Friday, September 29, 2017

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The List 4556

To All
I hope your week has been going well.
This Day in Naval History September 28
1822 - Sloop-of-war Peacock captures 5 pirate vessels
1850 - Congress outlaws flogging on Navy ships
1923 - Navy aircraft take first and second places in international Schneider Cup Race
1944 - Marines occupy islands in Palaus under cover of naval aircraft and gunfire support.
1964 - First deployment of Polaris A-3 missile on USS Daniel Webster (SSBN
626) from Charleston, SC
Today In History. What Happened This Day In History.
What Happened This Day In History.
A chronological timetable of historical events that occurred on this day in history. Historical facts of the day in the areas of military, politics, science, music, sports, arts, entertainment and more. Discover what happened today in history.
2017 marks the 40th anniversary of two golden records launched into space
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2016 Today in History September 28
48 BC
On landing in Egypt, Pompey is murdered on the orders of Ptolemy.
The Emperor Lothar dies in Gaul, and his kingdom is divided between his three sons.
William, Duke of Normandy, soon to be known as William the Conqueror invades England.
King Henry of England defeats his brother Robert at the Battle of Tinchebrai and reunites England and Normandy.
James of Aragon retakes Valencia, Spain, from the Arabs.
Samuel de Champlain and his colonists return to France from Port Royal Nova Scotia.
The Anglo-Russian-Austrian Alliance of St. Petersburg, which is directed against France, is signed.
Union General William Rosecrans blames his defeat at Chickamauga on two of his subordinate generals. They are later exonerated by a court of inquiry.
Colonel Ronald Mackenzie raids a war camp of Comanche and Kiowa at the Battle of Palo Duro Canyon, Texas, slaughtering 2,000 of their horses.
A woman is placed under arrest for smoking a cigarette on New York's Fifth Avenue.
W.C. Handy's "Memphis Blues" is published.
Race riots in Harriston, Mississippi, kill 10 people.
Three U.S. Army aircraft arrive in Seattle, Washington after completing a 22-day round-the-world flight.
Sir Alexander Fleming discovers penicillin when he notices a bacteria-killing mold growing in his laboratory; it remained for Howard Florey and Ernst Chain to isolate the active ingredient, allowing the "miracle drug" to be developed in the 1940s.
Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union agree on a division of Poland; Warsaw surrenders to German troops.
France ratifies a new constitution.
Explorer VI, the U.S. satellite, takes the first video pictures of earth.
Military coup in Damascus ends the Egypt-Syria union known as the United Arab Republic that was formed Feb. 1, 1958.
Roy Lichtenstein's pop art work Whaam!, depicting in comic-book style a US jet shooting down an enemy fighter, is exhibited for the first time; it will become one of the best known examples of pop art.
Israel's Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) leader Yasser Arafat sign an interim agreement concerning settlement on the Gaza Strip.
Afghanistan's former president (1986-92) Mohammad Najibullah tortured and murdered by the Taliban.
SpaceX launches the first private spacecraft, Falcon 1.  SEE BELOW WHAT IT TOOK TO GET THE FIIRST ONE
Thanks to Harry …
Well worth watching!!
It's amazing they can even find the landing platform!!..then back down onto to it!!…very interesting….
Watch: SpaceX Bloopers Reel. How 'Not' to Land a Rocket
SpaceX has recorded some major technological achievements with their rockets BUT it was not all pretty along the way. Enjoy this short video of SpaceX near misses.
Featured image by SpaceX
Thanks to Carl
(YHGTBSM!!  A 15 hour workday was an easy day at sea back in the '70s and '80s and this was before all of the electronic automation of today!  Perhaps they should look at the "Time Out" chits policy in bootcamp cause the "little darlings" are feeling over stressed?  Guess McCain would be appalled at 100-hour workweeks since the Congress does not put in that much time in one month and he has no memory of his AD days!)
Navy Returns to Compasses and Pencils to Help Avoid Collisions at Sea
Thanks to Chuck
Spanish Air Force Water Bombers
The view from the cockpit!  What a lesson in coordination!  Four hands, four feet, and six eyes – and some times six hands - all working as one!  
Bombardier Aerospace Montreal made these aircraft. They don't "motor around" to fill the tanks---they touch down at approach speed, open the fill scoops, add lots of power and the tanks fill in seconds.  
There's one scene in the film where you can see the two tank level gauges rapidly go up.    The other neat thing is watching the magnitude of the flight control inputs, especially aileron, as they are maneuvering down low---sometimes the pilot is literally going stop to stop. 
Click on the link below.
Where is Hollywood today??????
 John Wayne 1970 Variety Show Celebrating America's History - YouTube

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Thanks to Robert
Where Eagles Dare: French military using winged warriors to hunt down rogue drones. This is amazing.
A golden eagle grabs a flying drone during a military training exercise at Mont-de-Marsan French Air Force base, Southwestern France,February 10, 2017 REUTERS/Regis Duvignau - RTX30HM1
Following incidents of drones flying over the presidential palace and restricted military sites – along with the deadly 2015 Paris terror attacks – the French air force has trained four golden eagles to intercept and destroy the rogue aircraft.
Aptly named d'Artagnan, Athos, Porthos and Aramis – an homage to Alexandre Dumas' "The Three Musketeers" – the four birds of prey have been honing their attack skills at the Mont-de-Marsan in southwestern France since mid-2016.

"A drone means food for these birds," Gerald Machoukow, the military base's falconer, told FRANCE 24. "Now they automatically go after them."
The use of hunting birds – normally falcons and northern goshawks – by militaries around the globe is common practice in the fight to scare other critters away from runways and so cut the risk of accidents during takeoff or landing. But it wasn't until 2015 when the Dutch started using bald eagles to intercept drones that other militaries started to see the benefit of these winged warriors.
The French bred the four golden eagles – three males and one female -- using artificial insemination since eagles are a protected species and harvesting wild eggs is strictly forbidden. They chose the golden eagle because of the birds hooked beak and sharp eyesight. 
Also weighing in around 11 pounds, the birds are in a similar weight class as the drones they're sent to destroy and clocking in at a top air speed of 50 miles per hour, with the capability of spotting its target from over a mile away, the eagles are deft hunters.
To protect the eagles from drone blades and any explosive device that might be attached the them, the French military designed mittens of leather and Kevlar, an anti-blast material, to protect the bird's talons.
A golden eagle carries a flying drone away during a military training exercise at Mont-de-Marsan French Air Force base, Southwestern France, February 10, 2017. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau - RTX30HNX
"I love these birds," Machoukow told Agence France-Presse.  "I don't want to send them to their death."
The birds are first taught to attack in a straight line before graduating to diving from heights. Soon they'll be patrolling the skies over the Pyrenees Mountains in southern France and could possibly be deployed at airports and special events, such as political summits and soccer tournaments.
While an initial progress report on the eagles' capabilities is due in June, French officials say that the results are promising and the French air force already expects four more eagles to join the fleet at Mont-de-Marsan by the summer.
Item Number:1 Date: 09/28/2017 AFGHANISTAN - ATTACKER DRIVES HUMVEE PACKED WITH EXPLOSIVES INTO BASE IN KANDAHAR; AT LEAST 12 KILLED (SEP 28/AFP)  AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE -- Afghan police say a suicide bomber has killed at least a dozen security personnel in Afghanistan's southern in Kandahar province, reports Agence France-Presse.   The attacker detonated an explosives-packed Humvee late Wednesday at a base in Maroof district, which is adjacent to the border with Pakistan, said police.   Casualties were reported variously. A border police commander in the district said 14 security personnel were killed and eight wounded.   A clean-up operation was underway, he said.   The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.  
  Item Number:2 Date: 09/28/2017 AFGHANISTAN - ISIS, TALIBAN FIGHTERS HIT IN SEPARATE U.S. AIRSTRIKES (SEP 28/ANADOLU)  ANADOLU NEWS AGENCY -- Afghan officials say two separate U.S. airstrikes have killed 20 suspected militants, reports Turkey's Anadolu Agency.   On Wednesday, a U.S. drone targeted a group of suspected Islamic State fighters in Haska Maina district in the eastern Nangarhar province, killing five, said a local security spokesman.   A terrorist arms storage site was also destroyed, he said. The attack was the third this week in the area.   Also on Wednesday, a U.S. airstrike hit a suspected Taliban compound in the Janikhail district of southeastern Paktia province, killing 15 militants, said a spokesman for the provincial governor.  
  Item Number:3 Date: 09/28/2017 AFGHANISTAN - MISSILE MALFUNCTION BLAMED FOR CIVILIAN CASUALTIES DURING AIRSTRIKE IN KABUL (SEP 28/BBC)  BRITISH BROADCASTING CORP. -- The NATO-led mission in Afghanistan says a U.S. airstrike on Wednesday caused civilian casualties in Kabul, reports the BBC.   The strike was called in to suppress an attack on the Afghan capital, noted the Resolute Support mission, as cited by CNBC.   Insurgents fired mortars and detonated suicide vests in their attack that day against Kabul's international airport during a visit by U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis. Both the Islamic State and the Taliban claimed responsibility.   The U.S. airstrike was made in support of Afghan forces who were battling the airport attackers.   "Tragically, one of the missiles malfunctioned, causing several casualties," said a statement by the mission. No other details were given.   An investigation over the incident has begun, said the statement.  
  Item Number:4 Date: 09/28/2017 DEM REP OF CONGO - REBELS, GOVERNMENT FORCES BATTLING NEAR BURUNDI BORDER (SEP 28/REU)  REUTERS -- Congolese government forces and rebels have been battling each other on the outskirts of Uvira, close to the border of Burundi, say sources cited by Reuters.   The rebels oppose DR Congo President Joseph Kabila.   The Mai-Mai Yakutumba militia have been battling since Kabila refused to step down when his mandate expired last December. The group was formed in 2007 by local militiamen opposed to integration in Congo's national army. It has gold-smuggling networks in the region.   On Wednesday, the rebels advanced to the hillsides about 3 miles outside the lakeside city, with army reinforcements trying to push them back, said locals.   The military still controls the city, which is about 15 miles west of Bujumbura, the capital of Burundi, said a local army spokesman.   Congolese navy boats repelled an attack on Lake Tanganyika, said a military spokesman.  
 Item Number:5 Date: 09/28/2017 GERMANY - RHEINMETALL TO UPGRADE 104 LEOPARD 2 TANKS FOR BUNDESWEHR (SEP 28/RHEINAG)  RHEINMETALL AG -- Rheinmetall has received a contract to modernize 104 German army Leopard 2 tanks, reports the German defense firm.   The 118 million euro (US$139 million) program will bring the tanks to the latest Leopard 2A7V configuration, the company said in a Sept. 27 release.   Deliveries to the army are scheduled to be begin in 2020.   The project covers 68 Leopard 2A4, 16 Leopard 2A6 and 20 Leopard 2A7 tanks.   The modernization will also eliminate obsolete features in fire-control computers and consoles and install a new laser rangefinder and thermal imaging device, said Rheinmetall.   The Leopard 2A4 tanks will also be equipped with the new L55A1 gun.   All of the upgraded tanks will be capable of employing Rheinmetall's new programmable DM11 multi-purpose round, the company said
  Item Number:6 Date: 09/28/2017 GERMANY - TRANSFER OF GERMAN FORCES FROM TURKEY TO JORDAN ACCOMPLISHED, CONFIRMS COMMANDER (SEP 28/DEWELLE)  DEUTSCHE WELLE -- The German military has finished its move from Incirlik airbase in Turkey to Jordan, says a military commander cited by Deutsche Welle.   Germany's Parliament voted in June to leave Incirlik after Ankara blocked the visit of German lawmakers to the base. German troops at the base were involved with the U.S.-led coalition against ISIS. The two governments had several disagreements.   The transfer was an unprecedented task, said the commander of the German contingent on Wednesday.   A set of Tornado reconnaissance jets, a German refueling aircraft, logistical equipment and 260 personnel are now at Jordan's al-Azraq airbase.   The Jordanian base is used by numerous NATO partners, said German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen.  
 Item Number:7 Date: 09/28/2017 ISRAEL - SHIN BET ANNOUNCES THWARTING OF ATTACK ON JERUSALEM HOLY SITE (SEP 28/HA)  HAARETZ -- Israel's Shin Bet security service says it has thwarted a plot to attack a holy site in Jerusalem, reports Haaretz (Israel).   Three people were arrested in the northern Israeli Arab town of Umm al-Fahm about three weeks ago, said the domestic security service on Thursday. Two suspects linked to the alleged plot lived in the same town, noted Reuters.   The two Israeli Arabs, aged 16 and 26, were charged with planning an attack after they failed to join the Islamic State in Syria.   They plotted to replicate an attack in July at the gate to the Al-Aqsa mosque (also known as the Temple Mount).   The two were described as supporters of ISIS ideology "and the terrorist attack was meant to be carried out in expression of this," said Shin Bet.   A third person arrested was charged with possessing weapons earmarked for the attack. Several other people were detained in the area on suspicion of trading weapons, said Shin Bet officials
Item Number:8 Date: 09/28/2017 JAPAN - DISCOVERY OF ENDANGERED CORAL MAY HALT RELOCATION OF U.S. MARINE AIR STATION (SEP 28/JIJI)  JIJI PRESS -- Japan's Defense Ministry wants to move a type of endangered coral from the site of a planned construction site of a U.S. base, but locals may derail the plan, reports Japan's Jiji Press.   The discovery of an endangered species of coral could stop the building of a U.S. military runway part of the relocation of Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, reports the Stars and Stripes.   The U.S. has been working to relocate Marine Corps Station Futenma on Okinawa, located in the densely populated civilian area of Ginowan, to Camp Schwab on the quieter coast. The Okinawan government and many locals oppose the relocation.   On Wednesday, a panel of Japanese government experts announced the discovery of Porites okinawensis during a July survey by the Okinawa Defense Bureau. The species is said to face extinction and has been included on the nation's Red List of Threatened Species.   Bureau officials said the coral would not be affected if it is tranferred, allowing construction to continue. However, they need permission from the prefectural government to move the coral.   On Thursday, local officials said they would use the discovery to contest construction
  Item Number:9 Date: 09/28/2017 KENYA - BOUNTIES PLACED ON AL-SHABAAB RECRUITER, OTHERS (SEP 28/CAJ)  CAJ NEWS -- Kenyan police are offering rewards of about US$19,000 for information leading to the arrest a number of terrorist leaders, reports the CAJ News Agency (Johannesburg, South Africa).   Among the targets is Mohamed Ebrahim Mohamed, a suspected Al-Shabaab commander, blamed for recruiting youths into terror networks.   The bounties are aimed at buttressing the fight against the Somalia-based Al-Shabaab terrorist group, which has conducted multiple attacks in Kenya.   Police have also offered a US$19,000 bounty for five Al-Shabaab militants believed to be behind a series of attacks in Kenya
  Item Number:10 Date: 09/28/2017 SERBIA - DURING CEREMONY IN ATHENS, SERBIA OFFICIALLY JOINS BALKAN BATTLEGROUP (SEP 28/B92)  B92 NEWS -- Serbia has joined the European Union's Greek-led Balkan Battlegroup, reports B92 (Serbia).   A technical agreement finalizing Serbia's accession to the battlegroup was signed in Athens on Wednesday, said the Greek Defense Ministry.   Serbia will contribute one platoon of military police, up to five staff officers and representatives of the office for civilian-military cooperation starting in 2020, said Serbian Defense Minister Aleksandar Vulin.   The battlegroup also includes Bulgaria, Romania, Cyprus and Ukraine.   The group was originally called HELBROC.  
  Item Number:11 Date: 09/28/2017 SINGAPORE - CELEBRATING 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF DIPLOMATIC TIES, JAKARTA, SINGAPORE SUBMIT FINAL SEA BORDER TREATY (SEP 28/STIMES)  STRAITS TIMES -- The foreign ministries of Indonesia and Singapore have jointly submitted a treaty clarifying their maritime border in the eastern part of the Strait of Singapore to the United Nations for registration, reports the Straits Times.   The treaty was initially signed in Sept. 3, 2014. The nations exchanged the instruments of ratification on Feb. 10, 2017, bringing it into force. The treaty was then submitted to the U.N. on Sept. 25.   This is the third treaty between the neighbors covering maritime boundaries. An initial agreement on the maritime boundary in the central part of the Singapore Strait entered force on Aug. 29, 1974.   An accord on the western section between Indonesia's Pulau Nipa and Singapore's Sultan Shoal entered force on Aug. 30, 2010.   Monday's joint submission was in conjunction with a commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Indonesia and Singapore
Item Number:12 Date: 09/28/2017 SOUTH KOREA - U.S. PROMISES REGULAR DEPLOYMENTS OF 'STRATEGIC ASSETS' TO DETER NORTH, SAYS NATIONAL SECURITY ADVISER (SEP 28/WP)  WASHINGTON POST -- The U.S. could start deploying strategic assets on a "rotational" basis to South Korea before the end of the year, says the South's national security adviser, as reported by the Washington Post.   "Strategic assets" include nuclear-powered submarines, long-range nuclear-capable bombers and stealth warplanes.   South Korea's President Moon Jae In and U.S. President Donald Trump agreed earlier this month to expand rotational deployments of U.S. military assets to the peninsula and the surrounding area, Chung Eui Young, Moon's top security adviser, said on Wednesday. He was talking with lawmakers in Seoul.   The deployment will better counter North Korean missile and nuclear threats, said Chung, as reported by the Yonhap news agency.   Chung did not specify which assets would be deployed.   The U.S. has yet to confirm the development
  Item Number:13 Date: 09/28/2017 UKRAINE - MILITARY'S CAPABILITIES SUFFERING FROM DESTRUCTION OF ARMS DEPOTS (SEP 28/REU)  REUTERS -- The loss of two ammunition depots in Ukraine this year has severely affected the military's capabilities, say security and military officials cited by Reuters.   A military depot exploded and burst into flames on Wednesday in the Vynnytsya region, about 170 miles west of Kiev, forcing thousands to evacuate. Some officials blamed "external factors."   Another depot was destroyed in March.   "The country has suffered the biggest blow to our fighting capacity since the start of the war," the secretary of the Ukrainian Security and Defence Council, Oleksandr Turchynov, said on Thursday, referring to the conflict in eastern Ukraine.   "It will be hard for the government to restore the military reserves that have destroyed by explosions over the past two years. This is hundreds of billions of hryvnias," said chief military prosecutor Anatoly Matios.   There have been four such incidents since late 2015.   Matios said the site of Wednesday's explosions had alarm system that were out of order and its security team lacked sufficient guards and up-to-date equipment
  Item Number:14 Date: 09/28/2017 UNITED KINGDOM - FALLON OPENS REVAMPED RUNWAY IN WALES; RAF VALLEY GOOD FOR 25 MORE YEARS (SEP 28/UKMOD)  U.K. MINISTRY OF DEFENSE -- British Defense Secretary Michael Fallon has formally unveiled a newly restored runway at RAF Valley in Anglesey, Wales, reports the U.K. Ministry of Defense.   Fallon reopened the main runway during his visit on Sept. 26, the BBC reported.   The base is primarily used for advanced fast jet training. However, the previous infrastructure could only accommodate Hawk aircraft.   The upgraded runway can support pilot training for Tornado and Eurofighter Typhoon jets, the MoD said.   The 20 million pound (US$27 million) program refurbished the runway and its link taxiways. The work included a new section of airside perimeter road, new visual aids, aeronautical lighting and signage for the air station.   The restoration is expected to extend the service life of the runway for 25 years, said the ministry
Item Number:15 Date: 09/28/2017 USA - ADDING FLEXIBILITY, AIR FORCE ADJUSTS CAREER INTERMISSION PROGRAM (SEP 28/AFNS)  AIR FORCE NEWS SERVICE -- The U.S. Air Force has updated its Career Intermission Program (CIP), increasing the number of windows to apply from one to three per year, reports the Air Force News Service.   In addition, airmen with humanitarian circumstances and dual-military married personnel (when a spouse assignment cannot be supported, as long as they meet eligibility criteria) can submit out-of-cycle CIP applications.   A total of 108 airmen have participated in the program since it launched in 2014, the service said on Sept. 27. CIP is open to active-duty Air Force, career-status active Air National Guard and Reserve personnel.   The program offers personnel the opportunity for a one-time temporary transition from active duty to the individual ready reserve for one to three years. It also provides a mechanism for a seamless return to pre-CIP active-duty status, say officials.   Application windows will now be available in a given year from April 1 to May 13; Aug. 1 to Sept. 12; and Dec. 1 to Jan. 12.   Applicants also agree to serve two months for each month of CIP participation.  
  Item Number:16 Date: 09/28/2017 USA - KEEL LAID FOR ANOTHER EXPEDITIONARY FAST TRANSPORT, FUTURE USNS BURLINGTON (SEP 28/NAVSEA)  NAVAL SEA SYSTEMS COMMAND -- The U.S. Navy has laid the keel for another expeditionary fast transport ship, reports the U.S. Naval Sea Systems Command.   The ceremony, marking the formal start of construction, took place on Sept. 26 at the Austal USA shipyard in Mobile, Ala.   The Burlington (EPF 10) will be the 10th ship in the class.   The transports are designed to operate in shallow-draft ports and waterways, increasing operational flexibility for a range of activities, said NAVSEA.   The eighth ship in the class, Yuma, was delivered earlier this year, and the ninth, City of Bismarck, is slated to be delivered by the end of this year.   Two more EFPs are under construction in Mobile.  
Item Number:17 Date: 09/28/2017 USA - N. KOREAN BANKS ADDED TO U.S. TREASURY'S SANCTIONS (SEP 28/CNBC)  CNBC -- The U.S. Treasury Dept. has announced a new round of sanctions on North Korea in an attempt to cut support to Pyongyang's nuclear and missile programs, reports CNBC.   On Tuesday, the department's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) on Tuesday designated eight North Korean banks and 26 individuals linked to North Korean financial networks in response to Pyongyang's ongoing development of weapons of mass destruction and violations of U.N. Security Council resolutions, said a Treasury release.   The individuals sanctioned are North Korean nationals operating in China, Libya, Russia and the United Arab Emirates and acting as representatives of North Korean banks.   The measures block any property or interests in property of the designated persons that is in the possession or control of U.S. persons are within the U.S., said the release.   The OFAC named the Foreign Trade Bank of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea and the Central Bank of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea as blocked agencies, instrumentalities, or controlled entities of the government of North Korea. Foreign Trade Bank is Pyongyang's primary foreign exchange bank, noted the Treasury release.   Other banks being sanctioned are: the Agricultural Development Bank; Cheil Credit Bank; Hana Banking Corp.; International Industrial Development Bank; Jinmyong Joint Bank; Jinsong Joint Bank; Koryo Commercial Bank; and Ryugyong Commercial Bank
  Item Number:18 Date: 09/28/2017 USA - NORTHCOM PLANS LAND COMMANDER FOR PUERTO RICO; HOSPITAL SHIP ON THE WAY (SEP 28/MILTIMES)  MILITARY TIMES -- The U.S. military has been increasing its efforts to provide aid to Puerto Rico, which was devastated by Hurricane Maria, reports the Military Times.   Federal officials visiting the island found about 42 percent of the population without drinking water; damage to 80 percent of the electrical transmission system; and damage to 100 percent of its distribution system, Pentagon spokesman said on Tuesday.   As of late Tuesday, 21 of Puerto Rico's 69 hospitals had some functionality, the spokesman said. The status of the remainder was then unknown.   Also on Tuesday, U.S. Northern Command announced that it would identify "and the Joint Staff will source, a larger sustainment force package" to expand aid to the island. In addition, NORTHCOM said it would "establish a Land Component Commander-Forward in Puerto Rico and will have that commander on the ground there within 24 hours."   The Navy is sending the hospital ship Comfort to Puerto Rico. The vessel features 1,000 beds, 12 operating rooms, a CAT scan and radiology capabilities. The ship was expected to be underway within 96 hours, the service said on Tuesday.   The amphibious ships Kearsarge and Oak Hill are already on site, supporting search-and-rescue and route clearance efforts on the island
Item Number:19 Date: 09/28/2017 USA - NAVY SEES LESS SAVINGS THAN PLANNED IN HOURS TO BUILD NEW CARRIER (SEP 28/BLOOMBERG)  BLOOMBERG NEWS -- Huntington Ingalls Industries, headquartered in Newport News, Va., appears likely to miss a U.S. Navy goal of reduced labor hours on the aircraft carrier John F. Kennedy, reports Bloomberg News, citing internal service documents.   With 34 percent of construction complete, the shipbuilder has estimated that it will be able to reduce labor hours by 16 percent from the lead ship in the class, the Gerald R. Ford, according to Navy documents obtained by the news service.   This is less than the 17 percent reduction anticipated in late 2016 and the 18 percent goal the Navy negotiated in the primary construction contract for the carrier.   The "recent degradation in cost performance stems largely from the delayed availability of certain categories of material," such as pipe fittings, controllers, actuators and valves, said the Navy's annual report on the program.   About 49 million labor hours were needed to build the Ford. The Navy hopes to bring that down to about 40 million hours on the Kennedy.   The 18 percent reduction was optimistic to begin with, Michele Mackin, the director of shipbuilding assessments at the Government Accountability Office, told Bloomberg.  
Item Number:20 Date: 09/28/2017 USA - NEW ARMY TEAM SEEKS MORE LETHAL, SURVIVABLE COMBAT VEHICLES (SEP 28/ANS)  ARMY NEWS SERVICE -- The U.S. Army is setting up a cross-functional team at the Maneuver Center of Excellence at Fort Benning, Ga., to consider the future of combat vehicles, reports the Army News Service.   The service's current fleet of Abrams tanks and Bradley infantry fighting vehicles are expected to retain "combat overmatch" for the foreseeable future. Yet, they will eventually reach the limits of their capabilities in terms of size, weight and power.   The new team, led by a brigadier general, will evaluate existing technologies, validate future operational concepts and guide technology demonstrator development, the service said this week.   Potential technologies include directed energy and energetics; power generation and management; advanced armor materials; vehicle protection suites; and unmanned and autonomous systems.   The goal is to eventually develop a vehicle or vehicles more lethal and survivable than current combat platforms, but potentially much smaller, lighter and fuel-efficient, according to the Army.

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