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A bit of history and some tidbits.
This Day In Naval History - September 13
1814: During the War of 1812, the British bomb Fort McHenry at Baltimore Harbor for 25 hours. The sight of Fort McHenrys flag and the British withdrawing from Baltimore the next morning inspires Francis Scott Key to write the Star Spangled Banner.
1847 - Marine Brigade leads U.S. forces that storm Chapultepec Castle near Mexico City, inspiring one line of the Marine Hymn
1906 - Sailors and Marines from USS Denver land in Havana at the request of the Cuban government to preserve order during a revolution.
1939 - Navy suspends transfers to the Fleet Reserve after 20 years service and retains men on active duty.
1985 - Commander Middle East Force orders escort of Military Sealift Ships in Persian Gulf because of Iranian seizure of merchant vessels.
On this day in history (September 13):
1922: In El Azizia, Libya, the highest shade temperature was recorded at
136.4 degrees Fahrenheit.  (whew!)
1976: Wayne Rollings, a 30-year-old Marine captain stationed at Kaneohe, HI, did 17,000 sit-ups in 7 hours and 27 minutes.
1986: In a bid to objectify women with greater sensitivity, the Miss America Pageant ceases to publicize the measurements of contestants.
1987: Paul Lynch of Great Britain does 32,573 push-ups in 24 hours.
And today is:
National Peanut Day
Today in History September 13
King Francis of France defeats the Swiss army under Cardinal Matthaus Schiner at Marignano, northern Italy.
Pope Paul III closes the first session of the Council of Bologna.
On the verge of attacking Pedro Menendez's Spanish settlement at San Agostin, Florida, Jean Ribault's French fleet is scattered by a devastating storm.
British troops defeat the French on the plains of Abraham, in Quebec.
Anne Robert Turgot, the new controller of finances, urges the king of France to restore the free circulation of grain in the kingdom.
The British fortress at Gibraltar comes under attack by French and Spanish forces.
The Constitutional Convention authorizes the first federal election resolving that electors in all the states will be appointed on January 7, 1789.
Guardsmen in Orleans, France, open fire on rioters trying to loot bakeries, killing 90.
General Winfield Scott takes Chapultepec, removing the last obstacle to U.S. troops moving on Mexico City.
Union troops in Frederick, Maryland, discover General Robert E. Lee's attack plans for the invasion of Maryland wrapped around a pack of cigars. They give the plans to General George B. McClellan who sends the Army of the Potomac to confront Lee but only after a delay of more than half a day.
The Loudoun County Rangers route a company of Confederate cavalry at Catoctin Mountain in Virginia.
U.S. warships head to Nicaragua on behalf of American William Albers, who was accused of evading tobacco taxes.
U.S. and French forces take St. Mihiel, France in America's first action as a standing army.
Iran demands the withdrawal of Allied forces.
In Korea, U.S. Army troops begin their assault in Heartbreak Ridge. The month-long struggle will cost 3,700 casualties.
An unmanned Mercury capsule is orbited and recovered by NASA in a test.
The United States announces it will veto Vietnam's UN bid.
Hurricane Gilbert becomes the strongest hurricane ever recorded in the Western Hemisphere, based on barometric pressure. Hurricane Wilma will break that record in 2005.
The Oslo Accords, granting limited Palestinian autonomy, are signed by Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and PLO chairman Yasser Arafat at the White House.
UN adopts non-binding Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
Five synchronized bomb blasts occur in crowded locations of Delhi, India, killing at least 30 people and injuring more than 100; four other bombs are defused.
Hurricane Ike makes landfall in Texas; it had already been the most costly storm in Cuba's history and becomes the third costliest in the US.
From Blood Stripes to Bloody Ridge
by W. Thomas Smith Jr.
This Week in American Military History:
Sept. 12, 1918:  Battle of St. Mihiel (France) opens between Allied American-French forces (primarily U.S. Army and Marine forces under the overall command of U.S. Army Gen. John J. "Black Jack" Pershing) and Imperial German Army forces under Gen. Johannes Georg von der Marwitz.
In the afternoon, Lt. Col. (future four-star general) George S. Patton – destined to lead America's first tank attack against the enemy – and Brig.
Gen. (future five-star general) Douglas MacArthur will meet on the battlefield, and according to the U.S. Army Historical Foundation: "The lieutenant colonel [Patton] sported a Colt .45 pistol with an ivory grip and his engraved initials. A pipe was clenched in his teeth. The brigadier [MacArthur] wore a barracks cap and a muffler his mother knitted for him.
As they spoke to each other, a German artillery barrage opened up and began marching towards their position. Infantrymen scattered and dove for cover, but the two officers remained standing, coolly talking with each other."
U.S. Marine Gen. John A. Lejeune, will describe his personal experience of the battle: "In war, if a man is to keep his sanity, he must come to regard death as being just as normal as life and hold himself always in readiness, mentally and spiritually, to answer the call of the grim reaper whenever fate decrees that his hour has struck."
Sept. 12, 1942:  Battle of Bloody Ridge opens on Guadalcanal (see next week).
Sept. 13, 1814:  From the deck of a Royal Navy ship aboard which he has been detained, Washington, D.C. lawyer Francis Scott Key pens his now-famous poem, "The Star Spangled Banner," on an envelope as he witnesses the British night-bombardment of Fort McHenry, Baltimore during the War of 1812.
It will be more than a century before the U.S. Congress adopts "The Star Spangled Banner" as the official national anthem.
Sept. 13, 1847:  U.S. Army and Marine forces (including lots of future Civil War generals like Robert E. Lee, James Longstreet, George Pickett, Pierre G.T. Beauregard, Thomas J. Jackson, Joseph E. Johnston, Ulysses S.
Grant, future Admiral Raphael Semmes, and I'm probably leaving out a few) participate in the storming of Chapultepec Castle during the Mexican War.
Chapultepec defends Mexico City, which will fall on the 14th.
For those of us fortunate enough since to claim the title, "Marine," the taking of Chapultepec and ultimately Mexico City will give us two things:
First: The first five words of our hymn: "From the halls of Montezuma, to the shores of Tripoli ..."
Second: The "blood" red stripe along the seams of our dress-blue uniform trousers (Marines don't wear pants).
The origin of the blood stripe is more tradition than absolute fact. But we Marines heartily claim it. According to tradition, the blood stripe represents the blood shed by Marines storming Chapultepec. And the reason only corporals and above are authorized to wear the stripe is because there was such a high percentage of NCOs and officers killed in the storming of the castle.
Sept. 13, 1942:  Ninety-five years after defeating the Mexicans at Chapultepec, U.S. Marines beat back a series of wave attacks by Japanese soldiers on Guadalcanal that began on the night of Sept. 12 and will last until the morning of the 14th.
The fighting – since referred to as the Battle of Bloody Ridge (also Edson's Ridge or Raiders' Ridge) – is over which side will control the nearby airfield.
Japanese soldiers led by Samurai-sword wielding officers attack the ridge-defending leathernecks in suicidal waves screaming, "Banzai!" and "Marine, You Die!"
At one point during the fighting, the American line — under the command of Lt. Col. (future major general) Merritt "Red Mike" Edson — is nearly broken. But the Marines hold, and beat back the attacks with terrible losses to the enemy.
Edson will be awarded the Medal of Honor for his command of Bloody Ridge.
Maj. Kenneth Bailey, killed in the fighting, will also receive the Medal of Honor.
Sept. 14, 1966:  Operation Attleboro begins as something of a "feet wet"
operation for a green American unit – the U.S. Army's 196th Light Infantry Brigade – but will evolve into a major combined-arms operation as U.S.
forces make contact with a battle-hardened Viet Cong division and a North Vietnamese Army regiment. The end result by November will be the discovery of one of the largest weapons and equipment caches of the Vietnam War to-date, and over 1,000 dead enemy soldiers.
Sept. 15, 1944: Two years after Bloody Ridge, U.S. Marines land on Peleliu.
Sept. 15, 1950:  United Nations ground forces – primarily U.S. Marines – under the overall command of U.S. Army Gen. Douglas MacArthur, begin hitting the beaches at Inchon, Korea.
Sept. 16, 1776:  Gen. George Washington chalks up his "first victory in the field" against British and Hessian forces under Gen. Alexander Leslie in the Battle of Harlem Heights, New York.
Sept. 17, 1862:  The Battle of Antietam (Maryland) – the bloodiest single-day battle in American history – opens between Confederate Army forces under Gen. Robert E. Lee and Union Army forces under Maj. Gen.
George B. McClellan. After 12 hours of fighting, some 23,000 Americans are dead, wounded, or missing.
Though a strategic victory for the Union, the battle will prove tactically inconclusive for both sides.
Sept. 17, 1944:  Operation Market Garden, an enormous Allied Airborne operation during World War II (in fact, the largest parachute operation in history), is launched to seize strategically vital bridges in German-occupied Holland.
After 10 days of fighting and many tactical successes, the operation will be deemed a strategic failure, and Allied forces will be ordered to withdraw.
(Cornelius Ryan's book, A Bridge Too Far, and the film adaptation of the same are based on Market Garden)
Sept. 18, 1947:  Happy Birthday, U.S. Air Force!  America's air and space warfare service (and the descendent service of the U.S. Army Air Forces), the U.S. Air Force becomes an independent and equal arm of the American military.
Sept. 19, 1777:  Battle of Freeman's Farm — first engagement in the Battle of Saratoga (during the American Revolution) — opens between Continental forces under the command of Gen. Horatio Gates and British forces under Gen. John "Gentleman Johnny" Burgoyne. Brits carry the day, but suffer heavy losses. Continentals will ultimately win Saratoga.
Thanks to Fred
Remembering A 'Brave,' 'Lucky' Hero In The War Of 1812
by Jeff St. Clair
WKSU - September 10, 2013
Two hundred years ago today, a young U.S. naval captain named Oliver Hazard Perry penned the words, "We have met the enemy and they are ours ..."
Perry's remarkable victory over the British changed the course of the War of 1812, and a full-scale re-enactment — the largest sailing re-enactment ever attempted in the U.S. — recently commemorated the anniversary of the win in the Battle of Lake Erie.
A Bit Of History
America had brashly declared war in 1812 to stop the British from kidnapping U.S. sailors to man the Royal Navy and to settle trade issues. A year later, the war against the world's leading superpower wasn't going well.
It was from Put-in-Bay on Lake Erie's South Bass Island that Perry sailed out to meet the British on Sept. 10, 1813.
Historian Walter Rybka — one of the planners of the re-enactment — says the 28-year-old Perry threw himself into battle. "Perry was, first off, phenomenally brave and determined, but he was damn lucky," Rybka says.
Somehow Perry survived two hours of hellacious fire that killed or maimed 75 percent of the crew on his ship, the Lawrence.
"His last gun had been knocked out of action on the starboard side, his rigging was cut to pieces, he could not maneuver, he could no longer fight. There was no point in maintaining an action because his men were just going to get slaughtered the rest of the way," Rybka says. "Right at the moment the wind fills in ..."
And that's when Perry hopped into his longboat and under heavy fire, rowed to the Niagara, a Great Lakes warship. Rybka says Perry brought along his battle flag, emblazoned with the words, "Don't Give Up The Ship."
"But the only way to do that was to give up the ship and go to the next one," Rybka says. "The real motto was, 'Don't Give Up.' "
A Turning Point
Fifteen tall ships sail out to the spot where the struggle took place 200 years ago. From the reconstructed Niagara, Capt. Wesley Heerssen hails the fleet.
"All tall ships in this battle re-enactment please stand by for roll call," Heerssen says.
And the battle begins.
Six ships make up the British line. The American fleet has nine. The Coast Guard has its hands full clearing a path for the tall ships amid a swarm of more than 2,000 speedboats and pleasure craft. The sea of boats has churned the lake, so in this version of the Battle of Lake Erie, Perry, portrayed by an actor sporting enormous sideburns, is motored from his ship onto the Niagara.
Then Heerssen hails the enemy fleet for the final maneuver of the re-enactment.
"To the British fleet we're going to pass two whistles, starboard to starboard passage," he says.
The Niagara cuts nimbly across the British line and fires its last set of broadsides. And as smoke fills the air, for a second, despite all the distractions, one of America's most famous sea battles vividly comes to life.
And suddenly, it's over.
The smoke clears, and it just another day on the lake, perfect conditions for sailing.
The battle was a turning point in the War of 1812. America had lost Detroit and much of the Northwest Territory. Rybka says if Perry had given up the ship, the Canadian border would have been much farther south.
"I think Michigan probably would have been lost to us and maybe Wisconsin as well," Rybka says.
Heerssen, as captain of the Niagara, has imagined this day for more than a decade. He says the re-enactment is a tribute to America's fighting spirit.
A buoy serves as a permanent marker in the peaceful waters of western Lake Erie. [Copyright 2013 WKSU-FM]
Thanks to Carl…It is always good to have a passing gear
Bugatti Chiron hypercar sets incredible speed record  | Daily Mail Online
(10 Photos on link!  
0-249MPH and then BACK to zero in 41.96 seconds! New 1,500bhp Bugatti Chiron hypercar sets incredible speed record
The Bugatti Chiron set a new world record by accelerating from zero to 249mph to zero in just 41 seconds 
It boasts an 8-litre engine developing almost 1,500bhp - making it one of the most powerful cars ever built
Bugatti is building 500 Chirons, with 300 of the £2 million cars already snapped up by wealthy collectors
Bugatti now plans to set a new world speed record - currently 267mph set by the Bugatti Veyron Super Sport
Thanks to Chuck
Subject: Flying through a hangar
 Pretty cool!!!
Item Number:1 Date: 09/13/2017 BANGLADESH - SEASPRAY RADAR COMING FOR BANGLADESH'S NEW NEW DO 228 MARITIME PATROL AIRCRAFT (SEP 13/LEONARDO)  LEONARDO -- Italian defense firm Leonardo says it has signed a contract with RUAG Aviation of Switzerland to supply surveillance radars for new maritime patrol aircraft being built for the Bangladesh navy.   Leonardo will deliver its Seaspray 5000E active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar for two new-build Dornier 228 multirole aircraft, according to a company release on Sept. 11.   The new aircraft are intended to help monitor and protect Bangladesh's maritime territorial area and exclusive economic zone.   The nation has 46,300 square miles (120,000 square kilometers) of such maritime and EEZ area.   The radars, to be delivered in 2018, will be used for anti-smuggling, anti-pollution, fisheries control and migration missions. It can also support search-and-rescue missions, said Leonardo
Item Number:2 Date: 09/13/2017 BURMA - SIDING WITH ROHINGYA MUSLIMS, AL-QAIDA THREATENS TO 'PUNISH' GOVERNMENT (SEP 13/NEWEEK)  NEWSWEEK -- Al-Qaida has issued a warning to Burma over its treatment of Rohingya Muslims, reports Newsweek. The terror group said the government was committing "crimes."   In a security crackdown, as many as 400,000 Rohingya Muslims have been displaced from the restive Rakhine state into Bangladesh, noted Reuters.   Al-Qaida threated to "punish" the Burmese government in a statement released on Sept. 12, according to the SITE monitoring group, which keeps track of jihadist statements.   "The government of [Burma] shall be made to taste what our Muslim brothers have tasted," said Al-Qaida.   The terrorist group urged Muslims around the world to support their fellow Muslims in Burma with aid, weapons and "military support."   The Burmese government says its security forces are engaged in a campaign against "terrorists" who have attacked civilians, police and soldiers
Item Number:3 Date: 09/13/2017 CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC - DEFENSE MINISTER LOSES JOB IN CABINET RESHUFFLE (SEP 13/REU)  REUTERS -- Central African Republic President Faustin-Archange Touadera has fired his defense minister amid increasing violence, reports Reuters.   Levy Yakate was dismissed on Tuesday evening as part of a wider Cabinet shuffle, according to a state radio broadcast, as cited by   Fighting has spiked this year between various factions of Muslim Seleka rebels and Christian anti-balaka militias. The U.N. warned this month ethnic fighting could spiral into an even larger conflict.   The statement did not say if the sacking was related directly to growing violence.   About a fifth of the population has fled and thousands have died in the conflict that began in 2013
Item Number:4 Date: 09/13/2017 CHINA - TOP CHINESE BANKS SAY THEY HAVE STOPPED OPENING NEW ACCOUNTS FROM N. KOREA (SEP 13/FT)  FINANCIAL TIMES -- China's largest banks have announced that they are no longer opening new accounts for North Koreans in a major effort to clamp down on financial flows from the nation, reports the Financial Times (U.K.).   Several bank branches, including those from China's top four lenders, told the newspaper that they had implemented a freeze on new accounts for North Korean individuals and companies.   Some banks say they are "cleaning out" existing accounts held by North Koreans by banning new deposits.   In some cases, these measures go beyond what has been agreed to internationally. U.N. sanctions do not include a blanket ban on North Korean bank accounts.   One staffer from Bank of China told the Independent (U.K.) that "all bank activities related to North Korea are suspended now because it is a sanctioned country."   Some of the bank branches indicated that they had received notice of the freeze as early as January, while others said they had been told of it last month.   Nonetheless, there are still ways to get around the account ban to continue doing legal business with North Korea, traders said
Item Number:5 Date: 09/13/2017 EGYPT - SUICIDE BOMBER, GUNMEN STOPPED FROM BREACHING CHECKPOINT WITH GAZA STRIP (SEP 13/XIN)  XINHUA -- Egypt's military says it has thwarted a terror operation in the Sinai Peninsula, reports Xinhua, China's state news agency.   On Wednesday, Egyptian security forces opened fire after a suicide bomber and gunmen who were attempting to enter a military checkpoint on the border with the Gaza Strip, said a military spokesman.   The attack took place just outside the border town of Rafah, said security officials.   At least two Egyptian soldiers and five militants were killed, said officials.   There was no immediate claim of responsibility.  
  Item Number:6 Date: 09/13/2017 INDIA - DURING FIELD TRIALS, M777 HOWITZER DAMAGED; U.S. GUN WAS RECENTLY DELIVERED (SEP 13/ECON)  ECONOMIC TIMES -- One of India's imported M777 155-mm lightweight howitzers has been damaged in a firing accident, says an army source cited by the Economic Times (India).   The U.S.-made howitzer was undergoing live-fire drills at the Pokhran range on Sept. 2 when ammunition made in India "exited the barrel in multiple places," said the source on Wednesday.   The shell used was manufactured by the Indian-run Ordnance Factory Board (OFB). This was the third time in four months that an artillery gun being tested was damaged by defective 155-mm high-explosive shells from OFB, reported NDTV.   No injuries were reported.   The incident is being investigated by the army and BAE Systems, the manufacturer of the M777.   Two M777s were delivered in May 2017 as part of a US$855 million deal for 145 guns. The overall deal dates to 2010.   The guns are in service in the U.S., Australia and Canada
  Item Number:7 Date: 09/13/2017 IRAN - ISIS PLANNING HUNDRED OF OPERATIONS IN TEHRAN; TERROR RECRUITER IN CUSTODY, SAYS IRGC (SEP 13/PRESSTV)  PRESS TV -- Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) says it has uncovered the plans of an Islamic State terrorist ring, reports Press TV.   An ISIS terrorist was arrested in Shahriar, a western suburb of Tehran, said an IRGC commander on Wednesday. The timing of the arrest was not given.   Members of a division of the Revolutionary Guards tracked the suspect and set up a meeting with him by posing as ISIS members, according to an IRGC official cited by Reuters.   The suspect is part of Ajnad al-Sham (Soldiers of the Levant), an ISIS-linked group mostly active in western Syria, said the IRGC commander.   The commander said ISIS had been planning 300 terror operations in Tehran during the holy month of Muharram, which begins on Oct. 1. It was unclear how those plans were discovered
Item Number:8 Date: 09/13/2017 ISRAEL - SUPREME COURT RULES AGAINST DRAFT EXEMPTION FOR ULTRA-ORTHODOX JEWS (SEP 13/NYT)  NEW YORK TIMES -- Israel's Supreme Court has struck down a law exempting ultra-Orthodox Jews from mandatory military service, reports the New York Times.   The court ruled on Tuesday that the exemptions in the conscription law were "unreasonable and unconstitutional." The government has a year to resolve the issue.   Most Israeli Jewish men and women are called up for mandatory military service when they turn 18. A law was enacted in 2014 to replace previous arrangements that exempted seminary students, mostly ultra-Orthodox Jews, noted AFP.   Ultra-Orthodox politicians denounced the ruling. The community makes up about 10 percent of Israel's population of 9 million.  
  Item Number:9 Date: 09/13/2017 KENYA - ACTING ON UNDERCOVER INTEL, POLICE ARREST 4 BURUNDIANS BELIEVED TO BE TRAVELING TO JOIN AL-SHABAAB (SEP 13/STAR)  THE STAR -- Kenyan police say they have arrested four Burundians suspected of traveling to Somalia to join Al-Shabaab terrorists, reports the Star (Kenya).   The four were detained Tuesday at the Merire area in Isiolo, about 217 miles north of Nairobi, said a polices spokesman cited by the BBC.   Undercover security officers had been following the suspects after receiving information about their plans, said the spokesman.   The suspects were had traveled from Bujumbura, the capital of Burundi, as tourists on a free visa exchange program, said police.   Some of those arrested reportedly told police they intended to join the terror group, reported Shabelle News (Somalia).  
 Item Number:10 Date: 09/13/2017 MALAYSIA - CHINESE SUB MAKES 2ND PORT VISIT THIS YEAR (SEP 13/REU)  REUTERS -- The Malaysian navy has confirmed that a Chinese submarine visited Malaysia over the weekend, reports Reuters.   The sub docked at the Sepanggar naval base in the state of Sabah in Borneo between Friday and Monday. The visit was first reported by IHS Jane's Defence Weekly.   The boat was believed to be either a Yuan (Type 039A/B)-class or Song (Type 039)-class diesel-electric boat (SSK), according to Jane's.   The submarine was reportedly escorted by the Chongmingdao submarine support and salvage ship. The sub was returning to China after conducting escort missions in the Gulf of Aden.   A Chinese submarine also docked in Sepanggar in January. That was just the second confirmed visit of a Chinese submarine to a foreign port, according to state media.   The most recent visit came about the time Malaysian Prime Minister Nazak met with U.S. President Donald Trump at the White House, noted the Diplomat (Tokyo). Malaysia has been cultivating its defense relations with Beijing.  
Item Number:11 Date: 09/13/2017 NORTH KOREA - U.N. PROBE POINTS TO CHEMICAL, MISSILE COOPERATION BETWEEN N. KOREA, SYRIA (SEP 13/YON)  YONHAP -- U.N. experts say North Korea allegedly worked with Syria on chemical weapons and ballistic missile programs in violation of U.N. Security Council resolutions, reports the Yonhap news agency (Seoul).   An eight-member panel of U.N. experts responsible for monitoring the implementation of sanctions against Pyongyang made the charges in a report issued Sept. 9.   The panel said it is investigating "reported prohibited chemical, ballistic missile and conventional arms cooperation" between the countries, including work on Syria's Scud missile programs and maintenance and repair of its surface-to-air missile air defense systems.   There is also a probe to determine whether sanctioned North Korean entities or individuals still operate in Syria, the report says.   The report identifies one incident where two unidentified U.N. member states interdicted shipments headed for Syria, while another member state told the panel that it believed the shipments were part of a KOMID contract with Damascus.   The North Korean Mining Development Trading Corp. (KOMID) is Pyongyang's main weapons dealer and exporter of military goods and equipment.   The entities that were to receive the goods were Syrian front companies for the Syrian Scientific Studies and Research Center. The latter is believed responsible for Syria's chemical weapons program.   The report covers the period from Feb. 2 to Aug. 5, including exports of almost all commodities that have been sanctioned, which raised at least US$270 million in revenue. It was written before Pyongyang's recent powerful nuclear test.   The report blames "lax enforcement of sanctions" as well as North Korea's "evolving evasion techniques," as quoted by the Daily Sabah (Turkey
  Item Number:12 Date: 09/13/2017 PAKISTAN - UNHAPPY WITH ISIS? NEW GROUP, INSPIRED BY OSAMA BIN LADEN, WANTS YOU (SEP 13/VOA)  VOICE OF AMERICA NEWS -- A new Al-Qaida-inspired terrorist group in Pakistan bills itself as a platform for militants displeased with the Islamic State, reports the Voice of America News.   Ansar al-Sharia Pakistan was formed in Karachi by two former Al-Qaida members who cut ties with that organization early this year. Since then, the group has been involved in several attacks in Karachi, according to Pakistani counterterrorism authorities.   The newly emerged group has been focusing its attacks on police, said Maj. Gen. Mohammad Saeed, the head of the paramilitary Rangers security force in Karachi.   The terror group claims to be active in several parts of Pakistan. Counterterrorism authorities in Karachi say it has a presence in areas between the Sindh and Baluchistan provinces in the southern part of the country.   The new group says it has no official affiliation with Al-Qaida or other foreign militant organizations, though it says its ideology is inspired by Osama bin Laden, the founder of Al-Qaida.  
 Item Number:13 Date: 09/13/2017 RUSSIA - KREMLIN FIRES RS-24 YARS ICBM IN TEST; MISSILE HITS TARGET MORE THAN 3,000 MILES AWAY (SEP 13/SPUTNIK)  SPUTNIK -- The Kremlin says Russia's strategic forces have successfully test-launched an intercontinental ballistic missile from a site in the northern part of the country, reports the domestic Sputnik news agency.   On Tuesday, the strategic missile forces launched the RS-24 Yars silo-based solid-fuel ICBM from the Plesetsk cosmodrome, said the Defense Ministry. The missile was equipped with a multiple independently targeted reentry vehicle (MIRV).   The "warheads successfully reached their target -- the Kura testing range in Kamchatka" more than 3,000 miles way in Russia's Far East, noted the ministry. This is the standard route for such tests, noted Newsweek.   The test was aimed at confirming the reliability of the missile class, the ministry said.   The RS-24 Yars (NATO reporting name SS-27 Mod 2) is an upgraded version of the Topol-M. It was introduced into service in July 2010.   Moscow has been switching to the Yars, which is expected to make up 72 percent of its ICBMs by the end of 2017
  Item Number:14 Date: 09/13/2017 SOUTH KOREA - AIR FORCE TESTS ADVANCED AIR-LAUNCHED CRUISE MISSILE; 1ST LIVE-FIRING OF TAURUS FROM FIGHTER (SEP 13/YON)  YONHAP -- South Korea's air force has made its first live-fire test of a German-made long-range air-to-surface missile, reports the Yonhap news agency (Seoul).   An air force F-15K successfully fired a Taurus missile on Tuesday over Taean, in South Chungcheong province, said the service.   The missile flew around 250 miles and hits its intended target in the coastal waters off Gunsan, North Jeolla province, said the air force.   The test was a response to North Korea's sixth nuclear test on Sept. 3, according to the Defense Ministry. The drill also tested the missile's integration with local fighter jets.   The Taurus has a range of about 300 miles, putting all of North Korea within its reach. Plans call for around 170 missiles; 90 were imported last year.   In the event of a crisis, the cruise missile strengthens Seoul's pre-emptive strike capability
Item Number:15 Date: 09/13/2017 SWEDEN - ALMOST 20,000 TROOPS TAKING PART IN SWEDEN'S LARGEST MILITARY DRILLS IN 2 DECADES (SEP 13/LOCAL)  THE LOCAL -- The Swedish armed forces are in the midst of the nation's largest military exercise in more than 20 years, reports the Local (Stockholm).   The Aurora drills, which began on Sept. 11 and run to Sept. 24, involve 19,000 Swedish troops, as well as 1,435 American military personnel, 120 French soldiers and units from Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Lithuania and Norway.   The exercise started on Sweden's west coast and will also cover the Stockholm area, Malaren Valley and the island of Gotland in the Baltic Sea, officials said.   The drills are held on air, land and sea.   The initial event in Gothenburg focused on host-nation support, testing the ability of Sweden to receive and provide support to other countries in a crisis, the military said.   The large-scale exercise comes as Moscow has stepped up its military activity in the Baltic region. It also coincides with the Zapad 2017 drills this week involving Russian and Belarusian military forces on the borders of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania
  Item Number:16 Date: 09/13/2017 UNITED KINGDOM - ROLLS-ROYCE UNVEILS LONG-RANGE AUTONOMOUS NAVAL VESSEL CONCEPT (SEP 13/RR)  ROLLS-ROYCE PRESS RELEASE -- British engineering firm Rolls-Royce says it has developed a new autonomous, single-role, naval vessel concept.   The self-piloting surface vessel will have a range of 3,500 nm, displace 700 metric tons and have a top speed of more than 25 knots, according to a company release on Sept. 12.   The 200-ft (60-m) vessel will be able to conduct a variety of single-role missions, such as patrol and surveillance, mine-detection or fleet screening, says the company.   There is no mention of use in combat, noted USA Today.   The ship would have a robust and reliable power dense propulsion system. The initial design has a full electric propulsion system, which requires fewer auxiliary systems and has better reliability than mechanical powerplants, said Rolls-Royce.   A form of artificial intelligence -- entitled Intelligent Awareness System (also a company system) -- is expected to man the vessels, pointed out UPI.   Two Rolls-Royce MTU 4000 series generator sets provide around 4 MW of electrical power to a 1.5 MW propulsion drive. Small gas turbines could be fitted instead of the diesel engines, said company officials.   Permanent magnet azipull thrusters with a bow-mounted tunnel thruster will make the vessel very maneuverable.   An additional 3,000 kWh of energy storage will be provided for low speed loiter operations. Photovoltaic solar panels will be fitted to generate power when the vessel is on standby, according to Rolls-Royce.   The concept is intended to meet growing naval interest in medium-size unmanned platforms, said officials.  
  Item Number:17 Date: 09/13/2017 USA - HII LAUNCHES FUTURE USS DELBERT D. BLACK DESTROYER (SEP 13/NNS)  NAVY NEWSSTAND -- Huntington Ingalls Industries has launched a new Arleigh Burke-class destroyer at its facility in Pascagoula, Miss., reports the Navy NewsStand.   The Delbert D. Black (DDG 119) was put into the water for the first time on Sept. 8.   The destroyer is in the Flight IIA configuration, including the Aegis combat system and Cooperative Engagement Capability (CEC). The latter allows groups of ships and aircraft to link their radars to provide a composite picture of the battlespace, said the service.   Huntington Ingalls is currently building four other Arleigh Burke-class destroyers and has received a contract for a fifth, which will be the first in the Flight III configuration, noted the Navy release.  
  Item Number:18 Date: 09/13/2017 USA - LOCAL CASUALTIES BEING PULLED FROM AFGHAN BATTLEFIELD MUCH FASTER WITH TRAINING FROM U.S. MARINES (SEP 13/MILTIMES)  MILITARY TIMES -- U.S. Marines in Afghanistan's southern Helmand province are helping Afghan security forces to develop their casualty evacuation capabilities, reports the Military Times.   The assistance is needed because local security forces still lack efficient means to evacuate dead and wounded, and the Afghan air force does not have the assets for the mission.   Advisers with U.S. Marine Task Force Southwest have been assisting Afghanistan's 215th Corps with casualty evacuations since August, said a task force spokeswoman.   The unit "considers efficient, effective and sustainable CASEVAC procedures a priority and is training, advising and assisting the 215th Corps in an effort to improve response time, casualty survivability and to provide a model that other units in Afghanistan can use for implementation of the same training," she said.   In general, the Afghans move their casualties from the place of injury to the nearest camp by ground and then rely on helicopters to pick them up, said Navy Lt. Laura Cargill, the lead medical planner for the task force. If the injury occurs close enough to Lashkar Gah, Helmand's provincial capital, the casualties are transported by ground, she said.   Before the Marines began their training, evacuating wounded Afghan troops could take from two hours to four days, said Cargill.   Officials say the training appears to be paying off, with helicopters rapidly transporting injured soldiers during recent operations.   In addition to saving lives, casualty evacuation capabilities can improve morale for weary and fatigued forces fighting on the front lines in Helmand, said officials.   In 2009, then-U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates instituted the "golden hour" mandate for U.S. forces -- calling for wounded Americans to be evacuated within 60 minutes
  Item Number:19 Date: 09/13/2017 USA - LOOKING TO ELIMINATE LONG SUPPLY CHAINS, MARINES TEST MAKING SPARE PARTS IN FIELD (SEP 13/DN)  DEFENSE NEWS -- The U.S. Marine Corps is evaluating methods of building spare parts rapidly in the field, reports Defense News.   Possessing this capability could reduce some of the logistics burdens of supporting troops on the battlefield.   With a budget of about US$750,000, the Marine Corps Systems Command and Marine Corps Installations and Logistics built a mobile 3-D printing lab prototype for maintenance units.   Machinists from the 2nd Maintenance Battalion at Camp Lejeune, N.C., have been evaluating the system this summer.   The expeditionary fabrication lab (X-FAB) is a 20-foot by 20-foot (6-m by 6-m) shelter that can be deployed at the battalion level for maintenance units.   The lab has four 3-D printers, a scanner and computer-aided design software to support the manufacturing of parts.   A machinist can scan a part and then run the scan through a software system that recreates the design and the prints the part in polymer material, according to program officials.   The X-FAB is a pilot effort. However, the Marine Corps hopes that an additive manufacturing capability will allow it to shorten supply chains, eliminating the need to rely on parts based in the U.S. or at large, potentially vulnerable sites in-country.   The experiment also fits with current Corps concepts -- anticipating that Marines will be more spread out and out of reach for traditional logistics chains.   A report on the results is anticipated by the end of October
Item Number:20 Date: 09/13/2017 USA - STRONGER REGIONAL BODIES NEEDED TO LESSEN INSTABILITY IN ASIA, SAYS REPORT (SEP 13/SCMP)  SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST -- A new think-tank report maintains that a lack of mutual trust and strong institutions in Asia has contributed to the growth of regional instability, reports the South China Morning Post.   The study released on Monday by the Asia Society Policy Institute, based in New York, promotes the strengthening of existing regional bodies such as the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to improve communication and head off crises.   Historical friction and territorial disputes are key factors behind the instability and increased risk of conflict, says the report.   Growing militarization and the acquisition of new weapon systems are seen as worsening the situation.   "In the absence of greater transparency, technological advancements are deepening mistrust between regional neighbors and leading nations to skew their own investments in an effort to hedge against other countries' perceived advantages," the study says.

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