Thursday, June 22, 2017

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To All,
I hope you all have a great Father's day.
Regards,
Skip
This Day In Naval History - June 19
1864 - USS Kearsarge sinks Confederate raider Alabama off France
1944 - Battle of the Philippine Sea begins ("The Marianas Turkey Shoot")
1948 - Chief of Naval Operations assigns 3 destroyers to U.N. mediator for the Palestine truce.
 
If you want a great book on the Marianas Turkey Shoot see Barrett Tillman's Clash of the Carriers. Skip
 
Thanks to Barrett
 
Turkey Day
 
And not gobble-gobble!
 
19 June '44 was The Great Marianas Turkey Shoot, largest carrier battle there will ever be: 15 US and 9 IJN.  (Leyte Gulf doesn't count because the strikes were all one-way.)
 
TF-58 repelled four attacks that morning, a wake-up for the Japanese Navy because previously it did not fully appreciate the sophistication of USN fleet defense: 60-80 mile skin paints on inbound hostiles, or more.  With 15 VF squadrons to rotate on ForceCAP, the Hellcats began working over the visitors, who operated beyond range of US strikers.  Attrition among Japanese formations was horrific, totaling over 200 among 328 claimed.  (Additional IJN planes were splashed on search missions).
 
Six Hellcat pilots became aces in a day.  LtJG Alex Vraciu of VF-16/CV-16 splashed 6 to become the leading Navy ace--added one more next day in "the mission beyond darkness."
A Hornet pilot, Ens. Wilbur Webb, was orbiting a downed flier off Guam when he saw what he saw.  He opened up: "This Spider Webb.  I have about 40 of 'em cornered over Orote Point and I could use a little help."  Joined the traffic pattern and hosed six.  His F6F was junked when he trapped aboard CV-12.
 
(Alex died this January, Spider in 2002.)
 
During the day no US CV aviators saw enemy flight decks but submarines sank Shokaku (a Pearl Harbor attacker) and the flagship Taiho.  
 
The Turkey Shoot name was applied by a VF-16 pilot, Ens. Ziggy Neff, who splashed 4 in his only combat of the war.  During debrief he said, "It was just like an old-time turkey shoot back home in Missouri."  (I suspect he said Missourah...)
 
USS Belleau Wood torpedo planes sank a third IJN CV the next evening, IJNS Hiyo.
 
The next time Japanese carriers deployed, the 4 available at Leyte in October were mainly used as bait.  Many/most of their aviators had not CQ'd.
 
Barrett sends
 
 
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Jun 19, 1944:
United States scores major victory against Japanese in Battle of the Philippine Sea
June 19
 
 
 
On this day in 1944, in what would become known as the "Marianas Turkey Shoot," U.S. carrier-based fighters decimate the Japanese Fleet with only a minimum of losses in the Battle of the Philippine Sea.
The security of the Marianas Islands, in the western Pacific, were vital to Japan, which had air bases on Saipan, Tinian, and Guam. U.S. troops were already battling the Japanese on Saipan, having landed there on the 15th. Any further intrusion would leave the Philippine Islands, and Japan itself, vulnerable to U.S. attack. The U.S. Fifth Fleet, commanded by Admiral Raymond Spruance, was on its way west from the Marshall Islands as backup for the invasion of Saipan and the rest of the Marianas. But Japanese Admiral Ozawa Jisaburo decided to challenge the American fleet, ordering 430 of his planes, launched from aircraft carriers, to attack. In what became the greatest carrier battle of the war, the United States, having already picked up the Japanese craft on radar, proceeded to shoot down more than 300 aircraft and sink two Japanese aircraft carriers, losing only 29 of their own planes in the process. It was described in the aftermath as a "turkey shoot."
Admiral Ozawa, believing his missing planes had landed at their Guam air base, maintained his position in the Philippine Sea, allowing for a second attack of U.S. carrier-based fighter planes, this time commanded by Admiral Mitscher, to shoot down an additional 65 Japanese planes and sink another carrier. In total, the Japanese lost 480 aircraft, three-quarters of its total, not to mention most of its crews. American domination of the Marianas was now a foregone conclusion.
Not long after this battle at sea, U.S. Marine divisions penetrated farther into the island of Saipan. Two Japanese commanders on the island, Admiral Nagumo and General Saito, both committed suicide in an attempt to rally the remaining Japanese forces. It succeeded: Those forces also committed a virtual suicide as they attacked the Americans' lines, losing 26,000 men compared with 3,500 lost by the United States. Within another month, the islands of Tinian and Guam were also captured by the United States.
The Japanese government of Premier Hideki Tojo resigned in disgrace at this stunning defeat, in what many have described as the turning point of the war in the Pacific.
 
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Monday Morning Humor thanks to Al
Submitted by Don Mills:

Oxymorons
Is it good if a vacuum really sucks? 
Why is the third hand on the watch called the second hand? 
If a word is misspelled in the dictionary, how would we ever know? 
If Webster wrote the first dictionary, where did he find the words? 
Why do we say something is out of whack? What is a whack? 
Why does "slow down" and "slow up" mean the same thing? 
Why does "fat chance" and "slim chance" mean the same thing? 
Why do "tug" boats push their barges? 
Why do we sing "Take me out to the ball game" when we are already there? 
Why are they called "stands" when they are made for sitting? 
Why is it called "after dark" when it really is "after light"? 
Doesn't "expecting the unexpected" make the unexpected expected? 
Why are a "wise man" and a "wise guy" opposites? 
Why do "overlook" and "oversee" mean opposite things? 
Why is "phonics" not spelled the way it sounds? 
If work is so terrific, why do they have to pay you to do it? 
If all the world is a stage, where is the audience sitting? 
If love is blind, why is lingerie so popular? 
If you are cross-eyed and have dyslexia, can you read all right? 
Why do we put suits in garment bags and garments in a suitcase? 
How come abbreviated is such a long word? 
Why do we wash bath towels? Aren't we clean when we use them? 
Why doesn't glue stick to the inside of the bottle? 
Why do they call it a TV set when you only have one? 
Christmas - What other time of the year do you sit in front of a dead tree and eat candy out of your socks?
Why do we drive on a parkway and park on a driveway? 



Submitted by Dave Harris:
Glass takes one million years to decompose, which means it never wears out and can be recycled an infinite amount of times! 
Gold is the only metal that doesn't rust, even if it's buried in the ground for thousands of years.
Your tongue is the only muscle in your body that is attached at only one end.
If you stop getting thirsty, you need to drink more.  When a human body is dehydrated, its thirst mechanism shuts off.
Zero is the only number that cannot be represented by Roman numerals.
Kites were used in the American Civil War to deliver letters and newspapers.
The song, Auld Lang Syne, is sung at the stroke of midnight in almost every English-speaking country in the world to bring in the new year.
Drinking water after eating reduces the acid in your mouth by 61 percent.
Peanut oil is used for cooking in submarines because it doesn't smoke unless it's heated above 450F. 
The roar that we hear when we place a seashell next to our ear is not the ocean, but rather the sound of blood surging through the veins in the ear. 
Nine out of every 10 living things live in the ocean.
The banana cannot reproduce itself. It can be propagated only by the hand of man.
Airports at higher altitudes require a longer airstrip due to lower air density.
The University of Alaska spans four time zones.
The tooth is the only part of the human body that cannot heal itself. 
In ancient Greece, tossing an apple to a girl was a traditional proposal of marriage.  Catching it meant she accepted.
Warner Communications paid $28 million for the copyright to the song Happy Birthday.
Intelligent people have more zinc and copper in their hair.
A comet's tail always points away from the sun.
The Swine Flu vaccine in 1976 caused more death and illness than the disease it was intended to prevent.
Caffeine increases the power of aspirin and other painkillers, that is why it is found in some medicines.
The military salute is a motion that evolved from medieval times, when knights in armor raised their visors to reveal their identity.
If you get into the bottom of a well or a tall chimney and look up, you can see stars, even in the middle of the day.
When a person dies, hearing is the last sense to go. The first sense lost is sight.
In ancient times strangers shook hands to show that they were unarmed.
Strawberries are the only fruits whose seeds grow on the outside.
Avocados have the highest calories of any fruit at 167 calories per hundred grams.
The moon moves about two inches away from the Earth each year.
The Earth gets 100 tons heavier every day due to falling space dust.
Due to earth's gravity it is impossible for mountains to be higher than 15,000 meters.
Mickey Mouse is known as "Topolino" in Italy .. 
Soldiers do not march in step when going across bridges because they could set up a vibration which could be sufficient to knock the bridge down.
Everything weighs one percent less at the equator.
For every extra kilogram carried on a space flight, 530 kg of excess fuel are needed at lift-off.
The letter J does not appear anywhere on the periodic table of the elements.



Submitted by Greg Madsen:

The following are some strange facts about America that most Americans do not know.
In more than half of all states in the United States of America , the highest paid public employee in the state is a football coach. 
It costs the U.S. government 1.8 cents to mint a penny and 9.4 cents to mint a nickel.
Almost half of all Americans ( 47 percent) do not put a single penny out of their paychecks into savings.
Apple has more cash than the U.S. Treasury.
The state of Alaska is 429 times largerthan the state of Rhode Island .  But Rhode Island has a significantly larger population than Alaska does.
Alaska has a longer coastline than all of the other 49 U.S. states put together.
The city of Juneau , Alaska , is about 3,000 square miles in size.  It is actually larger than the entire state of Delaware.
When LBJ's "War on Poverty" began, less than 10 percent  of all U.S. children were growing up in single parent households. Today, that number has skyrocketed to 33 percent.
In 1950, less than 5 percent of all babies in America were born to unmarried parents. Today, that number is over 40 percent.
The poverty rate for households that are led by a married couple is 6.8 percent.  For households that are led by a female single parent, the poverty rate is 37.1 percent.
In 2013, women earned 60 percent of all bachelor's degrees that were awarded that year in the United States .
According to the CDC, 34.6 percent of all men in the U.S. are obese at this point.
The average supermarket in the United States wastes about 3,000 lbs of food each year. Meanwhile, approximately 20 percent of the garbage that goes into our landfills is food.
According to one recent survey, 81 percent of Russians now have a negative view of the United States . That is much higher than at the end of the Cold War era.
Montana has three times as many cows as it does people.
The grizzly bear is the official state animal of California .  But no grizzly bears have been seen there since 1922.
One recent survey discovered that " a steady job " is the number one thing that American women are looking for in a husband, and discovered that 75 percent of women would have a serious problem dating an unemployed man.
According to a study conducted by economist Carl Benedict Frey and engineer Michael Osborne, up to 47 percent  of the jobs in the United States could soon be lost to computers, robots and other forms of technology.
The only place in the United States where coffee is grown commercially is in Hawaii.
The original name of the city of Atlanta was "Terminus ".
The state with the most millionaires per capita is Maryland.
One survey of 50-year-old men in the U.S. found that only 12 percent of them said that they were "very happy".
The United States has 845 motor vehicles for every 1,000 people.
48 percent of all Americans do not have any emergency supplies in their homes whatsoever. Even fewer have fire extinguishers.
There are three towns in the United States that have the name "Santa Claus".
There is actually a town in Michigan called " Hell". (I wonder how far down the road from Detroit that is?)
If you have no debt and also have 10 dollars in your wallet...you are wealthier than 25 percent of all Americans.
By the time an American child reaches the age of 18, that child will have seen approximately 40,000 murders on television.



Submitted by John Hudson:

Questions that haunt me…
How important does a person have to be before they are considered assassinated instead of just murdered?
Once you're in heaven, do you get stuck wearing the clothes you were buried in for eternity?
Why does a round pizza come in a square box?
What disease did cured ham actually have?
How is it that we put man on the moon before we figured out it would be a good idea to put wheels on luggage?
Why is it that people say they 'slept like a baby' when babies wake up like every two hours?
Why are you IN a movie, but you're ON TV?
Why do people pay to go up tall buildings and then put money in binoculars to look at things on the ground?
Why do doctors leave the room while you change?  They're going to see you naked anyway...
Why is 'bra' singular and 'panties' plural?
Why do toasters always have a setting that burns the toast to a horrible crisp, which no decent human being would eat?
If Jimmy cracks corn and no one cares, why is there a stupid song about him?
Why does Goofy stand erect while Pluto remains on all fours? They're both dogs!
If corn oil is made from corn, and vegetable oil is made from vegetables, what is baby oil made from?
Do the Alphabet song and Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star have the same tune?
Why did you just try singing the two songs above?
Did you ever notice that when you blow in a dog's face, he gets mad at you, but when you take him for a car ride, he sticks his head out the window?
Why, Why, Why do we press harder on a remote control when we know the batteries are getting dead?
Why do banks charge a fee on 'insufficient funds' when they know there is not enough money?
Why does someone believe you when you say there are four billion stars, but check when you say the paint is wet?
Why do they use sterilized needles for death by lethal injection?
Why doesn't Tarzan have a beard?
Why does Superman stop bullets with his chest, but ducks when you throw a revolver at him?
Why do Kamikaze pilots wear helmets?
If people evolved from apes, why are there still apes?
Why is it that no matter what colour bubble bath you use the bubbles are always white?
Is there ever a day that sofas are not on sale?
Why do people constantly return to the refrigerator with hopes that something new to eat will have materialized?
Why do people keep running over a thread a dozen times with their vacuum cleaner, then reach down, pick it up, examine it, then put it down to give the vacuum one more chance?
Why is it that no plastic bag will open from the end on your first try?
How do those dead bugs get into those enclosed light fixtures?
Why is it that whenever you attempt to catch something that's falling off the table you always manage to knock something else over?
In winter why do we try to keep the house as warm as it was in summer when we complained about the heat?
How come you never hear father-in-law jokes?
The statistics on sanity is that one out of every four persons is suffering from some sort of mental illness. Think of your three best friends -- if they're okay, then it's you.



Submitted by Mark Logan:

Male or Female? You might not have known this, but a lot of non-living objects are actually either male or female.  Here are some examples:
FREEZER BAGS:  They are male, because they hold everything in, but you can see right through them.
PHOTOCOPIERS:  These are female, because once turned off; it takes a while to warm them up again. They are an effective reproductive device if the right buttons are pushed, but can also wreak havoc if you push the wrong Buttons.
TIRES:  Tires are male, because they go bald easily and are often over inflated.
HOT AIR BALLOONS:  Also a male object, because to get them to go anywhere, you have to light a fire under their butt.
SPONGES:  These are female, because they are soft, squeezable and retain water.
WEB PAGES:  Female, because they're constantly being looked at and frequently getting hit on.
TRAINS:  Definitely male, because they always use the same old lines for picking up people.
EGG TIMERS:  Egg timers are female because, over time, all the weight shifts to the bottom.
HAMMERS:  Male, because in the last 5000 years, they've hardly changed at all, and are occasionally handy to have around.
THE REMOTE CONTROL:  Female. Ha! You probably thought it would be male, but consider this: It easily gives a man pleasure, he'd be lost without it, and while he doesn't always know which buttons to push, he just keeps trying.



Submitted by Al Anderson:

Did you know…
A dime has 118 ridges around the edge.
A cat has 32 muscles in each ear.
A crocodile cannot stick out its tongue.
A dragonfly has a life span of 24 hours.
A goldfish has a memory span of three seconds.
A "jiffy" is an actual unit of time for 1/100th of a second.
A shark is the only fish that can blink with both eyes.
A snail can sleep for three years.
Al Capone's business card said he was a used furniture dealer.
All 50 states are listed across the top of the Lincoln Memorial on the back of the $5 bill.
Almonds are a member of the peach family.
An ostrich's eye is bigger than its brain.
Babies are born without kneecaps.  They don't appear until the child reaches 2 to 6 years of age.
Butterflies taste with their feet.
Cats have over one hundred vocal sounds.  Dogs only have about 10.
"Dreamt" is the only English word that ends in the letters "mt".
February 1865 is the only month in recorded history not to have a full moon.
In the last 4,000 years, no new animals have been domesticated.
If the population of China walked past you, in single file, the line would never end because of the rate of reproduction.
If you are an average American, in your whole life, you will spend an average of 6 months waiting at red lights.
It's impossible to sneeze with your eyes open.
Leonardo Da Vinci invented the scissors.
Maine is the only state whose name is just one syllable.
No word in the English language rhymes with month, orange, silver, or purple.
Our eyes are always the same size from birth, but our nose and ears never stop growing.
Peanuts are one of the ingredients of dynamite.
Rubber bands last longer when refrigerated.
"Stewardesses" is the longest word typed with only the left hand and "lollipop" with your right.
The average person's left hand does 56% of the typing.
The cruise liner, QE2, moves only six inches for each gallon of diesel that it burns.
The microwave was invented after a researcher walked by a radar tube and a chocolate bar melted in his pocket.
The sentence:  "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog" uses every letter of the alphabet.
The winter of 1932 was so cold that Niagara Falls froze completely solid.
The words 'racecar,' 'kayak' and 'level' are the same whether they are read left to right or right to left (palindromes).
There are 293 ways to make change for a dollar.
There are more chickens than people in the world.
There are only four words in the English language which end in "dous": tremendous, horrendous, stupendous, and hazardous.
There are two words in the English language that have all five vowels in order: "abstemious" and "facetious."
There's no Betty Rubble in the Flintstones Chewables Vitamins.
Tigers have striped skin, not just striped fur.
TYPEWRITER is the longest word that can be made using the letters only on one row of the keyboard.
Winston Churchill was born in a ladies' room during a dance.
Women blink nearly twice as much as men.
Your stomach has to produce a new layer of mucus every two weeks; otherwise it will digest itself.


Enough with the facts…have a great week,
Al
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Item Number:1 Date: 06/19/2017 AFGHANISTAN - INSIDER ATTACK BY AFGHAN COMMANDO WOUNDS 7 AMERICAN SOLDIERS (JUN 19/NYT)  NEW YORK TIMES -- A U.S. military official says seven soldiers were wounded over the weekend in northern Afghanistan in an apparent insider attack, reports the New York Times.   On Saturday, an Afghan soldier shot and wounded several foreign soldiers at Camp Shaheen, in the northern city of Mazar-e-Sharif, the capital of Balkh province, according to an Afghan military spokesman.   Initial reports that the U.S. soldiers had been killed were false, he said. At least one Afghan soldier was also wounded, he said.   The attacker, identified as an Afghan commando, was shot and died on his way to the hospital, said another official.   Separately, on Sunday, several gunmen and a suicide bomber attacked a police headquarters in Gardez city, the capital of Afghanistan's eastern Paktia province, killing at least six police officers and wounding dozens, reported Reuters.   The Taliban claimed responsibility for that attack.  
  Item Number:2 Date: 06/19/2017 AUSTRALIA - NAVY ACCEPTS DELIVERY OF HOBART, INITIAL AIR WARFARE DESTROYER (JUN 19/ADOD)  AUSTRALIAN DEPT. OF DEFENSE -- The Royal Australian Navy has provisionally accepted delivery of the first of three Hobart-class air warfare destroyers, reports the Australian Dept. of Defense.   The Hobart was handed over in a Friday ceremony at the Osborne Naval Shipyard in Adelaide. Minister for Defense Industry Christopher Pyne attended the event.   The destroyer is scheduled to enter operational service later in 2017, Pyne said.   The Hobart class will give the navy new capabilities, including a combination of Australian and U.S. technologies, which will improve interoperability with Canberra's allies, the minister said.   Delivery of the second and third in the class -- Brisbane and Sydney -- are scheduled for 2018 and 2020, respectively, noted the Advertiser (Adelaide
  Item Number:3 Date: 06/19/2017 CANADA - ASSESSMENT CONTINUES AFTER TRAINING VESSEL HITS DOCKED SUB IN BRITISH COLUMBIA (JUN 19/VTC)  VICTORIA TIMES-COLONIST -- Defense officials in Canada are investigating the cause of a collision last week between a training vessel and a submarine.   A Royal Canadian Navy training boat hit a docked submarine on Thursday at Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt in British Columbia, suffering minor damage, reports the Victoria Times Colonist.   The Cougar was departing the dockyard at slow speed when it hit HMCS Chicoutimi, said a naval spokesman.   An initial inspection of both vessels found minor damage to the Cougar's propeller, which hit a wooden guard on the sub's stabilizer fin. The guards are designed to protect the boat from damage.   Further tests are being made on Chicoutimi's systems and sensors, but any damage seems to be superficial, said Maritime Forces Pacific.   An investigation is expected to determine any further actions that might need to be taken, reported the Ottawa Citizen
Item Number:4 Date: 06/19/2017 COLOMBIA - BOMB BLAST AT UPSCALE SHOPPING CENTER IN BOGOTA CALLED 'COWARDLY TERRORIST ATTACK' (JUN 19/NPR)  NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO -- Colombian authorities are calling Saturday's explosion that killed three at a Bogota mall an act of terrorism, reports NPR.   The explosion on Saturday evening took place at the second-floor women's bathroom of the upscale Andino shopping mall in the Colombian capital. The mayor said three were killed and 11 injured, as cited by CNN. He called the blast a "cowardly terrorist attack."   The blast was caused by a small bomb, said local officials.   "We won't let terrorism frighten us," said President Juan Manuel Santos.   Santos offered a reward of 100 million pesos (US$34,258) for information leading to the capture of those responsible, reported Reuters.   There was no immediate claim of responsibility
  Item Number:5 Date: 06/19/2017 IRAN - MILITARY FIRES MISSILES AT ISIS IN E. SYRIA IN REVENGE FOR TEHRAN ATTACKS (JUN 19/TASNIM)  TASNIM NEWS AGENCY -- Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) says it has fired missiles against Islamic State fighters in Syria, reports the Tasnim news agency (Tehran).   The missiles fired on Sunday were retaliation for attacks that rocked the Iranian capital earlier this month, noted CNN.   Six missiles were launched Sunday night from western Iran into the mostly ISIS-held Syrian province of Deir Ezzor, said IRGC Brig. Gen. Amir Ali Hajizadeh.   The attack was coordinated with the Syrian government. Several Syrian drones captured live footage of the successful strike, the general said on Monday.   The mid-range ballistic missiles hit various ISIS targets included a headquarters and ammunition and logistic depots, he said.   Twin attacks hit Tehran on June 17, leaving 17 people dead. ISIS claimed responsibility
Item Number:6 Date: 06/19/2017 IRAQ - 'FINAL ASSAULT' UNDERWAY AGAINST ISIS STRONGHOLD IN MOSUL'S OLD CITY (JUN 19/NPR)  NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO -- Iraqi forces have begun what they hope will be their final assault against the Islamic State in Mosul, reports NPR.   Iraq's Counter-Terror Service (CTS) troops began their operation on Mosul's Old City on Sunday at dawn, meeting fierce resistance by ISIS fighters, said commanders cited by the New York Times.   The Old City is the last district in the city held by ISIS. Up to 100,000 civilians are believed to be trapped inside, according to the U.N. Around 300 ISIS fighters are estimated to remain.   ISIS snipers have been shooting at families attempting to escape as part of a tactic to keep civilians as human shields.   The narrow streets of the Old City has required the government forces to limit air and artillery strikes and forego the use of armored vehicles. ISIS fighters have been using suicide car and motorcycle bombs, booby traps and sniper and mortar fire.   "This is the final chapter" to retake Mosul, said a senior CTS commander.   The government kicked off the overall operation in October 2016. They regained control of Mosul's eastern half in January
Item Number:7 Date: 06/19/2017 JAPAN - BODIES OF 7 SAILORS FOUND AFTER COLLISION BETWEEN U.S. DESTROYER, MERCHANT SHIP (JUN 19/S&S)  STARS AND STRIPES -- A collision between a U.S. Navy destroyer and a cargo ship off the coast of Japan on Saturday led to the deaths of seven U.S. soldiers, says the Navy, as reported by the Stars and Stripes.   The seven were initially considered missing before their bodies were found on Sunday, noted CBS News.   The Fitzgerald and the Philippine-flagged ACX Crystal collided around 2:30 a.m., local time, on Saturday about 64 miles southwest of Yokosuka, said a Navy statement. The collision tore a gash under the Fitzgerald's waterline, flooding two crew compartments.   The Navy's search-and-rescue effort was called off after the bodies were found in the flooded compartments. They were identified on Monday.   Three other sailors were wounded, including the Fitzgerald's commanding officer, Commander Bryce Benson.   Multiple U.S. and Japanese investigations are underway into the collision, which took place in clear weather, reported Reuters.   Vice Adm. Joseph P. Aucoin, the Seventh Fleet commander, said on Sunday that the Fitzgerald was salvageable, but repairs would likely take months. He said the crew had to fight to keep the destroyer from sinking, and commented that the captain was likely to have survived
  Item Number:8 Date: 06/19/2017 MALI - GUNMEN MAKE FATAL ATTACK AT RESORT NEAR BAMAKO (JUN 19/NYT)  NEW YORK TIMES -- Authorities in Mali say Sunday's jihadist attack in the capital left several people dead, reports the New York Times.   Unidentified gunmen stormed a camping resort outside Bamako on Sunday, killing two people, said a security ministry official.   A hostage situation ensued, noted Fox News.   Security forces rescued 36 guests, including 13 French citizens, according to one account.   Officials initially said three gunmen were killed and one escaped. On Monday, Security Minister Salif Traore said that five militants involved in the attack had been killed.   Yet another account said two of the three gunmen were killed and the third was missing, CNN reported Monday.   "This was without doubt a terrorist attack," the security minister told Radio France International.   There was no immediate claim of responsibility
Item Number:9 Date: 06/19/2017 NATO - ALLIANCE HQ IN SZCZECIN ACHIEVES FULL OPERATIONAL CAPABILITY (JUN 19/ITMOD)  ITALIAN MINISTRY OF DEFENSE -- The NATO Szczecin Multinational Corps Northeast in Poland has achieved full operational capability after completing a tactical and operational assessment, reports the Italian Ministry of Defense.   The tactical and operational capability tests were successfully concluded, the ministry said on June 14.   U.S. Lt. Gen. Darryl Williams, the head of NATO Land Command-Izmir, led the assessment team. His report was submitted to Italian Gen. Salvatore Farina, the commander of NATO Joint Force Command in Brunssum.   The Szczecin unit operates under the operational command of JFC-Brunssum and is authorized to conduct training and readiness activities for the newly established enhanced forward presence battle groups in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland
  Item Number:10 Date: 06/19/2017 RUSSIA - MILITARY TESTS SHORT-RANGE MISSILE INTERCEPTOR AT KAZAKH RANGE (JUN 19/TASS)  TASS -- The Russian military has successfully test-fired a missile defense interceptor at the Sary-Shagan range in Kazakhstan, reports the Tass news agency (Moscow).   RT (Russia) reported that a joint crew of military and manufacturer personnel successfully tested a 53T6 missile, part of the A-135 missile defense system, on Friday as part of a project to enhance Russia's missile defense system, the Defense Ministry said.   NATO designates the missile the ABM-3 Gazelle.   The missile defense system protects Moscow and Russia's central industrial region from ballistic missiles and monitors potential air and space threats.   The A-135 system currently defends Moscow, while development of the upgraded A-235 system began in 2014, noted Russia's Sputnik news agency
Item Number:11 Date: 06/19/2017 SOMALIA - AL-SHABAAB ATTACKS ARMY BASE IN BAKOOL REGION; CEASE-FIRE REACHED BETWEEN WARRING CLANS IN HIRAN (JUN 19/VOA)  VOICE OF AMERICA NEWS -- Somali military officials say Al-Shabaab militants attacked a southwestern military base on Saturday, reports the Voice of America News.   The militants hit a military base in the village of el-Lahelay, about 20 km (12 mi) west of Hurdur, the provincial capital of the Bakool region.   The militants fought the government troops for about an hour with machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades, confirmed military officials cited by the Shabelle Media Network (Mogadishu).   Witnesses said there were at least five deaths with some from each side.   Separately, a cease-fire was reached between two rival clan militias near the central city of Beledwyne, the capital of Hiran province. The Habar Gidir and Hawaldle of Hawiye subclans have been fighting over pastures and land.   More than two dozen have been killed in recent violence, noted VOA News.   The Somali National Army and forces loyal to Ahlu-Sunna Wal Jama (AWJ), a central Somalia-based paramilitary group, were deployed in an attempt to halt the clashes.  
Item Number:12 Date: 06/19/2017 SYRIA - U.S SUPER HORNET SHOOTS DOWN SYRIAN WARPLANE ATTACKING AMERICAN ALLIES (JUN 19/WP)  WASHINGTON POST -- The Pentagon says U.S. fighter jet shot down a Syrian government aircraft on Sunday after the Syrian aircraft bombed U.S.-backed rebels, reports the Washington Post.   Pro-government forces had attacked Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in the village of Ja'din, south of Raqqa, said the Pentagon. The SDF began an operation late last year to gain control of that ISIS stronghold.   The SDF is a multi-ethnic force led by Kurds and Arab fighters.   The U.S.-led coalition said it buzzed the pro-government forces to stop the attack and called Russia in an attempt to "de-escalate the situation," the Pentagon said.   Hours later on Sunday, a Syrian Su-22 fighter bomber arrived and dropped munitions on the SDF, according to U.S. Central Command. A U.S. Navy F/A-18E Super Hornet downed the Syrian aircraft after attempting to hail the jet.   This was the first air-to-air kill by the U.S. since 1999, noted the Military Times.   Damascus said the aircraft's pilot was killed and that the Syrian jet was on a mission against ISIS.   A U.S. military spokesman said the town was controlled by the SDF and that ISIS had not been in the area for some time.   This is the first time the U.S.-led coalition has downed a Syrian jet
  Item Number:13 Date: 06/19/2017 THAILAND - ROADSIDE BOMB IN PATTANI KILLS 6 PATROLLING SOLDIERS; MUSLIM SEPARATISTS SUSPECTED (JUN 19/REU)  REUTERS -- A roadside bomb explosion has killed six Thai soldiers and wounded four others in the country's south, say local police, as reported by Reuters.   The blast occurred Monday in Pattani province as the soldiers on a routine patrol were passing, said a district police chief.   "It is likely the work of violent groups in the area because this area is a red area," said the chief, referring to areas with higher levels of Muslim separatist violence.   There has been a separatist insurgency in Thailand's southern provinces of Yala, Pattani and Narathiwat since 2004.  
  Item Number:14 Date: 06/19/2017 UKRAINE - WITH 100,000-STRONG IN RESERVES, ARMY KEEPS SHIFTING TO PROFESSIONAL FORCE, SAYS DEFENSE MINISTER (JUN 19/INT-UKR)  INTERFAX-UKRAINE -- The Ukrainian army is successfully moving from a conscript-based force to a professional one, says Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak, as cited by Interfax-Ukraine.   "A total of 86,000 servicemen were enlisted by contract during 2016 and early 2017, signifying a shift to the professional army," Poltorak said on Friday at a graduation ceremony at the Chernyakhovsky National Defense University.   "Contract servicemen are motivated, trained and battle-hardened people. Mobilization has stopped as a result," he said.   The large number of volunteers has also allowed the military to establish reserves.   "We have formed 100,000-strong reserves that may join the ranks within days. They are drilled each year," the minister said
Item Number:15 Date: 06/19/2017 UNITED KINGDOM - AFTER BEING IN PORT FOR NEARLY 6 YEARS, HMS ALBION FACES SEA TRIALS (JUN 19/RN)  ROYAL NAVY PRESS RELEASE -- HMS Albion is progressing toward a return to operational service after about six years in port in Devonport in a state of extended readiness, reports the British Royal Navy.   The Albion was placed in extended readiness in 2011 after the government in London decided to operate only one of two amphibious ships at any time.   The amphibious transport dock, one of the navy's largest warships, is now wrapping up a 90 million pound (US$115 million) mid-life technical upgrade in preparation for returning to active service.   The improvements, which will allow the Albion to remain in service into the 2030s, include installation of a Phalanx close-in weapon system; new propulsion cooling system to enable operations in warmer climes; upgraded surveillance radar and combat management system, the navy said in a release on June 15.   A total of 110 upgrades were made.   The Albion was scheduled to depart Devonport late last week for intensive sea trials and operational sea training, said the Royal Navy
Item Number:16 Date: 06/19/2017 UNITED KINGDOM - VAN TARGETS PEDESTRIANS OUTSIDE LONDON MOSQUE; INCIDENT CALLED TERRORIST ATTACK (JUN 19/FT)  FINANCIAL TIMES -- Police are treating Monday's attack in London as a terrorism incident, reported the Financial Times (U.K.).   Shortly after midnight, a van hit pedestrians outside of a mosque in London, as reported by the Daily Telegraph (U.K.).   A man driving a van hit a group of Muslim worshippers early Monday who were helping an elderly man who had collapsed on the street outside the Finsbury Park mosque.   The New York Times indicated that it was not clear if the attack caused the elderly man's death. Ten were injured by the van, noted the BBC.   A 48-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, reported the BBC.   "This is being treated as a terrorist attack," said a police official
Item Number:17 Date: 06/19/2017 USA - ARMY ANTICIPATES REACHING END-STRENGTH GOAL OF 1.018 MILLION (JUN 19/ARMY)  ARMY TIMES -- The U.S. Army says it expects to reach its end-strength goal of 1,018,000 personnel by the end of September, reports the Army Times.   The addition of 28,000 troops to the active and reserve components will provide sufficient manpower to fill holes in existing units, prevent some units from deactivating and stand up some new units.   The boost reverses the previous goal of 980,000.   Some of the gains will take several years to reach full operational capability, Brig. Gen. Brian Mennes, the director of the Army's Force Management Division, noted in a June 15 release.   Units that will now not be deactivated include the 4th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division, Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, Alaska; 18th Military Police Brigade Headquarters, Grafenwoehr, Germany; 206th Military Intelligence Battalion, Fort Hood, Texas; 61st Maintenance Company, Camp Stanley, South Korea; and 2nd Combat Aviation Brigade, Camp Red Cloud, South Korea.   More troops will also help the Army to increase its forces in Europe. Accordingly, new units have been earmarked for deployment, including a field artillery brigade headquarters with an organic brigade support battalion headquarters, a signal company and a multiple launch rocket system (MLRS) battalion; two MLRS battalions with two forward support companies; a short-range air defense battalion; a theater movement control element; a petroleum support company; and an ammunition platoon.   Finally, the service plans to convert an infantry brigade to an armored brigade and add 1,300 new staff to Training and Doctrine Command, in an effort to increase training and recruiting capacity, the Army release said.  
  Item Number:18 Date: 06/19/2017 USA - BAILEY BARCO CUTTER OFFICIALLY JOINS COAST GUARD IN JUNEAU (JUN 19/USCG)  U.S. COAST GUARD -- The U.S. Coast Guard has just commissioned its 22nd Sentinel-class fast response cutter in Juneau, Alaska.   The Bailey Barco formally entered service during a ceremony on June 14, the Coast Guard said.   The cutter is the second in the class to be based in Ketchikan, Alaska.   The vessel honors Bailey Barco, the keeper of the Dam Neck Mills, Va., lifesaving station, who led the rescue of five men who were stranded aboard the schooner Jennie Hall, which had run aground in a storm off Virginia Beach.   The cutter will patrol coast regions of the state, conduct search-and-rescure missions and manage Alaska's fishing industry, noted the Juneau Empire.   The Coast Guard has ordered 38 Sentinel-class fast response cutters, with plans calling for the procurement of 58
  Item Number:19 Date: 06/19/2017 USA - COALITION DROPS 4,374 MUNITIONS ON ISIS -- THE MOST IN 3 YEARS (JUN 19/S&S)  STARS AND STRIPES -- The U.S.-led coalition dropped more weapons on Islamic State targets in Iraq and Syria in May than in any previous month during the nearly three-year conflict, according to Pentagon figures cited by the Stars and Stripes.   Aircraft assigned to Operation Inherent Resolve released more than 4,374 bombs and missiles last month, the first time that the coalition has dropped more than 4,000 munitions against ISIS in a single month since the mission began in August 2014, said U.S. Air Forces Central Command (AFCENT) statistics released in mid-June.   The previous high was in March 2017, when 3,878 munitions were delivered against the terror group.   The increase can be "directly attributed" to the increased pace of operations by U.S.-backed ground forces in Iraq and Syria, said the AFCENT report on airstrikes.   The increase reflects this year's trend. At least 3,200 bombs have been deployed against ISIS every month in 2017. Previously, the coalition only delivered more than 3,000 munitions in three previous months between August 2014 and December 2016.   The additional strikes in May were largely in Syria supporting operations to liberate territory around the major ISIS stronghold in Raqqa.  
  Item Number:20 Date: 06/19/2017 USA - STATE DEPT. DESIGNATES 3 ISIS LEADERS AS GLOBAL TERRORISTS (JUN 19/USDOS)  U.S. DEPT. OF STATE -- The U.S. State Dept. has announced the designation of three Islamic State leaders as specially designated global terrorists (SDGTs).   Mohammad Shafi Armar is the leader and head recruiter for ISIS in India, noted State last week. He has cultivated a group of dozens of ISIS sympathizers who are involved in terrorist activities across India, including plotting attacks, acquiring weapons and identifying locations for training camps, the department said in a release on June 15.   Oussama Ahmad Atar is the senior leader of ISIS external operations and established a network to conduct attacks in Europe, according to the release. State said he was a top coordinator for the November 2015 attacks in Paris and March 2016 attacks in Brussels.   The Belgian-Moroccan national was responsible for recruiting, training and dispatching at least some of the individuals to Paris. He also recruited and trained two of the bombers involved in the Brussels attacks, said the release.   Finally, Mohammed Isa Yousif Saqar Al Binali is a senior ISIS leader. According to State, he left Bahrain in 2014 to join the terrorist group and has since appeared in a number of ISIS propaganda videos urging Bahrainis, and especially members of the security forces, to join ISIS.   The sanctions generally prohibit U.S. nationals from engaging in transactions or dealings with those named. All of their property and interests in property subject to American jurisdiction are blocked.
 
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