Thursday, January 4, 2018

TheList 4626



To All,
A bit of History and some tidbits
Regards,
Skip
. This Day In Naval History – January 3, 2018
Jan. 3
1904 - Marines from USS Dixie arrive in Panama.
1909—USS Scorpion arrives to help the survivors of the Messina, Sicily earthquake. With the Great White Fleet making its way through the Suez Canal, President T. Roosevelt orders the U.S. Navy to assist.
1943—USS Humboldt (AVP 21) rescues 10 survivors from the Philippines motor-ship Dona Aurora, which was sunk by Italian submarine Enrico Tazzol on Dec. 25, 1942.
1944—Marine Maj. Gregory Boyington is shot down by Japanese and taken prison of war.
1945—Task Force 38, under Vice Adm. John S. McCain, begins operations against Japanese airfields and shipping in the Formosa area, with aircraft sinking six enemy ships.
1945—USS Kingfish (SS 234) attacks a Japanese convoy in the Bonin Islands sinking a Japanese army cargo ship and two freighters 200 miles north of Chichi Jima.
 
 
Today in History January 3
1521
Martin Luther is excommunicated from the Roman Catholic Church.
1777
General George Washington defeats the British led by British General Lord Charles Cornwallis, at Princeton, New Jersey.
1861
Delaware rejects a proposal that it join the South in seceding from the Union.
1903
The Bulgarian government renounces the Treaty of Commerce tying it to the Austro-Hungarian empire.
1910
The Social Democratic Congress in Germany demands universal suffrage.
1912
Plans are announced for a new $150,000 Brooklyn stadium for the Trolley Dodgers baseball team.
1916
Three armored Japanese cruisers are ordered to guard the Suez Canal.
1920
The last of the U.S. troops depart France.
1921
Italy halts the issuing of passports to those emigrating to the United States.
1924
King Tutankhamen's sarcophagus is uncovered near Luxor, Egypt.
1930
The second conference on Germany's war reparations begins at the Hague, in the Netherlands.
1931
Hundreds of farmers storm a small town in depression-plagued Arkansas demanding food.
1933
The Japanese take Shuangyashan, China, killing 500 Chinese.
1946
President Harry S. Truman calls on Americans to spur Congress to act on the on-going labor crisis.
1958
The British create the West Indies Federation with Lord Hailes as governor general.
1959
Alaska is admitted into the Union as the 49th and largest state.
1959
Fidel Castro takes command of the Cuban army.
1961
The United States breaks diplomatic relations with Cuba.
1966
Cambodia warns the United Nations of retaliation unless the United States and South Vietnam end intrusions.
1977
Apple Computers incorporates.
1978
North Vietnamese troops reportedly occupy 400 square miles in Cambodia. North Vietnamese Army (NVA) troops were using Laos and Cambodia as staging areas for attacks against allied forces.
1985
President Ronald Reagan condemns a rash of arson attacks on abortion clinics.
1990
Manuel Noriega, former leader of Panama, surrenders to US forces.
1993
George H. W. Bush and Boris Yeltsin sign the second Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START).
1994
More than 7 million people receive South African citizenship that had previously been denied under Apartheid policies.
1996
The first mobile flip phone, the Motorola StarTAC, goes on sale.
1999
Mars Polar Lander launched.
2000
The last original weekday Peanuts comic strip is published after a 50-year run, following the death of the strip's creator, Charles Schultz.
 
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A  couple of great articles from NAVAL HISTORY AND HERITAGE COMMAND
 
WEBPAGE OF THE WEEK
This week's Webpage of the Week is Enterprise (CV-6): The "Big E," recently published in the Notable Ships section of our website. This detailed page tells the story of World War II's most decorated battleship that earned 20 battle stars—three more than any other ship. Of the more than 20 major actions of the Pacific War, Enterprise engaged in all but two. Explore this page today, as it details her enemy engagements, notable people, action reports, and much, much more.
 
WWII @ 75: First Use of Proximity-Fuzed Projectile in Combat.
On Jan. 5, 1943, 75 years ago during the Guadalcanal campaign, USS Helena (CL-50) became the first U.S. Navy ship to use the Mk.32 proximity-fuzed projectile in combat, downing a Japanese Aichi Type 99 carrier bomber. The proximity fuze was one of the most important technological innovations and highly-guarded secrets of the war. The development of the proximity fuze increased effectiveness by triggering the explosion of the shell by its proximity to the intended target. This development was accomplished by including a radar-like sender–receiver in the fuze. Early in the war, it became evident that the speed, maneuverability, and heights attainable by modern military aircraft made antiaircraft operations relatively ineffective using detonation devices induced by direct contact or a timer at launch. With a proximity fuze, the shell or missile need only pass close by the target, thus vastly improving American antiaircraft firepower. To learn more, read Radio Proximity (VT) Fuzes at NHHC's website.
 
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This is where many of our brothers in arms spent their holidays
USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker: Jan. 2, 2018
January 2, 2018 12:42 PM
USNI News Image
The USNI News Fleet and Marine Tracker is sponsored by CNA.
These are the approximate positions of the U.S. Navy's deployed carrier strike groups and amphibious ready groups throughout the world as of Jan. 2, 2018, based on Navy and public data. In cases where a CSG or ARG is conducting disaggregated operations, the map reflects the location of the capital ship.
Total U.S. Navy Battle Force:
280
Ships Underway
Deployed Ships Underway
Non-deployed Ships Underway
Total Ships Underway
35
3
43
Ships Deployed by Fleet
Fleet Forces
3rd Fleet
4th Fleet
5th Fleet
6th Fleet
7th Fleet
Total
0
2
2
21
13
57
95
In the Western Pacific
The Ronald Reagan Carrier Strike Group is in port in Yokosuka, Japan. The Bonhomme Richard Amphibious Ready Group is in port in Sasebo, Japan.
The America Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU), which deployed from San Diego in July, spent Christmas in Singapore. USS America (LHA-6) departed on Dec. 28 to continue its transit home.
The ARG also includes amphibious dock landing ship USS Pearl Harbor (LSD-52) and amphibious transport dock USS San Diego (LPD-22).
In the Middle Pacific
USS Wasp (LHD-1) recently stopped at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii en route Japan. Wasp is transiting to Sasebo, Japan, to conduct a homeport shift with USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD-6) as the flagship of amphibious forces in the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations. When Wasp joins the Forward Deployed Naval Forces in Japan it will be the first FDNF ship capable of operating the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.
In the Persian Gulf
The Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group is continuing to conduct air strikes in support of Operation Inherent Resolve. The U.S. airstrikes are also meant to maintain pressure on the Taliban throughout the winter period in Afghanistan.
Carrier Strike Group 9
Aircraft carrier:
USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71), homeported in San Diego, Calif.
Carrier Air Wing 17
CVW 17 is embarked aboard Theodore Roosevelt and includes nine squadrons and detachments:
The "Stingers" of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 113 from Naval Air Station Lemoore, Calif.
The "Mighty Shrikes" of VFA-94 from Naval Air Station Lemoore, Calif.
The "Redcocks" of VFA-22 from Naval Air Station Lemoore, Calif.
The "Checkerboards" of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron (VMFA) 312 from Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort, S.C.
The "Cougars" of Electronic Attack Squadron (VAQ) 139 from Naval Air Station Whidbey Island, Wash.
The "Sun Kings" of Carrier Airborne Early Warning Squadron (VAW) 116 from Naval Air Station Point Mugu, Calif.
The "Providers" of Fleet Logistics Support Squadron (VRC) 30 from Naval Air Station North Island, Calif.
The "Indians" of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 6 from Naval Air Station North Island, Calif.
The "Battlecats" of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron (HSM) 73 from Naval Air Station North Island, Calif.
Destroyer Squadron 23
The leadership of DESRON 23 is embarked aboard Theodore Roosevelt and commands the CSG's guided-missile destroyers.
USS Sampson (DDG-102), homeported in Everett, Wash.
USS Preble (DDG-88), homeported in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii
USS Halsey (DDG-97), homeported in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii
Guided-missile Cruiser
USS Bunker Hill (CG-52), homeported in San Diego, Calif.
In addition to these major formations, not shown are thousands of others serving in submarines, individual surface ships, aircraft squadrons, SEALs, Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Forces, Coast Guard cutters and more serving throughout the globe.
 
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With our thanks to THE Bear at http://www.rollingthunderremembered.com/
 
ROLLING THUNDER REMEMBERED… 3 JANUARY 1968…THE 1967 BALANCE SHEET…
January 3, 2018   Bear Taylor  
RIPPLE SALVO… #667… A summary of what we were doing and why we were doing it; a look at how we did; and what it cost our country in blood and treasure to do it in the Year 1967…
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Thanks to John and Ron
Vietnam POWs 40 Years Later
​Quite a few familiar faces.  One of the prominent ones in the presentation, Charlie Plumb, was in my squadron​, and I saw his aircraft explode and go down, and never saw a chute.  Two weeks later, "Stars and Stripes" a newspaper which showed up on the ship occasionally, had a photo of him and his back- seater, Gary Anderson, being perp-walked down a street by police and mobs of civilians in a town in North Vietnam.  Only then did we know they had gotten out of their aircraft alive.  
 
At the Tailhook convention in 2013 had 5 of them including Ev Southwick, were guests at my table at the banquet, all were from my squadron and the airwing, CAG-13,on the Kitty Hawk.  Ev just passed away a couple of weeks ago. 
 
Very somber scenes.
 
John
 
Vietnam POWs 40 Years Later

A great video of our military guys who were held in North Vietnam prisons. I had never seen this before and I had no idea how these guys felt all these years about Nixon.

Please share this magnificent video with your friends.

Vietnam POWs - 40 years later. No matter what one may think of Nixon now - watch this!

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Item Number:1 Date: 01/03/2018 AFGHANISTAN - U.S. SOLDIER KILLED IN FIGHTING IN NANGARHAR (JAN 03/MILTIMES)  MILITARY TIMES -- One U.S. servicemember was killed and four more injured during combat operations in Afghanistan on Monday, reports the Military Times.   U.S. Forces-Afghanistan announced the casualties in a release on Tuesday. The statement did not identify names or the services to which the troops belonged.   The incident occurred in Achin, in Afghanistan's eastern Nangarhar province. U.S. military operations in the region have been focused on fighting the Islamic State terrorist group, noted the Hill (Washington, D.C.).   Two of the wounded are in stable condition in a medical facility. The other two injured soldiers have returned to duty, officials said
  Item Number:4 Date: 01/03/2018 ETHIOPIA - INFAMOUS TORTURE CENTER TO BE CLOSED, POLITICAL PRISONERS FREED, SAYS PRIME MINISTER (JAN 03/GUARDIAN)  GUARDIAN -- Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn has announced plans to drop charges against political prisoners and close an infamous detention center in a self-described effort to open the democratic space, reports the Guardian (U.K.).   "Political prisoners that are facing prosecutions and are already under arrest will be released," the minister said in a press conference on Wednesday, as reported by the BBC.   "The notorious prison cell that was traditionally called Maekelawi will be closed down and turned into a museum," he added, referring to a center known for torturing political prisoners.   The move is apparently a response to anti-government sentiments that have grown in recent months in the areas of Oromia and Amhara, noted the Guardian.   Ethiopia has been accused of torturing and detaining critical voices in the country, including opposition leaders Bekele Gerba and Merara Gudina
  Item Number:5 Date: 01/03/2018 INDIA - DEFENSE MINISTRY CLEARS PURCHASE OF RUSSIAN GUIDED BOMBS, ISRAELI AIR DEFENSE MISSILES (JAN 03/PTI)  PRESS TRUST OF INDIA -- Indian Defense Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has approved the procurement of Russian precision-guided bombs for the air force and Israeli surface-to-air missiles for the navy, reports the Press Trust of India.   The purchase of 240 precision-guided bombs and 131 Barak missiles is estimated to be worth US$258 million.   The precision-guided bombs, being purchased from Russian arms export agency Rosoboronexport, will address a shortage of such weapons in the air force inventory, said a Defense Ministry release. The deal is worth about US$188 million.   A US$69 million deal with Rafael Advanced Defense Systems in Israel covers Barak missiles and associated equipment, the ministry said
Item Number:6 Date: 01/03/2018 INDIA - MOD CANCELS ORDER FOR SPIKE ANTI-TANK MISSILES (JAN 03/REU)  REUTERS -- India's Ministry of Defense has decided not to buy Spike anti-tank guided missiles from Israeli state-owned defense firm Rafael, reports Reuters.   "Rafael regrets the decision and remains committed to cooperating with the Indian Ministry of Defense," the company said in a statement Wednesday.   The move was in part because India wants to focus more on its domestic defense industry, Rafael officials told Haaretz (Israel).   Indian officials did not immediately comment on the matter.   The anticipated US$500 million contract had not yet been signed, said Rafael, though all demands of both parties had been met.  
Item Number:7 Date: 01/03/2018 NIGERIA - 11 KILLED IN ATTACK ON MOSQUE IN BORNO STATE (JAN 03/REU)  REUTERS -- At least 11 people have been killed by a suicide bomber in northeast Nigeria, reports Reuters.   The attacker targeted a mosque in the town of Gamboru in Borno state. The mosque was destroyed, witnesses told the Daily Trust (Abuja).   Eleven worshippers were reported killed, in addition to the bomber. At least 17 people were injured in the blast.   The explosion came just before dawn prayers, said an aid worker who attends the mosque.   There were no immediate claims of responsibility. The region is a hotbed of Boko Haram activity
Item Number:8 Date: 01/03/2018 NIGERIA - ARMY OPERATION FREES 700 CIVILIANS HELD BY BOKO HARAM (JAN 03/GUARDIAN)  GUARDIAN -- The Nigerian army says it has freed hundreds of farmers and fishermen held captive by the Boko Haram terrorist group in the Lake Chad region, reports the Guardian (Lagos).   At least 700 people were freed during an operation by troops assigned to Operation Lafiya Dole in northeastern Nigeria.   The captives were being used as farm workers, an army spokesman said on Monday.   Joint army and air force operations targeted Boko Haram infrastructure and logistics sites, the spokesman said. The collapse of the terrorist command structure forced them to abandon islands in Lake Chad, allowing the captives to escape.  
Item Number:9 Date: 01/03/2018 NIGERIA - SUPER TUCANO LIGHT ATTACK AIRCRAFT DEAL WITH U.S. TAKES ANOTHER STEP (JAN 03/DEFWEB)  DEFENCE WEB -- The Nigerian air force says it has received a letter of offer and acceptance for the procurement of light attack aircraft from the U.S., reports DefenceWeb (South Africa).   The letter of offer and acceptance represents the official U.S. government offer to sell 12 Super Tucano aircraft and associated services and equipment.   The letter is expected to be signed and necessary payments made by Feb. 20, 2018, to ensure the timely start of production of the Nigerian aircraft, officials said.   The deal will include Paveway II guided bombs, laser-guided rockets and infrared sensors in addition to the aircraft, according to the Defense Security Cooperation Agency announcement in August.   The Super Tucano sale was delayed by former President Barack Obama after the Nigerian air force bombed a refugee camp in January 2017, noted Reuters.   The Trump administration has decided to move forward with the deal to support the Nigerian government's battle against the Boko Haram terrorist group
  Item Number:10 Date: 01/03/2018 NORTH KOREA - KIM ORDERS HOTLINE WITH SOUTH TO BE REOPENED (JAN 03/CNN)  CABLE NEWS NETWORK -- North and South Korea have reopened a communication hotline that has sat unused for almost two years, reports CNN.   North Korean leader Kim Jong Un ordered the line be made operational on Wednesday afternoon, reported state media.   The two sides communicated for roughly 20 minutes via the phone line, confirmed the South Korean Unification Ministry.   The two sides spoke twice before ending communications for the day, officials from the South said. No breakthroughs were announced.   This is the latest sign of a potential warming of ties, following Kim's suggestion during a New Year's speech that athletes from the North could participate in the upcoming Winter Olympics in South Korea.   Seoul has proposed formal talks on Jan. 9 in Panmunjon in the demilitarized zone between the two countries, noted the Washington Post. The re-established hotline is expected to help finalize arrangements for the meeting
Item Number:11 Date: 01/03/2018 NORWAY - FOREIGN MINISTRY HALTS ARMS EXPORTS TO U.A.E. (JAN 03/ALJAZ)  AL JAZEERA -- The Norwegian government has suspended the exports of weapons and ammunition to the United Arab Emirates, citing concerns about Abu Dhabi's ongoing involvement in Yemen, reports Al Jazeera (Qatar).   Foreign Minister Ine Eriksen Soreide said that while there is no evidence that Norwegian arms have been used thus far in the conflict, it remains a possibility.   "As a precautionary measure, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has decided to suspend valid licenses for A-materials to the U.A.E.,"the ministry said.   A-materials include weapons and ammunition.   U.A.E. officials did not immediately comment on the announcement.   The U.A.E. is part of the Saudi-led coalition fighting the Houthi rebel group in Yemen
  Item Number:13 Date: 01/03/2018 SOUTH KOREA - MILITARY FIELDS LIGHTWEIGHT DETONATION DEVICE (JAN 03/YON)  YONHAP -- The South Korean military has successfully fielded a new lightweight detonation device, reports the Yonhap news agency (Seoul).   The Remote Activation Munition System (RAMS) was developed in 2014 by the Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) and domestic firm Huneed Technologies.   Last month, the DAPA completed deliveries to special operations and engineering units in the South Korean army, navy and marine corps.   The RAMS features an improved, lighter, wireless communication system, which is designed to significantly increase operational efficiency and survivability, officials said.   The system is intended to destroy hostile command centers and key facilities by troops infiltrating deep into enemy territory as well as to support maneuvers by engineering units, said the DAPA
  Item Number:14 Date: 01/03/2018 USA - CONVENTIONAL FORCES TO PICK UP SOME SPECIAL OPS ROLES (JAN 03/MILTIMES)  MILITARY TIMES -- Defense Secretary James Mattis says U.S. conventional forces will take on some global counterterrorism advising missions in 2018 in an effort to relieve the burden on special operations forces, reports the Military Times.   Last year, 14 of 33 American military personnel killed were assigned to special operations. Several died in places where the U.S. has expanded its counterterrorism operations over the last year, including Niger, Somalia, Syria and Yemen.   The expanded use of special operations forces has led to some units spending about the same amount of time at home as on deployment, leading to strains on personnel and their families, Command Sergeant Major John Troxell said in November.   The line between the missions performed by U.S. special operations forces and conventional troops has "very much so" blurred and the military is adjusting accordingly, Mattis said on Dec. 29.   The shift will be enacted by Gen. Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, through his allocation of forces, the defense secretary said
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