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This Day in Naval History - October 6
1884 - Department of the Navy establishes the Naval War College at Newport, RI (General Order 325).
1940 - Fourth group of 8 U.S. destroyers involved in Destroyers for Bases Deal are turned over to British authorities at Halifax, Canada.
1943 - In night Battle of Vella Lavella, 3 U.S. destroyers attack 9 Japanese destroyers to stop evacuation of Japanese troops from Vella Lavella., Solomon Islands
1958 - USS Seawolf (SSN-575) completes record submerged run of 60 days, logging over 13,700 nautical miles.
1962 - Commissioning of USS Bainbridge (DLGN-25), first nuclear-powered destroyer
1987 - Destruction of 3 Iranian small boats
1997: NASA astronaut Cmdr. Wendy B. Lawrence returns from mission STS-86 Atlantis, the seventh mission to rendezvous and dock with the Russian Space Station Mir. The mission began Sept. 25, 1997.
This Day in Naval History - October 7
1864 - USS Washusett captures Confederate raider CSS Florida  in harbor of Bahia, Brazil.
1924 - Rigid airship Shenandoah commences transcontinental flight.
1975 - President Gerald Ford signs law allowing admission of women into service academies (Public Law 94-106).
2001: Operation Enduring Freedom begins with carrier air strikes and ship and submarine Tomahawk strikes in Afghanistan.
This Day in Naval History - October 8
1812 - Boat party under Lt. Jesse D. Elliott captures HMS Detroit and Caledonia in Niagara River.
1842 - Commodore Lawrence Kearny in USS Constitution addresses a letter to the Viceroy of China, urging that American merchants in China be granted the same treaty privileges as the British. His negotiations are successful.
1950 - 1st Marine Division commences embarkion at Inchon for landings at Wonsan, Korea.
1961 - USS Tulare (AKA-112) and USS Princeton (CVS-7) rescue seamen from an American and a Lebanese merchant ship, which were aground on Kita Daita Jima.
Today in History October 6
The Byzantine Emperor Basil earns the title "Slayer of Bulgers" after he orders the blinding of 15,000 Bulgerian troops.
William Tyndale, the English translator of the New Testament, is strangled and burned at the stake for heresy at Vilvorde, France.
Savoy Germany withdraws from the Grand Alliance.
The Polish Diet decides to hold a four year session.
Napoleon Bonaparte imposes a new constitution on Holland.
Charlotte Bronte's novel Jane Eyre is published in London.
The Reno brothers--Frank, John, Simeon and William--commit the country's first train robbery near Seymore, Indiana netting $10,000.
The first "talkie," The Jazz Singer, opens with popular entertainer Al Jolson singing and dancing in black-face. By 1930, silent movies were a thing of the past.
German troops renew their offensive against Moscow.
Patricia Harris takes post as U.S. Ambassador to Belgium, becoming the first African American U.S. ambassador.
Hanoi insists the United States must end its bombings before peace talks can begin.
Special Forces Captain John McCarthy is released from Fort Leavenworth Penitentiary, pending consideration of his appeal to murder charges.
Israel is taken by surprise when Egypt, Syria, Iraq and Jordan attack on the Jewish holy day of Yom Kippur, beginning the Yom Kippur War.
Egyptian president Anwar el-Sadat is assassinated in Cairo by Islamic fundamentalists. He is succeeded by Vice President Hosni Mubarak.
Fiji becomes a republic independent of the British Commonwealth.
Astronomers discover 51 Pegasi is the second star known to have a planet orbiting it.
Yugoslavia's president Slobodan Milosevic and Argentina's vice-president Carlos Alvarez both resign from their respective offices.
Explorer and author Jason Lewis becomes the first person to complete a human-powered circumnavigation of the globe.
These are the things that I love about history and the things we learn that are not mentioned in history books. Some of you ike Barrett Tillman continue to provide comments on our military history that you would never find otherwise. Barrett's archives are amazing for  their depth.  I hope he has them backed up.
Comment on List 4561
I received the following observation from a friend who has dual U.S. and Filipino citizenship on the British forces attacking and occupying Manila in 1762.
"Thanks, George. This List contains a very short note about the British Forces attacking (and then occupying) Manila on Oct. 5, 1762. After the Treaty of Paris, the Brits left Manila in 1764.
The remnants of the British forces are still very visible in the Manila area today. Although the British officers returned to England, many of the Enlisted soldiers -- all from India --  deserted and stayed behind. They occupied a section of Manila, and inter-married with the local belles. Today, that section of Manila has many residents with Indian features."
With our thanks to THE Bear at
The last portion of the latest History effort from  Admiral Cox.
Samuel B. Roberts (Additional Detail)
23 Sep 17
   On 27 Sep 42, three companies (A, B and D) of the 1st Battalion, 7th Marines were landed by ten Higgins landing craft at a point west of the U.S. Marine forward lines on Guadalcanal that was supposed to be behind Japanese lines (1st Battalion 7th Marines was under the command of the legendary Lieutenant Colonel Lewis B. "Chesty" Puller.) The landing party itself was under the command of the battalion XO, Major Otho Rogers.  The hastily conceived and planned operation was a debacle, as the Marines, without adequate pre-attack intelligence and hampered by tidal conditions, actually landed in the midst of a heavily fortified and dug-in Japanese position and quickly became pinned down.  A Japanese air attack drove the USS Monssen (DD-436,) which been providing gunfire support, further out to sea to maneuver.   The landing beach was out of range to be supported by other elements of 1st Battalion and the 7th Marines engaged with Japanese forces along the Mantanikau River to the east.  Major Rogers was killed almost immediately by a Japanese mortar round, and the Marines' radio was destroyed. (some accounts say the Marines failed to bring a radio ashore, but I find it being destroyed to be more plausible.)   Sixty Marines were killed and over 100 were wounded in the battle, one of the bloodiest for the Marines in the entire Guadalcanal campaign.   The greatly outnumbered landing party had to resort to tying white t-shirts together to spell out "help."  The signal was spotted and reported by a Marine SBD Dauntless dive-bomber.  LtCol Puller personally boarded the destroyer USS Monssen (DD-436) which led nine Higgins landing craft back to the beach to extract the Marines.
     While Monssen provided gunfire support (after the Japanese airstrike departed) that cleared a way for the trapped Marines to reach the beach, the landing craft were met by intense Japanese fire. One of the landing craft, with U.S. Navy Reserve coxswain Samuel B. Roberts embarked acted as a diversion to draw enemy fire as other landing craft extracted the Marines.  Roberts had previously volunteered to provide a diversion if one became necessary.  However, exactly what happened remains unclear.  According to Navy reports and award citation, Roberts was mortally wounded at the very end of the operation and died while being airlifted out, and Roberts was subsequently awarded a posthumous Navy Cross.  However, according to U.S. Coast Guard records, Roberts was accompanied by Coast Guard petty officer signalman Raymond J. Evans.  (After RADM Turner had withdrawn Navy surface forces from the close proximity of Guadalcanal after the disastrous U.S. Navy defeat at the Battle of Savo Island about two dozen Navy and Coast Guard Sailors, including Roberts and Evans, had volunteered to stay behind and operate several Higgins landing craft to move supplies along the Marine's beachhead on Guadalcanal.)
     According to Evans' account, after Roberts and Evans initially dropped the Marines off and the other nine landing craft headed back to U.S. lines, Roberts and Evans remained close to the beach in the event any wounded Marines needed evacuation.  Neither appreciated the range of Japanese machineguns from the beach and their boat came under fire.  Evans returned fire while Roberts maneuvered the boat attempting to draw fire as it became apparent that the Marines did need to be withdrawn.  It was at this time that Roberts was hit in the head and throat by a burst of machinegun fire.  Evans took the damaged boat back to Lunga Point with the mortally wounded Roberts, but when the Marine's distress signal was reported, he took another boat back to the landing beach with U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer Douglas Munro, who according to Coast Guard records led the rescue effort while repeatedly maneuvering his boat to shield others.  Munro was hit by a bullet and killed while trying to tow the last landing craft that had grounded on the beach.  His last words were, "Did they get off?"  They did. Munro was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor, the only Coast Guardsman to ever receive a Medal of Honor.  At this point, there is no way of knowing which version is the most accurate.  What is not in dispute is that in either version, Roberts voluntarily placed himself in a position of extreme danger and gave his life in support of brother Marines ashore.
(Based on my personal discussions with Captain Paul X. Rinn, Commanding Officer of USS Samuel B. Roberts, FFG-58; the book "No Higher Honor: Saving the USS Samuel B. Roberts in the Persian Gulf" by Bradley Peniston (especially for researching the U.S. Coast Guard version;)  Captain James Bloom, USN (ret)'s research; and the book "Guadalcanal: The Definitive Account of the Landmark Battle" by Richard B. Frank, which it is pretty definitive.)
Thanks to Robert
Subject: Respect!
Someone sent me a blurb the other day that goes like this...and of course this pertains to million dollar athletics who have flouted their disrespect on TV... I know how they want to represent their cause but you don't get respect when you disrespect. As far as I am concerned they can watch their own football games, I've got better things to do.
"Those who would disrespect a flag have never been handed a folded one."
An open letter to the NFL players,
You graduated high school in 2011.  Your teenage years were a struggle.  You grew up on the wrong side of the tracks.  Your mother was the leader of the family and worked tirelessly to keep a roof over your head and food on your plate.  Academics were a struggle for you and your grades were mediocre at best. The only thing that made you stand out is you weighed 225 lbs and could run 40 yards in 4.2 seconds while carrying a football.   Your best friend was just like you, except he didn't play football.  Instead of going to football practice after school, he went to work at McDonalds for minimum wage.  You were recruited by all the big colleges and spent every weekend of your senior year making visits to universities where coaches and boosters tried to convince you their school was best.  They laid out the red carpet for you. Your best friend worked double shifts at Mickey D's.  College was not an option for him.  On the day you signed with Big State University, your best friend signed paperwork with his Army recruiter.  You went to summer workouts.  He went to basic training.
You spent the next four years living in the athletic dorm, eating at the training table. You spent your Saturdays on the football field, cheered on by adoring fans.  Tutors attended to your every academic need.  You attended class when you felt like it. Sure, you worked hard.  You lifted weights, ran sprints, studied plays, and soon became one of the top football players in the country.  Your best friend was assigned to the 101st Airborne Division. While you were in college, he deployed to Iraq once and Afghanistan twice.  He became a Sergeant and led a squad of 19 year old soldiers who grew up just like he did.  He shed his blood in Afghanistan and watched young American's give their lives, limbs, and innocence for the USA. 
You went to the NFL combine and scored off the charts.  You hired an agent and waited for draft day.  You were drafted in the first round and your agent immediately went to work, ensuring that you received the most money possible. You signed for $16 million although you had never played a single down of professional football.  Your best friend re-enlisted in the Army for four more years. As a combat tested sergeant, he will be paid $32,000 per year.
You will drive a Ferrari on the streets of South Beach.  He will ride in the back of a Blackhawk helicopter with 10 other combat loaded soldiers.  You will sleep at the Ritz.  He will dig a hole in the ground and try to sleep.  You will "make it rain" in the club.  He will pray for rain as the temperature reaches 120 degrees.
On Sunday, you will run into a stadium as tens of thousands of fans cheer and yell your name.  For your best friend, there is little difference between Sunday and any other day of the week.  There are no adoring fans.  There are only people trying to kill him and his soldiers. Every now and then, he and his soldiers leave the front lines and "go to the rear" to rest.  He might be lucky enough to catch an NFL game on TV.  When the National Anthem plays and you take a knee, he will jump to his feet and salute the television.  While you protest the unfairness of life in the United States, he will give thanks to God that he has the honor of defending his great country.
To the players of the NFL:  We are the people who buy your tickets, watch you on TV, and wear your jerseys.  We anxiously wait for Sundays so we can cheer for you and marvel at your athleticism. Although we love to watch you play, we care little about your opinions until you offend us. You have the absolute right to express yourselves, but we have the absolute right to boycott you.  We have tolerated your drug use and DUIs, your domestic violence, and your vulgar displays of wealth.  We should be ashamed for putting our admiration of your physical skills before what is morally right.  But now you have gone too far. You have insulted our flag, our country, our soldiers, our police officers, and our veterans. You are living the American dream, yet you disparage our great country.  I am done with NFL football and encourage all like minded Americans to boycott the NFL as well.
National boycott of the NFL for Sunday November 12th, Veterans Day Weekend. Boycott all football telecast, all fans, all ticket holders, stay away from attending any games, let them play to empty stadiums. Pass this post along to all your friends and family. Honor our military, some of whom come home with the American Flag draped over their coffin.
Item Number:1 Date: 10/06/2017 DEM REP OF CONGO - MAI-MAI FIGHTERS ASSAULT U.N. PEACEKEEPING BASE (OCT 06/REU)  REUTERS -- Militia fighters have attacked a U.N. peacekeeping base in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, says the U.N. mission there, as reported by Reuters.   On Friday, about 30 rebels from the Mai-Mai militia assaulted the base, said a spokeswoman for MONUSCO.   Two Mai-Mai fighters were killed and two others wounded. Two peacekeepers were slighty wounded, said the spokeswoman.   U.N. forces drove off the assailants, she added. The objective or the specific Mai-Mai group responsible were not known.   The Mai-Mai includes several armed bands that have formed ethnic militias, smuggling networks and protection rackets.   Around 34 fighters from one militia have been killed in fighting against the Congolese army over the past week, said a local army spokesman.  
  Item Number:2 Date: 10/06/2017 ESTONIA - DEFENSE MINISTRY TO BRING TOGETHER NEARLY 8,000 RESERVISTS, VOLUNTEERS FOR TRAINING NEXT YEAR (OCT 06/EMOD)  ESTONIAN MINISTRY OF DEFENSE -- Nearly 8,000 reservists are scheduled to take part in training exercises in 2018, reports the Estonian Ministry of Defense.   A total of 7,520 reservists and up to 400 volunteers will take part in reserve exercises in 2018, according to a new regulation signed this week by Defense Minister Juri Luik.   "Reservist trainings comprise an important part of national defense, helping to preserve the level of training of reservists and to develop the response capacity of the Defense Forces. Reservists participating in reservist trainings symbolize a common readiness to protect their country and people," the minister said.   Reservists may be called up for a number of exercises at different times, noted the ministry.   A total of 6,808 reservists are scheduled to take part in next year's large-scale Siil exercise.  
 Item Number:3 Date: 10/06/2017 HAITI - U.N. LOWERS FLAG ON 13-YEAR PEACEKEEPING MISSION, TO BE SUCCEEDED BY POLICE MISSION (OCT 06/DEWELLE)  DEUTSCHE WELLE -- The U.N. peacekeeping mission in Haiti is ending after 13 years, reports Deutsche Welle.   The United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) was deployed in 2004 after a coup.   The ceremonial end of the mission was marked on Thursday by the lowering of the U.N. flag at its main military base in Port-au-Prince. The event was attended by Haiti President Jovenel Moise.   The last 100 peacekeepers are expected to leave on Oct. 15, the official end of the mission. At that point, the mission will be replaced by a security force of 1,275 international police officers under a new mission called the United Nations Mission for Justice Support in Haiti (MINUJUSTH).   The police force will be responsible for training and reforming Haiti's national police.  
  Item Number:4 Date: 10/06/2017 INDIA - AIR FORCE HELICOPTER CRASHES IN ARUNACHAL PRADESH, KILLING ALL 7 ON BOARD (OCT 06/NDTV)  NDTV -- Seven Indian military personnel have been killed in an air force helicopter crash in Arunachal Pradesh in India's remote northeast, reports India's NDTV.   The Mi-17V5 helicopter was conducting an "air maintenance mission" when it went down Friday morning near the town of Tawang, close to the border with China, said the air force.   The helicopter was delivering supplies to a forward post of the army in the region.   The air force confirmed that the remains of five air force crew members and two army personnel on board had been found.   An investigation has been opened into the crash.  
Item Number:5 Date: 10/06/2017 INDIA - DEFENSE MINISTER REVIEWS STATUS OF ARMY REFORMS (OCT 06/TI)  TIMES OF INDIA -- Indian Defense Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has been looking at progress in the army's in a recently launched reform effort, reports the Times of India.   The reform initiative unveiled in August called for nearly 57,000 officers, enlisted personnel and civilians to be reassigned to enhance combat capabilities.   Around 31,000 civilians are to be redeployed, including in new formations. Educational institutions will also be reformed, according to army sources.   Signals units are to be updated, while military farms and postal establishments will be shut. Repair units will also be reconfigured.   The initiative was based on recommendations from a committee assigned to improve the combat capability of the armed forces.   On Wednesday, Sitharaman met with Gen. Bipin Rawat, the army chief, Air Chief Marshal B.S. Dhanoa, the air force head, and senior Defense Ministry officials to discuss the project.   The government accepted 65 of the panel's recommendations that dealt with the army. Thirty-four suggestions relating to tri-service issues were not acted upon.   During this week's meeting, Sitharaman discussed how to implement some of the 34 recommendations, which will affect all three military services.  
  Item Number:6 Date: 10/06/2017 ISRAEL - HAMAS HARD-LINER NAMED DEPUTY LEADER (OCT 06/HA)  HAARETZ -- The Hamas militant group has named a top member of its military wing as deputy chief of its political bureau, reports Haaretz (Israel).   Saleh al-Arouri, who has been responsible for Hamas' activities in the West Bank, was imprisoned in Israel for 16 years until his release in 2007.   Israel later accused him of orchestrating a fatal triple kidnapping of Israeli teens that helped precipitate the 2014 Gaza war, noted Reuters.   After his release from prison, he was deported to Turkey, where he stayed for several years and reportedly ran military operations by the military wing.   As part of a reconciliation agreement between Israel and Turkey, Arouri was expelled and moved to Qatar. He was deported a few months ago and relocated to Lebanon, where he is promoting relations among Hamas, Hezbollah and Iran.   Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley have accused Arouri of trying to orchestrate attacks against Israel from Lebanon.   In his new political post, Arouri is expected to focus on foreign relations, including Hamas' connections with Hezbollah and Iran.  
Item Number:7 Date: 10/06/2017 LIBYA - MIGRANT-SMUGGLERS OUSTED FROM SABRATHA (OCT 06/LIBEX)  LIBYAN EXPRESS -- Forces loyal to military commander Khalifa Haftar say they have regained control of the coastal city of Sabratha from migrant-smugglers, reports the Libyan Express.   A group called the Operations Room -- which was formed last year -- and its allies have been fighting the Anas al-Dabbashi brigade for more than two weeks. That group is considered to be a major facilitator of migrant-smuggling, reported Reuters.   The armed alliance, which includes Islamists, has pledged loyalty to Haftar's forces. Haftar and its forces are allied with the rival government in Tobruk. It recently struck a deal with the U.N.-backed government in Tripoli to stop boats from leaving for Italy.   A spokesman for Operations Room said on Friday that it had liberated Sabratha from the militias, who escaped to the west.   A military engineering unit was working to defuse booby traps inside the city, said the spokesman
Item Number:8 Date: 10/06/2017 MALI - ARMED FORCES RECEIVE 2 MI-35M ATTACK HELICOPTERS FROM RUSSIA (OCT 06/RH)  RUSSIAN HELICOPTERS -- The Russian Helicopters company says it has delivered two Mi-35M attack helicopters to Mali.   The aircraft and all equipment needed for their operation have been handed over, the firm said in a release on Oct. 3.   The Mi-35M can carry up to eight soldiers and up to 3,300 pounds (1,500 kg) of cargo internally or 5,300 pounds (2,400 kg) externally. It can also conduct attack missions.   For strike missions, the helicopter can be equipped with guided and unguided missiles and rockets
Item Number:9 Date: 10/06/2017 NETHERLANDS - JUNIOR JUSTICE MINISTER GETS TOP DEFENSE JOB (OCT 06/NLT)  NL TIMES -- The Dutch government has named a new defense minister, reports the NL Times.   The announcement was made on Wednesday.   Klaas Dijkhoff will replace Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert for the final weeks of the departing government's term.   Hennis-Plasschaert resigned on Tuesday after a report was released critical of the ministry's safety efforts for peacekeepers in Mali. Two Dutch soldiers in Mali were killed last year in a mortar accident.   Dijkhoff most recently served as state secretary of security and justice.   The new minister indicated that he would not speculate about keeping the post under the new government, which is in the final stages of forming.  
  Item Number:10 Date: 10/06/2017 NIGER - FRENCH, NIGERIEN TROOPS PUSH BACK IN SOUTHWEST (OCT 06/REU)  REUTERS -- French and Nigerien troops are operating in southwestern Niger, where three U.S. special operations troops were killed earlier this week, reports Reuters.   U.S. and Nigerien forces came under attack on Oct. 4 near the village of Tongo Tongo. Details about casualties varied. There was no immediate claim of responsibility.   France's regional Barkhane counterterror force was then asked to support a counterattack, said a French army spokesman on Thursday.   Four military helicopters were sent to the region. By Thursday morning, reinforcements had arrived in the Tillaberi area, said Niger security sources.   A Western security source said that it was not clear if the attackers knew Americans were present.  
Item Number:11 Date: 10/06/2017 PAKISTAN - CASUALTY COUNT MOUNTS IN SUICIDE ATTACK AT SUFI SHRINE (OCT 06/NEWS)  THE NEWS -- There were dozens of casualties in a suicide attack Thursday at a Sufi shrine in Pakistan's southwestern Baluchistan province, reports the News (Pakistan), citing local officials.   Crowds of devotees had gathered at the shrine of Fatahpur Sharif in Jhal Magsi for a three-day religious ceremony when they were attacked, reported BBC News.   The bomber detonated his explosives after being stopped at the gate of the shrine by a police officer, said provincial officials.   The provincial home secretary told AFP that 18 were killed, including three children, and at least 27 were injured, many seriously.   No one immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.   Sufi shrines have been repeatedly targeted by Islamist militants who view Sufism as heretical. Several million in Pakistan are adherents
Item Number:12 Date: 10/06/2017 PHILIPPINES - MORE MILITARY ACTIVITIES WITH U.S. EXPECTED NEXT YEAR (OCT 06/PDI)  PHILIPPINE DAILY INQUIRER -- The Philippine and U.S. militaries have decided to expand their joint military activities in 2018, following a downturn this year, reports the Philippine Daily Inquirer.   Gen. Eduardo Ano, the armed forces chief of staff, said a total of 261 activities, including exchanges and exercises, have been agreed upon.   Ano visited the U.S. last week for a Mutual Defense Board-Security Engagement Board meeting with American officials.   Such joint activities were scaled back this year following threats from President Rodrigo Duterte to cut ties with Washington.   Duterte provided no specific guidance on the military activities next year, Ano said. They are expected to cover territorial defense, humanitarian assistance and disaster response and counterterrorism.   The general emphasized that the U.S. is still Manila's "number one ally
Item Number:13 Date: 10/06/2017 SAUDI ARABIA - DURING KING'S HISTORIC VISIT TO MOSCOW, SAUDIS AGREE TO BUY S-400 AIR DEFENSE SYSTEMS (OCT 06/AL ARABIYA)  AL ARABIYA -- The Saudi government has agreed to a deal with Russia to buy S-400 air and missile defense systems, reports Al Arabiya (Dubai).   The preliminary accord was reached on Thursday during a state visit of King Salman bin Abdulaziz to Moscow.   President Vladimir Putin hosted the King for talks in the Kremlin. Salman became the first sitting Saudi monarch to visit Russia, noted Al Jazeera.   The S-400 can fire four different missiles, with ranges of 250 miles (400 km), 155 miles (250 km), 75 miles (120 km) and 25 miles (40 km), respectively.   The system will give Saudi Arabia a multi-layer air defense capability along with its existing Patriot air defense systems.   Riyadh has also agreed to buy Russian Kornet anti-tank missiles and multiple launch rocket systems, noted Agence France-Presse
  Item Number:14 Date: 10/06/2017 SAUDI ARABIA - SECURITY FORCES BUST ISIS CELL, WITH 3 RAIDS IN RIYADH (OCT 06/AL ARABIYA)  AL ARABIYA -- Saudi authorities say they have broken up an Islamic State cell in Riyadh that was planning attacks on the Defense Ministry, reports Al Arabiya (Dubai).   Security forces raided three locations on Thursday in the capital, killing two members of the cell and arresting five others, according to a statement from the newly created Presidency of State Security.   The dead included a suicide bomber who blew himself up in the Al-Rimal neighborhood and a gunman who refused to surrender in Al-Namar district, said the statement.   The third raid targeted a horse stable in the southern Riyadh suburb of al-Ghanamia, noted Reuters.   Security personnel found AK-47 rifles, ammunition and bomb-making materials, as well as an explosives factory, the statement said.   The new formation was announced in July. The President of State Security is overseen by the king and responsible for counterterrorism and financial probes, as was reported widely at the time.  
Item Number:15 Date: 10/06/2017 SYRIA - RUSSIAN SUBS FIRE MISSILES AT ISIS, WHILE SYRIAN ARMY CLOSES IN ON TERRORST BASE (OCT 06/TASS)  TASS -- Russian submarines have launched cruise missiles at Islamic State targets in support of a Syrian army advance on Mayadeen in eastern Syria, reports Tass (Russia).   On Thursday, the Veliky Novgorod and Kolpino submarines fired two salvos of Kalibr cruise missiles from the Mediterranean, said a Defense Ministry spokesman.   The strikes targeted facilities near Mayadeen, in Deir Ezzor province, including ammunition depots, command posts and armor hangars, he said. That is the current main base for ISIS, southeast of its former capital of Raqqa.   On Friday, a media unit run by Lebanon-based Hezbollah said that the Syrian army and its allies had come within seven miles of Mayadeen, reported Reuters.   Those forces reportedly had control of positions and heights parallel to the main road linking Mayadeen with Deir Ezzor city, said the outlet
Item Number:16 Date: 10/06/2017 USA - AIR FORCE MOVES FORWARD WITH AIRBORNE SYSTEM TO LAUNCH ICBMS (OCT 06/AFNS)  AIR FORCE NEWS SERVICE -- The U.S. Air Force has awarded contracts to two domestic defense firms for a program to upgrade the system that allows an aircraft to control the launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) from a ground silo, reports the Air Force News Service.   Lockheed Martin Space Systems, Littleton, Colo., and Rockwell Collins, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, each received a three-year contract worth about $81 million.   The Air Force announced the deals on Tuesday.   The awards begin a design competition for modernizing the nuclear command-and-control mission system that allows the U.S. Strategic Command to launch ICBMs from the Navy's E-6B Mercury aircraft.   Both the existing Minuteman III and future Ground-Based Strategic Deterrent missiles require an alternate launch control capability even if ground-based facilities are destroyed, noted Defense News.   The current Airborne Launch Control System for the Minuteman III uses 1960s-era radio equipment at each of 450 Air Force ICBM launch facilities and aging gear on the Mercury aircraft.   The goal is to field the upgraded replacement system by 2024
Item Number:17 Date: 10/06/2017 USA - NAVY POINTS TO VALVE AS POTENTIAL CULPRIT IN PRESSURE ISSUES WITH SUPER HORNETS, GROWLERS (OCT 06/NTIMES)  NAVY TIMES -- U.S. Navy officials say they have identified a valve that might be causing problematic pressure changes in F/A-18E/F Super Hornet fighters and EA-18G Growler electronic attack aircraft in flight, reports the Navy Times.   While a root cause for hypoxia-like symptoms reported by pilots of the jets has not been determined, a valve in the two aircraft has been freezing, causing cabin pressure to significantly increase or decrease, said Capt. Sara Joyner, the officer who heads the effort into failures in critical aircraft systems.   Beginning in 2018, the Navy will add a heater blanket to the valve so that it won't freeze, she said. The service will also test other aircraft components to systematically eliminate any other possible problems.   The Navy has also determined that issues that resulted in the grounding of T-45 Goshawk jet trainers earlier this year were caused by the engine not producing enough oxygen flow for pilots, said Joyner.   An investigation found that the oxygen levels for pilots were dropping too low, such as when the aircraft decelerates or descends. This was because the oxygen system uses bleed air generated by the T-45's relatively small engine, she said.   The engines are powering a number of additional systems intended to prevent contaminants from entering the air that pilots breathe, which has affected the oxygen flow, Joyner said
Item Number:18 Date: 10/06/2017 USA - REGIONAL DISPUTE WITH QATAR PROMPTS U.S. TO OPT OUT OF SOME MILITARY EXERCISES (OCT 06/NEWEEK)  NEWSWEEK -- The U.S. military has announced that it is suspending some military exercises with its Gulf allies because of a diplomatic dispute involving Qatar, reports Newsweek.   Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt cut ties with Doha in June, accusing the Qatari monarchy of supporting terrorism, reported Reuters.   Asked about the states, with some Gulf Cooperation Council countries, a spokesman for U.S. Central Command said on Friday that "We are opting out of some military exercises out of respect for the concept of inclusiveness and shared regional interests."   "We will continue to encourage all partners to work together toward the sort of common solutions that enable security and stability in the region," he said.   Qatar is home to the al-Udeid Air Base, the forward headquarters of Central Command. Washington is also allied with the other countries in the dispute
  Item Number:19 Date: 10/06/2017 USA - RELIEF EFFORTS IN PUERTO RICO KEEPS WASP THERE; 'SLIGHT' DELAY SEEN IN TROOP DEPLOYMENT TO AFGHANISTAN (OCT 06/S&S)  STARS AND STRIPES -- The planned deployment of the USS Wasp to the Pacific has been delayed so the ship can continue relief operation in Puerto Rico, say defense officials cited by the Stars and Stripes.   The U.S. military has more than 11,000 personnel in Puerto Rico, as well as 80 helicopters, the Wasp amphibious assault ship and the Comfort hospital ship. The island was hit by Hurricane Marie on Sept. 20, causing flooding and severe damage to infrastructure.   The Wasp will postpone its plans, said Marine Lt. Gen. Kenneth McKenzie on Thursday. The ship is expected to carry F-35B fighter jets.   The operations in Puerto Rico could also cause deployment delays for other ships and troops around the world, the general said.   McKenzie denied that relief efforts had stopped the deployment of troops to Afghanistan due to shortages of transport aircraft, while acknowledging that the flow had been "slightly delayed."  
Item Number:20 Date: 10/06/2017 YEMEN - U.S. AIRSTRIKE KILLS AQAP COMMANDER ON MOTORBIKE (OCT 06/AFP)  AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE -- A U.S. drone strike has killed a local Al-Qaida commander in central Yemen, say security sources cited by Agence France-Presse.   The strike hit Shroum al-Sanaani, a military commander with Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), and an unidentified companion as they were traveling on a motorbike in Baida province, said the sources on Thursday.   The attack was made in the Yakala area, an AQAP stronghold that has been targeted repeatedly by the U.S.

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