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To All,
I hope that your week has been going well.
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Skip
This day in Naval History
July 26
1812—USS Essex captures the British brig, HMS Leander, off Newfoundland. Engaging British vessels the following week, USS Essex burns the brig, HMS Hero, and captures the ship, Nancy, also off Newfoundland on Aug 2.
1852—John P. Kennedy takes office as the 21st Secretary of the Navy, serving until Mar. 7, 1853.
1912—The first tests of an airborne wireless are conducted near Annapolis, MD using the Wright (B 1) piloted by Lt. John Rodgers. On one flight, Ensign Charles H. Maddox, who is giving technical assistance to the aviators, sends messages to USS Stringham (TB 19) at a distance of about one and a half miles.
1946—Joy Bright Hancock is promoted to Captain and is appointed Director of the WAVES, or Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service. She guides WAVES in the later 1940s the early 1950s, a period that also witnesses the Navy's women achieve status as part of the Regular Navy. Capt. Hancock retires from active duty in June 1953 and dies on Aug. 20, 1986.
1948—President Harry S. Truman signs Executive Order 9981, desegregating the Armed Services.
1954—Two AD Skyraiders of Air Group 5 from USS Philippine Sea (CVA 47) are attacked by two Chinese (LA 7) aircraft while the Skyraiders are searching for survivors of Cathay Pacific airline, which was shot down three days prior off Hainan Island. Returning fire, the Skyraiders splash both attackers.
2003—USS Mustin (DDG 89) is commissioned at Naval Air Station North Island, CA. The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer is the second to be named Mustin, but the first to be named for the distinguished family of that name: Capt. Henry D. Mustin (1874-1923; Vice Adm. Lloyd M. Mustin (1911-1999), Vietnam War Veteran Vice Adm. Henry C. Mustin II and Lt. Cmdr. Thomas M. Mustin. The first USS Mustin, (DD 413) of the World War II era, was named for the family patriarch: Capt. Henry D. Mustin (1874-1923), who piloted the first aircraft ever catapulted from a ship, and flew the first combat missions of American aircraft from Mississippi during the Mexican campaign in 1914. 
 
 
Today in History July 26
657

Mu'awiya defeats Caliph Ali in the Battle of Siffin in Mesopotamia.
1526

Lucas Vazquez de Ayllon and colonists leave Santo Domingo for Florida.
1529

Francisco Pizarro receives a royal warrant to "discover and conquer" Peru.
1758

British forces capture France's Fortress of Louisbourg after a seven-week siege.
1759

The French relinquish Fort Ticonderoga in New York to the British under General Jeffrey Amherst.
1775

The Continental Congress establishes a postal system for the colonies with Benjamin Franklin as the first postmaster general.
1790

An attempt at a counter-revolution in France is put down by the National Guard at Lyons.
1794

The French defeat an Austrian army at the Battle of Fleurus, France.
1830

King Charles X of France issues five ordinances limiting the political and civil rights of citizens.
1847

Liberia becomes the first African colony to become an independent state.
1848

The French army suppresses the Paris uprising.
1886

William Gladstone is replaced by Lord Salisbury as Prime Minister of England.
1918

Britain's top war ace, Edward Mannock, is shot down by ground fire on the Western Front.
1920

The 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is ratified.
1948

In an Executive Order, President Harry Truman calls for the end of discrimination and segregation in the U.S. armed forces.
2005

The shuttle Discovery launches on mission STS-114, marking a return to space after the shuttle Columbia crash of 2003.
 
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Thanks to Pappy for finding this and sending it on. I had seen it once but could never find it.  Hoser retired from the fire fighting business a year ago and he was a legend in the fighter community. A great guy and friend …skip
The rest of the Bros may like this about Joe.
 
Larry

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Subject: FW: FLYING BLIND AT LOW ALTITUDE !--check this guy out......
Date: July 25, 2018 at 12:21:04 PM MST
 
Subject: FLYING BLIND AT LOW ALTITUDE !--check this guy out......
 
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Thanks to Carl
I remember watching my dad getting his brand new blue uniform ready for his first day in it. Putting all the ribbons and insignia on and making the hat. I was not that keen on the blue.
The US Air Force at 70: From early jets to stealth aircraft
 
40 Photos with details in link!  Enjoy! 
 
In 1947, the flyboys broke away from the US Army to establish the Air Force as a separate branch. Here's a look back at the aircraft of those seven decades.
 
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Thanks to Gearbox
F-111B
 
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Navy Commemorates 100th Anniversary of the Sinking of San Diego
The crew of USNS Grasp (T-ARS-51), Sailors assigned to Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit 2, and NHHC participated in a wreath laying ceremony to commemorate the sinking of USS San Diego (ACR-6), July 19. The cruiser was sunk during World War I off Fire Island, NY, by a mine placed by German submarine (U-156). Six Sailors lost their lives. Ensign Robert Webster Cary and Fireman Second Class Telesforo Trinidad received Medals of Honor for their actions in getting crewmates out of danger. "We are here today to remember the valor, sacrifice, and courage of the Sailors who lost their lives one hundred years ago during World War I," said NHHC Director Sam Cox. "These Sailors paid the ultimate sacrifice for our country." To learn more, read the article at NHHC's website. To watch footage of the ceremony, go to the DVIDS website. Also read How USS San Diego Sank is Still an Open Question 100 Years Later. To learn how the Germans sank San Diego and how they were able to get so close to U.S. shores, read The German Mine Laying Campaign off the Coast of America by NHHC Historian Chris Martin at The Sextant. In addition, check out NHHC's USS San Diego Artifact Collection and information on the San Diego shipwreck
 
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July 26, 2018
 
Last week, in Ridgewood, New Jersey, a 92-year-old unsung American patriot lost his battle with congestive heart failure. He had been surrounded by his wife and children and their spouses and their children. He left this vale of tears in his wife's arms, peacefully and with dignity.
His was an American life.
He was born in Newark, New Jersey, during the Roaring '20s, the son of Italian immigrants who had come to America as children. When he was 4 years old, he met a curly-haired little girl in the neighborhood who was just three days older than he. She would become his high school sweetheart and his best friend for 88 years and his wife for the last 70 of them.
In a large public high school, he did not excel in academics, but he was a superb athlete; and he had an unquenchable interest in electronics, a subject not taught in the public schools in those days.
His graduation from high school in 1943 was accelerated from June to January because the country was fighting in World War II and it needed the boys to join the effort quickly. Our boy enlisted in the Navy.
Four months after graduation, at age 17, he completed Navy boot camp and was excited about his first assignment — on a submarine in the north Atlantic. As he was boarding the submarine at a naval base in Rhode Island, he slipped and fell on a wet dock and broke his right foot. He was hospitalized for two months. The submarine he was about to enter never returned and was never found.
He was then assigned to a destroyer escort, which cruised the Mediterranean and supported Patton's Army in the liberation of Italy. Aboard ship, he excelled in electronics and boxing — always the athlete yet reading about wires and batteries and electrical currents until late in the night.
One day, shortly after the liberation of Naples, the city of his father's birth, he was on leave with his buddies and he saw an old man who resembled his grandfather sitting on a curb stone. The old man's home had been destroyed by Allied bombing, and the old man himself was without shoes.
Our friend resisted the collective wisdom of his buddies and took off his military-issued boots and gave them to the old man. He had his buddies sneak him back aboard ship before his superiors could see him in his stocking feet.
When he was charitable, he hid it.
He returned home to New Jersey in 1946. The little girl had grown up to be a beauty and a brain. During the war, she worked in the Newark Public Library for 17 cents an hour. She borrowed and read a book a week in the 2 1/2 years of our man's involvement in the war.
Two years after he came home, he and that grown-up girl got married.
His first and only adult job was with the New Jersey Bell Telephone Co. He started out climbing telephone poles, and he went on to install equipment in homes and offices. He soon moved into management and eventually went into teaching — his favorite job.
He taught electronics to new employees and colleagues and even to executives who wanted to advance themselves. This was the electronics he had learned in the Navy, supplemented by the electronics that he had taught to himself.
He and his wife had three boys, one of whom followed him into the telephone company and two of whom received scholarships to Ivy League schools. He taught tough lessons to his boys at home — lessons about honesty, humility, self-reliance and teamwork. His favorite one-liner was, "Anything worth doing is worth doing well."
He practiced what he preached. He was a tough taskmaster who demanded much and gave much; and he always forgave. Always. He was an iron fist inside a velvet glove.
He was the first person in his family to vote Republican, and he took a lot of heat for that. FDR had catered to immigrant families in the big cities, and they formed a healthy part of the base of the Democratic Party in the 1930s and '40s. But when the boys came home from Europe and the Pacific and started families and then when Ike ran and many of his soldier and sailor buddies could vote for their former supreme Allied commander, he did so.
Voting Republican in the late '40s and early '50s was anathema in an Italian-American Roman Catholic family in the Northeast. Today it is pretty much the norm.
He would explain to his parents and in-laws and sons that he feared the Democrats would give away the store to stay in office. Though he loved the Navy and respected the police, he was skeptical of government in general, and he loved Jefferson's mantra that "that government is best which governs least."
He was a devout Roman Catholic. He loved the New York Yankees, the New York Football Giants and Fox News — and he loved that girl he married, more with each passing day.
In his waning years, his wife sacrificed dearly for him because his tobacco-ravaged heart was unable to do its job alone. Yet modern science and a wife who overlooked nothing added many happy years to his life.
But nature has her rhythms, and they can be unforgiving. There is a time for living and a time for dying. Even God died. After this marvelous man received the Anointing of the Sick and he said a peaceful, loving goodbye, the angels came and brought his soul to heaven.
I knew this man well and loved him with all my heart. He taught me all his values.
His name was Andrew Alexander Napolitano.
He was my father.
Requiescat in pace, Dad.
 
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A string of earthquakes off the west coast of the US are detected miles from the Cascadia fault, where scientists warn 'the Big One' could be poised to hit at any time
A spate of 11 earthquakes took place on the sea bed, 6 miles below the surface
The quakes ranged in magnitude from 2.8 to 5.6 on the Richter scale
They occurred on the Juan de Fuca tectonic plate
This forms part of the runs along the Cascadia subduction zone, which scientists say has the potential to trigger a monster 9.0 earthquake in the future 
The cluster occurred on the seabed at the Juan de Fuca tectonic plate around 6 miles (10km) underwater. Running from Northern California to British Columbia, the Cascadia subduction zone can deliver a quake that's many times stronger than the infamous San Andreas fault
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Item Number:1 Date: 07/26/2018 AFGHANISTAN - SUICIDE BOMBER TARGETS NDS CONVOY KILLING AT LEAST 5 (JUL 26/TN)  TOLONEWS -- At least four members of the Afghan intelligence services have been killed in a suicide attack in Kabul, reports Tolo News (Afghanistan).   On Thursday morning, a suicide bomber attacked a convoy of National Directorate of Security (NDS) personnel, said a police spokesman.   The Khaama Press (Afghanistan) reported that five personnel were killed and four injured in the bombing.   Shops in the area were damaged but soon reopened, said witnesses.   The attack targeted NDS unit 01, which has been involved in numerous anti-Taliban operations over the last two months, including night raids in the central Wardak and Logar provinces. The Taliban suffered dozens of casualties in those attacks.   The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.  
  Item Number:2 Date: 07/26/2018 CHINA - ATTACKER INJURED SETTING OFF EXPLOSIVE AT U.S. EMBASSY (JUL 26/SCMP)  SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST -- An explosive device has been detonated outside the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, reports the South China Morning Post.   On Thursday, a man reportedly attempted to throw an explosive over the embassy fence. The device exploded in his hand before he could release it. His injuries were not life-threatening, according to police cited by CNN.   A U.S. Embassy spokeswoman said there were no other injuries.   Broken glass littered the scene. The windshield of a police SUV was smashed in the blast, reported Reuters.   The blast occurred near an intake area for visa seekers.   Beijing police said the 26-year-old attacker hailed from Inner Mongolia. The police statement made no mention of the embassy or the specific type of explosive.   The attacker was trying to call attention to an undisclosed human rights issue, a visa agent told the New York Times.  
 Item Number:3 Date: 07/26/2018 EGYPT - SECURITY FORCES KILL 13 MILITANTS IN N. SINAI (JUL 26/EGYPTTODAY)  EGYPT TODAY -- Thirteen Islamic State militants have been killed in a clash with Egyptian security forces in North Sinai, reports Egypt Today.   Security forces exchanged fire with a group of militants who were hiding in a house under construction in the Masaid district of al-Arish on Tuesday.   The militants opened fire on the security personnel as they approached the hideout, reported Reuters.   The security forces also seized four automatic rifles, two cartridge rifles, three explosive devices and a multi-shooting bar with 83 rounds.   In February, the Egyptian military launched a full-scale military operation against terrorists in Sinai.  
  Item Number:4 Date: 07/26/2018 FRANCE - BRETAGNE ASW FRIGATE DELIVERED (JUL 26/DN)  DEFENSE NEWS -- France has received its fifth Aquitaine-class multi-mission frigate (FREMM), reports Defense News.   On July 18, the Directorate-General for Armaments (DGA), France's defense procurement agency, accepted delivery of the Bretagne, according to a DGA statement on July 25.   The frigates, part of an Italian-French project, are the only European ships equipped with naval cruise missiles, said the French Defense Ministry.   The SCALP cruise missiles first saw action during strikes on Syrian military sites in April 2018, the ministry said.   Delivery of the sixth of eight Aquitaine-class vessels is expected in 2019. The last two, in the air defense configuration, will be delivered in 2021 and 2022.  
  Item Number:5 Date: 07/26/2018 IRAQ - ISIS SUSPECTED IN FATAL ATTACKS IN DIYALA PROVINCE (JUL 26/ANADOLU)  ANADOLU NEWS AGENCY -- Four civilians have been killed in separate attacks in the eastern Iraqi province of Diyala, reports Turkey's Anadolu Agency.   On Wednesday, gunmen shot and killed two people in the town of Hawd al-Waqf, 15 miles (25 km) east of the provincial capital, Baquba, according to a local police captain.   In the same town, a local tribal leader was killed by a bomb planted in one of his orchards, reported China's Xinhua news agency.   Separately, gunmen shot and killed a farmer and kidnapped another man in Udheim, 37 miles (60 km) north of Baquba.   There was no immediate claim of responsibility. The police chief said he suspected that the attackers were linked to the Islamic State terrorist group (ISIS
Item Number:6 Date: 07/26/2018 ITALY - ARMY ORDERS INITIAL BATCH OF CENTAURO II ARMORED VEHICLES (JUL 26/IV)  IVECO -- The Italian government has awarded a contract to Iveco Defence Vehicles for 10 Centauro II armored vehicles, reports Iveco.   The 159 million euro (US$185 million) contract was signed by Lt. Gen. Danilo Errico, the army chief, and Iveco officials on Monday in Rome.   The deal covers the vehicles, equipment and logistics. A delivery date was not disclosed.   The order covers the first batch of a planned 136 vehicles.   The Centauro II armored vehicle is an enhanced version of the Centauro armored reconnaissance vehicle. It has improved power, observation capability, mobility, ergonomics, firing range, communication and maximizes crew protection.   The vehicle is equipped with a new powerpack delivering more than 700 hp; an H-drive architecture; entirely digital system; and a new turret armed with a 120-mm cannon.   The vehicle is designed for a range of operations, such as national security, peacekeeping and support operations
  Item Number:7 Date: 07/26/2018 KYRGYZSTAN - SENIOR KAZAKH, KYRGYZ DEFENSE OFFICIALS MEET TO BOOST INTEL COOPERATION (JUL 26/RFE/RL)  RADIO FREE EUROPE/RADIO LIBERTY -- Top defense officials from Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan met on Wednesday in Bishkek, the Kyrgyz capital, reports Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.   Kazakh Defense Minister Saken Zhasuzakov met with Maj. Gen. Rayimberdi Duishenbiev, the head of the Kyrgyz General Staff, as well as Kyrgyz President Sooronbay Jeenbekov.   The talks covered regional security in Central Asia and military cooperation.   A military intelligence cooperation agreement was signed following the talks.   This is the first official visit by a Kazakh defense chief to Kyrgyzstan since the nations gained independence after the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991
Item Number:8 Date: 07/26/2018 NIGERIA - CLASHES BETWEEN FARMERS AND HERDERS KILLED 6 TIMES AS MANY PEOPLE AS BOKO HARAM, SAYS NEW REPORT (JUL 26/REU)  REUTERS -- Fighting between farmers and herders in Nigeria has killed six times as many people as the Boko Haram insurgency so far this year, according to a new study cited by Reuters.   The report by the International Crisis Group says more than 1,300 Nigerians were killed in violence between farmers and herders in the first six months of the year.   The fighting is driven by dwindling arable land and a rapidly growing population.   In contrast, about 200 people were reportedly killed by the terrorist group Boko Haram in the same period, according to figures provided by a U.N. official.   The ICG report criticizes the government response to the killings as inadequate, especially compared to operations against Boko Haram.   If left unchecked, the violence could pose a fundamental threat to the stability of the state, says the study.   Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari was elected on a security-focused platform and has made tackling Boko Haram a key campaign promise.   Buhari has been accused of taking a softer approach against the growing clashes in central Nigeria, which often pits Fulani herdsmen against farmers. Critics say Buhari has been sympathetic to the Fulani, of which he is a member
Item Number:9 Date: 07/26/2018 PHILIPPINES - AIR FORCE IN LINE FOR DONATED BRONCO ATTACK AIRCRAFT (JUL 26/DN)  DEFENSE NEWS -- The U.S. Air Force is set to donate retired turboprop light attack aircraft to the Philippine military, reports Defense News.   The U.S. offered four Rockwell OV-10 Bronco twin-turboprop aircraft, including two OV-10As and two OV-10G+s, to the Philippines earlier this year.   The aircraft will be provided free of charge as part of a military assistance package, although the Philippines will be responsible for transportation costs.   The U.S. military is currently soliciting bids for a contract to disassemble the aircraft for transport.   The transfer is expected to take place later this year, with the aircraft becoming operational by early 2019.   The Bronco aircraft were retired from the U.S. service in the mid-1990s.   The OV-10G+ aircraft were modified in 2015 for a U.S. Special Operations Command combat evaluation in the Middle East. The modifications included an L3 Wescam MX-15Di electro-optical turret; Link 16 tactical data links; full-motion video; a glass cockpit; and the ability to fire Advanced Precision Kill Weapon System (APKWS) rockets.   After flying 120 combat sorties over a three-month period, the aircraft were demilitarized and returned to NASA, their former owner.   The Philippines hopes to reactivate some of the OV-10G+ modifications upon reactivation.   Manila currently operates between eight and 10 Broncos with additional airframes in storage. The Philippine air force previously upgraded its OV-10s to employ laser-guided bombs designated by troops on the ground
  Item Number:10 Date: 07/26/2018 QATAR - EUROFIGHTER PURCHASE HITS SNAG AS DOHA SEEKS LOAN (JUL 26/NATIONAL)  THE NATIONAL -- The Qatari government has delayed the first payment for its planned purchase of 24 Eurofighter Typhoon fighter jets from the U.K., reports the National (United Arab Emirates).   Qatar signed a US$6.7 billion deal with BAE Systems in December with the first payment expected in mid-2018.   The government is seeking a US$4 billion loan to fund the procurement, which has delayed payment and raised questions about the deal, said an unnamed source close to the sale.   "Initially the payment was expected around now but (has now been pushed) back to the third quarter on financial records, perhaps late August, so the deal can go through," the source said.   Such a loan was not originally anticipated. However, Qatar has suffered economic problems following a regional boycott last year when several countries, including Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, accused Doha of supporting terrorism and maintaining links to Iran.   Meanwhile, British Defense Secretary hosted Emir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani at the activation ceremony for the U.K.-Qatar Joint Typhoon Squadron in London on Tuesday, reported the U.K. Ministry of Defense. The event included discussions to strengthen defense cooperation.   The joint squadron is expected to help the Qatari air force to gain experience ahead of the delivery of the first Typhoons in 2022, the ministry said.  
  Item Number:11 Date: 07/26/2018 SOUTH SUDAN - INITIAL POWER-SHARING DEAL REACHED BY PRESIDENT, REBEL LEADER (JUL 26/AFP)  AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE -- The leader of the largest rebel faction in the South Sudanese civil war has signed a preliminary deal to share power with the government, reports Agence France-Presse.   On Wednesday, South Sudanese President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar, his former first vice president, signed the preliminary agreement.   Other opposition groups have refused to sign the document, noted Reuters. The accord fails to deal with the issue of the 32 states created in violation of the 2015 peace deal, said opposition officials cited by the Sudan Tribune.   The deal was reached in principle on July 7 but disagreements over the text delayed its signing.   The Sudanese People's Liberation Movement (SPLM) opposition group criticized the agreement as inconsistent and vague.   Under the deal, the new government will include 35 Cabinet positions, with 20 coming from Kiir's government, nine designated for Machar's bloc and the remaining six seats reserved for other opposition parties.   The contents of the accord have not been revealed to the public. Machar will return to the position of first vice president, said Sudanese Foreign Minister Al-Dierdiry Ahmed.   "There will be four other vice presidents shared between other political groups," he added.   Sudan has been hosting negotiations between the two sides since June.   A final agreement is expected to be signed on Aug. 5, said the Sudanese foreign minister.   With a deal signed, the parties will have three months to form a new transitional government, which will then rule for three years, officials said.  
  Item Number:12 Date: 07/26/2018 TURKEY - PARLIAMENT PASSES TOUGH ANTI-TERRORISM BILL (JUL 26/ANADOLU)  ANADOLU NEWS AGENCY -- The Turkish Parliament has passed a new anti-terrorism bill, reports Turkey's state-run Anadolu Agency.   On Wednesday, lawmakers approved the bill, which expands the power of the executive in cases involving terrorism, reported Al Jazeera (Qatar).   The law allows authorities to impose 15-day controls on entry to and exit from sensitive areas. It also permits police to detain terror suspects without charge for two days, increasing to four days if multiple offenses are suspected.   Public servants, soldiers and police can also be dismissed for suspected terror links.   The law must still be approved by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.   The measure comes six days after the expiration of a two-year-old state of emergency, which was imposed after a failed coup attempt in July 2016. It retains elements of the emergency rules and will be valid for three years.   Much of Turkey's counterterrorism efforts have focused on arresting suspected members of the Gulen movement, in addition to Kurdish militants.   The Turkish government blames the movement for the 2016 coup attempt
  Item Number:13 Date: 07/26/2018 UKRAINE - MILITARY INVITES MEMBERS OF VOLUNTEER FORCES TO JOIN RANKS (JUL 26/UNIAN)  UNIAN NEWS AGENCY -- The Ukrainian military has invited members of the Ukrainian Volunteer Army (UVA) to join the armed forces under the condition that they sign a contract, reports the Ukrainian Independent Information Agency (UNIAN).   Lt. Gen. Serhiy Nayev, the head of the Joint Forces, met with UVA head Dmytro Yarosh at the Joint Forces Operation (JFO) headquarters in Kramatorsk in the Donetsk region on July 24.   UVA members would be permitted to serve in any unit of the armed forces, as well as other security agencies of the JFO security and defense sector in Ukraine's eastern Donbas region.   The army also offered military service in the reserve as part of special operations forces, reconnaissance and territorial defense units, said a release from the JFO headquarters.   Individuals who have lost their right to bear arms or are not part of the JFO will not be allowed to serve on the frontline, said Nayev.   Ukrainian volunteer units have been fighting Russian-backed separatists alongside the Ukrainian military since 2014
  Item Number:14 Date: 07/26/2018 USA - ARMY RANGER ATTACHED TO CIA PROGRAM DURING FATAL AFGHAN MISSION (JUL 26/POLITICO)  POLITICO -- A U.S. Army Ranger who was killed in action in Afghanistan earlier this month was attached to a CIA program that targets militant leaders, reports Politico.   Sgt. 1st Class Christopher Celiz was killed on July 12 in Afghanistan's eastern Paktia province while helping to evacuate a wounded Afghan commando, who later died, said a former Ranger who served in the same unit.   According to an unnamed former special operations officer, the CIA program remains "pretty active" despite the broader U.S. mission being limited to training and advising Afghan forces.   The Rangers, who lead the military's counterterrorism task force in Afghanistan, have long provided a small number of experienced personnel to support CIA operations with helicopters, drones and medical evacuations.   The CIA has stepped up operations in the last year, including expanding its target list to include members of regional militant groups, such as the Taliban, that were previously left to military missions.   The CIA program employs Afghan commandos who may be supported by U.S. forces, typically for medical and fire support capabilities, said one U.S. officer with knowledge of the program
  Item Number:15 Date: 07/26/2018 USA - PENTAGON PLACES ORDER FOR JAVELIN MISSILE SYSTEMS FOR 6 COUNTRIES (JUL 26/DOD)  DEPT. OF DEFENSE -- The U.S. Army has awarded the Javelin Joint Venture between Raytheon and Lockheed Martin a Foreign Military Sales contract modification for Javelin anti-tank missile systems, reports the Dept. of Defense.   The $307.5 million deal covers full-rate production for Javelin weapon systems for Australia, Estonia, Lithuania, Turkey, Taiwan and Ukraine, the Pentagon said in a statement on Tuesday.   The Javelin missile system, equipped with a tandem-charge high-explosive anti-tank warhead and infrared guidance system, is designed to defeat moving vehicles, fixed fortifications, troops in the open and low-flying helicopters.   Work will be performed in Tucson, Ariz., and is scheduled to be completed by Aug. 31, 2021
  Item Number:16 Date: 07/26/2018 YEMEN - OIL SHIPMENTS SUSPENDED AFTER HOUTHI ATTACKS (JUL 26/WSJ)  WALL STREET JOURNAL -- Saudi Arabia has suspended oil shipments along its western coast after two of its tankers came under attack from Houthi rebels in Yemen, reports the Wall Street Journal.   On Wednesday, Houthis attacked two ships in the Red Sea carrying crude oil for the Saudi National Shipping Corp., said Saudi officials. The rebels said they launched missiles at the vessels, reported Al Jazeera (Qatar).   The tankers suffered minimal damage. The Saudi-led coalition fighting the Houthis intervened immediately to push back against the attackers, a coalition spokesman told the Saudi Press Agency.   Following the attacks, Saudi Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih said that shipments the southern Red Sea and Bab al-Mandeb strait had been suspended until the safety of the passage was guaranteed.   The decision applies to Saudi-owned vessels, so companies can still charter foreign ships, traders told Reuters.   On Thursday, Yemeni militants claimed they were able to strike Saudi ports and other assets in the area. They denied attacking Saudi civilian vessels, saying they only targeted military ships.   The Houthis, also known as Ansar Allah, have repeatedly threatened to close the narrow Bab el-Mandeb strait, a critical choke point for Saudi oil shipments. The militants have increasingly targeted Saudi oil facilities, the core of Saudi wealth, noted the Financial Times (U.K.).   Iran, which has supported the Houthis with weapons, has made similar threats in recent weeks in the Strait of Hormuz, which gives Saudi Arabia access to international shipping routes through the Persian Gulf. 
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