Thursday, June 15, 2017

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To All,
I hope our week has been going well and you all received 4476 and 4477 after the Chinese tried to get into Cowboy's server. Thanks again to Cowboy for all his continued help in delivering the List through his server for the last 5 years.
This Day In Naval History - June 15
1864 - During the Civil War, the side-wheel steamer, USS Lexington, commanded by Lt. George Bache, and a boat crew from the side-wheel steamer, USS Tyler, capture three steamers aiding Confederates off Beulah Landing, Miss.
1944 - Fifth Fleet lands Marines on Saipan, under the cover of naval gunfire, in conquest of Marianas
1963 - Launching of combat store ship, Mars (AFS-1), first of new class of underway replenishment ships
1991 - 2 battle groups and amphibious ships evacuate dependents and Air Force personnel from Clark Air Force Base after Mount Pinatubo erupts in Philippines
Today in History June 15
King Magnus of Norway is defeated by his rival, Sverre.
King John signs the Magna Carta.
The English peasant revolt is crushed in London.
Ottoman Turks crush Serbia in the Battle of Kosovo.
Colonists in North America complete James Fort in Jamestown.
Benjamin Franklin and his son test the relationship between electricity and lightning by flying a kite in a thunder storm.
George Washington is named Commander-in-Chief by Congress.
American General Anthony Wayne captures Stony Point, New York.
Arkansas is admitted into the Union as the 25th state.
Great Britain and the United States agree on a joint occupation of Oregon Territory.
James K. Polk, the 11th president of the United States, dies.
General J.E.B. Stuart completes his "ride around McClellan."
Henry O. Flipper becomes the first African American to graduate from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.
The U.S. House of representatives approves the annexation of Hawaii.
Fire aboard the paddle steamer General Slocum on New York's East River kills 1,021, mostly German-Americans.
President Woodrow Wilson signs a bill incorporating the Boy Scouts of America.
Great Britain pledges the release of all Irish captured during the Easter Rebellion of 1916.
Three African Americans are lynched in Duluth, Minnesota, by a white mob of 5,000.
Republicans, convening in Kansas City, name Herbert Hoover their candidate for President.
Gaston Means is sentenced to 15 years for fraud in the Lindbergh baby kidnapping.
The French fortress of Verdun is captured by Germans.
U.S. Marines begin the invasion of Saipan in the Pacific.
The All India Congress accepts a British plan for the partition of India.
Greece severs military ties to Turkey because of the Cyprus issue.
The last French troops leave Algeria.
The first general election in Spain since 1936 results in victory for the UCD (Union of Democratic Centre).
History update from George
Received the following from a submarine, Class of 1957:
"Interesting claim on the first official salute to the Stars and Stripes.  I thought the Dutch were the first.  Looked it up on Wikipedia which confirmed that the French rendered the second official salute, the first being received by USS ANDREW DORIA on 16 November 1776 when she arrived at St. Eustatius and the Dutch island returned her 11-gun salute. " 
Thanks to Paul
James Mattis Blasts Congress For Military's Decline
Well there, he said it and those of us with connections to the Armed Forces see it and feel the pain.
"While nothing can compare to the heartache caused by the loss of our troops during these wars, no enemy in the field has done more to harm the combat readiness of our military than sequestration," Mattis said"
Thanks to Dutch
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Despite courts telling her that she couldn't come onto private property to host her fracking protest, Oscar-winning actress Emma Thompson obviously thought she was above the law given her celebrity status. 
Defiantly entering a local farm along with her sister Sophie and a small group of other protesters, the two spoiled brats then set up their bake sale where they displayed energy-themed cakes as part of a Greenpeace-backed protest stunt.
But the farmer who owned the land wasn't having it. And shortly after witnessing the trespassers, he cranked up his tractor, firing up the manure sprayer that was hooked to the back of it.
Thanks to Carl….I lost both my parents to this disease.  This is an outstanding article….skip
Alzheimer's Deaths Exceed Half a Million a Year in the US
(Lengthy article but very serious and sad subject!)
Alzheimer's Deaths Exceed Half a Million a Year in the US
June 15, 2017
By Dr. Mercola
Tom Weeks  [ Conclusion ]  Thrilling Epic Of Alcock And Brown Flying Across The Atlantic In 1919   
At quarter past midnight . . Alcock stood up in the cockpit, reached forward with his hand to DIG his fingers into Brown's shoulder . . personal excitement . . somehow arching . . through powerful fingers.

Dug 'em in . . HARD ! . .                                              
As he pointed . .  UP !           There's VEGA AND . . POLARIS ! 
Like a shot Brown was kneeling on his freezing seat . . clumsily twisting sextant knobs with numbed fingers.                                                      
  Then he spread out his navigation tables . . pinning the paper with one elbow . . while calculating the Vimy's position using their very expensive flashlight . . ' dumbing  down ' with a primative . . fast fading battery. 
Ten minutes later, using an  . . encouragingly small . . resulting navigator's triangle now penciled on his map . . Brown estimated their position as . . 50 degrees 7 ' North Latitude.  And 31 degrees West Longitude. 
Completely trusting his ever-faithful star ' companions ' . . Polaris and Vega.  And using the [ always ] carefully protected navigational sextant had placed them  nearly ' half way ' across the Atlantic Ocean.                                             A bit too far South,
 They'd completed 850 nautical miles with their ground speed enhanced by a little cross and tail wind factored out to 106 knots. But . . roughly 1,000 open water miles of dark Atlantic . . still lay ahead. The two optimists then enjoyed coffee and chomped down more sandwiches. Navigator Brown laced his own coffee with whiskey,his pilot friend Alcock mused : 
" I looked towards him and I noticed that he was singing.  But I couldn't understand a word.  It turns out, in Brown's ebullient and joyful voice . . had to do with visual imagery . . after having a touch of whiskey. 
  " Winged SWALLOWS . . are flyingHIGH . . ABOVE a RIVER . . that . . NEVER EVER . . DRIES UP ! "                                                                                                                  
 In London Daily Mail's newsroom, early AM discussions about the Vimy were gloomy . . edged with apprehension. The under ocean cable from St. John's had announced the Vimy's takeoff . . But then nothing.       
 The news room knew the surplus WW I aircraft had a radio transmitter . . but they were not aware the radio's  batteries went dead just a handful of hours after take-off.
Dispatches from around the world piled up - not one suggesting Alcock and Brown might  ' pull it off.'   And earn the Daily Mail's £10M prize to be the first  gutsy first aviator(s) to fly non-stop across the Atlantic Ocean. The fliers thought they saw the promise of pre-dawn.
Then in the increasing light . . they were stunned by looking at a . . cheese-like solid wedge . . of dark blooming cumulonimbus storm clouds . . directly in their narrow navigational track.   The ' weather devil ' once again placed himself precisely in the way of their finite gasoline load . . on their fuel inflexible flight path. As soon as the converted bomber penetrated the dark anvil . . its rough turbulence . . seized their machine.    Flung it to . . the extreme edge of pilot Adcock's skill and control.
 Alcock and Brown were pressed down into their seats and deluged by rain and hail.  Now pacing their airspeed with up and down ver-tical moves . . as the mature thunderstorm . . gifted nasty thousands of hail stones. And more and more ice layers.   
The impressive snare ' drum ' pounding of hail was ignored . .  as Alcock struggled to regain control.  But in the persuasive grip of strong ' seat of the pants ' feelings '. . he mistakenly followed  his vertigo-induced mental perception . . to falsely believe . . he had somehow ' lucked into ' a just a ordinary power dive.                                                        He seriously reduced both engines' RPMs and ,  So the out-of-control Vimy plummeted less rapidly . . but it soon dove  lower than one thousand  feet above sea level.     He was dead wrong. The pilot's brain was inside the clenched fist of a ' deadman's spiral . . a nasty kind of a diving turn within the night ' goop.' 
Seconds later, a startled Alcock eyes snapped wide open at the ocean's reflected black horizontal surface . . impossibly appearing . . as a  s-t-u-p-I-f-y-I-n-g . .
DOWN AND UP . . V-E-R-T-I-C-A-L   L-I-N-E  . not just the routine horizontal line  !
  D-=E=A=-D    M=-A=N'  S    S=-P=-I-=R-=A=-L  !
     With a quick intuitive non-stupified reflexes, Alcock muscled the bi-plane's quadruple wings back to level flight . .  while simultaneous-ly ramming both throttles to Vimy's firewalls.   After not ' auguring ' into the ocean swells . . Alcock's next surprising mind focus was : " That . . salty taste on my tongue . . has got to be . . ' white cap foam.'
  On the other hand, Brown's mind was whipping around angrily : " I kept thinking about how horrifically wrong that ignorant and stup-idly wrong weather meteorologist had been.                                                                                                         The incompetent bloke had even failed to perceive . . the heavy snowstorm the Vimy was now about to ' poke their nose ' into.  As well as their recent nasty gift surprise . . of  night ' goop . . then their not quite smacking down into a middle Atlantic's white-tipped . . night
cross-hatch of swells. Now . . a third nasty gift from the clouds.
  Frost-colored rime ice began piling up on the Vimy's wings . . on its fuselage . . its landing gear . . struts . . and tail empennage.  With seeming black magic . . ice began redesigning the engines unprotected carburetor air intakes.  Also the ice began melding
the tail ' hinges to with the adjoining elevators.  While melding the Vimy's vertical tail fin hinges to its [ incredibly important ] rudder.    To get any movement whatsoever from their ' iced up ' rudder . . Alcock needed full strength of both feet to simultaneously shove on one rudder pedal . . then the other one.  Unless both flyers quickly energized to make drastic additional . . as the hinged controls were now  locking in place ' by the accum-ulating coats of rime ice . Rime ice continued ' downsizing ' the vital carburetor air intakes . . and BOTH engines . . ' running crudely ROUGH.'
  Unnoticed snow began packed into their cockpit . . as both men crouched behind the Vimy's windscreens.  As a vivid new realizat-
tion began dominating their thoughts :
' If they chose to stay alive . . both needed to intensely  plan and struggle much harder . . or they were going . . to die . . like a couple helpless . . freezing ' puppies !
 Navigator Brown's realization of their approaching death became stark . . as both engines suffocated . . and what would happen next.
 He knelt on his seat, carefully removed his goggles and secured them. Then he raised up and carefully leaned out the cockpit to more specifically observe each engine nacelle's worsening ice load.                                                         
In addition to slowing them down . . the rime ice was now frighteningly covering over both engines' . . hyper-critical engine air intakes.   Then, as far as Brown was concerned, their only way to avoid being forced to ditch in the middle of a frigid sea, was for him to climb out on each ice-laden wing - right now  - and make personal ' one-on-one ' visits to each engine.  He grabbed up his heavy knife . . held it tight . . raised his war uninjured leg over the cockpit edge . . placed  each boot sole . . precise-ly in front of the nearest vertical wing strut . . at the attachment point on the rime ice-covered wing.
 In alarmed disbelief . . not knowing the urgency of his navigator's behavior . .  Alcock reached over and seized Brown . .  attempting to hold him in the cockpit.
     Brown violently jerked away . . then wriggled his way out on to the struts and flying wires . . as he carefully clasping his heavy work knife.      Out in the freezing near 100 mph slipstream . . Brown was impaired by a leg not yet healed from his war wounds . . he carefully moved from strut to strut - and flying wire to flying wire. With great care, he ' chopped away ' at the ice accumulated ' round each engine's carburetor air intake ' mouth. Carefully squirming around,  Brown then cautiously ' chip clean ' the rime ice closing up the fuel inspection window. As the prop wash and slip stream tugged incredibly hard . . a bitterly cold slip stream . . ' sneaked ' in . . to nibble at the navigator's newly exposed body flesh.
  Brown completed the urgent mission to each engine . . then carefully wormed his way back into his open cockpit.  But . . soon it was again time to wrestle himself and incredibly precious blade back out into the . . ' wild ' surfaces . . out on the Vimy's ice covered wings. Alcock had more than enough to do . . himself . . just to smoothly fly the open cockpit biplane with his ' velvet glove ' finger tips.                                                    
 One clumsy stick movement on his part . . Brown's life would be snuffed . .  to  become flotsam and jetsam on the open Atlantic.    But Alcock also realized : " . . his own life would soon be snatched away . . soon after his partner was flipped off."
 Not one of his extremely careful boot sole placements on the iced wing's surfaces  . .  nor one thoughtless grip of Brown's numbed fingers . was free from risk.   
    But with  a fierce desire to live, Brown repeated his personal acrobatics . . wrestling the biplane's . . struts . . flying wires . . against
the fiercely cold slipstream. Four ( 4 ) ' bloody ' times.
In the pre-dawn light, the Vimy's elevator and rudder controls were  only moving within the limited arc of the ' ice vice.' While cruising at 11,800 feet, the Vimy temporarily broke out and cruised on top of the clouds, as a cold sun shone directly their faces.   Brown made a ' sun shot ' and after double-checking his calculations, he determined their position was ' roughly ' okay.  And if he was ' kind of right ' . . they might have landfall in maybe ' half an hour. '  But  he had no idea . . what point on England's coastline they would cross.  It had become obvious, they were compelled to descend into warmer air to preventing further ice accumulation of additional ice . . unreachable with Brown's personal acrobatics.  
 As they were going down, Alcock kept his eyes glued to the unwinding altimeter. While continually cross-checking and reacting to numbers ' jostling around ' in the fluid compass. Then, while easing down through 3,200 feet, Alcock clearly heard Brown's joyfully . . and loudly shout :
  " The RIME ICE . . IS BREAKIN '  UP . .
  H-E-Y . . . IT'S . .M-E-L-T-I-N-G ! "
    The Vimy broke out of the warmer cloud layer over a rough-surfaced ocean.  And within minutes, the triumphant flyers sighted land.   For the next few minutes, both were too excited to be aware of their seats in the Vimy were brimming over . . with melted snow.From one of his maps, Brown recognized a landmark . . next to an identifiable town.  Alcock circled the town searching for a place to land . . on an outlying meadow . . then turned toward a promisingly spot . . near the town's radio station. 
 The Vimy's  engine noise sent workers running outside . . where they leapt 'round in a high level of astonished excitement.  while others became like statues . . stupefied with shock. Then all of them audienced aviation history . . as Alcock glided the Vimy down toward an innocent- appearing green ' meadow ' nearby.Alarmed . . on-lookers waved their arms . . jumped up and down . . shouting unheard words :                                                   
" NO !  DON'T  DO  THAT !STOP ! "
  For beneath the deceptively smooth surface . . was a boggy marsh. 
 Alcock thought the people were waving a them welcome . . instead . . of a warning. 
So he plunked the Vimy down into the bog . . where it ploughed a short four- track furrow . . before burying its nose . . ingloriously upending . . angled steeply down . . tail wheel pointing skyward . . in the slime of a greenish bog.
     But the World's first Atlantic air mail letters and small packages . . did not get soaked . . the now precious treasures were not even muddied up.  And the grinning aviators . . were just fatigued and wet.  Alive  . .  and uninjured.
 After 1,890 miles and 15 hours 57 minutes, two authentic aviation heroes . . were momentarily hanging forward from their seat belts . . looking like two weather-beaten disheveled dolls.
 After unhooking themselves from hanging face down . . then out to clean up . . pull on crumpled white shirts . . tie on neckties . . downing maybe a pint or three of ale . . they allowed pictures  to be snapped and answered fast-worded questions from . . pushingand shoving ' paparazzi ' [ the bigger heavier reporters won.]                                             
      News of their adventure spread like burning wildfire. The two aviators received a justifiable heroes' welcome in London. A young Winston Churchill himself presented Alcock and Brown with their £10,000 Atlantic crossing prize. The two were knighted during large ceremony . . by Great Britain's King and Queen.
Afterward, Sir Brown headed out on a honeymoon.  While Sir Alcock accepted a job flight testing a new amphibian aircraft.
   One of Alcock's duties was to deliver new amphibian aircraft.   And one putrid day Alcock should have postponed a ferry flight to France.   He was considered by many as the finest aircraft pilot in the World.  And his ego perhaps insisted he was able to ' winkle around any kind of weather. '  But of course . . make it through.                                                                                                  
Low clouds, poor visibility, rain and strong winds threatened any successful aircraft delivery to Paris . Others were reluctant to go along with him.  So he choose to fly solo . .  jumped in the brand new amphibian airplane . . headed for the English Channel. After reaching the Normandy coast . . he chose to fly close above France's trees. Then 40 miles further along . . something bad happened. A French farmer working his fields . . witnessed Alcock's new amphibian aircraft falter sideways . . then smack into the ground.  The farmer reported : " I looked up and saw a plane become unsteady - make big sideways sway . . then fall. 
I ran over to the crash and 
found the pilot in a  banged up terrible mess and unconscious."                                                                                                                           
    Alcock was carried to a farmhouse, as someone ran to flag down a truck on a nearby dirt  road. But no trucks.   But eventually contact was made with the hospital and doctors made it to the farm house. They were too late. And after having been administered final rites by a local priest, Alcock made his final flight departure.Many years later . . as an old-ish man . . Sir Brown died in bed.    
Source : Abridged . . from Aviation History On-Line Museum archives.
Item Number:1 Date: 06/15/2017 AFGHANISTAN - ISIS SAID TO CONTROL PARTS OF TORA BORA IN NANGARHAR (JUN 15/VOA)  VOICE OF AMERICA NEWS -- Fighters from the Islamic State terror group have captured parts of the Tora Bora region of Afghanistan after days of heavy fighting with Taliban and pro-government militias, reports the Voice of America News.   Intense fighting in the remote, mountainous area of Nangarhar province bordering Pakistan started nearly a week ago when ISIS fighters attacked Taliban positions.   The Taliban militants fled overnight, leaving ISIS in control by early Wednesday morning, reported the New York Times.   The mountain redoubt was once considered the fortress of Al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden. The area later was controlled by the Taliban.   In addition to defeating Taliban and pro-government fighters, the ISIS elements have started an assault against the Pachiragam district in Nangarhar province.   The Afghan Defense Ministry has not confirmed the capture of Tora Bora.   The Afghan government has little control in the region, noted VOA
Item Number:2 Date: 06/15/2017 AUSTRALIA - POLICE PICK UP 22-YEAR-OLD MAN AT SYDNEY AIRPORT BEFORE HE COULD JOIN ISIS IN SYRIA (JUN 15/AUSBC)  AUSTRALIAN BROADCASTING CORPORATION -- Counterterrorism police in Australia have arrested a man who was allegedly trying to fly to Syria to join the Islamic State, reports the Australian Broadcasting Corp.   Moudasser Taleb, 22, was detained Thursday morning at Sydney airport, said police.   Police searched his home in Panania, a Sydney suburb, as part of an ongoing investigation. They said there was no immediate threat to the public.   Taleb had been under surveillance for five months leading up to his arrest. He allegedly swore allegiance to ISIS. He was charged for "preparations for incursions into foreign countries for purpose of engaging in hostile activities".  
  Item Number:3 Date: 06/15/2017 AUSTRALIA - WEEK OF EXERCISES UNDERWAY WITH INDIAN WARSHIPS (JUN 15/ADOD)  AUSTRALIAN DEPT. OF DEFENSE -- The Australian and Indian navies are in the midst of a week of training off the west coast of Australia, reports the Australian Dept. of Defense.   Exercise Australia India (AUSINDEX) is a bilateral maritime exercise designed to improve interoperability and cooperation between the two navies.   The first AUSINDEX was held in 2015 in the Bay of Bengal; this year's drill is the first held in Australian waters, noted the Diplomat (Tokyo).   The goal is to improve maritime security in the Indian Ocean region, said Rear Adm. Stuart Mayer, the commander of the Australian fleet.   During the drills, the Indian navy frigate Shivalik, tanker Jyoti and corvette Kamorta will integrate into increasingly complex Australian navy operations, said the departmental release.   The Australian contingent includes the frigate Newcastle, submarine Waller and Clearance Diving Team Four
  Item Number:4 Date: 06/15/2017 BANGLADESH - AIR FORCE FINALIZES CONTRACT FOR 5 RUSSIAN MI-171SH HELICOPTERS (JUN 15/BANGMOD)  BANGLADESH MINISTRY OF DEFENSE -- The Bangladeshi air force signed a contract with Russia earlier this week for five utility helicopters, reports the Bangladeshi Ministry of Defense.   On June 12, Air Vice Marshal M. Naim Hassan, the assistant chief of air staff for operations and training, signed the contract with representatives of Rosoboronexport, Russia's defense equipment export agency.   The value of the contract was unspecified, noted Bangladesh Defence.   The new helicopters will help modernize the air force and be used for U.N. peacekeeping operations, the ministry said
Item Number:5 Date: 06/15/2017 CANADA - AFTER BEING DOWN FOR 9 WEEKS, TROUBLED MARITIME HELICOPTERS BACK IN THE AIR (JUN 15/OC)  OTTAWA CITIZEN -- The Royal Canadian Air Force's CH-148 maritime helicopters have resumed limited flights following an incident in March, reports the Ottawa Citizen.   The flights began again in May, officials acknowledged on June 13.   The Cyclone helicopters were grounded after one of the aircraft experienced "a momentary change in descent rate," according to the Dept. of National Defense.   A software issue in the flight control system was found to be the root cause, a department spokeswoman said in an email to the Citizen on Tuesday night.   "Measures have been put in place to safely operate the aircraft pending a system upgrade that Sikorsky advises may take several months," she said. "Some restrictions may be removed as the RCAF works towards full resumption of flight training and operational test and evaluation."   On May 15, the service directed that the Cyclones could resume flying, within a limited envelope unaffected by the software issue, reported the Canadian Press.   The limitations cover specific types of takeoffs, landings, maneuvers and in-flight operations, the spokeswoman said.   The software issue is expected to take six months to fix, said officials.  
Item Number:6 Date: 06/15/2017 CHINA - FOREIGN MINISTER AIMS TO FACILITATE AFGHAN-PAKISTANI TALKS (JUN 15/TN)  TOLONEWS -- The Chinese government is willing to assume a larger role in efforts to reduce tensions between Afghanistan and Pakistan, say Afghan officials, as reported by the Tolo News (Afghanistan).   Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi will soon visit Kabul to discuss ways to improve Afghan-Pakistani relations, said a statement on June 12 from Afghan President Ashraf Ghani's office.   This marks the "first time" that China has said it wants "to be a mediator in Afghanistan's peace process," said Ghani.   The foreign minister is also expected to discuss the possibility of setting up a meeting with representatives of Afghanistan, China, Pakistan and the United States, said the statement.   A spokesman for Ghani said that at such a quadrilateral meeting, Islamabad must support Afghanistan's policy for fighting insurgents. Kabul has gathered evidence showing that Pakistan is supporting the insurgency, he said.  
  Item Number:7 Date: 06/15/2017 IRAN - SECURITY FORCES KILL 2 TERRORISTS, ARREST 5 IN SOUTHEAST, SAYS LOCAL OFFICIAL (JUN 15/TASNIM)  TASNIM NEWS AGENCY -- Iranian security forces say they have killed two terrorists and arrested five others in Sistan and Baluchestan province, reports the semi-official Tasnim news agency. The province is in the southeast, bordering Pakistan and Afghanistan.   Intelligence forces conducted the operation Wednesday evening in Chabahar, said Ayoub Darvishi, the governor of Chabahar county.   Authorities seized several explosive vests and weapons after a several hours-long clash, he said.   One member of the Iranian intelligence force was reportedly killed in the operation.   The terrorist cell was planning to attack a military barracks in Chabahar, said Intelligence Minister Mahmous Alavi. A second "terrorist group" was broken up in Iranian Kurdistan in the northwest, he said, without elaborating.   The arrests were part of nationwide anti-terror operations after a pair of attacks in Tehran on June 7 that left 17 people dead and more than 40 wounded
Item Number:8 Date: 06/15/2017 MALAYSIA - HAWK FIGHTER JET GOES MISSING; BOTH PILOTS FOUND DEAD (JUN 15/CHNA)  CHANNEL NEWS ASIA -- The two pilots of a missing Malaysian air force jet have been found dead, reports Channel News Asia, citing state media.   The Hawk 108 fighter jet went down Thursday, 2:30 p.m., local time, near Chukai in Terengganu, reported Malaysia's Bernama news agency.   Following a search-and-rescue operation, a military team found the bodies of the pilots with their parachutes still strapped on. The wreckage has yet to be found.   The air force is temporarily grounding all of its Hawk 108s, said Gen. Affendi Buang, the air force chief, as reported by Today (Singapore).  
Item Number:9 Date: 06/15/2017 NIGERIA - SHIP MASTERS' GROUP HITS NAVY FOR INSUFFICIENT SECURITY AT SEA (JUN 15/GUARDIAN)  GUARDIAN -- The Nigerian Association of Master Mariners (NAMM) has complained about what it considers the insufficient presence of the Nigerian navy to secure seaborne trade and national security, reports the Guardian (Lagos).   The association is holding a quarterly meeting in Lagos.   The mariners called the navy's vessels too old and unable to deal with the modern safety and security environment.   The group of ship masters blasted alleged the conflicts of interest and lack of coordination among government agencies, including the Nigerian Ports Authority, Nigerian Maritime Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA), Nigerian Shippers Council, the navy, police and others.   The NAMM urged the government to review the legislation that established the maritime agencies and update it to streamline their operations.  
  Item Number:10 Date: 06/15/2017 QATAR - U.S. AGREES TO SELL QATAR UP TO 36 F-15S IN DEAL WITH $12 BILLION (JUN 15/BL)  BLOOMBERG -- The U.S. has signed a $12 billion deal with Qatar for as many as 36 F-15 fighter jets, reported Bloomberg.   The purchase was completed by Qatari Minister of Defense Khalid Al Attiyah and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Wednesday in Washington, D.C., reported the Qatar News Agency.   The sale is expected to increase security cooperation and interoperability between the U.S. and Qatar, said the Pentagon.   In November 2016, Congress approved the potential sale of up to 72 F-15QA aircraft to Qatar for US$21.1 billion, noted Reuters. That was before many of Qatar's neighbors severed ties with the nation.   Saudi Arabia and other Arab nations cut diplomatic and travel ties with Doha, accusing it of supporting terrorism.   Qatar hosts al-Udeid Air Base, the largest U.S. military base in the Middle East. Around 11,000 U.S. troops and 100 aircraft are deployed there.   Also on Wednesday, two U.S. Navy vessels arrived in Doha to take part in a joint exercise with the Qatari navy.  
  Item Number:11 Date: 06/15/2017 SOMALIA - AL-SHABAAB RESPONSIBILITY FOR ATTACKS, HOSTAGE-TAKING IN MOGADISHU (JUN 15/CBS)  CBS NEWS -- Gunmen have been holding multiple hostages in a popular restaurant in the capital of Somalia, according to a CBS News report on Thursday. The hostage situation followed attacks.   Militants killed more than 20 people in a series of attacks in Mogadishu and took hostages, reports the Voice of America News, citing security officials.   Al-Shabaab said it was responsible.   Initially, a suicide car bomber blew himself up Wednesday near two restaurants in the capital, said a spokesman for Somalia's security ministry.   The venues included a pizza restaurant popular with young Somalis and a restaurant part of a hotel that has the capital's only disco, noted the BBC.   Five gunmen then stormed one of the restaurants, taking hostages and leading to a long siege by security forces, reported AFP.   Somali special operations forces launched a major operation before 6 a.m., local time.   At least 19 civilians and five security personnel have been killed, said a security source and officials. More than 10 people were reported wounded.   Al-Shabaab said it targeted a "nightclub" frequented by "foreigners, government and intelligence officials
Item Number:12 Date: 06/15/2017 SOUTH KOREA - INDIAN, S. KOREAN DEFENSE MINISTERS VOW STRONGER REGIONAL, INDUSTRY COOPERATION (JUN 15/YON)  YONHAP -- The defense ministers of India and South Korea have agreed to bolster their nations' bilateral cooperation on regional security issues, reports the Yonhap news agency (Seoul).   On Wednesday, South Korean Defense Minister Han Min Koo briefed visiting Indian counterpart, Arun Jaitley, on the current situation with North Korea, according to a ministry statement.   During the meeting in Seoul, Han urged India to continue to take part in international efforts for sanctions and pressure on Pyongyang.   The ministers also discussed efforts to promote defense education exchanges, maritime security and defense industry cooperation.   Jaitley is in South Korea to attend the second annual meeting of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, which will begin on Friday on the southern island of Jeju.  
AY'S MILITARY HOSPITAL BOMBING, SAYS DEFENSE MINISTER (JUN 15/REU)  REUTERS -- Thai authorities say a suspect has been arrested in connection to a bombing of a military hospital in Bangkok last month, reports Reuters.   A bombing on May 22 at the military-owned Phramongkutklao Hospital, which is used by soldiers, their families and retired military officers, wounded 24 people. The army initially blamed groups opposed to the nation's military government.   On Thursday, Defense Minister Prawit Wongsuwan said a 62-year-old male electrical engineer was being interrogated over the attack. He gave no details of any motive or affiliation.  
  Item Number:14 Date: 06/15/2017 USA - DOD PUSHES FOR 3-5 PERCENT ANNUAL BUDGET GROWTH THROUGH 2023 (JUN 15/DN)  DEFENSE NEWS -- Top Defense Dept. officials say they expect to request a 3-5 percent base budget increase above inflation annually from 2019 through 2023, reports Defense News.   Such figures are considered the minimum needed to maintain the military's current capabilities.   Anything less than 3 percent annual growth could have the U.S. falling behind potential competitors, such as China or Russia, Defense Secretary James Mattis and Gen. Joe Dunford, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told the Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday.   Increases of at least 5 percent will be needed for several years for the U.S. military to be competitive, said Dunford.   The 3 percent increase would likely only maintain current capabilities by emphasizing readiness and would not support a major recapitalization, said analysts.  
 Item Number:15 Date: 06/15/2017 USA - ICE, POLICE BUST MS-13 GANGBANGERS (JUN 15/NYT)  NEW YORK TIMES -- Federal and local authorities in New York have arrested 45 gang members, including 39 from MS-13, reports the New York Times.   The arrests were made last month, reported the New York Daily News.   Many were picked up on Long Island in Suffolk Country, said officials on Wednesday. The area has seen 17 murders linked to MS-13 since January 2016.   These arrests are part of an effort to eradicate transnational gangs that involves the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Dept. of Homeland Security Investigators and local law enforcement.   Of the total, 27 are from El Salvador, 11 from Honduras, five from Mexico and two from Guatemala. Twelve entered the U.S. as accompanied minors, said a government release.   MS-13 was established in the 1980s in Los Angeles by refugees from El Salvador. It has since grown into a transnational criminal organization
Item Number:16 Date: 06/15/2017 USA - IRANIAN MISSILE BOAT TRAINS LASER ON MARINE CHOPPER IN STRAIT OF HORMUZ (JUN 15/FN)  FOX NEWS -- The Pentagon says an Iranian vessel aimed a laser at a U.S. Marine Corps helicopter Tuesday in the Strait of Hormuz, reports Fox News.   The U.S. military says it was an "unsafe and unprofessional" interaction, as cited by CNN.   The USS Bataan amphibious assault ship, USS Cole guided-missile destroyer and USNS Washington Chambers dry cargo ship and a Marine Corps CH-53E were transiting international waters in the Strait of Hormuz on Tuesday when they were approached by an Iranian missile boat, said a spokesman for the U.S. Navy's Fifth Fleet.   The missile boat trained a spotlight on the Cole and Bataan. It also shined a laser at the helicopter, said the spokesman on Wednesday.   "Illuminating helicopters with lasers at night is dangerous as it creates a navigational hazard that can impair vision and can be disorienting to pilots using night-vision goggles," the spokesman said.   The laser triggered the helicopter's automatic defensive measures, deploying flares, said a U.S. defense official.  
 Item Number:17 Date: 06/15/2017 USA - NEW MILITARY TACTICS COULD PROVE HELPFUL IN S. CHINA SEA CONFLICT (JUN 15/BUSINS)  BUSINESS INSIDER -- The U.S. military has been practicing new tactics that could be used in potential conflicts in the Asia-Pacific region, including the South China Sea, reports the Business Insider.   During a recent trial, a U.S. Air Force C-17 strategic airlifter landed; it quickly dispatched a high mobility artillery rocket system (HIMARS), which fired at a target. The HIMARS then returned to the transport, which flew away.   The whole evolution lasted about 20 minutes, officials said.   "This is a critical step in validating our role in the Asia-Pacific response force," 2nd Lt. Joe McNeil, a platoon leader involved in the exercise said in a statement. "It validates our ability to integrate into different units from the Army, Air Force and Marines, and to support any kind of mission with fires."   China's significant missile assets pose a threat to large U.S. bases. As a result, military leaders are looking at ways to fight from smaller, dispersed and improvised locations
Item Number:18 Date: 06/15/2017 USA - SHIPPING TERMINAL IN S.C. IS CLEARED, REOPENED FOLLOWING 'DIRTY BOMB' THREAT (JUN 15/WSJ)  WALL STREET JOURNAL -- An all-clear has been given after a port in South Carolina was evacuated Wednesday over a "dirty bomb" threat, reports the Wall Street Journal, citing Coast Guard officials.   Four suspicious containers were scanned and cleared by the Coast Guard. Authorities announced early Thursday that there was no existing threat, noted the New York News.   A dirty bomb combines radioactive material with conventional explosives to contaminate an area with radiation.   The U.S. Coast Guard said it was made aware of a possible threat aboard a Maersk container ship at one of the terminals in the Port of Charleston on Wednesday evening.   The "original reporting source of the threat" was detained for questioning, said the Coast Guard
  Item Number:19 Date: 06/15/2017 USA - SHOOTING FOR 355 SHIPS, NAVY MULLS REVIVING RETIRED FRIGATES (JUN 15/USNIN)  USNI NEWS -- Studies are underway to evaluate returning eight mothballed Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigates to service as well as for extending the service life of existing Arleigh Burke-class destroyers, reports USNI News, citing comments by the chief of naval operations.   The Navy is looking at "every trick" to put more platforms into service as part of efforts to reach a 355-ship fleet, Adm. John Richardson told an audience on Tuesday at the Naval War College in Newport, R.I.   "We're taking a hard look at the Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigates. There's seven or eight of those that we could take a look at, but those are some old ships and everything on these ships is old .... A lot has changed since we last modernized those," said Richardson.   The Navy retired the last of its Oliver Hazard Perry-class frigates in 2015.   Early work on extending the service life of the Arleigh Burke-class destroyers indicates that such a modernization could help the service reach its fleet goal 10 to 15 years faster, the CNO said.   The Navy last year completed a review that indicated that the service needed to grow to 355 ships by the mid-2020s to maintain its advantage over possible adversaries.   The fleet now has 275 ships
If they bring these back I hope they put some armament on them. The joke was that Idi Amin's Yacht had more firepower
Item Number:20 Date: 06/15/2017 YEMEN - HOUTHI REBELS HIT EMIRATI SHIP WITH MISSILE, INJURING 1 (JUN 15/AFP)  AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE -- Yemen's Houthi rebels have fired a missile at an Emirati ship in near the Bab al-Mandab strait, reported Agence France-Presse.   One crewmember was injured, but the ship was not damaged, according to the Saudi Press Agency on Thursday.   The unspecified vessel was leaving the Yemeni port of Mokha when it was attacked, said the Saudi-led coalition fighting the rebels.   Whether the vessel was civilian or military has not been confirmed.   The Houthis claimed responsibility for the attack, saying it took place on Tuesday evening against a "warship."

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