Wednesday, October 4, 2017

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A lot of history and some tidbits.
This Day in Naval History - October 4
1821 - LT Robert F. Stockton sails from Boston for Africa to carry out his orders to help stop the international slave trade.
1944 - Aircraft from USS Ranger sink 5 German ships and damage 3 in Operation Leader, the only U.S. Navy carrier operation in northern European waters during World War II.
1952 - Task Force 77 aircraft encounter MIG-15 aircraft for the first time.
1976 - USS Jonas Ingram (DD-938) rescues 7 survivors of a Finnish motor craft that sank in the Baltic Sea.
1991 - USS Arkansas, USS Sioux, USS Aubrey Fitch and Helicopter Antisubmarine Squadron SIX rescue personnel on merchant ships in three different rescue operations in the Arabian Sea.
1998 - U.S. and Algierian Navies conduct first bilateral exercise since Algerian independence in 1962. It was a search and rescue operation involving USS Mitscher.
I remember coming to school that morning and the teacher saying that the world had just changed. Only a couple of years later my dad was at Vandenberg AFB and I watched our Thor, Atlas, Titan and Minuteman missiles being launched.
On this day in history (October 5):
1892: The Dalton gang was nearly wiped out while attempting to rob two banks simultaneously in Coffeyville, KS. Four members of the gang and four citizens were killed. The only survivor of the gang, Emmett Dawson, was sentenced to life after surviving his wounds.
1947: U.S. President Harry S. Truman held the first televised presidential address from the White House.
1974: American David Kunst completed the first journey around the world on foot. It took four years and 21 pairs of shoes. He crossed four continents and walked 14,450 miles.
And today is:
National Green Bean/Apple Betty  Day
This Week in American Military History:
Oct. 7, 1777:  Continental forces under the command of Gen. Horatio Gates decisively defeat British forces under Gen. John "Gentleman Johnny"
Burgoyne in the Second Battle of Saratoga (also known as the Battle of Bemis Heights).
According to the National Parks Service, "This crucial American victory renewed patriots' hopes for independence, secured essential foreign recognition and support, and forever changed the face of the world."
But the war is far from over.
Oct. 7, 1780:  Three years to the day after Second Saratoga, patriot militia forces armed with rifles, knives, and tomahawks decisively defeat musket-armed Loyalist militia under the command of British Army Maj.
Patrick Ferguson (who will be killed in the fighting) in the bloody Battle of King's Mountain on the N.C.-S.C. border.
Among the patriots is John Crockett, father of Davy Crockett.
Oct. 7, 1918:  Nearly two weeks into the Meuse-Argonne Offensive of World War I, the U.S. Army's 82nd Division (destined to become the famed 82nd Airborne Division) battles its way toward -- and successfully relieves -- the now famous "Lost Battalion" (combined elements of three battalions of the 77th Infantry Division, which had been surrounded during a German counterattack).
For days without blankets and overcoats, always running short of ammunition and medical supplies (the wounded often patched up with bloody bandages removed from the dead), and with little food and nearly no water; the "Lost Battalion" -- under the command of Maj. (future lieutenant colonel) Charles S. Whittlesey -- had refused to surrender. Responding to a German surrender-demand, Whittlesey allegedly replied, "Go to hell!" Some reports suggest he said, "Come and get us."
Whittlesey and two of his officers -- Captains George McMurtry and Nelson Holderman -- will receive the Medal of Honor.
Oct. 7, 2001: Post 9/11 America goes on the offensive against terrorists when U.S. and allied forces launch a massive retaliatory air and naval strike against the Taliban and Osama bin Laden's Al Qaeda network in Afghanistan.
Oct. 8, 1918:  The day following the relief of the "Lost Battalion,"
Private First Class (future U.S. Army sergeant and future colonel in the Tennessee State Guard) Alvin C. York captures "the whole damned German Army."
In the action for which he will receive both the Medal of Honor and the French Croix de Guerre, York leads a seven-man team of doughboys against a strong enemy position. The team kills at least 25 Germans and captures four officers, 128 soldiers, and over 30 machineguns.
York, an expert rifleman from the Tennessee backcountry (yes, the home of John and son, Davy, Crockett), will later describe the action as something akin to a Tennessee turkey shoot: "Every time one of them raised his head, I just teched him off," he said.
French Marshall Ferdinand Foch will tell York, "What you did was the greatest thing accomplished by any private soldier of all the armies of Europe."
More from Admiral Cox
Torpedo Junction
S.J. Cox
26 Sep 17
    Rear Admiral Frank Jack Fletcher's decision on 9 Aug 42 to relocate his three carriers (USS Saratoga (CV-3,) USS Enterprise (CV-6,) and the newly-arrived from the Atlantic USS Wasp (CV-7,)) from the vicinity of Guadalcanal (thus depriving RADM Richmond K. Turner's transports and the Marines ashore on Guadalcanal of air-cover) remains one of the most controversial decisions of the war in the Pacific, and the subject of endless arguments ever since.  Fletcher's decision however, was consistent with U.S. carrier doctrine developed in the pre-war years, that viewed aircraft carriers as a "hit and run" force, capitalizing on the speed and mobility of the carrier.  Exercises in which carriers remained tied to a fixed location in range of "enemy" land-based aircraft usually ended very badly for the aircraft carrier.  Fletcher was deeply concerned about the threat from Japanese land-based aircraft and submarines (and counter-attack by Japanese carriers) if he remained too closely tied to Guadalcanal for too long.  Having already had two carriers sunk from under him (Lexington (CV-2) at Coral Sea and Yorktown (CV-5) at Midway) Fletcher had a healthy respect for Japanese capability.  Fletcher reasoned that Japanese bombers alone would not be able to dislodge the Marines from Guadalcanal, but if his carriers were lost, the battle for Guadalcanal would be lost as well.
    The Allied landing on Guadalcanal on 7 Aug 42 caught the Japanese by surprise, so there were no Japanese submarines in the area, although numerous false alarms convinced U.S. navy commanders that there were.  Japanese bombers from Rabaul at the northern end of the Solomons reacted within a matter of hours, and flew to the area of Guadalcanal.  Their top priority was the U.S. carriers that the Japanese had figured out had to be in the area, and only after failing to find the carriers in two raids on 7 August and another on 8 August, did the Japanese bombers go for the transports off Guadalcanal (suffering heavy losses as the U.S. ships had warning the bombers were on the way.)  The 16 Japanese Betty torpedo bombers and 15 Zero fighters that sank the already damaged U.S. destroyer USS Jarvis (DD-393) with all 233 hands on 9 Aug 42 (see H-gram 009) were actually looking for the carriers.  (In H-009, I forgot to mention that Jarvis shot down two of the bombers and damaged four more in her final fight.)  Although the air threat was real, many have criticized Fletcher (including RADM Turner at the time, and CNO ADM King too, for being over-cautious.)  Although the Japanese land-based twin-engine Nell and Betty bombers could reach the U.S. carriers, at extreme range, their fighter escort Zeros could only go as far as Guadalcanal itself, barely.  With a narrow threat sector and no fighter escort, the Japanese bombers should have been quite vulnerable to U.S. carrier fighters with the advantage of radar warning.  However, U.S. carrier fighter losses against Japanese fighters over Guadalcanal in the first two days had been significant and were of great concern to Fletcher.  Although Japanese land-based bombers in the Solomons never did find or attack U.S. carriers, the Japanese quickly rectified their initial lack of submarines in the area.
    By the end of August 1942, nine Japanese submarines were patrolling the area south and southeast of Guadalcanal.  Like the bombers, the primary targets of the Japanese submarines were the U.S. carriers.  With the Enterprise out of action for repairs after the Battle of the Eastern Solomons, Fletcher still had three carriers with the arrival of the USS Hornet (CV-8) in the area.  Although Fletcher had pulled his carriers out of the land-based air-threat, he was still operating near continuously in waters that quickly became infested with Japanese submarines, and on 31 Aug 42, Fletcher's luck ran out, and his flagship, Saratoga (CAPT Dewitt C. Ramsey, commanding – a future VCNO/CINCPACFLT) was hit by a torpedo for the second time in the war.
    The Japanese submarine I-26 (CDR Minoru Yokota, commanding) fired six torpedoes at the Saratoga.  One torpedo hit, wounding twelve, including RADM Fletcher, who suffered a cut on the forehead.  Initial damage was not severe, but Saratoga (and her lost sister, Lexington) had a unique turbo-electric power plant, and cascading power outages caused the ship at points to go dead in the water and had to be towed.  Saratoga would survive, but would be out of action for months.  After I-26 fired her torpedoes, she actually scraped hulls with the destroyer USS Macdonough (DD-351) but Macdonough's depth charges were set too deep, and I-26 escaped.  (I-26 also sank the first U.S. merchant ship of the war, just off California on 7 Dec 41, and would later sink the light cruiser USS Juneau (CL-52) with the loss of almost all hands.  I-26 attacked and barely missed the U.S. escort carrier USS Petrof Bay (CVE-80) off Leyte on the night of 25-26 Oct 44 and was sunk by either USS Coolbaugh (DE-217) or USS Richard M. Rowell (DE-403) counter-attack.)  Fletcher returned to Pearl Harbor with the Saratoga, but never held another combat command, as both ADM King and ADM Nimitz had lost patience with Fletcher.  (King had wanted to relieve Fletcher after the Battle of Coral Sea, but Nimitz stuck with him, at least until Sep 42.)
    Throughout the first two weeks of September 1942, the remaining two undamaged U.S. carriers, Wasp and Hornet, frequently operated southeast of Guadalcanal providing cover to U.S. resupply efforts and to ferry aircraft reinforcements to Guadalcanal to replace high aircraft losses at Henderson Field. Submarine sightings were frequent, and on 6 Sep, both the Hornet and the new battleship North Carolina (BB-55) narrowly missed being hit by Japanese torpedoes.  On 15 Sep, while providing air cover to transports carrying the 7th Marine Regiment to reinforce Guadalcanal, the U.S. luck ran out.  Although U.S. carrier fighters shot down a Japanese Mavis long-range float plane in the early morning, the Japanese were able to determine the carriers' location.
    At 1445 on 15 Sep, the Japanese submarine I-19 (LCDR Takaichi Kinashi, commanding) fired six Type 95 torpedoes (smaller submarine-launched version of the Type 93 "Long Lance" oxygen torpedo) at the Wasp from 1,000 yards.  At least two, possibly three, torpedoes, hit the Wasp while the other three travelled several miles into Hornet's screen.  Wasp had just launched 8 Wildcat fighters and 18 SDB Dauntless dive bombers (for ASW CAP.)  Unlike Yorktown (CV-5) at the Battle of Midway and Enterprise (CV-6) at Eastern Solomons, which had warning of inbound attack and had time to execute lessons from the Battle of the Coral Sea (such as draining fuel from aviation fuel lines and replacing with inert gas,) Wasp was caught at an extremely vulnerable point while conducting flight operations.  The result was similar to what happened to the Japanese carriers at Midway, a raging inferno with numerous secondary explosions, which killed many of the damage control team members.  Captain Forrest P. Sherman (a future CNO) tried valiantly to save his ship (and would be awarded a Navy Cross and Purple Heart for his efforts,) maneuvering her so that smoke and flame would be blown clear and save as much of his crew as he could.  However, it was not long before it became clear that the situation was hopeless.
    At 1500 a massive explosion tore through the Wasp.  The embarked Task Force commander, RADM Leigh Noyes, had his clothes set on fire, but was otherwise unhurt.  The explosion was so extreme, that RADM Norman Scott, embarked on heavy cruiser USS San Francisco (CA-38,) assumed that Noyes had to be dead and assumed command of the task force (a correct decision anyway since Noyes had no capability to command from the crippled Wasp.)  By 1520 Captain Sherman was forced to order abandon ship.  Of Wasp's crew of 2,247, 173 were killed and over 300 wounded.  Still, the burning and abandoned Wasp refused to sink, and finally had to be scuttled by three torpedoes from the destroyer USS Landsdowne (DD-486,) finally succumbing around 2100.  All but one of Wasp's airborne aircraft were recovered by the Hornet, but 45 planes went down with the ship.  Japanese submarine I-15 observed Wasp sink, providing one of the few accurate Japanese BDA assessments of the war.
    Meanwhile, the three torpedoes that went into Hornet's screen caused damage as well.  The new fast-battleship USS North Carolina (BB-55) was hit and damaged by a torpedo that hit forward, killing five, and causing the forward magazines to be flooded as a precaution.  Despite a very large hole, the North Carolina demonstrated the toughness of the new U.S. battleship designs, and with superb damage control very quickly resumed making 25 knots.  She nevertheless had to be withdrawn back to Pearl Harbor for two months of repair, which left only one new battleship (USS Washington, BB-56) in the South Pacific.
     The destroyer USS O'Brien (DD-415) (CDR Thomas Burrowes, commanding) was hit in the bow by a torpedo, far enough forward that no crewmen were killed.  Nevertheless, that damage was severe enough that the ship had to be withdrawn for repair.  O'Brien had been specially modified with additional anti-aircraft weapons, and her later absence (along with North Carolina) would be a factor in the loss of Hornet at the Battle of Santa Cruz in late October.  O'Brien was able to transit at 15 kts to Espiritu Santo for temporary repairs.  Although certified as being capable of making the transit back to Pearl Harbor, the O'Brien began to break apart after her crew had sailed her for 2,800 miles, and she sank on 19 Oct 42.  All of her crew were rescued.
    RADM Leigh Noyes (who had relieved RADM Fletcher as carrier task force commander) was heavily criticized as a result of the loss of Wasp (which left one operational U.S. carrier in the Pacific (Hornet) until Enterprise could complete repairs.)  Noyes was accused of having operated his carriers for too long in the same place, thereby facilitating the submarine attack.  Later analysis, however, showed that Noyes had varied his location over a 300nm area of operations, but there were just too many Japanese submarines, and as Fletcher had feared, keeping the carriers tied down near Guadalcanal put them at great risk.  And like Fletcher, Noyes would not hold operational command again.  (And as an aside, when ADM Nimitz chose RADM Raymond Spruance to command the Enterprise/Hornet task force at Midway, on the recommendation of bedridden VADM Halsey, it was instead of the next senior aviator, RADM Noyes.)
Thanks to Dutch…I was cringing along with the congregation
: OUCH ??? from Dr David
Crushed Scrotum!!!
The pastor asked if anyone in the congregation would like to express praise for answered prayers. Suzie Smith stood and walked to the podium.
She said, "I have a praise. Two months ago, my husband, Phil, had a terrible bicycle wreck and his scrotum was completely crushed. The pain was excruciating and the doctors didn't know if they could help him."
You could hear a muffled gasp from the men in the congregation as the imagine the pain that poor Phil must have experienced.
"Phil was unable to hold me or the children," she went on, "and every move caused him terrible pain." We prayed as the doctors performed a delicate operation, and it turned out they were able to piece together the crushed remnants of Phil's scrotum, and wrap wire around it to hold it in place."
Again, the men in the congregation cringed and squirmed uncomfortably as they imagined the horrible surgery performed on Phil.
"Now," she announced in a quivering voice, "thank the Lord, Phil is out of the hospital and the doctors say that with time, his scrotum should recover completely."
All the men sighed with unified relief. The pastor rose and tentatively asked if anyone else had something to say. A man stood up and walked slowly to the podium.
He said, "I'm Phil." The entire congregation held its breath. "I just want to tell my wife the word is sternum."
                        I went over to the local Gun Store to get a 12-gauge shotgun for
                        hunting this fall. When I was ready to pay for the gun and shells,
                        the cashier said, "Strip down, facing me." Making a mental note to
                        complain to the NRA about the gun control wackos running amok, I did
                        just as she had instructed. When the hysterical shrieking finally
                        subsided, I found out she was referring to how I should place my
                        credit card in the card reader. They need to make their instructions
                        to seniors a little clearer. I still don't think I looked that bad....
Item Number:1 Date: 10/04/2017 ALGERIA - MILITARY HAS KILLED 86 TERRORISTS SINCE JANUARY, SAYS DEFENSE MINISTRY (OCT 04/XIN)  XINHUA -- Algeria's counterterror forces have killed scores of armed militants since the start of the year, reports Xinhua, China's state news agency, citing a statement by Algeria's Defense Ministry.   Since January, the counterterrorism forces have killed 86 militants and arrested 22 others, said the ministry on Tuesday.   Another 126 individuals were reportedly arrested for supporting terrorism groups.   The most recent such operation took place last week in El Kseur, in the Bejaia province. Troops killed six armed militants, said the ministry.   Terrorists connect to Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) and Islamic State-linked groups are believed to have taken refuge in Algeria's north and the remote desert areas near Libya and Mali
  Item Number:2 Date: 10/04/2017 CHINA - ON EUROPEAN TOUR, WARSHIPS DOCK IN LONDON FOR 1ST TIME (OCT 04/SCMP)  SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST -- Chinese warships have docked in London for the first time, reports the South China Morning Post.   The 26th Chinese naval escort task force, which includes the guided-missile frigates Huanggang and Yangzhou and the comprehensive supply ship Gaoyouhu, arrived in the U.K. capital on Tuesday.   The ships previously docked in Belgium, Holland and Denmark as part of a tour of European ports; they are expected to sail to France on Saturday.   The ships will be open to visitors on Wednesday.   Around 700 Chinese sailors will conduct exercises with their British counterparts, reported China's Xinhua news agency
Item Number:3 Date: 10/04/2017 FRANCE - POLICE PROBE MOTORBIKE FIRE, EXPLOSION NEAR JORDAN'S MILITARY ATTACHE IN PARIS (OCT 04/INDEP)  INDEPENDENT -- French police say they are investigating the explosion of a motorcycle outside the office of Jordan's military attache in Paris, reports the Independent (U.K.).   The motorbike was set on fire and exploded Wednesday on Avenue Foch, in the French capital's upscale 16th district, according to Jordan's Foreign Ministry, as reported by Reuters.   The flames spread and damaged a diplomatic vehicle, said police. There were no injuries.   An embassy spokesman said they did not believe Jordan had been intentionally targeted.   Police are investigating whether the fire was started deliberately. Paris authorities said there was nothing that suggested terrorism.  
 Item Number:4 Date: 10/04/2017 INDIA - FRONTLINE AIR FORCE BASES DECIDE TO FLY MORE OFTEN AT NIGHT TO BOLSTER COMBAT POWER (OCT 04/PTI)  PRESS TRUST OF INDIA -- The Indian air force has decided to increase its night flying training by around 30 percent for combat aircraft, reports the Press Trust of India.   The change will strengthen overall strike capability at the service's frontline bases and better prepare fighter squadrons for a 24-hour operating cycle, officials said.   Having more night training is also possible because of improved electronic sensors, radars and air-to-air and air-to-ground missiles, said a senior air force official.   Nearly all air force bases along India's northern and western borders have begun to increase their proportion of night flying, he said.  
  Item Number:5 Date: 10/04/2017 IRAQ - ASSAULT ON HAWIJA REACHES FINAL STAGE (OCT 04/REU)  REUTERS -- The Iraqi military says its forces have launched the final assault against the Islamic State-held town of Hawija, reports Reuters.   Hawija, located near the oil city of Kirkuk, is one of two remaining areas still under ISIS control. Iraqi forces began its offensive in the area on Sept. 1.   Government troops and Iran-backed Shi'ite militias have begun moving on the town, said the military on Wednesday.   The operation is aimed at liberating the center of the town and neighboring Riyadh, said a military commander cited by AFP.   A federal police chief said that his units have entered Hawija from the northwest
Item Number:6 Date: 10/04/2017 IRAQ - YET ANOTHER MASS GRAVE FOUND NEAR HAWIJA; AREA PREVIOUSLY HELD BY ISIS (OCT 04/IQN)  IRAQI NEWS -- Iraqi paramilitary forces say they have discovered another mass grave of executed security personnel near Hawija in northern Iraq, reports the Iraqi News.   The third and latest grave was found Tuesday in the village of Abu Sakhra, southwest of the Islamic State's stronghold in Hawija, according to the media service of the Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), an umbrella group of primarily Shi'ite militias.   Two similar ones were found Monday in the villages of Abu Sakhra and Al-Therban.   While Iraqi government and PMF troops have been retaking territory held by the terrorist group since 2014, they have found dozens of new graves
  Item Number:7 Date: 10/04/2017 ISRAEL - 2 WOMEN NAMED TO HEAD DIVISIONS OF MOSSAD (OCT 04/TOI)  TIMES OF ISRAEL -- Israel's Mossad foreign intelligence agency now has two female division heads, reports the Times of Israel.   Two women, whose names have not been made public for security reasons, attained the new posts earlier this year.   Though females have previously led a Mossad division, this is the first time that two women have headed divisions at the same time, officials said.   Mossad confirmed the report, but declined to provide further details.  
  Item Number:8 Date: 10/04/2017 LIBYA - ISIS SUICIDE ATTACKERS TARGET MAIN COURT BUILDING IN MISRATA (OCT 04/LIBEX)  LIBYAN EXPRESS -- The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for an attack against a court complex in Misrata, in Libya's northwest coast, reported the Libyan Express.   On Wednesday, several people in a black vehicle drove into the Misrata complex, which is about 125 miles east of Tripoli.   The Libyan Observer said two blew themselves up after exchanging fire with security guards.   At least three people were believed to be killed and more than 20 were wounded. One militants was arrested, said a military spokesman cited by AFP.   Last year, a military alliance from Misrata led an operation against ISIS in the nearby city of Sirte
Item Number:9 Date: 10/04/2017 NAMIBIA - NGHIPANDUA TAKES HELM OF NAVY, 1ST NEW CHIEF SINCE 2004 (OCT 04/NAMIBIAN)  NAMIBIAN -- For the first time since 2004, the Namibian navy has a new commander, reports the Namibian (Windhoek).   Adm. Sinsy Nghipandua formally took command from Adm. Peter Vilho during a ceremony on Sept. 29 at the naval headquarters at Walvis Bay.   The change officially took effect on Sept. 1.   Vilho, who has served as navy chief since 2004, has appointed defense permanent secretary, succeeding Petrus Shivute, who retired in June.   Namibia established its navy in 1998.  
 Item Number:10 Date: 10/04/2017 NETHERLANDS - SAFETY REPORT FAULTS DEFENSE MINISTRY FOR PEACEKEEPER DEATHS; MINISTER, MILITARY HEAD RESIGN (OCT 04/DEWELLE)  DEUTSCHE WELLE -- Both the defense minister and military chief in the Netherlands have resigned following a critical report about an artillery training accident in 2016, reports Deutsche Welle.   Two Dutch peacekeepers were killed and another was wounded in July 2016 when a mortar shell exploded during a training exercise in Kidal, Mali.   Defense Minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaertand and Gen. Tom Middendorp resigned Tuesday after a safety report found that the ministry had "serious shortcomings" in taking care of its peacekeepers.   A safety board report into the incident found that the Defense Ministry rushed to buy the mortar shells in 2006 without making the necessary safety checks. The ministry allowed safety and medical standards to slip, concluded the report.  
  Item Number:11 Date: 10/04/2017 PHILIPPINES - KAMANDAG DRILLS WITH U.S. COVER COUNTERTERRORISM, DISASTER RESPONSE (OCT 04/S&S)  STARS AND STRIPES -- American and Philippine military personnel are taking part in a new bilateral exercise in the Philippines, reports the Stars and Stripes.   The Kamandag "Cooperation of Warriors of the Sea" exercise began on Monday, according to a statement from the U.S. Embassy in Manila.   The counterterrorism and disaster-response drill replaces the long-running Phiblex amphibious landing exercise.   Around 900 U.S. Marines and sailors are taking part in the drills at training facilities on Luzon, said an embassy spokeswoman.   The exercise runs through Oct. 11.   The U.S. military relationship with the Philippine government has been strained since President Rodrigo Duterte came to power. One result has been the scaling down of several training events
Item Number:12 Date: 10/04/2017 SERBIA - MIG-29 FIGHTERS FROM RUSSIA BEGIN ARRIVING (OCT 04/RFE/RL)  RADIO FREE EUROPE/RADIO LIBERTY -- Serbia has started to take delivery of six MiG-29 fighters from Russia, reports Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.   The first two aircraft were delivered late Monday in a disassembled state aboard an An-124 transport at a military airport near Belgrade.   The jets are being provided at no cost. Assembly, repair and refurbishing is expected to total nearly US$235 million, officials said.   The last four MiG-29s are expected to be handed over before Oct. 20. Some accounts suggested the balance would arrive by the end of the week.   The fighters are expected to enter air force service by the end of 2017, following refurbishing and pilot training, President Aleksandar Vucic said earlier this year.   Moscow has also pledged to deliver 30 T-72 tanks and 30 BRDM-2 armored vehicles to Serbia at no charge
Item Number:13 Date: 10/04/2017 SYRIA - ISIS OUSTED FROM HAMA PROVINCE, SAYS MONITORING GROUP (OCT 04/AFP)  AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE -- The Syrian army and its allies have ousted the Islamic State from the central province of Hama, says a monitoring group cited by Agence France-Presse.   The army, backed by Russian airpower, began an operation against ISIS in Hama in September.   On Wednesday, government forces regained control of all the remaining villages from ISIS, said the U.K.-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.   This is first time the terror group has not had a presence anywhere in the province for three years, said the monitoring group.   More than 400 ISIS fighters and 190 Syrian troops and allied militiamen were killed in the fighting, the observatory said.   The government controls the provincial capital and large parts of the province. Jihadists and rebels hold pockets of territory in Hama's northeast and south.  
Item Number:14 Date: 10/04/2017 SYRIA - RUSSIAN AIRSTRIKE KILLS NUMEROUS NUSRA FRONT FIGHTERS, GRAVELY WOUNDS LEADER, SAYS KREMLIN (OCT 04/TASS)  TASS -- The Kremlin says a Russian airstrike in Syria has killed a dozen of Nusra Front's commanders and injured its leader, reports Tass (Russia).   Nusra Front is now officially called Jabhat Fatah al-Sham and is a part of Tahrir al-Sham, an alliance of Islamists. It was previously Al-Qaida's affiliate in Syria.   On Tuesday, Russian Su-34 and Su-35 warplanes struck a gathering led by Abu Muhammad al-Julani, said a Defense Ministry spokesman.   The airstrike killed 50 bodyguards and 12 militant commanders. Julani was critically injured, said the spokesman.   There has been no confirmation of the information, noted Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.   The location of the strike was not given. A news outlet linked to Tahrir al-Sham said the Russian airstrikes targeted Abu al-Zuhur airport and later the Abu al-Zuhur court in Idlib province, reported the BBC
Item Number:15 Date: 10/04/2017 TURKEY - ROADSIDE BOMB KILLS 4 SOLDIERS IN HAKKARI PROVINCE; PKK BLAMED (OCT 04/ANADOLU)  ANADOLU NEWS AGENCY -- A roadside bomb in southeastern Turkey has killed four soldiers and wounded four others, reports Turkey's state-run Anadolu Agency, citing local officials.   A military vehicle was hit on Wednesday in the Yuksekova district in Hakkari province, said a statement from the governor's office.   The statement blamed the attack on the banned Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK).   A large number of armored vehicles were sent to the area in an attempt to capture the militants, reported Turkey's Hurriyet newspaper
Item Number:16 Date: 10/04/2017 UNITED KINGDOM - RAF TYPHOONS SCRAMBLE OVER BOMB THREAT, ESCORT PASSENGER PLAN TO STANSTED; NO BOMB FOUND (OCT 04/DAILYTEL)  DAILY TELEGRAPH -- A pair of RAF fighter jets were scrambled early Wednesday to intercept a passenger aircraft after a suspected hoax bomb threat was received, reports the Daily Telegraph (U.K.).   Quick-reaction Typhoon fighter jets from RAF Coningsby were deployed to escort the civilian aircarft to Stansted Airport in London.   The Boeing 737 was en route from Kaunas, Lithuania, to Luton Airport when the threat was called in, said officials.   The military jets were authorized to travel at supersonic speed over land, said an RAF spokesman.   Nothing suspicious was found on the plane after it landed, confirmed police
Item Number:17 Date: 10/04/2017 USA - M1A2 ABRAMS TANKS IN LINE FOR ISRAELI TROPHY ACTIVE PROTECTION SYSTEMS (OCT 04/JP)  JERUSALEM POST -- The U.S. Army has authorized the installation of the Israeli Trophy active protection system on some of its M1A2 Abrams tanks, reports the Jerusalem Post.   The decision was made as part of "an urgent material request," the Pentagon said last week.   The Trophy employs four radar antennas and fire-control radars that track incoming threats, such as anti-tank guided missiles and rocket-propelled grenades.   Once a projectile is detected, the system fires a shotgun-type blast to defeat the incoming threat.   The installation is expected to cost US$350,000 per tank.   The U.S. will be the first country outside of Israel to use the system
Item Number:18 Date: 10/04/2017 USA - NAVY GOES WITH METAL SHARK FOR NEXT-GENERATION PATROL BOATS (OCT 04/METSHARK)  METAL SHARK -- The U.S. Navy has selected Louisiana-based shipbuilder Metal Shark to build its next-generation patrol boats, designated PB(X).   The service will replace existing 25-foot (7.6-m) and 34-foot (10.4-m) patrol boats with the larger PB(X) platform over the next 15 years, said a Metal Shark release on Monday.   The shipbuilder received an award worth up to $90 million for up to 50 PB(X) boats, as well as trailers, spare parts and training packages, and technical support. The Navy exercised an initial order for 11 boats.   Metal Shark will deliver its 40-foot (12.2-m) patrol boat with a welded-aluminum pilothouse and unique faceted hull. The craft is powered by twin diesel inboard engines and water jets.   The moderate aft deadrise, wide waterplane and sharp-entry hull form enables sprint speeds of more than 35 knots and superb dynamic stability in a range of conditions, according to the company.   The PB(X) features ballistic protection and can be equipped with a range of crew-served and remotely operated weapon systems
Item Number:19 Date: 10/04/2017 USA - NEW YORK GUARDSMEN RELIEVE OKLAHOMANS ON UKRAINE TRAINING MISSION (OCT 04/ARMY)  ARMY TIMES -- More than 200 personnel from the New York Army National Guard are on their way to Ukraine for a nine-month mission, reports the Army Times.   The Guardsmen, most from the 2nd Squadron, 101st Cavalry Regiment, Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station, N.Y., will join the Joint Multinational Training Group-Ukraine.   Troops from the 27th Infantry Brigade Combat Team headquarters in Syracuse and other National Guard units from around New York are also taking part.   That multinational training unit teaches tactics and staff work with five Ukrainian army battalions at the International Peacekeeping and Security Center near Yavoriv, Ukraine.   The training will focus on defense and security missions, according to a release from the New York Division of Military and Naval Affairs.   The Guardsmen will complete a month of pre-deployment training at the Grafenwoehr Training Area in Germany before traveling to Ukraine.   The New Yorkers will replace personnel from the Oklahoma National Guard's 45th Brigade Combat Team, who have been in Ukraine since January.  
  Item Number:20 Date: 10/04/2017 USA - USAF PUTS OUT WELCOME MAT FOR RETIRED PILOTS, OFFERS STAFF POSTS (OCT 04/AFNS)  AIR FORCE NEWS SERVICE -- The U.S. Air Force is encouraging certain pilots who have retired to return to active duty to help address personnel shortfalls, reports the Air Force News Service.   The Voluntary Retired Return to Active Duty Program (VRRAD) was approved in July for implementation by the Air Force secretary.   Retired pilots holding Air Force Specialty Code 11X can apply for the program, which aims to fill rated staff positions.   Volunteers will take some non-flying staff positions that require pilot expertise, the service said.   "They'll fill critical billets that would otherwise remain vacant due to the shortage of active-duty officers available to move out of operational flying assignments," said Maj. Elizbeth Jarding, the VRRAD rated liaison at the Air Force Personnel Center.   Pilots under 60 who retired within the last five years in the rank of captain, major or lieutenant colonel may apply, said the service. Participation is limited to 25 former pilots; active-duty tour lengths will last for 12 months.

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