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This Day In Naval History – March 1, 2018
March 1
1865Side-wheel steamship Harvest Moon, while underway near Georgetown, SC, with Rear Admiral John A. Dahlgren on board, hits a Confederate mine (or "torpedo" in contemporary terms) and sinks with the loss of one of her crew.
1942Naval Reserve pilot Ensign William Tepuni, flying a Lockheed Hudson reconnaissance, light bombing and transport aircraft (PBO) from VP-82 Squadron based at Naval Air Station Argentia, Newfoundland, Canada, attacks and sinks German submarine U 656 southwest of Newfoundland—the first U-boat sunk by U.S. forces in World War II. 
1944—USS Bronstein (DE 189) sinks German submarine U 603 in the North Atlantic and then teams with USS Thomas (DE 102) and USS Bostwick (DE 103) to sink German submarine U 709. 
1953During the Korean War, USS Valley Forge (CVA 45) aircraft raid the No.1 power plant at Chosen, Korea, and heavily damage the strongly defended industrial site.
1954 - 1st of 6 detonations, Operation Castle nuclear test.
1991Following USS Missouri's (BB 63) bombardment of Faylaka Island during Operation Desert Storm, hundreds of Iraqi soldiers wave white flags and surrender to the battleship's Remotely Piloted Vehicle (RPV) flying overhead.  
2014USS Somerset (LPD 25) is commissioned in Philadelphia, PA. The ninth of the 12-ship San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock warships, Somerset is named to honor the passengers of United Airlines Flight 93 who attacked the 9/11 terrorists after they hijacked the plane, sending it crashing into the ground at Somerset County, PA, rather than their target in Washington, D.C.
 
 
Thanks to CHINFO
Executive Summary:
In National news headlines today, media are reporting on President Donald Trump's statements yesterday that his administration was drafting an executive order that would ban rapid-fire gun bump stocks stating he appears to be to embracing a series of gun-control measures, and on the resignation of White House Communications Director Hope Hicks. The Pentagon announced multiple high-ranking Navy nominations on Wednesday reports USNI News. Vice Adm. Christopher Grady has been tapped to be the new head of U.S. Fleet Forces Command, Vice Adm. Charles Richard has been selected to lead the Navy's submarine forces, Rear. Adm. Michael T. Moran is set to be the principle military deputy for the Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development and Acquisition, and Rear Adm. Timothy J. White has been nominated to be commander of Fleet Cyber Command and U.S. 10th Fleet.  USNI News also reports that the USS Ross left the Black Sea on Wednesday after conducting operations there for nearly two weeks. Additionally, the New York Times reports that Kurdish forces have largely pulled away from the fight against ISIS, turning their focus to Afrin where they are facing attacks from Turkish troops.
 
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March 1
1642
York, Maine becomes the first incorporated American city.
1692
Sarah Goode, Sarah Osborne and Tituba are arrested for the supposed practice of witchcraft in Salem, Mass.
1776
French minister Charles Gravier advises his Spanish counterpart to support the American rebels against the English.
1780
Pennsylvania becomes the first U.S. state to abolish slavery.
1803
Ohio becomes the 17th state to join the Union.
1808
In France, Napoleon creates an imperial nobility.
1815
Napoleon lands at Cannes, France, returning from exile on Elba, with a force of 1,500 men and marches on Paris.
1871
German troops enter Paris, France, during the Franco-Prussian War.
1875
Congress passes the Civil Rights Act, which is invalidated by the Supreme Court in 1883.
1912
Albert Berry completes the first in-flight parachute jump, from a Benoist plane over Kinlock Field in St. Louis, Missouri.
1915
The Allies announce their aim to cut off all German supplies and assure the safety of the neutrals.
1919
The Korean coalition proclaims their independence from Japan.
1921
The Allies reject a $7.5 billion reparations offer in London. German delegation decides to quit all talks.
1932
The Lindbergh baby is kidnapped from the Lindbergh home near Princeton, New Jersey.
1935
Germany officially establishes the Luftwaffe.
1941
Bulgaria joins the Axis as the Nazis occupy Sofia.
1942
Japanese troops land on Java in the Pacific.
1943
The British RAF conducts strategic bombing raids on all European railway lines.
1960
1,000 Black students pray and sing the national anthem on the steps of the old Confederate Capitol in Montgomery, Ala.
1968
Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara is replaced by Clark Clifford.
1969
Mickey Mantle announces his retirement from baseball.
1974
A grand jury indicts seven of President Nixon's aides for the conspiracy on Watergate.
1985
The Pentagon accepts the theory that an atomic war would block the sun, causing a "nuclear winter."
1992
Bosnian Serbs begin sniping in Sarajevo, after Croats and Muslims vote for Bosnian independence.
 
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With our thanks to THE Bear at http://www.rollingthunderremembered.com/
 
ROLLING THUNDER REMEMBERED… 1 MARCH 1968… THE KERNER COMMISSION REPORT…
February 28, 2018   Bear Taylor   
RIPPLE SALVO… #726… Humble Host interrupts the remembrance of the air war called Rolling Thunder to highlight the work of a Presidential Commission—the National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders. Fifty years ago on 1 March 1968 the Commission report was presented to the President and made public. Here is the bold headline from The New York Times:
"PANEL ON CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE CALLS FOR DRASTIC ACTION TO AVOID 2-SOCIETY NATION–WHITES CRITICIZED–VAST AID TO NEGRO URGED, WITH NEW TAXES IF NEEDED"…
Yesterday the Washington Post published an essay by Vanessa Williams under the following headline:
"FIFTY YEARS AFTER THE KERNER COMMISSION," a new report cites some of the same concerns about race and poverty"…
The report 2018 report is titled: "Healing Our Divided Society: Investing in America Fifty years After the Kerner Report," released by the Eisenhower Foundation on 28 February 1968…
History is the teacher… no better example can I find than this series of reports… For an understanding of where we are going as a country, here is a a history lesson for the ages…
Summary of the Kerner Report… http://historymatters.gmu.edu/d/6545
Eisenhower Foundation on Kerner… http://www.eisenhowerfoundation.org/docs/kerner.pdf
Good Morning: Day SEVEN HUNDRED TWENTY-SIX of a remembrance of an air war fought by the brave and bold fifty yearsago…
1 March 1968… New York Times Head Lines on a windy and cold FRIDAY… (LEAP YEAR HAS SCREWED UP PARALLEL DAYS OF THE WEEK)… 2018 1 Mar is a Thursday, I will learn to cope…
Page 1: "…PANEL CALLS FOR DRASTIC ACTION…"…"The Presidsent's National Advsiory Commission on Civil Disorders gave this warning to Americans tonight: 'Our nation is moving toward two societies, one black, one white–separate and unequal.' Unless drastic action and costly remedies are begun at once, the commission said, 'continuing polarization of the American community and, ultimately, the destruction of basic democratic values.' The commission said, 'White racism' was chiefly to blame for the explosive conditions tht sparked riots in American cities during the last few summers. But it also warned that a policy of separation now advocated by many black militants 'can only relegate Negroes to a permanently inferior economic state.' "… Page 1: "Dirksen Seeks to Weaken Compromise on Civil Rights Open Housing."… Page 1: "Johnson Pledgews A Crime Crusade–Tells Governors He'd Lead Drive For Better Control"… Page 1: "Newark Mayor Bars Police Review Board"… Page 1: "Snow cuts Power And Slows Traffic–Storm Also Closes Kennedy–Fire Alarm Boxes Fail"…
Dear RTR guys/gals…. serious computer probs here…got send this before the bug comes back seeya tomorrow…. Bear
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Martin-Baker Fined For Ejection Seat Failure
 
RUSS NILES
 
 
 
U.K.-based ejection seat manufacturer Martin-Baker has been fined $1.4 million by a British court after admitting its role in the death of a Royal Air Force Red Arrow Demonstration Team member who accidentally ejected from a team aircraft on the ground. Flight Lieutenant Sean Cunningham died in a local hospital near RAF Scampton, Lincolnshire, on Nov. 8, 2011, when the parachute on his Model 10b seat failed to deploy after he was shot 200 feet in the air from the stationary aircraft. The chute was mis-rigged and the company admitted it failed to warn the Air Force of the possible failure. "This tragic accident was the result of an inadvertent ejection and main parachute deployment failure due to the over-tightening of the drogue shackle bolt," the company said in a statement last November. It conceded it "failed to provide a written warning to the RAF not to over-tighten the drogue shackle bolt." It was charged under the U.K.'s health and safety laws.
Cunningham was doing preflight checks when the ejection seat was inadvertently triggered. The accidental ejection was not the fault of the seat. The seats are designed to work from the ground but the overtightened shackle prevented the parachute deployment. It was apparently an issue with that seat in other aircraft. "A significant number of pilots, and also potential passengers, were exposed to the risk of harm over a lengthy period," Mrs. Justice Carr said in her judgment. "This was, in the words of his father, an entirely preventable tragedy." Martin-Baker also agreed to pay court costs of about $700,000. "The company accepts its responsibility for the significant contribution it has made in the death of Lieutenant Cunningham," company lawyer Richard Matthews said. Martin-Baker tracks ejections in its seats and counts a total of 7,560 lives saved, including 1,050 in the RAF.
 
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You can't make this stuff up ... only (I hope) in California !
Thanks to Doctor Rich
 
And, this happened in 2014 ??  Another example of our do-nothing government the past 8 years!
 
 
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Democrat Scandal: California Gun Control Senator Yee Heads to Prison: Gun Trafficking
 
 
California Democrats are speechless as they watch their prized Sacramento gun control senator, Leland Yee, head to prison for weapons trafficking, accepting bribes, and extorting money.
"The crimes that you committed have resulted in essentially an attack on democratic institutions," Breyer told Yee, who nodded as the judge addressed him. "This is a serious, serious injury to a governmental institution."
Breyer called his involvement in that crime "hypocritical" and "unfathomable" given his past advocacy for gun control.
 
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Thanks to Naval History Matters
 
In 1953, North Korea Used 1920-Style Planes to Fight America. They Did a Lot of Damage.
(THE NATIONAL INTEREST 23 FEB 18)…Sebastien Roblin

On the night of June 16, 1953, the Associated Press reported on "a boiling mass of flame, mushrooming like an atomic bomb, shoots skyward from a burning fuel dump, set afire at the South Korean port city of Inchon." The fire "lighted the sky for more than 20 miles" and took three days to put out, having consumed 5.5 million gallons of fuel.
The perpetrators of this devastating attack? A flight of four pokey North Korean two-seat trainers flying blindly through the night.
The Marines, Navy and Air Force fielded their most advanced radar-equipped jet fighters to intercept these low-tech night raiders—but soon also had to contend with deadly MiG-15 jet fighters stalking the night skies over Korea.
Washing Machine Charlie Heckles at Night
The Polikarpov Po-2, or U-2, was a two-seat wood-and-fabric biplane developed in the late 1920s for use as a primary flight trainer. The aircraft's 125-horsepower Shvetsov engine could lift the plane no higher than ten thousand feet and to a maximum speed of around ninety-five miles per hour. You could outrun one with your typical modern car. Up to five one-hundred-pound bombs could be carried underwing, while backseaters sometimes operated a machine gun on a flexible mount, or hefted mortar shells or bunches of propaganda leaflets to be dropped by hand.
During its darkest hour in World War II, the hard-pressed Soviet air force deployed Po-2 units to harass German troops at night, including the famous all-female 588th "Night Witches" regiment. Though the night raiders inflicted only minor damage, they were devilishly difficult to track and shoot down, and kept troops on the ground stressed and fatigued.
By late 1950, the Korean People's Air Force had most of its piston-engine fighters and bombers swept from skies or destroyed on the ground by UN fighter planes. While Soviet MiG-15 jets based in China joined the fray in November, it would be a few years before the KPAF's own MiG-15 pilots were ready for prime time. In the meantime, the KPAF adopted Soviet night-raiding tactics to harass frontline positions, logistical bases and airfields.
The North Korean Po-2s were later joined by around a dozen Yakovlev Yak-18 two-seat basic trainers. A more modern metal-and-fabric design that entered production in 1948, the Yak-18 could fly faster at 150 to 180 miles per hour but had shorter range. Nonetheless, both the Po-2 and Yak-18 could operated from short frontline airstrips at night, and concealed in barns or underground caves during the day.
These "heckling" raids were frequent, scary and noisy—the throaty drone of their motors led to the nickname "Washing Machine Charlie"—but they usually didn't cause too much damage.
Airbase technician Herbert Rideout recalled that Bedcheck Charlie "would fly over toss out small bombs hoping to hit a tent, aircraft or something else of importance. I found these night time extravaganza's rather exciting. The sirens would go off, big search lights would come on to try to find him and anti-aircraft batteries would begin firing with tracers which would light up the sky better than any Fourth of July that I had ever seen, and all the time we in trenches were shooting our rifles in all directions. Bed Check Charlie was very elusive and only one was ever brought down."
But as the 1953 raid on Incheon demonstrated, the night raiders did get lucky sometimes. Late in 1950, two Po-2s hit a line of P-51s at Pyongyang with a cluster of small bombs, damaging eleven and forcing three to be abandoned. Later, two Po-2s ventured over Suwon Air Force Base and managed to destroy an F-86A Sabre of the 335th Fighter Squadron on the runway, and damage eight more of the advanced jets.
Though UN forces disposed of air defense radars, they had only a few squadron of F-82 Twin Mustangs, F4U5N Corsairs and F7F Tigercat fighters designed for night fighting. The Po-2s and Yaks flew low and slow, and were not highly visible on radar due to their small size and fabric construction.
Still, Marine fighter pilots did make a few successful intercepts. Benefitting from onboard radars, twin piston-engine Tigercats shot down two Po-2s, while gull-winged F4U-5N Corsair, arguably the best naval fighter of World War II, also scored several kills. Corsair pilot Guy Bordelon would shoot down three La-11 fighters and two Yak-18s at night over Korea, becoming the only Navy ace of the Korean War.
Skyknight and Starfire to the Rescue
In December 1951, a flight of MiG-15s buzzed the South Korean capital of Seoul at night, startling the U.S. military with the realization they had no night fighters jets that could meet the Soviet jets on equal terms. All three branches of the U.S. military hastily deployed their most advanced radar-equipped jets to counter the threat.
For the Air Force, this meant transferring F-94B Starfire jets of the 319th Fighter Squadron to Korea. The two-seater straight-winged jets were derived from the P-80 Shooting Star, the first operational jet fighter of the U.S. Air Force. The F-94 had first been developed in 1949 to counter the Soviet Tu-4 strategic bomber, a reverse-engineered B-29. The Starfire's nose-mounted APG-33 radar helped it home in on enemy aircraft at short range, but it still required ground controllers with longer-range radars to direct it in the general direction of the enemy. An uprated J-33 turbojet compensated for the weight of the radar and radar operator, and even featured the first functional afterburner on a U.S. military aircraft.
However, the Starfire's gear was still considered so advanced in 1951 that it was initially forbidden from flying over North Korean territory for fear that crashed aircraft would offer a technological bounty to the Soviets.
But while hunting night intruders, the Starfires were so fast that they closed too rapidly and often made repeated passes, unsuccessfully attempting to line up the propeller planes in their gunsights. The commander of the 319th perished when he fell below his Starfire's stall speed of 110 miles per hour while attempting to slow down enough to fall in behind a Po-2—a circumstance some consider the only biplane-on-jet "maneuver kill" in history. Another F-94 crew reported "splashing" an intruder and then was never heard from again, possibly having collided with the wreckage of their victim.
Larger F3D Skyknight jets of the Marine Corps and Navy were more successful over the night skies of Korea. Designed by legendary aviation engineer Ed Heinemann, who created the A-4 Skyhawk, the chunky Skyknight was nicknamed "Willy the Whale" due to its capacious fuselage, necessitated to accommodate both the extra large thirty-inch radar antenna in the nose, and its operator, seated beside the pilot.
The F3D's AN/APQ-35 radar was more effective than the F-94's, because it actually compromised three radars employing more than three hundred vacuum tubes: both a long-range search radar and a short-range tracking-and-targeting radar in the nose, plus a third rear-facing threat-warning radar to detect approaching attackers. The APQ-35 could detect fighter-size targets over twenty-five miles away, which made the Skyknight more effective as a patrol plane—and its four twenty-millimeter cannons packed a heavier punch.
Though the Skyknight had arrester hooks and folding wings for carrier operations, they were mostly flown from bases on land; their sensitive equipment was easily banged up by carrier landings, while their powerful, downward-canted engines were known to set decks on fire if left idling too long.
Therefore, the Marines' "Flying Nightmares" squadron VMF-513(N), flying from land, was the first to use the type in action from a base in Suwon. They were later joined there by the Navy's VC-4 "Night Capper" squadron, detached from the carrier USS Lake Champlain.
With a maximum speed of 565 miles per hour, the clunky F3D-2 was over a hundred miles per hour slower than the MiG-15, and no match in a conventional dogfight. But the F3D's radar allowed its crew to "see" its opponents better at night, while the MiGs relied on their ground-based radars to direct them.
On November 8, 1952, the F3D flown by Oliver Davis and Dramus Fessler were directed towards a MiG-15 flying ten miles ahead of them at seven thousand feet. Fessler was able to track the MiG's position on his radar until Davis spotted the bloom from the MiG's turbojet engine and fired a burst from his twenty-millimeter cannons. Lt. Ivan Kovalev successfully ejected from the Soviet fighter after it burst into flames.
Five days earlier, Major Stratton claimed to have shot down a Yak-15 in his Skynight—though, as the type was never operated over Korea, it's not clear what exactly he engaged.
In another unusual engagement, Lt. Joseph Corvi and Sgt. Dan George tracked a Po-2 biplane over Sinanju on December 12, 1952. Unable to spot the tiny biplane far ahead, Corvi aimed a burst of his cannons purely based on the radar contact, and scored the first beyond-visual-range kill in air-combat history.
The MiGs Strike Back
U.S. jets weren't the only ones making night interceptions. American B-29 strategic bombers had been forced to fly by night because of their excessive vulnerability to MiG-15s. As Soviet La-11 night fighters lacked the speed and climb rate to intercept them, the VVS deployed MiG-15s to attempt intercepts at night under the direction of ground controllers.
This strategy finally paid of in June 1952, when three B-29s were shot down and several more damaged by MiGs of the Sixty-Fourth Fighter Corps. Soviet Maj. Anatoly Karelin would eventually claim no fewer than six B-29s shot down at night over the course of the war.
The Air Force cancelled its B-29 raids for two months. When they started up again, the B-29s were escorted on alternating nights by Starfires and Skyknights. These proved effective in a largely deterrent capacity: the American fighters would detect approaching MiGs with their radars and attempt to intercept them, but then the Soviet pilots would turn away, warned by their ground controllers. According to the squadron history of the 319th, not a single B-29 under their protection was lost in action.
However, the hunter would become the hunted, as Soviet pilots began attempting to bushwack the escorting night fighters. One MiG-15 would be sent ahead to lure the American night fighters to focus on an intercept—leaving it vulnerable to ambush by three other MiGs approaching from behind.
Navy flyer Gerard O'Rourke of VC-4 would describe one such ambush as a contest between "blindfolded wrestlers" in his book Night Fighters Over Korea. His rear-mounted radar would detect an approaching jet, and he would dodge out of its path and pick up new contacts on his search radar, only for another Soviet fighter to end up on is tail.
O'Rourke was able to play touch-and-go until the MiG headed for home short on fuel. Fellow pilot Lt. Bob Bick was less fortunate, and last heard reporting to have "taken several 37s [shells]" and never heard from again. Chinese MiG pilot Hou Shujun claimed a night fighter over Anju, which correspond to records of an F3D-2 of James Harrell that disappeared in the area that evening.
By the time of the armistice in July 1953, neither side had achieved a definitive control of the night skies. The poky Po-2s and Yak-18s remained a tricky target for the American jet fighters, while the MiG-15s had difficulty breaking through the night fighters escorting American B-29s.
In a 1998 article in Military History, Michael O'Connor would estimate that only thirteen Washing Machine Charlies were shot down by U.S. aircraft, not counting MiGs. Considering the constant nuisance and occasional havoc they wrought, as well as the considerable high-tech resources invested in hunting them down, the night intruders achieved useful results at limited cost.
The F-94 would end the war with four kills, and F3D Skyknight with six (including four MiGs), making the latter the top-scoring Navy fighter type of the Korean War. Soviet pilots claimed to have shot down eleven F-94s; however U.S. records confirm the loss of only one F-94 and F3D each to MiG-15s. However, dozens of each aircraft type were lost in accidents or to unknown causes.
While the Starfire would be retired in the mid-1950s, the Skyknight would remain in service through 1970. It was used to test the Navy's first radar-guided air-to-air missile, the AIM-7 Sparrow, and later fitted with radar jammers in its nose. Marines would fly this version, the EF-10, out of Da Nang during the Vietnam War and use their gear to disrupt the guidance systems of North Vietnamese SA-2 surface-to-air missiles.
Six decades after the Korean War, the KPAF still apparently operates a few low-altitude attack units equipped with Yak-18s. In 2014, Kim Jong-un was videotaped visiting a female-crewed unit at Kangdong airfield for International Women's Day and playing with one of their Yak-18 training simulators.

 
 
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  Item Number:3 Date: 03/01/2018 GERMANY - PALESTINIAN MAN GETS LIFE FOR GROCERY STORE ATTACK (MAR 01/TOI)  TIMES OF ISRAEL -- A German court has sentenced a Palestinian man to life in prison for an attack in a grocery store that killed one person and wounded six, reports the Times of Israel.   The judge who sentenced Ahmad Alhaw on Thursday noted the "particular severity" of his crime, lowering his chances of receiving parole.   Alhaw, 27, confessed to murder for his attack in Hamburg on July 28, 2017, when he grabbed a knife from a grocery store shelf and began stabbing customers.   Alhaw was due to be deported after his asylum application was rejected, noted the newspaper. The process was delayed by a wait for identity documents.   Prosecutors said Alhaw was driven by a "radical Islamist" motive, spurred by Islamic State propaganda videos, but did not belong to any known terrorist groups. His aim was to kill German Christians to avenge the suffering of Muslims worldwide, they said
  Item Number:5 Date: 03/01/2018 MALI - IED KILLS 4 PEACEKEEPERS IN MOPTI (MAR 01/AFP)  AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE -- Four U.N. peacekeepers were killed and four wounded when their vehicle hit an improvised explosive device in central Mali, reports Agence France-Presse.   The peacekeepers' vehicle struck a mine on Wednesday in the central Mopti region, 200 miles (290 km) northeast of the capital, Bamako.   The peacekeepers were all from Bangladesh, reported Reuters   The U.N. mission in Mali, known as MINUSMA, has almost 11,000 peacekeepers and has been deployed since 2013. The mission is tasked with providing security amid a sectarian secessionist movement in the north and the proliferation of terrorist groups across the country.   Six Malian soldiers were killed in a similar roadside bombing on Tuesday.   Militants have been increasing their activities in central Mali in recent months. MINUSMA is upgrading its presence in the region in response, mission officials said.   There were no immediate claims of responsibility
  Item Number:6 Date: 03/01/2018 NIGERIA - 35 BOKO HARAM MILITANTS KILLED IN JOINT OP WITH CAMEROON TROOPS (MAR 01/THIS)  THIS DAY -- A joint operation by the Cameroonian and Nigerian militaries has killed at least 35 Boko Haram terrorists around the northern part of Lake Chad and the Sambisa Forest, reports This Day (Lagos).   The combined operation on Feb. 27 targeted the militants in the villages of Alkanerik, Kusha-Kucha, Magdeweren, Mayen and Surdewala, along the Nigerian border with Cameroon.   The troops also destroyed four improvised explosive devices, several motorcycles and bicycles as well as 15 locally made rifles, said a Nigerian army spokesman.   The spokesman said that 603 civilians held hostage by Boko Haram were rescued
  Item Number:7 Date: 03/01/2018 PAKISTAN - SUICIDE BOMBER TARGETS FRONTIER CORPS CAMP, 4 KILLED (MAR 01/GEONEWS)  GEO NEWS -- At least four Frontier Corps paramilitary personnel have been killed in a suicide attack on their camp near Quetta, the capital of Pakistan's Baluchistan province, reports Geo News (Pakistan).   The bomber detonated their explosives in the Nauhisar area on the outskirts of Quetta on Tuesday evening, officials said. At least six Frontier Corps personnel were injured in the blast.   Earlier in the day, two police officers were killed in an attack on a police convoy escorting a senior police officer in Quetta, reported the Voice of America News.   There has been no claim of responsibility for the attacks. Police and security personnel in Quetta are frequently targeted by militants
  Item Number:9 Date: 03/01/2018 RUSSIA - PUTIN TOUTS LATEST MISSILE DEVELOPMENTS (MAR 01/BBC)  BRITISH BROADCASTING CORP. -- President Vladimir Putin says Russia has developed a new missile capable of hitting anywhere in the world, reports BBC.   The statement came Wednesday during the annual state-of-the-nation address. It is expected to be his last speech before elections on March 18, which he is anticipated to win.   The nuclear-powered cruise missile will have an unlimited range and will be invulnerable to missile and air defense systems, Putin said, as cited by Russia's Tass news agency.   Putin also boasted of the Avangard, an intercontinental ballistic missile capable of speeds 20 times the speed of sound, and the Kinzhal, a weapons system that uses hypersonic missiles to strike targets up to 1,250 miles (2,000 km) away.   Using videos, Putin showed what he claimed was the new missile and an underwater drone.   Russia achieved these military breakthroughs despite sanctions imposed after Russia's annexation of Crimea in 2014, the president said.   Putin pledged that any nuclear attack on Russia would be met in kind and instantly. "Any use of nuclear weapons against Russia or its allies … any kind of attack … will be regarded as a nuclear attack against Russia and in response we will take action instantaneously no matter what the consequences are. Nobody should have any doubt about that," he said, as cited by NBC News
Item Number:11 Date: 03/01/2018 SYRIA - SATELLITE IMAGES SHOW APPARENT IRANIAN BASE OUTSIDE DAMASCUS (MAR 01/FN)  FOX NEWS -- Iran has built a permanent military base outside of the Syrian capital of Damascus, according to satellite photos cited by Fox News.   The photos from ImageSat International show the suspected Iranian base about 8 miles (13 km) northwest of Damascus.   The facility is thought to be operated by Iran's Quds Force, the special operations branch of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).   The images show two new white hangars, which are used to store short- and medium-range ballistic missiles.   Tehran built a similar base south of Damascus last year, but it was destroyed in Israeli airstrikes in December.   Iran is deploying more and better ballistic missiles in the region, Gen. Joseph Votel, the head of the U.S. Central Command, told lawmakers on Capitol Hill on Feb. 27
  Item Number:13 Date: 03/01/2018 USA - LOCKHEED TO UPGRADE DELIVERED F-35S UNDER $158 MILLION DEAL (MAR 01/DOD)  DEPT. OF DEFENSE -- The Naval Air Systems Command has awarded Lockheed Martin, Fort Worth, Texas, a $158 million contract to modify and upgrade delivered F-35 Lighting II fighter jets, reports the Dept. of Defense.   The deal covers program management, non-recurring engineering, recurring engineering and labor for the modification and retrofit of delivered F-35 Lightning II aircraft for the U.S. Air Force, Marine Corps and Navy as well as foreign operators.   Work will take place in Fort Worth and is scheduled to be completed in February 2019
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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