Friday, June 9, 2017

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The List 4475


To All,
I hope you all have a great weekend.
Regards,
Skip
This Day In Naval History - June 9
1882 - Establishment of Office of Naval Records of the War of the Rebellion
(became part of Naval Historical Center)
1942 - First Navy photographic interpretation unit set up in the Atlantic.
1959 - Launching of USS George Washington (SSBN-598), first nuclear powered
fleet ballistic missile submarine, at Groton, CT
This Day In Naval History - June 10
1854: The first formal graduation exercises are held at the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, Md. Previous classes graduated without a ceremony. Rear Adm. Thomas O. Selfridge and Rear Adm. Joseph N. Miller are two of the six graduates that year.
1896 - Authorization of first experimental ship model tank
1943 - Operation Husky, Allied landing on Sicily
1944: USS Bangust (DE 739) sinks the Japanese submarine (RO 42), 70 miles northeast of Kwajalein, while USS Taylor (DD 468) sinks Japanese submarine RO 111, 210 miles north-northwest of Kavieng, New Ireland.
This Day In Naval History - June 11
1853 - Five Navy ships leave Norfolk, VA on 3 year exploring expedition to survey the far Pacific
1927 - USS Memphis arrives at Washington, DC, with Charles Lindbergh and his plane, Spirit of St. Louis, after his non-stop flight across the Atlantic
1944 - U.S. battleships off Normandy provide gunfire support.
1953 - Navy ships evacuate 20,000 Koreans from West Coast Islands to safety south of 17th parallel
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They say History bears repeating. I believe that very much so we do not forget what happened and to who we owe our freedom. Here are some more repeats today from years past.
 
Subject: Remembered Sky: Morning After Reflection: 5 June 1942 "we sank a carrier"
 
For those who've followed Remembered Sky or Project White Horse 084640 websites, you know that in early June I always put together something on the Battle of Midway and always pay tribute to my first post flight school boss, LCDR Pat Patterson, who on 4 June, 1942 was a radioman-gunner in SBD Dauntless 6B15 of Bombing Six (VB 6) off of USS Enterprise.
For me, it is a constant base plate for reflection on my own participation in VA-56/CAG -5/USS Midway operations in the Gulf of Tonkin in 1972, and for analysis of today's "strike fighter" airwings and the emerging one size fits all F-35.
So here's to Naval Aviators past present, future.. and particularly to AMC3/LCDR Pat Patterson and Ens/Adm Lew Hopkins of Bombing Six. I owe you... all Naval Aviators owe you...the country owes you.
 
Fly Navy, the BEST Always Have
Boris
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Close-in fire support for the infantry at Omaha Beach was terribly lacking until...US Navy destroyers "saved the day".

As many of you know, a massive German slaughter house awaited US troops at Omaha Beach.

June 6, 1944, at H-hour 0630 real trouble started. Landing craft coxswains lost their bearings in the early morning mist, deepened by smoke and dust kicked up by the naval bombardment. Many of them missed their assigned landing sectors. Of the 64 DD tanks (amphibious) 27 made it to the Dog beaches but only five got ashore on Easy beaches; the rest foundered on the way in.

0830 USS Carmick breaks the cease-fire order that had suspended supporting naval gunfire at H-hour. (Some 1 & 1/2 to 2 hrs of withering German cliff-top defensive firing w/o much, if any, U.S return fire support at all.) 1st and 29th Division assault waves - sitting ducks.

USS Carmick action report:
..."Early in the morning a group of tanks were seen to be having difficulty making their way along the breakwater road toward Exit D-1 [the Vierville draw]. A silent coorporation was established wherein they fired at a target on the bluff above them and we then fired several salvos at the same spot. They then shifted fire futher along the bluff and we used their bursts again as a point of aim."...
Captain Sanders, COMDESTRON 18 Commander was in the USS Frankfort, arriving off the beachead just before 0900. Concerned about increasing casualties on the beach, he ordered ALL destroyers to close on the beach as far in as possible and support the assault troops.

Close-in fire support by navy destroyers speeded up much improved conditions all along the beach at Omaha by 1000.

After action report: (personal letter from Sergeant James E. Knight of the 299th Combat Engineer Battalion wrote to the crew of the USS Frankfort)..."There is no question, at least in my mind, if you had not come in as close as you did, exposing yourself to God only knows how much, that I would not have survived the night. I truly believe that in the absence of the damage you inflicted on German emplacements, the only way any GI was going to leave Omaha was in a mattress cover or as a prisoner of war."...Sergeant Barton Davis, 299th Combat Engineer Battalion wrote to say: " How well I remember your ship coming in so close. I thought then as I do now that it was one brave thing to come in so close...Your ship not only knocked out the pillbox but the mortar positions above us...I always thought how great it would be to tell the Captain of this ship how grateful I am..." ( a personal letter to Captain James Semmes, CO of the USS Frankfort).

Colonel S.B. Mason, USA, Chief of Staff of the 1st Division, wrote the following letter to Rear Admiral Hall after an inspection of the German defenses at Omaha. They should have been impregnable" "But there was one element of attack they could not parry...I am now firmly convinced that our supporting naval fire got us in; that without that gunfire we positively could not have crossed the beaches."...

Almost scraping the bottom with destroyer keels off Omaha Beach were the: USS Frankfort; USS McCook; USS Doyle; USS Thompson; USS Carmick...D-Day - June 6th, 1944.

Footnote:

In his book, "The Longest Day", Cornelius Ryan so described German defenses of Omaha. The German 352nd Division's artillery batteries were only a part of what Ryan called "the deadly guns of Omaha Beach":
There were 8 concrete bunkers with guns of 75 millimeters or larger caliber [75mm to 88mm]; 35 pillbox ea with artillery pieces of various sizes/or automatic weapons; 4 batteries of artillery [presumably Pluskat's]; 18 antitank guns [37mm to 75mm]; 6 mortar pits; approximately 40 rocket-launching sites; each with four 38-millimeter rocket tubes; and NO LESS THAN 85 strategically placed machine gun nests.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Omaha_Beach

(bop at Normandy's Omaha Beach, and general area - 1963, 1985, 1997.)
 
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Thanks to YP …
Chaps,
 
Viddy from an Israeli friend.
I have read several accounts of this raid ... a couple by pilots on the strike.
Bravo!
I was not aware of the extent of the Mossad involvement.  
Like the T-shirt Sez:
     MOSSAD
It's not a mistake.
 
 
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(Bonus question—can you figure out his callsign—"Dip"??)
 
 
Watch: Naval Aviation Pilot Attitude Plus Poll Question: Are Navy Carrier Pilots as Good as They Think They Are?
Navy Pilot With Attitude - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wCZcwN0ZwQ8 (4:01)
The US Navy does have some "appropriately arrogant" pilots. Well, some may say just plain old arrogant but in any case carrier based F-18 Hornet operations do make for some great videos!
Watch and enjoy as Naval Aviator Lieutenant Ian Schmidt takes you on a wild ride.
Fly Navy!
Question: So are Navy carrier pilots really the "best of the best?" Or do they just think they are???
 
Featured image of F/A-18C Hornets, assigned to the "Bulls" of Strike Fighter Squadron Three Seven (VFA-37), launching simultaneously from the flight deck aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) by Photographer's Mate Airman Ryan O'Connor, US Navy
 
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Thanks to Dr. Rich
Will put a smile on your face, and a lump in your throat ...
Exclusive: Hear Glen Campbell and Willie Nelson in 'Funny How Time Slips Away'

https://usat.ly/2sZ0SYO

Thanks to Carol …
 
 
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Thanks to Lurch & Dutch …
 
 
I was in the six item express lane at the store quietly fuming. Completely ignoring the sign, the woman ahead of me had slipped into the check-out line pushing a cart piled high with groceries. 

Imagine my delight when the cashier beckoned the woman to come forward looked into the cart and asked sweetly, "So which six items would you like to buy?" 
(Wouldn't it be great if that happened more often?) 

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Because they had no reservations at a busy restaurant, my elderly neighbor and his wife were told there would be a 45 minute wait for a table. 
"Young man, we're both 90 years old," the husband said.  "We may not have 45 minutes." 
They were seated immediately 

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The reason Politicians try so hard to get re-elected is that they would "hate" to have to make a living under the laws they have just passed. 
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All eyes were on the radiant bride as her father escorted her down the aisle. They reached the altar and the waiting groom. 
Thebride kissed her father and placed something in his hand. 
The guests in the front pews responded with ripples of laughter. 
Even the priest smiled broadly.  
As her father gave her away in marriage, the bride gave him back his credit card. 

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Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea. 
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Three friends from the local congregation were asked, "When you're in your casket, and friends and congregation members are mourning over you, what would you like them to say?" 
Artie said, "I would like them to say I was a wonderful husband, a fine spiritual leader, and a great family man." 
  Eugene commented, "I would like them to say I was a wonderful teacher and servant of God who made a huge difference in people's lives." 
  Al said, "I'd like them to say, 'Look, he's moving!'" 
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 Smith climbs to the top of Mt. Sinai to get close enough to talk to God. 
Looking up, he asks the Lord. "God, what does a million years mean to you?" The Lord replies, "A minute." 
Smith asks, "And what does a million dollars mean to you?" The Lord replies, "A penny." Smith asks, "Can I have a penny?" The Lord replies, "In a minute." 
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John was on his deathbed and gasped pitifully, "Give me one last request, dear," he said. "Of course, John," his wife said softly. 
"Six months after I die," John said, "I want you to marry Bob." 
"But I thought you hated Bob," she said.. 
With his last breath John said, "I do!" 

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A man goes to see the Rabbi. "Rabbi, something terrible is happening and I have to talk to you about it." 
The Rabbi asked, "What's wrong?" 
The man replied, "My wife is going to poison me." 
The Rabbi, very surprised by this, asks, "How can that be?" 
The man then pleads, "I'm telling you, I'm certain she's going to poison me. What should I do?" 
The Rabbi then offers, "Tell you what. Let me talk to her, I'll see what I can find out and I'll let you know." A week later the Rabbi calls the man. He says, "I spoke to your wife on the phone for three hours. You want my advice?" 
The man said, "Yes" and the Rabbi replied, "Take the poison."  
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I was always taught to respect my elders, but it keeps getting harder to find one.
 
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Item Number:1 Date: 06/09/2017 AUSTRALIA - CAPE INSCRIPTION PATROL BOAT JOINS NAVY (JUN 09/RANPR)  ROYAL AUSTRALIAN NAVY PRESS RELEASE -- The Australian navy has commissioned the second of two Cape-class patrol boats, reports the service.   On June 6, the service held the official naming ceremony for Cape Inscription in Henderson, Western Australia. The Australian White Ensign was hoisted for the first time during the event.   The Cape Inscription joins the Cape Fourcroy in supporting navy operations while the service's Armidale-class patrol boats complete planned maintenance.   The Cape-class boats are expected to remain in navy service until at least 2020.   The vessels are used for border protection missions, the navy noted.  
 Item Number:2 Date: 06/09/2017 BURMA - AFTER 3 DAYS, 31 BODIES RECOVERED FROM MISSING MILITARY AIRCRAFT (JUN 09/REU)  REUTERS -- Burmese forces and civilians are still searching for possible survivors from a military transport aircraft that went missing three days ago, reports Reuters.   On Wednesday, a Chinese-made Y-8 aircraft with 122 on board lost contact over the Andaman Sea, about 43 miles west of the town of Dawei, said the military.   An aircraft wheel and life jackets believed to be from the plane were found Thursday, said officials.   The passengers included soldiers and their families. As of Friday, 31 bodies had been recovered, including 23 adults and eight children.   Eight navy ships and sonar systems, along with 20 civilian boats, have joined the search, which has been hampered by stormy weather, the military said
Item Number:3 Date: 06/09/2017 CHINA - CHINESE ARMS BUILDUP CUTTING INTO TAIPEI'S LONGSTANDING ADVANTAGES, SAYS DOD REPORT (JUN 09/TAI)  TAIPEI TIMES -- Many of Taiwan's historical advantages in deterring potential aggression from China are being gradually eroded by Beijing's military modernization, says the Pentagon's annual report on China, as cited by the Taipei Times.   Taiwan's technological superiority, island geography and the inability of the Chinese military to project sufficient power across the Taiwan Strait have given the island nation an edge, says the report.   "Although Taiwan is taking important steps to build its war reserve stocks, grow its defense industrial base, improve joint operations and crisis response capabilities, and strengthen its officer and non-commissioned officer corps, these improvements only partially address Taiwan's declining defensive advantages," the study says.   Chinese military spending has increased to about 14 times that of Taiwan's. Taipei spends about 2 percent of GDP on defense, noted the report.   The Chinese army also has the ability to conduct various amphibious operations short of a full-scale invasion of Taiwan, although these would likely involve significant political risk, says the Pentagon report
  Item Number:4 Date: 06/09/2017 INDIA - PAKISTAN'S ARMY GIVES ARTILLERY COVER TO MILITANTS CROSSING INTO KASHMIR, SAYS INDIAN MILITARY (JUN 09/PTI)  PRESS TRUST OF INDIA -- The Indian army charges the Pakistani military with supporting armed militants infiltrating Kashmir, reports the Press Trust of India.   The Pakistani army provided active support to these groups, including heavy artillery covering fire to assist in their infiltration attempts, a spokesman for the Indian army's Northern Command said on Thursday.   Indian units along the line of control foiled infiltration attempts over the previous 48 hours in the Gurez, Machhil, Nowgam and Uri sectors, the spokesman said.   Seven infiltrators were killed in those actions, he said.   The troops also recovered large quantities of arms, ammunition and other equipment, said the spokesman.  
  Item Number:5 Date: 06/09/2017 INDONESIA - CASTING TROUBLED EYE AT ISLAMISTS IN NEARBY PHILIPPINES, MILITARY PLANS ISLAND BASES (JUN 09/STIMES)  STRAITS TIMES -- A top officer says Indonesia is going to build more military bases not far from the southern Philippines, which has been hit with terrorist activity, reports the Straits Times (Singapore).   Bases are planned in some of the nation's outermost islands, including Morotai, which shares a border with the Philippine island of Mindanao, said Gen. Gatot Nurmantyo on Thursday.   Construction will begin once another base on the island of Natuna, in Riau Island province, is complete, he said. Military equipment will then be deployed.   The planned base in Morotai would be aimed at preventing Islamist militant groups based in the southern Philippines from entering Indonesia, said the general
Item Number:6 Date: 06/09/2017 INDONESIA - SINGAPORE GETS INVITATION TO JOIN MULTILATERAL PATROLS IN SULU SEA (JUN 09/STIMES)  STRAITS TIMES -- Indonesian Defense Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu says his government has invited Singapore to participate in joint patrols to combat maritime crime and terrorism in the Sulu Sea, reports the Straits Times.   The minister made his comments to the paper in an interview on June 3.   Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines in May 2016 agreed to conduct coordinated patrols and set up a hotline to fight piracy and kidnappings in waters bordering the three countries.   Dozens of tourists, traders, fishermen and sailors have been kidnapped by Abu Sayyaf Group terrorists around the Sulu archipelago in the Philippines, which includes the Sulu Sea and the northern limit of the Celebes Sea.   Planned to begin soon, the trilateral maritime patrols are intended to ensure safety in those waters.   Jakarta has explored adding Singapore to the effort and that there is a "high possibility" of Singapore joining, said the minister.   The defense minister said he has also asked other countries, including Thailand, to join the project
Item Number:7 Date: 06/09/2017 IRAQ - WOMAN EXPLODES BOMB IN CROWDED MARKETPLACE; ISIS CLAIMS RESPONSIBILITY FOR BLAST THAT KILLED AT LEAST 30 (JUN 09/REU)  REUTERS -- Iraqi officials say a suicide bombing close to the capital has killed at least 30 people and wounded 35, reports Reuters.   A woman blew herself up Friday in a market in the town of Musayab, south of Baghdad, said one security officer.   The attacker hid the bomb under a customary full-body veil, the officer said.   Casualties have been reported variously.   The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack on its Amaq news agency.  
Item Number:8 Date: 06/09/2017 ISRAEL - HAMAS COMMANDER DIES IN UNCLEAR CIRCUMSTANCES (JUN 09/TOI)  TIMES OF ISRAEL -- A Hamas field commander was killed and two other militants wounded in an explosion on Wednesday night in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, according to Gaza officials cited by the Times of Israel.   The circumstances of the blast were not clear, but it may have been an accident during an operation.   Some locals blamed the blast on undercover Israeli operatives, reported Al-Masdar News, an online publication considered sympathetic to the Syrian government.   The Palestinian Authority outlet Ma'an said an "accidental" blast killed the leader of the Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas.   Several Hamas personnel have been killed an injured in what were described as accidental explosions and tunnel collapses in recent months.   Hamas is busy training its fighters, building rockets and digging tunnels in preparation for a potential future conflict with Israel.   Last year, 22 militants died while "preparing equipment," the majority in a series of tunnel collapses, according to Hamas
Item Number:9 Date: 06/09/2017 JAPAN - TIGHTER CARGO INSPECTIONS AIMED AT STOPPING POTENTIAL MILITARY MATERIEL FROM N. KOREA (JUN 09/KNA)  KYODO NEWS AGENCY -- The Japanese government has announced that it will strengthen cargo inspections in an attempt to prevent items from being diverted to North Korea for military purposes, reports the Kyodo News Agency.   By the end of June, Tokyo will start targeting cargo ships from third countries that could enter North Korean ports, Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida said on June 4.   The measure is in line with sanctions implemented by the U.N. Security Council in March 2016, the minister said.   Home appliances in Japan are being diverted to North Korea for military use, say officials.   The Japanese government keeps a list of items that could be used for nuclear or missile development. Ships that might carry such equipment are inspected by the Japanese coast guard.   Under new regulations, the coast guard will be authorized to inspect ships and seize suspect items that may not be on the lists
  Item Number:10 Date: 06/09/2017 PAKISTAN - ISIS SAYS IT KILLED 2 CHINESE HOSTAGES IN BALUCHISTAN (JUN 09/GUARDIAN)  GUARDIAN -- The Islamic State terrorist group says it has killed two Chinese nationals who were abducted last month in Pakistan, reports the Guardian (U.K.).   The Chinese couple were studying in Quetta, the capital of Baluchistan province, when they were kidnapped on May 24 by gunmen wearing police uniforms. There was no immediate claim of responsibility.   On Thursday, ISIS claimed on its Amaq news agency that its fighters had "killed two Chinese people they had been holding in Baluchistan province."   China's Foreign Ministry said on Friday that the two teachers were likely dead. Beijing was trying to get more details about the victims and verify their deaths, said a ministry spokeswoman, as cited by Reuters.   Pakistan has vowed to do its utmost to protect Chinese citizens, the spokeswoman said
Item Number:11 Date: 06/09/2017 PHILIPPINES - JIHADISTS IN MARAWI SPREADING 'MALICIOUS INFORMATION' VIA SOCIAL MEDIA, SAYS MILITARY; FACEBOOK ASKED TO CLOSE ACCOUNTS (JUN 09/AFP)  AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE -- The Philippine military is trying to get the Facebook pages closed for dozens of accounts linked to Islamist militants who are holed up in a southern city, reports Agence France-Presse.   The military said on Friday that it has asked Facebook to shut the pages.   Hundreds of Islamic State-linked militants seized parts of Marawi on May 23 after police launched a raid in search of Abu Sayyaf leader Insilon Hapilon. At least 40 troops and 138 militants have been killed, as well as a number of civilians.   A military social media unit uncovered 63 Facebook accounts belonging to the Islamists and their supporters, said a military spokesman.   The accounts "are spreading malicious information and misinformation that affect the information landscape and the mindset of every Filipino," the spokesman said.   Facebook in the Philippines has been asked "to conduct necessary measures to take down these fake accounts," he said.  
 Item Number:12 Date: 06/09/2017 SAUDI ARABIA - RIYADH, SAUDI ALLIES ISSUE QATAR-LINED 'TERROR BLACKLIST' (JUN 09/WP)  WASHINGTON POST -- Widening a diplomatic split in the Middle East, four Arab nations have placed dozens of groups and people with suspected links to Qatar on a terrorism blacklist, reports the Washington Post.   Early Friday, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt designated 59 people and 12 charities said to be linked to Qatar as terrorists in a statement published by the official Saudi Press Agency.   Those blacklisted included the spiritual leader of the Muslim Brotherhood and several Qatar-funded charities.   Qatar's government dismissed the actions, saying it "reinforces baseless allegations that hold no foundation in fact."   On Monday, the countries were among those that cut diplomatic and travel ties with Qatar, accusing it of meddling in internal affairs and backing terrorism
  Item Number:13 Date: 06/09/2017 SOUTH KOREA - DRONE DISCOVERED NEAR EASTERN BORDER; DOWNED UAV MAY HAVE BEEN ON SPY MISSION FOR N. KOREA (JUN 09/YON)  YONHAP -- A suspected North Korean drone has been found near the demilitarized zone separating the Koreas, reports the Yonhap news agency (Seoul).   A local found the unmanned aircraft in a mountainous area in Inje in South Korea's Gangwon, close to the eastern border, said the South's Joint Chiefs of Staff on Friday.   The drone is about 1.8 meters (6 feet) in length and 2.4 meters (8 feet) wide, said the JCS.   The Ministry of Defense provided a photo of the drone on the ground.   The JCS said the object was similar to the size and shape of a small North Korean drone that crashed in Baengnyeong Island, south of the western sea border, in March 2014.   "The drone found this time looks sloppy but slightly more slender than previous ones," said a South Korean official quoted by Reuters
Item Number:14 Date: 06/09/2017 SOUTH KOREA - NEW DEFENSE BUDGET REQUEST SEEKS 8.4 PERCENT BOOST (JUN 09/YON)  YONHAP -- The South Korean Defense Ministry has officially requested a significant budget boost for 2018, citing the growing North Korean threat and the need for military reforms, reports the Yonhap news agency (Seoul).   The proposed US$38.7 billion budget is 8.4 percent higher than this year's funding.   Much of the increase will be used to raise wages for rank-and-file soldiers, the ministry said.   The ministry's plans also call for increasing the number of commissioned and non-commissioned officers from 2,198 to 3,089 to prepare for a reduction in the number of conscripts.   The proposal also includes an 11.6 percent increase to US$12 billion for military equipment, including the accelerated establishment of the Korea Air and Missile Defense (KAMD) system and Kill Chain pre-emptive strike program.   Last year, the ministry proposed a 5.3 percent increase, but lawmakers only approved a 3.6 percent hike
  Item Number:15 Date: 06/09/2017 SYRIA - DRONE FIRES ON COALITION FORCES, THEN IS DOWNED BY U.S. F-15 (JUN 09/LAT)  LOS ANGELES TIMES -- A U.S. fighter jet has shot down an armed drone that fired on coalition forces in southern Syria near a base where U.S. special operations train Syrian rebels, reported the Los Angeles Times.   The incident occurred Thursday near the coalition's At-Tanaf base close to the border with Jordan, said a spokesman for the U.S.-led coalition.   Local anti-Islamic State fighters were on patrol with coalition troops, including American soldiers, about 60 km (37 mi) east of the base when the drone launched a munition that failed to explode, reported the Voice of America News.   A U.S. F-15 downed the unmanned aerial vehicle, which was about the size of a U.S.-made MQ-1 Predator. The munition it fired did not cause any casualties or damage, but was "clearly meant as an attack," said the spokesman.   U.S. officials told the Los Angeles Times that the UAV was apparently an Iranian-made Shahed-129.   The spokesman said it was not immediately clear who owned the drone. "Regardless of what kind of drone it was, it fired upon our coalition forces, and therefore showed hostile intent, and it was perceived as a threat," he said
Item Number:16 Date: 06/09/2017 THAILAND - MILITARY PERSONNEL CHARGED WITH ARMS-TRAFFICKING; GUNS, AMMON SOLD ONLINE (JUN 09/AFP)  AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE -- The police have charged several army officers with arms-trafficking over the internet, reports Agence France-Presse.   Three soldiers, four army officers, a policeman and nine civilians were charged Friday with selling and buying arms, said police.   Three soldiers allegedly stole grenades and bullets from a stockpile at a Bangkok army base and sold them over an online messaging app, according to the police.   The network was uncovered last week when postal workers found two packages containing grenades and bullets.   In a separate incident, an air force officer was detained last week after machine guns, rifles and grenades were found in his vehicle after a road accident near the Cambodian border
Item Number:17 Date: 06/09/2017 UNITED KINGDOM - ADVANCED HAWK TRAINER DEMONSTRATOR FLIES FOR 1ST TIME (JUN 09/BAE)  BAE SYSTEMS -- BAE Systems has conducted the maiden flight of a prototype of an upgraded Hawk jet trainer, reports the defense firm.   The demonstrator flew out of the company's facility in Warton, Lancashire, in northwestern England, noted U.K. Defence Journal.   The Advanced Hawk concept demonstrator features a new type of pilot display; redesigned wing; and defensive aids to meet requirements for the next-generation of jet training aircraft, the company said in a release on Wednesday.   The upgraded cockpit is fitted with the BAE Systems LiteHUD low-profile head-up display and a new large-area display that offers a new student/pilot training experience, according to BAE.   Officials say the redesigned wing increases performance in areas such as turn rate, angle of attack and takeoff and landing.   Other improvements include increased stores capability; new set of defensive aids; and a range of new flight systems.   The demonstrator will now undertake a series of flights to collect test data on the new enhancements, said BAE Systems
Item Number:18 Date: 06/09/2017 USA - 2 NATURALIZED AMERICANS CHARGED WITH BEING SECRET HEZBOLLAH AGENTS (JUN 09/CNN)  CABLE NEWS NETWORK -- U.S. law enforcement officials have charged two Americans with acting as terrorist operatives for Hezbollah in the U.S., reports CNN.   Ali Kourani, 32, and Samer el Debek, 37, were arrested on June 1 in the Bronx in New York and just outside Detroit, Mich., respectively, said officials on Thursday. Both are naturalized citizens, noted AFP.   They were charged with providing material support to Hezbollah's Islamic Jihad Organization (IJO) and receiving military-style training from the group, among other offenses. The IJO is responsible for Hezbollah intelligence, counterintelligence and terrorist activities, noted CNN.   According to the criminal complaints, Debek had been on Hezbollah's payroll for years. He allegedly conducted surveillance in Panama on the Panama Canal and the U.S. and Israeli embassies. He was also assigned to clean up leftover explosive precursors in a Hezbollah house in Thailand that was believed to be under surveillance.   Officials said Kourani monitored potential targets in the U.S., including military bases in New York, and looked for weapons suppliers for the IJO. He also allegedly received weapons training from Hezbollah as a teenager before moving to the U.S. legally in 2003
Item Number:19 Date: 06/09/2017 USA - USAF ORDERS 72 AESA RADARS FOR AIR GUARD F-16S (JUN 09/NG)  NORTHROP GRUMMAN CORP. -- The U.S. Air Force has ordered active electronically scanned array (AESA) radars to upgrade Air National Guard F-16 fighters, reports Northrop Grumman.   The US$243.9 million contract covers 72 APG-83 Scalable Agile Beam Radars (SABRs), noted a Defense Dept. release on May 31.   The radars were required to meet a U.S. Northern Command Joint Emergent Operational Need for homeland defense, said a Northrop Grumman release on June 7.   Eight radars are expected to be retrofitted to F-16s assigned to the Oklahoma Air National Guard, Tulsa, reported Defense Industry Daily.   The APG-83 enhances the operational viability and reliability of the F-16, while providing advanced capabilities to counter increasingly sophisticated threats, noted company officials.   The system allows the F-16 to detect, track and identify greater numbers of targets faster and at longer ranges; operate effectively in jamming environments; and features all-weather, high-resolution synthetic aperture radar mapping
  Item Number:20 Date: 06/09/2017 USA - USAF WEAPONS SCHOOL NOW STRESSES JOINT OPERATIONS (JUN 09/AFNS)  AIR FORCE NEWS SERVICE -- The U.S. Air Force Weapons School at Nellis Air Force Base, Nev., has been adapting its curriculum to account for modern operations, with an emphasis on joint missions, reports the Air Force News Service.   The integration phases for classes beginning this year have been expanded by focusing on specific lines of operation, said a service release on June 7.   The change was ordered by senior officials of the Air Force, who have stressed making students self-sufficient leaders in all areas of warfare.   "The U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Army must be 'joined at the hip' with the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps," said Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David L. Goldfein. "In order to do so, the Air Force must create leaders who can stand up and lead these campaigns."   The primary change to the curriculum is a building block approach designed to teach skill sets across specific scenarios. These skills are further developed by incorporating larger and more complex problems as the course progresses, said Maj. John Walsh, the 17th Weapons Squadron chief of integration.   Rather than having students emphasize their respective air frames and air power, the new curriculum focuses on joint integration and synchronizing effects across all domains of air, space and cyber space, said Walsh.
 
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