Monday, August 21, 2017

Fw: TheList 4527

The List 4527


To All,
I hope you all had a great weekend.
Regards,
Skip
 
This Day In Naval History - August 21
1800 - U.S. Marine Corps Band gave its first concert in Washington, D.C.
1883 - Installation of the first electric lighting on a US Navy Ship completed on USS Trenton
1920 - Radio station built by U.S. Navy and French Government transmits first wireless message heard around the world. At time it was the most powerful radio station in the world.
1951 - First contract for nuclear-powered submarine awarded.
1965 - Launch of Gemini 5, piloted by LCDR Charles Conrad Jr., USN, who completed 120 orbits in almost 8 days at an altitude of 349.8 km. Recovery was by helicopter from USS Lake Champlain (CVS-39).
1980 - USS Truxtun rescues 42 Vietnamese refugees and USS Merrill rescues
62 Vietnamese refugees, over 200 miles southeast of Saigon
Today in History August 21
1129
The warrior Yoritomo is made Shogun without equal in Japan.
1525
Estevao Gomes returns to Portugal after failing to find a clear waterway to Asia.
1794
France surrenders the island of Corsica to the British.
1808
Napoleon Bonaparte's General Junot is defeated by Wellington at the first Battle of the Peninsular War at Vimeiro, Portugal.
1831
Nat Turner leads a slave revolt in Southampton County, Virginia that kills close to 60 whites.
1858
The first of a series of debates begins between Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas. Douglas goes on to win the Senate seat in November, but Lincoln gains national visibility for the first time.
1863
Confederate raiders under William Quantrill strike Lawrence, Kansas, leaving 150 civilians dead.
1864
Confederate General A.P. Hill attacks Union troops south of Petersburg, Va., at the Weldon railroad. His attack is repulsed, resulting in heavy Confederate casualties.
1915
Italy declares war on Turkey.
1942
U.S. Marines turn back the first major Japanese ground attack on Guadalcanal in the Battle of Tenaru.
1944
The Dumbarton Oaks conference, which lays the foundation for the establishment of the United Nations, is held in Washington, D.C.
1945
President Harry S. Truman cancels all contracts under the Lend-Lease Act.
1959
Hawaii is admitted into the Union.
1963
The South Vietnamese Army arrests over 100 Buddhist monks in Saigon.
1968
Soviet forces invade Czechoslovakia because of the country's experiments with a more liberal government.
1972
US orbiting astronomy observatory Copernicus launched.
1976
Mary Langdon in Battle, East Sussex, becomes Britain's first firewoman.
1976
Operation Paul Bunyan: after North Korean guards killed two American officers sent to trim a poplar tree along the DMZ on Aug. 18, US and ROK soldiers with heavy support chopped down the tree.
1986
In Cameroon 2,000 die from poison gas from a volcanic eruption.
1988
Ceasefire in the 8-year war between Iran and Iraq.
1989
Voyager 2 begins a flyby of planet Neptune.
1991
Communist hardliners' coup is crushed in USSR after just 2 days; Latvia declares independence from USSR.
1994
Ernesto Zedillo wins Mexico's presidential election.
1996
The new Globe theater opens in England.
2000
Tiger Woods wins golf's PGA Championship, the first golfer to win 3 majors in a calendar year since Ben Hogan in 1953.
2001
NATO decides to send a peacekeeping force to the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.
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Monday Morning Humor from Al
Signs Pro-Football Season Has Arrived and College Season Is about to Begin:
Inexplicably, beautiful women suddenly find large dumb men with really thick necks irresistible.
With the players once again busy, the crime rate in Dallas takes its annual downward turn.
Husband's derriere has begun its seasonal molecular bonding cycle with the couch.
 
 
 
Submitted by John Hudson and Mike Ryan:

Some great football quotes...
Gentlemen, it is better to have died a small boy than to fumble the football—John Heisman
I make my practices real hard because if a player is a quitter, I want him to quit in practice, not in a game.—Bear Bryant / Alabama
It isn't necessary to see a good tackle, you can hear it!—Knute Rockne / Notre Dame
At Georgia Southern, we don't cheat. That costs money, and we don't have any.—Erik Russell / Georgia Southern
The man who complains about the way the ball bounces is likely to be the one who dropped it.—Lou Holtz / Arkansas - Notre Dame
When you win, nothing hurts.—Joe Namath / Alabama
A school without football is in danger of deteriorating into a medieval study hall.—Frank Leahy / Notre Dame
There's nothing that cleanses your soul like getting the $#!+ kicked out of you.—Woody Hayes / Ohio State
I don't expect to win enough games to be put on NCAA probation.  I just want to win enough to warrant an investigation.—Bob Devaney / Nebraska
In Alabama, an atheist is someone who doesn't believe in Bear Bryant.—Wally Butts / Georgia
I never graduated from Iowa.  But I was only there for two terms - Truman's and Eisenhower's.—Alex Karras / Iowa
My advice to defensive players is to take the shortest route to the ball, and arrive in a bad humor.—Bowden Wyatt / Tennessee
I could have been a Rhodes Scholar except for my grades.—Duffy Daugherty / Michigan State
Always remember Goliath was a 40 point favorite over David.—Shug Jordan / Auburn
I asked Darrell Royal, the coach of the Texas Longhorns, why he didn't recruit me .  He said,"Well, Walt, we took a look at you, and you weren't any good."—Walt Garrison / Oklahoma State
Son, you've got a good engine, but your hands aren't on the steering wheel.—Bobby Bowden / Florida State
Football IS NOT a contact sport, it is a collision sport.  Dancing IS a contact sport.—Duffy Daugherty / Michigan State
After USC lost 51-0 to Notre Dame, his post-game message to his team was, "All those who need showers, take them."—John McKay / USC
If lessons are learned in defeat, our team is getting a great education.—Murray Warmath / Minnesota
The only qualifications for a lineman are to be big and dumb.  To be a back, you only have to be dumb.—Knute Rockne / Notre Dame
We live one day at a time and scratch where it itches.—Darrell Royal / Texas
We didn't tackle well today, but we made up for it by not blocking.—John McKay / USC
I've found that prayers work best when you have big players.—Knute Rockne / Notre Dame
He doesn't know the meaning of the word fear. In fact, I just saw his grades and he doesn't know the meaning of a lot of words.—Urban Meyer / Ohio State



Submitted by pastor Dan Bollman:

More quotes…
Lou Holtz was/is a bag of quotes.  One of my favorites is, "We have players that can just about do anything with the football.... except autograph it!"  And in his short stint as Coach at Minnesota, he would say, "The backbone and heart of this team will be Minnesota kids!  The legs and arms, however, will have to come from Texas or Florida!"
And then  ol' Bud Grant of the once pretty good Vikings, when asked why he put a  new quarterback into the game, taking out the starting QB, answered with a straight face: " Well, we don't have any plays in the playbook that calls for two quarterbacks on the field at the same time."
And my favorite Bud Grant quote.... when asked how he would be able to face tomorrow after losing yet another Superbowl game, "Frankly, fairly easily.  There over a billion people in China alone who don't even know this game even took place!"  He was also known to immediately go duck hunting after a Sunday afternoon home game, win or lose. Rumor has it that he did the same thing when the Vikes played in Green Bay!



Submitted by Marty Baugh:
 
     A guy took his blonde girlfriend to a football game for the first time.  After the game he asked his girlfriend how she liked the game.
     "Oh, I really liked it," she said, "but I just couldn't understand why they were killing each other for 25 cents."
     "What on earth do you mean???"
     "Well, I saw them flip a coin and one team got it and then for the rest of the game all they kept screaming was: Get the quarter back! Get the quarter back!"
 
 
 
Submitted by Mike Bolier and Mike Harvey:
What does the average Mississippi State player get on his SATs?  Drool.
What do you get when you put 32 Arkansas cheerleaders in one room?  A full set of teeth.
How do you get an LSU cheerleader into your dorm room?   Grease her hips and push hard.
How do you get a South Carolina graduate off your porch?   Pay him for the pizza.
Why do the Alabama cheerleaders wear bibs?   To keep the tobacco juice off their uniforms.
Why do they no longer serve ice at Georgia football games?   The senior who knew the recipe graduated.
Why is the Vandy football team like a possum?   Because they play dead at home, and get killed on the road.
What are the longest three years of a Florida football player's life?   His freshman year.
How many Ole Miss freshmen does it take to change a light bulb?   None.  That's a sophomore course in Mississippi.
Where was O.J. headed in the white Bronco?   Lexington, Kentucky.  He knew that the police would never look there for a Heisman Trophy winner.
Why did Tennessee choose orange as their team color?  You can wear it to the game on Saturday, hunting on Sunday, and picking up trash along the highways the rest of the week.
Why did O.J. want to move to Knoxville, TN?  Because everyone there has the same DNA.
How many Rutgers Scarlet Knights does it take to tackle a Nittany Lion? Good question, no one knows.
Why is ice no longer available at Ohio State football games?  The senior who knew the recipe graduated.
Why did Michigan State replace the stadium grass with Astroturf?  To keep the cheerleaders from grazing during games.  
 
 
 
     Once there was a season when the Navy and Army football teams were not scheduled to play each other. It seemed so unusual, that the coaches of both academies got together and decided that there should be some sort of competition between the two teams because of their great rivalry.
     They decided on a week-long, ice-fishing competition. The team who caught the most fish at the end of the week would win. So on a cold northern South Dakota lake (a neutral site so no one would whine about home field advantage), they began their contest.
     The first day, after eight hours of fishing, Navy had caught 100 fish and Army had none. At the end of the second day, Navy had caught 200 fish and Army had none.
     That evening the Army coach got his team together and said, "I suspect some kind of cheating is taking place."
     The next morning he dressed one of his players in blue and white and sent him over to the camp to act as a spy. At the end of the day, the spy came back to report to the coach.
     The coach asked, "Well, how about it, are they cheating?"
     "They sure are," the Army player reported, "They're cutting holes in the ice!"
 
 
 
Submitted by Skip Leonard:
 
Just a little something to think about for the upcoming college football season. (Substitute the teams of your choice.)
A little boy and his mother were walking through a South Bend cemetery when they came upon a headstone that read, "Here lies a Notre Dame graduate and an honest man." The little boy asked, "Mommy, why did they bury two people in there?"
Did you hear about the Florida State linebacker that stole a police car? He saw "911" on the side and thought it was a Porsche.
Two Ohio State fans were walking through the woods when they came upon a set of tracks. The first OSU fan said, "Those are deer tracks." The second OSU fan said, "No, they're too big to be deer tracks. They must be elk tracks." As the debate continued, they got hit by a train.
Did you hear the University of Pittsburgh library burned down? The saddest part was that half the books weren't colored in yet.
The Ohio State University library burned down, too. They lost their book.
Two University of Nebraska football players were down on College Avenue partying. They were hootin' and hollerin' when a bartender asked them why they were celebrating. The smart one said proudly that they had just finished a jigsaw puzzle, and it only took two months. "Two months," exclaimed the bartender. The Husker replied, "Yeah, but the box said 4-6 years."
A University of Tennessee student was visiting a Yankee relative in Boston over the holidays. He went to a large party and met a pretty coed. He was attempting to start up a conversation with the tired line, "Where do y'all go to school?" The coed, of course, was not overly impressed with his grammar or southern drawl but did answer his question. "Yale," she replied. The Tennessee student took a big, deep breath and shouted, "WHERE DO Y'ALL GO TO SCHOOL?"
A Rutgers football player was almost killed in a tragic horseback riding accident. He fell from the horse and was nearly trampled to death. Luckily, the manager of the Wal-Mart came out and unplugged it in time!
Coach John Cooper is dressing only ten players for the Ohio State game against Penn State. The rest of the team will get dressed by themselves.
 
 
 
Submitted by Paul Ferrara:
 
     Two boys are playing football in Central Park when one is attacked by a rabid Rottweiler. Thinking quickly, the other boy rips off a board of the nearby fence, wedges it down the dogs collar and twists, breaking the dogs neck. 
     A reporter who was strolling by sees the incident, and rushes over to interview the boy. "Young Giants Fan Saves Friend From Vicious Animal," he starts writing in his notebook.
     "But I'm not a Giants fan," the little hero replied.
     "Sorry, since we are in New York, I just assumed you were," said the reporter and starts again.
     "Little Jets Fan Rescues Friend From Horrific Attack," he continued writing in his notebook.
     "I'm not a Jets fan either," the boy said.
     "I assumed everyone in New York was either for the Giants or Jets. What team do you root  for?" the reporter asked.
     "I'm a fan of America's team - the Dallas Cowboys!" the child said.
     The reporter starts a new sheet in his notebook and writes, "Little Redneck Brat Kills Beloved Family Pet."
 
 
 
Submitted by Craig Hoffman:

Did you know that the "N" on Nebraska's helmets stands for "Nahlidge"?



Submitted by Chuck Kincade:
 
The fans at college football games all across America vary depending upon the region.
Women's Accessories:
NORTH: Chap Stick in back pocket and a $20 bill in the front pocket.
SOUTH: Louis Vuitton duffel with two lipsticks, water proof mascara, and a fifth of bourbon. Money not necessary - that's what dates are for.
Stadium Size:
NORTH: College football stadiums hold 20,000 people.
SOUTH: High school football stadiums hold 20,000 people.
Fathers:
NORTH: Expect their daughters to understand Sylvia Platt.
SOUTH: Expect their daughters to understand pass interference.
Campus Decor:
NORTH: Statues of founding fathers.
SOUTH: Statues of Heisman trophy winners.
Homecoming Queen:
NORTH: Also a physics major.
SOUTH: Also Miss America.
Heroes:
NORTH: Rudy Guliani
SOUTH: Paul "Bear" Bryant
Getting Tickets:
NORTH: 5 days before the game you walk into the ticket office on campus and purchase tickets.
SOUTH: 5 months before the game you walk into the ticket office on campus and put name on waiting list for tickets.
Friday Classes After a Thursday Night Game:
NORTH: Students and teachers not sure they're going to the game, because they have classes on Friday.
SOUTH: Teachers cancel Friday classes because they don't want to see the few hung over students that might actually make it to class.
Parking:
NORTH: An hour before game time, the University opens the campus for game parking.
SOUTH: RVs sporting their school flags begin arriving on Wednesday for the weekend festivities. The really faithful arrive on Tuesday.
Game Day:
NORTH: A few students party in the dorm and watch ESPN on TV.
SOUTH: Every student wakes up, has a beer for breakfast, and rushes over to where ESPN is broadcasting "Game Day Live" to get on camera and wave to the idiots up north who wonder why "Game Day Live" is never broadcast from their campus.
Tailgating:
NORTH: Raw meat on a grill, beer with lime in it, listening to local radio station with truck tailgate down.
SOUTH: 30-foot custom pig-shaped smoker fires up at dawn. Cooking accompanied by live performance by "Hootie and the Blowfish," who come over during breaks and ask for a hit off bottle of bourbon.
Getting to the Stadium:
NORTH: You ask "Where's the stadium?" When you find it, you walk right in.
SOUTH: When you're near it, you'll hear it. On game day it becomes the state's third largest city.
Concessions:
NORTH: Drinks served in a paper cup filled to the top with soda.
SOUTH: Drinks served in a plastic cup, with the home team's mascot on it, filled less than half way with soda, to ensure enough room for bourbon.
When National Anthem is Played:
NORTH: Stands are less than half full, and less than half of them stand up.
SOUTH: 100,000 fans, all standing, sing along in perfect four-part harmony.
The Smell in the Air After the First Score:
NORTH: Nothing changes.
SOUTH: Fireworks, with a touch of bourbon.
Commentary (Male):
NORTH: "Nice play."
SOUTH: "Dammit, you slow sumbitch - tackle him and break his legs."
Commentary (Female):
NORTH: "My, this certainly is a violent sport."
SOUTH: "Dammit, you slow sumbitch - tackle him and break his legs."
Announcers:
NORTH: Neutral and paid.
SOUTH: Announcer harmonizes with the crowd in the fight song, with a tear in his eye because he is so proud of his team.
After the Game:
NORTH: The stadium is empty way before the game ends.
SOUTH: Another rack of ribs goes on the smoker. While somebody goes to the nearest package store for more bourbon, planning begins for next week's game.
Nothing else in the universe comes even halfway close to the glories football in the South.
 
 
Wishing the best for your team(s) unless they are playing my team(s).  Have a great week.
 
Al

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With our thanks to THE Bear at http://www.rollingthunderremembered.com/
 
21 August 1967 – Chumming SAMs in the Heart of the Heartland
August 21, 2017  Mighty Thunder  
August 21 was a very busy day in the Red River Valley. Captain Dick "Brownbear" Schaffert spent a memorable 40-minutes 'chumming' and dodging, then attacking and dodging, then doing it again, all within sight of downtown Hanoi. And all in support of a pack of Walleye sharpshooters. Mighty Thunder is honored to post this account of one of his 231 Rolling Thunder missions…
 
Chumming SAMs in the Heart of the Heartland
ORISKANY DAY #267 ON THE LINE
 
It all started with Old Salt Skipper Bryan Compton's theory of how to provide a "quieter" (relative term only) moment in combat for his guys to put their head in the cockpit, concentrate on the Sony scope, and lock their Walleye on target. It morphed into an "all hands" effort on 21 August '67, with the Air Force and our three carriers hitting 7 targets in the Hanoi area, with coordinated attacks only a few minutes apart. For the Navy, Intrepid had the Hanoi Army Depot, Constellation had the rail yards, and Oriskany had the Walleyes for the power plant.
Magnolia's (Bryan Compton) theory included giving the NVN SAM sites other juicy targets to consider, while his Walleye shooters were in their runs and heads-down on the scopes. We Iron Hander's called it "trolling for SAM's." Cool Hand (Rock Hodges) and I did that for Magnolia too many times; like orbiting for 20 minutes, under constant fire, while he took some handheld photography of Phu Ly (even though a courageous Crusader "Photo Beanie" already had the BDA). You saw the photos in Time/Life.
For Oriskany's 21 August '67 Hanoi TPP Walleye effort, we four Iron Handers (believe the other section was Bob Rasmussen and Denny Weichman) rendezvoused with Magnolia's six A4E Walleye shooters and four F8 TARCAPs over the "O" boat. As the strike group later neared the coast, we broke away, went feet dry over the Red River delta, and trolled "straight up the gut" for Hanoi. Magnolia proceeded farther north and lead his Walleye shooters and TARCAP near the crotch and down the ridge line before he turned for Hanoi.
I guess it worked? There were 150 recorded SAM launches during the one hour that we Iron Handers were doing our thing. I had the impression those Air Force Wild Weasel guys did a good job on the SAM sites northeast of Hanoi. They were on target a few minutes before us. We saw an initial volley of those "telephone poles" heading west for the Doumier Bridge area, not southeast for our Walleye guys.
We "chummed", and dodged, a few SAM's coming up the Red River, but Cool Hand was saving his Shrikes for what we knew would come from the numerous hardened SAM sites southwest of the city. He wasn't disappointed! We had our IFF gear (which we believed the Gomers were monitoring) set on a code to falsely identify us as strike (Walleye) aircraft. About 20 klicks out, it looked like a Nebraska prairie fire as three of the southwestern SAM sites launched a couple missiles each. They came at us in a line abreast formation. It was a wild couple minutes; but Cool Hand managed to lock a Shrike on a Fansong guidance radar, pull his A4E up into a loft maneuver, and launch his weapon. We followed the Shrike and picked up the firing site visually. Rock leveled at about 12,000 feet, and I knew he'd be delivering his MK-82 on the missiles still on the launchers. I was about 500 feet off his right wing, when he rolled inverted and dove for the site. I checked armament switches for my dual Zuni rocket pods and followed him down. Out of the corner of my left eye, I suddenly saw those four streaks of fire coming up for us, about 45 degrees left of our dive for the SAM site. I keyed the mic and transmitted (read screamed) "Pouncer Three, Abort! Nose up! Barrel roll left! NOW!" Thanks, God, he reacted immediately. The 4 SAMs were obviously still heavy with fuel, and they couldn't perform the tight climbing turn required to knock us down. Take a deep breath … tell Cool Hand he's got the lead back … and we turned for another run on the site. I could see smoke from where Rock's Shrike had probably hit the Fansong trailer. We were in a steep dive as he released his MK-82. I adjusted my gunsight picture and fired one of my Zuni packs at the missile and launcher on my side of the site. It continued with a wild fight that never seemed to end, but finally we were Winchester with all Shrikes, MK-82s, Zunis, 20MM, and most of our liquid oxygen, expended.
Reportedly, none of our Walleye guys were hit by a SAM. Unfortunately, the more deadly threat over Hanoi was always the hundreds of 37/57/85MM barrage and radar tracking AAA sites. Magnolia had, appropriately, not scheduled any flak suppression aircraft. Over Hanoi, it would have been a misuse of assets. There were too many guns, it was "mission impossible;" often stated as like opening your canopy in an attempt to pressurize the world.
When our six Walleye shooters went into their glides, and flew into that heavy cloud of orange flashes and grey/black smoke enveloping Hanoi, the inevitable happened. Dean Cramer and Jim Busey both got hit, hard! Incredibly, Busey was able to complete a successful run. Cramer was not. Overcoming his catastrophic aircraft damage was compounded by several SAM firings at him as he fought his way back down the Red River to feet wet. Thanks to God, and probably several Angels, he was able to make Oriskany, as was Jim Busey.
Oriskany's Walleye guys really did the job! It was probably dark, and hopefully too warm, in Ho Chi's Palace for a couple weeks. Navy Crosses and Silver Stars all around for the Walleye guys. A couple DFCs, but mostly Air Medals and sour grapes for the Iron Handers, who'd been over Hanoi in the fight at least three times longer than any Walleye shooter. But you mentioned that situation earlier. So geht das Leben.
 
V/R Dick Schaffert
 
 
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Item Number:1 Date: 08/21/2017 CHINA - ENTIRE CHINESE PEACEKEEPING DETACHMENT NOW IN SUDAN (AUG 21/CMO)  CHINA MILITARY ONLINE -- The balance of a Chinese helicopter peacekeeping detachment has arrived in Sudan, say officials cited by China Military Online.   Beijing began deploying members of its first peacekeeping helicopter detachment in June. A total of 140 peacekeepers and four Mi-171 helicopters are taking part in the mission.   On Saturday, 99 members of the detachment left Beijing for Darfur. All 140 members have now been deployed to their mission area, said the army.   The unit will conduct air patrols, transport peacekeepers, evacuate personnel and drop off supplies, according to Chinese officials.  
Item Number:2 Date: 08/21/2017 CZECH REPUBLIC - ACTIVE RESERVISTS IN LINE FOR MORE PAY FOR EXERCISE DUTIES (AUG 21/CTK)  CZECH NEWS AGENCY -- The Czech Senate has passed an amendment to legislation that would pay reservists more for actively taking part in military exercises, reports the Czech News Agency.   The legislation has not yet been signed into law by President Milos Zeman.   The goal is to retain experienced personnel and attract others to the active reserves, according to lawmakers.   The bill calls for pay to increase by two-fifths after two years in the active reserve; another one-tenth after four years; and another one-tenth after each consecutive three years.   Reservists are typically paid the equivalent of US$812 per year if they spend at least seven days at regular exercises.   The legislation would increase this by up to US$325 starting with the second year in the reserves; up to US$487 from the seventh year; and US$650 from the 13th year.   The additional pay is contingent upon participation in regular military exercises or operations.  
 Item Number:3 Date: 08/21/2017 FINLAND - FATAL STABBING SPREE IN TURKU BEING TREATED AS TERRORISM (AUG 21/YLE)  YLE NEWS -- Police in Finland have stepped up security in Finnish airports and railway stations after a deadly knife attack last week, reported Finland's YLE News.   A man wielding a knife killed two Finnish women and wounded eight in a spree of stabbings in the western city of Turku, reported the Wall Street Journal.   The alleged attacker, said to be an 18-year-old Moroccan seeking asylum, was shot and wounded, said police. Four others were detained for questioning.   Police raised their readiness nationwide, with a focus on public areas.   The incident is being investigated as a terror attack apparently directed at women, said Finland's National Bureau of Investigation on Saturday.   An international warrant was issued for a sixth person, said authorities.  
 Item Number:4 Date: 08/21/2017 INDIA - PLANS MOVE FORWARD TO PUT UKRAINIAN ENGINES IN RUSSIAN-BUILT FRIGATES (AUG 21/SPUTNIK)  SPUTNIK -- India's Defense Acquisition Council has authorized US$75 million to buy Ukrainian-made engines to equip Russian-built frigates, reports Russia's Sputnik news agency.   The M7N.1E gas-turbine engines will equip two Admiral Grigorovich-class frigates ordered under a 2016 deal.   The US$4 billion ship purchase covers two existing frigates, the Admiral Butakov and Admiral Istomin, with two others to be built at Goa Shipyard in India.   The Russian-built frigates are nearly complete at Russia's Yantar Shipyard in Kaliningrad. Earlier plans to fit them with Ukrainian engines ended when Kiev suspended defense ties with Russia after Moscow annexed Crimea in 2014.   New Delhi subsequently made a separate agreement with Ukraine, which offered to directly export the M7N.1E turbines. Another deal is expected for the frigates that will be built in India.  
 Item Number:5 Date: 08/21/2017 IRAQ - OFFENSIVE STARTS TO TAKE BACK TAL AFAR (AUG 21/LAT)  LOS ANGELES TIMES -- Iraqi security forces have launched an assault to retake the Islamic State-held town of Tal Afar in Anbar province, reports the Los Angeles Times.   Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announced the start of the operation early Sunday morning. Tal Afar is located about 45 miles west of Mosul and one ofthe last big cities in Iraq under ISIS control, noted the New York Times.   Taking part in the operation are the Iraqi army, air force, federal police and the elite Counter-Terrorism Services.  Government forces and allied Shi'ite militias seized five villages on the outskirts of Tal Afar on the first day of the offensive, reported Reuters.   The U.S.-led coalition has made dozens of airstrikes in support of Baghdad.   About 2,000 ISIS militants are in Tal Afar, according to some U.S. and Iraqi commanders. Other estimates put the number of those dug in at 1,000
Item Number:6 Date: 08/21/2017 LEBANON - ARMY HITS ISIS ENCLAVE; SIMULTANEOUS ASSAULT BEGINS ON SYRIAN SIDE BY HEZBOLLAH, GOVERNMENT TROOPS (AUG 21/AFP)  AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE -- The Lebanese army has begun an operation against an Islamic State enclave on the eastern border with Syria, reports Agence France-Presse.   Saturday's action was directed at the Jurud Ras Baalbek and Jurud al-Qaa region, said a military spokesman.   On the first day, Lebanese forces captured about 11 square miles of territory, or about a third of the area controlled by ISIS, the spokesman said.   At the time, about 20 ISIS fighters had been killed and 10 Lebanese soldiers had been wounded. At least three soldiers were killed after their vehicle hit a land mine, said the spokesman.   Lebanese soldiers raised the Spanish flag on a hilltop captured from ISIS in a tribute to the victims of two terrorism attacks in Catalonia, the army said.   At the same time, Lebanon-based Hezbollah, which operates in Syria, also announced an assault from that side of the border, noted Al Jazeera. The Lebanese army said it was coordinated the assault with Hezbollah or the Syrian army, reported Reuters
Item Number:7 Date: 08/21/2017 MEXICO - NAVY SECRETARY, DEFENSE SECRETARY ATTEND KEEL-LAYING CEREMONY FOR NEW PATROL VESSEL (AUG 21/DAMENSG)  DAMEN SHIPYARDS GROUP -- Dutch shipbuilder Damen Shipyards has laid the keel for a new long-range patrol vessel for the Mexican navy.   The ceremony, presided over by Adm. Vidal Francisco Soberon Sanz, the navy secretary, took place on Aug. 17 at Damen's shipyard in Vlissingen, the Netherlands, said a Damen release. Gen. Salvador Cienfuegos, Mexico's defense secretary, also took part.   Mexico ordered the Sigma 10514 patrol vessel earlier this year.   Two of the ship's six modules will be built in Vlissingen with the remainder to be constructed at a Mexican yard, said Damen. All six modules will be integrated in Mexico.   The ship will increase the Mexican navy's capabilities for international exercises and missions and its presence in the nation's territorial waters and economic exclusive zone.  
  Item Number:8 Date: 08/21/2017 PHILIPPINES - SOLDIERS RESCUE VIETNAMESE MARINER BEING HELD BY ABU SAYYAF; TERRORISTS KILL CIVILIANS IN BASILAN VILLAGE (AUG 21/AFP)  AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE -- Philippine troops have rescued a Vietnamese mariner being held hostage by Abu Sayyaf militants, reports Agence France-Presse.   The hostage and five other crewmen were abducted in November from a Vietnamese cargo vessel sailing close to the Philippine island of Basilan.   On Sunday, soldiers rescued the hostage on Basilan island, said the army.   "The hostage was able to run from the militants in the course of military operations and our troops rescued him with the help of local connections," said a military spokeswoman.   Two of the mariners were beheaded last month. Another was rescued in June, and one died in a gunbattle in July. One is still apparently being held by the terror group.   Separately, on Monday morning, Abu Sayyaf attacked the village of Maluso in Basilan in a dawn raid, killing nine civilians and wounding 10, said police.   The terrorists reportedly shot the civilians and torched houses and a day-care center. Local police said 30-50 Abu Sayyaf fighters were involved, noted GMA News (Philippines).   The terrorists fled after a 45-minute gunbattle, said a local police chief
Item Number:9 Date: 08/21/2017 SOMALIA - BRITS, AMERICANS TRAIN PERSONNEL FROM 5 AFRICAN NATIONS WITH AMISOM (AUG 21/CJTF-HOA)  COMBINED JOINT TASK FORCE-HORN OF AFRICA -- Peacekeepers from the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) are wrapping up a month-long intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) course taught by British and U.S. instructors, reports the U.S. Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa (CJTF-HOA).   Military personnel from the five African nations contributing troops to AMISOM -- Burundi, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda -- took part in the course at Mogadishu International Airport in Somalia, noted a release from CJTF-HOA on Friday.   Nearly two dozen students are expected to graduate from the British-led course on Aug. 25.   The training is in preparation for the planned transfer of an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to AMISOM by the U.S. State Dept. The system will help the peacekeepers plan and execute missions against the Al-Shabaab terrorist group in Somalia, said the release.   A capstone exercise involved the students formulating a plan and justification to deploy a UAV in a particular scenario, noted a U.S. Air Force officer with the task force
Item Number:10 Date: 08/21/2017 SOUTH KOREA - AFTER FATAL ACCIDENT, ARMY TEMPORARILY HALTS HOWITZER'S USE IN TRAINING (AUG 21/YON)  YONHAP -- The South Korean army says it has temporarily suspended the use of K9 Thunder howitzers after a fatal blast last week, reports the Yonhap news agency (Seoul).   Last week's incident took place during a live-fire drill in Cheorwon, in eastern Gangwon province near the border with North Korea. Two soldiers were killed and five wounded.   On Monday, the army announced it was suspending the howitzer's use for training purposes. More than 1,000 deployed for combat will remain in operation.   Smoke from the breech of the self-propelled artillery system apparently ignited gunpowder inside, said army investigators
  Item Number:11 Date: 08/21/2017 SOUTH KOREA - RENOVATED K9 HOWITZERS TO GET GPS, FIRE-CONTROL UPGRADE (AUG 21/YON)  YONHAP -- The Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) in Seoul has approved a modernization program for the South Korean military's 155-mm K9 self-propelled howitzers, reports the Yonhap news agency (Seoul).   Friday's approval allows serial production of the upgraded howitzers to begin in 2018, said the DAPA.   The upgrade program covers improvements to the automatic fire-control system, location system and periscope, which have been in use since 1999.   A new global positioning system will be installed to improved targeting, the agency said.   The upgraded weapons will be better capable of night operations and rapid and accurate firing, said a DAPA official
Item Number:12 Date: 08/21/2017 SYRIA - ISIS CONVOY DESTROYED BY RUSSIAN AIRSTRIKE, SAYS KREMLIN (AUG 21/TASS)  TASS -- The Kremlin says the Russian air force has struck an Islamic State convoy in Syria, killing more than 200 terrorists, reports Tass.   Russian aircraft hit a large convoy headed to Deir Ezzor, ISIS' remaining stronghold in that country, said the Defense Ministry on Monday.   The targets included more than 20 off-road vehicles equipped with large-caliber weapons and grenade launchers. Tanks, armored vehicles and cargo trucks carrying ammunition were also hit, said the ministry.   There was no information given about timing
  Item Number:13 Date: 08/21/2017 SYRIA - SHELL HITS INTERNATIONAL TRADE FAIR IN DAMASCUS, KILLING 6 (AUG 21/REU)  REUTERS -- A mortar attack near an international trade fair in Damascus has killed six people, says a monitoring group, as cited by Reuters.   On Sunday, a mortar round hit near the entrance of the Damascus International Fair on the southern outskirts of the capital, according to the U.K.-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.   Some reports described the munition as a rocket.   Around 10 people were also wounded. Casualties were expected to rise, said the observatory.   The fair, which was considered a key business event before the the Syrian civil war, was last held in the summer of 2011. Businessmen from more than 45 counties are said to be in attendance
Item Number:14 Date: 08/21/2017 THAILAND - BRN TERRORIST MERCENARIES PAID TO STEAL 'BOMB VEHICLE' FOR ATTACKS (AUG 21/BANGPOST)  BANGKOK POST -- The Barisan National Revolutionary Front (BRN) in Thailand has adopted a new tactic in its battle against government authorities in the south, reports the Bangkok Post.   The militant group has been hiring new members, who have not joined for ideological reasons. These new members, who don't have criminal records, are being trained to replace members who have been arrested or gone into hiding.   On Aug. 16, a group of these new BRN members stole seven vehicles in Pattani and Songkhla for use in bomb attacks, said Thai army officials. One civilian and one militant were killed in the robberies.   Four people at a used car shop in Songkhla were abducted during the robbery there.   The stolen trucks were located and recovered within a day, officials said
Item Number:15 Date: 08/21/2017 TURKEY - INVESTIGATION ONGOING INTO CRASH OF U.S. PREDATOR UAV FLYING FROM INCIRLIK AIR BASE (AUG 21/ANADOLU)  ANADOLU NEWS AGENCY -- An investigation has been launched into last week's crash of a U.S. Air Force MQ-1 Predator unmanned aerial vehicle in southern Turkey, reports Turkey's state-run Anadolu Agency.   The Predator went down late on Aug. 17 shortly after taking off from Incirlik Air Base in Adana, according to base officials.   There were no civilian or military casualties, according to a military statement on Friday.   The U.S. operates a number of drones and fighter aircraft from the Turkish base. Many are involved in missions against the Islamic State terrorist group in Iraq and Syria, noted the Stars and Stripes
Item Number:16 Date: 08/21/2017 USA - AIR FORCE ORDERS MORE GRIFFIN GUIDED MUNITIONS; RAYTHEON DEAL WORTH $105 MILLION (AUG 21/DOD)  DEPT. OF DEFENSE -- The U.S. Air Force has awarded Raytheon Missile Systems, Tucson, Ariz., a contract for precision-guided munitions, reports the Dept. of Defense.   The $104.9 million deal covers delivery of all variants of Griffin standoff precision-guided munitions and related production, test and engineering support, said a Pentagon release on Aug. 17.   Work will take place in Tucson and is scheduled to conclude by Dec. 31, 2018
Item Number:17 Date: 08/21/2017 USA - COAST GUARD WIDENS SEARCH FOR ARMY BLACK HAWK HELICOPTER CREW OFF HAWAII (AUG 21/MAREXEC)  MARITIME EXECUTIVE -- Search efforts for a missing U.S. Army helicopter off the coast of Hawaii continued and widened over the weekend, reports the Maritime Executive.   A UH-60 Black Hawk went missing during nighttime training on Aug. 15 with five crewmembers on board. Some debris was found the next day.   By Sunday, the Coast Guard's search effort had covered more than 68,000 square nautical miles, said officials.   To date, there has been no signs of the crew. Significant debris from the helicopter was recovered, said the officials.   Such searches usually are called off in 24-36 hours in areas where ocean temperatures below 60 degrees Fahrenheit. In Hawaii, those temperatures are often more than 75 degrees
Item Number:18 Date: 08/21/2017 USA - NEWLY ELEVATED CYBER COMMAND SEEN IMPROVING NATION'S DEFENSES (AUG 21/HILL)  THE HILL -- President Donald Trump has elevated U.S. Cyber Command to a full combatant command, reports the Hill (Washington, D.C.).   The decision involves a review of whether the command should separate from the National Security Agency.   As a four-star command, CYBERCOM "will strengthen our cyberspace operations and create more opportunities to improve our nation's defense," said a statement from Trump.   The change has been under consideration for some time, including under the Obama administration.   Late last year, Congress called for the move in the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act -- though without dealing with the "dual-hat" situation with one military officer heading both the Cyber Command and National Security Agency, noted CNN.  
  Item Number:19 Date: 08/21/2017 USA - TASK FORCE ECHO, WITH GUARDSMEN FROM 7 STATES, REINFORCES ARMY'S CYBER COMMAND (AUG 21/ANS)  ARMY NEWS SERVICE -- The U.S. Army has just activated a newly formed, full-time National Guard cyber task force, reports the Army News Service.   Task Force Echo, which operates under Army Cyber, consists of 138 Guardsmen from seven states.   Last week's activation marked the largest mobilization of reserve-component forces for a cyber unit in support of U.S. Cyber Command, said an Army release on Aug. 18.   The Guardsmen from California, Georgia, Michigan, Indiana, Utah, Ohio and Virginia have been mobilized for 400 days. They will be integrated into the Maryland National Guard during their active-duty stint.   Task Force Echo will provide critical support for CYBERCOM in conducting cyberspace operations against adversaries, the Army said
  Item Number:20 Date: 08/21/2017 USA - U.S. DESTROYER COLLIDES WITH OIL TANKER EAST OF SINGAPORE; 10 U.S. SAILORS MISSING (AUG 21/WP)  WASHINGTON POST -- A search is underway on Monday for 10 U.S. sailors who are missing after a collision between a U.S. Navy guided-missile destroyer and an oil tanker off Singapore, reports the Washington Post.   The USS John S. McCain was on its way for a port visit in Singapore after patrolling in the South China Sea. The destroyer hit the Liberian-flagged Alnic MC tanker, which was carrying 12,000 tons of fuel, east of the Strait of Malacca. The collision took place early Monday, local time.   The collision caused significant damage to the hull, flooded nearby compartments, including crew berthing, machinery and communications rooms, said the U.S. 7th Fleet in a statement.   Four sailors were reportedly medically evacuated by a Singapore military helicopter. The McCain is now at the Changi Naval Base in Singapore. (The ship is named for the father and grandfather of the Arizona senator; both were admirals.)   U.S. Navy Seahawk helicopters and Osprey tilt-rotors have been deployed for the search-and-rescue effort. Ships and helicopters from Singapore and Malaysia are also searching for the crew, said the Navy. 
 
 
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