Wednesday, July 5, 2017

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The List 4493


To All,
I hope that you all had a great 4th of July.  All the kids and grandkids and a few cousins and friends and apple pie and fireworks. Doesn't get much better than that
Regards,
Skip
 
This Day In Naval History - July 5
1814 - Sloop-of-war Peacock captures British Stranger, Venus, Adiona, and
Fortitude.
1815 - Commodore Stephen Decatur's squadron arrives at Tripoli to collect
reparations for seizure of American merchant ships in violation of Treaty
of 1805.
1942: USS Growler (SS 215) torpedoes and sinks the Japanese destroyer, Arare, in the Salmon Lagoon, off Kiska. In the attack, USS Growler damages destroyers Kasumi and Shiranui.
 
On this day in history (July 05):
 
1865: The world's first speed limit -- of two miles per hour -- was imposed
in Britain under the Locomotives and Highways Act.
1964: The bikini bathing suit, created by Louis Reard, made its debut
during a fashion show at the Molitor Pool in Paris. Micheline Bernardini
wore the two-piece outfit.
 
Today in History July 5
1776
The Declaration of Independence is first printed by John Dunlop in Philadelphia.
1806
A Spanish army repels the British during their attempt to retake Buenos Aires, Argentina.
1814
U.S. troops under Jacob Brown defeat a superior British force at Chippewa, Canada.
1832
The German government begins curtailing freedom of the press after German Democrats advocate a revolt against Austrian rule.
1839
British naval forces bombard Dingai on Zhoushan Island in China and occupy it.
1863
Federal troops occupy Vicksburg, Mississippi and distribute supplies to the citizens.
1892
Andrew Beard is issued a patent for the rotary engine.
1940
Marshal Henri Petain's Vichy government breaks off diplomatic relations with Great Britain.
1941
German troops reach the Dnieper River in the Soviet Union.
1943
The Battle of Kursk, the largest tank battle in history, begins.
1944
The Japanese garrison on Numfoor, New Guinea, tries to counterattack but is soon beaten back by U.S. forces.
1950
American forces engage the North Koreans for the first time at Osan, South Korea.
 
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There is a note running on the net that talks about the fate of the 56 signers of the declaration of Independence. A few years ago I ran it in the list and one of our members sent me a note to  check Snopes. The original has some truth. Try it from here.
Have you ever wondered what happened to the 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence?
I'm not sure if this is 100% accurate.  Snopes.com  gives a more detailed version of this http://www.snopes.com/history/american/pricepaid.asp
 
 
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Thanks to Bill
From: Royce Williams  
 
The Marine Who Owned Europe in WW II - Gruntworks11b
 
A great read about a remarkable man and a remarkable warrior!
 
 
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thanks to THE Bear  
Dutch... no mention here of USS JFK (the "one and only no Vietnam" CVA)... JFK and CVW-1 were extended on a 7-month Med/North Atlantic cruise to take station in the Atlantic west of Spain to provide a refueling /duck butt option for the A-4s being ferried to Israel. After that chore we went back in the Med for six more weeks (and some good flying and thirty more traps) to look the Soviets in the eye... they had a fleet of 90 ships in the Med and the SIXTHFleet was beefed up to 60 ships with two carriers JFK and FDR (as I recall) ... I don't remember whether or not the passing flight of Skyhawks trapped/catted on Kennedy or not... Bear
 
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Rolling Thunder Remembered; 50 Year Anniversary – Operation Rolling Thunder; The Origin of Rolling Thunder as Mighty Thunder; AMONG THE BRAVE. MEDAL OF HONOR RECIPIENTS
 
 

On Jul 5, 2017, at 6:10 AM, Dutch R <flyboy@helndutch.com> wrote:
Yes, I did – Thanks to Marathon -
Dutch, you may have known some of these gents, Marathon 

A short look into  the '73 Yom Kippur War from some US Navy pilots.
 
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The squadron skipper in California asked for volunteers for a dangerous and unspecified mission. Almost all the pilots raised their hands…
US pilots from vital Yom Kuppur War mission reunite with Israeli 'brothers in arms'
10 American airman who volunteered to deliver fighter jets to the IDF return to the country they helped defend 44 years ago
BY ANDREW TOBIN July 1, 2017, 3:29
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TEL AVIV (JTA) – The arrival of US fighter jets in Israel, as part of a month-long arms drop, was critical to turning the tide of the Yom Kippur War in favor of the Jewish state.
But for the American pilots who volunteered to deliver the aircraft, it was just another mission. Alan Chesterman, part of a US Navy squadron that flew a handful of the jets, said he had little knowledge of Israel or its security situation when he landed here in October 1973.
"We knew we were flying into a combat zone, but we didn't know anything about it," he said. "It was more like I'm young, adventurous and fearless – you might say young and stupid. I just lived to fly."
Chesterman, 72, was one of two pilots who this week reunited with some of the Israelis to whom they handed the Douglas A-4 Skyhawks. Along with nine other American pilots and their wives, they took a VIP tour of Israel to see what has become of the country since they helped to fend off the surprise onslaught by its Arab neighbors 44 years ago.
The Americans landed at Ben-Gurion Airport Saturday on commercial flights, and have since been traveling around the country and receiving briefings from top military officials. They visited the Tel Nof airbase Wednesday, where they exchanged war stories with more than a dozen Israeli pilots who flew the American Skyhawks and recreated a photograph several of them, including retired US fighter pilot Roy "Bubba" Segars, 76, and former Israeli airman Jacob "Booby" Daube, had taken together during the war.
On Thursday, the American pilots attended a flight course completion ceremony at the Hatzerim Air Force base, where they saw Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Reuven Rivlin speak.
Rami Lothan, 65, an Israeli Air Force pilot who greeted the Americans in 1973 and flew one of the Skyhawks in the war, participated in a flight show at the event, flying a propeller-driven training plane. He helped organize and host the trip after meeting members of the group at flight shows in the United States.
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Roy 'Bubba' Segars, second from right, and Jacob 'Booby' Daube, far right, posing during the 1973 Yom Kippur War at the Tel Nof airbase in Israel, June 28, 2017. (IDF Spokesperson, courtesy)
Lothan said that in the midst of the Yom Kippur War — in which a coalition of Arab armies led by Egypt and Syria caught Israel unprepared on the holiest day of the Jewish calendar – the Israeli pilots had not been able to appreciate the arrival of the Americans, who were fighting the Vietnam War at the time. This week's visit, he said, has been an opportunity to reflect.
"I don't think we had enough time to sit down and appreciate what was happening. Whatever we could fly, whatever could carry bombs, we flew it," he said. "But seeing these guys; it's like lost brothers. I can admire pilots who don't have any connection to the Middle East, and they just completed tours in Vietnam, and they all volunteered to come here and help us out."
Chesterman recalled that he was stationed at the naval airbase in southern California when the squadron skipper asked for volunteers for a dangerous and unspecified mission Almost all the pilots raised their hands. Over the course of two days, they made their way to Israel, stopping several times along the way, including in Spain, the only European country that would have them en route to Israel.
Segars, the other pilot from the mission now in Israel, fired some rounds toward Libya on the way.
Although the Americans were only in Israel for a few hours, Chesterman gathered that the country was fully mobilized for war. He recalled seeing the wife and children of a soldier camped in a tent along the runway of the airbase, with their clothes drying on an air defense battery.
"That when it hit me: I think they're not just fighting for territory. They're literally fighting for their lives," Chesterman said. "The whole family was basically called up for active duty and was there for the duration. We don't have to do it that way in the United States."
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An Israeli Douglas A-4 Skyhawk taxiing in front of an American Skyhawk on the Tel Nof airbase, Israel, October 1973. (IDF Spokesperson, courtesy)
Chesterman said the Israelis welcomed the American pilots with a friendly meal on base, during which he and his fellow pilots "did our best to drink all their booze." One of the Israeli pilots who had been drinking with them suddenly excused himself, saying he needed to return to the war. Only then did the Americans realize he had been drinking iced tea, not beer.
Segars – the pilot who "fired at Muammar Gaddafi," as Chesterman put it – earnestly tried to convince the Israelis to let him join the battle. But the several beers he had just downed "disabused him of opportunity to go fight in someone else's war, Chesterman said.
Until recently, Chesterman had been afraid to return to Israel because he thought it was unsafe. But this was his second trip to the county in the past two years, and he said he has learned to take comfort in the fact that "the good guys have all the guns." He has also gained an appreciation for the role he played in helping Israel at a moment of profound crisis and what the country has become since.
"I'm completely impressed by the way the Israelis conduct themselves," he said. "They are proud of their country. It's so young, with so many smart people and technology, but also has so much history. It's an incredible places. If it weren't for my kids and grandkids back in the states, Israel would be at the top of my list of places to live."
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Thanks to Carl….This is great
Inventor Of Fraudulent Temperature 'Hockey Stick' Is Humiliated In Canadian Court
 
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Item Number:1 Date: 07/05/2017 AFGHANISTAN - GOVERNMENT TAKES AIM AT EXTREMISTS ONLINE; WEBSITES TO BE BLOCKED (JUL 05/VOA)  VOICE OF AMERICA NEWS -- The Ministry of Telecommunications and Information Technology in Afghanistna has announced that it will start blocking online extremist content as part of a cybercrime bill passed last month, reports the Voice of America News.   The ministry said on Tuesday that it is gathering a list of websites linked to terror groups based on information from Afghanistan's National Intelligence Directorate.   The actual blocking will begin on Saturday, said a ministry spokesman.   A new criminal law was signed last Friday by President Ashraf Ghani; it has been called the first comprehensive attempt to catalog cybercrimes in 15 years.  
  Item Number:2 Date: 07/05/2017 AUSTRALIA - WARGAMES WITH U.S., AUSTRALIAN PERSONNEL SIMULATE INVASION FROM THE NORTH (JUL 05/AUSBC)  AUSTRALIAN BROADCASTING CORPORATION -- The Australian and U.S. militaries are in the midst of a major, month-long joint exercise off the coast of Queensland and Northern Territory provinces, reports ABC News (Australia).   Around 33,000 Australian and U.S. personnel are taking part in the Talisman Saber drills, which officially began on June 29 aboard USS Bonhomme Richard off the coast of Sydney, reported Reuters.   The exercise includes land and maritime operations, including a simulated invasion of northern Australia, officials said.   Bonhomme Richard will serve as the flagship of a combined expeditionary strike group alongside HMAS Canberra for the exercise, noted a U.S. Navy release.   The Australian frigate HMAS Darwin is responsible for the air defense of the strike group in cooperation with USS John S. McCain.   The Bonhomme Richard Expeditionary Strike Group also includes the Green Bay and Ashland amphibious ships; Naval Beach Unit 7; Sea Helicopter Combat Squadron 25 (HSC-25); Tactical Squadron 12 (TACRON-12); and the 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit.  
Item Number:3 Date: 07/05/2017 CANADA - TROOP ADVISORY MISSION IN IRAQ NOW RUNS THROUGH MARCH 2019 (JUL 05/CP)  CANADIAN PRESS -- The Canadian government will keep its 200 troops with the advise and assist mission in Iraq into 2019, say officials cited by the Canadian Press.   Ottawa is also giving the mission authority to provide training for new potential partners in the Iraqi security forces and deploying a C-130J Super Hercules cargo aircraft, officials said on June 29.   The mission is expected to cost Can$371.4 million (US$281 million) over two years.   Canada has deployed about 200 special operations troops to northern Iraq as part of an international coalition fighting the Islamic State.   The special ops personnel are supported by a combat hospital, helicopter detachment, surveillance aircraft and an aerial tanker.   The Canadian mission will now run until March 31, 2019, noted CBC News. This is two years longer than previously planned
Item Number:4 Date: 07/05/2017 EGYPT - STATE OF EMERGENCY TO LAST UNTIL AT LEAST SEPTEMBER (JUL 05/AHRAM)  AHRAM ONLINE -- Egypt's Parliament has approved the extension of a state of emergency for another three months, reports Ahram Online (Egypt).   A emergency state was initially enacted in April for three months after two church bombings that killed at least 45 people. The Islamic State claimed responsibility.   The extension was ordered by President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi.   On Tuesday, Parliament approved the emergency-state extension until the end of September. "The reasons for which the state of emergency was declared are still in place and therefore it must be extended," said one lawmaker.   Separately, a roadside bomb in the Sinai Peninsula killed a police officer and two conscripts as an armored vehicle drove by south of Arish, reported Reuters. Ten other policemen were wounded, said sources.  
  Item Number:5 Date: 07/05/2017 FINLAND - HELSINKI MAKES 2 DEFENSE AGREEMENTS WITH W. EUROPE (JUL 05/FINMOD)  FINNISH MINISTRY OF DEFENSE -- The defense ministers of Finland and Germany have signed a framework agreement on bilateral defense cooperation, reports the Finnish Ministry of Defense.   The pact, inked on June 29 in Brussels, covers a range of cooperation, such as political dialogue, capabilities development, information exchange, cooperation with international organizations, research and material cooperation, the ministry said.   The accord does not legally bind the nations. It emphasizes their political commitment to cooperate.   Finland also signed a separate letter of intent on June 29 to participate in the Framework Nation Concept, which is led by Germany.   The framework nations project aims to develop multinational European capabilities and build formations for various missions, such as crisis management.   Separately, on June 27, the Finnish Defense Ministry announced it would take part in a Joint Expeditionary Force led by the U.K. -- serving as a pool of forces at high readiness. Seven NATO members already are members, noted Xinhua, the Chinese state news agency.  
  Item Number:6 Date: 07/05/2017 FRANCE - MACRON PROMISES TO LIFT EMERGENCY STATE, ENACT NEW ANTI-TERROR LAWS (JUL 05/CNN)  CABLE NEWS NETWORK -- France's new President Emmanuel Macron has promised to lift a state of emergency that has been in effect since November 2015, reports CNN.   The emergency was declared after terrorist attacks in Paris that killed 130 people. The emergency state has been extended five times; it is expected to be extended again when it expires in July.   Speaking to a rare joint session of Parliament on Monday, Macron said he would lift the emergency state by the end of 2017.   He also said his government would enact new anti-terror laws as part of a crackdown on extremism and maintain France's military presence abroad, noted Al Jazeera.   The proposed legislation would reportedly allow authorities to shut places of worship believed to be promoting extremism for up to six months and act without court permission to secure at-risk events or areas.  
  Item Number:7 Date: 07/05/2017 FRANCE - SECURING BORDERS INITIAL GOAL FOR G5 SAHEL FORCE; FRENCH TROOPS WILL ASSIST, SAYS FOREIGN MINISTER (JUL 05/RFI)  RADIO FRANCE INTERNATIONALE -- Foreign Affairs Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian says French troops will work with a new international force put together by five West African nations to combat Islamists in the region, reports Radio France Internationale.   "This force is first going to secure the borders, particularly in the areas where terrorist groups have developed," Le Drian told the Le Monde newspaper on June 29.   The G5 members -- Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger -- announced in November 2015 that they wanted to set up a joint military force. The notion became more urgent at an emergency summit in February 2017, as noted by the European Council on Foreign Relations in June.   France has maintained a military mission in the region since January 2013, when it led a multinational operation against Al-Qaida-linked militant groups allied with Tuareg separatists in northern Mali.   Significant parts of the country remain beyond the control of Malian, French and U.N. forces.   The G5 Sahel force, totaling about 5,000 military and police personnel, will need financial support, the French foreign minister said.  
  Item Number:8 Date: 07/05/2017 IRAQ - ISLAMIC STATE DISPATCHES SUICIDE BOMBERS IN MOSUL, BAGHDAD (JUL 05/NEWEEK)  NEWSWEEK -- As the final stages approach in the fight for the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, the Islamic State has stepped up its suicide attacks.   ISIS bombers have killed at least 15 people in Mosul and Baghdad since the start of the week, Newsweek reported Monday.   Late Sunday, a suicide bomber blew himself up at a displaced persons camp west of Iraq's capital, killing 14 people and wounding 13 others, reported Reuters.   Two female suicide bombers hiding among civilians detonated explosives in a second attack on Monday in Mosul's Old City. The blast reportedly injured one soldier and several others.   At least seven female suicide bombers targeted goverment forces in Mosul, but were stopped before causing major damage, said authorities cited by Fox News
Item Number:9 Date: 07/05/2017 LIBYA - FAMILY OF 5 DIES WHEN RPG HITS BEACH IN TRIPOLI (JUL 05/DAILYMI)  DAILY MIRROR -- A family of five has been killed by a rocket-propelled grenade on a beach in Libya's capital, reports the Daily Mirror (U.K.).   The RPG in Tripoli killed five people and wounded 25 others, said Libya's Health Ministry.   Tuesday's strike hit in front of the Mitiga airport in eastern Tripoli, said a ministry statement, as cited by AFP.   Clashes were reported inside the airport perimeter between security forces and an "outlawed group," said an Interior Ministry source.   Fighting was still ongoing on Wednesday and the airport was reportedly evacuated.   Some reports suggested that a feud between two families prompted someone to fire the rocket-propelled grenade
Item Number:10 Date: 07/05/2017 NORTH KOREA - S. KOREA, U.S. RESPOND TO PYONGYANG'S 1ST ICBM WITH MISSILE DRILL (JUL 05/NYT)  NEW YORK TIMES -- The U.S. government has confirmed North Korea's claims about launching an intercontinental ballistic missile in a test on July 3.   North Korea said it tested its first ICBM, noted the New York Times.   The Hwasong-14 missile was launched Tuesday from Panghyon, in North Pyongan province on the nation's west coast. It flew at a steep trajectory about 1,741 miles above the earth and landed about 578 miles in the Sea of Japan, reported the state-run KCNA.   The missile is powerful enough to reach the U.S. mainland, according to KCNA. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was said to have supervised the launch.   The missile can carry a "large-sized heavy nuclear warhead," and despite "extreme overload and vibration the nuclear warhead detonation control device successfully worked," said the government-run report, as cited by CNN.   A re-entry vehicle "made of newly developed domestic carbon compound material" was also reportedly tested. Kim called the test a "package of gifts" for the "American bastards" on their July 4 Independence Day holiday, reported the KCNA.   Various experts suggested such a missile could reach Alaska, noted the BBC.   The Pentagon confirmed the test of an ICBM on Tuesday. South Korea's intelligence services said on Wednesday that the missile had a range greater than 3,400 miles, the lower limit of an ICBM.   South Korea and the U.S. responded with a show of force, launching missiles into South Korean territorial waters on Tuesday to counter "North Korea's destabilizing and unlawful actions," reported the Washington Post.  
  Item Number:11 Date: 07/05/2017 PHILIPPINES - CEREMONY MARKS DELIVERY OF 12 LIGHT ATTACK PLANES; ANOTHER 12 UNDER CONSIDERATION (JUL 05/YON)  YONHAP -- The Philippine military has now taken delivery of a dozen of attack helicopters, with the order from South Korea being completed this week.   Korea Aerospace Industries Co. (KAI) reported the delivery of the light attack aircraft, reports the Yonhap news agency (Seoul).   A ceremony was held Tuesday in the Philippines celebrating the deployment of 12 FA-50PH aircraft. The aircraft, part of a US$420 million order signed in 2014, are supposed to replace Manila's F-5 fighters.   President Rodrigo Duterte said at the event that his government was considering purchasing another 12 FA-50PH aircraft during his term. That six-year term began in June 2016.   The aircraft were delivered three months ahead of schedule, said KAI
Item Number:12 Date: 07/05/2017 PHILIPPINES - MILITARY FINDS BEHEADED BODIES OF 2 VIETNAMESE HOSTAGES HELD BY ABU SAYYAF (JUL 05/PHILSTAR)  PHILIPPINE STAR -- Militants have killed two Vietnamese hostages, the Philippines military reported on Wednesday.   Troops found the remains of two Vietnamese sailors who had been killed by Abu Sayyaf militants, say security officials cited by the Philippine Star.   The beheaded bodies were found Wednesday morning on Basilan Island, reported Channel News Asia.   They were identified as being among six cargo ship crew taken hostage in November 2016.   One of the six hostages was rescued last month. Three others are still being held. At least six other Vietnamese sailors abducted in February in the Sulu sea are being held by a separate Abu Sayyaf faction, say officials.   Separately, an army spokesman said on July 2 that the Philippines and Indonesia would jointly patrol the Celebes Sea to stop Islamist militants from reaching the restive southern island of Mindanao, where terrorists have seized Marawi City, reported Reuters.   The warships involved will sail from the Philippines' Davao City on Thursday and arrive next week in Indonesia's Manado City on Sulawesi Island, the spokesman said.  
Item Number:13 Date: 07/05/2017 PORTUGAL - THIEVES TAKE PLASTIC EXPLOSIVES, GRENADES FROM MILITARY ARSENAL (JUL 05/BBC)  BRITISH BROADCASTING CORP. -- Portugal's President Macelo Rebelo de Sousa has called for an investigation of last week's theft of weapons and explosives from a military warehouse, reported the BBC.   Thieves stole grenades, plastic explosives and ammunition from an army base.   The theft at the Tancos military complex, about 60 miles northeast of Lisbon, was discovered on June 28.   The thieves made off with 1,450 90-mm cartridges, 18 tear-gas grenades, 150 hand grenades, 44 anti-tank grenades and 264 units of plastic explosives, reported El Espanol on Monday, citing counter-terror sources.   "There's no doubt that this material is now on its way into the illegal arms market and could later be used for many different purposes, such as [terrorism]," said Defense Minister Jose Lopez, as quoted by the Guardian (U.K.).   CCTV cameras at the base had been broken for more than two years, said officials. The thieves broke in by cutting a hole in a perimeter fence, said the minister.   Five military commanders have been suspended. Authorities also ordered 14 other military depots to increase security.  
  Item Number:14 Date: 07/05/2017 RUSSIA - DEFENSE MINISTRY LOOKS AT NEW NUCLEAR-POWERED DESTROYER (JUL 05/TASS)  TASS -- The Russian Defense Ministry has approved the preliminary design for a new class of destroyers, reports Tass Defense (Moscow), citing Russian officials.   The Leader class (or Lider class) is being developed by the Severnoye Design Bureau in St. Petersburg, a top official told reporters at a maritime defense show in St. Petersburg in late June.   The class is expected to replace the Sovremennyy- and Udaloy-class destroyers now in service.   The destroyer will be about 656 feet (200 m) long, with a 66-ft (20-m) beam and a displacement of up to 17,500 tons, reported Russia's Sputnik news agency. The class will have a top speed of 32 knots.   The Leader class is expected to be nuclear-powered and armed with Kalibr and Oniks cruise missiles and a shipborne variant of the S-500 air and missile defense system.  
  Item Number:15 Date: 07/05/2017 SWITZERLAND - GOVERNMENT GOES WITH SAAB NLAW ANTI-TANK SYSTEMS; DEAL WORTH US$120 MILLION (JUL 05/SAAB)  SAAB -- The Swiss government has placed an order with Saab for Next-generation Light Anti-Tank Weapon (NLAW) systems, reports the Swedish defense firm.   The US$120 million deal covers NLAW weapon systems, training equipment and support and maintenance of the training gear, said Saab on June 28.   The order followed a competition, including live-firing testing, noted IHS Jane's Defence Weekly.   Deliveries are scheduled from 2018 through 2021.   Under a framework contract, Switzerland can order additional NLAW systems and equipment from 2017 to 2030.   NLAW is a shoulder-launched anti-tank missile system. The weapon will replace M47 Dragon weapons in the Swiss armed forces, noted Defense News.  
Item Number:16 Date: 07/05/2017 UNITED KINGDOM - BAE SYSTEMS, LEONARDO TO COLLABORATE ON VULCANO PRECISION-GUIDED MUNITIONS; U.S. MILITARY SEEN AS POTENTIAL USER (JUL 05/BAE)  BAE SYSTEMS -- British defense firm BAE Systems and Leonardo of Italy have agreed to work together to develop new variants of the Vulcano gun-launched precision-guided munition, reports BAE Systems.   The planned munitions will offer U.S. and allied military forces a range of low-risk, cost-effective, advanced munitions for large caliber weapon systems, BAE said in a release on June 28.   The Advanced Gun System and Mk 45 naval gun in the U.S. military are both being targeted for new Vulcano munitions.   The new adaptations will focus on providing Vulcano variants for land-based 155-mm artillery systems, including the M777 and M109 howitzers, pointed out the release.   The two firms will also evaluate enhanced guidance and navigation units, including semi-active laser and infrared seeker options, to improve Vulcano performance
Item Number:17 Date: 07/05/2017 USA - AIR FORCE GENERAL TAKES COMMAND AT SOCAFRICA (JUL 05/S&S)  STARS AND STRIPES -- There is a new commander for Special Operations Command Africa (SOCAFRICA), the elite force of U.S. Africa Command, reports the Stars and Stripes.   On June 29, Air Force Maj. Gen. Mark Hicks assumed command of SOCAFRICA, which is based in Stuttgart, Germany.   He succeeded Army Brig. Gen. Donald Bolduc, who is retiring after 32 years of service.   Hicks most recently served as the chief of staff at the U.S. Special Operations Command headquarters, MacDill AFB, Fla.   SOCAFRICA currently has more than 1,700 personnel participating in missions and exercises in nearly 30 African countries, said Gen. Thomas Waldhauser, the head of U.S. Africa Command.   Among them are battlefield advisers helping Somali forces fight the Al-Shabaab terrorist group
Item Number:18 Date: 07/05/2017 USA - MATTIS SEES AMERICAN FORWARD DEPLOYMENTS IN EUROPE THROUGH 2020 (JUL 05/S&S)  STARS AND STRIPES -- Speaking in Germany, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says Washington will keep the forward deployment of forces in eastern Europe through 2020, reports the Stars and Stripes.   Mattis made his comments during a June 28 visit at the George C. Marshall European Center for Security Studies in Garmisch, which is named for the author of the post-World War II European Recovery Program, also called the Marshall Plan.   The U.S. fiscal 2018 defense budget includes $4.8 billion to expand the current European Reassurance Initiative, said Mattis. This includes funds to extend the mission to 2020. He did not say if it would involve additional troops.   During his visit, Mattis met with German Defense Minister Urusula von der Leyen. Those talks covered Germany's contributions to the proposed increase of NATO forces in Afghanistan and future plans for the European enhanced forward presence, said officials.  
  Item Number:19 Date: 07/05/2017 USA - NEWLY DELIVERED COAST GUARD CUTTER WILL BE INITIAL UNIT STATIONED IN HONOLULU (JUL 05/USCG)  U.S. COAST GUARD -- The U.S. Coast Guard recently took delivery of its 24th Sentinel-class fast response cutter in Key West, Fla., reports the service.   The Oliver Berry was handed over on June 27 by Bollinger Shipyards, which is headquartered in Louisiana. The cutter will be the first in the class to be stationed in Honolulu. Commissioning is scheduled for October.   The cutter honors Chief Machinist's Mate Oliver Berry who led maintenance efforts across several classes of Coast Guard aircraft, including airplanes, seaplanes and helicopters.   Berry served as the lead instructor for the first U.S. military helicopter training unit, which was established in Elizabeth City, N.C., in 1946. He also contributed to the rescue of airliner crash victims in Newfoundland in that year, which required rapid dismantling, air transport and reassembly of helicopters, as noted by a service release.   The Sentinel-class cutters are replacing the Coast Guard's aging fleet of Island-class patrol boats.   Twenty-two of the cutters are already in service. A total of 58 are planned, with 44 already ordered
Item Number:20 Date: 07/05/2017 YEMEN - U.S DRONE TAKES OUT 2 AQAP SUSPECTS; TOP FINANCIER AMONG VICTIMS, SAY LOCAL OFFICIALS (JUL 05/AFP)  AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE -- Yemeni security officials say the U.S. killed two local terrorists over the weekend.   A U.S. drone strike on July 1 in southern Yemen killed two suspected members of Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, said one official, as cited by Agence France-Presse.   The attack took place Saturday night in Wadhie, a region in the southern province of Abyan, said one security official.   One terrorist was identified as Ibrahim al-Adani, who was said to have run Al-Qaida's finances in the region. The other was one of his relatives.   The two were riding a motorcycle when hit, said one official.
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