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The List 4790
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To All,
A bit of history and some tidbits.
Regards,
Skip
This day in Naval History
Aug. 15
1845 - U.S. Naval Academy established at Annapolis, MD on former site of Fort Severn
1895—The battleship USS Texas is commissioned. She is the first American steel-hulled battleship. USS Texas serves off Cuba during the Spanish-American War and takes part in the Battle of Santiago.
1908—The first Navy Post Offices are opened on board Navy ships following a June 27, 1908 General Order 74 establishing them.
1944—Operation Dragoon begins, which is the Allied invasion of Southern France. Western Naval Task Force, commanded by Vice Adm. Henry K. Hewitt, USN, lands the Allied force on the front between Toulon and Cannes.
1953—Adm. Arthur W. Radford, USN, becomes the first naval officer to be appointed as the Chairman, Joints Chief of Staff, serving two-terms until Aug. 15, 1957.
1958 - USS Lexington (CVA-16) arrives in vicinity of Taiwan
1987—USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) is christened and launched in San Diego as a Mercy-class hospital ship following conversion from a San Clemente-class supertanker. She is the third Navy ship named Comfort.
1998—USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6) is commissioned at Pensacola, FL. The Wasp-class amphibious assault ship is the third to honor the frigate used by Capt. John Paul Jones during the American Revolution.
 
 
Thanks to CHINFO
Executive Summary:
Dominating national news headlines today is continued reporting on the primary season as voters took to the polls in serval states last night moving up to the November elections, and numerous reports on a grand jury document that states that more than 300 "predator priests" have been accused abuse in Pennsylvania. USNI News reports that a Marine who went missing from USS Essex last week has not been found as the Navy and Marines concluded a five-day search of the Sulu Sea, Mindanao Sea and the Surigao Strait covering an area of 13,000 square miles. Stars and Stripes reports that it will take scientists months to determine how many sets of Korean War remains were in the 55 boxes handed over by North Korea as the remains are in "moderate to poor" condition. Additionally, an official from Huntington Ingalls Industry said that in order to meet the requirement for 38 amphibs, the Navy should accelerate the production of its two newest class of amphibious ships to avoid creating a cold construction line and to lower costs reports USNI News.
 
Today in History August 15
1261

Constantinople falls to Michael VIII of Nicea and his army.
1385

John of Portugal defeats John of Castile at the Battle of Aljubarrota.
1598

Hugh O'Neill, the Earl of Tyrone, leads an Irish force to victory over the British at Battle of Yellow Ford.
1760

Frederick II defeats the Austrians at the Battle of Liegnitz.
1864

The Confederate raider Tallahassee captures six Federal ships off New England.
1872

The first ballot voting in England is conducted.
1914

The Panama Canal opens to traffic.
1935

American comedian and "cowboy philosopher" Will Rogers dies in an airplane accident, along with American aviation pioneer Wiley Post.
1942

The Japanese submarine I-25 departs Japan with a floatplane in its hold which will be assembled upon arriving off the West Coast of the United States, and used to bomb U.S. forests.
1944

American, British and French forces land on the southern coast of France, between Toulon and Cannes, in Operation Dragoon.
1945

Gasoline and fuel oil rationing ends in the United States.
1947

Britain grants independence to India and Pakistan.
1950

Two U.S. divisions are badly mauled by the North Korean Army at the Battle of the Bowling Alley in South Korea, which rages on for five more days.
1969

Over 400,000 young people attend a weekend of rock music at Woodstock, New York.
1971

US President Richard Nixon announces a 90-day freeze on wages and prices in an attempt to halt rapid inflation.
1986

Ignoring objections from President Ronald Reagan's Administration, US Senate approves economic sanctions against South Africa to protest that country's apartheid policies.
1994

US Social Security Administration, previously part of the Department of Health and Human Services, becomes an independent government agency.
1994

Infamous terrorist Carlos the Jackal captured in Khartoum, Sudan.
2001

Astronomers announce the first solar system discovered outside our own; two planets had been found orbiting a star in the Big Dipper.
2007

An earthquake of 8.0 magnitude kills over 500 and injures more than 1,000 in Peru.
 
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From Galloping Gates to the Gulf of Sidra by  W. Thomas Smith Jr.
08/17/2010
 
This Week in American Military History
 
 
Aug. 15, 1845:  The War Department transfers Fort Severn, Annapolis to the Navy Department, specifically the new Naval School under Commander Franklin Buchanan.
The U.S. Naval Academy is established.
Franklin, who serves as the school's first superintendent, is destined to become an admiral in the Confederate Navy.
 
Aug. 15, 1945:  Japanese Emperor Hirohito broadcasts his surrender message to the Japanese people, a portion of which reads:
 
"…the war situation has developed not necessarily to Japan's advantage, while the general trends of the world have all turned against her interests. The enemy, moreover, has begun to employ a new most cruel bomb, the power which to do damage is indeed incalculable, taking toll of many innocent lives. Should we continue to fight, it would only result in the ultimate collapse and obliteration of the Japanese nation … but would lead also to the total extinction of human civilization."
Hours before the radio broadcast, Japanese Army Maj. Kenji Hatanaka – leading a group of diehards opposed to surrender – attempts a coup to prevent the broadcast. The coup fails. Hatanaka commits suicide.
 
Aug. 16, 1780: The Battle of Camden (S.C.) – one of the worst tactical blunders on the part of the Continentals during the American Revolution – opens between British Army forces under the command of Gen. Sir Charles Cornwallis and Continental Army forces under Gen. Horatio Gates.
Though the Americans will be decisively defeated at Camden – thanks to Gates' improperly positioning inexperienced militia against seasoned regiments of the regular British Army, as well as his complete loss of tactical control – the battle will prove to be something of a highwater mark for British forces in the southern colonies (after Camden, it's pretty much downhill for the British).
Gates himself will break and run, earning him the nickname, "Galloping Gates." But the heroics of many of the ill-fated albeit last-standing Continental officers and men (like Gen. Johann Baron de Kalb) will prove to be exemplary. And Gen. George Washington – always able to recover from strategic setbacks – will choose the exceptionally able Gen. Nathanael Greene as Gates' replacement.
 
Aug. 16, 1940:  Soldiers with the U.S. Army's parachute test platoon begin jumping over Fort Benning, Georgia. The airborne exercise (actually more of an experiment) is the first for the Army.
In 2001, Pres. George W. Bush will proclaim "August 16" of each year as National Airborne Day.
Aug. 17, 1942: Ahoy Raiders! U.S. Marine Raiders strike Makin Island in the Gilberts.
Sgt. Clyde Thomason, killed during the fighting, will become the first Marine in World War II to receive the Medal of Honor.
 
Aug. 17, 1943:  U.S. Army Gen. George Smith Patton Jr. beats his British Army counterpart Gen. Bernard Law Montgomery to the gates of Messina, Sicily, in what Patton had purportedly referred to as "a horse race in which the prestige of the U.S. Army is at stake."
 
Aug. 19, 1812:  In one of the most dramatic sea battles of the War of 1812, the frigate USS Constitution engages and captures the smaller frigate HMS Guerriere in a contest of broadsides and close-quarters combat between opposing crews of sailors and Marines (the American leathernecks pouring a terrific fire into the unfortunate British officers and men aboard Guerriere).
According to the Naval Historical Center, "Despite the rational excuse that Royal Navy frigates were not as large and powerful as their American counterparts, the real causes of these outcomes were inspired seamanship and vastly better gunnery. For the rest of the 19th Century, long after the War of 1812 was over, America's Navy was credited with an effectiveness that went well beyond its usually modest size."
Constitution (known affectionately as "Old Ironsides") is the oldest ship in the American Navy. Launched in 1797, she serves today as a duly commissioned ship crewed by active-duty U.S. sailors and Naval officers in order to further public awareness of American Naval tradition.
 
Aug. 19, 1981: One-hundred-sixty-nine years to the day after the victory over HMS Guerriere, the U.S. Navy – specifically two F-14 Tomcats -- knocks down two Libyan Su-22 fighters over the Gulf of Sidra.
 
Aug. 21, 1863: Confederate guerillas under the command of William Clark Quantrill (operating outside of the control of regular Confederate forces) launch a bloody raid on Lawrence, Kansas.
Quantrill – who purportedly once served in the Missouri State Guard – is widely considered a brigand and a cutthroat. That reputation continues today. To some, however, he remains a folk hero.
 
Aug. 21, 1942: Just after 3:00 a.m., "Banzai"-screaming Japanese assault forces – primarily members of the elite Japanese Special Naval Landing forces – attack U.S. Marine positions on Guadalcanal in what will become known as the Battle of the Tenaru River.
The first wave is momentarily slowed as the Japanese struggle to get through the Marines' barbed wire and American rifle machinegun fire rip into their ranks. At one point, the enemy breaks through and the fighting degrades into a savage hand-to-hand struggle with knives, machetes, swords, rifle butts, and fists. The Marines kill scores and hold their positions.
Subsequent Japanese attacks follow, but all are beaten back with heavy losses.
 
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Thanks to Ed. I was on the USS Midway in 1972/73 when much of this happened. Very exciting.
USS Midway Action
 
You may find this video interesting.  It starts out with the story of the first MIG shoot down of the Vietnam War done by Fighter Squadron (VF)-21 from the Midway.  Then, there is short mention of a major overhaul of the ship, after which there is the story of two MIG shoot down events by VF-161 of the Midway in the early 1970s.  I was on the staff of the air wing commander (CVW-5) on the ship then, and I knew the pilots and RIOs from VF-161 who describe their actions in the video.  One of the events was the last shoot down of a MIG in that war.  I saw the video for the first time yesterday and was pleasantly surprised to see their faces and hear those stories that were repeated often on the ship at the time.  Exciting times on the boat. The animation in the video isn't all that good, but the story is very good.
 
One of the F4s that is displayed on the ship now commemorates the first and last MIG shoot downs of the Vietnam War.  One side is painted with VF-21 markings, and the other with VF-161 markings.
 
I was in VF-161 once too.  I joined them when they formed up at NAS Cecil Field, FL in 1960 and made two deployments with them on the USS Oriskany.  That is when they had the F3H Demon.
 
 
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thanks to Doctor Rich 
… eating dinner, and WHAM!
 
Thanks to John ...
 
SHOWS HOW IMPORTANT IT IS ALWAYS BE READY FOR A SURPRISE WHEN FISHING!!
KIDS OF ALL AGES WILL LEARN FROM WATCHING THIS VIDEO.
 
 
Thanks to  Dutch R.    There are masses of garbage in the oceans that cover many miles. There are many videos of folks on large and small yachts that have video of the extent of this environmental disaster.
a terrible abuse of the environment - 

I lived in the Philippines some years ago - and, from that experience unfortunately, this is not a surprise.  Manila Bay was then a cesspool like too many of the waterways.  Vietnam was the same, as was a great deal of south east Asia, with Singapore being the notable exception.
When we lived on the boat in the Bahamas we found trash almost everywhere - the few exceptions being a very few of the inhabited cays on the northern edge of Little Bahama Bank.  The Little Bahama Bank is a beauty spot, many tiny islands (cays) - some inhabited, many not.  Throughout there were mangroves - and all too often those mangroves were choked with debris, mainly plastic bags and bottles, cups, etc.  On one dive near a northern cay I went into a cloud of plastic - mainly bottles that filled a 'hole' that was easily 100 yds in diameter from a depth of about 40 feet until bottom at 80 feet - the plastic was so dense it cut out the sunlight - I could not see the bottom until I put my face down about one foot from it.
Dutch
 
Waves of garbage crash ashore in stunning footage
Christopher Carbone
A disgusting wave of swirling garbage was captured on video by a college student in Manila Bay.
Massive waves of swirling, disgusting garbage were captured on video by a college student in Manila Bay.

Piles of trash, plastic bottles and other unidentifiable refuse can be seen rippling and crashing ashore in video and images posted on social media.
Matthew Doming, a student affiliated with the Bedan Environmental Philosophers Organization, which was leading an effort to clean up the Philippines capital waterfront, recorded video of the trash-filled waves.
Doming told Storyful it was the group's first time witnessing the extent of garbage pollution in the area.
Waves of garbage are seen in the Philippines' Manila Bay.  (Matt Doming/Facebook )
"It was such a horrible scene but instead of being dismayed, they were motivated to serve in line with the mission of our club, despite the discomfort," he said.
Piles of garbage and all kinds of plastic debris have washed up on roads and side streets in Manila following a deluge of rain over the weekend.
According to a report from Ocean Conservancy, five Asian countries—China, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam—are dumping more plastic into the oceans than the rest of the world combined.
Residents in some areas have reportedly been pitching in to recover lost valuables and useful material from the debris piles.
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Thanks to Clint…I did not see anything on Snopes on this
Don't know if this is all true but I suspect it is pretty close!!!
 
 "There are only two who have died for you, Jesus Christ and the US Military.  One to save your soul, the other to protect your freedom."
 


Subject: Fwd: A Jewish Boycott
A Jewish Boycott
Some time ago, Iran's Supreme Leader Grand Ayatollah Ali Khamenei urged the Muslim World to boycott anything and everything that originates with the Jewish people.

In response, Meyer M. Treinkman, a pharmacist, out of the kindness of his heart, offered to assist them in their boycott as follows:

"Any Muslim who has Syphilis must not be cured by Salvarsan discovered by a Jew, Dr. Ehrlich. He should not even try to find out whether he has Syphilis, because the Wasserman Test is the discovery of a Jew. If a Muslim suspects that he has Gonorrhea, he must not seek diagnosis, because he will be using the method of a Jew named Neissner.

"A Muslim who has heart disease must not use Digitalis, a discovery by a Jew, Ludwig Traube.

Should he suffer with a toothache, he must not use Novocaine, a discovery of the Jews, Widal and Weil.

If a Muslim has Diabetes, he must not use Insulin, the result of research by Minkowsky, a Jew. If one has a headache, he must shun Pyramidon and Antypyrin, due to the Jews, Spiro and Ellege.

Muslims with convulsions must put up with them because it was a Jew, Oscar Leibreich, who proposed the use of Chloral Hydrate.

Arabs must do likewise with their psychic ailments because Freud, father of psychoanalysis, was a Jew.

Should a Muslim child get Diphtheria, he must refrain from the "Schick" reaction which was invented by the Jew, Bella Schick.

"Muslims should be ready to die in great numbers and must not permit treatment of ear and brain damage, work of Jewish Nobel Prize winner, Robert Baram.

They should continue to die or remain crippled by Infantile Paralysis because the discoverer of the anti-polio vaccine is a Jew, Jonas Salk.

"Muslims must refuse to use Streptomycin and continue to die of Tuberculosis because a Jew, Zalman Waxman, invented the wonder drug against this killing disease.

Muslim doctors must discard all discoveries and improvements by dermatologist Judas Sehn Benedict, or the lung specialist, Frawnkel, and of many other world renowned Jewish scientists and medical experts.

"In short, good and loyal Muslims properly and fittingly should remain afflicted with Syphilis, Gonorrhea, Heart Disease, Headaches, Typhus, Diabetes, Mental Disorders, Polio Convulsions and Tuberculosis and be proud to obey the Islamic boycott.."
Oh, and by the way, don't call for a doctor on your cell phone because the cell phone was invented in Israel by Jewish engineer Martin "Marty" Cooper  .

Meanwhile I ask, what medical contributions to the world have the Muslims made?"

The Global Islamic population is approximately 1,200,000,000; that is ONE BILLION TWO HUNDRED MILLION or 20% of the world's population.

They have received the following Nobel Prizes:

Literature:
1988 - Najib Mahfooz

Peace:
1978 - Mohamed Anwar El-Sadat
1990 - Elias James Corey
1994 - Yaser Arafat:
1999 - Ahmed Zewai

Economics:
(zero)

Physics:
(zero)

Medicine:
1960 - Peter Brian Medawar
1998 - Ferid Mourad

TOTAL: 7 SEVEN

The Global Jewish population is approximately 14,000,000; that is FOURTEEN MILLION or about 0.02% of the world's population.

They have received the following Nobel Prizes:

Literature:
1910 - Paul Heyse
1927 - Henri Bergson
1958 - Boris Pasternak
1966 - Shmuel Yosef Agnon
1966 - Nelly Sachs
1976 - Saul Bellow
1978 - Isaac Bashevis Singer
1981 - Elias Canetti
1987 - Joseph Brodsky
1991 - Nadine Gordimer World

Peace:
1911 - Alfred Fried
1911 - Tobias Michael Carel Asser
1968 - Rene Cassin
1973 - Henry Kissinger
1978 - Menachem Begin
1986 - Elie Wiesel
1994 - Shimon Peres
1994 - Yitzhak Rabin

Physics:
1905 - Adolph Von Baeyer
1906 - Henri Moissan
1907 - Albert Abraham Michelson
1908 - Gabriel Lippmann
1910 - Otto Wallach
1915 - Richard Willstaetter
1918 - Fritz Haber
1921 - Albert Einstein
1922 - Niels Bohr
1925 - James Franck
1925 - Gustav Hertz
1943 - Gustav Stern
1943 - George Charles de Hevesy
1944 - Isidor Issac Rabi
1952 - Felix Bloch
1954 - Max Born
1958 - Igor Tamm
1959 - Emilio Segre
1960 - Donald A. Glaser
1961 - Robert Hofstadter
1961 - Melvin Calvin
1962 - Lev Davidovich Landau
1962 - Max Ferdinand Perutz
1965 - Richard Phillips Feynman
1965 - Julian Schwinger
1969 - Murray Gell-Mann
1971 - Dennis Gabor
1972 - William Howard Stein
1973 - Brian David Josephson
1975 - Benjamin Mottleson
1976 - Burton Richter
1977 - Ilya Prigogine
1978 - Arno Allan Penzias
1978 - Peter L Kapitza
1979 - Stephen Weinberg
1979 - Sheldon Glashow
1979 - Herbert Charles Brown
1980 - Paul Berg
1980 - Walter Gilbert
1981 - Roald Hoffmann
1982 - Aaron Klug
1985 - Albert A. Hauptman
1985 - Jerome Karle
1986 - Dudley R. Herschbach
1988 - Robert Huber
1988 - Leon Lederman
1988 - Melvin Schwartz
1988 - Jack Steinberger
1989 - Sidney Altman
1990 - Jerome Friedman
1992 - Rudolph Marcus
1995 - Martin Perl
2000 - Alan J. Heeger

Economics:
1970 - Paul Anthony Samuelson
1971 - Simon Kuznets
1972 - Kenneth Joseph Arrow
1975 - Leonid Kantorovich
1976 - Milton Friedman
1978 - Herbert A. Simon
1980 - Lawrence Robert Klein
1985 - Franco Modigliani
1987 - Robert M. Solow
1990 - Harry Markowitz
1990 - Merton Miller
1992 - Gary Becker
1993 - Robert Fogel

Medicine:
1908 - Elie Metchnikoff
1908 - Paul Erlich
1914 - Robert Barany
1922 - Otto Meyerhof
1930 - Karl Landsteiner
1931 - Otto Warburg
1936 - Otto Loewi
1944 - Joseph Erlanger
1944 - Herbert Spencer Gasser
1945 - Ernst Boris Chain
1946 - Hermann Joseph Muller
1950 - Tadeus Reichstein
1952 - Selman Abraham Waksman
1953 - Hans Krebs
1953 - Fritz Albert Lipmann
1958 - Joshua Lederberg
1959 - Arthur Kornberg
1964 - Konrad Bloch
1965 - Francois Jacob
1965 - Andre Lwoff
1967 - George Wald
1968 - Marshall W. Nirenberg
1969 - Salvador Luria
1970 - Julius Axelrod
1970 - Sir Bernard Katz
1972 - Gerald Maurice Edelman
1975 - Howard Martin Temin
1976 - Baruch S. Blumberg
1977 - Roselyn Sussman Yalow
1978 - Daniel Nathans
1980 - Baruj Benacerraf
1984 - Cesar Milstein
1985 - Michael Stuart Brown
1985 - Joseph L. Goldstein
1986 - Stanley Cohen [& Rita Levi-Montalcini]
1988 - Gertrude Elion
1989 - Harold Varmus
1991 - Erwin Neher
1991 - Bert Sakmann
1993 - Richard J. Roberts
1993 - Phillip Sharp
1994 - Alfred Gilman
1995 - Edward B. Lewis
1996- Lu RoseIacovino

TOTAL: 129!

The Jews are NOT promoting brainwashing children in military training camps, teaching them how to blow themselves up and cause maximum deaths of Jews and other non-Muslims.

The Jews don't hijack planes, nor kill athletes at the Olympics, or blow themselves up in German restaurants.

There is NOT one single Jew who has destroyed a church..

There is NOT a single Jew who protests by killing people. The Jews don't traffic slaves, nor have leaders calling for Jihad and death to all the Infidels.

Perhaps the world's Muslims should consider investing more in standard education and less in blaming the Jews for all their problems.

Muslims must ask 'what can they do for humankind' before they demand that humankind respects them.

Regardless of your feelings about the crisis between Israel and the Palestinians and Arab neighbors, even if you believe there is more culpability on Israel 's part, the following two sentences really say it all:

'If the Arabs put down their weapons today, there would be no more violence If the Jews put down their weapons today, there would be no more Israel."

Benjamin Netanyahu: General Eisenhower warned us. It is a matter of history that when the Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces, General Dwight Eisenhower, found the victims of the death camps he ordered all possible photographs to be taken, and for the German people from surrounding villages to be ushered through the camps and even made to bury the dead.

He did this because he said in words to this effect: 'Get it all on record now - get the films - get the witnesses - because somewhere down the road of history some moron bastard will get up and say that this never happened'

Recently, the UK debated whether to remove The Holocaust from its school curriculum because it 'offends' the Muslim population which claims it never occurred.

It is not removed as yet. However, this is a frightening portent of the fear that is gripping the world and how easily each country is giving into it.

It is now more than 65 years after the Second World War in Europe ended.

Now, more than ever, with Iran, among others, claiming the Holocaust to be 'a myth,' it is imperative to make sure the world never forgets.

This e-mail is intended to reach 400 million people. Be a link in the memorial chain and help distribute this around the world.

How many years will it be before the attack on the World Trade Center 'NEVER HAPPENED' because it offends some Muslim in the United States?
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Item Number:1 Date: 08/15/2018 AFGHANISTAN - 45 KILLED IN TALIBAN ASSAULT ON BASE IN BAGHLAN PROVINCE (AUG 15/TN)  TOLONEWS -- At least 45 members of the Afghan security forces have been killed in a Taliban attack on a base in the northern province of Baghlan, reports Tolo News (Afghanistan).   Late Tuesday, Taliban fighters launched an assault on the Allahuddin base in Baghlan-e-Markazi district, said a police source.   Thirty-five soldiers and 10 local police officers were killed in the fighting, the source said.   The attackers set fire to checkpoints in the area after the attack, the head of the provincial council told Al Jazeera (Qatar).   The assault comes after another attack on in the northern province of Faryab on Monday. About 40 government troops surrendered at the Chenayeeha base to the Taliban after a 48-hour siege.   Troops requested ammunition and supplies but received no assistance, said local officials.   On Tuesday, 11 soldiers and one police officer was killed in fighting with Taliban militants in the southern Zabul province, reported Reuters.   The Taliban has stepped up attacks in recent days, including a major assault on the city of Ghazni, stretching Afghan security forces
Item Number:4 Date: 08/15/2018 KENYA - AL-SHABAAB BLAMED FOR DEADLY BOMBING ON BORDER (AUG 15/DNK)  DAILY NATION (KENYA) -- At least three people have been killed and one injured in a roadside bomb attack in northeastern Kenya, reports the Daily Nation (Kenya).   A vehicle struck an improvised explosive device believed to have been planted by Al-Shabaab militants in Mandera near the border with Somalia   The vehicle was carrying a team of workers that was clearing a road along the security wall.   The team would usually have been escorted to the work site but security officers did not accompany them on Monday, said a local official.   An investigation has been launched to determine why the contractors were not escorted.   In 2015, the Kenyan government announced plans to build a security wall along the border with Somalia following several terrorist attacks in the region. Progress on the wall has been slow, noted the newspaper.  
  Item Number:6 Date: 08/15/2018 NIGERIA - AIR FORCE TARGETS BANDITS IN NORTHWEST (AUG 15/NANIGERIA)  NEWS AGENCY OF NIGERIA -- The Nigerian air force says it has killed a number of armed bandits during recent operations in the northwestern Zamfara state, reports the News Agency of Nigeria.   From Aug. 9-11, the air force conducted several airstrikes in Sububu Forest, Birnin Magaji and Rugu Forest, the service said on Monday.   On Aug. 9, a bandit hideout was discovered in Sububu Forest during ground operations. A combat aircraft was deployed to eliminate militants who were attempting to escape a clearance operation, said an air force spokesman.   Another airstrike on Aug. 11 targeted a militant base in Rugu Forest in the eastern part of Zamfara. The base was being used as a logistics staging area for the supply of arms and ammunition to the group.   A fighter jet and attack helicopter were dispatched to hit the base, the spokesman said.   The air force launched a large-scale air operation on July 31 in an effort to crack down on armed bandits involved in killings, cattle rusting and other illegal activities in the region, noted Xinhua, China's state news agency.  
Item Number:12 Date: 08/15/2018 USA - LOCKHEED PICKED FOR 2ND HYPERSONICS PROGRAM (AUG 15/DOD)  DEPT. OF DEFENSE -- The U.S. Air Force has selected Lockheed Martin for a second hypersonic weapon development program, reports the Dept. of Defense.   The deal announced on Monday covers the design, development and testing of the Air-Launched Rapid Response Weapon (ARRW). It has a potential value of up to $480 million.   This is the second Air Force hypersonics program that Lockheed has been chosen to conduct. The company is also working on the Hypersonic Conventional Strike Weapon, reported Defense News.   The service wants both programs to achieve a flying prototype as soon as possible and is eyeing 2021 for the milestones.   The ARRW program is intended to push the envelope using technologies developed by the Air Force and Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, while the HCSW will use mature technologies that will be integrated for the first time in an air-launched platform, according to an Air Force release.   The announcement comes amid growing concerns that China and Russia are moving ahead of the U.S. in the hypersonics field, noted Breaking Defense.  
  Item Number:15 Date: 08/15/2018 VENEZUELA - NATIONAL GUARD OFFICERS AMONG 14 ARRESTED FOR DRONE ATTACK (AUG 15/CNN)  CABLE NEWS NETWORK -- Two high-ranking Venezuelan military officers have been detained as part of the investigation into a drone attack against President Nicolas Maduro, reports CNN.   On Monday, Maj. Gen. Alejandro Perez and Col. Pedro Javier Zambrano, both of the national guard, appeared in court, said the attorney general.   Several other individuals, including opposition lawmaker Juan Requesens, have been accused of taking part in the plot. Fourteen suspects have been jailed as part of the investigation and at least 20 remain at large, reported the Washington Post.   Army Gen. Armando Hernandez said that he was detained as part of the investigation. The attorney general's statement did not clarify the reasons behind his arrest.   Venezuelan authorities have blamed a conspiracy orchestrated by opposition groups, based in the U.S. and Colombia, for the Aug. 4 attack.  
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