Saturday, February 17, 2018

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I hope that you all have a great weekend.
This Day In Naval History – February 16, 2018
Feb. 16
1804—Lt. Stephen Decatur, with volunteers from frigate Constitution and schooner Enterprise, enters Tripoli harbor by night in the ketch Intrepid to burn the captured frigate Philadelphia.
1815—The frigate Constitution captures British ship Susannah, despite the War of 1812 being over six weeks earlier.
1944—USS Skate (SS 305) sinks the Japanese light cruiser Agano as she deploys from Truk, Caroline Islands.
1945—PB4Y-1 Liberators from (VPB 117) sink Japanese army cargo ship Ida Maru at Cape St. Jacques, French Indochina.
1952—USS Gregory (DD 802), USS Twining (DD 540), and USS Rowan (DD 782) greet the first anniversary of the siege of Wonsan, Korea, with destructive interdiction fire.
1967 - Operation River Raider begins in Mekong Delta
On this day in history (February 16):
1923 - Howard Carter unsealed the burial chamber of Egyptian Pharaoh Tutankhamen. The next day he entered the chamber with several invited guests. He had originally found the tomb on November 4, 1922.
1948 - NBC-TV began airing its first nightly newscast, "The Camel Newsreel Theatre", which consisted of Fox Movietone newsreels
1968 - In the U.S., the first 911 emergency telephone system was inaugurated in Haleyville, AL.
And today is:
National Almond Day
Feb. 17
1864—While at anchor off Charleston, SC, the steam sloop of war USS Housatonic is attacked by the Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley using a spar torpedo. USS Housatonic is recorded as the first warship to be sunk by a submarine.
1942—The first Construction Battalion (Seabees) arrive in the Pacific during World War II at Bora Bora, Society Islands.
1944—USS Nicholas (DD 449) sinks the Japanese submarine I-11 in the Marshall Islands.
1944—During Operation Hailstone, aircraft from the nine aircraft carriers of Task Force 58 attack the Japanese fleet at Truk. During the 2-day strike, 33 Japanese vessels are destroyed and nine more damaged.
1945—While wounded and gravely weakened, Medal of Honor recipient Lt. Rufus G. Herring takes the helm of the Landing Craft Infantry Gunboat (LCI(G) 449), which was heavily hit by Japanese counter-fire, rallies his men, and keeps the ship in action protecting UDT swimmers.
Feb. 18
1846—Secretary of the Navy George Bancroft issues the General Order to change "Larboard" to "Port" for identification of the left side of a sailing vessel.
1865—In order for CSS Charleston, CSS Chicora, and CSS Palmetto State not to be captured by Rear Admiral John A. Dahlgren's squadron during the evacuation of Charleston, SC, Confederate Capt. John R. Tucker, orders the ships be set afire and blown up.
1942—USS Truxtun (DD 229) and USS Pollux (AKS 2) sink during a heavy storm in Placentia Bay, Newfoundland, with the loss of 204 lives.
1944—The amphibious force under Rear Adm. Harry W. Hill lands troops on Engebi Island, Eniwetok, securing the island before the end of the day.
1945—U.S. Navy destroyers engage Japanese vessels off Iwo and Chichi Jima. USS Waldron (DD 699) is damaged after intentionally ramming a gunboat; USS Dortch (DD 670) sinks auxiliary submarine chaser Ayukawa Maru north-northwest of Iwo Jima; USS Barton (DD 722), USS Ingraham (DD 694), and USS Moale (DD 693) operating near Chichi Jima, sink Japanese guardboats No.35 Nanshin Maru, No. 3 Kyowa Maru, and No.5 Kukuichi Maru.
February 16
Cherokee Indians held hostage at Fort St. George are killed in revenge for Indian attacks on frontier settlements.
US Navy lieutenant Steven Decatur leads a small group of sailors into Tripoli harbor and burns the USS Philadelphia, captured earlier by Barbary pirates.
Fort Donelson, Tennessee, falls to Grant's Federal forces, but not before Nathan Bedford Forrest escapes.
Columbia, South Carolina, surrenders to Federal troops.
Bessie Smith makes her first recording "Down Hearted Blues."
Thousands of Socialists battle Communists at a rally in New York's Madison Square Garden.
Dupont patents a new thread, nylon, which will replace silk in a number of products and reduce costs.
The British destroyer HMS Cossack rescues British seamen from a German prison ship, the Altmark, in a Norwegian fjord.
Tojo outlines Japan's war aims to the Diet, referring to "new order of coexistence" in East Asia.
American paratroopers land on Corregidor, in a campaign to liberate the Philippines.
Stalin contends the U.N. is becoming the weapon of aggressive war.
The FBI arrests 10 members of the Ku Klux Klan in North Carolina.
A U.S. flag flies over an outpost in Wilkes Land, Antarctica.
Fidel Castro takes the oath as Cuban premier in Havana.
Four persons are held in a plot to blow up the Statue of Liberty, Liberty Bell and the Washington Monument.
The World Council of Churches being held in Geneva, urges immediate peace in Vietnam.
China and Japan sign a $20 billion trade pact, which is the most important move since the 1972 resumption of diplomatic ties.
Thanks to CHINFO
Executive Summary:
In national news today, headlines are dominated with reports on additional details of the Florida school shooting and the shooting victims, as well as reports on the debate over gun control.  Rep. Rob Wittman (R-Va), chair of the HASC seapower and projection forces subcommittee, said that Congress will not accept the Navy's proposed shipbuilding plan for FY 2019, reports USNI News. "The floor for shipbuilding in FY '19 needs to be no less than $26.2 billion and 13 ships. Period. Bottom line," said Wittman. USNI News also reports that the Navy has requested $3.15 billion for aircraft modification kits for FY 2019, a nearly half a billion dollar funding increase. The increase will help address safety concerns such as the physiological episodes plaguing F-18 and T-45 jets and the back and neck related issues caused by the MH-60S Knighthawk's gunner seat. Additionally, the Wall Street Journal reports that Secretary of State Rex Tillerson met Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis also met with his Turkish counterpart on Thursday in an effort to reduce tensions between the U.S. and Turkey.
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February 16, 2018   Bear Taylor  
RIPPLE SALVO… #713… POOR LBJ. POOR UNCLE SAM. Surprised by the Tet Offensive, the seizure of the USS Pueblo by the North Korean pipsqueak, questioned by Senator Fulbright about the Gulf of Tonkin incident, Rolling Thunder weathered out and ineffective, Khesanh under siege and survival now nip and tuck, Gallup Poll scores the President's popularity in a tailspin, and now, Captain Bucher and his 82 sailors have signed a full confession and broadcast it to the world. Humiliation: "Mortification by supercilious treatment."… but first…
Good Morning: Day SEVEN HUNDRED THIRTEEN of a remembrance of the air war over North Vietnam as a part of interesting times fifty years ago…
16 FEBRUARY 1968… HEAD LINES from The New York Times on a cloudy, cold Friday in New York…
TET OFFENSIVE/KHESANH: Page 3: "U.S. DEAD IN WEEK 400"... "The United States command said today that 400 American servicemen were killed and 1,494 wounded in combat last week. That was a decline in each case from the record total of the previous week–416 dead and 2,757 wounded--but still greater than in any earlier seven-day period in the war. No casualty figures were available for the last week for either the South Vietnamese armed forces or the enemy."... Page 1: U.S. MARINES GAIN 200 YARDS IN DAY AT HUE'S CITADEL–Advance is Slow In Spite of a 2-Day Bombardment and Close Air Support–An Enemy Unit Routed–Allied Aircraft attack Foe Near Saigon and at Besieged Khesanh Base"... "An American Marine battalion renewed its drive against entrenched enemy forces in this city's walled 19th-century Citadel today and advanced 200 yards. The enemy-held area had taken a heavy pounding by aircraft, artillery and naval guns for two days…. The Americans had suffered 11 killed and 45 wounded in an assault by the enemy two days ago… A total of 800 North Vietnamese and Vietcong are said to still hold heavily entrenched positions along the southern wall of the Citadel… Southern Hue is under Marine control…a sweep of the area revealed 127 enemy bodies."…."The South Vietnamese report killing 1,300 of the enemy while losing about 200 dead…"
Thanks to Dr. Rich…This just looks cold
Thanks to Micro
An excellent letter to the NFL from AMVETS.  Well worth reading
Item Number:1 Date: 02/16/2018 AFGHANISTAN - FEWER CIVILIAN CASUALTIES RECORDED IN 2017; INCREASE ANTICIPATED THIS YEAR (FEB 16/VOA)  VOICE OF AMERICA NEWS -- The United Nations recorded a 9 percent reduction in civilian casualties in Afghanistan in 2017, but anticipates more casualties this year, reports the Voice of America News.   There were 10,453 civilian casualties last year, including 3,438 deaths, according to the annual report by the U.N. Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), which was released on Feb. 15.   There were 11,434 casualties in 2016, including 3,510 fatalities, noted VOA.   About 40 percent of the casualties in 2017 were attributed to suicide attacks and improvised explosive devices, the report says. Another 33 percent were blamed on fighting between Afghan forces and militants. The rest were attributed to targeted killings, explosive remnants of war and airstrikes by government and coalition forces.   The majority of the casualties were blamed on the Taliban and Islamic State, with 20 percent attributed to Afghan security forces, pro-government militias and the U.S.-led coalition.   U.N. officials warned that they anticipated more civilian casualties in 2018, in part because of the Trump administration's new strategy, which calls for more air and ground operations against the Taliban.   Militants have also pledged to ramp up attacks during the coming fighting season
Item Number:2 Date: 02/16/2018 BRAZIL - STATE OF EMERGENCY PLANNED IN NORTH TO STEM TIDE OF VENEZUELAN REFUGEES (FEB 16/DEWELLE)  DEUTSCHE WELLE -- Brazil will declare a state of emergency and double the number of troops along its northern border with Venezuela, reports Deutsche Welle.   The government announced the move on Thursday in response to the growing number of Venezuelans pouring across its northern border.   The army will increase the number of troops in the northern state of Roraima to 200 and erect more control towers. A field hospital is also planned.   In recent months, 40,000 Venezuelans have fled to Boa Vista, Brazil's largest northern city. Boa Vista has a population of about 400,000.   Tensions in the city are growing. Last week, two residences housing Venezuelans were burned down, injuring five.   Thousands have fled Venezuela amid a political crisis and rampant hyperinflation that makes most goods impossible to afford.  
  Item Number:3 Date: 02/16/2018 CANADA - AIR FORCE TO REJOIN NATO AWACS PROGRAM (FEB 16/CDND)  CANADA DEPARTMENT OF NATIONAL DEFENSE -- The Canadian government has decided to rejoin NATO's airborne warning and control system (AWACS) program, reports the Canadian Dept. of National Defense.   Ottawa withdrew from the program in 2011 as a cost-saving measure following the 2010 defense review.   NATO operates 16 E-3 Sentry AWACS aircraft that provide long-range air surveillance and command-and-control capabilities.   The decision represents Canada's renewed commitment to the alliance, said Defense Minister Harjit Sajjan, as quoted by Defense News
Item Number:4 Date: 02/16/2018 CHINA - AMBASSADOR WARNS WASHINGTON AGAINST CONFRONTATION (FEB 16/XIN)  XINHUA -- The Chinese ambassador to the U.S. has warned American officials against taking confrontational stances towards Beijing, reports China's official Xinhua news agency.   "It's certainly paranoid to fear that a China that follows its own path of development would be confrontational to the United States. And it's dangerous to advocate any strategy for confrontation [against China]," Cui Tiankai said on Tuesday at the Chinese Embassy in Washington, D.C.   Cui said that instead, the U.S. and China should focus on issues of common interest and friendly competition if necessary.   "It would be wishful thinking to believe that some political or cultural genetic engineering could be done to change China's DNA," he said.   "We will continue to have differences between us, but our growing common interests are far more important," said Cui. "The need for cooperation will far outweigh any differences between us
  Item Number:5 Date: 02/16/2018 EGYPT - 53 ALLEGED TERRORISTS KILLED, HUNDREDS OF SUSPECTS ARRESTED IN FIRST WEEK OF COUNTERTERROR OPERATION (FEB 16/REU)  REUTERS -- Egyptian security forces have killed 53 alleged militants and arrested 680 suspects during the first week of a large-scale operation in the Sinai Peninsula, reports Reuters.   Egyptian forces have also destroyed more than 2,205 pounds (1,000 kg) of explosives, 378 terrorist shelters and weapon storage facilities, including a media center used by the militants, a military spokesman said on Thursday.   More than 100 airstrikes have been carried out in the Sinai Peninsula, where the Islamic State-affiliated Sinai Province terrorist group is based.   Earlier this week, Amnesty International said video evidence of the operation showed Egypt was using cluster munitions in the Sinai. The rights watchdog called on the military to stop using such arms.   Comprehensive Operation Sinai 2018, which began last Friday, brings together the country's the army, navy, air force and police.   The operation's stated aim is to target "terrorists and criminals" in the Sinai Peninsula, parts of the Nile delta and the Western Desert. It will end when the Sinai is free of terrorists, said Maj. Gen. Yasser Abdel Aziz of the Military Operations Authority
  Item Number:6 Date: 02/16/2018 INDONESIA - DEAL INKED FOR 11 SU-35 FIGHTERS (FEB 16/INT-AVN)  INTERFAX-MILITARY NEWS AGENCY -- Indonesia has finalized a deal with Russia for Su-35 fighter jets, reports Interfax-AVN (Russia).   The deal was signed on Feb. 14 and covers 11 aircraft, reported IHS Jane's Defense Industry.   The Indonesian Ministry of Defense has not confirmed the deal, although a military spokesman told local media that the signing had taken place.   No details about the value of the contract or delivery schedule have been reported.   The first two aircraft are expected to be delivered by October 2018
Item Number:7 Date: 02/16/2018 KENYA - 2 SOLDIERS KILLED IN SHOOTOUT WITH POLICE (FEB 16/STAR)  THE STAR -- Two Kenyan soldiers have been killed in a friendly fire incident with Administration Police officers in the northeastern Mandera county, near the border with Somalia, reports the Star (Kenya).   The police officers opened fire after coming under attack by the soldiers, who mistook them for Al-Shabaab militants, said local officials.   Six officers and five soldiers were wounded in the exchange, reported Capital FM (Nairobi, Kenya).   The Kenyan military set up bases in the region to help combat Al-Shabaab terrorists from Somalia.  
Item Number:8 Date: 02/16/2018 MALI - RAID IN NORTH KILLS 20 SUSPECTED MILITANTS, SAYS FRENCH DEFENSE MINISTRY (FEB 16/LWJ)  LONG WAR JOURNAL -- French counterterror operations have killed about 20 militants in northern Mali, reports the Long War Journal.   The operations occurred on the night of Feb. 13 to Feb. 14 against three targets in the country's northeast, said a release from the French Ministry of Defense.   Tiger attack helicopters followed airstrikes on militant positions between Boughessa and Tin Zaouatene. Troops swept in to finish off the targets.   The raids targeted the headquarters of the Al-Qaida-affiliated Group for Support of Islam and Muslims (JNIM), led by Iyad Ag Ghaly, reported Agence France Presse.   Three vehicles were destroyed, said the ministry. Several weapons and documents were seized as seized well
Item Number:9 Date: 02/16/2018 NEPAL - COMMUNIST PARTIES AGREE ON NEW PRIME MINISTER (FEB 16/PTI)  PRESS TRUST OF INDIA -- Nepal has chosen its next prime minister and government, two months after elections, reports the Press Trust of India.   K.P. Sharma Oli, chairman of the Communist Party of Nepal (Unified Marxist–Leninist), previously served as prime minister from October 2015 to August 2016.   Oli will take the reins in Kathmandu with the backing of the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist Center).   The deal between the two communist parties was announced on Thursday.   The Unified Marxist-Leninist party placed first in the elections, but needed backing from the Maoists, who placed third.   The ruling body for the Marxist-Leninist party gave approval for the two parties to merge; they jointly participated in the elections. Details of the relationship will be decided in the coming months.   The elections were the first under Nepal's post-war constitution.   Pushpa Kamal Dahal, the leader of the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist Center), led the Communist Party of Nepal-Maoist insurgent group in a 10-year civil war that ended in 2006
Item Number:10 Date: 02/16/2018 OCCAR - EUROPEAN DRONE PROGRAM SUCCESSFULLY CONCLUDES SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS REVIEW (FEB 16/OCCAR)  ORGANIZATION FOR JOINT ARMAMENT COOPERATION -- The European medium altitude, long-endurance remotely piloted aircraft system (MALE RPAS) program has completed its system requirements review, reports the European Organization for Joint Armament Cooperation (OCCAR).   The milestone, reached in January, sets the stage for the second phase of definition work, which will result in a consolidated preliminary design, the agency said.   The system requirements review ensures that the operational requirements of the participating air forces were properly transferred into top-level system requirements.   A system preliminary design review is anticipated by the end of 2018. Service entry for the platform is planned for the mid-2020s.   Participating firms are Airbus Defense and Space, Dassault Aviation and Leonardo. France, Germany, Italy and Spain are the lead nations
Item Number:11 Date: 02/16/2018 PAKISTAN - MILITARY TRAIN AND ADVISE MISSION PLANNED IN SAUDI ARABIA (FEB 16/GEONEWS)  GEO NEWS -- The Pakistani military has announced it will send troops to Saudi Arabia as part of a train and advise mission, reports Geo News (Pakistan).   The troops will not be deployed outside of Saudi territory, the army's media wing said on Friday, as reported by Reuters.   The deployment is part of bilateral military cooperation, under which around 1,000 Pakistani troops are already based in Saudi Arabia in advisory roles, according to officials cited by the Press Trust of India.   The total size of the deployment has yet to be announced. The deployment is expected to be smaller than a division, said one lawmaker, citing conversations with the military. The force could be as large as a composite brigade, according to sources cited by the Dawn (Pakistan).   The Pakistani Senate summoned Defense Minister Khurram Dastgir to appear on Monday to face questions on the proposed deployment.   Pakistan has been notably absent from the Sunni coalition led by Saudi Arabia fighting the Houthi rebel group in Syria.  
Item Number:12 Date: 02/16/2018 UKRAINE - 4 MARINES KILLED BY FELLOWS IN DISPUTE IN SHYROKYNE (FEB 16/UNIAN)  UNIAN NEWS AGENCY -- Four Ukrainian marines have been murdered by two of their comrades in the village of Shyrokyne in the eastern part of the country, reports the Ukrainian Independent Information Agency (UNIAN).   The bodies were found in their living quarters with gunshot wounds. There was evidence of an effort to hide the crime through arson and planted explosives, said a spokeswoman for the Ukrainian prosecutor general.   Two suspects were detained and confessed to the crime. The killings were the result of bullying and hazing in the unit, the spokeswoman said, as cited by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.   The spokeswoman did not specify when the bodies were found.   Ukrainian media said that the incident occurred on Feb. 14. The marines involved were drinking alcohol and argued, reported Interfax-AVN (Russia
  Item Number:13 Date: 02/16/2018 UNITED NATIONS - REPORT FINDS IRAN SUPPLIED MISSILES TO YEMEN; HALEY URGES SECURITY COUNCIL ACTION (FEB 16/AFP)  AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE -- The U.S. ambassador to the U.N. is urging action against alleged weapons smuggling by Iran in Yemen, reports Agence-France Presse.   "It's time for the Security Council to act," Nikki Haley said on Thursday.   Haley's comments come on the heels of a U.N. report that she says validates U.S. allegations of Iranian arms transfers to Yemen's Houthi rebels.   According to the report, missiles used by the Houthis were of Iranian origin. Iran failed to take sufficient measures to prevent the flow of weapons to the rebels, the report says.   "The report highlights what we've been saying for months: Iran has been illegally transferring weapons in violation of multiple Security Council resolutions," Haley said in a statement.   While the report found that Iran had violated a 2015 arms embargo on Yemen, the U.N. experts said they could not identify the supplier.   The violations are likely to be addressed as part of a resolution renewing the Yemeni arms embargo expected later this month.   Washington has long accused Iran of supplying weapons to the Houthis. Iran has denied the allegations
Item Number:14 Date: 02/16/2018 USA - BOEING TO DEVELOP CONFORMAL FUEL TANK FOR SUPER HORNET FIGHTERS (FEB 16/DOD)  DEPT. OF DEFENSE -- The Naval Air Systems Command has awarded Boeing, St. Louis, Mo., a contract to develop conformal fuel tanks for F/A-18E/F Super Hornet fighters, reports the Dept. of Defense.   The $219.6 million deal covers non-recurring work for the design, development, test and integration of the conformal tank.   Work will take place primarily in El Segundo, Calif., (41 percent); St. Louis (40 percent); and Patuxent River, Md. (17 percent). The contract is scheduled to be completed in July 2022
Item Number:15 Date: 02/16/2018 USA - CANADIAN RESERVISTS JOIN N.H. GUARDSMEN FOR COLD WEATHER DRILLS (FEB 16/ANS)  ARMY NEWS SERVICE -- A company of New Hampshire National Guardsmen and a platoon of Canadian reservists have just concluded a week of drills at North Conway, N.H., and Fort Devens, Mass., reports the Army News Service.   The training, which ran from Feb. 10-15, covered basic infantry operations, mountaineering and cold weather operations.   The exercise focused on small-unit tactics and improving interoperability between the two sides, the Army said
Item Number:16 Date: 02/16/2018 USA - NO 'BLOODY NOSE' STRATEGY ON N. KOREA, SAY SENATORS, DIPLOMAT (FEB 16/DN)  DEFENSE NEWS -- There are no U.S. plans for a limited, pre-emptive strike to knock out North Korea's nuclear program, reports Defense News.   Senators Jim Risch (R-Idaho) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) said on Thursday that unidentified White House officials had assured them that rumors to the contrary are untrue.   Their statements to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee came as the body was considering the nomination of Susan Thornton for the top diplomatic post for East Asia. Thornton is currently the acting assistant secretary for East Asian and Pacific affairs, noted the Hill (Washington, D.C.)   The administration's strategy to achieve denuclearization remains maximum pressure, achieved through economic sanctions, Thornton told the committee.   Nevertheless, the U.S. is keeping military options on the table, she said.

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