Friday, July 20, 2018

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I hope that your week has been going well.

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This day in Naval History

July 19

1812—The frigate, USS Constitution, under the command of Capt. Isaac Hull, escapes the British squadron a three-day chase off the coast of New Jersey.

1886—The protected cruiser, USS Atlanta, the first steel-hulled American cruiser armed with breech loading rifled guns, is commissioned. She serves mainly with the North Atlantic Squadron and is part of the Squadron of the Evolution (steel ships that have full-rigged masts and steam engines).

1918—During World War I, USS San Diego (Armored Cruiser No. 6) sinks off Fire Island, NY, by a mine placed by German submarine (U 156). The cruiser sinks in 28 minutes with the loss of six lives and is the only major warship lost by the U.S. in World War I.

1918—While serving with the Sixth Regiment Marines in the vicinity of Vierzy, France, Medical Corps Officer Lt. Joel T. Boone twice leaves the shelter of a ravine. Despite extreme enemy fire and heavy gas mist, he applies dressings and first aid to wounded marines. For his actions on this occasion, he is awarded the Medal of Honor.

1940—President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs the second Naval Expansion Act.

1960—USS Ammen (DD 527) and USS Collett (DD 730) collide in the fog off California, killing 11 men and injuring 20 other shipmates.

1997—USS Seawolf (SSN 21) is commissioned at Electric Boat Shipyard in Groton, CT, the lead of her 3-boat class, which was the first redesign of an attack submarine since the Skipjack class in the early 1960s.

Thanks to CHINFO

Executive Summary:
In national news, headlines today are dominated with reports that a measure proposing California be split into three separate states will be removed from the state's November ballot after a Wednesday order by the state's Supreme Court, and reports that the FBI director stated yesterday that he stands by the U.S. intelligence agencies' assessment that Russia interfered in the 2016 election, and he warned that the Kremlin has not stopped trying to undermine American democracy. Writing in Proceedings Magazine, Vice Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Bill Moran reflects on the progress that the Navy has made and the challenges that still remain in rectifying the issues that lead to the deadly collisions of 2017. Stars and Stripes states that the Indian Navy has joined the U.S. and Japan in the annual 2JA mine-countermeasure exercise. According to The Hill, An appeals court ruled against the administration yesterday and upheld a court order stalling a ban on transgender individuals serving in the military, which enables transgender people to continue enlisting in the military until the all parties go to trial, expected in April 2019.

Today in History July 19

1525

The Catholic princes of Germany form the Dessau League to fight against the Reformation.

1545

King Henry VIII of England watches his flagship, Mary Rose, capsize as it leaves to battle the French.

1788

Prices plunge on the Paris stock market.

1799

The Rosetta Stone, a tablet with hieroglyphic translations into Greek, is found in Egypt.

1848

The first Women's Rights Convention convenes in Seneca Falls, N.Y, organized by Lucretia Mott and Elizabeth Cady Stanton.

1870

France declares war on Prussia.
1942

German U-boats are withdrawn from positions off the U.S. Atlantic coast due to American anti-submarine countermeasures.

1943

More than 150 B-17 and 112 B-24 bombers attack Rome for the first time.

1975
Apollo and Soyuz spacecrafts dock in orbit.

1799
Rosetta Stone found

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Thanks to the Naval History and Heritage Command

2. National Museum of the U.S. Navy Hosts Bob Feller Act of Valor Foundation

(NAVY.MIL—17 JULY 18) … MC2 Lindsay Preston, NHHC

The National Museum of the United States Navy (NMUSN) hosted the Bob Feller Act of Valor Foundation's launch of its traveling educational exhibit with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and naming of this year's Bob Feller Act of Valor Award nominees, July 16.

While many know Bob Feller as a Major League Baseball (MLB) pitcher, he also served as the first active professional athlete to enlist in the United States Navy (USN) just days after the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. Feller served on missions in both the Pacific and the North Atlantic and earned the rank of chief petty officer along with six campaign ribbons and eight battle stars.

"Bob Feller is a notable example of the Major League Baseball players who wanted to serve their country by giving up time in their valuable careers and joining the military," said Mark Weber, director of the NMUSN. "He was going to sign his contract when he heard on the car radio that Pearl Harbor had been bombed and he changed direction and joined the Navy."

The traveling exhibit is designed to educate the public, specifically focusing on the youth of today; on the qualities of the World War II generation that still have relevance. Its goal is to provide inspiration through the timeless importance of service, citizenship, sacrifice and legacy demonstrated by those who served in World War II, including the 37 baseball Hall of Famers and more than 500 MLB players.

The traveling exhibit is displayed in the NMUSN and is alongside the museum's recently opened exhibit, "Playball - Navy and the National Pastime," which highlights the history of baseball and the USN.

"We wanted to honor the connections between Navy and baseball in support of the upcoming All-Star game this week at National's park," said Weber. "We felt that there was a rich tradition where baseball has had a long standing connection with the Navy."

The Bob Feller Act of Valor Foundation was established in 2013 to annually recognize eight recipients; one baseball Hall of Famer, one current Major League Baseball (MLB) player, one U.S. Navy chief petty officer, two Peer-to-Peer Mentoring Awards (one afloat command and one ashore command), a member of the United States Marine Corps, and two military children whose parents serve and are winners of an essay contest written about one of the 37 Hall of Famers who served in WWII.

"The Foundation is honored and delighted to launch our strong educational initiative today to the younger generation," said Peter Fertig, president of the Bob Feller Act of Valor Foundation. "We are especially excited to be a part of the National Museum of the United States Navy's

recently opened exhibit, 'Playball - Navy and the National Pastime.' It is this very strong connection between Major League Baseball and the United States military that we honor their incredible service and sacrifice which has led to their legacy they left behind for these unbelievable Major League Baseball All Stars."

The MLB nominees for the 2018 Bob Feller Act of Valor Award are: Dustin Pedroia, Boston Red Sox; Corey Kluber, Cleveland Indians; Charlie Morton, Houston Astros; Ian Kennedy, Kansas City Royals; Justin Turner, Los Angeles Dodgers; Brad Ziegler, Miami Marlins (2016 winner); Jimmy Nelson, Milwaukee Brewers; Steven Matz,

New York Mets; David Robertson, New York Yankees; Chris Hatcher, Oakland As; Craig Stammen, San Diego Padres; Cole Hamels, Texas Rangers; and Sean Doolittle, Washington Nationals.

The traveling exhibit will be displayed until the end of August.

"Playball - Navy and the National Pastime" will be open until April 2019 at the NMUSN located at the Washington Navy Yard. For museum access, please visit www.history.navy.mil/nmusn.

http://www.navy.mil/submit/display.asp?story_id=106364

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With our thanks to THE Bear at http://www.rollingthunderremembered.com/

ROLLING THUNDER REMEMBERED… 19 JULY 1968… TREATIES–A TIMELY HISTORY LESSON–SEATO…

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Thanks to Carl

Dr. Rath traced the real cause of these diseases, and found that they had been deliberately nebulized or even hidden away from millions of people for one purpose only: to feed the insatiable greed of the pharmaceutical business with disease.

https://www.dr-rath-foundation.org/2007/05/the-history-of-the-pharma-cartel/

The History of the Pharma Cartel

Dr. Rath Health Foundation at May 10, 2007

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Thanks to Bill

This is what it looks like when a MK-48 torpedo breaks your keel

By David Larter, Breaking Defense, 17 July

https://www.defensenews.com/naval/2018/07/17/this-is-what-it-looks-like-when-a-mk-48-torpedo-breaks-your-keel-video/

Torpedos are every surface sailor's worst nightmare.

The damage inflicted on a surface combatant by a modern torpedo striking the hull is so severe that it presents an existential threat to even the U.S. Navy's famously tough ships.

That point was hammered home during last week's sinking exercise (or SINKEX) inflicted on the former landing ship tank Racine, conducted as part of the biennial Rim of the Pacific exercise.

In the video below, watch as the fast-attack submarine Olympia finishes Racine off with an MK-48 Advanced Capability torpedo. Rest in peace, USS Racine.

The Office of Naval Research is working with Aerojet Rocketdyne to try and extend the range of the MK-48 by increasing the efficiency of the engine propelling the weapon.

The idea behind extending the range of the torpedo is to keep valuable submarines away from potential targets and allow a third party (a P-8 Poseidon overhead, for example) to relay the targeting data.

"Through third-party targeting, you can use it as a standoff weapon," analyst Bryan Clark, with the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, said in a recent interview. "If you can extend that range to 50 or more miles, you can attack submarines without your sub having to hold that target organically with its sensors."

At those ranges, it's unlikely the submarine would give away its position by firing a torpedo, he said. Using this method, he added, the service can get the most out of the weapons packed on the attack boat.

"If you have 30 torpedoes onboard, you may only have one or two targets within range of your sensors and weapons," Clark said, arguing that with third-party targeting, one could conceivably use the submarine as a submerged arsenal.

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Thanks to Micro

The Salty Sailor and Fireman

This has been around before. That's really OK; it should continue doing all of the rounds.

The views this mother has about Donald Trump are much like many others. Her characterization of Trump as the "Salty Sailor" or as The Fireman paint an excellent picture! She has written many great books about her son and family.
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Sometimes God uses the no-nonsense, salty sailor to get the job done. Appreciating what the man is doing doesn't mean we worship the salty sailor or even desire to be like the salty sailor. It doesn't even mean God admires the salty sailor. Maybe He just knows he's necessary for such a time as this.

I believe with all my heart that God placed that salty sailor in the White House and gave this nation one more chance in November 2016. Donald Trump is what he is. He is still the man he was before the election. And without guilt, I very much admire what that salty sailor is accomplishing.

He's not like me. That's okay with me. I don't want to be like him. I will never behave like him. I know we've NEVER had a man like him lead our nation. It's crazy and a little mind blowing at times. But I can't help but admire the ability he has to act with his heart rather than a calculated, PC, think tank-screened, carefully edited script. I still believe that is WHY he became our President and WHY he's been able to handle a landslide of adversity and STILL pass unprecedented amounts of good legislation for our country AND do great works for MANY other nations, including Israel. I'm THRILLED with what he's doing for my nation, for the cause of Christ (whether intentional or unintentional, doesn't matter to me), and for the concept of rebuilding America and putting her FIRST. I will not be ashamed of my position because others don't see him through the same lens.

Should it matter to me if a fireman drops an f-bomb while he's pulling me from a burning building? Would I really care about what came out of his mouth in those moments? Heck no! I'd CARE about what he was DOING. He wasn't sent there to save my soul and I'm not looking to him for spiritual guidance. All I'm thinking in those moments is, "Thank you, Jesus, for sending the fireman. I'll post this article below again for those who still might not understand me. This man is crass. Okay. He's not careful with what he says. Okay. You feel offended that he's not a typical statesman. Okay. But he is rebuilding the nation my son died for, the nation I feared was on a fast track to becoming a hopeless cause.

Forgive me if I'm smiling."

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Thanks to Robert


This TRULY needs o go around again......................................and again!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

My Father watched as his friends died in WWII and Korea...

I watched (1st hand) as my friends fought and died in Vietnam...

I watched as our friends and children fought and died in Desert
Storm...

I watched and waited while our friends and children fought and died in Iraq..

None of them fought for or died for the Mexican Flag or any other foreign flag...
Everyone fought for and died for theU.S. Flag!

In Texas, a student raised a Mexican flag on a school flag pole; another student took it down.
Guess who was expelled... The kid who took it down.

Kids in high school in California were sent home this year on Cinco de Mayo because they wore T-shirts with the American flag printed on them.

Enough is enough.
The e-mail message below needs to be viewed by every American;

And every American needs to stand up for America.
We've bent over to appease the America-haters long enough...
I'm taking a stand..

I'm standing up because the hundreds of thousands who died fighting in wars for this country, and for the U.S. Flag can't stand up...
And shame on anyone who tries to make this a racist message...

Let me make this perfectly clear!

THIS IS MY COUNTRY!
And, my making this statementDOES NOTMean
I'm against immigration!!!

YOU ARE WELCOME HERE IN OUR COUNTRY!

Welcome!

To come through legally:

1. Get a sponsor!

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4.Live By OUR Rules!

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And

6.Learn the LANGUAGE like immigrants have in the past!!
AND
7 Please don't demand that we hand over our lifetime Savings
of Social Security Funds to you.

If you don't want to forward this for fear of offending someone,
then YOU'RE PART OF THE PROBLEM!

When will AMERICANS STOPgiving away THEIR RIGHTS ???

We've gone so far the other way...
We've bent over backwards not to offend anyone...
But it seems no one cares about the
AMERICAN CITIZEN being offended!

WAKE UP AMERICA!!!

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Item Number:1 Date: 07/19/2018 BURMA - ATTACKS ON ROHINGYA PLANNED WELL IN ADVANCE, SAYS REPORT (JUL 19/NYT) NEW YORK TIMES -- A human-rights group has accused the Burmese government of systematically planning a "genocidal campaign" against the Rohingya minority, reports the New York Times. According to the report released by advocacy group Fortify Rights on Thursday, the government's campaign in western Burma was not a spontaneous response to violence but a planned effort to expel Rohingya. A tense situation exploded in August 2017, when an operation against Rohingya militants pushed hundreds of thousands of civilians to flee. Up to 11,000 troops , three police battalions and about 900 officers took part in the violence, including mass slaughter, rape and the burning of villages. The report says planning for the campaign began in October 2016, when military and local officials began removing sharp tools that could be used for self-defense. Officials also created makeshift roads to ease future military movements and began military training for non-Rohingya residents. The report identifies 22 military and police officers as directly responsible for the campaign and recommends charges be brought against them in the International Criminal Court in The Hague. The 162-page report is based on the testimony of 254 witnesses interviewed over a period of 21 months. The military has been accused of massive human-rights violations against the primarily Muslim ethnic minority. The military denies those charges, arguing that any violations are individual cases and not part of a larger campaign

Item Number:2 Date: 07/19/2018 CHINA - LIVE-FIRE DRILLS IN E. CHINA SEA SIMULATES CONFLICT WITH TAIWAN (JUL 19/SCMP) SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST -- The Chinese navy is conducting a live-fire exercise in the East China Sea, reports the South China Morning Post. The six-day drills began on Wednesday and cover an area roughly the size of Taiwan, according to the government-run People's Daily. The Maritime Safety Administration in the eastern province of Zhejiang announced the closure of a large area of water east of Zhoushan ahead of the drills. The large-scale exercise simulates a complex, joint operations against Taiwan, reported the Global Times. The exercise area was also chosen to send signals to other "players in the Taiwan Strait situation," such as Japan, without increasing tensions elsewhere, analysts said. Beijing considers Taiwan to be a breakaway province and has promised to reunify the island with the mainland by force, if necessary. Tensions have been increasing as of late. The Chinese exercise began a day after Taiwan stood up its second Apache attack helicopter squadron. Two weeks previously, the U.S. sailed two Arleigh Burke-class destroyers through the Taiwan Strait, which separates Taiwan from the mainland

Item Number:4 Date: 07/19/2018 INDIA - MIG-21 JET CRASHES IN NORTH, KILLING PILOT (JUL 19/HT) HINDUSTAN TIMES -- An Indian air force pilot has been killed during a routine flight in northern India, reports the Hindustan Times (India). The MiG-21 fighter jet crashed in the Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh state on Wednesday. Witnesses said the aircraft exploded in the air before crashing. Local officials said the pilot may have performed a nose-dive into an open area to prevent civilian casualties. This is the third crash of an air force fighter in the last several weeks. On May 27, a MiG-21 fighter jet crashed in Jammu and Kashmir, killing the pilot. On June 5, another air force pilot was killed when a Jaguar fighter-bomber crashed in Gujarat state.

Item Number:5 Date: 07/19/2018 IRAN - DEFENSE MINISTRY AIMS TO STRENGTHEN ARMY WITH NEW, UPGRADED TANKS (JUL 19/TASNIM) TASNIM NEWS AGENCY -- The Iranian Ministry of Defense has revealed plans to modernize and purchase hundreds of tanks, reports the Tasnim news agency (Iran). The Iranian army and Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) are set to receive between 700 and 800 new and refurbished tanks as part of a military modernization program, Deputy Defense Minister for Armed Forces Logistics Reza Mozaffariniaon said on Wednesday. The minister did not specify the vehicles involved in the program, but it is believed to include the indigenous Karrar, an upgraded T-72 tank, and the Zulfiqar, several prototypes of which have been displayed in the past, reported IHS Jane's Defence Weekly. The Karrar was revealed publicly in March 2017. The Karrar has three-man crew and is equipped with reactive armor, a 125-mm smoothbore gun and remotely-operated weapon station with a 12.7-mm machine gun at the rear. It features thermal imaging and a laser rangefinder and smoke grenade launchers on the turret. The Karrar tank has been ordered for mass production, said a military official. The state manufactures between 50 and 60 tanks annually to meet the needs of the IRGC and army, said Mozaffarinia.

Item Number:7 Date: 07/19/2018 NIGERIA - POLICE ARREST 22 BOKO HARAM SUSPECTS, INCLUDING 8 CHIBOK KIDNAPPERS (JUL 19/NANIGERIA) NEWS AGENCY OF NIGERIA -- Nigerian police say they have apprehended 22 members of Boko Haram, including those suspected of the abduction of hundreds of schoolgirls in 2014, reports the News Agency of Nigeria. On Wednesday, police paraded the suspects through Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state where the terrorist group is most active. Eight of those arrested are suspected of involvement in the 2014 kidnapping of more than 200 schoolgirls from Chibok, south of Maiduguri, and at least 50 suicide bombings that killed "thousands," said a police spokesman. Police arrested the suspects in a series of raids over the last two weeks in Borno and Yobe states, he said. Police and intelligence teams monitored their movements for between six months and one year, said a deputy police commissioner. According to police, the men arrested include three high-level commanders, two logistics operatives and 17 fighters. Many of the girls fled immediately after their kidnapping and others have been freed or rescued in the following years, noted Reuters. The whereabouts of the remaining girls are unknown. One of the commanders told the police that the remaining girls had been married to Boko Haram fighters and would not return willingly, reported CNN.

Item Number:9 Date: 07/19/2018 SPAIN - TROUBLED SUBMARINES NOW TOO BIG FOR PORT (JUL 19/ELPAIS) EL PAIS -- The Spanish navy's next-generation submarine program has hit a new snag, reports El Pais (Spain). The Isaac Peral-class (S-80 Plus) boats no longer fit in their berths after modifications to address a major design flaw. It will cost 16 million euros (US$18.5 million) to enlarge the docking area at Cartagena Naval Base in order to accommodate the subs, the newspaper reported on Wednesday. In 2013, engineers with Navantia lengthened the design by 32 feet (10 meters) and increased its displacement by 800 tons to fix a weight imbalance that could have prevented the vessel from surfacing. The new dimensions mean that the sub will not fit in its planned dock. The latest problem increases the total cost of the four-sub project to 3.9 billion euros (US$4.5 billion). As a result, each sub will cost about 1 billion euros (US$1.2 billion), about twice the original estimate. The previous government of Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy did not pass new spending guidelines that included the cost overruns. As a result, the new government, which took power last month, will have to fast-track the additional funding to avoid further construction delays. Uncertainty remains with the indigenous air-independent propulsion (AIP) system, which will allow the boats to operate submerged for up to two weeks. The first two submarines, due for delivery in 2022 and 2024, respectively, will operate without the AIP until the late 2020s, when they will receive it during scheduled maintenance periods.

Item Number:10 Date: 07/19/2018 SYRIA - HTS SECOND-IN-COMMAND KILLED BY MASKED GUNMEN AMID FEUD WITH ISIS (JUL 19/AL-MASDAR) AL-MASDAR NEWS -- The deputy commander of a leading Syrian rebel group offshoot has been killed, reports Al Masdar news, which is sympathetic to the government in Damascus. Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS) commander Abdurrahman Attoun, also known as Abu Abdullah al-Shami, was shot dead by masked gunmen in the town of Maarat al-Numan on Thursday. HTS accused the Islamic State of carrying out the attack. The two militant groups have been feuding in the northwestern Idlib province, the last still under the control of rebels. HTS recently launched a crackdown on ISIS in the province. ISIS responded with a wave of assassinations, of which Attoun is the latest casualty. HTS is an umbrella group of rebels led by elements from the Nusra Front, a former Al-Qaida affiliate that publicly separated from its parent organization. Many accuse the group of maintaining links with Al-Qaida and other terrorist elements.

Item Number:12 Date: 07/19/2018 TURKEY - DOZENS OF PKK MILITANTS ELIMINATED IN LATEST RAIDS, SAYS INTERIOR MINISTRY (JUL 19/HUR) HURRIYET -- Turkish strikes have hit dozens of Kurdish militants in the last week, including several senior members, reports Hurriyet Daily News (Istanbul). Turkish forces conducted 1,950 counterterrorism raids from July 9 to 16, the interior ministry said on Monday. At least 53 suspected members of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) were neutralized in the raids. Turkish authorities use the term "neutralized" to indicate the militants were killed or captured. Among those killed in the raids were several high-profile members, including Mehmet Yakisir, also known as Zeynel, reported the state-run Anadolu Agency. He was the PKK's top leader in the Black Sea region, officials said. Yakisir killed a 15-year-old who was showing police a PKK hideout in the Black Sea province of Trabzon. Logistics head Hasan Cakmak and two other suspected PKK members were also killed in an airstrike on a PKK location in northern Iraq on July 13, said the Turkish General Staff. Sefer Acar, suspected in the killing of 15 Turkish soldiers in 1998, was killed in the eastern Bitlis province on July 11, reported the Daily Sabah

Item Number:13 Date: 07/19/2018 UNITED KINGDOM - POLICE IDENTIFY 'SEVERAL' SUSPECTS, ALL RUSSIAN, IN INVESTIGATION INTO NERVE AGENT ATTACK (JUL 19/PA) PRESS ASSOCIATION -- British police say they have identified suspects in the nerve agent attack on a former Russian spy and his daughter, reports the Press Association (U.K.). The suspects are all Russian, police said on Thursday. Authorities identified the suspects by examining closed-circuit television footage and cross-referencing that information with a list of people who entered the United Kingdom during the same period, said an unnamed source with knowledge of the investigation. Former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were poisoned near their home in Salisbury in March. Police believe the attack used a Soviet-era nerve agent known as novichok. Skripal and his daughter have since recovered. Two other people have since been poisoned by novichok, one of whom died. The latest victims are believed to have come into contact with the novichok through a discarded perfume bottle, which may have been found in a park or elsewhere in Salisbury, authorities said. An investigation into the death opened on Thursday and then adjourned pending further tests to confirm the cause of death, reported the BBC.

Item Number:14 Date: 07/19/2018 USA - ARMY CHOOSES RAYTHEON'S COYOTE UAV FOR COUNTER-DRONE MISSION (JUL 19/MIL) MILITARY.COM -- The U.S. Army has decided to buy Raytheon's Coyote unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to bring down enemy drones on the battlefield, reports Military.com. The Army plans to equip the Coyote with a small-blast warhead and a radio-frequency seeker in the nose to track and engage targets, Raytheon officials said on Tuesday at the Farnborough Airshow in southern England. The tube-launched drone can be launched from land, ships or aircraft and has the ability to swarm. Raytheon reported that the drone hit the target in 11 of 12 tests conducted with the Army. The first drones have completed testing and delivery is expected by the end of the year. The Army expects to deploy the system immediately, the officials said. No specifics were provided on the planned contract. Similar contracts are being discussed with the Navy and Marine Corps, although the maritime services are more interested in the Coyote's loitering and swarming capabilities. The Coyotehas also been deployed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration for hurricane tracking and other missions. Raytheon has developed a high-speed Coyote Block 2 drone system, which has a longer loitering time and increased range, officials said.

Item Number:15 Date: 07/19/2018 USA - ARMY POSTPONES FULL-RATE PRODUCTION FOR NEW SELF-PROPELLED HOWITZERS OVER QUALITY ISSUES (JUL 19/BLOOMBERG) BLOOMBERG NEWS -- The U.S. Army has decided to delay the full-scale production of its new self-propelled howitzer due to concerns about quality, reports Bloomberg News. The Army has decided to postpone the M109A7 Paladin program to "adequately address quality control issues," before proceeding with a full-scale production contract worth up to $1.3 billion, an Army spokeswoman said on Wednesday. Production of the howitzers has suffered from poor welding, supply chain issues and delivery delays, Bloomberg reported last week Fifty of 86 vehicles were returned for repair due to production deficiencies. BAE Systems has "modified aspects of our welding practices," said a company spokeswoman last week. BAE Systems is investing nearly $125 million to upgrade its equipment to meet customer requirements and accommodate a growing demand, she said. The Army plans to purchase 576 M109A7 howitzers and ammunition carriers in the $8.1 billion program. A $413.7 million contract in preparation for full-rate production was awarded in December. Sixty vehicles will be produced annually under full-rate production, up from 48 per year.

Item Number:16 Date: 07/19/2018 YEMEN - TOP MILITARY OFFICER DIES IN ROADSIDE BOMBING (JUL 19/ANADOLU) ANADOLU NEWS AGENCY -- A senior Yemeni military officer has been killed in a bomb attack in Marib, east of the capital, Sanaa, reports Turkey's state-run Anadolu Agency. Brig. Gen. Mohamed Saleh al-Ahmar was killed and several other people were injured on Wednesday when the convoy they were traveling in struck a roadside bomb, said a military source. The convoy was escorting Vice-President Ali Mohsen Saleh, who was unhurt during the attack, he said. Yemen's state-run Saba news agency reported that Ahmar died while supervising military training. A source told Al Masdar News that Ahmar was killed when a missile detonated during a training mission. There were no immediate claims of responsibility.

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