Wednesday, July 26, 2017

TheList 4509


The List 4509


To All,
A bit of history and some tidbits.
Regards,
Skip
This Day In Naval History - July 26
1812 - Frigate Essex captures British brig Leander
1912 - First airborne radio communications from naval aircraft to ship (LT John Rodgers to USS Stringham)
1942 - CAPT Joy Bright Hancock appointed Director, Women's Naval Reserve.
1948 - President Harry S. Truman orders desegregation of the Armed Services.
1954 - 3 aircraft from USS Philippine Sea (CVA-47) shoot down 2 Chinese fighters that fired on them while they were providing air cover for rescue operations for a U.K. airliner shot down by a Chinese aircraft.
 
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Today in History July 26
657
Mu'awiya defeats Caliph Ali in the Battle of Siffin in Mesopotamia.
1526
Lucas Vazquez de Ayllon and colonists leave Santo Domingo for Florida.
1529
Francisco Pizarro receives a royal warrant to "discover and conquer" Peru.
1758
British forces capture France's Fortress of Louisbourg after a seven-week siege.
1759
The French relinquish Fort Ticonderoga in New York to the British under General Jeffrey Amherst.
1775
The Continental Congress establishes a postal system for the colonies with Benjamin Franklin as the first postmaster general.
1790
An attempt at a counter-revolution in France is put down by the National Guard at Lyons.
1794
The French defeat an Austrian army at the Battle of Fleurus, France.
1830
King Charles X of France issues five ordinances limiting the political and civil rights of citizens.
1847
Liberia becomes the first African colony to become an independent state.
1848
The French army suppresses the Paris uprising.
1886
William Gladstone is replaced by Lord Salisbury as Prime Minister of England.
1918
Britain's top war ace, Edward Mannock, is shot down by ground fire on the Western Front.
1920
The 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is ratified.
1948
In an Executive Order, President Harry Truman calls for the end of discrimination and segregation in the U.S. armed forces.
2005
The shuttle Discovery launches on mission STS-114, marking a return to space after the shuttle Columbia crash of 2003.
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From the Marquis' Commission to an F-86 Kill by  W. Thomas Smith Jr.
07/27/2010
 
This Week in American Military History:
 
July 25, 1866:  David Glasgow Farragut – best known for purportedly uttering the command, "Damn the torpedoes! Full speed ahead!," or the more likely command, "Damn the torpedoes! "Four bells. Captain [Percival] Drayton, go ahead! [Lt. Commander James] Jouett, full speed!" during the
1864 Battle of Mobile Bay, Alabama – is appointed to the rank of admiral (the first such rank in U.S. Naval history).
This same day, future American Pres. Ulysses S. Grant becomes the first "full [four star] general" in the history of the U.S. Army.
 
July 26, 1947: The National Security Act of 1947 – the law reorganizing the post-World War II national defense/intelligence structure of the United States – is passed.
 
The Act establishes the U.S. Department of Defense, which brings together the Departments of the Army, Navy (including the Marine Corps), the newly established Air Force (born of the World War II-era Army Air Forces), and it makes "official" the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
The Act also establishes the National Security Council (the highest-ranking executive council – composed of the U.S. president, vice president, secretaries of Defense and State, and others – responsible for advising the president on matters related to the integration of domestic, foreign, and military policies affecting national security) and the Central Intelligence Agency (born of a series of predecessor foreign intelligence-gathering/clandestine-operations organizations including the World War II-era Office of Strategic Services).
The Act, which will become effective Sept. 18, is considered to be the most sweeping reorganization of the American defense structure since the establishment of the Department of the Navy in 1798.
 
July 27, 1909:  Aviation pioneer Orville Wright flies himself and U.S. Army Lt. Frank P. Lahm above the Fort Myer, Virginia countryside for more than an hour in his now-famous Wright Flyer. The Army leadership is impressed enough that it takes delivery of its first Wright Flyer, "the world's first military airplane," within days.
 
July 27, 1953:  A negotiated ceasefire ends the "shooting war" in Korea.
This same day, U.S. Air Force Capt. Ralph S. Parr, flying an F-86 Sabre, shoots down a Soviet Ilyushin Il-12 transport, reportedly "the last kill"
of the Korean War.
 
July 28, 1915:  Rear Admiral William B. Caperton, commander of the Cruiser Squadron of the Atlantic Fleet, orders 340 U.S. Marines and sailors ashore at Port au Prince, Haiti. The landing party is composed of the Marine Detachment USS Washington, the 12th Marine Expeditionary Company, and three companies of sailors. More troops will follow.
The landings are initiated in response to a spate of mob violence in which scores of political prisoners are summarily executed.
 
July 29, 1846:  Sailors and Marines of USS Cyane seize San Diego, California, during the Mexican War.
 
July 30, 1864: In a special-operation that proves disastrous for the initiators, Union Army troops under the command of Maj. Gen. Ambrose E. Burnside detonate a mine, blowing a huge hole (or crater) in the Confederate defenses at Petersburg, Virginia. Several units of Union soldiers charge in after the explosion, but each unit is beaten back with heavy losses by Confederates under Brig. Gen. William Mahone.
 
July 31, 1777:  The Marquis de Lafayette, a 19-year-old French nobleman whom Gen. George Washington will soon take under his wing, is commissioned "major general" in the Continental Army.
 
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From the archives
Thanks to Carl
Watch: Old School F-14 Tomcat Carrier Ops | Fighter Sweep
(This will increase the heart and respiration rate from memories of the good ole days!!)
 
 
Watch: Old School F-14 Tomcat Carrier Ops
JULY 23, 2016
Follow a VF-211 Checkmate F-14 Tomcat around the carrier landing pattern on the USS John C Stennis for day catapults and traps.
You've all wanted to do this:  Man up your F-14 Tomcat for day catapult shots and traps.  Sometimes they call it a "Bag-Ex" because you are "bagging traps." But we will just call it carrier ops so we don't get in trouble for not doing any "real" training.
Let's follow this F-14A around the carrier pattern from startup, taxi, catapult shot, overhead break, and trap.  Only to be taken back to Cat I again for another round of fun.  Have a great Saturday!
Here is a blow by blow breakdown of the video.
0:17 RIO Panel shot (notice range scales on the radar–out to 200 nm…Phoenix capable)
0:30 Windmill engine for startup
1:22 F-18C Hornet Shoots off Cat IV
1:45 LSO Calibration of ILARTS camera (Landing Signal Officer's stand out on the flight deck to calibrate the landing camera–cameo Stump)
1:58 "Hands up" for Arming of Tomcat by Ordnance personnel
2:20 Full control wipe out
2:45 Cat shot stroke down Cat I (Aft view)
3:17 Abeam shot of carrier
3:37 Overhead break into the pattern
4:45 CVN comes into view just past the 45 position in the carrier landing pattern
5:42 Trap! (kudos to those who can tell what wire he caught)
6:25 Taxi into Catapult I
6:35 Weight board roger'd up by RIO, holdback fitting shown by Green shirt
6:55 Director signals "Kneel the aircraft" (3 times…because the LTjg didn't understand)
7:30 Taxi into shuttle
8:13 Cat Shot!=Freedom.
And that is day carrier ops in a nutshell!
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Thanks to Carl
I remember watching my dad getting his brand new blue uniform ready for his first day in it. Putting all the ribbons and insignia on and making the hat. I was not that keen on the blue.
The US Air Force at 70: From early jets to stealth aircraft
 
40 Photos with details in link!  Enjoy! 
In 1947, the flyboys broke away from the US Army to establish the Air Force as a separate branch. Here's a look back at the aircraft of those seven decades.
 
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Thanks to John
Subject: Teaching kids to milk cows.
 
Teaching kids to milk cows in Elementary Education in Wisconsin, America's Dairyland
Now that's what I would call a great and willing educator!
It's all about camera angle, and I bet whoever took this picture was laughing as they pushed the button...
 
 
 
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Item Number:1 Date: 07/26/2017 AFGHANISTAN - TALIBAN ATTACKS KANDAHAR BASE; MORE THAN 2 DOZEN SOLDIERS KILLED (JUL 26/RFE/RL)  RADIO FREE EUROPE/RADIO LIBERTY -- Afghan officials say a Taliban attack on a military base in southern Kandahar province has killed 26 soldiers and wounded 13, reports Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.   The attack in the early hours of Wednesday hit the Karzyalay military base in Khakrez district, said a Defense Ministry spokesman.   More than 80 Taliban militants were killed, the spokesman said, as cited by AFP. Reinforcements have been sent to the scene, he said.   Casualties have been variously reported. One army source said 12 soldiers were still missing.   Residents cited by AFP reported seeing a 30-strong convoy carrying hundreds of Taliban fighters, who then assaulted the base from multiple directions.   The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, saying it controlled the district.  
  Item Number:2 Date: 07/26/2017 ALGERIA - POLICE NAB VETERAN MILITANT, BREAK UP HIS ISIS CELL (JUL 26/REU)  REUTERS -- Algerian police have busted an Islamic State terrorist cell led by a former Al-Qaida commander, reports Reuters, citing a security source.   Mohamed Yacine Aknouche was captured earlier this week near Tipaza, 30 miles west of the capital Algiers, the source told the wire service on Wednesday.   Aknouche had been planning attacks on security forces in the capital, according to local media.   Aknouche was previously part of a Europe-based affiliate of Algeria's Islamic Armed Group (GIA), which was linked to Al-Qaida. He was sentenced in absentia by a French court in 2004 to eight years prison for a plot to blow up a Christmas market in Strasbourg in December 2000.   It was not clear when Aknouche returned to Algeria, the source said
Item Number:3 Date: 07/26/2017 CAMEROON - BOKO HARAM BLAMED FOR ATTACKING POLICE POST, KIDNAPPING OIL SURVEY TEAM (JUL 26/ANADOLU)  ANADOLU NEWS AGENCY -- A regional commander in Cameroon says Boko Haram terrorists have killed two gendarmes and wounded several others in the northern part of the country, reports the Anadolu Agency (Turkey).   The militants attacked a post Wednesday in the town of Sagme in the far north, near the border with Nigeria, said the military commander.   The attackers fled back to Nigeria by river when army reinforcements arrived, another military source said.   An attack on Monday against a post belonging to the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) regional force killed one soldier, said the military.   Separately, the state-run Nigerian National Petroleum Company (NNPC) said on Wednesday that suspected Boko Haram militants kidnapped 10 members of a university research team searching for oil in Nigeria's Borno state.   The contractors were kidnapped Tuesday afternoon near Jibi village in the Magumeri local government area, said a company spokesman
Item Number:4 Date: 07/26/2017 CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC - 2 MOROCCAN PEACEKEEPERS KILLED IN 2ND ATTACK THIS WEEK; SHOOTING BLAMED ON PRO-CHRISTIAN, ANTI-BALAKA MILITIA (JUL 26/MOROCCO WN)  MOROCCO WORLD NEWS -- Fighters from an armed group have killed two Moroccan peacekeepers and injured another in the Central African Republic, says the U.N. mission there, as reported by Morocco World News.   On Tuesday, the Moroccans were killed in an ambush by the predominately Christian anti-balaka militia in Bagassou, 435 miles east of the capital Bangui, said the U.N. Mission in the CAR (MINUSCA).   The peacekeepers were stocking up on water to deliver to the local population when they were attacked, MINUSCA said.   This was the second attack this week. Another Moroccan was killed on Sunday and three others were wounded, reported Reuters.   Conflict broke out in 2013 when mainly Muslim Seleka rebels ousted President Francois Bozize, a Christian. This prompted retaliation from anti-balaka vigilante units drawn from the Christian majority – which began to target Muslims
Item Number:5 Date: 07/26/2017 CHINA - BEIJING SHOWS OFF NEW MODEL OF DF-31AG ICBM (JUL 26/SCMP)  SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST -- China has publicly unveiled a model of an advanced variant of one of its intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs), reports the South China Morning Post.   The model of the Dong Feng 31AG (DF-31AG), a modernized version of the DF-31A, was shown last week for the first time at an exhibition marking the 90th anniversary of the founding of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) at the Military Museum of the Chinese People's Revolution in Beijing.   The range of the upgrade upgraded missile is expected to similar to the DF-31A, which can fly about 6,840 miles (11,000 km). The DF-31AG is more mobile because of a new carrier design, according to experts.   The modernized weapon is carried on an 8 x 8 launch vehicle capable of off-road operations. The DF-31AG also adopted technology from intermediate-range missiles, such as the DF-26 and long-range DF-41, one Macau-based expert said, as cited by Singapore's Today.   The missile may be able to carry a single or multiple nuclear warheads or a large single conventional warhead
Item Number:6 Date: 07/26/2017 COLOMBIA - ELN REBEL GROUP CALLS FOR 3-MONTH TRUCE (JUL 26/REU)  REUTERS -- Colombia's ELN rebel group says it has proposed a three-month cease-fire during its peace talks with the government, reports Reuters.   A new round of talks began in Ecuador this week between the ELN and the government.   A ELN negotiator said on Tuesday that the rebel group offered a temporary bilateral cease-fire to build trust and "alleviate the civilian population."   The talks in Ecuador began in February. Bogota has demanded that the ELN stop its kidnapping activities and attacks on oil infrastructure
Item Number:7 Date: 07/26/2017 EUROPEAN UNION - NAVAL OPERATION IN MEDITERRANEAN TO LAST THROUGH 2018 (JUL 26/EEAS)  EUROPEAN EXTERNAL ACTION SERVICE -- The European Union has extended the mandate of its counter-trafficking naval operation in the Mediterranean Sea until the end of 2018, reports the European External Action Service (EEAS).   The move was made on Tuesday in Brussels.   E.U. Naval Force MED (EUNAVFOR MED), also called Operation Sophia, aims to disrupt operations by migrant smugglers and human-traffickers in the south central Mediterranean; train the Libyan coast guard and navy; and help implement the U.N. arms embargo off the coast of Libya.   At the same time, the E.U. amended the mandate to establish a new monitoring mechanism for the training of the Libyan coast guard; conduct new surveillance activities and gather information on illegal oil-trafficking from Libya; and enhance information-sharing on human-trafficking with the law enforcement agencies of member states and the Frontex border agency and EUROPOL.  
  Item Number:8 Date: 07/26/2017 EUROPEAN UNION - TOP E.U. COURT KEEPS HAMAS ON TERROR LIST, REMOVES TAMIL TIGERS (JUL 26/GUARDIAN)  GUARDIAN -- The top court at the European Union has kept Hamas on its E.U. terrorist blacklist, reports the Guardian (U.K.).   Hamas was first listed as a terror group in 2001. The listing was annulled in 2014 over procedural grounds, citing insufficient evidence based on media report, not gathered through an independent investigation.   On Wednesday, the Luxembourg-based European Court of Justice (ECJ) said that the annulment was wrong and should be reconsidered. The highest court found that a decision by a competent authority was only required for an initial listing, not for keeping Hamas on the list.   The opinion last year was non-binding, noted the Financial Times. The ECJ said it would refer the Hamas case back to the lowest Genera European court.   Separately, the court also ruled that the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) of Sri Lanka, aka Tamil Tigers, should be removed from the terrorism list.   The E.U. had not provided any evidence that there was any risk of the group carrying out attacks, said the court
Item Number:9 Date: 07/26/2017 GERMANY - TOKYO, BERLIN AGREE TO DEFENSE COOPERATION PACT (JUL 26/DEWELLE)  DEUTSCHE WELLE -- The governments of Germany and Japan have signed an agreement to jointly develop new defense technology, reports Deutsche Welle.   The pact was signed on July 17 in Berlin, the German Defense Ministry confirmed on Sunday, noted Defense News.   This is the eighth such agreement Tokyo has signed since Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's government revised legal restrictions on the sharing of advanced military technology.   Japan has been taking steps to improve its defense capabilities in response to challenges from China and North Korea.   Development of a new air-to-air missile based on Europe's Meteor technology and Japan's AAM-4 is one focus for such cooperation, analysts said.   Tokyo also wants to sell more of its advanced technology abroad and acquire or jointly develop subsystems. European firms are known to excel in this regard.  
Item Number:10 Date: 07/26/2017 IRAQ - WHILE STILL DANGEROUS, ISIS STRUGGLING TO REGROUP, SAYS SENIOR U.S. GENERAL (JUL 26/VOA)  VOICE OF AMERICA NEWS -- The senior U.S. Air Force officer in Iraq says that Islamic State fighters seem to be disorganized after losing the lengthy battle for Mosul in northern Iraq, reports the Voice of America News.   The terrorists are struggling to regroup with their fragmented forces in part because of allied airpower restricting their ability to move rapidly and mass fighters, Gen. Andrew Croft told VOA in an interview.   This is different from earlier setbacks. For example, after being ejected from Tikrit -- which is about 90 miles northwest of Baghdad and 140 miles southeast of Mosul -- ISIS launched a series of battlefield counterattacks. This forced Iraqi forces from their positions in Ramadi, the capital of Iraq's western Anbar province, and conducting a major attack on Palmyra in Syria.   However, ISIS now appears unable to muster such attacks, although it retains strongholds in the Euphrates River Valley and other parts of Iraq, noted Croft.   The ability of unmanned aircraft to monitor day and night prevents ISIS from having a sanctuary where it can regroup, the general said via Skype
Item Number:11 Date: 07/26/2017 LIBYA - MEETING IN PARIS, RIVAL FACTIONS AGREE TO STOP FIGHTING (JUL 26/ALJAZ)  AL JAZEERA -- The leaders of two rival forces in Libya have agreed to a cease-fire after talks in France, reports Al Jazeera (Qatar).   The announcement was made Tuesday by Prime Minister Fayez Serraj of the U.N.-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) based in Tripoli, and Gen. Khalifa Haftar, a military commander allied with a rival government in Tobruk.   The leaders met in Paris for talks hosted by French President Emmanuel Macron.   Both sides agreed to use armed force only against terrorist groups, said the joint statement.   They also promised to work for presidential and parliamentary elections. The election will be held "as soon as possible," possibly as early as spring 2018
  Item Number:12 Date: 07/26/2017 MALAYSIA - AIR FORCE HORNETS GET MAJOR UPGRADE, RECEIVING 'QUANTUM LEAP IN CAPABILITY' (JUL 26/NST)  NEW STRAITS TIMES -- The Royal Malaysian Air Force recently completed a phased upgrade of its F/A-18C/D Hornet fighter jets, reports the New Straits Times, citing service officials.   The program focused on improving the aircraft's air-to-air and air-to-ground capabilities.   Gen. Datuk Seri Affendi Buang, the air force head, told the paper that the work gave the aircraft a "quantum leap in capability."   The four main components of the project were integration of the Boeing Joint Helmet-Mounted Cueing System (JHMCS); the latest AIM-9X Sidewinder infrared-guided air-to-air missiles; GPS guidance kits for Joint Direct Attack Munitions (JDAMs); and Advanced Targeting Forward-Looking Infrared (ATLFIR) pods.   Boeing received a contract for the modernization in November 2011, with initial work completed at its factory in St. Louis, Mo. Subsequent airframes were upgraded at RMAF Butterworth
  Item Number:13 Date: 07/26/2017 RUSSIA - CHINESE, MONGOLIAN PERSONNEL JOIN RUSSIAN BORDER GUARDS IN TRANSBAIKAL EXERCISE (JUL 26/INT-AVN)  INTERFAX-MILITARY NEWS AGENCY -- Border guards from China, Mongolia and Russia have just completed a major exercise in Russia's Transbaikal region, reports Interfax-AVN (Russia).   This month's Border Strengthening drills focused on the tracking and capture of a group of mock international terrorists, said a spokesman for the Russian border service.   More than 100 officers took part from the Russian Transbaikal border service, Mongolia's border security authority and a public security detachment from China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region.   This was the largest such trilateral exercise held by the neighbors, the spokesman said.  
  Item Number:14 Date: 07/26/2017 SOUTH KOREA - SEOUL PUSHES FOR MORE POWERFUL WARHEADS ON ITS BALLISTIC MISSILES (JUL 26/YON)  YONHAP -- The South Korean government is looking to upgrade the firepower of the warheads on its ballistic missiles, reports the Yonhap news agency (Seoul).   An increase from 1,100 pounds (500 kg ) to 2,200 pounds (1,000 kg) is necessary to counter growing threats from North Korea, said unnamed sources.   South Korea is operating under restrictions set with the U.S. in 2012, noted CNBC.   Seoul proposed revising those restrictions during a bilateral summit in June. South Korea is preparing to begin talks on the matter during the annual Security Consultative Meeting and the Korea-U.S. Integrated Defense Dialog later this year, the sources said.   In 2012, the allies revised the ballistic-missile guidelines, allowing South Korea to extend the maximum range from 190 miles (300 km) to 500 miles (800 km), with a 500-kg warhead.   "Our military is reviewing various measures to counter North Korea's nuclear and missile provocations," said a government official, who declined to address the possible revision
  Item Number:15 Date: 07/26/2017 SRI LANKA - FOLLOWING LABOR STRIKE, GOVERNMENT SENDS TROOPS TO DISTRIBUTE FUEL (JUL 26/AFP)  AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE -- Sri Lankan soldiers and police officers have been deployed to help distribute fuel amid a strike by oil workers, reports Agence France-Presse.   Workers of the state-owned Ceylon Petroleum Corp. began an indefinite walkout on Monday evening to protest plans to sell stakes in government-controlled oil depots to India and China.   The government says the sale is needed to develop infrastructure. It wants to develop a disused World War II-era oil depot in the northeastern port of Trincomalee with an Indian state-owned company and the Hambantota port in the south with a Chinese company.   The deployment came after the government declared that petroleum supply is an essential service, noted the Press Trust of India.   Hundreds of troops were sent on Wednesday to two main distribution points near the capital Colombo. They have begun restoring supplies, assisted by workers not on strike, said police.   Soldiers are also providing security for non-strikers, said an army spokesman
Item Number:16 Date: 07/26/2017 SYRIA - MONITORS REPORT AIRSTRIKES, FIGHTING IN CEASE-FIRE AREA; RUSSIA CALLS THIS 'ABSOLUTE LIE' (JUL 26/AFP)  AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE -- Monitors of the war in Syria say fighting has restarted in a rebel-held area where a cease-fire was recently declared, reports Agence France-Presse.   Russia announced a cease-fire in Eastern Ghouta, a suburb outside of Damascus, on Saturday.   There were clashes overnight between Syrian government troops and fighters belonging to the Faylaq al-Rahman rebel group in the Ain Tarma district, according to the U.K.-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights on Wednesday.   The monitors said there was less fighting by morning. Government airstrikes then hit the area, said the observatory.   Faylaq al-Rahman is affiliated with Al-Qaida's former affiliate Nusra Front (later renamed Jabhat Fatah al-Sham). That means it is excluded from the cease-fire, reported the state-run Al-Watan newspaper.   The monitoring group also reported airstrikes in the area over the past few days. One Russian official said on Tuesday that no airstrikes hit the cease-fire zone, which is being monitored by Russian military police.   Moscow called the reports of airstrikes on Tuesday "an absolute lie" meant to discredit its work with the safe zones, reported Reuters
  Item Number:17 Date: 07/26/2017 TURKEY - PRESIDENT TOUTS PROGRESS WITH RUSSIA OVER S-400 DEFENSE SYSTEM (JUL 26/TASS)  TASS -- Turkish President Recep Erdogan said on Tuesday that documents have been signed with Russia to purchase S-400 long-range air defense missile systems, reports Tass (Russia), citing Turkish television.   "We have made steps on this issue with Russia." He said signatures were signed. "God willing, we'll see S-400 missiles in our country," the president said, as reported by Reuters.   We will, he said, also request "joint production of these systems," Erdogan said, as quoted by the Haber 7 television channel.   Negotiations were "a done deal," he said.   The S-400 deal emerged following difficulties in purchasing air defense missile systems from the U.S., the president added. He was responding to comments made over the weekend by U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford that Turkey's purchase of the S-400 "would be a concern."   Moscow and Ankara are at the final stage of negotiations, reported Russia's Sputnik news agency
Item Number:18 Date: 07/26/2017 USA - NAVY SHIP STOPS APPROACHING IRANIAN SHIP WITH WARNING SHOTS IN PERSIAN GULF (JUL 26/FN)  FOX NEWS -- A U.S. Navy patrol boat fired warning shots Tuesday at an Iranian vessel in the Persian Gulf, say U.S. defense officials cited by Fox News.   The USS Thunderbolt, a Cyclone-class patrol boat, fired warning shots from its .50-caliber machine gun at the Iranian patrol boat when it came within 150 yards at high speed, one official told AFP.   The official said the vessel from the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps ignored repeated radio calls from the Thunderbolt, which also launched flares.   After the shots, the Revolutionary Guard vessel reportedly stopped.   The incident occurred as a group of Navy warships was in the midst of an exercise in the northern Persian Gulf.  
Item Number:19 Date: 07/26/2017 USA - NAVY TESTING WEARABLE AUGMENTED REALITY VISOR FOR GUNNERS, LIAISON OFFICERS (JUL 26/D1)  DEFENSE ONE -- The U.S. Navy is testing an augmented reality (AR) helmet designed for sailors manning guns, reports Defense One.   The GunnAR augmented-reality headset was the brainchild of a junior officer aboard the guided-missile destroyer Gridley. The idea was presented at last year's Office of Naval Research (ONR) Innovation Jam, where it received first prize and $100,000 for development.   Earlier this year, the blue-tinted visor was tested for the first time during the Trident Warrior experiment on the cruiser Bunker Hill.   The objective of the GunnAR is to facilitate communication between the ship's gunnery liaison officer and those manning the smaller guns.   The headset is wirelessly connected to a tablet. The officer uses it to direct the gunner's attention toward targets and to start or stop firing. Cues and other information, such as infrared imagery and the range to a target, appear in a head-up display projected on the visor.   The system helps the gunner see exactly what the officer desires without shouted orders, radio transmitters or telephones.   The GunnAR is next scheduled to take part in the Citadel Project waterside security experiment at Naval Base San Diego. It could receive funding for wider employment shortly thereafter
Item Number:20 Date: 07/26/2017 USA - SUPER HORNETS, GROWLERS WILL LAUNCH SAFER FOLLOWING SOFTWARE FIX (JUL 26/NAVAIR)  NAVAL AIR SYSTEMS COMMAND -- The U.S. Navy's electromagnetic aircraft launch system (EMALS) team recently completed testing of a software fix at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J., reports the Naval Air Systems Command.   The fix is aimed at ensuring safe launches.   A total of 71 EMALS test launches were conducted to confirm that F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and EA-18G Growler aircraft fitted with wing-mounted, 480-gallon external fuel tanks can launch without exceeding stress limits on the jets, said a NAVAIR release on July 24.   Software control algorithm updates corrected the issue, according to a post-test review of the data.   The issue was first discovered in 2014, noted the release.   The software upgrade will be incorporated on the newly commissioned USS Gerald R. Ford, the first aircraft carrier fitted with EMALS to support shipboard launches of Super Hornets with external fuel tanks in 2019, said NAVAIR.
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