Wednesday, June 29, 2016

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The List 4209

To All
I hope your week has started well.
This Day In Naval History - June 28
1794 - Joshua Humphreys appointed master builder to build Navy ships at an annual salary of $2,000.
1814: The sloop of war USS Wasp commanded by Johnston Blakeley, comes across HMS Reindeer, commanded by William Manners, off Plymouth, England, and engages in battle. After the 19-minute battle, USS Wasp captures HMS Reindeer, taking her crew as prisoners, and burn her at sea.
1865 - CSS Shenandoah captures 11 American whalers in one day
1970 - USS James Madison (SSBN-627) completes conversion to Poseidon missile capability
Thanks to Dutch. If you have never seen this be sure to read it. Well worth your time.
Viet Nam To/For Those Who Were There
Just me but I think the greatest disgrace of that fall day in November 1965 was that not one senior officer did the right thing – not one took a stand against Johnson – not one of them spoke out – no, everyone to a man held his silence, assuring their expected smooth, cushy road to their retirement.  For that silence, the lives of some tens of thousands of American Fighting Men were squandered in SEA and some two million Vietnamese, Cambodian, Lao and Montagnard men, women and children were slaughtered outright or during imprisonment while millions more were forced to flee as refugees from their own lands.
Yes, as Sparky says, the times of today are déjà vu all over again, what with our feckless president and his perfumed princes and princesses bumbling all about again squandering the lives of American Fighting Men and Women and fomenting havoc throughout Iraq, Syria and their environs, bring Iran into the nuclear weapon world and stabbing our best ally in the region, Israel, in the back - all for their own politik  … yes politik is still stronger than American Blood … they have no shame…..
Thanks to Sparky -
As many of us are products of the time, the Viet Nam War era, I share this as another insight into how we came to this tragic involvement.  To all the Viet Nam vets, thanks for your commitment and sacrifices despite the politics that seemingly neutered our ability to win outright.  I salute and admire your service.  And, without becoming political, it is Deja vu all over again…it would appear.  Thanks for sharing Doug.


This  is one of those rare insights to a critical turning point for America.  This was the briefing to Lyndon Johnson that  sealed the fate of more than 55,000 lives of American soldiers and  wasted the vast treasure of the USA. The story is short and so compelling, you will not forget it.

Click here: The Day It Became The Longest  War <>  
Thanks to Chuck
Faces Never Forgotten with Joe Galloway
This is a really good video and worth your time to watch.
Date: June 24, 2015 at 4:04:47 PM EDT
Subject: Faces Never Forgotten with Joe Galloway
If you served in Viet Nam...
or know someone who did,
this is worth's moving.
Thanks to the Handler
Operation Sunshine: The Nautilus & Its Top-Secret Mission to the North Pole, Connecticut Magazine, 14 June
Subject: Operation Sunshine: The Nautilus & Its Top-Secret Mission to the North Pole, Connecticut Magazine, 14 June
 Interesting history of NAUTILUS. 
Thanks to Carl
Here's what it's like inside the NSA's museum of cryptography - Tech Insider
(A really nice little museum!  We are members!  Many photos on link.)

We toured the NSA museum, a building dedicated to America's secrets and spies — take a look

Neat engineering! Motorized Floating Bridge
Thanks to Chuck
Very cool!
WOW!!!  This is some great engineering for sure.
There is a reason why they call this "regiment engineering"!
Try watching this video on, or enable JavaScript if it is disabled in your browser.
 Thanks to Chuck
Seeds of the first supermassive black holes that formed 13 billion
years ago could be revealed by gravitational waves
A research team from Durham University believe that using a space-based
instrument two detections of gravitational waves caused by collisions
Fit-to-drive-Bit? Ford app tells you how well you drive
June 24, 2016 at 12:00 pm
Ford UK test monitors acceleration, braking, steering to track how well
drivers drive on the street and in a driving simulator. It even tracks driver
emotions via brainwaves.
US Navy keeps electromagnetic cannon in its sights
Jun 25, 2016 in Engineering Other
The US Navy is quietly pushing ahead with a radical new cannon that one day
could transform how wars are fought, even though some Pentagon officials
have voiced concerns over its cost and viability.
Researchers assess power plants that convert all of their
CO2 emissions into carbon nanotubes
(—Last year, researchers at George Washington University
proposed a method for transforming CO2 emissions into carbon nanotubes
(CNTs). When applied to power plants, the technology could completely
eliminate the ...
Item Number:1 Date: 06/28/2016 BELGIUM - F-16S BEGIN EXPANDED MISSION AGAINST ISIS (JUN 28/SPUTNIK)  SPUTNIK -- Belgian fighter jets are on the way to join the U.S.-led coalition fighting the Islamic State, reports Russia's Sputnik news agency.   Six Belgian F-16s left Kleine Brogel Air Base in northeastern Belgium for Jordan on Monday.   The aircraft will conduct reconnaissance and surveillance mission for six months over Iraq and Syria, reported the Germany-based RTL broadcaster.   Previous reports indicated the F-16s would take part in airstrikes.   Belgian aircraft previously deployed to Jordan to fight in Iraq. Their mission has now been expanded to Syria, reported Expatica Belgium
  Item Number:2 Date: 06/28/2016 CANADA - BISHOP ASSUMES ROLE AS TOP OFFICIAL ON MILITARY INTELLIGENCE (JUN 28/CDND)  CANADA DEPARTMENT OF NATIONAL DEFENSE -- The Canadian Forces Intelligence Command (CFINTCOM) has a new chief, reports the Canadian Dept. of National Defense.   Rear Adm. Scott Bishop took charge on Friday during a change-of-command ceremony in Ottawa. He will also serve as chief of defense intelligence.   He succeeds Lt. Gen. Paul Wynnyk, who will assume command of the Canadian army on July 14.   The admiral, trained as a maritime surface officer, most recently served as director general for international security policy.   CFINTCOM is the Canadian government's lead intelligence organization for geospatial intelligence and is the only organization that conducts the full spectrum of both collection and analysis from all sources, noted the defense release.  
  Item Number:3 Date: 06/28/2016 COLOMBIA - MI-17 GOES DOWN ON OPERATION AGAINST ELN; 17 ABOARD KILLED (JUN 28/BBC)  BRITISH BROADCASTING CORP. -- The Colombian army says that 17 security personnel were killed Sunday in a crash of a military helicopter in a rural area of central Colombia, reports the BBC.   The Mi-17 helicopter went down on Sunday in the department of Caldas, northwest of the capital Bogota. The wreckage was found Monday.   The dead included 12 soldiers and five crew members, reported China's Xinhua.   The aircraft was on its way from Quibdo, in the northern Choco province, to an army base in Tolemaida on an "operational" mission, said the army.   Those on board were experts on drones. Some had been supporting operations against the rebel National Liberation Army, said President Juan Manuel Santos.   The army said bad weather was responsible. Santos said there would be a thorough investigation.  
 Item Number:4 Date: 06/28/2016 EUROPEAN UNION - FOREIGN POLICY CHIEF PROMOTES BROADER DEFENSE, SECURITY COOPERATION (JUN 28/WSJ)  WALL STREET JOURNAL -- Federica Mogherini, the high representative of the European Union for foreign affairs and security policy, is set to present a plan that would broaden European defense and security cooperation, reports the Wall Street Journal.   The proposal, the first effort to lay out a global strategy for Europe in more than a decade, is intended to strengthen the E.U.'s ability to act independently.   The introduction on Tuesday at a summit in Brussels comes days after voters in the United Kingdom opted to leave the European Union.   The E.U. document aims to strike a balance between the role of NATO as the core European security institution to develop European "hard power" that would permit the bloc to achieve "strategic autonomy."   The proposal calls for building up shared military resources and planning and increasing spending on joint research and equipment produced by European defense industry.   The goal is said to be to enable the E.U. to mobilize resources to assist a member state threatened by or hit by a terrorist attack. Security and defense operations would also be able to work with E.U. border guards and other agencies on border and maritime security and to disrupt transnational criminal networks, according to the proposal.   European "security and defense efforts should enable the E.U. to act autonomously while also contributing to and undertaking actions in cooperation with NATO," according to the document.  
  Item Number:5 Date: 06/28/2016 GEORGIA - CONSCRIPTION ENDS; DEFENSE MINISTER SAYS ARMED FORCES DO NOT NEED THOSE BEING FORCED TO ENLIST (JUN 28/AGENDA)  AGENDA -- Defense Minister Tinatin Khidasheli has announced the abolition of conscription in the Georgian armed forces, reports   The order, signed on Monday, only affects the Defense Ministry. The Ministry of Internal Affairs and Ministry of Corrections still may compel service.   About 25 percent of all eligible conscripts typically served with Defense Ministry units, with the remainder going to the Interior and Corrections ministries.   Future defense ministers to could choose to restore conscription in the future, said Khidasheli.   As of Tuesday, the ministry will not require conscription to the armed forces, she said. "The armed forces do not need servicemen who were forcefully enlisted," the minister said, as quoted by Public Radio of Armenia.   President Giorgi Margvelashvili said the decision should not have been made without discussion by the government and security council, reported Interfax-AVN (Russia).  
  Item Number:6 Date: 06/28/2016 INDIA - 145 M777 HOWITZERS TO BE BOUGHT FROM U.S. IN US$750 MILLION DEAL (JUN 28/IANS)  INDO-ASIAN NEWS SERVICE -- The Defense Acquisition Council (DAC) has approved India's procurement of 145 M777 ultra-light howitzers from the United States, reports the Indo-Asian News Service.   The DAC is headed by Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar.   Some of the artillery pieces will be assembled in India, said a Defense Ministry official.   The deal is worth US$750 million, reported the International Business Times.   No schedule for delivery of the guns has been finalized, said a ministry source. The first 25 M777s are supposed to be delivered in a ready-to-use condition.   The DAC also noted that "satisfactory progress" had been made in the manufacturing of indigenous Dhanush howitzers. Three are to be delivered by the end of June and three more in September.   The council has approved series production of 18 guns.  
Item Number:7 Date: 06/28/2016 INDIA - DEFENSE INDUSTRY COULD GET BOOST AFTER INDIA'S ACCESSION TO MTCR (JUN 28/INDEX)  INDIAN EXPRESS -- India is now part of an international anti-proliferation group, reports the Indian Express.   On Monday, Indian Foreign Secretary S. Jaishankar signed an accession agreement for the Missile Technology Control Regime (MCTR).   The MCTR seeks to check the proliferation of missiles and unmanned aerial vehicles. It does not impose legally binding obligations, noted the Business Standard.   Joining could allow India access to missile, space and UAV technology as well as joint ventures with other members. India is the 35th country to join, reported the Economic Times.   Last week, India was rejected from the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG). It was blocked by China. The NSG is a similar group covering nuclear weapons.  
  Item Number:8 Date: 06/28/2016 INDIA - SU-30MKI FIGHTER ABLE TO FLY WITH BRAHMOS CRUISE MISSILE (JUN 28/HAL)  HINDUSTAN AERONAUTICS LIMITED -- Hindustan Aeronautics (HAL) in India has announced the maiden flight of an Su-30MKI fighter carrying a BrahMos cruise missile.   The test flight took place on Saturday at the HAL airport in Nashik in the northwestern Maharashtra state and lasted for 45 minutes, reported the manufacturer.   This was the first time that such a heavyweight cruise missile has been successfully integrated with a fighter jet, according to HAL officials cited by the Press Trust of India.   HAL and BrahMos Aerospace signed a contract in 2014 for the integration of the missile on two Su-30MKIs. The initial modified aircraft flew for the first time last year.   Around 40 Su-30MKIs are expected to be modified to carry the air-launched version of the cruise missile, said HAL.   Further trials are planned. This will lead to certification of the weapon on the Su-30MKI.  
 Item Number:9 Date: 06/28/2016 JAPAN - U.S. NAVY AGAIN ALLOWS SAILORS TO DRINK OFF BASE (JUN 28/S&S)  STARS AND STRIPES -- The U.S. Navy has lifted its ban on sailors drinking off base in Japan, though keeping some restrictions after a drunk-driving incident.   The alcohol restrictions are gradually being eased, reports the Stars and Stripes.   All alcohol consumption was banned on June 6 after a sailor was arrested in Okinawa under suspicion of drunk driving. On June 17, the Navy eased some of its restrictions on drinking at home and on base.   On Tuesday, the U.S. Navy said its sailors could now drink off base until 10 p.m. Lower-rank personnel on the town ill still have to be accompanied by a "liberty buddy," said the announcement, as cited by Time magazine.   There have been no off-base incidents involving American sailors since the restrictions began, said a spokesman for Naval Forces Japan.   The remaining restrictions will be rolled back in about two weeks, said Navy officials.   This, along with other incidents, has led to major protests against the U.S. military presence in Japan
  Item Number:10 Date: 06/28/2016 LEBANON - TROOPS CONDUCT SERIES OF OPERATIONS, TARGET SYRIAN REFUGEES AFTER VILLAGE ATTACKS (JUN 28/DAILYSTAR)  DAILY STAR -- The Lebanese army has arrested more than 200 Syrian refugees following a series of attacks near the border with Syria, reports the Daily Star (Lebanon).   On Monday, four suicide bombings killed five people and wounded another 15 in the northeastern Lebanese town of Qaa. No group claimed responsibility, though the Islamic State is suspected.   Later that day, 13 people in the village were wounded when four attackers blew themselves up outside a church, reported the BBC.   The bombers were riding motorcycles at the time, according to Iran's Press TV.   Arrests were made of 103 Syrians on Tuesday in several towns in Baalbek governorate, said the army. Unlicensed motorbikes and cars were seized.   Another 124 unregistered Syrians were detained at a refugee camp in the town of Rayhenieh in the Minyeh-Dinnieh district, according to the army
Item Number:11 Date: 06/28/2016 LITHUANIA - LAWMAKERS CONSIDER DEFENSE MINISTRY PLAN FOR MORE TROOPS IN IRAQ, E.U. MISSION IN MED (JUN 28/LIMOD)  LITHUANIAN MINISTRY OF DEFENSE -- The Lithuanian Defense Ministry wants to deploy additional military personnel overseas, reports the Lithuanian Ministry of Defense.   The proposal sent to the Parliament on June 23 would send up to 30 military trainers to be sent to the U.S.-led coalition in Iraq and up to 20 personnel for the European Union's Operation Sophia in the Mediterranean Sea.   The draft resolution calls for the 30 or so trainers to be deployed to the train-advise-and-assist mission in Iraq no sooner than July and restricts them to non-combat operations.   In addition, the proposal would increase the number who could be deployed to Operation Sophia from five to 20. This would enable more staff officers and a vessel boarding team to join the mission, said the Defense Ministry. If approved, Lithuanians would join the mission no sooner than November 2016.  
 Item Number:12 Date: 06/28/2016 NORTH KOREA - RECENT MUSUDAN MISSILE LAUNCH REACHED SPACE, RE-ENTERED ATMOSPHERE, SAYS PENTAGON (JUN 28/YON)  YONHAP -- The United States has confirmed that a missile recently test-launched by North Korea reached space and then re-entered the Earth's atmosphere, reports the Yonhap news agency.   The North launched a Musudan intermediate-range ballistic missile on June 22 from the nation's eastern coast. It was the sixth such test by North Korea and the only one that did not fail, according to South Korea.   "We saw the missile launch. We saw it go up into space and come back down 250 miles away in the Sea of Japan. If that was their intent, then it was a success. But you'd have to ask them," said a Pentagon spokesman on Monday.   Only the North Koreans know if the launch met their objectives, the DoD spokesman said.   Re-entry technology has been a major obstacle in the North's development of a nuclear-armed ballistic missile. One South Korean defense official said that this launch did not mean the North had developed re-entry technology.  
  Item Number:13 Date: 06/28/2016 PAPUA NEW GUINEA - DOMESTIC FORCES COMPLETE EXERCISE KOA MOANA WITH U.S. MARINES (JUN 28/USMC)  UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS -- For the first time, U.S. Marines have been directly training with personnel from the Papua New Guinea Defense Force (PNGDF), reports the Marine Corps.   Exercise Koa Moana kicked off on June 18 at the Taurama Barracks in Papua New Guinea, running through June 24, according to the Pacific Islands paper.   More than 130 personnel from the PNGDF, Marines and U.S. Navy took part.   The exercise was designed to practice a number of skills in different military fields, said PNGDF officials.   Among the skills were infantry tactics; combat lifesaving techniques; military engineering; and non-lethal law enforcement capabilities, according to a Marine release.  
  Item Number:14 Date: 06/28/2016 SOUTH KOREA - CH-47 CHINOOK HAS TO LAND IN RURAL FIELD (JUN 28/YON)  YONHAP -- South Korean military authorities say an air force helicopter was forced to make an emergency landing in a field on a farm on Tuesday, reports the Yonhap news agency (Seoul, South Korea).   The authorities said a CH-47 landed at a field in the rural southwestern town of Imsil, about 260 km (161 mi) southwest of Seoul. There were said to be no damage nor casualties.   The helicopter was headed to Cheongju International Airport from the Naro Space Center in Goheung county, said officials.   The military said a malfunction in the oil system may have caused the forced landing. The helicopter is expected to return to base once maintenance personnel have inspected it.  
 Item Number:15 Date: 06/28/2016 THAILAND - MISSING HELICOPTER FOUND CRASHED IN MOUNTAINS, ALL 3 CREW DEAD (JUN 28/KE)  KHAOSOD ENGLISH -- Search teams have found the wreckage of a missing Thai military helicopter, along with the bodies of all three crew.   The helicopter was found on Monday in southeastern Thailand, reports Khaosod English (Thailand).   The Royal Thai Air Force UH-1 Huey disappeared Saturday over Khao Chamo-Khao Wong National Park while en route to supply a radar station.   The crashed aircraft was found in the Khao Chamao mountains, reported China's Xinhua.   The Huey was discovered just 500 meters (1,640 ft) from the air force radar station.   The cause is being investigated.  
Item Number:16 Date: 06/28/2016 TURKEY - ERDOGAN APOLOGIZES TO PUTIN FOR SHOOTING DOWN RUSSIAN JET IN NOVEMBER (JUN 28/NYT)  NEW YORK TIMES -- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has apologized to Moscow for shooting down a Russian fighter jet near the Turkish border with Syria last year, reports the New York Times.   The Russian Su-24 was shot down in November. The jet had violated Turkey's airspace, said Turkish officials.   The letter to Russian President Vladimir Putin r on Monday expressed the Turkish president's "sympathy and deep condolences" to the family of the killed pilot, and "asked to be forgiven," said a Kremlin spokesman cited by Al Jazeera (Qatar).   Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said the Edrogan expected to speak with Putin about normalizing ties, reported Agence France-Presse.   Yildirim also said Ankara will prosecute a Turkish man accused of killing the pilot of the jet after the plane was downed.   Turkey will not pay compensation over the downing of the Su-24, said the prime minister.  
  Item Number:17 Date: 06/28/2016 USA - ARMY KIOWA WARRIORS REACHING END OF THE ROAD; LAST DEPLOYMENT BEGINS (JUN 28/ARMY)  ARMY TIMES -- The U.S. Army has started its last deployment for its venerable OH-58D Kiowa Warrior scout helicopters, reports the Army Times.   Members of the 1st Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment, 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade, arrived in South Korea earlier in June for the type's final deployment.   When the unit returns to Fort Bragg, N.C., in about nine months, its Kiowa Warriors are scheduled to be replaced with AH-64D Apache attack helicopters.   The Kiowa's first flight was in 1966 during the Vietnam War.   As part of an Army aviation reform, the National Guard is giving up its Apaches to the active-duty force in exchange for additional UH-60 Black Hawk utility helicopters.   The Apaches are also being paired with RQ-7 Shadow unmanned aerial vehicles, which will provide enhanced intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities.  
Item Number:18 Date: 06/28/2016 USA - JAPANESE, KOREAN, AMERICAN FORCES TRAIN TOGETHER AGAINST SIMULATED ENEMY MISSILE (JUN 28/KMOD)  SOUTH KOREAN MINISTRY OF DEFENSE -- Japan, South Korea and the United States are about to hold their first trilateral missile defense exercise in the waters around Hawaii.   Tuesday's drill focuses on dealing with a simulated missile launch by North Korea, according to the South Korean Defense Ministry.   Each country is providing an Aegis ballistic missile defense system-equipped warship for the exercise. The Sejong Daewang will represent South Korea, the ministry said on Monday.   The data needed to detect and track the hostile missile launch will be shared, including the weapon's trajectory, officials said.   A U.S. ground command center will share the intelligence gathered by the warships, the ministry said.   The exercise will not include the actual firing of an interceptor, said a ministry official
Item Number:19 Date: 06/28/2016 USA - NAVY ACCEPTS LITTORAL SHIP, FAST TRANSPORT (JUN 28/NAVSEA)  NAVAL SEA SYSTEMS COMMAND -- The U.S. Navy has accepted delivery of two new ships, reports the U.S. Naval Sea Systems Command.   The service received the future USS Montgomery (LCS-8) littoral combat ship (LCS) on June 24 during a ceremony at the Austal USA shipyard in Mobile, Ala.   The Montgomery is the seventh LCS to be delivered and the fourth of the Independence class that is built by Austal USA. Commissioning is scheduled for September 2016.   The following day, the Navy accepted delivery of the USNS Carson City (EPF-7) expeditionary fast transport, which was also built by Austal USA.   The ships were previously called Joint High-Speed Vessels.   The transport will soon conduct a post-shakedown availability, followed by final trials, said NAVSEA.   The Carson City will be owned and operated by the U.S. Navy's Maritime Sealift Command.  
Item Number:20 Date: 06/28/2016 YEMEN - ISLAMIC STATE KILLS 40 TROOPS IN MULTIPLE SUICIDE ATTACKS (JUN 28/AFP)  AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE -- Suicide bombings claimed by ISIS in Yemen's southwest have killed dozens, reports Agence France-Presse.   On Monday, there were three simultaneous bombings throughout Mukallah, the capital of Hadramawt province, according to local officials. The bombers reportedly approached soldiers on foot and by motorbike.   Elsewhere, two bombers blew themselves up at the entrance of an army camp.   Forty soldiers, a woman and a child were killed in the various attacks. Around three dozen were injured.   The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attacks.   Mukalla was held by Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) and Islamic State for one year before pro-government forces regained control in April.


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