at the local level
  Item Number:16 Date: 05/04/2017 RUSSIA - DEFENSE MINISTRY INSISTS DIVERS ARE NOT LOOKING FOR GEAR FROM SUNKEN INTEL SHIP (MAY 04/TASS)  TASS -- Russia's Defense Ministry has denied reports alleging that the military is attempting to salvage classified equipment from an intelligence vessel that sank last week in the Black Sea, reports Tass (Russia).   The Liman collided with a Togo-flagged vessel on April 27 about 25 miles from the Bosphourus Strait. The intelligence ship sank soon after; all 78 crew members were rescued.   On Thursday, a military source told Russia's Sputnik news agency that military divers were salvaging equipment from the Liman. The work was expected to take another week or two, he said.   Later that day, the Defense Ministry denied the report, calling it "inconsistent with reality."   "All the necessary equipment was dismantled by the crew before the Liman's sinking and delivered together with documentation and service arms to the Black Sea Fleet's base," said the ministry
  Item Number:17 Date: 05/04/2017 SOMALIA - MINISTER KILLED IN MOGADISHU IN SHOOTOUT LINKED TO MISTAKEN IDENTITY (MAY 04/VOA)  VOICE OF AMERICA NEWS -- A Somali government minister has been killed in an apparent accidental shooting in the nation's capital, reports the Voice of America News.   Abbas Abdullahi Sheikh Siraji, Somalia's public works and reconstruction minister, was killed Wednesday near the presidential palace.   Police said Siraji was hit by gunfire from a vehicle carrying Auditor General Nur Jimale Farah. Farah's bodyguards apparently suspected that a vehicle behind them was transporting a suicide bomber.   There was an exchange of gunfire. Several of Siraji's bodyguards were wounded, reported Al Jazeera.   At 31, Siraji was the youngest minister in Prime Minister Hassan Ali Khaire's Cabinet.   Security threats are a major concern in Mogadishu, where attacks by Al-Shabaab are commonplace.  
  Item Number:18 Date: 05/04/2017 USA - DEFENSE INDUSTRY EXPERTS PUSH FOR MORE PROTOTYPES, EARLY TESTING FOR NEW SYSTEMS (MAY 04/ARMY)  ARMY TIMES -- Defense industry experts say the Pentagon has to modernize its acquisition and fielded processes for conflicts that are bound to come, reports the Army Times.   Those within the industry also need to update their approaches to research and development, according to speakers at this week's Armament Systems Forum in Fredericksburg, Va.   While the U.S. defense community is launching its "Third Offset," which will significantly transform the military, potential adversaries are already adapting to changing technology.   The Third Offset aims to employ robotics, miniaturization of technologies and big data to produce "one soldier -- many bullets -- many kills," said Vincent Sabio, program manager at the Pentagon's Strategic Capabilities Office.   To achieve this goal, the Pentagon and industry needs to move away from the existing "high-quality" production system that sometimes brings costly systems into the inventory, or fails to produce systems after decades of investment, to a "good enough" approach designed to "fail early and fix early."   Sabio said that this means prototypes need to be built and tested much earlier in the process, rather than trying to create a perfect system before delivering it.  
  Item Number:19 Date: 05/04/2017 USA - HHI LAUNCHES TRIPOLI AMPHIBIOUS ASSAULT SHIP (MAY 04/NAVSEA)  NAVAL SEA SYSTEMS COMMAND -- Huntington Ingalls Industries (HHI) has launched the second America-class amphibious assault ship in Mississippi, reports U.S. Naval Sea Systems Command.   On May 1, the Tripoli (LHA 7) was put into the water at the Huntington Ingalls shipyard in Pascagoula.   That milestone followed the ship's move from the land to the dry dock at the shipyard, a process that began on April 9, noted Seapower magazine.   The Tripoli is scheduled to be christened later this year and delivered in late 2018.   HHI noted that the launch was accomplished 13 weeks ahead of schedule.  
Item Number:20 Date: 05/04/2017 USA - LARGER, PERMANENT FORCE NEEDED IN EUROPE TO COUNTER RUSSIA, SAYS TOP COMMANDER (MAY 04/S&S)  STARS AND STRIPES -- The top U.S. military commander in Europe says another combat brigade and related supporting forces are needed there to effectively counter Russia, reports the Stars and Stripes.   There are currently two combat brigades permanently stationed in Europe: the 2nd Cavalry Regiment in Germany and the 173rd Airborne in Italy. There is also a rotational brigade of 4,000 troops, with an additional 1,750 from an aviation brigade.   Army Gen. Curtis Scaparotti, the head of U.S. European Command and NATO Supreme Allied Commander, told a Senate appropriations committee on Tuesday that more troops, including armor and infantry units were necessary to match Russia's military composition on Europe's eastern border.   "Russia's posture is not a light force. It's a heavy force," the general said. He called for more U.S. engineers, aviation and fire support personnel.   Scaparotti urged stable, multi-year funding to support the long-term strategy. The European Reassurance Initiative is currently funded annually, receiving $3.4 billion in fiscal 2017, said the newspaper.   Increased funding would also allow EUCOM to upgrade its hospital facilities in Landstuhl, Germany, which serves as a critical waypoint for troops badly injured in Iraq and Afghanistan, said the general.
 
 
 
 
 
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