Tuesday, July 18, 2017

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The List 4503


To All,
I hope your week has started well.
Regards,
Skip
This Day In Naval History - July 18
1775 - Continental Congress resolves that each colony provide armed vessels
1779 - Commodore Abraham Whipple's squadron captures 11 prizes in largest prize value of Revolutionary War.
1792 - John Paul Jones dies in Paris, France
1813 - During the War of 1812, the frigate, USS President, commanded by John Rodgers, sinks the British brig, HMS Daphne, off the Irish coast. In the next few weeks, she engages three more vessels. USS President captures the ship, HMS Eliza Swan July 24, burns the brig, HMS Alert, on July 29, and captures the bark Lion on Aug. 2.
 
1920 - Naval aircraft sink ex-German cruiser Frankfurt in target practice.
1943 - German submarine shoots down K-47, the first and only U.S. airship lost during WW II.
1947 - President Harry S. Truman delegates responsibility for the civil administration of former Japanese mandated island to the Secretary of the Navy.
1966 - Launch of Gemini 10 with LCDR John W. Young, USN as Command Pilot.
Mission involved 43 orbits at an altitude of 412.2 nautical miles and lasted 2 days, 22 hours, and 46 minutes. Recovery was by HS-3 helicopter from USS Guadalcanal (LPH-7).
1973 - Task Force 78, Mine Countermeasures Force, departs waters of North Vietnam after completing their minesweeping operations of 1,992 tow hours for the cost of $20,394,000.
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Today in History July 18
1789
Robespierre, a deputy from Arras, France, decides to back the French Revolution.
1812
Great Britain signs the Treaty of Orebro, making peace with Russia and Sweden.
1830
Uruguay adopts a liberal constitution.
1861
Union and Confederate troops skirmish at Blackburn's Ford, Virginia, in a prelude to the Battle of Bull Run.
1877
Inventor Thomas Edison records the human voice for the first time.
1872
The Ballot Act is passed in Great Britain, providing for secret election ballots.
1935
Ethiopian King Haile Selassie urges his countrymen to fight to the last man against the invading Italian army.
1936
General Francisco Franco of Spain revolts against the Republican government, starting the Spanish Civil War.
1942
The German Me-262, the first jet-propelled aircraft to fly in combat, makes its first flight.
1971
New Zealand and Australia announce they will pull their troops out of Vietnam.
1994
In Buenos Aires, a massive car bomb kills 96 people.
 
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Thanks to Richard….This may be a bit of tongue in  cheek but funny
Subject: Another Good Aviation Story
 
  Area 51 lies Northwest of Nellis Air Force Base, Las Vegas and was affectionately known as Dreamland.  Flying over or even near this invisible auxiliary airfield was taboo.  Pilots that did were met by the secret police guys after landing and were not seen again for 24 hours.  The big secret that we all knew was this was the place where the USAF kept and flew all the Soviet Block aircraft.  All generations of Mig 15's, 17's, 19's, 21's plus other secret Soviet stuff.  This was in the days before satellite cameras.  


 Funny!
Late one afternoon, the Air Force folks out at Area 51 were very surprised to see a Cessna 152 landing at their "secret" base.  They immediately impounded the aircraft and hauled the pilot into an interrogation room.  
The pilot's story was that he took off from Las Vegas, got lost, and spotted the base just as he was about to run out of fuel.  The Air Force started a full FBI background check on the pilot and held him overnight during the investigation.  
By the next day they were finally convinced that the pilot really was lost and not a spy.
They gassed up his airplane, gave him a terrifying "you-did-not-see-a- base" briefing complete with threats of spending the rest of his life in prison, told him Vegas was that-a-way on such-and-such a heading, and sent him on his way. 
The next day to the total disbelief of the Air Force the same Cessna showed up again. Once again the MP's surrounded the plane. 
Only this time there were two people on the plane.   
The same pilot jumped out and said, "Do anything you want with me, but my wife is on the plane, and you have to tell her where the hell I was last night!"
 
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Thanks to Paul
Skip—my son is getting briefed in Kingsville today on the latest modifications Deuce
 
Toxic Air From T-45 Engine May Be Poisoning U.S. Navy Pilots
Jul 17, 2017Lara Seligman | Aviation Week & Space Technology
In the search for the root cause of a recent spike in hypoxialike cockpit incidents that leave student pilots disoriented and short of breath, the U.S. Navy is beginning to look more closely at the quality of the air that comes off the McDonnel Douglas T-45 Goshawk's engine and feeds into the oxygen generator system. 
Fleets across the Navy and U.S. Air Force have been plagued by a sharp increase in these so-called physiological episodes in recent months, where pilots experience symptoms that could be related to lack of oxygen during flight. The issue is a complex one that the Pentagon has so far been unable to resolve. It is not even clear that what the pilots are experiencing is actually hypoxia—defined as an insufficient supply of oxygen—or something else that causes similar symptoms, such as a change in cabin pressure, contaminated air, or even too much oxygen. 
For T-45 pilots, who were grounded in April, the Navy believes the problem lies with the airflow through the Cobham-built Onboard Oxygen Generation System (OBOGS), a complex process that begins in the Goshawk's Rolls-Royce F405 engine. The aircraft "is not equipped to continuously provide clean, dry air" to OBOGS, according to the Navy's comprehensive review of the recent incidents; the result is contaminants can enter the pilot's breathing air, potentially causing hypoxia. 
THE NAVY'S HYPOXIA MYSTERY
Navy still struggling to find root cause of hypoxialike cockpit incidents in T-45
One possible cause is a toxin entering the airflow from the T-45 engine
Navy to begin testing sample of uninstalled engines using comprehensive contaminant detection methods
Commander, Naval Air Forces hopes to lift T-45 restrictions in July
The Navy says it is now looking "very closely" at the quality of the bleed air coming off the T-45's engine as a possible source of the problem, and plans to begin testing a sample of uninstalled engines using "comprehensive" contaminant detection methods this month, the service confirmed to Aviation Week. 
Rolls-Royce is cooperating closely with the Navy on the investigation, according to company spokesman George McLaren. He stressed that the service is examining "many potential root causes." 
Although there are many possible reasons for the incidents, aircrew reports seem to support the theory that the symptoms seen in the T-45 are caused by a toxin in the airflow. In incidents of true hypoxia—known as hypoxic hypoxia, or a lack of oxygen flow to the lungs—symptoms abate once pilots use the emergency oxygen. But many T-45 pilots had persistent symptoms that sometimes lasted for hours after landing—in one instance, the pilot could not even remember landing, said one congressional staffer familiar with the issue. 
These symptoms fall in line with what is called histotoxic hypoxia, which occurs when the body's tissues are not able to use the oxygen that has been delivered to them, and is often caused by a contaminant in the airflow. 
 
The rapid onset or the delayed recognition of the symptoms in some cases led many T-45 pilots to speculate that what they experienced was histotoxic hypoxia due to a contaminant, according to the Navy's report. 
"Histotoxic hypoxia symptoms are highly variable across individuals, may not be immediately recognized, and 100% emergency oxygen may not quickly alleviate the symptoms," the report states. 
The problem is that there are countless opportunities during the OBOGS cycle for contaminants to enter the airflow. In the T-45, the bleed air from the compressor section of the engine flows through a cooling heat exchanger and enters the OBOGS, where it first passes through a heater, particulate filter and pressure reducer. The air is then directed to a sieve bed material loaded into two identical canisters. Each canister's sieve bed material absorbs nitrogen, passing the concentrated oxygen to a mixing plenum—or box—and then to the pilot's regulator and mask. The nitrogen absorbed in the sieve bed is purged from the system. 
The ability of the OBOGS to produce usable oxygen depends on clean, dry air, delivered to the air crew in the right pressure and volume, flowing into the system. Moisture is a particular problem; due to the sieve bed's high affinity for water, any contaminants trapped there could be exchanged for moisture and then released from the OBOGS into aircrew breathing air. 
The Navy has identified several modifications it hopes will fix the problem, according to the report, including installing a water separator into the OBOGS bleed air line to filter out any moisture from the airflow. 
Vice Adm. Mike Shoemaker, Naval Air Forces commander, recently indicated instructor pilots will resume flying the T-45 with OBOGS in July, with students resuming flight training later in the month. Currently, students are grounded; instructor pilots are flying with a modified mask configuration that doesn't pipe in air from the OBOGS. Instead, the pilot breathes the ambient air in the cockpit, restricting altitude.  
"The safety of our aircrew remains my number one priority," says Shoemaker. "After months of using a modified mask and configuration that circumvented the OBOGS, new mitigation measures have been put in place that give us the confidence to safely resume flight training using the system. These mitigations monitor the breathing gas and alert and protect our aircrew, as well as incorporate new maintenance procedures to ensure the systems are clean and working properly prior to flight."
But despite extensive testing, so far the Navy has been unsuccessful in finding a contaminant at any point in the airflow. The service has already brought several aircraft from the training squadrons to NAS Patuxent River, and torn them apart in search of a potential source of the problem, Vice Adm. Paul Grosklags, commander of Naval Air Systems Command, told Congress in June. 
"We took every component, every single component in that [breathing gas pack] out of the aircraft, starting with the engine and going through the entire system, inspecting all the piping in between, all the way up to the mask and the vests that the air crew wear," said Grosklags. "We've subjected each one of those individual components to extremes of testing, extremes of environmental conditions, in excess of what we would ever expect to see in the aircraft. And we still have not been able to find what we would consider a proximate cause of contamination or something being released into that gas pack." 
The Navy's F/A-18 Hornet and EA-18G Growler fleets have also been plagued by incidents of hypoxia, as well as the Air Force's F-35As at Luke AFB, Arizona. 
 
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Thanks to Mike
 
By Russ Niles
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An air force pilot in Belarus may have had some explaining to do after he ejected from his MiG-29 during a fiery failed takeoff attempt. Video of the incident was posted to Facebook July 5 but the incident happened in February during a military exercise in Babruysk. In the video, the fighter does what appears to be a normal takeoff run but at rotation (possibly premature) things start to unravel.
As the nose rises, the gear begins retracting but the aircraft doesn't appear to have flying speed and settles on its belly. The pilot rides it out for a second or two but as flames trail from the doomed aircraft, he ejects. "No one was injured. The plane did not leave the territory of the airport," the Belarus military said in a statement.
 
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Thanks to Bill
            This is cruel but funny.........e
                        WHY SENIORS SHOULD NOT GO TO SUMMER CAMP. . .
                       
                       
                       
                       
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Thanks to Richard
Subject: FW: Andy Rooney Once Said
Yes, Andy Rooney was great and I miss his straight talk!!
Amen Mr. Rooney!
Andy Rooney was one in a million.  At the end of '60 Minutes' he usually had his own 10-minute segment that, unbelievably, was never censored by CBS.  He's probably the only one who could have gotten away with this.  May he rest in peace.
 
Andy Rooney once said . . .
"I don't think being a minority makes you a victim of anything except numbers. The only things I can think of that are truly discriminatory are things like the United Negro College Fund, Jet Magazine, Black Entertainment Television, and Miss Black America.
 
Try to have things like the United Caucasian College Fund, Cloud Magazine, White Entertainment Television, or Miss White America; and see what happens......Jesse Jackson will be knocking down your door.
 
Guns do not make you a killer. I think killing makes you a killer. You can kill someone with a baseball bat or a car, but no one is trying to ban you from driving to the ball game.
I believe they are called the Boy Scouts for a reason, which is why there are no girls allowed.  Girls belong in the Girl Scouts!  ARE YOU LISTENING MARTHA BURKE?
 
I think that if you feel homosexuality is wrong, it is not a phobia, it is an opinion.
 
I have the right 'NOT' to be tolerant of others because they are different, weird, or tick me off.
 
When 70% of the people who get arrested are black, in cities where 70% of the population is black, that is not racial profiling; it is the Law of Probability.
 
I believe that if you are selling me a milkshake, a pack of cigarettes, a newspaper or a hotel room, you must do it in English!  As a matter of fact, if you want to be an American citizen, you should have to speak English!
 
My father and grandfather didn't die in vain so you can leave the countries you were born in to come over and disrespect ours.
 
I think the police should have every right to shoot you if you threaten them after they tell you to stop. If you can't understand the word 'freeze' or 'stop' in English, see the above lines.
 
I don't think just because you were not born in this country, you are qualified for any special loan programs, government sponsored bank loans or tax breaks, etc., so you can open a hotel, coffee shop, trinket store, or any other business.
 
We did not go to the aid of certain foreign countries and risk our lives in wars to defend their freedoms, so that decades later they could come over here and tell us our constitution is a living document; and open to their interpretations.
 
I don't hate the rich; I don't pity the poor.  I know pro wrestling is fake, but so are movies and television.  That doesn't stop you from watching them.
 
I think Bill Gates has every right to keep every penny he made and continue to make more.  If it ticks you off, go and invent the next operating system that's better, and put your name on the building.
 
It doesn't take a whole village to raise a child right, but it does take a parent to stand up to the kid; and smack their little behinds when necessary, and say 'NO!'
 
I think tattoos and piercing are fine if you want them, but please don't pretend they are a political statement. And, please, stay home until that new lip ring heals. I don't want to look at your ugly infected mouth as you serve me French fries!
 
I am sick of 'Political Correctness.'  I know a lot of black people, and not a single one of them was born in Africa; so how can they be 'African-Americans'?  Besides, Africa is a continent. I don't go around saying I am a European-American because my great, great, great, great, great, great grandfather was from Europe.  I am proud to be from America and nowhere else, and if you don't like my point of view, tough...".
 
I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG, OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, AND TO THE REPUBLIC, FOR WHICH IT STANDS, ONE NATION UNDER GOD, INDIVISIBLE, WITH LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL!
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Thanks to Dutch R.
Snowflake's first day of work in the real world
Thanks to Ben
 
    Well now, I'd really like to see how all that works out for this brilliant Harvard graduate especially when she has to be on her own, paying rent, utilities, and buying food.  I wonder how her parents (?) and the elite profs at Harvard managed to create this kind of alternate entitlement universe for her.
 
 
 
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Item Number:1 Date: 07/18/2017 ARMENIA - GOVERNMENT SETS TARGET: RAISE DEFENSE SPENDING TO 4 PERCENT OF GDP BY 2020 (JUL 18/INT-AVN)  INTERFAX-MILITARY NEWS AGENCY -- Finance Minister Vardan Aramyan has announced that the Armenian government intends to boost defense spending by US$52 million to US$54 million annually starting in 2018, reports Interfax-AVN (Russia).   The goal is to reach defense spending equivalent to 4 percent of gross domestic product by 2020, Aramyan told reporters on Monday in Yerevan.   The 2017 defense budget is US$449.5 million, or 3.71 percent of GDP, the minister said.   "We have always emphasized the priority of defense expenditures as it is necessary to maintain a military balance, which in a certain way ensures the factor of peace," said Aramyan.  
  Item Number:2 Date: 07/18/2017 AUSTRALIA - NEW SUPER MINISTRY TO OVERHAUL LAW ENFORCEMENT, INTELLIGENCE, SECURITY ARRANGEMENTS (JUL 18/BL)  BLOOMBERG -- The Australian government is creating a Home Affairs Ministry to oversee the nation's security agencies, reports Bloomberg.   The Australian Broadcasting Corp. referred to the new body as a federal super ministry that combines organizations in a dramatic revamping of security arrangements.   The new super ministry will include the Australian Security Intelligence Organization (ASIO) domestic intelligence agency, the Australian Federal Police, the Australian Border Force and the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission, announced Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Tuesday.   It will be led by Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Peter Dutton, Turnbull said.   The government will also create an Office of National Intelligence to coordinate efforts and boost security, said the prime minister.   The ASIO will be moved from under the attorney general and the federal police from the Justice Ministry.   The transition will be managed by a task force and expected to be completed by mid-2018, reported the Australian Associated Press.  
  Item Number:3 Date: 07/18/2017 CHINA - AMID BORDER DISPUTE WITH INDIA, ARMY HOLDS LIVE-FIRE DRILL IN TIBET (JUL 18/CD)  CHINA DAILY -- The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) recently conducted a live-fire assault exercise on the Tibetan Plateau, reports the China Daily.   The exercise involved a ground combat brigade from the PLA Tibet Regional Command and covered rapid deployment, joint strike and air defense operations, said a PLA release.   The reports did not say when or why the exercise was held, noted the Press Trust of India on Monday.   The drills, at an altitude of 16,400 feet (5,000 m), including attacking a strongly held simulated enemy front and defending against aerial threats with anti-aircraft artillery, according to the service.   The exercise evaluated the brigade's joint strike capability on such plateaus, the PLA said.   China remains is still in a border dispute with nearby India, noted the South China Morning Post.   One observer quoted by the newspaper said the exercise was likely intended as a warning to New Delhi
Item Number:4 Date: 07/18/2017 EGYPT - 2 REMOTELY DETONATED BOMBS KILL 5 POLICE, INJURE 6 IN NORTH SINAI (JUL 18/REU)  REUTERS -- Two roadside explosions in the restive Sinai Peninsula have killed five Egyptian police officers and wounded six others, say security sources cited by Reuters.   On Monday, one bomb went off as an armored vehicle drove by in the city of El-Arish, the provincial capital, killing five and wounding three.   A second armored vehicle on the way to the bombed area was hit by another roadside bomb, injuring three others.   The bombs were detonated remotely as the vehicles drove by, said the sources.   There was no immediate claim of responsibility. The attack bore the hallmarks of the Islamic State's Sinai Province, which has been waging an insurgency in the region since 2013.  
  Item Number:5 Date: 07/18/2017 ESTONIA - DEFENSE MINISTRY UNDERWRITES DEFENSE INDUSTRY EXPORT EFFORT (JUL 18/EPR)  ESTONIAN PUBLIC RADIO -- The Estonian Ministry of Defense has begun a competition to subsidize defense firms seeking to export novel products or services, reports the Estonian Public Radio.   The program calls for up to 400,000 euros (US$460,000) to be awarded to at least two contenders developing novel and technology-intensive products or services for the export market.   The program to support development for Estonian firms is five years old. It has already produced several success stories, said Kusti Salm, the director of the ministry's Defense Investments Dept.   To date, the three biggest successes are the Milrem THeMIS tracked unmanned ground vehicle; Threod Systems' autopilot for small drones; and a small multi-rotor drone developed by ELI, which will soon enter service with the Estonian border guard, said Salm.   The Defense Ministry plans to sign a development support agreement with the winners, which includes the possibility to test and develop their product or service with the Estonian military
Item Number:6 Date: 07/18/2017 INDIA - AFTER BEING REPRIMANDED FOR USING CELL PHONE ON DUTY, SOLDIER SHOOTS MAJOR 5 TIMES WITH AK-47 (JUL 18/HT)  HINDUSTAN TIMES -- An Indian soldier has shot and killed an officer who reprimanded him for using a cell phone on duty in a sensitive area, says the army, as reported by the Hindustan Times.   The service said the soldier was on his phone Tuesday in the Uri sector of Indian-administered Kashmir, close to the border with Pakistan.   The appear said Maj. Shikar Thapa of the 8th Rashtriya Rifles, a counter-insurgency unit deployed in the area, told the soldier he would be reported to his commanding officer for using the mobile phone. The major reportedly attempted to confiscate the phone, damaging it.   That apparently led to an argument and the soldier shot the major five times with an AK-47, killing him.   An investigation has been opened into the incident, said an army spokesman
Item Number:7 Date: 07/18/2017 IRAN - SOLDIER KILLS 3, WOUNDS 6 COMRADES, THEN COMMITS SUICIDE (JUL 18/MEHR)  MEHR NEWS AGENCY -- An Iranian soldier has shot and killed three of his fellow troops and wounded six others before committing suicide, reports Iran's Mehr news agency.   The shooting took place in a barracks Monday in the town of Abyek, about 25 miles northwest of Tehran, according to the agency.   Superior officers reportedly denied the shooter's request for a transfer to his hometown, reported one wire service.  
  Item Number:8 Date: 07/18/2017 IRAN - TEHRAN GEARS UP SPIN CAMPAIGN TO TOUT IMAGE OF ITS PROXY AFGHAN FORCE IN SYRIA (JUL 18/RFE/RL)  RADIO FREE EUROPE/RADIO LIBERTY -- The Iranian government is publicly promoting a unit of Afghan Shi'ites that it has sent to Syria to support the Assad regime, reports Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.   The poorly trained proxy force -- Afghan migrants and Hazara Shi'ite refugees -- is known as the Fatemiyoun Division. The unit has suffered significant casualties, according to observers.   To bolster their morale and improve recruiting, Tehran is trying to improve the unit's image. This has included renaming streets to honor the fighters.   State media has also glorified fallen fighters, while Gen. Qassem Soleimani, the head of the Quds Force of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC), has made frequent visits to Syria.   Soleimani oversees Iran's combat operations in Syria.   As part of the propaganda campaign, state media also touted recently how Lebanon-based Hezbollah was training Afghan "special forces" in sniper skills, night-vision equipment and surveillance.   Yet, say experts, there is very little evidence of such skills among the Fatemiyoun fighters, calling it a myth intended to bolster the unit's prestige.  
  Item Number:9 Date: 07/18/2017 ISRAEL - ARMY WEBSITE SHOWS PREVIOUSLY UNDISCLOSED AIR BASE (JUL 18/HA)  HAARETZ -- Israeli army documents show a previously undisclosed air force base, reports Haaretz (Israel).   The air force publicly acknowledges 10 major air bases. An 11th, called Sdot Ha'ela, is mentioned in an IDF document on the IDF's website that describes the structure of the service, notes the newspaper.   The documents were released in accordance with the Freedom of Information Law, said Haaretz on Tuesday. The document was removed after the report, noted Haaretz. The website does not show the location.   The base is reportedly led by a "Col. Binyamin
Item Number:10 Date: 07/18/2017 ISRAEL - NETANYAHU KNOCKS RUSSIAN-U.S. CEASE-FIRE DEAL IN SOUTHERN SYRIA (JUL 18/HA)  HAARETZ -- Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has criticized the recent truce reached by Russia and the United States for southern Syria, saying it is a bad deal for Israel since it maintains Iran's presence in Syria, reports Haaretz (Israel).   Netanyahu met with French President Emmanuel Macron on Sunday and made it clear that Israel adamantly opposed the plan.   Israel believes that Tehran wants to significantly increase its presence in Syria, said an unnamed senior Israeli official. Potential plans reportedly include deploying extensive military forces and setting up an airbase and a naval base, the official said.   President Donald Trump and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin agreed to the cease-fire earlier this month on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany.   The deal includes safe zones along Syria's borders with both Israel and Jordan.   In separate talks with the U.S., Israel has demanded that any such safe zones must distance Iran, Hezbollah and other Shi'ite militias from the Israeli and Jordanian borders and not support an expanded Iranian presence in Syria
Item Number:11 Date: 07/18/2017 LEBANON - ARMY EYES OPERATION AGAINST INSURGENTS NEAR SYRIAN BORDER, SAYS PRIME MINISTER (JUL 18/REU)  REUTERS -- Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri has told the Lebanese Parliament that the army is planning for an operation along the border with Syria directed at militant groups, reports Reuters.   The operation is being studied for the Juroud Arsal area, he said. The army has been given the "freedom" to act, said Hariri on Tuesday.   The area is located in the mountains between Syria and Lebanon. It has been a base of operations for Syrian rebels fighting in the civil war, including the Islamic State and Al-Qaida affiliate Nusra Front.   The Lebanese army has increased its presence in the area in the past 24 hours, said a security source. The military is supported financially by the U.S. and U.K.   About 3,000 militants are in the area, with about two-thirds belonging to ISIS or Nusra Front, the source said.   There has been no coordination with the Syrian army, the prime minister. Pro-government forces, including Lebanon-based Hezbollah, have been expected to launch a major operation on the Syrian side in recent months.  
  Item Number:12 Date: 07/18/2017 NIGERIA - AIR FORCE TAKES DELIVERY OF SUPER MUSHSHAK TRAINERS FROM PAKISTAN (JUL 18/GUARDIAN)  GUARDIAN -- Pakistan has delivered the first five of the 10 Super Mushshak training aircraft ordered by the Nigerian air force, said service officials cited by the Nigeria Guardian.   The air force took delivery of the trainers on July 14, noted a release from the Nigerian air force   Four were provided by Islamabad at no cost to allow the air force to immediately begin pilot training   The initial batch is being used for primary flight training at 401 Flying Training School in Kaduna.   The new aircraft will soon enter service following assembly and flight testing, a spokesman said
Item Number:13 Date: 07/18/2017 SOUTH KOREA - AUDITOR BLASTS SURION HELICOPTER, HALTS DELIVERIES, POINTS FINGER AT PROCUREMENT CHIEF (JUL 18/YON)  YONHAP -- A South Korean watchdog has issued a harsh report on the country's domestically developed Surion utility helicopter, reports the Yonhap news agency (Seoul).   A review of the program by the Board of Audit and Inspection (BAI) found that the helicopters suffer from poor flight stability; lack lightning protection and anti-icing capability; and the engine has not been properly certified. The Surion also suffers from water leakage, the auditor said on Sunday.   The BAI requested an investigation into Chang Myoung Jin, the head of the Defense Acquisition Program Administration, and two other officials for breach of trust.   In December 2016, Chang determined that the Surion was ready for operations even though the aircraft had failed to meet airworthiness qualifications.   The BAI also ordered Chang to halt deliveries of the Surion until the problems are fixed
Item Number:14 Date: 07/18/2017 SYRIA - SUICIDE CAR BOMB KILLS 4 IN KURDISH-HELD NORTHEAST (JUL 18/AFP)  AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE -- A suicide car bomber killed four people Tuesday at a Kurdish security checkpoint in northeastern Syria, says a monitoring group, as reported by Agence France-Presse.   The attack took place overnight at a checkpoint in Hasakeh province, about 12 miles from the town of Ras al-Ain, according to the U.K.-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights on Tuesday. The attack was confirmed by a Kurdish official, noted Reuters.   The checkpoint was operated by the Asayish Kurdish internal security force, said the monitor. At least two of those killed were said to by Asayish members.   That area is controlled by the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG). The YPG is leading an assault to capture the Islamic State stronghold of Raqqa.  
  Item Number:15 Date: 07/18/2017 TURKEY - LAWMAKERS GO ALONG WITH ANOTHER EMERGENCY STATE EXTENSION (JUL 18/VOA)  VOICE OF AMERICA NEWS -- Turkish lawmakers have approved the extension of state of emergency for three more months, reports the Voice of America News.   Parliament voted on Monday to extend the emergency state for a fourth time. The emergency state was declared in July 2016 following a failed coup attempt.   Until the action, the emergency state was set to expire on Wednesday.   Deputy Prime Minister Nurettin Canikli told lawmakers t that the emergency rule had helped create the necessary legal environment to cleanse the nation of the network of U.S.-based cleric Fethullah Gulen. Ankara blames Gulen for the coup attempt
  Item Number:16 Date: 07/18/2017 UKRAINE - CANADIAN TRAINERS HAVE ALREADY RUN 111 COURSES FOR NEARLY 5,000 UKRAINIANS (JUL 18/CDND)  CANADA DEPARTMENT OF NATIONAL DEFENSE -- The Canadian Joint Task Force-Ukraine has trained almost 5,000 Ukrainian military personnel to date in a variety of specialties, reports the Canadian Dept. of National Defense.   Lt. Gen. Paul Wynnyk, the army chief, visited the mission last week. He observed training at the engineering school in Kamyanets-Podilsky and the Peace Support Training Center near Lviv among other activities, the department said in a Sunday release.   Wynnyk also met with his Ukrainian counterpart, Lt. Gen. Naev Sergii, and participated in a round table with senior Ukrainian army staff.   Under Operation Unifier, Canada is providing military training and capacity building to support Ukraine's efforts to maintain sovereignty, security and stability, said the release.   As of July 1, Canadians had trained more than 4,780 Ukrainian soldiers in more than 111 courses covering areas such as explosive ordnance disposal; small team training; military police training; flight safety; military medicine; and logistics systems modernization.   There are currently about 200 Canadian military personnel deployed to Ukraine. The mission is scheduled to run through March 2019.  
  Item Number:17 Date: 07/18/2017 UKRAINE - RUSSIAN-BACKED SEPARATISTS PROCLAIM NEW STATE, MALOROSSIYA (JUL 18/DEWELLE)  DEUTSCHE WELLE -- Pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine have proclaimed a new state, reports Deutsche Welle.   Rebels in the self-declared "People's Republics" of Donetsk and Luhansk in eastern Ukraine agreed on Tuesday to "declare the establishment of a new state, which is the successor of Ukraine," according a statement published on the pro-rebel Donetsk News Agency.   The separatists aspire to rule the entire nation, not just the area they control.   The declared state, called Malorossiya (which translates as "Little Russia") would include all Ukraine. The capital would be moved from Kiev to the rebel stronghold of Donetsk.   Kiev would be reduced to a "historical and cultural center," said the statement.   A constitution is being drawn up that will be put to a referendum later, said one separatist official.   Moscow annexed Crimea from Ukraine in 2014 and has been accused of backing separatists in eastern Ukraine. A peace deal in 2015 brokered between Ukraine and the separatists by the leaders of Ukraine, Russia, France and Germany has only reduced the intensity of the fighting.  
  Item Number:18 Date: 07/18/2017 USA - COMBINED SECURITY TRANSITION COMMAND GETS NEW COMMANDER IN AFGHANISTAN WITH CONSIDERABLE EXPERIENCE IN REGION (JUL 18/S&S)  STARS AND STRIPES -- The U.S.-led Combined Security Transition Command-Afghanistan has a new chief, reports the Stars and Stripes.   Army Maj. Gen. Robin Fontes assumed command in a ceremony on Saturday in Kabul. She succeeded Army Maj. Gen. Richard Kaiser.   With the change of command, Fontes becomes the highest-ranked female officer in Afghanistan since the war began.   She has spent 12 years in the region, completing multiple deployments in Afghanistan, as well as India, Pakistan and Tajikistan. The West Point graduate speaks three regional languages.   "There is no officer of any service in the United States military that has more experience in this region than Maj. Gen. Robin Fontes," said Army Gen. John Nicholson, the commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan.   Fontes will also assume the role of deputy chief of staff, security assistance for the Operation Resolute Support headquarters, said the newspaper. CSTC-A is part of the Resolute Support mission and focuses on developing Afghan security forces
Item Number:19 Date: 07/18/2017 USA - CUTTER WAESCHE IN LINE FOR STRUCTURAL ENHANCEMENT WITHIN MONTHS (JUL 18/USCG)  U.S. COAST GUARD -- The U.S. Coast Guard says it has exercised a contract option with Vigor Marine, headquartered in Portland, Ore., for a structural enhancement drydock availability (SEDA) for a national security cutter.   The $14 million deal covers structural enhancements designed to prevent long-term fatigue damage, said a service release on July 14.   USCGC Waesche, a Bertholf-class vessel, is scheduled to arrive at the Seattle shipyard in September. Work is expected to last for a year.   The Bertholf, the lead ship in the class, began its SEDA in September 2016. The Waesche is the second in the class.   In the early stages of production, it was determined that structural modifications would be needed in order to achieve the planned 30-year design life, said the service.   The enhancements began to be incorporated during the construction of the third Bertholf-class cutter, Stratton. The Bertholf and Waesche were unable to receive the enhancements due to construction timelines, the Coast Guard said
  Item Number:20 Date: 07/18/2017 USA - SAILOR WHO WAS HIDING, NOT LOST AT SEA, CHARGED WITH ABANDONING WATCH, DERELICTION OF DUTY (JUL 18/S&S)  STARS AND STRIPES -- A U.S. sailor who was presumed missing at sea but then found on the ship last month has been charged with dereliction of duty and abandoning watch, says the Navy, as reported by the Stars and Stripes.   Petty Officer 3rd Class Peter Mims was reported missing on June 8 as the USS Shiloh was conducting operations off the coast of Okinawa, Japan. A 50-hour search effort was made for the sailor involving several Japanese and U.S. ships.   A week later, Mims was found in an engineering space aboard the cruiser after he was presumed dead.   During an admiral's mast, an inquiry into minor offenses, the sailor admitted he had actively avoided the searches, said a Navy spokesman on Tuesday. No reason was given for the evasion.   Mims was charged with absence without leave for abandoning watch and failure to obey an order for dereliction, the spokesman said.   The Navy is considering other action, but has declined to discuss punishment.

 
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