Thursday, August 3, 2017

Fw: TheList 4515

The List 4515

To All,
I hope your week has been going well.
This Day In Naval History - August 3
1804 - American Squadron, including USS Constitution, attacks Tripoli
1812 - Frigate Essex capture British brig Brothers
1861 - Construction of USS Monitor authorized
1861 - First manned ascent in a balloon from a ship, gunboat USS Fanny, to observe Confederate artillery position at Hampton Roads, VA
1942 - Mildred H. McAfee takes the oath of office to become the first female line officer. She is commissioned a lieutenant commander in the Naval Reserve and simultaneously undertakes the duties of being the first director of the newly-established WAVES ("Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service").
1942: USS Lansdowne (DD 486) sinks the German submarine (U 153) off the Panama Canal Zone.
1950 - First Marine Corps aviation mission against North Korea by VMF-214, from USS Sicily
1950 - First helicopter evacuation in Korea by VMO-6
1958 - USS Nautilus (SSN-571) is first ship to reach the geographic North Pole submerged.
1970 - USS James Madison (SSBN-627) conducts first submerged launching of Poseidon nuclear missile off Cape Kennedy
Today in History August 3
Six burghers of the surrounded French city of Calais surrender to Edward III of England in hopes of relieving the siege.
Christopher Columbus leaves Spain on his voyage to the new world.
French printer Etienne Dolet, accused of heresy, blasphemy and sedition, is hanged and burned at the stake for printing reformist literature.
Mary Tudor, the new Queen of England, enters London.
Henry Hudson of England discovers a great bay on the east coast of Canada and names it for himself.
French forces under Marshal Luxembourg defeat the English at the Battle of Steenkerque in the Netherlands.
Muhammad Ali becomes the new ruler of Egypt.
The trial of Aaron Burr begins. He is accused of plotting the secession of New England.
Federal gunboats attack but do not capture Fort Gains, at the mouth of Mobile Bay, Alabama.
Congress passes the Immigration Act, banning Chinese immigration for ten years.
Allan Allensworth files the site plan for the first African-American town, Allensworth, California.
Airplanes are used for the first time in a military capacity when Italian planes reconnoiter Turkish lines near Tripoli.
Sir Roger Casement is hanged for treason in England.
Chinese troops under American General Joseph Stilwell take the town of Myitkyina from the Japanese.
The first nuclear submarine, USS Nautilus, passes under the North Pole.
President Lyndon B. Johnson announces plans to send 45,000 more troops to Vietnam.
Former Beatle Paul McCartney announces formation of his new group, Wings.
The Louisiana Superdome is dedicated.
Radio Shack unveils TRS-80 personal computer, which with Apple and Commodore would form the "1977 Trinity." Its price and Radio Shack's established retail outlets made it a bestseller for several years.
The US commits naval forces to the Persian Gulf region in the wake of Iraq's invasion of Kuwait.
Statue of Liberty's pedestal reopens to visitors after being closed following the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
1944    Anne Frank is captured when Gestapo is tipped off. She dies in German custody
Admiral Taylor's Rolling thunder history can be viewed each day at   ... (google it and you are there to read) ...
Pretty cool from Wigs
B-29s Doc and FIFI
Thanks to Paul
Pretty good article…
Thanks to Paul
Thanks to Barrett
Quick note:
Amagiri that sank JFK was a DD rather than a CA.  Highly capable Fubuki-class ship, rated at 38 knots.  Lost to a mine in '44.
I remember when Caroline was confirmed as ambassador to Tokyo, speaking zero Japanese of course, a knuckle-dragging navalist said not to worry: her family had personal dealings with the Japs!

Thanks to Bill
The following questions were set in last year's GED examination
These are genuine answers (from 16 year olds)        
Q. Name the four seasons
A.. Salt, pepper, mustard and vinegar
Q. How is dew formed
A.. The sun shines down on the leaves and makes them perspire
Q. What guarantees may a mortgage company insist on
A.. If you are buying a house they will insist that you are well endowed
Q. In a democratic society, how important are elections
A.. Very important. Sex can only happen when a male gets an election
Q. What are steroids
A. Things for keeping carpets still on the stairs   (Shoot yourself now , there is little hope)
Q... What happens to your body as you age
A.. When you get old, so do your bowels and you get intercontinental
Q. What happens to a boy when he reaches puberty
A.. He says goodbye to his boyhood and looks forward to his adultery   (So true)
Q. Name a major disease associated with cigarettes
A.. Premature death
Q. What is artificial insemination
A... When the farmer does it to the bull instead of the cow
Q. How can you delay milk turning sour
A.. Keep it in the cow   (Simple,but brilliant)
Q. How are the main 20 parts of the body categorised (e.g. The abdomen)
A.. The body is consisted into 3 parts - the brainium, the borax and the abdominal cavity. The brainium contains the brain, the borax contains the heart and lungs and the abdominalcavity contains the five bowels: A,E,I,O,U  
Q. What is the fibula?
A.. A small lie
Q. What does 'varicose' mean?
A.. Nearby
Q. What is the most common form of birth control
A.. Most people prevent contraception by wearing a condominium.   (That would work)
Q. Give the meaning of the term 'Caesarean section'
A.. The caesarean section is a district in Rome
Q. What is a seizure?
A.. A Roman Emperor. (JuliusSeizure, I came, I saw, I had a fit)
Q. What is a terminal illness
A. When you are sick at the airport.  (Irrefutable)
Q. What does the word 'benign' mean?
A.. Benign is what you will be after you be eight   (brilliant)
Q. What is a turbine?
A.. Something an Arab or Shreik wears on his head. Once a Arab boy reaches puberty, he removes his diaper and wraps it around his head.   (nowwe're getting somewhere)
OMG!...... Our society is doomed!
Thanks to Ritch
When Insults Had Class...
These glorious insults are from an era " before" the English language got boiled down to 4-letter words.
A member of Parliament to Disraeli: "Sir, you will either die on the gallows or of some unspeakable disease."
"That depends, Sir, " said Disraeli, "whether I embrace your policies or your mistress."
"He had delusions of adequacy ."
-Walter Kerr
"He has all the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire."
- Winston Churchill
"I have never killed a man, but I have read many obituaries with great pleasure."
-Clarence Darrow
"He has never been known to use a word that might send a reader to the dictionary."
-William Faulkner (about Ernest Hemingway)
"Thank you for sending me a copy of your book; I'll waste no time reading it."
-Moses Hadas
"I didn't attend the funeral, but I sent a nice letter saying I approved of it."
-Mark Twain
"He has no enemies, but is intensely disliked by his friends."
-Oscar Wilde
"I am enclosing two tickets to the first night of my new play; bring a friend, if you have one."
-George Bernard Shaw to Winston Churchill
"Cannot possibly attend first night, will attend second... if there is one."
-Winston Churchill, in response
"I feel so miserable without you; it's almost like having you here."
-Stephen Bishop
"He is a self-made man and worships his creator."
-John Bright
"I've just learned about his illness. Let's hope it's nothing trivial."
-Irvin S. Cobb
"He is not only dull himself; he is the cause of dullness in others."
-Samuel Johnson
"He is simply a shiver looking for a spine to run up."
- Paul Keating
"In order to avoid being called a flirt, she always yielded easily."
-Charles, Count Talleyrand
"He loves nature in spite of what it did to him."
-Forrest Tucker
"Why do you sit there looking like an envelope without any address on it?"
-Mark Twain
"His mother should have thrown him away and kept the stork."
-Mae West
"Some cause happiness wherever they go; others, whenever they go."
-Oscar Wilde
"He uses statistics as a drunken man uses lamp-posts... for support rather than illumination."
-Andrew Lang (1844-1912)
"He has Van Gogh's ear for music."
-Billy Wilder
"I've had a perfectly wonderful evening. But I'm afraid this wasn't it."
-Groucho Marx
Item Number:1 Date: 08/03/2017 AFGHANISTAN - GOVERNMENT GROUND CONTROL STABLE, DESPITE INCREASE IN SECURITY EVENTS, DEATHS (AUG 03/MILTIMES)  MILITARY TIMES -- A recent report from the Special Inspector General for Afghan Reconstruction (SIGAR) says that the Taliban has gained little ground in Afghanistan over the last six months, despite an increase in security incidents and thousands of civilian casualties, reports the Military Times.   From March 1 to May 31, 2017, there were 6,252 recorded security incidences. This represents a 21 percent increase from the previous quarter and a 2 percent increase compared to the same time period in 2016, said the SIGAR analysis of a U.N. report.   The Taliban was held responsible for 64 percent of the incidents.   The U.N. also found that there were 5,243 civilian casualties from Jan. 1 to June 30, 2017. The report said that 1,151 of the civilian casualties were a result of suicide bombings and complex attacks, "more than any previous six-month period since the mission began documentation in 2009."   Afghan security forces have also been experiencing more casualties, suffering 2,531 fatalities and 4,238 wounded in combat operations, said SIGAR.   For all that, government forces still control about 60 percent of districts, about the same number as last quarter.   The Taliban has turned to high-profile attacks and suicide bombings after its territorial operations stalled, officials said
Item Number:2 Date: 08/03/2017 AUSTRALIA - INTEL AGENCY DOWNGRADES AVIATION THREAT; PLOT 'CONTAINED,' SAYS PM (AUG 03/NEWSAU)  NEWS.COM.AU -- Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says Australia's intelligence agency has downgraded the threat level to the country's aviation industry after an "Islamic-inspired" plot was uncovered last week, reports   Four people were arrested over the weekend in Sydney for planning an attack on a commercial flight with an "improvised device," said police. The discovery of the alleged plot led the Australian Security Intelligence Organization (ASIO) to raise the threat level from "possible" to "probable."   On Thursday, Turnbull said that the agency had downgraded the threat level to "possible." He said the "plot has been disrupted and has been contained."   "Enhanced" security measures at Australia's airports will continue, he added.   Two of the four arrested were charged Thursday. One was released on Tuesday after he was found to have no involvement, reported the Huffington Post
Item Number:3 Date: 08/03/2017 CHINA - CHINESE NAVY JOINS SEARCH FOR MISSING U.S. SAILOR; SHADOWING SHIPS COORDINATE IN HUMANITARIAN MOVE (AUG 03/S&S)  STARS AND STRIPES -- China's navy has joined U.S. and Japanese warships in the search for a U.S. sailor who was reported overboard earlier this week in the South China Sea, reports the Stars and Stripes.   The American was reported missing from the guided-missile destroyer USS Stethem on Tuesday during a joint exercise with Japan. The search was ongoing on Thursday, said a U.S. Navy spokesman.   One wire service said the missing sailor is a male lieutenant.   Two Chinese People's Liberation Army Navy frigates were reportedly shadowing the Stethem at the time. Elements of the Chinese navy joined the search sometime on Wednesday after a general call for assistance, said Navy officials.   U.S. officials did not specify which Chinese ships were helping. Chinese aircraft are not involved, they said.   The Stethem, USNS Amelia Earhart, USNS Vice Admiral K.R. Wheeler and a P-3 aircraft are taking part in the search. Japan is contributing the helicopter Izumo and the destroyer Sazanami
  Item Number:4 Date: 08/03/2017 GERMANY - FRANCE, GERMANY HOPE TO GAIN EUROPEAN SUPPORT FOR COUNTERTERRORISM EFFORTS IN AFRICA (AUG 03/DEWELLE)  DEUTSCHE WELLE -- German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen has underscored her government's support to regional efforts to combat the Islamic State in West Africa, reports Deutsche Welle.   Germany and France back an initiative by five countries in the Sahel region to set up a 5,000-strong task force to fight Islamist terrorist groups.   Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania and Niger agreed to the goal in 2014 with support from Berlin and Paris.   Earlier this week, von der Leyen and her French counterpart, Florence Parly, visited Niamey, the Nigerien capital. The headquarters for the task force is being set up there.   Improving security in Africa will mean fewer immigrants head to Europe, said von der Leyen.   In September, the French and German governments will co-host a meeting in Berlin to bring additional European countries onboard to assist the G5 Sahel task force, including training and equipment. Italy and Spain have already expressed an interest.   The European Union has also allocated 50 million euros (US$59 million) to support the mission.  
 Item Number:5 Date: 08/03/2017 ITALY - AT TRIPOLI'S URGING, ITALY BEGINS ANTI-MIGRANT MISSION; RIVAL GOVERNMENT IN TOBRUK OPPOSES MOVE (AUG 03/REU)  REUTERS -- Italy has begun a naval mission intended to help Libya's coast guard control migrant flows, reports Reuters.   Rome announced the operation last week, saying the mission had been requested by the U.N.-backed Government of National Accord (GNA) based in Tripoli.   At first, Italy planned to send six ships into Libyan territorial waters.   Following protests by Tripoli, the Italian mission was scaled back to "providing technical and operational support for Libyan naval vessels, helping them and supporting them in shared and coordinated actions," said Defense Minsiter Roberta Pinotti.   Italy's Parliament authorized the mission on Wednesday. An Italian patrol boat entered Libyan waters and headed to Tripoli soon after. A second vessel is expected to join soon.   Italy's actions drew opposition from Gen. Khalifa Haftar, the head of the Libyan National Army allied to the rival government in Tobruk. Haftar ordered naval bases in four Libyan cities to block Italian ships, reported the BBC.   Officials in Tobruk said the Italian mission violated Libya's sovereignty.  
  Item Number:6 Date: 08/03/2017 NEW ZEALAND - SINGAPORE FIGHTER JETS SET TO FLY FROM OHAKEA AIR FORCE BASE (AUG 03/NZGOV)  NEW ZEALAND GOVERNMENT -- The Royal New Zealand Air Force will host a flying training exercise for Singapore air force fighter jets starting at the end of the month, according to a release from the New Zealand government.   Six F-16D+ fighters, around 110 personnel and associated support equipment will fly from Ohakea Air Force Base in northern New Zealand from Aug. 30 to Sept. 25, New Zealand Defense Minister Mark Mitchell said on Wednesday.   The Singapore aircraft will conduct training missions throughout New Zealand, including day and night flights, using New Zealand air weapons ranges, and at high and low altitudes, Mitchell said.   Singapore has asked the New Zealand government to consider allowing F-15SG fighters to operate from Ohakea over the long term, said the minister.   Discussions about a potential permanent Singapore air force presence at Ohakea are continuing, said a New Zealand military spokesman quoted by the Manawatu Standard (N.Z.). This month's exercise is an opportunity to consider how that permanent-base proposal might work, he said.   Due to Singapore's limited sovereign airspace, it is looking for options where its F-15SGs can train more effectively
  Item Number:7 Date: 08/03/2017 QATAR - JOINT EXERCISES UNDERWAY WITH TURKISH ARMY, NAVY (AUG 03/HUR)  HURRIYET -- The Qatari and Turkish militaries are in the midst of a joint exercise, reports the Hurriyet Daily News (Istanbul).   More than 250 Turkish troops and 30 armored vehicles are taking part in the first phase of the drills, which began on Aug. 1 at a base in Qatar, said a Turkish official.   The second phase will include naval forces, including the Turkish frigate Gokova.   The long-planned exercises are designed to enhance the defense capabilities of both countries and strengthen "efforts to combat armed groups and [maintain] stability in the region."   On June 7, the Turkish Parliament ratified legislation permitting more troops to be deployed to the Turkish military base in Qatar, which was established under a 2014 agreement.   The drills come amid tension in the Persian Gulf region. A bloc of Arab states, led by Saudi Arabia, recently cut ties with Qatar, accusing it of supporting terrorism.   Ankara has sought to mediate the dispute, noted the Daily Sabah (Istanbul
Item Number:8 Date: 08/03/2017 QATAR - US$6 BILLION DEAL SEALED WITH ITALY FOR 7 WARSHIPS (AUG 03/MIDEEYE)  MIDDLE EAST EYE -- Qatar's foreign minister said on Wednesday that his country has finalized a major naval procurement deal with Italy, reports the Middle East Eye.   The US$5.9 billion deal covers seven warships and falls under a bilateral military cooperation agreement, Mohammed bin Abdulrahman al-Thani said.   The deal was announced in Doha in a joint news conference with Italian Foreign Minister Angelino Alfano.   Those discussions focused on ways to end tensions between Qatar and four Arab states.   The announcement is thought to relate to a procurement first revealed last year by Italian shipbuilder Fincantieri.   The shipbuilder said at the time that it was going to supply Qatar with four 3,000-metric-ton corvettes; two 700-metric-ton offshore patrol vessels; and an amphibious landing platform dock.   All of the ships are to be built in Italy, starting in 2018, the shipbuilder said in June 2016.  
  Item Number:9 Date: 08/03/2017 ROMANIA - LONG-TERM MILITARY MODERNIZATION APPROVED; PLAN CALLS FOR SPENDING 2 PERCENT OF GDP ON DEFENSE (AUG 03/RI)  ROMANIA INSIDER -- Romania's Supreme Defense Council (CSAT) has approved a military modernization program that runs through 2026, reports Romania-Insider.   The plan covers eight procurement projects with multi-year funds of about 9.8 billion euros (US$11.6 billion), officials said.   President Klaus Iohannis, who chaired the council meeting, emphasized that Bucharest would maintain defense spending of 2 percent of gross domestic product through 2026.   After spending at 1.7 percent of GDP in 2016, Bucharest reached the 2 percent NATO target figure this year, noted Reuters.   The CSAT provided no further details on what is in the modernization plan. Romania has already decided to buy Patriot air defense missile systems for US$3.9 billion and is acquiring six F-16 fighters
Item Number:10 Date: 08/03/2017 RUSSIA - SEVERAL DEATHS REPORTED AT ABKHAZIA AMMO DUMP; RUSSIAN BASE NOT AFFECTED (AUG 03/TASS)  TASS -- Russian military officials say an explosion at a local government-run ammunition depot in of Abkhazia has killed at least two people and wounded 60 others, reports Tass (Russia).   Abkhazia is a breakaway province of Georgia whose independence is recognized by Russia and few others. It has been under effective Russian control since 2008.   Wednesday's explosion rocked an ammunition depot owned by the Abkhazian Defense Ministry in the Primorskoye settlement in Gudautsky district, near the Black Sea, according to a spokesman for Russia's Southern Military District, as cited by Sputnik (Russia).   The bodies of two people were found Thursday not far from the blast site, said one source. The dead were believed to be Russian tourists who were returning from a trip to a local waterfall, the source said.   Law enforcement agencies previously said that three tourists had gone missing. The explosions, which lasted for four hours, prevented searches from being carried out.   The cause of the blast is under investigation, said Russia's investigative committee. The local Russian military base was reportedly unaffected.  
  Item Number:11 Date: 08/03/2017 SOUTH AFRICA - AFTER BEING HELD BY TERRORISTS FOR 6 YEARS, HOSTAGE BACK HOME (AUG 03/AFP)  AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE -- Al-Qaida in the Islamic Magreb (AQIM) has freed a South African man it held for almost six years, reports Agence France-Presse.   Stephen McGown, 42, was abducted in November 2011 in Timbuktu in northern Mali.   The kidnappers also took a Swede and a Dutchman. The former was released in June; the man from the Netherlands was freed by the French military in April 2015.   AQIM claimed responsibility.   On Thursday, South Africa's Foreign Ministry said that McGown had been released on July 29. He had then returned to South Africa and was said to be in good health.   No details were given on his release.   The BBC said he was freed after efforts by the South African and Malian governments and the South Africa-based Gift of the Givers non-governmental organization
Item Number:12 Date: 08/03/2017 SOUTH KOREA - MORE THAAD DEFENSE SYSTEMS TO BE DEPLOYED, EVE IN THE ABSENCE OF COMPLETED ENVIRONMENTAL SURVEY (AUG 03/YON)  YONHAP -- South Korea's Defense Ministry has plans to install additional launchers for an advanced U.S. missile defense system, perhaps before the results are known for an environmental survey, reports the Yonhap news agency (Seoul).   Seoul will deploy a battery of the controversial Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) at a site in Seongju county. Many residents have vocally opposed the move.   A small-scale environmental survey of the deployment began in late 2016. It was submitted on July 24 to the Environment Ministry for review, which could take about a month. Two of six launchers were deployed earlier this year.   President Moon Jae In put the remaining launchers on hold after the initial deployment, pending a second, larger environmental review. After North Korea carried out an intercontinental ballistic missile test last week, the president ordered a provisional deployment of the launchers   On Thursday, the Defense Ministry confirmed that the remaining launchers would be installed.   "The conclusion of the small-scale environmental impact assessment and the initiation of temporary deployment are not in a cause-and-effect relationship," said a ministry spokesman.  
Item Number:13 Date: 08/03/2017 SYRIA - JIHADISTS, REFUGEES RETURN TO SYRIA AFTER CEASE-FIRE STRUCK (AUG 03/MEOB)  MIDDLE EAST OBSERVER -- Thousands of refugees and militants are headed back to Syria from Lebanon's border region, reported the Middle East Observer.   The Syrian militants and refugees are now arriving in rebel-held Idlib province, reports Reuters. The evacuation is part of a deal between Lebanon-based Hezbollah and Nusra Front terrorists.   Clashes broke out last week between Hezbollah, which is allied to the Syrian army, and Al-Qaida's former affiliate Nusra Front in Lebanon's mountainous Jurud Arsal region. A cease-fire was reached after several days.   As a part of the deal, 7,000 Syrians, including both militants and refugees, left Lebanon's Arsal district on Wednesday for Syria's Idlib province, which is mostly controlled by Nusra Front. (The group has rebranded itself as Jabhat Fatah al-Sham.)   More than 100 buses arrived Thursday at Saan in Hama province, where they will cross front lines from government territory, according to Hezbollah media.   Five Hezbollah prisoners were expected to be handed over after some of the busses crossed
Item Number:14 Date: 08/03/2017 SYRIA - TRUCE SET FOR HOMS PROVINCE, SAYS RUSSIA (AUG 03/AFP)  AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE -- The Russian Defense Ministry says Syrian government forces and "moderate" rebels have agreed to a cease-fire in the area north of the Syrian city of Homs, reports Agence France-Presse.   Russia and the rebel groups reached an agreement on July 31 during talks in Cairo, Egypt, said a ministry spokesman.   The truce in northern Homs province will begin at 12:00 p.m., local time, Thursday, the spokesman said.   The agreement involves establishing a "de-escalation zone." Russian military police will set up two checkpoints and three observation posts on Friday along the boundaries of the zone, said the Kremlin's spokesman.   The zone will be the third in Syria. Moscow reached a deal last month with the U.S. and Jordan for a cease-fire in the south. Another agreement was made with rebels in July in Eastern Ghouta, near Damascus. Another such zone is planned for northwestern Idlib province.  
  Item Number:15 Date: 08/03/2017 TURKEY - ARMY, NAVY, AIR FORCE GET NEW CHIEFS (AUG 03/NYT)  NEW YORK TIMES -- President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has approved the replacements of the commanders for the Turkish army, air force and navy, reports the New York Times.   A presidential spokesman said the Supreme Military Council met on Wednesday after the terms of the heads of the three branches expired. The council selected Yasar Guler, the commander of the gendarmerie, to take over command of the army. It appointed Vice Adm. Adnan Ozbal to be commander of the navy, and Hasan Kucukakyuz as commander of the air force.   Those three will replace land forces commander Gen. Salih Zeki Colak, naval chief Adm. Bulent Bostanoglu and air force commander Gen. Abidin Unal. Gen. Hulusi Akar, the current chief of staff, will remain in his post.   Erdogan approved the appointments and met with the commanders later in the day.   The council also promoted 61 colonels and six generals/admirals to higher ranks, reported Turkey's Hurriyet Daily News.   Two of the newly appointed chiefs were taken hostage during the attempted coup in July 2016. The government has fired 169 generals and admirals and arrested 7,000 military personnel in the subsequent crackdown.   The top armed forces body is now dominated by ministers, not the military, noted Agence France-Presse.  
  Item Number:16 Date: 08/03/2017 USA - ARMY ORDERS ANOTHER 748 JLTVS FROM OSHKOSH (AUG 03/OSH DEF)  OSHKOSH DEFENSE -- The U.S. Army has awarded Oshkosh Defense a $195 million contract for hundreds of additional Joint Light Tactical Vehicles (JLTVs) and equipment kits, reports the Wisconsin-based defense firm.   The deal covers 748 JTLVs and 2,359 installed and packaged kits, said an Oshkosh release on Tuesday.   This is the fifth JLTV order for the firm since an initial contract was awarded in August 2015, noted the release.   The JLTV program, currently in the low-rate initial production phase, is on schedule and on budget, said Oshkosh. The vehicles are also completing reliability and performance testing and logistics supportability evaluations around the U.S.   A full-rate production decision is expected in fiscal 2019, with the first Army unit equipped by mid-fiscal 2019. Initial operational capability with the Marine Corps is anticipated for early fiscal 2020.  
Item Number:17 Date: 08/03/2017 USA - ARMY TECHNOLOGY PAIRS NEW WEAPON SIGHT WITH NIGHT-VISION GOGGLES (AUG 03/ARMY)  ARMY TIMES -- The U.S. Army is working on technology that would give shooters the ability to fire around corners without exposing themselves, reports the Army Times.   The Army plans to field two new technologies in the next 18 months that will help soldiers acquire targets quickly, even in darkness, smoke or fog, reports the Army News Service.   The Enhanced Night-Vision Goggle III (ENVG III) should be fielded between April and June 2018, followed by the Family of Weapons Sights-Individual (FWS-I) between January and March 2019.   The FWS-I is mounted on the soldier's weapon and wirelessly transmits its sight picture to the helmet-mounted ENVG III, said an Army release on Tuesday.   The ENVG also combines thermal imaging with more common night-vision image-intensification technology, noted the release.   The thermal capability, overlaid on night vision, means targets can't hide in smoke or fog, according to Army engineers.   Soldiers equipped with the ENVG III can choose to see both night-vision imagery and thermal imaging or the image provided by the rifle-mounted FWS-I.   A combination of goggle and FWS-I images can be selected as an option. The combination would allow shooting around obstacles.   Should the goggles and FWS-I be pointed in the same direction and see essentially the same image, the FWS-I can project a reticle into the goggles.   This saves the soldier time, since he does not need to shoulder his weapon to acquire the target, said officials
Item Number:18 Date: 08/03/2017 USA - NAVY STUDIES MEANS TO BRING BACK AT-SEA MISSILE RELOAD CAPABILITY (AUG 03/NTIMES)  NAVY TIMES -- The U.S. Navy is looking to restore its capability to reload missiles while its warships are at sea, reports the Navy Times.   The at-sea reloading plan is at its earliest planning stages, officials said.   Such a capability has not been deemed as necessary since the fall of the Soviet Union, reducing the threat of a peer naval competitor.   Recent threats from North Korea and tensions in the South China Sea have increased concern among leaders that their forces would suffer in a conflict if they had to leave a battle to reload, said James Holmes, a strategy professor at the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, R.I.   It is not clear how the Navy might reload its Mk 41 vertical launch systems at sea, said analysts. Reloading in rough seas could damage the launchers
Item Number:19 Date: 08/03/2017 USA - TOP U.S. ARMY OFFICER URGES MORE MISSILE DEFENSES, BETTER INTEGRATION IN EUROPE (AUG 03/DN)  DEFENSE NEWS -- The United States and its allies in Europe need more missile defense capabilities and the ability to network them, says the outgoing head of U.S. Army Europe, as cited by Defense News.   The U.S. Army and its NATO partners have made significant progress in this area over the last three years, but much work remains, said Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges in an interview last month during an exercise at Bezmer Air Base in Bulgaria.   "Just the capacity, we don't have enough, that is all there is to it. When you think about all the different critical airfields, ports, cities, facilities that need to be protected, we have a lot of work to do in that regard," the general said.   "You have to think in terms of layers, everything from down to protecting local places all the way up to high altitude, major cities, installations, protecting capabilities, any of which could be targeted," Hodges said. "And you have to assume lots, lots of missiles coming if we are talking about a no-kidding, serious crisis, and so it's going to take several nations."   The first U.S. Aegis Ashore missile defense site is operational in Romania and the U.S. is building a second site in Poland that is expected to be operational next year.   The Army also maintains a Patriot air and missile defense unit, the 5th Battalion, 7th Air Defense Artillery Regiment, under the 10th Army Air and Missile Defense Command in Germany.   The general, who is retiring this year, said the service has already decided to grow that headquarters. In two years, it will will have a general officer in command, similar to other air and missile defense commands in other regions, he said.   The mission command capability also needs to improve its ability to integrate with other NATO and U.S. capabilities, Hodges said
  Item Number:20 Date: 08/03/2017 YEMEN - AQAP SUSPECTED IN SUICIDE ATTACK; EMIRATI TROOPS KILLED, KIDNAPPED (AUG 03/DAILYSABAH)  DAILY SABAH -- Yemeni officials say suspected Al-Qaida militants killed several members of a new Emirati anti-jihadist force and abducted others on Wednesday, reports the Daily Sabah (Turkey)   A militant suicide bombing took place near a checkpoint in the Redhoom district of Shabwa province, said one Yemeni military official.   The blast killed six soldiers, while others were injured or kidnapped by Al-Qaida members supporting the bomber, said the official. Two vehicles were also destroyed.   The victims are part of "elite unit" formed by the United Arab Emirates, which is part of the Saudi-led coalition fighting the Houthis in Yemen.

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