Monday, September 11, 2017

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To All,
I hope your week has been going well.
This Day In Naval History - September 7
1776: David Bushnell's submarine Turtle is used by Sgt. Erza Lee to attack HMS Eagle in New York Harbor. Lees efforts to attach a "torpedo" to the ship's hull are frustrated by copper-sheathing, marine growth, perhaps merely a hard spot in the hull, which prevents the drill from boring into the ship bottom and it drifts away.
1814 - USS Wasp captures HMS Avon
1864 - USS Wachusett captures CSS Florida at Bahia, Brazil
1942 - First air evacuation of casualties to hospital ships off shore occurs at Guadalcanal.
1953 - Exchange of prisoners of war from Korean War (Operations Big Switch) ends

Today in History
September 7
At the Battle of Lepanto in the Mediterranean Sea, the Christian galley fleet destroys the Turkish galley fleet.
The town of Trimountaine in Massachusetts is renamed Boston. It became the state capital.
England, Austria, and the Netherlands form an Alliance against France.
Shawnee Indians attack and lay siege to Boonesborough, Kentucky.
On the road to Moscow, Napoleon wins a costly victory over the Russians at Borodino.
The earliest known printed reference to the United States by the nickname "Uncle Sam" occurs in the Troy Post.
Union General Phil Sheridan's troops skirmish with the Confederates under Jubal Early outside Winchester, Virginia.
The James-Younger gang botches an attempt to rob the First National Bank of Northfield, Minnesota.
An incubator is used for the first time on a premature infant.
The first heavyweight-title boxing match fought with gloves under Marquis of Queensbury rules ends when James J. Corbett knocks out John L. Sullivan in the 21st round.
French aviator Roland Garros sets an altitude record of 13,200 feet.
The U.S. Congress passes the Workman's Compensation Act.
Germany's blitz against London begins during the Battle of Britain.
The Red Army pushes back the German line northwest of Stalingrad.
Nikita Krushchev elected first secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union.
Integration of public schools begins in Washington D.C. and Maryland.
Pro Football Hall of Fame opens in Canton, Ohio.
Jockey Bill Shoemaker earns 6,033rd win, breaking Johnny Longden's record for most lifetime wins; Shoemaker's record would stand for 29 years.
Panama and US sign Torrijos-Carter Treaties to transfer control of the Panama Canal from the US to Panama at the end of the 20th century.
Secret police agent Francesco Gullino assassinates Bulgarian dissident Georgi Markov in London by firing a ricin pellet from a specially designed umbrella.
ESPN, the Entertainment and Sports Programing Network, debuts.
Desmond Tutu becomes first black leader of the Church of the Province of Southern Africa (now the Anglican Church of South Africa).
Pilot and cosmonaut Abdul Ahad Mohmand, the first Afghan to travel to outer space, returns to earth after 9 days aboard the Soviet space station Mir.
Hurricane Ivan damages 90% of buildings on the island of Grenada; 39 die in the Category 5 storm.
US Government assumes conservatorship of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the country's two largest mortgage financing companies, during the subprime mortgage crisis.
World War II
Thanks to Carl…..Both my parents were lost to this monster. I hope this is something that turns the corner on this disease for everyone.
How to Prevent Alzheimer's

We've been fed complete and utter nonsense about Alzheimer's.
Told that it's untreatable – that there's nothing you can do. Prescribed ineffective, expensive medication that carries nasty side effects (and doesn't "cure" a thing).
But what you won't hear about on Fox News, CNN, or even HBO is that in just a few short weeks, everything you've heard about Alzheimer's is about to change …
Because that's when a groundbreaking new online video event on treatments that are PROVEN to reverse Alzheimer's premieres!
For the first time ever, the most brilliant minds in Alzheimer's research have come together in a 12-day online video event to share everything they've learned about actually REVERSING the disease.
And this isn't pie-in-the-sky. The 14 doctors interviewed for this event are reversing Alzheimer's now – today – for hundreds of patients!
The event is called Awakening from Alzheimer's, and it's an inspiring beacon of hope for the millions around the world who've been touched by this devastating disease.
There's absolutely no charge to view the videos and learn from this life-saving information. Trust me – you won't want to miss a SINGLE episode.
It's hard to describe how it feels to finally see that Alzheimer's CAN be defeated, and hear the stories of people who have actually done it.
You'll just have to experience it for yourself.
PS: There are powerful forces keeping this information out of the mainstream media. It seems that despite their billions of dollars, the Big Pharma fat cats and Washington dealmakers can't seem to "cure" Alzheimer's. Until they figure out how to spin this in their favor, it's in their best interests to keep us in the dark.
Thanks to Carl
1913: The Turning Point (Very important history lesson about the erosion of our freedoms.  Wilson was also involved with the start of the League of Nations—now the UN.  WW was also a racist—banned blacks from government restrooms.  He did not restrict his hostility to just blacks, he was also prejudice to all "hyphenated Americans"!  Why is BLM not marching across the Woodrow Wilson Bridge over the Potomac River demanding a name change??  See:
September 7, 2017
1913: The Turning Point
September 7, 2017
While most western countries are reverting back to medieval technology to combat the use of drones, legendary Russian arms manufacturer Kalashnikov, makers of the AK series, has developed an advanced anti-drone gun. Drones are now becoming more widely available, therefore, anti-drone technology is becoming a major field in the defense industry.
Of course, Kalashnikov is leading the pack in anti-drone warfare. Built on the MP-514K rifle system, the fully modular device comes equipped with interchangeable jamming units, which disrupt GPS, GLONASS, WiFi, and other electronic and radio signals, rendering drones inoperable. Due to its ability to block phone signals, the device also can be used to prevent remote detonation of improvised explosives.
Meet the REX-1.
MADE IN RUSSIA: Kalashnikov Unveils Anti-Drone Weapon  (0:41)
For the first time in Russia, Kalashnikov Concern, the largest arms manufacturer in the country, showed off its electromagnetic anti-drone rifles at the Army-2017 expo in the Moscow Region. Prototypes of the REX-1 are also undergoing tests in some subunits of the Russian National Guard.
The gun has some fascinating features which makes it extremely effective. It is able to "fire" continuously for four hours. It can then be recharged for four hours using an ordinary 220-volt socket, or it can be connected to an additional battery for uninterrupted use. And, according to Nikita Khamitov, head of the special projects department at Zala Aero Group – the company that developed the new weapon and is part of Kalashnikov Concern, it's possible to change each component in a matter of seconds, just like changing the magazine on an assault rifle.
"This radiomagnetic 'gun' suppresses the command and control channels of the world's most commonly encountered drones. It's also installed with a number of interchangeable electromagnetic and infrared units that suppress GSM, GPS, GLONASS, Galileo [the last three are various types of satellite navigation systems – RBTH], and other channels," said Khamitov. -RBTH
Drones generally have two default modes in case communication is lost with the operator.  They will either return to the start point or automatically land. "In the latter case the drone will disappear from enemy radars, and you effectively have a new toy in your hands," Khamitov added. "A particular feature of the device is the possibility of not just neutralizing unmanned aerial vehicles but also explosive devices triggered by remote control – via a phone call or text message, as one sees in films. The gun shuts out all external signals and gives the combat engineer group time to arrive on the spot and completely eliminate the threat," Khamitov said.
And it's possible you could end up getting your hands on a REX-1 too.  Well, the civilian version, anyway.  According to Khamitov, a version of the gun could definitely be designed for the civilian market. Or course, not all its functions would be made available. For instance, in the civilian version, the GPS neutralizing device would not be included.
The price of the weapon will be determined when the subunits of the Federal National Guard Troops Service decide the number they want to procure. "Looking at the market, I think the civilian version of our system could cost around $5,000," Khamitov said.
Item Number:1 Date: 09/07/2017 AFGHANISTAN - AIR FORCE TO RECEIVE 150 NEW MD 530F LIGHT HELICOPTERS FROM U.S. (SEP 07/DOD)  DEPT. OF DEFENSE -- The U.S. Army has awarded MD Helicopters, Mesa, Ariz., a contract to build light helicopters for the Afghan air force, reports the U.S. Dept. of Defense.   The US$1.4 billion Foreign Military Sales contract covers about 150 MD 530F helicopters and production support services, including program management, delivery support, pilot training and maintenance.   Work locations and funding will be determined with each order, said a Pentagon release on Sept. 5. Contract completion is expected by Aug. 31, 2022
  Item Number:2 Date: 09/07/2017 AFGHANISTAN - SUICIDE BOMBER ATTACKS BAGRAM AIRBASE TO AVENGE 'OFFENSIVE' LEAFLETS (SEP 07/TN)  TOLONEWS -- A suicide bomber has attacked the largest U.S. military base in Afghanistan, wounding at least four civilians, reports Tolo News (Afghanistan).   The assailant exploded his bomb on Wednesday evening at the southern gate of Bagram Airbase in Parwan province, said officials.   The attacker was riding a motorcycle and was targeting truck supplies, said a local official. He did not make it through any checkpoints, reported CNN.   A U.S. citizen was reported to be among the wounded.   The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack, calling it retaliation for leaflets distributed by U.S.-led NATO forces in Parwan province that were considered offensive to Islam.   On Tuesday, U.S. forces apologized for the leaflet, which contained a passage from the Koran superimposed on the image of a dog. Dogs are considered an unclean by many Afghans. To associate it with the Koran was seen as an insult.   The leaflet pictured a lion, symbolizing the U.S.-led coalition, chasing a dog, which symbolized the Taliban, noted Business Insider. "Get your freedom from these terrorist dogs" was also written on the leaflet above the two animals, according to the Los Angeles Times. "Help the coalition forces find these terrorists and eliminate them."  
  Item Number:3 Date: 09/07/2017 CHINA - PLAAF UNIT PRACTICES SHOOTING DOWN MISSILES (SEP 07/SCMP)  SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST -- A Chinese People's Liberation Army Air Force air defense unit shot down simulated enemy missiles during an exercise this week in Bohai Bay in the Yellow Sea, not far from North Korea, reports the South China Morning Post.   The exercise in the early hours of Tuesday involved the shooting down of simulated low-flying missiles, according to the official military news website   The exercise was the third in the region since late July.   The drill, two days after North Korea's most-recent nuclear test, was intended to signal that Beijing condemns Pyongyang's provocative actions, said a Beijing-based naval expert.   It was also intended as a warning to the U.S. to stay away from the Yellow Sea, said an analyst at the Knowfar Institute for Strategic and Defense Studies in Jiangyin in the eastern Jiangsu province.   What potential enemy was in mind? The digital publication Quartz asked that question and answered it: whichever
  Item Number:4 Date: 09/07/2017 EGYPT - CANCELED IN 2011, 2013, BRIGHT STAR DRILLS WITH U.S. TO RESUME THIS MONTH (SEP 07/AHRAM)  AHRAM ONLINE -- The Bright Star exercises between the Egyptian and U.S. armed forces are back on the docket for the first time since 2009, reports Ahram Online (Egypt).   The U.S. cancelled the biennial drills in 2013 after an Egyptian army crackdown on protests, noted Reuters. The 2011 exercises were canceled after the 2011 Arab Spring uprising, which overthrew Egyptian leader Hosni Mubarak.   The resumption of the drills was announced by Cairo on Tuesday.   This year's training, which runs from Sept. 10 to Sept. 20 at the new Mohamed Najuib military base in west Alexandria, will focus on security cooperation, counterterrorism, countering extremism and conventional combat, officials said
Item Number:5 Date: 09/07/2017 ESTONIA - DEFENSE LEAGUE HOSTS EXERCISE FOR NATO ALLIES (SEP 07/BALTCOURSE)  BALTIC COURSE -- Several of Estonia's NATO allies are sending units to participate in the Estonian Defense League's (Kaitseliit) Pohjakonn (Dragon of the North) exercises this week, reports the Baltic Course.   Military personnel from Canada, France and Latvia, Lithuania, the U.K. and U.S. will join Estonian military and voluntary Kaitseliit units for the drills, which begin Friday and conclude on Sunday.   This is the first time that units from Canada, France and Latvia will take part in such drills, said an Estonian military spokesman.   The tactical exercise will take place in Estonia's East Viru and West Viru counties.   The training focuses on cooperation between units and the Kaitseliit headquarters for combat operations. Several combat maneuvers will also be performed, which will involve allied and Estonian armored vehicles, military officials said.  
 Item Number:6 Date: 09/07/2017 FRANCE - ARRESTS MADE AFTER BOMB COMPONENTS FOUND IN APARTMENT NEAR PARIS (SEP 07/BBC)  BRITISH BROADCASTING CORP. -- French police have arrested three terrorist suspects after explosives were found in an apartment in a Paris suburb, reports the BBC.   On Wednesday, police were called to a residence in the southern suburb of Villejuif when a plumber reported suspicious activity, according to Reuters.   TATP, an explosive often used by suicide bombers, and other explosives-making supplies were found, said Interior Minister Gerard Collomb.   Two suspects of North African origin were arrested, said officials. A third man was detained overnight.   The suspects denied terrorist motives, saying they were planning a bank robbery. However, they had had been in phone contact with people in Syria, the minister said.   "They wanted to blow up banks with the TATP, but what we're seeing is that they were linked to terrorists, so it's more in that direction that we have to look," said Collomb
Item Number:7 Date: 09/07/2017 INDIA - LIGHT TANKS UNDER CONSIDERATION TO DEFEND BORDER WITH CHINA (SEP 07/DN)  DEFENSE NEWS -- The Indian army has begun developing requirements for a light tank for a potential new acquisition program, reports Defense News.   The Defense Ministry ordered the army to put together the requirements after China tested its domestic Xinqingtan light tank in the Tibet region bordering India, said an unnamed ministry source.   The Chinese tank is armed with a 105-mm main gun and has a 1,000-hp engine.   Planners want lighter tanks that can be airlifted to mountainous areas along the Chinese border, the source said.   India currently only has the Russian-made T-72 and T-90 and domestic Arjun main battle tanks; they are considered too heavy for the mountainous region.   The light tank project follows a recent standoff between China and India over the Doklam region, a small strip of land along the mutual border.   The army wants the new tanks to weigh about 22 tons and able to operate at altitudes of more than 9,840 feet (3,000 m) in hilly terrain, said an unnamed service official.   The light tank should be able to defeat highly protected armored vehicles at a range of more than 1.2 miles (2 km) and fire high-explosive anti-tank rounds and guided missiles.   The procurement process for the new tanks will depend on the urgency of the requirement, said the defense ministry source
Item Number:8 Date: 09/07/2017 LESOTHO - MAJOR BEING HELD IN CONNECTION TO KILLING OF ARMY CHIEF (SEP 07/MSN NEWS)  MSN NEWS -- A senior army officer has been arrested in connection to the killing of Lesotho's army chief, says a defense official cited by MSN News.   On Sept. 6, Two officers shot and killed Lt. Gen. Khotantle Motsomotso at the Ratjomose army barracks in the capital. The attackers were also killed. Their motive remains unclear.   An unnamed army major was detained to help with the investigation, said a Defense Ministry official, cited by Reuters.   The Southern African Development Community (SADC) regional bloc said on Thursday it was sending a military fact-finding mission to keep order, reported Eyewitness News (South Africa).   Prime Minister Thomas Thabane has insisted that everything in the kingdom is under control.   There has been a resurgence of political instability in Lesotho, including allegations of military interference in politics, notes
Item Number:9 Date: 09/07/2017 MALAYSIA - MARITIME TEAM FOILS HIJACKING OF THAI TANKER, ARREST 10 INDONESIAN PIRATES (SEP 07/XIN)  XINHUA -- Malaysian authorities say they have thwarted the hijacking of a Thai oil tanker off its northeastern coast, reports Xinhua, China's state news agency.   On Wednesday, the MT Tanker MGT1 with 14 crewmembers was reported missing. The tanker was transporting 2.2 million liters (580,000 gallons) of diesel valued at about US$1.66 million, said the Malaysia Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA).   A surveillance aircraft spotted the tanker on Thursday off the coast of the northeastern Malaysian state of Terengganu. A special MMEA team boarded the vessel and arrested 10 Indonesian suspects, said the agency.   Three other suspects boarded a small boat and escaped, reported Reuters.   The 10 suspected pirates said to be Indonesian nationals, reported Reuters.   No injuries were reported.  
  Item Number:10 Date: 09/07/2017 PHILIPPINES - MARINES RESCUE 2 INDONESIAN HOSTAGES OF ABU SAYYAF IN SULU (SEP 07/GMA)  GMA NEWS -- Philippine marines have rescued two Indonesians who had been held hostage by Abu Sayyaf since November, reports GMA News (Philippines).   The rescue took place early Thursday in a remote village of Indanan, on Sulu island, said a military commander.   Brig. Gen. Cirilito Sobejana, the commander of the joint task force in Sulu, said the two Indonesian hostages were aboard a car when they were rescued. The pair were then brought to a local hospital for a medical checkup, he said, as noted by Channel News Asia.   The Indonesians were abducted in November 2016 from a Malaysian-registered boat near Malaysia's eastern state of Sabah, reported Reuters.   Minutes later, army troops encountered about 20 Abu Sayyaf militants in Talipao town, also in Sulu. Five militants were killed and five soldiers were wounded, said the commander
Item Number:11 Date: 09/07/2017 SOMALIA - U.S. AIRSTRIKE KILLS 3 AL-SHABAAB TERRORISTS IN BAY REGION, SAYS AFRICOM (SEP 07/MEM)  MIDDLE EAST MONITOR -- The U.S. military says it made an airstrike in Somalia earlier this week that killed three Al-Shabaab militants, reports the Middle East Monitor.   The strike on Tuesday morning hit militants in the Bay region in Somalia's south, about 46 miles west of the capital Mogadishu, said a statement from U.S. Africa Command.   The Dept. of Defense "precision airstrike" was conducted with Somali government forces and involved help from peacekeepers from the African Union Mission in Somalia, said AFRICOM.   The militants were "in close proximity to" those forces and "were deemed as a credible threat," an AFRICOM spokesman told one wire service.   In March, President Donald Trump granted new authority for increased airstrikes in Somalia, noted Reuters
Item Number:12 Date: 09/07/2017 SOUTH KOREA - MILITARY DEPLOYS THAAD LAUNCHERS; PROTESTERS CLASH WITH POLICE (SEP 07/YON)  YONHAP -- The U.S. and South Korea have finished deploying a controversial U.S. missile defense system intended to counter North Korean threats, reports the Yonhap news agency (Seoul).   The radar and two launchers of the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system have already deployed to a site in the southern county of Seongju. A THAAD battery usually consists of six launchers.   On Thursday, four additional launchers were dispatched to the site, said South Korea's Defense Ministry.   Local protesters clashed with thousands of police over the deployment, noted the Straits Times (Singapore). About 20 people were reportedly injured.   "The battery will be operational as soon as the U.S. finishes its internal procedures," said a ministry spokesman.   Protesters say they are concerned that the system could cause health and environmental problems.   Also on Thursday, China said it had filed a protest with South Korea for installing the launchers. Beijing opposes the deployment, claiming it undermines the regional security balance
Item Number:13 Date: 09/07/2017 SOUTH KOREA - WASHINGTON AGREES TO MORE DEPLOYMENTS OF STRATEGIC ASSETS TO KOREAN PENINSULA (SEP 07/NHK)  NHK -- Top defense officials in South Korea and the United States have agreed to more deployments of American strategic assets, including aircraft carriers, bombers and stealth fighters, to the Korean peninsula, reports Japan's NHK broadcaster.   South Korean Defense Minister Song Young Moo spoke with Defense Secretary James Mattis by telephone on Tuesday evening.   "The two defense chiefs agreed to strengthen the regular deployment of U.S. strategic assets and joint military exercises on and around the Korean Peninsula, in order to bolster the combined defense posture and deter North Korean provocations," said a release from the South Korean Defense Ministry, as cited by the Yonhap news agency (Seoul).   The leaders also agreed that the international community should fully implement the current sanctions on Pyongyang and adopt new punitive measures following the North's sixth nuclear test on Sept. 3.   Mattis emphasized that the U.S. will protect South Korea using all of its military capabilities, including nuclear deterrents.   The defense minister also suggested that it would be worth reviewing the reintroduction of tactical U.S. nuclear weapons to the peninsula, noted the Washington Post. The U.S. had about 100 nuclear-armed weapons in South Korea until 1991, when they were withdrawn by President George H.W. Bush.  
  Item Number:14 Date: 09/07/2017 SYRIA - APPARENT ISRAELI AIRSTRIKES HIT RESEARCH CENTER LINKED TO CHEMICAL WEAPONS (SEP 07/TOI)  TIMES OF ISRAEL -- The Syrian army has charged that Israeli military aircraft hit a government facility in northern Hama province on Thursday, killing two, reports the Times of Israel.   Israeli jets fired missiles from Lebanese airspace, hitting a military site near the town of Masyaf, said a Syrian army statement carried by the state-run SANA.   The facility hit is part of Syria's Scientific Studies and Research Center (CERS), the agency the U.S. calls the government's chemical weapons manufacturer, according to the U.K.-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.   The observatory also said a nearby military storage camp was used to store rockets, as noted by AFP.   An Israeli army spokeswoman declined to discuss the strike.   A former senior Israeli intelligence official quoted by Jerusalem Online said that if the attack was in fact carried out by the IDF, "it would be a commendable and moral action by Israel against the slaughter in Syria."   Syria has threatened of "dangerous repercussions
  Item Number:15 Date: 09/07/2017 USA - ANOTHER 3,500 AMERICAN TROOPS EXPECTED TO BE SENT TO AFGHANISTAN (SEP 07/WP)  WASHINGTON POST -- A U.S. official has confirmed that the Pentagon plans to send another 3,500 troops to Afghanistan, reports the Washington Post.   Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said last week that he had signed deployment orders for an unspecified number of additional troops to Afghanistan . Specific numbers would not be announced until he briefed Congress, he said.   On Wednesday, Gen. Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, met with lawmakers during a closed-door session.   The Pentagon said it would not comment on additional troop numbers until Mattis made an announcement, reported Reuters, which reported the develops first.   If those numbers of roughly 3,500 hold, the total of U.S. troops in Afghanistan would be about 14,500.  
  Item Number:16 Date: 09/07/2017 USA - IRAQI MILITARY PILOT DIES IN F-16 CRASH IN ARIZ. (SEP 07/S&S)  STARS AND STRIPES -- The Iraqi air force has identified the pilot who was killed in a training crash on Tuesday in Arizona, reports the Stars and Stripes.   The deceased pilot was Maj. Noor Faleh Rassan Al-Khazali, said a service statement on Facebook.   His Iraqi-owned fighter jet went down about 20 miles (32 km) northwest of Safford, Ariz., said a spokeswoman for the Arizona Air National Guard's 162nd Wing at Tucson International Airport.   The wing is home to a program that trains foreign pilots to fly the F-16.   The Iraqi F-16 was on a routine training mission with the Air Guard when it crashed, said the spokeswoman.   This is the second Iraqi F-16 to crash in Arizona. An Iraqi brigadier general was killed in June 2015 when his F-16 went down during night training.   The U.S. Air Force has launched an investigation
Item Number:17 Date: 09/07/2017 USA - JACOB POROO FAST RESPONSE CUTTER HANDED OVER TO COAST GUARD (SEP 07/USCG)  U.S. COAST GUARD -- The U.S. Coast Guard has accepted delivery of its 25th Sentinel-class fast response cutter in Key West, Fla.   The service received the Jacob Poroo on Tuesday, following its delivery by Bollinger Shipyards, Lockport, La. The cutter will be the second to be based in Pascagoula, Miss., following her commissioning in the fall.   The cutter honors Petty Officer 1st Class Jacob Poroo, a hospital corpsman assigned to the cutter Balsam in Adak, Alaska.   In June 1968, Poroo and seven other men escaped from a burning cabin. Poroo heard shouting and ran back into the cabin to ensure that everyone had evacuated. Despite receiving second- and third-degree burns over 75 percent of his body, he continued to give medical advice to his companions until help arrived, according to the USCG.   After he succumbed to his injuries, Poroo was posthumously awarded the Coast Guard Medal for his courage and altruism.   The Sentinel-class cutters are replacing the Coast Guard's aging 110-foot patrol boats for missions such as drug and migrant interdiction; ports, waterways and coastal security; search-and-rescue; and defense readiness.   The service has ordered 38 of the planned 58 cutters
  Item Number:18 Date: 09/07/2017 USA - NAVY TO TRANSPORT DAMAGED MCCAIN DESTROYER FROM SINGAPORE TO JAPAN (SEP 07/BDN)  BANGOR DAILY NEWS -- The U.S. Navy says it will send the USS John S. McCain from Singapore to Yokosuka, Japan, later this month assess the destroyer's damage from an Aug. 21 collision, reports the Bangor Daily News (Maine).   The guided-missile destroyer collided with a merchant ship east of the Straits of Malacca and Singapore, leaving 10 U.S. sailors dead. The vessel has moored at Singapore's Changi Naval Base, noted Reuters   The warship will be moved to Yokosuka Naval Base for a full damage assessment to determine the cost, schedule and location for repairs, the Naval Systems Command Office announced on Thursday.   The service will issue a task order on an existing contract to salvage, patch and transport the destroyer via heavy lift, according to a Navy release on Wednesday.   That Yokosuka base has repair and maintenance facilities. The move will also allow the crew to be close to their families, said the Navy.   The move is expected to take place in late September.  
Item Number:19 Date: 09/07/2017 USA - NEW DEVICES FOR MARINES, SAILORS DISTINGUISH BETWEEN PERFORMANCE, VALOR AWARDS (SEP 07/MIL)  MILITARY.COM -- A Dept. of the Navy policy creating new distinctions for performance and valor awards has entered force, reports   Marines and sailors can begin to receive awards bearing the new "C" and "R" devices, indicating the award was earned under combat conditions or for remote impact on a fight, according to an all-Navy message released in late August. The latter would apply to drone operators among others.   The policy also establishes tougher criteria for the existing "V" device, stipulating that it applies only to awards for actions demonstrating valor beyond that expected of a service member in combat.   The changes were initially announced in January 2016, when then-Defense Secretary Ashton Carter announced a Pentagon-wide review of high-level combat awards. The goal was to ensure that personnel serving since Sept. 11, 2001, had been appropriately honored.   Carter also approved the creation of the new devices to help distinguish the conditions under which an award was earned.   Authorization of the "C" device does not entitle recipients to wear the Combat Action Ribbon, which has more restrictive requirements, the Navy message said.   The "R" device is intended to recognize those who have direct impact on combat from afar. In addition to drone pilots, this can include those who conduct ship-to-shore or surface-to-surface attacks; cyberwarfare that disrupts enemy capabilities or actions; surface-to-air engagement that disrupts an enemy attack or surveillance; and troops exercising real-time tactical control of a raid or combat mission from a remote location not exposed to hostile action.   For awards in which certain conduct or conditions is presupposed, there is no change to the rules. The Bronze Star, for example, is not eligible for the "C" device, since combat conditions are inherent to the award.  
  Item Number:20 Date: 09/07/2017 USA - WASHINGTON GIVES 'IRONCLAD' SECURITY COMMITMENT TO JAPAN, S. KOREA (SEP 07/YON)  YONHAP -- The U.S. government has vowed to provide full extended deterrence to Japan and South Korea with both its conventional and nuclear capabilities against potential threats from North Korea, reports the Yonhap news agency (Seoul).   The term refers to the ability of U.S. forces, particularly nuclear forces, to deter attacks on U.S. allies and thereby reassure them.   Washington also reaffirmed its "ironclad" security commitment to the Asian countries during a working-level video conference on Pyongyang's latest nuclear test, said the South Korean Defense Ministry.   The three countries agreed to promote the trilateral interoperability of deterrence and response to North Korean provocations.   The parties also agreed to continue working to apply "maximum pressure" on the North to force its leadership to abandon is missile and nuclear programs, the ministry said.

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