Friday, August 18, 2017

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The List 4525

To All,
I hope you all have a great weekend.
This Day In Naval History - August 18
1838 - Exploring Expedition under LT Charles Wilkes embarks on world cruise.
1908 - The first Navy Nurse Corps superintendent, Esther Voorhees Hasson, is appointed. Under her leadership, 19 additional nurses are recruited and trained for naval service during 1908.
1965 - First major amphibious assault in Vietnam, Operation Starlight captures 2,000 Viet Cong
1966 - First ship-to-shore satellite radio message sent from USS Annapolis in South China Sea to Pacific Fleet Headquarters at Pearl Harbor
1974 - After flooding in Philippines, Navy helicopters begin 6 days of operations to rescue people and bring supplies (244 flights)
On this day in history
1835: Solyman Merrick patented the wrench.
1977: Florists Transworld Delivery (FTD) reported that in one day the number of orders for flowers to be delivered to Graceland had surpassed the number for any other event in the company's history.
1979: Monty Python's "Life of Brian" premieres.  Best lines from movie (while Brian is listening to the Sermon on the Mount):
GREGORY: What was that?
MAN #1:  I think it was 'Blessed are the cheesemakers.'
MRS. GREGORY: Ahh, what's so special about the cheesemakers?
GREGORY: Well, obviously, this is not meant to be taken literally. It refers to any manufacturers of dairy products.
And today is: 
National Vanilla Custard Day
Today's quotes:
If you look like your passport picture, you probably need the trip.
There is always one more imbecile than you counted on.
Found floating on the Internet:
Ways To Get Your Teenager To Mow The Yard:
Hide his car keys out there somewhere.
Four bags o'grass = one tank o'gas.
Lightly spray paint an embarrassing message about your teen on the lawn.
"Well, there's only one way to get rid of it, son...." Put a video game controller on the lawn mower handle. "If you don't, I will ... in Bermuda shorts with black socks and dress shoes."
Men are like:
Place-Mats: they only show up when there's food on the table.
Mascara: they usually run at the first sign of emotion.
Bike Helmets: handy in an emergency, but otherwise they just look silly.
Government Bonds: they take so long to mature. Lava Lamps: fun to look at, but not all that bright. Bank Accounts: without a lot of money, they don't generate much interest. High Heels: they're easy to walk on once you get the hang of it. Curling Irons: they're always hot, and they're always in your hair.
Computers: Hard to figure out and never have enough memory.
Coolers: Load them with beer, and you can take them anywhere.
Horoscopes: They always tell you what to do, and they're usually wrong.
Plungers: They spend most of their time in a hardware store or the bathroom.
The pastor's sermon focused on how God knows which of us grows best in the sunlight and which of us needs shade.
"For example," he said, "roses must be planted in the sun, but fuchsias thrive in the shade."
After the service, a woman, her face beaming, approached him.
"Your sermon did me so much good," she said.
Before he had time to gloat too much, however, she added, "I always wondered what was wrong with my fuchsias."
This Day In Naval History - August 19
1812 - USS Constitution captures HMS Guerriere
1818 - CAPT James Biddle takes possession of Oregon Territory for U.S.
1967 - Operation Coronado IV begins in Mekong Delta
1981 - 2 VF-41 aircraft from USS Nimitz shoot down 2 Libyan aircraft which fired on them over international waters
On this day in history (August 19):
1909: The first car race to be run on brick occurred at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway; hence it's nickname as "The Brickyard."
1951: St. Louis Browns manager Bill Veeck sent a 65-pound 3'7" midget (the shortest man ever) Eddie Gaedel to "pinch-hit" for Frank Saucier as leadoff batter vs. Detroit. Unable to hit the tiny strike zone offered by Mr. Gaedel, the opposing pitcher, Bob Cain, walked him on four straight pitches. Gaedel was then taken out for pinch-runner Jim Delsing. Gaedel, whose function was to draw walks, was later barred from play by American League President, Will Harridge. Eddie wore number 1/8 on his jersey.
And today is: 
National Soft Ice Cream Day
Today's quotes:
Sorry, but it ain't the jeans that make your backside look fat.
I hate to advocate drugs, alcohol, violence, or insanity to anyone, but they've always worked for me. ____________
Found floating on the Internet:
There was a tradesman, a painter named Wayne, who was very interested in making a penny where he could, so he often thinned down his paint to make it go a wee bit further.
As it happened, he got away with this for some time, but eventually the Baptist Church decided to do a big restoration job on the painting of one of their biggest buildings. Wayne put in a bid, and because his price was so low, he got the job.
And so he set about erecting the scaf folding and setting up the planks, and buying the paint and, yes, I am sorry to say, thinning it down with turpentine.
Well, Wayne was up on the scaffolding, painting away, the job nearly completed when suddenly there was a horrendous clap of thunder, and the sky opened, the rain poured down, washing the thinned paint from all over the church and knocking Wayne clear off the scaffold to land on the lawn among the gravestones, surrounded by telltale puddles of the thinned and useless paint.
Wayne was no fool. He knew this was a judgment from the Almighty, so he got on his knees and cried: "Oh, God! Forgive me! What should I do?" And from the thunder, a mighty voice spoke...
(you're going to love this)
"Repaint! Repaint! And thin no more!"
A raisin dropped in a glass of fresh champagne will bounce up and down continuously from the bottom of the glass to the top. 40% of McDonald's profits come from the sales of Happy Meals. 315 entries in Webster's
1996 Dictionary were misspelled. On average, 12 newborns will be given to the wrong parents, daily. Orcas (killer whales) kill sharks by torpedoing up into the shark's stomach from underneath, causing the shark to explode. Most lipstick contains fish scales. Ketchup was sold in the 1830s as medicine.  (And Reagan called it a vegetable!) Upper and lower case letters are named 'upper' and 'lower' because in the time when all original print had to be set in individual letters, the upper case' letters were stored in the case on top of the case that stored the smaller, 'lower case' letters. There are no clocks in Las Vegas gambling casinos.
The doctor was administering a memory test to three old gentlemen.
He asked, "What is 3 times 3?"
The first old man replies, "One hundred and fifty six."
The doctor turns to the second old man.
"What's 3 times 3?"
The second old man says, "Tuesday."
The doctor then turns his attention to the third old man and asks him the same question; 'how much is 3 times 3?'
The third old man answers, "Nine!"
"And just how did you arrive at that answer?" the doctor asks.
The third old man says, "Oh, that's easy, doc! I just subtracted Tuesday from 156 and I got nine."
This Day In Naval History - August 20
1952 - In interservice air operation at Chang Pyong-ni, Korea, U.S. Navy, Marine and Air Force aircraft destroy 80 percent of assigned area.
1959 - USS Thetis Bay (LPH-6) completes 6-day humanitarian operation after floods in Taiwan.
1969 - Navy Seabees and sailors from Helicopter Training Squadron Eight
(HT-8) evacuated 820 people from Pass Christian, MS after Hurricane Camille.
Today in History August 18
In the Roanoke Island colony, Ellinor and Ananias Dare become parents of a baby girl whom they name Virginia, the first English child born in what would become the United States.
John White, the leader of 117 colonists sent in 1587 to Roanoke Island (North Carolina) to establish a colony, returns from a trip to England to find the settlement deserted. No trace of the settlers is ever found.
After invading Denmark and capturing Sweden, Charles XII of Sweden forces Frederick IV of Denmark to sign the Peace of Travendal.
The French fleet is destroyed by the British under "Old Dreadnought" Boscawen at the Battle of Lagos Bay.
Poet and artist William Blake marries Catherine Sophia Boucher.
Confederate General J.E.B. Stuart's headquarters is raided by Union troops of the 5th New York and 1st Michigan cavalries.
Union General William T. Sherman sends General Judson Kilpatrick to raid Confederate lines of communication outside Atlanta. The raid is unsuccessful.
Prussian forces defeat the French at the Battle of Gravelotte during the Franco-Prussian War.
Adolph Ochs takes over the New York Times, saying his aim is to give "the news, all the news, in concise and attractive form, in language that is permissible in good society, and give it early, if not earlier, than it can be learned through any other medium."
Germany declares war on Russia while President Woodrow Wilson issues his Proclamation of Neutrality.
Tennessee becomes the thirty-sixth state to ratify the nineteenth amendment granting women's suffrage, completing the three-quarters necessary to put the amendment into effect.
The first cross-country women's air derby begins. Louise McPhetridge Thaden wins first prize in the heavier-plane division, while Phoebe Fairgrave Omlie finishes first in the lighter-plane category.
The film The Wizard of Oz opens in New York City.
Japan sends a crack army to Guadalcanal to repulse the U.S. Marines fighting there.
The Royal Air Force Bomber Command completes the first major strike against the German missile development facility at Peenemunde.
James Meredith, the first African American to attend University of Mississippi, graduates.
Operation Starlite marks the beginning of major U.S. ground combat operations in Vietnam.
Australian troops repulse a Viet Cong attack at Long Tan.
Two concert goers die at the Woodstock Music and Art Fair in Bethel, New York, one from an overdose of heroin, the other from a burst appendix.
Hank Aaron makes his 1,378 extra-base hit, surpassing Stan Musial's record.
Luna 24, the USSR's final major lunar exploration mission, soft-lands on moon.
Iran's Ayatollah Khomeini demands a "Saint War" against Kurds.
Pete Rose sets record with his 13,941st plate appearance.
Ohio nurse Donald Harvey sentenced to triple life terms for poisoning 24 patients.
Republican Convention in New Orleans nominate the George H.W. Bush-Dan Quayle ticket.
A group of hard-line communist leaders unhappy with the drift toward the collapse of the Soviet Union seize control of the government in Moscow and place President Mikhail S. Gorbachev under house arrest
Historic Kapelbrug (chapel bridge) in Luzern, Switzerland, burns, destroying 147 of its decorative paintings. It was built in 1365.
Dennis Rader, the BTK (Bind, Torture, Kill) killer receives 10 consecutive life sentences. He had terrorized Wichita, Kansas, murdering 10 people between 1974 and 1991.
Edelmiro Cavazos, mayor of Santiago, Nuevo Leon, is found handcuffed, blindfolded and dead following his abduction three days earlier. He had championed crackdowns on organized crime and police corruption.
Gold hits a record price of $1,826 per ounce.
Thanks to Dutch R…..Really!!
Thanks to Bud
Incredible, but true........ 
For a guy and his girlfriend with two kids all you have to do is follow these proven steps: 
1. Don't marry her! 
2. Always use your mom's address to get your mail. 
3. The guy buys a house. 
4. The guy rents out house to his girlfriend with his 2 kids. 
5. Section 8 will pay $900 a month for a 3 bedroom home. 
6. Girlfriend signs up for Obamacare so guy doesn't have to pay for family insurance. 
7. Girlfriend gets to go to college for free being a single mother 
8. Girlfriend gets $600 a month for food stamps. 
9. Girlfriend gets a free cell phone. 
10. Girlfriend get free utilities. 
11. Guy moves into home, but continues to use moms address for his mail 
12. Girlfriend claims one kid and guy claims the other kid on their tax forms. Now both get to claim head of household at $1800 credit.  
13. Girlfriend gets $1,800 a month disability for being "crazy" or having a "bad back" and never has to work again. 
This plan is perfectly legal and is being executed now by millions of people. 
A  married couple with a stay at home mom yields $0 dollars. 
An unmarried couple with stay at home mom nets $21,600 disability + $10,800 free housing + $6,000 free Obamacare + $6,000 free food + $4,800 free utilities + $6,000 pell grant money to spend + $12,000 a year in college tuition free from pell grant + $8,800 tax benefit for being a single mother = $75,000 a year in benefits! 
Do you have any idea why the country is $18 trillion plus in debt and half the population is sitting on their "bum" letting the other half pay their way?
Thanks to Carl
We thought 1984 was a "fantasy land"?  And now…..  In case you doubt this:
Item Number:1 Date: 08/18/2017 CHINA - 6 PLA AIR FORCE AIRCRAFT BEGIN JOINT EXERCISE IN THAILAND (AUG 18/XIN)  XINHUA -- The Chinese air force has deployed six aircraft to Thailand for a joint exercise, reports Xinhua, China's state news agency.   The drills, which began on Aug. 17 and run to Sept. 3, are focused on combat tactics and weaponry and improving the level of combat training, said an air force release.   This is the second such bilateral exercise between the two air forces. The first took place in Thailand in November 2015.   The aircraft involved and other details were not disclosed.  
 Item Number:2 Date: 08/18/2017 DEM REP OF CONGO - MAI-MAI MILITIAMEN KILL 3 RANGERS IN HISTORIC NATIONAL PARK (AUG 18/NEWS24)  NEWS24 -- At least three rangers have been killed in an attack by the Mai-Mai militia in Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo, reports News24 (South Africa).   A fourth was missing following Monday's attack while the rangers were on a routine patrol, said a release from the park on Tuesday.   The Mai-Mai have been blamed for numerous attacks on rangers. At least eight rangers have been killed in the line of duty so far this year, noted the Guardian (U.K.).   The oldest national park in Africa, Virunga is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the most biologically diverse protected area on the continent.   
  Item Number:3 Date: 08/18/2017 INDIA - DEFENCE ACQUISITION COUNCIL BACKS PURCHASE OF 6 APACHE HELICOPTERS FROM U.S. (AUG 18/HINDU)  THE HINDU -- The Indian government has cleared the purchase of six U.S.-made AH-64 Apache helicopters, reports the Hindu.   The Defense Acquisition Council (DAC), which is chaired by Defense Minister Arun Jaitley, approved the 41 billion rupee (US$650 million) purchase on Thursday, according to a Defense Ministry official.   Final action also requires the approval of India's Cabinet Committee on Security.   The army originally wanted 39 Apache gunships, where were to be deployed with three strike corps geared toward China and Pakistan, reported the Economic Times.   In 2015, India bought 22 Apache and Chinook helicopters from Boeing in the U.S.   The DAC also cleared the procurement of two gas turbines for two naval ships being built by Russia for the Indian navy worth US$76 million
Item Number:4 Date: 08/18/2017 ISRAEL - INTEREST IN COMBAT ROLES CONTINUES TO WANE AMONG RECRUITS (AUG 18/YNET)  YNET NEWS -- An examination of the latest Israel Defense Force figures shows a drop in the proportion of number of recruits with a preference for combat jobs, reports Ynet News.   According to the data from July, the IDF's large combat recruitment cycle, 67 percent of recruits sought combat roles in 2017, down from 68.8 percent in 2016.   This is the lowest such rate in a decade. The previous low was recorded immediately after the war with Hezbollah in Lebanon in 2006.   The rate reached a high of 80 percent in 2010 and has been steadily dropping since, according to IDF figures.   New recruits have displayed a clear preference for technological units, such as the Military Intelligence Directorate's Unit 8200, cyber defense and other units in the Computer Service Directorate.   In trying to explain the trend, the IDF points to social changes, especially the erosion of a warrior ethos in Israel.   Nevertheless, the military emphasized that it was able to fill the necessary ranks in the latest recruitment cycle.  
  Item Number:5 Date: 08/18/2017 KENYA - AL-SHABAAB SUSPECTED AS 3 VILLAGERS ARE BEHEADED, HOUSES TORCHED (AUG 18/REU)  REUTERS -- Officials in Kenya say suspected Al-Shabaab militants have beheaded at least three people in a cross-border attack against a village along the Indian Ocean coast, reports Reuters.   Three men were killed overnight at Maleli village in Lamu county, said a local officials on Friday. Police had a different count, saying four bodies were found.   The armed suspects set houses on fire before fleeing into a nearby forcest, said the official.   Police said the attack bore the hallmarks of Somalia-based Al-Shabaab.  
 Item Number:6 Date: 08/18/2017 LIBYA - LNA INVESTIGATING EASTERN LIBYAN COMMANDER WANTED BY ICC (AUG 18/VOA)  VOICE OF AMERICA NEWS -- Security forces in eastern Libya say they have arrested a top commander who is being sought by the International Criminal Court, reports the Voice of America News.   On Tuesday, the International Criminal Court at The Hague issued an arrest warrant for Libyan National Army (LNA) leader Mahmoud al-Werfalli. The commander is accused of executing dozens of prisoners.   The commander led a special operations force nominally under LNA control, noted Reuters.   On Thursday, the general command of the LNA said Werfalli had been arrested and was being investigated by a military prosecutor.   The LNA said it would inform the court "of the result and course of the judicial case." The statement gave no indication it would hand Werfalli to the court, noted Reuters.  
  Item Number:7 Date: 08/18/2017 NIGERIA - NEW MOBILE STRIKE FORCE TO TAKE FIGHT TO INSURGENTS (AUG 18/GUARDIAN)  GUARDIAN -- The Nigerian army has launched a new special mobile strike force as part of its renewed operations against Boko Haram in northeastern Nigeria, reports the Guardian (Lagos).   The mobile strike force was inaugurated in a Tuesday ceremony at Maimalari Cantonment in Maiduguri, the capital of Borno state.   The unit will employ modern anti-terrorism techniques to deny militants freedom of action and crush them, said Maj. Gen. Ibrahim Attahiru, the theater commander.   The force is equipped with a mix of equipment and platforms for long-range patrols and ambushes, the general said.   Attahiru urged the troops to be resolute, disciplined and guided by their professional ethics in their efforts against the terrorists.  
Item Number:8 Date: 08/18/2017 NIGERIA - TROOPS SET AMBUSH, KILL 10 BOKO HARAM TERRORISTS IN BORNO (AUG 18/VANGUARD)  VANGUARD -- The Nigerian army says its troops have ambushed and killed 10 Boko Haram terrorists in the country's northeastern Borno state, reports the Vanguard (Lagos).   Personnel from 8 Task Force Division set up an ambush on Tuesday near the village of Maza in the Marte region of Borno state, said a division spokesman.   The militants were attempting to sneak back to their hideouts in the Lake Chad region, the spokesman said on Wednesday.   The troops recovered 10 bicycles, 11 carts carrying food and two cows, said the military.   Separately, soldiers recovered 50 cows abandoned by fleeing terrorists during clearance operations in the Danari and Mowo villages in the Monguno area, the spokesman said.   Ongoing military operations and the wet season have forced the militants to increasingly rely on bicycles and carts for transportation, he noted
Item Number:9 Date: 08/18/2017 RUSSIA - MOSCOW COMPANY TOUTS NEW TYPE OF GLIDING CLUSTER BOMB (AUG 18/TASS)  TASS -- Moscow-based, state-owned Techmash will show off a new type of cluster bomb at next week's Army 2017 exhibition in Moscow, reports Russia's Tass news agency.   The PBK-500U SPBA-K unified gliding cluster bomb is capable of destroying armored vehicles, radars, command centers and power supply units, according to the manufacturer.   The bomb is designed to glide for dozens of miles before delivering its payload of self-guiding warhead with high precision, said Techmash on Thursday.   The company is also displaying its RPG-30 anti-tank rocket grenade and disposable launcher, which is designed to defeat modern armored vehicles, including those with dynamic protection and reactive armor.   The Army 2017 weapon show runs from Aug. 22 to Aug. 27.  
Item Number:10 Date: 08/18/2017 SOMALIA - 7 AL-SHABAAB MILITANTS KILLED IN SERIES OF U.S. AIRSTRIKES (AUG 18/GAROWE)  GAROWE ONLINE -- U.S. airstrikes in Somalia have killed seven Al-Shabaab militants threatening American and Somali troops, say the U.S. military, as reported by Garowe Online.   Three drone airstrikes were made Aug. 16-17 in Jilib, about 200 miles southwest of Mogadishu, said U.S. Africa Command on Thursday.   Somali troops accompanied by U.S. military advisers came under attack while approaching the Al-Shabaab target of a counterterror raid, said a U.S. defense official cited by CNN.   The Americans called in an airstrike in "self-defense," said an AFRICOM spokesman. Two other airstrikes were made against the original target, members of Al-Shabaab's intelligence network.   President Trump has authorized offensive actions in Somalia; the "self-defense" authorization was in place earlier. The original mission was made under the new authorization, said Africa Command
Item Number:11 Date: 08/18/2017 SOUTH KOREA - EXPLOSION DURING ARTILLERY DRILL NEAR BORDER KILLS 1, INJURES 6 (AUG 18/YON)  YONHAP -- The South Korean military says there has been a fatal accident at an artillery firing range.   A blast on Friday during an artillery drill has killed one South Korean soldier and wounded six others, reports the Yonhap news agency (Seoul).   The explosion occurred at a range in Cheorwon, about 55 miles north of Seoul, not far from the border with North Korea, said an army official.   One injured soldier died of his wounds on the way to the hospital, he said.   Flames reportedly erupted from one of 10 K9 Thunder self-propelled howitzers taking part in the exercise.   An investigation is underway, said the military
  Item Number:12 Date: 08/18/2017 SPAIN - CASUALTY TOLL RISES IN SERIES OF TERRORIST ATTACKS (AUG 18/WP)  WASHINGTON POST -- Police in Spain are hunting for the driver of a van who drove into a crowd in Barcelona in one of several apparent terrorist attacks, reports the Washington Post.   At least three terror-related incidents occurred over a 24-hour period in northeastern Spain.   On Wednesday, one person was killed after an explosion at a house in Alcanar, south of Barcelona, reported CNN. Seven others, mostly police and firefighters were injured. Those in the house were preparing an explosive device, said a police official cited by the Guardian (U.K.).   On late Thursday afternoon, an attacker rammed into pedestrians on Las Ramblas, Barcelona's busiest street, killing at least 14 people and injuring more than 100, according to local police. The assailant, later identified as Moussa Oukabir, 18, fled on foot and is still on the run.   The Islamic State said its "soldiers" made the attack.   In an apparently connected attack early Friday, five attackers in a vehicle drove into a police checkpoint in Cambrils, about 75 miles south of Barcelona.   The assailants, who were later found to be wearing fake explosive vests, were shot and killed by police. At least six civilians and a police officer were injured, said authorities.   Police say they have arrested three suspects – two in Ripoll and one in the Spanish exclave of Melilla. One is said to be Driss Oukabir, the brother of Moussa.  
  Item Number:13 Date: 08/18/2017 SRI LANKA - PRESIDENT NAMES TAMIL ADMIRAL NAVY COMMANDER (AUG 18/AFP)  AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE -- President Maithripala Sirisena has named an officer from the Tamil minority to head Sri Lanka's navy, reports Agence France Presse.   On Friday, Sirisena appointed Rear Adm. Travis Sinniah as navy commander. He is the first Tamil to head a branch of the military since 1970.   The Tamil Tigers launched a separatist insurgency against the government in 1972. The conflict ended in 2009 when the rebels were defeated.   Tamils make up around 15 percent of Sri Lanka's population. Few have remained in the military in part because of the conflict, which led to at least 100,000 deaths.   The new commander was the top officer involved in naval operations during the war. He left the service and worked for the U.S. Embassy, and then emigrated to Australia, claiming political victimization, noted the Tamil Guardian. He became a commander again in the new Sirisena government in 2015.  
  Item Number:14 Date: 08/18/2017 SWEDEN - DEFENSE SPENDING TO GET US$1 BILLION BOOST OVER NEXT 3 YEARS (AUG 18/LOCAL)  THE LOCAL -- The coalition government in Sweden has agreed to spend an additional US$1 billion on military and civil defense over the next three years, reports the Local (Stockholm).   The agreement, covering 2018-2020, was made between the ruling coalition (Social Democrats and Greens), considered center-left, and two main center-right opposition parties.   It calls for US$841 million for military spending and US$160 million for civil defense, officials said on Wednesday.   The funds will be spent on new vehicles and ammunition, additional officer and basic training and additional personnel, among other things.   The monies are needed to help rebuild Swedish defenses after years of underspending and growing threats, according to military officials cited by Reuters
  Item Number:15 Date: 08/18/2017 TAIWAN - PRESIDENTIAL GUARD SLASHED BY SWORD-WIELDING ATTACKER; ASSAILANT FOUND WITH CHINESE NATIONAL FLAG (AUG 18/SCMP)  SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST -- A military police officer guarding Taiwan's presidential office has been injured by a man wielding a stolen samurai sword, say authorities, as reported by the South China Morning Post.   On Friday, the 51-year-old attacker stole a sword from a nearby history museum and slashed the guard who tried to stop him from entering the complex from a side gate, said a presidential spokesman.   Other military police then overpowered the assailant.   The presidential office was hosting a family event for staff attended by President Tsai Ing-wen.   Police said the attacker was carrying the national flag of China and declared that he was expressing his political views, noted AFP
Item Number:16 Date: 08/18/2017 UKRAINE - NAVY EYES NEW NATO TACTICS CENTER (AUG 18/INT-UKR)  INTERFAX-UKRAINE -- The Ukrainian navy may establish a NATO doctrines and tactic center by the end of the year, says a top officer, as reported by Interfax-Ukraine.   Consideration is being given to the project, reported Ukraine's UAWire news site.   If it becomes a reality, the center will help improve the skills of naval officers and prevent duplication when planning and holding combat training exercises, Capt. 1st Rank Andriy Ryzhenko, the deputy chief of staff for Euro-Atlantic integration, told the Dumska online newspaper on Thursday.   The service also plans to open a language center on Sept. 1 to address the shortcoming of foreign language skills in the navy, said Ryzhenko.   He urged the Ukrainian military to include NATO's 46 key doctrines in educational programs at all levels
  Item Number:17 Date: 08/18/2017 USA - CAPTAIN OF DESTROYER INVOLVED IN FATAL COLLISION, 2 OTHERS, TO BE RELIEVED OF DUTIES; MORE FACE PUNISHMENT (AUG 18/NBC)  NBC NEWS -- Three top leaders of a U.S. destroyer that crashed into a merchant ship in June have been relieved of their responsibilities, says the Navy, as reported by NBC News.   The USS Fitzgerald collided with a Philippines-registered cargo ship in Japanese waters on June 17. The crash left seven U.S. sailors dead.   The Fitzgerald's commanding officer, executive officer and the senior enlisted sailor were all relieved of their responsibilities aboard the ship, said the Navy on Thursday.   Those relived were Cmdr. Bryce Bension, the commanding officer; Cmdr. Sean Babbitt, the XO; and Master Chief Petty Officer Brice Baldwin, the destroyer's command master chief.   All three will face administrative action at a captain's mast meeting on Friday in Japan. Up to a dozen others will face yet-to-be-determined non-judicial punishment, said Navy officials.   The "bridge team" of the destroyer "lost situational awareness" and could not respond quickly enough after spotting the cargo ship, said Adm. William Moran, the vice chief of naval operations.   Adm. Joseph Aucoin, the commander of the 7th Fleet, determined that "serious mistakes were made by the crew," said Moran.   Several investigations concerning the incident are continuing.  
Item Number:18 Date: 08/18/2017 USA - NEW RADAR WARNING RECEIVER FOR COMBAT RESCUE HELICOPTER TAKES ANOTHER STEP (AUG 18/LM)  LOCKHEED MARTIN -- The new radar warning receiver being developed for the U.S. Air Force HH-60W Combat Rescue Helicopter program has successfully reached Technology Readiness Level 6 (TRL 6), reports Lockheed Martin, the manufacturer.   The AN/APR-52 radar warning receiver was recently demonstrated at the U.S. Air Force Integrated Demonstrations and Applications Laboratory at the U.S. Air Force Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Dayton, Ohio.   The milestone provides confidence in the technical maturity of the system more than a year before the HH-60W's first flight test, noted Lockheed.   The AN/APR-52 is an all-digital, four-channel radar warning receiver that is designed to process a large number of signals at the same time to rapidly and accurately identify threats. It provides a high probability of detection for modern and future threats in very dense electronic environments, according to the company.   The radar warning receiver is part of a complete electronic warfare suite that is designed to improve the detection of threats and increase the survivability of the HH-60W, said Lockheed officials.  
Item Number:19 Date: 08/18/2017 USA - NO SIGHT OF MISSING BLACK HAWK CREW DESPITE EXPANDED SEARCH NEAR OAHU (AUG 18/S&S)  STARS AND STRIPES -- The U.S. Army says it has expanded the search area for the missing crew of a Black Hawk helicopter that went down in the Pacific Ocean on Tuesday, reports the Stars and Stripes.   The UH-60 crashed during nighttime training off the coast of Oahu, Hawaii. Debris was found, but two pilots and three crewmembers aboard are still missing. The soldiers and aircraft are from the 25th Combat Aviation Brigade based at Wheeler Army Airfield.   On Thursday, the search area was expanded to 50 miles off of Oahu's northwest shore. The previous search effort focused on five miles offshore.   Aircraft and surface vessels from the Coast Guard, Army, Marine Corps, Navy and Honolulu Fire Dept. have been searching.  
  Item Number:20 Date: 08/18/2017 USA - SEEKING MORE FIREPOWER, ARMY SHOWS OFF NEW 30-MM CANNON ON STRYKERS (AUG 18/DN)  DEFENSE NEWS -- The U.S. Army recently demonstrated a new 30-mm cannon capability on a Stryker wheeled armored vehicles, reports Defense News.   During a live-firing at Henry Field at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., on Aug. 15, the Stryker Infantry Carrier Vehicle Dragoon (ICVD) showed off its ability to hit targets at greater range than before   Stryker ICVD prototypes have been undergoing testing at Aberdeen with members of the 2nd Cavalry Regiment, which will eventually deploy the vehicles in Grafenwoehr, Germany.   The European-based regiment requested more firepower more than two years ago, pointing out that most Strykers then had .50-cal machine guns with an effective range of 2,000 meters. This compares to the 3,200 meters on the up-gunned Strykers tested at Aberdeen, noted Breaking Defense.   Once the initial training is completed, the Army plans to field the up-gunned vehicles to the whole regiment for further testing, said program officials.   The ICVD maximizes commonality with the basic Stryker platform, including the fire-control system and the suspension from the double-V hull variant. The ICVD uses a flat-bottom hull, officials said.   The addition of the 30-mm cannon will allow the Stryker to defend against mechanized forces.

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