Monday, May 14, 2018

TheList 4721

The List 4721

To All,
I hope you all had a wonderful Mother's day.
May 14
1800: The frigate USS Essex, commanded by Capt. Edward Preble, arrives in Batavia, Java, to escort United States merchant ships. During her journey, she is the first U.S. Navy warship to cross the Equator and the first U.S. man-of-war to double the Cape of Good Hope.
1836—Congress authorizes the U.S. Exploring Expedition to conduct an exploration of the Pacific Ocean and South Seas, making the first major US scientific expedition overseas. Lt. Charles Wilkes leads the expedition to survey South America, Antarctica, the Far East, and the North Pacific in his flagship USS Vincennes.
1919—The Marine detachment from USS Arizona (BB 39) guards the U.S. consulate at Constantinople, Turkey, during the Greek occupation of the city.
1944—USS Bonefish (SS 223) attacks a Japanese convoy bound for Sibitu Passage, Borneo, and sinks Japanese destroyer Inazuma near TawiTawi, east of Borneo and survives counter-attacks by Japanese destroyer Hibiki.
1845 - First U.S. warship visits Vietnam. While anchored in Danang for reprovisioning, CAPT John Percival commanding USS Constitution, conducts a show of force against Vietnamese authorities in an effort to obtain the release of a French priest held prisoner by Emperor of Annam at Hue.
1945—German submarine (U 858) arrives at Cape May, DL, after surrendering at sea four days earlier. USS Pillsbury (DE 133) and USS Pope (DE 134) arrive later that day, take over the boat, place U.S. Navy crew on board, and remove 1/2 of her German crew, including three of her four officers. 
1975 - Marines recapture Mayaguez, go ashore on Koh Tang Island and release the crew.
Thanks to CHINFO
Executive Summary:
Today's national headlines include the opening of the U.S. Embassy in Israel today, a possible lift on penalties against Chinese tech company ZTE, and unexpected preliminary results in Iraqi elections. National security adviser John Bolton warned that the U.S. is prepared to impose sanctions on European companies doing business with Iran reports the Wall Street Journal, as the Trump administration is seeking a new, more restrictive deal with the Iranian government following its withdrawal from the JCPOA. CNN reports that China's first domestically built aircraft carrier began sea trials on Sunday. Additionally, Stars and Stripes reports that the USS Ronald Reagan, the U.S.'s only forward deployed aircraft carrier, began sea trials this week ahead of its upcoming deployment.
Today in History May 14
King Henry III is captured by his brother-in-law, Simon de Montfort, at the Battle of Lewes.
At the Battle of Agnadello, the French defeat the Venitians in Northern Italy.
French King Henri IV (Henri de Navarre) is assassinated by François Ravaillac, a fanatical monk.
English physician Edward Jenner gives the first successful smallpox vaccination.
Explorer William Clark sets off from St. Louis, Missouri.
Gail Borden applies for a patent for condensed milk.
Union General Nathanial Banks heads towards Port Hudson along the Mississippi River.
Guglielmo Marconi sends the first communication by wireless telegraph.
"Stars and Stripes Forever" by John Phillip Sousa is performed for the first time in Philadelphia.
A plebiscite in the Philippines ratifies an independence agreement.
Holland surrenders to Germany.
The British Army, in retreat from Burma, reaches India.
Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion establishes the State of Israel.
A bus carrying black and white civil rights activists is bombed and burned in Alabama.
The U.S. space station Skylab is launched.
In South Africa, Winnie Mandela is sentenced to six years in prison for her part in the kidnapping and beating of three black youths and the death of a fourth.
Thanks to Carl….I watched the movie of this a few months ago. Old black and white with the original aircraft and such. Pretty neat
Eccentric inventor Barnes Wallis created the Dambusters bouncing bomb with marbles and a catapult | Daily Mail Online
How eccentric inventor Barnes Wallis created the Dambusters bouncing bomb with marbles and a catapult despite everyone - including the great Bomber Harris - telling him it couldn't be done
The British Government drew up a list of the dams in the Ruhr which they thought were the biggest targets
However, they struggled to come up with a way to actually damage the massive steel and concrete structures
English scientist and inventor Barnes Wallis eventually cracked the problem, creating the bouncing bomb 

Thanks to Dr. Rich
Thanks to George M. …
Did you BOOGIE like these guys and gals??
Thanks to Carl
May 14, 2018
It seems extraordinary that in defiance of all factual history and philosophical knowledge anyone should celebrate the bicentenary of the birth of Karl Marx. More than anyone, through wrong-headed ideas, he bears responsibility, indirectly admittedly, for the deaths of an estimated one hundred million people in the last century, and the severe suppression though economic and social servitude of fully one third of the world's population. And if you also include those who have suffered under the yoke of Marxist-inspired modern socialism, the philosophy that says the state is more important than the individual, you could argue nearly the whole world is influenced by Marxian philosophy today.
Thanks to Bill
2018 List - You may be a Redneck if ...
                        1.     You take your dog for a walk and you both use the same tree.
                        2.     You can entertain yourself for more than 15 minutes with a fly swatter.
                        3.     Your boat has not left the driveway in 15 years.
                        4.     You burn your yard rather than mow it.
                        5.     You think "The Nutcracker" is something you do off the high dive.
                        6.     The Salvation Army declines your furniture.
                        7.     You offer to give someone the shirt off your back and they don't want it.
                        8.     You have the local taxidermist on speed dial.
                        9.     You come back from the dump with more than you took.
                        10.  You keep a can of Raid on the kitchen table.
                        11.  Your wife can climb a tree faster than your cat.
                        12.  Your grandmother has "ammo" on her Christmas list.
                        13.  You keep flea and tick soap in the shower.
                        14.  You've been involved in a custody fight over a hunting dog.
                        15.  You go to the stock car races and don't need a program.
                        16.  You know how many bales of hay your car will hold.
                        17.  You have a rag for a gas cap.
                        18.  Your house doesn't have curtains, but your truck does.
                        19.  You wonder how service stations keep their rest-rooms so clean.
                        20.  You can spit without opening your mouth.
                        21.  You consider your license plate personalized because your father made it.
                        22.  Your lifetime goal is to own a fireworks stand.
                        23.  You have a complete set of salad bowls that all say "Cool Whip" on the side.
                        24.  The biggest city you've ever been to is Walmart.
                        25.  Your working TV sits on top of your non-working TV.
                        26.  You've used your ironing board as a buffet table.
                        27.  A tornado hits your neighborhood and does $100,000 worth of improvements.
                        28.  You've used a toilet brush to scratch your back.
                        29.  You missed your 5th grade graduation because you were on jury duty.
                        30.  You think "loading the dishwasher" means getting your wife drunk.
#800!!!   With our thanks to THE Bear at
May 14, 2018  Bear Taylor  
RIPPLE SALVO… #800… OOHRAH… A GREAT OCCASION TO VISIT OUR POWs… Where are the POWs on the agenda in the Paris "conversations?"… Of course, we all know how this turns out in the long run. They weren't coming home until March 1973. That meant that on 14 May 1968 our imprisoned squadron mates had 1,754+/- more days of inhumane treatment to survive to make it to Operation Homecoming. The May 1968 Paris talks provided an indication of where repatriation of our downed aviators ranked among the American objectives in the Peace conversations…  but first…
GOOD MORNING… Day EIGHT HUNDRED of ONE THOUSAND days and blogs remembering a bloody chapter in American history–the air war with North Vietnam called ROLLING THUNDER…..
HEAD LINES from THE NEW YORK TIMES on a partly cloudy Tuesday, 14 May 1968 in New York…
THE WAR: "Page 1: "VICTORY IN SAIGON CLAIMED BY ALLIES–FOE'S OFFENSIVE IS CRUSHED GENERALS SAY–Outpost in Quangtin Abandoned"… "Allied generals said today that the main thrust of Vietcong attacks on Saigon had been crushed. Vietcong and North Vietnamese soldiers who had tenaciously held a neighborhood south of the Y-shaped bridge just outside the city limits finally withdrew overnight. In northern South Vietnam, meanwhile, a camp of anti-guerrilla Special Forces at Khandduc in Quangtin Province, led by air to avoid encirclement of North Vietnamese troops. The evacuation apparently reflected a belief that the camp could not be held against the gathering enemy force. …In Saigon, almost 3,000 American infantrymen occupied and searched the area of the Y-bridge after seven days of fighting.  GENERALS ISSUE STATEMENT… issued by Lieutenant General Fred C. Weyand …'Although isolated small attacks, terrorism and harassment by fire, including rockets, are still possible, a large number of the enemy have been attempting to withdraw from the battlefield for the past 48-hours, many being intercepted in the process, 'the statement said….For the first time since the mini-Tet offensive began, the city was relatively quiet. The sound of explosions was heard only infrequently over the din of busy traffic."… "…5,270 North Vietnamese and Vietcong soldiers had been killed in the last week in the Saigon area and the surrounding provinces. On the allied side, 154 American soldiers and 362 South Vietnamese died…. 798 bodies of enemy soldiers had been counted in the Y-Bridge area….the fighting in Saigon destroyed 10,700 houses and more than 200,000 people in the area became refugees."… Page 1: "HANOI PROCLAIMS A VICTORY"… "North Vietnam claimed major successes today for the latest offensive against Saigon and confirmed that the new attacks throughout the country were a follow-up to the Lunar New Year assaults on South Vietnamese critic. A military commentator said in the North Vietnamese Army newspaper Quai Doi Nhan Dn that the new fighting was a continuation of the earlier offensive, the North Vietnam press agency said in a report monitored here (Hong Kong)"… Page 15: "20,000 RESERVISTS REPORT FOR DUTY–WERE CALLED UP IN APRIL–May Be Kept For Two Years"… "…have left their homes and reported for active duty t military centers across the country yesterday. …10,000 already are scheduled to go to Vietnam…in general, they seemed in good spirits, and some were anxious to be sent overseas."…
PEACE TALKS: "Page 1: "PARIS TALKS OPEN WITH REPETITION OF OLD CHARGES–U.S. Accused of 'Monstrous Crimes"–Aggression is Laid to Regime in Hanoi–BROADER ISSUES RAISED–On Bombing, Neither Party Gives Sign of Shift During Session of Three Hours"… "The United States and North Vietnam threw the whole range of familiar charges at each other today as they began substantive talks on the war. W. Averell Harriman, chief American delegate, spoke of long-continued North Vietnamese 'aggression.' Xuan Thuy of North Vietnam, in a statement more strident in tone accused the United States of 'monstrous crimes.' On the first vital issue, United States bombing of the North, there was no shift from established positions. Mr. Harriman called for restraint by Hanoi in return for a total halt in the bombing. Mr. Thuy scorned the principle of 'so-called reciprocity.'…Neither delegation had any illusion that there would be an easy road to peace in Vietnam through these 'official conversations,' and, despite all the hard words, both made clear their intention to keep talking–and for a long time."…
Page 1: "FRENCH WORKERS JOIN HUGE PROTEST–STUDENT RANKS SWELLED TO HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS IN MARCHES IN MANY CITIES"…" …students and workers joined in an extraordinary protest against 'police repression' and the de Gaulle regime. It was the most massive outpouring in the recent international wave of student-led demonstrations. Students here, latecomers to the movement, chanted 'Berlin, Warsaw, Rome–Paris'… Page 1: "CZECHS SCORE CRITICS IN BLOC–POPULACE POLLED ON DEMOCRACY"… "The Prague radio today accused three newspapers of Soviet-bloc countries of slandering Czechoslovakia with 'evil intent.' At the same time the new party leadership of Alexander Dubcek got encouragement for tis democratization from the visiting Yugoslav Foreign Minister Marko Nikezic, who conferred at length with his counterpart, Jim Hajek."…  Page 6: "HUSSEIN SAYS TIME IS RUNNING OUT FOR U.N. MISSION TO MIDEAST"… "King Hussein of Jordan warned today that 'time is running out' for a settlement between the Arabs and Israel under the auspices of Dr. Gunnar V. Jarring's mission for the United Nations in the Middle East." He said his optimism was waning as time passed, but that 'I believe the road is still open for a little while.'"…
14 MAY 1968…OPERATION ROLLING THUNDER…New York Times… 13 May, Page 4: "HANOI WILL DEMAND RECONNAISSANCE FLIGHTS END"… "Nhan Dan, the official Hanoi newspaper said today in an editorial that the North Vietnamese delegation at Paris would demand that the United States end not only bombing raids but also reconnaissance flights over North Vietnam. The editorial said that this question should be the first business of the talks, which open tomorrow. It added that the cessation of all United States 'acts of war,' including bombing, reconnaissance flights and psychological warfare must be 'definite and unconditional. Reconnaissance flights by drones and manned aircraft provide the United States with important information on the flow of supplies and troops from North Vietnam to the South. The editorial, which was transmitted abroad by the North Vietnamese press agency, said the United States must meet Hanoi's terms 'without delay.'"… "VIETNAM: AIR LOSSES" (Chris Holden) There were two fixed wing aircraft lost in Southeast Asia on 14 May 1968…
(1) LTJG BARRY EDWIN KARGER was flying an A-4E of the VA-94 Mighty Shrikes embarked in USS Bon Homme Richard on a coastal recce mission and chose to attack a small bridge on Highway 1A 13 miles south of Cap Mui Ron. His wingman observed LTJG KARGER roll in on a steep dive bombing run and start a pullout that inexplicably turned into a rolling dive into the ground. The assumption was that LTJG KARGER was hit by ground fire and was either incapacitated in the cockpit or the aircraft was rendered uncontrollable at the bottom of his dive attack. His remains were recovered by the Joint US-Vietnamese team, returned to the United States and identified for burial in 1994. On this day, 50 years after the young warrior's last flight and death on the battlefield, He rests in peace in the National Military Cemetery in Phoenix, Arizona, and he is remembered for his sacrifice of life and liberty for our country…
(2)  MAJOR SEYMOUR R. BASS was flying an F-105D of the 34th TFS and 388th TFW out of Korat and was killed in a mid-air collision with his leader, who recovered his aircraft after the fatal collision over Thailand. There are no easy days in a trade that is unforgiving of human error. MAJOR BASS perished while on a combat mission and is carried on the rolls of fallen warriors as Killed-in-Action. He is remembered on this 50 year anniversary of his last flight…
1965… NONE…
1966… NONE…
Item Number:1 Date: 05/14/2018 AFGHANISTAN - ISIS ATTACK KILLS 15 IN JALALABAD ATTACK (MAY 14/RFAFGHAN)  RADIO FREE AFGHANISTAN -- At least 10 people have been killed and 40 wounded in a suicide attack on a provincial government building in Jalalabad, eastern Afghanistan, reports Radio Free Afghanistan.   At least 15 people were killed and 42 injured in the attack on the tax and revenue office for Nangarhar province, local officials told Reuters.   On Sunday, a suicide bomber rammed his vehicle through the building's gate and detonated a car bomb.   After the gate was breached, about seven gunmen entered the building, trading fire with security forces for several hours.   Six of the gunmen were killed by security forces after two conducted suicide bombings near the entrance of the building, said a spokesman for the local government.   The attackers were armed with AK-47s and rocket-propelled grenade launchers, said a member of the local council.   The Islamic State terrorist group claimed responsibility for the attack.  
 Item Number:2 Date: 05/14/2018 BURUNDI - DEADLY CROSS-BORDER ATTACK BLAMED ON UNSPECIFIED TERRORISTS (MAY 14/NPR)  NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO -- Twenty-six people were killed and seven wounded in an attack on a remote village in northeastern Burundi, reports NPR.   On May 11, a "terrorist group" crossed over into Ruhagarika, Cibitoke province, via the nearby border with the Democratic Republic of Congo, said Security Minister Alain Guillaume Bunyoni.   The attackers proceeded to attack villagers with guns and machetes and light people and houses on fire. The militants then returned to the DRC, Bunyoni said.   The motive for the attack is unclear. Similar attacks have been reported farther north in Uganda, amid violence between the Hema and Lendu peoples.   Burundi is preparing for a referendum that would permit President Pierre Nkurunziza to run for two more seven-year terms starting from 2020. He has led the country since 2005.   Political violence surrounding Nkurunziza's increasing autocracy has been growing since 2015
Item Number:3 Date: 05/14/2018 CHINA - DELIVERIES COMPLETED FOR 1ST REGIMENT OF S-400 AIR DEFENSE SYSTEMS (MAY 14/TASS)  TASS -- Russia has completed delivery of an initial regimental set of S-400 air defense systems to China, reports Russia's Tass news agency.   China ordered two S-400 regiments in 2014.   The equipment was delivered via three ships. The first two ships arrived in early April, but the third was delayed after the equipment was damaged in a storm in the English Channel. The ship returned Russia so the gear could be repaired.   China is expected to start acceptance procedures at the end of May. These are expected to last approximately two months.   The full set includes the command center, radars, launchers, guided missiles, power supply equipment and other components
Item Number:4 Date: 05/14/2018 CHINA - INDIGENOUS AIRCRAFT CARRIER BEGINS INITIAL SEA TRIALS (MAY 14/SCMP)  SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST -- China's first domestically-produced aircraft carrier has set sail from Dalian in northeast China for the first time, reports the South China Morning Post.   The as-yet-unnamed Type 001A aircraft carrier left the shipyard on Sunday, reported China's official Xinhua news agency.   Initial tests will focus on power, radar and communication systems and examine for any signs of leakage, reported Business Insider.   The Type 001A is based on the Liaoning, China's first and only aircraft carrier, which is a modified Soviet-era Admiral Kuznetsov-class carrier.   The Type 001A is believed to displace about 50,000 tons and can operate 38 aircraft, according to analysts cited by CNN.   It is expected to enter service later this year.   The carrier represents a collaboration between civilian workers and the defense industry, the chairman of the China Shipbuilding Industry Corp. said on state television
Item Number:5 Date: 05/14/2018 FRANCE - ISIS CLAIMS FATAL KNIFE ATTACK IN PARIS (MAY 14/BBC)  BRITISH BROADCASTING CORP. -- One person has been killed and four wounded by a knife-wielding man in central Paris, reports BBC.   On May 12, the man stabbed five people in the Opera district before being shot and killed by police.   The Islamic State terrorist group (ISIS) claimed responsibility for the attack.   Authorities said the suspect was Khamzat Azimov, a naturalized French citizen born in Chechnya, previously known to police as a potential security threat.   Azimov had been given the security label "Fiche S," which allows for surveillance without being grounds for arrest.   On Sunday, police detained one of the suspect's friends for questioning in the northeastern French city of Strasbourg, said a judicial source
  Item Number:6 Date: 05/14/2018 INDONESIA - 17 DIE IN SEPARATE SUICIDE ATTACKS IN SURABAYA (MAY 14/JAKGLOBE)  JAKARTA GLOBE -- At least 17 people have been killed in a series of suicide bombings in Surabaya, in the East Java province of Indonesia, reports the Jakarta Globe.   On Monday, officers stopped two motorbikes at a checkpoint outside the police headquarters before the attackers set off their explosives. Four of the attackers were killed and 10 others injured in the blast.   The attack was attributed to a family of five. Only one small daughter survived.   The devices used in the attack were similar to those used in a series of deadly attacks on Sunday, police said.   On Sunday morning, three churches were attacked immediately before services began: Saint Mary Immaculate Catholic Church, Surabaya Pantecostal Church and the Diponegoro Indonesian Christian Church.   The suicide attacks were spaced five minutes apart.   At least 13 people were killed and 40 injured in those attacks.   The attack was believed to have been carried out by a family of six, acting as three cells.   Sunday's attacks were claimed by the Islamic State terrorist group (ISIS). Police blamed the attacks on Jemaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD), which has pledged allegiance to ISIS.   The family was one of many deported by the Turkish government last year over suspected ISIS links.   On Sunday evening, a bomb exploded -- allegedly prematurely -- near a police station in Sidoarjo. Three people, all members of a single family, were killed. They were suspected of links with the family who conducted the church bombings, said the national police chief.   In the wake of Sunday attacks, police killed four members of JAD and arrested two in Cianjur, West Java, reported BBC
  Item Number:7 Date: 05/14/2018 ISRAEL - DOZENS KILLED IN PROTESTS ALONG GAZA BORDER AS U.S. OPENS EMBASSY IN JERUSALEM (MAY 14/HA)  HAARETZ -- At least 38 Palestinians have been killed and 1,600 wounded during protests on the border of the Gaza Strip over the decision to move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem, reports Haaretz (Israel).   On Monday, Israeli troops were deployed to the border with Gaza to meet the estimated 40,000 demonstrators protesting the U.S. decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and move its embassy to the city.   At least 772 of the injured were hit with Israeli bullets, said Gaza's health ministry, which is run by the militant group Hamas.   The demonstrations are part of a weeks-long protest demanding that Palestinian refugees who were driven out when the Israeli state was established on May 15, 1948, be allowed to return, noted USA Today.   The Israeli military accused protestors of attacking troops and threatening to burst through the border fence.   Three militants were killed while trying to plant explosives on the southern Rafah crossing, said the military.   The embassy opening comes one day before the annual Nakba Day, which commemorates the loss of Palestinian territory and land to Israel in 1948. The day is usually marked with demonstrations.   Demonstrations and marches were also planned across the West Bank, including the cities of Ramallah, El Bireh, Bethlehem, Hebron, Nablus and Jericho
  Item Number:8 Date: 05/14/2018 LIBYA - 45 DEAD IN ETHNIC CLASHES IN SABHA (MAY 14/ASHARQ)  ASHARQ AL-AWSAT -- At least 45 people have been killed during fighting in Sabha in southern Libya, reports Asharq Al-Awsat (London).   On Sunday, the internationally-recognized government of national accord in Tripoli and the U.N. mission to Libya condemned the killings, calling for an immediate cease-fire.   The Libyan National Army, a group of army units and militias opposed to the Tripoli government, said it would withdraw from the city. Military sources said the move would be a chance to redeploy units in an effort to capture the city.   Fighting between Arabs from the Awlad Suleiman tribe and non-Arab Tebu tribes has been ongoing since February.   The Libyan Foreign Ministry called for an investigation into claims that Sudanese and Chadian armed groups were fighting alongside the Tebu tribes.   Fighting intensified on Friday, with shells and mortars being launched at houses in downtown Sabha, reported the Libya Observer.  
  Item Number:9 Date: 05/14/2018 NORTH KOREA - WASHINGTON DEMANDS PYONGYANG RELOCATE NUCLEAR ENGINEERS, DESTROY TEST DATA (MAY 14/AS)  ASAHI SHIMBUN -- In pre-summit negotiations, the United States has demanded that North Korea relocate its nuclear engineers to other countries and dispose of data from its nuclear weapons development program, reports the Asahi Shimbun (Japan).   Pyongyang is not inclined to send several thousand of its nuclear scientists abroad and has equivocated on relinquishing the data obtained from its activities at its Yongbyon nuclear facility and six nuclear tests.   Washington has also demanded that North Korea surrender its chemical and biological weapons and shutter their programs. Pyongyang denies the existence of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) beyond its nuclear program.   The U.S. has indicated that it will not allow Pyongyang to launch satellite-carrying missiles, which provide similar capabilities to long-range ballistic missiles.   U.S. officials are seeking a rapid, complete, verifiable and irreversible dismantlement of the North Korean nuclear program with a timeline of up to two years. Pyongyang would prefer a more deliberate process, with inducements along the way. Washington does not expect to provide rewards until the end of the process, sources said.   North Korea has been open to the dismantlement of its nuclear bombs and intercontinental ballistic missiles during the preliminary talks, the sources said
Item Number:10 Date: 05/14/2018 SOMALIA - 5 KILLED IN JOINT RAID THAT NABBED 3 SUSPECTED AL-SHABAAB LEADERS (MAY 14/SHABELLE)  SHABELLE MEDIA NETWORK -- Five people have been killed and three captured in a joint U.S.-Somali raid near Afgoye in Somalia's southern Lower Shabelle region, reports the Shabelle Media Network.   According to local residents, U.S. special operations forces and Somali troops arrived in helicopters and dropped into a banana farm on May 9.   The focus of the operation was a safehouse and staging area for Al-Shabaab, according to wire service reports. The troops took three men believed to be Al-Shabaab commanders into custody.   Five people were killed in the raid. Local elders said those killed were farmers, reported the Daily Nation (Kenya).   On Thursday, a Somali Security Ministry spokesman denied that civilians were killed in the operation. Only enemy fighters were killed, the spokesman said
Item Number:14 Date: 05/14/2018 USA - HUNTINGTON INGALLS BEGINS FABRICATION FOR 1ST FLIGHT III ARLEIGH BURKE-CLASS DESTROYER (MAY 14/HUNINGALLS)  HUNTINGTON INGALLS INDUSTRIES -- Huntington Ingalls Industries has formally marked the beginning of fabrication for the U.S. Navy's newest Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer.   The start of fabrication milestone, indicating that the first 100 tons of steel have been cut, was celebrated on May 7 at the Huntington Ingalls shipyard in Pascagoula, Miss., said a release from the shipbuilder.   The Jack H. Lucas (DDG 125) is the first of the Flight III Arleigh Burke-class destroyers. The latest configuration features the new AN/SPY-6 Air and Missile Defense Radar in place of the AN/SPY-1 Aegis radar.   The ship is named after Jack Lucas, who forged his mother's signature at 14 to join the Marine Corps Reserve during World War II. At 17, Lucas saved three fellow Marines during the battle of Iwo Jima by falling on two grenades. One did not detonate; the other wounded Lucas. He became the youngest service member in World War II to receive the Medal of Honor
  Item Number:15 Date: 05/14/2018 USA - LAWMAKERS EYE CARRIER LONG-RANGE STRIKE, ACCELERATED CARRIER PRODUCTION (MAY 14/USNIN)  USNI NEWS -- The U.S. House Armed Services Committee has conducted its markup of the fiscal 2019 National Defense Authorization Act, including seeking reports on a number of naval issues, reports USNI News.   The committee has proposed that the Dept. of Defense be allowed to "buy-to-budget" on the F-35, meaning that Congress will allot a defined dollar amount and that the Pentagon can purchase the maximum amount of aircraft within that figure.   The committee also instructed the secretary of the Navy to provide a report on whether the service needs a separate long-range strike platform or if the F-35C can perform the mission, particularly in highly contested environments. Other options include a stealthy tanker capability or improved engine technology, the committee said.   An amendment passed in the markup calls for the Navy to sustain the acquisition of new aircraft carriers at a rate of one every three years.   Another amendment permits the Navy to turn over decommissioned Tarawa-class, Austin-class and Charleston-class amphibious vessels to the Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force.   The markup included a request for a review ahead of the planned mid-life update for MH-60R helicopters in fiscal 2020 and an analysis of readiness issues with the helicopter's Airborne Low-Frequency Sonar (ALFS).   Another amendment calls for the Navy to consider swapping out the existing sonobuoy receiver and health monitoring system with lighter systems

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