This one apparently did not go out on Monday. If you have it then I apologize for the dupe.
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This Day In Naval History - October 27
1864 - LT William Cushing, USN, sinks Confederate ram Albemarle with a spar torpedo attached to the bow of his launch.
1922 - Navy League of U.S. sponsors first annual celebration of Navy Day to focus public attention on the importance of the U.S. Navy. That date was selected because it was Theodore Roosevelt's birthday.
1943 - First women Marines report for duty on West Coast, Camp Pendleton.
1944 - Fast Carrier Task Forces attack Japanese shipping and installations in Visayas and northern Luzon.
1967 - Operation Coronado VIII begins in Rung Sat Zone.
American Minute for October 27th:
His wife and mother died on Valentine's Day, 1884. Depressed, he left to ranch in the Dakotas. Returning to New York, he entered politics and rose to Assistant Secretary of the Navy. He resigned during the Spanish-American War, organized the first Volunteer Cavalry, "the Rough Riders," and captured Cuba's San Juan Hill. Elected Vice-President under William McKinley, he became America's youngest President in 1901. This was Theodore Roosevelt, born OCTOBER 27, 1858. In 1909, Roosevelt warned: "The thought of modern industry in the hands of Christian charity is a dream worth dreaming. The thought of industry in the hands of paganism is a nightmare beyond imagining. The choice between the two is upon us." In his book Fear God and Take Your Part, 1916, Theodore Roosevelt wrote: "The 7th century Christians of Asia and Africa...had trained themselves not to fight, whereas the Moslems were trained to fight. Christianity was saved in Europe solely because the peoples of Europe fought the Mohammedans who invaded." Teddy Roosevelt continued: "The civilization of Europe, America and Australia exists today only because the victories of civilized man over the enemies of civilization...that is, to beat back the Moslem invader."
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Man captures unbelievable photo of Blue Angel fighter jet buzzing the Golden Gate Bridge at 350 mph
This day in History
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Hypersonic Successor to Legendary SR-71 Blackbird Spy Plane Unveiled
BY JASON PAUR
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This is some great engineering and fun to watch.
Fascinating! Who knew? Guess they are soooo expensive, it makes sense to rebuild & add on. More beds, more bucks!
You've heard of stretch limos....
One Giant Sunspot, 5 Substantial Flares
October 25, 2014
On Oct. 25, 2014, the sun emitted its fifth substantial flare . This flare was classified as an X1-class flare and it peaked at 1:08 p.m. EDT.
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Parachutist's Record Fall: Over 25 Miles In 15 Minutes
Alan Eustace Jumps From Stratosphere, Breaking Felix Baumgartner's World Record
Google Executive Makes World Record Jump
Google Executive Makes World Record Jump
Alan Eustace, a senior vice president at Google, broke the world record for high-altitude jumps.
Video by Atomic Entertainment on Publish Date October 24, 2014. Photo by Atomic Entertainment and Paragon Space Development Corporation.
ROSWELL, N.M. — A well-known computer scientist parachuted from a balloon near the top of the stratosphere on Friday, falling faster than the speed of sound and breaking the world altitude record set just two years ago.
The jump was made by Alan Eustace, 57, a senior vice president of Google. At dawn he was lifted from an abandoned runway at the airport here by a balloon filled with 35,000 cubic feet of helium.
For a little over two hours, the balloon ascended at speeds up to 1,600 feet per minute to an altitude of more than 25 miles. Mr. Eustace dangled underneath in a specially designed spacesuit with an elaborate life-support system. He returned to earth just 15 minutes after starting his fall.
"It was amazing," he said. "It was beautiful. You could see the darkness of space and you could see the layers of atmosphere, which I had never seen before."
Mr. Eustace cut himself loose from the balloon with the aid of a small explosive device and plummeted toward the earth at speeds that peaked at 822 miles per hour, setting off a small sonic boom heard by people on the ground.
Credit Volker D. Kern/PSDC
"It was a wild, wild ride," he said. "I hugged on to the equipment module and tucked my legs and I held my heading."
He did not feel or hear the boom as he passed the speed of sound, he said. He performed two slow backflips before a small parachute righted him.
His technical team had designed a carbon-fiber attachment that kept him from becoming entangled in the main parachute before it opened. About four-and-a-half minutes into his flight, he opened the main parachute and glided to a landing 70 miles from the launch site.
"To break an aviation record is incredibly significant," said Mark Kelly, the former astronaut, who viewed Mr. Eustace's ascent. "There is an incredible amount of risk. To do it safely is a testament to the people involved."
Mr. Eustace's maximum altitude was initially reported as 135,908 feet. Based on information from two data loggers, the final number being submitted to the World Air Sports Federation is 135,890 feet.
The previous altitude record was set by Austrian daredevil Felix Baumgartner, who jumped from 128,100 feet on Oct. 14, 2012.
Mr. Eustace was carried aloft without the aid of the sophisticated capsule used by Mr. Baumgartner or millions of dollars in sponsorship money. Instead, Mr. Eustace planned his jump in secrecy, working for almost three years with a small group of technologists skilled in spacesuit design, life-support systems, and parachute and balloon technology.
He carried modest GoPro cameras aloft, connected to his ground-control center by an off-the-shelf radio.
Although Mr. Baumgartner was widely known for death-defying feats, Mr. Eustace describes himself as an engineer first with a deep commitment to teamwork. He pilots his own Cessna twin-engine jet and has a reputation in Silicon Valley for thrill-seeking.
Credit J. Martin Harris Photography/PSDC
"Alan is a risk-taker with a passion for details," said Brian Reid, a computer network specialist who has worked with Mr. Eustace.
After he decided to pursue the project in 2011, Mr. Eustace was introduced to Taber MacCallum, one of the founding members of the Biosphere 2 project, an artificial closed ecosystem built to explore concepts such as space colonization. Mr. Eustace had decided to pursue a simpler approach than Mr. Baumgartner's.
He asked Mr. MacCallum's company, Paragon Space Development Corporation, to create a life-support system to make it possible for him to breathe pure oxygen in a pressure suit during his ascent and fall.
Mr. Eustace said Google had been willing to help with the project, but he declined company support, worried that his jump would become a marketing event.
James Hayhurst, director of competition at the United States Parachute Association, who verified the record, described the venture as "legitimate science."
"I think they're putting a little lookout tower at the edge of space that the common man can share," he said.
Mr. Eustace said he gained a love of space and spaceflight while growing up in Orlando, Fla., during the 1960s and 1970s. His family crowded into a station wagon to watch every launch from Cape Canaveral (known as Cape Kennedy during some of that time). A veteran aircraft pilot and parachutist, he worked as a computer hardware designer at Digital Equipment Corporation for 15 years before moving to Google in 2002.
Mr. Eustace said that his technical team designed and redesigned many of the components of his parachute and life-support system during the three-year development phase. Many of the redesigns were the result of technical surprises.
For example, he discovered that in order to control his suit, he was required to make movements that were exactly the opposite of the control motions made by a conventional parachutist. Left movements must be made for rightward motion, for instance, and upward movements for downward motion.
The stratosphere becomes warmer at higher elevations, and the suit designers had to figure out how to keep Mr. Eustace sufficiently cool at the top of the stratosphere, because there is no atmosphere to remove the heat. His suit did not have a cooling system, so it was necessary to make elaborate design modifications to keep dry air in his helmet so that his face plate did not fog.
In order to keep from overheating, Mr. Eustace kept his motions to a minimum during his ascent, including avoiding moving his arm to toggle a radio microphone. Instead, he responded to ground controllers watching him from a camera rigged above his suit by slightly moving one leg to acknowledge their communications.
Item Number:1 Date: 10/27/2014 AFGHANISTAN - BRITISH, U.S. FLAGS LOWERED AT CAMP BASTION, CAMP LEATHERNECK (OCT 27/VOA) VOICE OF AMERICA NEWS -- The last U.S. Marine unit and the final British combat troops have formally ended combat operations in Afghanistan with base handovers to Afghan security forces, reports the Voice of America. British and American troops handed over control of Camp Bastion and Camp Leatherneck, with a flag-lowering ceremony on Sunday. The remaining 4,500 international troops at the adjacent bases will be leaving soon. An estimated US$230 million worth of facilities and equipment is being left behind. All NATO combat troops are expected to leave Afghanistan by December. NATO bases are still located at Kandahar, Bagram, Herat and Mazar-e-Sharif.
Item Number:2 Date: 10/27/2014 CANADA - AIR FORCE ADDS AURORA PATROL AIRCRAFT TO ANTI-ISIS OPERATIONS IN IRAQ (OCT 27/OC) OTTAWA CITIZEN -- The Royal Canadian Air Force has dispatched a pair of patrol aircraft to join operations against Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants in Iraq, reports the Ottawa Citizen. The CP-140 Auroras from 14 Wing, Canadian Forces Base Greenwood, Nova Scotia, were scheduled to leave on Friday. The patrol aircraft will join Canada's Operation Impact, operating from Kuwait, to support Iraqi security forces against the terrorist group. Additional military personnel assigned to the mission left Canada on Thursday, said Gen. Tom Lawson, the chief of the defense staff.
Item Number:3 Date: 10/27/2014 CHINA - HARSHER ANTI-TERROR MEASURES SENT TO LEGISLATURE (OCT 27/XIN) XINHUA -- Proposed revisions to China's criminal law that would include harsher punishments for terrorism, reports Xinhua, China's state news agency. The draft amendment to the law was submitted to the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress on Monday. According to the state, the revisions stipulate that releasing media that promote terrorism and extremism would be punishable with more than five years in prison. Instigating violent terror activities would carry the same punishment, according to the amendment. Monetary fines for leaders of terrorist groups are also to be increased. Those who own media that promote terrorism and refure to provide evidence could get three years in jail. The draft also calls for more than seven years of prison for those who instigate or force people to damage the legal systems of social management, education, justice and marriage
Item Number:4 Date: 10/27/2014 FRANCE - NAVY RECEIVES 12TH NH90 HELICOPTER, 12 MORE DUE EVENTUALLY (OCT 27/DEFAERO) DEFENSE-AEROSPACE -- The French navy accepted delivery of its 12th NH90 Caiman helicopter last week, reports defense-aerospace.com. The helicopter, which arrived at its home base in Lanveoc, Brittany, on Thursday, is in the Step B configuration, which allows it to launch MU-90 lightweight torpedoes, according to a release from the French Defense Ministry. This is the fourth Caiman helicopter delivered this year to the French navy, said the release. A 13th is scheduled to be handed over by the end of the year. Plans call for the service to receive a total of 24 of the helicopters by 2019.
Item Number:5 Date: 10/27/2014 INDIA - DEFENSE OFFICIALS MOVE FORWARD WITH PLANS FOR SUBS, MISSILES, SURVEILLANCE AIRCRAFT (OCT 27/RIAN) RUSSIAN INFORMATION AGENCY NEWS -- The Indian government has moved ahead with several defense projects worth US$13 billion, says the country's Defense Acquisition Council, as cited by RIA Novosti. The decisions, made on Saturday, are aimed at constructing six submarines and the buying more than 8,000 anti-tank guided missiles from Israel, said defense ministry sources. New Delhi is also buying 12 Dornier Do 228 surveillance aircraft upgraded with enhanced sensors and 362 infantry fighting vehicles from domestic producers, according to Indian officials
Item Number:6 Date: 10/27/2014 IRAQ - ISIS SHOULDER-LAUNCHED MISSILES SEEN AS THREAT (OCT 27/NYT) NEW YORK TIMES -- U.S. officials have warned that Islamist State militants with man-portable air defense systems (MANPADS) could pose a danger to aircrews in Iraq, reports the New York Times. Syrian rebels have gained access to multiple MANPAD models since 2012. The Islamic State terrorist group, also known as ISIS, has had little difficulty in obtaining the weapons, say analysts. Sunni militants are known to have stocks of SA-7 MANPADS, say the analysts. ISIS has apparently obtained the Chinese-made FN-6, as seen in images showing the downing of Iraqi helicopter surfaced earlier this month. The military is especially worried that ISIS could obtain SA-24s, a more modern system that was sold to Iraq by Russia. (The SA-24 is a upgraded SA-18). That system already appeared in militant videos in September, according to the Geneva-based Small Arms Survey
Item Number:7 Date: 10/27/2014 IRAQ - PESHMERGA SEEN OFFERING ARTILLERY SUPPORT, NOT DIRECT COMBAT TROOPS IN SYRIA (OCT 27/REU) REUTERS -- A Kurdish official in Iraq says Iraqi Kurdish forces will not be participating in direct combat in the Syrian town of Kobane, but will provide artillery support, reports Reuters. Lawmakers in the Kurdish region voted last week to send peshmerga forces to Syria. The peshmerga will mainly provide artillery and weapons support, said Kurdish government spokesmen on Sunday. The peshmerga are ready to depart once plans are finalized with Turkey and the Kurds in Syria, said military officials. The Iraqi Kurds are expected to bring "semi-heavy" weapons that would allow Syrian Kurdish fighters to counter the Islamic State's tanks and armored vehicles, said a regional Kurdish spokesman.
Item Number:8 Date: 10/27/2014 IRAQ - SUICIDE BOMBER HITS CHECKPOINT; HEAVY CASUALTIES REPORTED (OCT 27/WP) WASHINGTON POST -- A suicide bomb attack has killed at least 27 people and wounded 60 in an Iraqi town recaptured by government troops from Islamic State fighters, reports the Washington Post. The blast occurred at a security checkpoint outside Jurf al-Sakhar on Monday, said authorities. The town is about 40 miles southwest of Baghdad. An army vehicle loaded with explosives believed to have been stolen from government troops was driven into the checkpoint, reported Reuters. The town was recaptured by Iraqi security forces and Shia militias on Sunday. Sunni extremists had held the town since July.
Item Number:9 Date: 10/27/2014 LEBANON - FIGHTING APPEARS TO WIND DOWN IN TRIPOLI (OCT 27/UPI) UNITED PRESS INTERNATIONAL -- After several days of fighting, Lebanese troops have taken over the headquarters of an Islamist militant commander in Tripoli, reports UPI, citing military sources. Supported by helicopter gunships, commando forces were able to take over the Abdullah bin Masoud Mosque on Monday, said one military source. Militant commanders there are reported to have links to the Nusra Front, an Al-Qaida affiliate. Some reports suggest the militant commanders have been captured. Over the last four days, 23 gunmen, 11 soldiers and 8 civilians died in the battle for the mosque, said military sources. The recent fighting in heavily Sunni Tripoli has been the worst to spill over from the civil war in Syria, noted Reuters
Item Number:10 Date: 10/27/2014 LIBERIA - U.S. GENERAL HEADING 101ST AIRBORNE ASSUMES COMMAND OF EBOLA RESPONSE TEAM (OCT 27/DOD) DEPT. OF DEFENSE -- Army Maj. Gen. Gary Volesky has assumed command of Joint Forces Command-Operation United Assistance in West Africa, according to a Pentagon release. Voleskytook took command on Sunday in Monrovia, Liberia, from Maj. Gen. Darryl Willaims. Volesky is the commander of the 101 Airborne Division (Air Assault), the lead headquarters unit in the area. Williams commands U.S. Army Africa; he headed the advance team, noted the Wall Street Journal. About 700 U.S. service members are currently deployed in West Africa. That number could increase to more than 3,900 personnel, noted the release.
Item Number:11 Date: 10/27/2014 NATO - ALLIANCE ADVANCES PLANS FOR RAPID-REACTION FORCE (OCT 27/ARMY) ARMY TIMES -- NATO is moving its plans ahead to stand up a new quick-reaction force to deter potential Russian aggression, reports the Army Times. The Very High Readiness Joint Task Force (VJTF) will consist of 4,000 to 5,000 troops, said a top U.S. officer. The alliance hopes to reach initial operational capability with the force in the fall of 2015 and full operational capability in early 2016, said U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Frederick Hodges, the outgoing chief of the NATO Land Command in Izmir, Turkey. NATO leaders agreed to establish the new force during the alliance summit in Wales in September. Allied Command Operations will take the lead in establishing the force, while the Land Command will serve as a "principle contributor," said Hodges last week. The composition of the VJTF is still being finalized, but the force should have combat capabilities as well as human intelligence collection, information operations and logistics units, the general said. Once activated, the task force will come under the NATO Response Force (NRF), which is designed to respond to a variety of contingencies with air, land and sea components
Item Number:12 Date: 10/27/2014 NORTH KOREA - PYONGYANG SEEN CLOSER TO PRODUCING NUCLEAR WARHEADS FOR MISSILES, SAYS U.S. GENERAL (OCT 27/WP) WASHINGTON POST -- A top U.S. general says North Korea probably is now capable of miniaturizing nuclear weapons that could be placed on ballistic missiles, reports the Washington Post. Army Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti, commander of U.S. Force Korea, said on Friday that North Korea likely has the capability to do so. U.S. officials have varying opinions on how close North Korea is to launching truck-based intermediate or long-range missiles equipped with nuclear warheads. Most agree that such missiles would have low reliability. North Korea has already claimed to have the capability. The Pentagon has not seen evidence that North Korea has obtained such warheads, nor has it seen any testing or development, said the Defense Dept
Item Number:13 Date: 10/27/2014 QATAR - GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS AGAIN DENY BACKING EXTREMISTS IN SYRIA (OCT 27/BBC) BRITISH BROADCASTING CORP. -- Senior Qatari officials have denied that their nation provides support to extremist groups, reports BBC News. The government only supports moderate groups with the CIA and other intelligence agencies, the officials told BBC Qatar. Qatar has nothing to hide over support for groups in Syria, said the nation's director of intelligence. Strict financial controls are in place to prevent extremist support, he insisted. Multiple reports from various governments have concluded that Qatar has financed extremist Islamist groups in Syria. Doha has suspected ties to the Nusra Front, an Al-Qaida affiliate, reported BBC News. Qatar has repeatedly denied supporting such groups
Item Number:14 Date: 10/27/2014 RUSSIA - FRENCH HELICOPTER CARRIER SEEN BEING DELIVERED SOON (OCT 27/RIAN) RUSSIAN INFORMATION AGENCY NEWS -- A Russian shipbuilder says that Russia is expected to soon receive its first Mistral-class helicopter carrier from France, reports RIA Novosti. The transfer is expected to occur within a few days or weeks, said a company representative of STX said on Monday. Russia and France signed a 1.2 billion euro (US$1.5 billion) contract for two Mistral-class helicopter carrier ships in June 2011. The first was expected to arrive by the end of 2014, and the second in 2015. Citing the crisis in Ukraine, French President Francois Hollande threatened to suspend delivery of the ships. In October, Hollande said the decision would be based on the observation of a cease-fire by both sides. A senior defense official in the Kremlin said last week that Russia will sue France if it fails to deliver the ships
Item Number:15 Date: 10/27/2014 SLOVAK REPUBLIC - AT LONG LAST, DEAL SET FOR PROCUREMENT OF C-27J CARGO AIRCRAFT (OCT 27/SLOSPE) SLOVAK SPECTATOR -- The Slovak government has approved the purchase of a pair of tactical transport aircraft, reports the Slovak Spectator. A contract for two C-27J Spartans, built by Alenia Aermacchi in Italy, will be signed in late October, Defense Minister Martin Glvac said last week. Deliveries are scheduled for 2016 and 2017. The cost of the purchase has not been made public. The potential deal has been discussed for years, with the downselect for the C-27J in 2008, Jane's Defence Weekly reported in September
Item Number:16 Date: 10/27/2014 SOUTH KOREA - WASHINGTON, SEOUL PUT OFF TRANSFER OF WARTIME CONTROL (OCT 27/JOON) JOONGANG DAILY -- The South Korean and U.S. governments have officially agreed to postpone the transfer of American control over Korean troops in wartime, reports the JoongAng Daily (South Korea). The announcement was made late last week during a Pentagon press briefing by U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and South Korea's Defense Minister Han Min-koo. A new schedule for the handover will be determined based on South Korea's ability to deter the North independently, said officials from both countries. The allies said they will make a decision based on an evaluation of Seoul's capabilities. The regional security situation must also be stable enough to accommodate the change, according to officials. Seoul last year asked the U.S. to delay the handover, which had been scheduled for Dec. 1, 2015. The new goal for the transfer is mid-2020, said South Korean officials.
Item Number:17 Date: 10/27/2014 TAIWAN - BUILDING INDIGENOUS SUBS BECOMES MORE LIKELY (OCT 27/REU) REUTERS -- Taiwan is proceeding with its plans to build its own submarines, reports Reuters. The military in Taiwan has experienced lengthy delays in obtaining eight subs from a 2001 defense deal with the U.S. Taiwan can no longer wait for the subs, more local leaders have concluded. An initial plan for a diesel-electric sub is expected to be completed by the end of the year, said military officials. Design of weapons systems would be completed later, with construction possibly beginning in two years. There has been no decision announced on how many subs might be built Taiwan would probably need assistance from the U.S. other nations to build such subs, said officials.
Item Number:18 Date: 10/27/2014 TAIWAN - MILITARY TIGHTENS UP EFFORTS AGAINST ESPIONAGE; DEFENSE MINISTRY DENIES SECRETS SOLD TO CHINA (OCT 27/TAI) TAIPEI TIMES -- The Taiwanese military has announced it will strengthen internal security and launch new education programs in order to combat the threat of espionage, reports the Taipei Times. The move is a response to a number of cases of military espionage in recent years. Perhaps because of reduced tensions between Taipei and mainland China, Taiwanese military officers have been selling information to China, including classified data regarding U.S. military equipment, reported Defense News earlier this month. Chinese intelligence has been using three primary methods to recruit agents in the Taiwanese military; recruiting Taiwanese working in China; purchasing information from retired or active-duty personnel; and via dependents of military personnel, a spokesman for the Defense Ministry said last week. The ministry said it will implement education programs to strengthen the ethics and morals of personnel and rigorously monitor their activities, while encouraging troops to report illegal activities. Most of these espionage cases have been revealed by whistleblowers within the military, noted the spokesman. On Friday, responding to the Defense News report, the ministry denied that military secrets were sold to China.
Item Number:19 Date: 10/27/2014 UKRAINE - NAZARENKO BECOMES HEAD OF BORDER SERVICE (OCT 27/INT-AVN) INTERFAX-MILITARY NEWS AGENCY -- President Petro Poroshenko has appointed a new head of the Ukrainian border guard service, reports Interfax-AVN (Russia). Lt. Gen. Viktor Nazarenko was named chief of the service on Thursday. He previously served as the service's deputy chief. The president urged the new leader to improve the performance of the service, including increasing the security of Ukraine's borders
Item Number:20 Date: 10/27/2014 UNITED KINGDOM - DEFENSE MINISTRY ANNOUNCES NEW MILITARY FLYING TRAINING SYSTEM (OCT 27/FI) FLIGHT INTERNATIONAL -- The U.K. Ministry of Defense has confirmed that Affinity, a joint venture between KBR and Elbit Systems, will supply a new military flying training system for the Royal Air Force and Royal Navy, reports Flight International. The announcement was made on Friday. The joint venture will supply Grob 120TP, Beechcraft T-6C and Embraer Phenom 100 for elementary, basic and multi-engine training for the two services, said Ascent Flight Training on Thursday. The company is the Defense Ministry's partner for the training program. Elbit is an Israeli firm, while KBR is an international company with headquarters in both the U.S. and U.K. An unspecified number of each aircraft will replace existing Grob G115 Tutors, Shorts Tucano T1s and leased Beechcraft King Air 200s. The new flight training arrangement is expected to run through 2033. Affinity will also supply related ground-based training equipment and courses, according to the MoD.
Item Number:21 Date: 10/27/2014 USA - CRUISER ANTIETAM TRAINS WITH PHILIPPINE, JAPANESE WARSHIPS (OCT 27/NNS) NAVY NEWSSTAND -- Warships from the Japanese, Philippine and U.S. Navy conducted an interoperability exercise at sea last week, reports the Navy NewsStand. USS Antietam worked with the Philippine frigate Gregorio del Pilar, a former U.S. Coast Guard Hamilton-class cutter, and the Japanese destroyer Sazanami. The ships conducted several drills Thursday involving live-fire gunnery, communications and close maneuvering, said a Navy release. The training was designed to familiarize participants with the operations of partner navies. The Antietam is on patrol in the 7th Fleet area of operations
Item Number:22 Date: 10/27/2014 USA - HITTING CANOE IN PHILIPPINES COSTS DESTROYER CO HIS JOB (OCT 27/NNS) NAVY NEWSSTAND -- The U.S. Navy has relieved of duty the commander of a destroyer following a collision with a civilian vessel in Subic Bay, Philippines, reports the Navy NewsStand. Cmdr. John Bradford was relieved of duty on Friday by Capt. Shan Byrne, the commander of Destroyer Squadron 15, due to a loss of confidence in Bradford's ability to command. The guided-missile destroyer Stethem reportedly struck a 19-foot wooden vessel while underway from Subic Bay on Oct. 13. There were no injuries. Philippine media said the unlit canoe crossed the destroyer's course at about 8:30 p.m. Those in the canoe jumped in the water to avoid the collision and were rescued by the ship's crew. An investigation into the incident is still underway, said the Navy
Item Number:23 Date: 10/27/2014 USA - NEW G/ATOR MULTI-ROLE RADARS TO BE EMPLOYED BY MARINES (OCT 27/DOD) DEPT. OF DEFENSE -- The U.S. Marine Corps has ordered new multi-role radars from Northrop Grumman Electronic Systems, Linthicum Heights, Md., reports the Dept. of Defense. The $207 million contract modification covers four low-rate production Ground/Air Task-Oriented Radars (G/ATORs), operating spares and contractor support, said a Pentagon release on Thursday. The radars will be used by the Marine Air Ground Task Force for a range of mission. The G/ATOR is a three-dimensional, short- to medium-range multi-role radar that is designed to detect low-observable, low radar cross-section targets such as rockets, artillery, mortars, cruise missiles and unmanned aircraft. Work under the contract is scheduled to be completed by October 2017
Item Number:24 Date: 10/27/2014 USA - NORTH DAKOTA ATTACK SUB COMMISSIONED IN CONN. (OCT 27/DAY) THE DAY -- The U.S. Navy has commissioned its newest Virginia-class nuclear-powered attack submarine in Groton, Conn., after a delay, reports the Day (Conn.). The ceremony was held on Saturday at Submarine Base New London, noted the DoD. The North Dakota was initially to be commissioned in May, but the ceremony was postponed for additional testing after it was suspected that potentially defective parts were used in the redesigned bow. The sub was drydocked in April for inspections. The Naval Sea Systems Command and General Dynamics Electric Boat later concluded the boat was ready for service. Electric Boat was still able to deliver the sub on time and more than $30 million under budget. The North Dakota is the first Block III sub with a redesigned bow featuring a new sonar array and two larger payload tubes instead of 12 vertical-launch tubes.