Tuesday, July 11, 2017

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To All,
I hope that your week has started well.
This Day In Naval History - July 11
1798 - Reestablishment of Marine Corps under the Constitution
1919 - Pay Corps renamed Supply Corps
1943: Gunfire from U.S. cruisers and destroyers stop German and Italian tank attacks against Army beachhead at Gela, Sicily. Troop transport SS Robert Rowan is set afire by air attack and explodes. USS Orizaba (AP 24) rescues all hands of 421 troops, merchant marines and guards.
1987 - USS Helena (SSN 725) is commissioned at Groton, Conn. The Los Angeles-class nuclear attack submarine is the fourth named for the capitol of Montana.
Today in History July 11
An army of French knights, led by the Count of Artois, is routed by Flemish pikemen.
Charles IV of Luxembourg is elected Holy Roman Emperor in Germany.
Henry VIII is excommunicated from the Catholic Church by Pope Clement VII.
The French are defeated at Oudenarde, Malplaquet, in the Netherlands by the Duke of Marlborough and Eugene of Savoy.
Morocco agrees to stop attacking American ships in the Mediterranean for a payment of $10,000.
An Anglo-Turkish armada bombards Napoleon Bonaparte's troops in Alexandria to no avail.
President Abraham Lincoln appoints General Henry Halleck as general-in-chief of the Federal army.
In the RAF's longest bombing raid of World War II, 44 British Lancaster bombers attack the Polish port of Danzig.
American forces break the 95-day siege at An Loc in Vietnam.
Archaeologists unearth an army of 8,000 life-size clay figures created more than 2,000 years ago for the Emperor Qin Shi Huang.
Full diplomatic relations are established between the United States and Vietnam.
Thanks to Dutch R.
Sobering Statistics re Vietnam
From another net, with our thanks -

Believe we've seen some---but not all---of these stats previously:

This provides some interesting statistics and info on the War.

In case you haven't been paying attention these past few decades after
you returned from Vietnam, the clock has been ticking. The following
are some statistics that are at once depressing yet in a larger sense
should give you a HUGE SENSE OF PRIDE.

"Of the 2,709,918 Americans who served in Vietnam, less than 850,000
are estimated to be alive today, with the youngest American Vietnam
veteran's age approximated to be 60 years old."

So, if you're alive and reading this, how does it feel to be among the
last 1/3rd of all the U.S. Vets who served in Vietnam? I don't know
about you guys, but it kinda gives me the chills, considering this is
the kind of information

I'm used to reading about WWII and Korean War vets...

So the last 14 years, we are dying too fast, only the few will survive
by 2025...if any. If true, 390 VN vets die a day. So in 2,190
days..from today, lucky to be a Vietnam veteran alive... in only 6-10

These statistics were taken from a variety of sources to include: The
VFW Magazine, the Public Information Office, and the HQ CP Forward
Observer - 1st Recon April 12, 1997.


9,087,000 military personnel served on active duty during the Vietnam
Era (August 5, 1964 - May 7, 1975).

8,744,000 GI's were on active duty during the War (August 5, 1964 -
March 28, 1973).

2,709,918 Americans served in Vietnam, this number represents 9.7% of
their generation.

3,403,100 (including 514,300 offshore) personnel served in the broader
Southeast Asia Theater

(Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, flight crews based in Thailand, and sailors
in adjacent South China Sea waters).

2,594,000 personnel served within the borders of South Vietnam
(January 1, 1965 - March 28, 1973). Another 50,000 men served in
Vietnam between 1960 and 1964.

Of the 2.6 million, between 1 - 1.6 million (40-60%) either fought in
combat, provided close support, or were at least fairly regularly
exposed to enemy attack.

7,484 women (6,250 or 83.5% were nurses) served in Vietnam.

Peak troop strength in Vietnam: 543,482 (April 30, 1968).

Agent Orange is taking a huge toll on Vietnam Veterans with most
deaths somehow related to Agent Orange exposure. No one officially
dies of Agent Orange, they die from the exposure which causes ischemic
Heart Disease and failure, Lung Cancer, Kidney failure, or COPD
related disorders.


The first man to die in Vietnam was James Davis, in 1958. He was with
the 509th Radio Research Station, Davis Station in Saigon was named
for him.

Hostile deaths: 47,378

Non-hostile deaths: 10,800

Total: 58,202 (includes men formerly classified as MIA and Mayaguez
casualties). Men who have subsequently died of wounds account for the
changing total.

8 nurses died -- 1 was KIA.

61% of the men killed were 21 or younger.

11,465 of those killed were younger than 20 years old.

Of those killed, 17,539 were married.

Average age of men killed: 23.1 years.

Total Deaths: 23.11 years

Enlisted: 50,274; 22.37 years

Officers: 6,598; 28.43 years

Warrants: 1,276; 24.73 years

E1: 525; 20.34 years

Five men killed in Vietnam were only 16 years old.

The oldest man killed was 62 years old.

Highest state death rate: West Virginia - 84.1% (national average
58.9% for every 100,000 males in 1970).

Wounded: 303,704 -- 153,329 hospitalized + 150,375 injured requiring
no hospital care.

Severely disabled: 75,000, -- 23,214: 100% disabled; 5,283 lost limbs;
1,081 sustained multiple amputations.

Amputation or crippling wounds to the lower extremities were 300%
higher than in WWII and 70% higher than Korea.

Multiple amputations occurred at the rate of 18.4% compared to 5.7% in WWII.

Missing in Action: 2,338.

POWs: 766 (114 died in captivity).

As of January 15, 2014, there are 1,875 Americans still unaccounted
for from the Vietnam War.


25% (648,500) of total forces in country were draftees. (66% of U.S.
armed forces members were drafted during WWII.)

Draftees accounted for 30.4% (17,725) of combat deaths in Vietnam.

Reservists killed: 5,977.

National Guard: 6,140 served: 101 died.

Total draftees (1965 - 73): 1,728,344.

Actually served in Vietnam: 38% Marine Corps Draft: 42,633.

Last man drafted: June 30, 1973.


88.4% of the men who actually served in Vietnam were Caucasian; 10.6%
(275,000) were black; 1%belonged to other races.

86.3% of the men who died in Vietnam were Caucasian (includes
Hispanics); 12.5% (7,241) were black; 1.2%belonged to other races.

170,000 Hispanics served in Vietnam; 3,070 (5.2% of total) died there.

70% of enlisted men killed were of Northwest European descent.

86.8% of the men who were killed as a result of hostile action were
Caucasian; 12.1% (5,711) were black;1.1% belonged to other races.

14.6% (1,530) of non-combat deaths were among blacks.

34% of blacks who enlisted volunteered for the combat arms.

Overall, blacks suffered 12.5% of the deaths in Vietnam at a time when
the percentage of blacks of military age was 13.5% of the total

Religion of Dead: Protestant – 64.4%; Catholic – 28.9%; other/none – 6.7%.


Vietnam veterans have a lower unemployment rate than the same non-vet
age groups.

Vietnam veterans' personal income exceeds that of our non-veteran age
group by more than 18%.

76% of the men sent to Vietnam were from lower middle/working class backgrounds.

Three-fourths had family incomes above the poverty level; 50% were
from middle income backgrounds.

Some 23% of Vietnam vets had fathers with professional, managerial, or
technical occupations.

79% of the men who served in Vietnam had a high school education or
better when they entered the military service.

63% of Korean War vets and only 45% of WWII vets had completed high
school upon separation.

Deaths by region per 100,000 of population: South – 31%, West – 29.9%;
Midwest – 28.4%; Northeast –23.5%.


There is no difference in drug usage between Vietnam Veterans and
non-Vietnam Veterans of the same age group. (Source: Veterans
Administration Study.)

Vietnam Veterans are less likely to be in prison – only one-half of
one percent of Vietnam Veterans have been jailed for crimes.

85% of Vietnam Veterans made successful transitions to civilian life.


82% of veterans who saw heavy combat strongly believe the War was lost
because of lack of political will.

Nearly 75% of the public agrees it was a failure of political will, not of arms.


97% of Vietnam-era veterans were honorably discharged.

91% of actual Vietnam War veterans and 90% of those who saw heavy
combat are proud to have served their country.

74% say they would serve again, even knowing the outcome.

87% of the public now holds Vietnam veterans in high esteem
Thanks to Robert
Check out TVRAACA Old Car Movies
Lot's of great automotive related film/TV clips in this collection.  Check out the 1953 Corvette advertisement.  Enjoy !!  
Also Check Win a 1932 Ford.
Thanks to Carl
Draining the swamp: Trump fires over 500 employees from an agency that he criticized last year
Carlos Garcia  8 hours
"Drain the swamp" was a favorite chant during President Donald Trump's campaign, and it looks like he's kept his promise at the office of Veterans Affairs.
The Los Angeles–Class Submarine: The Old American Attack Sub Russia Still Fears
By Kyle Mizokami, National Interest, 10 July
Sixty-two Los Angeles–class submarines were built between 1976 and 1996. Not all of them served at once—some of the earliest subs were retired starting in 1995 with just seventeen years of service to avoid costly nuclear refueling costs while the production line was still running! Today thirty-eight are still on active duty. The Seawolf class, meant to provide deeper-diving submarines capable of Arctic operations, was canceled at three ships, due to cost overruns and the quest for a 1990s "peace dividend." The true replacements for the "688" class are the Virginia submarines, currently under construction.
The Los Angeles–class nuclear attack submarines were the most successful American submarines of the Cold War. The United States built sixty-two Los Angeles–class subs, more than any class except for the Gato class of World War II. Fast, powerful and heavily armed, the submarines are slowly being replaced by Virginia-class attack boats.
The Los Angeles–class submarines, also known as the 688 class, were first designed in the early 1970s. The first ship, Los Angeles (SSN-688), was laid down in 1976. The submarines were produced at a Cold War pace, with production averaging three to five submarines annually, significantly higher than the current pace of two Virginia-class submarines produced annually. The Navy sustained this rate of production until 1992. Over the twenty years the class was produced, various systems, including propulsion, bow and towed sonar, and even hull material were upgraded to reflect the latest technology.
At 360 feet long and 6,927 tons submerged, the Los Angeles–class submarines were designed to be 20 percent longer and 50 percent larger by displacement volume than their predecessors, the Sturgeon class. They are also reportedly much faster: while the Sturgeon class could make twenty-six knots submerged, the Los Angeles class can allegedly make a swift thirty-seven knots.
The Los Angeles–class submarines were constructed from HY-80 steel, with a glass reinforced plastic bow over the sonar array. This gives the submarine a maximum official depth of 650 feet. Other sources peg maximum operating depth at 950 feet. The absolute maximum diving depth in emergencies is reportedly 1,475 feet.
The submarines feature a teardrop hull first introduced with the Skipjack class, with diving planes mounted on the sail. The last twenty-three ships in class moved the diving planes to the bow and feature strengthened sails for breaking through Arctic ice. This was likely in response to the Soviet Union's Typhoon-class ballistic-missile submarines, which were designed to operate under and through Arctic pack ice.
According to Combat Fleets of the World [3], each submarine is served by a General Electric S6G pressurized water reactor powering two sets of geared steam turbines. The reactor provides 35,000-shaft horsepower to a single seven-bladed propeller. Some of the last of the class built have pump jets instead of a propeller. A diesel generator and batteries are available to provide emergency propulsion.
The sensor suite is centered around the BQQ-5 sonar system [4], with the class progressively equipped with the BQQ-5A(V)1, BQQ-5C and later the BQQ-5D—the same sonar that equips the Seawolf class. For flank detection, AN/BQG-5 [5] wide aperture arrays dot the submarine's sides, providing passive sonar detection capability. The class has been equipped with several towed sonar arrays, most recently the TB-29 Thin Line Towed Array [6]. The tail fins that support the towed arrays also support seven-celled Countermeasure Set, Acoustic MK 2 launchers.
Armament consists of four 533-millimeter torpedo tubes for all production submarines. The tubes are placed amidships on the hull due to the bow housing the active/pass sonar array. The ships can carry twenty-six torpedo tube-launched weapons, which at the height of the Cold War included Mk.48 homing torpedoes, up to eight Tomahawk cruise missiles, Harpoon antiship missiles and CAPTOR mines. The last twenty-three submarines were equipped with twelve vertical launch silos for Tomahawk missiles, a concept carried on with the Virginia class, for a possible total of twenty Tomahawk missiles.
In addition to the traditional roles of undersea, surface and strike warfare, the Los Angeles class was capable of conducting special operations. Select ships in the class were capable of being fitted with the portable Dry Dock Shelter, which could hold a Swimmer Delivery Vehicle, up to twenty SEAL commandos and four Combat Rubber Raiding Craft. This role has been taken over by the Ohio-class cruise missile submarines and the Seawolf class, particularly the USS Jimmy Carter.
Although intelligence gathering has long been a role for submarines, starting in the 1990s the U.S. submarine fleet began using an Army phrase, "intelligence preparation of the battlefield," to describe intelligence gathering in support of operations on the ground. Lacking a underwater enemy to fight, American submarines could linger off the coastlines of potential adversaries, collecting electronic data and conducting surveillance operations. The Los Angeles class was at the forefront of this effort, and USS Annapolis was refitted with a photonic mast featuring cameras instead of a traditional periscope mast.
Item Number:1 Date: 07/11/2017 AFGHANISTAN - MULTIPLE OPERATIONS KILL, WOUND SCORES OF MILITANTS, SAYS DEFENSE MINISTRY (JUL 11/XIN)  XINHUA -- The Afghan Defense Ministry says that its security forces killed at least 69 insurgents and injured 39 others in a number of operations at the beginning of the week, reports Xinhua, China's state news agency.   "Afghan national defense and security forces launched offensives in different provinces, killing 69 armed insurgents, including nine Islamic State fighters, and injured 39 others," said a ministry release on Monday.   The casualties took place within the previous 24-hour period, said the ministry. Four militants were captured in the operations.   Raids were launched in Nangarhar, Kapisa, Paktia, Paktika, Khost, Logar, Kandahar, Zabul, Farah, Badghis, Kunduz, Faryab, Balkh, Takhar and Helmand provinces, according to the statement
Item Number:2 Date: 07/11/2017 CHINA - MILITARY TURNING TO SMALLER, PRIVATE COMPANIES (JUL 11/FT)  FINANCIAL TIMES -- The Chinese military has been turning more often to smaller private sector companies to develop new weapons and equipment, reports the Financial Times (U.K.).   Defense procurement, long the realm of a few state-owned conglomerates, is being gradually opened to cheaper and more innovative private sector start-ups, say those in the industry.   The process of including the private sector in military projects on a large scale began in 2013. Only recently has the Chinese military started to source sensitive advanced technology, such as drones and artificial intelligence, from private firms.   Some of these developments were displayed last week at the Civil-Military Integration Expo in Beijing.   The trend is aimed in part at cutting equipment costs, say some private company officials. It has become clear that such firms can produce gear at much lower costs than state-run companies.   Some innovation turns out to work better within non-state firms, including facial recognition and batteries.   The competition has spurred reforms in state-owned companies to cut their costs, said a representative of the state-owned China Aerospace Science and Industry Corp.  
  Item Number:3 Date: 07/11/2017 COLOMBIA - NEW U.N. MISSION WILL FOCUS ON REINTEGRATING FARC REBELS INTO SOCIETY (JUL 11/CR)  COLOMBIA REPORTS -- The United Nations has agreed to set up a new mission in Colombia, helping with the reintegration of FARC members into civilian life, reports Colombia Reports.   The FARC and the Colombian government signed a peace deal in November 2016. The guerrilla group completed a disarmament process last month.   On Monday, the U.N. Security Council unanimously adopted a U.K.-drafted resolution that establishes the U.N. Verification Mission in Colombia.   This year-long mission will begin once the current U.N. mission to monitor the cease-fire and disarmament process expires on Sept. 17.   Also on Monday, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos signed a decree granting amnesty to another 3,600 FARC members, reported the BBC.   The decree is the third and final one. More than 7,000 rebels have now been granted amnesty.  
  Item Number:4 Date: 07/11/2017 GERMANY - AIR FORCE BEGINS REFUELING OPERATIONS FROM JORDAN AFTER PULLING TANKER FROM TURKEY (JUL 11/REU)  REUTERS -- The German air force says it has resumed tanker flights in support of the U.S.-led coalition against the Islamic State after moving its tanker from Turkey to Jordan, reports Reuters.   The German military began withdrawing its personnel from Turkey's Incirlik air base on Sunday after Ankara banned German lawmakers from visiting German troops stationed there. Germany and Turkey are at odds over multiple issues.   The air force's Airbus MRTT tanker has been transferred to a base in Jordan. On Tuesday, the tanker flew its first mission out of Jordan, said a military spokesman.   The six German Tornado jets still at Incirlik will continue flying their reconnaissance missions until the end of July, say officials. Those aircraft are scheduled to return to Germany for maintenance and other operations until preparations are complete to move to Jordan in July.  
  Item Number:5 Date: 07/11/2017 INDIA - HINDU PILGRIMS KILLED IN KASHMIR (JUL 11/AFP)  AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE -- Gunmen in Indian-administered Kashmir have killed at least six Hindu pilgrims and injured 14 others, say police cited by Agence France-Presse.   Other sources put the death toll at seven, with six of the dead being women.   The militants first opened fire on a security checkpoint on Monday, said officials with India's Central Reserve Police Force (CPRF). No injuries were reported in that attack.   They then attacked a bus carrying pilgrims at Batingu. The attackers escaped toward Arwani in the south, said the CPRF.   Security officials are exploring "all the angles including suspected Islamists," said a security source.   The CPRF guards the hundreds of thousands of Hindu pilgrims who travel to a cave shrine in the Himalayas.  
  Item Number:6 Date: 07/11/2017 IRAQ - DEATH OF ISIS LEADER AGAIN REPORTED BY LOCAL MEDIA (JUL 11/DAILYEXPRE)  DAILY EXPRESS -- The Islamic State has confirmed the death of group leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, reports the Daily Express (U.K.), citing Iraqi media.   ISIS released a brief statement on Tuesday in the Iraqi city of Tal Afar saying the Baghdadi was dead and that a new leader would be announced, said a source cited by Iraq's Al-Sumaria television channel.   Infighting broke out in the town after the announcement between Baghdadi loyalists, the source said.   There has been no official confirmation of the statement by the Iraqi government, noted Iraqi News.   The Kremlin said in mid-June that it was investigating reports that Baghdadi had been killed in a Russian airstrike the previous month in Syria. Baghdadi's death has erroneously reported on multiple occasions.  
Item Number:7 Date: 07/11/2017 IRAQ - PRIME MINISTER DECLARES VICTORY OVER ISIS IN MOSUL (JUL 11/NBC)  NBC NEWS -- The Iraqi government has declared victory over the Islamic State in the northern city of Mosul, reports NBC News, citing a U.S. military statement.   The U.S. military annoucned on Monday that Iraqi security forces had seized full control of Mosul from ISIS. Government forces were said to be clearing parts of the Old City of explosives and hidden ISIS fighters.   Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi called this "a victory over darkness, brutality and terrorism."   It took a nine-month operation to retake Mosul, with was seized by ISIS in 2014.   There were reports of sporadic clashes on Tuesday in the city.  
Item Number:8 Date: 07/11/2017 ITALY - MORE THAN YEAR AFTER CRASH, HAMMERHEAD UAV RETURNS TO FLIGHT (JUL 11/PIAGGIO)  PIAGGIO AEROSPACE -- Piaggio Aerospace, a multinational firm headquartered in Genoa, Italy, has resumed flight testing with its second prototype P.1HH HammerHead unmanned aircraft, the company said in a release on July 6.   Piaggio halted testing after a prototype crashed, noted Defense News. The UAV crashed off Sicily on May 31, 2016, during a test flight, Flight Global reported at the time.   The P.1HH medium-altitude, long-endurance aircraft is designed for aerial, marine and terrestrial surveillance and reconnaissance, said the release.   The system consists of two air vehicles, a ground-control station and integrated navigation and mission systems.   An intensive program of ground testing followed the crash.   Initial deliveries are planned to the United Arab Emirates in 2018, a company source told Defense News.   The U.A.E. ordered eight HammerHeads in a US$316 million contract in March 2016.  
Item Number:9 Date: 07/11/2017 LITHUANIA - SOPHISTICATED MISSILE DEFENSE SYSTEM ARRIVES FOR NATO WAR GAMES (JUL 11/BALTIMES)  BALTIC TIMES -- The U.S. military has deployed Patriot long-range anti-aircraft missiles in Lithuania for NATO military exercises, reports the Baltic Times.   This is the first time the system has been deployed in the Baltics, reported Reuters.   The Patriot battery was brought to Lithuania's Siauliai military base on Monday ahead of the Tobruk Legacy exercise, which starts on July 11, said a Lithuanian Defense Ministry spokesman.   The system will be withdrawn on July 22 when the exercise ends, he said.   The arrival of the Patriots "demonstrates the steadfast U.S. commitment to the security of Lithuania and its high readiness to send strategic capabilities to the region," said the ministry.   The exercise will involve around 500 troops and 30 air defense systems from Lithuania and four other NATO members.   Lithuania borders Russia's enclave of Kaliningrad, home to Russia's Baltic Fleet
Item Number:10 Date: 07/11/2017 RUSSIA - ADMIRAL ESSEN FRIGATE JOINS PERMANENT TASK FORCE IN MED (JUL 11/TASS)  TASS -- The Russian navy's Admiral Essen frigate has joined its task force in the Mediterranean, reports Tass (Russia).   The frigate from the Black Sea Fleet briefly stopped at Sevastopol before joining the navy's permanent task force in the region, said a spokesman for the fleet on Monday. Sevastopol is on the Crimean Peninsula, which Moscow annexed from Ukraine in 2014.   The Admiral Essen is replacing the Admiral Grigorovich of the same class. That frigate had been with the task force since March 2017, he said.   The Admiral Essen was deployed on combat missions off the coast of Syria before it returned to Sevastopol on July 5.   The Admiral Essen is the newest Russian Black Sea frigate, having been commissioned in June 2016
Item Number:11 Date: 07/11/2017 SUDAN - 3 DARFUR FACTIONS COMBINE TO RESIST KHARTOUM (JUL 11/SUDTRIB)  SUDAN TRIBUNE -- Three armed rebel factions in Darfur in western Sudan recently formed a new group that does not intend to abide by a unilateral cease-fire announced by the Sudanese government, reports the Sudan Tribune.   The new Sudan Liberation Force Alliance (SLFA) comprises the Sudan Liberation Movement for Justice; Sudan Liberation Movement-Unity; and the Justice and Equality Movement led by Abdallah Bishr Gali, said a statement provided to the newspaper on Friday.   The three factions met from June 29 to July 2 and decided to form a single movement committed to continue the armed struggle against the Sudanese government, the statement said.   Al-Tahir Abu Bakr Hajar has been elected chairman of the SLFA and Abdallah Yahia as his deputy. Mahgoub al-Aghbash was elected to lead the legislative council with Ahmed Mohamed Sulieman as his deputy, the group said.   Gen. Abdalla Bishr Gali will lead the SLFA's army, with Aboud Adam Khatir as his deputy. Gen. Ahmed Abdallah Bishr was appointed chief of General Staff.   The SLFA has urged other major rebel groups in Darfur, including the Sudan Liberation Movement (SLM-MM), SLM-AW and Justice and Equality Movement led by Gibril Ibrahim, to unify the resistance to Khartoum
Item Number:12 Date: 07/11/2017 SWEDEN - NEW ORDER SEEKS 18 ADDITIONAL FAST ASSAULT CRAFT (JUL 11/SFMV)  SWEDISH DEFENSE MATERIEL ADMINISTRATION -- The Swedish defense procurement agency, FMV, recently announced an order for upgraded Combat Boats 90H for the Swedish military's amphibious battalion.   The US$46.1 million deal with Swedish builder Dockstavarvet covers 18 CB-90HSM boats, an upgraded version of the CB-90HS already in service, said an FMV release on July 7.   The boats are known as the Stridsbat 90 in Swedish service.   The modernized boats include an upgraded driveline, protection, preparation for new combat management systems and weapon stations.   The new boats are expected to serve beyond 2040. Deliveries are scheduled to begin in the third quarter of 2018.  
 Item Number:13 Date: 07/11/2017 SYRIA - PRO-GOVERNMENT FORCES TAKE BEDOUIN VILLAGES IN SOUTHWEST (JUL 11/REU)  REUTERS -- Syrian government troops and their allied Iran-backed militias have attacked Bedouin villages in southeastern Syria, reports Reuters, citing Western-backed rebels.   Monday's attack took place at dawn in a sparsely populated desert area east of the government-controlled city of Sweida, said the rebels.   The assault was aimed at eight villages from Tal Asfar to Tlul al-Shuhaib that were seized by Western-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA) rebels from ISIS in March. According to the rebels, the offensive, both air and ground, was supported by Russian air power.   The army took at least seven villages, said a rebel spokesman.   In separate action on Tuesday, rebels said they shot down a Syrian government warplane in the area between the countryside of Sweida province and the outskirts of the capital Damascus, according to the U.K.-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, as reported by AFP.   The area is not part of a U.S.-, Russia- and Jordan-brokered cease-fire that began over the weekend in Syria's southwest. Rebels in that area said that the truce was largely holding despite intermittent shelling in rebel-held areas in Deraa and the Syrian-held Golan Heights.  
 Item Number:14 Date: 07/11/2017 UKRAINE - INTERNATIONAL SEA BREEZE DRILLS UNDERWAY OFF ODESSA (JUL 11/INT-UKR)  INTERFAX-UKRAINE -- The U.S.- and Ukrainian-led Sea Breeze naval exercise has kicked off in Odessa on the Black Sea, reports Interfax-Ukraine.   More than 30 ships, 25 aircraft and 3,000 personnel from 16 countries are taking part in the drills that began on Monday in Ukraine and off its coast.   The training covers multinational staff planning and joint naval operations in the Black Sea.   Specific activities include diving, inspection operations, cohesion training for tactical teams, survival training and ship and air defense exercise, landing and river operations, say officials.   An anti-submarine warfare operation in the Black Sea is also planned, according to U.S. Navy officials.   The exercise runs through July 23, noted ACT Media (Romania). Bucharest is sending the frigate Marasesti, corvette Rear Admiral Horia Macellariu, a marine detachment, divers and staff officers.   The republic of Georgia has dispatched an infantry unit and representatives of the coast guard and border police, noted Georgia Today.   The participating nations are: Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, France, Georgia, Greece, Italy, Lithuania, Moldova, Norway, Poland, Romania, Sweden, Turkey, Ukraine, the U.K. and the U.S., according to a U.S. Navy release
Item Number:15 Date: 07/11/2017 UKRAINE - NATO TO PROVIDE MORE SUPPORT FOR CYBER DEFENSE (JUL 11/UNIAN)  UNIAN NEWS AGENCY -- NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg has announced that the alliance would bolster its cyber defense cooperation with Ukraine, reports the Ukrainian Independent Information Agency (UNIAN).   "We are now in the process of providing Ukraine with new equipment to some key government institutions," Stoltenberg said on Monday in a joint press conference with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in Kiev.   "This equipment will help Ukraine to investigate who is behind the different attacks. Attribution is very often a key challenge when it comes to cyberattacks," the secretary-general said.   The alliance's cyber defense efforts are focused on strengthening the capabilities of its members and helping partner countries such as Ukraine, said Stoltenberg.   On June 27, Ukraine experienced a major cyberattack that targeted banks, energy companies, government websites, local networks and several media outlets, noted UNIAN. Ukrainian officials widely pinned the blame on Russia, though Moscow denied involvement.   Meanwhile, Poroshenko also said his government would begin discussing with NATO a membership action plan, noted Reuters
Item Number:16 Date: 07/11/2017 UNITED KINGDOM - SPECIALISTS, INCLUDING HIGH-TECH EXPERTS, MAY JOIN MILITARY AS CAPTAINS OR MAJORS (JUL 11/DTL)  DAILY TELEGRAPH (LONDON) -- The British army says it is examining a proposal that would allow civilians in certain specialties to be recruited without having to start at the bottom of the ranks, reports London's Daily Telegraph.   The army is seeking civilians with established careers in areas such as cyber technology, aviation technology and logistics.   The program is being developed by Gen. Nick Carter, the chief of the General Staff, with potential first hires still "a year or two away."   The new recruits could begin at the middle or even higher ranks, according to the proposal. Some sources have suggested the former civilians would be non-commissioned officers or captains, majors or even brigadiers.   The move is intended to fill shortfalls in high-tech skills.   The program will not apply to frontline fighting forces, emphasized Carter.   Reservists are already being recruited in such a fashion, with good results, according to military officials
Item Number:17 Date: 07/11/2017 USA - $5.6 BILLION CONTRACT MODIFICATION COVERS 74 F-35S FOR AIR FORCE, MARINES, NAVY (JUL 11/DOD)  DEPT. OF DEFENSE -- The Naval Air Systems Command has awarded Lockheed Martin a $5.6 billion contract modification for the 11th low-rate initial production lot for the F-35 Lightning II program, reports the Dept. of Defense.   The deal, announced on July 7, covers 74 fiscal 2017 aircraft: 48 F-35As for the Air Force; 18 F-35Bs for the Marine Corps; and eight F-35Cs for the Navy and Marine Corps.   The modification also adds funding to previously awarded fiscal 2015 and 2016 aircraft contracts for the U.S. services.   Work under the contract is scheduled to be completed in December 2020.   The award allows Lockheed to continue work on the Lot 11 aircraft while a final contract is hashed out, noted Defense News.   An interim award was necessary because of "complex production lines and supply chain dynamics," said a spokesman for the F-35 Joint Program Office.   Lot 11 deliveries are scheduled for 2019 and 2020.  
Item Number:18 Date: 07/11/2017 USA - ARMY EXPANDS CAREER INTERMISSION PROGRAM; INCENTIVE INCLUDES 3-YEAR BREAK (JUL 11/ARMY)  ARMY TIMES -- The U.S. Army has decided to expand its Career Intermission Pilot Program, reports the Army Times.   Congress authorized the program in 2009 as a retention incentive for all of the U.S. military services.   The Army version of the program, launched in 2014, has been limited to no more than 20 officers and 20 enlisted personnel each calendar year.   Under a new directive from the secretary of the Army, these limits have been eliminated and no longer makes soldiers ineligible if they have not completed their initial active-duty obligation, enlistment period or service obligation for a retention bonus.   Soldiers will now be selected for the program based on demonstrated performance, future potential and justification of need for the intermission, said service officials.   The program has what amounts to a sabbatical. It allows troops to take a break of up to three years to pursue personal or professional goals.   Those soldiers selected must serve in the Individual Ready Reserve while participating in the program.  
  Item Number:19 Date: 07/11/2017 USA - DAMAGED FITZGERALD ENTERS DRY DOCK FOR REPAIRS, ASSESSMENT (JUL 11/S&S)  STARS AND STRIPES -- The U.S. destroyer Fitzgerald has moved into dry dock in Japan for repairs.   The Navy is continuing its assessment of the Fitzgerald, which was badly damaged in a collision last month, reports the Stars and Stripes.   The Fitzgerald and a Philippine-flagged cargo ship collided on June 17 about 64 miles southwest of Yokosuka naval base in Japan. Seven U.S. sailors died in one of the worst at-sea disasters for the Navy in decades, noted the Navy Times.   The warship is in Yokosuka's dry dock 4 and will undergo assessments "that will inform options for long-term repairs," said a Navy statement on Monday.   Among other points, it will determine whether the Fitzgerald can reach the U.S. under its own power or require towing.   U.S. officials previously said that the ship would return to service, but will require "significant repairs."  
Item Number:20 Date: 07/11/2017 USA - USMC KC-130 CRASHES IN MISS., 16 DEAD (JUL 11/ABC)  ABC NEWS -- The FBI and local authorities are investigating the crash of a military plane on Monday in Mississippi, reports ABC News.   At least 16 people aboard a U.S. Marine Corps transport were killed, say authorities, as reported by the Washington Post.   The KC-130 aircraft went down at around 4 p.m., local time, in LeFlore County, about 85 miles north of Jackson, according to local officials.   Sixteen bodies have been recovered from the crash site, said one official. The search for victims was continuing, reported Fox News.   The KC-130 "experienced a mishap the evening of July 10," said a brief Marine Corps statement. Debris from the crash was scattered over a radius of about five miles.   The aircraft flew from Naval Support Activity Mid-South Base in Millington, Tenn. It suffered a "structural failure" at 20,000 feet, reported local media.   The Marine Corps has not yet confirmed the number of fatalities. Emergency personnel said there were no survivors, noted CNN.

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