Monday, September 11, 2017

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The List 4542


To All,
I hope you all have a great weekend.
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This Day In Naval History - September 8
1923 - In disaster at Point Honda, California, 7 destroyers run aground through faulty navigation
1939 - President Franklin D. Roosevelt proclaims limited national emergency and increases enlisted strength in the Navy and Marine Corps; also authorizes the recall to active duty of officer, men and nurses on the retired lists of the Navy and Marine Corps 
1944: On a daring night attack, USS Spadefish (SS 411) attacks a Japanese convoy off Sakishima Gunto and sinks four Japanese vessels.
1954 - U.S. signs Manila Treaty forming SEATO
1958 - LT R. H. Tabor, wearing a Navy developed pressure suit, completes 72-hour simulated flight at altitudes as high as 139,000 feet. It was another step in the development of the Navy spacesuit, which NASA accepted in 1959 for use by Mercury astronauts.
 
This Day In Naval History - September 9
1825 - USS Brandywine sails for France to carry the Marquis de Lafayette home after his year long visit to America.
1841 - First iron ship authorized by Congress
1940 - Navy awards contracts for 210 ships, including 12 carriers and 7 battleships
1943 - Operation Avalanche, Western Naval Task Force under VADM Hewitt, USN, lands Allied forces at Salerno, Italy
1944 - Fifth Fleet carrier aircraft begin air strikes on Japanese shipping and facilities at Mindanao, Philippines
1945 - A "computer bug" is first identified and named by LT Grace Murray Hopper while she was on Navy active duty in 1945. It was found in the Mark II Aiken Relay Calculator at Harvard University. The operators affixed the moth to the computer log, where it still resides, with the entry: "First actual case of bug being found." They "debugged" the computer, first introducing the term.
 
This Day In Naval History - September 10
1813 - In Battle of Lake Erie, Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry, flying his "Don't give up the ship" flag, defeats British squadron and says: "We have met the enemy and they are ours..."  1925 - Submarine R-4 rescues crew of
PN-9 10 miles from their destination of Hawaii (See also September 1)
 
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Today in History
September 8
1504
Michelangelo's 13-foot marble statue of David is unveiled in Florence, Italy.
1529
The Ottoman Sultan Suleiman re-enters Budapest and establishes John Zapolya as the puppet king of Hungary.
1565
Spanish explorers found St. Augustine, Florida, the first permanent European settlement in what is now the United States.
1628
John Endecott arrives with colonists at Salem, Massachusetts, where he will become the governor.
1644
The Dutch colony of New Amsterdam surrenders to the British fleet that sails into its harbor. Five years later, the British change the name to New York.
1755
British forces under William Johnson defeat the French and the Indians at the Battle of Lake George.
1760
The French surrender the city of Montreal to the British.
1845
A French column surrenders at Sidi Brahim in the Algerian War.
1863
Confederate Lieutenant Dick Dowling thwarts a Union naval landing at Sabine Pass, northeast of Galveston, Texas.
1903
Between 30,000 and 50,000 Bulgarian men, women and children are massacred in Monastir by Turkish troops seeking to check a threatened Macedonian uprising.
1906
Robert Turner invents the automatic typewriter return carriage.
1915
Germany begins a new offensive in Argonne on the Western Front.
1921
Margaret Gorman of Washington, D.C., is named the first Miss America.
1925
Germany is admitted into the League of Nations.
1935
Senator Huey Long of Louisiana is shot to death in the state capitol, allegedly by Dr. Carl Austin Weiss, Jr.
1944
Germany's V-2 offensive against England begins.
1945
Korea is partitioned by the Soviet Union and the United States.
1951
Japanese representatives sign a peace treaty in San Francisco.
1955
The United States, Australia, France, Great Britain, New Zealand, the Philippines, Pakistan, and Thailand sign the mutual defense treaty that established the Southeast Asia Treaty Organization (SEATO).
1960
Penguin Books in Britain is charged with obscenity for trying to publish the D.H. Lawrence novel Lady Chatterley's Lover.
1960
President Dwight Eisenhower dedicates NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama.
1971
The Kennedy Center opens in Washington, DC with a performance of Leonard Bernstein's Mass.
1974
President Gerald Ford pardons former President Richard M. Nixon for any crimes arising from the Watergate scandal he may have committed while in office.
1988
Wildfires in Yellowstone National Park in the US, the world's first national park, force evacuation of the historic Old Faithful Inn; visitors and employees evacuate but the inn is saved.
1991
Macedonian Independence Day; voters overwhelmingly approve referendum to form the Republic of Macedonia, independent of Yugoslavia.
1994
USAir Flight 427 crashes on approach to Pittsburgh International Airport, killing all 132 people aboard; subsequent investigation leads to changes in manufacturing practices and pilot training.
 
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With our thanks to THE Bear at http://www.rollingthunderremembered.com/
 
ROLLING THUNDER REMEMBERED… 8 SEPTEMBER 1967… STENNIS AIR WAR HEARINGS: VI of IX: PROPOSALS TO SUSPEND OR RESTRICT AIR WAR…
September 7, 2017  Bear Taylor 
RIPPLE SALVO… #551… Continuing the Summary Report of the August 1967 Stennis hearings… but first…
Good Morning: Day FIVE HUNDRED FIFTY-ONE of a return to the air war over North Vietnam called Rolling Thunder…
8 September 1967… HEAD LINES from The New York Times on a fair Friday in the home of the Yankees…
VIETNAM: U.S. TO CONSTRUCT VIETNAM BARRIER NEAR BUFFER ZONE–McNAMARA ANNOUNCES PLAN FOR FORTIFIED LINE BUT WON'T SPECIFY LENGTH–BARBED WIRE BEING INSTALLED–MARINES NEAR DMZ REPULSE BAYONET CHARGE"... "Defense Secretary Robert Strange McNamara announced a decision today to construct a barrier of barbed wire, mines, and electronic devices along the northern border of South Vietnam. the barrier would be placed below the DMZ. Mr. McNamara would not say how far the strip–designed to impede the flow of men and arms from North Vietnam–would extend along the 39-mile border or whether it would cross into Laos to cut the Ho Chi Minh Trail…MORE TARGETS…Speaking at a Pentagon news conference…he said he believed that some of the recommendations for expanding the bombing in North Vietnam made by the Senate Preparedness Subcommittee run the risk of widening the war, but he did not preclude attacks on additional targets as time goes by…"... Page 1: "Thieu On taking Office Will Offer Bombing Pause"...on about October 1. There will be no pause unless North Vietnam shows some sign of reciprocation. 'Maybe one week or ten days after that, I will offer a pause. (On Tuesday NVN indicated it would reject any attempt to make peace offers through General Thieu.)… Page 8: "Enemy Strength Held Overstated –New Figures Indicate Total Is Much Below 297,000"... "The intelligence community has nearly completed a study based on captured documents, more productive interrogation of prisoners and an enlarged network of spies and informers. Study says 297,000 is based on guesswork."…
Page 9: "Marines repulse Bayonet Attack–American Dead Put At 114 As Battle enters Fourth Day"... "Encircled U.S. Marines wearing gas masks against a barrage of tear gas shells turned back a North Vietnamese bayonet charge…as the battle near a hamlet 32 miles south of Danang entered its fourth day. A total of 114 Marines have been killed and 283 wounded. Enemy dead were put at 376. General Westmoreland arrived by helicopter at the command post of the Fifth Marine regiment toget a first hand report of the battle, the heaviest contact in Vietnam in two months…Hill 63…Hamlet of Vinhhuy, 12 miles northeast of Tamky… 4,000 North Vietnamese in pressed uniforms with new field telephones, new gas masks and shiny weapons are elements of three regiments entrenched in the Queson Valley. 'There are caves and tunnels in the valley going back to Vietminh days,' said Brigadier General Foster Lahuc, the assistant division commander. 'We found one cave that could have held a full battalion.' "… Page 13: "U.N. Viewed As Unlikely To Call Vietnam Parley–Delegates See Little Chance for U.S. Plan–the opposition by Soviet Union is firm."
SUMMER IN AMERICA 1967: "The Dirty Dozen" is showing as the #1 movie at neighborhood theaters… Norman Mailer was asked: "Why are Americans in Vietnam?…His answer: "Because it is there, man. And violence is there, and violence is as American as apple pie.
"Page 1: "Mayor of New York Charges U.S. Scrimps On City Aid"…"Does not provide sufficient aid…has failed to meet the rising expectations of the poor, the ill-housed and the oppressed."... Page 1: "Nixon Aide Doubts Romney's Ability–Says He Shows Weakness' in Handling the Issues–McNamara Also Critical of Nixon."… "Long Ford Strike Appears Likely–Walkout To Last at Least 2 Months"… "Long Loans Urged to Spur Students–A 40-year Repayment Plan to Finance College Costs asked by U.S. Panel."… "Milwaukee Civil Rights Demonstrators Tear Up Mayor's Office Reception Room–Four Hour Sit-in"…
ALSO Page One: "Mao Is Expected To Pursue Purge," which means a protracted continuation of Mao Tse-tung's campaign to purge China of revisionist policies, ideas and officials."
 
8 SEPTEMBER 1967… OPERATION ROLLING THUNDER… New York Times (9 Sept reporting 8 Sept ops)... Page 2: "While bad weather prevented strike operations around Hanoi, propaganda aircraft managed to drift three million leaflets over the Hanoi and Haiphong areas with four often repeated psychological warfare messages."… No further reports in NYT…
(Humble Host: I saw a CIA follow up on this leaflet drop with a spy (?) in Hanoi reporting a few days later that the leaflets did not apparently come down on Hanoi…)
"Vietnam: Air Losses" (Chris Hobson) There were two fixed wing aircraft lost in Southeast Asia on 8 September 1967…
(1) MAJOR J.B. CASKEY and CAPTAIN R.J. DRAGE were flying an F-4B of the VMFA-323 Death Rattlers and MAG-13 on a bombing mission in the DMZ and hit by ground fire on their second bomb run on buildings near Thon Cam Son. MAJOR CASKEY turned east and over the water turned south to head for Danang in the crippled jet. Unfortunately, the F-4 quit flying six miles off-shore from Hue and both Marines ejected. They were rescued to fly and fight again…
(2) an F-8C of the VF-111 Sundowners embarked in USS Oriskany suffered an electrical failure, then engine failure on an armed recce mission and was forced to eject over the Gulf of Tonkin. The unidentified fighter pilot was rescued and was back in the fight the following day.  oohrah…
 
RIPPLE SALVO… #551… STENNIS SENATE PREPAREDNESS SUB-COMMITTEE AIR WAR HEARING REPORT SUMMARY: VI of IX…PROPOSALS TO SUSPEND OR RESTRICT THE AIR WAR…
"Many proposals have been heard recently calling for a curtailment of our air campaign against North Vietnam, including a complete cessation of the bombing in certain vital areas. It is clear from the record that all of these proposals have received some discussion in official circles. It is less clear that they are dead at this time.
"Each of these proposals has the serious fault that, if adopted, the inevitable result would be an increased infiltration of men and war goods into South Vietnam and increased casualties among US and allied troops. The impact of a complete cessation of the bombing is clearly apparent. As Admiral Sharp testified: 'It generally would be a disaster for the United States, in my opinion,' as 'we would immediately face a large increase in loss of troops in South Vietnam,' and 'in my opinion, extend the war indefinitely.'
"A territorial limitation on the bombing would also be a perilous course because it would afford the North Vietnamese many sanctuaries and enable them to expand the ground war in South Vietnam with a lesser penalty than is now being exacted. As; an illustration, General Wheeler testified that a reduction of our bombing or imposition of additional restrictions on our air forces would cause increased US and allied casualties in South Vietnam.
"Those who propose a temporary bombing lull, as evidence of our good intentions in the hope that it would bring Hanoi to the conference table, overlook the hard facts of increased casualties and past history. The net effects of such truces was shown clearly by the Tet stand down in early 1967. We were told that during the four-day lapse in air attacks during the period North Vietnam pushed through  volume of supplies that would have required at least thirty-eight days to move during periods of air activity. As a matter of fact, the tonnage figures reveal that supplies flowing southward during this four-day lull were at least 600-per cent greater than the figures cited by Secretary McNamara.
"Conceding that these proposals are well-meaning, we feel that they ignore the facts of life. Hanoi continues to demand unilateral and unconditional suspension of the bombing campaign without any offer of reciprocal reductions of military action on its part. It does not even guarantee that meaningful talks would ensue if we suspended the bombing. It only suggests the possibility of such talks.
"The subcommittee is firm in its belief that the desire for an early end to the fighting which we all share must not cause us to be so naive or foolish as to throw away one of our principal military advantages for shortening the war. There is no evidence whatever that North Vietnam has lowered or softening the war. There is no evidence whatever that North Vietnam has lowered or softened in any way the demands contained in the four-point stand originally proclaimed by Premier Pham Van Dong on April 8, 1967. These four-points were that the United States must stop bombing and other acts of war against North Vietnam permanently and unconditionally, withdraw all free world troops from South Vietnam, recognize the National Liberation Front as the sole genuine representative of the South Vietnamese people, and let the Vietnamese people settle their internal affairs themselves. These four-points were reaffirmed recently as July 1, 1967, by the North Vietnamese Communist Party's official newspaper, Nhan Dan."
Tomorrow, 9 September : VI of IX: The Impact of Previous Bombing… (and at Hook '17 in Sparks–a full day of food, voices of wisdom from the podium, subject: Big Decks, then an evening of old friends) Tailhook oohrah
RTR QUOTE for 8 September: THOMAS JEFFERSON, Writings, Vol. IX: "Establish the eternal truth that acquiescence under insult is not the way to escape war."… 
Lest we forget…      Bear
 
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Thanks to Bill
Dangerous Foods
A well-known Doctor was giving a speech to a large crowd.
Listening in awe, the speech went . . .
"The material we put into our stomachs should have killed most of us sitting here, years ago."
"Red meat is full of steroids and dye. Soft drinks corrode your stomach lining. Chinese food is loaded with MSG. High trans-fat diets can be disastrous and none of us realizes the long-term harm caused by the germs in our drinking water. But, there is one thing that is the most dangerous of all and most of us have, or will eat it".
"Can anyone here tell me what food it is that causes the most grief and suffering for years after eating it?"
After several seconds of quiet, a 70-year-old man in the front row raised his hand, and softly said, "Wedding Cake".
 
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Item Number:1 Date: 09/08/2017 AUSTRALIA - GOVERNMENT ADDS PHILIPPINE GROUP, 'ISLAMIC STATE EAST ASIA,' TO TERROR LIST (SEP 08/NEWSAU)  NEWS.COM.AU -- The Australian government has added the Islamic State's affiliate in the Philippines to the nation's list of banned terrorist groups, reports news.com.au.   On Friday, Attorney General George Brandis announced that "Islamic State East Asia" had been added to Australia's official list of terror organizations.   The group seeks to "establish a caliphate within the southern Philippines," said Brandis.   Joining or supporting a banned group could lead to a jail term of up to 25 years. The listing lasts for three years and can be renewed.   The action comes a month after an Australian ISIS fighter urged local members to travel to the Philippines if they couldn't make it to Syria
  Item Number:2 Date: 09/08/2017 AUSTRALIA - TROOPS TO PROVIDE TRAINING AID TO PHILIPPINES (SEP 08/AUSBC)  AUSTRALIAN BROADCASTING CORPORATION -- The Philippine government will welcome small teams of Australian soldiers as trainers, reports the Australian Broadcasting Corps.   Early in September, Australian officials said they had offered to send special operations personnel to help the Philippines in its fight against the Islamic State.   On Friday, Defense Minister Marise Payne announced that Australian troops would be deployed to provide specialized training to Philippine soldiers. She made her remarks after a meeting in Manila with her Philippine counterpart, Delfin Lorenzana.   The Aussies will remain within Philippine military bases and will not take part in anti-terrorism operations, said Lorenzana.   They are expected to train about information-gathering and analysis, he said.   Australia has already sent Orion intelligence aircraft to Marawi to assist in the surveillance in the fight there against militants
  Item Number:3 Date: 09/08/2017 CANADA - GOVERNMENT DELAYS FRIGATE DECISION UNTIL 2018 (SEP 08/CBC)  CANADIAN BROADCASTING CORPORATION -- The Canadian government has put off making a decision on the design of its next frigate until 2018, reports CBC News.   The request for proposals for the Canadian Surface Combatant program is being amended, the Public Services and Procurement Dept. said on Sept. 6.   Officials maintained that the additional delay was not due to pushback by some of the anticipated bidders for the program.   The new deadline for proposals from the 12 pre-qualified companies is expected to be in November, nearly seven months later than originally planned.   A winner is not expected to be determined until late winter or early spring of 2018.   The delay will not affect the overall timeline for the program, said Lisa Campbell, the assistant deputy minister of defense and marine procurement. Ship construction is still planned to begin in the early 2020s.   The new process will be more flexible, said Campbell. Bidders will be allowed to make their submission. In areas where they do not meet the government's requirements or expectations they will be given one chance to submit additional information to support their case, she said.  
  Item Number:4 Date: 09/08/2017 ESTONIA - E.U. DEFENSE MINISTERS FACE MOCK CYBERATTACK DURING EXERCISE IN TALLINN (SEP 08/EPR)  ESTONIAN PUBLIC RADIO -- Estonia, which holds the rotating European Union council presidency, hosted a cybersecurity exercise for E.U. defense ministers on Thursday in Tallinn, reports Estonian Public Radio.   The exercise simulated a cyber attack on institutions and systems in the E.U. as part of a hybrid threat scenario.   In a mock drill, the systems of various organizations were attacked, including authorities and virtual targets as well points where cyber systems meet executive systems, such as the control systems of a power plant.   The ministers also simulated responses to such a scenario in terms of dealing with the media, making decisions about strategic communication and cooperation with other government institutions.   Hackers also used social media and "fake news" to confuse the situation, noted phys.org.   Estonia's goal was to begin discussion about the E.U.'s means and capabilities and how to use existing structures to respond to such attacks. The exercise was also designed to help ministers gain a comprehensive understanding of the cyber threats and how to respond to them.   NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg observed the drill, noted an alliance release
  Item Number:5 Date: 09/08/2017 INDIA - MORE DETAILS REVEALED ON INTRODUCING WOMEN INTO MILITARY POLICE (SEP 08/PTI)  PRESS TRUST OF INDIA -- India's army has finalized its plans to induct women into the military police, says a senior officer, as reported by PTI.   The head of the army announced in June that women would be allowed into combat positions, starting with the military police.   The plan is to induct about 800 women into the military police at a rate of 52 personnel a year, said Lt. Gen. Ashwani Kumar on Friday.   Including women will help investigations into gender-specific crimes, said Kumar, the adjutant general of the army.   Women are currently allowed in medical, legal, educational, signals and engineering jobs within the army.  
  Item Number:6 Date: 09/08/2017 LIBYA - U.N. MISSION IN LIBYA SOON TO BE BASED IN TRIPOLI; 250 PEACEKEEPERS EXPECTED TO PROTECT UNSMIL (SEP 08/LIBOB)  LIBYA OBSERVER -- The United Nations is set to deploy 250 Nepalese peacekeepers to Libya to guard its base in Tripoli, says the head of the mission there, as reported by the Libya Observer.   The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) has been based in Tunis, in neighboring Tunisia, since 2014. The mission has been planning to return to Libya in recent months.   The peacekeepers "can be deployed in the coming week," Ghassan Salame, the head of the mission, said on Friday, as quoted by Reuters.   The deployment "will mean that around the beginning of October we can carry out a significant part of our work in Libya," said Salame.   The military unit would probably consist of around 150 people, said Jean-Pierre Lacroix, the U.N. under-secretary-general for Peacekeeping Operations.  
  Item Number:7 Date: 09/08/2017 RUSSIA - RICOCHETING TANK SHELL KILLS 1, INJURES 5 DURING MILITARY EXERCISE NEAR ST. PETERSBURG (SEP 08/INT-AVN)  INTERFAX-MILITARY NEWS AGENCY -- A Russian soldier was killed and five others injured in an explosion during a live-fire exercise at a range near St. Petersburg, reports Interfax-AVN.   During scheduled target practice on Thursday, a tank shell was fired off course, ricocheting against the ground and exploding near a position in which the six troops had taken cover, report Russia's RT.   An investigation into the incident has begun, noted a release from the Russian Defense Ministry.  
  Item Number:8 Date: 09/08/2017 SINGAPORE - MINISTRY OF HOME AFFAIRS REVEALS ARRESTS OF 2 FOR TERROR-RELATED ACTIVITIES (SEP 08/STIMES)  STRAITS TIMES -- Two Singaporeans, a man and a woman, have been arrested for terror-related activities, reports the Straits Times, citing Singaporean officials.   They were arrested under the Internal Security Act, said the government in Singapore, as reported by Channel News Asia.   A statement alleged that Imran Kassim pledged allegiance to the Islamic State in 2014 and attempted to travel to Syria at least twice. He later sought to join the group in the Philippines and was arrested in July, said the Ministry of Home Affairs on Thursday.   Kassim had been prepared to attack Singaporean military personnel, said the ministry.   A 23-year-old woman named Shakirah Begam Abdul Wahab was also arrested in July for being in contact with several foreign fighters since 2013, the ministry said. She was placed under a restriction order, which limits her movements and keeps her under surveillance.   The woman had over time formed a network of foreign fighters "mainly because she enjoyed their attention," and not because she was radicalized, said the ministry.  
  Item Number:9 Date: 09/08/2017 SOUTH KOREA - AGREEMENT CALLS FOR MORE DEFENSE COOPERATION WITH BURMA (SEP 08/YON)  YONHAP -- Senior Burmese and South Korean defense officials have come to a preliminary agreement to strengthen defense cooperation, reports the Yonhap news agency (Seoul).   Vice Defense Minister Suh Choo Suk and his Burmese counterpart Myint Nwe were set Thursday to finalize the memorandum of understanding on military cooperation on the sidelines of a defense and security forum hosted by the South Korean Defense Ministry.   The accord covers enhanced cooperation in areas such as exchanges of high-level military personnel and education.   "We hope that the agreement will help the two nations bolster defense cooperation consistently and systemically as it includes the establishment of a director-level regular consultation channel," said the South Korean Defense Ministry.  
  Item Number:10 Date: 09/08/2017 SOUTH KOREA - NEW SUB, TERMED 'STRATEGIC DAGGER,' LAUNCHED IN ULSAN (SEP 08/YON)  YONHAP -- Hyundai Heavy Industries has launched the ninth and final diesel submarine built for the South Korean navy under the KSS-II program, reports the Yonhap news agency (Seoul).   The Sin Dol Seok was put into the water during a Thursday ceremony at Hyundai's Ulsan shipyard.   The sub is named after a famous Korean admiral who led the fight against Japanese aggression in the late 1890s and early 1900s.   The 1,800-ton boat has a top speed of 20 knots and can carry an indigenous cruise missile with a range of 600 miles (1,000 km). A senior navy official at the ceremony referred to the sub as a "strategic dagger" able to hit enemy ships and subs as well as inland ground targets.   The Sin Dol Seok is scheduled for commissioning in 2019.  
 Item Number:11 Date: 09/08/2017 SYRIA - ISIS 'MINISTER OF WAR' AMONG DOZENS KILLED IN RUSSIAN AIRSTRIKE, SAYS KREMLIN (SEP 08/RT)  RUSSIA TODAY -- Russian aircraft have killed at least 40 Islamic State terrorists, including four commanders, in Syria, reports the domestic RT news channel, citing a statement from the Russian Defense Ministry.   On Sept. 5, Russian Su-34 and Su-35 fighter jets were deployed from Hmeimim Air Base in Syria's Latakia province, said the Kremlin on Friday.   The aircraft struck an underground command center and communication unit near Deir Ezzor city, where the terrorists were meeting to discuss how to defend against a Syrian government offensive, the ministry said.   Abu-Muhammad al-Shimali (also known as Tirad Al-Jarba), the self-proclaimed "emir of Deir Ezzor," was among the dead. He has been involved in smuggling ISIS recruits into Syria and has been linked to the November 2015 terrorist attacks in Paris.   The Islamic State's "war minister," Gulmurod Khalimov, was also killed or wounded, said the ministry. Khalimov was a former special operations chief in Tajikistan
Item Number:12 Date: 09/08/2017 SYRIA - RUSSIAN MILITARY POLICE ESTABLISH OBSERVATION POSTS IN AFRIN (SEP 08/TASS)  TASS -- Russian military police in Syria's Aleppo province have set up observation posts as part of a cease-fire, reports Tass (Russia).   Afrin district in Aleppo province is held by the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG), which is part of the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). Rival Free Syrian Army (FSA) rebels, backed by Turkey, are located in the area.   The Russian personnel were sent to the district to monitor the truce and set up observation posts, said a military spokesman on Friday.   The deployment is part of a deal reached in August to set up a Russian reconciliation center in Afrin.  
  Item Number:13 Date: 09/08/2017 UGANDA - ALL N. KOREAN MILITARY ADVISERS LEAVE UGANDA; COOPERATION HALT LINKED TO SANCTIONS (SEP 08/XIN)  XINHUA -- North Korean military experts have all left Uganda, reports Xinhua, China's state news agency.   Uganda announced in May 2016 that it was ending military cooperation with North Korea over Pyongyang's nuclear programs.   The last 19 military experts were based at Uganda's Air Force Aviation Academy in the central district of Nakasongola and Uganda Air Force Secondary School in Entebbe. They all have returned home, said a Ugandan military spokesman on Friday.   The experts provided training in martial arts and acrobatics and helped build the air force's capabilities, said the spokesman.   Kampala's decision was based on North Korea's failure to respect U.N. resolutions against its nuclear activities, the spokesman said.  
  Item Number:14 Date: 09/08/2017 UNITED KINGDOM - 2 TAKEN INTO CUSTODY AT BIRMINGHAM AIRPORT FOLLOWING FLIGHT FROM ISTANBUL; TERROR OFFENSES CHARGED (SEP 08/BBC)  BRITISH BROADCASTING CORP. -- British police have arrested two men after they got off a flight from Turkey on suspicion of terror offenses, reports the BBC.   A 29-year-old and a 40-year-old, both U.K. nationals, were detained on Thursday after they arrived at Birmingham Airport from Istanbul.   The older man was suspected of "the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism," said police. He was taken to a hospital in London for an assessment, reported the Guardian (U.K.).   The 29-year-old was arrested on suspicion of belonging to a banned group, the police said. He was taken to a London police station.  
  Item Number:15 Date: 09/08/2017 UNITED KINGDOM - MOD UNVEILS NAVAL SHIPBUILDING PLAN BASED ON NEW TYPE OF FRIGATE (SEP 08/UKMOD)  U.K. MINISTRY OF DEFENSE -- British Defense Secretary Michael Fallon has revealed an ambitious national shipbuilding strategy, including plans for the initial batch of Type 31e frigates, reports the U.K. Ministry of Defense.   The Daily Telegraph and other publications have referred to the vessels as "budget battleships."   The document incorporates the recommendations of Sir John Parker's independent report into British naval shipbuilding, which was delivered in November 2016.   The new strategy aims to transform the procurement of naval vessels, improve the competitiveness of British maritime industry, expand the Royal Navy by the 2030s, export British naval vessels and increase innovation, skills, jobs and productivity, the ministry said.   The government's plan for new Type 31e general-purpose frigates includes a price cap of 250 million pounds (US$324 million) for each vessel in the initial batch of five. The first frigate will enter service by 2023.   The plan calls for sharing work among shipyards around the U.K., noted the BBC.   British shipyards will be encouraged to work with global partners to ensure the Type 31e is competitive on the export market, said the ministry.   The goal is to produce more advanced ships for the Royal Navy and maximize exports, said the ministry.  
  Item Number:16 Date: 09/08/2017 USA - 2 WARTHOGS WITH 57TH WING AT NELLIS AFB CRASH DURING TRAINING; PILOTS EJECT (SEP 08/S&S)  STARS AND STRIPES -- The pilots of two U.S. Air Force fighter jets ejected safely when their aircraft crashed Wednesday night in Nevada, say Air Force officials cited by the Stars and Stripes.   The two A-10 Thunderbolt II aircraft, widely known as Warthogs, went down during a training flight at the Nevada Test and Training Range, a large military reservation north of Nellis Air Force Base, said officials on Thursday.   The aircraft and pilots are assigned to the Air Force's 57th Wing of the warfare center at Nellis.   That unit provides tactical air combat training for units visiting Nellis.   The cause of the crash is being investigated
Item Number:17 Date: 09/08/2017 USA - AIR FORCE X-37B SPACE PLANE BEGINS CLASSIFIED MISSION (SEP 08/SPACE)  SPACE.COM -- The U.S. Air Force has successfully launched its fifth X-37B space plane mission, reports Space.com.   The space vehicle was launched on Thursday morning aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.   The Air Force has two X-37B platforms. Each has completed two previous missions, of progressively longer duration.   The fourth mission lasted 718 days, from May 20, 2015, to May 7, 2017, carrying a classified satellite for the DoD.   The service maintains secrecy about the missions and what payloads the X-37B might carry.   During this mission, the vehicle will operate in a higher-inclination orbit than previous flights, said Air Force officials.   The mission is scheduled to last for 270 days, although "actual duration depends on test objectives, on-orbit vehicle performance and conditions at the landing facility," said an Air Force release cited by the Washington Post
  Item Number:18 Date: 09/08/2017 USA - ARMY PUSHES FOR QUICKER PROCESSING OF VALOR AWARDS (SEP 08/ARMY)  ARMY TIMES -- The U.S. Army has issued new guidelines intended to speed up the processing of high-level valor awards, such as the Silver Star and Medal of Honor, reports the Army Times.   As it is, it can take months or years for the service to process such awards.   Under the new guidelines, once a unit has submitted paperwork to the next-highest command, each echelon will have 10 calendar days to endorse the award.   Major battlefield commands will also have to submit a monthly roundup of all awards given out during deployments to Army Human Resources Command (HRC), according to a personnel message released on Aug. 30.   The guidelines call for all valor award nominations to be endorsed within 10 days of receipt at each echelon in the chain of command. This does not apply to initiating units.   Eyewitness statements must be first-hand accounts from soldiers who observed the action in question, noted the message.   For all valor awards, commanders must forward supporting documentation to both Human Resources Command and the Awards and Decorations Branch.   Commands with wartime approval authority must submit a monthly roundup awards. The reports must be submitted to the HRC and the Awards and Decorations Branch by the 15th of the month following the month covered, starting with July 2017, said the Army message.   For the Medal of Honor and Distinguished Service Cross, the two highest awards for valor, the first colonel in the endorsing chain must forward a copy of the recommendation to the HRC and awards branch.   Finally, commanders should award interim Silver Stars to Distinguished Service Cross and Medal of Honor nominees.   The new guidelines do not apply to awards that are submitted after statutory time limits, the Army said
Item Number:19 Date: 09/08/2017 USA - PACIFIC FLEET'S SAFETY, READINESS COMES UNDER FIRE (SEP 08/CNN)  CABLE NEWS NETWORK -- A government watchdog says that the U.S. Navy's Japan-based destroyers and cruisers have not kept up with their certifications, raising concerns about safety and readiness in the wake of recent ship collisions, reports CNN.   In testimony scheduled to be delivered to Congress on Thursday, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) found that 37 percent of the Navy's warfare training certifications for forward-based warships in Japan had expired, up from 7 percent in January 2015.   More than two-thirds had been expired for at least five months, says the testimony, a copy of which was obtained by CNN.   The GAO study focuses on the cruisers and destroyers assigned to the 7th Fleet, the types of ships involved in the four collisions that have occurred this year.   The ships require more than a dozen training certifications, including mobility, seamanship and warfare capabilities.   The GAO and lawmakers have previously raised concerns about the Navy's readiness, noting that the service has been forced to "shorten, eliminate or defer training and maintenance periods to support these high deployment rates," said John Pendleton, the director of defense capabilities and management at the GAO.   Meanwhile, Adm. Scott Swift, the commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, has started a review of the "risk assessment management plan" program, which allowed the local destroyer squadron, fleet trainers and stateside commanders to keep their ships on patrol even if their qualifications in critical areas such as damage control, navigation and flight deck operations had lapsed, reported Defense News.   Widespread use of the RAMP system alarmed Navy officials when they began examining fleet readiness issues, raising questions why leaders tolerated the situation.   The RAMP system has apparently become more widely used in 7th Fleet over the last two years, the newspaper said.  
  Item Number:20 Date: 09/08/2017 USA - TREASURY HITS S. SUDANESE OFFICIALS, FOR DESTABILIZING ACTIVITIES, ENRICHING THEMSELVES (SEP 08/UPI)  UNITED PRESS INTERNATIONAL -- The U.S. government has imposed sanctions on three close associates of South Sudan's President Salva Kiir, charging they have profited from corruption and destabilizing the nation, reports UPI.   On Wednesday, the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) at the Dept. of the Treasury designated for sanctions three South Sudanese officials and three companies owned or controlled by one of them.   Sanctioned were Malek Reuben Riak Rengu, Michael Makuei Lueth and Paul Malong Awan, in addition to three companies owned or controlled by Malek Reuben Riak Rengu for activities that threaten the peace, security or stability of South Sudan, said a Treasury release.   All of these individuals' and entities' assets within U.S. jurisdiction are thereby blocked and U.S. persons are generally prohibited from engaging in transactions with them.   Malek Reuben is deputy chief of defense force and inspector general of the Sudan People's Liberation Army (SPLA); Michael Makuei Lueth is the South Sudanese minister of information and broadcasting; and Paul Malong Awan is a former chief of General Staff of the SPLA.   All Energy Investments, A+ Engineering, Electronics & Media Printing and Mak International Services were also designated for being owned by Malek Reuben.   The Financial Crimes Enforcement Network also issued an advisory to financial institutions regarding the possible movement of assets belonging to politically exposed persons in South Sudan, said the Treasury release.   Sigal Mandelker, undersecretary for terrorism and financial intelligence said the actions were meant to send a "clear message to those enriching themselves at the expense of the South Sudanese people." 
 
 
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