Thursday, June 22, 2017

TheList 4482

The List 4482

To All,
I hope your week has started well.
This Day In Naval History - June 20
1813 - Fifteen U.S. gunboats engage 3 British ships in Hampton Roads, VA
1815 - Trials of Fulton I, built by Robert Fulton, are completed in New York. This ship would become the Navy's first steam-driven warship.
1898 - U.S. forces occupied Guam, which became first colony of U.S. in the Pacific.
1913 - First fatal accident in Naval Aviation, ENS W. D. Billingsley killed at Annapolis, MD
1934 - Commander in Chief, Asiatic Fleet Admiral Frank Upham reports to CNO that based on analyses of Japanese radio traffic, "any attack by (Japan) would be made without previous declaration of war or intentional warning."
1943 - PBY patrol aircraft from (VP 84) sinks German submarine U 388 south-southwest of Iceland, in the first use of homing torpedo (FIDO) and damages U 420.
1944 - Battle of Philippine Sea ends with Japanese losing 2 aircraft carriers and hundreds of aircraft.
1976: USS Spiegel Grove (LSD-32) and LCU 1654 (a Landing Craft Utility vessel) evacuate 276 American and foreign national refugees from war-torn Beirut, Lebanon and transport them to Athens, Greece.
Today in History June 20
Roman and barbarian warriors halt Attila's army at the Catalaunian Plains in eastern France.
The Union of Kalmar unites Denmark, Sweden, and Norway under one monarch.
Nearly 150 British soldiers are imprisoned in the 'Black Hole' cell of Calcutta. Most die.
Eli Whitney applies for a cotton gin patent.
The paddle-wheel steamship Savannah arrives in Liverpool, England, after a voyage of 27 days and 11 hours--the first steamship to successfully cross the Atlantic.
18-year-old Victoria is crowned Queen of England.
President Abraham Lincoln admits West Virginia into the Union as the 35th state.
On the way to the Philippines to fight the Spanish, the U.S. Navy seizes the island of Guam.
Charlotte M. Manye of South Africa becomes the first native African to graduate from an American University.
Mexican President Porfirio Diaz proclaims martial law and arrests hundreds.
Race riots in Chicago, Illinois leave two dead and many wounded.
France announces it will seize the Rhineland to assist Germany in paying her war debts.
The U.S. Army Air Force is established, replacing the Army Air Corps.
The AFL and CIO agree to combine names for a merged group.
The United States and the Soviet Union agree to establish a hot line between Washington and Moscow.
General William Westmoreland succeeds General Paul Harkins as head of the U.S. forces in Vietnam.
Boxing champion Muhammad Ali is convicted of refusing induction into the American armed services.
President Richard Nixon names General Creighton Abrams as Chief of Staff of the United States Army.
NATO declares an official end to its bombing campaign of Yugoslavia.
I was on the USS Hancock at the time and we liked the phrase "We got to get a bigger boat" We thought so also.
Thanks to Don
They fly…who  knew
This is amazing. I had no idea of this. In this article, "flying" is not a euphemism, not an exaggeration to emphasize the high speed of this racing yacht. It flies. It drafts no water, and the hull is completely out of the water during its sailing. It uses no floats, either. Hydrofoil? Sort of, but it is strictly wind driven. The wind that drives it; however, blows not against a sail, but against a wing. Speed? Only wind-driven, yes, but up to almost 60 MPH, faster than warships and most speedboats.
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From a college roommate and Army VN vet.

Sent from my iPhone

Begin forwarded message:
From: Gary Lipowski <>
Date: June 19, 2017 at 10:35:00 EDT
To: Robert Anderson <>
Subject: Sarasota and Forrestal

Are you aware the Saratoga has the Forrestal's keel and vice versa? When the keel was set for the building of the Forrestal CV#59, there was a ship yard strike. The strike lasted long enough for the keel to rust and it was numbered CV#59. When the strike was settled, they used keel CV#60, intended for the Saratoga, to build the Forrestal. When completed the rusty keel for CV#59 was cleaned up and used for the Saratoga ID as CV #60.
Because of a yard fire on what started out as the Kitty Hawk and became the Constellation the same thing happened.  Skip
There was a memorial on the Connie hanger deck to those that lost their lives.
From the f-8 Net thanks to Dick
During the summer of '67 on Yankee Station, we were shuttling old F8C replacement aircraft we'd received to a maintenance facility at NAS Cubi Point, for installment of the latest in electronic warfare equipment, code name "Shoe Horn." On 22 October, it was my turn and I caught the daily Oriskany C1A mail-run to Cubi. All the Carriers were on Yankee and the Club was almost empty. Early next morning, I took a base taxi to the flight line. The friendly Filipino taxi driver asked me if I'd be taking part in the raid on Phuc Yen. Somewhat surprised, I asked him when that would be. He assured me it would happen in the next few days.

An uneventful flight back to Yankee, followed by a shoulder harness restraint system failure on arrested landing, which resulted in my attempt to take-out the radar scope with my head. Shattered my helmet; and, as revealed by CT scans years later, compression fracture of T-1 vertebra and herniation of 4 discs in my cervical spine. Also apparent concussion, with occasional, very distracting, double-vision which persisted for two days. At the Air Wing Alpha Strike planning meeting that evening, the taxi driver's prediction came true! Beginning at 10:00 the next morning, I flew 4 missions "downtown" over the following 56 hours.

I've never walked out on the field to play in the Rose Bowl, but it could not have made me as proud as I was to rendezvous overhead Oriskany with 40 other Air Wing Sixteen pilots, and roll out on a heading straight up the Red River for Hanoi; and I got to do that 4 times in 56 hours! During one of those run-ins, someone came up on Strike frequency with a few bars from a recording of Petula Clark's hit rendition "Downtown." Some 35 years later, at a post-concert audience-participation event at a theater in San Diego, I had the privilege of telling the story to that gracious and caring Brit Lady. I was rewarded with a hug and a sweet kiss ... in front of my wife and 400 people!

My first two missions were Iron Hand, and the last two were MIGCAP. I had the honor and self-ordained privilege (as squadron Operations 0fficer) of flying the Iron Hands with VA-164's incredible Warrior, Denny Weichman. Denny began flying combat over and around all of Vietnam when President JFK first said, "We have to do something about that mess over there!" He already had over 400 missions when I enjoyed watching him in action. During the first strike on Phuc Yen, I recall (with aging memory) that our primary assignment was the major SAM complex located west of Hanoi and south of Phuc Yen. The weather over the Red River (for 3 days) was broken clouds and heavy haze below 10,000 ft. with brilliant blue sky above. Perfect for our "Supreme Commander" to watch over us, to see if we performed our duty to our Country, and to Him, in an honorable manner; and, thankfully, to lend His hand when appropriate. I'm living proof of that!

Suppressing SAM's "downtown" was a mathematical impossibility, but Denny was no Mathematician, and we "tore them a new one!" Thinking back, Charge of the Light Brigade comes to mind. We evidently got the job done, as our Air Wing suffered no losses to SAM's on that first strike. When we were finally "Winchester," with two SAM sites destroyed and only my two remaining Sidewinders for weapons, we covered the strike group's withdrawal; but the MiG's that hadn't fled to China or been destroyed on the ground, weren't having any more of us! Unfortunately, 85mm sites had locked on us several times and Denny had been hit twice. With some of that "Help" from above, we made it back to the "O" boat. His crew counted 140 holes in his Skyhawk. 18 hours later we did it all again. Same targets, same assignment, but this time Denny and I must not have been so effective. We lost an A4E to a SAM and VA-163 nugget pilot LT(jg) Krommenhoek was missing. When Denny finished with his Shrike deliveries, we both still had full loads of 20mm and I had two Zuni rockets. Phuc Yen was smoldering, but the Hoa Lac airfield was open for business and we closed them down with several very accurate attacks.

It was a "target rich" environment for our Iron Hand missions. During the first 4 raids on Phuc Yen, 117 SAM launches were recorded, 36 against our Air Wing. A few hours later, my third trip downtown was a comparatively easy TARCAP, but the fourth on 26 October was a nightmare as we lost both John McCain and Chuck Rice. There was absolutely no chance of a rescue for either one. It was a bitter pill to swallow. My official Navy pilot's Log Book shows I flew a fifth Alpha Strike Iron Hand to Hanoi on 27 October, but I can't recall the details, and I have no notes about that. Hey, I'm 83! During those 56 hours of strikes on Phuc Yen and "downtown," our Air Wing had 8 aircraft hit and 4 shot down; with one KIA, two POW, and one rescue.

Thirty years later, my Hungarian bride and I flew over "downtown" again. This time in a chartered brand new Boeing 777, with British pilots and Chinese crew, enroute to Bangkok. From 37,000 feet, the Hanoi mid-afternoon weather looked much the same, broken clouds and haze. However, there was a high cirus layer, and as I stared out the first class cabin window, I saw the faces of KIA roommates Norm Levy and Ed Van Orden, and there was wingman Bill McWilliams; 3 of the 58 we left behind on Yankee. Gone and totally forgotten by the America they died for, but not by those of us who led them into the fight or fought on their wings, and certainly not by the loving God who called them to His paradise. Tears were running down my cheeks and the cute Chinese Stew with the bottle in her hand was apologizing, "Sorry, Sir, is our champagne that bad?"

Respectfully Submitted,
Dick Schaffert, USN (retired and very tired) aka Brown Bear
19 June 2017
For those who wore g-suits
Thanks to Doctor Rich
Knowing the anatomy and the design of the G-suit it's hard for me to come up w. a mechanism whereby the G-suit would cause a popliteal aneurysm … The G-suit compresses above and below the artery, keeps venous blood from pooling in the legs, as well as some arterial compression to keep arterial pressure up in the upper body ,,,, but there is no compression near the popliteal artery ….. and the condition is very rare.  Would be very interesting to see if more common in aviators using G-suits though …
Another possibility is irritation to the artery caused by just wearing the G-suit, but that seems unlikely too …
I'll query NAMI and see if they have any info on the incidence of popliteal aneurysms in Navy aviators …
On Jun 18, 2017, at 5:06 PM, Dutch R <> wrote:
Thanks to THE Bear and others - 
 Dutch... this is one that will interest Dr Rich and those of us with thousands of hours in the cutaway g-suit... and anybody with a bulging artery behind a knee(s).. Bear
Begin forwarded message:
---------- Forwarded message ---------
From: Robert Taffet
Date: Thu, Jun 15, 2017 at 17:06
Subject: For those who wore g-suits
To: Robert Taffet <>
Important.  Has anyone else heard of this issue causing problems?  This was sent by a friend and high school classmate that flew F4s in the USN.  Bob
From: deitch65
Wednesday, June 14, 2017, Steve McDonald 
On January 3, 2002, as I just turned age 67, I underwent a critical
surgery for a popliteal aneurysm behind my left knee. My popliteal
artery behind my left knee had blown up the size of tennis ball. The
vascular surgeon had performed the by-pass surgery replacing the artery
behind the knee with a vein just in time before I either died or lost my
left leg. The same sugeon then performed the same by-pass operation on
January 17, 2002 on the right leg.
After both surgeries and discussions with one of the three vascular
surgeons involved, who happens to have been a Flight Surgeon, we
discussed the following:
* The Commanding Officer of VM0-2 (OV-10A Bronco Squadron) in which I
flew combat missions in Vietnam in 1969 died in retirement at an early
age of about 65 from associated problems that I just had a very, very
close call with.
* The Commanding Officer of VM0-2 who flew combat missions in the Bronco
during 1971 was reported to have died from a vascular problem at about
the age of 64.
* My own Executive Officer of VMO-2, when I had been the Commanding
Officer, died in retirement at about the age of 62 from an apparent
vascular problem.
* And, a friend of mine who is currently the Lockheed Martin
consultant/rep to the Spanish Navy called me after my recent two vasular
operations telling me that a close friend of his, an Admiral in the
Spanish Navy and first Harrier pilot in the Spanish Navy just underwent
the very same popliteal aneurysm sugery on one leg and he stated to my
friend he thinks it was due to weakening damage to his artery behind
his knee years ago where there is no G-suit protection.
* I reported this to my vascular surgeon who was a Flight Surgeon. He
said he is looking into this since there is no protection in G-suits
behind the knees.
The specific G-suit I wore in and out of combat was the: Coverall,
Anti-G Cutaway Type Mark 2A, Mil Spec C-23955.
I mention this seemingly far-out theory to all fellow military pilots
that I come across only to warn them that: If you have a bulge,
particularly a pulsating bulge behind one or two of your knees get
right in to see a Vascular Surgeon to have it checked out.
My first visit to my internal medicine doctor with that symptom
resulted in him saying I had a Baker's Cyst that needed removing. Upon
my getting an MRI and seeing an Orthopedic Surgeon three weeks later,
resulted in the Orthopedic Surgeon telling me I had a severe aneurysm
and he sent me immediately to a Vascular Surgeon who said it was the
biggest he ever saw. He promptly sent me to the Naval Medical Center
(Balboa) San Diego, where two vascular sugeons performed by-pass surgey
of the popliteal artery on both legs...and, due to loss of time, I
almost lost my life or left leg.
So please pass the above info on to any of your fine feathered flying
friends you have contact may save their lives, if they have
any such symptom behind their knee or knees...whether caused by G-suits'
design, extensive roller coaster riding, or maybe even simply flying as
a commercial pilot for a lifetime, after a military flying period.
From Curt Taylor
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Item Number:1 Date: 06/20/2017 AFGHANISTAN - SECURITY GUARDS KILLED NEAR BAGRAM; TEEN WITH SUICIDE VEST STOPPED AT BASE'S GATE (JUN 20/TN)  TOLONEWS -- At least eight Afghan security guards have been killed and two wounded an attack close to Bagram Air Base in Parwan province, reports TOLO News (Afghanistan).   Gunmen opened fire on the guards Monday night near Shah Kah village as they were headed to work at Bagram, the largest U.S. base in Afghanistan.   The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.   Separately, on Tuesday, Afghan authorities announced the arrest of a teenager allegedly planning to blow himself up at the Bagram base, reported the Stars and Stripes.   The teen was found on a motorcycle near the first gate of the base with a suicide vest and hand grenades to "target a foreign forces convoy," said a local official.  
  Item Number:2 Date: 06/20/2017 AUSTRALIA - FOLLOWING KREMLIN'S THREAT, RAAF SUSPENDS AIR OPERATIONS OVER SYRIA (JUN 20/AUSBC)  AUSTRALIAN BROADCASTING CORPORATION -- The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) says it has temporarily halted air operations over Syria after the downing of a Syrian government fighter jet by the U.S. and a Russian threat to down coalition aircraft, reports the Australian Broadcasting Corp.   On Sunday, a U.S. Navy F/A-18E Super Hornet shot down a Syrian Su-22 close to Tabqa after the fighter-bomber dropped munitions near the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).   Moscow, an ally of the Syrian government, threatened to shoot down "all flying object" from the U.S.-led coalition flying west of the Euphrates River, noted the Sun (London). Russia also said it was halting its air safety cooperation with the U.S.   "As a precautionary measure, Australian defense force strike operations into Syria have temporarily ceased," said the Australian Dept. of Defense on Tuesday.   Force protection was being reviewed and a decision to resume air operations "will be made in due course," said a defense spokesman.   Australia has six fighters deployed in the United Arab Emirates to strike targets in Iraq and Syria as part of the coalition effort
Item Number:3 Date: 06/20/2017 BRAZIL - AIR FORCE OFFICIALLY RECEIVES SC-105 SEARCH-AND-RESCUE AIRCRAFT (JUN 20/DEFAERO)  DEFENSE-AEROSPACE -- The Brazilian air force has taken delivery of another SC-105 Amazonas equipped for search-and-rescue operations, reports   The SC-105 is the Brazilian designation for the Airbus C-295.   The Amazonas was delivered to the service at the Airbus plant in Seville, Spain, on June 16, according to an air force release on June 16.   The aircraft is scheduled to participate in the Paris air show before undertaking a demonstration tour in Asia and North America before arriving in Brazil. (That show is from June 19 to June 25.)   The SC-105 will be assigned to the Pelicano Squadron in Campo Grande, the air force said.  
Item Number:4 Date: 06/20/2017 COLOMBIA - 2 DUTCH JOURNALISTS BEING HELD BY ELN REBELS, SAYS MILITARY (JUN 20/DEWELLE)  DEUTSCHE WELLE -- Colombia's military has blamed the abduction of two Dutch journalists on the National Liberation Army (ELN) rebel group, reports Deutsche Welle.   The journalists were kidnapped over the weekend in El Tarra in the Norte de Santander region near the Venezuelan border.   On Monday, the military said the ELN was responsible and that it had launched an operation to secure the safety of the report and his cameraman.   "We have established that members of the Frente Hector of the ELN appear to have kidnapped the journalists," said the military.   The group neither confirmed nor denied the kidnapping and said on Monday, via Twitter, that it was looking into the incident, reported Al Jazeera.   The Marxist ELN, the second-largest rebel group in the country after the FARC, has been holding peace talks with the government since February. Bogota has demanded that the ELN stop its kidnapping activities.  
  Item Number:5 Date: 06/20/2017 FRANCE - CHAMPS-ELYSEES ATTACKER HAD BEEN ON WATCH LIST SINCE 2015 (JUN 20/FN)  FOX NEWS -- French investigators say the man who tried to attack security officers in Paris Monday had a rifle and explosives in his vehicle, reported Fox News.   The armed man was killed after he rammed his car into a police vehicle in on the Champs-Elysees, reports the New York Times.   The attacker was later identified as 31-year-old Adam Dzaziri.   The assailant was badly burned when his car exploded. A police van also caught fire but that was contained quickly. No one else was injured.   The assailants car was carrying gas canisters, several handguns and a Kalashnikov assault rifle, reported the Daily Telegraph (U.K).   Dzaziri had been on a securty watch list since 2015. He reportedly had a gun permit. Investigators said they found a cache of apparently legal weapons at his home.   The Paris prosecutor's counter-terrorism unit has opened an investigation
Item Number:6 Date: 06/20/2017 FRANCE - WITH JOBS SCANDAL AFFECTING HER PARTY, NEW DEFENSE MINISTER QUITS POST (JUN 20/AFP)  AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE -- French Defense Minister Sylvie Goulard has resigned over a jobs scandal that has embroiled her political party, reports Agence France-Presse.   The Canard Enchaine newspaper in France reported earlier this month that Goulard's Democratic Movement (MoDem) party was using funds from the European Parliament to pay staff based in France.   On Tuesday, Goulard stepped down after French prosecutors began a preliminary probe into the matter.   Goulard said she could not remain in the government while there was the possibility she could be investigated.   Newly elected President Emmanuel Macron appointed Goulard as defense minister last month. Goulard was a member of the European Parliament from 2009 to May 2017.   The centrist MoDem party was seen as crucial in the election of Macron. The party's leader Francois Bayrou – named as justice minister – has said there were never any fake jobs among his party's European Parliament staff, noted the Digital Journal.  
  Item Number:7 Date: 06/20/2017 GERMANY - MILITARY PERSONNEL, AIRCRAFT WILL SOON BEGIN MOVING FROM TURKEY TO JORDAN (JUN 20/DPA)  DEUTSCHE PRESSE-AGENTUR -- Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen has announced that German personnel and equipment that are now stationed at Incirlik air base in Turkey will begin moving to Jordan in July, reports Deutsche Welle.   The overall transition is expected to take around three months, the minister told German media on Sunday.   "Until the end of June, our flight plans as part of the anti-Islamic State coalition are set," she said. as quoted in the Bild am Sonntag newspaper. "After that, we'll be transferring our tanker aircraft as quickly as possible to Jordan."   About 250 Germans are stationed in Incirlik supporting Tornado surveillance missions and aerial tanker flights as part of the U.S.-led coalition fighting the Islamic State terrorists.   The transfer will temporarily disrupt the German military mission, von der Leyen said. By mid-July, the German forces are expected to resume their operations.   Transferring the Tornado reconnaissance aircraft is expected to take longer, with those missions not likely to resume until October, said the defense minister.   The actions reflect worsening relations between Turkey and Germany make worse when the government in Ankara blocked the visit of several German lawmakers to Incirlik. Ankara said is blocking decision was a response to Germany's granting asylum to Turkish military personnel who were accused of participating in last year's failed coup.  
Item Number:8 Date: 06/20/2017 INDONESIA - TRILATERAL SECURITY PATROLLING UNDERWAY IN SULU SEA (JUN 20/STIMES)  STRAITS TIMES -- The navies of Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines have begun the first of multiple planned joint patrols in the Sulu Sea to combat terrorism and transnational crime, reports the Straits Times.   On Monday, officers of the three militaries cut a ribbon at a ceremony announcing the new joint patrols, noted CNN. The trilateral mission was launched at Tarakan Naval Base in Indonesia's North Kalimantan province.   The defense ministers of Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines oversaw the ceremony along with senior officials from Brunei and Singapore.   The initiative is "in the spirit and centrality of ASEAN [Association of Southeast Asian Nations], in maintaining stability in the region in the face of non-traditional threats such as piracy, kidnapping, terrorism and other transnational crimes in regional waters."   Maritime command centers to coordinate the patrols have been established in Tarakan, Tawau in Sabah, Malaysia, and Bongao, the capital of Tawi-Tawi province in the Philippines, officials said
Item Number:9 Date: 06/20/2017 IRAN - CHINESE, IRANIAN WARSHIPS TRAIN NEAR STRATEGIC STRAIT OF HORMUZ (JUN 20/IRNA)  ISLAMIC REPUBLIC NEWS AGENCY -- The Chinese and Iranian navies have been drilling together in the Persian Gulf, reports the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA).   A Chinese flotilla arrived at Bandar Abbas in southern Iran on June 15, with the joint exercise occurring Sunday in the Persian Gulf, officials said.   The Iranian navy deployed the destroyer Alborz, a helicopter and 700 personnel for the training, reported the South China Morning Post.   The drills took take place in the eastern part of the Hormuz Strait and the northern part of the Indian Ocean, said Iranian navy officials.   The exercise covered fighting pirates, defending trade fleets, search-and-rescue and relief operations.   The Chinese flotilla then sailed to Oman, reported Xinhua, China's state news agency.  
  Item Number:10 Date: 06/20/2017 IRAN - REVOLUTIONARY GUARDS TAKE DOWN TERRORIST LEADER, 4 OTHERS IN SISTAN AND BALUCHISTAN (JUN 20/TASNIM)  TASNIM NEWS AGENCY -- Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) has killed a terrorist leader in the province of Sistan and Baluchistan, reports the semi-official Tasnim news agency (Iran), citing provincial officials.   Jalil Qanbarzehi, said to be the ringleader of the Ansar al-Furqan group, was killed in fighting last week with IRGC ground forces near the city of Qasr Qand, according to provincial officials on Monday.   The leader was killed alongside four deputies, reported Iran's Press TV.   An IRGC commander told the Fars news agency that all members of the group had been killed, saying it was completely dismantled.   Qanbarzehi had been wanted by Iranian authorities for 25 years for attacks against security forces and civilians.   The government's security forces have stepped up raids and arrests after a terror attack on June 7 in Tehran that killed 18 people.  
 Item Number:11 Date: 06/20/2017 PAKISTAN - BALUCH SEPARATISTS KILL 2 NAVAL OFFICERS (JUN 20/DAWN)  DAWN -- Gunmen have killed two Pakistani naval officers in the restive Baluchistan province in the southwest, reports Dawn (Pakistan).   The sailors were delivering food to a naval base in the coastal town of Jewani, about 50 miles west of the port of Gwadar, when they were ambushed by four gunmen, said police.   One officer was killed and the other died en route to the hospital, police said. As many as five people were wounded, said a navy spokesman.   The separatist Baluch Liberation Army (BLA) claimed responsibility for the attack.   Baluchistan has been a long-running rebellion by separatists who have targeted Chinese-funded projects on their land. Beijing has pledged US$57 billion to build an economic corridor to Gwadar, noted Reuters
Item Number:12 Date: 06/20/2017 PAKISTAN - PAIR OF PAKISTANI DIPLOMATS GO MISSING WHILE TRAVELING FROM AFGHANISTAN (JUN 20/PAKNAT)  NATION (PAKISTAN) -- Two Pakistani diplomats have been missing for several days in eastern Afghanistan, says Pakistan's Foreign Ministry, as cited by the Nation (Pakistan).   The officials, assigned to the consulate in Jalalabad, disappeared on June 16 while returning home from Afghanistan by road, the ministry said on Sunday.   "The matter has been raised with the relevant Afghan authorities for their safety and recovery, at the earliest," said a ministry statement.   Jalalabad is the capital of Nangarhar province. The eastern province borders Pakistan's Khyber agency and is home to multiple Islamist groups, including the Taliban, Pakistani Taliban and Islamic State.   The incident has become another irritant in relations between the neighbors – who of late have repeatedly accused each other of not doing enough to fight militants in the region
Item Number:13 Date: 06/20/2017 PHILIPPINES - MILITARY HOPES RENEWED PUSH WILL CLEAR MARAWI OF ISLAMISTS BY END OF RAMADAN (JUN 20/REU)  REUTERS -- The Philippine military has stepped up its push against Islamic militants holed up in the southern city of Marawi, reports Reuters.   Fighting in Marawi began five weeks ago after security forces attempted to arrest a terrorist leader. Since then 258 militants, 65 security personnel and 26 civilians have been killed, according to the military.   The operations on Tuesday, including airstrikes and ground action, are aimed at clearing the city by the Eid festival marking the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan on June 24, said a military spokesman.   "We are not setting any deadlines knowing the complexity of the battle. We are doing our best to expedite the liberation of Marawi at the soonest time possible," he noted.   The military said it is also seeking to prevent rebel reinforcements from arriving after Ramadan ends.   The ground forces, backed by aircraft and artillery, are reportedly attempting to drive the militants from city's commercial district toward a lake on the edge of Marawi.  
  Item Number:14 Date: 06/20/2017 RUSSIA - KREMLIN, BURMESE OFFICIALS WORK OUT DETAILS ON NAVAL PORT CALLS (JUN 20/INT-AVN)  INTERFAX-MILITARY NEWS AGENCY -- The Russian government has approved a draft agreement with Burma on procedures for port calls by warships of their respective navies, reports Interfax-AVN (Russia).   The accord says that "no more than three warships of the sending state may be simultaneously present in the territorial sea, internal waters and ports of the receiving state, while special occasions will require preliminary consent of authorized agencies in both countries," as noted by the news agency on Monday   Any visits should be proceeded by a request at least 14 working days in advance, says the draft agreement
Item Number:15 Date: 06/20/2017 SOMALIA - COURT SENTENCES SOLDIER TO DEATH BY FIRING SQUAD FOR SHOOTING MINISTER; APPEAL POSSIBLE (JUN 20/TIM)  TIME MAGAZINE -- A military court in Somalia has sentenced a soldier to death for killing the government's 31-year-old minister of public works after reportedly mistaking him for a militant, reports Time.   Abbas Abdullahi Sheikh Siraji was shot and killed in May in Mogadishu outside the presidential palace, noted Reuters. He was the nation's youngest-ever minister and popular with the nation's youth.   Ahmed Abdulahi Ahmed was sentenced to death by firing squad on Monday. A second soldier was released without charge.   Ahmed's lawyers argued that the shooting was accidental. Siraji's car was considered suspicious because it drove up behind the vehicle of Somalia's auditor general. The soldier involved was protecting him, noted the BBC.   The decision can be appealed
  Item Number:16 Date: 06/20/2017 SOMALIA - SECURITY OFFICIALS NAB AL-SHABAAB'S INTELLIGENCE COMMANDER (JUN 20/GAROWE)  GAROWE ONLINE -- Somali security officials have announced the capture of Al-Shabaab's intelligence chief in Mogadishu, reports Garowe Online (Somalia).   On Monday, Internal Security Minister Mohamed Abukar Islow told reporters that Abdi Wahab Khalif Ahmen, also known as Iss Tatbun, was seized in a sting operation in the capital's Barak market, reported IANS.   He was identified as the head of Amniyat, an intelligence unit behind assassinations and bombings in Mogadishu.   "This is the man who organizes the killing of civilians and suicide attacks in the capital, and we succeeded in capturing him this morning. He was also behind assassinations in the capital that targeted government members," said a local government spokesman cited by Reuters
  Item Number:17 Date: 06/20/2017 USA - CONSTRUCTION OF BOUGAINVILLE AMPHIB TO BEGIN IN 2018 UNDER NAVY'S $3 BILLION CONTRACT (JUN 20/HHI)  HYUNDAI HEAVY INDUSTRIES -- The U.S. Navy has awarded Huntington Ingalls Industries (HHI) a $3 billion contract for the detail design and construction of the third America-class amphibious assault ship, reports the shipbuilder.   The yard received the original long-lead material contract for the Bougainville (LHA 8) in June 2016.   Construction of the new vessel is scheduled to begin in the fourth quarter of 2018, with delivery to follow in 2024, HHI said in June 16 release.   The Bougainville will differ somewhat from her sisters, America and Tripoli. She will retain the aviation capability of the original design, while adding a well deck for launching amphibious vehicles, noted the release.   In addition, the well deck will be able to house and launch two landing craft air cushion (LCAC) hovercraft or one landing craft utility (LCU
  Item Number:18 Date: 06/20/2017 USA - NAVSEA HANDS OUT $617.6 MILLION CONTRACT FOR SM-2 MISSILES (JUN 20/DOD)  DEPT. OF DEFENSE -- The U.S. Naval Sea Systems Command has awarded Raytheon Missile Systems, Tucson, Ariz., a contract for SM-2 naval air defense missiles, reports the Dept. of Defense.   The US$617.6 million contract covers the procurement of fiscal 2017 SM-2 full-rate production requirements and spares for U.S. and allied navies, the Pentagon said in a release on June 16.   The deal includes options that, if exercised, would bring its value to US$652.8 million.   The contract includes Foreign Military Sales to Japan (61 percent); Australia (23 percent); the Netherlands (7 percent); and South Korea (6 percent).   Work under the deal is scheduled to be completed by March 2022
Item Number:19 Date: 06/20/2017 USA - NEW USAF SPACE DIRECTORATE TO START OPERATING WITHIN MONTHS (JUN 20/AFNS)  AIR FORCE NEWS SERVICE -- Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson has approved the creation of a new post for space operations, reports the Air Force News Service.   The deputy chief of staff for space operations will be a three-star Air Force general, the service said in Friday release.   The new directorate will begin operations in early August, say Air Force officials. The directorate, designated A-11, "is the next step in our effort to integrate, normalize and elevate space operations" in the service, said Wilson.   "A new three-star deputy chief of staff for space ... will increase decision-making speed and help ensure freedom from attack and freedom to maneuver," said Gen. David Goldfein, the Air Force chief of staff.   The deputy chief of staff for space operations will advocate for space operations and requirements to meet the demands of operations in that domain. The directorate will also consolidate space functions from other parts of the Air Staff, service officials said
Item Number:20 Date: 06/20/2017 USA - TOP U.S. ADMIRAL ANTICIPATES OPS IN S. CHINA SEA WILL HAVE LOWER PROFILE (JUN 20/FT)  FINANCIAL TIMES -- The head of the U.S. Pacific Fleet says his government intends to continue with its freedom of navigation operations in the South China Sea, albeit with a low-key approach, reports the Financial Times.   The U.S. policy of contesting Beijing's maritime claims in the South China Sea is unchanged, said Adm. Scott Swift.   However, the military will not be talking about such operations as publicly, Scott said in an interview aboard the destroyer Sterett. The destroyer recently visited the Chinese naval base in Zhanjiang.   "I think it's a very positive step that current policy  . . .  is that we're not going to talk about freedom of navigation operations in the South China Sea," the admiral said.   Freedom of navigation operations usually involve a U.S. warship sailing inside a contested claim.   Under the Obama administration, the Navy began publicizing the operations, in part to reassure allies in the region, say observers.   The number of days spent by U.S. ships in the South China Sea is expected to exceed 900 this year, well above the long-term average of 600-700 days, said a Navy spokesman. He also said policy has been consistent under both the Obama and Trump administrations.

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