Monday, November 6, 2017

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I hope that your weekend has started well.  The time change is on Sunday which will put a damper on your life for the next couple weeks.
This Day In Naval History - November 6
1851 - U.S. Navy expedition under command of LT William Lewis Herndon, on a mission to explore the valley of the Amazon and its tributaries, reaches Iquitos in the jungle region of the upper Amazon after their departure from Lima, Peru.
1941 - On Neutrality Patrol, USS Omaha (CL-4) and USS Somers (DD-381) intercept the German blockade runner Odenwald disguised as U.S. freighter, board her after the German crew abandoned the ship, and brought the ship to San Juan, Puerto Rico, where the boarding party was awarded salvage shares.
1942 - The first officer and enlisted WAVES from training schools report for shore duty at installations around the United States.
1951 - Soviet aircraft shoot at Neptune Patrol bomber (VP-6) on weather reconnaissance mission near Siberia. U.S. aircraft fails to return.
1967 - Helicopter from USS Coral Sea (CVA-43) rescues 37-man crew of Liberian freighter Royal Fortunes aground on reef in Tonkin Gulf
This day in History
November 6
Henry VI is crowned King of England.
The first winter snow falls on the French Army as Napoleon Bonaparte retreats form Moscow.
Abraham Lincoln is elected 16th president of the United States.
Jefferson Davis is elected to a six-year term as president of the Confederacy.
A Union force surrounds and scatters defending Confederates at the Battle of Droop Mountain, in West Virginia.
Comanche, the only 7th Cavalry horse to survive George Armstrong Custer's "Last Stand" at the Little Bighorn, dies at Fort Riley, Kansas.
Maine becomes a dry state.
The Bolshevik "October Revolution" (October 25 on the old Russian calendar), led by Vladimir Lenin and Leon Trotsky, seizes power in Petrograd.
As European inflation soars, one loaf of bread in Berlin is reported to be worth about 140 billion German marks.
The first landing of a jet on a carrier takes place on USS Wake Island when an FR-1 Fireball touches down.
Coleman Young becomes the first African-American mayor of Detroit, Michigan.
Guerrillas of the leftist 19th of April Movement seize Colombia's Palace of Justice in Bogata; during the two-day siege and the military assault to retake the building over 100 people are killed, including 11 of the 25 Supreme Court justices.
A British International Helicopters Boeing 234LRR Chinook crashes 2.5 miles east of Sumburgh Airport; 45 people are killed, the deadliest civilian helicopter crash to date (2013).
The Iran arms-for-hostages deal is revealed, damaging the Reagan administration.
The Rova of Antananarivo, home of Madagascar's sovereigns from the 16th to the 19th centuries, is destroyed by fire.
Australia's voters reject a referendum to make the country a republic with a president appointed by Parliament.
Today on Fighter Sweep
Watch: A Rare Sight! 25 F-117 Stealth Fighters Flyby!
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Thanks to Carl
The All-Electric Car Fairy Tale
Esther Goldberg November 6, 2017, 12:05 am
Better if Tesla feels right at home in China.
Should the American taxpayer be required to subsidize an industry that could not survive on its own?
'Fat Leonard' probe expands to ensnare more than 60 admirals

Maritime tycoon Leonard Glenn Francis was a VIP guest at Navy change-of-command ceremonies even though he was under criminal investigation. Clockwise from top left: Francis with Adm. Patrick Walsh at the Pearl Harbor base in Hawaii in January 2012; Adm. Jonathan Greenert and Francis at the Naval Academy in Annapolis, in September 2011; Francis with Vice Adm. Michael Miller at the same event; and Francis with Adm. Gary Roughead, also in Annapolis. (Photos obtained by The Washington Post)

Prostitutes, vacations and cash: The Navy officials 'Fat Leonard' took down
Prostitution Hotel rooms and mealsMeals, alcohol, gifts and stays at luxury hotels, including one night with his family at the Marriott Waikiki in HawaiiOne night with a prostitute at the Shangri-La hotel in Makati, Philippines One night at a Tokyo hotelFour nights at a Manila hotel, along with a prostitute Four nights at a Hong Kong hotel, along with a prostituteFailed to disclose during security clearance review that Francis had given him prostitutes and gifts.Free vacations for him and his extended family in Cambodia, Malaysia and Singapore The services of prostitutes in Manila and JapanTickets to a Lady Gaga concert in Thailand Tickets to the "Lion King" musical in Japan A designer handbag for his wifeCash and other gifts worth up to $140,000 Travel expenses, including hotel stays in Singapore, Tokyo and Manila ProstitutesRoundtrip airfare from Japan to the United States $3,000 in cash One night with a prostitute at a karaoke club in MalaysiaThree nights at the Grand Hyatt hotel in Singapore Three nights at the Grand Hyatt in Hong Kong Two nights at the Empire Hotel in Hong KongNine days lodging in Tonga Monthly $1,000 cash allowanceElectronic gadgets, including a cellphone, iPad, digital camera and Wii and PSP video-gaming consolesHotel rooms for him and his Navy friends in Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, South Korea, Singapore and Hong Kong Cash Laptop computerTravel expenses, including airfare to Bangkok and two nights there in a hotel A prostitute from the PhilippinesThree-week, five-country vacation in Southeast Asia Cash payments Five nights at the Ritz-Carlton Bali resort hotel in IndonesiaA week at the Sheraton Juneirah Beach hotel in Dubai Three nights at the Shangri-La Hotel in Jakarta A week at the St. Regis Bali resort
Humor beats politics today:
Don Meredith, Dallas Cowboys Quarterback once said: "Coach Tom Landry is such a perfectionist that if he was married to Raquel Welch, he would expect her to cook."
Harry Neale, professional hockey coach: "Last year we couldn't win at home and we were losing on the road.  My failure as a coach was that I couldn't think of anyplace else to play."
Reggie Jackson commenting on Tom Seaver: "Blind people come to the ballpark just to listen to him pitch."
Doug Sanders, professional golfer:  "I'm working as hard as I can to get my life and my cash to run out at the same time. If I can just die after lunch Tuesday, everything will be perfect."
Mickey Lolich, Detroit Tigers pitcher:  "All the fat guys watch me and say to their wives, 'See, there's a fat guy doing okay. Bring me another beer.' "
Tommy LaSorda , L A Dodgers manager: "I found out that it's not good to talk about my troubles. Eighty percent of the people who hear them don't care and the other twenty percent are glad I'm having them."
E.J. Holub, Kansas City Chiefs linebacker regarding his 12 knee operations: "My knees look like they lost a knife fight with a midget."
Vic Braden, tennis instructor: "My theory is that if you buy an ice-cream cone and make it hit your mouth, you can learn to play tennis. If you stick it on your forehead, your chances aren't as good."
Walt Garrison, Dallas Cowboys fullback when asked if Tom Landry ever smiles: "I don't know. I only played there for nine years."
John Breen, Houston Oilers: "We were tipping off our plays. Whenever we broke from the huddle, three backs were laughing and one was pale as a ghost."
Bum Phillips, New Orleans Saints, after viewing a lopsided loss to the Atlanta Falcons:"The film looks suspiciously like the game itself."
Al Hrabosky, major league relief pitcher: "When I'm on the road, my greatest ambition is to get a standing boo."
Paul Horning, Green Bay Packers running back on why his marriage ceremony was before noon:  "Because if it didn't work out I didn't want to blow the whole day."
Lou Holtz , Arkansas football coach:  "I have a lifetime contract. That means I can't be fired during the third quarter if we're ahead and moving the ball."
Knute Rockne, when asked why Notre Dame had lost a game: "I won't know until my barber tells me on Monday."
Bill Walton, Portland Trail Blazers:  "I learned a long time ago that 'minor surgery' is when they do the operation on someone else, not you."
George MacIntyre, Vanderbilt football coach surveying the team roster that included 26 freshmen and 25 sophomores: "Our biggest concern this season will be diaper rash."
Rick Venturi, Northwestern football coach: "The only difference between me and General Custer is that I have to watch the films on Sunday."
And you thought Yogi was the only one whose mind worked this way.
Thanks to Tam -
Thank God for GOOD PEOPLE in this world!
The ever starker differences between the dark and the light...
'Hero' neighbor got his rifle, shot at Texas church gunman
A concerned neighbor who heard the Texas church massacre unfolding on Sunday went and grabbed his rifle and tried to stop it — opening fire on the shooter and chasing him down in a stranger's truck, a report says.
The man, who has not been publicly named, is being hailed online as a "hero" after state officials described his actions during a press conference.
A resident told the local ABC affiliate KSAT that he teamed up with her boyfriend and the two gave chase for several minutes inside his truck before the alleged gunman, Devin Kelley, eventually crashed the car he was in.
Authorities said the armed neighbor may have saved countless lives by opening fire on Kelley and forcing him to flee the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs during his 11:30 a.m. massacre.
The young man reportedly had several guns inside his vehicle and was found dead inside. It's unclear, though, if he died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound of if he was shot by the neighbor.
Summer Caddel told KSAT that her boyfriend, Johnnie Langendorff, watched the gunfight unfold between Kelley and the rifle-wielding resident. She said the neighbor then jumped into his truck and the pair gave chase.
Langendorff later described the dramatic events with local reporters.
"I pulled up to the intersection where the shooting happened and I saw two men exchanging gunfire, the other being a citizen of the community," he said. "The shooter of the church had taken off, fled in his vehicle, and the other gentleman came and he said, 'We need to pursue him,' that he just shot up the church. So that's what I did. I just acted."
Langendorff said he hadn't seen the concerned neighbor before, but knew he was from the area.
"I didn't know him at all," he explained. "He was just a member of the community, and whenever he came to my vehicle in distress with his weapon he explained very quickly what happened and he got in the truck and I knew it was just time [to go]."
Kelley reportedly had a head start, but that didn't stop the pair from pursuing him.
"He got a little bit of a jump on us," Langendorff said, noting how they called police as they were chasing him.
"So we were doing about 95mph, going around traffic and everything," he added. "Eventually he came to kind of a slowdown and after that, we got within just a few feet of him and he got off the road…He just lost control and thats whenever i put the vehicle in park…The other gentleman jumped out and had his rifle drawn on him and he didn't move after that."
According to Langendorff, it took cops about five to seven minutes to arrive on the scene — and the neighbor kept his gun on Kelley the entire time.
"The police arrived and they pushed us back and they took care of the rest," he said.
The cowboy hat-wearing citizen told KSAT he only had one thing on his mind while he was chasing Kelley with the armed neighbor: "Try and get him."
"It was strictly just acting on what the right thing to do was," Langendorff said.
Tamara Davis
Item Number:1 Date: 11/06/2017 AUSTRALIA - MAJOR UPGRADE ON THE WAY FOR NULKA ANTI-SHIP MISSILE DEFENSE (NOV 06/ADOD)  AUSTRALIAN DEPT. OF DEFENSE -- The Australian government has decided to modernize the domestically developed Nulka decoy system, reports the Australian Dept. of Defense.   The Aus$207 million (US$160 million) project will continue to upgrade the system over the next 20 years to ensure it can deal with developing threats, the department said in a release on Nov. 3.   The modernized Nulka system will be installed in all Australian navy frigates and Hobart-class destroyers as well as the Canberra-class landing helicopter docks.   The project includes a new launcher and supporting technology, according to a release from BAE Systems. The ANZAC-class frigates now undergoing a mid-life update will be fitted with the new launch systems.  
Item Number:2 Date: 11/06/2017 CHAD - A.U., LAKE CHAD REGIONAL GROUP PUSH BACK AGAINST BOKO HARAM'S DESTABILIZATION EFFORTS (NOV 06/XIN)  XINHUA -- Representatives of the Lake Chad Basin Commission (LCBC) and the African Union have been meeting in N'Djamena, the Chadian capital, to discuss ways to stabilize areas affected by the Nigeria-based Boko Haram terrorist group, reports Xinhua, China's state news agency.   The conference, which ran from Nov. 2 to Nov. 4, promoted the development of a framework for a regional stabilization strategy, said a statement by the African Union.   The framework is the first phase of developing a comprehensive regional stabilization strategy expected to bring together various initiatives.   Participating were representatives of victims and civil society organizations from Boko Haram-affected areas; governors and traditional leaders; officials from the LCBC member states, Benin and the African Union; representatives of the African Union; and other international development partners.   The LCBC members are Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Libya, Niger and Nigeria
Item Number:3 Date: 11/06/2017 EGYPT - NEW MILITANT GROUP EMERGES, CLAIMS OCTOBER ATTACK NEAR CAIRO (NOV 06/REU)  REUTERS -- A little-known militant group has claimed responsibility for an attack last month that killed over a dozen policemen in Egypt's western desert, reports Reuters.   The new group, calling itself Ansar al-Islam, claimed responsibility Friday in an online statement. The statement was published by a separate group, Guardians of Shariah.   Ansar al-Islam said it had started its war against the Egyptian state with a victory on Oct. 21 over government forces.   In its statement, the group emphasized that they had released all conscripts, implying that they were targeting officers. Egypt has compulsory military service.   The Egypt's air force struck back against the group 11 days after the Oct. 21 attack and killed several of the group's members, the statement added.   Last month's attack near the Bahariya oasis, about 83 miles south of the capital, Cairo, was considered a sophisticated operation that took many observers by surprise. The exact death figures are still disputed, ranging from 16 to 52 or so.  
  Item Number:4 Date: 11/06/2017 IRAQ - KIRKUK HIT BY FATAL TWIN ATTACKS (NOV 06/ALJAZ)  AL JAZEERA -- Iraqi officials say two suicide bombers have killed five people in the northern city of Kirkuk, reports Al Jazeera (Qatar). More than 20 people were reportedly injured.   The twin attacks were directed at a Shi'ite mosque, reported CNN, citing government officials.   China's Xinhua news agency reported that the attacks were made at the headquarters of a Shiite-linked militia.   This is the first such incident since government forces retook the oil-rich city from Kurdish peshmerga forces last month, noted Reuters.   Acting Kirkuk governor Rakan Saeed requested more troops from Baghdad to control the security situation in Kirkuk province.   "Deployed forces from police and Counter Terrorism Service are not enough to cover all areas of Kirkuk. We need to double the troops," the governor said.   No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack
  Item Number:5 Date: 11/06/2017 LEBANON - HARIRI RESIGNS, SUGGESTS PLOT; PRIME MINISTER ASSAILS IRAN, HEZBOLLAH (NOV 06/NPR)  NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO -- Lebanese Prime Minster Saad Hariri has resigned, saying he feared for his life, reported NPR.   The prime minister, during his announcement on Saturday, also blamed Iran for interfering in Lebanon's affairs.   During a televised address from the Saudi capital, Riyadh, Hariri repeatedly criticized Tehran for interfering in Arab affairs. "Wherever Iran settles, it sows discord, devastation and destruction," he said.   The unexpected announcement throws Lebanon's politics into chaos, noted the New York Times. The country of 6 million was without a government from 2014 to 2016.   A 2016 deal that brought the pro-Saudi, anti-Syrian Hariri to office. Pro-Syrian, pro-Iranian Michel Aoun, a Hezbollah ally, assumed the presidency as part of the deal.   Under the Taif Accords that ended the country's 15-year civil war, government posts are based on representation among the nation's many sects.   Hariri's father, Rafik, was assassinated by a car bomb in the Lebanese capital of Beirut in 2005. Hezbollah, which is backed by Iran, is widely suspected of planning the attack.   Hariri mentioned his father's killing during the speech, saying he "sensed what's being woven in secret to target my life
  Item Number:6 Date: 11/06/2017 LESOTHO - GOVERNMENT SOUGHT 1,200 REGIONAL TROOPS; SADC OPTS TO SEND 250 FOR STABILIZATION FORCE (NOV 06/DM)  DAILY MAVERICK -- The Southern African Development Community (SADC) has decided to send a much smaller force than originally planned to help stabilize Lesotho, reports the Daily Maverick (Johannesburg, South Africa).   The 15-member regional bloc decided during Thursday's meeting of security chiefs in Gaborone, Botswana, to send just 250 troops, well below the 1,200 battalion-sized force Lesotho had requested.   The "contingent" force will be deployed after several SADC members meet on Nov. 10 to finalize operational details.   Angola, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe are planning to contribute personnel to the force, which will include military, police, intelligence and civilian elements.   The force is intended to protect the government of Prime Minister Tom Thabane while it implements SADC's recommendation to arrest military officers for several political crimes and undertake security sector, political and constitutional reforms.   The SADC decided to get involved after Lesotho's defense chief, Gen. Khoantle Motsomotso was shot and killed by subordinate officers in his office on Sept. 5.   The officers apparently killed Motsomotso because he refused to shield them against criminal charges alleging complicity in several political murders over the last few years.  
  Item Number:7 Date: 11/06/2017 LIBYA - FOUR FOREIGN ENGINEERS ABDUCTED (NOV 06/REU)  REUTERS -- Libyan officials say four foreign workers have been kidnapped in southwestern city of Ubari, reports Reuters.   The four – one South African and three Turks - were leaving the city's airport when they were kidnapped Friday by gunmen. The team engineers were helping to build a power plant in the small southern city, said one local official.   The kidnapped men were working for Turkish construction firm Enka.   It was originally reported that the fourth victim was German, based on statements from a local Libyan official. Subsequent reports from the company said the man is South African.   No group immediately claimed responsibility for the kidnapping.  
  Item Number:8 Date: 11/06/2017 NIGERIA - NIGER DELTA AVENGERS ENDS CEASE-FIRE, VOWS 'BRUTAL AND BLOODY' OPERATIONS (NOV 06/PREM)  PREMIUM TIMES -- The Niger Delta Avengers (NDA) militant group from Nigeria's oil region has terminated its self-imposed cease-fire with the Nigerian government, reports the Premium Times (Nigeria).   In a statement posted on its website on Friday, the NDA said that it would resume hostilities at any time.   Its new operations "will be brutish, brutal and bloody," the militants said, as quoted by the Daily Post (Lagos).   "We can assure you that every oil installation in our region will feel warmth of the wrath of the Niger Delta Avengers," the statement said.   The administration of President Muhammadu Buhari has not been sincere with peace talks and promises for the Niger Delta region, said the statement.   The NDA have not conducted any major attacks since the beginning of 2017.   When the NDA was active in 2016, its attacks helped drive oil production from a peak of 2.2 million barrels per day (mbpd) to about 1 mbpd, the lowest level in three decades, noted Reuters
Item Number:9 Date: 11/06/2017 SAUDI ARABIA - AIR DEFENSES SHOOT DOWN MISSILE NEAR RIYADH AIRPORT; HOUTHIS CLAIM RESPONSIBILITY (NOV 06/WSJ)  WALL STREET JOURNAL -- Saudi officials say its forces have intercepted a missile above the country's capital, Riyadh, reports the Wall Street Journal.   The ballistic missile was launched Saturday night from within Yemen and shot down over King Khalid International Airport.   Yemen's Shi'ite Houthi rebels, which are at war with the Saudis, fired the missile across Yemen's northern border, according to the Yemen News Agency (SABA).   The Houthis said the civilian airport was the intended target. A spokesman said the attack "was in response to the massacres committed by the Saudi-led coalition against Yemeni civilians."   The Houthis said they used an Iranian-made Burkan (Volcano) 2-H. The Scud-like missile caused no casualties.   Saudi Arabia leads a coalition fighting the Houthis in Yemen, who oppose the country's internationally recognized president, Abed Rabbu Mansour Hadi.  
  Item Number:10 Date: 11/06/2017 SAUDI ARABIA - NATIONAL GUARD HEAD, NAVAL CHIEF OUT AMID ARRESTS OF PRINCES, MINISTERS (NOV 06/CNN)  CABLE NEWS NETWORK -- Dozens of royal family members and high-profile businessmen have been arrested in Saudi Arabia in what the government is calling a crackdown on corruption, reports CNN.   Saturday's wave of arrests included 11 princes, four current ministers and many former ministers, Saudi officials told Reuters on Sunday.   High-profile targets include billionaire investor Prince Alwaleed bin Talal and Prince Miteb bin Abdullah.   Three ministers have been replaced: Adel bin Mohammed Faqih, economy and planning minister; Prince Miteb bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, National Guard minister; and Abdullah bin Sultan bin Mohammed Al-Sultan, commander of the Naval Forces.   The purge is widely seen as a move to consolidate power by crown prince Mohammed bin Salman, next in line for the country's throne.  
 Item Number:11 Date: 11/06/2017 SOUTH KOREA - FORMAL TRILATERAL MILITARY ALLIANCE WITH JAPAN, U.S. NOT 'APPROPRIATE,' SAYS MOON (NOV 06/YON)  YONHAP -- President Moon Jae In says he sees no reason to elevate South Korea's ongoing military cooperation with Japan and the United States to a formal trilateral defense alliance, reports the Yonhap news agency (Seoul).   The president acknowledged that trilateral cooperation is important to combat the threat from North Korea. However, Moon said in an interview on Friday with Singapore's Channel NewsAsia that he did not think it "appropriate to develop the cooperation to a level of (trilateral) military alliance."   Moon also pledged to step up diplomatic efforts with China to peacefully resolve issues with North Korea.   He said that he hoped that U.S. President Donald Trump's visit to Seoul this week would ease military tension on the Korean peninsula and provide a "breakthrough" in inter-Korean relations
Item Number:12 Date: 11/06/2017 SOUTH KOREA - NO JEOK BONG LANDING SHIP IS LAUNCHED AT HHI YARD IN ULSAN (NOV 06/YON)  YONHAP -- The South Korean navy has christened and launched its newest domestically developed landing ship, reports the Yonhap news agency (Seoul).   The No Jeok Bong was put into the water during a Nov. 2 ceremony at the Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) shipyard in Ulsan in southeastern South Korea.   The tank landing ship (LST) is named after one of the peaks of the Yudal Mountain in Mokpo.   The LST displaces 4,900 tons and is equipped with two helipads. It can carry helicopters, mechanized landing craft, amphibious assault vehicles and more than 300 troops.   The ship is (127 m) long, has a crew of more than 120 and a top speed of 23 knots (40 kmh), according to defense officials.   A landing operation command center is fitted, according to South Korea's Defense Acquisition Program Administration.   The No Jeok Bong is scheduled for delivery in November 2018 and will enter service in 2019.  
  Item Number:13 Date: 11/06/2017 SPAIN - BELGIAN JUDGE RELEASES CATALAN LEADER; EXTRADITION UP IN THE AIR (NOV 06/F24)  FRANCE 24 -- Catalan independence leader Carles Puigdemont has been granted a conditional release by a Brussels court, reports France 24.   Sunday's court decision will allow the Catalan independence leader and four of his regional ministers to remain in Belgium while their extradition case is being heard. The former Catalan leader was removed from office by the central Spanish government in Madrid.   The five have been hiding in Belgium since Spain issued an arrest warrant following an independence bid in the northeastern autonomous region. They turned themselves in to Belgian authorities on Sunday.   The judge barred the five from leaving Belgium without his consent. He also ruled that Puigdemont may campaign in an upcoming election currently scheduled for Dec. 21, reports Reuters.   The Catalan leader faces a possible criminal trial in Spain and potential imprisonment of up to 30 years, noted the Daily Telegraph (U.K.).  
  Item Number:14 Date: 11/06/2017 SYRIA - SUICIDE ATTACK KILLS DOZENS OF REFUGEES GATHERING IN CAMP NEAR DEI EZZOR CITY (NOV 06/RT)  RUSSIA TODAY -- Scores of refugees have been killed at a refugee camp outside the newly liberated Syrian city of Deir Ezzor, reports RT (Russia), citing Syrian state media.   Refugees were waiting to enter territory controlled by the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces on Saturday when a car bomb rammed into the checkpoint and detonated, the news site reported.   The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, which is headquartered in the U.K. and operates a network of observers within Syria, told Agence France Presse that Islamic State carried out the attack. The terrorist group has not claimed responsibility.   Official death tolls have not been released. Some reports suggested more than 100 people were killed.   Islamic State is rapidly losing ground as Syrian government and allied forces and U.S.-backed forces advance in the province. Deir Ezzor province is last with a significant ISIS presence in Syria.  
  Item Number:15 Date: 11/06/2017 UKRAINE - PRESIDENT URGES RAPID ADOPTION OF NATO STANDARDS FOR ARMED FORCES (NOV 06/INT-UKR)  INTERFAX-UKRAINE -- President Petro Poroshenko says the Ukrainian military must meet NATO standards in the near future, reports Interfax-Ukraine.   "I think that right now we need to move to the principles that dominate among our partner countries and NATO members," Poroshenko said during Friday's event marking the Day of Missile Forces and Artillery.   Ukrainian artillery units have already fully met NATO's accuracy requirements, noted the president.   This year, the armed forces received more than 600 pieces of missile and artillery armament and 250 units of night-vision devices and other modern weapons, he said.   New equipment included the Corsar portable anti-tank weapon and Furia and Fly Eye unmanned aerial vehicles, said Poroshenko.   The military still faces challenges, including the restoration and modernization of weapons; ammunition; establishment of training centers for artillery personnel in line with Ukrainian needs and NATO standards, said the president.   Accordingly, Poroshenko ordered the military and Defense Ministry to increase the intensity and quality of training for artillery troops.   During the summer, Kiev officially declared that NATO membership was a key foreign policy goal. The president in July said Ukraine would do everything necessary to meet NATO standards by 2020, as Russia's RT reported at the time
Item Number:16 Date: 11/06/2017 USA - BASIC SAILOR SKILLS UNDER SCRUTINY IN WAKE OF NAVY'S COLLISIONS (NOV 06/NTIMES)  NAVY TIMES -- The U.S. Navy has begun assessing basic sailor skills among ships in its surface fleet following two destroyer collisions with merchant vessels earlier this year, reports the Navy Times.   Mistakes in basic seamanship were cited among the reasons the Arleigh Burke-class destroyers Fitzgerald and McCain crashed into the commercial vessels, concluded a Navy investigation made public last week.   Ready for Sea Assessments (RFSAs) have been conducted on nine ships so far, according to Naval Surface Force officials.   If the two-day assessment finds a ship unready for sea, "Pacific Fleet will assess the operational requirements versus correcting the deficiency in order to make an informed risk decision," a Naval Surface Force spokesman told the newspaper last week via email.   The Navy has not made public the results of the completed RFSAs.   The test covers administrative items on the first day, such as proper manning, qualifications, watch bills, training plans and equipment checks, according to a service release.   The second day takes place at sea and includes propulsion and navigation drills, watch team proficiency and other exercises.   Once all 7th Fleet ships are assessed, the process will move to other ships in the western Pacific and then to the entire surface fleet, said Navy officials
Item Number:17 Date: 11/06/2017 USA - NAVY CHRISTENS FUTURE USS DELBERT D. BLACK DESTROYER IN PASCAGOULA, MISS. (NOV 06/DOD)  DEPT. OF DEFENSE -- The U.S. Navy has christened its newest Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, reports the Dept. of Defense.   The Delbert D. Black was formally named during a Saturday ceremony at Huntington Ingalls Industries Shipbuilding in Pascagoula, Miss.   The destroyer is named after the first master chief petty officer of the Navy (MCPON).   Black joined the Navy in the spring of 1941, serving aboard the battleship Maryland during the Pearl Harbor attack.   In 1967, he was selected as the first MCPON, the senior enlisted leader in the Navy, who advises the chief of naval operations and the chief of naval personnel on matters dealing with enlisted personnel and their families.   The Delbert D. Black, the 69th Arleigh Burke-class destroyer, is being built in the Flight IIA configuration
  Item Number:18 Date: 11/06/2017 USA - TRUMP SAYS PURCHASE OF MORE U.S.-MADE MILITARY EQUIPMENT COULD HELP JAPAN PROTECT ITSELF FROM N. KOREA (NOV 06/BBC)  BRITISH BROADCASTING CORP. -- During his Asian tour, U.S. President Donald Trump has called on Japan to buy more U.S.-made military equipment as a way to defend against the threat from North Korea, reports BBC.   During a joint news conference on Monday with Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe, Trump suggested purchasing "massive amounts" of military equipment would give Japan the ability to shoot down incoming missiles.   North Korea has fired two missiles over Japan this year.   No arms deals have been announced.   Trump arrived in Japan on Saturday at the onset of an 11-day tour, which also includes South Korea, China, Vietnam and the Philippines.  
  Item Number:19 Date: 11/06/2017 USA - WITHOUT FANFARE, PENTAGON HAS BEEN WORKING ON NEW LONG-RANGE AIR-TO-AIR MISSILE (NOV 06/FG)  FLIGHTGLOBAL -- The U.S. Dept. of Defense has been quietly working on a new long-range air-to-air missile, reports Flight Global.   The Office of the Secretary of Defense is into a two-year engineering assessment of a new long-range engagement weapon (LREW), with the objective of maintaining U.S. air dominance, according to budget documents released in March.   The project has been funded for two years -- largely unnoticed in an account called "emerging capabilities technology development," noted the magazine, in breaking the news.   Analyses of the design, engineering and kill chain requirements were expected to be completed by the end of fiscal 2017, although details remain classified, the documents said.   The LREW is intended to equip multiple services.   This is the first indication that the U.S. military is looking at a new missile to replace or surpass the capabilities of the AIM-120D AMRAAM.   Meanwhile, China and Russia are reportedly developing new air-to-air missiles with ranges significantly greater than the AMRAAM. The range of the AIM-120D is classified, but is believed to be about 100 miles (160 km
Item Number:20 Date: 11/06/2017 YEMEN - ISIS CLAIMS RESPONSIBILITY FOR FATAL ATTACK IN ADEN (NOV 06/ALJAZ)  AL JAZEERA -- At least 15 people have been killed in an ISIS attack in the southern coastal Yemeni city of Aden, reports Al Jazeera.   Sunday's attack targeted the criminal investigation building in the city's Khormaksar district. A car suicide bomb exploded outside the headquarters before armed men stormed into the building, said local officials.   Separately, a car bomb on Sunday targeted the Dar Saad office of the Islamist Islah party. The building was empty and no casualties were reported, said local sources.   Islamic State claimed responsibility for the deadly attack in Khormaksar, saying that it had killed 50 soldiers. The group often inflates casualty figures.   Aden is temporary home of Yemen's internationally recognized government. Shi'ite Houthi rebels control the capital, Sanaa.
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