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To All,
I hope that you all had a great weekend.
This Day In Naval History - June 26
1884 - Congress authorizes commissioning of Naval Academy graduates as ensigns
1918 - Marine brigade captures Belleau Wood
1945 - USS Parche (SS 384) attacks a Japanese convoy and sinks gunboat Kamitsu Maru and freighter Eikan Maru seven miles of Todo Saki, southern Honshu.
1959 - Twenty-eight Naval vessels sail from Atlantic to Great Lakes, marking the formal opening of Saint Lawrence Seaway to seagoing ships.
1962 - NAVFAC Cape Hatteras makes first Sound Surveillance System (SOSUS) detection of a Soviet diesel submarine.
1973 - Navy Task Force 78 completes minesweeping of North Vietnamese ports.
·         Today in History June 26
Roman Emperor Julian dies, ending the Pagan Revival.
Peter the Hermit's crusaders force their way across Sava, Hungary.
The Seljuk Turkish army in Asia Minor is wiped out by the Mongols.
Former followers murder Francisco Pizarro, the Spanish Conqueror of Peru.
The French defeat an Austrian army at the Battle of Fleurus.
The Lewis and Clark Expedition reaches the mouth of the Kansas River after completing a westward trek of nearly 400 river miles.
Julia Gardiner and President John Tyler are married in New York City.
General Robert E. Lee attacks George McClellan's line at Mechanicsville during the Seven Days' campaign.
Jubal Early and his Confederate forces move into Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.
The United States announces it will send troops to fight against the Boxer Rebellion in China.
Russia's nobility demands drastic measures be taken against revolutionaries.
Shah Muhammad Ali's forces squelch the reform elements of Parliament in Persia.
Russian General Aleksei Brusilov renews his offensive against the Germans.
The Germans begin firing their huge 420 mm howitzer, "Big Bertha," at Paris.
A memorial to the first U.S. troops in France is unveiled at St. Nazaire.
After eight years of occupation, American troops leave the Dominican Republic.
The Grumman F6F Hellcat fighter flies for the first time.
The U.N. Charter is signed by 50 nations in San Francisco, California.
The Soviet Union proposes a cease-fire in the Korean War.
A Kuwaiti vote opposes Iraq's annexation plans.
President John Kennedy announces "Ich bin ein Berliner" at the Berlin Wall.
The U.S. Justice Department issues a warrant for Daniel Ellsberg, accusing him of giving away the Pentagon Papers.
Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi is convicted of election fraud.
Roy Campanella, legendary catcher for the Negro Leagues and the Los Angeles Dodgers, dies.
Berlin Airlift: When American power was unstoppable
65th anniversary marks saving of German city from Soviet strangulation
By Thomas V. DiBacco
Tuesday, April 29, 2014
West Berlin children at Tempelhof Airport watch fleets of U.S. airplanes
In this era of increasing diplomatic friction with Russia over Ukraine, it would be well to remember that April 30 marks the 65th anniversary of the first, and most unbelievable, successes of American and Western foreign policy marking the beginning of the Cold War.
That was the first sign on April 30, 1949, that the Soviet Union started to ease its Berlin blockade of Western power access to the city by permitting limited canal traffic. A formal agreement ending the blockade came on May 4. It had been a 328-day siege, coming to an end thanks to the massive airlifting of supplies to the beleaguered city.
After World War II, Germany was divided into four temporary zones occupied by the United States, Great Britain, France and Soviet Union. Berlin was located 100 miles inside the eastern-located Soviet zone, and it, too, was divided into four zones, but essentially two as a result of Western powers merging their boundaries, a situation that also mirrored the larger geographical zones. Postwar agreements looked forward to a unified Germany, and Western powers initiated, first in 1947, an economic-aid program named after Secretary of State George Marshall and second in 1948, currency reform that would stabilize Germany's almost worthless existing monetary system.
The Soviets balked at both notions. Recognizing that West Berlin could produce only about a quarter of its food needs and even less of its energy requirements, they began on June 24, 1948, to block all rail, road and canal access from the west. The goal, of course, was to gain total control of the city because the Western powers, it was thought, would give up under such total blockage — or risk war. That was unlikely, given that the latter had only 22,600 troops in their Berlin section. The Soviets in their zone, on the other hand, numbered 1.5 million soldiers. Worse, at the start of the Soviet blockade, West Berliners had only 36 days of food supplies and 45 days of coal.
Gen. Lucius D. Clay, head of the U.S. Occupation Zone, set forth both the dilemma and solution: "There is no practicability in maintaining our position in Berlin, and it must not be evaluated on that basis. We are convinced that our remaining in Berlin is essential to our prestige in Germany and in Europe. Whether for good or bad, it has become a symbol of the American intent."
Hence began the largest military-diplomatic relief effort in history, as impressive as the D-Day invasion in terms of its boldness and tenacity. Operation Vittles, as the airlift was dubbed by Americans, was meticulous in terms of its planning, calculations and results. Some 1,990 calories for each of the 2.2 million West Berliners were set as the minimum daily requirement, necessitating 1,534 tons per day in food and 3,475 tons of coal and gasoline for fuel and electricity. Although Soviet fighters boasted that they would challenge the airlift, the threat was hollow. Some 400 Western-supplied cargo planes — flying stacked above each other in a 20-mile wide air corridor — arrived every three minutes at first two, then three airfields in West Berlin. On Saturday, April 16, 1949, a day before the end of Lent, a record 1,398 planes landed in what was called the Easter Parade, averaging one every 61.8 seconds.
The daily food supplies varied from 640 tons of flour to 109 tons of meat and fish, from 19 tons of powdered milk to five tons of whole milk for children, the latter dubbing the planes "candy bombers" because of their always dependable supply of sweets.
And not only were supplies brought in, but manufactured goods made by West Berliners filled returning planes. Some 175,000 ill West Berliners, including young children, were also airlifted out during the period as a result of a severe winter. The total statistical accomplishments were breathtaking: From June 24, 1948, to May 12, 1949, when the Soviets capitulated and opened up all routes to the city, more than 278,000 flights had taken off, and 1,592,787 tons of supplies had been airlifted, equal to about 1,000 pounds per West Berliner. To make certain that sufficient surpluses were built up for West Berliners, air deliveries continued until Sept. 30, 1949. To be sure, there were losses during the airlift period. Seventeen American and eight British aircraft had crashed, with 70 resulting deaths. The pilots represented not only traditional occupation-zone powers, but also Australians, New Zealanders and South Africans.
As for Americans at home, the era of the airlift was no picnic. A railroad strike, demobilization problems, short supplies, and high prices made for public unrest. Still, a national poll on Sept. 15, 1948, indicated that 85 percent backed the airlift policy, with only 7 percent opposed and 8 percent undecided.
Thomas V. DiBacco is professor emeritus at American University.
Submitted by Mark Logan:

Golf signs and quotes…
  • You are 150 yards from center of green.  You are 175 yards from a $200 glass window.  Choose your club carefully!
  • Please do not use words ending in 'itch', 'it', of 'uck'!!
  • If you are not at this point one hour after teeing off, you are playing too slow.
  • You are 87 yards off line.  Golf instruction available at our pro shop.
  • Golfer's Instructions:  Swing.  Swear.  Look for ball.  Repeat.
  • May thy ball lie down in green pastures not in still waters.
  • You can hit a two-acre fairway 10% of the time and a two-inch branch 90% of the time.
  • I was one under today!  One under a tree, one under a bush, and one under the water.
  • I shoot golf in the 70s.  When it gets any colder than that, I quit.
  • They call it golf because all the other four letter words were taken.—Ray Floyd
  • If I'm on the course and lightning starts, I get inside fast.  If God wants to play through, let him.—Bob Hope
  • Is the world spelled 'put' or 'putt'?  'Put' means to place a thing where you want it.  'Putt' means merely a vain attempt to do the same thing.
  • Golf is the art of playing fetch with yourself.
  • GOLF is an acronym for Go Out Looking Funny.
  • Golf is the adult version of an Easter egg hunt.
  • The reason the pro tells you to keep your head down is so you can't see him laughing.—Phyllis Diller

Submitted by Larry Weeks:

     A gushy reporter told Phil Mickelson, "You are spectacular, your name is synonymous with the game of golf. You really know your way around the course. What's your secret?"
     Mickelson replied, "The holes are numbered."

     A young man and a priest are playing together. At a short par-3 the priest asks, "What are you going to use on this hole, my son?"
     The young man says, "An 8-iron, father. How about you?"
     The priest says, "I'm going to hit a soft seven and pray."
     The young man hits his 8-iron and puts the ball on the green.
     The priest tops his 7-iron and dribbles the ball out a few yards.
     The young man says, "I don't know about you, father, but in my church, when we pray, we keep our head down."

     Police are called to an apartment and find a woman holding a bloody 5-iron standing over a lifeless man. The detective asks, "Ma'am, is that your husband?"
     "Yes" says the woman.
     "Did you hit him with that golf club?"
     "Yes, yes, I did." The woman begins to sob, drops the club, and puts her hands on her face.
     "How many times did you hit him?"
     "I don't know -- five, six, maybe seven times...just put me down for a five."

     A husband and wife are on the 9th green when suddenly she collapses from a heart attack! "Help me dear," she groans to her husband.
     The husband calls 911 on his cell phone, talks for  a few minutes, picks up his putter and lines up his putt.
     His wife raises her head off the green and stares at him. "I'm dying here and you're putting?"
     "Don't worry dear," says the husband calmly, "they found a doctor on the second hole and he's coming to help you."
     "Well, how long will it take for him to get here?" she asks feebly.
     "No time at all," says her husband. "Everybody's already agreed to let him play through."

     A golfer teed up his ball on the first tee, took a mighty swing and hit his ball into a clump of trees. He found his ball and saw an opening between two trees he thought he could hit through.  Taking out his 3-wood, he took a mighty swing. The ball hit a tree, bounced back, hit him in the forehead and killed him.
     As he approached the gates of heaven, St. Peter asked, "Are you a good golfer?"
     The man replied: "Got here in two, didn't I?"

     The bride was escorted down the aisle and when she reached the altar, the groom was standing there with his golf bag and clubs at his side.  She said: "What are your golf clubs doing here?"
     He looked her right in the eye and said, "This isn't going to take all day, is it?"

Submitted by Skip Leonard:

     You may not be aware of it but I've been very busy over the past couple of years putting my thoughts and ideas together in a book about Golf. I am very proud of the results and in order to market the publication, I am asking friends and family to be the first to own a copy.
     Here's the Table of Contents from my new book, "Winning Golf Strategies," which I believe gives the reader valuable playing tips and insider information that I've gained through my own years of experience in the game and observations of my golfing partners.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1--How to properly line up your fourth putt.
Chapter 2--How to hit a Nike from the rough when you hit a Titleist from the tee.
Chapter 3--How to avoid the water when you lie eight in a bunker.
Chapter 4--How to get more distance off the shank.
Chapter 5--When to give the ranger the finger.
Chapter 6--Using your shadow on the greens to confuse your opponent.
Chapter 7--When to implement handicap management.
Chapter 8--Proper excuses for drinking beer before 9 a.m.
Chapter 9--How to urinate behind a 4" x 4" post...undetected.
Chapter 10--How to rationalize a six-hour round.
Chapter 11--How to find that ball that everyone else saw go in the water.
Chapter 12--Why your spouse doesn't care that you birdied the 5th.
Chapter 13--How to let a foursome play through your twosome.
Chapter 14--How to relax when you are hitting three off the tee.
Chapter 15--When to suggest major swing corrections to your opponent.
Chapter 16--God and the meaning of the 'Birdie-To-Bogey Putt.'
Chapter 17--When to regrip your ball retriever.
Chapter 18--Use a strong grip on the hand wedge and weak slip on the foot wedge.
Chapter 19--Why male golfers will pay $5.00 a beer from the cart girl and give her a $3 tip, but will balk at a $3.50 Beer at the 19th Hole and stiff the bartender.
     Hopefully you will find my book intriguing and purchase a copy. Please send on and hopefully more people will buy copies!!!

Submitted by Al Anderson:

     Sven and Olie are standing on the 18th tee at their Swedish Country Club. They are the final twosome in the Swedish Country Club Championship and are tied for the lead. The 18th hole is a beautiful par four with a deep valley descending down to a dogleg right.
     Both Sven and Olie hit long, straight tee shots which disappear down into the valley. A short time later, the fore caddie appears at the top of the hill and announces that both balls are within 6 inches of each other, but there's a problem. Both of the golf balls are Titleist # 4s.

     Sven and Olie look at each other and realize that they had not informed each other as to what kind of ball they were playing, nor its number. They quickly descend into the valley and, sure enough, their two Titleist golf balls are right next to each at the bottom of the valley in the middle of the fairway.
     Olie looks at Sven and says, "We had better get a ruling from a tournament official to straighten this out.  This is the Swedish Country Club Championships and we don't want to be disqualified for making a mistake and hitting the wrong ball.  After all, we are tied for the lead."
     Soon after, a rules official appears and examines the two # 4 Titleist golf balls. He then looks up at Sven and Olie and says, "Which one of you is playing the orange ball?

Submitted by Colleen Grosso:

     During his annual physical examination, a doctor asked his patient about his physical condition.
The man described a typical day.
     "Well, yesterday afternoon, I took a five hour walk about 7km  through some pretty rough terrain. I waded along the edge of a lake. I pushed my way through brambles. I got sand in my shoes and my eyes.
     I avoided standing on a snake. I climbed several rocky hills. I took a few 'leaks' behind some big trees.
     The mental stress of it all left me shattered.  At the end of it, all I drank eight beers.
     Inspired by the story, the doctor said, "You must be one #*!! of an outdoors man!"
     "No," he replied, "I'm just a crappy golfer".

Submitted by Jamie Hapgood:

     At dawn the telephone rings..."Hello, Señor Bob? This is Ernesto, the caretaker at your country house."
     "Ah yes, Ernesto. What can I do for you? Is there a problem?"
     "Um! I am just calling to advise you, Señor Bob, that your parrot... he is dead!"
     "My parrot? Dead? The one that won the International competition?"
     "Si, Señor! That's the one."
     "%@&+! That's a pity! I spent a small fortune on that bird. What did he die from?"
     "From eating rotten meat, Señor Bob."
     "Rotten meat? Who the #*!! fed him rotten meat?"
     "Nobody, Señor. He ate the meat of the dead horse."
     "Dead horse? What dead horse?"
     "The thoroughbred, Señor Bob."
     "My prize thoroughbred is dead?"
     "Yes, Señor Bob. He died from all that work pulling the water cart."
     "Are you insane? What water cart?"
     "The one we used to put out the fire, Señor."
     "Good gracious! What fire are you talking about, man?"
     "The one at your house, Señor! A candle fell and the curtains caught on fire."
     "What the #*!!? Are you saying, my mansion is destroyed, because of a candle?"
     "Yes, Señor Bob."
     "But, there's electricity at the house! What was the candle for?"
     "For the funeral, Señor Bob."
     "Your wife's, Señor Bob. She showed up very late one night. I thought she was a thief, so I hit her with your new Ping G15 204g titanium head golf club with the TFC 149D graphite shaft."
     "Ernesto... if you broke that driver, you're in deep $#!+."
Item Number:1 Date: 06/26/2017 BELGIUM - GOVERNMENT GREENLIGHTS US$1.2 BILLION ARMORED VEHICLE PROJECT (JUN 26/BMOD)  BELGIAN MINISTRY OF DEFENSE -- The Belgian Council of Ministers has approved a Defense Ministry proposal to acquire new ground combat vehicles from France, reports the Belgian Defense Ministry.   The 1.1 billion euro (US$1.2 billion) program is the largest investment program announced in Defense Minister Steven Vandeput's "Strategic Vision" document.   The council said the goal is to improve the capabilities of the land forces and bolster cooperation with France. Belgium is also seeking joint training and logistics support for the vehicles.   Plans call for purchasing 60 Jaguar armored reconnaissance vehicles and 417 Griffon light combat vehicles, along with communications equipment and spare parts, the ministry said.   The Jaguars replace existing Piranha and Dingo vehicles in Belgian service, while the Griffons replace VAB armored vehicles.   The Jaguars and Griffons will form Belgium's basic joint motorized capability. Vehicles will also be acquired in medical and reconnaissance configurations.   The new vehicles are expected to enter service from 2025 to 2030, said the ministry
Item Number:2 Date: 06/26/2017 CHINA - MOST RECENT ASW AIRCRAFT DETECTED IN HAINAN; SATELLITE PHOTOS REVEAL PLANES (JUN 26/DN)  DEFENSE NEWS -- Satellite imagery shows that China has deployed its latest anti-submarine warfare aircraft to its southern Hainan province on the South China Sea, reports Defense News.   Commercial satellite photos taken on May 10 and May 20 by DigitalGlobe reveal four Y-8Q aircraft on the ground at Lingshui Air Base, according to the newspaper, which obtained the images.   The photos also show three Harbin BZK-005 high-altitude, long-range unmanned aerial vehicles at the air base. Those drones have previously been seen at the Chinese air base on Woody Island in the disputed Paracel Islands.   Two KJ-500 airborne early warning aircraft were also at the Lingshui facility on both occasions, says the publication.   The Y-8Q is the Chinese navy's newest maritime patrol aircraft with enhanced anti-submarine warfare capabilities
Item Number:3 Date: 06/26/2017 COLOMBIA - DUTCH JOURNALISTS RELEASED UNHURT BY ELN (JUN 26/AFP)  AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE -- ELN guerrillas in Colombia have freed the two Dutch journalists they abducted several days earlier, reports Agence France-Presse.   Reporter Derk Bolt and cameraman Eugenio Follender were released after a day of conflicting reports.   The two were abducted on June 19 in El Tarra in Norter de Santander province. The ELN erroneously released a statement on Friday saying the hostages had been released. It was later retracted.   Colombian authorities said on Saturday that the two had been freed in a rural area of the province, and posted an image of the pair on Twitter. Both were said to be in good condition.   The reporter told Colombian broadcaster Caracol Radio that the ELN had given him a "very long" document with points on the group's peace talks with the government, reported the BBC. The rebels were respectful and never threatened to kill them, he said
Item Number:4 Date: 06/26/2017 EUROPEAN UNION - LED BY FRANCE, GERMANY, E.U. MILITARIES EYE JOINT DEFENSE PLANS (JUN 26/EUO)  EU OBSERVER -- European Union leaders have publicly backed a French and German effort to develop a new pan-E.U. defense program, reports the E.U. Observer.   During a summit in Brussels on June 22, the leaders agreed to launch new joint defense projects within the next three months.   "In the next few weeks and months, we will look at possible projects, the criteria that will have to be met," said German Chancellor Angela Merkel. The effort will complement NATO, she said.   France and Germany are also planning stronger bilateral defense ties, which will be finalized at a ministerial conference on July 13, said new French President Emmanuel Macron. He termed the joint action "historic."   The initiative is part of a European Commission-led policy drive that aims to use E.U. funds for defense research, among other projects
Item Number:5 Date: 06/26/2017 FRANCE - NEW F21 TORPEDO PLANNED FOR NAVY PASSES QUALIFICATION TESTS; FINAL DEVELOPMENT UNDERWAY (JUN 26/DCNS)  DCNS -- French defense firm DCNS says it has completed qualification firings of the new F21 heavyweight torpedo.   The recent qualification firing, conducted off the coast of Var province in southern France, followed 20 industrial sea trials, DCNS said in release on June 22.   The torpedo achieved all of the planned goals for the test-firing, program officials said.   The F21, with a range of more than 30 miles (50 km) and a speed of greater than 50 knots (90 kmh), is designed to defeat hostile surface ships and submarines.   The torpedo is capable of coastal operations as well as deepwater firings, said DCNS.   The weapon features significant computing power for real-time processing and extended autonomy, according to DCNS.   The F21 is scheduled to begin equipping the French navy's submarines in 2018
 Item Number:6 Date: 06/26/2017 INDONESIA - ARRESTS MADE AFTER APPARENT TERRORIST ATTACK KILLS POLICE OFFICER (JUN 26/SKY)  SKY NEWS -- An Indonesian police officer has died after being stabbed on Sunday by suspected Islamists, reports Sky News (Australia), citing local officials.   Two assailants stabbed the officer in Medan, the capital of North Sumatra province, said a police spokesman.   Police commandos killed one attacker and wounded the other, reported the Straits Times.   The wounded suspect had travelled to Syria to join ISIS, said a provincial police chief. The two had been ordered to make an attack by Bahrun Naim, an Indonesian ISIS militant, said the spokesman.   By Monday, four suspects had been arrested in connection to the attack in raids throughout Medan. An ISIS flag was found at the home of one of the attackers, said police
Item Number:7 Date: 06/26/2017 IRAQ - AFTER ISIS SUICIDE ATTACKS ARE REPELLED, MILITARY EXPECTS BATTLE FOR MOSUL TO END SOON (JUN 26/IQN)  IRAQI NEWS -- Iraqi coalition forces say they have taken over a major area in western Mosul's Old City after repelling an Islamic State counterattack over the weekend, reports Iraqi News.   The military said ISIS suicide bombers were deployed late Sunday in the Hay al-Tanak district, west of the Old City. Those affected areas were quickly brought under control, said officials cited by the BBC.   By Monday, Iraqi forces from the Counter-Terrorism Service regained control of the al-Faruq neighborhood, on the northwestern side of the Old City, said the Defense Ministry.   Government forces have linked up along the al-Faruq street, which bisects the Old City, and will start pushing east toward the Euphrates River, said Lt. Gen. Abdul Ghani al-Assadi, as cited by Reuters.   ISIS "is finished" and the city will fall "in very few days, God willing," he said.   Iraqi forces currently estimate that up to 350 ISIS fighters control less than 2 sq km (less than 1 sq mi) of territory in the Old City
Item Number:8 Date: 06/26/2017 ISRAEL - IDF HITS TARGETS IN SYRIA AFTER STRAY FIRE HITS GOLAN HEIGHTS (JUN 26/MIDEEYE)  MIDDLE EAST EYE -- The Israeli military says its force hit several Syrian government targets over the weekend after "errant fire" from Syria hit Israeli-held territory in the Golan Heights, reports the Middle East Eye.   There were two incidents reported on successive days.   Syrian shells hit an area in the northern area of the Golan Heights on Sunday, causing no casualties. The Israeli military said it responded by targeting "two artillery positions and an ammunitions truck belonging to the Syrian regime."   On Saturday, an Israeli aircraft hit Syrian targets after 10 projectiles landed in the Golan Heights. The Israeli military released a video showing strikes on a heavy machine gun and two tanks.   Damascus later said that Israel had attacked one of its military posts in support of terrorist groups, reported Reuters.   On Monday, the IDF said stray fire from Syria hit a United Nations peacekeeping (UNDOF) post on the Golan Heights, reported the Times of Israel. No injuries were reported.  
  Item Number:9 Date: 06/26/2017 ISRAEL - REACTIVATED SPECIAL OPS UNIT READY FOR ACTION, SAY IDF OFFICIALS (JUN 26/SHEPHARD)  SHEPHARD MEDIA -- The Israeli military's newest special operations unit is operational, reports Shephard Media.   The Israel Defense Forces announced in April that it was reactivated the Haruv Special Operations Unit, which was disbanded in 1974 as part of an army restructuring.   Haruv is now operational and scheduled to reach full operational capability within two years, unit officials told the London-based media outlet.   The unit was reactivated in response to emerging requirements, including increased demand for specialist counterterrorism missions in and around Israel, said Capt. Ben Eichenthal, the deputy commander of the unit.   "The IDF has a need for a special unit capable of operating in Palestinian areas," said Eichenthal, referring to covert operations in urban areas such as the Gaza Strip.   The unit currently consists of several teams, which are operational in Israel, said Eichenthal. A battalion-sized force is scheduled to be developed over the next two years.  
  Item Number:10 Date: 06/26/2017 JAPAN - U.S. MARINE F-35BS LAND AT OKINAWA ON FAMILIARIZATION MISSION (JUN 26/S&S)  STARS AND STRIPES -- A pair of U.S. Marine F-35B aircraft have visited the strategic Japanese island of Okinawa for the first time, reports the Stars and Stripes.   Two F-35Bs from Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 121 arrived Monday at Kadena Air Base in central Okinawa to become familiar with the air field, said a Marine Corps statement.   The Marine version of the Joint Strike Fighter is a short-takeoff/vertical-landing aircraft.   The stealth aircraft flew from Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, where they are based, the statement said.   The fighters will be operating out of Kadena and Okinawa's Marine Corps Air Station Futenma on a "transient basis," said the service
Item Number:11 Date: 06/26/2017 NORTH KOREA - NEWLY DEVELOPED 300-MM MULTIPLE ROCKET LAUNCHERS ABLE TO HIT TARGETS 124 MILES AWAY, SAYS CLASSIFIED INFO (JUN 26/JAI)  JOONG-ANG ILBO -- North Korea has developed multiple rocket launchers capable of firing guided missiles as far as 124 miles (200 km), according to classified North Korean documents obtained by the JoongAng Ilbo (Seoul, South Korea).   Pyongyang has apparently deployed 300-mm rocket launchers equipped with imagery guidance and GPS systems, the documents show.   That range would allow the North to hit South Korea's joint military headquarters in Daejeon, the newspaper said.   Seoul believes North Korea has been working on the 300-mm rockets since 2002, when it obtained blueprints from China.   Such rockets present a unique threat, since their trajectories are too low for anti-missile systems to intercept
  Item Number:12 Date: 06/26/2017 PHILIPPINES - FOLLOWING SHORT PAUSE, ARMY PUSHES AGAINST MARAWI; MILITANT LEADERSHIP SAID TO BE 'CRUMBLING' (JUN 26/DEWELLE)  DEUTSCHE WELLE -- The Philippine military has resumed its operations against militants holed up in the southern city of Marawi after a short unilateral truce, reports Deutsche Welle.   The military ordered an eight-hour humanitarian pause on Sunday to mark the Islamic holiday Eid al-Fitr and to try to rescue trapped civilians, reported Reuters.   "Our offensive operations have resumed and will continue so we can liberate Marawi City at the soonest time possible," said an army spokesman on Monday.   The leadership of the militants is "crumbling" and ammunition is running low, the spokesman said. Another military spokesman said that Isnilon Hapilon, the leader of Abu Sayyaf, might no longer be in Marawi, reported CNN Philippines.   Fighting in Marawi began on May 23 when security forces attempted to arrest Hapilon
Item Number:13 Date: 06/26/2017 SAUDI ARABIA - PLOT AGAINST MECCA'S GRAND MOSQUE THWARTED, SAYS INTERIOR MINISTRY (JUN 26/INDEP)  INDEPENDENT -- Saudi authorities said that security forces last week foiled a planned attack on the Grand Mosque in Mecca, reports the Independent (U.K).   The Interior Ministry said the suspect exchanged fire with security personnel on Friday and then blew himself up during the standoff not far from the mosque. The ministry said he was part of a terrorist cell.   The explosion destroyed the building, injuring 11 people, reported the BBC.   Five other suspects were arrested for what may have been a second attack. That attack was planned by three groups – two based in Mecca and one in Jeddah, according to the ministry.   The statement did not refer to a specific group.  
  Item Number:14 Date: 06/26/2017 SYRIA - PENTAGON REVEALS DEATH OF ISIS FINANCIAL FACILITATOR IN AIRSTRIKE (JUN 26/USCENT)  U.S. CENTRAL COMMAND -- The U.S.-led coalition killed a top Islamic State financier earlier this month in eastern Syria, reports the U.S. Central Command.   Fawaz Muhammad Jubayr al-Rawi was killed on June 16 in Abu Kamal, close to the Iraqi border, CENTCOM said on Friday.   The U.S. Treasury imposed sanctions on al-Rawi and his company in December 2016 for supporting ISIS. He helped facilitated ISIS weapons and ammunition purchase in the area when the terror group moved into Abu Kamal in 2014, said Treasury.   He also pledged allegiance to ISIS and helped move money to fund the group's foreign fighters, said the release.   Al-Rawi's death should "disrupt ISIS's financial networks" and "restrict the terror group's ability to move resources and export terrorism," the Pentagon said
  Item Number:15 Date: 06/26/2017 SYRIA - U.S.-BACKED REBELS MAKE INROADS AROUND RAQQA, SAYS MONITORING GROUP (JUN 26/AFP)  AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE -- The head of a U.K.-based monitoring group says U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) have taken about a quarter of the Syrian city of Raqqa from the Islamic State, reports Agence France-Presse.   The SDF, which is made up of Arab and Kurdish fighting groups, began an offensive on June 6 against Raqqa, the de facto capital of ISIS.   "Since the offensive began, the SDF have captured around 25 percent of the city's built-up neighborhoods," the head of Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Monday.   The SDF has gained control of the southeastern districts of Al-Meshleb and Al-Senaa and Al-Rumaniya and Sabahiya in the west, the monitoring group said.   The SDF is taking areas before making a pincer attack against Raqqa's Old City. Clashes were also reported in the north as part of an effort to put more pressure on the ISIS in the city center, said the monitoring group
  Item Number:16 Date: 06/26/2017 UKRAINE - REINFORCEMENTS SEEN ENSURING SECURITY AROUND ODESSA (JUN 26/INT-AVN)  INTERFAX-MILITARY NEWS AGENCY -- Ukrainian Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak has indicated that military forces in the southern Odessa region will be strengthened, reports Interfax-AVN (Russia).   "The previous military and political leadership made decisions as a result of which there are almost no military units in this region," Poltorak said on Friday. "Our plans include strengthening the grouping, creating the infrastructure and necessary technical and logistical facilities."   Currently, there is a military unit in Bolhrad, with another being set up in Sarat. A commandant's office is to be deployed in Artsyz, said a June 23 Defense Ministry release.   The new units are designed to ensure security and territorial integrity in the region, said Poltorak.  
  Item Number:17 Date: 06/26/2017 UNITED KINGDOM - SEA TRIALS LOOM FOR ROYAL NAVY'S QUEEN ELIZABETH CARRIER (JUN 26/DAILYTEL)  DAILY TELEGRAPH -- The largest-ever British warship is scheduled to head out for sea trials on Monday, reports the Daily Telegraph.   The 280-meter (918-ft), 65,000-metric ton Queen Elizabeth aircraft carrier is due to set out from the Rosyth shipyard in Scotland on the Firth of Forth.   Sea trials are planned for the next six weeks in the North Sea. Flight trials are scheduled for October 2018 off the eastern coast of the U.S, noted the Independent.   The carrier is scheduled to be operational by 2020.   The Royal Navy has not had a carrier since the HMS Ark Royal was scrapped during budget cuts in 2010, noted the BBC
  Item Number:18 Date: 06/26/2017 USA - DEWEY DESTROYER UNEXPECTEDLY MISSES TRILATERAL EXERCISE IN S. KOREA (JUN 26/S&S)  STARS AND STRIPES -- A U.S. Navy destroyer did not take part in a trilateral exercise with South Korea and Japan as planned, reports the Stars and Stripes, citing service officials.   USS Dewey (DDG 105) arrived at Jeju Island on June 20 along with two Canadian frigates for what the Navy called a "routine port visit and planning meeting" prior to an exercise with South Korea and Japan.   However, the destroyer departed Jeju later that day "to complete required maintenance" at Yokosuka Naval Base, Japan, said a spokesman for Naval Forces Korea. This mean the ship would not participate, he said.   The five-day exercise was scheduled to begin on June 23, according to South Korean officials.   At the time, the Navy did not provide any more information about the recall.   The Dewey was one of several ships that took part in search-and-rescue efforts after her sister ship, USS Fitzgerald, collided with a merchant vessel off the coast of Japan on June 17.  
Item Number:19 Date: 06/26/2017 USA - MARINES IN LINE FOR UPGRADED ANTI-TANK VEHICLES WITH MORE CAPABLE TURRET (JUN 26/USMC)  UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS -- The U.S. Marine Corps says it is getting new light armored vehicles equipped with upgraded anti-tank capabilities, reports the service.   The first two LAV Anti-Tank Modernization A2 vehicles, equipped with the latest missile launchers, have already rolled off the line at Production Plant Barstow, Calif., the Corps said in a release on June 23.   The new Modified Target Acquisition System (MTAS) turret significantly upgrades the capabilities of the LAV-ATM, officials said.   Unlike the previous Emerson 901 (or Hammerhead) turret, the MTAS is always in the up position, allowing the crew to scan and track targets on the move and be ready to fire as soon as the vehicle stops, noted the release.   Development of the MTAS turret began in 2012, with the goal of fielding in 2017, said the officials.   The turret, which fires TOW missiles, has nearly completed final testing and will soon be delivered to Marine units.  
Item Number:20 Date: 06/26/2017 USA - SOFTWARE ISSUES KEEP MARINE F-35BS ON GROUND AT YUMA (JUN 26/SDUT)  SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE -- The U.S. Marine Corps announced last week that it had "temporarily suspended" flights of its F-35B Lightning II fighter jets at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz., due to software problems, reports the San Diego Union-Tribune.   The June 22 decision followed the discovery of glitches in the Autonomic Logistics Information System (ALIS). The system transmits details about an aircraft's mechanical condition to a ground-based computer, which automatically schedules maintenance and contacts vendors to stock needed parts.   Maj. Gen. Mark Wise, the commander of 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing based at MCAS Miramar, Calif., decided to ground the F-35Bs because of "some anomalies" with the latest ALIS 2.0.2 software upgrade, said a statement from the wing.   "There is nothing wrong with the performance or safety of the aircraft itself, but it is imperative that we ensure the ground-based ALIS system is working properly before operations continue," said the statement.   The issues involve "maintenance codes not being reflected properly in the system," reported Defense News.

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