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This Day In Naval History – January 12, 2018
Jan. 12
1813—During the War of 1812, the frigate Chesapeake, commanded by Capt. Samuel Evans, captures the British merchant Volunteer in the Atlantic and sends her into Portsmouth, VA, as a prize.
1943—USS Guardfish (SS 217) sinks Japanese Patrol Boat No.1 about 10 miles southwest of the Tingwon Islands, located just southwest of the northern tip of New Hanover, Bismarck Archipelago.
1944—PB4Ys bomb Japanese ships in Kwajalein lagoon and sink the gunboat Ikuta Maru, while PBY-5s from Tarawa mine Tokowa and Torappu Channels and the south entrance to Maleolap.
1945—Task Force 38, commanded by Vice Adm. John S. McCain, continues to bomb Japanese shipping, airfields and installations in French Indochina while also attacking three Japanese convoys, sinking approximately 30 Japanese vessels with numerous other vessels damaged.
1953—Aircraft begin operational landing tests, day and night, onboard USS Antietam (CVA 36), the first angled flight deck carrier.
1991—Guided missile cruiser USS Chosin (CG 65) is commissioned.
Jan. 13
1865—With 8,000 Union soldiers, Rear Adm. David Porter provides 59 warships and 2,000 Sailors and Marines to take Confederate Fort Fisher, NC, after a 2-day assault.
1943—PBY-5A aircraft from (VP-83) sink U-507 off Brazil, which had sunk 19 and damaged one Allied merchant vessels, including seven American ships.
1945—Destroyer escort Fleming (DE 32) sinks a Japanese submarine 320 miles north-northeast of Truk.
1964—Destroyer Manley (DD 940) evacuates 54 Americans and 36 allied nationals after the Zanzibar government is overthrown. 
Jan. 14
1863—Navy General Order 4, signed by Secretary of the Navy Gideon Welles, announces the Emancipation Proclamation by President Abraham Lincoln, which is signed on Jan. 1, 1863.
1943—USS Gudgeon (SS 211) lands six men, 2,000 pounds of equipment, and supplies on Negros Island, Philippines, during the first resupply mission for a submarine.
1944—Five Navy submarines sink five different Japanese vessels in and around the Pacific Ocean. USS Albacore (SS 218) sinks Japanese destroyer Sazanami 300 miles off Yap; USS Scamp (SS 277) sinks the tanker Nippon Maru off Sorol Island; USS Guardfish (SS 217) sinks tanker Kenyo Maru southeast of Palau; USS Seawolf (SS 197) sinks tanker Yamazuru Maru off Okinawa; and USS Swordfish (SS 193) sinks transport Yamakuni Maru off Hachijo Jima.
1945—USS Cobia (SS 245) sinks the Japanese minelayer Yurijima off the east coast of Malaya.
2006—Amphibious transport dock USS San Antonio (LPD 17) is commissioned at Naval Station Ingleside, TX. It is the first ship to be named after the city of San Antonio and the lead ship of its class of amphibious transport docks. 
 
Today in History
January 12
1872
Russian Grand Duke Alexis goes on a gala buffalo hunting expedition with Gen. Phil Sheridan and Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer.
1879
The British-Zulu War begins. British troops — under Lieutenant General Frederic Augustus — invade Zululand from the southern African republic of Natal.
1908
A wireless message is sent long-distance for the first time from the Eiffel Tower in Paris.
1913
Kiel and Wilhelmshaven become submarine bases in Germany.
1915
The U.S. Congress establishes Rocky Mountain National Park.
1926
U.S. coal talks break down, leaving both sides bitter as the strike drags on into its fifth month.
1927
U.S. Secretary of State Kellogg claims that Mexican rebel Plutarco Calles is aiding communist plot in Nicaragua.
1932
Oliver Wendell Holmes retires from the Supreme Court at age 90.
1938
Austria recognizes the Franco government in Spain.
1940
Soviet bombers raid cities in Finland.
1943
Soviet forces raise the siege of Leningrad.
1952
The Viet Minh cut the supply lines to the French forces in Hoa Binh, Vietnam.
1962
The United States resumes aid to the Laotian regime.
1973
Yassar Arafat is re-elected as head of the Palestinian Liberation Organization.
1982
Peking protests the sale of U.S. planes to Taiwan.
1991
The U.S. Congress gives the green light to military action against Iraq in the Persian Gulf Crisis.
1998
Nineteen European nations agree to prohibit human cloning.
2010
An earthquake in Haiti kills an estimated 316,000 people.
 
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You Haven't Heard of Them, But We Owe Them A Lot
We often look at history through the lens of the present. That sometimes seems to minimize the accomplishments of those who've gone before us. The outcomes seem so obvious; we know how the story ends. Of course, that isn't the case for those making history. They live in the moment, when the outcome is uncertain, and history hangs in the balance...waiting for them to act.
That was the case 73 years ago yesterday. On January 7th, 1945, the 551st Parachute Infantry Battalion had been in close combat with the enemy since the Battle of the Bulge. They were exhausted, hungry, and short of ammunition. In the week leading up to January 7th, they had repeatedly engaged German forces in hand to hand combat, and successfully executed a bayonet charge as the Americans began their counter offensive against the Germans.
In a perfect world, they would have been rotated to a rest camp for a well-deserved rest; but in 1944, the world was far from perfect. Instead, with their battalion at half strength, they were ordered to attack and capture the strategically important town of Rochelinval, which was heavily defended by two German Regiments on high ground.
The 551st attacked. They attacked without artillery support. They attacked across slippery snow covered fields. They attacked against brutal machine gun and artillery fire. They attacked over and over, until they captured Rochelinval,
The victory came at great cost. As the sun set on January 7th, 1945, the 551st had lost over four-fifths of its men. The battalion had ceased to exist as a fighting force, and was disbanded; its men were absorbed into the 82nd Airborne Division.
For years, the story of the 551st sacrifice and valor was little known and unrecognized. Most, including their commanding officer, had died in the attack. Finally, on February 23, 2001, the 551st was awarded a Presidential Unit Citation for their heroism. Last year, I was honored to meet a soldier from the 551st, Colonel Douglas C. Dillard. Douglas was a private during the Battle of Rochelinval; the pictures you see are of him. After meeting Doug, I decided that on the anniversary of this battle, I would share this story. Because you may never have heard of the 551st Parachute Infantry Brigade.... but we owe them a lot.
 
 
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The Life & Times of Naval Aviator & Astronaut John Young
NASA Remembers Moonwalker, Shuttle Commander John Young - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6qBb_iKZbGM (1:55)
 
FIGHTERSWEEP STAFF January 12, 2018
America lost a true hero last week when former Naval Aviator and Astronaut John Young died Friday, Jan. 5, 2018, at the age of 87. Young was commander of Apollo 16 and walked on the moon as well as flying the very first Space Shuttle mission.
 
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Thanks to Dutch R.
Gravity is overrated
A cool Youtube video! This guy is having WAY too much fun! ..
With all of the trash that's out there in the digital/hi-tech world we live in, videos like this offer a refreshing break, even if it's just for a few minutes……
Very well done -.
"Gravity is overrated" -
 
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With our thanks to THE Bear at http://www.rollingthunderremembered.com/
 
ROLLING THUNDER REMEMBERED… 12 JANUARY 1968… END OF YEAR 1967 ENEMY SITUATION… PART III…
January 12, 2018   Bear Taylor   
RIPPLE SALVO… #676… GOING DOWNTOWN IS GETTING TOUGHER… HOW TOUGH IS IT?… but first…
Good Morning: Day SIX HUNDRED SEVENTY-SIX of remembering OPERATION ROLLING THUNDER on the 50th anniversary of the air war fought over North Vietnam by America's country-first, last, and always, military aviators…
 
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Thanks to Dutch
Thanks to Donna -
 
5 minutes on the original Model T Ford 
This is really fun to watch . . . . . . the original Model T Ford being built, and then "on the roads" (such as they were). The factory workers are almost "dressed up" –– and the heat must have been horrible in summertime. 

History lesson for today: 
        
The workers shown in this video would never have imagined that people in 2017 would be able to watch them at work and driving
Hope you enjoy this one
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http://safeshare.tv/x/ShbgvwazCZ
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Item Number:1 Date: 01/12/2018 ECUADOR - GOVERNMENT GRANTS CITIZENSHIP TO WIKILEAKS FOUNDER (JAN 12/NYP)  NEW YORK POST -- Wikileaks founder Julian Assange has been granted Ecuadorian citizenship, reports the New York Post.   On Thursday, Ecuadorian Foreign Minister Maria Fernanda Espinosa said that her government accepted Assange's request in December.   Fernanda Espinosa said officials were still looking at a way to transfer Assange out of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, where Assange has lived for the last five years.   Ecuador requested the British government approve Assange's status as an Ecuadorian diplomat, which would grant him automatic immunity. London denied the request.   The founder of the website dedicated to disseminating classified information fears extradition to the U.S. He is also wanted in the U.K. for skipping bail.  
  Item Number:2 Date: 01/12/2018 GERMANY - PRELIMINARY AGREEMENT REACHED FOR GRAND COALITION GOVERNMENT (JAN 12/DEWELLE)  DEUTSCHE WELLE -- The two largest political parties in Germany have reached an initial deal to form a coalition government, more than four months after elections, reports Deutsche Welle.   German Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democratic Union (CDU), the CDU's Bavarian sister party and the Social Democrats (SPD) agreed to a blueprint after all-night talks on Friday.   If further negotiations are successful, the coalition will end the impasse in German politics since the September 2017 elections.   Part of the deal hinged on an agreement to balance the budget without raising the debt or taxes, reported Reuters.   The blueprint also suggested that the coalition would reduce a special tax imposed after reunification in 1990 to help support the former East German states, and place limits on immigration.   Internationally, the deal proposes further restrictions on arm exports, including an immediate suspension to all parties involved in the ongoing war in Yemen.   With a preliminary deal reached, the parties will now have to convince their respective party bases to agree to it.  
  Item Number:3 Date: 01/12/2018 GERMANY - WASHINGTON TO UPGRADE TRAINING FACILITIES AT GRAFENWOEHR (JAN 12/S&S)  STARS AND STRIPES -- The U.S. Army plans to begin construction on new facilities at the Grafenwoehr Training Area in southeastern Germany in the spring, reports the Stars and Stripes.   The projects, worth an estimated US$70 million, include work on a vehicle-maintenance shop and a modern training support center.   A new US$20 million training facility, featuring classrooms and combat simulators, will be built at Camp Algier, adjacent to the main post, and replace 16 different buildings currently spread around the training area.   The simulators will cover a variety of training, including artillery, anti-tank and other infantry skills, Army officials said. Some of the simulators will be portable.   The $50 million vehicle-maintenance shop, located near the main post on Camp Aachen, will support the tactical vehicles used at the training site, including Stryker wheeled armored vehicles and other heavy armored vehicles.   The improvements are intended to support the increased training requirements in Germany and Eastern Europe as part of Operation Atlantic Resolve, officials said.  
Item Number:4 Date: 01/12/2018 KOSOVO - BRITISH TROOPS TO REMAIN IN KOSOVO FOR ANOTHER YEAR (JAN 12/UKMOD)  U.K. MINISTRY OF DEFENSE -- The British government is extending its participation in NATO's Kosovo Force (KFOR) mission for another year, reports the U.K. Ministry of Defense.   Around 30 reservists will be deployed to the mission, providing specialist surveillance and intelligence skills.   The British troops will also promote safety, security and stability in the region, said a ministry release.   KFOR, which began as a peacekeeping force in the late 1990s, has evolved into a flexible unit of around 4,200 troops that provide security and support the freedom of movement for all people in the country
Item Number:5 Date: 01/12/2018 NIGERIA - MASS BURIAL FOR 70 KILLED IN CLASHES BETWEEN FARMERS AND HERDERS (JAN 12/DP)  DAILY POST -- The bodies of more than 70 people killed in street clashes have been laid to rest in Benue state in southeastern Nigeria, reports Daily Post (Nigeria).   The mass burial on Thursday occurred against a backdrop of violence that has killed more than 100 people since the beginning of the year, reported BBC News.   Seventy-two people were killed on Jan. 1, when cattle herders went on a rampage wielding machetes, according to Gov. Sam Orton of Benue state.   Nomadic herdsmen and farming communities in Benue, Nasarawa and Taraba states, all in southeastern Nigeria, have been clashing.   More than 80 people have been killed and 80,000 displaced in Benue state alone.   The herdsmen – members of the Fulani ethnic group – say they have only launched retaliatory attacks on local farmers who steal their cattle.   Benue state introduced a controversial law last year, banning the grazing of animals except in private, fenced-in areas. The move was intended to reduce violence, which killed 1,800 people in 2014 and 2015, according to the Global Terrorism Index.   Special operations forces have been deployed to the region to prevent further violence, the Nigerian military said on Thursday.  
  Item Number:6 Date: 01/12/2018 PAKISTAN - 2 KILLED WHEN POLICE FIRE INTO CROWD OF PROTESTERS IN KASUR (JAN 12/GEONEWS)  GEO NEWS -- At least two people have been killed in several days of protests after the rape and murder of a seven-year-old girl in eastern Pakistan, reports Geo News (Pakistan).   On Tuesday, the body of seven-year-old Zainab Amin was found in a trash can in Kasur, part of Pakistan's eastern Punjab state. She had gone missing on Jan. 4.   Protests soon erupted in the city and others across Pakistan against the police's alleged inaction after a series of similar killings in the area, reported CNN.   On Wednesday, two people were killed and two more injured two after police fired on rioters attempting to storm the deputy commissioner's office in Kasur, reported Dawn.   Four policemen and two civil defense personnel believed to be responsible for firing into the crowd have been arrested, said provincial officials. They were instructed to only fire into the air.   On Thursday, demonstrators ransacked the office of a local lawmaker and a local hospital.   Punjab authorities have promised to bring the killer to justice. Photos of the alleged culprit have circulated online and in local media.  
Item Number:7 Date: 01/12/2018 PANAMA - FINMECCANICA DELIVERS HELOS, AIRCRAFT AFTER ACCORD REACHED WITH GOVERNMENT (JAN 12/LAHT)  LATIN AMERICAN HERALD TRIBUNE -- The Panamanian government has taken delivery of new helicopters and aircraft from Italian defense firm Finmeccanica after resolving a lengthy trade dispute, reports the Latin American Herald Tribune.   Two AW139M utility helicopters and a DHC-6 Twin Otter Series 400 light cargo aircraft were delivered to Panama's National Air-Naval Service (Senan) in a ceremony on Jan. 8.   In 2010, the Panamanian government signed a US$250 million agreement with Finmeccanica for a variety of defense equipment. The deal included 20 radars, six helicopters and digital map systems.   President Juan Carlos Varela was elected in 2014 and immediately suspended the radar contract over "serious deficiencies," igniting a trade dispute that was settled by the two sides in February 2016.   Under the accord, the overall cost of the agreement was reduced by US$42 million and Panama received a US$95 million loan to buy Finmeccanica products, Varela said
Item Number:8 Date: 01/12/2018 QATAR - FORMAL COMPLAINT SUBMITTED TO U.N. AFTER U.A.E. AIRSPACE VIOLATIONS (JAN 12/ALJAZ)  AL JAZEERA -- Qatar has submitted a formal complaint to the U.N. Security Council against alleged U.A.E. violations of its airspace, reports Al Jazeera (Doha).   Alia Ahmed bin Saif al-Thani, Qatar's representative to the U.N., said that on Dec. 21, 2017, a U.A.E. fighter jet entered Qatar's exclusive economic zone at a height of 33,000 feet.   The incident lasted for one minute and was a flagrant violation of Qatar's sovereignty and territorial integrity, he said.   Qatar will take all necessary measures to defends itself and its borders if such violations continue, al-Thani said.   The statement also criticized the closure of land and sea borders with the country, which started in June 2017. Qatar has called the closure a blockade.   Anwar Gargash, the Emirati foreign affairs minister, called the allegation untrue and an escalation, reported the Arab News (Saudi Arabia). "We are working on responding to that officially with proof and evidence," Gargash said, as quoted by Reuters.  
  Item Number:9 Date: 01/12/2018 RUSSIA - DEFENSE MINISTRY SUGGESTS UKRAINE ASSISTED SYRIAN REBEL DRONE ATTACK ON HMEIMIM AIR BASE (JAN 12/BUSINS)  BUSINESS INSIDER -- The Russian Defense Ministry has revealed the drones they say were used to attack their holdings at Hmeimim Air Base in Latakia, Syria, reports Business Insider.   The technology on the drones, believed to have been piloted by Syrian rebels, is so advanced that it would require foreign help, said a ministry release on Thursday.   The explosives used suggested Ukrainian involvement, said the release. PETN explosive is produced in Ukraine's Shostka Chemical Reagents Plant, among other places, the ministry said.   The Ukrainian Defense Ministry denied the charges.   Russia has previously accused Turkey and the U.S. of supplying weaponry to the rebels and supporting the drone attack.   Photos released thus far show fixed-wing air vehicles made of wood and tape and powered by small internal combustion engines.   Experts have cast doubt on these attributions, saying that manufacturing and flying drones is simple enough that attribution is difficult.   On the night of Jan. 5 and 6, Hmeimim Air Base was attacked by at least 13 drones. Air defenses at the Russian-operated airbase defeated the threat.  
  Item Number:10 Date: 01/12/2018 RUSSIA - ZELENODOLSK SHIPYARD TO LAY KEEL FOR 6TH VASILY BYKOV-CLASS PATROL SHIP (JAN 12/INT-AVN)  INTERFAX-MILITARY NEWS AGENCY -- The Maxim Gorky shipyard in Zelenodolsk in Tatarstan is about to launch construction of a sixth Vasily Bykov-class (Project 22160) patrol ship, reports Interfax-AVN (Russia).   The keel-laying ceremony is scheduled for Jan. 13, the Russian Defense Ministry announced on Wednesday.   The keel for the first ship in the class, the Vasily Bykov, was laid in 2014. Four other ships are currently under construction.   The first three vessels in the class will be assigned to the Black Sea Fleet. The last three are scheduled to be armed with Kalibr cruise missiles, officials said
Item Number:11 Date: 01/12/2018 SAUDI ARABIA - AIR DEFENSES INTERCEPT ANOTHER HOUTHI MISSILE (JAN 12/NATIONAL)  THE NATIONAL -- Saudi air defenses have shot down a ballistic missile launched by Houthi rebels in Yemen, reports the National (U.A.E.), citing Saudi officials.   The missile was intercepted Thursday evening over the southern city of Najran, near the Yemeni border, said a spokesman for the Saudi-led coalition.   There were no casualties, officials said. Initial reports suggest the missile was launched from Amran province in northern Yemen.   Saudi officials accused the Houthis of deliberately targeting civilian populations in Saudi Arabia, a claim they have made previously in the wake of such missile attacks.   The coalition has also accused Iran of supplying the missiles to the rebels, a charge echoed by some U.S. officials.   Houthis said they launched the Qaher 2-M ballistic at a special operations forces camp in the area.   There have been 88 rebel missile attacks on Saudi Arabia since the Saudi-led coalition announced military action to restore ousted President Abed Rabbu Mansour Hadi in 2015, according to the Kuwaiti News Agency
Item Number:12 Date: 01/12/2018 SUDAN - TROOPS SENT TO EASTERN BORDER IN RESPONSE TO EGYPTIAN, ERITREAN THREATS (JAN 12/SUDTRIB)  SUDAN TRIBUNE -- Sudanese officials say the government is taking steps to defend against security threats from its border with Egypt and Eritrea, reports the Sudan Tribune.   Sudan will maintain security measures along the border with its two neighbors, a presidential assistant told journalists on Thursday.   Early this week, Sudan announced the closure of its border with Eritrea and deployed thousands of troops along the border, reported China's Xinhua news agency.   The move appears to be a response to reports that Egyptian military personnel have been deployed to Sawa military base in Eritrea.   Khartoum pulled its ambassador from Cairo on Jan. 4.   Relations between Egypt and Sudan have been tense over the last several years, due to clashes over water shares from the Nile River; a disputed region in Halayeb and Shalateen under Egyptian control; and support for dissident groups in both countries.  
  Item Number:13 Date: 01/12/2018 TURKEY - ERDOGAN SUMMONS AMERICAN CHARGE D'AFFAIRES OVER TRAINING OF KURDS IN SYRIA (JAN 12/HUR)  HURRIYET -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has summoned the charge d'affaires of the U.S. Embassy in Ankara to express its unhappiness about a report that American forces had started training Kurdish rebels in northern Syria, reports the Hurriyet Daily News (Istanbul).   The Jan. 10 meeting came one day after it was reported that U.S. troops had begun providing military training to around 400 members of the primarily Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) as part of an effort to create a new force to protect the Syrian-Turkish border, said Turkish diplomatic sources.   Ankara considers the YPG to be a terrorist organization because of its links with the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), considered a terrorist group by Turkey and the U.S.   The Turkish government is unhappy that Washington might be continuing to provide heavy weapons to the YPG as the battle against the Islamic State appears to be drawing to a close.   Gen. Joseph Votel announced on Dec. 22, 2017, that the U.S. would help establish border protection forces in Syria to prevent any resurgence of ISIS
  Item Number:14 Date: 01/12/2018 USA - ARMY ANNOUNCES GLOBAL DEPLOYMENTS FOR 10,000 TROOPS (JAN 12/ARMY)  ARMY TIMES -- The U.S. Army has announced four units that will deploy to various parts of the world this spring and summer, reports the Army Times.   Around 10,000 soldiers will deploy with the four units, the Army said.   The headquarters from the 10th Mountain Division, Fort Drum, N.Y., is scheduled to deploy to Iraq in the spring. The unit will replace the 1st Armored Division headquarters, based in Fort Bliss, Texas, as part of a regular rotation in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, said an Army release on Jan. 10.   The headquarters of the 101sth Airborne Division, Fort Campbell, Ky., is headed to Afghanistan in the spring, where it will replace the headquarters from the 3rd Infantry Division, Fort Stewart, Ga., as part of a regular rotation in support of Operation Freedom's Sentinel.   The 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, at Fort Stewart will deploy in the spring to South Korea. The unit will replace the 2nd ABCT, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas, as part of a regular rotation, said the Army release.   Finally, the 1st ABCT, 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas, is headed to Europe in the summer. The brigade is replacing the 2nd ABCT, 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley, Kan., as part of a regular rotation to support Operation Atlantic Resolve
  Item Number:15 Date: 01/12/2018 USA - FRENCH RAFALE FIGHTERS TO FLY FROM USS GEORGE H.W. BUSH (JAN 12/USNIN)  USNI NEWS -- The French navy is deploying a contingent of sailors and naval aviators to a U.S. Navy aircraft carrier this spring, reports USNI News.   Around 350 French personnel will be sent to the USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77) in April and May just ahead of the scheduled completion of a major maintenance period for the French carrier Charles de Gaulle.   The French aircrews will perform carrier qualifications aboard the Bush and demonstrate their ability to integrate with the U.S. military, Capt. Jean-Emmanuel Roux de Luze, the French naval attache to the U.S., told USNI.   "We want to show we do maintenance, demonstrate we can load weapons," he said.   French Rafale M fighters and E-2C Hawkeye airborne early warning aircraft will work with U.S. air wings out of Naval Air Station Oceana, Va., before deploying aboard the Bush
Item Number:16 Date: 01/12/2018 USA - LASER WEAPON DEMONSTRATOR TO BE INSTALLED ON PORTLAND AMPHIB (JAN 12/USNIN)  USNI NEWS -- The U.S. Navy has selected one of its newest amphibious ships to host a laser weapon technology demonstration by the Office of Naval Research (ONR) and to serve as the flagship for this year's Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise in Hawaii, reports USNI News.   The Portland (LPD 27), currently sailing to San Diego for commissioning in April, will host a follow-on to the Laser Weapon System (LaWS), which was tested for three years aboard USS Ponce (AFSB(I) 15) in the Middle East, Capt. Brian Metcalf, the program manager for LPD 17 and LHA amphibious ships, said at this week's Surface Navy Association conference in Arlington, Va.   The laser could be installed as soon as the fall of 2018 and will be a bolt-on capability, similar to the LaWS, said Metcalf.   The system will not be fitted with the onboard combat system and will not be providing tracking data or classification data, he said.   The demonstration is intended to evaluate improvements made to the laser system.