Saturday, June 24, 2017

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The List 4485
To All,
I hope that you all have a great weekend.
This Day In Naval History - June 23
1812: During the War of 1812, Commodore John Rodgers leads a squadron onboard USS President of New York until she battles HMS Belvidera. The first shot of the War of 1812 is fired by USS President during this engagement.
1933 - USS Macon (ZRS 5) is commissioned. Less than two years later, Macon crashes during a storm off Point Sur, Calif., ending the Navy's program of rigid airship operations.
1961 - Navy's first major low frequency radio station commissioned at Cutler, ME
1972 - Navy helicopter squadron aids flood-stricken residents in Wilkes-Barre, Scranton, and Pittstown area of PA
This Day In Naval History - June 24
1833: The frigate Constitution is the first vessel to enter the newly-built dry dock at the Charlestown Navy Yard, Boston, Mass. for overhaul. A false rumor circulates in Boston in 1830 that the U.S. Navy intends to scrap the ship; young Oliver Wendell Holmes pens his poem "Old Ironsides", becoming a rallying cry to save the ship.
1926 - Office of Assistant SecNav set up to foster naval aeronautics; aircraft building increased
1948 - Berlin airlift initiated to offset the Soviet Union's blockade access of U.S., France, and Great Britain to their sectors of Berlin.
This Day In Naval History - June 25
1917 - Navy convoy of troopships carrying American Expeditionary Forces arrives in France
1950 - North Korea invades South Korea beginning Korean Conflict
Thanks to George
A classmate caught this in The List 4483 and provided the correction.
Nice entry in "Today in History" for 1900. In 1900, Douglas was a Yearling at West Point.
General Douglas MacArthur offers amnesty to Filipinos rebelling against American rule.
Yep, 'twas his Dad, Arthur MacArthur.
Today in History June 23
William Penn signs a friendship treaty with the Lenni Lenape Indians in Pennsylvania.
Russia gives up its Black Sea fleet as part of a truce with the Ottoman Empire.
British and Hanoverian armies defeat the French at Krefeld in Germany.
Austrian forces defeat the Prussians at Landshut, Germany.
A bloody insurrection of workers erupts in Paris.
Confederate forces overwhelm a Union garrison at the Battle of Brashear City in Louisiana.
Confederate General Stand Watie surrenders his army at Fort Towson, in the Oklahoma Territory.
A Chinese Army defeats the French at Bac Le, Indochina.
Former general and president Ulysses S. Grant dies at the age of 63.
Germany, Austria-Hungary, and Italy renew the Triple Alliance for a 12-year duration.
Italy gains the right to colonize Albania after defeating the country.
In one of the largest air strikes of the war, the U.S. Fifteenth Air Force sends 761 bombers against the oil refineries at Ploiesti, Romania.
Soviet U.N. delegate Jacob Malik proposes cease-fire discussions in the Korean War.
The U.S. Air Force bombs power plants on the Yalu River, Korea.
Henry Cabot Lodge resigns as the U.S. envoy to Vietnam and is succeeded by Maxwell Taylor.
Civil Rights marchers in Mississippi are dispersed by tear gas.
Thanks to Dutch R.
Thanks to JN
Watch the entire video, the surprise is near the end..

Now that's how you make the best use of available space!
Thanks to Carl
(No surprise about container ship on autopilot but a HUGE problem with destroyer NOT detecting it in a high density surface traffic area??)
Freighter Was On Autopilot When It Hit U.S. Destroyer
USS Fitzgerald did not detect container ship
BY: Bill Gertz
June 23, 2017 5:00 am
USS Fitzgerald Sailor Sacrificed Himself to Save Lives after the Crash
 21 Jun 2017 | by Daniel Brown
One of the 7 sailors who died aboard the USS Fitzgerald saved more than a dozen of his fellow shipmates before he ultimately lost his own life, The Daily Beast reported.
The USS Fitzgerald collided with a Philippine-flagged merchant vessel about 56 miles off the coast of Japan on Saturday.
Seven sailors were later found dead in flooded compartments on the ship.
When the Fitzgerald collided with the merchant ship, 37-year-old Fire Controlman 1st Class Gary Leo Rehm Jr., "leapt into action," according to The Daily Beast.
More from Carl
This is so Beautifully written and also something for all you romantics.
An elderly couple had just learned how to send text messages on their new mobile phones.

The wife was a romantic type and a retired English teacher of the classics.

The husband a retired Navy Chief was more of a no-nonsense guy.

One afternoon the wife went out to meet a friend for coffee.  She decided to send her husband a romantic text message and she wrote:

"If you are sleeping, send me your dreams. If you are laughing, send me your smile.  If you are eating, send me a bite.  If you are drinking, send me a sip.  If you are crying, send me your tears.  I love you."
The husband texted back to her: "On the toilet.  Please advise."
Thanks to Bill. I tried this out and it is legit and does work…skip
Military Exchange Shopping (What we used to call the PX)
            Here ya go guys, this could be a nice little benefit, should be able to save
            some money.
            Check it out !
            The Army, Air Force and Navy exchange will start allowing all honorably
            discharged veterans to shop online, (think Amazon, but only cheaper with no
            taxes.)  The target start date is Veterans Day, November 11, 2017 but, you
            must register first.  Registration began June 1, 2017. 
            Here is the site with more information:
            Honorably discharged Veterans will be eligible to shop all online exchanges
            beginning November 11, 2017. Fill out our secure form to establish your

For the Night of 19 June 2017
North Korea-US:  RIP Otto Warmbier.  For any Readers who intend to travel to North Korea, please take time to learn a few rules.  As a foreigner, if North Korea allows you to enter, you will be safe, but under constant surveillance.  The walls between rooms in hotels are large enough for surveillance agents to move in them.  The mirrors in the bath rooms are two way mirrors.
If you crease a newspaper that contains a picture of Kim Jong Un, you may be charged with a capital crime. If you discard a newspaper with Kim's picture in it, you may be charged with a capital crime. If you crumble up a newspaper that contains Kim's picture, you may be charged with a capital crime.  Anyone of those actions also could spark North Koreans who observed you to riot against you.
If you try to steal a poster of any of the Kims, you may be charged with a capital crime. In short, there are no petty crimes for foreigners. Buy souvenirs, don't take them. Pranks and jokes about North Korea are crimes.  It is imperative to say nothing negative about the leadership, the party, the escorts and guides, the food or the country.
North Korean surveillance agents in the walls of hotel rooms or guest cottages understand English, or the language of the occupiers of the room. They will understand slurs against North Korea and the speaker will be arrested.
Feedback: In response to our invitation to send Feedback, the majority of respondents suggested that Warmbier probably tried to hang himself and the North Koreans did an inept job of reviving him. The other respondents also suggested that he tried to kill himself in other ways that involved suffocation plus inept resuscitation efforts.
Russia's Gigantic New Submarine Has Enormous "Wings"
The submarine will be twice as long as a jumbo jet
With our thanks to THE Bear at
June 23, 2017  Bear Taylor   
Good Morning: Day FOUR HUNDRED SEVENTY-FIVE remembering the great warriors and events of OPERATION ROLLING THUNDER from fifty years ago…
23 JUNE 1967… HEAD LINES from The New York Times on a rainy day in Manhattan and at the UN…
Page 1: "Johnson To Meet Kosygin Today At College in Southern New Jersey With agenda Open for Any Issue–A Half-Way Point–Choice of Compromise Glassboro State College–President's Home to be Site of Summit"… "…will meet for several hours…The President of Glassboro State College was listening to a news broadcast when he learned that he would be host to President Johnson and Premier Alexsie Kosygin...NYT Ed: "Don't expect much from Johnson-Kosygin meeting. The important fact is that the two men will meet together in  simple, human act of coexistence. That is in itself worthwhile in this dangerous world."Page 1: "Israel Disputed by France At U.N.–Deplores Plan For direct Talks–Pullout Demands Grow–U.S. Will Provide Food to Help Israel Recover from War–China Factor in Soviet Position as Principal Supporter of Arab Nations–Moscow is Believed to Fear Peking Seeks to Become Principal Ally of Arabs"…
Page 1: "George McGovern Backs Goals of Israel–Contrasts Mideast Situation With That of Vietnam"… "The state of Israel is an established democratic society with a clear sense of national purpose which only wants to survive. It is not asking for any territory. It has legitimate goals and the whole nation is united. The Vietnam people are still in search of their national identity, for which I think Premier Nguyen Cao Ky is a very bad rallying point."…
Page 1: "Bill To Curb Riot Agitators is Cleared by House Panel"... "A bill that would both burden civil rights protection and curb outside agitators who incite riots were rushed through the House Judiciary committee today. Prompt action by the full committee is expected early next week. Increasing demands for Congress in recent days, after outbreaks of violence in Atlanta, Tampa, Cincinnati, Boston and other cities. Nearly 100 similar anti-riot bills have been gathering dust for months in the House Judiciary Committee headed by Emanuel Celler of New York, who has agreed to move legislation that will protect Negroes and other minorities from force or violence while engaged in lawful activities."... Page 1: "McNamara Acts on Housing Bias Near a U.S. Base"… "Segregated buildings within 3 and 1/2 miles of Andrews Field are now off-limits to G.I.s…the first of similar actions designed to end housing discrimination against Negro servicemen."... Page 1: "World Trade Center a Go By Board of Estimate to end 7-year dispute and clear way for construction to begin."… Page 2: "President Facing Protest on Coast–War Critics to Protest in Los Angeles Tonight"… "…planning a large-scale protest when he comes here to the Century Plaza Hotel tonight for a $1,000 a couple democratic banquet and ball tomorrow night. Their estimate of the possible number of protest participants ranged as high as 20,000. Los Angeles police will provide a force of 1,000."
Page 2: "Fleeing Vietcong are Battered By U.S. Troops and the coastal highlands of Quang Nai province about 380-miles north of Saigon...70 Vietcong killed with no American casualties…Just north of Quangmai the 1st Infantry fought an all-day battle that killed 60 enemy troops. Six Americans were killed and 20 wounded. B-52s pounced fortified enemy positions 30 miles west-southwest of Hue."…Page 3: "In Saigon casualty figures for last week were issued by the U.S. military command. For the week of June 4-11: 143 Americans killed in action and 955 wounded in action."…
23 June 1967… The President's TS Daily CIA Brief: UN: Behind the scenes efforts at the General Assembly to gat an acceptable alternative to the US and Soviet resolutions seem to be moving only slowly….Nearly all mediation efforts are focusing on whether withdrawal of Israeli forces can be linked with the other issues at stake… The announcement of the Glassboro meeting was "greeted with relief" by all sides at the UN last night… ADEN: The situation is about the same–serious…
23 JUNE 1967…OPERATION ROLLING THUNDER…New York Times (24 June reporting 23 June Ops)… Page 2: "2 Trapped Trains Destroyed By U.S. Jets in North Vietnam"... "…on a stretch of track northeast of Hanoi between bridges knocked out on earlier raids yesterday. The destruction of the two trains, totaling 35 boxcars, took place on a siding at Phucyen near the often bombed Kep yards and was carried out by Air Force fighter-bombers from Thailand. The raid was one of 125 missions flown by a total of 400 planes against rail lines, roads, warehouses and  power plant in North Vietnam. An A-4 Skyhawk flown by a carrier based Navy pilot…was brought down by ground fire over North Vietnam. The pilot is missing. (This was Jim Pirie, captured/POW, as reported by Hobson on June 22)  It was the 589th American aircraft lost over the North since 1965…
"The military spokesman said that MIG interceptors had again failed to oppose American planes. For nearly two weeks the Soviet built planes have remained on the ground. Military sources here in Saigon were at a loss to understand th tactics of the Hanoi command. Although the enemy fleet had taken serious losses in recent months, it is believed that these have been made up by deliveries of replacement aircraft from Moscow." (Tougher to replace pilots)…
"Vietnam: Air Losses: (Chris Hobson) There were no fixed wing losses in Southeast Asia on 23 June 1967… oohrah
23 June 1967: "F-105 History: 34 TFS" (Howie Plunkett): "Widespread damage was again inflicted on the sprawling Kep railroad yards 38 miles northeast of Hanoi by F-105 Thunderchief pilots from the 388 TFW. The Strike pilots reported seeing 100 pieces of rolling stock in the yards. Bombs were delivered onto the southwestern half of the area and the center section causing many rail cuts, heavy damage to support facilities, and the destruction of an unknown number of boxcars. One large secondary explosion, resulting in a fireball that had a 500-foot diameter, sent flames spreading over a wide area."… "Other 388 TFW pilots set off two secondary explosions when they dropped ordnance on a SAM site 35-miles north-northwest of Haiphong. The resulting orange fireballs sent up huge clouds of black smoke."… "Storage areas and truck parks just south of Dien Bien Phu were bombed …by F-105s from the 355 TFW and the 388 TFW."    (Thanks Howie)…
One of the most colorful and competent Naval Aviators of my acquaintance was JOHN ROBERT WUNSCH, who rests in peace, having passed last October 23 at age 88. Nobody ever had more strange miles on his pedometer than old John. Steve Gray in his book "Rampant Raider" describes John this way: "John Wunsche (sic) was a big man with bright red hair and a flaming red handlebar mustache. He was a frustrated fighter pilot whom fate and the Bureau of Naval Personnel had put into the cockpit of a former heavy bomber now employed as a carrier-based tanker. Commander Wunsche (sic) flew the tanker like a fighter and frequently delighted the tactical pilots by rolling the 'Whale' as we called the KA-3B tanker, on completion of a tanker mission. Consequently, John's nickname was 'the Red Baron.' " Steve recalls the low pass Commander Wunsch made on a Russian trawler that was harassing Bonnie Dick. The "Red Baron" made the pass dumping JP right across, and enveloping, the Soviet trawler's deck and gawking communists in a JP-5 mist. Score one for the good guys.
That is one of a thousand Wunsch tales. Here is another that Humble Host is proud to be able to present in its entirety. The fact is, this story cannot be told in anything less than the following and still make sense. Source: USS Bon Homme Richard letter to Commander-in-Chief, U.S. Pacific Fleet, Ser: 0227, dated 12 September 1967, a recommendation that six Heavy Attack Squadron FOUR, KA-3B aviators catch a medal for pumping gas. The submission speaks for itself… Pour a cup of coffee and enjoy…I quote…
"During the major strike against the Kep Airfield of 31 May 1967, CDR John WUNSCH was flying a KA-3B as flight leader of the airborne tanker support forces, which included two KA-3Bs and two A-4s. His crew consisted of LTJG Thomas PARNELLA and AOC James RILEY. His wing aircraft was piloted by LCDR  Donald ALBERG with crewmen LTJG Frank STUART and AE2 Larry DAVIS. The strike group consisted of twenty-four jet aircraft, attacking a heavily defended target deep within the hostile territory of North Vietnam. En route to the target, all strike aircraft, CDR WUNSCH's KA-3B and the A4 tankers were topped off from LCDR ALBERG's KA-3B, now dry and detached to return to the USS Bon Homme Richard to hot fuel and return immediately. As the strike group coasted-in, CDR WUNSCH topped off the A-4 tankers and established a tanker station just off the coast-out point of the strike group.
"On approach to the target, the strike group sustained hits and battle damage, and one A-4 was critically damaged (this was VA-212's LCDR ARVIN CHAUNCEY), forcing the pilot to eject some seventy miles inland. (SEE RTR for 31 May 2017 and Ripple Salvo #452 for DETAILS) A Search and Rescue effort was immediately initiated over the downed pilot. CDR WUNSCH quickly and correctly analyzed the situation, requested all possible tanker assistance and immediately placed his other tankers in optimum position and posture. The inflight refueling of the mass egress of the strike aircraft was quickly and expeditiously handled by CDR WUNSCH, who judiciously dispatched the A-4 tankers to refuel numerous damaged aircraft en route to the carrier. He remained on station to refuel stragglers and many of the strike aircraft, now diverted from return to the carrier to Rescue Combat Air Patrol. Many refueling evolutions were completed successfully without voice communications; one of which was later learned to be the strike leader, who was quite low on fuel, without a radio, and had no oil pressure (indicated).
"During this hectic time, CDR WUNSCH suffered a fuel system malfunction, in that he could not transfer fuel from his auxiliary tank to his main cells. This meant that he could still transfer fuel from this tank to another aircraft but was unable to use it himself. Although his own fuel was dropping below that required to return to the carrier, he refused to abandon the twelve aircraft still involved in the SAR, realizing his was the only tanker on the station. Disregarding his own dilemma, he remained on station until he had less than fifteen minutes fuel remaining before engine starvation. At this time his wingman, LCDR ALBERG, returned on station. Since CDR WUNSCH could not ascertain if the ship had a ready deck for him or that more tankers were to be launched and since he was still capable of giving away fuel, he elected to remain on station after refueling from LCDR ALBERG.
"From all indications, the SAR effort would continue for some time and he foresaw the need for both tankers, with flights of jets cycling between the tankers and the SAR scene. Normally, additional fuel was available to be augmented from  tanker aircraft from other carriers, but the Task Force demand was so heavy for SAR aircraft that none was available for either CDR WUNSCH or LCDR ALBERG. Soon both aircraft were extremely low on fuel and found themselves once again in extremis just off the coast of the northeast corner of North Vietnam.
"An Air Force KC-135 (TO THE RESCUE) operating in the area was switched to aid the USS Bon Homme Richard tankers, but at this time it was determined that LCDR ALBERG had insufficient fuel remaining to even effect a rendezvous with the KC-135. CDR WUNSCH shared his rapidly dwindling fuel supply with LCDR ALBERG and a rendezvous with the  KC-135 was effected with only three minutes fuel remaining at hook-up. After receiving a total of 2300 pounds of fuel CDR WUNSCH unplugged and LCDR ALBERG commenced refueling. Just then a flight of two F-8E Crusaders coasted out at low state. CDR WUNSCH immediately began to refuel one of them. LCDR ALBERG extended his drogue while still plugged into the KC-135, and refueled the other F-8 aircraft. This evolution again placed CDR WUNSCH in the position of having less than five minutes fuel remaining in his own aircraft, but he persisted until both fighter aircraft had been fueled before replenishing his own tanks.
"In the total evolution, the tankers led by CDR WUNSCH and crew and his wingman, LCDR ALBERG and crew, refueled over 41 aircraft, transferred 80,000 pounds of fuel and were instrumental in saving eleven aircraft. Twelve jet aircraft from the original strike group were involved in the SAR for approximately 1.5 hours and all recovered aboard the USS BON HOMME RICHARD."….. End quote…
The "Proposed Citation" for a DFC for "the Red Baron" concluded with: "Commander WUNSCH's leadership and professional performance under extremely trying condition surmounted an unexpected and critical situation in aerial tanking. His quick thinking, resourcefulness, courage, and devotion to duty with disregard for his personal safety were in keeping withe the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service."
Humble Host has a request: John Wunsch pushed the rules more than once to go over the beach with his KA-3 and crew to pick up strike aircraft who were in dire need of fuel as it drained out holed wing tanks. Does anybody have an account with some specifics of such grit for the record?… 
RTR QUOTE for 23 June: Every great military captain in history said, in one form or another: "Fortune favors the bold." Way to go, John…
Lest we forget…         Bear
Item Number:1 Date: 06/23/2017 AUSTRALIA - RAAF TO HELP PHILIPPINES FIGHT MILITANTS; SURVEILLANCE AIRCRAFT TO BE EMPLOYED (JUN 23/AAP)  AUSTRALIAN ASSOCIATED PRESS -- The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) has decided to dispatch two intelligence-gathering aircraft to the Philippines to help Manila against Islamist militants in the south, reports the Australian Associated Press.   Defense officials confirmed on Friday that Australia was sending two AP-3C Orion aircraft to Mindanao, where the Philippine military has been fighting Islamists in Marawi for five weeks.   The Philippines accepted Canberra's offer for the aircraft, said officials.   "The regional threat from terrorism, in particular from [Islamic State] and foreign fighters, is a direct threat to Australia and our interests," said Australian Defense Minister Marise Payne.   The aircraft will provide surveillance support to the Philippine military, said Payne.   The ministry did not reveal where the planes would fly from, though one possibility is RAAF Butterworth in Malaysia, noted the Sydney Morning Herald. The RAAF uses that base to fly patrols over the South China Sea
  Item Number:2 Date: 06/23/2017 BURMA - MILITARY RELEASED ANOTHER 67 CHILD SOLDIERS (JUN 23/AFP)  AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE -- The Burmese military has released dozens of additional child soldiers as part of deal with the United Nations, reports Agence France-Presse.   The 67 young soldiers discharged on Friday are the first released this year as part of the process to end the forced recruitment of underage fighters.   The Burmese army has released almost 850 children from its ranks since signing an agreement with the U.N. in 2012. Recruitment of underage fighters has also slowed, according to UNICEF.   The government has taken steps to professionalize its military after the previous junta ceded power in 2011.   There are no accurate figures of how many of the 500,000 in the military and ethnic rebel armies are underage.  
  Item Number:3 Date: 06/23/2017 COLOMBIA - ELN REBELS SAY 3 DUTCH KIDNAPPED JOURNALISTS IN 'GOOD HEALTH,' WILL BE RELEASED (JUN 23/REU)  REUTERS -- Colombia's Marxist ELN rebels say they will release the two Dutch journalists they abducted earlier this week, reports Reuters.   The television journalist and his cameraman were seized in El Tarra in Norte de Santander. The Colombian military blamed the ELN.   On Thursday, the group said on Twitter that the two were in good health and would be freed.   The ELN leadership earlier said that communications with some of its units were difficult because of fighting. It claimed to be trying to determine the whereabouts of the reporters.   The ELN has been holding peace talks with the Colombian government. Bogota has demanded that the group stop abductions as a prerequisite of a deal
Item Number:4 Date: 06/23/2017 DENMARK - ARMY ORDERS 36 EAGLE 4 X 4 VEHICLES, WITH DELIVERIES STARTING NEXT YEAR (JUN 23/GDELS)  GENERAL DYNAMICS EUROPEAN LAND SYSTEMS -- The Danish army has placed an order with General Dynamics European Land Systems for Eagle 4 x 4 armored patrol vehicles, reports the defense firm.   The initial order covers 36 vehicles in the patrol configuration. Deliveries are scheduled to begin in 2018.   The award includes options for additional vehicles in variants such as electronic warfare, support and reconnaissance, GDELS said on June 21.   The vehicles will complement Denmark's existing fleet of Eagle vehicles, said the release
Item Number:5 Date: 06/23/2017 EGYPT - PRESIDENT EXTENDS STATE OF EMERGENCY FOR 3 MORE MONTHS (JUN 23/AHRAM)  AHRAM ONLINE -- The Egyptian government has extended a nationwide state of emergency for three more months, reports Ahram Online (Egypt).   The emergency state was enacted in April after bombings against two churches that killed at least 45 people. The Parliament approve that move. The Islamic State claimed responsibility and vowed more attacks.   President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi extended the emergency state on Thursday, according to the official gazette.   The emergency state expands the police powers of arrest, surveillance and seizures
Item Number:6 Date: 06/23/2017 FRANCE - AMID EARLY CABINET RESHUFFLE, PRESIDENT NAMES PARLY DEFENSE MINISTER (JUN 23/GUARDIAN)  GUARDIAN -- New French President Emmanuel Macron has named four new Cabinet ministers after their predecessors resigned, reports the Guardian (U.K).   Four Cabinet members resigned earlier this week after it was announced they faced investigations related to two separate scandals.   Florence Parly, a high-ranking civil servant and former business leader, was named defense minister. She also served in the Socialist government of Prime Minister Lionel Jospin from 2000 to 2002.   Her predecessor, Sylvie Goulard, resigned suddenly on June 20.   Francois Bayrou, the president of the Democratic Movement Party (MoDem), close allies of Macron's La Republique en Marche, was replaced as justice minister by Nicole Belloubet.   In other moves, Annick Girardin was named overseas minister and Nathalie Loiseau, a French diplomat, was appointed European affairs minister.  
  Item Number:7 Date: 06/23/2017 NORTH KOREA - PYONGYANG TESTS ROCKET ENGINE; U.S. OFFICIALS SUGGEST IT WAS PART OF ICBM DEVELOPMENT (JUN 23/BBC)  BRITISH BROADCASTING CORP. -- U.S. officials say North Korea has tested a rocket engine that might be used on an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), reported the BBC.   The engine was tested within the previous 24 hours, said one official late Thursday. The test could be for a stage of an ICBM rocket engine, he said, as cited by AFP.   North Korean state media, which usually publicizes such tests, made no reports on the engine test, reported Reuters.   South Korean officials said they did not have details and declined to comment.  
  Item Number:8 Date: 06/23/2017 NORWAY - FOLLOWING EVALUATION, OSLO GREENLIGHTS U.S. MARINE ROTATIONS FOR ANOTHER YEAR (JUN 23/MCT)  MARINE CORPS TIMES -- The Norwegian government has authorized more U.S. Marine Corps rotations to Norway through 2018, reports the Marine Corps Times.   About 330 Marines have been training in Norway since January as part of a pilot program. They are expected to rotate back to the U.S. and be replaced by a similar number of Marines later this year.   "We are pleased to announce that — following an initial evaluation of the limited trial-period — we are extending the USMC rotational presence for another year," Norwegian Defense Minister Ine Eriksen Soreide said on Wednesday.   The presence of the Marines has benefited both the Marines and Norwegian military, she said.   The Americans have learned how to survive in the harsh Arctic climate among other skills, officials said.  
  Item Number:9 Date: 06/23/2017 OMAN - AIR FORCE GETS INITIAL 2 EUROFIGHTER TYPHOON FIGHTER JETS (JUN 23/TOMAN)  TIMES OF OMAN -- The Royal Air Force of Oman (RAFO) has taken delivery of the initial batch of Eurofighter Typhoon fighter jets ordered from the U.K., reports the Times of Oman.   Maj. Gen. Matar bin Ali al Obaidani, the RAFO chief, presided over the delivery ceremony at the Adam Air Base.   The first two two-seat aircraft were delivered on June 21 after flying from the BAE Systems facility in Warton in the U.K., reported   Four more deliveries are planned to Oman by the end of the year: the third and final two-seat jet and the first three single-seat aircraft.   In 2012, Oman announced that it would purchase 12 Typhoons, noted
Item Number:10 Date: 06/23/2017 PAKISTAN - POLICE TARGETED IN DEADLY QUETTA CAR BOMBING (JUN 23/GEOTV)  GEO TV -- A suicide car bombing in southwestern Pakistan's Baluchistan province has killed at least 13 people and injured 16 others, reports GeoTV (Pakistan).   The blast occurred early Friday at a checkpoint in Quetta, close to the office of the inspector general of police, said local officials.   About 75 kg (165 lbs) of explosives were combined with ball bearings and other metallic items in the blast, according to early indications.   Casualty reports varied. A doctor at a nearby hospital cited by Reuters said four of those killed and nine wounded were police officers.   Jamaat ur Ahrar, a splinter group of the Pakistani Taliban, claimed responsibility for the attack
Item Number:11 Date: 06/23/2017 SOUTH AFRICA - AIR FORCE USES GRIPENS, LITENING TARGETING PODS TO TRACK RHINO POACHERS (JUN 23/FG)  FLIGHTGLOBAL -- The South African air force has been using its Gripen fighters to combat rhinoceros poaching, reports Flight Global.   The aircraft, equipped with Litening III targeting pods, fly at night in areas where poachers are known to operate and direct wildlife rangers to their camps, say offiicials. South Africa's border with Zimbabwe is known to be a favored spot for poachers.   The missions are usually combined with other tasks, because of the cost of Gripen operations, said air force officials.   Meanwhile, the service has brought previously stored Gripen fighters back into service, boosting the availability of the jets.   At least 12 of the South African air force's 19 single-seat Gripen Cs and two-seat Gripen Ds were placed into long-term storage in 2013 because of budget cuts.   Nearly all of the fighters are now operational, said Lt. Col. Josias Mashaba, the commander of 2 Squadron, which operates most of the Gripens
Item Number:12 Date: 06/23/2017 SWEDEN - MILITARY WILL JOIN INTERNATIONAL JOINT EXPEDITIONARY FORCE, GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCES (JUN 23/REU)  REUTERS -- Sweden's has decided to join a U.K.-led rapid-response military unit, reports Reuters.   The Joint Expeditionary Force (JEF) was established in 2014 as part of a NATO initiative that could support NATO and United Nations troops worldwide. It includes NATO members Denmark, Norway, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and the Netherlands.   The Swedish government announced on Thursday that it would join the JEF; this will make officially non-aligned Sweden its only non-NATO member.   "Cooperating with other countries will give us the ability to develop our military capabilities and at the same time build interoperability and security with others," Defense Minister Peter Hultqvist said.   The JEF is technically independent from NATO, but is closely linked to the alliance. Opinion polls have shown that most Swedes remain against NATO membership.  
  Item Number:13 Date: 06/23/2017 SYRIA - FIRING FROM THE MED, RUSSIAN FRIGATES, SUB STRIKE ISIS TARGETS IN HAMA PROVINCE (JUN 23/TASS)  TASS -- Two Russian frigates and a submarine fired six cruise missiles Friday at Islamic State targets in Syria, says the Russian Defense Ministry, as reported by Tass and other state media.   The Admiral Essen and Admiral Grigorovich frigates and Krasnodar submarine launched six Kalibr cruise missiles from the eastern part of the Mediterranean Sea, said the ministry. The sub fired while submerged, noted RT.   The Kremlin said the missile strike destroyed ISIS command posts and ammunition dumps near the town of Akerbat in Hama province. "The remaining gunmen and targets of the [Islamic State] terrorists were destroyed by airstrikes of bombers of Russia's Aerospace Forces," the ministry added.   Moscow informed Israel and Turkey about the missile strike ahead of time, noted the Kremlin.   According to the ministry, the terror group has been sending fighters to Hama province to equip the command posts and set up ammunition depots
Item Number:14 Date: 06/23/2017 TURKEY - ANKARA BOLSTERS FORCES IN NORTHERN SYRIA (JUN 23/ARA)  ARA NEWS -- The Turkish military has deployed additional troops, vehicles and equipment into northern Syria, according to local sources cited by ARA News, an Arab news service.   The reinforcements crossed into Syria on Wednesday, headed toward areas south of the town of Azaz, which is held by Turkish-backed Syrian rebels, said the U.K.-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.   The move comes amid heavy fighting between Turkish-backed groups south of Azaz and the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) in the Kurdish Afrin district.   "The reinforcements are part of preparations for new joint attacks on the YPG by Turkish forces and their Syrian rebel allies in that area of Syria's northwest," the observatory said.   Ankara considers the YPG to be a terrorist group, seeing it as an extension of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK). The PKK is designated a terrorist group by Turkey, the U.S. and the European Union.  
Item Number:15 Date: 06/23/2017 UNITED NATIONS - AS EXPECTED, RUSSIAN DIPLOMAT WILL HEAD U.N. COUNTERTERRORISM UNIT (JUN 23/INDEP)  INDEPENDENT -- The United Nations has named a veteran Russian diplomat to lead the world body's newly established counterterrorism division, reports the Independent (U.K.).   Vladimir Voronkov was appointed by Secretary-General Antonio Guterres a week after the General Assembly voted to create the new coordinating body, the paper reported on Thursday.   The division will oversee the counterterrorism efforts of 36 U.N.-funded programs now housed under numerous U.N. agencies, 12 inter-agency working groups, Interpol and the World Customs Organization.   The existing Counterterrorism Implementation Task Force is under the political affairs division. Two related offices under the Security Council will remain in place.   Voronkov has spent more than 30 years in Russia's foreign service, serving in Vienna as an ambassador to U.N. organizations since 2011. His new post carries the title of under secretary-general.   The diplomat will "provide strategic leadership to U.N. counterterrorism efforts, participate in the decision-making process of the United Nations and ensure that the cross-cutting origins and impact of terrorism are reflected in the work," said a U.N. spokesman cited by Reuters.   A U.N. expert with the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR) told the paper that it has been a "pretty open secret" that the appointment of a Russian was the result of a deal made in 2016 when Guterres was campaigning for his top job at the U.N
Item Number:16 Date: 06/23/2017 UNITED NATIONS - SECURITY COUNCIL WELCOMES JOINT FORCE TO COMBAT MILITANTS IN SAHEL (JUN 23/UNNS)  UNITED NATIONS NEWS SERVICE -- The United Nations Security Council on Wednesday unanimously backed a West African joint force to combat terrorism and transnational organized crime in the Sahel region, reports the U.N. News Service.   The Group of 5 (G5), consisting of Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger, are putting together the force.   The Security Council indicated it would review the deployment in four months and requested the U.N. secretary-general, in coordination with the G5, to provide an oral update within two months.   The council also urged the new force, with a planned strength of up to 5,000 military and police personnel, to coordinate with the U.N. Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA) and French military forces in that country.   The council said the secretary-general should also enhance cooperation between MINSUMA and the G5 through the relevant intelligence and liaison officers.   The European Union has committed to providing 50 million euros (US$56 million) to support the joint force
  Item Number:17 Date: 06/23/2017 USA - MDA INTERCEPTOR FAILS; TEST CONDUCTED BY U.S., JAPAN OVER PACIFIC (JUN 23/MDA)  U.S. MISSILE DEFENSE AGENCY -- During a test on Wednesday by the U.S. Missile Defense Agency and the Japanese Ministry of Defense, a new missile defense interceptor failed to intercept the target, reports the MDA.   The SM-3 Block IIA missile is being developed by the two countries to defeat medium- and intermediate-range ballistic missiles.   During the trial, a medium-range ballistic missile target was launched from the Pacific Missile Range Facility at Kauai, Hawaii.   The guided-missile destroyer John Paul Jones (DDG 53) detected and tracked the target with its AN/SPY-1 radar and Aegis Baseline 9.C2 weapon system. Upon acquiring the target, the ship launched an SM-3 Block IIA missile, which did not intercept the target, the agency said.   This was the fourth development flight test and second intercept test for the SM-3 Block IIA. The previous intercept test in February was successful
  Item Number:18 Date: 06/23/2017 USA - NAVY NAMES HEAD FOR INVESTIGATION OF DESTROYER COLLISION (JUN 23/S&S)  STARS AND STRIPES -- The U.S. Navy has named a rear admiral to investigate the fatal June 17 collision between a Navy destroyer and a merchant vessel off the coast of Japan, reports the Stars and Stripes.   Seven sailors died when the USS Fitzgerald collided with the Philippine-flagged ACX Crystal cargo ship about 64 miles southeast of Yokosuka Naval Base.   On Friday, the U.S. 7th Fleet said that Rear Adm. Brian Fort will lead the investigation. Fort is a former commander of a squadron of six destroyers.   The Navy also said it would hold a memorial ceremony for the seven soldiers killed at Yokosuka, reported AFP. It will include the sailors' relatives, U.S. military officials and about 300 crew members, said a Navy spokesman.  
 Item Number:19 Date: 06/23/2017 USA - SHOTFINDER ACOUSTIC WARNING SYSTEM VALIDATED ON CESSNA FIXED-WING AIRCRAFT (JUN 23/OATK)  ORBITAL ATK -- Orbital ATK has announced the completion of testing and validation of its ShotFinder acoustic hostile-fire indication system on a fixed-wing aircraft.   The ShotFinder, installed on a Cessna Grand Caravan aircraft configured for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions, collected ambient acoustic data while the aircraft undertook a variety of operational scenarios, said a release on Wednesday from the firm, headquartered in Dulles, Va.   Data analysis and simulated live-fire data injection indicated that the system would accurately produce hostile-fire indications from anticipated threats, noted the release.   The ShotFinder identifies and directionally locates small-arms fire, anti-aircraft artillery and rocket-propelled grenade threats. The system uses the supersonic shock wave from a passing bullet and the muzzle blast from the weapon to determine a bullet's origin and point of closest approach
Item Number:20 Date: 06/23/2017 YEMEN - DEATH OF REGIONAL AQAP LEADER IN U.S. AIRSTRIKE CONFIRMED BY PENTAGON (JUN 23/FN)  FOX NEWS -- A U.S. airstrike in Yemen killed a senior Al-Qaida leader and two close associates last week, the U.S. Central Command said on Thursday, reports Fox News.   CENTCOM said Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) leader Abu Khattab al Awlaqi was killed in an airstrike on June 16 in the group's stronghold in Shabwah province.   The AQAP regional leader "had significant influence throughout AQAP's terrorist stronghold, had ties and access to the group's other senior leaders, and was implicated in planning and leading efforts to exacerbate instability in Southern Yemen," said the statement.   "Al Awlaqi was a senior leader responsible for planning and conducting terrorist attacks against civilians," said CENTCOM. His death, it continued, "removes a trusted and experienced terrorist leader from AQAP's ranks."

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