Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Fw: TheList 4507

The List 4507

To All,
I hope you all had a great weekend.
This Day In Naval History - July 24
1813- Sailing Master Elijah Mix attempts to blow up British warship Plantagenet with a torpedo near Cape Henry, Virginia.
1944 - Following 43 days of naval gunfire and air bombardment, Naval Task Force lands Marines on Tinian.
Today in History July 24
On their way to India, a group of Portuguese explorers sack the city-state of Kilwa.
Mary, Queen of Scots, is imprisoned and forced to abdicate her throne to her 1-year-old son James VI.
Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac establishes Fort Pontchartrain for France at present-day Detroit, Michigan.
Admiral George Rooke takes Gibraltar from the Spanish.
At Fort Ontario, Canada, Ottawa chief Pontiac and William Johnson sign a peace agreement.
Robespierre expels all Jacobins opposed to the principles of the French Revolution.
The first members of Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormons) arrive in Utah, settling in present-day Salt Lake City.
The eighth president of the United States, Martin Van Buren, dies at the age of 79.
African-American soldiers of the 25th Infantry Bicycle Corps arrive in St. Louis, Mo., after completing a 40-day bike ride from Missoula, Montana.
The U.S. government denounces Japanese actions in Indochina.
The Soviet city of Rostov is captured by German troops.
The U.S. Fifth Air Force relocates from Japan to Korea.
The Supreme Court rules that President Richard Nixon must surrender the Watergate tapes.
Submitted by John Hudson:

Thoughts on aging…
I thought growing old would take longer.
Growing old is hard work…The mind says "Yes" but, the body says "What the heck are you thinking?"
My bed is a magical place where I can suddenly remember everything I was supposed to do.
Remember, once you're over the hill you begin to pick up speed.

Submitted by Mark Logan:

More thoughts from Maxine…
My day starts backwards—I wake up tired and go to bed wide awake!
I finally figured out what I want to be when I get older…YOUNGER!!
The only thing preventing me from smashing my alarm every morning is the fact that it's my phone.
I read recipes the same way I read science fiction.  I get to the end and I think "Well, that's not going to happen."
My doctor told me to start killing people.  Well not in those exact words.  He said I had to reduce the stress in my life.  Same thing really!
The world would be a nicer place if everyone took a chill pill.  It would get even better if some of them choked on it.
Don't get all weird about getting older!  Our age is merely the number of years the world has been enjoying us!!
Old age is like flying on a plane through a storm.  Once you're aboard, there's nothing you can do.

Submitted by Tana Harvey:

More thoughts…
I don't need a personal trainer so much as I need someone to follow me around and slap unhealthy foods out of my hand.
Don't be afraid of growing older.  You still do stupid things…only slower.
Then there's that awkward moment when you're singing a song you used to sing a lot as a kid…and suddenly understand the lyrics.
My body is experiencing technical difficulties right now.
I think people my age are much older than me.
Calories are the little monsters that get together at night in your closet and sew your clothes tighter.  My closet is infested with the little demons.
The sad part about getting old is you stay young on the inside, but nobody can tell anymore.
I'm not old—I just need some WD-40.
The best thing about being older is that I did all my stupid stuff before the internet.
Just once I would like to read a medication label that says:  "WARNING May cause permanent weight loss, remove wrinkles, and increase energy."
Nothing makes me feel so old as having to scroll down to find my year of birth.
Now that I'm old, I don't sit around knitting.  I click my Life Alert button to see how many hot firefighters show up!

Submitted by Don Mills:

Even more thoughts…
You know that tingly little feeling you get when you really like someone? That's common sense leaving your body.
I didn't make it to the gym today. That makes five years in a row.
I decided to change calling the bathroom the John and renamed it the Jim. I feel so much better saying I went to the Jim this morning.
Last year I joined a support group for procrastinators. We haven't met yet!
I don't need anger management. I need people to stop irritating me!
Old age is coming at a really bad time!
When I was a child I thought nap time was a punishment... now, as a grown up, it just feels like a small vacation!
The biggest lie I tell myself is..."I don't need to write that down, I'll remember it."
My people skills are just fine. It's my tolerance to idiots that needs work.
I'm going to retire and live off of my savings. Not sure what I'll do that second week.
Why do I have to press one for English when you're just gonna transfer me to someone I can't understand anyway?
Of course I talk to myself, sometimes I need expert advice.

Submitted by Al Schlegel:

     A doctor that had been seeing a 72-year-old woman for most of her life finally retired.  At her next checkup, the new doctor told her to bring a list of all the medicines that had been prescribed for her.  As the doctor was looking through these his eyes grew wide as he realized she had a prescription for birth control pills. 
     "Mrs. Krause, do you realize these are birth control pills?" 
     "Yes, they help me sleep at night." 
     "Mrs. Krause, I assure you there is absolutely nothing in these that could possibly help you sleep!"   
     She reached out and patted the young doctor's knee and said, "Yes, dear, I know that.  But every morning, I grind one up and mix it in the glass of orange juice that my 16-year-old granddaughter drinks.  And believe me it definitely helps me sleep at night." 
     You gotta love grandmas!

Submitted by Dave Harris:

Things I've learned as a senior…
My goal for 2017 was to lose just 10 pounds … only 15 to go.
How to prepare Tofu:
Throw it in the trash.
Grill some Meat.
I just did a week's worth of cardio after walking into a spider web.
I don't mean to brag but … I finished my 14-day diet food in 3 hours and 20 minutes.
A recent study has found women who carry a little extra weight live longer than men who mention it.
Kids today don't know how easy they have it ... when I was young, I had to walk 9 feet through shag carpet to change the TV channel.
Senility has been a smooth transition for me.
Remember back when we were kids and every time it was below zero out they closed school? Me neither.
I may not be that funny or athletic or good looking or smart or talented.  I forgot where I was going with this.
I love being 72…I learn something new every day…and forget five others.
A thief broke into my house last night … He started searching for money … so I woke up and searched with him.
I think I'll just put an "Out of Order" sticker on my forehead and call it a day.
When Daylight Savings Time starts...I set your bathroom scales back 10 pounds.

Happy birthday Patty!!!
Thanks to Carl
Watch: Take a Ride Down Low with the 'Pukin Dogs' of VFA-143

Enjoy a ride on-board with F-18 Hornet pilots from the 'Pukin Dogs' of VFA-143 somewhere over the Pacific Northwest.
Thanks to Rob 
Years ago, a young Navy Pilot was injured while ejecting from his A-4 Skyhawk due to engine failure during a cat shot from the carrier, but due to the heroics of rescue helicopter crew and the ship's hospital staff, the only permanent injury was the loss of one ear.  Since he wasn't physically impaired, he remained on flight status and eventually became an Admiral. 
However, during his career he was always very sensitive about his appearance and could anger quickly if he felt someone was making fun of his lack of one ear. 
One day the Admiral was interviewing two Navy Master Chiefs and a Marine Sergeant Major for his personal staff.  The first Master Chief was a Surface Navy type and it was a great interview.  At the end of the interview the Admiral asked him, "Do you notice anything different about me?"  The Master Chief answered, "Why, yes, Admiral. I couldn't help but notice that you are missing your starboard ear, so I don't know whether this impacts your hearing on that side." 
The Admiral got very angry at this lack of tact and threw him out of his office. 
The next candidate, an Aviation Master Chief, when asked this same question, answered, "Well yes, Sir, you seem to be short one ear." The Admiral threw him out as well. 
The third interview was with the Marine Sergeant Major. He was articulate, extremely sharp, and seemed to know more than the two Master Chiefs put together.  The Admiral wanted this guy, but went ahead with the same question.  "Do you notice anything different about me?" 
To his surprise, the Sergeant Major said, "Yes Sir. You wear contact lenses."
The Admiral was impressed and thought to himself, what an incredibly tactful Marine. "And how would you know that?" the Admiral asked. 
The Sergeant Major replied: "Well, sir, it's pretty hard to wear glasses with only one f*&kin' ear.
Thanks to Robert
A new car -- Ahhhh - German engineering!
This is hilarious!!
This is not an ad before the video - it is the video.
Thanks to Mike
Ya Might Be A Redneck Pilot If:
1. Your stall warning plays DIXIE.
2. Your cross-country flight plan uses flea markets as checkpoints.
3. You think sectionals should show trailer parks.
4. You've ever used moonshine as AV-Gas.
6. Your toothpick keeps poking your mike.
7. You've ever taxied around the airport just drinking beer.
8. You wouldn't be caught dead in a Grumman Yankee.
9. You use an old sweet mix sack as a windsock.
10. You constantly confuse "Beechcraft" with "Beechnut."
11. You've never flown a nose-wheel airplane.
12. You refer to formation flying as "We got us a convoy."
13. Your matched set of lightweight flying luggage is 3 grocery bags from Piggly Wiggly.
14. You have a gun rack in the rear window.
15. You have more than one roll of duct tape holding your cowling on.
16. You figure mud and manure in your weight and balance calculations.
17. You siphon gas from your tractor to go flying.
18. You've never landed at an actual airport even though you've been flying for over 20-years.
19. You've ever ground looped to avoid hitting a cow.
20. You consider anything over 500-ft AGL as High Altitude Flying.
21. There are parts on your aircraft labeled "John Deere."
22. You don't own a current sectional, but have all the Texaco road maps for your area.
Thanks to Eagle
Not completely accurate.  Photo apparently not Card, but on google the story holds.
I never heard about this.
Item Number:1 Date: 07/24/2017 AFGHANISTAN - TALIBAN SUICIDE BOMBER KILLS UP TO 3 DOZEN IN KABUL (JUL 24/NYT)  NEW YORK TIMES -- The Taliban has claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing in Kabul that killed about two dozen people on Monday, reports the New York Times.   The blast hit an area in the capital's west. An Interior Ministry spokesman said that at least 24 had been killed, and more than 40 wounded.   The death toll was likely to rise, said the spokesman. Reuters subsequently cited an official who put the number killed at at least 35   The explosion hit a bus carrying civilian employees of the Ministry of Mines and Petroleum, the spokesman said.   The Taliban said it was behind the attack and that it had targeted buses belonging to the National Directorate of Security, Afghanistan's main intelligence agency.   A senior government official said that the agency did not use buses to transport staff and that most of the victims were civilians.  
  Item Number:2 Date: 07/24/2017 AFGHANISTAN - TALIBAN TAKES DISTRICTS IN NORTH, WEST (JUL 24/S&S)  STARS AND STRIPES -- Taliban insurgents gained control of districts in Afghanistan's north and west over the weekend, reports the Stars and Stripes, citing government officials.   On Sunday, the Taliban overran Kohistan district in northern Faryab province after storming the district government headquarters, said a provincial police spokesman.   Hours later, Taliban fighters seized control of Taywara district in Afghanistan's western Ghor province, launching four attacks against that district headquarters.   The attacks were part of its efforts to step up activity in the second half of 2017, said a Taliban spokesman.   Additional government forces were being sent to the two districts. The government should regain control in four or five days, said a Defense Ministry spokesman.  
  Item Number:3 Date: 07/24/2017 CHINA - MILITARY IS LOOKING TO RECRUIT COLLEGE STUDENTS (JUL 24/XIN)  XINHUA -- The Chinese military wants to recruit more college students this year, according to the latest recruitment plan, as cited Xinhua, China's state news agency.   Officials said recruiters should supervise and guide college students through the process, including registration, pre-recruitment requirements and preferential recruitment conditions.   In addition, the armed forces should also improve their quantified assessment in recruitment methods to ensure the highest quality of recruits, said the officials over a teleconference on July 21.   Moreover, the officials said, the armed services should prioritize young people who have performed well in disaster relief and those related to soldiers who have died on active duty.   This year's recruitment period runs from Aug. 1 to Sept. 30.  
  Item Number:4 Date: 07/24/2017 CHINA - STANDOFF CONTINUES BETWEEN INDIAN, CHINESE FORCES IN TIBET (JUL 24/SIFY)  SIFY NEWS -- The Chinese government has threatened India over its ability to defend its territory in a disputed area, reported Sify News (India).   Chinese troops began building a road on the remote Doklam plateau in the Himalayas more than a month ago. Indian troops were deployed to halt the work, noted Agence France-Presse.   The area is in the southernmost part of Tibet.   About 300 troops from both sides have been deployed about 150 yards across from each other on the plateau, said Indian officials cited by Al Jazeera.   On Monday, Beijing accused the Indian troops of violating its territory and demanded a withdrawal. Beijing said it would defend its sovereignty.   "Border troops have taken emergency response measures in the area and will further step up deployment and trainings in response to the situation," said a Chinese Defense Ministry spokesman.   "Here is a wish to remind India, do not push your luck and cling to any fantasies," the spokesman said.  
  Item Number:5 Date: 07/24/2017 CHINA - WITH U.S. 'CLOSELY TRACKING,' CHINESE, RUSSIAN SHIPS TRAIN TOGETHER IN BALTIC (JUL 24/PDO)  PEOPLES DAILY ONLINE -- On Friday, a Chinese naval task force arrived in Kaliningrad, the Russian exclave on the Baltic Sea, for a week of joint exercises, reports the People's Daily Online (China).   The Joint Sea exercise, which began on July 21 and runs through July 28, is focused on search-and-rescue, air defense, underway replenishment operations and interoperability.   The U.S. European Command acknowledged that the exercise was being "closely tracked," as quoted by the Daily Telegraph (U.K.).   A Beijing-based naval expert told the state-run Global Times that by China's sending "its most advanced guided-missile destroyers, China is expressing its sincerity to Russia and also sends a strong signal to other countries who plan to provoke us."   The Chinese flotilla consists of a destroyer, frigate and supply ship, along with shipborne helicopters and marines, reported Xinhua, China's state news agency.   The Russian contingent includes a frigate, fixed-wing aircraft, helicopters and marines
Item Number:6 Date: 07/24/2017 DEM REP OF CONGO - MONUSCO TO CLOSE 5 BASES, CONDUCT LONGER PATROLS IN NORTH KIVU (JUL 24/DEWELLE)  DEUTSCHE WELLE -- The U.N. peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (MONUSCO) plans to shutter five of its bases in the restive North Kivu province by the end of the month, a mission official told Deutsche Welle recently.   The base closures are a result of a new U.N. Security Council resolution reducing the size of the peacekeeping force from 19,815 to 16,215, said a spokesman for MONUSCO in an interview.   "The area where the permanent bases are being closed will be covered by temporary deployment," he said. "MONUSCO will also have longer patrols and use helicopters to deploy quicker than previously."   Fighting in North Kivu is primarily about land disputes and rarely involves armed rebel groups, the spokesman said.   Meanwhile, some experts say that there has not been a real investigation into the violence in North Kivu and surrounding areas.   The mission was downsized following budget cuts affected in part by U.S. pressure, noted Deutsche Welle.  
 Item Number:7 Date: 07/24/2017 IRAN - IRAQI DEFENSE MINISTER SIGNS MILITARY COOPERATION ACCORD IN TEHRAN (JUL 24/MEM)  MIDDLE EAST MONITOR -- Top defense officials from Iran and Iraq have signed a military cooperation agreement aimed at countering "terrorism and extremism," reports the Middle East Monitor, citing Iranian state media.   Iranian Defense Minister Hossein Dehghan and his Iraqi counterpart Erfan al-Hiyali met on Sunday in Tehran, reported Iran's state-run Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA).   The two neighbors fought a bloody war between 1980 and 1988. But since Shi'ite Muslims took power in Baghdad, Iraq has been closer with predominately Shi'ite Iran, noted Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.   The memorandum of understanding signed over the weekend covers border security, logistics and training, noted IRNA.   The agreement also calls for joint military exercises, reported Rudaw (Iraqi Kurdistan).  
  Item Number:8 Date: 07/24/2017 IRAQ - BAGHDAD STRIKES DEAL FOR 'LARGE BATCH' OF T-90 TANKS FROM RUSSIA (JUL 24/SPUTNIK)  SPUTNIK -- The Iraqi government has made a deal with Moscow for modernized T-90MS main battle tanks, according to a Russian presidential aide, cited by the Sputnik news agency (Russia).   He called it a "significant contract for a large batch." He said he could not "name its exact worth but the [number of tanks] is large," Vladimir Kozhin told the Izvestia newspaper.   The Uralvagonzavod defense firm previously indicated that an initial batch of 73 tanks would be delivered to Iraq in 2017.   The deal could comprise several hundred T-90 tanks, according to one Russian expert.   The sale could be worth more than US$1 billion, reported Iraqi News.  
Item Number:9 Date: 07/24/2017 ISRAEL - FOLLOWING CROSS-BORDER ROCKET FIRE, IDF TANKS HITS HAMAS POST IN GAZA (JUL 24/AFP)  AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE -- The Israeli military says it has hit a Hamas position in the Gaza Strip in retaliation for a missile attack from that Palestinian enclave, reports Agence France-Presse.   An IDF tank hit a Hamas post in the southern Gaza Strip early Monday, said an army statement.   A Hamas source told AFP that five strikes hit a Hamas observation post near Khan Yunis. Separate strikes hit farming land in central Gaza. No injuries were reported in either strike.   The IDF said it retaliated after a projectile was fired from the Gaza Strip and hit an open area inside Israel without causing any injuries.   Israel holds Hamas responsible for all rocket fire from the Gaza Strip
Item Number:10 Date: 07/24/2017 ISRAEL - GERMANY DELAYS SIGNING OF SUB DEAL DUE TO ISRAELI CORRUPTION INVESTIGATION (JUL 24/JP)  JERUSALEM POST -- The German government has delayed the signing of an agreement with Israel for conventional submarines in the wake of the arrest of several senior Israeli officials in a corruption probe, reports the Jerusalem Post.   This month's signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on the sale of three submarines between Germany and Israel has been postponed, said a senior Israeli diplomatic official.   This does not represent a cancellation of the planned 1.5 billion euro (US$1.7 billion) deal, which was approved by the German National Security Council in June, as reported by Der Spiegel at the time.   Ynet News (Israel) reported that the director-general of the Israeli Defense Ministry, Udi Adam, flew to Germany to prevent a cancellation.   The contract reportedly includes a clause that gives Berlin the right to cancel the sale if any improprieties or criminal offenses are proven as a result of the current police investigation.   The three new Dolphin-class submarines would replace Israel's first three subs of the same class in a decade or so, officials said.  
 Item Number:11 Date: 07/24/2017 JORDAN - DEATHS AT ISRAEL'S EMBASSY IN AMMAN PROMPT DIPLOMATIC STANDOFF (JUL 24/BBC)  BRITISH BROADCASTING CORP. -- Israel and Jordan are in the midst of a diplomatic standoff after an Israeli diplomatic security agent shor and killed a Jordanian attacker, reports the BBC.   A second Jordanian was hit by gunfire and later died. Israel says he was shot inadvertently.   On Sunday, a Jordanian carpenter came to a residential building in the heavily fortified Israeli Embassy in Amman to replace furniture, reported the Daily Telegraph (U.K.).   He attacked the Israeli guard with a screwdriver and was shot and killed, said the Israeli Foreign Ministry. The second Jordanian shot was the landlord.   The security guard was wounded and apparently returned to the embassy compound after receiving treatment, reported the BBC.   Jordanian police are demanding that the security guard be interrogated over the incident. Israel's Foreign Ministry has said he has diplomatic immunity and cannot be arrested or questioned.   Some accounts report that Jordan is not allowing the guard to leave the country and claims that Israel has confined its staff to the compounds.  
  Item Number:12 Date: 07/24/2017 LEBANON - HEZBOLLAH PUNISHES JIHADISTS NEAR BORDER WITH SYRIA (JUL 24/REU)  REUTERS -- The Syrian army and Hezbollah militants have taken control of a strategic valley along the Syria-Lebanon border, reports Reuters.   On Friday, the Syrian army and its Lebanon-based Hezbollah allies launched an offensive. The operation was aimed at former Al-Qaida affiliate Nursa Front in the Wadi al-Kheil valley in Juroud Arsal, a mountainous border area between Syria and Lebanon, noted the New York Times. The area has been used a base by various Islamists in recent years.   Hezbollah announced on Monday that it had seized the valley and claimed that its battle against Nusra Front was almost over.   "The biggest part of the operation has finished, practically speaking, with the seizing of Wadi al-Kheil. Now it's a question of flushing out and searches - then preparation for the fight against [the Islamic State]," said a Hezbollah security source.   The operation has left 19 Hezbollah fighters and more than 130 militants dead, said the source.  
Item Number:13 Date: 07/24/2017 MALI - MACINA LIBERATION FRONT LOGISTICS HEAD HAS BEEN IN CUSTODY SINCE JULY 8, SAYS SECURITY MINISTER (JUL 24/REU)  REUTERS -- Malian and French forces have been holding a key Islamist in the Timbuktu region who was arrested earlier this month, says Mali's security minister, as reported by Reuters.   Alhousseyni Ag Assaleh, the logistics chief of the Macina Liberation Front, was arrested on July 8 during a joint operation, said Gen. Salif Traore.   The arrest has been kept secret as part of ongoing efforts to capture others linked to Assaleh, the minister said on Sunday.   The Macina Liberation Front is based in Mali's Mopti region. It is led by cleric Amadou Koufa. The preacher has urged his followers to take arms and rebuild the historic Fulani empire, noted Iran's Press TV. Assaleh is considered a close associate of Koufa.   France has deployed 4,000 troops as part of Operation Barkhane, a counter-terror operation in Africa's Sahel region.  
  Item Number:14 Date: 07/24/2017 RUSSIA - KREMLIN MOVES FORWARD ON DESIGN FOR NEW LONG-RANGE BOMBER (JUL 24/INT-AVN)  INTERFAX-MILITARY NEWS AGENCY -- The United Aircraft Corp. (UAC) holding company and the Russian Defense Ministry have agreed on the conceptual design for a proposed new long-range bomber, reports Interfax-AVN.   "We have defended the schematic and technical design and are now starting research and development efforts," UAC President Yury Slyusar told Interfax on Friday.   He emphasized the need to synchronize work on the new airframe, systems and engine. The UAC project seeks a low radar cross-section, improved aerodynamics and enhanced combat capabilities.   The Prospective Airborne Complex of Long-Range Aviation (PAK-DA) program is expected to follow the production of upgraded Tu-160 bombers.   The ministry plans for a first flight of the PAK-DA in 2025 or 2026, with full-rate production to start in 2028-2029.  
Item Number:15 Date: 07/24/2017 SYRIA - CEASE-FIRE NAMED EAST OF DAMASCUS; AFTER DAY, AIRSTRIKES HIT REBEL-HELD TOWNS (JUL 24/ALJAZ)  AL JAZEERA -- A cease-fire announced over the weekend in Eastern Ghouta by Russia and the Syrian government apparently ended after 24 hours, says a monitoring group cited by Al Jazeera (Qatar).   A "de-escalation agreement," mediated by Egypt, was signed after talks in Cairo between the Russian military and rebels, said the Kremlin on Saturday.   The cease-fire was supposed to allow food and humanitarian aid to be delivered and the evacuation of the sick and wounded, said the Russian Defense Ministry.   The Syrian army also announced an end to fighting in parts of the region. Eastern Ghouta is one of four safe zones agreed upon by Russia, Iran and Turkey earlier this year, reported the Voice of America News.   The area is east of the capital, Damascus. It was relatively calm after the cease-fire, according to the U.K.-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. However, on Sunday, six airstrikes hit the towns of Douma and Ain Terma in rebel-held Eastern Ghouta, said the monitoring group.   The Syrian army said that the Jaish al-Islam rebel group had broken the agreement first
  Item Number:16 Date: 07/24/2017 SYRIA - JIHADISTS FROM TAHRIR AL-SHAM CEMENT HOLDINGS IN IDLIB PROVINCE (JUL 24/ALJAZ)  AL JAZEERA -- An Islamist alliance in northwestern Syrian has ousted its rivals in Idlib province after heavy fighting last week, reports Al Jazeera (Qatar).   There was heavy fighting for days last week between Tahrir al-Sham, which includes former Al-Qaida-affiliate Nusra Front (later renamed Jabhat Fatah al-Sham), and Ahrar al-Sham, a rebel group with a foothold across Syria.   The groups agreed to a cease-fire on Friday. At least 92 people were killed, according to the U.K.-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.   Under the deal, Ahrar al-Sham withdrew from Idlib city on Sunday and headed to the south of the province.   That rebel group also pulled out of the Bab al-Hawa crossing with Turkey. Tahrir al-Sham then ousted Ahrar al-Sham fighters from the Kherbet al Jouz crossing on Sunday, reported Reuters
Item Number:17 Date: 07/24/2017 USA - CHINESE, U.S. NAVAL LEADERS DISCUSS N. KOREA, STEER CLEAR OF FREEDOM OF NAVIGATION, S. CHINA SEA (JUL 24/USNIN)  USNI NEWS -- The head of the U.S. and Chinese navies recently held an hour-long video teleconference that covered future naval engagements and North Korea among other issues, reports USNI News.   Some hot-button issues were not discussed, according to the news website.   The talks between Chief of Naval Operations Adm. John Richardson and Chinese Vice Adm. Shen Jinlong on July 20 did not delve into territorial disputes in the South China Sea or U.S. freedom of navigation operations in those waters.   During the call, Richardson did emphasize the importance of regional maritime security and the need for both countries to work together to address North Korea's "provocative and unacceptable military behavior," said a U.S. Navy statement.   This was the first time that Richardson had spoken with Shen since he assumed the top navy post in January.  
  Item Number:18 Date: 07/24/2017 USA - EARLY FINDINGS POINT TO NAVAL CREW ERRORS IN JUNE DESTROYER COLLISION (JUL 24/CNN)  CABLE NEWS NETWORK -- The preliminary results of an investigation into last month's collision of a U.S. Navy destroyer and Philippine cargo ship off the coast of Japan suggest multiple errors by the American crew caused the accident, reports CNN, citing unnamed defense officials.   The June 17 collision between USS Fitzgerald and the ACX Crystal led to the deaths of seven U.S. sailors. The accident took place 56 nm off the coast of Honshu, Japan, in an area with heavy commercial shipping traffic.   "They did nothing until the last second," said one official. "A slew of things went wrong."   The initial probe determined that the crew of the destroyer failed to understand and acknowledge that the cargo ship was approaching and failed to take any action needed to avoid the collision.   It was also unclear if the crew ever called the commanding officer to come to the bridge, the officials said.   Investigators are still examining the possibility that the destroyer was traveling at a higher speed than expected to reach a location it was scheduled to arrive at the next day.   These preliminary findings will be reviewed by 7th Fleet Commander Vice Adm. Joseph Aucoin.   The ongoing investigation seeks to find facts and address the accountability of sailors. The U.S. Coast Guard and Japanese naval and maritime authorities are conducting their own investigations
  Item Number:19 Date: 07/24/2017 USA - FORT POLK'S 10TH MOUNTAIN BRIGADE BOUND FOR IRAQ WITHIN MONTHS (JUL 24/ANS)  ARMY NEWS SERVICE -- The U.S. Army has announced that the 3rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division (Light Infantry), based at Fort Polk, La., will deploy to Iraq in the fall.   The 2,100-strong unit will replace the 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, as part of a regular rotation of force to Operation Inherent Resolve, said an Army release on July 20.   The unit is the first of brigade size to deploy under the Associated Units Pilot Program.   As part of the Army Total Force concept, 3rd IBCT has served with the 36th Infantry Division, Texas Army National Guard, since March 2016 as part of efforts to better integrate active and reserve components
  Item Number:20 Date: 07/24/2017 USA - NAVY COMMISSIONS $13 BILLION CARRIER, GERALD R. FORD (JUL 24/DOD)  DEPT. OF DEFENSE -- The U.S. Navy has just commissioned the first ship in a new class of advanced aircraft carriers, reports the Dept. of Defense.   The Gerald R. Ford (CVN 78) officially joined the service during a July 22 ceremony at Naval Station Norfolk. Va.   The class is the first new aircraft carrier design to enter service in more than 40 years and will gradually replace aging Nimitz-class carriers, the Navy said.   The carrier's construction, development and testing took eight years and cost $13 billion, noted CNN.   The carrier is named after the 38th president of the United States. Gerald Ford served in the Navy during World War II, attaining the rank of lieutenant commander. He remained in the Naval Reserve until 1963.   The new class features advanced technology, including a new nuclear reactor plant, propulsion system, electric plant, the Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System (EMALS), Advanced Arresting Gear (AAG), machinery control, Dual-Band Radar and integrated warfare systems.

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