Friday, October 12, 2018

TheList 4833

The List 4833 TGB
To All,
I hope that you all have a great weekend.
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This day in Naval History
Oct. 12
1800—American frigate Boston captures French frigate Le Berceau, one of the French ships that was plaguing the American coast during the Quasi-War with France. After a bloody engagement, Boston brings her prize back to the United States. Though condemned as a legitimate prize of war and sold to the United States government, Le Berceau is returned to France under the terms of the Treaty of Mortefontaine, concluded about two weeks before her capture.
1914—USS Jupiter (AC 3) is the first U.S. Navy ship to transit the Panama Canal. In March 1920, Jupiter is decommissioned. Following conversion, she is renamed USS Langley (CV 1). Upon commissioning in March 1922, Langley becomes the U.S. Navy's first aircraft carrier.
1940—USS Wasp (CV 7) launches 24 Army Curtiss P-40 Warhawks from the 8th Pursuit Group and North American O-47s from the 3rd Observation Squadron off the Virginia Capes, marking the first launches of Army aircraft from U.S. carrier.
1942—SBDs from (VS-71) sink the Japanese destroyer Natsugumo off Savo Island. Also on this date, TBF Avengers from (VT 8), Navy and USMC SBDs from (VS 3, VS 71, and VMSB 141) and USMC F4Fs from (VMF 121, VMF 212, and VMF 224) damage Japanese destroyer Murakumo off New Georgia as she is helping survivors at the Battle of Cape Esperance. She is later scuttled by Japanese destroyer Shirayuki.
1965—Project SEALAB II concludes. During this project, teams of Navy divers and scientists spent 15 days each in SEALAB II moored 205 ft. below surface near La Jolla, CA.
1980—USS Guadalcanal (LPH 7) and other ships of Amphibious Forces, Sixth Fleet bring assistance to earthquake victims in Al Asnam, Algeria.
2000—U.S. Navy destroyer USS Cole (DDG 67) is attacked by terrorists in a small boat laden with explosives during a brief refueling stop in the harbor of Aden, Yemen. The suicide terrorist attack kills 17 members of the ship's crew, wounds 39 others, and seriously damages the ship. 
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1775—The Continental Congress votes for two vessels to be "fitted out" and armed with 10 carriage guns, a proportional number of swivel guns, and crews of 80 then sent out on a cruise of three months to intercept transports carrying munitions and stores to the British army in America. This legislation, out of which the Continental Navy grew, constitutes the birth of the U.S. Navy
1862—The yacht America seizes schooner David Crockett attempting to run the blockade out of Charleston with a cargo of turpentine and rosin.
1864—Union bark Braziliera and screw-steamer Mary Sanford, both with the South Atlantic Blockading Squadron, send out a boat expedition that frees a number of slaves from a plantation on White Oak Creek, GA.
1941—The Bureau of Aeronautics directed the painting of all fleet aircraft non-specular light gray, except for surfaces seen from above, which were to be blue gray. Beginning in late December, this color scheme extended to shore-based airplanes, except trainers.
1944—TBF (VC 9) aircraft of escort carrier USS Card (CVE 11) sink the German submarine U 402, which had previously sunk 15 Allied vessels.


Oct. 14
1862—The iron screw gunboat Memphis, with acting commander Lt. P.G. Watmough, captures blockade running British steamer Ouachita at sea off Cape Roman, SC, during the Civil War.
1915—The keel to first electrically-driven battleship USS New Mexico (BB 40) is laid. She is commissioned May 1918, and later provides numerous off-shore bombardments during World War II in the Pacific.
1935—Lt. Cmdr. Knefler McGinnis, Lt. j.g. James K. Averil, NAP Thomas P. Wilkerson and a crew of three fly an XP3Y-1 consolidated patrol plane from Cristobal Harbor, Canal Zone to Alameda, CA. in 34 hours and 45 minutes and establish a new world record for Class C seaplanes of 3,281.383 miles.
1942—USS Greenling (SS 213) sinks the Japanese army cargo ship Takusei Maru six miles off Todo Saki near the northern coast of Honshu and USS Sculpin (SS 191) sinks the Japanese army cargo ship Sumiyoshi Maru 75 miles southwest of Kavieng, New Ireland.
1965—The 1,200-nautical-mile range Polaris A-1 fleet ballistic missile is retired from service when submarine Abraham Lincoln (SSBN 602) returns to the United States for overhaul and refitting with 2,500-nautical-mile range Polaris A-3s.
2017—Following more than 46 years of honorable naval service, the afloat forward staging base (interim) USS Ponce (AFSB(I) 15) is decommissioned during a ceremony at Naval Station Norfolk.


October 12
1492

Christopher Columbus and his crew land in the Bahamas.
1576

Rudolf II, the king of Hungary and Bohemia, succeeds his father, Maximillian II, as Holy Roman Emperor.
1609

The song "Three Blind Mice" is published in London, believed to be the earliest printed secular song.
1702

Admiral Sir George Rooke defeats the French fleet off Vigo.
1722

Shah Sultan Husayn surrenders the Persian capital of Isfahan to Afgan rebels after a seven month siege.
1809

Meriwether Lewis, of the Lewis and Clark expedition, dies under mysterious circumstances in Tennessee.
1899

The Anglo-Boer War begins.
1872

Apache leader Cochise signs a peace treaty with General Howard in Arizona Territory.
1915

Despite international protests, Edith Cavell, an English nurse in Belgium, is executed by Germans for aiding the escape of Allied prisoners.
1933

Alcatraz Island is made a federal maximum security prison.
1943

The U.S. Fifth Army begins an assault crossing of the Volturno River in Italy.
1949

Eugenie Anderson becomes the first woman U.S. ambassador.
1960

Inejiro Asanuma, leaders of the Japan Socialist Party, is assassinated during a live TV broadcast.
1964

1964 USSR launches Voskhod I, first spacecraft with multi-person crew; it is also the first mission in which the crew did not wear space suits.
1970

President Richard Nixon announces the pullout of 40,000 more American troops in Vietnam by Christmas.
1971

The House of Representatives passes the Equal Rights Amendment 354-23.
1984

The Provisional Irish Republican Army detonates at bomb at the Grand Hotel in Brighton, England, in an unsuccessful attempt to assassinate British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher; 5 others are killed and 31 wounded.
1994

NASA loses contact with the Magellan probe spacecraft in the thick atmosphere of Venus.
1999

Chief of Army Staff Perez Musharraf seizes power in Pakistan through a bloodless military coup.
2000

Suicide bombers at Aden, Yemen, damage USS Cole; 17 crew members killed and over 35 wounded.
2002

Terrorist bombers kill over 200 and wound over 300 more at the Sari Club in Kuta, Bali.


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Great story that has been around for a while. Not sure of the whole truth but entertaining and good for the birthday of the Navy from the days of wooden ships and iron men fortified by a few sips of rum.

LITTLE KNOWN TIDBIT OF NAVAL HISTORY...  ‪‪‪‪‪The U. S. S. Constitution (Old Ironsides), as a combat vessel, carried 48,600 gallons of fresh water for her crew of 475 officers and men. This was sufficient to last six months of sustained operations at sea. She carried no evaporators (i.e. fresh water distillers).  ‪‪ However, let it be noted that according to her ship's log, "On July 27, 1798, the U.S.S. Constitution sailed from Boston with a full complement of 475 officers and men, 48,600 gallons of fresh water, 7,400 cannon shot, 11,600 pounds of black powder and 79,400 gallons of rum."  ‪‪ Her mission: "To destroy and harass English shipping."Making Jamaica on 6 October, she took on 826 pounds of flour and 68,300 gallons of rum.  ‪‪ Then she headed for the Azores, arriving there 12 November. She provisioned with 550 pounds of beef and 64,300 gallons of Portuguese wine.  ‪‪On 18 November, she set sail for England. In the ensuing days she defeated five British men-of-war and captured and scuttled 12 English merchant ships, salvaging only the rum aboard each.  ‪‪By 26 January, her powder and shot were exhausted. Nevertheless, although unarmed she made a night raid up the Firth of Clyde in Scotland.  Her landing party captured a whisky distillery and transferred 40,000 gallons of single malt Scotch aboard by dawn. Then she headed home.‪‪The U. S. S. Constitution arrived in Boston on 20 February 1799, with no cannon shot, no food, no powder, no rum, no wine, no whisky, and 38,600 gallons of water.  ‪‪GO NAVY  ‪‪ 

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'That was a quick flight': How astronauts kept ice cool as their rocket malfunctioned at 4,970mph on the edge of space and plummeted back to Earth in harrowing 7G 'ballistic re-entry'
Russia has launched a criminal inquiry into the malfunction and suspended future launches of Soyuz 
The secondary booster rockets on the Russian-made Soyuz spacecraft failed just after it launched Thursday
American Nick Hague and Russian Aleksey Ovchinin were forced to carry out a 'ballistic re-entry' to get back
The two-strong crew landed safely at a site in Kazakhstan hundreds of miles away from the initial launch site
Video footage from the launch shows the pair being shaken around as the engine malfunctioned in mid-flight 
After the incident Russia announced Soyuz flights to the International Space Station would be suspended

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Thanks to Hawk

A neat old Johnny Cash thing... "That Ragged Old Flag"
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 Thanks to Robert

Got this from a very good friend...felt it was something we all should
never forget!!!
Enough is enough.................
To All Ballplayers Everywhere............Take a Knee
Take a little trip to Valley Forge in January. If you don't know where
that is, just Google it from the sidelines. Hold a musket ball in your
fingers and imagine it piercing your flesh and breaking a bone or two.
There won't be a doctor or trainer to assist you until after the
battle, so just wait your turn. Take your cleats and socks off to get
a real experience. Then take a knee.
Then, take one at the beach in Normandy where man after American man
stormed the beach, even as the one in front of him was shot to
pieces...the very sea stained with American blood. The only blockers
most had were the dead bodies in front of them, riddled with bullets
from enemy fire.
Take a knee in the sweat soaked jungles of Vietnam. from Khe San to
Saigon... Anywhere will do. REAL Americans died in all those jungles.
There was no playbook that told them what was next, but they knew what
flag they represented. When they came home, they were protested as
well..and spit on for reasons only cowards know.
Take another knee in the blood drenched sands of Fallujah in 110
degree heat.. Wear your Kevlar helmet and battle dress... Your number
won't be printed on it unless your number is up! You'll need to stay
hydrated but there won't be anyone to squirt Gatorade into your mouth.
You're on your own.
There's a lot of places to take a knee. Real Americans have given
their lives all over the world. When you use the banner under which
they fought as a source for your displeasure, you dishonor the
memories of those who bled for the very freedoms you have. That's what
the red stripes mean. It represents the blood of those who spilled a
sea of it defending your liberty.
While you're on your knee, pray for those that came before you, not on
a manicured lawn striped and printed with numbers to announce every
inch of ground taken....but on nameless hills and bloodied beaches and
sweltering forests and bitter cold mountains...every inch marked by an
American life lost serving that flag you protest.
No cheerleaders, no announcers, no coaches, no fans...just American
men and women...delivering the real fight against those who chose to
harm us...blazing a path so you would have the right to "take a knee."
You haven't an inkling what it took to get you where you are; but your
"protest" is duly noted. Not only is it disgraceful to a nation of
real heroes, it serves the purpose of pointing to your ingratitude for
those who chose to defend you under that banner that will still wave
long after your jersey is issued to another...
If you really feel the need to take a knee, come with me to church on
Sunday and we'll both kneel before Almighty God. We'll thank Him for
preserving this country for as long as He has. We'll beg forgiveness
for our ingratitude for all He has provided us. We'll appeal to Him
for understanding and wisdom. We'll pray for liberty and justice for
all....because He is the one who provides those things.
And there will be no protest. There will only be gratitude for His
provision and a plea for His continued grace and mercy on the land of
the free and the home of the brave. It goes like this...
GOD BLESS AMERICA!

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Thanks to Mud and friends
I'm glad you remember that, Mud.   I still have an enlarged picture of the Ship where "GO ARMY - BEAT NAVY" was painted on its side by some of my Classmates who slipped out of West Point Barracks  one night and painted  when I was Second Year  Cadet.    A large copy of it now hangs on my office wall  which I take to nearby Fort Hood TX each Summer when we "Retired Oldsters" gather each year to welcome Senior Cadets who are spending time at Fort Hood learning about the REAL ARMY! J

    This reminds me of an incident that took place circa 1954.  Shortly before the weekend of the Army - Navy game, the Navy sailed as I recall a DE (destroyer escort for you landlubbers) up the Hudson River and anchored it just in front of the military academy.  It was an obvious attempt at intimidation not to be overlooked by the cadets.  Apparently the ship's captain failed to put out his watch, because after sunrise the sailors found "GO ARMY BEAT NAVY" in giant letters painted on the hull of their ship.  Many cadets were ashore taking pictures of that scene.  Perhaps Prop, Don, or Russ copied herein still have that picture.

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Item Number:1 Date: 10/12/2018 ARGENTINA - GOVERNMENT OBJECTS TO LATEST BRITISH DRILLS IN FALKLANDS (OCT 12/MERCO)  MERCOPRESS -- The Argentinean government has protested upcoming British military exercises in the Falkland Islands, reports MercoPress (Uruguay).   Argentina has addressed its concerns about the drills with the British Embassy in Buenos Aires, including missile firings. The latter are scheduled to take place between Oct. 15 and Oct. 29, said an Argentinean Foreign Ministry release on Tuesday.   The ministry said it would inform the U.N. secretary-general and the head of the International Maritime Organization, the release said.   Argentina has long disputed the U.K.'s claim to the Falklands.   The U.K. has conducted such exercises, including missile firings, annually since the end of the Falklands war in 1982.  
  Item Number:2 Date: 10/12/2018 CHINA - FIVE EYES EXPAND INTELLIGENCE-SHARING ON CHINESE ACTIVITIES (OCT 12/REU)  REUTERS -- Members of the Five Eyes intelligence-sharing network have been exchanging information on the foreign activities of China with friendly nations since the beginning of the year, reports Reuters.   Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the U.K. and the U.S. comprise the Five Eyes network, which is considered the world's largest formal intelligence-sharing body.   Cooperation has been increased with countries including Germany and Japan as part of work to broaden efforts to blunt growing Chinese influence, say seven officials from four member countries. France has been included, but less frequently, the officials said.   Members have also shared information relating to Russian activities, said the officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity.   The strengthened cooperation has resulted in an informal expansion of the Five Eyes group on the specific problem of foreign interference.   The information was initially shared informally and has become more formal over time, said one U.S. official. Most exchanges have been bilateral.   The move comes amid growing efforts in the Australia, Germany and the U.S. to place limits on Chinese investments and lobbying.   Washington is leading efforts to counter Chinese takeovers of critical sectors of the economy. Canberra has taken responsibility for efforts on the political side, several officials said.   
  Item Number:3 Date: 10/12/2018 CHINA - Z-10 ATTACK HELO EQUIPPED WITH LIGHTWEIGHT ARMOR (OCT 12/GT)  GLOBAL TIMES -- China has apparently fitted its Z-10 attack helicopter with additional armor made from a lighter and stronger material, reports the Global Times (Beijing).   China Central Television released video footage last week showing a Z-10 landing at an airfield with extra armor modules near the cockpit.   The extra armor shown in the broadcast was likely made of graphene, analysts said on Wednesday.   Graphene, developed at the Beijing Institute of Aeronautical Materials, is about 200 times stronger than steel, can stretch an extra 20 percent and weighs only 0.03 ounces per square yard (0.77 grams per square meter).   Helicopters are not usually equipped with additional armor due to weight considerations.   Attack helicopters often fly low to attack ground targets, making them vulnerable to anti-aircraft fire, noted experts. Extra armor would protect key parts of the helicopter, such as the cockpit or fuel tank
Item Number:4 Date: 10/12/2018 EGYPT - COURT PASSES DOWN 17 DEATH SENTENCES FOR DEADLY CHURCH BOMBINGS (OCT 12/AHRAM)  AHRAM ONLINE -- An Egyptian military court has sentenced 17 people to death for their role in fatal attacks on Coptic churches in 2016 and 2017, reports the Ahram Online (Cairo).   On Thursday, the court also handed down 19 life sentences and 10 prison sentences between 10 and 15 years to defendants convicted of involvement in the bombings.   The suspects were convicted for their involvement in an attack on a church in Cairo in December 2016 that killed 25 people and two coordinated bombings in Alexandria and Tanta in April 2017 that killed at least 45.   The Islamic State terrorist group (ISIS) claimed responsibility for all of the attacks.   Six were also convicted for an attack on a security checkpoint in January 2017 that killed eight police officers.   The sentences can be appealed, noted the newspaper.   Activists have criticized Egypt's reliance on military courts to try suspects, saying the courts do not provide even limited due process protections, noted BBC News. Since 2014, more than 15,000 civilians have been sent to trial before military courts.  
 Item Number:5 Date: 10/12/2018 ISRAEL - HALF-MILE HAMAS TUNNEL DESTROYED BY MILITARY (OCT 12/JP)  JERUSALEM POST -- The Israeli military says it has destroyed a tunnel leading from the Gaza Strip into southern Israel, reports the Jerusalem Post.   The tunnel was over 0.6 miles (1 km) long, about 650 feet (200 m) of which stretched into Israel, a spokesman for the Israel Defense Forces said on Thursday. It was discovered using advanced technologies that were able to pinpoint its location.   The passage was destroyed in an engineering operation inside Israel. The military has been conducting an ongoing operation to eliminate underground terrorist infrastructure.   Hamas constructed the tunnel to launch attacks within Israel from Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip, said the spokesman.   The passage connected to other tunnels in Gaza and was constructed differently in an attempt to avoid detection, he said.   Phone, lights and electricity were installed inside the tunnel, showing increasing sophistication.   This was the 15th tunnel destroyed by the IDF in the last year
Item Number:6 Date: 10/12/2018 PHILIPPINES - 2 ABU SAYYAF MILITANTS KILLED, 4 CAPTURED FOLLOWING JOLO SHOOTOUT (OCT 12/BEN)  BENAR -- Philippine security forces have killed two Abu Sayyaf militants and captured four in an operation in the southern Sulu province, reports Benar News (Philippines).   A team of soldiers and local police were on patrol near Indanan on Jolo Island when they were attacked on Wednesday, said a military spokesman.   Two militants were killed in the gun battle.   Security forces recovered weapons but no hostages from the scene. The Al-Qaida-affiliated Islamist group is thought to hold up to 10 hostages, many on Jolo.   The suspects were founds in possession of what police believed to be methamphetamine, reported the Sun Star (Philippines
  Item Number:8 Date: 10/12/2018 RUSSIA - STRATEGIC FORCES CONDUCT MISSILE LAUNCH EXERCISE (OCT 12/TASS)  TASS -- President Vladimir Putin ordered Russia's nuclear missile forces to hold missile launch exercises this week, reports Russia's Tass news agency.   On Thursday, the strategic nuclear forces conducted live-fire drills from the Barents and Okhotsk seas at Putin's direction, the defense ministry said.   Submarines launched ballistic and cruise missiles and long-range bombers carrying unarmed nuclear cruise missiles took off from the Engles, Ukrainka and Shaikovka airfields, said the ministry.   Imagery cited by the Independent Barents Observer showed the Delta IV-class ballistic missile submarine Tula participating in the drills.   All three of Russia's nuclear-capable long-range bombers -- the Tu-22, Tu-160 and Tu-95 -- participated, noted the news website.   Early warning air defense systems properly identified the submarine-launched ballistic missiles and relayed the information to the relevant command post, the ministry said
Item Number:9 Date: 10/12/2018 SOUTH KOREA - DRAFT AGREEMENT WITH U.S. FOR TRANSFER OF WARTIME OPERATIONAL CONTROL EXPECTED SOON (OCT 12/YON)  YONHAP -- The South Korean and U.S. governments are expected to finalize a draft agreement for the transfer of wartime operational control to Seoul later this month, reports the Yonhap news agency (Seoul).   The agreement is slated to be finalized during the annual Security Consultative Meeting in Washington on Oct. 31, the South Korean Defense Ministry said on Wednesday.   Under the proposed agreement, a South Korean four-star general will head the combined forces, while a U.S. four-star general will hold the deputy commander post.   The structure of the command will remain similar to the existing Combined Forces Command (CFC), the ministry said.   Washington has called for a "conditions-based" handover in consideration of various factors, including North Korea's military threats and South Korea's overall wartime capabilities.   South Korea handed over operational control of its troops to the U.S. commander of U.N. forces during the Korean War. Seoul reclaimed peacetime operational control in 1994, but the U.S. remains in control of wartime operations.   Seoul was set to regain wartime operational control in 2015, but the transfer was postponed in 2014 after the allies agreed to a conditions-based handover in response to Pyongyang's nuclear and missile tests.  
  Item Number:12 Date: 10/12/2018 UKRAINE - SHELLING, MINE BLAST KILL 4 SOLDIERS IN EAST (OCT 12/KYIVPOST)  KYIV POST -- Four soldiers have been killed and three injured in ongoing fighting in eastern Ukraine, reports the Kyiv Post.   Over the past 24 hours, two soldiers were killed in shelling and two in a mine explosion in the eastern region, the Ukrainian military said on Thursday.   Six rebels were killed and 10 injured in the fighting.   On Wednesday, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) reported a sharp increase in cease-fire violations in the Donetsk region, including 520 explosions.   An OSCE patrol was also attacked by rebel forces on Oct. 10, the Ukrainian military said.   Ukrainian forces accused Russian-backed rebels of nearly 30 cease-fire violations, while the rebels blamed government forces for 22.   The Russian-backed militants employed 120-mm and 82-mm mortars, infantry fighting vehicles, grenade launchers and heavy machine guns, the military said.   The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine said it had observed newly laid mines on both sides of the contact line.   More than 10,000 people have been killed in the conflict since 2014.  
  Item Number:13 Date: 10/12/2018 USA - AIR FORCE AWARDS CONTRACTS FOR NATIONAL SECURITY SPACE LAUNCHES (OCT 12/AFNS)  AIR FORCE NEWS SERVICE -- The U.S. Air Force has awarded more than $2 billion in contracts to develop national security satellite launch systems as part of the Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle program, reports the Air Force News Service.   The Air Force Space Command's Space and Missile Systems Center awarded three launch service agreements to United Launch Alliance, Blue Origin and Northrop Grumman to develop domestic launch system prototypes, the service said on Wednesday.   United Launch Alliance, a joint venture between Lockheed Martin and Boeing, received a $1 billion contract for the Vulcan Centaur launch system using U.S.-made engines, reported the Washington Post.   Blue Origin was awarded a $500 million contract for the New Glenn launch system.   Northrop Grumman received a nearly $800 million deal for its OmegA rocket.   The EEVL program is designed to ensure that the U.S. national security apparatus maintains assured access to space, with at least two domestic launch service providers. The U.S. is moving away from foreign rocket propulsion systems.   Since 20003, the EELV program has successfully launched 72 National Security Space missions using the Atlas V and Delta IV launch vehicles.  
  Item Number:15 Date: 10/12/2018 USA - F-35 FLEETS GROUNDED DUE TO FAULTY FUEL TUBE (OCT 12/DN)  DEFENSE NEWS -- The U.S. has grounded its fleet of F-35 fighters in the wake of the fighter jet's first crash late last month in South Carolina, reports Defense News.   The U.S. and many international partners have suspended flight operations pending the inspection and replacement of faulty fuel tubes, the F-35 Joint Program Office said on Thursday. The issue is believed to be related to a subcontractor who supplied the tubes to engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney.   Israel confirmed on Thursday that it had grounded its fleet of F-35s while inspections took place, reported Reuters.   The U.K. Ministry of Defense said that it had paused some flight operations but had not grounded its fleet.   F-35s without the faulty tubes will return to service after inspections, which should be completed in 24 to 48 hours, officials said.   The tubes are thought to be installed on older models but all aircraft will be inspected, reported CNN.   About 10 F-35s completed inspections at manufacturer Lockheed Martin's facility in Fort Worth, Texas, and were slated to resume flight operations on Thursday, reported CNBC.   On Sept. 28, an F-35B short-takeoff vertical landing jet assigned to the Marine Fighter Attack Training Squadron 501, 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing, crashed near Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort
Item Number:16 Date: 10/12/2018 USA - TRUMP SAYS ACCUSATIONS SURROUNDING MISSING SAUDI JOURNALIST NO REASON TO STOP ARMS DEALS (OCT 12/REU)  REUTERS -- President Donald Trump says that the controversy surrounding a dissident Saudi journalist who has gone missing is no reason to stop arms sales to Saudi Arabia, reports Reuters.   On Thursday, Trump told reporters at the White House that a U.S. move against Saudi Arabia would push Riyadh towards China and Russia, potentially costing U.S. jobs.   Saudi Arabia plans to spend US$110 billion on U.S. goods, including military equipment, said Trump.   Trump's comments are at odds with other U.S. officials, including Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), who chairs the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.   Riyadh could face high-level sanctions and difficulty in getting proposed arms sales through Congress if the allegations that it murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi prove true, Corker said.   Khashoggi was last seen entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2. Turkish officials say that they have proof of his murder at the hands of people acting on behalf of the Saudi government.   A Saudi team has arrived in Turkey to participate in the investigation.

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