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This Day In Naval History – January 19, 2018
Jan. 22
1800—Capt. Thomas Tingey is ordered to duty as the first Superintendent of the Washington Navy Yard.
1862—During the Civil War, the side-wheel steamer Lexington conducts a reconnaissance up the Tennessee River and exchanges long-range fire with Fort Henry in Tennessee.
1870—USS Nipsic, commanded by Cmdr. Thomas O. Selfridge, sails on an expedition to survey the Isthmus of Darien at Panama to determine the best route for a ship canal.
1941—During World War II, USS Louisville (CA 28) arrives at New York with $148,342.212.55 in British gold brought from Simonstown, South Africa, to be deposited in American banks.
1944—Operation Shingle, the Allied landing at Anzio and Nettuno, Italy, begins. While the landings are flawless and meet with little resistance from the Germans, USS Portent sinks during the invasion.
 
From CHINFO
Today's National news headlines are dominated by reports on the government shutdown as it heads into its third day, and by reports that two improvised explosive devices detonated at a Florida mall on Sunday as police look for a man they're describing as a person of interest. The Senate was expected to hold a procedural vote at noon today on a measure that would keep the government funded through Feb. 8, but it wasn't clear if it would have enough support to advance, reports the Wall Street Journal. Fox News reports that China has announced it will take "necessary measures" after USS Hopper passed within 12 nautical miles of Scarborough Shoal while conducting a freedom of navigation operation. Additionally, South Korea's top naval officer will make a weeklong trip to Washington, D.C. and Hawaii for meetings to discuss naval cooperation between the two allies, according to Yonhap News Agency.
 
 
January 22
1689
England's "Bloodless Revolution" reaches its climax when parliament invites William and Mary to become joint sovereigns.
1807
President Thomas Jefferson exposes a plot by Aaron Burr to form a new republic in the Southwest.
1813
During the War of 1812, British forces under Henry Proctor defeat a U.S. contingent planning an attack on Fort Detroit.
1824
A British force is wiped out by an Asante army under Osei Bonsu on the African Gold Coast. This is the first defeat for a colonial power.
1863
In an attempt to out flank Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia, General Ambrose Burnside leads his army on a march to north Fredericksburg, but foul weather bogs his army down in what will become known as the "Mud March."
1879
Eighty-two British soldiers hold off attacks by 4,000 Zulu warriors at the Battle of Rorke's Drift in South Africa.
1905
Russian troops fire on civilians beginning Bloody Sunday in St. Petersburg.
1912
Second Monte Carlo auto race begins.
1913
Turkey consents to the Balkan peace terms and gives up Adrianople.
1930
Admiral Richard Byrd charts a vast area of Antarctica.
1932
Government troops crush a Communist uprising in Northern Spain.
1939
A Nazi order erases the old officer caste, tying the army directly to the Party.
1943
Axis forces pull out of Tripoli for Tunisia, destroying bases as they leave.
1944
U.S. troops under Major General John P. Lucas make an amphibious landing behind German lines at Anzio, Italy, just south of Rome.
1971
Communist forces shell Phnom Penh, Cambodia, for the first time.
1979
Abu Hassan, the alleged planner of the 1972 Munich raid, is killed by a bomb in Beirut.
1982
President Ronald Reagan formally links progress in arms control to Soviet repression in Poland.
 
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Monday Morning Humor thanks to Al
Although the Pro Bowl and Super Bowl are yet to be played, it has been reported that golf is now the official alternative to the NFL.


Submitted by Bob King and Mark Logan:

The following is not intended to offend fans of tennis, basketball, football, or baseball.  It is, rather, an attempt to put everything in its proper perspective.  Ever wonder why golf is growing in popularity and why people who don't even play go to tournaments or watch it on TV?  The following truisms may shed some light:
Golfers don't have some of their players in jail every week.
Golfers don't kick dirt on, or throw bottles at other people.
Professional golfers are paid in diret proportion to how well they play.
Golfers don't hold out for more money, or demand new contracts, because of another player's deal.
Professional golfers don't demand that the taxpayers pay for the courses on which they play.
When golfers make a mistake, nobody is there to cover for them or back them.
The PGA raises more money for charity in one year than the NFL does in two years.
You can watch the best golfers in the world up close, at any tournament, including the majors, all day every day for $25-$35.
Even in the nose-bleed section, a ticket to the Super Bowl will cost you over $300—or $1000 from a scalper.
Golfers keep their clothes on while they are being interviewed.
Golf doesn't have free agency.  In their prime, Palmer, Norman, and other stars would shake your hand and say they were happy to meet you.  In his prime, Jose Canseco wore T-shirts that read "Leave Me Alone".
You can hear birds chirping on the golf course during a tournament.
At a golf tournament (unlike at taxpayer-funded sports stadia and arenas), you won't hear a steady stream of four letter words and nasty name calling while you're hoping that no one spills beer on you.
Golf courses don't ruin the neighborhood.

     Here's a little slice of golf history that you might enjoy.  Why do golf courses have 18 holes, not 20 or 10 or an even dozen?
     During discussion among the club's membership board at St. Andrews in 1858, a senior member pointed out that it takes exactly 18 shots to polish off a fifth of Scotch.  By limiting himself to only one shot of Scotch per hole, the Scot figured a round of golf was finished when the Scotch ran out!




Submitted by Roger Brokaw:

     During his physical, the doctor asked the patient about his daily activity level.  He described a typical day: "Well, yesterday afternoon, I waded along the edge of a lake, drank eight beers, escaped from wild dogs in the heavy brush, jumped away from an aggressive rattlesnake, marched up and down several rocky hills, stood in a patch of poison ivy, crawled out of quicksand, and took four leaks behind big trees."
     Inspired by the story, the doctor said, "You sound like one heck of an outdoors man!"
     "Nah, he replied, I'm just a $#!++y golfer."



Submitted by Rick Hein:

     My boss phoned me today. He said, "Is everything okay at the office?"
     I said, "It is all under control.  It's been a very busy day. I haven't stopped to take a break all day."       
     "Can you do me a favor?" he asked.    
     I said, "Of course, what is it?"
     "Pick up the pace a little. I'm in the foursome behind you."



Submitted by Al Anderson:

     Four guys have been going on the same golf trip for many years. This year, Ralph's wife puts her foot down and tells him he isn't going.  And thus he calls his buddies and tells them the bad news.
     Two days later, the three other guys arrive at the resort to begin their yearly golf getaway. And of all things, they find Ralph sitting there with his clubs already set up on his cart. "Dang Ralphie boy, how did you talk your missus into letting you go?"
     "Well, yesterday evening, after my wife finished reading "Fifty Shades of Gray," she pulled me into our bedroom. On the bed she had handcuffs and ropes.  She told me to tie and cuff her to the bed, and I did."
     Then she said, "Do whatever you want.
     "So, here I am."



Golf Quotes
When I die, bury me on the golf course so my husband will visit.~Author Unknown.
I don't say my golf game is bad, but if I grew tomatoes they'd come up sliced.~Author Unknown
I've spent most of my life golfing. The rest I've just wasted.~Author Unknown
They call it golf because all the other four-letter words were taken.~Raymond Floyd
The ardent golfer would play Mount Everest if somebody would put a flag stick on top.~Pete Dye
Golf is played by twenty million mature American men whose wives think they are out having fun.~Jim Bishop
It took me seventeen years to get three thousand hits in baseball. I did it in one afternoon on the golf course.~Hank Aaron
Golf is a game in which you yell "fore," shoot six, and write down five~Paul Harvey
Give me golf clubs, fresh air and a beautiful partner, and you can keep the clubs and the fresh air.~Jack Benny
The only time my prayers are never answered is on the golf course.~Billy Graham
 Go play golf. Go to the golf course. Hit the ball. Find the ball. Repeat until the ball is in the hole. Have fun. The end.~Chuck Hogan
If you think it's hard to meet new people, try picking up the wrong golf ball.~Jack Lemmon
It's good sportsmanship to not pick up lost golf balls while they are still rolling.~Mark Twain
Don't play too much golf. Two rounds a day are plenty.~Harry Vardon
Golf is a game in which one endeavors to control a ball with implements ill adapted for the purpose.~Woodrow Wilson
A golfer's diet: live on greens as much as possible .~Author Unknown
Gone golfin'…be back about dark thirty. ~Author Unknown
Born to golf. Forced to work.~Author Unknown
My body is here, but my mind has already teed off .~Author Unknown
May thy ball lie in green pastures, and not in still waters. ~Author Unknown
If I hit it right, it's a slice. If I hit it left, it's a hook. If I hit it straight, it's a miracle.~Author Unknown
The difference between golf and government is that in golf you can't improve your lie.~George Deukmejian
Golf is a game invented by the same people who think music comes out of a bagpipe.~Author Unknown
A gushy reporter told Jack Nicklaus, "You are spectacular, your name is synonymous with the game of golf.  You really know your way around the course. What's your secret?"  Nicklaus replied, "The holes are
numbered".



Watch "The Magic of Golf" at https://www.youtube.com/embed/NIZ_bmCP7GQ


Have a great week,
Al
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With our thanks to THE Bear at http://www.rollingthunderremembered.com/
ROLLING THUNDER REMEMBERED… 22 JANUARY 1968… FORCES SPREAD THIN: A PAPER EAGLE?…
January 22, 2018   Bear Taylor  
RIPPLE SALVO… #686… HOW THIN WERE WE?… "…at the time of the Pueblo Incident (23-Jan-68) no Japan based Air Force units were rated combat ready because the pilots were undergoing their long-delayed upgrading to F-4Ds and had yet to have their proficiency evaluated. When the USS Enterprise entered Korean waters in late January 1968 its aircraft had no Shrike radar-seeking air-to-ground missiles, no improved Sidewinder air-to-air missiles, and only 55 of the radar-guided, long-range Sparrow missiles. Its shortage typified those plaguing the Pacific Fleet."… and the North Korean Air Order of Battle included more than 500 MIGs …. but first…
 
 
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Today on Fighter Sweep
Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner Goes Supersonic? Really?
Well, not really but it did set a speed record for the fastest transatlantic flight maxing out at a groundspeed of 776 mph. It zoomed from New York to London at View More ›
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Thanks to Dutch R.
Khe Sanh veterans recall Vietnam battle's start 50 years ago Sunday
Khe Sanh veterans recall Vietnam battle's start 50 years ago Sunday
By Dom Calicchio | Fox News
Vice President Mike Pence cleans a portion of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, 2017.  (Associated Press)
Sunday marks the 50th anniversary of the start of one of the most significant battles of the Vietnam War – the Battle of Khe Sanh.
Across the U.S., groups of Vietnam veterans will gather to commemorate the 77-day battle, in which some 6,000 U.S. Marines defended a small combat base from tens of thousands of North Vietnamese fighters.
Others are making plans to attend a reunion of Khe Sanh veterans scheduled for August in Washington, D.C.
One such gathering Sunday is planned in Oroville, Calif. Its organizer is Tom Horchler, 71, who served at Khe Sanh as a lance corporal with the 1st Battalion 13th Marines Headquarters Battery Motor Transport Section.
"They say it was the Marines who fought there," Horchler told the Chico Enterprise-Record, "but just about every branch of the service was there.
"There are not many battles in history where guys from different branches fought shoulder to shoulder," he added, "but Khe Sanh was one of them."
"There are not many battles in history where guys from different branches fought shoulder to shoulder, but Khe Sanh was one of them."
- Tom Horchler, U.S. Marine Corps veteran who served at Khe Sanh
In Michigan, the Oakland Press reported that Chaplain Ron Rayner, 71, of Oakland County, is trying to reach local Khe Sanh veterans who can accompany him to the Washington event.
He and other members of Khe Sanh Veterans Inc. will participate that week in a washing of the Vietnam Veterans' Memorial Wall.
In Maine, Khe Sanh veterans Ralph Sargent and Evan Plourde told the Kennebec Journal they were making plans to attend the Khe Sanh commemoration in Washington.
Sargent, 82, was a gunnery sergeant in Khe Sanh – and, at 33, an "old man" among a group of guys in their 20s.
Plourde, 70, was a Marine private first class who carried an M60 machine gun during his time at Khe Sanh.
Plourde told the Journal about a brutal attack that occurred Feb. 23, 1968.
"We were in our foxhole for hours," he said. "When we came out and picked up the pieces, there were a lot of casualties."
Both men said they feel lucky to have survived the battle.
"There was just somebody out there looking over me," Plourde told the newspaper. "I sure wish that happened for the guys we lost."
 
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Item Number:1 Date: 01/22/2018 AFGHANISTAN - TALIBAN CLAIMS RESPONSIBILITY FOR DEADLY ATTACK ON KABUL HOTEL (JAN 22/TN)  TOLONEWS -- Armed gunmen in Afghanistan have killed at least 29 people in an assault on one of the country's highest-profile hotels, reports Tolo News (Kabul).   Six attackers stormed into the Intercontinental Hotel in the capital, Kabul, on Jan. 21, opening fire on patrons and staff alike, igniting a 17-hour gun battle with security forces, reported Reuters.   Witnesses said the attackers were overheard speaking in Pashto, telling each other to spare no one.   At some point during the assault, the building caught fire. Hundreds inside the hotel fled the building, climbing down makeshift ropes made from bedsheets and jumping out of windows.   The gunmen entered through the kitchen, said the hotel's manager. The militants fought their way into the lobby and began moving systematically through the building.   Other witnesses said some of the attackers were positioned in the hotel ahead of time.   The hotel was crowded with more than 100 IT managers and engineers set to attend a conference the following day. Local airline Kam Air said around 40 of its pilots and crew were staying in the hotel. As many as 10 were killed, airline officials said.   Officials said that 29 people were killed in the attack but Tolo reported that 43 people were killed, citing sources close to the case.   The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack. Afghan officials blamed the Haqqani Network, a splinter group of the Taliban
Item Number:2 Date: 01/22/2018 GERMANY - GOVERNMENT HALTS ARMS SALES TO PARTIES TO YEMEN CONFLICT (JAN 22/DEWELLE)  DEUTSCHE WELLE -- The German government says it will stop approving arms exports to parties to the war in Yemen, reports Deutsche Welle.   Berlin "isn't taking any arms export decisions right now that aren't in line with the results of the preliminary [coalition] talks," wrote the spokesman for Chancellor Angela Merkel on Twitter on Friday.   Germany's leading parties are still negotiating to form a coalition government following federal elections in September.   Arms sales to countries like Saudi Arabia and Qatar are controversial in Germany. Opposition politicians have criticized these and other countries for human-rights abuses, noted DW.   Germany's weapons sales to Egypt and Saudi Arabia almost quintupled from 2016 to 2017, the outlet noted.   Sales to Saudi Arabia totaled almost US$550m in the third quarter of 2017, reported Al Jazeera (Qatar
  Item Number:5 Date: 01/22/2018 JAPAN - DEVELOPMENT COMPLETED FOR NEW ANTI-SHIP MISSILE, DEFENSE MINISTRY SAYS (JAN 22/DIPLOMAT)  DIPLOMAT -- The Japanese Ministry of Defense says it has completed development of the first domestically designed supersonic anti-ship missile, reports the Diplomat (Tokyo).   The XASM-3 missile is designed to be carried by the Japan Air Self-Defense Force's F-2 fighter jets. Each aircraft will be able to carry up to two of the weapons.   Powered by a ramjet engine, the XASM-3 can reportedly reach speeds of Mach 3, with an operational range of 80 nm (150 km).   Development of the weapon began in 2003. Serial production is scheduled to begin in fiscal 2019, according to Japanese media
Item Number:6 Date: 01/22/2018 NIGERIA - AIR FORCE INDUCTS INITIAL FEMALE FIGHTER PILOTS (JAN 22/NAF)  NIGERIAN AIR FORCE -- For the first time, the Nigerian air force has female fighter pilots, reports the service.   On Jan. 17, the air force inducted 11 new combat pilots, including two women.   The pilots recently completed a year-long flying training course with Westline Aviation in South Africa.   Separately, officials said that the recent acquisition of Pakistani-built Super Mushshak trainers has improved the air force's ability to train pilots domestically, reported the Daily Trust (Abuja).   The air force is also working to increase the availability of its L-39ZA jet trainers for initial fighter training
Item Number:8 Date: 01/22/2018 SOUTH KOREA - NAVY TAKES DELIVERY OF ANOTHER SOHN WON-IL-CLASS SUBMARINE (JAN 22/KBS)  KOREA BROADCASTING SERVICE -- The South Korean navy has received its latest conventional submarine, reports KBS World Radio News (South Korea).   The Hong Beom-Do was officially handed over to the navy during a ceremony on Jan. 19 at the Hyundai Heavy Industries shipyard in Ulsan.   The sub, the seventh in the Sohn Wohn-Il class, features an air-independent propulsion system that allows it to remain submerged for more than 10 days, reported the Yonhap news agency (Seoul).   The boat is named after a South Korean independence fighter against Japanese colonial rule in the early 1900s.   The Hong Beom-Do is scheduled for commissioning in May
Item Number:9 Date: 01/22/2018 SYRIA - FIGHTING CONTINUES AS TURKS TARGET KURDISH FORCES IN AFRIN; SDF CONSIDERS SENDING REINFORCEMENTS (JAN 22/ANADOLU)  ANADOLU NEWS AGENCY -- Turkish forces and militias loyal to Ankara are nearing the Syrian city of Afrin three days after the official start of Operation Olive Branch, reports Turkey's Anadolu Agency.   Turkish artillery pounded the Kurdish-held city on Monday, launching mortars from the Turkish provinces of Kilis and Hatay in support of Free Syrian Army units moving towards Kurdish positions.   Turkish media reported that Turkish-backed forces inside Aleppo province, where Afrin is located, took the towns of Shankal, Qorne, Bali and Adah Manli in the province's north. The U.K.-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Kurdish forces repelled at least two assaults.   At least two Free Syrian Army fighters presumed to be working with the Turkish operation were killed when Kurdish fighters launched a retaliatory rocket strike on a camp in Turkey's southern Hatay province on the Mediterranean Sea. Other rockets hit the Turkish border town of Reyhanli in the eastern part of Hatay province, killing a Syrian man and wounding 46 more, reported Reuters.   The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Monday that 18 civilians had been killed in Afrin since the operation began. The Kurdish militia in Afrin said four Turkish soldiers and 10 Syrian fighters were killed in clashes on Sunday morning.   Turkey announced Operation Olive Branch on Saturday. The aim, officials said, is to clear a 30-km (19-mile) buffer zone along the Turkish border of "terrorists" and occupy the area with Syrian rebels friendly to Ankara.   Many factions of the Free Syrian Army are said to be participating. The pro-Damascus Al Masdar News reported that as many as 25,000 Syrian rebels have joined the Turkish fold. Al Jazeera reported the number to be closer to 15,000.   Speaking on television Monday, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey would not retreat, reported BBC News. He alluded to an agreement with Russia but did not elaborate. Russian approval was seen as key to the operation's success, because Moscow is the main guarantor of Syria's security.   On Monday, the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), an alliance of primarily Kurdish militias, said it was considering whether to send reinforcements to Afrin, reported Reuters.   The operation was spurred by a U.S. announcement of an intended border force along the Syrian-Turkish frontier composed mostly of Kurdish fighters loyal to the U.S. Ankara does not distinguish between Syrian Kurdish militants and the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), a secessionist terrorist group.  
  Item Number:10 Date: 01/22/2018 THAILAND - POLICE NAB KINGPIN WILDLIFE DEALER (JAN 22/GUARDIAN)  GUARDIAN -- Thai police have arrested a man accused of heading Asia's largest illegal wildlife trading network, reports the Guardian (U.K.).   On Thursday, Boonchai Bach was arrested in Thailand's northeastern province of Nakhon Phanom, near the Mekong River, said officials.   He is being held in connection to the alleged trafficking of 14 rhino horns in December.   Inspectors found rhino horns in Bach's bag while he was flying from Ethiopia. Thai police allowed the flight to continue and arrested him upon his arrival in Thailand.   Boonchai Bach and his brother, Bach Van Limh, are accused of running a smuggling operation that moved thousands of tons of illegal tusks and horns.   The pair are said to supply Vixay Keosavang, southeast Asia's most prominent wildlife dealer, who is based in Laos
Item Number:11 Date: 01/22/2018 TUNISIA - 2 SENIOR AQIM OFFICIALS KILLED IN AMBUSH (JAN 22/AFP)  AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE -- Tunisian security forces have killed two senior members of Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), the terrorist group's North African branch, reports Agence-France Press.   Bilel Kobi was killed by the "Special Unit" of the National Guard in an ambush near the Algerian border on Friday evening, the Interior Ministry announced on Saturday, as reported by Reuters.   The operation took place near the Mount Sammama area, in the shadow of Mount Chaambi, a major base of AQIM activity.   The Algerian was said to be close to AQIM leader Abdelmalek Droukdel. Kobi was in charge of maintaining the group's links with its Tunisian branch, which under increasing pressure from Tunisian security forces.   Bechir Bin Neji, also Algerian and a suspected commander of an AQIM cell in the Sammama region of Tunisia, was found dead after the operation with a weapon at his side.  
Item Number:12 Date: 01/22/2018 USA - LITTLE ROCK LITTORAL SHIP TRAPPED IN MONTREAL UNTIL SPRING (JAN 22/CP)  CANADIAN PRESS -- A newly commissioned U.S. warship will winter in Montreal, Canada, rather than try and return through icy waters, reports the Canadian Press.   The USS Little Rock (LCS 9) has been docked in Montreal since Dec. 24, said a Navy spokeswoman.   The decision to leave the Freedom-class vessel in place was announced Sunday.   A departure date has not been scheduled but the St. Lawrence Seaway should be navigable by March. The Little Rock will then sail to her homeport of Mayport, Fla., reported the Navy Times   The crew will focus on training and readiness while in Canada, the spokeswoman said
Item Number:13 Date: 01/22/2018 USA - MARINE CORPS SEEKS NEW HAT, GLOVES FOR ARCTIC OPS (JAN 22/MCT)  MARINE CORPS TIMES -- The U.S. Marine Corps plans to field a new cold weather hat and gloves for Marines operating in Arctic climates, reports the Marine Corps Times.   Earlier in January, the Marine Corps Systems Command issued two requests for information (RFI) as part of a pre-solicitation for the new gear.   The service wants a cap that can handle temperatures as low as -50 degrees Fahrenheit (-46 degrees Celsius). The hat must be water repellent, fast-drying and include ear flaps and a brim.   The headgear should also fit with the Enhanced Combat Helmet, which is expected to be the standard helmet issued to all Marines.   The new intense-cold gloves should also be water repellent and fast-drying, according to the RFI. They should also work with touchscreen devices
  Item Number:14 Date: 01/22/2018 USA - NATIONAL DEFENSE STRATEGY EMPHASIZES CHINA, RUSSIA THREATS (JAN 22/HILL)  THE HILL -- Defense Secretary James Mattis has revealed a new National Defense Strategy, reports the Hill (Washington, D.C.).   The document, which was unveiled on Friday in Washington, D.C., identifies Chinese and Russian aggression as top threats and lays out the Pentagon's strategy to "compete, deter and win" in complex security environments.   "China is a strategic competitor using predatory economics to intimidate its neighbors while militarizing features in the South China Sea," says the strategy.   At the same time, "Russia has violated the borders of nearby nations and pursues veto power over the economic, diplomatic and security decisions of its neighbors," the document says.   North Korea and Iran are also identified as international threats that will require a focus on U.S. missile defense capabilities.   The Islamic State terrorist group remains a problem, though it is no longer a major threat, according to the strategy.   Mattis also warned that the military's competitive edge "has eroded in every domain of warfare -- air, land, sea, space and cyberspace -- and it is continuing to erode."   He blamed a lack of long-term funding and mandated spending cuts for damaging military readiness
  Item Number:15 Date: 01/22/2018 USA - ORBITAL ATK DEMONSTRATES COUNTER-DRONE SYSTEM DURING ARMY MANEUVERS (JAN 22/OATK)  ORBITAL ATK -- Orbital ATK recently tested its counter-unmanned aerial system (C-UAS) technologies during a U.S. Army experimental event at Fort Sill, Okla., reports the Dulles, Va.-based defense firm.   During the Maneuver Fires Integrated Experiment (MFIX), Orbital ATK demonstrated its ability to combine electronic and kinetic attack through its AUDS (anti-unmanned aerial vehicle defense system), which detects, tracks, identifies and defeats drones.   A kinetic element was added through the integration of a 30-mm Bushmaster chain gun mounted to a Stryker wheeled combat vehicle. The gun system also provides the vehicle crew with the ability to defend against ground threats, the company said in a release on Jan. 17.   The electronic and kinetic attack systems can operate cooperatively or independently, said Orbital ATK.   The AUDS is modular, allowing components to be tailored for use on different platforms based on mission requirements. It can also be installed at a fixed site.   The company also demonstrated how its XM25 airburst weapon system can be used by a soldier to take down an unmanned aerial vehicle
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