Tuesday, September 22, 2015

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The List 3993
To All,
I hope your week has started well.
This Day In Naval History - October 22
1846 - Miss Lavinia Fanning Watson of Philadelphia christens the
sloop-of-war Germantown, the first U.S. Navy ship sponsored by a woman.
1951 - First of seven detonations, Operation Buster-Jangle nuclear test.
1962 - President John F. Kennedy orders surface blockade (quarantine) of
Cuba to prevent Soviet offensive weapons from reaching Cuba during the
Cuban Missile Crisis
Monday morning Humor from Al     on Tuesday
A first grade teacher collected well known proverbs. She gave each child in her class the first half of a proverb and asked them to come up with the remainder of the proverb. Their insight may surprise you.
Better to be safe than-----punch a 5th grader
Strike while the -----bug is close
It's always darkest before-----Daylight Savings Time
Never underestimate the power of-----termites
You can lead a horse to water but-----how?
Don't bite the hand that-----looks dirty
No news is-----impossible
A miss is as good as a-----Mr.
You can't teach an old dog new-----math
If you lie down with dogs, you'll-----stink in the morning
Love all, trust-----me
The pen is mightier than the-----pigs
An idle mind is-----the best way to relax
Where there's smoke there's-----pollution
Happy the bride who-----gets all the presents
A penny saved is-----not much
None are so blind as-----Stevie Wonder
Children should be seen and not-----spanked or grounded
If at first you don't succeed-----get new batteries
You get out of something what you-----see pictured on the box
Two's company, three's-----the Musketeers
Don't put off till tomorrow what-----you put on to go to bed
Better late than-----pregnant!

Submitted by Barry Gaston:

Children Writing About the Ocean...
This is a picture of an octopus. It has eight testicles.  (Kelly, age 6)
If you are surrounded by ocean, you are an island.  If you don't have ocean all round you, you are incontinent.  (Alex, age 7)
Sharks are ugly and mean, and have big teeth, just like Emily Richardson.  She's not my friend any more.   (Kylie, age 6)
A dolphin breaths through an @$$hole on the top of its head.  (Billy, age 8)
When ships had sails, they used to use the trade winds to cross the ocean.  Sometimes when the wind didn't blow the sailors would whistle to make the wind come.  My brother said they would have been better off eating beans.  (William, age 7)
Mermaids live in the ocean. I like mermaids. They are beautiful and I like their shiny tails, but how on earth do mermaids get pregnant? Like, really?  (Helen, age 6)
I'm not going to write about the ocean.  My baby brother is always crying, my Dad keeps yelling at my Mom, and my big sister just got pregnant, so I can't think what to write.  (Amy, age 6)
Some fish are dangerous. Jelly fish can sting. Electric eels can give you a shock.  They have to live in caves under the sea where I think they have to plug themselves into chargers.  (Christopher, age 7)
The ocean is made up of water and fish. Why the fish don't drown I don't know.  (Bobby, age 6)
My dad was a sailor on the ocean. He knows all about the ocean.  What he doesn't know is why he quit being a sailor and married my mom.  (James, age 7)

Submitted by Norm Rech:

What is a grandparent?  (Taken from papers written by a class of 8-year-olds)
Grandparents are a lady and a man who have no little children of their own. They like other people's. 
A grandfather is a man, and a grandmother is a lady! 
Grandparents don't have to do anything except be there when we come to see them. They are so old they shouldn't play hard or run. It is good if they drive us to the shops and give us money. 
When they take us for walks, they slow down past things like pretty leaves and caterpillars. 
They show us and talk to us about the colors of the flowers and also why we shouldn't step on 'cracks.' 
They don't say, 'Hurry up.' 
Usually grandmothers are fat but not too fat to tie your shoes. 
They wear glasses and funny underwear. 
They can take their teeth and gums out. 
Grandparents don't have to be smart. 
They have to answer questions like 'Why isn't God married?' and 'How come dogs chase cats?' 
When they read to us, they don't skip. They don't mind if we ask for the same story over again. 
Everybody should try to have a grandmother, especially if you don't have television because they are the only grownups who like to spend time with us. 
They know we should have snack time before bed time, and they say prayers with us and kiss us even when we've acted bad.
Grandpa is the smartest man on earth! He teaches me good things, but i don't get to see him enough to get as smart as him! 
It's funny when they bend over; you hear gas leaks, and they blame their dog.

Submitted by Bill Quintero:

Kids' advice to kids
"Never trust a dog to watch your food.--Patrick, age 10  
"When your dad is mad and asks you, 'Do I look stupid?' don't answer.--Hannah, age 9  
"Never tell your mom her diet's not working.--Michael, age 14
"Stay away from prunes.--Randy, age 9
"Never pee on an electric fence.--Robert, age 13
"Don't squat with your spurs on.--Noronha, age 13
"Don't pull Dad's finger when he tells you to.--Emily, age 10
"When your mom is mad at your dad, don't let her brush your hair.--Taylia, age 11
"Never let your three-year old brother in the same room as your school assignment.--Traci, age 14
"Don't sneeze in front of mom when you're eating crackers.--Mitchell, age 12
"A puppy always has bad breath -- even after eating a Tic-Tac.--Andrew, age 9
"Never hold a Dustbuster and a cat at the same time.--Kyoyo, age 9
"You can't hide a piece of broccoli in a glass of milk.--Armir, age 9
"Don't wear polka-dot underwear under white shorts.--Kellie, age 11
"If you want a kitten, start out by asking for a horse.--Naomi, age 15
"Felt-tip markers are not good to use as lipstick.--Lauren, age 9
"Don't pick on your sister when she's holding a baseball bat.--Joel, age 10
"When you get a bad grade in school, show it to your mom when she's on the phone.--Alyesha, age 13
"Never try to baptize a cat.--Eileen, age 8

Submitted by J.T. Strong and Al Anderson:

How do you decide whom to marry?
You got to find somebody who likes the same stuff.  Like, if you like sports, she should like it that you like sports, and she should keep the chips and dip coming.--Alan, age 10
No person really decides before they grow up who they're going to marry.  God decides it all way before, and you get to find out later who you're stuck with. --Kristen, age 10
What is the right age to get married?
Twenty-three is the best age because you know the person FOREVER by then.--Camille, age 10
How can a stranger tell if two people are married?
You might have to guess, based on whether they seem to be yelling at the same kids.--Derrick, age 8
What do you think your mum and dad have in common?
Both don't want any more kids.--Lori, age 8
What do most people do on a date?
Dates are for having fun, and people should use them to get to know each other.  Even boys have something to say if you listen long enough. --Lynnette, age 8
On the first date, they just tell each other lies and that usually gets them interested enough to go for a second date. --Martin, age 10
When is it okay to kiss someone?
When they're rich. --Pam, age 7
The law says you have to be eighteen, so I wouldn't want to mess with that.--Curt, age 7
The rule goes like this: If you kiss someone, then you should marry them and have kids with them. It's the right thing to do.--Howard, age 8
Is it better to be single or married?
It's better for girls to be single but not for boys. Boys need someone to clean up after them.--Anita, age 9 
How would the world be different if people didn't get married?
There sure would be a lot of kids to explain, wouldn't there?--Kelvin, age 8
How would you make a marriage work?
Tell your wife that she looks pretty, even if she looks like a dump truck.--Ricky, age 10
Have a great week,
Thanks to Billl
China's Growing Submarine Strength Worries U.S.
By Vikas Shukla, Value Walk, 21 September
In February, Vice Admiral Joseph Mulloy admitted that China had more diesel- and nuclear-powered submarines than the United States. The U.S. Navy currently has 71 submarines. Santa Clara-based think tank Rand Corp said in its latest report that the U.S. should reduce its focus on giant aircraft carriers in the Pacific Ocean and instead focus on submarines and space warfare.
Two scenarios that could lead to a China vs. U.S. conflict
Rand Corp studied the military capabilities of China and the United States. They compared two countries using ten "scorecards" in maritime, cyber, space, nuclear, and air strengths. The think tank projected capabilities of China and the U.S. through 2017. According to Military.com, two scenarios could lead to a major conflict between the two countries: Beijing invading Taiwan, and second, forcibly occupying the Spratly Islands.
China is currently building a third airstrip in the Spratly Islands even as Washington has denounced Chinese militarization of the archipelago. China is nowhere close to the United States in terms of military capability. But it doesn't need to match the U.S. to take control of the South China Sea, which is at the doorstep of China and thousands of miles away from the U.S.
Can U.S. challenge China in the South China Sea?
Lead author of the report, Eric Heginbotham, said neither country wants war, but the balance of power will directly affect calculations of each country. China's ability to challenge the U.S. Navy's surface fleet has grown manifold in the last two decades. Beijing has deployed sophisticated cruise missiles, developed long-range surveillance systems, built stealth submarines equipped with cruise missiles, and acquired strike aircraft with long ranges.
China could seriously damage U.S. aircraft carriers, especially in the first stages of a conflict. In the event China invades Taiwan in 2017, the U.S. carriers would be at high risk. They will also face a lesser degree of risk in case of a conflict in the Spratly Islands. The number of diesel submarines in Chinese Navy  (PLAN) rose from just four in 1996 to 37 today. And almost all of them are armed with cruise missiles and torpedoes.
As the back of my shirt says  100,000 tons of American Diplomacy
Thanks to Carl
(Lot of photos on link!)
A 100,000 ton island of steel in the fight against ISIS: Intimate photoseries captures everyday life for the 5,000 crew living aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt in the Persian Golf
The USS Theodore Roosevelt's homeport is in San Diego, California, but it is currently stationed in the Persian Golf
Each day it provides support for military personnel targeting the extremist Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria
The carrier is an 'island of steel' at 1,090-feet (330-meters) long and is home to some 5,000 U.S. personnel
Navy airmen, sailors and Marine pilots along with at least 70 aircraft are involved in the fight against the extremists

The U.S. aircraft carrier was named after the 26th President of the United States
Named after Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th President of the United States.
Her radio call sign is Rough Rider, the name of President Roosevelt's volunteer cavalry unit.
Nicknamed the 'Big Stick' after President Roosevelt's famous quote on American foreign policy: 'speak softly, and carry a big stick.'
Last major deployment was in 2002, when she spent 159 consecutive days at sea - breaking the record for the longest period underway since World War I. 
Her length of 1,092ft is equivalent to 30 London buses.
She displaces approximately 100,000 tons of water at full load.
Her desalination plant makes 400,000 gallons of fresh water from the sea ever day – enough for 2,000 homes.
She carried 1,600 miles of cable and wiring, with 30,000 light fixtures and 1,400 telephones.
Her crew of more than 5,600 includes 3,200 sailors and 2,480 airmen.
She is armed with two $165,400 (£110,498) 'sea sparrow' missiles, capable of hitting targets 10 miles away.
Holds 3.3 million gallons of aviation fuel.
Top speed of 30+ knots (35+mph).

This photo shows a general top view of the flight deck of the USS Theodore Roosevelt aircraft carrier currently in the Persian Gulf and involved in an intense battle against the growing threat of the extremist Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria
Thanks to Outlaw
Worth the few minutes to watch.  Dead on target.
Below is an extraordinary speech (of only three minutes) delivered on the floor of the US Senate by U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (FL).  He says it all succinctly and delivers a most powerful message. 
Item Number:1 Date: 09/22/2015 AFGHANISTAN - SOLDIER LETS INSURGENTS INTO CHECKPOINT; 10 TROOPS KILLED (SEP 22/RFE/RL)  RADIO FREE EUROPE/RADIO LIBERTY -- At least 10 Afghan troops have been killed in what is being called an "insider attack," reports Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.   On Tuesday morning, an Afghan soldier allowed insurgents inside a checkpoint in the Qush Tepa district of Jawzjan province to kill his colleagues, said local officials.   The Canadian Press said the soldier and the militants then fled the scene. An earlier account reported the man behind the attack and insurgents were killed.   No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack.  
Item Number:2 Date: 09/22/2015 ANGOLA - SIGNING OF CHEMICAL WEAPONS CONVENTION SET FOR MID-OCTOBER (SEP 22/REU)  REUTERS -- The southern African nation of Angola is set to join an international arms treaty against chemical weapons, reports Reuters.   Angola will become the 192nd state to join the 1997 Chemical Weapons Convention.   The Organization for the Prevention of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) at The Hague announced the move on Monday.   Angola's membership will start on Oct. 16. The convention bans the development, use and stockpiling of chemical agents and their precursors.   Only four nations will then remain outside of the convention -- Egypt, Israel, North Korea and South Sudan.  
Item Number:3 Date: 09/22/2015 AUSTRALIA - MILITARY EXERCISES MOVE FORWARD IN NORTH QUEENSLAND, WESTERN AUSTRALIA (SEP 22/ADOD)  AUSTRALIAN DEPT. OF DEFENSE -- The Australian military has started two different exercises to demonstrate its ability to simultaneously deploy on both sides of the nation, reports the Australian Dept. of Defense.   Exercise Northern Shield is taking place in Western Australia, while the Sea Series drills are in North Queensland.   Rapid-response forces conducted a mass, short-notice deployment from Brisbane to Exmouth on Sunday to join Northern Shield, the department said in a Monday release.   Meanwhile, the new Amphibious Ready Element has been training for the three-part Sea Series exercise since mid-August. The third and final exercise is expected to achieve joint certification for the element.   The Ready Combat Team, currently from Brisbane's 6th Battalion, Royal Australian Regiment, is operating under a joint task force in the west for the Northern Shield drills.   About 1,000 army and air force personnel are taking part in Northern Shield, which runs through Sept. 24.  
Item Number:4 Date: 09/22/2015 AUSTRALIA - PAYNE SWORN IN AS DEFENSE MINISTER (SEP 22/SMH)  SYDNEY MORNING HERALD -- New Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull also has a new defense minister, reports the Sydney Morning Herald.   Sen. Marise Payne, the previous human services minister, has succeeded Kevin Andrews as Australia's first female defense minister.   Payne will be the third defense minister in the past two years.   Turnbull said that there would be continuity in the Cabinet's National Security Committee.   Payne has spent many years on parliamentary committees for defense and foreign affairs.  
  Item Number:5 Date: 09/22/2015 BURKINA FASO - SURRENDER DEADLINE PASSES; COUP LEADER SAYS HE REMAINS IN CHARGE (SEP 22/BBC)  BRITISH BROADCASTING CORP. -- The chiefs of Burkina Faso's army have given the leader of the recent coup an ultimatum to either surrender or face attack, reports the BBC.   The army chiefs demanded that Gen. Gilbert Diendere and the others behind the coup surrender by 10 a.m. GMT Tuesday.   On Monday, talks were held between the army and the presidential guard responsible for the coup.   After the army issued a warning, Diendere apologized to the nation and said he would hand over control to a civilian transitional government.   Soldiers began massing in the capital Ouagadougou overnight on Monday and said they were preparing to attack the Camp Naaba military base near the presidential palace, reported Al Jazeera.   Shortly before that, Diendere released interim Prime Minister Yacouba Isaac Zida. He had been held hostage since last week.   After the deadline passed, Diendere told a press conference that he was still in charge and was awaiting the outcome of an ECOWAS summit
Item Number:6 Date: 09/22/2015 EGYPT - GUNMEN KILL ANOTHER SENIOR POLICE OFFICER IN SINAI (SEP 22/CAIROP)  CAIRO POST -- A senior Egyptian police officer has been shot and killed in Arish in northern Sinai, according to the Egyptian Interior Ministry, as cited by the Cairo Post.   Brig. Gen. Ahmad Askar of the Civil Status Dept. was killed late Saturday near the Arish police station after unknown gunmen opened fire at him from a passing vehicle, said a ministry statement.   There was no immediate claim of responsibility. Most recent such attacks in the Sinai have been claimed by the Sinai Province, formerly Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis, which has pledged allegiance to the Islamic State.   He became the second senior police officer to be killed in Arish in three days, reported Agence France-Presse.   Gen. Khaled Kamal Osman was killed last Wednesday in a drive-by shooting claimed by Sinai Province
  Item Number:7 Date: 09/22/2015 ESTONIA - PRIVATE, STATE PARTNERS IN MIDST OF CYBERSECURITY DRILL (SEP 22/INT-AVN)  INTERFAX-MILITARY NEWS AGENCY -- Estonia has begun a major cybersecurity exercise, reports Interfax-AVN (Russia).   The KuberSiil drills will evaluate potential responses to large-scale cyber incidents, said the Estonian State Information System.   About 20 participants will test various solutions and appropriate procedures in response to the attacks, said Lauri Luhti, the head of the exercise.   Those taking part include both state-run and private companies involved in critical industries.   The exercise ends on Sept. 24.  
  Item Number:8 Date: 09/22/2015 GERMANY - BERLIN RAIDS AIM FOR ISIS SUPPORTERS; REFUGEES SAID TO BE TARGETS OF RECRUITING (SEP 22/DEWELLE)  DEUTSCHE WELLE -- German police have acknowledged conducting multiple raids targeting suspected Islamic State recruiters in Berlin, reports Deutsche Welle.   Eight raids began Tuesday morning. The investigations are linked to a 51-year-old Moroccan suspected of inciting people to join ISIS in Syria, said a police statement.   A 19-year-old Macedonia believed to be in Syria is suspected of being involved, the statement said.   Police said there was no indication the suspects had planned attacks in Germany. The raid are not related to an incident last week in Berlin where an Islamist was shot and killed after stabbing a police officer.   On Tuesday, Germany's domestic intelligence agency warned that the number of Islamic extremists in the country had increased in recent months and expressed concern that they were recruiting among refugees, reported AFP.   About 600 Germans have joined extremist groups in Syria and Iraq, according to intelligence officials.  
  Item Number:9 Date: 09/22/2015 HUNGARY - LAWMAKERS AUTHORIZE TROOPS TO USE RUBBER BULLETS, OTHER NON-LETHAL FORCE TO SEAL BORDER (SEP 22/DAILYEXPRE)  DAILY EXPRESS -- Lawmakers in Budapest have authorized the Hungarian army to use non-lethal force to defend the border against migrants trying to force their way into the country in an attempt to reach Western Europe, reports the Daily Express (U.K.).   Members of Parliament passed a law on Monday allowing troops to use rubber bullets, tear gas grenades, net guns and pyrotechnical devices.   Police have been unable to secure all of the nation's borders without help from the army, said Prime Minister Viktor Orban, as cited by Reuters.   The border with Serbia can be defended with a fence and regular patrols, but the army is needed to defend the border with Croatia, said Orban.   Thousands of migrants have been entering Croatia after Hungary cracked down on illegal migrants attempting to cross the border from Serbia.  
  Item Number:10 Date: 09/22/2015 IRAN - HAMAS, HEZBOLLAH BENEFIT FROM TEHRAN'S DEAL (SEP 22/TOI)  TIMES OF ISRAEL -- The Iranian government has significantly increased its financial support to terrorists in Hamas and Hezbollah, apparently under the assumption that sanctions relief funds will soon be available, reports the Times of Israel.   Tehran expects it will realize billions of dollars when international sanctions are lifted.   The new funds have reportedly enabled Hezbollah to obtain advanced new weapons. The Hezbollah acquisitions were reported by the Kuwaiti newspaper Al Rai.   Iran has also reportedly boosted financial support for Hamas in the Gaza Strip, bypassing the group's leader Khaled Mashaal, who previously controlled the money. The change is believed to be linked to Mashaal's visit to Saudi Arabia earlier this year.  
Item Number:11 Date: 09/22/2015 NIGERIA - OFFICIALS BLAME BOKO HARAM FOR MULTIPLE BOMBINGS IN MAIDUGURI (SEP 22/DP)  DAILY POST -- Scores have been killed in six different bombings in Maiduguri, the capital of Nigeria's northwestern Borno state, reports the Daily Post (Nigeria).   The explosions took place on Sunday evening over a 30-minute period in the Ajilari Cross evening market area and neighboring Gomari, reported Agence France-Presse.   The blasts hit worshippers at a mosque as well as others gathered to watch a televised soccer game, officials said.   Authorities said the bombers used homemade explosive devices. Some accounts mentioned a female suicide bomber.   At least 90 people were injured in the blasts, said a spokesman for the Borno police on Monday.   While police said somewhere between 54 and 60 were killed, residents put the number at no fewer than 85, reported AFP.   The attacks were blamed on the Boko Haram terrorist group, which has attacked Maiduguri on a number of occasions
Item Number:12 Date: 09/22/2015 PHILIPPINES - ARMED MEN ABDUCT 4 FROM SOUTHERN RESORT ISLAND (SEP 22/ALJAZ)  AL JAZEERA -- The Philippine army says unidentified gunmen have kidnapped four people from an island resort in the southern Philippines, reports Al Jazeera (Qatar).   On Monday night, two Canadian tourists, a Norwegian resort manager and a Filipino woman were taken at gunpoint from the Oceanview resort on the southern Samal Island.   A military spokesman told Reuters that it appeared that the foreigners were the targets; they were not taken at random, he said. There were about 30 foreign tourists there at the time.   The gunmen spoke English and Tagalog, said military sources. The abductors likely fled toward the main island of Mindanao, they said.   Three navy ships were deployed to search for the kidnappers' boat, and ground units were alerted to possible landing sites, said an army commander.  
  Item Number:13 Date: 09/22/2015 RUSSIA - NOVOROSSIYSK SUB TAKES PART IN BLACK SEA FLEET EXERCISE (SEP 22/INT-AVN)  INTERFAX-MILITARY NEWS AGENCY -- The first Novorossiysk-class submarine to join Russia's Black Sea Fleet has completed her initial exercise, reports Interfax-AVN.   The anti-submarine warfare exercise involved the submarine Novorossiysk as well as the Black Sea Fleet flagship, the missile cruise Moskva and small ASW ships Povorino, Suzdalets and Alexandrovets, said the Russian Defense Ministry on Monday.   During the four-day exercise, the ASW ships along with Ka-27PL helicopters and Be-12 amphibious aircraft were to practice searching for the submarine.   A live-fire exercise with depth charges and torpedoes was also planned, said a release from the Black Sea Fleet.   On Monday, a Russian navy spokesman said the sub had returned to the Novorossiysk naval base following the exercise, reported the Sputnik news agency (Russia
:14 Date: 09/22/2015 SOMALIA - DEADLY AL-SHABAAB CAR BOMBING NEAR PRESIDENTIAL PALACE CALLED ATTEMPT TO UNDERMINE 'POLITICAL PROGRESS' (SEP 22/VOA)  VOICE OF AMERICA NEWS -- A suicide car bomber has killed at least seven people and injured 21 others in Mogadishu, the capital of Somalia, reports the Voice of America News.   On Monday, the bomber rammed his car into a checkpoint near the presidential palace, which houses the offices of the prime minister and president.   A convoy carrying the Nick Kay, the U.N.'s special envoy to Somalia, was preparing to leave the palace at the time of the attack. He was unharmed, but two of his guards were killed, said security officials.   Somali federal and state leaders and U.N. officials had been meeting to discuss the 2016 presidential election process, reported the New York Times.   The Al-Shabaab militants group claimed responsibility, saying the attack targeted "senior apostate leaders and Christian foreign invaders."   Kay called the attack a "barbaric" and an "attempt to undermine the political progress
Item Number:15 Date: 09/22/2015 SOUTH KOREA - ACQUISITION OFFICER UNDER ARREST IN CASE INVOLVING ILLEGAL JET FIGHTER PARTS (SEP 22/YON)  YONHAP -- Military authorities say a South Korean army lieutenant colonel has been arrested for illegally acquiring fighter jet components, reports the Yonhap news agency (Seoul).   The High Court for Armed Forces issued the arrest warrant for the officer, who works for the Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA), said authorities on Monday.   The officer has been accused of forging documents to acquire fighter starter generators from a local manufacturer. That company reportedly did not meet the requirements for the sale.   The officer has also been charged with colluding with the manufacturer to help the firm receive around US$8.5 million in advance of delivery.   An ongoing investigation is attempting to determine if any other DAPA officials are involved.  
  Item Number:16 Date: 09/22/2015 SYRIA - DELIVERY MADE OF RUSSIAN WARPLANES TO GOVERNMENT FORCES, SAYS SYRIAN MILITARY SOURCE (SEP 22/AFP)  AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE -- The Kremlin has delivered new Russian fighter jets and reconnaissance aircraft to the Syrian government to fight the Islamic State, says a Syrian military source cited by Agence France-Presse.   "Our air force has taken delivery of at least five fighter planes from Moscow as well as reconnaissance aircraft which allow us to identify targets with great accuracy," said a senior official on Tuesday.   The aircraft arrived Friday at a military base in Latakia province, he said.   Other military equipment intended to fight ISIS, includes "sophisticated arms that target with accuracy and precision-guided missiles," said the official.   The deliveries also included "radars and infrared binoculars," said the source.   He said that the Syrian military had begun using the arms in the cities of Deir Ezzor and Raqqa, mostly against ISIS positions
Item Number:17 Date: 09/22/2015 SYRIA - MORE RUSSIAN COMBAT AIRCRAFT ARRIVE AT LATAKIA; DRONE MISSIONS BEGIN (SEP 22/NYT)  NEW YORK TIMES -- U.S. officials say Russia has increased the number of its combat aircraft at an airfield in Syria, reports the New York Times.   Russian drones are also flying over Syria, reported NBC News.   The UAV flights are believed to be the first aerial surveillance operations flown by Russia in Syria.   Moscow previously sent four Sukhoi fighter jets, four Hind helicopter gunships, four Mi-8 transport helicopters, as well as tanks and artillery, according to U.S. officials.   Over the weekend, Russia flew in two dozen combat aircraft to the airfield in Latakia, according to U.S. officials cited by ABC News. They joined four other Su-30 fighters already there.   The aircraft were said to include 12 Su-24 attack aircraft, 12 Su-25 ground attack aircraft and four Su-30 Flanker fighter jets
Item Number:18 Date: 09/22/2015 UNITED KINGDOM - MONMOUTH FRIGATE GOOD TO GO AFTER 20-MONTH REFIT (SEP 22/RN)  ROYAL NAVY PRESS RELEASE -- After nearly two years in the yard, the British frigate HMS Monmouth has passed inspection so she can re-enter naval service, reports the Royal Navy.   The Monmouth recently returned to her home port of Devonport following extensive sea trials to test her upgraded weapon systems and sensors.   The modernization also included significant structural work, including about 17 metric tons of new steel.   The trials evaluated the frigate's engines and latest equipment, including the new Type 997 radar; 4.5-inch gun; and Sea Wolf missile system, said a service release on Sept. 18.   The Monmouth will continue training for the next few months in preparation for her next deployment, said the navy
Item Number:19 Date: 09/22/2015 USA - FACEOFF WITH CHINA REQUIRES MORE SUBS, FEWER CARRIERS, SAYS RAND REPORT (SEP 22/S&S)  STARS AND STRIPES -- A new report from a research think tank says the U.S. should decrease its dependence on large aircraft carriers in the Pacific, focusing instead on submarines, space capabilities and strengthening security for airbases and aircraft, reports the Stars and Stripes.   The 430-page report released earlier this month by the Rand Corp., Santa Monica, Calif., analyzes the relative military capabilities of the U.S. and China in various scenarios based on open-source information.   "Over the next five to 15 years, if U.S. and (Chinese People's Liberation Army) forces remain on roughly current trajectories, Asia will witness a progressively receding frontier of U.S. dominance," says the report.   While China is not close to catching up to the U.S. in terms of overall military power, it will have a regional advantage, according to the report.   The Rand analysis says Beijing has enhanced its anti-surface capability, including surveillance, missiles, long-range aircraft and submarines as a way to deter the U.S. By potentially pushing American carriers farther away from the region, China reduces the ability of the U.S. to project power.   Rand suggests that to improve the resiliency of U.S. forces, Washington could find new basing options farther from China; make the force more survivable; emphasize area-denial capacity; and ensure counterattack capability.  
  Item Number:20 Date: 09/22/2015 USA - NAVY SUPER HORNET CRASHES NEAR LEMOORE NAS, CALIF; PILOT SAFELY EJECTS (SEP 22/LAT)  LOS ANGELES TIMES -- A U.S. Navy F/A-18 fighter jet has crashed in California, but the pilot safely ejected and parachuted to the ground, reports the Los Angeles Times.   The aircraft went down Monday afternoon in a field south of Naval Air Station Lemoore during a traning mission.   The pilot was unharmed and released, according to the CO at Lemoore, reported UPI.   The airfield resumed operations in the evening, said police.   An investigation has been opened into the crash.  
Item Number:21 Date: 09/22/2015 USA - PENTAGON RESEARCH AGENCY SHOWS OFF PROTOTYPE CLOSE AIR SUPPORT SYSTEM (SEP 22/DARPA)  U.S. DEFENSE ADVANCED RESEARCH PROJECTS -- The Pentagon's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has recently demonstrated a prototype of its Persistent Close Air Support (PCAS) system on an Air Force attack aircraft.   The trials involved 50 successful flights near Nellis Air Force Base, Nev. They demonstrated that a joint terminal attack controller (JTAC) on the ground could, in coordination with a pilot, call in an airstrike with as few as three clicks on a tablet computer, according to a DARPA release last week.   The PCAS program aims to develop more precise, prompt and easy air-ground coordination for close air support and other missions.   One program objective is to use smaller munitions to hit small, multiple or moving targets, minimizing the danger of friendly fire and collateral damage.   During the recent tests involving an A-10 Thunderbolt II, commonly known as the Warthog, 10 sorties featured live-fire engagements using a mix of laser- and GPS-guided munitions.   All of the engagements were completed within the six-minute goal set by the program, said DARPA.   The object is to have forward troops with Android tablets, called PCAS-Ground, while the same systems in the planes are called PCAS-Air, reported the Washington Post.   PCAS tactical data links facilitated data-sharing between the pilot and the JTAC, said DARPA
  Item Number:22 Date: 09/22/2015 USA - T-6A TRAINER GOES DOWN IN N.M., PILOTS CONDUCT CONTROLLED EJECTION (SEP 22/NNS)  NAVY NEWSSTAND -- The cause of last week's naval trainer crash in New Mexico is under investigation.   A U.S. Navy T-6A Texan II trainer crashed Saturday during a routine training flight at Las Cruces, reports the Navy NewsStand.   The pilots ejected safely and were evaluated for minor injuries, said the service.   The aircraft experienced problems with its landing gear, according to police cited by KOAT 7, Albuquerque's ABC news affiliate.   Rather than attempting a belly landing, they decided to do a controlled ejection, police said
Item Number:23 Date: 09/22/2015 VENEZUELA - TIES WITH COLOMBIA TO BE RESTORED (SEP 22/DEWELLE)  DEUTSCHE WELLE -- The Venezuelan and Colombian government have agreed to restore normal relations, reports Deutsche Welle.   For its part, Venezuela agreed to gradually reopen the border crossings with Colombia that were closed as part of a crackdown on illegal smuggling that began last month, reports Time magazine.   Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro met with Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos on Monday in Ecuador to discuss the border crisis and heightened tensions.   They agreed to return their ambassadors immediately. A joint investigation of the border situation will also be conducted, reported Al Jazeera.   More meetings between Maduro and Santos were set for Wednesday.   Maduro began a major anti-smuggling operation on Aug. 19, blaming migrant gangs for food and gasoline shortages that have been rampant for some time in Venezuela. More than 1,500 Colombians were deported and another 20,000 fled Venezuela.  
  Item Number:24 Date: 09/22/2015 YEMEN - U.S. DRONE TAKES OUT AQAP VEHICLE NEAR MARIB (SEP 22/AFP)  AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE -- A local Yemeni official says a U.S. drone strike has killed two suspected members of Al-Qaida, reports Agence France-Presse.   A missile fired from a U.S. unmanned aerial vehicle hit a militant vehicle overnight on the outskirts of the city of Marib, said the official on Tuesday.   Marib province has seen more fighting in recent weeks as the Saudi-led coalition and loyalist troops are pressing their offensive against Houthi rebels.   Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula is largely based in the southeastern province of Hadramawt.


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