Tuesday, October 10, 2017

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The List 4563

To All
I hope you all had a great weekend.
Would you please pass along to everyone the passing of Vice Admiral "Dutch" Schoultz.  The Admiral passed away at 0230 this morning at a hospice center in Prescott, AZ with his wife Rosemary and son Bob at his side.  Bob asked me to pass along the Admiral's final wishes that everyone goes out and has a drink to toast and celebrate his life anytime, anywhere and in so doing , to recall his personal motto, which served him and the Navy very well: "if you ain't having fun doing it, you ain't doing it right!"
There will be two Celebration of Life events that will be held in Prescott, AZ and Peoria, AZ.  Plans for his burial will be at Arlington National Cemetery.  When these dates and time are firmed up I will pass them along.
This Day in Naval History - October 9
1873 - LT Charles Belknap calls a meeting at the Naval Academy to establish the U.S. Naval Institute for the purpose of disseminating scientific and professional knowledge throughout the Navy.
1942 - First three schools for enlisted WAVES open at Stillwater, OK (Yeoman), Bloomington, IN (Storekeepers), and Madison, WI (Radiomen).
1945 - Parade in New York City honors FADM Chester W. Nimitz and 13 other Navy and Marine Corps Medal of Honor winners.
1961 - USS Princeton rescues 74 survivors of two shipwrecks (U.S. lines Pioneer Muse and SS Shiek) from the island of Kita Daito Shima.
Today in History October 9
28 BC
The Temple of Apollo is dedicated on the Palatine Hill in Rome.
Henry VI of England restored to the throne.
Austrian and Russian troops enter Berlin and begin burning structures and looting.
The Luddite riots being in Manchester, England in reaction to machinery for spinning cotton.
Americans begin shelling the British surrounded at Yorktown.
The first Norwegian immigrants to America arrive on the sloop Restaurationen.
Confederate cavalry raiders return to Chattanooga after attacking Union General William Rosecrans' supply and communication lines all around east Tennessee.
The Washington Monument, designed by Robert Mills, opens to the public.
Germans take Antwerp, Belgium, after 12-day siege.
In Marseilles, a Macedonian revolutionary associated with Croat terrorists in Hungary assassinates King Alexander of Yugoslavia and French Foreign Minister Louis Barthou. The two had been on a tour of European capitals in quest of an alliance against Nazi Germany. The assassinations bring the threat of war between Yugoslavia and Hungary, but confrontation is prevented by the League of Nations.
President Franklin D. Roosevelt requests congressional approval for arming U.S. merchant ships.
Eugene O'Neill's play The Iceman Cometh opens at the Martin Beck Theatre in New York.
Harvard Law School begins admitting women.
U.N. forces, led by the First Cavalry Division, cross the 38th parallel in South Korea and begin attacking northward towards the North Korean capital of Pyongyang.
The president of South Korea, Doo Hwan Chun, with his cabinet and other top officials are scheduled to lay a wreath on a monument in Rangoon, Burma, when a bomb explodes. Hwan had not yet arrived so escaped injury, but 17 Koreans--including the deputy prime minister and two other cabinet members--and two Burmese are killed. North Korea is blamed.
Last flight of the Lockheed SR-71 "Blackbird" stealth reconnaissance aircraft.
North Korea reportedly tests its first nuclear device.
Forwarded for those who don't have a copy of Chris Hobson's book, Vietnam Air Losses.

The total numbers of all aircraft lost in SE Asia for all services is staggering.  The Army helos lost is unbelievable.cl
Wow --- close to 29 squadrons of F4s (based on a 24 UE).  Incredible.
The Huey numbers are beyond --- that place is wallpapered with them.  Flying death traps.
Unbelieveable AIRBUS A380 HARD CROSSWIND LANDING during a STORM at Düsse...

It sure put a lot of extreme forces on the landing gear and nose wheel. They were very lucky they did not crash, it all happened in Dusseldorf 2 days ago during an autumn storm. Very LUCKY!

The Buff's birthday
Subject: 2 October 1952 - This Day in Aviation
Monday Morning Humor from Al
On Sunday, we hosted the 60th Krause Family Picnic.  I had no problem finding material for Monday Morning Humor after that.
House rules for the picnic…
No alcohol will be provided at this family reunion because we are concerned people would start being honest with each other.
"Who here is looking for a date? You've come to the wrong place."
 No one may bring a boyfriend or girlfriend, as it is in their best interest.
If you want someone to say something nice, try bribing them with pie.
If you remember what happened at the last family reunion, try to block it out.
We are of German heritage.  Prepare to overeat.
Family factoids…
Families are like fudge…mostly sweet with a few nuts.
Any family tree produces some lemons, some nuts and a few bad apples.
A family reunion is an effective form of birth control.
Heredity: Everyone believes in it until their children act like fools!
We put the "fun" in dysfunctional.
Relatives are people who come to dinner who aren't friends.
Things overheard at the picnic…
"No, I don't hate your relatives. In fact, I like your mother-in-law better than I like mine!"
"I'm here to talk about our family, but Mom always taught me that if I don't have anything nice to say, I shouldn't say anything at all. Good Day."
"Who here is looking for a date? You've come to the wrong place."
"I'm personally happy that we have universal healthcare coverage. I've seen how these events end."
"I've heard it said many times "family reunions create stronger families." No one ever told me that it was done by thinning out the weak. I'm concerned I may not make it home once this thing's over."
"The only thing that could make this reunion more dangerous is a Monopoly competition."
"Family reunion potlucks, more like Cutthroat Kitchen: Family Edition."
"Family reunions get a bad reputation. This is way better than jury duty!"
"You want to know what the best part is about an annual family reunion? You get a full year to recover."
"You know what they say about annual family reunions. 'Again?!??!'"
"How do you get everyone excited about a family reunion? By telling them it's been cancelled!"
"Did anyone else's invite get lost in the mail?"
"You know, all of the women were really excited when I told them about the family reunion… Until I said "bring your husband too."
"Our family is like a fine cheese, we get funkier with age!"
"Yes son, you were adopted…but it didn't work out and they brought you back."
"We put the 'fun' in dysfunctional."
"Relatives are people who come to dinner who aren't friends."
     Driving home from the family picnic, the couple weren't saying a word. An earlier discussion had led to an argument and neither of them wanted to concede their position.
     As they passed a farm with mules, goats, and pigs in the barnyard, the husband asked sarcastically, "Relatives of yours?"
     "Yep," the wife replied, "in-laws."
Family Reunion Quotes
"A tree without roots will fall over"--unknown
"How will our children know who they are if they do not know where they came from."--unknown
"Heirlooms we don't have in our family. But stories we've got."--Rose Cherin
"I wish I could relate to the people I'm related to."--Jeff Foxworthy
"When we die we become 'stories' in the minds of other people."--Unknown
"This packrat has learned that what the next generation will value most is not what we owned, but the evidence of who we were and the tales of how we loved. In the end, it's the family stories that are worth the storage."--Ellen Goodman
"Human beings are the only creatures on earth that allow their children to come back home."--Bill Cosby
"The reason grandparents and grandchildren get along so well is that they have a common enemy."--Sam Levenson
"In every conceivable manner, the family is link to our past, bridge to our future."--Alex Haley
"Generations pass like leaves fall from our family tree. Each season new life blossoms and grows benefiting from the strength and experience of those who went before."--Heidi Swapp
"If you don't believe in ghosts, you've never been to a family reunion."--Ashleigh Brilliant
"Family faces are magic mirrors. Looking at people who belong to us, we see the past, present and future. We make discoveries about ourselves."--Gail Lumet Buckley
"Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family. Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one."–Jane Howard
"Like branches on a tree, our lives may grow in different directions yet our roots remain as one."-- Unknown
You can kiss your family and friends good-bye and put miles between you, but at the same time you carry them with you in your heart, your mind, your stomach, because you do not just live in a world but a world lives in you.--Frederick Buechner
"It is important for us … to cultivate in our own family a sense that we belong together eternally, that whatever changes outside our home, there are fundamental aspects of our relationship which will never change. We ought to encourage our children to know their relatives. We need to talk of them, make effort to correspond with them, visit them, join family organizations, etc."--Spencer W. Kimball
"People are generally irrational, unreasonable and selfish. They deserve to be loved, anyway."--Mother Theresa
 "A good way to learn to love our relatives is to spend time together in well-planned family reunions. A family reunion can be a very personal and privileged gathering. If you have never organized your family for a reunion, start now—you will receive joy far beyond your expectations. Yes, there will be discouragements. Some family members will say they don't have time or that they are too busy. But the rewards more than compensate for the discouragements."--Alma Heaton
"The future belongs to those who give the next generation reason for hope." – Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
I survived…and I enjoyed it.
Have a great week,
Home is the place where, when you have to go there, they have to take you in.--Robert Frost
Vegas shooter: the "bump stock" revelation contradicts the official scenario---oops
Here's Ann Coulter's scathing attack on Hollywood over Weinstein sex scandal
Item Number:1 Date: 10/09/2017 DEM REP OF CONGO - MILITANTS BLAMED FOR KIDNAPPING, ATTACKING MILITARY BASES (OCT 09/AFP)  AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE -- There has been heavy fighting between government forces and rebels accused of kidnapping 20 civilians in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, says military and civilian sources, as cited by Agence France-Presse.   The clashes took place on Sunday in the Beni region of North Kivu province, which is near the border with Uganda.   There has been violence in the area since 2014, with more than 700 civilians killed. The deaths have been blamed on the Ugandan Allied Democratic Forces militant group.   On Saturday, ADF members attacked around 10 motorbike taxis on the Mbau-Kamango road. About 20 people were believed to be missing. It was unclear if they were dead or taken hostage, said an army spokesman.   Twenty-two people were missing, and 10 survived the attack, said local sources.   Separately, on Monday, militants attacked two military bases at Mamundioma in northeastern DRC, killing a U.N. peacekeeper and injuring a dozen others, reported Reuters.   The Congolese army blamed the coordinated attacks on the ADF
  Item Number:2 Date: 10/09/2017 ESTONIA - 130 BRITISH TROOPS READY FOR JOINT DRILLS (OCT 09/BNS)  BALTIC NEWS SERVICE -- A contingent of soldiers from the British battalion stationed in Estonia is set for a two-day exercise on the island of Saaremaa in the Baltic Sea, reports the Baltic News Service.   The 130-man company was scheduled to reach Saaremaa on Sunday and conduct foot patrols on the Tagamoisa peninsula on Monday and Tuesday.   The British troops will work with elements of the volunteer Estonian Defense League on the island as well as members of the Estonian army, navy and air force, said Defense League officials.   The joint exercise is intended to demonstrate NATO's presence in the region and enhance cooperation with local defense units.  
  Item Number:3 Date: 10/09/2017 INDIA - CONSTRUCTION UNDERWAY FOR 2ND UNIT IN NEW CLASS OF COAST GUARD OFFSHORE PATROL VESSELS (OCT 09/GOA)  GOA SHIPYARD -- The Goa Shipyard in India has announced the laying of the keel for a second offshore patrol vessel (OPV) for the Indian coast guard.   The ceremony was held on Sept. 29, according to a shipyard release on Oct. 5.   The coast guard ordered five new OPVs on Aug. 26, 2016, with the keel for the first vessel being laid on March 20, 2017.   The 2,400-metric-ton ships are based on the Samarth class and feature quick-response boats and an efficient hull design, the shipyard said.  
  Item Number:4 Date: 10/09/2017 INDIA - FRIGATE RESCUES MERCHANT VESSEL IN GULF OF ADEN, DRIVES OFF DISARMED PIRATES (OCT 09/TI)  TIMES OF INDIA -- An Indian warship thwarted a pirate attack last week, say Indian officials.   A frigate rescued an Indian-flagged merchant vessel on Friday in the Gulf of Aden, reports the Times of India.   INS Trishul deployed its Chetak helicopter and marine commandos after receiving a distress call from the Jag Amar cargo vessel.   One commando team arrived by helicopter and a second on a rigid-hull inflatable boat, said one Indian naval officer. The 12 pirates surrendered without a fight.   The commandos disarmed and released the pirates in their skiff on the high seas, said the officer.  
Item Number:5 Date: 10/09/2017 INDONESIA - JORDANIAN FOREIGN MINISTER PLEDGES MORE COUNTERTERRORISM COOPERATION (OCT 09/ANTARANA)  ANTARA NEWS AGENCY -- The foreign ministers of Indonesia and Jordan have decided to boost counterterrorism cooperation, reports Antara News, Indonesia's national news agency.   Indonesian Foreign Affairs Minister Retno Marsudi met in Amman with her Jordanian counterpart on Oct. 4.   The leaders agreed that the main challenges the face are the threat of regionalization of terrorist groups and the returning of foreign militants from several countries in the Middle East.   The talks emphasized the importance of joint efforts for countering terrorism and radicalism, according to a release from the Indonesian Foreign Affairs Ministry.   Possible areas of stepped-up cooperation include information and intelligence exchange; halting terrorism funding; dealing with foreign fighters; instituting deradicalization programs; and capacity building.   Marsudi also invited Jordanian law enforcement personnel to come to Indonesia to enhance cooperation in that area.  
  Item Number:6 Date: 10/09/2017 ISRAEL - RESPONDING TO ROCKET STRIKE, TANK BLASTS HAMAS POST IN GAZA (OCT 09/REU)  REUTERS -- The Israeli military says it destroyed a Hamas outpost in the Gaza Strip after Gaza militants fired a rocket intended to hit Israel, reports Reuters.   The rocket attack set off air raid sirens in southern Israel. It landed in Palestinian territory, said an Israeli military statement on Sunday.   "As the rocket fire endangered Israeli citizens and violated Israeli sovereignty, a tank targeted and destroyed a Hamas observation point in the southern Gaza Strip," said the statement, as quoted by AFP.   No one was injured when the tank shell hit the observation post, said Gaza officials
  Item Number:7 Date: 10/09/2017 JAPAN - ORDER PLACED FOR 3 GLOBAL HAWK UAVS FROM U.S. (OCT 09/DOD)  DEPT. OF DEFENSE -- The U.S. Air Force has awarded Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems, San Diego, Calif., a contract for RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned aerial vehicles for Japan, reports the Dept. of Defense.   The US$130.5 million deal covers long lead materials to launch the program for three Global Hawk Block 30(I) air vehicles; two ground-control elements; enhanced integrated sensor suite; spare parts; and a site survey.   Work will take place in San Diego and is scheduled to be completed by July 27, 2018
Item Number:8 Date: 10/09/2017 NORTH KOREA - DICTATOR'S SISTER MOVES UP, RECEIVES PROMOTION AT SUMMIT OF RULING PARTY (OCT 09/CNN)  CABLE NEWS NETWORK -- North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un has promoted his younger sister during at a key meeting of the nation's ruling party, reports CNN, citing state media in North Korea.   On Saturday, Kim Yo Jong was named an alternate member of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Worker's Party at the Second Plenum of the party's 7th Central Committee, the official KCNA news agency said on Sunday.   Kim Yo Jong and Kim Jong Un were born to the same mother, Ko Yong Hui.   The sister came to prominence in 2014, when she was made deputy director of the Korean Workers' Party Propaganda and Agitation Dept.   Little is known about her. She is a close aide of Kim Jong Un and "manages his public events, itineraries and logistical needs among other tasks," according to NK Leadership Watch.   The new position apparently means Kim has become a replacement for Kim Jong Un's aunt, noted Al Jazeera.   In January, the U.U. Treasury blacklisted Kim Yo Jong, along with other North Korean officials, for "severe human-rights abuses".   During the reshuffle, Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho was selected as a member of the Politburo and Choe Ryong Hae, vice chairman of the Workers' Party and a close aide to Kim Jong Un, was appointed to the Central Military Commission, according to the KCNA.   The latest appointments and promotions indicate that Kim is stepping up his attempt to turn the Workers' Party into his personal party, filled with loyalists, said analysts
Item Number:9 Date: 10/09/2017 PAKISTAN - HAZARA FAMILY GUNNED DOWN IN QUETTA (OCT 09/PTI)  PRESS TRUST OF INDIA -- Unidentified gunmen have attacked members of a Shi'ite Hazara family in Pakistan's southern Baluchistan province, killing at least five, reports the Press Trust of India.   The militants opened fire on Monday at a vehicle traveling on the Kasi road in Quetta, the capital of Baluchistan.   Police said the attack was aimed at Hazaras. Members of that group are frequently targeted by Taliban-linked fighters.   Five people were killed and one was injured in the attack, said police.   The attackers reportedly fled on their motorcycle after the incident.   No group immediately claimed responsibility
Item Number:10 Date: 10/09/2017 POLAND - ON 2ND ANNIVERSARY, LITHUANIAN-POLISH-UKRAINIAN BRIGADE READY FOR INTERNATIONAL MISSIONS (OCT 09/UKRINF)  UKRINFORM -- The defense ministers of Lithuania, Poland and Ukraine have agreed to make their trilateral military unit available for international missions, reports Ukrinform.   The agreement was signed last week in Lublin, Poland. The agreement "of cooperation came on the second anniversary of the brigade's creation," noted Poland's Defense Ministry.   "This agreement changes the form of the brigade. From now on, the brigade will be able to take part in activities, holding of which is necessary when the peace is under threat," Polish Defense Minister Antoni Macierewicz said on Thursday. "It is a good sign that will allow our peoples, primarily the brigade, to act for the sake of security of Central and Eastern Europe," he said.   The joint unit has been named the Kanstantsin Astrozhski Brigade after a military commander of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania, noted Charter 97 (Belarus).   Astrozhski (1460-1530) was known for victories in the Battle of Vorsha against the Grand Duchy of Moscow on Sept. 8, 1514, and the capture of the Crimean Khan
  Item Number:11 Date: 10/09/2017 SOUTH KOREA - 'BLACKOUT BOMB' BEING DEVELOPED FOR POTENTIAL USE AGAINST N. KOREA (OCT 09/NEWEEK)  NEWSWEEK -- The South Korean military is developing a new weapon to fight North Korea's growing nuclear capabilities, reports Newsweek, citing South Korean media.   The Agency for Defense Development (ADD) in Seoul has obtained the technology to build a non-lethal graphite bomb capable of paralyzing power systems in the event of a war with the North, say military sources cited by the Yonhap news agency (Seoul).   The "blackout bomb" is known to spread chemically treated carbon graphite filaments over electric facilities to short-circuit and disrupt the power grid.   The weapon is a form of cluster bomb; it splits into several canister-like "sub-munitions," noted Newsweek. Such weapons were used by the U.S. Navy in 1991 to black out power supply in Iraq during the first Gulf War. They were also used against Serbia during the Balkan conflict in 1999.   The weapon is being developed by the Agency for Defense Development as part of Seoul's Kill Chain pre-emptive strike program.   "All technologies for the development of a graphite bomb led by the ADD have been secured. It is in the stage where we can build the bombs anytime," said one military official.   The Defense Ministry requested US$436,000 for the project in the 2018 defense budget, but the proposal was rejected by the Finance Ministry, the official said.  
  Item Number:12 Date: 10/09/2017 SYRIA - AIRSTRIKE HITS MARKET IN IDLIB PROVINCE; CASUALTIES MOUNT (OCT 09/VOA)  VOICE OF AMERICA NEWS -- An apparent Syrian military airstrike over the weekend hit a market in the city of Maarat al-Numan in Syria's northern Idlib province, killing at least six, say rescuers cited by the Voice of America News.   The U.K.-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said 11 were killed in the attack on Sunday.   Syria's White Helmet rescuers said they expected to find more victims.   Idlib province, which borders Turkey, is largely controlled by rebels fighting the Assad regime
Item Number:13 Date: 10/09/2017 TURKEY - POTENTIAL TRILATERAL ALLIANCE IN WORKS; IRANIAN, IRAQI TURKISH OFFICIALS MEET (OCT 09/ASHARQ)  ASHARQ AL-AWSAT -- Officials from the Iranian, Iraqi and Turkish governments say they are working on a three-way alliance, reports Asharq Al-Awsat, an Arabic paper published in London.   The project was proposed during a recent trip to Ankara by Gen. Muhammad Hussein Baqeri, the chief of staff of the Iranian armed forces, according to Iran's semi-official Fars news agency.   The Turkish chief of staff, Gen. Hulusi Akar, visited Tehran shortly thereafter; this was followed by a visit by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.   Gen. Othman al-Ghanimi, the Iraqi military chief, also made a visit to Tehran to discuss the emerging project.   Senior commanders from the neighboring countries have discussed the rules for joint staff talks, intelligence exchange and targeted joint operations, said unnamed sources   The neighbors have also conducted coordinated military exercises along their respective borders.   In addition, the nascent alliance envisages cooperation in training the security forces of participants
  Item Number:14 Date: 10/09/2017 UNITED NATIONS - SECURITY COUNCIL EXTENDS OPERATIONS AIMED AT MIGRANT-SMUGGLING OFF LIBYA (OCT 09/UNNS)  UNITED NATIONS NEWS SERVICE -- The U.N. Security Council has authorized the inspection of shipping on the high seas off the coast of Libya for another 12 months, reports the U.N. News Service.   The resolution that reauthorizes the operations passed on Oct. 3.   The mandate allows countries to search vessels if there are reasonable grounds to suspect they are being used for migrant-smuggling or human-trafficking.   The unanimously adopted resolution is intended to disrupt criminal groups, but not undermine the human rights of individuals or prevent them from seeking protection under international human rights and refugee laws, the council stressed.   Member states should cooperate with the Libyan Government of National Accord [in Tripoli] and each other to help the North African nation to improve its capacity to secure its borders and prevent, investigate and prosecute acts of smuggling through its territory and its territorial sea, said the council.  
  Item Number:15 Date: 10/09/2017 USA - ANKARA, WASHINGTON IN DIPLOMATIC SPAT; VISITORS VISAS HALTED (OCT 09/WP)  WASHINGTON POST -- The governments of Turkey and the United States have canceled most visitor visas between the two countries in tit-for-tat moves, reports the Washington Post.   The U.S. Embassy in Ankara announced on Sunday that it was immediately suspending all non-immigrant visa services at diplomatic facilities across Turkey.   The decision appeared to be made in response to the Turkish government's arrest of an employee of the U.S. consulate in Istanbul.   A statement from the embassy said it was limiting visitors to U.S. missions because it needed to "reassess" Turkey's commitment to American personnel.   Within hours, the Turkish Embassy in Washington issued a nearly identical statement, suspending non-immigrant visas for Americans.   Bilateral relations have been strained over the last several months by significant disagreements over the conflict in Syria and the fate of Fethullah Gulen, a Turkish cleric who lives in exile in Pennsylvania and is blamed by Ankara for a failed coup
Item Number:16 Date: 10/09/2017 USA - FATAL VEHICLE ACCIDENT UNDER INVESTIGATION AT FORT JACKSON, S.C. (OCT 09/THESTATE)  THE STATE -- Last's week's fatal accident at a South Carolina base is being investigated by Fort Jackson officials.   Two U.S. Army personnel were killed and six were injured in Friday's accident involving a military vehicle and a troop formation at Fort Jackson, reports the State (S.C.).   The Army initially provided few details of the incident.   It was not clear if the driver of the vehicle would face charges, whether there was negligence involved, whether the incident was officially designated an accident and if the vehicle and soldiers were on or off a road.   The type of vehicle involved was not immediately made public.   The casualties were all privates, suggesting that they may have been part of a basic training program, said the paper
Item Number:17 Date: 10/09/2017 USA - FOLLOWING PROBE, MARINE CORPS RELIEVES LEADERSHIP OF 25TH MARINE REGIMENT AT FORT DEVENS, MASS. (OCT 09/MCT)  MARINE CORPS TIMES -- The U.S. Marine Corps Forces Reserve has fired the senior leadership of the 25th Marine Regiment at Fort Devens, Mass., reports the Marine Corps Times.   Col. Morgan Mann, the regimental commander; Sgt. Maj. James Boutin, regimental inspector instructor; and CWO3 Robert Hoy, personnel officer, were removed from their posts on Oct. 4, by Lt. Gen. Rex McMillian, the head of U.S. Marine Corps Forces Reserve (MARFORRES).   McMillian lost confidence in the ability of the Marines to command, a MARFORRES spokesman said on Oct. 5.   The move came after an investigation, although the spokesman declined to provide any details.   Mann became commander of the regiment in March.  
  Item Number:18 Date: 10/09/2017 USA - GENERAL MOTORS DEVELOPS HYDROGEN FUEL-CELL-POWERED CHASSIS FOR MILITARY MISSIONS (OCT 09/D1)  DEFENSE ONE -- General Motors says it has developed a hydrogen fuel-cell-powered chassis for battlefield logistics missions, reports Defense One.   The Silent Utility Rover Universal Superstructure (SURUS), named for the battle elephant that carried Hannibal and his generals during his wars with Rome, resembles a flatbed truck trailer or railroad flatcar.   The SURUS is going to be displayed between Oct. 9 and 11 at the fall meeting of the Association of the U.S. Army in Washington, D.C., noted GM on Friday.   The platform is powered by two electric motors and has four-wheel steering, enabling it to be reconfigured for a range of missions and powerful enough to replace existing logistics trucks.   The vehicle could be fitted with a capsule for carrying injured soldiers; haul large generators airdropped by a C-17 cargo aircraft or CH-47 Chinook heavy-lift helicopter; or armed with guns or rockets, according to GM officials.   Such flexibility could reduce the number of vehicles the Army needs to buy, maintain and deploy abroad, according to the firm.   Electric drive is also much quieter that internal combustion engines, reducing acoustic signature on the battlefield, the officials said
Item Number:19 Date: 10/09/2017 USA - NAVY COMMISSIONS USS WASHINGTON SUB IN NORFOLK, VA. (OCT 09/DOD)  DEPT. OF DEFENSE -- The 14th Virginia-class nuclear-powered attack submarine is now officially in the U.S. Navy, reports the Dept. of Defense.   The USS Washington (SSN 787) was formally commissioned during an Oct. 7 ceremony at Naval Station Norfolk, Va.   The boat is the 14th in the class and fourth in the Block III configuration, said a Pentagon release on Friday.   Block III subs feature a redesigned bow, which replaces 12 individual launch tubes with two large-diameter Virginia payload tubes, each capable of launching six Tomahawk cruise missiles
Item Number:20 Date: 10/09/2017 YEMEN - DRONE ATTACK KILLS 5 AQAP MILITANTS IN MARIB PROVINCE (OCT 09/REU)  REUTERS -- Yemenis officials say a drone strike in the western Marib province has killed five suspected Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) militants, reports Reuters.   The men were traveling in a car in the province's Raghwan district early on Sunday when they were hit, according to locals.   There was no immediate statement from AQAP or the U.S. military about the attack.   AQAP has been taking advantage of the ongoing conflict between Houthi rebels and the Saudi-backed government to strengthen its position in Yemen.

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