Thursday, July 20, 2017

Fw: TheList 4505


The List 4505

To All,
I hope your week  has been going well.
This Day In Naval History - July 20
1846 - First visit of U.S. warships (USS Columbus and USS Vincennes) to Japan is unsuccessful in negotiating a treaty.
1960 - In first launch of Polaris missile, USS George Washington (SSBN 598) successfully fires 2 operational Polaris missiles while submerged off Florida.
1964 - Four Navy divers enter Project SEALAB I capsule moored 192 feet on the ocean floor off Bermuda for 11 day experiment.
1969 - Former Navy pilot Neil Armstrong is first man to set foot on the moon. While taking the first step, he said, "That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind." Armstrong was Commander of Apollo 11 which during its 8 day mission landed on the Sea of Tranquility. Recovery was by HS-4 helicopters from USS Hornet (CVS-12). Michael Collins is the Command Module Pilot and Edwin Buzz E. Aldrin Jr., is the Lunar Module Pilot.
Today in History July 20
Tamerlane's Mongols defeat the Ottoman Turks at Angora.
The Spanish Armada sets sail from Corunna.
The Riot Act goes into effect in England.
Imperial troops in Guizhou, China, kill 20,000 Miao rebels.
Sioux chief Sitting Bull surrenders to the U.S. Army.
Alexander Kerensky becomes the premier of Russia.
The U.S. Army Women's Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC) begins its first training class at Fort Des Moines, Iowa.
Adolf Hitler is wounded in an assassination attempt by German Army officers at Rastenburg.
The U.S. Army's Task Force Smith is pushed back by superior North Korean forces.
King Abdullah of Jordan is assassinated.
Neil Armstrong and Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin become the first men to walk on the moon.
The Viking spacecraft lands on Mars and begins taking soil samples.
Thanks to Micro to set the record straight. A few others like  Kent and Mike also sent me notes on it.
Two things:
 Andy Rooney not only didn't say those things,(that I put in List 4503) he was very pissed off that someone used his name, particularly because he didn't agree with what was said.  He wanted to find out who it was so he could sue him/her.  See this:
 And the Harvard graduate's first day at work is a terrific piece of satire.  The young lady is a conservative and does a great job of mocking her generation.  Too bad people bought her act and didn't give her credit for a great script with a great delivery.  She is brilliant.  Here's another one from her that is just as good: (this one is about the Russia connections—"…I know that a neighbor of a friend of a relative of someone that lives in Northern Virginia has tweeted directly to the Russians" or something like that….)
And this one is even better: (this one congratulates the protestors for successfully getting Trump out of office and getting Hillary into the White House as President).
She is called "The Conservative Millenial," and here is her website: .
From my Al Krause archives. Fitting for today.
Some morning Humor from Al 
Today is the 48th anniversary of the USA landing on the moon.

"I read the other day where some scientist thinks it's possible to put a man on the moon by the end of the century. They even have some fellows they call astronauts preparing for it down in Texas."—Comment made in 1957

Trivia:  What was the first word spoken from the moon, 45 years ago on July 20, 1969?

Neil Armstrong used to tell unfunny jokes about the moon...and follow them up with, "Ah, I guess you had to be there."

Did you ever notice that if you rearrange the letters in ASTRONOMER, you can get MOON STARER.

How is it that we put man on the moon before we figured out it would be a good idea to put wheels on luggage?

Some test answers on the moon by young scholars on their science test:
   "The moon is a planet just like the earth, only it is even deader."
   "The tides are a fight between the Earth and moon. All water tends towards the moon, because there is no water in the moon, and nature abhors a vacuum. I forget where the sun joins in this fight."

Submitted by Kelly Dodson:

Young people of today are our future, but they don't have a clue do they?  It's a different world today.
     A college student at a recent football game challenged a senior citizen sitting next to him, saying it was impossible for their generation to understand his.
     "You grew up in a different world," the student said loud enough for the whole crowd to hear. "Today we have television, jet planes, space travel, man has walked on the moon, our spaceships have visited Mars, we even have nuclear energy, electric and hydrogen cars, computers with light-speed processing, and, ugh  ..."
     Taking advantage of a pause in the student's litany, the geezer said, "You are right. We didn't have those things when we were young; so we invented them, you little doofus!  Now what the heck are you doing for the next generation??"

Submitted by Chuck Kincade:

     When NASA was preparing for the Apollo Project, it took the astronauts to a Navajo reservation in Arizona for training. One day, a Navajo elder and his son came across the space crew walking among the rocks. The elder, who spoke only Navajo, asked a question. His son translated for the NASA people: "What are these guys in the big suits doing?"
     One of the astronauts said that they were practicing for a trip to the moon. When his son relayed this comment the Navajo elder got all excited and asked if it would be possible to give to the astronauts a sacred message to deliver to the moon.
     Recognizing a promotional opportunity when he saw one, a NASA official accompanying the astronauts said, "Why certainly!" and told an underling to get a tape recorder.
     The Navajo elder's comments into the microphone were brief.
     The NASA official asked the son if he would translate what his father had said.
     The son listened to the recording and laughed uproariously. But he refused to translate.
     So the NASA people took the tape to a nearby Navajo village and played it for other members of the tribe. They too laughed long and loudly but also refused to translate the elder's sacred message to the moon.
     Finally, an official government translator was summoned. After he finally stopped laughing the translator relayed the message: "Watch out for these pale faces. They have come to steal your land."

     The night of the moon landing, two blondes in Las Vegas were sitting on a bench talking...and one blonde says to the other, "Which do you think is farther away...Florida or the moon?"
     The other blonde turns and says "Hellooooooo, can you see Florida?"

     After the Americans went to the moon, the Soviets announced that they would be sending a man to the sun.
     The engineers objected. "If you send a man to the sun, he will burn up!"
     "What do you think I am, stupid?" he replied. "We'll send him at night!"

     Did you hear that in 1999, NASA wanted to study the effects of the moon on an aging individual, so they decided to resend Neil Armstrong.
     Unfortunately, they canceled this because they were afraid the first words from the moon in 30 years would be: "Houston? I have fallen, and I can't get up."

If any of these jokes offended you, I Apollo-gize.  Have a great week,
Thanks to Outlaw
Comments on the F-4 from an F-16 pilot
This sums up pretty well the feelings of those of us who flew the Phantom, Skip.  Like the F-16 driver says in this video, I've run into many Army and Marine vets with comments of how an F-4 saved their bacon at one time or another during the Vietnam War.  I loved flying the F-4 for nearly seventeen years and credit it for being able to limp back to the boat with the "spare" engine after taking a ground-to-air hit during a MiGCAP on the southwest side of Hanoi in '72.  It fodded the starboard engine and ripped into the superstructure on that side of the aircraft.  I shot a single engine, half flap approach to the Midway and the bird never flew again.  After stripping it for spares, it was craned ashore at Cubi Pt. and used for training the station's crash and salvage crew in the base's fire pit.  Bottom line: Thank God for two engines and Mr. McDonnell's design team for building a fast, reliable and sturdy warplane that always (or nearly always) got you home.  Outlaw out.
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July 20, 2017  Bear Taylor  
RIPPLE SALVO… #502… "THE GUTSY LITTLE A-4″… and a brilliant bit of airmanship… but first…
Good Morning: Day FIVE HUNDRED TWO of thinking about the great guys who carried the war to the heartland of North Vietnam, including Senator John McCain, who is back in the ring with another tough foe as of today…
20 JULY… HEAD LINES from The New York Times on a puffy cloud Thursday in New York…
VIETNAM: Page 1: "Rusk Says Foe In Vietnam Is Hurting Badly"... "…but cautioned that there was 'still a long, tough job ahead' before Hanoi would be willing to talk seriously about peace. At his first press conference in four months Mr. Rusk presented a generally encouraging picture on the course of the war in Vietnam and political developments in South Vietnam. He dismissed the suggestion that a statement was developing in the war, argued against any change in the current United States policy on negotiations and held out hope that a continuation of the present military pressure would eventually drive the enemy to a negotiated settlement... 'I don't see a stalemate there. I see military progress as well as economic and political progress.'
"Once again Mr. Rusk ruled out any cessation of the bombing of North Vietnam until Hanoi gave some indication of what it would do to scale down 'it's half of the war.' In the process Mr. Rusk gave impetus to a developing partisan debate by eight Republicans members of the House, led by Representative F. Edward Morse of Massachusetts for a "staged de-escalation' of the bombing. The Republican proposal called for the United States to take the initiative by halting all bombing north of the 21st parallel–a step that would exclude Hanoi but not Haiphong–for the 60 days. Then if North Vietnam responded with a step of its own to reduce the war, Washington would gradually extend the bombing ban southward.
"The Republicans argued that such an approach would not require Hanoi to take the first step of a simultaneous step, and thus North Vietnam would be given a 'face saving' way to seek a negotiated settlement. Mr. Rusk responded that Hanoi had been given repeated opportunities to explain what it would do if the bombing were suspended and had taken the position that only a permanently and unconditional cessation would be an acceptable precondition for negotiations
" 'We don't have to fish in the dark for this kind of thing or rely on hunches or speculation. We can ask Hanoi: If we stop bombing what will you do? Will you do A, B, or C? And if they come back and they say no, then we know what the answer is.' "…
Page 1: "New Navy Chief Among 82 Killed In Air Collision– John T. McNaughton Dies With Wife and Son In North Carolina Crash–79 Victims in Airliner–3 Dead in Small Plane, Which Tower Official Says Was 12 Miles Off-Course"..."A Boeing 727 airliner and a private airplane collided over western North Carolina today, killing 82 persons including the Secretary of the Navy designate John T. McNaughton, 45 years old. There were 75 passengers and four crew aboard the Piedmont airlines 727. the smaller craft carried two businessmen and a pilot…also killed was Sarah McNaughton, 46, and their young son Theodore, 11. The Piedmont had departed Asheville airport minutes before the mid-air collision. The McNaughtons were in Asheville to pick-up their son from a summer camp. The smaller aircraft, a Cessna 310 'struck the airliner nose-to-nose,' said a witness. The small plane exploded and went down immediately and the Piedmont attempted a recovery and tried to make it to make to Interstate 26, then it too exploded and went down. Debris field is in 2-miles northeast of Hendersonville en route to Roanoke."…
MIDEAST: Page 1: "Israelis Say Price For Withdrawal Is Peaceful Ties–Rafael Asserts Gromyko's Demands Would Lead to New Assault by Arabs"… "Israel declared today that normal relations with the Arab states was the price of withdrawal and disengagement of her occupation forces. 'In the view of the Government of Israel,' said Gideon Rafael, the Israelis delegate, in a letter to the President of the Security Council, 'an integral and inseparable link exists between the withdrawal and the establishment of normal, peaceful and good neighborly relations between the states in the region.' "….. Page 1: "Israelis Assembling Big Guns and Tanks on East Bank of Suez"…
SUMMER 1967: Page 1: "Riot Bill Voted By House–Fate In Senate Is In Doubt"... "…a bill to make it a Federal crime to use interstate facilities or to cross state lines to incite a riot the bill passed 340 to 70. Emanuel Cellar, Democrat and Chair of House Judiciary Committee, in dissent: 'I consider the bill to be a futile gesture, neither preventative nor curative…the basic disorder is the disenchantment of the Negro; his disenchantment as to promises made but not fulfilled, the dreary, slow pace by which he achieves equality, This bill will not allay his anger and frustration,' he said, with deep emotion. 'Instead it will arouse his anger and frustration more deeply. His leaders ask for better housing for their fellows. You offer them jails. His leaders ask for better facilities for education. You read them a riot act. They ask for a decent living. You feed them a drastic statute. They ask for more employment. You give jobs in prison garb. You cannot fight fire with fire. You can only fight fire with water. You can only fight the distress of the Negro with the lotion of human kindness, with constructive, not negative action."... Page 1: "Troopers Search Plainfield, N.J. Homes For Stolen Guns–But House-to-House Hunt is Ended After Negroes Complain of Damage–Some Weapons Found– Heavily Armed Troopers act Without Warrants Under Proclamation By Hughes"… '…despite the resentment of residents the city had a relatively quiet day…the search by 300 troopers and Guardsmen in a mile square area cordoned off West End was carried out by proclamation. The city was declared 'in a state of disaster and emergency 'giving the Governor the power to invoke extraordinary powers 'until such time it is declared by me that a state of emergency no longer exists.' "… Page 1:"The Strategy of Riot Control–The City of Newark Assesses Use Of Guns"... "Did city and state police and the New Jersey National Guard invoke excessive gunfire in quelling Newark's riots? Was there indiscriminate –even back lash– shooting by law enforcement officers? What strategy did they employ? Reason for inquiry: 26 deaths and 1,200 injured Blue Ribbon independent inquiry called by Governor Hughes."…
20 JULY 1967… OPERATION ROLLING THUNDER…New York Times (21 July reporting 20 July ops) Page 1: "Heavy air strikes continued on targets in North Vietnam as good weather held over the North. American pilots flew 142 missions striking three petroleum storage depots and an army supply depot….during the day eight MIG-17s attacked a flight of four F-4 Phantoms as they completed an attack on a target 20 miles north of Hanoi. Two of the Phantom pilots fired air-to-air missiles at the MIGs as they fled without firing a shot."
"Vietnam:  Air Losses" (Chris Hobson) There were four fixed wing aircraft lost in Southeast Asia on 20 July 1967…
(1) The 12th ACS and 315th ACW out of Bien Hoa lost a Ranch Hand defoliator aircraft on a spraying mission in South Vietnam killing the five airman aboard.
(2) VA-163 and Oriskany lost an A-4E on a strike near Haiphong and the pilot LT R.W. Kuhl ejected over the water and was rescued.
(2) An F-8E of VF-162 and Oriskany was lost on a partial power CAT shot. LT Jim Nunn settled into the water, ejected under water and was rescued with minor injuries.
(4) An A-4E of the VA-212 Rampant Raiders embarked in USS Bon Homme Richard piloted by COMMANDER FRED WHITTEMORE was hit a few miles from the target– the Myxa POL storage site 15 miles southwest of Haiphong. What followed is best described by Steve Gray… in RIPPLE SALVO…
RIPPLE SALVO… #502… "The Gutsy Little A-4 and the Wild Ride of XO Whittemore" (from "Rampant Raider" by Steve Gray)…
"July twentieth was a bad day for the XO Commander Fred Whittemore. First he was hit by antiaircraft artillery fire while on a strike to the Hi Dong area. The airplane was hit in the control package where the hydraulic boost was added to the cable-actuated flight control system. After the hit, Fred was dismayed to discover that the control stick was no longer connected to anything! It just flopped around loose in his hand. He was far out over the flat delta where ejection meant certain capture. The good news was that he still had rudder control and electrically operated pitch trim. Now, the A-4 was inherently aerodynamically unstable; it had to be  operated in the wide range of flight regimes its mission required. Continual small control inputs had to be made to keep the airplane in any attitude of flight. Without the control stick, the airplane soon began to roll and dive for the ground. The XO was determined not to eject over enemy territory, so he used rudder control to roll the airplane upright and used pitch trim to get the nose up. But doing this caused the airplane to pitch nose up and climb, losing airspeed. So he had to rudder roll inverted to get the nose down and then roll upright again. In this fashion, with a series of roller coaster vertical moves, the XO worked himself far enough out over the water to eject. He was rescued without injuries–further proof that if the engine was running, fire wasn't burning the pilot out of the cockpit, and any control remained to the pilot, the gutsy little A-4 could get its pilot out of harm's way."
Chris Hobson noted that the series of roller coaster maneuvers were flown between 2,000 and 6,000-feet ove the badlands of the Red River Delta and called the flight a "miracle." Brilliant airmanship is what it was…
RTR QUOTE for 20 July: "EMERSON: "Skill to do comes from doing."
Lest we forget…. and may God bless John McCain as he fights forward….    Bear
Item Number:1 Date: 07/20/2017 AZERBAIJAN - AZERI, TURKISH, TURKMEN FOREIGN MINISTERS BOLSTER TIES, PREPARE FOR SUMMIT (JUL 20/INT-AVN)  INTERFAX-MILITARY NEWS AGENCY -- The foreign ministers of Azerbaijan, Turkey and Turkmenistan have been meeting in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan, reports Interfax-AVN (Russia)   The ministers agreed that conflicts should be settled by honoring the territorial integrity and sovereignty of countries and expressed their intention to cooperate against terrorism and separatism, said a joint statement.   More cooperation is also needed to fight transnational organized crime, drug-trafficking, human-trafficking, theft of cultural and historic heritage, cyber crimes and illegal migration, the statement said.   The July 19 meeting was the fourth involving the foreign ministers of the three countries, noted the Trend News Agency (Azerbaijan).   The event also served to prepare for a summit of the three presidents of the nations before the end of the year, noted AzerNews.  
  Item Number:2 Date: 07/20/2017 CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC - TENS OF THOUSANDS FLEE RISING VIOLENCE (JUL 20/VOA)  VOICE OF AMERICA NEWS -- A spike in violence and human rights abuses in the Central African Republic has driven tens of thousands of people from their homes, according to U.N. agencies cited by the Voice of America News.   The violence in the C.A.R. is occurring on a scale not seen since 2014, according to the U.N. refugee agency.   More than 100,000 C.A.R. refugees were registered in the Democratic Republic of Congo by the end of June, said the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees.   DRC authorities have also registered more than 60,000 new arrivals in the North Ubangui and Bas-Uele regions since May, the UNHCR said.   The U.N. Children's Fund reported that children are increasingly being targeted by armed groups in the C.A.R. Children have been murdered, abducted, raped and recruited as soldiers, the agency said.   During the last several weeks, the UNHCR said this month, more than 6,000 from the C.A.R. had arrived in Cameroon and Chad, seeking to escape violent clashes, noted the U.N. News Service.  
 Item Number:3 Date: 07/20/2017 HUNGARY - BOMB THREAT LEADS TO DELAYS OF INTERNATIONAL TRAINS; NO EXPLOSIVES FOUND (JUL 20/BBJ)  BUDAPEST BUSINESS JOURNAL -- Hungarian police have confirmed that all international trains crossing Hungary have been stopped and searched following a bomb threat, reported the Budapest Business Journal.   "An unidentified male called to say that he had placed a bomb on an international train travelling through Hungary," said a police statement on Wednesday.   By afternoon, all 18 international trains had been halted and searched before being allowed to continue their journeys. No explosives were found. Check continued until midnight, said police cited by AFP.   Up to 20,000 travelers were affected by the delays, said the national railway station company
  Item Number:4 Date: 07/20/2017 IRAQ - DOMESTIC FORCES TAKE BACK VILLAGE SEIZED BY ISIS, FIND BODIES OF EXECUTED JOURNALISTS (JUL 20/XIN)  XINHUA -- Iraqi officials say its forces have regained control of a village in Salahudin province that was captured by Islamic State two weeks ago, reports Xinhua, China's state news agency.   Dozens of ISIS militants seized the village of Imam Gharbi earlier this month. The village is located between the Salahudin and Nineveh provinces.   A joint force made up of the Iraqi army, provincial police and an Iran-backed Shi'ite militia launched an operation early Thursday near the town of Shirqat, about 170 miles north of Baghdad, said a security official.   Backed by helicopter gunships, ground forces liberated the village and killed at least eight militants, the official said.   A search-and-clear operation has begun to find hidden militants and booby traps, he said.   The bodies of two Iraqi journalists, apparently executed by the terrorists, were also discovered, reported Kurdistan 24
Item Number:5 Date: 07/20/2017 KUWAIT - FOLLOWING CONVICTION OF TERRORIST CELL, GOVERNMENT EXPELS IRANIAN DIPLOMATS, CLOSES CULTURAL MISSION (JUL 20/KUNA)  KUWAITI NEWS AGENCY -- The Kuwaiti government is shutting down the Iranian cultural mission and reducing the number of Iranian diplomats, citing an espionage case, reports the state-run KUNA.   The agency said the move was linked to a 26-member "terrorist" cell that was broken up in 2015 with alleged links to Iran and Lebanon-based Hezbollah, said KUNA on Thursday.   In June, a Kuwaiti court commuted the sentence of the alleged ringleader of the cell from death to life imprisonment, reported Al Jazeera (Qatar). Twenty other members were sentenced to jail terms and two were acquitted.   Sixteen cell members are still wanted by police. Other members reportedly fled to Iran.   KUNA said the Iranian ambassador in Kuwait has been notified of the decision
Item Number:6 Date: 07/20/2017 NIGERIA - FOLLOWING ERUPTION OF INTER-COMMUNAL VIOLENCE, ACTING PRESIDENT SENDS MORE SECURITY PERSONNEL TO KADUNA (JUL 20/PS)  PULSE -- Nigerian troops and police have been ordered to the northern state of Kaduna following deadly communal clashes, reports the Pulse (Nigeria).   At least 36 people were killed and scores injured in fighting between Muslim herdsmen and Christian farmers in the Kajuru local government area from July 15 to 17. Such clashes have killed hundreds in the region in recent years, noted Reuters.   Security personnel will be deployed to Kaduna to reduce violence, a spokesman for acting President Yemi Osinbajo said on Wednesday.   The personnel will include troops and special police forces, with the number to be determined by the military and police authorities, the spokesman said.   President Muhammadu Buhari handed power to Osinbajo on May 7 when he traveled to the U.K. for unspecified medical treatment.  
  Item Number:7 Date: 07/20/2017 NIGERIA - SENIOR BOKO HARAM LEADER, 3 OTHERS SURRENDER (JUL 20/NANIGERIA)  NEWS AGENCY OF NIGERIA -- The Nigerian army says a high-ranking Boko Haram terrorist and three of his colleagues have surrendered to the military, reports the News Agency of Nigeria.   Konto Fanami and three other militants left their hideouts and turned themselves in to 120 Task Force Battalion at Goniri in the northern Borno state, the army said on Tuesday.   Fanami has been the leader of the of "Kafa hideout of the Boko Haram terrorists group that operates on Ajigin-Talala-Mungusum axis," said a service spokesman.   The militants said they abandoned Boko Haram because of the hardships and a realization that they had been misled by the group's leaders, he said
  Item Number:8 Date: 07/20/2017 NORTH KOREA - PYONGYANG SILENT ON S. KOREA'S TALKS OFFER; PREPARATIONS NOTED FOR ANOTHER POSSIBLE MISSILE TEST (JUL 20/YON)  YONHAP -- North Korea has yet to respond to a South Korean proposal for military talks, say officials in Seoul, as reported by South Korea's Yonhap news agency.   On Monday, the Defense Ministry in Seoul proposed a Friday bilateral meeting to be held at the truce village of Panmunjom to ease border tensions.   On Thursday, the ministry said the South would wait for a reply "until today." If the military talks go through, they would be the first in three years.   Meanwhile, U.S. and South Korean defense officials are keeping a close eye on developments in the North. U.S. defense officials told CNN Thursday that a North Korean submarine had been engaged in "unusual deployment activity" over the last two days. And Australian media has speculated that the North is on the brink of another ICBM launch
  Item Number:9 Date: 07/20/2017 PAKISTAN - 4 DAYS IN, OPERATION IN KHYBER ADVANCING 'AS PLANNED,' SAYS MILITARY (JUL 20/DAWN)  DAWN -- The Pakistani army said on Thursday that its operation in the northwestern Khyber Agency is progressing as planned, reports Dawn (Pakistan).   The army began Operation Khyber-4 on July 16 against militants in the Rajgal Valley area, close to the border with Afghanistan.   The army's official Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) said government troops have cleared 90 sq km (35 sq miles) "while advancing from multiple directions."   The military said a number of improvised explosive devices were defused. Terrorist hideouts were hit by air and artillery strikes, said a statement on Thursday.   At least 13 terrorists and one soldier have been killed and six other militants were "debilitated," said the ISPR.   The Khyber effort is part of the broader Operation Radd-ul-Fassad, a joint mission by the military and law enforcement against terrorist cells that began in February.  
  Item Number:10 Date: 07/20/2017 PERU - 19 COUNTRIES TAKE PART IN LATEST UNITAS EXERCISE (JUL 20/NNS)  NAVY NEWSSTAND -- Peru is hosting this year's multinational UNITAS exercise, reports the Navy NewsStand. The opening ceremony in Callao was held on July 17.   The 19-nation exercise, which runs through July 26, has two simultaneous components, UNITAS Pacific and UNITAS Amphibious.   UNITAS Pacific focuses on combined naval operations, including littoral warfare, anti-piracy, maritime interdiction, countering transnational organized crime, surface warfare, electronic warfare, communications and air and amphibious operations, said a Navy release on Tuesday.   UNITAS Amphibious is designed to improve interoperability and planning capabilities for amphibious, stability, humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations.   The participants are the United States, Peru, Brazil, Paraguay, Argentina, Australia, Chile, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Indonesia, Italy, Panama, Mexico, Spain, Canada and the United Kingdom.  
ATTLE ACROSS IDLIB PROVINCE (JUL 20/REU)  REUTERS -- Heavy fighting is ongoing between rival Islamist groups in northwestern Syria, say monitors, as reported by Reuters.   Tahrir al-Sham, which includes former Al-Qaida affiliate Nusra Front, attacked positions of Ahrar al-Sham late Tuesday in Idlib province, said the U.K.-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights on Wednesday.   Ahrar al-Sham is often described as a more moderate Islamist group that is allied with more mainstream rebel factions. It has blamed Tahrir al-Sham for starting the recent fighting.   By Wednesday, fighting had spread throughout the province, including the town of Saraqeb in the east, Dana and Sarmada in the northeast and Bab al-Hawa near the Turkish border, according to the observatory.   Several fighters and at least two civilians have been killed, said the monitoring group.   Idlib province is dominated by Islamist groups, with a small Free Syrian Army (FSA) presence. The FSA has been supported by Turkey and the U.S., among others. Ahrar al-Sham and Tahrir al-Sham also clashed earlier this year.  
Item Number:12 Date: 07/20/2017 TURKEY - AFTER DROPPING SOLE-SOURCE ARRANGEMENT, PROCUREMENT OFFICIALS OPEN COMPETITION FOR ALTAY TANK PROJECT (JUL 20/DN)  DEFENSE NEWS -- Officials from the Turkish Undersecreteriat for Defense Industries (SSM) have decided to issue a request for proposals (RFP) to three domestic armored vehicle companies for the production of the indigenously designed Altay main battle tank, reports Defense News.   Three firms will be invited to bid on the program, which has an estimated value of more than US$10 billion.   The private firms BMC, Otokar and FNSS received the RFPs, officials said.   In June, the SSM decided to end sole-source negotiations with Otokar for the Altay program. Otokar developed the tank and built prototypes.   The project calls for an initial batch of 250 tanks, with plans for a total of 1,000
Item Number:13 Date: 07/20/2017 TURKEY - DEPUTY PM CANIKLI BECOMES DEFENSE MINISTER, AS HIS PREDECESSOR IS NAMED DEPUTY PM (JUL 20/HUR)  HURRIYET -- Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim has announced a Cabinet reshuffle, including changing his defense minister, reports the Hurriyet Daily News (Istanbul).   Yildirim announced his new Cabinet after an unpublicized meeting with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.   Eleven ministers of 26 were replaced or swapped on Wednesday.   Nuretting Canikli, formerly a deputy prime minister, was appointed as the new defense minister.   He succeeds Fikri Isik, who was moved to a deputy prime minister post, noted Reuters.   Yildirim kept his foreign policy team in place.  
  Item Number:14 Date: 07/20/2017 TURKEY - PENTAGON BLASTS TURKISH STATE MEDIA REVELATIONS OF U.S. BASE LOCATIONS IN SYRIA (JUL 20/ANI)  ASIAN NEWS INTERNATIONAL -- An angered Pentagon called out the Turkish government after a state-run news agency released a list of classified U.S. military outposts in northern Syria, reported Asian News International (ANI).   The Anadolu Agency published an article on Tuesday with a map showing the location and breakdown of 10 U.S. bases in northern Syria. The article in the state agency also noted the possible locations of French special operations forces.   The Turkish report included details of the posts in the area controlled by what Ankara views as offshoots of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), a declared terror group.   "The release of sensitive military information exposes coalition forces to unnecessary risk and has the potential to disrupt ongoing operations to defeat [the Islamic State]," said a U.S. military spokesman on Wednesday.   U.S. "concerns" have been relayed to Ankara, he said.   By Wednesday afternoon, portions of the article appeared to have been removed, noted the Washington Post
  Item Number:15 Date: 07/20/2017 UKRAINE - ARMY TO RECEIVE MORE ARMORED VEHICLES, TANKS, SAYS PRESIDENT (JUL 20/UKROB)  UKROBORONPROM -- President Petro Poroshenko recently announced the procurement of additional armored vehicles for the Ukrainian army during a visit to the Lviv Armored Plant, reports Ukroboronprom, the Ukrainian defense holding company.   The factory will build 20 Dozor-B armored vehicles, modernized T-72 tanks and new armored recovery and repair vehicles based on the T-72, Poroshenko said on July 14.   Interfax-Ukraine noted that US$35.2 million has been allocated for the purchases.   The army has already received 130 upgraded T-72s, with plans calling for two tank groups each with 70 vehicles.   The government will allocate more than US$11.5 million for the purchase of the latest Oplot tanks, said Poroshenko
  Item Number:16 Date: 07/20/2017 USA - ARMY TESTS ROBOTIC REFUELING SYSTEM FOR CHOPPERS (JUL 20/ANS)  ARMY NEWS SERVICE -- The U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Research, Development and Engineering Center, Redstone Arsenal, Ala., has been working on an unmanned refueling system for helicopters, reports the Army News Service.   The limited initial capabilities demonstration resulted in a new science and technology effort dubbed the Autonomous and Robotic Remote Refueling Point (AR3P).   The goal is to enable manned Army helicopters to address current and emerging range and endurance requirements and refueling challenges on the modern non-contiguous battlefield, the service said on July 18.   Or, as Engadget puts it, the chopper can refuel at the robotic pump 24/7 without endangering other personnel.   The proposed system would use self-aligning robotics, articulated arms and sensors to support a quick hook-up, with the objective of reducing the amount of time the aircraft spends on the ground.   The unmanned system would also remove the necessity of having soldiers at the fueling station in locations that could put them at risk, the Army said.   The AR3P concept uses an isolated forward area refueling point (FARP) approach with an autonomous, unmanned refueling capability using existing technology.   The project is currently addressing technical risk in Phase 2 and working on a framework for future funding, officials said.   A potential Phase 3 includes aircraft modification and flight testing of a Mosquito test aircraft, while Phase 4 would feature a flight test of an AH-64 Apache helicopter at the Aviation Applied Technology Directorate at Fort Eustis, Va
Item Number:17 Date: 07/20/2017 USA - ESPER GETS NOD AS ARMY SECRETARY (JUL 20/CBS)  CBS NEWS -- President Trump is poised to nominate defense lobbyist Mark Esper as army secretary, says CBS News.   Esper is a defense lobbyist for Raytheon and has been the head of the company's government relations arm since 2010.   The pending nomination was first reported by the Washington Examiner on Wednesday.   Esper will be Trump's third person picked for the position. The first two dropped out over financial vetting issues and controversial comments on about federal attempts to protect gay people in workplaces
  Item Number:18 Date: 07/20/2017 USA - N. KOREAN MISSILES CAN REACH U.S., LACK GUIDANCE, CONTROL, SAYS VICE CHAIRMAN OF JCS (JUL 20/HILL)  THE HILL -- A top U.S. military officer says that North Korea's latest missile test shows it has the ability to hit the United States, albeit not with accuracy, reports the Hill (Washington, D.C.).   The trial on July 4 demonstrated that North Korea has the necessary range, but it does not have the technology to accurately and reliably aim its intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs), Air Force Gen. Paul Selva, the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, told the Senate Armed Services Committee on Tuesday.   However, went on the general, he is "not saying" that test "demonstrates that they have the capacity to strike the United States with any degree of accuracy or reasonable confidence of success," Selva said. "What the experts tell me is that North Koreans have yet to demonstrate the capacity to do the guidance and control that would be required."   Selva was testifying at a confirmation hearing to be reappointed to the vice chairmanship for another two-year term.   The general said he agreed with assessments that Pyongyang is "moving quickly to develop an intercontinental ballistic missile capability."  
  Item Number:19 Date: 07/20/2017 USA - SUPER GALAXY FLIGHTS FROM DOVER AFB SUSPENDED AFTER LANDING GEAR PROBLEMS IN SPAIN (JUL 20/MIL)  MILITARY.COM -- The U.S. Air Force said on Tuesday that it had frozen all C-5M Super Galaxy cargo aircraft operations at Dover Air Force Base, Del., after a pair of nose gear malfunctions in Europe, reports   Two C-5Ms have not been able to extend the nose gear "or retract to the fullest extent," said a spokesman for the Air Mobility Command.   Separate incidents involving C-5Ms based at Dover AFB occurred on May 22 and July 15 at Rota Naval Station in Spain. In these cases, "the nose landing gear could not extend all the way," the spokesman said.   The stand-down affects 18 C-5Ms, including 12 primary and six backup aircraft. Any deployed aircraft were ordered to hold in place.   The Air Force has a total of 38 C-5Ms in service, including three in the Reserve component. The grounding will force the Air Mobility Command to make adjustments
Item Number:20 Date: 07/20/2017 USA - TRUMP ENDS CIA COVERT PROGRAM, DATING TO 2013, TO SUPPORT ANTI-ASSAD REBELS IN SYRIA (JUL 20/WP)  WASHINGTON POST -- President Trump is ending a CIA covert operation to train and arm Syrian rebels fighting against the regime led by President Bashar Assad, say U.S. officials cited by the Washington Post.   The program was started by the Obama administration in 2013 in the hopes of pressing Assad into stepping down.   The decision was made almost a month ago, said officials, according to the report published Wednesday night. By that time, the arms flow had reportedly slowed considerably.   Russia has long sought an end to the program, noted CBS News. U.S. officials said the decision was part of an effort to improve ties with Moscow.   A separate program to army and train members of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), an alliance of Arab and Kurdish fighting groups in the country's north and eastern areas, will continue.

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