Monday, February 5, 2018

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To All
I hope you all had a great weekend
This Day In Naval History – February 5, 2018
Feb. 5
1813—During the War of 1812, the frigate Chesapeake chases the British merchant brig Earl Percy ashore on Long Island. Chesapeake's crew saves the Earl Percy's crew and the 58 prisoners who are on board.
1854—The dedication of the first chapel built on Naval property was held at Annapolis, MD.
1941 - Chief Nurse Marion B. Olds and Nurse Leona Jackson, Navy, arrive on Guam
1942—USS Bernadou (DD 153), escorting convoy HX 173, rescues 10 survivors of the Belgian freighter Ganda that had been sunk by German submarine U 135 on Jan. 22.
1944—USS Flasher (SS 249) sinks Japanese army cargo ship Taishin Maru off Mindoro.  Also on this date, USS Narwhal (SS 167) lands 45 tons of ammunition and cargo to support Filipino guerrilla operations at Libertad, Panay, Philippines.
1962—USS Stoddard (DD 566) and USS Surfbird (ADG 383) rescue 29 crewmen from the sinking Greek merchant vessel Yanix off Luzon, Philippine Islands.  
1971—Apollo 14 astronauts Capt. Alan B. Shepard Jr., commander, and Cmdr. Edgar D. Mitchell, lunar module pilot, become the fifth and sixth humans to walk on the moon.
February 5
Henry II of France and Philip of Spain sign the truce of Vaucelles.
A ship from Bristol, the Lyon, arrives with provisions for the Massachusetts Bay Colony.
Martinique, a major French base in the Lesser Antilles of the West Indies, surrenders to the British.
Sweden recognizes U.S. independence.
The first Pacific Coast newspaper, Oregon Spectator, is published.
Federal forces occupy Jackson, Miss.
The three-day Battle of Hatcher's Run, Va., begins.
The United States and Great Britain sign the Hay-Pauncefote Treaty, giving the United States the right to build a canal in Nicaragua but not to fortify it.
U.S. Congress nullifies President Woordrow Wilson's veto of the Immigration Act; literacy tests are required.
The Soviets proclaim separation of church and state.
The Reader's Digest begins publication in New York.
William Larned's steel-framed tennis racquet gets its first test.
American and French troops destroy German forces in the Colmar Pocket in France.
The Soviet Union and Great Britain reject terms for an American trusteeship over Japanese Pacific Isles.
New York adopts three-colored traffic lights.
The Soviets launch Sputnik V, the heaviest satellite to date at 7.1 tons.
U.S. troops divide Viet Cong at Hue while the Saigon government claims they will arm loyal citizens.
Two Apollo 14 astronauts walk on the moon.
It is reported that the United States has agreed to sell 42 F-4 Phantom jets to Israel.
U.S. halts a loan to Chile in protest over human rights abuses.
With our thanks to THE Bear at
February 5, 2018   Bear Taylor  
RIPPLE SALVO… #702… XO SAYS: NO LIBERTY until you sign off on REAR ADMIRAL DENNY WISELY'S FIGHTER PILOT MEMOIR THAT IS FULL OF GREEN INK FLYING on the edge, WESTPAC FUN, a couple of years LEADING "THE BLUES," and a dozen brushes with Fate and the bad side of Lady Luck… Humble Host is honored to post a few notes on Denny's magnificent contribution to the history of the air war called Rolling Thunder and defining the path to command and flag rank in Naval Aviation (circa 20th Century)…. but first…
Good Morning: Day SEVEN HUNDRED TWO of a look-back of fifty years to the forgotten air war called Rolling Thunder…
5 FEBRUARY 1968…HEAD LINES from The New York Times on a partly sunny Monday in New York City…
TET OFFENSIVE/KHESANH: Page 1: "Enemy Artillery and Ground Force Assault Khesanh–U.S. Marines At Strongpoint Near DMZ–Report Heavy Barrage–Hill Attack Repulsed–Westmoreland Aide Asserts The Vietcong Could Mount a Big New Offensive"… "North Infantry and artillery units staged a heavy ground attack this morning against Hill 861, the isolated strongpoint northeast of the outpost of Khesanh. United States officers speculated for weeks that the enemy was preparing for an offensive against marines at Khesanh, in the northwestern corner of South Vietnam. There was no immediate indication whether the new attack was a prelude to such a drive…. a barrage or rockets and artillery and mortar fire hit the central camp at Khesanh, where 5,000 marines are facing an enemy force estimated at 20,000 to 40,000 men, across the borders of Laos and North Vietnam… Page 1: "Attacks On Hue Fail To Rout Foe–Marines Holding 8 Blocks (up from 3)Tear Gas On Houses But Enemy Holds On"… Page 1: "34 Missionaries Rescued At Mission In Dalat"… Page 1: "2 Vietnamese At Embassy Said To Have Aided Attack on Embassy"… Page 1: "Rusk Says Enemy Rules Out Talks–Onslaught In South Vietnam Viewed As Reply To Secret Diplomatic Soundings For Peace Negotiations"… Page 2: "Thais Vent Anger Over U.S. Build-up–American Officials Puzzled By Recent Public Hostility"…
PUEBLO INCIDENT: Page 1: "Accord Reported On the Release Of Pueblo's Crew–South Koreans Say U.S. and North Korea Must Agree In Principle In Pamnunjom Talks"… "The South Korean news agency Hapdong reported today that the United States and North Korea had reached agreement in principle for the release of the 83 man crew of the captured American intelligence ship Pueblo. The agency said reliable sources had reported that the agreement was reached today during the private talks the United States and North Korea have been holding at Pamnunjom…The agency said North Korea agreed to send back first the body of a sailor who was killed as well as several crewmen who were wounded."... Page 14: "4th Pueblo Officer Is Said To Confess"…
Page 2: "Israelis Give Up Search For Submarine Dakar Lost South Of Cyprus"… Page 6: "Apollo's Landing Site On Moon Narrowed By N.A.S.A. To 5 Choices"… Page 9: "McNamara Shares Bay of Pigs Blame–Says All Kennedy Advisors Recommended Invasion"…
STATE DEPARTMENT, Office of Historian, Historical Documents, Foreign Affairs, 1964-68 Vietnam: Two documents from 5 February 1968 of note: Document 55 is a strange one. It is a one pager from the President's National Security advisor Walt Rostow to the President explaining how Rostow explained the big picture in the Tet Offensive to his wife on a piece of paper (cocktail napkin?)…read for a smile… Document 56. Admiral Hughes the Director of Intel and Research provides Secretary Rusk his best advice on how the Government of South Vietnam picks up the pieces and presses on after the Tet Offensive setback across the entire nation… Read at:
5 FEBRUARY 1968… OPERATION ROLLING THUNDER… New York Times: all copy dedicated to the war below the DMZ…
"Vietnam: Air Losses" (Chris Hobson) There was one fixed wing aircraft lost in Southeast Asia on 5 February 1968…
(1) A Navy P-3B of the VP-26 Tridents, Home Base Brunswick, Maine, forward deployed from Sangley Point, P.I. to U-Tapao was lost at sea on the night of February 5-6 while on a Market Time patrol over the Gulf of Thailand. The cause of the loss remains undetermined and all twelve in the crew perished in the accident. Salvage operations in 100-feet of water at the crash site recovered two bodies, the other ten airmen remain where they fell in the service of our country fifty years ago this day… We remember:  LCDR ROBERT F. MEGLIO; LTJG THOMAS PAUL JONES; LTJG LYNN MICHAEL TRAVIS; LTJG ROY ARTHUR HUSS; AXC DONALD FREDERICK BURNETT; AOC DONALD LOUIS GALLAGHER; AMH2 HOMER EUGENE McKAY; ADR1 JAMES CLIFFORD NEWMAN; AE1 MELVIN CARL THOMPSON; ADJ2 BILLY W. McGHEE; AX3 ARMANDO CHAPA; and AX3 ILLIAM FARRELL FARRIS… who rest in peace: two came home, ten rest in the Gulf of Thailand…
RIPPLE SALVO… #702… Hats off to Rear Admiral Denny Wisely on his ascension to the ranks of published ebook writers. His brand new "GREEN INK: Memoirs of a Fighter Pilot" is a winner. I jumped on amazon and signed up for the Kindle edition for 6-bucks as soon as I heard about it. I've been reading Denny's short stories for years (and posting some in the RTR blogs over the last two years) and was excited about seeing how a fighter puke might fair with a wrapper around his best stuff. Denny  delivers. He is a superb storyteller with some of the most interesting, informative and humorous flying and war stories to tell that you'll ever read. Denny's 350 combat sorties included: nailing two North Vietnamese aircraft; logging more than 200 combat missions in Rolling Thunder ops, and more than 140 more in the 1972 ops over Southeast Asia. He must have been the best note-taker to ever climb into a Phantom since his tales are so vivid he puts you right in the action, which includes dozens of his most memorable tales. These include his rescue from a tree in Laos and his Fox 1 and Fox 2 kills, or was it two Fox Two's? (That's the trouble with Kindle–you can't flip and fondle the pages like a real book.) …
"Green Ink," is used to log combat flight time in a pilot's log book. It is an appropriate title for this fun read. Denny's log book was filled with a lot of green ink.
Denny's book is a biography that starts at the roots of family and childhood and, in "Green Ink," ends as he achieves flag rank. He has added an epilogue that promises (?) to continue tales from his journey that included his tours as Executive Officer of USS America, command of USS Sylvania, and command of USS John F. Kennedy. Just for kicks, Google up Denny's bio and see what a dream career in Naval Aviation looks like. Read his book to appreciate the level of sacrifice, exposure to danger and risk, and commitment required to earn the tough flag track assignments, and to excel in those demanding responsibilities when selected and detailed. Denny sought the toughest jobs and excelled in them all.
Denny has dedicated his book to his Navy wife Jan, who has passed on and rests in peace. Humble Host suggests that as you read Denny's "Green Ink"memoirs, you keep in mind the life of a Navy wife whose husband is gone to sea and war, from which not all husbands will return. For Denny to pursue his dreams in a life filled with danger, he needed a partner willing and able to bear a tremendous burden. I am sure Denny would say that in Jan he was blessed to have such a partner.
Old fighter pilot saying: "If you can't be good, be colorful." Denny was both.
Denny has added some great history to the archives of Naval history and the air war over North Vietnam. He is to be commended and rewarded for the effort. Buy and read "Green Ink." I guarantee you won't be disappointed. And Denny will get a few coins to encourage him to keep writing and making going to sea sound like fun. .
And Denny! Get going on your book on shiphandling–the 21st Century U.S. Navy needs all the help they can get… Bear
RTR quote for 5 February: SUN TZU, 350 B.C.: "By command I mean the general's qualities of wisdom, sincerity, humanity, courage and strictness."…
Lest we forget…     Bear
Why I miss Rodney Dangerfield 
With my old man I got no respect. I asked him, "How can I get my kite in the air?" He told me to run off a cliff.  
I went to a massage parlor. It was self-service.   
My wife only has sex with me for a purpose. Last night she used me to time an egg.   
It's tough to stay married. My wife kisses the dog on the lips, yet she won't drink from my glass!   
Last night my wife met me at the front door. She was wearing a sexy negligee. The only trouble was, she was coming home.   
A girl phoned me and said, 'Come on over. There's nobody home.' I went over. Nobody was home!   
A hooker once told me she had a headache.   
If it weren't for pickpockets, I'd have no sex life at all.   
I was making love to this girl and she started crying. I said, 'Are you going to hate yourself in the morning?'    She said, 'No, I hate myself now.'   
I knew a girl so ugly... they use her in prisons to cure sex offenders.
My wife is such a bad cook, if we leave dental floss in the kitchen the roaches hang themselves.   
I'm so ugly I stuck my head out the window and got arrested for mooning.     **********
The other day I came home and a guy was jogging, naked. I asked him, 'Why?' He said, 'Because you came home early.'   
My wife's such a bad cook, the dog begs for Alka-Seltzer.   
I know I'm not sexy. When I put my underwear on I can hear the Fruit-of-the-Loom guys giggling.   
My wife is such a bad cook, in my house we pray after the meal.   
My wife likes to talk to me during sex; last night she called me from a hotel.       ****************
My family was so poor that if I hadn't been born a boy, I wouldn't have had anything to play with.   
It's been a rough day. I got up this morning and put a shirt on and a button fell off. I picked up my briefcase, and the handle came off. I'm afraid to go to the bathroom.   
I was such an ugly kid! When I played in the sandbox, the cat kept covering me up.   
I could tell my parents hated me. My bath toys were a toaster and radio.   
I was such an ugly baby that my mother never breast fed me. She told me that she only liked me as a friend.   
I'm so ugly my father carried around a picture of the kid that came with his wallet.   
When I was born, the doctor came into the waiting room and said to my father, "I'm sorry.  We did everything we could, but he pulled through anyway."   
I'm so ugly my mother had morning sickness AFTER I was born.
I remember the time that I was kidnapped and they sent a piece of my finger to my father. He said he wanted more proof.   
Once when I was lost, I saw a policeman, and asked him to help me find my parents. I said to him, "Do you think we'll ever find them?" He said, "I don't know kid.  There's so many places they can hide."   
My wife made me join a bridge club. I jump off next Tuesday.   
I'm so ugly, I once worked in a pet shop, and people kept asking how big I'd get.     *******************
I went to see my doctor. "Doctor, every morning when I get up and I look in the mirror I feel like throwing up.  What's wrong with me?" He said: "Nothing, your eyesight is perfect."   
I went to the doctor because I'd swallowed a bottle of sleeping pills. My doctor told me to have a few drinks and get some rest.   
Some dog I got. We call him  Egypt   because in every room, he leaves a pyramid. His favorite bone is in my arm. Last night he went on the paper four times - three of those times I was reading it.   
One year they wanted to make me a poster boy -- for birth control.   
My uncle's dying wish was to have me sitting in his lap; he was in the electric chair.   
GOOD  ADVICE    Thanks to Carl
Item Number:1 Date: 02/05/2018 AFGHANISTAN - TROOPS PERFORMING BETTER IN BATTLE AGAINST TALIBAN, TOP U.S. GENERAL SAYS (FEB 05/RFE/RL)  RADIO FREE EUROPE/RADIO LIBERTY -- A senior U.S. military commander has touted the improvement of Afghan forces fighting Taliban militants in Afghanistan's southern Helmand province since American forces returned to the region nine months ago, reports Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.   Nevertheless, the Taliban still controls about half of the province and U.S.-backed Afghan troops remain in a tough fight throughout southern Afghanistan, Marine Brig. Gen. Roger Turner told reporters at the Pentagon on Feb. 1.   Turner recently returned to the United States after completing a deployment at the head of the U.S.-led coalition's Task Force Southwest.   The Taliban seized a significant amount of territory, especially in Helmand, after U.S. and NATO troops concluded their combat mission at the end of 2014.   Since a 300-strong Marine deployment to train and advise security forces in Helmand, Afghan troops have been able to retake some Taliban-held districts, improve security in others, reduce the casualty rate for government forces by 40 percent and have made the roads around key cities safer, Turner said.   The emergence of a new generation of younger commanders who have trained and fought with coalition forces has been a key factor in the improved performance of Afghan personnel, the general said.  
  Item Number:2 Date: 02/05/2018 BELGIUM - TRIAL FOR PARIS TERROR ARCHITECT UNDERWAY IN BRUSSELS; FACES 40 YEARS FOR SHOOTOUT WITH BELGIAN POLICE (FEB 05/REU)  REUTERS -- The trial has begun for the prime suspect behind the November 2015 terror attacks in Paris that killed more than 130 people, reports Reuters.   The trial for Salah Abdeslam began in Belgium on Monday. The current proceedings focus on the shootout with police that preceded his arrest in Brussels four months after a series of terrorist attacks in Paris.   Abdeslam, 28, refused to answer questions during the first day of his trial.   "I do not wish to answer questions," he said.   An accomplice testified against him, alleging that the two were present during a shootout with police in March 2016. A third man, shot by police, was the only one to fire during the arrest operation, he claimed.   Sofien Ayari, 24, testified that he had trained and fought with Islamic State forces in Syria.   Ayarui and Abdeslam each face up to 40 years in prison for attempted murder in the context of terrorism.   Abdeslam's trial in France is not expected until next year, noted the news service. Prosecutors believe he managed logistics for the Paris attacks, including ferrying fighters from Syria across Europe
  Item Number:3 Date: 02/05/2018 EUROPEAN UNION - BORDER AGENCY LAUNCHES NEW OP TARGETING CRIMINALS, TERRORISTS IN MED (FEB 05/EUO)  EU OBSERVER -- The European Union's Frontex border and coast guard agency has kicked off a new mission in the Mediterranean Sea, reports the E.U. Observer.   On Feb. 1, the agency launched its Themis mission in the central Mediterranean with a focus on terrorist and criminal suspects. Vessels assigned to the mission will continue to perform search-and-rescue missions as required, officials said.   The Themis operation has a "significant security component" an agency spokeswoman told the news site. This includes "the collection of intelligence and other steps aimed at detecting foreign fighters and other terrorist threats at the external borders" of the European Union.   Frontex officers will pass on intelligence to Italian authorities and the Europol police agency.   The new mission marks a departure from previous Frontex operations and shows a broader E.U. focus on the potential threats of the flow of people from Africa.   The mission covers inward flows from Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Turkey and Albania
Item Number:4 Date: 02/05/2018 FRANCE - NORMANDIE FRIGATE LAUNCHED IN LORIENT (FEB 05/NAVGROUP)  NAVAL GROUP -- French shipbuilder Naval Group has announced the launch of another Aquitaine-class frigate for the French navy.   The Normandie, the sixth ship in the class, was launched on Feb. 1 at the Naval Group shipyard in Lorient in northwestern France, the company said in a release.   The frigate is scheduled to begin sea trials in the fall ahead of delivery to the French navy in the summer of 2019, said Naval Group.   The fifth ship in the class, Bretagne, is scheduled to be delivered in the second quarter of 2018.   The last two frigates in the class will be delivered by the end of 2022, according to the shipbuilder
Item Number:5 Date: 02/05/2018 IRAN - SECURITY SHOOTS MAN WITH KNIFE TRYING TO ENTER PRESIDENTIAL OFFICE BUILDING (FEB 05/TASNIM)  TASNIM NEWS AGENCY -- Iranian security guards have shot a knife-wielding man who tried to enter the presidential complex in downtown Tehran, reports Iran's semi-official Tasnim News Agency.   The man, 35, tried to pass through security gates and enter the grounds of the presidential office on Monday morning, reported the Mehr News Agency (Iran).   When he refused to obey orders to stop, the guards shot him in the leg, said Mohsen Hamedani the deputy governor of Tehran province for security affairs.   The man is alive, reported the Tehran Times. An investigation is ongoing to uncover his motives.  
  Item Number:6 Date: 02/05/2018 JAPAN - TOKYO PROTESTS RUSSIAN MILITARY DEPLOYMENT TO DISPUTED ISLAND (FEB 05/SPUTNIK)  SPUTNIK -- Tokyo has lodged an official protest with the Russian government following the deployment of Russian aircraft to one of the disputed Kuril islands, reports Russia's Sputnik news agency.   On Friday, Yoshihide Suga, the Japanese chief cabinet secretary, announced Japan's official protest of the decision to deploy military and civilian aircraft to Etorofu, which is also known as Iturup.   Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev last week approved the deployment of undisclosed military and civilian aircraft to the island.   The island is part of the Kuril Island chain, a disputed archipelago 83 miles (134 km) north of Japan's northernmost island, Hokkaido.   Moscow has indicated it may deploy ground units to the area and potentially construct a naval base, reported the South China Morning Post.   Japan and Russia have been disputing ownership of the southern Kurils since the Soviet Union captured them at the end of World War II. Tokyo lays claim to Iturup, Kunashir and Shikotan islands as well as the Habomai islets.  
  Item Number:7 Date: 02/05/2018 MALDIVES - AS TENSIONS RISE, PRESIDENT ORDERS ARMY TO ARREST OPPOSITION, CLOSE PARLIAMENT (FEB 05/SKY)  SKY NEWS -- The army has become a central and politicized player in escalating tensions between the president and the opposition in the Maldives, reports Sky News (U.K.).   On Friday, the country's Supreme Court ordered the release of political prisoners and reinstatement of 12 opposition lawmakers.   The 12 seats would give the opposition party a majority in parliament.   President Abdulla Yameen accused the Supreme Court of trying to foment a coup.   Yameen's attorney general immediately warned Maldive's police and army to ignore the "illegal orders," including rumored charges of impeachment, reported Al Jazeera.   Officers appeared in a televised ceremony, promising to give their lives to defend the government, reported the BBC.   On Sunday, soldiers sealed off the parliament building and arrested two of the recently freed opposition members.   The main opposition party in the Maldives accused President Yameen of issuing unlawful orders to the security forces.   Protests around the capital, Male, sprang up over the weekend, with hundreds coming out to support and protest the president.   The Maldives has been a multi-party democracy since 2008, after the end of Maumoon Abdul Gafoor's dictatorship.  
  Item Number:8 Date: 02/05/2018 NAMIBIA - LACK OF FUNDS TO SEE THOUSANDS OF PERSONNEL PLACED ON LEAVE (FEB 05/NAMIBIAN)  NAMIBIAN -- A defense budget shortfall will force thousands of Namibian army personnel to take mandatory leave starting in March, reports the Namibian (Windhoek).   Personnel already on leave have been asked not to return to duty because the army can no longer afford food, water and electricity for some of its facilities.   The Defense Ministry received US$471 million for the 2017-2018 fiscal year, down from the US$497 million it received in 2016-2017.   Ministry policy allows for 30 percent of its personnel to go on leave, said a ministry spokesman.   Those forced to take leave will still be paid and their standard leave allotment will not be reduced, he said
Item Number:9 Date: 02/05/2018 NORTH KOREA - TRADE IN COAL, WEAPONS CONTINUES DESPITE SANCTIONS, SAYS U.N. REPORT (FEB 05/AFP)  AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE -- North Korea has consistently violated U.N. trade and weapons sanctions imposed on the country, according to a new U.N. report cited by Agence France-Presse.   In 2017, North Korea earned up to US$200 million from exporting banned goods, according to the U.N. study published on Friday, noted Reuters.   Between January and September, North Korean trade in commodities banned by U.N. sanctions, such as coal, metals, textiles and seafood, continued almost unchanged, reported AFP.   Pyongyang has also provided arms and assistance to help the Syrian government develop a nuclear weapons program and sold ballistic missiles to Burma (Myanmar), the report says. There were also at least three visits by North Korean personnel to Syria in 2016 for the transfer of equipment associated with chemical weapons programs.   The Burmese and Syrian militaries have been widely criticized for abuses of human rights.  
  Item Number:10 Date: 02/05/2018 PAKISTAN - 13 KILLED IN SUICIDE ATTACK AT ARMY BASE (FEB 05/EXPTRIB)  EXPRESS TRIBUNE -- A suicide bombing in the Swat valley in Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province has killed 11 soldiers and injured 13, reports the Express Tribune (Pakistan).   On Saturday, the soldiers were playing volleyball at an army camp in the town of Kabal when the attacker detonated his device.   Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), also known as the Pakistani Taliban, took responsibility for the bombing.   The attack was one of the country's deadliest since the 2013 bombing of a church in Peshawar, the newspaper noted.   Days before the attack, police arrested two militants in the area who had attacked police officers, reported Agence France-Presse
 Item Number:11 Date: 02/05/2018 SOUTH KOREA - AIR FORCE 2-STAR TO HEAD N. KOREA POLICY GROUP (FEB 05/YON)  YONHAP -- The South Korean Defense Ministry has selected a two-star air force general to lead its North Korea policy team, reports the Yonhap news agency (Seoul).   The Cabinet last month approved a ministry plan to create a director-general-level position to oversee North Korea policy.   Maj. Gen. Park In Ho has been nominated for the post, said an unnamed source.   Park has served as chief of strategy and planning at the nuclear and weapons of mass destruction response center at the Joint Chiefs of Staff; has led the air and space operation team at the Air Force Operations Command; and held the post of director-general of policy planning at the Defense Ministry.   In the new post, the general would serve as the ministry's "control tower" for handling North Korean affairs, including military dialogue
  Item Number:12 Date: 02/05/2018 SOUTH KOREA - DAEGU ASW FRIGATE DELIVERED TO NAVY (FEB 05/YON)  YONHAP -- The South Korean navy has accepted delivery of its latest Incheon-class frigate, reports the Yonhap news agency (Seoul).   The Daegu, the first ship in the second batch of the class, was handed over in a ceremony at Geoje Island in southern South Korea on Feb. 1.   The 2,800-ton warship is optimized for anti-submarine warfare and has a hybrid-electric drive propulsion system, according to South Korea's Defense Acquisition Program Administration.   Other equipment includes a towed array sonar; Hongsangeo light anti-submarine torpedoes; anti-ship and ground attack missiles; naval guns; and a Phalanx close-in weapon system
Item Number:13 Date: 02/05/2018 SYRIA - REBELS SHOOT DOWN RUSSIAN STRIKE JET; PILOT KILLED AFTER EJECTING (FEB 05/AFP)  AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE -- A Russian pilot was killed after his plane was shot down in northwestern Syria, reports Agence France-Presse.   The Su-25 attack aircraft was shot down on Saturday in Saraqeb, Idlib province. The pilot ejected safely and then fought the rebels who were trying to capture him, according to the Russian Ministry of Defense, as cited by Reuters. The pilot was badly injured and blew himself up with a grenade as the rebels approached, the ministry said.   Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), an alliance that controls much of the province and is led by former Al-Qaida fighters, claimed responsibility for the attack.   The attack was retaliation for Russian bombing in the province, said HTS.   Russian officials said the jet was downed with a man-portable air defense system (MANPADS).   The attack led to a temporary lull in Russian-Syrian operations in Idlib, reported the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Russian airstrikes in eastern Idlib resumed Sunday morning, the watchdog reported.   The Russian Defense Minsitry claimed that it had killed more than 30 rebels in the area where the Su-25 was shot down in airstrikes hours after the incident, reported the Washington Post.   Syrian forces, backed by Russian and Syrian air power, are pushing to oust rebels from Idlib, the last stronghold for anti-government forces in the country
Item Number:14 Date: 02/05/2018 TURKEY - 7 SOLDIERS KILLED DURING OPS IN SYRIA, ATTACK IN KILIS (FEB 05/ANADOLU)  ANADOLU NEWS AGENCY -- Seven Turkish soldiers have been killed in attacks in northern Syria and southern Turkey, reports Turkey's official Anadolu Agency.   On Saturday, five soldiers were killed in Sheikh Haruz, northeast of Afrin, in Syria's northern Aleppo province, when Kurdish fighters targeted their tank, said the Turkish General Staff, without elaborating.   Security officials are investigating the possibility that the anti-tank weapon might have been a Russian-made 9M113 Konkurs, reported Hurriyet Daily News (Turkey).   In response, Turkish jets and artillery launched attacks on encampments and weapons stores in the area.   Two other attacks, one in Turkey's southern Kilis province and another in an unnamed location, killed two soldiers on Saturday. Both attacks were blamed on the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG), which are based in Syria. Ankara considers the YPG to be a part of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).   Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildrim condemned the attacks.   "They will pay for this twice as much. We instantly gave the necessary response, and we continue to do so," said Yildirim.  
Item Number:15 Date: 02/05/2018 USA - ALLIED WARSHIPS JOIN TRUMAN CARRIER STRIKE GROUP FOR DRILLS (FEB 05/NTIMES)  NAVY TIMES -- The Harry S. Truman carrier strike group has been joined by European warships for an exercise off the coast of Virginia, reports the Navy Times.   The strike group departed Norfolk Naval Station, Va., on Thursday and was joined by the German frigate Hessen and the Norwegian frigate Roald Amundsen for exercises as part of the carrier group's training cycle.   The Hessen is scheduled to remain with the strike group when it deploys for the U.S. 5th and 6th Fleets areas of operation in early April, the Navy said.   The Hessen and Amundsen are highly capable frigates with advanced air defense systems for carrier escort and defense operations.   The German frigate previously deployed with the Truman strike group in 2010
  Item Number:16 Date: 02/05/2018 USA - BAE WINS INITIAL CONTRACT FOR ADDITIONAL M109A7 SELF-PROPELLED HOWITZERS (FEB 05/DOD)  DEPT. OF DEFENSE -- The U.S. Army has awarded BAE Systems Land & Armaments, York, Pa., a contract modification for the production of new artillery vehicles, reports the Dept. of Defense.   The $149 million deal covers the acquisition of early procurement material in support of M109A7 and M992A3 vehicle production.   The M109A7 is the latest variant of the M109 family of self-propelled howitzers, noted UPI.   The M992A3 is the latest version of the Field Artillery Ammunition Supply Vehicle that supports M109 operations.   Work under the contract is scheduled to be completed by Nov. 30, 2022.

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