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To All
I hope that your week has been going well. Fred is gone
Regards,
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This Day In Naval History - October 26
1921 - In first successful test, a compressed air, turntable catapult, launches an N-9 seaplane.
1922 - LCDR Godfrey deC. Chevalier makes first landing aboard a carrier (USS Langley) while underway off Cape Henry, Virginia.
1942 - Battle of the Santa Cruz Island. USS Hornet (CV-8) was lost and USS Enterprise (CV-6) was badly damaged during the battle.
1944 - Battle of Leyte Gulf ends with Navy carrier and USAAF aircraft attacks on the retreating Japanese ships. U.S. forces sink many Japanese ships including 4 carriers, 3 battleships, 10 cruisers, and 9 destroyers, for a total of 26 capital ships. Afterwards Japanese fleet ceases to exist as an organized fighting fleet.
1944 - Special Task Air Group One makes last attack in month long demonstration of TDR drone missile against Japanese shipping and islands in the Pacific. Of 46 missiles fired, 29 reached their target areas.
1950 - U.S. Amphibious Force Seventh Fleet lands 1st Marine Division at Wonsan, Korea
1963 - USS Andrew Jackson (SSBN-619) launches first Polaris A-3 missile from a submerged submarine, off Cape Canaveral, Florida.
 
American Minute for October 26th:
    On OCTOBER 26, 1774, the Provincial Congress of Massachusetts reorganized their defenses with one-third of their regiments being "Minutemen," ready to fight at a minute's notice. These citizen soldiers drilled on the parade ground, many times led by a deacon or pastor, then went to church for exhortation and prayer. The Provincial Congress charged:
"You...are placed by Providence in the post of honor, because it is the post of danger...The eyes not only of North America and the whole British Empire, but of all Europe, are upon you. Let us be, therefore, altogether solicitous that no disorderly behavior, nothing unbecoming our character as Americans, as citizens and Christians, be justly chargeable to us." The Provincial Congress issued a Resolution to Massachusetts Bay, 1774:
"Resistance to tyranny becomes the Christian and social duty of each individual...Continue steadfast, and with a proper sense of your dependence on God, nobly defend those rights which heaven gave, and no man ought to take from us." Boston patriot Josiah Quincy stated: "Under God, we are determined that wheresoever, whensoever, or howsoever we shall be called to make our exit, we will die free men."
 
1881
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[USS Oriskany]
26 OCTOBER 1966
Alexander, Balisteri, Blakely, Boggs, Brewer, Bullard, Carter, Clements, Copple, Dilks, Donahue, Dyke, Ewoldt, Farris, Ford, Francis, Fryer, Gardner, Garrity, Gray, Hammond, Harris, Hart, Hudis, Hyde, Johnson, Juntilla, Kelly, Kern, Lee, Levy, Liste, McWilliams, Merrick, Miller, Morrisette, Nussbaumer, Shanks, Shifflett, Siebe, Smith, Spitzer, Stone, Strong, Tardio, Thomas, Tunick, Walling, Welch, Welsh.
 
Fifty officers and men, shipmates united in a deadly battle for the freedom of a desperate people, serving thousands of miles from their homes and families, dedicated to their oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States of America ... now only names on a wall ... killed while struggling valiantly to save their ship ... written out of the history of the nation they loved by a media not worthy to kiss their feet ...
forgotten by all save their family, friends, and God.
 
Memories of the 26th of October 1966, the explosion and fire aboard USS Oriskany on Yankee Station in the Tonkin Gulf, and the men who perished there will soon die with those of us who survived; but they are forever enshrined in the Heavens where most of them once soared so high as to "reach out and touch the face of God."
 
Very respectfully submitted,
Dick Schaffert
Fighter Squadron 111 Sundowner, 1965-1968
25 October 2012
 
25 October 2016
[Oriskany Fire]

At 07:21 tomorrow morning, 26 October, I will be kneeling by the side of my bed, giving thanks to God for sparing my life 50 years earlier, at that exact moment.

I had just finished shaving, was already in my flight suit, and was returning my shaving gear to my stateroom aboard the USS Oriskany on Yankee Station off Vietnam. As I stepped out of the "head" (restroom) into a passageway, I was startled by a loud alarm over the ship's 1MC:  "THIS IS A DRILL, THIS IS A DRILL. FIRE! FIRE! FIRE! FIRE ON THE HANGAR DECK." My head automatically snapped to the door leading to the hangar deck, which was only two steps to my left. I was immediately aware of heavy, acrid smoke coming underneath that door. I ran for the curtained doorway of my room, only a few steps down the passageway. I threw back the curtain to see my roommate Lieutenant Commander Norm Levy sitting up on the edge of his bunk. I tossed the shaving gear on my bunk, which was directly above his, and shouted at him:  "It's no drill, Norm, we're on fire! Let's get the hell out of here." At that moment, the ship's bugle sounded the call for GENERAL QUARTERS. Were we under attack? I was scheduled for the ALERT FIVE (ready fighter aircraft) at 07:45, which meant I needed to get to our squadron Ready Room immediately and into my flight gear. I ran down the passageway, banging on the sheet metal wall and shouting:  "IT'S NO DRILL! WE'RE ON FIRE! WE'RE ON FIRE!" I was about 10 steps short of the end of the passageway, which entered the opposite side of the hangar bay, away from my room, when I felt the concussion and heard the explosion which literally blew me out into the hangar bay. I was tumbling, then I was skidding on my back. I turned on my right side to get up and saw a huge fireball rolling across the top of the hangar bay. I ran the 50 feet further down the hangar bay deck and stumbled down the hatch to the next deck and into the passageway which led directly to Ready Room Three, and my flight gear.

The rest is history, which I've written about for years. My memorial to Norm Levy is engraved on a stainless steel plaque and entombed in the Oriskany now asleep in the deep off Pensacola, Florida. For more than 20 years after that fateful morning, when Norm Levy and so many of my shipmates perished in our fight to save the ship, I relived that event in my dreams, two or three times a night. With the help of our most merciful God, which came in the form of some wonderful personal companionships, it finally faded. Now, with His Grace, and even with a failing memory, I can recall it at will, in living color, and even smell again the deadly phosphorous smoke from the munitions locker that exploded.
I will not do that tomorrow morning at 07:21. I will be repeating the 44 names of my fallen comrades, and asking God's almighty blessings upon their heroic souls. An ungrateful nation, both the government and the people, has long forgotten them and the supreme sacrifice they so freely and valiantly made to save Oriskany ... and me! God is good, He never forgets!

Very Respectfully,

Dick Schaffert aka Brown Bear
25 October 2016
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2017 Today in History October 26
1774
The first Continental Congress, which protested British measures and called for civil disobedience, concludes in Philadelphia.
1795
When General Paul Barras resigns his commission as head of France's Army of the Interior to become head of the Directory, his second-in-command becomes the army's commander—Napoleon Bonaparte.
1825
The first boat on the Erie Canal leaves Buffalo, N.Y.
1881
Three Earp brothers and Doc Holliday have a shootout with the Clantons and McLaurys at the O.K. Corral in Tombstone, Arizona Territory.
1905
Norway signs a treaty of separation with Sweden. Norway chooses Prince Charles of Denmark as the new king; he becomes King Haakon VII.
1918
Germany's supreme commander, General Erich Ludendorff, resigns, protesting the terms to which the German Government has agreed in negotiating the armistice. This sets the stage for his later support for Hitler and the Nazis, who claim that Germany did not lose the war on the battlefield but were "stabbed in the back" by politicians.
1942
Japanese attack Guadalcanal, sinking two U.S. carriers.
1942
U.S. Navy aircraft carrier Hornet is sunk in the Battle of Santa Cruz Island, in the South Pacific.
1950
A reconnaissance platoon for a South Korean division reaches the Yalu River. They are the only elements of the U.N. force to reach the river before the Chinese offensive pushes the whole army down into South Korea.
1955
The Village Voice is first published, backed in part by Norman Mailer.
1955
Ngo Dinh Diem declares himself Premier of South Vietnam.
1957
The Russian government announces that Marshal Georgi Zhukov, the nation's most prominent military hero, has been relieved of his duties as Minister of Defense. Khrushchev accused Zhukov as promoting his own "cult of personality" and saw him as a threat to his own popularity.
1958
The first New York - Paris transatlantic jet passenger service is inaugurated by Pan Am, while the first New York - London transatlantic jet passenger service is inaugurated by BOAC.
1967
Mohammad Reza Pahlavi crowns himself Emperor of Iran and his wife Farah as empress.
1970
Gary Trudeau's comic strip Doonesbury first appears.
1979
The President of South Korea, Park Chung-hee, asssinated by Kim Jae-kyu, head of the country's Central intelligence Agency; Choi Kyu-ha is named acting president.
1994
Israel and Jordan sign a peace treaty.
2001
The USA PATRIOT Act signed into law by Pres. George W. Bush, greatly expanding intelligence and legal agencies' ability to utilize wiretaps, records searches and surveillance.
2002
Russian Spetsnaz storm the Moscow Theatre, where Chechen terrorists had taken the audience and performers hostage three days earlier; 50 terrorists and 150 hostages die in the assault.
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Boys Don't Play 'Soldier' Anymore 
 
D.W. Wilber | Oct 22, 2014
Whatever happened to war heroes ? As a small boy I remember watching over and over with rapt attention the movie 'To Hell and Back', the story of Audie Murphy, America's most decorated hero of World War II. Feeding the imagination of a small boy with visions of heroic deeds and medals on my chest, countless times I went on to storm the beaches of Normandy in my own back yard. In my childish mind I fought through the jungles of Burma with Merrill's Marauders and defeated the Japanese. Whether it was flying alongside Pappy Boyington's Black Sheep in the Pacific, or in the jungles of Guadalcanal with Medal of Honor winner John Basilone by my side, I helped defeat America's enemies countless times as a boy growing up.
When I was young I remember hearing the stories of American war heroes being told to me by my father and uncles. To me people like Audie Murphy, John Basilone, and Pappy Boyington were people I wanted to emulate. Someone to grow up and be like. That they might have faults or shortcomings as human beings was a concept far beyond the thought processes of a small boy. What mattered to me was that they fought, and sometimes died heroically on the field of battle. Fighting on the side of good against evil. That still matters to me much more than any personal failings they might have had. 
When birthdays and Christmas came along I frantically tore open the wrapped packages rejoicing over the bag full of plastic soldiers, toy tanks, and jeeps contained within. Beneath the bed in my room I kept all my military equipment. My small plastic helmet was neatly stowed within easy reach. The toy Tommy Gun cleaned, well oiled, and ready for action. And water balloon hand grenades by the dozen. All the gear that a young boy needed to wage battle against our foes. 
I like to think that I grew up to be a normal, well adjusted adult, suffering not from PTSD as a result of the wars and battles of my youth. Playing 'Soldier' didn't really seem to have any adverse effect on me at all. Unfortunately the heroes of my youth haven't fared as well over the years. 
It seems that war heroes just don't have a place in our society anymore. Serving your country, and in some cases making the ultimate sacrifice just isn't in vogue. It doesn't fit into the politically correct world in which we live. Hollywood chooses to portray soldiers nowadays as psychopaths and maniacal killers reminiscent of the invading Mongol hordes of old. The movie industry seeks out and magnifies the negative when dealing with historic military figures. Focusing on their failings and dark side, Hollywood releases films that make little money, but certainly project the social and political agenda that is more important to them.
In the heat of politics some of our own elected officials have compared our current crop of war heroes to many of the worst enemies of our past, with little regard to how that might play to the brave men and women fighting and dying daily on our behalf. It would seem that political expediency trumps support for the troops nowadays in Washington, though some politicians will still try to pay lip service in supporting the Armed Forces. 
Nowadays it seems to be a real hero you have to have done some sort of volunteer work. Like opening a homeless shelter, counseling battered women, or involvement with some other social endeavor. Certainly worthy of recognition and appreciation, but worthy of the title 'Hero' ? I'm not sure that it fits. 
Recently when I asked a college student if they knew who Audie Murphy was they hadn't a clue. I got answers ranging from "a comedian" to "Isn't he running for some office or something ?". And when I told them the story of his service in World War II, and the acts he performed which earned him the Medal of Honor, they responded "Cool", and then moved on. There was no real interest in who Audie Murphy was, or in the courage displayed by one of America's greatest war heroes.
What has happened to us ? 
I think maybe it's time for our politically correct, warm and fuzzy society to let our kids play 'Soldier' again. They need to learn about people like Audie Murphy, John Basilone, and Pappy Boyington. They need to understand and appreciate that self-sacrifice has value in our society. It's not 'all about me' that matters. Real Americans have sacrificed and died throughout our history and are still doing so now, so that the clueless college students, as well as those old enough to remember but who seem to have forgotten, can all pursue the more and more elusive American dream. 
So maybe buying toy soldiers, tanks, and Tommy Guns for our kids isn't such a bad thing after all. Perhaps they'll be like many from my generation who grew up playing 'Soldier', 'Cops and Robbers', and Cowboys and Indians', well adjusted and unaffected by all the 'gun battles' fought as a child. And just maybe one day your Kids will tell their children about Audie Murphy, John Basilone, and Pappy Boyington. And maybe even who Leroy Petry, Salvatore Giunta, and Dakota Meyer were.
And maybe they'll understand that heroism matters.
 
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Thanks to George
JUST A FEW QUESTIONS:
 
1- Since only 12 million people have ObamaCare, how will 25 million people die if it is repealed? Will 13 million people be randomly shot?
2- If Donald Trump deleted all of his emails, wiped his server with Bleachbit and destroyed all of his phones with a hammer, would the Mainstream Media suddenly lose all interest in the story and declare him innocent?
3- If women do the same job for less money, why do companies hire men to do the same job for more money?
4- If you rob a bank in a Sanctuary City, is it illegal or is it just an Undocumented Withdraw?
5- Each ISIS attack now is a reaction to Trump policies, but all ISIS attacks during Obama's term were due to Climate Change and a plea for jobs.
6- After the London 'Lone Wolf' terrorist attack government officials have arrested at least eight other 'Lone Wolves' who had conspired with the original 'Lone Wolf' in planning the 'Lone Wolf' attack. Even though all involved are Muslims, you can be assured, the 'Lone Wolf; attack has nothing at all to do with Islam, just like the other 1000 plus 'Lone Wolf' attacks by Muslims, are completely unassociated with Islam.
7- We should stop calling them all 'Entitlements'.
Welfare, Food Stamps, WIC, are not entitlements. They are taxpayer-funded handouts, and shouldn't be called entitlements at all. Social Security and Veterans Benefits are Entitlements because the people receiving them are entitled to them. They were earned and paid for by the recipients.
8- If Muslims want to run away from a Muslim country, does that mean they're Islamophobic?
9- If Liberals don't believe in biological gender then why did they march for women's rights?
10- How did the Russians get Debbie Wasserman Schultz and the DNC to steal the Primary from Bernie Sanders? How did Russia get Donna Brazile to leak debate questions to Hillary Clinton in advance of the debates?
11- Why is it that Democrats think Super Delegates are fine, but they have a problem with the Electoral College?
12- If you don't want the FBI involved in elections, don't nominate someone who's being investigated by the FBI.
13- If Hillary's speeches cost $250,000 an hour, how come no one shows up to her free ones?
14- The DNC is mad at Russia because they 'think' they are trying to manipulate our election by exposing that the DNC is manipulating our election?
15- Why is it that Liberals and the Media are upset about the words Trump used 11 years ago but they are alright with Adult men using the Ladies Room with your Wives and Daughters?
 
Those are some really good questions…so why don't we have any really good answers?
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With our thanks to THE Bear at http://www.rollingthunderremembered.com/
 
ROLLING THUNDER REMEMBERED… 26 OCTOBER 1967… NAVY DAY IN ROUTE PACK VI, A FEW PLUSES AT A PRICE……
October 26, 2017   Bear Taylor
RIPPLE SALVO… #599… ORISKANY, CORAL SEA and CONSTELLATION hammer the Hanoi Thermal Power Plant, Phucyen Air Base, flattened AAA sites, and bagged a MIG–but leave a few gallant warriors behind… but first…
Good Morning: Day Five Hundred Ninety-Nine of a day-to-day look back at the 40-month air war code-named Rolling Thunder…
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Item Number:1 Date: 10/26/2017 BULGARIA - MIG-29 TRAINING SUSPENDED; SOME ACCOUNTS BLAME PILOTS' CONCERNS OVER SAFETY (OCT 26/SOFGLOBE)  SOFIA GLOBE -- Some Bulgarian air force MiG-29 fighter pilots are refusing to fly, citing safety of their aircraft, reports the Sofia Globe.   Exercises at the Graf Ignatievo air base were reportedly suspended on Tuesday because of safety concerns and frustration among pilots at the latest delay in buying new aircraft.   Deputy Defense Minister Atanas Zapryanov on Oct. 24 noted that "insecurity" had halted training flights, as reported by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.   Training did not take place on Wednesday, but it was unclear if it was due to pilots' refusal or poor weather, reported Bulgarian National Radio.   The Prosecutor's Office in Plovdiv said it had investigated the air base, but found no evidence of any criminal activity. There was no evidence of a mutiny by pilots or ground crew, the office said.   Talks took place on Wednesday between the air base commanders and flight crews, reported Bulgarian National Television
  Item Number:2 Date: 10/26/2017 CANADA - TERMA TO WORK WITH TORONTO FIRM TO SUPPLY RADARS FOR NAVY'S ARCTIC PATROL SHIPS (OCT 26/TERMA)  TERMA -- Danish defense firm Terma has announced partnering with Nanowave Technologies in Toronto to supply radars for the Royal Canadian Navy's new Arctic patrol ships.   Terma is providing its Scanter 6002 radar system to Lockheed Martin Canada, which was chosen to supply its CMS 330 combat management system for the Arctic patrol ship program, said a Terma release on Oct. 24.   Under a US$1 million contract, Nanowave will help develop engineering and manufacturing techniques to meet the requirements of Terma's transmitter, said.   The deal is part of Canada's Industrial and Regional Benefits program. That calls for 100 percent of the value of significant defense contracts to be spent domestically.  
 Item Number:3 Date: 10/26/2017 FINLAND - TRAIN CRASHES INTO MILITARY TRUCK DURING DRILLS, KILLING SOLDIERS (OCT 26/SKY)  SKY NEWS -- Three Finnish soldiers and a civilian have been killed when a commuter train collided with a military transport vehicle in southern Finland, reports Sky News (U.K.) Eleven others were injured   The Finnish-made Sisu SA-150 vehicle was crossing the tracks Thursday when it was struck by the state-owned train, said officials.   The crash occurred during drills in Raesborg, 53 miles southwest of Helsinki, the capital. A local police chief suggested that weather conditions may have played a role.   The crossing is unguarded, noted the Independent (U.K
  Item Number:4 Date: 10/26/2017 GERMANY - COURT SENTENCES MAN TO 4 YEARS FOR PROVO IRA ATTACK IN 1996 (OCT 26/GUARDIAN)  GUARDIAN -- A German court has sentenced a man from Northern Ireland to four years' imprisonment for an Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA) attack more than two decades ago, reports the Guardian (U.K.)   James Corry was convicted Wednesday of attempted murder in an Osnabruck court for the 1996 attacks against the town's British garrison, also named Onasbruck.   On June 28, 1996, three mortar shells landed in the base, causing no casualties but damaging buildings.   Corry, 48, confessed to his involvement in July, saying he was no longer involved with IRA. He was extradited from Northern Ireland last December; the peace deal that ended Northern Ireland's "Troubles" does not grant amnesty for foreign crimes
Item Number:5 Date: 10/26/2017 IRAN - ABADI VISITS IRAN; SUPREME LEADER TELLS HIM NOT TO TRUST AMERICA (OCT 26/ALJAZ)  AL JAZEERA -- Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi is about to meet with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in Tehran, reports Al Jazeera (Qatar).   Thursday's meeting comes as Iraq seeks to contain the fallout from Kurdistan's independence referendum. It is Abadi's second meeting with Iranian leadership in four months, and comes just days after a similar trip to Turkey. Both Iran and Turkey are officially opposed to an independent Kurdistan.   During Abadi's visit, Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei told him, according to state TV: "Do not trust AmericaĆ¢€¦It will harm you in the future."  
  Item Number:6 Date: 10/26/2017 IRAQ - PESHMERGA FIGHTERS COME UNDER FIRE FROM GOVERNMENT, MILITIA FORCES (OCT 26/REU)  REUTERS -- Forces loyal to the Iraqi government in Baghdad have shelled Kurdish peshmerga positions from Zummar in Iraq's northern Nineveh province, reports Reuters, citing statements on Thursday from the Kurdistan Region Security Council.   The attacks occurred despite Wednesday's offer of unconditional talks and a suspension of secession efforts on the part of the Kurdistan Regional Government.   Government forces and militias – including the Popular Mobilization Forces - are seeking to retake oil-rich, predominately Arab areas held by the Kurdish government. Much of this territory has been run by the Kurdish Regional Government after their peshmerga fighters fought back Islamic State advances in northern Iraq.   The council called on the United States to intervene in the growing crisis, calling Baghdad's behavior "reckless."  
  Item Number:7 Date: 10/26/2017 KENYA - DURING BOYCOTTED ELECTION, OPPOSITION SUPPORTERS, POLICE CLASH (OCT 26/WP)  WASHINGTON POST -- At least one person has been shot as Kenyan police and supporters of an opposition candidate clash amid presidential elections, reports the Washington Post.   The nation is voting for the second time in three months. The main opposition candidate urged his supporters to boycott the vote.   Across the country, including the capital Nairobi, supporters of opposition candidate Raila Odinga and police faced off. Some gathered outside of polling stations to stop backers of incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta from entering.   Tear gas and water cannons were used against protestors in the western city of Kisumu, reported CNN.   The previous election in August was annulled by the Kenyan Supreme Court, citing irregularities. Odinga decided not to contest the second round of elections, saying he did not think the elections could be fair.   Odinga has indicated that he will transform his party into a resistance movement to obstruct Kenyatta's government. He has not called for violence
  Item Number:8 Date: 10/26/2017 NORTH KOREA - WHEN WE THREATEN ATMOSPHERIC NUCLEAR TEST, WE MEAN IT, SAYS OFFICIAL (OCT 26/CNN)  CABLE NEWS NETWORK -- A senior North Korean official says his country's threats to test an atmospheric hydrogen bomb should be taken literally.   In an interview with CNN in Pyongyang, the official said that North Korea "has always brought its words into action."   Last month, North Korea's Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho raised the possibility of testing a hydrogen bomb over the Pacific Ocean.   Senior official Ri Yong Pil dismissed the possibility that the minister's speech was hyperbolic: "You should take his words literally."  
  Item Number:9 Date: 10/26/2017 QATAR - RUSSIAN DEFENSE MINISTER IS WELCOMED IN DOHA, SIGNS ACCORD (OCT 26/SPUTNIK)  SPUTNIK -- Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu is in Qatar to discuss bilateral cooperation, reports Russia's Sputnik news agency.   On Wednesday, Shoigu became the first Russian defense minister to visit the Persian Gulf nation, noted Russia's Tass news agency.   Representatives of Rosoboronexport, Russia's state arms export agency, and the Qatari Defense Ministry signed a memorandum of understanding and framework contract for defense industry cooperation during the visit.   Shoigu was also scheduled to meet with Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, the emir of Qatar, to discuss global and regional security issues.   Qatar is particularly interested in acquiring Russian technology for air defense systems, according to Defense Minister Khalid bin Mohammad al Attiyah.  
  Item Number:10 Date: 10/26/2017 RUSSIA - CORVETTES FIGHT OFF MOCK ENEMY DURING TRAINING IN BAY OF BISCAY (OCT 26/TASS)  TASS -- Project 20380 corvettes from Russia's Baltic Fleet have been drilling in the Bay of Biscay in the northeast Atlantic along the coast of France, reports Tass (Russia).   A Baltic Fleet spokesman told the news agency that Wednesday's drills focused on "employing air defenses and electronic warfare to repel an air attack by a mock enemy." The ships also practiced joint movements in crowded conditions, he added.   Two corvettes - the Boiky and the Soobrazitelny – were joined by the Kola tanker. The corvettes carry Ka-27PS anti-submarine helicopters, Tass reported on Wednesday.   The date of the exercises was not specified
Item Number:11 Date: 10/26/2017 RUSSIA - IN DRILLS, 'TERRORISTS' SEIZE BASE, THOUSANDS OF PARATROOPERS TAKE IT BACK (OCT 26/TASS)  TASS -- Thousands of Russian servicemembers are taking part in drills in designed to simulate the terrorist takeover of an airfield in Russia's Ulyanovsk region, reports Tass (Russia).   Wednesday's exercises started with Su-34 multirole fighters, who cleared the area of opposition forces. Meanwhile, eight An-2 planes delivered airborne troops to take control of enemy rear command posts, noted officials.   Afterwards, MiG-31 interceptors patrolled the air. Eventually, 5,500 were expected to land. Advanced Su-35 fighters protected 20 Il-76 planes, who airlifted in more than 2,500 paratroopers.   The drills involved a total of 58 aircraft
  Item Number:12 Date: 10/26/2017 SAUDI ARABIA - SANCTIONS DECLARED AGAINST ISIS, AQAP FINANCIERS IN YEMEN; U.S. TREASURY, GCC COORDINATE ON MORE (OCT 26/ALJAZ)  AL JAZEERA -- The United States and the six member states of the Gulf Cooperation Council have imposed sanctions on 11 individuals and two organizations accused of financing terrorist groups, reports Al Jazeera (Qatar).   On Tuesday, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin announced the sanctions, which include asset freezes and travel bans, at a conference in the Saudi capital of Riyadh.   The decision is part of the Terrorist Financing Targeting Center, a joint effort between Washington and the six GCC states: Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.   The accused were said to be involved with both Islamic State- and al-Qaida-linked groups in Yemen
  Item Number:13 Date: 10/26/2017 SYRIA - GOVERNMENT FORCES, ALLIES RETAKE OIL-PUMPING STATION FROM ISIS (OCT 26/ALM)  AL-MANAR -- Syrian government forces and allied militias have retaken an oil-pumping station held by the Islamic State in Deir Ezzor province, reports the Hezbollah-allied Al-Manar, citing Syrian state media.   The T-2 station is said to be well-positioned to allow for further attacks against the terrorist group's last stronghold in Syria, Al-Bukamal.   The city lies on Syria's border with Iraq, where government forces are battling the Islamic State in al-Qaim and Rawa, their last holdings in the country.   SANA, the nation's news agency, said that ISIS suffered significant losses in the attacks, but did not elaborate
Item Number:14 Date: 10/26/2017 UKRAINE - 3 DIE IN BOMB ATTACK IN KIEV; RADICAL PARTY MEMBER INJURED (OCT 26/REU)  REUTERS -- An explosion in Ukraine's capital has killed two and injured three, including an opposition lawmaker, reports Reuters.   Ihor Mosiychuk, a Radical Party member, was leaving the office of a television station in Kiev when a motorcycle rigged with explosives detonated, killing his bodyguard and a passerby, said officials.   Authorities say they are investigating the blast. Potential motives raised include possible Russian involvement, politics and personal vendettas
Item Number:15 Date: 10/26/2017 UNITED KINGDOM - RAF STEPS UP FIGHT AGAINST HACKING THREAT TO AIRCRAFT (OCT 26/DTL)  DAILY TELEGRAPH (LONDON) -- The British Royal Air Force is recruiting cyber specialists to assess its own aircraft for vulnerabilities to hacking, reports London's Daily Telegraph.   Experts say modern aircraft are increasingly reliant on online systems -- connecting each other as well as ground systems. Such systems may be open to hostile hackers, they warn.   The RAF wants experienced computer security experts to conduct "cyber vulnerability analysis and investigations on air platforms and air systems" as part of 591 Signals Unit.   The work would include analyzing attempts to hack into RAF systems, said service sources.   Because of dependency on networked computer systems, a successful cyber attack could severely hinder an aircraft's capabilities.   Some potential threats identified by the U.S. Air Force include scrambling navigation aids; disrupting identification-friend-or-foe systems; injecting malware to take over an aircraft's controls; or taking over pilot life-support systems.   The service's 591 Signals Unit, based at RAF Digby near Lincoln, is responsible for securing RAF communications. It is evolving to take on more cyber tasks, the sources said.  
  Item Number:16 Date: 10/26/2017 USA - AMERICAN DIPLOMAT SAID TO VIEW PRESIDENT'S RHETORIC AIMED AT N. KOREA'S KIM AS COUNTERPRODUCTIVE (OCT 26/NBC)  NBC NEWS -- The top U.S. diplomat to North Korea warns that Pyongyang is refusing to talk because of President Trump's harsh rhetoric directed at the North's dictator, Kim Jong Un, reports NBC News.   Joseph Yun has been meeting with lawmakers on Capitol Hill, seeking help in persuading the administration to prioritize diplomacy over attacks that might lead to a potential conflict, sources familiar with the discussions told NBC.   NBC News said on Wednesday that the lack of communication between the two countries or through China increases the chances of miscommunication and further escalation.   Yun's diplomatic efforts are on their "last legs," said one U.S. official. The diplomat has reportedly expressed frustration at his inability to communicate the seriousness of the diplomatic situation to the White House.   "It is not so much that North Korea is shutting down, it's that the message from the U.S. government is, 'surrender without a fight or surrender with a fight,'" commented another official.   One congressional aide said Yun has been seeking some sort of last-ditch effort to restart talks, perhaps sending a high-level envoy or Secretary of State Rex Tillerson
Item Number:17 Date: 10/26/2017 USA - ARMY'S KESTREL EYE SATELLITE EXPECTED TO ASSIST WARFIGHTERS ON GROUND (OCT 26/ARMYNEWS)  ARMY NEWS -- The U.S. Army has successfully deployed Kestrel Eye, a low-cost satellite intended to improve awareness for troops, said an Army release on Oct. 25.   The deployment in space and activation on Tuesday demonstrated that providing soldiers with low-cost, real-time satellite information can aid in tactical-level decision-making.   "Kestrel Eye is a technology demonstrator, but it holds the promise of providing tactical imagery to the Soldier on the ground, and to do it responsively, persistently and reliably," said John R. London III, the SMDC Space and Strategic Systems Directorate chief engineer.   The Kestrel Eye was launched on SpaceX Falcon 9 to the International Space Station on Aug. 14 as part of a cargo resupply mission.  
 Item Number:18 Date: 10/26/2017 USA - DEMOCRATIC SENATORS WOULD PROHIBIT PRESIDENT FROM STRIKING N. KOREA WITHOUT CONGRESSIONAL AUTHORIZATION (OCT 26/HILL)  THE HILL -- Three Democratic senators have said they intend to introduce a bill that would prohibit President Trump from launching a pre-emptive strike on North Korea without congressional authorization, reports the Hill (U.S.)   In a statement released on Twitter, Connecticut Sen. Chris Murphy said that he and Brian Schatz of Hawaii and Cory Booker of New Jersey will introduce the legislation Wednesday.   Current policy in the United States gives the President the ultimate authority to launch a nuclear strike. Tensions between Pyongyang and Washington have escalated of late.   The proposed bill covers nuclear and conventional weapons, noted the Huffington Post.  
  Item Number:19 Date: 10/26/2017 USA - NAVY, MARINE HURRICANE OPS LIKELY TO HAVE RIPPLE EFFECT ON FUTURE DEPLOYMENTS (OCT 26/MIL)  MILITARY.COM -- Top Marine officials say the decision to send U.S. Navy and Marine Corps units to support disaster-relief efforts in the Caribbean after hurricanes this summer could have ramifications for future deployments, reports Military.com.   The 24th and 26th Marine Expeditionary Units spent weeks delivering humanitarian assistance after Hurricanes Irma and Maria. The II Marine Expeditionary Force is still evaluating the effect of deploying ships that had not been scheduled for operations, Lt. Gen. Robert Hedelund, the II MEF chief, said this week at the National Defense Industrial Association's Expeditionary Warfare Conference in Annapolis, Md.   "This [Defense Support of Civil Authorities] period this summer is going to have a huge impact on amphibious shipping for us," Hedelund said. "The Navy has gone way over the top on ensuring they can support that mission. But we're going to pay that price; we're going to pay that bill in availability in the months to come."   The 26th MEU deployed to the Caribbean in early September while it was in the midst of a months-long pre-deployment workup. The unit spent around a month in the region assisting the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.   It was ultimately determined that the ships should return to Camp Lejeune, N.C., to continue pre-deployment training.   The 24th MEU deployed in March with the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group to Europe and the Middle East, and in October conducted a relief-in-place to continue delivering humanitarian aid instead of returning home.   One side effect was not taking part in the major biennial Bold Alligator amphibious exercises.   Fleet Forces Command will decide how the deployments affect platform availability and what ship schedules might have to be adjusted to support upcoming deployments, said Hedelund.  
  Item Number:20 Date: 10/26/2017 USA - PENTAGON REVIEWING MISSILE DEFENSES IN LIGHT OF NEW THREATS (OCT 26/FORPOL)  FOREIGN POLICY -- U.S. defense officials say the Pentagon will be ready by the end of the year to deliver the White House with a thorough review of current U.S. missile defense technologies, reports Foreign Policy (U.S.).   The review will go beyond assessing current capabilities, to include the evolving missile threats posed by Iran, North Korea, Russia and China, said unnamed officials.   Iran is said to be a particular focus in light of President Trump's recent refusal to certify Iran's compliance with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.   The review will also provide the Trump administration with its first opportunity to reshape a major area of defense spending.   The Pentagon last month requested $440 million in emergency funding for upgrades to missile defense, along with new interceptor silos and radar systems.   Though requests for new interceptor silos are likely, sources told the publication that building would not begin until the technology behind the Exoatmospheric Kill Vehicle, a 1990s-era system, has been redesigned for easier use, maintenance and greater reliability.
 
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