Monday, May 21, 2018

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This day in Naval History
May 21
1850 - Washington Navy Yard begins work on first castings for the Dahlgren guns
1917—During World War I, USS Ericsson (DD 56) becomes the first US Navy warship to fire a torpedo in the war at a German U-boat.
1918—During World War I, while serving as an officer on USS Christabel (SP 162), Ensign Daniel A.J. Sullivan, exhibits "extraordinary heroism" in securing live depth charges that came loose during combat with a German U-Boat. For his action, he receives the Medal of Honor.
1943—USS Nields (DD 616) sinks Italian submarine Gorgo that is attacking a US convoy off Algeria.
1944—During preparations for the invasion of Saipan, accidental ordnance blasts on LST 353 at West Loch, Pearl Harbor, kills 163 and injures 396. Six tank landing ships, three tank landing craft, and 17 track landing vehicles are destroyed in explosions and fires.
1964 - The initiation of the standing carrier presence at Yankee Station in the South China Sea.
1983—USS Albuquerque (SSN 706) is commissioned at Submarine Base New London, Groton, CT.
2005—The first T-AKE ship, USNS Lewis and Clark (T-AKE 1), is launched at the National Steel and Shipbuilding Company (NASSCO) in San Diego, CA. The dry cargo ship replaces the aging T-AE ammunition ships and T-AFS combat stores ships that are nearing the end of their service lives.
 
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Executive Summary:
National news headlines today are dominated with reports that President Trump says he will order an investigation into whether the FBI and the Department of Justice "infiltrated or surveilled" his campaign "for political purposes," and that the United States and China are pulling back from the brink of a trade war after the world's two biggest economies reported progress in talks. China has landed long-range bombers, including the nuclear capable H-6K, on an island in the South China Sea for the first time, reports CNN. Additionally, Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer was interviewed by Government mattes over readiness goals, office reorganization and the path to a 355-ship navy.  The Portsmouth Herald reports one of the most historic aspects of the U.S. Navy's newest littoral combat ship is the clout of the women behind it, as the ships arrives in Portsmouth today and for its commissioning ceremony Saturday
 
Today in History May 21
996
Sixteen year old Otto III is crowned the Roman Emperor.
1471
King Henry VI is killed in the Tower of London. Edward IV takes the throne.
1506
Christopher Columbus dies.
1536
The Reformation is officially adopted in Geneva, Switzerland.
1620
Present-day Martha's Vineyard is first sighted by Captain Bartholomew Gosnold.
1790
Paris is divided into 48 zones.
1832
The Democratic party holds its first national convention.
1856
Lawrence, Kansas is captured and sacked by pro-slavery forces.
1863
The siege of the Confederate Port Hudson, Louisiana, begins.
1881
The American Red Cross is founded by Clara Barton.
1927
Charles Lindbergh lands in Paris completing the first solo air crossing of the Atlantic.
1940
British forces attack German General Erwin Rommel's 7th Panzer Division at Arras, slowing his blitzkrieg of France.
1941
The first U.S. ship, the S.S. Robin Moor, is sunk by a U-boat.
1951
The U.S. Eighth Army counterattacks to drive the Communist Chinese and North Koreans out of South Korea.
1961
Governor John Patterson declares martial law in Montgomery, Alabama.
1970
The U.S. National Guard mobilizes to quell disturbances at Ohio State University.
1991
In Madras, India, a suicide bomber kills the former Prime Minister, Rajiv Gandhi.
 
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Edouard Izac
Received email below and it is true!  Article does not mention he was a Medal of Honor recipient!  Extraordinary life is an under statement!  An amazing man!  See links below for more:
 
 
When Edouard Izac was found to have died in his sleep at 100 years old, it was an end to an extraordinary life.  He was a Congressman, a cattle rancher, and even part of the War Crimes Tribunal who investigated NAZI death camp atrocities after WWII.  He was also the last surviving Medal of Honor recipient of WWI.  Izac graduated from the Naval Academy in 1915, and just two years later the US entered WWI.  Young Lt. Izac was serving on the USS Abraham Lincoln, a troop transport, when it was struck by three torpedoes fired by the German U-Boat, the U-90.

The survivors (numbering more than 700) took to the lifeboats, and soon the surfaced U-boat approached them in the darkness. The German commander demanded that the Captain give himself up as a hostage. To give proof of the sinking of his ship back in Germany, Lt Izac, speaking English, lied to the German U-Boat captain and claimed the Lincoln's skipper had been killed in the torpedo attack and offered himself as a replacement.

He was taken aboard the U-90.  Unknown to his captors, Izac spoke German and was able to gather a great deal of information about German U-boat operations while it continued its patrol.  Being a POW did not suit Lt Izac very well, and all he thought about was trying to escape and return with the information about U-boats, which he was convinced would save allied lives.  While on a train heading for a prison camp, Izac managed to free himself from his restraints and lept from the window of the moving train with guards firing at him.  Badly injured from the fall, he was then beaten senseless by the guards who recaptured him.

Arriving at the prison camp, Edouard began working with French and British prisoners on a new plan for escape.  Cutting through layers of barbed wire fencing at night, Edouard made good on his plans as the first man through, but the guards were alerted. He saw a machine gun in a tower swing towards him.  Fearing the gun would massacre the other unseen escapees still crawling on their bellies under the wire, Izac ran off to draw the machine gun fire and searchlight beam away from them to give them a better chance at escaping. Miraculously unscathed, Izac then crossed the mountains of SW Germany alone. He existed on what he could forage and ended up swimming the mighty Rhine River under the guns of its sentries, finding refuge in Switzerland.  Izac arrived at the Bureau of Navigation in Washington, DC to give his report on November 11, 1918 - the day WWI ended.
 
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ROLLING THUNDER REMEMBERED… 21 MAY 1968… THE BADMOUTHING OF AMERICA…

May 21, 2018Bear Taylor0 Comments
RIPPLE SALVO… #807… WITH HIS 31 MARCH 1968 SPEECH TO THE NATION PRESIDENT JOHNSON TOOK HIMSELF OUT OF THE RUNNING FOR ANOTHER TERM AS PRESIDENT. IN ADDITION, HE VOWED TO REMAIN APOLITICAL AND COMPLETELY CLEAR OF THE POLITICS OF AN ELECTION YEAR. Thereafter, when he gave a speech, he spoke for America. One of those speeches was delivered to the Arthritis Foundation in New York City on 20 May 1968… The speech to honor the founder of the organization, Floyd B. Odhum, is a matter of record–  http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/index.php?pid=28874   It was delivered without a title. Humble Host will give it one: "STOP BADMOUTHING AMERICA–LOVE IT, PUT  YOUR HEART INTO IT."… That sure was President Johnson's message…   Short version of the speech below…but first…
GOOD MORNING… Day EIGHT HUNDRED SEVEN of a long look back to the page of history called Operation Rolling Thunder…
HEAD LINES from THE NEW YORK TIMES on Tuesday, 21 May 1968…
THE WAR: "Page 1: "MARINES KILL 109 OUTSIDE KHESANH–NORTH VIETNAMESE APPEAR TO HAVE BEEN IN 2 UNITS IN THE EARLIER SIEGE"… "United States Marines killed 109 North Vietnamese soldiers yesterday as new fighting broke out near the Khesanh outpost in northern South Vietnam. In two battles southwest of the outpost, the Marines lost eight dead and 42 wounded… Both actions were reported to have been initiated by the North Vietnamese, indicating renewed aggressiveness on the part of forces in the area that have been quiet for more than a month. First the North Vietnamese riflemen attacked a Marine company bivouacked three miles from the outpost. Then they ambushed a Marine force that was checking Highway 9, the road leading to the outpost, for land mines and enemy troops. The attacking soldiers were believed to have been members of the 304th North Vietnamese Army Division, one of the two divisions that surrounded the Marine outpost at Khesanh late in January and kept it under siege for more than two months. Both enemy divisions apparently withdrew in April when a huge allied force pushed down Highway 9 to relieve the marine garrison. While the outpost was under siege, the United States pounded the two divisions with the heaviest bombing of the war and American officers were convinced that the enemy units had been seriously crippled."…
 
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Subject: Fw:  Memphis Belle is saved from the scrapheap: Legendary WWII bomber that survived 25 missions over occupied Europe is lovingly restored and put on display
Memphis Belle is saved from the scrapheap: Legendary WWII bomber that survived 25 missions over occupied Europe is lovingly restored and put on display
 The B-17 'Flying Fortress' known as Memphis Belle has been introduced as the anchor of an extensive exhibit in the Dayton-area museum's war gallery. It flew 25 missions during WWII.
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Thanks To Hawk………..They already have the torpedo below that we do not have
The VA-111 Shkval (from Russian: шквал — squall) torpedo and its descendants are supercavitating torpedoes originally developed by the Soviet Union. They are capable of speeds in excess of 200 knots (370 km/h or 229.907 miles/h).
 

Vladimir Putin unveils underwater Poseidon drone that carries nuclear warheads 'capable of causing 300ft tsunamis'

President Vladimir Putin revealed the development of the drone in his State of the Nation address
By
Tom Davidson Online Reporter
  • 00:12, 18 MAY 2018
The underwater drone is a new project under watchful eye of Vladimir Putin (Image: TASS)
A nuclear-powered underwater drone capable of destroying enemy naval bases and causing huge tsunamis is under construction in Russia, according to a state news agency.
The Poseidon will be able to carry a nuclear warhead with a capacity of up to two megatonnes, a source told TASS.
The source said: "It will be possible to mount various nuclear charges on the 'torpedo' of the Poseidon multipurpose seaborne system, with the thermonuclear single warhead... to have the maximum capacity of up to 2 megatonnes in TNT equivalent."
With its nuclear munition, the underwater drone "is primarily designed to destroy reinforced naval bases of a potential enemy," the source said.
The drone will have a speed of 60-70 knots and will be operational at a depth of more than 1km.
The nuclear warheads could cause a tsunami (Image: TASS)
TASS has not been able to confirm the information.
Rex Richardson, a physicist, told Business Insider: "A well-placed nuclear weapon of yield in the range 20 MT to 50 MT near a sea coast could certainly couple enough energy to equal the 2011 tsunami, and perhaps much more.
"Taking advantage of the rising-sea-floor amplification effect, tsunami waves reaching 100 meters [330 feet] in height are possible."
The project of developing the Poseidon drone was unveiled by Russian President Vladimir Putin in his State of the Nation address to the Federal Assembly on March 1.
The Russian leader said that these drones could be armed with both conventional and nuclear munitions and would be capable of destroying enemy infrastructure, carrier-led naval forces and other objectives.
Putin announced the production of the drone on March 1 (Image: AFP)
Russia's president claimed the Poseidon will have "hardly any vulnerabilities" and said it would carry a "massive nuclear ordinance".
He added: "There is simply nothing in the world capable of withstanding them."
Russian Navy Commander-in-Chief Sergei Korolyov later said that the new weapon would enable the fleet to accomplish a broad range of missions in waters adjacent to the enemy territory.
According to the chief naval commander, the trials of the drone's basic element, the small-sized nuclear powerplant, have already been carried out.
Poseidon drones together with their carriers make part of the so-called oceanic multipurpose system.
The drone got its name following the results of open voting on the website of Russia's Defense Ministry.
 
 
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Item Number:1 Date: 05/21/2018 AFGHANISTAN - 8 KILLED IN BOMBING AT CRICKET MATCH (MAY 21/TN)  TOLONEWS -- At least eight people have been killed and 45 injured in a bombing targeting a cricket match in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, reports Tolo News (Afghanistan).   Four blasts struck the city's soccer stadium where the game was being played in quick succession on May 18, according to the U.N. Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), as cited by Reuters.   Two bombs exploded within the stadium and two more outside, apparently timed to hit those fleeing the original explosions.   The organizer of the match and a local mayor from a neighboring province were among those killed.   The game was part of a cricket tournament between local teams to celebrate Ramadan, said local officials.   Violence has been increasing in the province, where at least 15 people were killed in an attack claimed by Islamic State two weeks ago.   Last week, the governor of Nangarhar was dismissed over the province's deteriorating security.   The Taliban denied any involvement in the attack. There were no immediate claims of responsibility
Item Number:2 Date: 05/21/2018 CHINA - BOMBERS DEMONSTRATE REACH IN EXERCISES IN S. CHINA SEA (MAY 21/CNN)  CABLE NEWS NETWORK -- Chinese bombers have landed on disputed islands in the South China Sea, reports CNN.   Several bombers, including the long-range, nuclear-capable H-6K, successfully completed landing and takeoff drills on an island in the South China Sea, the People's Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) said on May 18.   The H-6K attacked a simulated target at sea before conducting the takeoff and landing, reported Reuters.   The drills aimed to expand China's reach, reaction time and striking power in the heavily contested region, said the PLAAF statement.   The statement did not say where the drills took place. Many of China's military bases in the South China Sea are built on reclaimed land.   Experts believe the landings likely took place on Woody Island in the Paracel Islands, reported the Wall Street Journal.   The Philippine government said it could not independently verify the tests but took "appropriate diplomatic action" in response, reported Reuters.   The U.S. also sent ships to the area, one of the busiest waterways in the world. A number of countries have competing claims in the South China Sea, including Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan, Vietnam and China, which claims most of the sea as its own.  
Item Number:3 Date: 05/21/2018 DEM REP OF CONGO - GOVERNMENT LAUNCHES VACCINATION CAMPAIGN IN EFFORT TO HALT LATEST EBOLA OUTBREAK (MAY 21/ALJAZ)  AL JAZEERA -- The Democratic Republic of Congo has launched a new vaccination campaign to counter the latest outbreak of Ebola, reports Al Jazeera (Qatar).   The effort began on Monday, with healthcare workers in the northwest, where the current outbreak is focused, receiving the initial vaccinations.   The campaign aims to inoculate 8,000 to 10,000 people during the first phase, reported CNN.   While the vaccine has been used on those who have come in contact with the disease, this will mark the first time it has been used to stop the spread of the disease.   The government announced the outbreak -- which has killed 27 people so far -- on May 8.   At least 46 cases have been detected since the first case was discovered in April in Bikoro, the village in the northwest DRC where the outbreak began.   Concerns increased last week, when the first case was confirmed in the city of Mbandaka in the northwest Equateur province.  
  Item Number:4 Date: 05/21/2018 DENMARK - SPECIAL OPS PERSONNEL TO BE WITHDRAWN FROM IRAQ (MAY 21/NA)  NEW ARAB -- The Danish government has announced that it will bring home its special operations forces deployed in Iraq, reports the New Arab.   The withdrawal follows the defeat of the Islamic State in Iraq, where it no longer controls large amounts of territory, said Foreign Minister Anders Samuelsen. Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared a "final victory" over the terrorist group in December.   Sixty Danish special operations soldiers have been training and advising Iraqi troops since 2016. The Danes also took part in intelligence and air support operations near the Iraqi-Syrian border, noted Agence France-Presse.   Denmark has about 180 total troops stationed at the Al-Asad airbase west of Baghdad, where they have been training Iraqi and Kurdish security forces.   "Iraqi partners are now ready to stand on their own two feet," said Defense Minister Claus Hjort Frederiksen.  
Item Number:5 Date: 05/21/2018 ECUADOR - ARMY ORDERS LIGHT CARGO AIRCRAFT FROM POLAND (MAY 21/)  -- The Ecuadorian army has signed a contract with PZL Mielec, a subsidiary of Lockheed Martin, for a short-takeoff-and-landing transport, reports the Polish aviation firm.   The M28 aircraft is scheduled for delivery later this year. The value of the contract was not disclosed.   The rugged, twin turboprop aircraft is designed for use in a variety of challenging conditions, such as gravel or grass runways.   It can carry 19 passengers or 5,000 pounds (2,300 kg) of cargo and support paradrop missions, among other tasks.  
Item Number:6 Date: 05/21/2018 GREECE - MAYOR OF THESSALONIKI ATTACKED BY NATIONALISTS (MAY 21/BBC)  BRITISH BROADCASTING CORP. -- The mayor of Greece's second-largest city has been attacked by a group of far-right nationalists, reports the BBC.   On May 19, Yiannis Boutaris was attending a ceremony in Thessaloniki to commemorate Greeks killed by Turks during World War I.   Some nationalists were upset that Boutaris, a liberal, was attending the event.   About a dozen people from the crowd began to throw bottles at the mayor. The attackers also kicked Boutaris in the head and legs when he fell to the ground.   Boutaris was taken to the hospital before being released on Sunday.   Greece's ruling Syriza and opposition New Democracy parties condemned the attack.   Four suspects have been arrested, reported the Kathimerini (Athens) newspaper
Item Number:7 Date: 05/21/2018 INDIA - AT LEAST 12 DIE IN KASHMIR FIGHTING (MAY 21/TI)  TIMES OF INDIA -- At least 12 people have been killed and a dozen wounded in multiple clashes between Indian and Pakistani forces in the disputed Kashmir region, reports the Times of India.   Four civilians and a member of the paramilitary Border Security Force (BSF) were killed and 12 others were wounded in Pakistani mortar fire along the border. Four Pakistanis were killed in retaliatory fire on Friday.   Separately, three Pakistani infiltrators were killed by Indian security forces in north Kashmir.   BSF officials said the situation in the region was tense.   The Pakistani army said that four civilians were killed and 10 injured in "unprovoked cease-fire violations" by Indian forces.   The clashes came a day before Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was scheduled to visit Kashmir, noted Agence France-Presse.   On May 17, India announced it was suspending military operations for the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. Militants rejected the proposed truce
Item Number:8 Date: 05/21/2018 INDIA - LONG-RUNNING LIGHT HELICOPTER PROGRAM TAKES ANOTHER STEP (MAY 21/ECON)  ECONOMIC TIMES -- The Indian Defense Ministry has released a request for proposal (RFP) to Russian Helicopters for the purchase of scores of light helicopters, reports the Economic Times (India).   The request for 200 Ka-226T helicopters was signed and issued earlier this month, defense ministry officials said.   The RFP follows a 2015 intergovernmental agreement covering helicopter production within India. In 2017 a joint venture was established between Hindustan Aeronautics and Russian Helicopters. The project is estimated to be worth US$3.2 billion.   Plans call for 60 helicopters to be built at the Ulan-Ude plant in Russia and the balance in Tumkur in southern India.   The Indian army is set to receive 135 Ka-226Ts, while the air force will receive the remaining 65. Forty of the Russian-built helicopters will go to the army, officials said.   The Ka-226T is being acquired to replace India's aging Cheetah helicopters.   A contract is expected to be signed by the end of the year.  
 Item Number:9 Date: 05/21/2018 INDONESIA - SPECIAL OPS COMMAND TO BE RESTORED TO SUPPORT COUNTERTERRORISM EFFORTS (MAY 21/JAK)  JAKARTA POST -- Indonesian President Joko Widodo has decided to return the suspended Joint Special Operations Command (Koopsusgab) to service to assist with anti-terrorism operations, reports the Jakarta Post.   "The government is in the process of establishing a joint special operations command...in order to create a safe and secure environment for the public," said Widodo on May 18.   The president emphasized that the unit would only be deployed when the national police lacked the capacity to handle a crisis.   The move comes after a spate of domestic terrorist attacks.   The Koopsusgab, established in 2015, consisted of the army's special forces (Kopassus), the navy's Denjaka specialized squad and the air force's Bravo 90 unit. The unit was disbanded under the leadership of Gen. Gatot Nurmantyo, who led the Indonesian military from July 2015 to December 2017.  
  Item Number:10 Date: 05/21/2018 IRAN - TEHRAN WANTS MORE GUARANTEES FROM E.U. AFTER U.S. WITHDRAWAL FROM NUCLEAR DEAL (MAY 21/REU)  REUTERS -- Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif says his country needs more guarantees from European countries in order to maintain the multinational nuclear deal following the U.S. decision to withdraw, reports Reuters.   Iran wants to preserve oil trade with all European Union nations and receive payments for oil in euros to bypass U.S. sanctions, Miguel Arias Canete, the European commissioner for energy and climate, said on Sunday.   E.U. leaders say they will continue to trade with Iran, but Tehran wants faster, comprehensive action and guarantees that U.S. attempts to apply sanctions will have a minimal effect on the Iranian economy.   Some banks operating within the European Union have said they will end their dealings with Iran in order to avoid falling afoul of U.S. sanctions.   "The possible withdrawal by major European companies from their cooperation with Iran is not consistent with the European Union's commitment to implementation (the nuclear deal)," said Zarif, as quoted by the official Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA).  
  Item Number:11 Date: 05/21/2018 MEXICO - DOZENS OF CANDIDATES KILLED AHEAD OF JULY 1 ELECTIONS (MAY 21/WP)  WASHINGTON POST -- At least 36 political candidates have been killed in violence ahead of elections scheduled for July 1, reports the Washington Post.   The campaign, which began in September, is thought to be among the deadliest for candidates in Mexican history, the newspaper said on May 20.   There have been three times as many political killings as compared to the last elections in 2015, according to Lantia Consultores, a Mexican research firm.   Politicians have been targeted so that criminal groups can cement their influence over local leaders. Some politicians are also targeted after they establish alliances with other gangs, said analysts cited by the newspaper.   Political parties have been struggling to find replacement candidates for those killed. Some candidates have withdrawn under threat from criminal groups.   Murders have also been increasing, with Mexico witnessing a record 23,000 in 2017
Item Number:12 Date: 05/21/2018 RUSSIA - ISIS CLAIMS DEADLY ATTACK ON CHECHEN CHURCH (MAY 21/NYT)  NEW YORK TIMES -- At least seven people have been killed in an attack on a church in the capital of Russia's Chechnya region, reports the New York Times.   On May 19, four attackers armed with knives, explosives and guns stormed the Archangel Michael Church in downtown Grozny.   The attackers seized hostages before engaging in a standoff with police, according to Ramzan Kadyrov, the leader of Chechnya.   Two police officers and all four attackers were killed in the ensuing gunfight. Two officers were also wounded, reported the Daily Mail (U.K.). A member of the church was also killed.   At least one of the gunmen was identified and is believed to be a resident of Grozny, said Kadyrov, without providing details.   The Islamic State terrorist group (ISIS) claimed responsibility for the attack on Sunday via a statement through their affiliated Amaq news agency, reported Reuters. The group offered no evidence to support the claim
tem Number:13 Date: 05/21/2018 SYRIA - ISIS BEGINS EVACUATING LAST REBEL AREA NEAR DAMASCUS (MAY 21/ALJAZ)  AL JAZEERA -- Fighters from the Islamic State terrorist group (ISIS) have begun withdrawing from the last rebel-held area near Damascus, reports Al Jazeera (Qatar).   Buses began evacuating ISIS fighters and their family members from the Al-Hajar Al-Aswad district of the Yarmouk refugee camp on Sunday.   The ISIS fighters are being relocated to some of the last remaining areas under its control in Badia, eastern Syria, reported Reuters.   State media initially denied that members of the terrorist group were being allowed to leave and insisted it was fighting until the end.   Syrian government forces have been fighting for four weeks to retake the area, which has been under the control of the terrorist group since 2015.   The state of the camp is unclear. Russia's Sputnik news agency, citing state media, reported that the Syrian government took control of the area on Monday. Reuters reported that clashes were ongoing between Syrian government soldiers and an unknown number of ISIS fighters who refuse to leave
Item Number:14 Date: 05/21/2018 UNITED KINGDOM - DEFENSE SECRETARY SEEKS TO BOOST AFGHAN CONTINGENT (MAY 21/SKY)  SKY NEWS -- Senior officials in London are considering deploying another 450 troops to Afghanistan, reports Sky News (U.K.).   Defense Secretary Gavin Williamson wrote to Prime Minister Theresa May to request the personnel boost.   NATO and U.S. President Donald Trump have been asking the U.K. to increase its military contingent in Afghanistan, noted BBC News.   There are currently about 600 British soldiers deployed near Kabul to train Afghan officers. A small number of special operations forces are also in the region.   The additional military personnel would conduct training and would not take part in combat operations, officials said.   The U.K. concluded combat missions in Afghanistan in 2014.   Any announcement on such a deployment would likely come during the NATO summit scheduled for July
Item Number:15 Date: 05/21/2018 USA - BOEING EYES RETRACTABLE WEAPONS ON B-1 BOMBER TO ENHANCE CLOSE AIR SUPPORT CAPABILITIES (MAY 21/MIL)  MILITARY.COM -- Boeing has designed a retractable mounting system for the U.S. Air Force B-1B Lancer bomber to accommodate variety of weapons systems, reports Military.com.   The patent, which was granted on May 8, shows that the system can accommodate a range of weapons, such as a "machine gun, a chain gun, a cannon, an autocannon, a rail gun, a projectile-firing device or a laser weapon."   The mount, which would retract into the belly of the bomber, would give the B-1B improved close air support capabilities, the patent says. The bomber will be able to fly at supersonic speeds whether the weapon is extended or retracted, according to the document.   Installing a cannon could also reduce the need to employ so many precision munitions, saving the Air Force money, said analysts.   The likely expense of integrating the mount with the B-1B fleet, given the anticipated remaining service life for the bomber, makes it unlikely that the Air Force will move forward with the capability, said experts
  Item Number:16 Date: 05/21/2018 USA - CYBER MISSION FORCE TEAMS REACH FULL OPERATIONAL CAPABILITY (MAY 21/USCC)  U.S. CYBER COMMAND -- All of U.S. Cyber Command's cyber mission force teams have reached full operational capability, reports the command.   The command maintains 133 teams, each assigned to one of four specific missions, said a release on May 17.   Cyber National Mission Teams identify hostile activity, block attacks and maneuver to defeat adversaries.   Cyber Combat Mission Teams support combatant commanders, while Cyber Protection Teams defend Defense Dept. networks, protect priority missions and train cyber forces.   Finally, Cyber Support Teams provide analytic and planning support to national and combat mission teams.   To attain the status, each team had to demonstrate the ability to perform their mission under stress in simulated, real-world conditions during specialized training events.   Development of the mission force teams, comprising more than 6,200 personnel from all military branches and civilians, began in 2013.
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