Monday, July 10, 2017

TheList 4497

The List 4497

To All,
I hope that you all had a great weekend. Regards,
This Day In Naval History - July 10
1934 - USS Houston takes Franklin Delano Roosevelt on first visit of a U.S.
President to South America.
1943 - Naval gunfire help Allied troops land on Sicily. It was first extensive use of LST's and smaller landing craft to deliver heavy equipment over the beach.
1945 - 14 carriers from Third Fleet carriers begin air strikes on Japanese Home Islands which end 15 August.
1945 - USS Runner (SS 476) sinks the Japanese minesweeper (No.27) off Tado Saki, Honshu.
Today in History July 10
The Spanish explorer Hernan Cortes is driven from Tenochtitlan and retreats to Tlaxcala.
The Catholic states in Germany set up a league under the leadership of Maximilian of Bavaria.
The British crown claims New Hampshire as a royal colony.
The statue of King George III is pulled down in New York City.
In support of the American Revolution, Louis XVI declares war on England.
Millard Fillmore is sworn in as the 13th president of the United States following the death of Zachary Taylor.
Wyoming becomes the 44th state.
Dr. Daniel Hale Williams performs the first successful open-heart surgery, without the benefit of penicillin or blood transfusion.
The trial of Tennessee teacher John T. Scopes opens, with Clarence Darrow appearing for the defense and William Jennings Bryan for the prosecution.
Germany begins the bombing of England.
General Carl Spaatz becomes the head of the U.S. Air Force in Europe.
American and British forces complete their amphibious landing of Sicily.
U.S. carrier-based aircraft begin airstrikes against Japan in preparation for invasion.
Armistice talks between the United Nations and North Korea begin at Kaesong.
Belgium sends troops to the Congo to protect whites as the Congolese Bloodbath begins, just 10 days after the former colony became independent of Belgian rule.
The satellite Telstar is launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida, beaming live television from Europe to the United States.
"(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" becomes the Rolling Stones' first No. 1 single in the USA.
Singer Bobbie Gentry records "Ode to Billie Joe," which will become a country music classic and win 4 Grammys.
In Seveso, near Milan, Italy, an explosion in a chemical factory covers the surrounding area with toxic dioxin. Time magazine has ranked the Seveso incident No. 8 on its list of the 10 worst environmental disasters.
Coca-Cola Co. announces it will resume selling "old formula Coke," following a public outcry and falling sales of its "new Coke."
Boris Yeltsin is sworn in as the first elected president of the Russian Federation, following the breakup of the USSR.
Kenyan runner Yobes Ondieki becomes the first man to run 10,000 meters in less than 27 minutes.
July 4, 1942 The8th Air Force flies its first mission in Europe using borrowed British equipment. Only three of the six aircraft return to England. A real indication of things to come. We lost more men in the bomber crews than all the marines in the Pacific campaigns.
1940 The Battle of Britain begins as the Luftwaffe attempts to destroy the RAF in anticipation  of a German invasion  of England
1943 Allied forces commence the invasion of Sicily
Monday morning Humor thanks to Al
     I went fishing this morning, but after a short time I ran out of worms. Then, out of the corner of my eye, I saw a cottonmouth with a frog in his mouth. "Frogs are good bass bait" I thought to myself.
     Knowing the snake couldn't bite me with the frog in his mouth, I grabbed him right behind the head, took the frog, and put it in my bait bucket. Just then, I realized I had a problem, how was I going to release the snake without getting bit? So, I grabbed my bottle of Jack Daniels and poured a little whiskey in its mouth. The snakes eyes rolled back and he went limp. I released him into the lake without incident and carried on fishing using the frog.
     A little later, I felt a nudge at my foot. There was that same snake with two more frogs in his mouth.
     Life is good in the South.
     Uncle Bobby Ray fell into a whiskey vat last week. Some men tried to pull him out but he fought them off and drowned. We had him cremated, he burned for three days.

     The teacher gave her fifth grade class an assignment: Get their parents to tell them a story with a moral at the end of it. The next day the kids came back and one-by-one began to tell their stories. "Johnny, do you have a story to share?" the teacher asked.
     "Yes ma'am," Johnny replied. "My daddy told me a story about my Aunt Nancy. She was a pilot in Desert Storm and her plane got hit. She had to bail out over enemy territory and all she had was a small flask of whiskey, a pistol, and a survival knife. She drank the whiskey on the way down so it wouldn't break, and then her parachute landed right in the middle of 20 enemy troops. She shot 15 of them with the gun until she ran out of bullets, killed 4 more with the knife till the blade broke, and then she killed the last one with her bare hands."
     "Good heavens," cried the horrified teacher. "What kind of moral did your daddy give you from this horrible story?"
     "Stay the heck away from Aunt Nancy when she's drinking."

     An elderly Scotsman was presented with a bottle of very old and very fine whiskey that he placed in his overcoat pocket for safekeeping. Stumbling in the darkness, he fell down an embankment and tumbled onto the rocks. Feeling a dampness on his trouser leg, he prayed, "Oh please, let it be blood!"

     The wise old Mother Superior was dying. The nuns gathered around her bed, trying to make her comfortable. They gave her some warm milk to drink, but she refused it.
     Then one nun took the glass back to the kitchen. Remembering a bottle of whiskey received as a gift the previous Christmas, she opened it and poured a generous amount into the warm milk.
     Back at Mother Superior's bed, she held the glass to her lips. Mother drank a little, then a little more, then before they knew it, she had drunk the whole glass down to the last drop.
     "Mother, Mother" the nuns cried, "Give us some wisdom before you die!"
     She raised herself up in bed with a pious look on her face and pointing out the window, she said, "Don't sell that cow!"

Submitted by Mark Logan:

Whiskey Philosophy
"Never delay kissing a pretty girl or opening a bottle of whiskey."—Ernest Hemingway
"Happiness is having a rare steak, a bottle of whiskey, and a dog to eat the rare steak."—Johnny Carson
"If I cannot drink bourbon and smoke cigars in heaven than I shan not go."—Mark Twain
"Whiskey has killed more men than bullets, but most men would rather be full of whiskey than bullets."—Winston Churchill
"Too much of anything is bad, but too much good whiskey is barely enough."—Mark Twain
"I'm here to kick @$$ and drink whiskey, and pilgrim, I'm out of whiskey."—John Wayne
"Tell me what brand of whiskey that Grant drinks. I would like to send a barrel of it to my other generals."—Abraham Lincoln
"Always carry a flask of whiskey in case of snakebite and furthermore always carry a small snake."—W.C. Fields

Submitted by Skip Leonard:

     It has been scientifically proven that if we drink 1 liter of water each day, at the end of the year we would have absorbed more than 1 kilo of Escherichia coli (E. coli) bacteria found in feces.
     In other words, we are consuming 1 kilo of Poo. However, we do not run that risk when drinking whiskey because alcohol has to go through a purification process of boiling, filtering and/or fermenting.
Water = Poo
Whiskey = Health
     Ergo: It is better to drink whiskey and talk stupid than to drink water and be full of crap.
     There is no need to thank me for this valuable information; I am doing it as a public service.

Submitted by Jerry Norris:

     A man staggered home late after another evening with his drinking buddies. Shoes in left hand to avoid waking his wife, he tiptoed as quietly as he could toward the stairs leading to their upstairs bedroom, but misjudged the bottom step in the darkened entryway.
     As he caught himself by grabbing the banister, his body swung around and he landed heavily on his rump. A whiskey bottle in each back pocket broke and made the landing especially painful. Managing to suppress a yelp, the man sprung up, pulled down his pants, and examined his lacerated and bleeding cheeks in the mirror of a nearby darkened hallway, then managed to find a large full box of Band-Aids and proceeded to place a patch as best he could on each place he saw blood. After hiding the now almost empty box, he managed to shuffle and stumble his way to bed.
     In the morning, the man awoke with searing pain in head and butt and his wife staring at him from across the room. She said, "You were drunk again last night."
     Forcing himself to ignore his agony, he looked meekly at her and replied, "Now, hon, why would you say such a mean thing?"
     "Well," she said, "it could be the open front door, it could be the glass at the bottom of the stairs, it could be the drops of blood trailing through the house, it could be your bloodshot eyes, but,'s all those Band-Aids stuck on the downstairs mirror!"

Stay safe and sober my friends and have a good week,

Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys. - P.J. O'Rourke, Civil Libertarian
CNN contract with the Airports
I've always wondered but this is the first I've heard of this –
Dutch R.
Thanks to Tam
CNN's contract for exclusive viewing rights at all American Airports, expires in 90 days.
Feel free to contact them and request that they NOT renew CNN's contract!
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Infamous for rigging climate reports to produce "global warming evidence," Michael Mann steps in a pile of methane-emitting poo pile of his own making 💩😂
Things Get Hot for Michael Mann
July 7, 2017
Michael Mann has stepped into a methane-emitting cowpile.
Mann is the Penn State climatologist famous for inventing the "hockey stick" graph promoting the notion that planetary temperatures spiked in the 20th century after a Golden Age of stasis.
Item Number:1 Date: 07/10/2017 AUSTRALIA - RAAF BASE AMBERLEY WELCOMES COMPLETE FLEET OF GROWLER ELECTRONIC ATTACK AIRCRAFT (JUL 10/ADOD)  AUSTRALIAN DEPT. OF DEFENSE -- The Royal Australian Air Force has now received all 12 of its EA-18G Growler electronic attack aircraft at RAAF Base Amberley in Queensland, reports the Australian Dept. of Defense.   The first two Growlers arrived in Australia in February. The arrival of the last of the jets was marked in a July 7 ceremony by Defense Minister Marise Payne and Air Vice Marshal Steven Roberton, Air Commander Australia.   Australia is the only country other than the United States that operates the advanced electronic warfare aircraft.   The EA-18Gs will work with the Australian army and navy to enable operations in the electromagnetic spectrum, said Payne.  
Item Number:2 Date: 07/10/2017 EGYPT - RUSSIAN T-90 TANKS WILL BE BUILT DOMESTICALLY UNDER LICENSE (JUL 10/TASS)  TASS -- Russian firm Uralvagonzavod recently revealed that it will build a facility in Egypt for the licensed production of T-90S/SK tanks, reports the Tass news agency (Moscow).   Post-sales maintenance and repair facilities for T-90 tanks are also planned for Kuwait and Algeria, noted Uralvagonzavod's 2016 annual report, which was published on July 4.   The T-90S is the export variant of Russia's third-generational T-90 tank. The T-90SK is the command variant.   The firm said it plans to modernize 1,000 Indian T-72 tanks during 2017 by equipping them with the 1,000-hp V-92S2 four-stroke, 12-cylinder diesel engine with gas turbine supercharging and liquid-cooling
Item Number:3 Date: 07/10/2017 EGYPT - SECURITY FORCES RAID HIDEOUT, KILLING SINAI MILITANTS LINKED TO RECENT ATTACKS (JUL 10/AHRAM)  AHRAM ONLINE -- Egyptian security forces killed at least 16 militants in two shootouts in North Sinai over the weekend, reports Ahram Online, citing the Interior Ministry.   Most killed were reportedly linked to recent attacks against security forces in the area, said officials.   Security personnel raided a militant hideout near Ismailia province on Saturday, killing 14 militants, said the ministry.   The operation is part of "efforts to prosecute fugitive terrorists involved in the recent attacks in the country in North Sinai governorate that included targeting some police and armed forces," the ministry said. Militant actions on Friday killed at least 23 soldiers in checkpoints in the region, one of the bloodiest incidents in years.   The hideout raided has been used as a training camp for militants, the statement said.   The ministry said in a separate statement that two fugitive terrorist were killed in a gunfight in Giza as police closed in. The pair were said to be members of a new militant group called Hasm, which allegedly has links to the Muslim Brotherhood, reported Reuters.   In yet another incident on Saturday, a roadside bomb hit an armored vehicle close in El-Arish, killing two soldiers and wounding nine
Item Number:4 Date: 07/10/2017 GAMBIA - MILITARY NAMES SEVERAL NEW COMMANDERS (JUL 10/DAILYOBG)  DAILY OBSERVER (GAMBIA) -- The Gambian military has reshuffled leader within several of its units, reports the Daily Observer (Banjul).   Lt. Col. Yerro Jallow succeeds Col. Essa Tamba as the commander of the Republican National Guards, the paper noted late last week.   Lt. Col. Baboucarr Sanyang is the new commander of the 1 Infantry Battalion at Yundum, while Lt. Col. Samba Baldeh will lead 2 Infantry Battalion in Farafenni.   Lt. Col. Sarjo Jarjue has been named the commander of the Kanilai Battalion, while Lt. Col. Pierre Mendy will head the Basse Battalion.   The moves are part of an ongoing modernization and restructuring, said a military spokesman.  
  Item Number:5 Date: 07/10/2017 GERMANY - MILITARY WITHDRAWAL FROM TURKEY BEGINS (JUL 10/DEWELLE)  DEUTSCHE WELLE -- Germany has begun withdrawing its military personnel from an airbase in Turkey where they have been supporting the effort against the Islamic State, reports Deutsche Welle.   German lawmakers approved the withdrawal in June after some legislators were banned from visiting troops at Incirlik airbase. Germany has about 260 personnel at the base equipped with Tornado reconnaissance aircraft.   German-Turkish relations have been on a downward spiral in recent years.   On Sunday, a German air tanker left Incirlik for a new air base in Jordan near al Azraq, said a German Defense Ministry spokesman.   The Tornado jets are expected to keep operating out of Incirlik at least until the end of July, and will be deployed again in October in Jordan.  
Item Number:6 Date: 07/10/2017 INDIA - JAPANESE, U.S. SHIPS JOIN TRILATERAL MALABAR EXERCISE (JUL 10/HT)  HINDUSTAN TIMES -- The Indian, Japanese and U.S. navies are beginning the annual Malabar exercise in the north Indian Ocean, reports the Hindustan Times.   The 10-day exercise, set to start on Monday, is expected to be larger and more complex than previous versions, officials said.   More than 20 warships were expected to take part. The U.S. Navy contingent includes the aircraft carrier Nimitz, guided-missile cruiser Princeton, Arleigh Burke-class destroyers Howard, Shoup and Kidd, a P-8A maritime patrol aircraft and a Los Angeles-class attack submarine.   The Indian navy announced it would send its sole aircraft carrier, Vikramaditya, two Shivalik-class frigates, two Ranvir-class destroyers, a Kamorta-class corvette, a tanker and a submarine.   The Japanese ships include an Izumo-class helicopter carrier and the destroyer Sazanami.   The exercise includes both land and at-sea components. The former cover exchanges on carrier strike group operations, maritime patrol and reconnaissance operations, surface and anti-submarine warfare, explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) and visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) operations, according to a U.S. Navy release.   The at-sea training includes submarine familiarization, air defense exercises, surface warfare drills, anti-submarine warfare, gunnery exercises and VBSS operations
  Item Number:7 Date: 07/10/2017 IRAQ - PRIME MINISTER HAILS LIBERATION OF MOSUL (JUL 10/NYT)  NEW YORK TIMES -- Iraqi Prime Minister Hader al-Abadi has arrived in Mosul to congratulate the nation's forces for taking the city from ISIS, reports the New York Times.   Government forces were still fighting the remnants of the Islamic State l, reports Agence France-Presse.   The prime minister on Sunday congratulated troops for "liberating" the city. He said he was holding off on a formal announcement of victory until all ISIS resistance was eliminated.   ISIS still holds an area of Mosul's Old City of about 200 by 100 meters (yards), said a military commander. "They do not accept to surrender," he said. The fighting would likely end Monday, he added.   The operation began almost nine months ago, and has led to the deaths of thousands of civilians and the displacement of more than 920,000, noted the BBC.  
Item Number:8 Date: 07/10/2017 KENYA - AL-SHABAAB SUSPECTED IN BEHEADING OF VILLAGERS (JUL 10/STDN)  THE STANDARD (NAIROBI) -- Kenyan police say suspected Al-Shabaab militants killed nine people during an attack on a village on Saturday, reports the Standard (Kenya).   They beheaded nine villagers in Jima, in Lamu country along the border with Somalia, said police.   Al Jazeera reported that the village of Pandanguo was also raided.   Several people were also reported missing. Security personnel were pursuing the attackers, said security officials, as cited by UPI.   Curfews were announced in the area after the attack
Item Number:9 Date: 07/10/2017 LIBYA - GOVERNMENT OF NATIONAL ACCORD, RIVAL FACTION BATTLE EAST OF TRIPOLI (JUL 10/AFP)  AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE -- Rival forces have been battling close to the Libyan capital of Tripoli, reports Agence France-Presse.   Witnesses say forces allied to the U.N.-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) have been battling fighters loyal to former Prime Minister Khalifa Ghweil, who refuses to recognize the GNA. Ghweil's forces were ousted from Tripoli in late May.   Clashes restarted on Sunday in the Garabulli region east of Tripoli when Ghweil's forces regrouped there for an attack on the capital, said witnesses.   GNA-aligned forces blocked off the coastal road in Tajoura, an eastern suburb of Tripoli, and erected sand barriers to block the advance, reported Reuters.   The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL) denounced what it called an "attack on Tripoli," urging both sides to stop fighting.  
  Item Number:10 Date: 07/10/2017 NIGERIA - INVESTIGATION LOOKING AT CRASH OF AW109 HELICOPTER IN BORNO STATE (JUL 10/NAF)  NIGERIAN AIR FORCE -- The Nigerian air force says one of its AW109 light utility helicopter crashed last week during a liaison mission in Nigeria's northeastern Borno state.   The aircraft suffered a technical fault on July 6. The pilots successfully ditched the helicopter in a pool of water to minimize damage. There were no injuries, the air force said.   The liaison mission was part of efforts to improve communication between the Nigerian army and air force in operations against the Boko Haram terrorist group in the region, said the service later in the day.   Photos of the crash site showed the AW109 half-filled with water with its rotor broken off.   Air Marshal Sadique Abubakar, the air force chief of staff, has ordered an investigation, reported the Guardian (Lagos
Item Number:11 Date: 07/10/2017 SOMALIA - 4-DAY OPERATION BY PUNTLAND FORCES SAID TO KILL 18 AL-SHABAAB FIGHTERS (JUL 10/REU)  REUTERS -- Security forces in Puntland say they have killed 18 militants in a recent operation against Al-Shabaab, reports Reuters.   The action took place over four days in the Galgala hills in Puntland's northern region, said a senior officer on Sunday.   Security forces burned six Al-Shabaab bases and took the group's weapons, he said.   The terror group denied sustaining any casualties, telling the news agency by phone that its fighters "repulsed" and chased away the Puntland forces
Item Number:12 Date: 07/10/2017 SOUTH KOREA - NAVY TAKES DELIVERY OF ADVANCED SUBMARINE AMID TENSIONS WITH NORTH (JUL 10/YON)  YONHAP -- South Korea's navy has officially taken delivery of a new submarine, reports the Yonhap news agency (Seoul).   The Yu Gwan-sun was delivered Monday. A ceremony was held at the shipyard of Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering Co. on Geoje Island, near the southeastern port city of Busan (Pusan), according to the Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA).   The boat is the sixth of the navy's Jang Bogo-II class (also known as the Sohn Won-Il class); the class is based on the German Type 214 design. The sub is expected to be commissioned in December after crew training.   The sub is capable of handling more than 300 underwater targets at one time and can conduct underwater operations for 10 days or longer without surfacing, said one DAPA official.   The new submarine will help Seoul offset the North's larger number of submarines, he said
Item Number:13 Date: 07/10/2017 SOUTH KOREA - RECENTLY DELIVERED ASW CHOPPERS EXPECTED TO DEPLOY TO WESTERN SEA BORDER (JUL 10/YON)  YONHAP -- The South Korean navy says it has now fielded all eight of its eight AW159 Wildcat helicopters, as reported by the Yonhap news agency (Seoul).   The aircraft were delivered in two batches in June and December 2016. The first four were deployed in February 2017 and the last batch on July 5, according to a service statement.   The Wildcats are equipped with lightweight torpedoes, 12.7-mm machine guns and advanced guided anti-ship missiles as well as a dipping sonar and active electrically scanned area (AESA) radar.   The new helicopters are expected to operate near the western sea border with North Korea, said one unnamed defense source.   The navy plans to acquire another 12 Wildcat anti-submarine warfare helicopters to deal with North Korea's growing submarine fleet
Item Number:14 Date: 07/10/2017 SPAIN - SAFETY ISSUES SHIFT AFRICAN MIGRANT ROUTES FROM ITALY TO SPAIN (JUL 10/SKY)  SKY NEWS -- United Nations statistics indicate that the number of migrants crossing the Mediterranean Sea from North Africa to Spain has doubled this year, reports Sky News (U.K).   The increase in migrant boats that are arriving is stretching Spain's resources, according to the U.N. Refugee Agency (UNHCR).   The Italian sea route via Libya is still the most popular for illegals, with 59,000 migrants arriving between January and May of 2017, a 32 percent increase over the 2016 figures.   At the same time, 6,800 migrants traveled from Morocco to Spain, a 75 percent increase from 2016.   About 1,900 of these migrants, primarily young men from Guinea, Ivory Coast, Gambia and Cameroon, reached Spain's southern Andalusian region in June, a fourfold increase over the same month in 2016, reports UNCHR.   The Morocco-to-Spain route is becoming viewed as safer than the Libya-Italy route by refugees and migrants attempting to escape poverty and conflicts in Africa.   Spain is not prepared for the increase and the challenges of dealing with vulnerable groups, such as victims of human-trafficking or unaccompanied minors, said the UNHCR.  
  Item Number:15 Date: 07/10/2017 SYRIA - CEASE-FIRE SAID TO BE LARGELY HOLDING IN INITIAL DAY; OTHER TALKS RESUME IN GENEVA (JUL 10/RFE/RL)  RADIO FREE EUROPE/RADIO LIBERTY -- Monitors and rebels say a cease-fire brokered by Russia, the U.S. and Jordan in Syria's southwest appeared to be holding for the first day, as cited by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.   The truce was reached Friday and announced after a meeting between President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin at the G20 talks in Hamburg, Germany.   The "de-escalation agreement" went into effect at noon, local time, on Sunday. It covers the Syrian provinces of Daraa, Sweida and Quneitra along the border with Jordan.   The "situation is relatively calms," said a rebel group Sunday in Quneitra, as cited by Reuters. There were some minor violations, said the U.K.-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.   A new round of the U.N.-backed talks between the Syrian government and opposition began Monday in Geneva. Expectations for the talks, the seventh such round, are low, reported Deutsche Welle.  
  Item Number:16 Date: 07/10/2017 UNITED KINGDOM - HIGH COURT DISMISSES CLAIM, RULES ARMS SALES TO SAUDIS ARE LEGAL (JUL 10/GUARDIAN)  GUARDIAN -- Rejecting a contention by a peace group that wants to abolish international arms trade, the British High Court has ruled that weapons sold to Saudi Arabia did not break the law and dismissed the claim, reports the Guardian (U.K.).   The U.K.-based Campaign Against the Arms Trade (CAAT) brought the case. The group maintains that the U.K. government violated international humanitarian law by supporting the Saudi campaign in Yemen that has included civilian casualties.   The U.K. has sold Typhoon and Tornado fighter jets, precision-guided bombs to Riyadh and other equipment. Riyadh has purchased more than 3 billion pounds (US$3.86 billion) worth of British arms in the past two years, according to the BBC.   On Monday, the court ruled in a closed judgement that the government's decision to grant export licenses was lawful, citing sensitive national security information.   CAAT had argued that a significant body of public material showed that the arms had a "clear risk" of being used to break international humanitarian law. The court said that "open and closed evidence demonstrated that the secretary of state was rationally entitled to conclude" that the Saudi-led coalition was not deliberately targeting civilians.   CAAT will appeal the decision, said a spokesman
Item Number:17 Date: 07/10/2017 USA - $73.8 MILLION ARMY CONTRACT COVERS 2ND PHASE OF LONG-RANGE PRECISION FIRES PROGRAM (JUL 10/LM)  LOCKHEED MARTIN -- The U.S. Army has awarded Lockheed Martin a $73.8 million contract for Phase 2 of the Long-Range Precision Fires (LRPF) program, reports the defense firm.   The LRPF program is intended to develop an advanced, long-range missile with the ability to hit time-sensitive and area targets in a variety of conditions. A range of up to 310 miles (499 km) is planned.   The second phase covers technology maturation and risk reduction work for the development of a prototype LRPF missile system, noted Lockheed on July 6.   The prototype system includes a launch pod missile container and a fully integrated surface-to-surface guided missile that will be compatible with the M270A1 multiple launch rocket system (MLRS) and M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) launchers, said the company release.   During the 16-month project, Lockheed will design, develop and fly multiple prototype missiles ahead of the engineering and manufacturing development phase of the LRPF program.   The first phase was successfully completed in May 2017, said the company
Item Number:18 Date: 07/10/2017 USA - LONGER SQUADRON OFFICER SCHOOL SEEN IMPROVING USAF LEADERSHIP (JUL 10/AFT)  AIR FORCE TIMES -- The U.S. Air Force has announced that it lengthening its Squadron Officer School from five weeks to 6.5 weeks as part of efforts to revitalize squadrons and develop better joint leaders, reports the Air Force Times.   The next class, which begins on July 31 at Maxwell Air Force Base, Ala., will be the first with the longer curriculum, the Air University said on July 5.   The extended class is built on four areas: leadership; building highly effective teams; logical and ethical reasoning in decision making; and multi-domain joint warfare.   University officials said the longer class will reduce the number of classes offered annually from seven to six. The size of each class is expected to be increased from 600 to 700 to ensure the same number of officers are trained each year, said the release.  
  Item Number:19 Date: 07/10/2017 USA - USS CORONADO, USNS SALVOR WRAP UP DRILLS WITH VIETNAMESE NAVY IN CAM RANH (JUL 10/S&S)  STARS AND STRIPES -- The U.S. and Vietnamese navies have just concluded a five-day exercise in Cam Ranh on Vietnam's southern coast, reports the Stars and Stripes.   The littoral combat ship Coronado and the salvage ship Salvor arrived in Cam Ranh on July 5 for the annual naval engagement activity.   The exercise covered ship handling, medical evacuations and practicing the code for unplanned encounters at sea, according to a Navy statement last week.   Skill exchanges were expected to focus on shipboard damage control, medicine and law, said the service.   Personnel from the U.S. Task Force 73, Destroyer Squadron 7 and the 7th Fleet Band also were scheduled to take part in the exercise, said the statement.   The bilateral exercise has been held annually since 2010. This is the first time it has been based at the recently opened Cam Ranh International Port
Item Number:20 Date: 07/10/2017 YEMEN - U.S. AIRSTRIKES HIT AQAP SITES IN ABYAN, SHABWA PROVINCES (JUL 10/XIN)  XINHUA -- U.S. airstrikes have hit several Al-Qaida targets in Yemen, says an unidentified military official cited by Xinhua, China's state news agency.   On Sunday night, a U.S. unmanned aerial vehicle hit multiple Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) sites in the Sabar area of Abyan province, causing several explosions, said the official.   Targets included a suspected arms depot and a training camp, he said. An unknown number of Al-Qaida militants were killed or wounded.   A separate strike reportedly hit AQAP militants gathering in the town of Azzan, in Yemen's southeastern Shabwa province.

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