Friday, December 8, 2017

TheList 4607

The List 4607

To All
I hope that you all have a great weekend. Our hearts go out to all the folks out here that have been affected by the fires. They have affected friends from Santa Barbara to San Diego. We have had bags and cars packed for a couple of days here to be ready to go. The Santa Anna winds have brought devastation once again.
This Day In Naval History – December 8, 9 & 10
Dec. 8
1846—While commanded by Lt. Raphael Semmes, the brig Somers is chasing a blockade runner off Vera Cruz when it is caught in a sudden storm. Capsized by the heavy winds, it quickly sinks with the loss of more than 30 of her crew. In recent years, her wreck has been discovered and explored by divers.
1941—After the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the United States declares war on Japan.
1941—USS Wake (PR 3), a river gunboat moored at Shanghai, surrenders to the Japanese. During WWII, Wake is the only U.S. Navy vessel to be captured by the enemy intact.
1942—Eight PT boats (PT 36, PT 37, PT 40, PT 43, PT 44, PT 48, PT 59, and PT 109) turn back eight Japanese destroyers attempting to reinforce Japanese forces on Guadalcanal.
1943—USS Sawfish (SS 276) sinks Japanese transport Sansei Maru southeast of Chi Chi Jima. Also on this date, TBFs sinks Rabaul-bound fishing boats No. 3 Yusho Maru, No.7 Fukuri Maru, No.2 Takatori Maru, and No.1 Hoko Maru. 
1967—President Lyndon B. Johnson signed legislation to create the Judge Advocate General's (JAG) Corps of the Department of the Navy. The law established active-duty attorneys as a distinct professional group, and it ushered in a new era of legal administration within the Navy.
On Dec. 8, 1942, a year and a day after the Pearl Harbor attack, eight U.S. PT boats turned back eight Japanese destroyers attempting to reinforce Japanese forces on Guadalcanal. During the engagement, the PTs split into three groups to meet the enemy force, with patrols off Kokumbona, another off Cape Esperance, and a four-boat division near Savo Island to act as a striking force. After initial contact took place off Cape Esperance, the striking group of four boats closed and unleashed a torpedo attack. In the ensuing running gun battle, the PTs weaved around the destroyers in a confused melee. Although PT-59 was hit by shellfire and suffered minor damage, the Japanese withdrew without delivering their reinforcements. By the end of December 1942, the Japanese Imperial High Command had reluctantly evaluated and accepted recommendations for the evacuation of Japanese forces on Guadalcanal.
Dec. 9
1864—While operating on the Roanoke River at Rainbow Bluff, NC, the side-wheel gunboat Otsego strikes two Confederate mines. The steam tugboat Bazely rushes to help Otsego, but it also hits a mine. Both vessels eventually sink. During this operation, the side-wheel gunboat Wyalusing provides fire cover while boats dragged for mines.
1938—A prototype shipboard radar, XAF, designed and built by the Naval Research Laboratory, is installed on USS New York (BB 34). Installation on U.S. Navy vessels begins in 1940 and proves fruitful in detecting the enemy in World War II.
1941—USS Swordfish (SS 193) makes initial U.S. submarine attack on Japanese ship, torpedoing a ship 150 miles west of Manila. Her claim of sinking, though, is not confirmed in enemy records.
1944—USS Charles F. Hughes (DD 428) and USS Madison (DD 425) bombard German coast artillery positions and troop concentrations along the Franco-Italian border. 
Dec. 10
1843—The first steam ship with screw propeller, Princeton, is launched. In 1844, its guns explode during a demonstration and kill Secretary of State Abel P. Upshur, Secretary of the Navy Thomas Gilmer and several others.
1941—SBD aircraft from USS Enterprise (CV 6) attack and sink the Japanese submarine I-70 north of Hawaiian Islands. A participant in the Pearl Harbor Attack, I-70 is the first major Japanese combatant ship sunk during World War II.
1941—A PBY aircraft piloted by Lt. Harmon T. Utter is attacked by three Japanese Mitsubishi A6M2 Type 0 carrier fighters. Chief Boatswain Earl D. Payne, Utter's bow gunner shoots one down, scoring the Navy's first verifiable air-to-air "kill" of a Japanese plane in the Pacific War. 
Note: The PBY guys had some brass ones. They had many air to air kills and a number of MOH awarded for rescuing pilots shot down close to very hostile shores during the war. As well as finding Japanese fleet at the battle of Midway. There are some really entertaining books about them….skip
Today in History
December 8
The first Shakespearian actress to appear on an English stage (she is believed to be a Ms. Norris) makes her debut as Desdemona.
CSS Sumter captures the whaler Eben Dodge in the Atlantic. The American Civil War is now affecting the Northern whaling industry.
Union General William Averell's cavalry destroys railroads in the southwestern part of West Virginia.
The German cruisers Scharnhorst, Gneisenau, Nurnberg, and Liepzig are sunk by a British force in the Battle of the Falkland Islands.
President Woodrow Wilson declines to send a representative to the League of Nations in Geneva.
Japan tells the League of Nations that it has no control over her designs in China.
Japanese General Tomoyuki Yamashita begins his attack against the British army at Singapore.
U.S. carrier-based planes sink two cruisers and down 72 planes in the Marshall Islands.
The United States conducts the longest, most effective air raid on the Pacific island of Iwo Jima.
The United Nations approves the recognition of South Korea.
In the biggest battle yet in the Mekong Delta, 365 Viet Cong are killed.
South Vietnam's Vice President Nguyen Cao Ky arrives in Paris for peace talks.
John Lennon is shot to death outside his Manhattan apartment building.
The Washington, D.C., police shoot and kill a man threatening to blow up the Washington Monument.
The Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty signed.
An Israeli army tank transporter kills 4 Palestinian refugees and injures 7 others during a traffic accident at the Erez Crossing on the border between Israel and the Gaza Strip, leading to the First Intifada.
The leaders of Belarus, Russia, and Ukraine sign an agreement that dissolves the Soviet Union and establishes the Commonwealth of Independent States.
The Cuzco Declaration signed in Cuzco, Peru, establishing the South American Community of Nations.
SpaceX becomes the first privately held company to successfully launch, orbit and recover a spacecraft.
The Japanese solar-sail spacecraft IKAROS passes the planet Venus.
California Dreamin' . . .
December 6, 2017
Eric Peters  December 6, 2017
It's ironic that the state which birthed and came to define the car culture – cruising on Friday nights, the Beach Boys, Ronnie and the Daytonas – has become the state most hostile toward them.
Thanks to Mugs
"We're in a previously unseen heretofore level of stability in the industry. ... All the indicators point to a sustainable healthy airline industry. Over the last decade, you've seen a decrease in people wanting to choose this as a profession," Mann said. "That I think is on a turnaround. The word is out."

Thanks to Mugs
December 8, 2017
The Deep State vs. Trump
Retired CIA station chief Scott Uehlinger claims there is a "Deep State."  He argued, "The Deep State is made up of thousands of similarly credentialed, remarkably "un-diverse" civil servants and political appointees who saw themselves promoted rapidly during the eight years of the Obama administration. The appointees have left, but make no mistake — the progressive civil servants remain."  Uehlinger is correct except for the fact that he exaggerates the role Obama has played in its creation.  The "Deep State" had its greatest growth during the Roosevelt Administration when bureaucrats like Soviet asset Harry Dexter White recruited large numbers of communists and progressives to man the government.  Most of the communists were eventually weeded out of government but the progressives for the most part remained.  These progressives gradually gained control of most of the federal bureaucracy.  Under President Obama, even many of the conservative holdouts were driven from the government.
Item Number:1 Date: 12/08/2017 ARGENTINA - JUDGE, HIMSELF UNDER INVESTIGATION, INDICTS FORMER PRESIDENT FOR TREASON (DEC 08/DAILYTEL)  DAILY TELEGRAPH -- A federal judge in Argentina has indicted former President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner and sought her arrest on charges of treason, reports the Daily Telegraph (U.K.).   On Thursday, authorities arrested three of her former aides and associates. Fernandez's former foreign minister was placed under house arrest.   Fernandez has called the investigation politically motivated.   She was elected to the Senate in October, giving her immunity from prosecution. Lifting that immunity requires a two-thirds vote in the body. Such action is rare, noted the Washington Post.   Fernandez is accused of covering up Iranian involvement in a 1994 bombing of a Jewish community center in Buenos Aires.   Prosecutor Alberto Nisman was investigating that case when he was found dead in his apartment on Jan. 18, 2015. He had publicly accused Fernandez of a cover-up, agreeing to trade Iranian oil for a not-guilty finding into the investigation of the bombing, among other concessions.   The judge who just issued the indictment, Claudio Bonadio, is under investigation for money-laundering and illicit enrichment, noted the Washington Post.  
  Item Number:2 Date: 12/08/2017 AUSTRALIA - CANBERRA TAKES COMMAND OF MULTINATIONAL SECURITY FORCE IN BAHRAIN (DEC 08/CMF)  COMBINED MARITIME FORCES -- The Royal Australian Navy has taken command of the multinational Combined Task Force 150 (CTF-150), reports the Combined Maritime Forces (CMF).   The Pakistan navy passed command to Australia during a Thursday ceremony at Combined Maritime Forces headquarters in Bahrain.   U.S. Vice Adm. John Aquilino, the commander of U.S. Naval Forces Central Command, U.S. 5th Fleet and CMF, presided over the ceremony.   This is the seventh time that Australia has taken the helm of the multinational force, which is designed to deter and combat terrorism, smuggling and other illegal activities in nearly 3.2 million square miles of waters covering the Arabian Sea, Gulf of Oman, Gulf of Aden, Somali Basin and Southern Red Sea.   The new CTF-150 command staff includes seven Royal Canadian Navy personnel, who are expected to develop skills and understanding of the task force ahead of Canada's planned command in 2018.   Australia is expected to hold the command for four months.  
  Item Number:3 Date: 12/08/2017 INDIA - NEW DELHI ADMITS ONE OF ITS UAVS WAS LOST IN CHINESE TERRITORY (DEC 08/HT)  HINDUSTAN TIMES -- The Indian government has acknowledged that it lost one of its unmanned aerial vehicles lost control during a routine training mission, crossed the de facto border with China in India's northeastern Sikkim state before crashing in Chinese territory, reports the Hindustan Times.   On Thursday, New Delhi responded to China's expression of "strong dissatisfaction" over the crash, which happened in "recent days," according to Xinhua, China's state news agency.   Indian border security personnel immediately notified their Chinese counterparts when the UAV crossed the frontier, the Indian Defense Ministry said.   "This action by India violated China's territorial sovereignty. We express strong dissatisfaction and opposition," said Zhang Shuili, a military official in China's western combat command, as quoted by Reuters.   The incident comes about two months after the neighbors resolved a standoff involving their border forces in the same region.   The lost UAV was an Israeli-built Heron, reported the Print (India
Item Number:4 Date: 12/08/2017 ISRAEL - JERUSALEM DECISION PROMPTS WIDESPREAD PROTESTS (DEC 08/HA)  HAARETZ -- U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital has sparked protests.   There have been protests, some violent, in Palestinian areas, leaving at least 26 people wounded, reports Haaretz (Israel).   Many protesters are sending a message to Trump, following his recent move, noted the BBC.   On Friday, there were demonstrations and clashes on much of the West Bank, Gaza and parts of Israel.   At least 21 Palestinians were wounded by rubber bullets and one by live fire in the West Bank, according the Palestinian Red Cross. Five Palestinians were reportedly injured by live fire, one seriously, on the Israel-Gaza border.   More than 3,000 protesters have been seen in Ramallah, Hebron and Bethlehem. Witnesses have reported some protesters throwing Molotov cocktails and rocks at security forces. Police have responded with rubber bullets, tear gas and live fire.   There have also been protests in Muslim-majority countries – including Pakistan, Malaysia and Indonesia. Many have gathered outside U.S. embassies. Some have burned Israeli and American flags, noted NBC News.  
  Item Number:5 Date: 12/08/2017 JAPAN - DEFENSE MINISTRY WANTS FUNDING FOR LONG-RANGE CRUISE MISSILE PLAN (DEC 08/CNN)  CABLE NEWS NETWORK -- The Japanese military says it wants to buy long-range cruise missiles, reports CNN.   "We will implement standoff missiles capable of defending ourselves adequately, when we are outside the range of the opponent," said Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera on Friday.   Onodera denied that the new acquisitions would constitute a shift in Tokyo's defense-oriented policy, under which the Self-Defense Forces do not possess the capability to strike other countries' territory, noted the Kyodo news agency.   Japan will purchase Lockheed Martin's Long Range Anti-Ship Missiles and Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missiles for its F-15 fighter jets, a source told CNN.   Japan also intends to purchase Joint Strike Missiles for its new F-35 Joint Strike Fighters.   Requests will be made in the 2018 budget to fund the purchase, said the spokesman. The ministry in August requested a record-high budget for fiscal 2018, looking to counter the threat from North Korea's ballistic missile and nuclear development
  Item Number:6 Date: 12/08/2017 MEXICO - WITH 8 IN HAND, NAVY ACCEPTS LAST 2 PANTHER HELICOPTERS (DEC 08/AIRBUSHEL)  AIRBUS HELICOPTERS -- Airbus Helicopters has delivered the last two of 10 AS 565MBe Panther helicopters ordered by the Mexican navy.   The aircraft were handed over on Dec. 6 during a ceremony at the Airbus facility in Marignane, France, the company said in a release on Dec. 6.   Mexico is the launch customer for the type, said Airbus. The first four helicopters were delivered in 2016, with the balance in 2017.   The multi-mission helicopter is stationed at bases in Veracruz, Sonora and Michoacan states in support of reconnaissance, patrol and training missions
  Item Number:7 Date: 12/08/2017 PAKISTAN - CHINA WARNS ITS NATIONALS OF IMMINENT ATTACKS BY 'TERRORISTS' IN PAKISTAN (DEC 08/SCMP)  SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST -- The Chinese Embassy in Islamabad has warned citizens in Pakistan to be on alert for attacks, reports the South China Morning Post (Hong Kong).   The embassy said on Friday it had information suggesting terrorists were planning attacks "very soon."   An embassy statement recommended, among other precautions, avoiding time outside and staying away from crowded areas. The embassy did not elaborate on the nature or expected perpetrators of these potential attacks.   Two Chinese citizens were killed by the Islamic State in June.  
Item Number:8 Date: 12/08/2017 PAKISTAN - ISLAMABAD REJECTS U.S. EXHORTATIONS TO DO MORE AGAINST TERRORISTS (DEC 08/EXPTRIB)  EXPRESS TRIBUNE -- Pakistani officials told visiting U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis earlier this week that the government would no longer heed American demands that Islamabad do more against alleged terrorist safe havens on its territory, say sources cited by the Express Tribune (Pakistan).   The officials reportedly told the secretary that Pakistan would not conduct joint operations on its territory. They stressed that any evidence regarding the presence of terrorist groups on Pakistani territory needed to be cleared with the nation's civilian and military leadership, said the sources.   Islamabad will continue to conduct anti-terrorist operations that are in its national interest, the officials said.   Mattis was told that the Trump administration's new policy for the Afghanistan-Pakistan region was not acceptable and a new strategy would be needed if Washington wanted to improve ties, said the government sources.   The U.S. strategy, unveiled in August, criticized Pakistan for its suspected support for the Taliban in Afghanistan.  
  Item Number:9 Date: 12/08/2017 RUSSIA - MOSCOW EXPRESSES WILLINGNESS TO DISCUSS INF WITH U.S. (DEC 08/RFE/RL)  RADIO FREE EUROPE/RADIO LIBERTY -- The Russian government says it is prepared to talk with the U.S. to maintain the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty, says the nation's Foreign Ministry, as cited by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.   The announcement made on Friday by the Foreign Ministry in Moscow coincided with the treaty's 30th anniversary.   However, Moscow criticized "the language of ultimatums" by the U.S. and pressure placed via sanctions, said a statement from the ministry.   Washington has accused Moscow of violating the IFN treaty. Last month, a senior U.S. diplomat said Russia had developed a nuclear-capable cruise missile.   The treaty requires parties to destroy their ground-launched ballistic and cruise missiles with ranges of between 310 and 3,400 miles, as well as associated equipment, within three years after the treaty enters into force, as noted by the text on the U.S. State Dept.'s website.  
  Item Number:10 Date: 12/08/2017 RUSSIA - MOSCOW WANTS PIECE OF ACTION IN ANTI-ISIS FIGHT IN IRAQ; CHANCES SEEN SLIM (DEC 08/MILTIMES)  MILITARY TIMES -- The Kremlin reportedly wants to help destroy the remnants of the Islamic State terrorist group in western Iraq, reports the Military Times.   A top official said Moscow would like to discuss such a role with the United States. This followed this week's announcement that ISIS had been defeated in Syria.   "We are ready to hold dialogue and join American counterparts in solving this issue" said Valery Gerasimov, Russia's deputy defense minister, as cited by the Tass news agency.   "The attention of the international counterterrorism coalition should be focused on how to destroy militants in Iraq's western regions in order to prevent the [ISIS] comeback to Syria and how to exclude the revival of Islamic caliphate there, but not on deployment of own military bases in Syria," the minister said.   Gerasimov also criticized the U.S.-led coalition's efforts in Syria, saying that it had not achieved any noticeable successes there.   There is little chance of cooperation between the U.S. and Russia in Iraq, however, American officials said.   "Our communication with the Russians, from a DoD standpoint, is limited to deconflicting our operations in Syria to prevent accidents," said a Pentagon spokesman.  
  Item Number:11 Date: 12/08/2017 SINGAPORE - MILITARY WORKS ON FORCE INTEGRATION DURING DRILLS IN U.S. (DEC 08/STIMES)  STRAITS TIMES -- The Singapore military has been demonstrating improved integration among its forces during the biennial Forging Sabre exercise at Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., reports the Straits Times.   The 16-day live-fire exercise, which began on Nov. 28, features the latest upgraded weaponry to help the army and air force work together to effectively detect and destroy targets, said officials on Dec. 5.   Singapore's High Mobility Artillery Rockey Systems (HIMARS) have been upgraded to fire M31 unitary guided rockets at multiple targets simultaneously. A battery deployed for the first time in the exercise includes a new command post, including fully automated deployment of antenna masts.   Officials noted that an artillery reconnaissance unit is employing a new laser designation technology that helps mark multiple moving targets for fighter jets dropping laser-guided bombs.   This exercise is also taking place in a larger area than previous drills, officials said.  
Item Number:12 Date: 12/08/2017 SOUTH AFRICA - DUTCH GUN RUNNER ARRESTED FOR ACTIONS IN LIBERIA (DEC 08/REU)  REUTERS -- A Dutch businessman who was convicted earlier this year of selling weapons during Liberia's civil war has been arrested in South Africa on a Dutch warrant, reports Reuters.   South African prosecutors said Guus Kouwenhoven, 75, would appear in court on Friday as part of the extradition request.   Kouwenhoven has been living in Cape Town. In April, a Dutch court convicted him of being an accessory to war crimes in Liberia's civil war and sentenced to 19 years in prison. The businessman refused to attend the trial, citing his health.   The arms dealer allegedly ran two timber companies in Liberia that served as fronts, allowing him to smuggle weapons into the conflict zone.   The Dutch court found that he sold arms to the regime of then-President Charles Taylor in return for special treatment for his timber company.   Taylor was sentenced in 2012 to 50 years in prison for war crimes.  
  Item Number:13 Date: 12/08/2017 SOUTH KOREA - WITH N. KOREAN THREAT IN MIND, LAWMAKERS HIKE DEFENSE BUDGET BY 7 PERCENT (DEC 08/YON)  YONHAP -- The South Korean government has decided on a significant increase in defense spending for 2018, reports the Yonhap news agency (Seoul).   On Wednesday, lawmakers approved a budget plan that will increase military spending by 7 percent compared to 2016, for a total of US$39.7 billion.   This is the largest single-year hike since 2009.   The budget is US$37 million larger than originally proposed by the government. The increase reflects the "grim security reality" of serious nuclear and missile threats from North Korea, according to the South Korean Defense Ministry.   The budget plan includes US$3.9 billion for the three-axis defense platform, which includes the Kill Chain pre-emptive strike system; Korean Air and Missile Defense (KAMD) system; and the Korea Massive Punishment and Retaliation (KMPR) program.   Military research and development projects are in line for a 4.2 percent bump to US$2.7 billion.   The budget for the purchase of new maritime helicopters has been increased from US$42 million to US$51 million.   Another US$300,000 has been allocated to increase the firepower of the army's new special mission brigade. The unit is optimized for "decapitation" operations against the North Korean leadership.  
  Item Number:14 Date: 12/08/2017 TURKEY - TRIAL OPENS FOR PRO-KURDISH OPPOSITION LEADER; DEFENDANT NOT IN SIGHT (DEC 08/NRT)  NRT NEWS -- A Turkish political leader accused of terrorism has been ordered to remain in prison, reports NRT (Sulaimaniya, Iraq).   Selahattin Demirtas did not appear when his trial began in Ankara on Thursday, angering many of his supporters who had shown up to the trial.   The judge presiding over the case said Demirtas refused an offer to appear via video link. His supporters said the move is a ploy to keep their leader silent.   Demirtas was also remanded for at least two more months, reported Reuters.   A member of the Peoples' Democratic Party (HDP), he was arrested in November 2016 in part of a crackdown after a failed coup in July 2016.   He is charged being a leader of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) and inciting followers to terrorist acts.   If convicted, could face up to 142 years in prison.   His supporters contend that his trial is politically motivated after the party had a historic showing in 2015. HDP advocates for Kurdish causes and opposes the current government in Ankara
Item Number:15 Date: 12/08/2017 UNITED KINGDOM - BREAKTHROUGH SEEN IN BREXIT TALKS (DEC 08/GUARDIAN)  GUARDIAN -- British and European Union negotiators say they have agreed on terms for the U.K.'s exit from the E.U., paving the way for future discussions on issues including trade, reports the Guardian (U.K.).   British Prime Minister Theresa May and European commission President Jean-Claude Juncker announced the deal on Friday.   Juncker said that during next week's a summit with European leaders, he will recommend moving the talks to the next round,   The deal did not detail plans for the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, noted the Washington Post. Free movement of goods across the border was a key part of the Good Friday accords signed in 1998 that ended more than 30 years of violence in Northern Ireland.   On Monday, the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) brought talks to a standstill after a leaked copy of the initial agreement suggested that a customs border between Northern Ireland and the rest of the U.K. might be necessary to keep the open border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.   The prime minister's key parliamentary ally in Northern Ireland gave a cautious endorsement of the terms, noted Reuters.  
  Item Number:16 Date: 12/08/2017 UNITED KINGDOM - QUEEN ELIZABETH PRESIDES OVER COMMISSIONING OF NAMESAKE AIRCRAFT CARRIER (DEC 08/UKMOD)  U.K. MINISTRY OF DEFENSE -- The British Royal Navy has commissioned its first of two new aircraft carriers, reports the U.K. Ministry of Defense.   Queen Elizabeth II presided over the ceremony on Thursday in Portsmouth, where HMS Queen Elizabeth entered service.   The carrier is wrapping up final build activities and preparing for helicopter trials in early 2018, noted the MoD. In the fall, she will sail to the United States for initial flight tests.   The U.K. currently has 13 F-35B Lightning II stealth fighters stationed in the U.S. for training, noted the ministry.  
Item Number:17 Date: 12/08/2017 USA - DEFENSE ACQUISITION HEAD DEMANDING MORE ACCOUNTABILITY OF PROGRAM MANAGERS (DEC 08/DN)  DEFENSE NEWS -- The U.S. undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics has told a congressional panel that she will demand a higher level of accountability from program managers, reports Defense News.   On Thursday, Ellen Lord told the Senate Armed Services Committee that she is currently looking at way to put more authority – and therefore more accountability – into the hands of officials and managers responsible for making defense acquisitions.   She also suggested to reporters that personnel changes might be coming, in order to ensure that "we have the right people in the right slots."   Restrictions during her first 120 days on the job previously prevented her from making any personnel changes but that limit recently passed, noted Lord.   On Feb. 1, the structure of acquisition, technology and logistics will split into two offices: research and engineering; and acquisition and sustainment
Item Number:18 Date: 12/08/2017 USA - NAVY PREPARES TO SEARCH FOR C-2A AIRCRAFT THAT CRASHED IN PHILIPPINE SEA (DEC 08/VOA)  VOICE OF AMERICA NEWS -- The Navy has announced that it is sending deep-water salvage experts to search the site where a transport plane went down in the western Pacific Ocean late last month, reports Voice of America News.   "Every effort will be made to recover" the remains of three sailors who died in the crash, said the Navy, in a release on Dec. 8, by the 7th Fleet   The experts will be led by the Navy's supervisor of salvage and diving. They will board a salvage vessel in Japan before traveling to the site of the incident.   The location of the incident is known, but the depth of water – more than 16,000 feet – will require capabilities not available in theater.   The C-2A Greyhound transport was carrying 11 when it went down on Nov. 22 en route from Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni in southern Japan to the Ronald Reagan aircraft carrier. The Reagan was operating with Japanese forces in the Philippine Sea.   Eight were rescued shortly thereafter. The navy ended the search-and-rescue efforts on Nov. 24.   An investigation into the causes of the crash is ongoing
Item Number:19 Date: 12/08/2017 USA - NAVY PROGRAM AIMS TO SPEED UPGRADES FOR AEGIS COMBAT SYSTEM (DEC 08/USNIN)  USNI NEWS -- The U.S. Navy says it anticipates deploying a "virtual twin" of the Aegis combat system in February as part of efforts to accelerate the fielding of upgrades to the fleet, reports USNI News.   The virtual twin system is the entire set of code that makes up the Aegis Combat System Baseline 9 system housed within a few computer systems, which take up less room than the Aegis system installed on U.S. guided-missile cruisers and destroyers, said Navy program officials.   The new system is already operating at Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren, Va., said Capt. Todd Boehm, the Aegis Integrated Warfare Systems major program Manager.   In February, the system will be placed aboard a destroyer going through its Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX). During the trials, the onboard Aegis system will control operations during the exercise, the twin system will "see" the same scenario and respond based on an additional installed algorithm, in this case one designed to improve the surface tracking picture.   If this proves successful, the Aegis virtual twin would validate the new algorithm in a tactically relevant situation at sea without any additional cost for at-sea testing, since the destroyer would be going through its COMPTUEX in any event.   In a second phase, slated for late spring or early summer 2018, another virtual twin would be installed on a ship conducting a live-fire missile shot of a Standard Missile as part of a Combat Systems Ship Qualifications Trials (CSSQT) or another fleet exercise.   The goal is to test upgrades more quickly and with less expense
Item Number:20 Date: 12/08/2017 USA - STRAINED SERVICE BEING GIVEN TOO MANY MISSIONS, SAYS NAVY SECRETARY (DEC 08/MIL)  MILITARY.COM -- U.S. Navy Secretary Richard Spencer has revealed that the service is only able to meet about 50 percent of its ordered missions, reports   After two fatal ship collisions in the Pacific over the summer, the Navy may need to review how military commanders are assigning it missions and which it can safely and sustainably accomplish, Spencer told website reporters earlier this week following the U.S. Naval Institute Defense Forum in Washington, D.C.   The structure of fleet forces and personnel management and officer career paths are also being examined in an upcoming strategic readiness review, the secretary said.   The sustainability of the Navy's operational tempo and taskings needs to come into the decision-making process, said Spencer.   "We only have so much capability and so much capacity, primarily capacity, to do the tasks that we can do," he said. "We can stretch things, and things are somewhat elastic, but you're going to reach a tension point where that object cannot go back to its original form. And that's what we're dealing with right here," said the Navy secretary.

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