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This Day In Naval History - January 27
1942: Submarine USS Gudgeon (SS-211) becomes the first US Navy submarine to sink an enemy Japanese submarine I-173 in action during World War II.
1945 - Commissioning of USS Higbee (DD-806), first U.S. Navy ship named after women member of U.S. Navy.
1967 - Fire in Command Module at Cape Kennedy during simulation countdown.
Lunar Module Pilot LCDR Roger B. Chaffee and two other crew members died.
1973 - Paris Peace Accords signed, ending U.S. participation in the Vietnam War
This Day In Naval History - January 28
1778 - Second New Providence Expedition raised the flag with thirteen stripes over Fort Nassau.
1960 - Navy demonstrates value of moon communication relay, used in fleet broadcasts.
1962 - USS Cook (APD-130) rescues 25 survivors from after section of Panamanian tanker, SS Stanvac Sumatra, which broke in two in the South China Sea
1986: The Space Shuttle Challenger tragically explodes early in its boost phase, killing all seven astronauts, including Navy Cmdr. Michael Smith.
January 25 1943  The Pentagon is dedicated, becoming the world's largest office building at the time
January 27, 1943 American bombers mount the first all American air raid against Germany when they bomb Wilhelmshaven
This Day In Naval History - January 29
1914 - U.S. Marines land in Haiti to protect U.S. consulate
1942- Beginning of 2 day battle of Rennell Island after which U.S.
transports reached Guadalcanal
January 27
Mustafa II becomes the Ottoman sultan in Istanbul on the death of Amhed II.
Congress approves Indian Territory (present-day Oklahoma), clearing the way for forced relocation of the Eastern Indians on the "Trail of Tears."
President Abraham Lincoln issues General War Order No. 1, setting in motion the Union armies.
Foreign diplomats in Peking fear revolt and demand that the Imperial Government discipline the Boxer Rebels.
Russian General Kuropatkin takes the offensive in Manchuria. The Japanese under General Oyama suffer heavy casualties.
President Woodrow Wilson opens preparedness program.
Communists attempt to seize power in Finland.
Lenin's body is laid in a marble tomb on Red Square near the Kremlin.
A League of Nations majority favors depriving Japan of mandates.
President Franklin D. Roosevelt approves the sale of U.S. war planes to France.
The United States and Great Britain begin high-level military talks in Washington.
The first U.S. raids on the Reich blast Wilhelmshaven base and Emden.
NASA selects 110 candidates for the first U.S. space flight.
Military leaders oust the civilian government of Tran Van Huong in Saigon.
Three astronauts are killed in a flash fire that engulfed their Apollo 1 spacecraft.
A cease fire in Vietnam is called as the Paris peace accords are signed by the United States and North Vietnam.
The State Supreme Court rules that Nazis can display the Swastika in a march in Skokie, Illinois.
Pope John Paul II says mass to one million in Venezuela.
'We have a fire in the cockpit!' The Apollo 1 disaster 50 years later.
Navy to Decommission World's 1st Nuclear Aircraft Carrier – Enterprise CVN 65. The Big E!
Thanks to Carl…Lest we forget
They Still Dance On The Graves Of The Auschwitz Survivors
Heavy rain can really set the mood when you visit somewhere. Hollywood has known this for years, and movie makers have used it to great effect ever since. But with nature writing the screenplay today, such weather is more than fitting at my location – the remains of one of the biggest crimes in humankind's history. I am visiting Oświęcim, a small town in rural Poland. This place might be better known to you by the German name that the oppressors used for it during their brief, fatal time here in the late 1930s and early 1940s: Auschwitz.
A day in the life of an Auschwitz tourist
No matter where you come from, a visit to the Auschwitz Concentration Camp follows the same script. You will arrive at the Auschwitz I site in your bus, gather at the entrance, and be allocated a guide to lead you through the museum. Your camera and/or your smartphone will remain in your hand throughout the day. The first photo you take will be one of the most recognizable. You will stop at the infamous entrance, with its gravely sarcastic "Arbeit macht frei" message (which means "work makes you free"), and you will take a selfie or let a friend snap a photo of you. Everybody at home will recognize where you are.
The guide will walk you through the older, brick-built buildings of this World Heritage Site and show you all the things the Nazis didn't burn when they fled the place – carpets made of human hair; mountains of shoes; empty cans of Zyklon B poison; and the countless suitcases belonging to the people who were killed. You will feel the frightening karma of this place. Especially in the prison cells and the rooms containing the ovens. It's impossible to believe that a human being would have been able to fit into those small cells. Unbelievable that humans did this to other humans.
The poison gas Zyklon B (left image) was manufactured by IG Farben and not only used in Auschwitz. Suitcases belonging to people who were killed (right image) can be seen today in Auschwitz I.
Next, you will drive to the second, larger camp, Auschwitz II – Birkenau. Here, you will recognize the scenes from Schindler's List. Maybe you imagine a red raincoat in the distance, among the clothes of those killed in this horrific place. You will certainly see where the trains arrived, and where the IG Farben doctors assessed each new arrival. Were they able to work? Or were they useless and should they be killed? 
You will walk from the site where the trains arrive to what is left of the large gas chambers. You will not feel the rain. You are here in your multi-layered jacket, made of synthetic Bayer plastic fibers. Maybe you will remember that the poor people who were forced to live here had nothing like that. Just a bunch of rags to wear, and a barrack where the rain poured through. 
The entrance of Auschwitz II Birkenau (left) and one of the barracks (right).
On your way back to the bus, the guide will show you one of the barracks that are still standing today. You will feel the darkness, even during the day, and sense how cold and windy it is. Imagine the snow-filled days of the winter in 1942. How did people survive? Perhaps the guide will tell you how many people used to live in one of these barracks, and how many barracks there were in the days when IG Auschwitz was still in business. They might even tell you a story about one of the survivors
Did you ever think about what those thousands of people were doing in this awful place? And that there were millions of individuals who lived, worked, survived, or died here? Each individual had his or her own family members and friends. We should really try to imagine the fate of each individual behind the familiar story of over 1 million anonymous victims. 
The men who still hide in the darkness, and dance on the graves of the survivors
On your second visit, you should go on a little detour. Leave behind the busloads of tourists that walk through the official concentration camp. Leave behind those who only see the officially authorized picture, the one painted by the industry of remembrance. If you look carefully, you can still see the remains of the driving force behind this work/death machine. Barely anyone notices it, and no official guide will mention it. But parts of IG Auschwitz, the colossal industrial complex of IG Farben, are still there.
Inmates of the Auschwitz concentration camp were forced to work in the plant (left). The size of the IG Auschwitz plant (red area) was larger than all Auschwitz concentration camps (blue area) taken together.
There are concrete buildings that continue to be used today. You can follow the industrial pipes that were in use on the first day of business at the factories and are still operational now. Drive around the borders of the complex and see how long it takes you. See how huge it really is. All hidden from the public eye. Hidden from the Instagram photos that share scenes of the Auschwitz I entrance, or the Facebook post from the site where the trains arrived in Auschwitz II. It is woven into a typical Polish industrial area that you would normally only enter when you have business to conduct there. It is still very much visible though. That is, if you look close enough, if you look behind the official picture that you are being told to see.
You are taught to believe that a bunch of lunatics imprisoned innocent men, women and children, and forced them to work until their deaths. The reality is much more frightening: IG Auschwitz and the Auschwitz concentration camp were planned by businessmen who were trying to make as much profit as possible using the cheapest labor resources available. Ten years ago, for the work it has done in bringing this story to the attention of the world, the Dr. Rath Health Foundation received the "Relay of Life and Remembrance" from the survivors of Auschwitz.

Aspirin in the IG Farben era (left image) and today (right image). This drug stimulated the sales of IG Farben. Today, it still boosts profits for Bayer.
Left image: By ANKAWÜ (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons | Right image: By 14 Mostafa&zeyad (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons
But the business heritage of the petrochemical and pharmaceutical company IG Farben marches on. Bayer, Hoechst (now part of Sanofi-Aventis), and BASF were built from IG Farben assets, sold IG Farben pharmaceuticals and chemicals, shared the same executives and, most importantly, retain the same business model. Today, however, they operate on a much larger scale than ever before. 
In 1942, during World War II, IG Farben had a turnover equivalent to $13.7 billion in today's money. In 2015, the sales of Bayer alone reached $49.8 billion. 
One could argue that not much has changed.
Museum guide and Auschwitz survivor confirm IG Farben behind construction of Birkenau camp -
Item Number:1 Date: 01/27/2017 CANADA - FOLLOWING 5 YEARS OF CONSTRUCTION, NEW HANGAR AT CFB TRENTON OPENS FOR C-17S (JAN 27/BELLINTEL)  BELLEVILLE INTELLIGENCER -- Canadian Forces Base Trenton, Ontario, has finally cut the ribbon on a new hangar for C-17 strategic airlifters, reports the Belleville (Ontario) Intelligencer.   Hangar 6, which has been under construction since 2012, was inaugurated in a ceremony on Jan. 24.   The 183,000-square-foot (17,000-square-meter) structure features two bays, each measuring about 54,000 square feet (5,000 square meters).   The hangar cost Can$78.2 million (US$58.7 million) to build as part of a Can$860 million (US$645 million) infrastructure overhaul at the base.   The new facility will be used to maintain the air force's fleet of five C-17s and five CC-150 Polaris tanker-transports
Item Number:2 Date: 01/27/2017 CHINA - BEIJING BANS EXPORTS OF MANY DUAL-USE GOODS IN N. KOREA (JAN 27/REU)  REUTERS -- The Chinese government has released a new list of goods that are banned for exporting to North Korea, reports Reuters.   The comprehensive list, released on Jan. 25, included many dual-use items that could be used to build weapons of mass destruction.   These included materials and equipment to develop nuclear missiles; software related to rockets and drones; high-speed video cameras; submarines; sensors; and lasers.   It also includes goods that could be used to develop conventional weapons, noted UPI.   The list is intended to comply with the U.N. sanctions that were imposed in November in response to Pyongyang's fifth and largest nuclear test in September, said the Ministry of Commerce.  
  Item Number:3 Date: 01/27/2017 ESTONIA - THE BRITISH ARE COMING, SAYS DEFENSE MINISTER; FRENCH, DANISH TROOPS ALSO ON THE WAY (JAN 27/BALTIMES)  BALTIC TIMES -- The vanguard of the British-led multinational NATO battalion to be stationed in Estonia is due in March, reports the Baltic Times.   Preparations are underway at the Tapa military base to host 1,200 allied troops, Defense Minister Margus Tsahkna said on Tuesday after a visit to the installation.   "Development work at the compound is in full swing and already in March we will accept French and Danish allied soldiers under the leadership of Brits," the minister said in a Facebook post.   The bulk of the battalion will arrive in April. Personnel from the unit are going to take part in Estonia's three-week Spring Storm military exercise in May.   The NATO battalion stationed in Tapa will work with Estonia's 1st Infantry Brigade.   The U.K. is sending 800 troops, including Warrior infantry fighting vehicles, Challenger 2 tanks and reconnaissance drones. A French contingent will serve with the battalion for the first half of the year, say officials. It will be replaced by the Danes.   Meanwhile, elements of the German-led NATO battalion have already started arriving in Lithuania. Latvia anticipates receiving its Canadian-led battle group by June
Item Number:4 Date: 01/27/2017 EUROPEAN UNION - NEW PROGRAM AIMS TAKES AIM AT ILLEGAL MIGRATION FROM N. AFRICA (JAN 27/EUO)  EU OBSERVER -- The European Commission, the E.U.'s executive body, has revealed a 200 million euro (US$214 million) program for Libya and North Africa that is designed to slow migration flows, bolster surveillance and save lives within Libya's territorial waters, reports the E.U. Observer.   Made public on Jan. 25, the program will also improve the monitoring of the land borders between Chad, Libya and Niger.   Libya has become the largest staging point for migrants leaving Africa for Europe, often in extremely dangerous conditions. Around 4,500 people died in 2016 trying to make the trip.   There are unanswered questions concerning how E.U. member states will contribute, and tenuous relations with the Libyan government in Tripoli may also complicate the effort.   The 200 million euros for 2017 is being drawn from the 1.8 billion euro (US$1.9 billion) Trust Fund for Africa, officials said.   The plan calls for E.U. members to match the amount. Federica Mogherini, the E.U. foreign affairs chief, acknowledged that she could not "anticipate expectations" about totals.  
 Item Number:5 Date: 01/27/2017 GERMANY - U.S. ARMY EUROPE GETS ANOTHER GERMAN CHIEF OF STAFF (JAN 27/S&S)  STARS AND STRIPES -- U.S. Army Europe has a new chief of staff, reports the Stars and Stripes.   German Brig. Gen. Kai Rohrschneider began his duties on Thursday at U.S. Army Europe headquarters in Wiesbaden, Germany.   He succeeded his countryman, Brig. Gen. Markus Laubenthal, who became the first foreign officer to serve as USAREUR chief of staff in 2014. Laubenthal is moving on to command the German army's 1st Panzer Division, which consists of three German and one Dutch brigade.   The goal of integrating foreign officers into the headquarters it to make the command more multinational and help USAREUR explain its mission to local officials, said Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges, the USAREUR commander.   Rohrschneider will have somewhat less power than his American counterparts. He will not have disciplinary authority over U.S. personnel, command forces or direct access to diplomatic communications and other sensitive U.S. documents, officials said.   During his predecessor's tenure, it was estimated that the German could carry out about 90 percent of the tasks normally performed by previous chiefs of staff
Item Number:6 Date: 01/27/2017 PHILIPPINES - CENTRAL MINDANAO BEING CONSIDERED AS ISLAMIC STATE 'CALIPHATE,' SAYS DEFENSE MINISTER (JAN 27/PDI)  PHILIPPINE DAILY INQUIRER -- Top Philippine government officials say the Abu Sayyaf terrorist group is considering making Central Mindanao a "caliphate" of the Islamic State, reports the Philippine Daily Inquirer.   ISIS leadership has directly communicated with Isnilon Hapilon, the head of Abu Sayyaf, requesting him to find an appropriate location for a caliphate, Defense Minister Delfin Lorenzana told reporters on Thursday.   A video has circulated of Hapilon apparently pledging allegiance to ISIS.   Basilan and Jolo in southern Mindanao are considered to be too small for an ISIS caliphate, and susceptible to being trapped, said Lorenzana, as cited by the Philippines News Agency.   According to the minister, Hapilon brought a small contingent with him when he traveled to Central Mindanao to scout it.   The Maute group in the region has pledged allegiance to ISIS. The military has been conducting operations against it, particularly in Butig and Lanao del Sur, said the defense minister
Item Number:7 Date: 01/27/2017 PHILIPPINES - POLICE NAB ABU SAYYAF LEADER IN ZAMBOANGA CITY; SUSPECT WANTED FOR KIDNAPPING (JAN 27/INTERAK)  INTERAKSYON -- Police in Zamboanga City in Mindanao in the southern Philippines say they have arrested a sub-leader of the Abu Sayyaf Group, reports InterAksyon (Quezon City, Philippines).   Faizal Jaffar, also known as Jaafar Mundi, Abu Jaafar, Aren and Ben/Abu Raba, was arrested on Friday in a combined operation by the National Intelligence Service Group and local and regional police, said a Zamboanga City police spokesman.   Jaffar is suspected of being involved with the Sipadan kidnapping incident in 2001. There are 87 counts on the kidnapping and illegal detention charges, noted the Sun Star (Cebu City, Philippines). He is also wanted for a murder case
Item Number:8 Date: 01/27/2017 ROMANIA - 5TH ORDER PLACED FOR PIRANHA III WHEELED ARMORED VEHICLES (JAN 27/GDELS)  GENERAL DYNAMICS EUROPEAN LAND SYSTEMS -- The Romanian military has awarded General Dynamics European Land Systems a contract for a fifth batch of Piranha III 8 x 8 wheeled armored vehicles, reports the European defense firm.   The deal was inked on Dec. 30, 2016, as part of the Romanian army's vehicle modernization plan.   The vehicles have a top speed of 62 mph (100 kmh) and a range of 780 miles, noted UPI.   The value of the contract and number of vehicles involved was not disclosed.   Romania has been operating Piranha vehicles since 2006, domestically and overseas, noted GDELS (formerly MOWAG of Switzerland
  Item Number:9 Date: 01/27/2017 RUSSIA - KEEL LAID FOR IVAN ANTONOV MINESWEEPER (JAN 27/INT-AVN)  INTERFAX-MILITARY NEWS AGENCY -- The Sredne-Nevsky shipyard in St. Petersburg, Russia, has laid the keel for another Alexander Obukhov-class minesweeper, reports Interfax-AVN.   The Ivan Antonov could be delivered as soon as 2018, Vladimir Seredokho, the shipyard's director-general, said during the keel-laying ceremony on Jan. 25.   The navy plans to buy around 20 of the minesweepers, which have a monolithic fiberglass hull.   The Ivan Antonov is the third ship in the class. The Alexander Obukhov has been delivered. The second unit, Georgy Kurbatov, is being completed; the ship's keel was laid on April 24, 2015, noted Port News.   Ships of the class have a displacement of 890 metric tons, are 200 feet (61 m) long and have a top speed of 16.5 knots. The ships are highly maneuverable due to a set of thrusters.  
  Item Number:10 Date: 01/27/2017 SAUDI ARABIA - FEMALE BORDER GUARDS RECEIVE TRAINING FROM GERMAN POLICE (JAN 27/ASHARQ)  ASHARQ AL-AWSAT -- German federal police are in the midst of a training course organized for Saudi female border guards, reports Asharq Al-Awsat (London).   The training, which began on Jan. 22, covers border security, personal protection, preliminary investigation, identity verification, arrest and inspection, confiscation of items and other skills, said a statement from the Saudi Directorate of Border Guards on Thursday.   Groups of 16 Saudi border guards are participating in the course, a result of an agreement between the German and Saudi interior ministries.   The border guard service has appointed 60 women inspectors, who have graduates from Naif Arab University for Security Sciences
  Item Number:11 Date: 01/27/2017 SOMALIA - AL-SHABAAB, SOLDIERS BATTLE; ACCOUNTS OF EVENT ALSO CONFLICT (JAN 27/STAR)  THE STAR -- The Kenyan army and the Al-Shabaab terrorist group have conflicting accounts about a battle on Friday morning.   The Kenyan military denied claims by Al-Shabaab that it overran a Kenyan base in Somalia, reports the Star (Kenya).   Al-Shabaab said its fighters attacked the Kenyan base in Kulbiyow in southern Somalia. The group said that 57 troops were killed and that it suffered some fatalities, reported Al Jazeera.   Responding, a Kenyan military spokesman called the reports "propaganda from the enemy."   The attack was repelled, the base was not overrun and "scores" of militants were killed in the fighting, the spokesman said.   Al-Shabaab conducted a similar attack about a year ago in the town of el-Ade and said it killed more than 100 Kenyan soldiers, noted the BBC. The Kenyan government has not released its casualty figures from that attack. A subsequent U.N. report said 150 Kenyan soldiers were killed
  Item Number:12 Date: 01/27/2017 SOUTH KOREA - ALL 36 APACHE HELICOPTERS ORDERED FROM U.S. NOW IN SERVICE, SAYS MILITARY (JAN 27/YON)  YONHAP -- The South Korean military has finished fielding all 36 AH-64E Apache attack helicopters it ordered from the United States, reports the Yonhap news agency (Seoul).   Seoul finalized a US$1.6 billion contract for the helicopters in 2013.   The upgraded AH-64E features more powerful, fuel-efficient engines; enhanced rotor blades; improved handling; and better performance and agility at higher altitudes compared to previous models.   Along with 48 Apaches assigned to U.S. Forces Korea, there are now 84 of these helicopters in service on the Korean peninsula
Item Number:13 Date: 01/27/2017 SWEDEN - IN A RARITY, YOUNG WOMAN GETS PILOT'S WINGS, WILL EVENTUALLY FLY GRIPEN FIGHTER (JAN 27/LOCAL)  THE LOCAL -- For the first time in 26 years, a Swedish woman will take to the skies in an air force fighter jet, reports the Local (Stockholm).   Lovisa Sandelin, a 22-year-old woman from Ludvika in central Sweden, graduated from the aviation school in Linkoping on Thursday.   She still has several more years of training before she will be qualified to fly the JAS 39 Gripen fighter.   Officials at the air force's Air Combat School hope her example will prompt more women to become pilots
Item Number:14 Date: 01/27/2017 TURKEY - MILITARY, HAMPERED BY PURGE, GETS BOGGED DOWN IN NORTHERN SYRIA (JAN 27/AFP)  AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE -- The ongoing Turkish military offensive to capture the city of al-Bab, in Syria's Aleppo governorate near the Turkish border, from Islamic State militants has stalled, reports Agence France-Presse.   Ankara launched Operation Euphrates Shield in August and saw initial success as the military defeated ISIS fighters in a succession of border towns, including Jarabulus.   At least 48 Turkish troops have been killed so far, the majority in al-Bab, where fighting began on Dec. 10, according to an AFP count.   The Turkish government has repeatedly complained of a lack of support from its NATO allies. The Pentagon indicated in November that it would not back the operation because it was launched independently.   Turkish forces have also suffered from the purge of more than 6,000 soldiers and 168 generals -- about half of the general officer corps -- following a failed coup attempt in July 2016.   Ankara wants to take al-Bab to prevent U.S.-backed Kurdish forces from establishing a stronghold in the region -- viewing the Kurds as terrorists.   Separately, on Friday, the Turkish military announced that it had killed 22 ISIS militants in airstrikes in northern Syria over the previous 24 hours, reported Xinhua, China's state news agency. About 272 ISIS positions were destroyed during the strikes, reported the Middle East Observer
Item Number:15 Date: 01/27/2017 TURKEY - SECURITY FORCES CAPTURE 3 IRAQI BROTHERS SAID TO MAKE BOMBS FOR ISIS (JAN 27/DAILYSABAH)  DAILY SABAH -- Turkish police in the northern Samsun province say they have detained three Iraqis suspected of building bombs for Islamic State suicide attackers in Iraq, reports the Daily Sabah (Istanbul).   The suspects were apprehended Friday after an anti-terrorism investigation in Turkey's western Sakarya province discovered that the men, reportedly brothers from Mosul in northern Iraq, were involving in making bombs in that city, noted Yeni Safak (Istanbul).   The men were said to have gone to Samsun province two months ago at the orders of ISIS leaders.   Turkey says it has detained more than 5,000 ISIS suspects and deported over 3,290 foreign terrorist fighters
Item Number:16 Date: 01/27/2017 UNITED KINGDOM - REFLECTING GROWING TIES, DEFENSE LOGISTICS TREATY SIGNED WITH JAPAN (JAN 27/UKMOD)  U.K. MINISTRY OF DEFENSE -- Senior officials from Japan and the U.K. have formalized a defense logistics treaty that "will make it easier" for both armed forces to "work together in a range of activities," reports the U.K. Ministry of Defense.   The document was signed in London on Jan. 26 by British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and the Japan's Ambassador, Koji Tsuruoka.   The accord includes practical arrangements that will enable the partners to share equipment, facilities and services easily and more efficiently, the ministry said in a release.   The treaty covers the exchange of supplies and services and eliminates the need for individual agreements on a case-by-case basis, said the MoD
  Item Number:17 Date: 01/27/2017 USA - 4 NAVY F-35CS REACH NAS LEMOORE, CALIF. (JAN 27/NAVY)  U.S. NAVY -- For the first time, the U.S. Navy has deployed its newest fighter jet to the West Coast, reports the service.   Four F-35C Lightning II carrier fighters arrived at Naval Air Station Lemoore, Calif., on Jan. 25. The Joint Strike Fighters are assigned to the recently reactivated Striker Fighter Squadron 125 (VFA-125), the Rough Raiders.   NAS Lemoore, the Navy's designated West Coast strike fighter hub and master jet base, is expected to add additional personnel and F-35C squadrons over the coming years.   The Rough Raiders join the VFA-101 Grim Reapers, based at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., as the Navy's fleet replacement squadrons, training pilots and maintainers ahead of deployment to operational units, noted IHS Jane's Navy International.   The first operational squadron is scheduled to be VFA-147 Argonauts, which is scheduled to make the transition from the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet in January 2018.   NAS Lemoore is scheduled to have 10 F-35Cs by the end of 2017 and more than 100 by the early 2020s, according to the Navy
  Item Number:18 Date: 01/27/2017 USA - CONSTRUCTION BEGINS IN SAN DIEGO ON 5TH EXPEDITIONARY SEA BASE FOR NAVY (JAN 27/GDNASSCO)  GENERAL DYNAMICS NASSCO -- General Dynamics NASSCO in San Diego has announced the start of construction on another expeditionary sea base for the U.S. Navy.   Work began on Jan. 25 on the yet-to-be-named ESB-5, the fifth ship in the Montford Point class of expeditionary transfer docks/expeditionary sea bases (ESD/ESB). The ship will be based on an Alaska-class oil tanker, noted USNI News.   The ship features a 52,000-square-foot flight deck; fuel and equipment storage; repair spaces; magazines; mission-planning spaces; and accommodations for up to 250 personnel.   The class is designed to support MH-53 and MH-60 helicopters as well as MV-22 tiltrotors
Item Number:19 Date: 01/27/2017 USA - CYBER WARRIORS GET LARGER ROLE IN RED FLAG DRILLS (JAN 27/AFNS)  AIR FORCE NEWS SERVICE -- U.S. Air Force intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance and cyber personnel are sharpening their operational skills and working with new capabilities as part of the latest Red Flag exercise at the Nevada Test and Training Range, reports the Air Force News Service.   The current drills, which run from Jan. 23 to Feb. 10, is a realistic combat exercise involving air, space and cyber forces from the U.S. and its allies, the service said in a release on Jan. 26.   The multi-domain exercise has been evolving to include more realistic scenarios involving cyber capabilities and other non-kinetic effects in planning and combat operations, said the Air Force.   For instance, participants will test the Network Centric Collaborative Targeting (NCCT) concept. NCCT is an effort to ensure global intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance assets provide actionable data to decision-makers, airborne platforms and Air Force distributed common ground systems, officials said.   The new technology will improve targeting capabilities through coordination, says the service.  
  Item Number:20 Date: 01/27/2017 USA - NAVY EXPECTS TO FIRE 150-KILOWATT LASER ON TEST SHIP WITHIN A YEAR (JAN 27/SCOUT)  SCOUT WARRIOR -- The U.S. Navy has stepped up its work on lasers, giving them more lethality, precision and power sources as a way to address a number of potential threats, reports Scout Warrior.   The Navy plans to fire a 150-kW laser from a test ship within a year, Rear Adm. Ronald Boxall, the director of surface warfare, said earlier this month at the annual Surface Navy Association symposium in Crystal City, Va.   Perhaps a year after that, the weapon will be fielded on an aircraft carrier, guided-missile destroyer, or both, the admiral said.   The Navy will be looking to ships' servers to provide 450 kW of power to support the 150-kW weapon, said Donald Klick, the director of business development for DRS Power and Control Technologies.   This is more power than most existing ships are designed to accommodate while also performing other tasks.   The Zumwalt-class destroyer may have enough electrical power, but other platforms may require some kind of "energy magazine" that stores energy for on-demand use, according to a recent paper published by the Naval Postgraduate School.   This "magazine" could consist of batteries, capacitors or flywheels and would recharge between laser pulses. The energy magazine should be able to support sustained use against a swarm of targets in an engagement lasting up to 20 minutes, the paper said.


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