Friday, April 21, 2017

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The List 4437

To All,
I hope you all have a great weekend
Thanks to Bill for the update on yesterday's history
This Day In Naval History - April 20
1796 - Congress authorizes completion of 3 frigates
My historical expert says:
I believe the first item is incorrect.  The Original Authorization was in 1794 authorizing six frigates, but had a "peace dividend" clause in it allowing construction to be cancelled if peace broke out (some things never change).
United States
The 1796 act authorized continued the construction of United States, Constellation and Constitution.
President, Congress and Chesapeake were not reauthorized until 1798
This Day In Naval History - April 21
1861 - USS Saratoga captures slaver, Nightingale.
1898: President William McKinley orders the Navy to begin a blockade of Cuba and Spain, the beginning of the Spanish-American War. Congress responds with a formal declaration of war April 25, made retroactive to the start of the blockade.
1906 - Commander Robert Peary discovered supposed Arctic Continent did not
1972 - Moonwalk in the Descartes Highlands by CAPT John W. Young, USN
Commander of Apollo 16. He was the ninth man to walk on the moon. LCDR
Thomas K. Mattingly II, USN was the Command Module Pilot. During the 11
day, 1 hour and 51 minute mission, 213 lbs. of lunar material was
collected. Recovery by HC-1 helicopters from USS Ticonderoga (CVS-14)
Admiral Taylor's Rolling thunder history can be viewed each day at   ... (google it and you are there to read) ...
This Day In Naval History - April 22
1778: During the American Revolution, two boats of volunteers from the sloop-of-war Ranger, commanded by John Paul Jones, go ashore at Whitehaven, England, burning ships in the harbor and spiking the guns of the fort.
1898 - U.S. warships begin blockade of Cuba
1987 - U.S. Navy ordered to provide assistance to neutral vessels under Iranian attack outside the exclusion zone and that requested help
This Day In Naval History - April 23
1918 - USS Stewart destroys German submarine off France
1934 - In first Navy movement through Panama Canal over 100 ships transitted
1945 - In only U.S. use of guided missiles in WW II, 2 BAT missiles release at Balikiapan, Borneo
1956 - Project Vanguard, earth satellite launching program, assigned to DCNO (Air)
I still can't figure out when the official Brother's day is but these words from Dutch, Mark Winton and the Bear are well worth repeating for all of us who served.
Thanks to THE Bear -
Dutch.... And all you great guys on the Dutchman's circuit-- Windmillers -- thanks for sharing, and thanks for making this old Grumpy Grizzly happier, healthier, smarter and loving than I ever hoped to be... Happy Brother's Day ( Every Day )....  Luvyaguys.... Bear
Mark Linton wrote: A real man is the kind of man that when your feet hit the floor each morning the devil says 'Oh Crap, he's up'! Brother, life is too short to wake up with regrets. So love the people who treat you right. Forgive the ones who don't just because you can. Believe everything happens for a reason. If you get a second chance, grab it with both hands. If it changes your life, let it.  Take a few minutes to think before you act when you're mad . Forgive quickly. God never said life would be easy. He just promised it would be worth it.  Today is Brother's day, send this to all your brothers, fathers, sons and me if I am one. Happy brothers Day! I LOVE YA BROTHER!!! To the cool men that have touched my life. Here's to you!! A real Brother walks with you when the rest of the world walks on you. 
Thanks to Hal
In three days the French people will go to the polls to vote on a new president. This shooting might just be the straw that broke the camel's back, and Marie LePen is the right wing candidate who wants to crack down on the Islamic fanatics and start sending some back to where the came from, mostly former French colonies of North Africa.  And with that, I'll bet the French voters will want to depart the European Union which is controlled by the Socialists of Brussels.  It is they who tell countries how many refugees, economic or otherwise, they will take in. Maybe the French have had enough.  And let me  be the first to predict, as the British did, a departure, or a French Exit, or Frexit.If the French leave the EU, it will probably disassemble. 
thanks for this, Tamara.
Two Police Officers, Kalashinikov-Armed Terrorist Killed In Paris, More Shots Reported Fired At New Location: Live Feed
Thanks to Carl….the deep breathing  is something you should take a look at. It does help.
Many breathing experts agree that 9 out of 10 people breathe poorly, which can have ramifications for both your physical and psychological health.
Science Reveals Why Nature Sounds and Deep Breathing Are so Relaxing
Thanks to Carl
(This is written by a trusted expert!  I am a firm believer in the PSA test since it saved my life 16 years ago!  I can provide details about my PCa experience individually to anyone interested!)
Hello, You have reached the 'Men's Help Line.'
My name is Don.  How can I help you?"
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I have suspected for some time now that my wife has been cheating on me. You know, just the usual signs; the phone rings and when I answer, the caller hangs up. Plus, she goes out with 'the girls' a lot. I usually try to stay awake to look out for her when she comes home, but I always fall asleep.
Anyway, last night about midnight, I woke up and she was not home. So I hid in the garage behind my boat and waited for her.
When she came home, she got out of someone's car, buttoning her blouse, then she took her panties out of her purse and slipped them on. It was at that moment, while crouched behind the boat, that I noticed a hairline crack in the outboard motor mounting bracket.
Is that something I can weld, or do I need to replace the whole bracket?"
Item Number:1 Date: 04/21/2017 CHINA - BOMBERS PUT ON HEIGHTENED ALERT; U.S. MONITORS SITUATION (APR 21/CNN)  CABLE NEWS NETWORK -- China put some of its bomber fleet on high alert on Wednesday, likely responding to a potential situation in North Korea, say U.S. defense officials cited by CNN.   Many were brought to full readiness status, said officials on Thursday.   There have been various explanations offered as why the status was elevated.   The moves are part of an effort to "reduce the time to react to a North Korean contingency," said one official.   Another U.S. official said the change could be in preparation for a future drill or exercise, reported ABC News.   North Korea reportedly warned Beijing that a nuclear test would take place on April 20, said officials cited by Fox News. The day passed without incident.   American officials downplayed the action and said they had not seen an increase in cruise-missile-capable bomber flights by the Chinese military.  
 Item Number:2 Date: 04/21/2017 EGYPT - NAVY ACCEPTS ANOTHER TYPE 209 GERMAN-BUILT SUBMARINE (APR 21/EI)  EGYPT INDEPENDENT -- The Egyptian navy has taken delivery of its second of four diesel-powered submarines purchased from Germany, reports the Egypt Independent.   The Type 209/1400 sub arrived on Wednesday at the navy's Ras al-Tin base in Alexandria, reported Turkey's Anadolu Agency.   The first boat in the class was delivered in December.   Cairo ordered two of the boats in 2011 and other two in 2014.   The subs are designated the S41 class in Egyptian service
Item Number:3 Date: 04/21/2017 ESTONIA - BALTIC DEFENSE CHIEFS TAKE ANOTHER STEP FOR JOINT INFANTRY BATTALION (APR 21/EPR)  ESTONIAN PUBLIC RADIO -- The defense chiefs of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania are going to continue the joint Baltic Battalion project under Latvia's leadership, reports Estonian Public Radio.   "In addition to welcoming and integrating the battle groups stationed in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania to strengthen NATO security, we must further strengthen defense cooperation among ourselves by continuing with the joint infantry battalion project," said Gen. Riho Terras, the head of the Estonian Defense Forces, on April 19.   The defense chiefs also discussed the increased allied presence in the region and planned reforms to the Baltic Defense College in Tartu, Estonia.   The Baltic leaders also agreed to increase the sharing of maritime surveillance in order to enhance situational awareness regarding activity in the Baltic Sea
Item Number:4 Date: 04/21/2017 FRANCE - ON EVE OF ELECTIONS, TERRORISM HITS PARIS; ISIS CLAIMS ATTACK (APR 21/ALJAZ)  AL JAZEERA -- French prosecutors have opened a terrorism investigation after Thursday evening's shooting in Paris that left one police officer dead and two others injured, reports Al Jazeera (Qatar).   A gunman exited his car and fired what was called an automatic weapon at police officers at the Champs-Elysees Avenue, reported ABC News.   The gunman was killed in return fire. The Islamic State claimed responsibility for the attack.   The assailant, identified only as 39-year-old Karim C., was born in France and was known to intelligence services for expressing a desire to kill police officers, said officials.   The attacker was convicted in 2005 of three counts of attempted murder, including two against police officers, said officials.   Police raided his apartment in a suburb in the east of Paris and issued an arrest warrant for a second suspect, reported Reuters.   The attack occurred days before presidential elections scheduled for the weekend. Prime Minister Bernard Cazeneuve announced on Friday that security forces were being "fully mobilized" to back up 50,000 police already deployed.   President Francois Holland said he was convinced the attack was "terror-related," noted Sky News (U.K.).  
  Item Number:5 Date: 04/21/2017 INDIA - FOR 1ST TIME, NAVY TEST-FIRES LAND-ATTACK BRAHMOS CRUISE MISSILE (APR 21/PTI)  PRESS TRUST OF INDIA -- The Indian navy says it successfully test-fired a supersonic cruise missile on Friday, reports the Press Trust of India.   A land-attack version of the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile was fired at a range in the Bay of Bengal, said a top navy official.   The missile was launched from a stealth frigate, reported ANI.   This is the first time a land-attack variant of the missile has been launched from an Indian warship. Previous firings by the navy have been of an anti-ship version, said defense officials
Item Number:6 Date: 04/21/2017 IRAQ - SECURITY FORCES LIBERATE MORE PARTS OF W. MOSUL (APR 21/AFP)  AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE -- Iraqi forces fighting the Islamic State in western Mosul say they have gained control of two more neighborhoods, reports Agence France-Presse.   On Thursday, government forces took the Al-Thawra neighborhood west of Mosul's Old City, said a spokesman for the Counter-Terrorism Service. An officer with Iraq's federal police confirmed that the neighborhood was in government hands.   The Joint Operations Command overseeing the offensive said that the Nasr neighborhood was also retaken on Thursday.   Iraqi forces have been surrounding the Old City for some time and control Mosul's southern neighborhoods.  
 Item Number:7 Date: 04/21/2017 ISRAEL - BORDER TO SINAI REOPENS; TERROR THREAT STILL SAID TO BE SEVERE (APR 21/TOI)  TIMES OF ISRAEL -- Israeli authorities say they have reopened a border-crossing to Egypt's Sinai Peninsula that had been shut over terrorism concerns, reports the Times of Israel.   The Taba border-crossing was closed early last week over fears of an imminent terror attack by the Islamic State against tourists during the Passover holiday.   The closure decision was extremely unpopular with the public since the region is a popular holiday destination, noted i24 news.   The crossing was reopened Friday to Israelis following a security assessment by the counterterrorism office.   The Counter-Terrorism Bureau warned that "the threat posed to Israelis in the Sinai remains serious, concrete and immediate" and urged tourists to leave immediately.   Israeli officials say the Sinai Province, ISIS's affiliate in the region, is more motivated to make attacks due to pressure on ISIS in Iraq and Syria.  
Item Number:8 Date: 04/21/2017 ITALY - NAVY TAKES DELIVERY OF FUTURE ITS LUIGI RIZZO FRIGATE (APR 21/FINCA)  FINCANTIERI -- The Italian navy has just received its sixth Carlo Bergamini-class frigate, reports Fincantieri, the Italian shipbuilder.   The Luigi Rizzo was handed over at the Fincantieri shipyard in Muggiano (La Spezia) on Thursday.   The frigate is the second in the class built to the multipurpose configuration, said the shipbuilder.   The ships, being built on the European multi-mission frigate (FREMM) program, will replace the Italian navy's Lupo- and Maestrale-class warships
Item Number:9 Date: 04/21/2017 KAZAKHSTAN - 2 MORE C-295 TRANSPORT AIRCRAFT ON THE WAY (APR 21/ADAS)  AIRBUS DEFENCE AND SPACE -- Kazakhstan has finalized a deal with Airbus Defence and Space for another two C-295 cargo aircraft, reports Airbus.   The contract, which included a spares and support package, covered the last two aircraft included in a memorandum of understanding that was signed in 2012.   The deal was announced on Thursday.   Both aircraft are to be delivered in the second half of 2017 and will increase the Kazakh fleet to eight.   The value of the contract was not disclosed
Item Number:10 Date: 04/21/2017 PHILIPPINES - RUSSIAN NAVY FLAGSHIP VARYAG WELCOMED IN MANILA (APR 21/PDI)  PHILIPPINE DAILY INQUIRER -- The flagship of the Russian navy is in Manila for a four-day visit, reports the Philippine Daily Inquirer.   The guided-missile cruiser Varyag arrived Thursday, as did the tanker Pechenga. They are from the Russian Navy's Pacific Fleet.   This is the second goodwill visit of Russian warships to the Philippines this year.   The visit of the Russian ships provides an opportunity for joint training and for Philippine sailors to view Russian technology, said Philippine navy officials.   Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte plans to make a trip to Russia next month. Boosting defense cooperation will be on the agenda of those meetings
Item Number:11 Date: 04/21/2017 ROMANIA - BUCHAREST EYES PURCHASES OF PATRIOT MISSILES, HIMARS (APR 21/REU)  REUTERS -- Romania intends to purchase Patriot missiles from U.S. defense company Raytheon, says a Romanian defense official, as reported by Reuters.   "The Patriot missile defense system is part of the multilevel air defense system of Romania's airspace. We're assessing all options to develop this [acquisition] program," Gen. Nicolae-Ionel Ciuca, the chief of general staff, said on Thursday.   The program is expected to begin this year, he said.   The Patriot missile would be part of an integrated air defense system that includes six newly purchased F-16 fighter jets.   Defense Secretary Florin Vladica also said purchases were planned of HIMARS rocket/missile systems and 8 x 8 armored vehicles, reported Xinhua, China's state news agency. A decision on the acquisitions is expected this year, he said this week
Item Number:12 Date: 04/21/2017 RUSSIA - GUNMAN ATTACKS REGIONAL OFFICE OF SECURITY SERVICE IN FAR EAST (APR 21/RFE/RL)  RADIO FREE EUROPE/RADIO LIBERTY -- A shooting at a regional headquarters of Russia's FSB intelligence agency in the Far East has left three people dead, including the gunman, reports Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, citing a statement by the FSB on Friday.   The attacker entered the office building in Khabarovsk and opened fire at the people in the reception area, said the agency.   The gunman killed an FSB officer and a visitor before being killed by security guards, reported Russia's RT. Another visitor was wounded.   The assailant was later identified as an 18-year-old resident of the Khabarovsk region who had alleged ties to an unnamed nationalist group, said the Tass news agency.  
  Item Number:13 Date: 04/21/2017 SOUTH KOREA - SCORES OF AMERICAN, S. KOREAN JETS TAKING PART IN MAX THUNDER DRILLS (APR 21/YON)  YONHAP -- More than 100 U.S. and South Korean military aircraft are training together at the current Max Thunder drills at Kunsan Air Base in South Korea, reports the Yonhap news agency (Seoul).   Around 1,200 personnel are also taking part in the two-week exercise, which began on April 14, the news agency said on Thursday.   The South Korean contingent includes F-15K, KF-16, FA-50, F-4E and F-5 fighters, C-130 cargo aircraft and E-737 airborne early warning and control (AEW&C) aircraft.   The U.S. has dispatched F-16 fighters, U-2 reconnaissance aircraft, Marine AV-8B Harrier IIs and Navy EA-18G Growler electronic attack aircraft for the training.   The joint exercise has included a simulation-based precision strike mission.   This training has "demonstrated the capability to perfectly overwhelm an enemy and respond to any form of provocation anytime and anywhere," said Lt. Gen. Won In-chul, the head of the South Korean air force operations command
Item Number:14 Date: 04/21/2017 SOUTH KOREA - U.S. NUCLEAR 'SNIFFER' AIRCRAFT SAID TO BE MONITORING N. KOREA, SAYS SOURCE (APR 21/YON)  YONHAP -- A U.S. Air Force nuclear "sniffer" aircraft has been deployed to the Korean Peninsula ahead of a potential North Korean nuclear test, says a South Korean government source cited by the Yonhap news agency (Seoul).   A WC-135 Constant Phoenix made an emergency sortie on Thursday over the East Sea (Sea of Japan), said the source.   The aircraft is designed to test for radioactive debris after a nuclear explosion. The plane was deployed to Kadena Air Base in Japan's Okinawa island earlier this month.   The recent flight was likely to check for a nuclear bomb test and test operational readiness, the source said.   Seoul has indicated the North appeared ready to conduct its sixth nuclear test at the Punggye-ri test site in the northeast
Item Number:15 Date: 04/21/2017 SYRIA - SEEKING PROTECTION, AIR FORCE MOVES AIRCRAFT TO RUSSIA'S HMEIMIM AIR BASE (APR 21/FN)  FOX NEWS -- The Syrian government has relocated most of its operational aircraft to a Russian airbase in Syria to protect them against additional potential U.S. airstrikes, reports Fox News.   The movement of these jets and helicopters to the facility at Bassel Al-Assad International Airport began shortly after the U.S. Navy launched Tomahawk cruise missiles at the Shayrat Airbase on April 6.   The airport is near Russia's Hmeimim Air Base in Syria's western Latakia province, noted CNN.   About 20 Syrian strike aircraft were destroyed at the Shayrat base in the attack, according to U.S. officials, a lower estimated than initially reports.   Russia keeps dozens of its own jets and helicopters at the base and protects them with fourth-generation air defense systems.   Moscow said it would help Syria improve its defenses following the U.S. strike. Some American officials see the latest move as the Kremlin's following through on its pledge.  
Item Number:16 Date: 04/21/2017 TURKEY - DEAL FOR RUSSIAN S-400 DEFENSE SYSTEM SAID TO BE CLOSER (APR 21/REU)  REUTERS -- Discussions to buy the S-400 air missile defenses system from Russia have reached their "final stage," says Turkey's Defense Minister Fikri Isik, as reported by Reuters.   "Work on the S-400 has reached a final point. But the final stage does not mean 'let's sign a deal tomorrow morning,'" said Isik on Friday.   NATO countries had not presented Turkey with a "financially effective" alternative, he said.   In 2013, Turkey provisionally awarded a US$3.4 billion tender for a long-range missile defense system from China. The deal was canceled in 2015 and Turkey said it was considering building a system locally. That is apparently no longer an option
Item Number:17 Date: 04/21/2017 USA - 213 GRADUATE IN INITIAL AIR ASSAULT COURSE IN KUWAIT (APR 21/ARMY)  ARMY TIMES -- The first class of U.S. Army troops to take a new air assault course at Camp Buehring, Kuwait, has graduated, reports the Army Times.   The course, which began on April 3, qualifies deployed soldiers in air assault helicopter operations, including sling-loading and rappelling.   The course in Kuwait is just the second outside of the continental United States, with the other being in Hawaii.   The 11-day course has three phases, according to those running it. The first covers classroom instruction about aircraft orientation, medical evacuation, close-combat attack and assault.   The second includes hands-on training on equipment to rig and inspect sling loads.   The final phase includes rappelling down towers, culminating in rappelling from a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter hovering 90 feet (27 m) in the air.   Of the 269 troops who started the course earlier this month, 213 graduated, officials said. Active-duty, reserve and National Guard personnel participated, as did U.S. airmen and Marines.  
Item Number:18 Date: 04/21/2017 USA - AIR FORCE OPENS TEMPORARY ACTIVE-DUTY DOOR TO MORE GUARDSMEN, RESERVISTS (APR 21/AFT)  AIR FORCE TIMES -- The U.S. Air Force is giving more Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve personnel the opportunity to move temporarily to active duty, reports the Air Force Times.   The service is adding 51 new officer specialty codes to the list of eligible jobs, significantly increasing what it calls the Voluntary Limited Period of Active Duty program.   The program is designed to assist the Air Force in filling vacancies in critical jobs. There were previously just six officer specialties eligible for the program.   Under the program, which began at the start of fiscal 2016, reservists and Guard officers and enlisted airmen transform to active duty for three years and one day. Participants receive active-duty benefits, but remain on the Reserve Active Status list.   The original program covered officers in the 11F fighter pilot; 13D combat rescue officer; 14N intelligence; 17D network operations; 18A attack remotely piloted aircraft pilots; and 52R chaplain career fields.   This expansion adds the following specialty codes: 11B bomber; 11E experimental test; 11H rescue; 11K trainer; 11M mobility; 11R reconnaissance surveillance and electronic warfare; 11S special operations; and 11U RPA pilots, as well as 11G generalist pilots. The list also includes bomber, fighter, rescue, electronic warfare and special ops combat systems officers, as well as other 18X RPA pilots.   Non-rated officer jobs now eligible for the program include 15W weather; 21A aircraft maintenance; 35P public affairs; and Biomedical Science Corps and Nurse Corps officers.   The battlefield airmen officer specialties 13C special tactics and 13L air liaison officers have also been added.   Enlisted airmen in 60 career fields — including maintenance, aircrew operations, command control systems operations, personnel, aerospace medical services and medical lab technicians — can also move from the Guard or Reserve to active duty under this expended program
Item Number:19 Date: 04/21/2017 USA - NEW PROCESS SLASHES MAINTENANCE TIME FOR FORWARD-DEPLOYED LITTORAL SHIPS (APR 21/USNIN)  USNI NEWS -- The U.S. Navy has reorganized the process for responding to maintenance issues for littoral combat ships deployed in the Asia-Pacific region, reports USNI News.   The new process was developed under the lead of Rear Adm. Don Gabrielson, the commander of Logistics Group Western Pacific/Task Force 73.   The current rotational deployment of USS Coronado (LCS 4) was designed in part to prepare for multiple littoral ships deployed through Singapore and elsewhere.   When Coronado arrived in Singapore, the process and procedures for handling unexpected engineering problems was evaluated. This revealed that it took an average of 15 days to correct issues, Gabrielson told USNI.   The revised process can address such problems in an average of four days and are applicable to any littoral ship that might be deployed.   Some changes included relocating personnel, support assets and spare part stocks to better support the operation of LCS in the region, the admiral said.   There are two LCS variants. The Independence class, which includes the Coronado, is built by Austal USA to a trimaran design. The Freedom class is built by Lockheed Martin
Item Number:20 Date: 04/21/2017 USA - PAVEWAY GUIDED BOMB WORKS ON MOVING TARGET IN CONTROLLED TEST WITH F-35C (APR 21/USAF)  U.S. AIR FORCE -- The U.S. Air Force says it has successfully used the F-35C Joint Strike Fighter to hit a moving target with a guided weapon.   An F-35C employed a specially built GBU-12 Paveway II guided bomb against a moving pickup truck on March 29 at a range at Naval Air Weapons State China Lake in California, said the Air Force on Thursday.   The test incorporated new release logic to enhance the effectiveness against moving targets, said the service. The targeting system assesses the speed and direction of the target as well as the altitude and speed of the aircraft.   "This was really a test of the aircraft targeting system and associated weaponeering logic, and the results of this test will be used to certify this capability with a GBU-12 on the F-35," the Air Force said.   The F-35C is the carrier variant.   This F-35's shortcoming -- not being able to hit moving targets -- has been the subject of recent critical commentary. 

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