Thursday, August 3, 2017

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The List 4514


To All,
A bit of history and some tidbits. This is a Bubba Breakfast Friday in San Diego
Regards,
Skip
This Day In Naval History - August 2
1916: The AB-3 flying boat, piloted by Lt. Godfrey de Chevalier, is catapulted from USS North Carolina (ACR 12) while underway in Pensacola Bay, Fla. The launch completes calibration of the first catapult designed for shipboard use.
 
1943 - PT-109, under command of LTJG John F. Kennedy cut in half by Japanese cruiser Amagiri
1943 - Naval task groups bombard Japanese forces on Kiska, Alaska
1950 - Amphibious force ships land Marine First Provisional Brigade at Pusan, Korea helping to save this last area of South Korea from capture.
1964 - Three North Vietnamese PT boats attack USS Maddox (DD-731) in international waters in Gulf of Tonkin. Maddox sinks one.
From 1 August
1941  First production Willys MB Jeep is completed
1943  Operation Tidal Wave, the raid on Ploesti is conducted by B-24s attempting to destroy oil refineries
1944 - While in action with the German submarine (U 804), USS Fiske (DE 143) is torpedoed mid-ship, breaks in two and sinks. Thirty of her crew members are lost with her.
 
 
Today in History August 2
216 BC
Hannibal Barca wins his greatest victory over the Romans at Cannae. After avidly studying the tactics of Hannibal, Scipio Africanus eventually bested his Carthaginian adversary.
47 BC
Caesar defeats Pharnaces at Zela in Syria and declares, "veni, vidi, vici," (I came, I saw, I conquered).
1552
The treaty of Passau gives religious freedom to Protestants living in Germany.
1553
An invading French army is destroyed at the Battle of Marciano in Italy by an imperial army.
1589
During France's religious war, a fanatical monk stabs King Henry II to death.
1776
The Continental Congress, having decided unanimously to make the Declaration of Independence, affixes the signatures of the other delegates to the document.
1790
The first US census begins enumerating the population.
1802
Napoleon Bonaparte is proclaimed "Consul for Life" by the French Senate after a plebiscite from the French people.
1819
The first parachute jump from a balloon is made by Charles Guille in New York City.
1832
Troops under General Henry Atkinson massacre Sauk Indian men, women and children who are followers of Black Hawk at the Bad Axe River in Wisconsin. Black Hawk himself finally surrenders three weeks later, bringing the Black Hawk War to an end.
1847
William A. Leidesdorff launches the first steam boat in San Francisco Bay.
1862
Union General John Pope captures Orange Court House, Virginia.
1862
The Army Ambulance Corps is established by Maj. Gen. George McClellan.
1876
Wild Bill Hickok is shot while playing poker.
1914
1918
A British force lands in Archangel, Russia, to support White Russian opposition to the Bolsheviks.
1923
Vice President Calvin Coolidge becomes president upon the death of Warren G. Harding.
1934
German President Paul von Hindenburg dies and Adolf Hitler becomes chancellor.
1943
Lt. John F. Kennedy, towing an injured sailor, swims to a small island in the Solomon Islands. The night before, his boat, PT-109, had been split in half by the Japanese destroyer Amagiri.
1950
The U.S. First Provisional Marine Brigade arrives in Korea from the United States.
1964
U.S. destroyer Maddox is reportedly attacked by North Vietnamese patrol boats.
1965
Newsman Morley Safer films the destruction of a Vietnamese village by U.S. Marines.
1990
Iraqi forces invade neighboring Kuwait.
1997
Author William S. Burroughs (Naked Lunch), considered the godfather of the "Beat Generation" in American literature, dies at age 83.
 
 
 
 
From the Coast Guard's Birthday to a U-2 First by  W. Thomas Smith Jr.
08/03/2010
 
This Week in American Military History:
 
Aug. 1, 1943:  Operation Tidal Wave -- also known as the Raid on Ploesti --
commences: 177 U.S. Army Air Forces B-24 Liberators flying 1,000-plus miles from their bases in Libya, attack the heavily defended Ploesti oil fields in Rumania.
 
The raid is flown against waves of counterattacking enemy planes, heavy antiaircraft fire, and at treetop level above the target area. Many of the
B-24 crews are forced to fly through thick black smoke over targets just-attacked by their comrades ahead of them, and they are caught in the bursts and shock waves of delayed-action bombs.
 
Damage will be heavy on the oilfields said "to be supplying 60 percent of Germany's crude oil requirements," according to the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. But USAAF casualties will also be high: "Of 177 planes and
1,726 men who took off on the mission, 54 planes and 532 men failed to return."
 
Five Medals of Honor will be awarded for the daring raid. Recipients
include: Col. Leon W. Johnson, Col. John R. Kane, Lt. Col. Addison E. Baker (posthumous), Maj. John L. Jerstad (posthumous), and 2nd Lt. Lloyd H.
Hughes (posthumous).
 
Aug. 1, 1955: The famous U-2 high-altitude reconnaissance aircraft (yes, the same type of aircraft piloted by CIA pilot Francis Gary Powers when he was shot down over the Soviet Union by a surface-to-air missile in 1960) makes its first-ever flight above Groom Lake (Area 51), Nevada.
 
Aug. 3, 1958:  USS Nautilus -- the world's first nuclear-powered submarine and the U.S. Navy's sixth so-named vessel -- becomes the first "ship" to cross the North Pole. The submarine's simple transmission is, "Nautilus 90 North."
 
Aug. 4, 1790:  Congress approves Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton's proposal to "build ten cutters to protect the new nation's revenue,"
establishing the Revenue Cutter Service – first of the predecessor services of the modern Coast Guard. Thus today will become the officially recognized birthday of the U.S. Coast Guard.
 
Aug. 5, 1864:  One of the great makers of Naval tradition, Rear Admiral David Glasgow Farragut, commanding a strike force of 14 wooden warships and a handful of ironclads, attacks and decisively defeats Confederate Naval forces under Adm. Franklin Buchanan and the Confederate forts defending Mobile Bay, Alabama. It is during this action that Farragut purportedly utters 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!"
 
Aug. 6, 1945:  A single American B-29 bomber, Enola Gay, flying from the island of Tinian drops the first-ever atomic bomb used in war on the Japanese city of Hiroshima.
 
At 8:15 a.m., the bomb, codenamed Little Boy, detonates nearly 2,000 feet above the city center instantly killing between 80,000 and 140,000 people, and seriously wounding another 100,000. According to Hiroshima & Nagasaki Remembered, "The blast wave shattered windows for a distance of ten miles and was felt as far away as 37 miles. Hiroshima had disappeared under a thick, churning foam of flames and smoke. The co-pilot, Captain Robert Lewis, commented, 'My God, what have we done?'"
 
In three days, Nagasaki will suffer the same fate.
 
Japan's ability to wage war is finished.
 
In time, the bombings will be decried as cruel and excessive in terms of the lives lost; as if to suggest all war is not both cruel and excessive to the vanquished. Indeed, nuclear weapons are horrible. What is incalculable, however, is the number of American lives saved by decisively ending the war with the bombs before having to invade the Japanese mainland.
 
Aug. 7, 1942:  Exactly eight months to the day after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, elements of the soon-to-be-famous 1st Marine Division – under the command of Maj. Gen. Alexander Archer "Sunny Jim" Vandegrift (a future Marine Corps commandant) – begin landing on Guadalcanal in the southern Solomon islands, launching America's first large-scale ground offensive of World War II.
 
Simultaneous landings take place on the nearby islets of Tulagi, Gavutu, Tanambogo, and Florida Island. The landings are the first decisive ground actions aimed at eating away at the Japanese who have extended their lines deep into the Western Pacific and threaten Australia.
 
Vandegrift is destined to receive the Medal of Honor, and he will become the first Marine officer on active duty to attain four-star rank.
 
Aug. 7, 1964:  Congress passes the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution, which "approves and supports the determination of the President, as Commander in Chief, to take all necessary measures to repel any armed attack against the forces of the United States and to prevent further aggression."
 
The Vietnam War is officially on.
 
Aug. 7, 1782:  Gen. George Washington creates two badges of distinction for enlisted soldiers and noncommissioned officers: The first is a chevron signifying three years of service (two chevrons for six years) "with bravery, fidelity, and good conduct." The second is a medal – the Badge of Military Merit – for "any singularly meritorious action."
 
According to The U.S. Army Center of Military History, the badge was the "'figure of a heart in purple cloth or silk edged with narrow lace or binding.' This device was affixed to the uniform coat above the left breast and permitted its wearer to pass guards and sentinels without challenge and to have his name and regiment inscribed in a Book of Merit. The badge specifically honored the lower ranks, where decorations were unknown in contemporary European Armies."
 
Though the standards for recipients have changed, the medal exists today as the Purple Heart, and is awarded to "any member of an Armed Force who, while serving with the U.S. Armed Services after 5 April 1917, has been wounded or killed, or who has died or may hereafter die after being wounded."
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Some history, beginning with the 1936 Olympics in Berlin
 
Thanks to Hal -
 
This Olympics of 1936 were held in Germany through Adolph Hitler's managing and it was to be his chance to demonstrate his Super Race to the world.  He would prove this by his athletes winning the gold medals, and it would be a colossal propaganda victory.  He looked around and put his very best man in charge of these Olympics, and that was Schutzstaffel Gruppenfuhrer Reinhard Heydrich.  He was the General in charge of the dreaded SS as well as the Gestapo.  Second only to Himmler, third after Hitler.
 
As you know, it didn't all work out that way and US athlete Jesse Owens dominated the track and field events.  Black as coal. Hitler was apoplectic and stormed out of the stands.
 
The years passed on by and Hitler had launched his purge of the Jews, Christians, gypsies and all other undesirable people, but the sheer numbers were daunting.  He wanted them all dead to purge Germany and any other country they invaded, so a conference was set up in January, 1942 in
Wannsee. a suburb of Berlin.   Attending were the captains of industry, the
heads of Ministries, and many of the German General Staff.  Heydrich chaired the meeting.  { If you want to see how this went, find the BBC movie "Conspiracy" made in 2001 starring Kenneth Branagh as Heydrich.  Five Star performance, Emmy awards}  Their job would be to exterminate millions of innocent people.
 
The British were watching all of this closely and decided that it was time to terminate the career of Reinhard Heydrich.  So OPERATION ANTHROPOID was launched. British SOE, Special Operations Executive, recruited, trained and parachuted a team of seven Czechs with the mission to observe, plan, and kill Heydrich.  They found him to be a regular as clockwork.  He took the same route daily to work, at the very same time, and usually had the top down on his convertible staff car.
 
So on 27 May 1942, a woman agent Rela Fafek in position on his route tipped her hat to signal that he was coming.  As he came along, Jan Kubis and Josef Gabcik stepped off the curb to begin firing and the gun jammed.  As the driver stopped, Heydrich unholstered his pistol.  At that moment they tossed a modified British Number 73 Anti-Tank grenade under the car.  It exploded and seriously wounded Heydrich as the team fled.
 
Heydrich died on 4 June of what his doctors termed "septicemia", or blood poisoning from the seat springs and horsehair stuffing blown into his body.
 
But what he actually died of was the botulinum toxin that Dr. Paul Fildes of England's Porton Down (their chemical and biological weapons lab) had put in the grenade.
 
Hal
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Today on Fighter Sweep
 
US Navy F-18 Hornet Pilot That Shot Down Syrian Su-22 Speaks!
Navy Lt. Cmdr. Michael "MOB" Tremel, the first US pilot to score an aerial victory in almost 20 years has remarked about what took place that day. Lt Cdr Michael Tremel View More ›
http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/FighterSweep?d=yIl2AUoC8zA
 
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Thanks to Bill
Smiles
A woman and her 12-year-old son were riding in a taxi in Detroit.  It was raining and all the prostitutes were standing under awnings.  "Mom," said the boy, "what are all those women doing?"
"They're waiting for their husbands to get off work," she replied.
The taxi driver turns around and says, "Geez lady, why don't you tell him the truth?  They're hookers, boy!  They have sex with men for money."
The little boy's eyes get wide and he says, "Is that true Mom?" His mother, glaring hard at the driver, answers "Yes."
After a few minutes the kid asks, "Mom, if those women have babies, what happens to them?"
                                   
She said, "Most of them become taxi drivers."
                                   
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A doctor that had been seeing an 80-year-old woman for most of her life finally retired.  At her next check-up, the new doctor told her to bring a list of all the medicines that had been prescribed for her.  As the doctor was looking through these his eyes grew wide as he realized Grandma had a prescription for birth control pills.
                                   
"Mrs. Smith, do you realize these are birth control pills?"
"Yes, they help me sleep at night."
"Mrs. Smith, I assure you there is absolutely nothing in these that could possibly help you sleep
She reached out and patted the young doctor's knee and said, "Yes, dear, I know that.  But every morning, I grind one up and mix it in the glass of orange juice that my 16-year-old Granddaughter drinks.  And believe me it definitely helps me sleep at night."
                                   
You gotta love Grandmas!
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A man was riding on a full bus minding his own business when the gorgeous woman next to him started to breast-feed her baby.  The baby wouldn't take it so she said, "Come on sweetie, eat it all up or I'll have to give it to this nice man next to us."
Five minutes later the baby was still not feeding, so she said,  "Come on, honey.  Take it or I'll give it to this nice man here."
A few minutes later the anxious man blurted out, "Come on kid.  Make up your mind!  I was supposed to get off four stops ago!"
                                   
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Students in an advanced Biology class were taking their mid-term exam.  The last question was, 'Name seven advantages of Mother's Milk.'  The question was worth 70 points or none at all.  One student was hard put to think of seven advantages.  He wrote:
                                   
1)  It is perfect formula for the child.
2)  It provides immunity against several diseases.
3)  It is always the right temperature.
4)  It is inexpensive.
5)  It bonds the child to mother and vice versa.
6)  It is always available as needed.
                                   
And then the student was stuck.  Finally, in desperation, just before the bell rang indicating the end of the test he wrote:
7)  It comes in two attractive containers and it's high enough off the ground where the cat can't get it.
                                   
He got an A.
                                   
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An old Italian man in Brooklyn is dying.  He calls his grandson to his bedside.   "Guido, I wan' you lissina me.  I wan' you to take-a my chrome plated 38 revolver so you will always remember me."
"But grandpa, I really don't like guns.  How about you leave me your Rolex watch instead?"
"You lissina me, boy!  Somma day you gonna be runna da business, you gonna have a beautiful wife, lotsa money, a big-a home and maybe a couple of bambinos.  Then one-a day you gonna comea home and maybe finda you wife inna bed with another man.  Whatta you gonna do then?  Pointa to you watch and say, 'Times up!"!+
 
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Item Number:1 Date: 08/02/2017 AFGHANISTAN - DOZENS KILLED, INJURED IN SUICIDE ATTACK AT SHI'ITE MOSQUE IN HERAT (AUG 02/TN)  TOLONEWS -- The death toll from Tuesday's suicide bombing at a Shi'ite mosque in western Afghanistan has risen to 29, say Afghan officials cited by Tolo News (Afghanistan).   More than 60 were also injured in the Tuesday evening incident.   A suicide bomber opened fire at the Jawadia mosque in Herat province before blowing himself up, according to Herat officials.   Some early reports said there were two attackers. A subsequent statement by the governor said only one was involved.   Other reports had an even higher death toll.   There was no immediate claim of responsibility.   The Taliban denied being behind the attack, reported the New York Times.  
  Item Number:2 Date: 08/02/2017 AFGHANISTAN - TALIBAN SUICIDE BOMBER RAMS INTO NATO CONVOY IN KANDAHAR (AUG 02/ALJAZ)  AL JAZEERA -- The Taliban has claimed responsibility for a suicide attack on a NATO convoy in southern Afghanistan, reports Al Jazeera (Qatar).   On Wednesday, a suicide bomber rammed a car laden with explosives into the convoy in the Daman area of Kandahar province, said provincial police.   The attack took place about noon, local time, noted AFP.   The NATO-led Resolute Support mission confirmed the attack, acknowledging some casualties. The alliance mission said it was still "working to gather additional information as soon as possible."   The attack took place near an Afghan intelligence quick-reaction force in the Shor Andam area of Daman district, according to the Taliban.  
  Item Number:3 Date: 08/02/2017 ISRAEL - NEW TURRET SEEN UPGRADING IDF'S URBAN WARFARE CAPABILITIES (AUG 02/JP)  JERUSALEM POST -- The Israeli Ministry of Defense is testing a new turret that should improve the urban combat capabilities of domestic armored vehicles, reports the Jerusalem Post.   The Namer armored personnel carrier, based on the hull of Merkava tanks, has been fitted with the turrets for testing, said officials.   The shortened 30-mm cannon makes the vehicle more maneuverable and enables it to support infantry with firepower, said Brig. Gen. Baruch Matzliach, the head of the Tank Program Administration.   The turret is unmanned and does not penetrate the hull, allowing the Namer to carry its full complement of soldiers. The system also incorporates an active defense system.   Israel's new Eitan wheeled armored personnel carrier will also be fitted with the new turret, officials said. The Eitan can carry 12 soldiers and be equipped with the Trophy active protection system.   Armament will include a .50-caliber heavy machine gun, 30-mm cannon and missile launcher
Item Number:4 Date: 08/02/2017 KUWAIT - GOVERNMENT DENIES REUTERS ACCOUNT THAT IRAN IS USING KUWAITI WATERS FOR ARMS-SMUGGLING TO HOUTHIS (AUG 02/REU)  REUTERS -- Kuwait has denied a published account by Reuters charging that its waters were being used by Iran to smuggle weapons to Iran-backed Houthi forces in Yemen, reports a follow-up story by the news agency.   Reuters noted that Iran was previously believed to directly send weapons to Yemen via Somalia. However, that could lead to contact with international naval vessels deployed in the Gulf of Oman and the Arabian Sea. There is an arms embargo on Yemen.   Sources cited by the news agency on Tuesday said that Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps had switched to a route further up between Kuwait and Iran.   Once there, according to the account, Iranian ships transfer equipment to smaller vessels at the northern end of the Gulf in Kuwaiti waters and in nearby international shipping lanes.   On Wednesday, Kuwait's Foreign Ministry denied that the nation's waters were being used by Iran. The denial came in a statement carried by the official Kuwait news agency.   The nation's waters are "under the total control" of the Kuwaiti navy and coast guard, and there have been no reports of suspicion activities, said the statement
  Item Number:5 Date: 08/02/2017 KYRGYZSTAN - AIR FORCE ABOUT TO TAKE DELIVERY OF 2 RUSSIAN AN-26 TRANSPORT AIRCRAFT (AUG 02/SPUTNIK)  SPUTNIK -- The Russian Defense Ministry is scheduled to deliver two An-26 cargo aircraft to Kyrgyzstan later this month, reports Russia's Sputnik news agency.   The aircraft are part of military and technical assistance package worth US$1 billion finalized in 2012.   The An-26s are slated to be handed over in Kant in Kyrgyzstan on Aug. 9. The Russian military maintains an airfield there.   A Russian delegation headed by Deputy Defense Minister Alexander Fomin will take part in the ceremony
Item Number:6 Date: 08/02/2017 NATO - SPANISH F-18S, ON NATO AIR-POLICING MISSION, INTERCEPT RUSSIAN WARPLANES NEAR ESTONIA (AUG 02/CNN)  CABLE NEWS NETWORK -- NATO fighter jets intercepted three Russian military aircraft on Tuesday close to Estonian airspace, say alliance officials, as reported by CNN.   Two Spanish F-18s, part of NATO's Baltic air policing mission, were scrambled from Amari Air Base in Estonia to intercept two unidentified aircraft, NATO said.   Finnish jets were also dispatched to intercept what were later identified as two MiG-31 fighter jets and an An-26 transport plane, a spokesman said.   During the handover of the interception to the Finns, the Spanish aircraft "accidentally" entered Finland's airspace. Finland is not a member of NATO. "NATO's Air Command has explained the incident to the Finnish Air Operations Center to improve future coordination," noted the spokesman.   Allied aircraft secure the airspace of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania during the Baltic mission.   Russia's Defense Ministry confirmed the incident and said its training flight followed international rules. The NATO aircraft had maintained a "safe distance," reported Russia's Sputnik news agency
Item Number:7 Date: 08/02/2017 NIGERIA - MILITARY CHIEFS NOW IN MAIDUGURI TO OVERSEE ANTI-BOKO HARAM OPERATION (AUG 02/BD)  BUSINESS DAY -- As ordered, Nigeria's military chiefs have relocated to the northeastern city of Maiduguri to combat Boko Haram, reports Business Day (South Africa).   Acting President Yemi Osinbajo ordered the chiefs to the capital of Borno state last week, after recent attacks by the terrorist group.   Gen. Gabriel Olonisakin, the chief of Defense Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, the chief of Army Staff, and Air Marshal Sadiq Abubakar, the chief of Air Staff arrived in Maiduguri on Tuesday, said a military official cited by domestic media.   The relocation "was imperative toward achieving the overall objectives of the counter-insurgency operation," the official said.   The military heads will oversee a large-scale operation against the militants, reported the BBC.  
Item Number:8 Date: 08/02/2017 NORTH KOREA - AFTER LATEST ICBM TEST INTO SEA OF JAPAN, ABE, TRUMP AGREE TO UNSPECIFIED 'FURTHER ACTIONS' (AUG 02/JT)  JAPAN TIMES -- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. President Donald Trump have agreed to take what Japanese officials called "further actions" to deter North Korea following its recent intercontinental ballistic missile test, reports the Japan Times.   "Under the strong Japan-U.S. bond, we will take concrete actions to enhance our defense capabilities and do all we can to ensure that the public is safe from the North Korean threat," Abe told reporters after Monday's 52-minute teleconference with Trump.   "We highly value the commitment by Mr. Trump to take all necessary steps to protect allied countries" from Pyongyang's increasing missile threat, the prime minister said.   Japanese officials declined to provide more information on what "further actions" were being considered.   On July 28, North Korea test-fired an ICBM, the second in weeks. It landed in the waters of Japan's exclusive economic zone, noted Sky News (U.K.).   Much of the United States is now in the potential range of Pyongyang's weapons, say analysts
  Item Number:9 Date: 08/02/2017 NORTH KOREA - PYONGYANG DEMONSTRATES HEAVY LEVELS OF SUB ACTIVITY; U.S. ALSO NOTES MISSILE EJECTION TRIAL (AUG 02/CNN)  CABLE NEWS NETWORK -- The United States has detected what are seen to be "highly unusual and unprecedented levels" of North Korean submarine activity and signs of an "ejection test" following Pyongyang's intercontinental ballistic missile test on July 28, a U.S. defense official tells CNN.   An ejection test involves a missile's cold-launch system, which uses high-pressure steam to propel a missile out of its launch canister into the air before its engines ignite.   This helps prevent flames and heat from the engine from damaging the launch craft, whether a submarine, submerged barge or nearby equipment.   The defense official said the ejection test on Sunday took place at Sinpo Naval Shipyard. It was reportedly the third time in July and fourth time in 2017 that Pyongyang tested its cold-launch capabilities.   The U.S. also monitored a North Korean Sango-class submarine operating in the Yellow Sea for an unusually long period. Two Romeo-class boats were also detected in the waters off Japan. Each of those subs remained in the area for about a week.   North Korea is believed to have about 70 submarines, although most are old and likely incapable of launching missiles.   The U.S. intelligence community assesses North Korea's submarine-launched ballistic missile program to be in the early stages.  
  Item Number:10 Date: 08/02/2017 RUSSIA - RUSSIAN LOSSES IN SYRIA SAID TO EXCEED OFFICIAL CLAIMS (AUG 02/REU)  REUTERS -- At least 40 Russian soldiers and private contractors have been killed this year in Syria, contradicting lower figures given by the Kremlin, reports Reuters.   The Defense Ministry maintains that 10 Russian military personnel have been killed in 2017 in fighting in Syria.   The new agency said on Wednesday that accounts by the families and friends of the dead indicate the actual death toll during that time was at least 40. Of those, 21 were private contractors and 17 were soldiers; two were unknown, said Reuters.   Moscow does not acknowledge that private contractors fight alongside the army.   The numbers by the news agency are larger than Moscow's estimate of Russian casualties over the past 15 months.   Reuters said most of the deaths it investigated were confirmed by more than one person or local officials. Some cases were corroborated by local or social media.   The Kremlin maintains said that only official information from the Defense Ministry can be trusted. "There may be Russian nationals in Syria staying there as volunteers or for some other purposes, but they have nothing to do with the government," he added.  
  Item Number:11 Date: 08/02/2017 SAUDI ARABIA - GUNMEN, SECURITY FORCES BATTLE IN EASTERN TOWN; HUNDREDS FLEE AWAMIYA (AUG 02/ALJAZ)  AL JAZEERA -- Clashes between government forces and Shi'ite gunmen have forced hundreds of people to flee a town in eastern Saudi Arabia, reports Al Jazeera (Qatar).   Local authorities have been trying to demolish the old quarter of Awamiya in Qatif governorate since May, charging that it was being used as a hideout by Shi'ite militants, reported the BBC.   Fighting has intensified in recent days. At least seven people, including two police officers, have been killed, reported Reuters.   Local activists have accused Saudi government forces of firing randomly toward homes and cars. The Riyadh government denied the allegations
Item Number:12 Date: 08/02/2017 SOMALIA - RESTAURANT IN KISMAYO HIT BY TERROR ATTACK (AUG 02/XIN)  XINHUA -- Local officials in southern Somalia say an attack at the port of Kismayo has wounded at least 17 people, reports Xinhua, China's state news agency.   Kismayo is the commercial capital of the Jabaland region.   The bomber detonated his explosives on Tuesday near a restaurant popular with local elders and regional security force members, said one official.   Some reports suggested a suicide bomber entered the restaurant, while others indicated a car bomb was involved.   There was no immediate claim of responsibility. The attack reportedly bore the hallmarks of Al-Shabaab.   Such attacks in Kismayo, which was once under the control of Al-Shabaab, are rare, noted Reuters. The terror group often targets the capital Mogadishu and African Union peacekeepers in remote bases.  
Item Number:13 Date: 08/02/2017 SOUTH KOREA - SEOUL HOSTS INDONESIA'S DEFENSE MINISTER, SEEKING CLOSER TIES, TRADE (AUG 02/YON)  YONHAP -- The South Korean government is trying to reinforce its defense industry cooperation with Indonesia as part of its efforts to expand arms exports, reports the Yonhap news agency (Seoul).   On Tuesday, South Korean Defense Minister Song Young Moo discussed the issue in Seoul with his Indonesian counterpart, Ryamizard Ryacudu.   Ryacudu is in South Korea to attend the delivery ceremony for a Type 209 submarine built by Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering. Jakarta has ordered three diesel-powered subs from Seoul.   Indonesia has also bought South Korea's T-50 trainers and is a partner on South Korea's KF-X advanced fighter project.   The talks covered ways to expand "South Korea's superb weapons system, including the additional export of three submarines Indonesia needs," the Defense Ministry said.   The ministers also discussed North Korea's missile and nuclear threats, said officials
Item Number:14 Date: 08/02/2017 UKRAINE - PRESIDENT APPROVES ADDITIONAL FUNDING FOR DEFENSE (AUG 02/INT-AVN)  INTERFAX-MILITARY NEWS AGENCY -- Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has signed legislation amending this year's budget with more defense and security funding, reports Interfax-AVN (Russia).   The amendment adds about US$100 million, most of which will go toward the construction of a modern ammunition plant.   The Ukrainian military needs a modern plant to secure its various ammunition supplies, said Poroshenko on Tuesday.   The additional monies will also cover the introduction of new weapons, such as Oplot tanks, electronic warfare systems and unmanned aerial vehicles, the president said.   About US$7.6 million will go toward air defense system upgrades.   Separately, the U.S. State Dept. and the Pentagon have come up with a proposal that -- if approved – would supply Kiev with anti-tank missiles and other weapons, say officials cited by the Wall Street Journal.  
Item Number:15 Date: 08/02/2017 USA - AIR FORCE TESTS YET ANOTHER UNARMED ICBM FROM VANDENBERG AFB, CALIF. (AUG 02/USA)  USA TODAY -- The U.S. Air Force says it has successfully launched an unarmed intercontinental ballistic missile as part of a regular test, reports USA Today.   The Minuteman III missile was launched Wednesday morning from Vandenberg Air Force Base, about 130 miles northwest of Los Angeles, Calif., said the Air Force.   The 30th Space Wing said the missile was launched at 2:10 a.m., local time, noted CBS News.   The "long planned" test was previously scheduled, said an Air Force statement.   The Air Force statement went on to say: "While not a response to recent North Korean [missile] actions, the test demonstrates that the United States' nuclear enterprise is safe, security, effective and ready to be able to deter, detect and defense against attacks on the United States and its allies."   This is the fourth such ICBM test this year by the U.S
Item Number:16 Date: 08/02/2017 USA - LONGSWORD LIGHT ATTACK PLANE JUMPS ABOARD USAF'S EXPERIMENTAL FLY-OFF (AUG 02/DN)  DEFENSE NEWS -- A fourth entrant has joined the U.S. Air Force OA-X light attack aircraft experiment, reports Defense News.   On Monday, L3 and Air Tractor announced that their AT-802L Longsword aircraft would join this month's demonstration at Holloman Air Force Base, N.M.   The A-29, from Sierra Nevada Corp. and Embraer, the Textron Beechcraft AT-6 Wolverine and the Textron AirLand Scorpion were already confirmed participants.   The AT-802 is a crop duster built by Air Tractor with a mission suite supplied by L3. This includes an L3 Wescam MX-15 electro-optical/infrared sensor; ForceX mission-management system; and a glass cockpit.   The aircraft has 11 hardpoints and can carry 6,200 pounds (2,800 kg) of fuel or munitions, including precision-guided weapons, according to L3.   The Longsword offers an endurance of 10 hours and a combat radius of about 400 miles (640 km), while staying on station for about six hours, say company officials.   The A-29 and AT-6 are flying in the first phase of the experiment, which began on Monday.   The Longsword is expected to fly in the second phase, along with the Scorpion. That fly-off is set for Aug. 8 an 9, noted DoD Buzz
Item Number:17 Date: 08/02/2017 USA - MARINE DREAMS UP DEVICE TO TRACK RESUPPLY NEEDS, LIGHTEN LOADS (AUG 02/MCT)  MARINE CORPS TIMES -- A USMC NCO is working on a device that would bring wearable technology to the fire-team level, streamlining logistics and reducing the load Marines must carry, reports the Marine Corps Times.   "The common problem is the warfighter is too heavy," Staff Sgt. Alexander Long V said. "We spend a lot of money just trying to make the equipment lighter. Units still go out with three days of supplies even if they're just walking a kilometer on patrol."   Long was an Innovation Challenge winner in 2016. His idea, the personal combat assistance and reporting device (PCARD), is a wearable system, smaller than a playing card, and about as thick as a thumb.   The device offers options such as food, water and ammunition. An individual fire team member can essentially order such items.   Meanwhile, squad leaders hold compact tablets that are wirelessly connected to the smaller devices.   The information is then funneled to the platoon commander, who can quickly make supply decisions as Marines are in the field. Such data are collected at battalion and regimental levels.   The object is to give commanders the ability to forecast resupply requirements and to deliver what is needed in the correct amount, said Long.   A prototype of the device was tested this summer, with further field testing planned for Camp Pendleton, Calif., in October, according to Marine officials. If successful, the PCARD could be fielded for training and operations as soon as next year
  Item Number:18 Date: 08/02/2017 USA - NAVY HONES ASW, AIR DEFENSE SKILLS WITH ALLIES IN N. ATLANTIC, PACIFIC (AUG 02/USNIN)  USNI NEWS -- The U.S. Navy is in the midst of two different naval exercises with regional allies in the North Atlantic and Pacific, reports USNI News.   The GUAMEX anti-submarine warfare exercise began on Monday off the coast of Guam. Participating are submarines, maritime patrol and reconnaissance aircraft from the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force, Royal New Zealand Air Force and U.S. Navy.   The drill involves about 40 operational scenarios and is intended to build regional partnerships, exercise officials said. The exercise runs until Aug. 12.   On Tuesday, the George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group started the Saxon Warrior drills with the British Royal Navy's carrier group and forces from Germany, Norway and Sweden.   The training scenarios cover strategic strike, air defense, combat air support and enforcing no-fly zones, according to the Navy.   The Bush Carrier Strike Group includes Ticonderoga-class cruisers Philippine Sea and Hue City and Arleigh Burke-class destroyers Laboon and Truxtun.   Saxon Warrior is scheduled to conclude on Aug. 10
Item Number:19 Date: 08/02/2017 USA - SEARCH CONTINUES FOR MISSING U.S. SAILOR, PRESUMED OVERBOARD, DURING DRILLS IN S. CHINA SEA (AUG 02/S&S)  STARS AND STRIPES -- U.S. and Japanese naval forces are still looking in the South China Sea for a missing U.S. sailor, officials said on Wednesday.   The U.S. Navy sailor was noted missing Tuesday during a joint exercise, reports the Stars and Stripes.   The unidentified sailor was reported missing, presumed overboard, from the guided-missile destroyer USS Stethem about 9 a.m., local time, said a statement from the Navy's 7th Fleet.   The Stethem and Japan's Izumo helicopter carrier and Sazanami destroyer have been taking part in search-and-rescue operations. They are being supported by helicopters from the Izumo and the U.S. Joint Personnel Recover Center from Hawaii, the Navy said.   Japan's Maritime Self-Defense Force said that the routine joint operation was called off to focus on the search, reported AFP.   Multiple searches of the Stethem were conducted ahead of the search-and-rescue operations, said the U.S. Navy.   In June, the Japanese and U.S. navies spent more than 50 hours searching for a sailor presumed overboard from the guided-missile cruiser USS Shiloh. He was found hiding on the ship
  Item Number:20 Date: 08/02/2017 VENEZUELA - U.S. TREASURY SANCTIONS MADURO FOLLOWING CONTROVERSIAL ASSEMBLY ELECTION (AUG 02/TREASURY)  U.S. TREASURY DEPT. -- The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) in the U.S. Dept. of the Treasury has implemented sanctions against the president of Venezuela, reports Treasury.   The measures on Nicolas Maduro were initiated on Monday, a day after his government held elections for a National Constituent Assembly (ANC).   That assembly "aspires illegitimately to usurp the constitutional role of the democratically elected National Assembly, rewrite the constitution, and impose an authoritarian regime on the people of Venezuela," said a Treasury release. "It represents a rupture in Venezuela's constitutional and democratic order."   The Maduro government went ahead with the voting for the ANC despite overwhelming opposition from Venezuelans and democratic governments around the world, said the release.   The sanctions freeze all of Maduro's assets that are subject to U.S. jurisdiction and Americans are prohibited from dealing with him.   Separately, two of the key opposition leaders were pulled out of their homes by security officials during the middle of the night, apparently for their opposition to the controversial vote, noted the Wall Street Journal. Maduro threatened on Monday to jail opponents of the ANC.
 
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