Thursday, February 8, 2018

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To All
I hope that your week has been going well
This Day In Naval History – February 8, 2018
Feb. 8
1862—During the Civil War, a joint amphibious expedition under the command of Flag Officer L. M. Goldsborough and U.S. Army Brigadier Gen. Ambrose Burnside captures Roanoke Island, NC, securing Norfolk Navy Yard and eventually the destruction of CSS Virginia.
1890—A detachment of USS Omaha Sailors and Marines comes ashore at the town of Hodogaya, Japan, to assist in fighting an extensive fire.
1942—A Japanese destroyer sinks after being torpedoed by U.S. Navy submarine S37 (SS 142) the day before off Makassar.
1943—USS Snook (SS 279) attacks a Japanese convoy off the west coast of Kyushu and sinks the transport Lima Maru and survives depth charges about 30 miles southeast of Goto Retto.
1953—USS Lyman K. Swenson (DD 729) conducts counter-battery fire on a gun shelling Korean sampans in the Kojo area, silencing the enemy guns.
1984—Naval Aviator/Astronaut Bruce McCandless II makes the first untethered spacewalk as he flies some 300 feet from the Space Shuttle Challenger in the first test of the Manned Maneuvering Unit (MMU).
1991—As part of Operation Desert Storm, USS Wisconsin (BB 64) attacks a dozen Iraqi artillery emplacements with 36 rounds of its 16-inch guns in support of a Marine reconnaissance probe into occupied Kuwait.
Thanks to CHINFO
Executive Summary:
National news headlines include House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's filibuster-style speech that topped eight hours in a bid to force immigration votes, and continued anticipation of the Winter Olympics.  Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson addressed the San Diego Military Advisory Council on Wednesday over the Navy's focus towards great power competition, which dovetails with the NSS and NDS, reports the San Diego Union-Tribune. Richardson laid out his vision for an agile, innovative and adaptable 355-ship Navy capable of countering the resurgent Chinese and Russian navies. The New York Times reports that the Senate reached a bipartisan spending agreement on Wednesday that would fund the government and increase spending caps on military and domestic spending over the next two years. The deal would increase the limit on military spending by $80 billion in 2018 and $85 billion in 2019. The bill now goes to the House where its passage is not certain. Additionally, speaking at WEST 2018, the head of Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command Rear Adm. Christian "Boris" Becker said that the military and industry must find ways to innovate quickly in order to maintain U.S. military supremacy.
February 8
Mary, Queen of Scots is beheaded in Fotheringhay Castle for her alleged part in the conspiracy to usurp Elizabeth I.
At Eylau, Napoleon's Marshal Pierre Agureau attacks Russian forces in a heavy snowstorm.
Delegates from seceded states adopt a provisional Confederate Constitution.
Union troops under Gen. Ambrose Burnside defeat a Confederate defense force at the Battle of Roanoke Island, N.C.
Confederate raider William Quantrill and men attack a group of Federal wagons at New Market, Kentucky.
Congress passes the Dawes Act, which gives citizenship to Indians living apart from their tribe.
British General Buller is beaten at Ladysmith, South Africa as the British flee over the Tugela River.
In a surprise attack at Port Arthur, Korea, the Japanese disable seven Russian warships.
The Boy Scouts of America is incorporated.
The gas chamber is used for the first time to execute a murderer.
The Japanese land on Singapore.
British General Orde Wingate leads a guerrilla force of "Chindits" against the Japanese in Burma.
Elizabeth becomes Queen of England after her father, King George VI, dies.
The U.S. Defense Department reports the creation of the Military Assistance Command in South Vietnam.
South Vietnamese bomb the North Vietnamese communications center at Vinh Linh.
South Vietnamese ground forces, backed by American air power, begin Operation Lam Son 719, a 17,000 man incursion into Laos that ends three weeks later in a disaster.
CBS television temporarily suspends Andy Rooney for his anti-gay and ant-black remarks in a magazine interview.
With our thanks to THE Bear at
February 8, 2018  Bear Taylor 
RIPPLE SALVO… #705… Associated Press, Feb. 6–"Attack and counterattack widened across South Vietnam today…Large sections of Saigon and Hue lay in smouldering ruins, and columns of smoke rose as South Vietnamese dive bombers, U.S. helicopter gunships, artillery and tanks blasted away at Communist troops in scattered sections."…continued below…
Good Morning: Day SEVEN HUNDRED FIVE of a return to the "year the dream died" and the events and heroes of fifty years ago in the air over Vietnam…
8 FEBRUARY 1968… HEAD LINES from The New York Times on a Thursday that promises heavy snow today and tonight. Also, a few of the head lines from 7 February that Humble Host begged off on yesterday…
TET OFFENSIVE: Feb. 7: page 1: "FOE USING TANKS FIRST TIME MAULS OUTPOST NEAR DMZ–5 of 9 Soviet-Built Vehicles Reported Destroyed in Raid On Camp Near Khesanh–Base May Be Overrun–Allied Defenders, Put at 500, Call for Artillery On Their Position"… "Saigon Infiltration Rising–Marines Advance On Hue–Tension In Capital Is High–14 More Blocks Taken"… "Kontum Expels Invading Forces–Significant Victory Is Seen After Week's Battle"… "Carrier Shifting From Korea Post–Order To Enterprise Is Said To Be Gesture To Aid Talks To Free Pueblo And Crew"…
Feb. 8: Page 1: "Allied Post Falls To Tank Assault Near Buffer Zone–North Vietnamese Overrun Langvei Camp--Khesanh Outpost is Attacked–Saigon Fighting Slows–Search for Enemy Holdouts Goes On In Cholon Section and Center of Hue."… "Latest Soviet Tanks Used By Enemy Near Khesanh"… Page 1: "76 SAID TO ESCAPE"… "South Vietnamese headquarters in Saigon reporting the loss of the Langvei amp, said 76 allied soldiers, including 12 Americans had escape to Khesanh…The camp was under siege for 18 hours and 316 defenders, most of them civilian irregulars, were killed wounded or missing….The United States Command said that 24,662 enemy soldiers had been killed in nine days of fighting throughout South Vietnam. On the allied side, 2,043 men including 703 Americans were reported killed. The wounded included 3,729 Americans, 4,493 South Vietnamese and 154 other allied soldiers."..."General Cites Foe's Losses"…"The General in charge of United States troops in the Central Highlands estimated today that more than half of the enemy involved in the widespread fighting last week in his area had been destroyed. The officer, Lieutenant General William Rosson…said that of the total enemy force of 8,000 men who made 14 powerful attack, 4,661 had been killed and 599 captured. By contrast, the General said, casualties among allied troops were 460 killed and 1,553 wounded, including 90 United States soldiers were killed and 430 Americans wounded."…
Thanks to Mugs
I think we all know this, but the link is just another example why you can't believe anything that the government says, regardless of the level.
Item Number:1 Date: 02/08/2018 AFGHANISTAN - NEW SECURITY PROGRAM IN PLACE TO STRENGTHEN KABUL'S DEFENSES (FEB 08/TN)  TOLONEWS -- The Afghan government has announced new security measures after a series of terrorist attacks in the capital, Kabul, reports Tolo News (Afghanistan).   The Ministry of Interior said on Wednesday that at least 90 checkpoints are being set up around the city.   Some residents have opposed the move, arguing that such checkpoints have proven ineffective against terror attacks.   The process is expected to take two weeks and will be rolled out in three phases, reported Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.   There are at least 52 measures included in the plan, many of which will remain secret. These include closing roads connecting suburbs to the center of Kabul and increasing intelligence and reconnaissance activities, the Interior Minister said.   In the last several weeks, terrorists have attacked a hotel, bombed a crowded street and carried out a deadly raid on a military compound, killing more than 130 people.  
  Item Number:2 Date: 02/08/2018 ALGERIA - MILITARY STEPS UP VIGILANCE AMID RUMORS OF AL-BAGHDADI'S PRESENCE (FEB 08/MEM)  MIDDLE EAST MONITOR -- Algeria's military is bolstering its counterterrorism capabilities in southern Algeria amid rumors that the leader of the Islamic State terrorist group, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, is in the area, reports the Middle East Monitor (London).   Ahmed Gaid Salah, the Algerian chief of staff and deputy defense minister, is wrapping up a three-day visit to the southern oasis of Tamanrasset.   On Tuesday, he attended military exercises in Guezzam, on the southern border with Niger and Mali. The exercises simulated a cross-border terrorist raid.   His visit comes as rumors swirled that the terrorist leader might be hiding near the borders of Chad, Niger and Libya, a hotbed of terrorist activity near Algeria.   Salah's visit is intended to ensure there is a strategy to address any terrorist threats and reassure the public of the military's readiness to combat such threats, the Defense Ministry said
Item Number:3 Date: 02/08/2018 BANGLADESH - FORMER PM CONVICTED OF CORRUPTION; SUPPORTERS CLASH WITH POLICE (FEB 08/DAILYSTAR)  DAILY STAR -- The head of Bangladesh's main opposition party and former prime minister has been sentenced to jail for corruption, reports the Daily Star (Bangladesh).   Khaleda Zia and five others, including one of her sons, were sentenced on Thursday for their roles in embezzling from a charity. She was convicted of stealing US$251,000 in foreign donations for the Zia Orphanage Trust, reported (Bangladesh).   Zia, who served as prime minister from 1991 to 1996 and 2001 to 2006, entered Dhaka's Central Jail on Thursday to serve a five-year sentence. Her co-defendants were sentenced to 10-year terms.   Zia is expected to appeal the verdict, noted the Guardian (U.K.).   Around the city, supporters of Zia's Bangladesh National Party (BNP) clashed with police and ruling party activists when news of the verdict broke. At least seven BNP officials were arrested in Chittagong, police said.   Human-rights organizations and BNP members have accused the Awami League, which holds a majority in the government, of launching a campaign of arrests and intimidation, noted Al Jazeera.   Zia will be barred from running in upcoming parliamentary elections due to the conviction.   The 35-year veteran of Bangladeshi politics has been to jail multiple times but never for a conviction. She was imprisoned multiple times for her political activities.  
 Item Number:4 Date: 02/08/2018 GUINEA-BISSAU - ECOWAS SANCTIONS POLITICIANS, BUSINESSMEN IN GUINEA-BISSAU (FEB 08/NANIGERIA)  NEWS AGENCY OF NIGERIA -- The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) has imposed sanctions on nearly two dozen politicians and businessmen in Guinea-Bissau, reports the News Agency of Nigeria.   The move, which includes travel bans and asset freezes, follows the nomination of Augusto Antonio Artur da Silva to the prime minister post last month by President Jose Mario Vaz in violation of a 2016 deal brokered by ECOWAS, reported Reuters.   The sanctions targeted members of Vaz's parliamentary faction and his son, Emerson Goudiaby Vaz.   "The Conakry Accord has not been implemented and as a consequence it is appropriate to apply sanctions to those falling short," said an ECOWAS statement.   The president has been in a bitter dispute for the last two years with members of his ruling African Party of Independence of Guinea and Cape Verde, which has hindered government operations.   There have been regular protests due to the impasse. Diplomats have expressed concern that instability could be exploited by drug-traffickers, who have used the country as a transit point for shipments between South America and Europe.   Under the ECOWAS accord, Vaz was expected to name a prime minister agreed to with the opposition faction led by former Prime Minister Domingo Pereira.   The ECOWAS members are Benin, Burkina Faso, Cape Verde, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone and Togo.  
  Item Number:5 Date: 02/08/2018 INDIA - UPGRADED HAWK-I JET TRAINER MAKES 1ST FLIGHT (FEB 08/HAL)  HINDUSTAN AERONAUTICS LIMITED -- Hindustan Aeronautics (HAL) has announced the maiden flight of the Hawk-i jet trainer fitted with the domestically developed Real-Time Operating System (RTOS).   The RTOS is system software that provides a standard run-time environment for real-time applications execution, HAL said in a release on Feb. 7.   The system supports an integrated modular avionics architecture.   The indigenous RTOS is intended to replace commercial systems currently employed by Indian industry. Such systems can be expensive, provide limited flexibility and may be vulnerable to cyber attacks, said the release.   The RTOS performance has been validated on the Hawk-i trainer mission computer, including real-time sensor data-processing, navigation algorithm calculations, controls and display and interface management. The RTOS met all design requirements during the flight, HAL said
Item Number:6 Date: 02/08/2018 KENYA - GOVERNMENT CRACKS DOWN ON OPPOSITION; POLITICIAN DEPORTED (FEB 08/BLOOMBERG)  BLOOMBERG NEWS -- The Kenyan government has started to crack down on the opposition after contentious elections last year, reports Bloomberg News.   The National Super Alliance leader Raila Odinga held a mock inauguration ceremony on Jan. 30. The opposition bloc rejected the outcome of an October presidential election, which was a repeat of the annulled August ballot that delivered President Uhuru Kenyatta a second term.   On Tuesday, Miguna Miguna, an advocate and self-declared "general" of the opposition National Resistance Movement, was deported. Authorities said he held an illegal Kenyan passport, since it was obtained while he was also a Canadian citizen and at a time when it was illegal to hold dual citizenship, reported Reuters. Miguna says he plans to challenge the deportation.   Police also arrested two opposition lawmakers for attending Odinga's inauguration and cut off the transmissions of three television stations that were broadcasting the event. One of the channels remains off the air.   Opposition politicians and supporters have also been ordered to surrender their passports
  Item Number:7 Date: 02/08/2018 LIBYA - MILITIA LEADER WANTED BY ICC SURRENDERS; RELEASED AFTER PROTESTS (FEB 08/ALJAZ)  AL JAZEERA -- A Libyan militia leader wanted by the International Criminal Court in The Hague has surrendered to authorities in eastern Libya, reports Al Jazeera.   Mahmoud al-Wirfalli, a member of an elite unit of the Libyan National Army (LNA), surrendered to leaders of the LNA in Benghazi on Wednesday.   The commander was wanted in connection for a series of public executions that left at least 33 people dead.   His surrender followed months of pressure by the ICC on commander Khalifa Haftar and other powers in eastern Libya to turn over the militia leader.   After al-Wirfalli's surrender, dozens of his armed supporters paraded through the streets in a show of strength, reported the Libya Herald.   The LNA command released al-Wirfalli early Thursday morning after a military force reportedly stormed the headquarters where he was being held, reported the Libya Observer.   A release from the LNA said al-Wirfalli was let go after the investigation was completed, reported the Libya Express
Item Number:8 Date: 02/08/2018 MALAYSIA - BEIJING PRESSES KUALA LUMPUR TO RETURN 11 UIGHUR ESCAPED PRISONERS (FEB 08/REU)  REUTERS -- Eleven Chinese Uighurs who escaped from a Thai prison have been detained in Malaysia and Beijing has requested that they be returned to Chinese jails, reports Reuters.   About 20 Uighurs broke out of a prison near the Thai-Malaysian border in November 2017. One was caught two days later.   In recent weeks, at least 11 of the prisoners have been detained in northern Malaysia, said multiple anonymous sources.   Talks are ongoing with China to repatriate them, with Beijing pushing the Malaysian government to comply. Western diplomats oppose the move due to human-rights concerns.   China accuses Uighur groups of promoting extremism and separatism in the country's western provinces, where the Muslim minority is most concentrated. Several terrorist groups, including the East Turkestan Islamic Movement, are active in the area.   Beijing has been accused of numerous human-rights abuses against the group, including arbitrary arrests, torture and prohibitions on religious worship
  Item Number:9 Date: 02/08/2018 NORWAY - ARMY TAKES DELIVERY OF LAST OF IVECO LIGHT ARMORED VEHICLES (FEB 08/IV)  IVECO -- Iveco Defense Vehicles has announced delivering the last batch of 62 light armored vehicles (LAV) to the Norwegian Defense Materiel Agency (NDMA), reports the Italian defense firm.   This concluded the fourth LAV procurement by the Norwegian army.   The vehicle, a development of the Light Multirole Vehicle (LMV) design, features a new driveline and a new air-filtration system.   The internal layout of the crew cell is redesigned for improved ergonomics and has new seats, a next-generation dashboard and upgraded hardtop, according to Iveco
  Item Number:10 Date: 02/08/2018 PHILIPPINES - PRESIDENT UNDER PRELIMINARY ICC PROBE FOR ALLEGED CRIMES AGAINST HUMANITY (FEB 08/INQ)  INQUIRER -- The International Criminal Court in The Hague is conducting preliminary investigations into allegations of crimes against humanity by President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines, reports the Inquirer (Philippines).   The investigation concerns extrajudicial killings that have occurred as part of Duterte's anti-drug campaign, a presidential spokesman said Thursday.   The probe covers the period of July 1, 2016, in the context of Duterte's anti-drug campaign, said ICC prosecutors cited by the Guardian (U.K.).   The investigation is merely preliminary and does not imply wrongdoing, the spokesman said. The probe is intended only to determine if there is a reasonable basis to proceed to a more thorough investigation, he said.   The spokesman emphasized that there was no need for the investigation, as the war on drugs was a sovereign issue.   At least 4,000 people, mostly poor residents of cities, have been killed as part of Duterte's war on drugs, noted Reuters. Activists say the number is likely higher
Item Number:11 Date: 02/08/2018 SOMALIA - SUSPECTED AL-SHABAAB GUNMEN KILL 4 IN MULTIPLE ATTACKS (FEB 08/SHABELLE)  SHABELLE MEDIA NETWORK -- Suspected Al-Shabaab militants have killed at least four people in separate attacks in Mogadishu, the Somali capital, reports the Shabelle Media Network (Mogadishu).   On Tuesday evening, gunmen killed at least three people during attacks in the Deynile district, near a university. At least one soldier was among the dead, witnesses said.   Al-Shabaab was suspected in the attack.   On Wednesday morning, a Somali lieutenant was killed by pistol-carrying militants in the same part of the city.   Al-Shabaab immediately claimed responsibility for that attack
Item Number:12 Date: 02/08/2018 SYRIA - 100 ASSAD-LINKED FIGHTERS KILLED IN ATTACK ON SDF HQ IN DEIR EZZOR (FEB 08/REU)  REUTERS -- At least 100 fighters aligned with the Syrian government have been killed after U.S. coalition and coalition-backed local forces repelled an attack in the eastern Syrian province of Deir Ezzor, reports Reuters.   About 500 fighters loyal to Syrian President Bashar Assad launched an attack overnight Wednesday on Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) positions near Khisham, in southern Deir Ezzor.   The fighters were backed by artillery, tanks, multiple launch rocket systems and mortars, said an unnamed U.S. official.   The Assad-linked forces "initiated an unprovoked attack" against a well-established SDF headquarters, said a U.S. military official cited by CNN.   The coalition launched air and artillery strikes "to repel the act of aggression against partners," it said in a statement.   The U.S.-led coalition alerted Russia, which supports the Syrian government, of the presence of U.S. troops in the area, said the American official.   The SDF, part of the U.S. coalition fighting the Islamic State, is headquartered in Deir Ezzor. U.S. troops are embedded with the SDF in the area.   No American troops were reported injured. One SDF fighter was wounded.   The exact identity of the attackers is unknown, said the unnamed U.S. official. They were likely trying to seize oilfields in the area, the source said
Item Number:13 Date: 02/08/2018 USA - AFGHAN WAR TO COST $45 BILLION THIS YEAR (FEB 08/HILL)  THE HILL -- Senior Pentagon officials say the war in Afghanistan will cost about $45 billion in 2018, reports the Hill (Washington, D.C.).   The figure includes round $13 billion for U.S. forces deployed in Afghanistan, $5 billion for Afghan forces, $780 million for economic aid and the rest for logistical support, Randall Schriver, the assistant secretary of defense for Asian and Pacific security affairs, told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Tuesday.   This was the committee's first hearing on the war since the Trump administration unveiled a new Afghan strategy last year.   Plans call for increasing the number of U.S. forces in the country from 8,400 to 14,000. There is no timetable for how long the U.S. mission might last.   Senators questioned whether the strategy will force the Taliban to join peace talks that might end the war.  
  Item Number:14 Date: 02/08/2018 USA - LOCKHEED MARTIN WINS DEAL FOR PAC-3 INTERCEPTORS FOR MULTIPLE CUSTOMERS (FEB 08/DOD)  DEPT. OF DEFENSE -- The U.S. Army awarded Lockheed Martin, Grand Prairie, Texas, a contract modification for PAC-3 interceptors for domestic and Foreign Military Sales customers, reports the Dept. of Defense.   The US$523.8 million deal covers PAC-3 missile segment enhancement (MSE) missiles, cost-reduction initiative (CRI) missiles and associated ground support equipment for the U.S., Qatar, Romania and Saudi Arabia.   Work under the contract is scheduled to be completed by Jan. 31, 2021
Item Number:15 Date: 02/08/2018 USA - MARINE BATTALION FIRES MORE ARTILLERY THAN ANY BATTALION SINCE VIETNAM WAR (FEB 08/MCT)  MARINE CORPS TIMES -- A Marine artillery battalion in Syria has fired more rounds than any such battalion since the Vietnam War, reports the Marine Corps Times.   In five months in Raqqa, Syria, the unit, part of the 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, fired 35,000 artillery rounds on Islamic State targets, killing dozens of militants, said Army Sgt. Major John Wayne Troxell, the senior enlisted adviser to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.   This is more rounds than any Army or Marine battalion has fired since Vietnam, Troxell said.   For comparison, during all of Operation Desert Storm in Iraq in 1991, the Army and Marines fired 60,000 artillery rounds. Just over 34,000 rounds were fired during the invasion of Iraq in 2003.   The battalion consisted of around 18 155-mm M777 howitzers. The intensity of the artillery operations was demonstrated when the Marines reported burning out a couple of howitzer barrels, which is said to be an extremely rare occurrence, the newspaper reported in November.   The unit deployed in the spring of 2017 to support the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) in the fight against the Islamic State
Item Number:16 Date: 02/08/2018 USA - SENATE REACHES DRAFT BUDGET DEAL, INCLUDING MAJOR BOOST FOR DEFENSE (FEB 08/CNN)  CABLE NEWS NETWORK -- Senate leaders have reached a budget deal that could increase and stabilize defense spending, reports CNN.   Under the agreement reached Wednesday, defense spending would increase by $160 billion in 2018 and 2019   Under these terms, defense spending would reach $700 billion in 2018 and $716 billion in 2019, reported USA Today. The top line figures are close to those authorized by the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act and the anticipated fiscal 2019 defense budget.   It was not immediately clear how the agreement would address budget caps put in place in 2011 or how much of the additional funding might be sought through cap-exempt Overseas Contingency Operations spending, noted Defense News. The caps limit spending to $549 billion for 2018 and $562 billion for 2019.

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