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The List 4468

To All,
A bit of history and some tidbits
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This Day In Naval History - May 31
1900 - Sailors and Marines from USS Newark and USS Oregon arrive at Peking, China with other Sailors and Marines from Britain, France, Russia, Italy and Japan to protect U.S. and foreign diplomatic legations from the Boxers
1919: Curtiss flying boat NC 4 lands at Plymouth, England, concluding the first transatlantic flight.
1944 - USS England sank a record 6th Japanese submarine in 13 days.
Is the quote There will always be a USS England in the US Navy still good?
 
From Decoration Day to Midway
by  W. Thomas Smith Jr.
06/01/2010
 
This Week in American Military History:
 
May 30, 1868: "Decoration Day" – the predecessor to Memorial Day – is first observed by order of U.S. Army Gen. John A. Logan, who had decreed on May 5"The 30th day of May 1868, is designated for the purpose of strewing with flowers or otherwise decorating the graves of comrades who died in defense of their country during the late rebellion, and whose bodies now lie in almost every city, village, and hamlet church-yard in the land. In this observance no form of ceremony is prescribed, but posts and comrades will in their own way arrange such fitting services and testimonials of respect as circumstances may permit." Maj. Gen. (future U.S. pres.) James A. Garfield presides over ceremonies at Arlington Cemetery (the former estate of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee), and approximately 5,000 participants decorate the graves of both Union and Confederate dead — about 20,000 of them — buried on the grounds.
 
June 1, 1864: The bloody battle of Cold Harbor opens in earnest between Union Army forces under the command of Lt. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant and Confederate forces under Gen. Robert E. Lee. Grant will launch a series of futile attacks over the next three days. Lee will defend and hold. Union losses will be staggering: 13,000 to the Confederacy's 2,500. In his memoirs, Grant will express regret for having attacked at Cold Harbor.
 
June 3, 1942: The great Naval battle of Midway opens between U.S. Naval
and air forces under the command of Adm. Chester W. Nimitz and Japanese
forces under Adm. Isoroku Yamamoto, who had hoped to lure the U.S. Pacific
Fleet into a great air-sea battle and destroy it. Considered a turning point in the Pacific theater of operations, the
Japanese fleet is intercepted near Midway atoll, engaged, and will be
decisively defeated by Nimitz. The Americans will lose one carrier, USS
Yorktown (the third of five U.S. Navy warships named in commemoration of
the famous Battle of Yorktown), but four Japanese carriers will be sent to
the bottom. According to the U.S. Naval Historical Center: [Midway] represents the
strategic high water mark of Japan's Pacific Ocean war. Prior to this
action, Japan possessed general naval superiority over the United States
and could usually choose where and when to attack. After Midway, the two
opposing fleets were essentially equals, and the United States soon took
the offensive."
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This helps to feed into the Battle of Midway information which will start soon.
Thanks to Barrett Tillman for putting this together for The List on the Coral Sea Battle and its  important relation to the Battle of Midway.
 
The battle of the Coral Sea.
Most histories treat the first two aircraft carrier battles separately, but in fact they were closely related.  Coral Sea directly influenced Midway four weeks later, not only tactically but strategically. 
On May 7-8, 1942 two fleets engaged in combat without sighting each other.  It had never happened before, and it only occurred four times thereafter.  The naval millennium had finally arrived.
The Battle of the Coral Sea began with Japan's thrust toward the Allied base at Port Moresby on New Guinea's southeast coast, opposite Australia.  PacFleet intelligence picked up Tokyo's plans, allowing Admiral Chester Nimitz to dispatch the carriers Lexington (CV-2) and Yorktown (CV-5) to intervene.  They were opposed by three Japanese flattops: a small one screening the troop transports and a striking arm of two large fleet carriers.
The Americans got in the first blow.  On the morning of May 7, a 93-plane strike from both U.S. flattops overwhelmed Japan's small Shoho, which went down in about 20 minutes.  Subsequently dive bombers from Vice Adm. Chuichi Naguno's strike force sank a U.S. oiler and destroyer, and that evening another Japanese formation found Vice Adm. Frank Jack Fletcher's force.  A dusk dogfight erupted with heavy losses to the Japanese—one or two of whom entered Yorktown's traffic pattern.
The next day was an all-out battle between heavyweights: "Lex" and "Yorky" versus the sisters Shokaku and Zuikaku.  Again the Americans struck first, badly damaging Shokaku and mauling her sister's air group.  But the Japanese retaliated, inflicting mortal damage on CV-2 and hitting Yorktown with bombs.  She limped away, making knots for Pearl where yard crews urgently waited.
Japan's drive at Moresby was thwarted—a strategic win for the U.S. while "Lady Lex" was a far greater loss than little ShohoYorktown was sufficiently repaired to make Midway, mainly with beached Saratoga (CV-3) squadrons. 
Thus, Coral Sea and Midway remain hand in glove.  Had either Shokaku or Zuikaku made the Midway lineup, the battle probably would have been irretrievable for PacFleet.
 
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Today in History
May 31
1433
Sigismund is crowned emperor of Rome.
1678
The Godiva procession, commemorating Lady Godiva's legendary ride while naked, becomes part of the Coventry Fair.
1862
At the Battle of Fair Oaks, Union General George B. McClellan defeats Confederates outside of Richmond.
1879
New York's Madison Square Garden opens its doors for the first time.
1889
Johnstown, Pennsylvania is destroyed by a massive flood.
1900
U.S. troops arrive in Peking to help put down the Boxer Rebellion.
1902
The Boer War ends with the Treaty of Vereeniging.
1909
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) holds its first conference.
1913
The 17th amendment to the U.S. Constitution, providing for direct election of senators, is ratified.
1915
A German zeppelin makes an air raid on London.
1916
British and German fleets fight in the Battle of Jutland.
1928
The first flight over the Pacific takes off from Oakland.
1941
An armistice is arranged between the British and the Iraqis.
1955
The Supreme Court orders that states must end racial segregation "with all deliberate speed."
1962
Adolf Eichmann, the former SS commander, is hanged near Tel Aviv, Israel.
1969
John Lennon and Yoko Ono record "Give Peace a Chance."
1974
Israel and Syria sign an agreement on the Golan Heights.
1979
Zimbabwe proclaims its independence.
1988
President Ronald Reagan arrives in Moscow, the first American president to do so in 14 years.
 
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A lot of History here thanks to Jim
Lot of interesting reading.  Could spend hours on this.
Jim
 
   Each line below is a clickable web link !

 Excellent Post - Great Links - Good Job 
RONDOIDS 
 
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Thanks to Bill
A Great Sea Story
This is a little knowledge for all my smart friends. Not as long as it looks.
 
The passenger steamer SS Warrimoo was quietly knifing its way through the waters of the mid-Pacific on its way from Vancouver to Australia. The navigator had just finished working out a star fix and brought the master, Captain John Phillips, the result. The Warrimoo's position was LAT 0ยบ 31' N and LON 179 30' W.  The date was 31 December 1899.
 
"Know what this means?" First Mate Payton broke in, "We're only a few miles from the intersection of the Equator and the International Date Line".
Captain Phillips was prankish enough to take full advantage of the opportunity for achieving the navigational freak of a lifetime.  He called his navigators to the bridge to check & double check the ships position.  He changed course slightly so as to bear directly on his mark.  Then he adjusted the engine speed. The calm weather & clear night worked in his favour.
At mid-night the SS Warrimoo lay on the Equator at exactly the point where it crossed the International Date Line! The consequences of this bizarre position were many:
The bow of the ship was in the Southern Hemisphere & in the middle of summer.
The stern was in the Northern Hemisphere & in the middle of winter.
The date in the aft part of the ship was 31 December 1899. In the bow,  it was 1 January 1900.
This ship was therefore not only in two different days, two different months, two different years, and two different seasons, but it was also in two different centuries - all at the same time.
 
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Thanks to Dr. Rich
"2012 Raytheon Award Video" GREAT Air-to-Air in HD!
Thanks to Billy …
 
Full screen, sound up ….
 
Check out "2012 Raytheon Award Video" from Jersey on Vimeo.

The video is available for your viewing pleasure:  
https://vimeo.com/40935850
ANOTHER ONE   The helos have a need for speed
Thanks to Rob ….
Makes a lot more sense to me than the V-22 … 
You don't see very many 200+ Kt. helicopters …
 
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Today on Fighter Sweep
Watch: Last Remaining Sea Vixen Aircraft Makes Gear Up Landing
The last remaining Sea Vixen aircraft, Foxy Lady landed gear up at Royal Naval Air Station Yeovilton, Somerset, in South West England. The Sea Vixen aircraft first flew in 1951 and View More ›
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B-1 Lancer Bombers Show of Force Over Korea…Again
The US conducted a joint exercise Monday with the Republic of Korea (ROK) flying a number of B-1 Lancer bombers near the demilitarized zone that separates South Korea from North View More ›
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Air Force to Bring More C-5s Back to Service
After several years of removing C-5s from active service the Air Force wants to reverse the trend and increase the number of Galaxy aircraft. A few years ago, the size View More ›
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It is great to learn something new every day
Why is flag flown at half staff only Memorial Day morning .. and not all day?
Thanks to Doctor Rich
Did you know??  I didn't!!
Thanks to Black …

                                               Why Is the Flag At Half-Staff Until Noon on Memorial Day?

 For 142 years, Americans have taken the last Monday in May to remember those who have died in our wars. Like all deaths honored by the state, flags fly at half-staff. However, on Memorial Day, the U.S. Flag only flies at half-staff for the first half of the day, and then is raised to full height from noon to sundown. This unique custom honors the war dead for the morning, and living veterans for the rest of the day.

No one knows the exact date this tradition began, but an Army regulations book from 1906 carries instructions for the procedure, so it predates the 20th Century, said Clark Rogers, executive director of the National Flag Foundation. In 1924, Congress codified the tradition into U.S. Code Title 4, Section 6, with the proclamation, "For the nation lives, and the flag is a symbol of illumination," explaining how the noon flag-raising symbolizes the persistence of the nation in the face of loss, Rogers told Life's Little Mysteries.

"The first part of the day honors those who sacrificed, and the second part of the day honors those who are still with us," Rogers said.

Gerald T. Pothier
Capt. USMC (Ret)
1951-1988
 
 
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Hmmmmm
Thanks to Stan and Dutch
US Navy deployments;  3rd Carrier USS Nimitz on way to Sea of Japan.
Note: the Nimitz will take several weeks to arrive.  See the link below:
 
 
"The deployment of a 3rd  Carrier strike group to the same region is nearly unheard of".     That is approximately 200+  strike aircraft. 
 
There is also the possibility the USS Roosevelt could be sent, as it is in the pacific already. 
In addition there are the new 'America' class LHD air craft carriers.   Technically they are amphibious assault ships, but are built for aircraft only.
Approximately the same size as the old Essex WWII aircraft carriers.   We have 3 of these types.  
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If it was me I'd send the Roosevelt and these three too.  20,000+ more troop to S. Korea.  And a regular LHD group as icing on the cake  ;-) 
 
For troops I'd keep a steady flow,  say 500 a day, day after day. 
 
 
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Item Number:1 Date: 05/31/2017 AFGHANISTAN - FOCUS ON ISIS-KHORASAN DRIVES SPIKE IN COALITION AIRSTRIKES (MAY 31/AFT)  AIR FORCE TIMES -- U.S. and coalition airstrikes in Afghanistan jumped dramatically in April, reaching the highest level in nearly five years, according to official statistics cited by the Air Force Times.   Coalition aircraft released 460 weapons during April, more than twice the number in March 2017, reports the U.S. Air Force Central Command (AFCENT).   The total in April was the most in a single month since August 2012, when 589 munitions were dropped.   A new focus on eliminating ISIS-Khorasan has contributed to the increase, said a spokesman for the Resolute Support mission.   The number of air attacks against ISIS in Iraq and Syria dropped slightly in April from 3,878 in March to 3,274. This was the lowest number so far in 2017, but still among the highest since Operation Inherent Resolve started in August 2014
  Item Number:2 Date: 05/31/2017 AFGHANISTAN - HUGE EXPLOSION ROCKS KABUL'S DIPLOMATIC DISTRICT; AT LEAST 80 KILLED, 350 WOUNDED (MAY 31/NYT)  NEW YORK TIMES -- A massive bomb explosion near the Afghan presidential palace in the diplomatic area of Kabul has killed at least 80 people and wounded hundreds, say officials cited by the New York Times.   The blast took place Wednesday morning during rush hour near the capital's Zanbaq Square, which leads to the presidential palace and major foreign embassies.   The explosives were hidden in a tanker truck used to empty septic wells, said Kabul's police chief. The crater created by the blast was as deep as four meters (13 feet), he said.   At least 80 bodies and more than 350 wounded people were brought to hospitals, said a spokesman for the Health Ministry. The death toll is expected to rise.   There was no immediate claim of responsibility. A Taliban spokesman said his group was not involved in the attack, reported Al Jazeera.  
  Item Number:3 Date: 05/31/2017 CANADA - KEEL LAID IN HALIFAX FOR 2ND ARCTIC PATROL SHIP (MAY 31/CDND)  CANADA DEPARTMENT OF NATIONAL DEFENSE -- Halifax Shipyard has reached another milestone in the Harry DeWolf-class Arctic and offshore patrol vessel (AOPV) program, reports the Canadian Dept. of National Defense.   On Monday, the keel was laid for the Margaret Brooke, the second of six planned AOPVs.   The ship is scheduled to be christened and launched in 2019, said a departmental release.  
 Item Number:4 Date: 05/31/2017 CHINA - PAID MILITARY COMMERCIAL SERVICES EXPECTED TO END NEXT YEAR (MAY 31/XIN)  XINHUA -- The Chinese military plans to end its "paid-for" services by the end of June 2018, says a military professor cited by China's Xinhua.   Commercial services in 10 fields are supposed to stop as part of an effort to modernize the military, a professor from the National University of Defense Technology told the state-run news agency on Wednesday.   Those fields include: nursery education, press and publications, culture and sports, communications, personnel training, barrack projects, storage and transportation, militia armament repair, repair technology and driver instruction, said Jiang Luming.   Projects in these areas -- real estate rentals, agricultural products, accommodation services, medical care and scientific research -- will end by June 2018, the professor said.   The Central Military Commission, which oversees the armed forces, announced in March 2016 that it would end non-core paid services within three years, reported Reuters. The change was driven by an anti-corruption campaign.  
  Item Number:5 Date: 05/31/2017 GERMANY - POLICE FOIL PLANNED ATTACK IN BERLIN; ARREST MADE OF TEEN ASYLUM-SEEKER (MAY 31/DEWELLE)  DEUTSCHE WELLE -- Police in Germany have arrested a teenage asylum-seeker who was allegedly planning a suicide attack in Berlin, reports Deutsche Welle, citing an official in the state of Brandenburg.   The 17-year-old was detained in the Uckermark region of Brandenburg, said a state interior official on Tuesday.   The teen wrote about a planned attack in a message to his mother and said that "he had joined the jihad," the official said.   The suspect came to Germany in 2015 as an unaccompanied asylum-seeker and had been living in a shelter for refugees in the region since last year, said the interior official.   His Syrian nationality and "concrete attack plans could not so far be confirmed. The investigations continue," said Brandenburg police.  
 BOMBING NEAR SCHOOL IN ANBAR PROVINCE (MAY 31/ANADOLU)  ANADOLU NEWS AGENCY -- A suicide bombing on Tuesday in Iraq's western Anbar province has killed at least 17 people and injured 35 others, say government officials cited by the Anadolu Agency (Turkey).   The bomber blew himself up near a school in central Heet city, west of Ramadi, said a local official.   Four military personnel and a photojournalist were injured, he said.   There was no immediate claim of responsibility.  
  Item Number:7 Date: 05/31/2017 ISRAEL - LATEST VARIANT OF SPIKE ANTI-TANK MISSILE CAN BE FIRED FROM LAND, HELICOPTER OR SHIP (MAY 31/RAFAEL)  RAFAEL ADVANCED DEFENSE SYSTEMS -- Rafael Advanced Defense Systems has announced that it will display the latest version of its Spike anti-tank missile family at the Paris Air Show next month.   The Spike LR II features two advanced warhead configurations: a tandem high-explosive anti-tank (HEAT) warhead, enhancing armor penetration capability by more than 30 percent; and a new multipurpose blast warhead that offers controlled fuzing by the gunner, said a Rafael release on Monday.   The version is called the Gill 2 in Israel, noted the Globes (Israel) newspaper. It can be fired from land, from a helicopter or a ship.   The missile weighs 28 pounds (12.7 kg) and can be fired from any Spike launcher, the company said.   The Spike LR II has a range of 3.4 miles (5.5 km) when fired from ground launchers and up to 6 miles (10 km) when fired from a helicopter.   The weapon also has a modern electro-optical seeker with a high-quality uncooled infrared sensor and a high-definition color day sensor. The seeker features smart target tracking capabilities with artificial intelligence features, said the Rafael release
Item Number:8 Date: 05/31/2017 PAKISTAN - INDIA'S INFLUENCE IN AFGHANISTAN SEEN AFFECTING PAKISTANI FOREIGN POLICIES (MAY 31/DAWN)  DAWN -- Top intelligence officials in the United States have told Congress that Pakistan's concern about growing Indian influence in Afghanistan may well push Islamabad even closer to China, reports the Dawn (Pakistan).   "Pakistan is concerned about international isolation and sees its position through the prism of India's rising international status, including India's expanded foreign outreach and deepening ties to the United States," Dan Coats, the director of national intelligence, recently told the Senate Armed Services Committee.   "Pakistan will likely turn to China to offset its isolation, empowering a relationship that will help Beijing to project influence in the Indian Ocean," he said.   Islamabad views its "challenges through the lens of an Indian threat to the state of Pakistan," said Lt. Gen. Vincent Stewart, the head of the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency. As a result, the Pakistani government holds "in reserve terrorist organizations .... so that if Afghanistan leans towards India, they will no longer be supportive of an idea of a stable and secure Afghanistan that could undermine Pakistan interests," said the general.   Stewart said he would like to see Washington pressing Pakistan to do more to combat the Haqqani Network terrorist group
Item Number:9 Date: 05/31/2017 PHILIPPINES - SHOWDOWN IMMINENT IN BATTLE FOR MARAWI (MAY 31/AFP)  AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE -- Government troops in the Philippines have killed 89 Islamists since the start of a week-long battle in the country's south, reports Agence France-Presse, citing military authorities on Wednesday.   Fighting began in Marawi City on May 23 when security forces raided an apartment in search of Abu Sayyaf leader Insilon Hapilon. The militants called for reinforcements from the Maute Group, who seized hostages and areas of the city.   As of Wednesday, the militants control just 10 percent of the city, said a military spokesman.   Twenty-one security personnel have been killed in the fighting, bringing the total death toll to date to 129, the spokesman said.   The remaining area controlled by the militants is likely "heavily guarded and defended" protecting individuals of high value, the spokesman said. Their main leaders were likely still in the city, he added.   The Islamists are also holding an unknown number of civilians hostage, said officials
Item Number:10 Date: 05/31/2017 RUSSIA - ENGINE FAILURE SUSPECTED IN FATAL CRASH OF MILITARY TRANSPORT IN SARATOV REGION (MAY 31/TASS)  TASS -- The Russian Investigative Committee, the counterpart of the FBI in the U.S., says it is looking at the crash of a military transport plane earlier this week.   An An-26 cargo aircraft made a hard landing Tuesday at an airfield in the western Saratov region, killing one crewmember and injuring five others onboard, reports the Tass news agency (Moscow).   The An-26 was attempting to land at the Balashov airfield as part of a training flight when it deviated from the planned angle and caught fire, said a statement from the Russian Defense Ministry.   An engine failure may have caused the crash landing, said investigators quoted by Interfax-AVN (Russia).  
Item Number:11 Date: 05/31/2017 RUSSIA - TROOPS TO CLEAR DEFENSE MINISTRY'S LAND IN ARCTIC, SET UP BUILDINGS (MAY 31/TASS)  TASS -- A contingent of Russian troops is being sent to dispose of scrap metal that has been left in the Arctic, say officials, as reported by Tass (Russia).   Ninety-four soldiers were dispatched aboard a Il-76MD transport aircraft to the Novaya Zemlya archipelago in the Arctic Ocean to clear land owned by the Defense Ministry, said Deputy Defense Minister Gen. Dmitry Bulgakov on Wednesday.   The troops will collect and remove more than 2,000 metric tons (2,204 tons) of scrap metal, restore 11.5 hectares (28 acres) and contruct 59 buildings, he said.   Work will continue throughout the year to clear military bases and shooting ranges on the Novaya Zemlya archipelago and on Novosibirskiye Islands, as well as other locations, he said. The military plans to collect more than 3,900 metric tons (4,300 tons) of scrap metal, said the general
Item Number:12 Date: 05/31/2017 SYRIA - RUSSIAN FRIGATE, SUB FIRE CRUISE MISSILES AT ISIS NEAR PALMYRA (MAY 31/INDEP)  INDEPENDENT -- Russian warships in the Mediterranean fired cruise missiles at Islamic State targets in Syria, reports the Independent (U.K.).   Wednesday's strikes were aimed at terrorist "shelters" east of the ancient city of Palmyra that housed heavy equipment and troops transferred from the ISIS stronghold of Raqqa, said Russia's Defense Ministry.   Four Kalibr missiles were fired from the Admiral Essen frigate and Krasnodar submarine, the ministry said. The U.S., Turkey and Israel were notified of the strike "at the appropriate time," as quoted by CNN.   This is the first such strike since November 2016, noted the BBC.   Syrian government forces regained control of Palmyra from ISIS in March 2016, before losing it late in the year. They took back the city in March 2017, but fighting has continued nearby
Item Number:13 Date: 05/31/2017 TAJIKISTAN - CIS OFFICIALS MEET IN DUSHANBE; ANTI-TERRORISM DRILLS DIRECTED AT TERRORISTS IN MOUNTAINS (MAY 31/INT-AVN)  INTERFAX-MILITARY NEWS AGENCY -- The top anti-terrorism officials from the member countries of the Moscow-led Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) have been meeting in Dushanbe, the capital of Tajikistan, reports Interfax-AVN (Russia).   The May 31-June 1 talks are part of the regular CIS program promoting cooperation in combating terrorism and violent extremism, according to Tajik state media.   The CIS event coincides with the final stage of a joint Russian-Tajik anti-terrorism exercise.   The active phase is set for Harbnagdon and Lohour, and aimed at coordinating in operations against terrorists in mountain areas, noted Asia-Plus (Dushanbe).   The training scenario includes releasing hostages and neutralizing mock terrorists at a national television center. Russian and Tajik troops were expected to conduct a simulated joint military operation to block and eliminate simulated armed groups.   The full members of CIS are Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.  
AY WITH U.S. NAVY, MARINE CORPS, CARAT INCLUDES AT-SEA, SHORE-BASED DRILLS (MAY 31/NNS)  NAVY NEWSSTAND -- The Royal Thai Navy is in the midst of the 23rd annual Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) exercise with the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps, reports the Navy NewsStand.   The drills formally began on May 29 in Sattahip, Thailand.   The eight-day exercise includes shore-based and at-sea training in multiple warfare areas, the service noted on May 30.   The sea phase includes surface maneuvering tactics; small-boat operations; manned and unmanned helicopter flight operations; and communication exercises.   The shore drills cover visit, board, search and seizure operations; diving and salvage; explosive ordnance disposal; and medical training.   The American contingent includes staff from CTF 73 and commander, Destroyer Squadron 7 (CDS 7); the littoral combat ship USS Coronado (LCS 4); expeditionary fast transport USNS Millinocket (T-EPF-3); a P-3C Orion patrol aircraft; Marines from 3rd Marine Division based in Okinawa; Coastal Riverine Group (CRG) 1; and Explosive Ordnance Disposal Mobile Unit (EODMU) 5.  
Item Number:15 Date: 05/31/2017 USA - PENTAGON TOUTS SUCCESSFUL MISSILE INTERCEPTOR TEST (MAY 31/FN)  FOX NEWS -- The U.S. military says it has successfully knocked down a mock nuclear warhead as part of a test of a long-range interceptor missile system, reports Fox News.   On Tuesday, the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) launched the Ground-Based Midcourse Defense (GMD) interceptor from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif., against a intercontinental ballistic missile over the Pacific Ocean, said a defense official.   The target was destroyed in a "direct collision," said an MDA statement.   The test was the first of a new five-foot "kill vehicle" armed with thrusters to aim directed at an incoming missile.   The test was not specifically designed with an eye to the threat from North Korea, bit it will be examined to look for progress in that regard.   Including the latest test, only five of 10 previous tests have been declared fully or partly successful in the 13 years since the system became operational, noted the New York Times.   The test has been likened to shooting a bullet with a bullet
 
Item Number:17 Date: 05/31/2017 USA - WASHINGTON SUB HANDED OVER TO U.S. NAVY; DELIVERY WAS DELAYED (MAY 31/NNS)  NAVY NEWSSTAND -- The U.S. Navy has accepted delivery of its latest Virginia-class submarine, reports the Navy NewsStand.   The Washington (SSN 787), the 14th boat in the class, was handed over by Huntington Ingalls Industries in Newport News, Va., on May 26.   The sub is also the fourth of eight Virginia-class Block III submarines, the Navy said.   The Block III boats feature a redesigned bow that replaces 12 individual launch tubes with two large diameter Virginia Payload Tubes, each capable of firing six Tomahawk cruise missiles.   The Washington is now scheduled to be commissioned later this year in Norfolk, Va.   The sub was previously supposed to be delivered in September 2016, with commissioning planned for March 2017, reported the Daily Press (Newport News, Va.). The boat encountered a "material issue" during sea trials
Item Number:18 Date: 05/31/2017 USA - WITH EYE ON N. KOREA, NIMITZ STRIKE GROUP TO JOIN 2 OTHERS IN WESTERN PACIFIC (MAY 31/VOA)  VOICE OF AMERICA NEWS -- The U.S. Navy is deploying a third aircraft carrier strike group to the Western Pacific in an apparent warning to North Korea, according to sources cited by Voice of America News.   The Nimitz strike group will join the USS Carl Vinson and USS Ronald Reagan carrier groups in the western Pacific, said the unnamed sources.   The goal is said to be to deter Pyongyang's ballistic missile and nuclear programs, said the sources.   The Nimitz was originally scheduled to be deployed to the Middle East, unnamed sources told the Asahi Shimbun (Japan). The Navy subsequently decided to send the carrier group to the Pacific for six months to address the latest threats from North Korea
Item Number:19 Date: 05/31/2017 USA - WITH RAQQA BATTLE LOOMING, WASHINGTON STARTS GIVING ARMS TO SYRIAN KURDS (MAY 31/NA)  NEW ARAB -- The Pentagon has acknowledged delivering small arms and equipment to Kurdish fighters in northern Syria battling the Islamic State, reports the New Arab.   The shipments are being made before the upcoming offensive by the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) against Raqqa, the Islamic State's de facto capital in Syria, said a Pentagon spokesman on Tuesday.   The weapons include AK-47s and small-caliber machine guns, he added.   One U.S. official cited by Reuters said the distribution of arms had started over the past 24 hours.   President Donald Trump earlier this month authorized a plan to arm Kurdish forces fighting ISIS. The U.S.-backed SDF include fighters from the Kurdish Peoples' Protection Units (YPG), whose members are consider to be terrorists by Turkey
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