Tuesday, July 25, 2017

The List 4508

The List 4508

I hope your week has started well.
To All,
This Day In Naval History - July 25
1779 - Amphibious expedition against British in Penobscot Bay, ME
1863 - U.S. Squadron bombards Fort Wagner, NC
1866 - Rank of Admiral created. David G. Farragut is appointed the first Admiral in the U.S. Navy
1898 - Landing party from armed yacht Gloucester occupies Guanica, Puerto Rico.
1912 - First specifications for naval aircraft published.
1934 - First President to visit Hawaii, Franklin D. Roosevelt, reaches Hilo on board USS Houston
1941 - Bureau of Ordnance issues first Navy "E"certificates (for
excellence) for industry.
1943 - Launching of USS Harmon (DE-72), first ship named for African-American.
1990 - USS Cimarron rescues 25 refugees adrift southeast of Subic Bay, Philippines.
Today in History July 25

Emperor Constantine refuses to carry out traditional pagan sacrifices.

Charles VI of France issues a decree for the general expulsion of Jews from France.

Maximilian II becomes emperor of the Holy Roman Empire.

Hideyoshi bans Christianity in Japan and orders all Christians to leave.

British forces defeat a French army at Fort Niagara in Canada.

On his way back from Syria, Napoleon Bonaparte defeats the Ottomans at Aboukir, Egypt.

British and American forces fight each other to a standoff at Lundy's Lane, Canada.

China grants Belgium equal trading rights with Britain, France and the United States.

President Andrew Johnson signs an act creating the territory of Wyoming.

Gold is discovered in the Rogue River in Oregon, extending the quest for gold up the Pacific coast.

The Crittenden Resolution, calling for the American Civil War to be fought to preserve the Union and not for slavery, is passed by Congress.

Japanese forces sink the British steamer Kowshing which was bringing Chinese reinforcements to Korea.

French aviator Louis Bleriot becomes the first man to fly across the English Channel in an airplane.

Russia declares that it will act to protect Serbian sovereignty.

Greece announces the deportation of 50,000 Armenians.

Austrian chancellor Engelbert Dollfuss is shot and killed by Nazis.

The U.S. government freezes Japanese and Chinese assets.

Italian Fascist dictator Benito Mussolini is overthrown in a coup.

Allied forces begin the breakthrough of German lines in Normandy.

The first test-tube baby, Louise Brown, is born in Oldham, England.

Svetlana Savitskaya becomes first woman to perform a space walk.
Thanks to Carl
(Bet you have never heard of this Vietnam hero!  Now this is the way USN ships should be named!!)
The List 4508

In the history of the U.S. Navy only seven men have earned all of the "Big Three" valor awards: Medal of Honor, Navy Cross and Silver Star Medal. Six were World War II officers, including one aviator and four submarine commanders. The seventh was enlisted sailor James Elliott "Willy" Williams in Vietnam.
In 1947, Williams, a 16-year-old from Fort Mill, South Carolina, enlisted in the Navy with a fraudulent birth certificate. His first 19 years in the Navy included service aboard the destroyer USS Douglas H. Fox during the Korean War and tours on a variety of naval vessels from 1953 to 1965.
In May 1966 Boatswain's Mate 1st Class Williams was assigned to River Squadron 5 in South Vietnam to command Patrol Boat, River 105. The approximately 30-foot fiberglass boat usually carried a four-man crew who patrolled inland waterways to prevent the Viet Cong from using them to transport troops and supplies.
On July 1 Williams led a patrol that came under fire from a Viet Cong sampan. His deft maneuvers and accurate fire killed five VC and resulted in capture of the enemy boat, earning Williams a Bronze Star Medal with a "V" for valor. Twenty-two days later the capture of another sampan brought Williams a second Bronze Star for valor. Less than a month later, he received a Silver Star and his first Purple Heart.
On Halloween, Oct. 31, 1966, Williams was commanding a two-boat patrol on the Mekong River when he was fired on by two sampans. He and his crew killed the occupants of one and then went after the other. That pursuit put the Navy boats into a VC staging area containing two junks and eight sampans, supported by machine guns on the river banks. Williams called for helicopter gunship support while holding the enemy at bay. During this movement he discovered an even larger force. Not waiting for the armed helicopters, Williams attacked. Maneuvering through devastating fire from enemy boats and the shore, his two-boat patrol fought a three-hour battle that destroyed or damaged 65 VC boats and eliminated some 1,200 Communist troops. For his actions, Williams was nominated for the Medal of Honor.
On Jan. 9, 1967, the Navy dredge Jamaica Bay was blown up by mines in the Mekong Delta, and PBR-105 arrived to pick up seven of the survivors. Another man was trapped in the rapidly sinking dredge. Williams dove into the water and, with a rope attached to a nearby tug, pulled clear an obstruction, then swam through a hatch to recover the sailor.
Six days later Williams was wounded while leading a three-boat patrol that interdicted a crossing attempt by three VC heavy-weapons companies of 400 fighters. He and his boats accounted for 16 VC killed, 20 wounded and the destruction of nine sampans and junks. Williams was awarded the Navy Cross.
When Williams returned home in spring 1967, he had a list of awards unmatched by any enlisted man in Navy history. He retired after 20 years of service and began a career in the U.S. Marshals Service.
On May 14, 1968, President Lyndon B. Johnson presented Williams with the Medal of Honor. For his lifesaving actions at the sinking Jamaica Bay, he was awarded the Navy and Marine Corps Medal, often called "the noncombat medal of honor."
During his last seven months in the Navy, Williams received every sea-service award for heroism including the Legion of Merit with "V," two Navy Commendation Medals for valor and three Purple Hearts.
Williams died on Oct. 13, 1999, and in 2003 his widow, Elaine, watched the launching of the Arleigh Burke class destroyer, USS James E. Williams.
Doug Sterner, an Army veteran who served two tours in Vietnam, is curator of the world's largest database of U.S. military valor awards.
Published in the August 2017 issue of Vietnam magazine.
A7E video
Here is a LTV video on the A7D/E that will bring back memories for those who flew the SLUF
Thanks to Bill
One Liners
            "Instead of getting married again, I'm going to find a woman I don't like and just give her a house." - Lewis Grizzard
            "The problem with the designated driver program, it's not a desirable job. But if you ever get sucked into doing it, have fun with it. At the end of the night, just drop them off at the wrong house." - Jeff Foxworthy
            "If a woman has to choose between catching a fly ball and saving an infant's life, she will choose to save the infant's life without even considering if there is a man on base." - Dave Barry
            "Relationships are hard. It's like a full time job, and we should treat it like one. If your boyfriend or girlfriend wants to leave you, they should give you two weeks' notice. There should be severance pay, and before they leave you, they should have to find you a temp." - Bob Ettinger
            "My Mom said she learned how to swim when someone took her out in the lake and threw her off the boat. I said, 'Mom, they weren't trying to teach you how to swim.'" - Paula Poundstone
            "The day I worry about cleaning my house is the day Sears comes out with a riding vacuum cleaner." - Roseanne
            "I think that's how Chicago got started. A bunch of people in New York said, 'Gee, I'm enjoying the crime and the poverty, but it just isn't cold enough. Let's go west.'"- Richard Jeni
            "If life was fair, Elvis would be alive and all the impersonators would be dead." -Johnny Carson
            "Sometimes I think war is God's way of teaching us geography."- Paul Rodriguez
            "My parents didn't want to move to Florida, but they turned sixty and that's the law." - Jerry Seinfeld
            "Bigamy is having one wife or husband too many. Monogamy is the same." - Oscar Wilde
            "Marriage is a great institution, but I'm not ready for an institution yet." - Mae West
            "Suppose you were an idiot... And suppose you were a member of Congress ... But I repeat myself." - Mark Twain
            "Our bombs are smarter than the average high school student. At least they can find Kuwait." - A. Whitney Brown
            "Women complain about premenstrual syndrome, but I think of it as the only time of the month that I can be myself." - Roseanne
            "You can say any foolish thing to a dog, and the dog will give you a look that says, 'My Goodness, you're right I never would've thought of that!'" - Dave Barry
            "If you can't beat them, arrange to have them beaten." - George Carlin
            "When I die, I want to die like my grandfather who died peacefully in his sleep. Not screaming like all the passengers in his car." - Author Unknown
            Advice for the day: If you have a lot of tension and you get a headache, do what it says on the aspirin bottle: "Take two aspirin" and "Keep away from children"
            "Oh, you hate your job? Why didn't you say so? There's a support group for that. It's called EVERYBODY, and they meet at the bar." - Drew Carey
Item Number:1 Date: 07/25/2017 CANADA - ANALYST SEES POTENTIAL PROBLEMS WITH U.S. COMPETITION FOR CANADIAN SURFACE COMBATANT PROJECT (JUL 25/CBC)  CANADIAN BROADCASTING CORPORATION -- A Canadian defense analyst warns that U.S. Navy plans to acquire 20 new frigates may affect Ottawa's Canadian Surface Combatant program, reports CBC News.   The U.S. program is potentially more lucrative, while Canada's intellectual property requirements could put it at a disadvantage in a competition for international bidders, said Danny Lam, a Calgary-based independent analyst.   The U.S. Dept. of Defense issued a request for information to industry on July 10. That program proposes a competition, including foreign designs similar to that put forward by the Canadian government.   Both programs have similar requirements, although the U.S. schedule is more aggressive, seeking to begin construction on the first frigate in 2020, noted Lam.   The Canadian project is on schedule for construction to begin in the "early 2020s," according to Public Works and Procurement Services Canada.   An ongoing dispute over intellectual property rights between ship designers and the Canadian government over the amount of technical data being requested could lead some to drop out of the Canadian program, argues Lam.   A spokesman for Public Works dismissed these contentions, saying that there are already around 100 ships being built in the U.S. and that another new program should not materially affect the Canadian project.  
  Item Number:2 Date: 07/25/2017 CHINA - U.S. NAVY BLASTS 'UNSAFE INTERCEPTION'; BEIJING TELLS WASHINGTON TO STOP 'UNFRIENDLY' MILITARY MOVES (JUL 25/AFP)  AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE -- The Defense Ministry in China has called on the U.S. to stop its "unfriendly" military flights. The move came after two Chinese fighter jets intercepted an American surveillance plane over the weekend, reports Agence France-Presse.   The U.S. Navy described China's recent interception as unsafe.   On Sunday, a U.S. Navy EP-3 reconnaissance plane in the East China Sea had to take evasive action when a Chinese J-10 fighter jet flew underneath it, then slowed and pulled up, said the Pentagon, as noted by the Press Trust of India.   On Tuesday, China's Defense Ministry said its pilot's actions were "legal, necessary and professional."   "The U.S. side should immediately stop such unsafe, unprofessional and unfriendly dangerous military activities and take practical measures to add positive energy to the development of Sino-U.S. military relations," the ministry said
  Item Number:3 Date: 07/25/2017 COLOMBIA - FARC TO ANNOUNCE DETAILS OF POLITICAL PARTY ON SEPT. 1 (JUL 25/CR)  COLOMBIA REPORTS -- The demobilized FARC rebel group has announced that it will officially form a political party by Sept. 1, reports Colombia Reports.   The rebel group has been holding internal discussion on the party's election program and name, said FARC leaders at a Monday press conference in Bogota.   A FARC conference will be held in Bogota at the end of August to define and name the party, said FARC leaders.   The FARC completed a U.N.-monitored disarmament process in June as part of a peace deal reached with the Colombian government last year.   The deal guarantees FARC's political party 10 unelected seats in Congress through 2023. After that, FARC's party will have to compete for the seats. Party members will be allowed to run for Congress seats during elections
Item Number:4 Date: 07/25/2017 EGYPT - HUGE MILITARY BASE, WITH MORE THAN 1,100 BUILDINGS, OPENS NEAR ALEXANDRIA (JUL 25/AHRAM)  AHRAM ONLINE -- President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi recently inaugurated a new Egyptian military base in the Al-Hammam area west of Alexandria, reports Ahram Online.   The Mohamed Naguib Military Base, described by Cairo as the largest in the Middle East, was formally opened Saturday during a ceremony.   The facility is built on a former military city and consists of 1,155 buildings that were built and renovated over the last two years.   The base will serve as a headquarters for some forces assigned to the Northern Military Unit, which aims to improve its ability to protect the area west of Alexandria; Egypt's northern coast; the Al-Dabaa nuclear power plant now under construction; oil fields; and Alamein City.   The installation will also be used for military exercises with other countries, officials said.   The base is named after Mohamed Naguib, the main leader of the Egyptian revolution in 1952 and the country's first president.  
  Item Number:5 Date: 07/25/2017 EGYPT - RECENT ARMY RAIDS KILL 40 TERRORISTS IN N. SINAI; CIVILIANS HIT BY CAR BOMB BLAST (JUL 25/AHRAM)  AHRAM ONLINE -- The Egyptian military says it killed 40 terrorists in airstrikes over the past week in the restive North Sinai province, reports Ahram Online (Egypt).   Security forces also destroyed 20 vehicles, four motorcycles and four car bombs that were to be used against security personnel, said an army statement on Tuesday.   Security forces destroyed 52 terrorist hideouts used to store weapons and supplies, said the statement. Around 100 explosive devices and eight bomb workshops were also destroyed.   Five militants were also arrested during the raids.   Separately, the military said on Tuesday that it had intercepted a vehicle with a car bomb. It at a security checkpoint near the city of El-Arish, reported Reuters.   The military attempted to contain the blast by driving over the car with a tank, said the statement. However, the bomb exploded after the tank withdrew, killing nearby civilians.   There was no immediate claim of responsibility.  
  Item Number:6 Date: 07/25/2017 INDONESIA - NAVY DISPUTES VIETNAM'S CLAIMS, SAYS WARNING SHOT FIRED AT FISHING BOATS (JUL 25/DEWELLE)  DEUTSCHE WELLE -- Indonesia's navy has denied claims out of Vietnam that one of its warships had shot and wounded Vietnamese fisherment in the South China Sea, reports Deutsche Welle.   Citing officials in Hanoi, Vietnamese media reported that four fishermen were injured Saturday when an Indonesian patrol vessel opened fire inside Vietnamese waters.   The Vietnamese boats were inside Indonesian waters and sailing toward the bow of Indonesia's Wiratno corvette, said an Indonesian navy spokesman on Monday.   The warship fired a warning shot and "chased" the intruders out of Indonesia's exclusive economic zone, the spokesman said. "So the Vietnamese claims are false," he added.   The Jakarta Post said there were at least two other similar skirmishes last week.  
Item Number:7 Date: 07/25/2017 IRAN - AIR DEFENSE CHIEF OPENS PRODUCTION LINE FOR INDIGENOUS SAYYAD-3 ANTI-AIRCRAFT MISSILE (JUL 25/TASNIM)  TASNIM NEWS AGENCY -- The Iranian government has opened a production line for its new Sayyad-3 air defense missile, reports the semi-official Tasnim news agency.   The line was opened in a Saturday ceremony at an undisclosed location, noted Al Jazeera (Qatar).   The indigenously developed missile was also declared operational and integrated with Iran's air defense network, according to Brig. Gen. Farzad Esmaili, Iran's air defense chief.   The missile, designed to operate in complex electronic warfare environments, has a range of 75 miles (120 km) and an altitude of 17 miles (27 km), Esmaili said.   The missile's capabilities have not been independently confirmed.   The Sayyad-3 can be employed against fighter jets, unmanned aerial vehicles, cruise missiles and helicopters, said Defense Minister Hossein Dehghan.  
Item Number:8 Date: 07/25/2017 ITALY - ADDING FUNDING EARMARKED FOR HELICOPTERS, UAV, MISSILES; US$15 BILLION MAY BE RELEASED THROUGH 2032 (JUL 25/DN)  DEFENSE NEWS -- The Italian Ministry of Defense is expected to receive up to 12.8 billion euros (US$15 billion) in additional long-term funding for helicopters, missiles and UAVs, reports Defense News.   As part of Italy's complex state financing, the defense budget includes 10 billion euros (US$11.5 billion) for new defense programs and 2.8 billion euros (US$3.2 billion) for existing programs on top of the regular defense budget.   The funds have been earmarked for procurements include four new CH-47F extended-range helicopters for the special operations forces; longer-range variant of the still-in-development Piaggio Hammerhead unmanned aerial vehicle; and MBDA CAMM-ER missiles to replace aging Aspide weapons.   These funds are scheduled to be released over 16 years, from 2017 to 2032, and still need final approval by the Finance Ministry, said one analyst.   The project is designed to bolster Italy's defense industry and preserve existing programs that otherwise might be at threat, said Gen. Guglielmo Luigi Miglietta, the head of the General Staff planning and budget dept.  
Item Number:9 Date: 07/25/2017 MEXICO - BODY COUNT RISES IN DRUG-RELATED VIOLENCE AS NEW GENERATION FIGHTS FOR CONTROL (JUL 25/LAT)  LOS ANGELES TIMES -- Drug-related violence in Mexico has hit a new level.   Official government statistics show there were more homicides recorded in June than in any month in at least two decades, reports the Los Angeles Times.   Prosecutors opened 2,234 homicide investigations last month, a 40 percent increase over June 2016 and 80 percent more than June 2015, the statistics reveal.   Growing demand for heroin in the U.S. and a bloody contest inside one of Mexico's most powerful drug cartels has put the country on the path to record more killings in 2017 than in any year since the Mexican government began releasing crime data in 1997.   The total of 12,155 homicide cases in the first six months of this year is the deadliest first half of a year.   The problem is growing. Twenty-seven of Mexico's 32 states recorded an increase in homicides over 2016.   Some of the uptick has been linked to the arrest and extradition of former drug boss Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, who is preparing to face trial in the U.S. next year on drug and murder charges.   A new generation is fighting for power.   Guzman's sons have been fighting another faction for control of the powerful Sinaloa cartel since his arrest in 2016. The cartel's instability has allowed other criminal groups to move in, driving up violence in northwestern Mexico.  
  Item Number:10 Date: 07/25/2017 PAKISTAN - 1ST PHASE OF KHYBER OP AGAINST TERRORISTS NEAR AFGHAN BORDER CALLED SUCCESS (JUL 25/DAWN)  DAWN -- The Pakistani army has announced the successful completion of the first phase of its anti-terrorist operation in the nation's northwestern Khyber agency, reports Dawn (Pakistan).   The initial phase of Operation Khyber-4 in the Rajgal region was completed Friday night when troops cleared the key Brekh Muhammad Kandao mountaintop, said a military release cited by Geo News.   Two soldiers were killed during the first phase, which cleared over 35 square miles (90 square km) of a planned 97 square miles (250 square km), said the army.   Pakistani troops then began to clear the remainder of the Rajgal Valley, said military officials.   Officials reported that Khyber-4 was launched to prevent Islamic State terrorists and others from advancing into Pakistan from their stronghold across the border in Afghanistan's Nangarhar province.   The Brekh Muhammad Kandao mountaintop hosted a terrorist observation post; militants stored arms and ammunition at its base, the military said.   Clearing this difficult terrain with special operations troops was described as a major achievement
Item Number:11 Date: 07/25/2017 PAKISTAN - TTP ATTACKS POLICE IN LAHORE; SUICIDE BOMBER KILLS MORE THAN 2 DOZEN (JUL 25/NYT)  NEW YORK TIMES -- A suicide bomber targeting police in eastern Pakistan has killed at least 26 people and wounded 58, reports the New York Times.   The bomber, riding a motorcycle, hit police officers Monday afternoon in a busy neighborhood of Lahore, the capital of Punjab province, said police.   A group of officers had been assigned to provide security against illegal construction and encroachment by vendors. At least nine of those killed were police officers.   The Pakistani Taliban (TTP) claimed responsibility for the attack. The terror group warned of further attacks in Punjab
Item Number:12 Date: 07/25/2017 PHILIPPINES - LAWMAKERS AGREE TO EXTEND MARTIAL LAW IN MINDANAO THROUGH DECEMBER (JUL 25/NAR)  NIKKEI ASIAN REVIEW -- The Congress in the Philippines has granted President Rodrigo Duterte's request to extend martial law on the southern island of Mindanao until the end of the year, reports the Nikkei Asian Review.   In a special joint session, the Philippine Senate and House of Representatives voted 261 to 18 to extend emergency measures until Dec. 31. The endorsement was expected, given Duterte's support in both houses.   Duterte placed Mindanao under martial law on May 23, after members of the local Maute militant group, supported by foreign fighters, seized the city of Marawi.   Martial law allows the military to detain suspected militants without obtaining court orders, among other measures.   The move required a two-thirds vote, noted Reuters.   Around 80 militants are still in Marawi, according to Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana. Nearly 600 people have been killed, including 428 militants, 105 security personnel and 45 civilians.   Fighting has displaced nearly half a million people in Marawi
Item Number:13 Date: 07/25/2017 PHILIPPINES - PRESIDENT ANNOUNCED PLANS FOR MORE TROOPS, NEW EQUIPMENT (JUL 25/AAP)  AUSTRALIAN ASSOCIATED PRESS -- President Rodrigo Duterte says he will beef up the Philippine military to meet the challenges of communist and Islamist threats, reported the Australian Associated Press (AAP).   On Monday, Duterte announced that he would recruit 35,000-40,000 new soldiers and purchase new planes and drones over the next two years, including two reconnaissance aircraft, noted Reuters.   He also pointed to the need to retrain the military and police in urban warfare and new military tactics.   Security threats had increased and the military needed more troops and more modern equipment to meet those challenges, he said. "I really do not know how many [enemies] will sprout up, but we have the [Islamic State] and the [New People's Army]," said Duterte, referring to Islamist and communist insurgents
Item Number:14 Date: 07/25/2017 SAUDI ARABIA - SAUDI-LED GROUP ADDS 18 TO BLACKLIST; QATAR LINKS CITED (JUL 25/SAUDIPA)  SAUDI PRESS AGENCY -- Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates have added 18 individuals and entities to their terror ban list, reports the Saudi Press Agency (SPA).   Qataris are included on this list.   Those four nations cut all diplomatic and transport links with Qatar in early June, accusing Doha of funding terrorism. They placed 71 Qatar-funded or Qatar-based entities on a terror ban list, reported Al Jazeera.   Three organizations just added to the list are based in Yemen. Six based in Libya were banned for having ties to Al-Qaida, according to the SPA on Tuesday.   Also banned were three Qataris, three Yemenis, two Libyans and a Kuwaiti for allegedly funding Al-Qaida's former Syria affiliate Nusra Front and "other terrorist militias in Syria."   Those recently banned have links direct and indirect links to Qatari authorities, said the report.   https://apps.militaryperiscope.com/Terrorism/ShowGroup.aspx?group=518  http://apps.militaryperiscope.com/Terrorism/ShowGroup.aspx?group=240  
 Item Number:15 Date: 07/25/2017 SYRIA - MOSCOW SENDS FORCES TO POLICE CEASE-FIRE IN NEWLY ESTABLISHED 'SAFE ZONES' (JUL 25/RT)  RUSSIA TODAY -- Moscow has started to deploy military police to monitor a declared cease-fire in two "de-escalation" zones in Syria, reports the Russia's RT news channel.   On Monday, Russians were sent to the Eastern Ghouta district, a suburb of the capital Damascus. They set up two checkpoints and four observation posts, said a Kremlin spokesman.   Two other checkpoints and 10 observation posts were established over the weekend in the southwest along the border with Israel and Jordan, the spokesman said on Monday. Israel was informed in advance, he said.   Consultations were underway to set up a zone in Idlib province, the spokesman said.   In May, Russia, Turkey and Iran agreed to a plan for four de-escalation zones. The zones are largely held by "moderate" rebels, noted the BBC.  
  Item Number:16 Date: 07/25/2017 TAIWAN - REACTING TO CHINESE MILITARY FLIGHTS, TAIPEI VOWS TO PROTECT NATION (JUL 25/REU)  REUTERS -- If necessary, Taiwan's military says it is ready to defend the country.   The Defense Ministry made its comments after a spate of recent flybys by Chinese warplanes, reports Reuters.   The Chinese military has flown several fighter and reconnaissance aircraft near Taiwan for training exercises in the past few days, the Defense Ministry in Taipei said on Tuesday.   "The People's Liberation Army has never given up on the idea of resolving problems through the use of military force," said a ministry spokesman.   Taiwan is strategically prepared to ensure Taiwan's security in both the air and sea, the spokesman said, without elaborating.  
 Item Number:17 Date: 07/25/2017 USA - FOLLOWING LENGTHY RESTORATION, USS CONSTITUTION RETURNS TO BOSTON WATERS (JUL 25/NNS)  NAVY NEWSSTAND -- The U.S. Navy's oldest commissioned warship is back in Boston's waters.   The USS Constitution was refloated Sunday after a two-year restoration at Dry Dock 1 at Charlestown Navy Yard, Mass., reports the Navy NewsStand.   "Old Ironsides" entered the dry dock on May 18, 2015, for the work, which included the replacement of 100 hull planks and the required caulking; re-construction of the ship's cutwater on the bow; and the ongoing preservation of repair of the ship's rigging, upper masts and yards.   The ship's copper sheathing below the waterline was also replaced, the Navy said.   The sail frigate is scheduled to complete post-docking restoration work before re-opening to the public in September.  
Item Number:18 Date: 07/25/2017 USA - MDA TO TEST THAAD AIR DEFENSE SYSTEM IN ALASKA AGAIN; N. KOREA SEEN MAKING PREPARATION FOR MISSILE TEST (JUL 25/NKN)  NK NEWS -- The U.S. Missile Defense Agency has confirmed a test in Alaska at the end of the month of the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system, reported NK News.   The test, set of July 29-30, was announced on Monday.   The THAAD was tested earlier this month from the Pacific Spaceport Complex in Alaska. The system is designed to intercept short- to intermediate-range ballistic missiles in their final phase of flight, noted South Korea's Yonhap news agency.   "These tests are done as a routine measure to make sure that the system is ready," said a Pentagon spokesman on Monday. "They are scheduled well in advance of any other real world geopolitical events going on." He was referencing a recent North Korean intercontinental ballistic missiles test.   The new test is set for the same site as early as Saturday.   A U.S. defense official cited by CNN said on Tuesday that the North appeared to be preparing for another missile test. Transporter vehicles carrying equipment for such an action were seen in Kusong, North Pyongan province, the official said
Item Number:19 Date: 07/25/2017 USA - PRESIDENT SAID TO SIGN OFF ON MATTIS PLAN FOR MORE FONOPS IN S. CHINA SEA (JUL 25/SCMP)  SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST -- President Donald Trump has reportedly approved a plan that would give the U.S. Navy more freedom to patrol the South China Sea and check Beijing's maritime claims, reports the South China Morning Post.   The plan, submitted to the White House in April by Defense Secretary James Mattis, is said to outline a full year-long schedule with U.S. Navy ships sailing through disputed waters in the South China Sea, according to an unnamed official cited by the Breitbart News website, which first reported it.   Under the plan, the White House would be aware of all planned freedom of navigation operations (FONOPS), which would allow requests to be approved faster than before, said the official.   It is unclear if the alleged plan is part of a larger regional strategy or simply intended to make freedom of navigation operations more routine.   The plan, as described, would be a departure from the practices of the Obama administration. Between 2012 and 2015, that administration prohibited FONOPS in the South China Sea, noted the Navy Times
  Item Number:20 Date: 07/25/2017 USA - WIDE REVIEW BEGINS OF DEFENSE INDUSTRIAL BASE (JUL 25/D1)  DEFENSE ONE -- President Donald Trump has signed an executive order for a cross-government study of the U.S. defense industrial base, reports Defense One.   Signed on Friday, the order has been described by administration officials as a "high priority" for Trump, noted the Marine Corps Times.   The review will cover manufacturing capacity, workforce and other issues and determine if the industrial base can fully meet military needs during a war or lower-level conflict, U.S. officials said last week.   The evaluation will consider if there are enough manufacturers to supply goods such as submarine propeller blades to circuit boards and military-grade semiconductors and if there is sufficient labor to keep factories going, said Peter Navarro, the White House director of trade and industrial policy.   The study will also look for single points of failure that could be addressed by government policy.   The Dept. of Defense will lead the review. An unclassified version is due to the president within nine months.


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