Monday, September 10, 2018

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To All,
I hope that you all have a great weekend. I Apologize for the late List today. Had a great early Bubba Breakfast with my Naval Aviator brothers and then went to one of the last planning meetings for our 30th Last Annual Crusader Ball coming up the end of the month. If you were fortunate enough to Fly the F-8 Crusader or know someone who did and are not signed up to attend then you are going to miss a great event. Any questions send me a note. The deadline is fast approaching.
This day in Naval History
Sept. 7
1775—During the American Revolution, the British supply ship Unity is taken by the Continental schooner, Hannah, paid for by Army Gen. George Washington. It is the first prize taken by a Continental vessel.
1776—David Bushnell's submarine Turtle is used by Sgt. Erza Lee to attack HMS Eagle in New York Harbor. Lee's efforts to attach a "torpedo" to the ship's hull are frustrated by copper-sheathing, marine growth, perhaps merely a hard spot in the hull, which prevents the drill from boring into the ship bottom and it drifts away.
1797—USS Constellation, the second of the original six frigates, is launched. Notable service includes the battles between the French frigate, L'Insurgente and Vengeance, during the Quasi-War with France; participation in the Barbary Wars where she helps capture the Algerian frigate, Mashuda in 1815; and service in the West Indies Squadron against piracy and slavery.
1825—The frigate USS Brandywine receives the Marquis de Lafayette on board for return to France after his year-long tour of the United States. The name honors the battle where the Marquis was wounded while serving with the Continental Army during the American Revolution.
1945—The Japanese surrender the Ryukyu Islands area at the U.S. Tenth Army Headquarters on Okinawa.
2013—USS Minnesota (SSN 783) is commissioned at Naval Station Norfolk. The submarine, homeported at Groton, Conn., is the 10th of the Virginia-class submarines and the third Navy vessel to be named after the state of Minnesota.
Sept. 8
1858—The sloop-of-war USS Marion captures the American slave ship Brothers off the southeast coast of Africa.
1923—At Honda Point, Calif., seven destroyers are run aground due to bad weather, strong currents, and faulty navigation. Twenty-three lives are lost during the disaster.
1933—Six consolidated P2Y 1 flying boats of Patrol Squadron 5, under the command of Lt. Cmdr. Herman E Halland, make a record formation distance flight of 2.059 miles from Norfolk, Va. to Coco Solo, Canal Zone in 25 hours and 19 minutes.
1939—President Franklin D. Roosevelt proclaims limited national emergency and increases enlisted strength in the Navy and Marine Corps; also authorizes the recall to active duty of officer, men and nurses on the retired lists of the Navy and Marine Corps.
1944—On a daring night attack, USS Spadefish (SS 411) attacks a Japanese convoy off Sakishima Gunto and sinks four Japanese vessels.
1954—The United States signs the Manila Treaty forming the Southeast Asia Treaty (SEATO), which created to block further communist gains and to be a Southeast Asian version of NATO, in which the military forces of each member would be coordinated to provide for the collective defense of the members' country.
1958—Lt. R. H. Tabor, wearing a Navy-developed pressure suit, completes a 72-hour simulated flight at altitudes as high as 139,000 feet. It was another step in the development of the Navy spacesuit, which NASA accepted in 1959 for use by Mercury astronauts.
Sept. 9
1841—Congress authorizes the first iron-hulled warship. Designed by Samuel Hart, USS Michigan launches in December 1843 and serves to protect the Great Lakes.
1943—Operation Avalanche, Task Force 80 (Western Naval Task Force) under Vice Adm. Henry K. Hewitt, lands the Allied Fifth Army on the assault beaches in the Gulf of Salerno, Italy. Naval gunfire delivers a great volume of counter-battery, interdiction, and neutralization fire m becoming one of the decisive factors in holding the Salerno beachhead.
1944—USS Bang (SS 385) attacks a Japanese convoy 3905, enroute from Tokyo Bay to Chichi Jima, and sinks transport Tokiwasan Maru, and freighter Shoryu Maru.
1945—Japanese forces in the southern part of Korea surrender in ceremonies held in Seoul, marking the end of three and a half decades of Japanese rule in Korea.
1947—Lt. Grace Hopper is part of a team that finds a moth that is bugging up the Mark II Aiken Relay Calculator at Harvard. After debugging the system, the moth is affixed to the computer log, where Hopper notes: "First actual case of bug being found." Lt. Hopper later attains the rank of rear admiral.
1961—USS Long Beach (CG (N) 9) is commissioned at Boston as the first nuclear-power surface warship in history and is assigned to the Atlantic Fleet and home ported at Norfolk, Va.
1989—USS Pennsylvania (SSBN 735) is commissioned at New London, Conn. The fourth Navy vessel to be named after the Keystone State, the Ohio-class nuclear-powered. 
2006—USS Texas (SSN 775) is commissioned at Newport News, Va. The second Virginia-class attack submarine is the first named for the Lone Star State. Previous ships named Texas have included two battleships and a cruiser.
Thanks to CHINFO
Executive Summary:
National headlines include a growing wildfire in Northern California, Hurricane Florence's approach to the East Coast, and the death of Burt Reynolds. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with their Indian counterparts on Thursday, signing an agreement that will bring closer military and intelligence cooperation between the U.S. and India reports the Wall Street Journal. The New York Times reports that Secretary Mattis has made a surprise trip to Afghanistan amidst an effort to rekindle peace talks with the Taliban. Additionally, the USS Michael Monsoor had one of its two main turbine engines replaced after suffering damage to the turbine blades during acceptance trials reports the Diplomat.
Today in History
September 7

At the Battle of Lepanto in the Mediterranean Sea, the Christian galley fleet destroys the Turkish galley fleet.

The town of Trimountaine in Massachusetts is renamed Boston. It became the state capital.

England, Austria, and the Netherlands form an Alliance against France.

Shawnee Indians attack and lay siege to Boonesborough, Kentucky.

On the road to Moscow, Napoleon wins a costly victory over the Russians at Borodino.

The earliest known printed reference to the United States by the nickname "Uncle Sam" occurs in the Troy Post.

Union General Phil Sheridan's troops skirmish with the Confederates under Jubal Early outside Winchester, Virginia.

The James-Younger gang botches an attempt to rob the First National Bank of Northfield, Minnesota.

An incubator is used for the first time on a premature infant.

The first heavyweight-title boxing match fought with gloves under Marquis of Queensbury rules ends when James J. Corbett knocks out John L. Sullivan in the 21st round.

French aviator Roland Garros sets an altitude record of 13,200 feet.

The U.S. Congress passes the Workman's Compensation Act.

Germany's blitz against London begins during the Battle of Britain.

The Red Army pushes back the German line northwest of Stalingrad.

Nikita Krushchev elected first secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union.

Integration of public schools begins in Washington D.C. and Maryland.

Pro Football Hall of Fame opens in Canton, Ohio.

Jockey Bill Shoemaker earns 6,033rd win, breaking Johnny Longden's record for most lifetime wins; Shoemaker's record would stand for 29 years.

Panama and US sign Torrijos-Carter Treaties to transfer control of the Panama Canal from the US to Panama at the end of the 20th century.

Secret police agent Francesco Gullino assassinates Bulgarian dissident Georgi Markov in London by firing a ricin pellet from a specially designed umbrella.

ESPN, the Entertainment and Sports Programing Network, debuts.

Desmond Tutu becomes first black leader of the Church of the Province of Southern Africa (now the Anglican Church of South Africa).

Pilot and cosmonaut Abdul Ahad Mohmand, the first Afghan to travel to outer space, returns to earth after 9 days aboard the Soviet space station Mir.

Hurricane Ivan damages 90% of buildings on the island of Grenada; 39 die in the Category 5 storm.

US Government assumes conservatorship of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the country's two largest mortgage financing companies, during the subprime mortgage crisis.

From 4806  Last living member of Marine aviation legend Joe Foss' 'Flying Circus' recalls Guadalcanal

Hello skip,
            I forwarded this latest "List 4806" to my Marine addresses and received the following response from one Gordy Evans.  I'm sure Sam Folsom knows him.
Dennis Grose
Au contraire, mon frère.  I have a good friend (Drury Evans "Mac" McCall) here in Napa, who is 97, and flew F4F's with the VMF-214 "Swashbucklers" out of the Fighter One airstrip in early '43.  He transitioned to F4U's in the field for his 2nd tour in the Solomons, hated Boyington and was glad when he transferred to the newly-formed VMF-215.  He is credited with 3.5 Japs, all Vals.
Thanks to Mike
Well worth the time you spend to read.  No PARTICIPATION TROPHIES awarded here!!
Texas A&M Commencement Address
Neal Boortz is a Texan, a lawyer, a Texas Aggie (Texas A&M) graduate, and nationally syndicated talk show host from Atlanta.
His commencement address to the graduates of a recent Texas A&M class is far different from what either the students or the faculty expected.
- The students gave a standing ovation; the faculty were deathly silent.!
Whether you agree or disagree, his views are certainly thought provoking.
"I am honored by the invitation to address you on this occasion. It's about time. Be warned, however, that I am not here to impress you; you'll have enough smoke blown up your bloomers today. And you can bet your tassels I'm not here to impress the faculty and administration. You may not like much of what I have to say, and that's fine. You will remember it though. Especially after about 10 years out there in the real world. This, it goes without saying, does not apply to those of you who will seek your careers and your fortunes as government employees.
This gowned gaggle behind me is your faculty. You've heard the old saying that those who can - do. Those who can't - teach. That sounds deliciously insensitive. But there is often raw truth in insensitivity, just as you often find feel-good falsehoods and lies in compassion. Say good-bye to your faculty because now you are getting ready to go out there and do. These folks behind me are going to stay right here and teach.
By the way, just because you are leaving this place with a diploma doesn't mean the learning is over. When an FAA flight examiner handed me my private pilot's license many years ago, he said, "Here, this is your ticket to learn." The same can be said for your diploma. Believe me, the learning has just begun.   Now, I realize that most of you consider yourselves Liberals. In fact, you are probably very proud of your liberal views. You care so much. You feel so much. You want to help so much. After all, you're a compassionate and caring person, aren't you now? Well, isn't that just so extraordinarily special.
Now, at this age, is as good a time as any to be a liberal; as good a time as any to know absolutely everything You have plenty of time, starting tomorrow, for the truth to set in. Over the next few years, as you begin to feel the cold breath of reality down your neck, things are going to start changing pretty fast.. Including your own assessment of just how much you really know.
So here are the first assignments for your initial class in reality: Pay attention to the news, read newspapers, and listen to the words and phrases that proud Liberals use to promote their causes. Then, compare the words of the left to the words and phrases you hear from those evil, heartless, greedy conservatives. From the Left you will hear "I feel." From the Right you will hear "I think." From the Liberals you will hear references to groups -- The Blacks, the Poor, the Rich, the Disadvantaged, the Less Fortunate. From the Right you will hear references to individuals. On the Left you hear talk of group rights; on the Right, individual rights.
That about sums it up, really: Liberals feel. Liberals care. They are pack animals whose identity is tied up in group dynamics. Conservatives think -- and, setting aside the theocracy crowd, their identity is centered on the individual.
Liberals feel that their favored groups have enforceable rights to the property and services of productive individuals. Conservatives, I among them I might add, think that individuals have the right to protect their lives and their property from the plunder of the masses.
In college you developed a group mentality, but if you look closely at your diplomas you will see that they have your individual names on them. Not the name of your school mascot, or of your fraternity or sorority, but your name. Your group identity is going away. Your recognition and appreciation of your individual identity starts now.
If, by the time you reach the age of 30, you do not consider yourself to be a conservative, rush right back here as quickly as you can and apply for a faculty position. These people will welcome you with open arms. They will welcome you, that is, so long as you haven't developed an individual identity. Once again you will have to be willing to sign on to the group mentality you embraced during the past four years.
Something is going to happen soon that is going to really open your eyes. You're going to actually get a full time job!
You're also going to get a lifelong work partner. This partner isn't going to help you do your job. This partner is just going to sit back and wait for payday. This partner doesn't want to share in your effort, but in your earnings.
Your new lifelong partner is actually an agent; an agent representing a strange and diverse group of people; an agent for every teenager with an illegitimate child; an agent for a research scientist who wanted to make some cash answering the age-old question of why monkeys grind their teeth. An agent for some poor demented hippie who considers herself to be a meaningful and talented artist, but who just can't manage to sell any of her artwork on the open market.
Your new partner is an agent for every person with limited, if any, job skills, but who wanted a job at City Hall. An agent for tin-horn dictators in fancy military uniforms grasping for American foreign aid. An agent for multi-million dollar companies who want someone else to pay for their overseas advertising. An agent for everybody who wants to use the unimaginable power of this agent's for their personal enrichment and benefit.
That agent is our wonderful, caring, compassionate, oppressive government. Believe me, you will be awed by the unimaginable power this agent has. Power that you do not have. A power that no individual has, or will have. This agent has the legal power to use force, deadly force to accomplish its goals.
You have no choice here. Your new friend is just going to walk up to you, introduce itself rather gruffly, hand you a few forms to fill out, and move right on in. Say hello to your own personal one ton gorilla. It will sleep anywhere it wants to.
Now, let me tell you, this agent is not cheap. As you become successful it will seize about 40% of everything you earn. And no, I'm sorry, there just isn't any way you can fire this agent of plunder, and you can't decrease its share of your income. That power rests with him, not you.
So, here I am saying negative things to you about government Well, be clear on this: It is not wrong to distrust government. It is not wrong to fear government. In certain cases it is not even wrong to despise government for government is inherently evil. Yes, a necessary evil, but dangerous nonetheless, somewhat like a drug. Just as a drug that in the proper dosage can save your life, an overdose of government can be fatal.
Now let's address a few things that have been crammed into your minds at this university. There are some ideas you need to expunge as soon as possible. These ideas may work well in academic environment, but they fail miserably out there in the real world.
First is that favorite buzz word of the media and academia: Diversity! You have been taught that the real value of any group of people - be it a social group, an employee group, a management group, whatever - is based on diversity. This is a favored liberal ideal because diversity is based not on an individual's abilities or character, but on a person's identity and status as a member of a group. Yes, it's that liberal group identity thing again.
Within the great diversity movement group identification - be it racial, gender based, or some other minority status - means more than the individuals integrity, character or other qualifications.
Brace yourself. You are about to move from this academic atmosphere where diversity rules, to a workplace and a culture where individual achievement and excellence actually count. No matter what your professors have taught you over the last four years, you are about to learn that diversity is absolutely no replacement for excellence, ability, and individual hard work. From this day on every single time you hear the word "diversity" you can rest assured that there is someone close by who is determined to rob you of every vestige of individuality you possess.
We also need to address this thing you seem to have about "rights." We have witnessed an obscene explosion of so-called "rights" in the last few decades, usually emanating from college campuses.
You know the mantra: You have the right to a job. The right to a place to live. The right to a living wage. The right to health care. The right to an education. You probably even have your own pet right - the right to a Beemer for instance, or the right to have someone else provide for that child you plan on downloading in a year or so.
Forget it. Forget those rights! I'll tell you what your rights are. You have a right to live free, and to the results of 60% -75% of your labor. I'll also tell you have no right to any portion of the life or labor of another.
You may, for instance, think that you have a right to health care. After all, President Obama said so, didn't he? But you cannot receive health-care unless some doctor or health practitioner surrenders some of his time - his life - to you. He may be willing to do this for compensation, but that's his choice. You have no "right" to his time or property. You have no right to his or any other person's life or to any portion thereof.
You may also think you have some "right" to a job; a job with a living wage, whatever that is. Do you mean to tell me that you have a right to force your services on another person, and then the right to demand that this person compensate you with their money? Sorry, forget it. I am sure you would scream if some urban outdoors men (that would be "homeless person" for those of you who don't want to give these less fortunate people a romantic and adventurous title) came to you and demanded his job and your money.
The people who have been telling you about all the rights you have are simply exercising one of theirs - the right to be imbeciles. Their being imbeciles didn't cost anyone else either property or time. It's their right, and they exercise it brilliantly.
By the way, did you catch my use of the phrase "less fortunate" a bit ago when I was talking about the urban outdoors men? That phrase is a favorite of the Left. Think about it, and you'll understand why.
To imply that one person is homeless, destitute, dirty, drunk, spaced out on drugs, unemployable, and generally miserable because he is "less fortunate" is to imply that a successful person - one with a job, a home and a future - is in that position because he or she was "fortunate." The dictionary says that fortunate means "having derived good from an unexpected place." There is nothing unexpected about deriving good from hard work. There is also nothing unexpected about deriving misery from choosing drugs, alcohol, and the street.
  If the Liberal Left can create the common perception that success and failure are simple matters of "fortune" or "luck," then it is easy to promote and justify their various income redistribution schemes. After all, we are just evening out the odds a little bit. This "success equals luck" idea the liberals like to push is seen everywhere. Former Democratic presidential candidate Richard Gephardt refers to high-achievers as "people who have won life's lottery." He wants you to believe they are making the big bucks because they are lucky. It's not luck, my friends. It's choice. One of the greatest lessons I ever learned was in a book by Og Mandino, entitled, "The Greatest Secret in the World." The lesson? Very simple: "Use wisely your power of choice."
That bum sitting on a heating grate, smelling like a wharf rat? He's there by choice. He is there because of the sum total of the choices he has made in his life. This truism is absolutely the hardest thing for some people to accept, especially those who consider themselves to be victims of something or other - victims of discrimination, bad luck, the system, capitalism, whatever. After all, nobody really wants to accept the blame for his or her position in life. Not when it is so much easier to point and say, "Look! He did this to me!" than it is to look into a mirror and say, "You S. O. B.! You did this to me!"
The key to accepting responsibility for your life is to accept the fact that your choices, every one of them, are leading you inexorably to either success or failure, however you define those terms.
Some of the choices are obvious: Whether or not to stay in school. Whether or not to get pregnant. Whether or not to hit the bottle. Whether or not to keep this job you hate until you get another better-paying job. Whether or not to save some of your money, or saddle yourself with huge payments for that new car.
Some of the choices are seemingly insignificant: Whom to go to the movies with. Whose car to ride home in. Whether to watch the tube tonight, or read a book on investing. But, and you can be sure of this, each choice counts. Each choice is a building block - some large, some small. But each one is a part of the structure of your life. If you make the right choices, or if you make more right choices than wrong ones, something absolutely terrible may happen to you. Something unthinkable. You, my friend, could become one of the hated, the evil, the ugly, the feared, the filthy, the successful, the rich.
The rich basically serve two purposes in this country. First, they provide the investments, the investment capital, and the brains for the formation of new businesses. Businesses that hire people. Businesses that send millions of paychecks home each week to the un-rich.
Second, the rich are a wonderful object of ridicule, distrust, and hatred. Few things are more valuable to a politician than the envy most Americans feel for the evil rich.
Envy is a powerful emotion. Even more powerful than the emotional minefield that surrounded Bill Clinton when he reviewed his last batch of White House interns. Politicians use envy to get votes and power. And they keep that power by promising the envious that the envied will be punished: "The rich will pay their fair share of taxes if I have anything to do with it." The truth is that the top 10% of income earners in this country pays almost 50% of all income taxes collected. I shudder to think what these job producers would be paying if our tax system were any more "fair".
You have heard, no doubt, that the rich get richer and the poor get poorer. Interestingly enough, our government's own numbers show that many of the poor actually get richer, and that quite a few of the rich actually get poorer. But for the rich who do actually get richer, and the poor who remain poor .. there's an explanation -- a reason. The rich, you see, keep doing the things that make them rich; while the poor keep doing the things that make them poor.
Speaking of the poor, during your adult life you are going to hear an endless string of politicians bemoaning the plight of the poor. So, you need to know that under our government's definition of "poor" you can have a $5 million net worth, a $300,000 home and a new $90,000 Mercedes, all completely paid for. You can also have a maid, cook, and valet, and a million in your checking account, and you can still be officially defined by our government as "living in poverty." Now there's something you haven't seen on the evening news.
How does the government pull this one off? Very simple, really To determine whether or not some poor soul is "living in poverty," the government measures one thing -- just one thing. Income.
It doesn't matter one bit how much you have, how much you own, how many cars you drive or how big they are, whether or not your pool is heated, whether you winter in Aspen and spend the summers in the Bahamas, or how much is in your savings account. It only matters how much income you claim in that particular year. This means that if you take a one-year leave of absence from your high-paying job and decide to live off the money in your savings and checking accounts while you write the next great American novel, the government says you are living in poverty."
This isn't exactly what you had in mind when you heard these gloomy statistics, is it? Do you need more convincing? Try this. The government's own statistics show that people who are said to be "living in poverty" spend more than $1.50 for each dollar of income they claim. Something is a bit fishy here. Just remember all this the next time Charles Gibson tells you about some hideous new poverty statistics.
Why has the government concocted this phony poverty scam? Because the government needs an excuse to grow and to expand its social welfare programs, which translates into an expansion of its power. If the government can convince you, in all your compassion, that the number of "poor" is increasing, it will have all the excuse it needs to sway an electorate suffering from the advanced stages of Obsessive-Compulsive Compassion Disorder.
I'm about to be stoned by the faculty here. They've already changed their minds about that honorary degree I was going to get. That's OK, though. I still have my PhD. in Insensitivity from the Neal Boortz Institute for Insensitivity Training. I learned that, in short, sensitivity sucks. It's a trap. Think about it - the truth knows no sensitivity. Life can be insensitive. Wallow too much in sensitivity and you'll be unable to deal with life, or the truth, so get over it.
Now, before the dean has me shackled and hauled off, I have a few random thoughts.
* You need to register to vote, unless you are on welfare. If you are living off the efforts of others, please do us the favor of sitting down and shutting up until you are on your own again.
"When you do vote, your votes for the House and the Senate are more important than your vote for President. The House controls the purse strings, so concentrate your awareness there.
* Liars cannot be trusted, even when the liar is the President of the country. If someone can't deal honestly with you, send them packing
* Don't bow to the temptation to use the government as an instrument of plunder. If it is wrong for you to take money from someone else who earned it -- to take their money by force for your own needs -- then it is certainly just as wrong for you to demand that the government step forward and do this dirty work for you.
* Don't look in other people's pockets. You have no business there. What they earn is theirs. What you earn is yours. Keep it that way. Nobody owes you anything, except to respect your privacy and your rights, and leave you the hell alone.
* Speaking of earning, the revered 40-hour workweek is for losers. Forty hours should be considered the minimum, not the maximum. You don't see highly successful people clocking out of the office every afternoon at five. The losers are the ones caught up in that afternoon rush hour. The winners drive home in the dark.
* Free speech is meant to protect unpopular speech. Popular speech, by definition, needs no protection.
* Finally (and aren't you glad to hear that word), as Og Mandino wrote,
    1. Proclaim your rarity. Each of you is a rare and unique human being.
    2. Use wisely your power of choice.
    3. Go the extra mile, drive home in the dark.
Oh, and put off buying a television set as long as you can. Now, if you have any idea at all what's good for you, you will get out of here and never come back. Class dismissed"
  Item Number:5 Date: 09/07/2018 FRANCE - ALTERNATIVES NEEDED FOR U.S. COMPONENTS IN WEAPON SYSTEMS, SAYS DEFENSE MINISTER (SEP 07/REU)  REUTERS -- Defense Minister Florence Parly says France needs to find alternatives to U.S. parts used in its weapons systems, reports Reuters.   U.S. export controls can be used to cut the supply of small but crucial parts, Parly said on Thursday.   The minister pointed to French-made SCALP cruise missiles, which France tried to sell to Egypt earlier this year only to have the U.S. block the sale.   Legislation that allows the U.S. to limit the flow of American-made components has been on the books for some time. Recent actions by the Trump administration on trade have made the need more pressing, said Parly.   Parly said that countries must work to minimize dependence on U.S. parts as part of the Future Combat Air System (FCAS) project, to develop a next-generation combat jet with Germany.  
Item Number:8 Date: 09/07/2018 NIGERIA - SEVERAL SUSPECTED BOKO HARAM MILITANTS KILLED IN BORNO OP (SEP 07/CHANNELS)  CHANNELS TELEVISION -- Several suspected Boko Haram militants have been killed in a military operation in northeastern Nigeria, reports Channels Television (Nigeria).   On Thursday, troops launched an operation against the militants in the Gesada village in Borno state after receiving a tip, said an army statement.   The militants had infiltrated the village to extort money and steal livestock.   Specific casualty figures were not made public.   Two AK 47 rifles and livestock were recovered.   Separately, Boko Haram militants hijacked a commercial bus on Wednesday and kidnapped between 10 and 20 people in Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state, reported the Punch (Nigeria).  
  Item Number:9 Date: 09/07/2018 SAUDI ARABIA - AMERICAN TRAINER DIES IN HELO CRASH NEAR RIYADH (SEP 07/XIN)  XINHUA -- A U.S. instructor pilot has been killed in a helicopter crash in Saudi Arabia, reports Xinhua, China's state news agency.   On Thursday, a Boeing AH-6i light attack helicopter crashed during a routine flight at Khashm Alan airport near Riyadh, the Saudi Arabian National Guard said in a statement.   A Saudi trainee pilot was injured.   It was unclear if the American was a service member. A U.S. Army official confirmed that there had been a military fatality without providing specifics, reported Reuters.   An investigation has been launched to determine the cause of the crash
  Item Number:11 Date: 09/07/2018 SYRIA - REBELS FIGHTING ISIS, IRANIAN MILITIAS RECEIVED ISRAELI ASSISTANCE (SEP 07/FORPOL)  FOREIGN POLICY -- The Israeli government secretly armed and funded at least 12 rebel groups in Syria fighting against Iranian-backed groups and the Islamic State near the border with Israel, reports Foreign Policy.   According to reports from more than two dozen senior rebel leaders, the weapons, including assault rifles, machine guns, mortars and transport vehicles, were delivered through three gates connecting the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights to Syria.   Israel also provided funds to the rebel groups to buy arms on the Syrian black market, as well as monthly stipends of about US$75 per person, according to local sources.   In 2013, Israel began arming rebel groups aligned with the Free Syrian Army with U.S.-made M16 assault rifles. The military later shifted to providing rebels with non-American weapons from shipments seized from the Lebanese Hezbollah group to conceal the source of the assistance.   Assistance expanded significantly last year when Israel adopted a more aggressive strategy in an effort to prevent Iran from entrenching its position in Syria.   In July, the arms transfers ended after Israel reached an agreement with Russia to keep Iran-backed militias 50 miles (80 km) from the Golan Heights and not hinder Israeli strikes on Iranian targets in Syria.   Following the Assad regime's gains in the Quneitra and Deraa provinces bordering Israel, a small number of rebel commanders and their immediate families were allowed into Israel. Their whereabouts are unclear, though some have reportedly ended up in Jordan or Turkey. Most rebel fighters surrendered to the regime. Some have been arrested while others have joined pro-government militias or the Syrian army.  
  Item Number:15 Date: 09/07/2018 USA - F-22 PREPARES TO TAKE ON LATEST SIDEWINDER, AMRAAM MISSILES (SEP 07/WARMAV)  WARRIOR MAVEN -- The U.S. Air Force has validated two new missiles for the F-22 Raptor fighter jet, reports the Warrior Maven website.   The two air-to-air missiles, the AIM-9X Block 2 and AIM-120D AMRAAM, will provide the fighter with improved long-range precision attack capability, a wider targeting range and improved networking technology.   The AIM-9X Block 2 is equipped with an improved seeker and off-boresight targeting capability, allowing pilot to attack enemies from new angles.   The AIM-120D features a redesigned fuze, a digital ignition safety device, GPS navigation, improved seeker, inertial measurement units and two-way data link.   The newest AMRAAM has updated electronics that enable lock-on-after-launch capability using a new weapon data link to support beyond-visual-range engagements in all weather conditions, according to Raytheon, the manufacturer.   The missiles, which have been under testing and development for several years, are expected to be fielded as soon as next year
Item Number:16 Date: 09/07/2018 USA - NAVY PLANS MAJOR SHIPYARD UPGRADE TO ACCOMMODATE NEW CARRIERS, SUBS (SEP 07/USNIN)  USNI NEWS -- The U.S. Navy is planning major modernization for its public shipyards to accommodate the newest warships and improve productivity, reports USNI News.   Under a $21 billion plan released in April, the service will overhaul each of its four shipyards including Norfolk Naval Shipyard, Va.; Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, Maine; Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility (IMF), Wash.; and Pearl Harbor and IMF, Hawaii.   Modernization efforts will focus on renovating the drydocks to accommodate the newest Block V Virginia-class attack submarines and Gerald R. Ford-class carriers; upgrading capital equipment; integrating new technologies in a move toward digital shipbuilding; and redesigning the yards to improve worker efficiency.   The Navy is currently working with a civil engineer firm and the Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) to revamp the shipyards, said a senior Navy official.   The service will then plan work around one-year budget cycles, aiming for annual funding of $1 billion by 2022 or 2023, said Vice Adm. Tom Moore, the head of the Naval Sea Systems Command.   The goal is to complete the most important work as quickly as possible to obtain the largest return on investment, while taking into account the work taking place at the yards, he told USNI News in an interview last month.   The program is expected to take 20 years to complete.

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