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Monday, July 23, 2018

TheList 4772



The List 4772     TGB


To All,
I hope that you all have a great weekend.
Regards,
Skip
This day in Naval History
July 20
1846—In the effort to negotiate a treaty with Japan, Commodore James Biddle arrives with the ship of the line, USS Columbus, and the sloop of war, USS Vincennes, at Edo (Yedo), Japan. These are the first U.S. warships to visit Japan.
1861—During the Civil War, the wooden screw gunboat, USS Albatross, commanded by Cmdr. G.A. Prentiss, recaptures the civilian schooner, Enchantress, off Hatteras Inlet. She is previously captured by the Confederate privateer, CSS Jefferson Davis, on July 6. Also on this date, the wooden screw steamship, USS Mount Vernon, commanded by Oliver S. Glisson, seizes the sloop, Wild Pigeon, on the Rappahannock River.
1942—Adm. William D. Leahy becomes Chief of Staff to the Commander in Chief of the Army and the Navy, the precursor to the post of Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. In Dec. 1944, Leahy is promoted to Fleet Admiral. Fleet Adm. Leahy also dies on this date in 1959.
1945—USS Threadfin (SS 410) sinks the Japanese minesweeper (W 39) northwest of Mokp'o, Korea.
1960—In the first launch of the Polaris missile, USS George Washington (SSBN 598) successfully fires two operational Polaris missiles while submerged off Florida.
1964 - Four Navy divers enter Project SEALAB I capsule moored 192 feet on the ocean floor off Bermuda for 11 day experiment.
1969—Former Navy pilot Neil Armstrong is the first man to set foot on the moon, saying "That's one small step for (a) man, one giant leap for mankind." Armstrong is Commander of Apollo 11, which during its 8-day mission lands on the Sea of Tranquility. Michael Collins is the Command Module Pilot and Edwin "Buzz" E. Aldrin Jr., is the Lunar Module Pilot. 
July 21
1905—USS Bennington (Gunboat #4) is wrecked by a boiler explosion at San Diego, CA. One officer and 65 enlisted men die in the explosion, along with numerous crew injuries.
1918—During World War I, German submarine (U 156) surfaces and fires on U.S. tugboat, Perth Amboy, and four barges, three miles off Nauset Beach, Cape Cod, MA.
1943—PBY aircraft (VP 94) sinks German submarine (U 662) off the mouth of Amazon River, Brazil.
1944—Task Force 53, commanded by Rear Adm. Richard L. Connolly, lands the Third Marine Division and the 1st Provisional Marine Brigade, along with the U.S. Army 77th Infantry Division on Guam. The island is declared secure on Aug. 9 though bands of enemy Japanese are long encountered after VJ Day.
1946—In the first U.S. test of adaptability of jet aircraft to shipboard operations, an XFD 1 Phantom piloted by Lt. Cmdr. James Davidson makes landings and takeoffs without catapults from USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CVB 42). 
July 22
1802—During the First Barbary War, the frigate, USS Constellation, commanded by Capt. Alexander Murray, defeats nine Corsair gunboats off Tripoli, and sinks two.
1951—Adm. Forrest P. Sherman, the 12th Chief of Naval Operations, dies while at Naples, Italy.
1951—During the Korean War, USS Valley Forge (CV 45) carrier air strikes hit a fuel or an ammunition train near Kumchon, North Korea.
1964—Four Navy divers (Lt. Cmdr. Robert Thompson, Gunners Mate First Class Lester Anderson, Chief Quartermaster Robert A. Barth, and Chief Hospital Corpsman Sanders Manning) submerge in Sealab I at a depth of 192 feet, 39 miles off Hamilton, Bermuda for an intended three weeks. The crew surfaces early on July 31 due to an oncoming tropical storm.
1966—USS Julius A. Furer (DEG 6) is launched at Bath Iron Works, ME. The Brook-class frigate is named in honor of Rear Adm. Julius A. Furer, a naval constructor, inventor, administrator, and author who completed the study "Administration of the Navy Department in World War II."
1995—USS Ramage (DG 61) is commissioned at Boston, MA. The 11th ship in the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers, the ship is named to honor Vice Adm. Lawson P. Ramage, a Medal of Honor recipient from World War II. 
2017—In a ceremony presided over by President Donald J. Trump, the aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) is commissioned in a ceremony at Naval Station Norfolk attended by 10,000 people. CVN-78 honors the 38th president of the United States and pays tribute to his lifetime of service in the Navy, in the U.S. government and to the nation. It is the first new carrier design placed in service since USS Nimitz was commissioned more than 42 years earlier (May 3, 1975).
 
 
Executive Summary:
In national news headlines today, media are reporting that at least 11 people have died after a "duck boat" carrying tourists sank in stormy weather in Missouri, and that National Football League and the NFL Players Association have agreed to suspend enforcement of new rules that require players to stand during the national anthem. The White House announced on Thursday that President Trump plans to invite President Vladimir Putin to visit Washington in the fall reports the New York Times. The announcement comes amid criticism of statements made by President Trump after his meeting with Putin in Helsinki. The Office of Naval Research is sponsoring Navy Life, an online platform of Navy-themed games and simulations geared towards matching potential recruits to enlisted jobs according to their skills and interests reports Seapower Magazine.  Additionally, the San Diego Union Tribune states that Naval Special Warfare Basic Training Command reached a milestone yesterday as it graduated its 100th class of specially-trained small boat operators at a ceremony at Naval Amphibious Base Coronado Thursday.
 
Today in History July 20
1402

Tamerlane's Mongols defeat the Ottoman Turks at Angora.
1588

The Spanish Armada sets sail from Corunna.
1715

The Riot Act goes into effect in England.
1864

1867

Imperial troops in Guizhou, China, kill 20,000 Miao rebels.
1881

Sioux chief Sitting Bull surrenders to the U.S. Army.
1917

Alexander Kerensky becomes the premier of Russia.
1942

The U.S. Army Women's Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC) begins its first training class at Fort Des Moines, Iowa.
1944

Adolf Hitler is wounded in an assassination attempt by German Army officers at Rastenburg.
1950

The U.S. Army's Task Force Smith is pushed back by superior North Korean forces.
1951

King Abdullah of Jordan is assassinated.
1969

Neil Armstrong and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin become the first men to walk on the moon.
1976

The Viking spacecraft lands on Mars and begins taking soil samples.
 
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From my Al Krause archives. Fitting for today.
Some morning Humor from Al 
 
Today is the 48th anniversary of the USA landing on the moon.
"I read the other day where some scientist thinks it's possible to put a man on the moon by the end of the century. They even have some fellows they call astronauts preparing for it down in Texas."—Comment made in 1957

Trivia:  What was the first word spoken from the moon, 45 years ago on July 20, 1969?

Neil Armstrong used to tell unfunny jokes about the moon...and follow them up with, "Ah, I guess you had to be there."

Did you ever notice that if you rearrange the letters in ASTRONOMER, you can get MOON STARER.

How is it that we put man on the moon before we figured out it would be a good idea to put wheels on luggage?

Some test answers on the moon by young scholars on their science test:
   "The moon is a planet just like the earth, only it is even deader."
   "The tides are a fight between the Earth and moon. All water tends towards the moon, because there is no water in the moon, and nature abhors a vacuum. I forget where the sun joins in this fight."



Submitted by Kelly Dodson:

Young people of today are our future, but they don't have a clue do they?  It's a different world today.
     A college student at a recent football game challenged a senior citizen sitting next to him, saying it was impossible for their generation to understand his.
     "You grew up in a different world," the student said loud enough for the whole crowd to hear. "Today we have television, jet planes, space travel, man has walked on the moon, our spaceships have visited Mars, we even have nuclear energy, electric and hydrogen cars, computers with light-speed processing, and, ugh  ..."
     Taking advantage of a pause in the student's litany, the geezer said, "You are right. We didn't have those things when we were young; so we invented them, you little doofus!  Now what the heck are you doing for the next generation??"



Submitted by Chuck Kincade:

     When NASA was preparing for the Apollo Project, it took the astronauts to a Navajo reservation in Arizona for training. One day, a Navajo elder and his son came across the space crew walking among the rocks. The elder, who spoke only Navajo, asked a question. His son translated for the NASA people: "What are these guys in the big suits doing?"
     One of the astronauts said that they were practicing for a trip to the moon. When his son relayed this comment the Navajo elder got all excited and asked if it would be possible to give to the astronauts a sacred message to deliver to the moon.
     Recognizing a promotional opportunity when he saw one, a NASA official accompanying the astronauts said, "Why certainly!" and told an underling to get a tape recorder.
     The Navajo elder's comments into the microphone were brief.
     The NASA official asked the son if he would translate what his father had said.
     The son listened to the recording and laughed uproariously. But he refused to translate.
     So the NASA people took the tape to a nearby Navajo village and played it for other members of the tribe. They too laughed long and loudly but also refused to translate the elder's sacred message to the moon.
     Finally, an official government translator was summoned. After he finally stopped laughing the translator relayed the message: "Watch out for these pale faces. They have come to steal your land."



     The night of the moon landing, two blondes in Las Vegas were sitting on a bench talking...and one blonde says to the other, "Which do you think is farther away...Florida or the moon?"
     The other blonde turns and says "Hellooooooo, can you see Florida?"

     After the Americans went to the moon, the Soviets announced that they would be sending a man to the sun.
     The engineers objected. "If you send a man to the sun, he will burn up!"
     "What do you think I am, stupid?" he replied. "We'll send him at night!"

     Did you hear that in 1999, NASA wanted to study the effects of the moon on an aging individual, so they decided to resend Neil Armstrong.
     Unfortunately, they canceled this because they were afraid the first words from the moon in 30 years would be: "Houston? I have fallen, and I can't get up."


If any of these jokes offended you, I Apollo-gize.  Have a great week,
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Thanks to Mike
Incredible video shows LM-100J Super Hercules inverting at air show - Business Insider
 
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ROLLING THUNDER REMEMBERED… 20 JULY 1968… "IT'S WELL TO REMEMBER USS PUEBLO, BUT…"
July 19, 2018Bear Taylor
The List 4773     TGB

ROLLING THUNDER REMEMBERED… 20 JULY 1968… "IT'S WELL TO REMEMBER USS PUEBLO, BUT…"
RIPPLE SALVO… #867… "…DON'T FORGET THE VIETNAM POW's AND MIAs"… That was the "header" for the lead editorial of the Ogden Standard-Examiner on Sunday, 21 July 1968. While the OpEd didn't name the subjects of their editorial, the identity of the pair of warriors in Air Force RF-4C 64-1042 of the 16th TRS and 460th TRW out of Tan Son Nhut is clear from the record. On 26 July 1967, MAJOR GILLAND WALES CORBITT and 1LT WILLIAM ORLAN BARE, disappeared into the night and the Annamite Mountains of North Vietnam on a photo reconnaissance mission. They had completed their mission and were returning when their Photo Phantom disappeared off the radar about 25 miles west of Dong Hoi, North Vietnam. Disappeared. COLONEL CORBITT and MAJOR BARE (promoted while MIA) remain missing in action, presumed killed in action and their remains rest where they fell on the battlefield fifty-one years ago. The July 1968 Standard-Examiner editorial requesting Northern Utahns remember our POWs and MIAs is posted below… but first…
GOOD MORNING… Day EIGHT HUNDRED-SIXTY-SEVEN of a return to the skies of North Vietnam and the air campaign of 1965-1968 called Rolling Thunder…
HEAD LINES… From the OGDEN STANDARD-EXAMINER on Saturday, 20 July 1968…
THE WAR: Page 1: "VIETCONG REBELS MANACLE 39 PRISONERS–Set Captives Out For Bait–Reds flee As B-52s Attack"… "A heavy raid by U.S. B-52 bombers scared away Vietcong guerrillas who set 39 manacled captives out as bait and planned to ambush South Vietnamese troops coming to their rescue, military spokesmen said today. The government troops freed the emaciated men and women, who had been chained to stakes in the ground, and reported killing six Vietcong soldiers who had stayed behind as guards when most of the other guerrillas fled. Three South Vietnamese infantrymen were wounded when the government troops charged into an open field Friday to free the prisoners in the Mekong Delta, 125 miles  southwest of Saigon… Kill 29 Rebels… Nine miles north of the ambush site, other government soldiers reported killing 29 guerrillas in two days of fighting…three government troops were killed and 29 wounded in the intermittent fighting….Elsewhere, ground fighting remained in its month-long halt, with no significant actions …Small scale terror attacks had been anticipated today, called 'national shame day' in Vietnam because of the signing of the 1954 Geneva convention which partitioned their country."… Page 1: "BLAST INJURIES 12 IN SAIGON"… "…injured by a grenade thrown on a Saigon street today during a dispute between members of the Hoa Hao, a splinter Buddhist group."…
 
The rest of the article can be found Thanks to THE Bear at http://www.rollingthunderremembered.com/
 
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(Show this one to your liberal and RINO contacts with Never Trump Derangement Syndrome!!)
 

President Trump Makes a Last-Minute Stop at Joint Base Andrews to Honor Fallen Secret Serviceman

 
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Thanks to Micro
Men's Demerit System

In the world of women, one single rule applies:

Make the woman Happy.


Do something she likes and you get points.
Do something she dislikes, and points are subtracted.
You don't get any points for doing something she expects.

SIMPLE DUTIES
You make the bed. (+1)
You make the bed, but forget the decorative pillows. (-10)
You throw the bedspread over rumpled sheets. (-3)
You go out to buy her what she wants (+5) in the rain (+8)
But return with Beer. (-5)

PROTECTIVE DUTIES
You check out a suspicious noise at night. (+1)
You check out a suspicious noise, and it is nothing. (0)
You check out a suspicious noise, and it is something. (+5)
You pummel it with an iron rod. (+10)
It's her pet Schnauzer. (-30)

SOCIAL ENGAGEMENTS
You stay by her side for the entire party. (+1)
You stay by her side for a while, then leave to chat with an old school friend. (-2)
Named Tina (-10)
Tina is a dancer. (-20)
Tina has breast implants. (-40)

HER BIRTHDAY
You take her out to dinner. (+2)
You take her out to dinner, and it's not a sports bar. (+3)
Okay, it's a sports bar. (-2)
And its all-you-can-eat night. (-3)
It's a sports bar, it's all-you-can-eat night, and your face is painted the colors of your favorite team. (-10)

A NIGHT OUT
You take her to a movie. (+1)
You take her to a movie she likes. (+5)
You take her to a movie you hate. (+6)
You take her to a movie you like. (-2)
It's called 'Death Cop.' (-3)
You lied and said it was a foreign film about orphans. (-15)

YOUR PHYSIQUE
You develop a noticeable potbelly. (-15)
You develop a noticeable potbelly and exercise to get rid of it (+10)
You develop a noticeable potbelly and resort to baggy jeans and baggy Hawaiian shirts. (-30)
You say to her, "It doesn't matter, you have one too." (-80)

THE BIG QUESTION
She asks, "Do I look fat?" (-5)  (Yes, you lose points no matter what)
You hesitate in responding. (-10)
You reply, "Where?" (-35)
You give any other response. (-40)

COMMUNICATION
When she wants to talk about a problem, you listen, displaying what looks like a concerned expression. (+2)
You listen, for over 30 minutes (+50)
You listen for more than 30 minutes without looking at the TV. (+500)
She realizes that is because you have fallen asleep. (-4000)
 
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Vietnam POW is a forgotten Delaware hero
Thanks to THE Bear - 
…...last paragraph provides an interesting observation... why is so little known about these heroes: "I suppose it's because the nation wanted to put the Vietnam war in the rear view mirror."... lest we forget... Bear

Remember Delaware hero James Connell, who died a POW in the Vietnam War

 

 

 

Here are some of the top stories we're following for today. 7/18/18 Damian Giletto/The News Journal
A lifelong Wilmington resident, John Riley served in the administration of then-Gov. Tom Carper and recently retired from Ashland/Hercules as director of governmental relations. He is co-author with former Philadelphia Eagle Kevin Reilly of Reilly's popular autobiography, "Tackling Life."
I was surprised when I heard that a Vietnam prisoner of war (POW) had been proposed for election to the Salesianum High School Hall of Fame. Being friends with Delaware residents who were former POWs, Jon Reynolds and Neal Jones, and having read several books on the subject, I assumed I would have been aware of any POWs, particularly one who attended my high school.
I encountered more surprises as I began to look into the life of James J. Connell, class of 1957, who died in North Vietnamese captivity in June 1969. I now know he was an American hero, and I want the people of his home state of Delaware to know his story.
Connell was posthumously awarded the Navy Cross — the second-highest award for valor, after the Medal of Honor. Here's how the official citation for the medal describes his heroism: 
"Under constant pressure from the North Vietnamese in their attempt to gain military information and propaganda material, Lieutenant Commander Connell experienced severe torture with ropes and was kept in almost continuous solitary confinement. As they persisted in their hostile treatment of him, he continued to resist by feigning facial muscle spasms, incoherency of speech, and crippled arms with loss of feeling in his fingers. The Vietnamese, convinced of his plight, applied shock treatments in an attempt to improve his condition. However, he chose not to indicate improvement for fear of further cruelty. Isolated in a corner of the camp near a work area visited daily by other prisoners, he established and maintained covert communications with changing groups of POW's, thereby serving as a main point of exchange of intelligence information."
In a biography on the life of Colonel Bud Day, one of the most decorated veterans of the Vietnam War, Day singled out Connell for his resistance under constant pressure from his captors. 
According to research by David Call, a retired Master Chief Petty Officer and naval science instructor at Delaware Military Academy, Connell's Navy Cross was the highest award for valor presented to any Delawarean during the Vietnam War. 
 
Connell's story is a reminder of the brutality Vietnam POWs suffered.
One of the elements that set them apart from many of their World War II counterparts was the length of their incarceration. My friends, Reynolds and Jones, were held seven and six years respectively; WWII incarcerations were typically far shorter.
While the Japanese treatment of POWs was by most accounts extremely inhumane, the Germans generally followed the Geneva Conventions with regards to treatment of U.S. and western European prisoners — although conditions were certainly harsh.
The North Vietnamese, on the other hand, declared U.S. prisoners to be criminals and subjected our men to oppressive conditions, forcing them to endure isolation, starvation, beatings and other means of torture. They attempted to use POWs for propaganda purposes, and rarely did they even acknowledge a prisoner was being held.
Incredibly, most of the POWs survived through sheer willpower, discipline and support of each other. 
Connell's story is a reminder of the sacrifices our soldiers make. Unfortunately, too few Delawareans know about him.
Although my POW friends were aware of Connell, they did not know he was from Delaware. His name appears on the Vietnam Memorial off of Baynard Boulevard, and he received a brief mention in a News Journal story about the POWs in 1973. Yet, when I checked with others in the military and veterans affairs community, no one remembered Connell or realized that any Delawarean had been a Vietnam POW — let alone one recognized with the nation's second highest award for valor. 
Thanks to the interest and curiosity of a man from Maine — 1964 Salesianum graduate and retired Naval fighter pilot Bill Coll — James J. Connell's hometown would become aware of him.
Coll recalled hearing about Connell through classified readings before deploying to the Western Pacific on the USS Midway, late in the Vietnam war. Then, about a year ago he learned from Robert Coram's biography of Bud Day that Connell, whom Day referred to as a "hard resister," had died at the hands of the Vietnamese guards Jan. 14, 1971.
While reviewing information about Connell on a Naval Academy website, Coll was shocked to learn Connell was from Wilmington. He then decided to contact his widow, and during the course of their discussions he learned Connell was a fellow graduate of Salesianum.
"I was stunned, and from that moment I was determined to see him recognized by our school and community for his heroic deeds while a POW, so I submitted his name for the Salesianum Hall of Fame," said Coll. 
Commander Connell's name is now listed in the Salesianum Hall, but his story of resistance, endurance, and courage is a story that will make every Delawarean proud.
Connell's immediate family members do not live in Delaware and were unable to attend the Salesianum induction ceremony. But, to ensure he was properly remembered, Commander Coll, who retired from the U.S. Navy, drove 1,200 miles round-trip from Maine and spoke on his behalf. 
Jenny Connell and her two children. Connell's husband, James, died in captivity during the Vietnam War. (Photo: Courtesy of John Riley)
With two children at home who would never know their father, Connell's wife, Jenny, worked with the other POW wives, including Sybil Stockdale, (wife of Admiral Stockdale, who was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor) to determine the status of their husbands. After six and a half years of hoping and praying, the returning POWs confirmed that Connell had died in captivity on Jan. 14, 1971. His remains were repatriated in March 1974, and he was buried in the Rosecrans National Cemetary in San Diego.
Jenny Connell endured what many could not.
The story of the POW wives and their relentless efforts to confront U.S. political indifference was recently well told in Alvin Townley's book, "Defiant.
As Bill Coll and I tried to understand how Delaware lost track of one of the state's true military heroes, we could only conclude that Vietnam was an experience that the country wanted to put in the rearview mirror. Unfortunately, in the effort to forget the war, the country forgot too many of those who served faithfully and heroically and those who supported them at home.
 
 
 
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  Item Number:6 Date: 07/20/2018 LAOS - AIR FORCE TAKES DELIVERY OF REFURBISHED MI-17 HELICOPTERS (JUL 20/LNA)  LAO NEWS AGENCY -- The Lao air force recently took delivery of four Mi-17 helicopters that received maintenance from a Russian Helicopters team, reports the Lao News Agency.   The handover ceremony took place on July 12 at the Vientiane air base.   The repaired helicopters will have a guaranteed 2,000 hours of flight time before their next overhaul, Russian Helicopters officials said.   The officials said that the company had drafted a proposal to repair another batch of Mi-17s for the Lao air force, reported IHS Jane's Defence Weekly.  
 
  Item Number:8 Date: 07/20/2018 USA - AIR FORCE CONSIDERS EARLY FIELDING FOR STORMBREAKER BOMB (JUL 20/MIL)  MILITARY.COM -- The U.S. Air Force is looking to field the Raytheon Stormbreaker precision-guided bomb by next year, reports Military.com.   Previously known as the Small Diameter Bomb II, the weapon entered operational testing earlier this month after competing an operational test readiness review in the spring, Reuters reported on July 15.   Testing is going so well that officials are considering fielding the bomb earlier than expected, possibly by the end of 2018 or in early 2019, Raytheon officials told the website on Tuesday.   The bomb has completed eight operational test launches with a 90 percent success rate, the officials said. The most recent test took place last week.   The Stormbreaker is a 250-pound (113-kg) weapon equipped with a trimode seeker with imaging infrared, millimeter wave and semi-active laser modes. The millimeter wave radar allows it to operate effectively in all weather conditions. The bomb is designed to detect moving targets, with support from Link 16 data links and UHF communications with the launching aircraft.   The bomb will first be fielded on the F-15E Strike Eagle, and is planned to be integrated onto the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter by 2022.  
  Item Number:2 Date: 07/20/2018 MALI - BRITISH REINFORCEMENTS ARRIVE FOR FRENCH COUNTERTERRORISM MISSION (JUL 20/UKMOD)  U.K. MINISTRY OF DEFENSE -- Three British CH-47 Chinook heavy-lift helicopters have arrived in Mali to support the French-led Operation Barkhane, reports the U.K. Ministry of Defense   Three Chinooks and 90 British troops have arrived in Mali to provide logistical and troop movement support to the French-led counterterrorism mission, the ministry said on Wednesday.   The objective is to improve troop safety by moving troops by air instead of on the ground, where they are more vulnerable to militant attacks.   British military personnel will not be involved in combat operations, the ministry emphasized.   The British helicopters will also work with MINUSMA, the U.N. mission in Mali.  
Item Number:3 Date: 07/20/2018 PHILIPPINES - ARMS DEAL WITH RUSSIA NOT GROUNDS FOR SANCTIONS, GOVERNMENT SAYS (JUL 20/BEN)  BENAR -- The government of the Philippines is denying that it is subject to potential U.S. sanctions for buying arms from Russia, reports the Benar news agency (Philippines).   On Thursday, a presidential spokesman promised that the matter would be reviewed, but said that there was no legal foundation to stop a planned arms deal with Russian arms export company Rosoboronexport.   On Wednesday, Reuters reported that the Philippines was at risk of breaching U.S. sanctions with the planned purchase of 750 RPG-7B rocket-propelled grenade launchers. The deal was originally announced in October 2017.   In April, Rosoboronexport was added to a list of companies covered under the 2017 sanctions. Foreign governments have been informed that business with any of the companies on the list will result in sanctions, said a State Dept. official.   The presidential spokesman suggested that the promise of U.S. sanctions could violate Philippine sovereignty. "I do not know how they can enforce U.S. domestic legislation on a sovereign state," he said.   A Philippine defense official told Reuters that the deal would move forward until Washington sent Manila a formal notification.   The US$7.48 million purchase would be the first from Russia for the Philippines. It has not yet been finalized, officials said. 
  Item Number:4 Date: 07/20/2018 RUSSIA - NEW VIDEOS SHOW OFF LATEST WEAPONS (JUL 20/CNN)  CABLE NEWS NETWORK -- Russia has revealed more information about five advanced weapon systems, reports CNN.   Videos and stories by Russia's Tass news agency on Thursday shed new light on the new systems: the Burevestnik nuclear-powered cruise missile; the Avangard hypersonic missile system; the Sarmat intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM); the Poseidon underwater drone; and the Kinzhal hypersonic missile.   The video of the Burevestnik shows a missile launching and includes a computer-generated simulation of the missile evading air defense systems. Russia claims that the missile will carry a nuclear warhead and have a nuclear engine, giving it unlimited range. It will also be invincible to existing missile defense systems.   A new launch system for the Burevestnik is in the works.   Underwater pop-up tests of the advanced ICBM Sarmat have also been successful, according to Moscow.   Flight tests for the Burevestnik and the Sarmat are expected soon and serial production of the Avangard gliding warhead is underway, said Tass. The Avangard will reportedly soon be ready for fielding, while the Sarmat is expected to enter service in 2021.   Trials of the nuclear-powered Poseidon underwater drone have also begun, reported Tass. The vehicle can carry a nuclear warhead and could be launched from submarines.   Russian pilots conducted 10 days of tests of the Kinzhal hypersonic missile, said to be capable of speeds up to Mach 10, aboard MiG-31K fighters and Tu-22M3 long-range bombers earlier this month, the news agency said.   The systems were first announced by Russian President Vladimir Putin in March. U.S. officials at the time expressed doubt that Russia had an entirely new generation of weapons that would soon be operational
  Item Number:5 Date: 07/20/2018 SYRIA - REBELS EVACUATE QUNEITRA PROVINCE UNDER DEAL WITH RUSSIA (JUL 20/SANA)  SYRIAN ARAB NEWS AGENCY -- Syrian government forces are preparing to retake the western province of Quneitra, near the border with Israel, after rebels negotiated an evacuation deal with Russia, reports the state-run SANA news agency.   Buses gathered in the village of Um Batina on Friday to transport rebels who refused to accept a return to rule from Damascus to Idlib province in northern Syria. Idlib is the last rebel stronghold in the country.   The evacuation was expected to begin on Friday afternoon.   According to a copy of the surrender terms provided by rebels to Reuters, the agreement was negotiated with Russia.   It was unclear how many rebels were included in the deal. The U.K.-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said that rebels would likely be gathered from multiple locations around the province.   The government prepared 45 buses for the operation, the governor of Quneitra told Al Jazeera (Qatar).  
  Item Number:6 Date: 07/20/2018 UNITED NATIONS - CHINA, S. KOREA CONFIRM COMMITMENT TO U.N. SANCTIONS (JUL 20/SCMP)  SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST -- The governments of China and South Korea say they will continue to uphold U.N. sanctions against North Korea after a U.N. committee said that both countries had accepted coal shipments from Pyongyang, reports the South China Morning Post.   Five North Korean coal shipments arrived in China last August, says a report from the U.N. North Korean Sanctions committee. Beijing said on Friday that it had obeyed the U.N. sanctions, emphasizing that cargos shipped before August 2017 were legitimate.   "The Chinese side has always implemented the Security Council resolutions comprehensively and strictly, and the relevant departments have issued an announcement for this purpose," the foreign ministry said.   The U.N. committee also said that two North Korean coal shipments arrived in South Korea in October.   Seoul promised to uphold the sanctions regime and said it was investigating the incidents.   In May, the U.S. told the U.N. committee that it had detected 89 ship-to-ship transfers of oil, breaching the petroleum export limit set by the U.N. sanctions. The U.S. asked the Security Council to ban refined petroleum exports to North Korea.   Russia blocked the motion, requesting further evidence before moving forward. China backed the move.   The ban on energy exports, especially coal, is one of the building blocks of U.N. sanctions against North Korea passed with broad support in 2017. Coal makes up a significant portion of North Korean exports.  
  Item Number:7 Date: 07/20/2018 USA - STATE DEPT. AMENDS AL-SHABAAB TERRORIST DESIGNATION TO INCLUDE KENYAN AFFILIATE (JUL 20/STATE)  U.S. STATE DEPT. -- The U.S. government has amended the terrorist designation of Al-Shabaab in Somalia to include a similar group operating in Kenya, reports the State Dept.   On Thursday, the State Dept. added Al-Hijra to the list of known aliases used by Al-Shabaab.   Formed in 2008, Al-Hijra operates as the Kenyan wing of the terrorist group. It is organizationally and operationally linked with the Somali organization and has recruited and moved fighters for attacks in Somalia.   With the expanded designation, U.S. businesses and individuals are generally forbidden from doing business with Al-Hijra and individuals associated with the group, in addition to Al-Shabaab.   A legally-required five-year review of Al-Shabaab's terrorist designation was also completed, the State Dept. said. It determined that the terrorist designation would remain

  Item Number:8 Date: 07/20/2018 USA - WEAPONS SALES THIS YEAR ALREADY SURPASS 2017 MARK (JUL 20/DN)  DEFENSE NEWS -- Sales of U.S. weapons systems in the first six months of fiscal 2018 have surpassed total sales in fiscal 2017, senior officials say, as reported by Defense News.   U.S. arms sales to foreign partners and allies in the first two quarters of fiscal 2018 reached $46.9 billion, more than the $41.9 billion seen in all of fiscal 2017, Lt. Gen. Charles Hooper, head of the Defense Security Cooperation Agency, told the newspaper on Wednesday.   Hooper said the Trump administration's push to export more U.S. weapons to allies helped increase sales.   The Conventional Arms Transfer policy, which allows firms to bypass the U.S. government when selling unmanned drones and certain kinds of weapons, has also played a role, he said.   Some of these sales may have been concluded under the Obama administration, the newspaper noted, citing the lengthy time it can take to finalize arms deals.   Weapons sales also tend to be volatile over time, suggesting it is too soon to tell if the latest uptick represents a sustainable trend, analysts said.

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