Tuesday, June 27, 2017

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The List 4487

To All,
I hope that your week has started well.
This Day In Naval History - June 27
1813 - USS President anchors in Bergen, Norway
1945: USS Blueback (SS 326) sinks Imperial Japanese Navy submarine chaser, (CH 2), north of Lombok, Java Sea.
1950 - To support U.N. call to assist South Korea, Truman authorizes U.S.
naval and air operations south of 38th Parallel, Korea
On this day in history (June 27):
1954: The world's first atomic power station opened at Obninsk, near Moscow.
1955: The state of Illinois enacted the first automobile seat belt legislation.
1967: The world's first cash dispenser was installed at Barclays Bank in Enfield, England. The device was invented by John Sheppard-Barron. The machine operated on a voucher system and the maximum withdrawal was $28.
1986: Tennis player Anne White wore only a body stocking at Wimbledon.
·         Today in History June 27
English King George II defeats the French at Dettingen, Bavaria.
Prudence Crandall, a white woman, is arrested for conducting an academy for black women in Canterbury, Conn.
Confederates break through the Union lines at the Battle of Gaines' Mill--the third engagement of the Seven Days' campaign.
General William Sherman is repulsed by Confederates at the Battle of Kennesaw Mountain.
The yen becomes the new form of currency in Japan.
The crew of the Russian battleship Potemkin mutinies.
Two German pilots are saved by parachutes for the first time.
Yugoslav Premier Nikola Pachitch is wounded by Serb attackers in Belgrade.
Democrats offer Mrs. Leroy Springs the vice presidential nomination, the first woman considered for the job.
The U.S. Marines adopt the English bulldog as their mascot.
Scientists at Bell Laboratories in New York reveal a system for transmitting television pictures.
The Allied convoy PQ-17 leaves Iceland for Murmansk and Archangel.
Allied forces capture the port city of Cherbourg, France.
The UN Security Council calls on members for troops to aid South Korea.
Henry Cabot Lodge is appointed U.S. ambassador to South Vietnam.
President Richard Nixon vetoes a Senate ban on the Cambodia bombing.
The U.S. House of Representatives votes to limit the use of combat troops in Nicaragua.
Thanks to Carl
Vietnam captain recalls trick that faked the enemy, saved lives and earned Medal of Honor
Thanks to Phil
How we got to Mars…a repeat but still cool
·       INCREDIBLE - How The Mars Rover Got There . . .
Thanks to Bill…The Russians are busy….
Russian Navy test-fires submarine-launched missile (Russia)
By Staff, Associated Press, 26 June
MOSCOW — The Russian military says it has successfully test-fired a submarine-launched intercontinental ballistic missile.
The Defence Ministry said the Yuri Dolgoruky nuclear-powered submarine launched the Bulava missile Monday from a submerged position in the Barents Sea. The ministry said the missile's mock warheads reached their designated targets on the opposite side of Russia — the Kura shooting range on the far eastern Kamchatka Peninsula.
The Bulava, which has been commissioned by the Russian Navy after a long cycle of development, carries six nuclear warheads and has a range of up to 9,300 kilometers (about 5,770 miles).
The Yuri Dolgoruky is the first in a series of Borei-class submarines carrying the Bulava. Russia now has three such submarines, and five more are under construction to gradually replace some of the older Soviet-built ones.
Russia To Launch Its Deadliest Ballistic Missile Submarine In August (Russia)
By Franz-Stefan Gady, The Diplomat, 27 June
The Russian Navy will launch the first advanced variant of the nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine  (SSBN) Project 955A Borei II-class ("North Wind") aka Dolgorukiy-class in August, the head of the Russian Navy, Admiral Vladimir Korolyov, announced on June 26 in Saint Petersburg, Russia.
The new boomer, christened Knyaz Vladimir (Prince Vladimir), will strengthen Russia's sea-based nuclear deterrent, according to the admiral. "In August this year, the Severodvinsk-based Sevmash Shipyard will flout out the new Borei-class strategic underwater cruiser, the Prince Vladimir, which will strengthen the potential of the nuclear component of the Navy's submarine fleet," he said, TASS news agency reports.
The Knyaz Vladimir, the lead boat of the improved Borei II-class, was laid down in July 2012 at the Sevmash Shipyards in Severodvinsk, a port city on Russia's White Sea, following a two year delay due to contract disputes between the Russian Ministry of Defense and the ship contractor, which pushed back the commissioning date of the ship from 2017 to 2018. The likely 2018 commissioning date was confirmed by Vice Admiral Viktor Bursuk, the deputy commander of the Russian Navy, in March.
The major difference between the Borei and Borei II-class is the latter's capability to carry a much bigger nuclear payload, as I noted elsewhere (See: "Russia Will Start Constructing New Ballistic Missile Submarine in December"):
In comparison to the Borei-class, Borei II-class submarines are fitted with four additional missile tubes, boast smaller hulls and cons, and feature improved acoustics and lower sound levels, next to a number of other technical improvements.
Both variants of Borei-class subs will be armed with Bulava (RSM-56) intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs). The Borei-class will be capable of carrying up to 16 Bulava ICBMs, whereas the improved Borei II-class can carry up to 20 ballistic missiles.
The improved variant of the Borei-class will be capable of launching 96-200 hypersonic, independently maneuverable warheads, yielding 100-150 kilotons apiece.
The Russian Navy plans to operate eight Borei-class SSBNs–three Borei-class and five improved Borei II-class boats–by 2o25. As of new, three Borei-class SSBNs have been commissioned to date with one submarine, the Yuri Dolgoruky, serving with the Northern Fleet and the remaining two–Alexander Nevsky and Vladimir Monomakh—deployed with Russia's increasingly more active Pacific Fleet.
Next, to announcing the launch of the Knyaz Vladimir, Admiral Korolyov also told reporters on June 26 that Russia is developing a next-generation nuclear-powered submarines. "Along with this, work is already under way to develop fifth-generation nuclear-powered submarines," the admiral said.
As I reported in June 2015, the new sub class will likely consist of two variants specifically designed for anti-submarine warfare and anti-surface warfare missions. "The main purpose of the [underwater interceptor] is to protect groups of [ballistic] missile carrying submarines, and to battle with enemy submarines. The second ship will be a cruise missile carrier [used] for defeating coastal and surface targets," a senior Russian defense industry official said at the time.
Thanks to Clint….That was quite a place and stories abound
The best O Club in the history of the Navy!
This guy makes no mention of Naval Station Sangley Point the base VP-26 flew out of in the late 60's. Some of  you probably know a bunch of these guys in your F-8 days in Westpac.
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With our thanks to THE Bear at http://www.rollingthunderremembered.com/
June 27, 2017  Bear Taylor 
RIPPLE SALVO… #479… "GEE, MOM I WANNA GO HOME…" …but first…
Good Morning: Day FOUR HUNDRED SEVENTY-NINE of a return to the deadly hunting grounds of the summer of 1967–trains, planes, trucks, bridges and SAM sites in North Vietnam…oohrah…
27 JUNE 1967…HEAD LINES from the Gray Lady on a sunny Tuesday in New York City…
(1) Page 1: "President Still Sees Hope of Soviet Mideast Accord"... "President Johnson and his aides, reflecting on their meetings with Premier Aleksie Kosygin, have not lost hope that they can interest the Soviet Union in a more durable Middle Eastern settlement. They appear to have concluded that the Soviet leaders attitude toward their proposals was frozen rather than negative–that is, resistant to cooperation with Washington at this time, but not necessarily hostile to all the ideas put forward by the Administration."… Page1: "Hussein of Jordan Bids U.N. Condemn Israel–Peace With Justice Asked By King–Eban Charges Jordan Provoked War"… "King Hussein warned the General Assembly today that if it did not condemn Israel as an aggressor and force the return of Arab lands, the recent fighting would only be one clash in a long war. 'Jordan will survive,' the King said, 'Ground down by sorrow for the moment, we will rise again. And with us will arise the Arab nations.' "… Page 1: "Pope Again Urges Jerusalem Step at Elevation of 27 Cardinals"… "The Pope appealed for "international status" for Jerusalem and made an appeal for the end of fratricidal wars in both the Mideast and Vietnam."…Page 1: "Kosygin Arrives In Cuba to Hold Talk With Castro–Russian Reception is Quiet on His Arrival In Havana After 10-day Visit in U.S.–Soviet Policy at Issue–Premier is expected to tell hosts Kremlin is firm in anti-imperialistic Stand"… "…there was no crowd or fanfare as Mr. Kosygin arrived, just Castro and a small delegation."
Page 1: "Food Aid Program Revamped By U.S."... "Cost of stamps cut in half in Mississippi in first step in new plan to reach more poor people. The changes, which will be eventually throughout the South and the rest of the country, were in response to demands of civil rights groups and to the finding by a team of doctors, of hunger approaching starvation among hundreds of Negro children."… Page 1: "U.S. And Panama Agree On New Canal Treaties governing control of the Panama Canal and possible construction of a sea level canal. Under the treaties the United States will surrender its 64-year old sovereignty over the Panama Canal Zone and Panama will help run the present canal as well as any sea-level canal on her territory."… Page 1: "U.S. Ready to Exchange Land in California for Redwood Park"... "The Administration is ready to start trading Federal land in California, including two national monuments and Pacific Coast beaches now used for defense purposes to gain a Redwood National Park…cost to government will include $100-million cash."…
Page 1: "Enemy in Vietnam Shells U.S. Posts–Five American Marines and a South Vietnamese militiaman were killed and 100 hundred wounded in North Vietnamese mortar and artillery barrages last night and this morning. The attacks were against three forward United States base camps just south of the demilitarized zone…The heaviest casualties were sustained in a mortar barrage on a Marine forward position four miles west of Khesanh near the Laotian border. Four Marines were killed in action and 83 wounded in this attack. The area around Khesanh had been repeatedly pounded by B-52s in recent weeks as the North Vietnamese continue a new build-up along the Laotian border."…
27 June 1967… The President's TS Daily CIA Brief…SOVIET UNION: Kosygin left the U.S. yesterday. He faces an uphill battle if he is really to mend his fences with Castro and company. The Cubans regard Soviet tactics early in the Mid-East war to have been a sellout to the imperialists…. UNITED NATIONS: Yesterday's session was dominated by King Hussein's effective presentation of the Arab position…Some signs are appearing that the Arab states may now be moving toward acceptance of a resolution simply calling for Israel's withdrawal…In Jerusalem, Prime minister Eshkol has firmly reiterated Israel's uncompromising stand on no withdrawals until direct talks with the Arabs have taken place. He added that the peace settlement must give Israel "better frontiers." On the refugee problem, he expressed his government's readiness to contribute financially to "help heal this festering sore."
27 JUNE 1967…OPERATION ROLLING THUNDER… New York Times (28 June reporting 27 June) Page 3: "U. S. Jets Bomb Power Plant Near Hanoi Again"… "Navy fighter-bomber pilots attacked the Nam Dinh power plant 46 miles south of Hanoi yesterday. The spokesman said the few structures still in tact in the plant after two devastating strikes Thursday and Friday were knocked out with 500-pound and 1000-pound bombs. 'We rolled in and laid our bombs down and then we saw several large secondary explosions indicating that we inflicted heavy damage,' said one of the attack pilots: LCDR Tom Shanahan of Flushing, New York. At the same time Air Force Thunderchief pilots based at Korat air base in Thailand bombed the Kep railroad yard 38 miles northeast of Hanoi leaving it unserviceable. Thunderchief pilots from Takhli air base in Thailand attacked a surface-to-air missile 54 miles north-northeast of Hanoi setting off one explosion on the ground. Air Force pilots also cut tracks in the Phuxugen railroad yard 34 miles northeast of Hanoi. Navy jets attacked the Phuly railroad yard 37 miles south of Hanoi. B-52s pounded targets near Khesanh that had attacked Marines yesterday."..
"Vietnam: Air Losses"(Chris Hobson) There were no fixed wing aircraft lost in Southeast Asia on 27 June 1967….
34 TFS F-105 HISTORY (Howie Plunkett) 27 June 1967: "F-105s from the 388 TFW bombed the Thai Nguyen iron and steel combine… Major Clarence H. 'Klu' Hoggard from the 44 TFS flew an F-105D as number 3 in a flight of four F-105s against the steel factory. 'We were flak suppression flight in support of the wing attack. SA-2 missiles were launched and heavy anti-aircraft fire. I received credit for silencing a battery of 85 millimeter guns which helped the guys with the bombs make a safer attack.' He was awarded the Fourth Oak Leaf Cluster to the Distinguished Flying Cross (Heroism and Extraordinary Achievement) for this mission..." Major Louis Levy of the 469 TFS, also attacking the steel factory, had a great DFC day "attacking one of the most heavily defended targets in North Vietnam. Completely disregarding the intense fire directed at his aircraft, he relentlessly pressed the bombing attack in such a manner as to place all his ordnance on target effectively destroying the capability of his target to produce war materials."   oohrah… Major Donald Fryauf of the 34 TFS was also one of the 388 TFW warriors striking the Thai Nguyen plant….The 388 TFW pilots also struck the Huon Vi railroad yard 37 miles northeast of Hanoi, including a train of 10 to 12 cars. Major Jackie Moothart, 13 TFS: "The bombs went right down the length of the train from one end to the other."… "Up to 30 pieces of rolling stock were visible in the Ho Na Luong railroad yard, 40 miles north-northeast of Hanoi, before a bombing strike by other 388 TFW F-105s pilots reported at least 18 pieces of rolling stock destroyed and multiple rail cuts in the yards." (Thanks Howie)…
RIPPLE SALVO… #479… I spent a couple of summers–1954 and 1955– as a YMCA camp counselor– Camp Blackrock, about 20 miles north of Baltimore in horse country (Nashua lived there). Haunting me still is the chorus and bottom line of the Camp Blackrock song: "Gee, Mom I wanna' go home." It became my anthem for the ensuing years of a life of risky living for reprising anytime things got real tight and I found myself talking to myself…"Gee, Mom, I wanna' go home." My Route Pack Six strikes on my 67-cruise were such occasions. The odds-makers figured it out: a flight into the Red River valley was five times more likely to be a one way trip than the other target areas. About 1 in 40 aircraft going into the Hanoi/Haiphong heartland wasn't coming out to go home, and we all wanted to go home.
A couple of F-105 guys put their feelings on the pages of books that are fun to read. Between 1965 and 1968 more than 330 F-105s didn't come home. Ed Rasimus ("When Thunder Rolled") and Al Lenski ("Magic 100") used a countdown on the "Magic 100" counters to give their respective Rolling Thunder journals a steady story line. Both warriors were forthright and honest in confronting their fears as they counted down to the "magic 100." It wasn't much different for Navy Tailhookers. Our cross to bear was two combat cruises of 6-9 months each at Yankee Station that provided ample opportunity to log 200 plus Rolling Thunder/Steel Tiger missions, with about three dozen opportunities to go where one in forty weren't coming home.
Brig Gen Al Lenski's "Magic 100" is a fun read. If you have scheduled a few hours on an airplane i suggest you shorten the painful experience by taking "Magic 100" with you. Here is teaser episode (page 109-10)…"The Golden Rule Changes"… I quote…
"Since the tailend of June (1967), all of July, and into the 1st week of August, I'd been hitting pack 6 hot and heavy, and I was really getting punchy. I had reached my 86th mission on July 25th, and I thought, 'I only had 4 more to turn golden (90) and then I would only have 10 more in the lower route pack.' I was looking forward to that as sort of a reprieve.
"I always hated the NE railroad, and in particular the Kep railroad yard target. I thought I was getting only one more crack at it on my 87th (31 Jul). But that was followed by Thai Nguyen (88); a RR tunnel, NE of Thai Nguyen (89); and a RR siding south of Thai Nguyen (90) which at that time should have been my last pack 6 mission. I remember thinking about really putting it on this last pack 6 shot at Ho Chi Minh's backyard, number 90.
"So after attacking the target and dropping the bombs, I remember feeling great, and on egress, after crossing the red river heading south, I looked back to take one more look at the Hanoi area and pack 6. I wanted to look at the place that had humbled me so greatly! I'd met the magic number of missions. 90 up North, and now the last 10 would be the lower NVN route packs where I felt it would be a piece of cake to finish up with easier missions. Little did I know that I'd be back to pack 6 two more times after my 90th and before I finished 100.
"After landing, I debriefed the mission with Intelligence, then proceeded to the photo intelligence area to look at my bomb film. I was feeling good knowing I only had 10 more missions to complete the tour, then home! ("Gee, Mom, I wanna' go home.")
"After debriefing, I proceeded to the operations and mission planning area where the large mission scheduling board was located. The large scheduling board would have the missions, pilots, aircraft, bomb loads, etc. for the next day's missions. I wanted to see who was on the missions and what lower route pack missions might be scheduled.
"One of the intelligence officers came into the room and was making changes to the scheduling board. I asked him what the changes were and he told me, but also added that the Wing had changed the 'golden rule' from 90 to 95 missions because of lack of qualified pack 6 pilots.
"I couldn't believe what he said and thought, 'this can't be true. i just completed 90 and now they decided to change the rule. Just my luck!' It was true, and my name was on the schedule for the JCS target, Kep rail yard on the NE railroad, for tomorrows mission.
"Now I was really paranoid! At this point, I really thought someone or something was out to get me. I'd finished my 90 missions like everyone also that preceded me, I hated Kep and the northeast railroad where we lost of many guys, and now, the day I reach 90, they change the rules. Not only that, but I was scheduled to Kep railyard, the worst target in the system. I thought, 'was the world against me, or what.'
"I knew in my own mind that this was it! My last mission. I wouldn't come back.
"I went to the O'Club and had a few drinks with the rest of the guys and laughed and scratched as we joked about the new policy. I figured I was a dead man. I really believed it!
"As it turned out, I survived Kep one more time, on August 5, '67, and made it back, much to my surprise." ….end quote…
"Gee, Mom, I wanna go home."
And how did Ed Rasimus feel when he returned from his 100th? In his own words: "Debrief is quick, with John Hill volunteering to take care of the paperwork and the details while Spider, Ricks and I pose for pictures in front of the squadron building. My face hurts from smiling and laughing so much. The three of us are giddy, shaking people's hands, and patting each other on the back. For the first time in six months we're certain that we will live through tomorrow. And the day after that. We're finished."…
Lest we forget…       Bear
Item Number:1 Date: 06/27/2017 AFGHANISTAN - TOP U.S. GENERAL ASSESSES AFGHAN SITUATION AMID DECISION ON INCREASING TROOP LEVEL (JUN 27/RFE/RL)  RADIO FREE EUROPE/RADIO LIBERTY -- The chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff is in Kabul on previously unannounced visit, reports Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.   Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford arrived in Afghanistan on Monday to meet with coalition forces and Afghan officials, reported CNN.   Dunford is making a final assessment on the security situation in Afghanistan that will affect the U.S. military strategy, reported Military.com.   An announcement is expected next month on U.S. troops levels in Afghanistan. The Pentagon and White House have been considering an option to send between 3,000 and 5,000 additional U.S. troops to train and advise Afghan forces.   The U.S. currently has about 8,400 troops in Afghanistan.  
  Item Number:2 Date: 06/27/2017 BURMA - ATTACKS BY INSURGENTS PUT TROOPS ON HIGH ALERT IN RAKHINE (JUN 27/REU)  REUTERS -- Burmese troops deployed in the restive Rakhine state were placed on high alert Tuesday after recent killings in the area, say officials cited by Reuters.   The state is on the nation's western coast, with Bangladesh to its north.   Rohingya Muslim insurgents attacked border guard posts in Rakhine in October 2016, prompting a military response. More than 1,000 houses were burned down and around 75,000 were forced to flee to Bangladesh.   The alert was raised after around 200 Buddhists fled the area. A spate of attacks in recent weeks have targeted local administrators close to the government and Buddhists, said authorities.   The Buddhist villagers fled over rumors of attacks by Muslims, one local told the wire service.   Security forces anticipate more militant attacks after the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, which ended on Monday, said police and military sources
  Item Number:3 Date: 06/27/2017 CHINA - AT BEIJING'S URGING, KABUL, ISLAMABAD AGREE TO SET UP SYSTEM TO MANAGE CRISES (JUN 27/XIN)  XINHUA -- The governments of Afghanistan and Pakistan have agreed to establish a crisis management mechanism, assisted by shuttle diplomacy by Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, reports Xinhua, China's state news agency.   Wang met on Saturday with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani in Kabul. He also visited Pakistan over the weekend, reported Reuters.   In a trilateral statement issued on Sunday, the three countries said they were committed to regional peace and stability, improving regional connectivity and economic cooperation and promoting shared security and development.   The crisis management mechanism will include prevention through timely and effective intelligence and information sharing, as well as other mutually agreed measures, the statement said.   The participants also agreed to set up the China-Afghanistan-Pakistan Foreign Ministers' dialogue mechanism to deal with issues of mutual interest, starting with economic cooperation.   The three countries indicated their support for "the Kabul process and hold the view that the Shanghai Cooperation Organization-Afghanistan Contact Group should be revived as early as possible to play a constructive role in moving forward the Afghan reconciliation process
  Item Number:4 Date: 06/27/2017 CHINA - INDIAN FORCES CROSSED BOUNDARY INTO TIBET, CHARGES FOREIGN MINISTRY (JUN 27/PTI)  PRESS TRUST OF INDIA -- The Chinese government has accused Indian border guards of entering its territory from the state of Sikkim on the northeastern border with Tibet, reports the Press Trust of India.   The guards reportedly crossed the Line of Actual Control (LAC) and "obstructed normal activities" by Chinese forces, said a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman late Monday.   Beijing suspended pilgrimages at the Nathu La pass, which connects Sikkim state and Tibet, said the ministry. The area was the site of a fierce border clash between Chinese and Indian troops in 1967, recalled Reuters.   The Foreign Ministry said it had filed a diplomatic protest and urged India to immediately withdraw its border guards.   The Indian military said it would issue a statement on Tuesday. New Delhi recently accused Chinese troops of an incursion on its side, noted the BBC.  
  Item Number:5 Date: 06/27/2017 CHINA - NEW TECHNOLOGY COULD LOCATE MINERALS OR DETECT SUBMARINES (JUN 27/SCMP)  SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST -- Chinese scientists say they have made a breakthrough in magnetic detection technology.   The Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) said last week that a "superconductive magnetic anomaly detection array" had been developed that is designed to be carried by an aircraft to precisely detect minerals deep beneath the ground, reports the South China Morning Post.   The technology also passed an evaluation by an expert panel, according to a CAS article.   The system could also be used on civilian and military aircraft for resource mapping; civil engineering; archaeology; and national defense," the experts said.   The Chinese military could adapt the technology soon, if it hasn't already, said one professor.   Anti-submarine warfare aircraft have long been equipped with magnetic anomaly detectors. These monitor the small disturbances metallic objects cause to the Earth's magnetic field, analyze the data and calculate the object's position.   However, precise locations tend to be difficult to obtain, because the strength of a magnetic signal drops rapidly as distance from the source increases. Other factors can also affect the power of the signal.   The Chinese system differs from others in two main ways: It has a large number of sensors, allowing it to collect more data than traditional detectors; and it uses a superconductive computer chip cooled by liquid nitrogen, significantly increasing sensitivity, according to Lei Chong, a professor at Shanghai Jiaotong University.  
  Item Number:6 Date: 06/27/2017 COLOMBIA - U.N. MONITORS ANNOUNCE COMPLETION OF FARC DISARMAMENT (JUN 27/DEWELLE)  DEUTSCHE WELLE -- The FARC rebel group has finished formally disarming as part of a peace deal with the Colombian government, say United Nations monitors, as reported by Deutsche Welle.   On Monday, the monitors reported that they had received all of the FARC's registered weapons except those allowed for security at demobilization camps.   The group's 6,800 fighters handed in all 7,132 registered weapons in three phases, said the U.N.   Monitors are still collecting and destroying weapons stashed in remote caches reported by the FARC. Seventy-seven of 900 caches have been found and emptied, reported the BBC.   A ceremony marking the conclusion of the process was scheduled for Tuesday near the town of Mesetas in Meta province.   Under the deal signed with Bogota last year, the FARC will now transform into a political party. The former fighters are supposed to make a transition to civilian life
Item Number:7 Date: 06/27/2017 ISRAEL - AIRSTRIKES HIT HAMAS INSTALLATIONS IN GAZA FOLLOWING ROCKET FIRE FROM STRIP (JUN 27/AFP)  AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE -- The Israeli military says it has hit two Hamas positions in the Gaza Strip as retaliation for an earlier rocket strike from Palestinian territory, reports Agence France-Presse.   A rocket fired Monday landed in an open area close to Israeli border communities near the Sha'ar Hanegev Regional Council, said the army. No injuries were reported.   The attack was claimed by a Salafist group in Gaza identified as Aknaf Bait al-Maqdis, noted Arutz Sheva (Israel).   A few hours later, airstrike hit "two military infrastructures belonging to Hamas," the army said.   Palestinian security sources said airstrikes hit Hamas bases near the southern city of Rafah and Gaza City and open land southeast of Gaza City. There were no immediate reports of injuries, said the Palestinian Health Ministry.   Israel hold Hamas responsible for all fire coming from its territory.   A statement by Hamas charged that Israel fabricated the rocket claim in order to justify IDF attacks, as reported by the Palestinian Ma'an News Agency
Item Number:8 Date: 06/27/2017 JAPAN - TOKYO EYES PUTTING AIR-TO-SURFACE MISSILES ON F-35S (JUN 27/YOM)  YOMIURI SHIMBUN -- The Japanese government is looking at acquiring long-range air-to-surface missiles for its F-35 Joint Strike Fighters, say sources cited by the Yomiuri Shimbun.   The weapons are said to be needed to allow the Air Self-Defense Force to respond to a crisis on remote Japanese islands.   The newspaper editorialized for such weapons in September 2016.   Tokyo also wants the capability to attack enemy bases as part of national defense missions, say experts.   The government is currently focused on the Joint Strike Missile, being developed by Kongsberg in Norway, to fill that need.   Plans call for funding such an acquisition in the fiscal 2018 budget, according to sources close to the government.   Tokyo has ordered 42 F-35s, with the first aircraft scheduled for deployment late this year at Misawa Air Base in Aomori Prefecture
Item Number:9 Date: 06/27/2017 MOZAMBIQUE - TROOPS CONTINUE PULLING OUT FOLLOWING RENAMO AGREEMENT; PLANS CALL FOR PEACEFUL RESOLUTION (JUN 27/MOZ)  MOZAMBIQUE INFORMATION AGENCY -- President Filipe Nyusi says that the Mozambican military will pull out from another eight positions near the Gorongosa mountain range in the central Sofala province as part of a phased agreement with the opposition in the area, reports the Mozambique Information Agency.   The withdrawal is intended to maintain mutual trust between the government and the Renamo rebel movement, said Nyusi on Sunday.   Renamo is both an armed insurgency and an opposition party that was involved in a civil war with the Frelmo government from 1976 to 1992. About a million were killed in the war.   The security forces will leave the Nhantaca, Mucotsa, Nhancunga, Mapanga Panga, Namadgiwa, Nhauchenge, Lourenco and Nhariosa positions, he said. The president is the head of the ruling Frelmo.   Those positions are near the Renamo base where the group's leader, Afonso Dhlakama, is currently living.   The withdrawal was expected to be completed by the end of Monday.   Work on a peaceful resolution with Renamo is continuing, said the president. Two working groups, one on decentralization and the other on military matters, have reached consensus on a number of questions, he said.   The working groups "are seeking solutions in accordance with reality, which comfort all Mozambicans and all those who invest and live in the country," the president said.   
  Item Number:10 Date: 06/27/2017 RUSSIA - TEST OF SUB-LAUNCHED ICBM CALLED SUCCESS (JUN 27/TASS)  TASS -- The Russian military says it has successfully test-fired an intercontinental ballistic missile from a submarine, reports Tass (Russia).   On Monday, the Yuri Dolgorky, a Borei-class submarine, launched a Bulava missile from the Barents Sea toward the Kura practice range in Kamchatka on the other side of the country, said the Defense Ministry. The boat was submerged at the time.   "According to the confirmed data of the registering equipment, the warheads of the intercontinental ballistic missile performed a full cycle of the flight and successfully hit the designated targets at the practice range," the ministry said.   The Bulava was last tested in September 2016 in Russia's Far East
Item Number:11 Date: 06/27/2017 SOUTH KOREA - U.S. FORCES AT KUNSAN AIR BASE DEPLOY LONG-RANGE CRUISE MISSILES, SAYS LOCAL MEDIA (JUN 27/YON)  YONHAP -- The U.S. military command in South Korea has strengthened its arsenal with a number of long-range, precision-guided munitions, reports the Yonhap news agency (Seoul), citing defense sources.   U.S. Forces Korea (USFK) recently deployed "more than 10" Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missiles (JASSMs) at Kunsan air base for use by F-16 fighters, multiple sources told the news agency on Monday.   The cruise missile has a range of more than 190 miles (300 km) and is designed to destroy high-value, fixed targets with a penetrating blast-fragmentation warhead.   It is not known which variant of the missile has been deployed.   The weapon is capable of hitting major facilities in Pyongyang, the North Korean capital, even when fired south of the inter-Korean border, the sources said.   USFK is considering a live-fire display involving the JASSM in response to potential additional nuclear tests by North Korea, said an unnamed source.   JASSM is expected to be a key part of South Korea's Kill Chain pre-emptive strike system, noted the Diplomat (Tokyo).  
 Item Number:12 Date: 06/27/2017 SWEDEN - OFFICIALS SECURE RELEASE OF SWEDISH HOSTAGE HELD SINCE 2011 BY AQIM IN MALI (JUN 27/DAILYTEL)  DAILY TELEGRAPH -- A Swedish man kidnapped by Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) 5.5 years ago in Mali has been freed, reports the Daily Telegraph (U.K.).   John Gustafsson was abducted in Timbuktu in November 2011 along with South African Stephen McGowan and Sjaak Rijke, a Dutchman. AQIM claimed responsibility.   On Monday, the Swedish government confirmed that Gustafsson had been released.   Foreign Minister Margo Wallstrom said that the release took place "a couple days ago" and was the result of "several years of efforts" by police, politicians, diplomats and Swedish and international authorities, reported the Local (Sweden).   "Sweden's policy is to not pay ransoms in the event of kidnappings," she said.   Rijke was found by chance in April 2015 and freed by French special forces during a raid, noted the BBC. The Swedish statement made no mention of McGowan.  
Item Number:13 Date: 06/27/2017 SYRIA - DOZENS DEAD AFTER COALITION AIRSTRIKE HITS ISIS PRISON, SAYS MONITORING GROUP (JUN 27/AFP)  AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE -- A monitoring group says a U.S.-led coalition airstrike on an Islamic State-run prison in eastern Syria has killed scores of people, reports Agence France-Presse.   An airstrike hit a prison in Mayadeen, about 28 miles southeast of the provincial capital of Deir Ezzor, at dawn on Monday, said the head of the U.K.-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights on Tuesday.   The strike reportedly killed 42 prisoners and 15 jihadists.   An activist media outlet said 60 civilians were killed. The Independent (U.K.) said it was not clear how either the monitors or activist outlet identified the aircraft involved.   ISIS paraded the bodies of the dead in the streets of the town, said sources cited by the observatory.   Deir Ezzor is mostly controlled by ISIS, and has been the target of airstrike by both the coalition and Russia and the Syrian government.   The U.S.-led coalition said it was investigating the reports
Item Number:14 Date: 06/27/2017 UGANDA - REBELS BATTLING S. SUDANESE GOVERNMENT SCOUT REFUGEES IN UGANDAN CAMPS FOR NEW FIGHTERS (JUN 27/OBSERVER)  OBSERVER -- Rebels from South Sudan have been recruiting for additional fighters within various refugee camps in northern Uganda, reports the Observer (Kampala, Uganda).   Agents from the Sudan People's Liberation Army in the opposition (SPLA-IO) travel from camp to camp, primarily targeting youths in new settlement zones, promising better pay and improved lives, according to interviews conducted by the newspaper in Bidi Bidi refugee camp on June 22.   Refugees told the paper that some youths have been ordered to recruit their peers to join the rebels.   The Bidi Bidi camp houses more than 270,000 refugees, out of some 1.2 million in Uganda.   Officials at the camp confirmed that they receive regular complaints about the illegal recruitment.   A food crisis has reportedly made the refugees more susceptible to recruitment.  
  Item Number:15 Date: 06/27/2017 UKRAINE - CAR BOMB IN KIEV KILLS MILITARY INTELLIGENCE OFFICER; TERRORISM SUSPECTED (JUN 27/RFE/RL)  RADIO FREE EUROPE/RADIO LIBERTY -- A high-ranking officer in Ukraine's military intelligence has been killed in a car bomb in Kiev, reports Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.   Col. Maksim Shapoval was killed Tuesday morning when an explosive device went off in his car while it was moving, said police.   Images of the vehicle show the trunk blown open and the roof and driver's side door almost completely destroyed.   A passerby was wounded.   Shapoval was a member of the Defense Ministry's main intelligence department and the head of a special operations unit. Unconfirmed reports indicate that his unit fought in eastern Ukraine against Russian-backed separatists.   A spokesman for the Interior Ministry said that a photo of the "crime looks like it was a planned act of terrorism," as quoted by the Guardian (U.K
  Item Number:16 Date: 06/27/2017 UNITED KINGDOM - CANADIAN OFFICER BECOMES 1ST FEMALE CAPTAIN OF QUEEN'S GUARD AT BUCKINGHAM PALACE (JUN 27/GUARDIAN)  GUARDIAN -- A Canadian officer is the first female to command the Queen's Guard at Buckingham Palace in London in 180 years, reports the Guardian (U.K.).   Capt. Megan Couto, from the 2nd Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (2PPCLI), led about 40 Canadian soldiers through the changing of the guard ceremony at the palace on Monday.   The 2PPCLI has been invited to the U.K. to mark Canada's 150th anniversary this year.   The 24-year-old captain is normally the second-in-command of her company, noted the Daily Telegraph. The commander, Maj. Jason Hudson, said: "Given the circumstances -- it's a once-in-a-lifetime thing -- why not give her the opportunity." He commanded the unit in the role the week before and stepped down so the captain could have the chance.   The Canadians are serving as the Queen's Guard on selected dates until July 3, keeping watch as sentries at Buckingham Palace, St. James' Palace, the Tower of London and Windsor Castle.   The Queen's Guard is usually provided by the British army's Household Division.   No British women have held the ceremonial role. Until last year, British women were not eligible to hold such roles.  
  Item Number:17 Date: 06/27/2017 USA - AFTER SOFTWARE FIX, MARINE F-35BS FLY AGAIN (JUN 27/SDUT)  SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE -- The U.S. Marine Corps has lifted a brief flight suspension for its F-35B Lightning II fighters based at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz., reports the San Diego Union-Tribune.   Maj. Gen. Mark Wise, the commander of the San Diego-based 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, on June 22 decided to ground the aircraft due to "anomalies" in the Autonomic Logistics Information System (ALIS).   The general lifted the order on June 23, allowing Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 211 (VMFA-211) to resume flights.   The ALIS monitors the jet's mechanical condition, automatically scheduling maintenance and contacting vendors for needed parts.   Lockheed Martin investigators and the F-35 Joint Program Office (JPO) indicated that the problem with the ALIS was related to the latest 2.0.2 software update.   On Saturday, the Marine Corps emphasized that the F-35B's safety and performance had not been compromised by the ALIS issue.   In a statement, the JPO said it had isolated the root cause of the problem and generated a software fix, noted Defense News.  
Item Number:18 Date: 06/27/2017 USA - BREAKING NEW GROUND, 4 WOMEN GAIN CAVALRY SCOUT MOS (JUN 27/COLUM L-E)  COLUMBUS LEDGER-ENQUIRER -- The 162 newest U.S. Army cavalry scouts to complete training at Fort Benning, Ga., include four women, reports the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer (Ga.).   The four were the first women to graduate from the course. The soldiers from the 5th Squadron, 15th Cavalry Regiment completed 17 weeks of training, earning the 19D military occupational specialty, cavalry scout.   The class graduated on June 22nd.   The women will continue their jobs at the 1st Cavalry Division, Fort Hood, Texas, and 82nd Airborne Division, Fort Bragg, N.C., said an Army spokesman.   Cavalry scouts are responsible for obtaining battlefield information, reconnaissance and are proficient with a range of weapons, including explosives and mines.   All of the soldiers in the training were held to the same standard, emphasized Col. John Cushing, the commander of the 194th Armored Brigade.  
  Item Number:19 Date: 06/27/2017 USA - IN ARMY PROGRAM, RAYTHEON TEST-FIRES HIGH-ENERGY LASER FROM APACHE HELICOPTER (JUN 27/RAYTHEON)  RAYTHEON -- The U.S. Army and Raytheon, in cooperation with the U.S. Special Operations Command, have successfully flight-tested a high-energy laser system from an AH-64 Apache attack helicopter, reports the defense firm.   During the recent trial at White Sands Missile Range, N.M., the fully integrated laser system engaged and fired on a target over a wide variety of flight regimes, altitudes and air speeds, said a Raytheon release on Monday.   It was the first time that a fully integrated laser system had done this from a rotary-wing aircraft, noted Raytheon. The laser was fired at a slant range of 0.9 miles (1.4 km).   All primary and secondary objectives for the test were achieved, providing solid experimental data for the feasibility of a high-energy laser capability for the helicopter attack mission, said the company.   For the trial, Raytheon coupled a variant of the Multi-Spectral Targeting System (MTS) electro-optical infrared sensor with a laser. The MTS provided targeting information, situational awareness and beam control
Item Number:20 Date: 06/27/2017 USA - WHITE HOUSE WARNS DAMASCUS AGAINST CHEMICAL ATTACK, SAYS 'HEAVY' CONSEQUENCE WOULD ENSUE (JUN 27/CNN)  CABLE NEWS NETWORK -- The Trump administration says it has found evidence of the Syrian government's "potential preparations" for a chemical weapon attack, reports CNN.   The Assad regime appeared to be preparing for a chemical weapon attack "that would likely result in the mass murder of civilians," said a White House statement on Monday.   The latest preparations are said to be similar to those seen before an attack in April, the statement added.   If President Bashar Assad "conducts another mass murder attack using chemical weapons, he and his military will pay a heavy price," the statement said.   An unnamed U.S. official told Reuters that Washington's assessment was based on suspected hiding spots for newly made chemical weapons. The warning was based on abnormal activity at the sites that might be associated with preparing a chemical attack, he said.

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