Tuesday, January 3, 2017

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The List 4351
To All,
I hope you all have a great weekend and a Happy New Year.
This Day In Naval History - December 30
1941 - Admiral Ernest J. King assumes duty as Commander in Chief, United
States Fleet.
1944: USS Razorback (SS 394) attacks a Japanese convoy going from Manila to Takao, about 60 miles southeast of Formosa, and sinks the destroyer Kuretake in the Bashi Channel. The Japanese cargo ships Brazil Maru and Oi Maru are also damaged during this attack.
1959 - Commissioning of first fleet ballistic missile submarine, USS George
Washington (SSB(N)-598), at Groton, CT.
December 30
The Duke of York is defeated and killed by Lancastrians at the Battle of Wakefield.
The United States takes possession of the Louisiana area from France at New Orleans with a simple ceremony, the simultaneous lowering and raising of the national flags.
Banks in the United States suspend the practice of redeeming paper money for metal currency, a practice that would continue until 1879.
The draft of the Emancipation Proclamation is finished and circulated among President Abraham Lincoln's cabinet for comment.
Governor Frank Steunenberg of Idaho is killed by an assassin's bomb.
Soviet Russia is renamed the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.
The Soviet Union bars food handouts for housewives under 36 years of age. They must now work to eat.
Romania's King Michael is forced to abdicate by Soviet-backed Communists. Communists now control all of Eastern Europe.
Ferdinand E. Marcos is sworn in as the Philippine Republic's sixth president.
After two weeks of heavy bombing raids on North Vietnam, President Nixon halts the air offensive and agrees to resume peace negotiations with Hanoi representative Le Duc Tho.
Governor Carey of New York pardons seven inmates, closing the book on the Attica uprising.
Saddam Hussein, former Iraq dictator, is executed by hanging for crimes committed against his own people during his rule.
Thanks to Dutch
To all my friends who have done this. I will never forget my first one on the USS Hancock and there were a few other memorable ones I would like to forget. This one had good visibility and he could pick up the ship at a few miles. It gets really interesting when you have poor visibility and can't see the ship lights until inside of a mile or less. Then you can add a little vertigo and a pitching deck and the entertainment value goes higher.
Night Carrier Landing.
Thanks to Sparky -
The greatest gift of all…the thrill of flight and aerobatics to a young, aspiring aviatrix!  See, it's not so scary.
Enjoy and thanks Lee.
Now the video about buying the Cessna is ok but take a look at the other videos available and I bet you pick the right one to watch.
Thanks to Dutch
Ah, to just be able to go back a few years, eh?
Thanks to Cindy -
Thanks to Dr.Rich
Burt on 60 Minutes ..
Burt Rutan
Item Number:1 Date: 12/30/2016 ARMENIA - NEIGHBORS BLAME EACH OTHER FOR CLASH ON AZERBAIJAN-ARMENIA BORDER (DEC 30/ARMWKLY)  ARMENIAN WEEKLY -- The governments of Armenia and Azerbaijan are pointing fingers at each other for a fatal border clash on Thursday, reports the Armenian Weekly.   The Armenian Ministry of Defense said the fighting started when Armenian forces discovered an infiltration attempt by Azerbaijani troops near the village of Chinari. The Azerbaijanis used a number of weapons, including sniper rifles and grenade launchers, according to the ministry.   As many as seven Azerbaijani troops and three Armenians were killed, according to a ministry spokesman.   The Azerbaijani Defense Ministry denied that seven of its personnel were killed, reported Interfax-AVN (Russia).   It also blamed an Armenian reconnaissance group for starting the fighting.   The neighbors have been in conflict for years over the breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh.  
  Item Number:2 Date: 12/30/2016 AUSTRALIA - TERRORISM SQUAD DETAINS MAN AT SYDNEY AIRPORT FOR ALLEGED THREATS OVER NEW YEAR'S EVE (DEC 30/AUSBC)  AUSTRALIAN BROADCASTING CORPORATION -- Australian counterterror officers say they have arrested a man for making online threats against New Year's Eve festivities in Sydney, reports the Australian Broadcasting Corp.   The 40-year-old suspect was picked up on Thursday after he arrived at Sydney's international airport from London.   Police also raided a house and storage facility in Sydney and seized documents and computer hard drives, said officials.   The man "did post on social media a number of threats of some possible activity that he could be undertaking," said the deputy commissioner without elaborating.   The suspect is being charged with a criminal act and not a terrorist offense, said Acting Deputy Commissioner Frank Mennilli.  
  Item Number:3 Date: 12/30/2016 CHILE - MALE SAILORS SAID TO HAVE SECRETLY FILMED UNDRESSED FEMALE CREWMEMBERS (DEC 30/LAHT)  LATIN AMERICAN HERALD TRIBUNE -- Chilean authorities say they are investigating allegations that male sailors planting hidden cameras in the female quarters of a navy frigate, reports the Latin American Herald Tribune.   Five male sailors have been accused of installing the cameras aboard the Almirante Lynch and sharing the images online. Three others are being charged with failing to report the misconduct, said the military on Thursday.   The cameras allegedly show images of six female sailors in various states of undress.   If convicted, the defendants could face up to five years in jail and dishonorable discharges, said Defense Minister Jose Gomez.   "If it's true what happened on the frigate Lynch, it is unacceptable," President Michelle Bachelet wrote on Twitter, as quoted by Reuters
Item Number:4 Date: 12/30/2016 CHINA - COMMUNIST PARTY EXPELS ONETIME SPYMASTER, EXPECTED TO PROSECUTE MA FOR GRAFT (DEC 30/REU)  REUTERS -- China's Communist Party says a former intelligence chief is being prosecuted for graft, reports Reuters.   Ma Jian, the former vice minister at China's Ministry of State Security, has been expelled from the party and will be handed over to legal authorities, said the party's Central Commission for Discipline Inspection on Friday. The statement's phrasing indicates he will be prosecuted.   Ma, who has been under investigation since January 2015, is the most senior security official to be prosecuted since former domestic security chief Zhou Yongkang, who was sentenced for life for graft in June 2015.   Ma abused his position to benefit family members' business interests, took bribes and interfered in unspecified law enforcement activities, said the commission.   Ma previously directed the ministry's counter-espionage bureau.  
  Item Number:5 Date: 12/30/2016 CHINA - NAVY COMMISSIONS NEW MINE COUNTERMEASURES VESSEL, 23RD FRIGATE (DEC 30/CMO)  CHINA MILITARY ONLINE -- China's navy has commissioned a new minesweeper, reports China Military Online.   The Donggang was commissioned on Thursday morning in a ceremony at the naval port in Dalian in Liaoning province. She will be joining the North China Sea Fleet.   The ship is a Type 082 II-class MCMV, designated the Wozang class by NATO; its hull number is 814, noted NavyRecognition.com.   The indigenously designed ship has a 600-ton displacement and is equipped with three remote-controlled mine hunters.   The Donggang is also to conduct seabed exploration, waterway detection, coastal patrols and escort tasks, said the military.   The same day, the navy commissioned its 23rd Type 054A frigate (Jiangkai II class).   The Binzhou (515) is joining the East Sea Fleet
Item Number:6 Date: 12/30/2016 COLOMBIA - POLICE CHECKPOINT COMES UNDER ATTACK; ELN SUSPECTED (DEC 30/AFP)  AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE -- One policeman has been killed and at least five others wounded in an attack on a police checkpoint north of Colombia's capital, reports Agence France-Presse.   The officer was guarding a power substation near Bogota on Wednesday night when he was attacked by assailants on motorcycles, reported the BBC.   The rebels then booby-trapped his body, injuring others when they came to investigate, said Defense Minister Luis Villegas.   The National Liberation Army (ELN) was likely responsible, the minister said.   Police also theorized that the attack may have been part of a plan by criminal gangs to target police officers.   The ELN rebel group is scheduled to begin peace talks with the Colombian government in January. The group has refused to release a former lawmaker being held hostage, a move the government says is a prerequisite for talks
  Item Number:7 Date: 12/30/2016 CROATIA - DEFENSE MINISTRY PUSHES FOR MORE FIGHTER CAPABILITY; FINANCE MINISTRY NOT IN HURRY TO MOVE (DEC 30/TCN)  TOTAL CROATIA NEWS -- The Croatian defense and finance ministries are at odds over the urgency of the need to acquire new fighter jets, reports Total Croatia News.   Defense Minister Damir Krsicevic told the Cabinet Thursday that a decision on new fighters for the air force would be made in 2017, reported Index.hr.   An advisory team has recommended deciding to acquire the fighter capability in early 2017 and choosing a new jet by the end of that year.   Krsicevic emphasized that such a decision be made by consensus of the parliamentary political parties because it is a matter of national security.   The advisory team believes that the Swedish JAS-39C/D Gripen and South Korean FA-50 are the best options for the Croatian air force, according to local media accounts.   However, Finance Minister Zdravko Maric has indicated that the government should not rush a fighter decision. A long-term strategy for the armed forces should be finalized, he said
Item Number:8 Date: 12/30/2016 IRAQ - COALITION AIRSTRIKE MAY HAVE KILLED CIVILIANS NEAR HOSPITAL BEING USED BY ISIS, ACKNOWLEDGES U.S. (DEC 30/GUARDIAN)  GUARDIAN -- The U.S.-led coalition battling the Islamic State in Iraq has acknowledged that one of its airstrikes in Mosul may have caused civilian casualties at a hospital compound, reports the Guardian (U.K.).   An airstrike on Dec. 29 hit a van carrying ISIS fighters firing a recoilless rifle in Mosul, said the coalition in a statement on Friday.   The strike location was later determined to be a hospital parking lot, which may have resulted in civilian casualties, the statement said.   The incident is under further investigation, according to the Combined Joint Strike Force.  
  Item Number:9 Date: 12/30/2016 NORTH KOREA - TOTALS PILE UP FOR THOSE PURGED, EXECUTED UNDER RULE OF KIM JONG UN (DEC 30/YON)  YONHAP -- The North Korean regime has purged 340 people since Kim Jong Un became dictator in 2011, reports the Yonhap news agency (Seoul), citing a government think tank in South Korea.   Kim has also committed blatantly inhumane acts when removing senior officials, including his once-powerful uncle Jang Song Thaek, who was executed for treason in 2013, as part of efforts to secure his power, said a white paper published by the Institute for National Security Strategy, which is under South Korea's National Intelligence Service.   Several Western media accounts conflated the numbers of those 'purged' and those executed.   The number of senior officials purged grew significantly in 2015. Three were killed in 2012; 30 in 2013; 40 in 2014; and 60 in 2015, according to the think tank.   "Since the North executed its defense chief Hyon Yong Chol in 2015, it has refrained from purging senior officials for the time being. But it has executed about 140 senior officials, including three purged this year," the report said.   As of August, about 60 North Koreans had been publicly executed as part of purges, the report said.  
  Item Number:10 Date: 12/30/2016 NORTH KOREA - U.S. INTEL FIRM SPOTS POSSIBLE NEW MISSILE LAUNCH SITE (DEC 30/VOA)  VOICE OF AMERICA NEWS -- Analyses of satellite images suggests that North Korea may have another missile launch site at a village once thought to possess nuclear facilities, reports the Voice of America News.   Imagery reviewed by Strategic Sentinel apparently shows a missile silo at the Geumchang-ri facility in the mountainous North Pyongan province. The U.S. company involved is an open-source intelligence organization.   The silo appears analogous to one at a missile base in Tabriz, Iran, with the same 24-foot (7.4-m) sliding cover and same type of exhaust vents, the firm told VOA.   The rectangular structure appears to be large enough to accommodate existing North Korean missiles with nuclear warheads that could hit neighboring countries, such as South Korea and Japan, says Strategic Sentinel.   The photographs also show three structures, which appear to be check-out points and a below-ground access point, in a triangular configuration. A possible guard post was located nearby, according to company officials.  
  Item Number:11 Date: 12/30/2016 RUSSIA - DAGESTAN MILITANTS DIE IN POLICE SHOOTOUT; FSB DETAINS MEMBERS OF DAGESTAN TERROR CELL PLANNING ATTACK IN MOSCOW (DEC 30/RFE/RL)  RADIO FREE EUROPE/RADIO LIBERTY -- Russian authorities say a confrontation in the North Caucasus has left two suspected militants and a police officer dead, reports Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.   Suspected militants fired at traffic police when the officers tried to stop their car late Thursday outside the city of Khasavyurt in Daghestan, said a police spokeswoman.   The two men killed were identified a local militants who attacked police officers earlier this week in the regional capital, Makhachkala. They allegedly killed two officers and wounded another.   Also, on Thursday, the Federal Security Service (FSB) said that it had arrested seven people who were part of a cell in Dagestan planning terrorist attacks in the Moscow area during the New Year holidays, reported Russia's RT.   The suspects had received direct orders from an Islamic State commander, said the FSB.  
  Item Number:12 Date: 12/30/2016 RUSSIA - KREMLIN EYES SMALLER MILITARY CONTINGENT IN SYRIA (DEC 30/TASS)  TASS -- President Vladimir Putin has agreed to a Russian Defense Ministry proposal to reduce its military presence in Syria, reports Moscow's Tass news agency.   Moscow will still "unconditionally continue the struggle against international terrorism and furnish support for the legitimate Syrian government in its struggle with terrorism," Putin said on Thursday.   The Russian government will employ the "as low as reasonably practicable" principle when reducing its forces, said Franz Klintsevich, the deputy chairman of the Federation Council Defense and Security Committee, as cited by Interfax-AVN (Russia).   Moscow will primarily focus on removing personnel from Syria rather than equipment, he said.  
  Item Number:13 Date: 12/30/2016 SERBIA - AIRBUS, BELGRADE FINALIZE DEAL FOR 9 ADVANCED HELICOPTERS FOR ARMY, POLICE (DEC 30/SERBMOD)  SERBIA MINISTRY OF DEFENSE -- The Serbian government has finalized a contract with Airbus Helicopters for nine H145M multi-role helicopters, reports the Serbian Ministry of Defense.   The helicopters will equip the Serbian air force and police for transport, search-and-rescue, combat, medical evacuation, surveillance and security missions, the ministry said on Wednesday.   The deal includes technology transfer for the maintenance and repair of the aircraft.   The procurement is part of a wider military modernization program, noted Reuters. On Dec. 15, Prime Minister Aleksandar Vucic said that four additional helicopters could be donated to Serbia
Item Number:14 Date: 12/30/2016 SYRIA - IN EARLY HOURS, TRUCE APPEARED TO BE HOLDING; 'FIERCE CLASHES' REPORTED IN HAMA PROVINCE (DEC 30/WP)  WASHINGTON POST -- A cease-fire announced by the Syrian government earlier on Thursday has taken effect, reports the Washington Post.   The truce includes the Syrian government and most rebel groups, but not terrorist groups such as the Islamic State and former Al-Qaida affiliate Nusra Front (now known as Jabhat Fatah al-Sham).   As of Friday, the cease-fire was mostly holding, though fighting was reported in Hama province and near Damascus, according to the U.K.-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. The group said there were "fierce clashes" between rebels and government forces in Hama province, noted the BBC.   The monitoring group reported that Syrian warplanes had carried out at least 16 airstrikes
  Item Number:15 Date: 12/30/2016 TUNISIA - SECURITY OFFICIALS DISRUPT PLANNED 'TERRORIST OPERATIONS'; CELL LINKED TO AL-QAIDA (DEC 30/MEM)  MIDDLE EAST MONITOR -- Security forces in Tunisia say they have broken up an Al-Qaida-linked militant cell operating close to the coastal city of Sousse, reports the Middle East Monitor.   The cell, with 10 members aged between 25 and 45, included two women, said the Interior Ministry on Thursday   They were allegedly using an encrypted messaging system to communicate with foreign and domestic associates, the ministry said.   The cell was plotting "terrorist operations" and had links to Okba Ibn Nafaa, an Al-Qaida-linked group based in the Mount Chaambi range near the Algerian border. That group has previously targeted Tunisian security forces, said the ministry.  
  Item Number:16 Date: 12/30/2016 USA - MARINE SQUADRON COMMANDER AT MIRAMAR LOSES JOB; FIRING SAID TO BE UNRELATED TO 2 CRASHES THIS YEAR (DEC 30/MCT)  MARINE CORPS TIMES -- The commander of a Marine Corps F/A-18 Hornet fighter squadron has been relieved of duty, reports the Marine Corps Times.   Lt. Col. Wade Workman was removed as head of Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 232 (VMFA-232) on Wednesday. The unit has lost two of its jets in crashes since Workman took command on Jan. 15, 2016, said a spokesman for the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing.   The decision was not related to the recent mishaps, the spokesman said. It was "based on issues concerning command climate."   The squadron, nicknamed the "Red Devils," is based at Miramar Air station in San Diego.   Maj. Gen. Mark Wise, the commander of the 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing lost "trust and confidence" in Workman's ability to serve as a squadron commander, the spokesman said.   Marine aviation has been struggling with a readiness crisis linked to years of heavy operations, budget cuts and delays in replacing older aircraft, the newspaper noted.  
  Item Number:17 Date: 12/30/2016 USA - NAVY ORDERS 214 TOMAHAWK BLOCK IV CRUISE MISSILES (DEC 30/DOD)  DEPT. OF DEFENSE -- The Naval Air Systems Command has awarded Raytheon, Tucson, Ariz., a US$304 million contract for cruise missiles for the Navy, reports the Dept. of Defense.   The fixed-price contract covers 214 Tomahawk Block IV all-up-round vertical launch system missiles and spare parts for the U.S. Navy and spares for the U.K.   The deal combines purchases for the Navy (99 percent) and the U.K. (1 percent), the Pentagon said in a release on Dec. 28.   Work under the contract -- to take place both in the U.S. and in Scotland -- is to be completed in August 2018.  
  Item Number:18 Date: 12/30/2016 USA - NEW DEFENSE BILL ANTICIPATES 51 PERCENT RAISE IN FUNDING FOR LASER WEAPONS; DOMESTIC ATHLETIC SHOES ALSO PROTECTED (DEC 30/MILTIMES)  MILITARY TIMES -- The newly signed U.S. defense authorization for 2017 includes a significant increase in spending on laser weapons, reports the Military Times.   Signed by President Obama on Dec. 23, the bill authorizes about $328 million for the development and procurement of laser weapons, a 51 percent increase from 2016.   Progress noted in various laser programs by the Defense Dept. prompted the boost, according to lawmakers.   All of the services have demonstrated a "marquee program" in this area, including the Navy's Laser Weapon System (LaWS), which is deployed on the amphibious ship USS Ponce; the Army's High-Energy Laser Mobile Demonstrator (HEL-MD) and the Marine Corps Ground-Based Air Defense system (GBAD), according to the language of the bill.   The technology offers new capabilities to deal with asymmetric and disruptive threats as well as more advanced conventional challenges, according to a government task force on directed-energy weapons.   The advantages of lasers include moving at the speed of light so that enemies cannot avoid the beam; lack of acoustic or visual signature; and lower logistics costs, since such weapons only require energy.   The act also contains more down-to-earth aspects too -- such as a provision requiring the DoD to buy U.S.-made athletic shoes for recruits -- a measure expected to help New Balance workers in Maine keep their jobs, noted the Portland Press Herald
Item Number:19 Date: 12/30/2016 USA - OBAMA ORDERS SANCTIONS ON RUSSIA FOR ELECTION HACKING; PUTIN DECIDES AGAINST RETALIATION (DEC 30/FN)  FOX NEWS -- President Obama has slapped sanctions on Russia for its alleged interference in the U.S. presidential election, reports Fox News.   U.S. intelligence and law enforcement agencies concluded in recent months that Russian intelligence agencies intervened repeatedly in the elections, reported the Washington Post.   On Thursday, the White House imposed sanctions on four cyber officials from Russia's GRU military intelligence agency and three companies believed to have provided support to Moscow's alleged cyber operations.   In additiona, 35 Russian intelligence operatives were expelled from the U.S. and two Russian diplomatic compounds in Maryland and New York believed to be used for intelligence purposes were closed. Those activities were not related to the election, a White House adviser told reporters, as cited by CNN.   A U.S. State Dept. spokesman said the actions were also partly a response to provocations against U.S. government personnel in Russia, including "arbitrary police stops, physical assault and the broadcast on state TV of personal details about our personnel that put them at risk."   On Friday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov recommended to President Vladimir Putin that 35 U.S. diplomats be expelled from Moscow and St. Petersburg, reported the New York Times. Lavrov also recommended the closing of a wooded picnic area on a Moscow island used by diplomats and a warehouse in the southern part of the capital.   However, Putin announced that he would not retaliate. He also invited the children of American diplomats to celebrate the New Year and Russian Orthodox Christmas with him in the Kremlin, noted the New York Times
  Item Number:20 Date: 12/30/2016 USA - ROBOTIC WINGMAN VEHICLES TO SHOW THEIR STUFF AT FORT BENNING (DEC 30/DN)  DEFENSE NEWS -- The U.S. Army expects to demonstrate a range of robotic combat vehicles next summer at Fort Benning, Ga., reports Defense News.   The service has already successfully partnered manned and unmanned aircraft, using AH-64 attack helicopters with RQ-7 Shadow and MQ-1C Gray Eagle unmanned aerial vehicles.   However, say officials, teaming vehicles on the ground is more complicated. Unmanned platforms have to safely navigate around stationary or moving obstacles and traverse difficult terrain.   One program planned for mid-2017 will evaluate if the loader on an M1 Abrams tank can be reassigned to control unmanned air and ground vehicles by installing an automatic loading system, said Lt. Gen. Michael Lundy, the head of the Combined Arms Center at Fort Leavenworth, Kan.   The would increase the situational awareness for Abrams crews, among other capabilities, said Lundy.   The Army will also hold a joint capability technology demonstration of the robotic wingman concept using Humvees. A second phase, planned for some point in the future, will evaluate the concept with M113 armored personnel carriers, according to the service.   The demonstrations will assist the development of planned programs of record for a semiautonomous robotic wingman starting in 2023 and an autonomous version in 2035, according to the Army Training and Doctrine Command.


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