Tuesday, January 2, 2018

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To All,
I hope that your first week of the new year has started well.
. This Day In Naval History – January 2, 2018
Jan. 2
1943—USS Argonaut (SM1) sinks the Japanese guard boat Ebon Maru in the Bismarck Sea.
1944—Aerial mine laying operations continue in the Marshall Islands. Five PV-1s (VB 137) and one PBY-5 (VP 72) mine Jabor Anchorage, Jaluit.
1944—USS Finback (SS 230) sinks a Japanese merchant tanker in the East China Sea.
1969 - Operation Barrier Reef began in Mekong Delta, Vietnam
2000—Retired Adm. Elmo R. Zumwalt, Jr., the 19th Chief of Naval Operations, dies at Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC.
Today in History January 2
Catholic forces under King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella take the town of Granada, the last Muslim kingdom in Spain.
The French begin bombardment of Madras, India.
Photography pioneer Louis Daguerre takes the first photograph of the moon.
The USS Brooklyn is readied at Norfolk to aid Fort Sumter.
In the second day of hard fighting at Stone's River, near Murfreesboro, Tenn., Union troops defeat the Confederates.
President Theodore Roosevelt closes a post office in Indianola, Mississippi, for refusing to hire a Black postmistress.
U.S. Marines are sent to Santo Domingo to aid the government against rebel forces.
After a six-month siege, Russians surrender Port Arthur to the Japanese.
Russian Bolsheviks threaten to re-enter the war unless Germany returns occupied territory.
Japanese forces in Manchuria set up a puppet government known as Manchukuo.
In Berlin, Nazi officials claim that their treatment of Jews is not the business of the League of Nations.
In the Philippines, the city of Manila and the U.S. Naval base at Cavite fall to Japanese forces.
The Allies capture Buna in New Guinea.
In Vietnam, the Viet Cong down five U.S. helicopters in the Mekong Delta. 30 Americans are reported dead.
American G.I.s move into the Mekong Delta for the first time.
The United States admits the accidental bombing of a Hanoi hospital.
President Jimmy Carter asks the U.S. Senate to delay the arms treaty ratification in response to Soviet action in Afghanistan.
British police arrest the "Yorkshire Ripper" serial killer, Peter Sutcliffe.
A severe winter storm hits the Midwestern US; in Chicago temperatures plunge to -13 ºF and19 inches of snow fell; 68 deaths are blamed on the storm.
A coal mine explosion in Sago, West Virginia, kills 12 miners and critically injures another. This accident and another within weeks lead to the first changes in federal mining laws in decades.
Thanks to THE Bear
Dutch... 23 January 1968 is the 50th anniversary of an event well worth reviewing—not just by Windmillers, but by every national security expert doing duty in the White House war room... North Korea yanked tail feathers from the American Eagle fifty years ago and yearns to keep on plucking. The grandson of the perpetrator of the Pueblo seizure will be in action on the 23rd of January 1968 to make his Grandpa proud... bet on it... 
Over the years the historical documents concerning the "Pueblo Crisis" have been declassified from TS-Eyes Only to unclassified and are now available in the State Department, Office of the Historian's Korean files. I will be referring to more than 100 of these documents as I compose my daily blogs that concentrate on Rolling Thunder but attempt to tie the air war being fought over North Vietnam to the major events of the day. Pueblo was a very big event concurrent with Tet and the siege of Khe Sanh in the South. Windmillers may find these documents more interesting if read in-order starting with document 212. and continuing into the 300s, or until the appetite for old history is satiated... (to access 213 and successive documents, tap the carrot to the right of 212s text, etc)...  Pueblo Crisis is found here:
In addition to the two photos of Pueblo, then and now, here is a teaser for the trail of long guarded Pueblo documents...
212. A telegram from the Department of State to the Embassy in the Soviet Union... Dated: 23 January 1968 ...begins ... "Captain of small Navy trawler-class surface ship, USS Pueblo, has reported that at approximately 0010 our time tonight, his vessel, according to his report, clearly outside any definition of territorial waters, was taken under fire with small number of badly wounded casualties. Vessel was then surrounded by North Korean naval craft that had been firing on it and our last report from ship was that it was being escorted or towed into Wonson Harbor about 25 miles distant... '"....
2018... THEIRS...for show and tell ...A TROPHY... 
Air Force Could Test "Flying Aircraft Carriers" as Early as Next Year
By: Motley Fool
Posted: 1/1/2018 7:03:00 AM
The movies were right:  Gremlins are real.
Or at least they will be if DARPA -- the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency -- has anything to say about it. As we learned this week from our friends at the  Navy  Times  , DARPA is moving ahead on its effort to create a fleet of flying aircraft carriers, which it calls the "Gremlins" program, with demonstration flights scheduled to begin sometime next year.
Thanks to Mike
Thomas Jefferson
As we begin 2018, everyone in this country needs to stop think, and refresh themselves on lessons in history that have caused many nations to falter and fail.  We must learn from history......not repeat it.
Happy New Year!
                    Thomas Jefferson
His Portrait is on the Two $2.00 Dollar Bill.
This is amazing.  
Thomas Jefferson was a very remarkable man who started learning very
early in life and never stopped.
At 5, began studying under his cousin's tutor.
At 9, studied Latin, Greek and French.
At 14, studied classical literature and additional languages.
At 16, entered the College of William and Mary.Also could write in Greek with one hand
while writing the same in Latin with the other.
At 19, studied Law for 5 years starting under George Wythe.
At 23, started his own law practice.
At 25, was elected to the Virginia House of Burgesses.
At 31, wrote the widely circulated "Summary View of the Rights of British America " And
retired from his law practice.
At 32, was a delegate to the Second Continental Congress.
At 33, wrote the Declaration of Independence
At 33, took three years to revise Virginia 's legal code and wrote a Public Education
bill and a statute for Religious Freedom.
At 36, was elected the second Governor of Virginia succeeding Patrick Henry.
At 40, served in Congress for two years.
At 41, was the American minister to France and negotiated commercial treaties with
European nations
along with Ben Franklin and John Adams..
At 46, served as the first Secretary of State under George Washington.
At 53, served as Vice President and was elected president of the American Philosophical
At 55, drafted the Kentucky Resolutions and became the active head of Republican
At 57, was elected the third president of the United States.
At 60, obtained the Louisiana Purchase doubling the nation's size.
At 61, was elected to a second term as President.
At 65, retired to Monticello .
At 80, helped President Monroe shape the Monroe Doctrine.
At 81, almost single-handedly created the University of Virginia and served as its first
At 83, died on the 50th anniversary of the Signing of the Declaration of Independence along
with John Adams.
Thomas Jefferson knew because he himself studied the previous failed attempts at government. He understood actual history, the nature of God, His laws and the nature of man. That happens to be way more than what most understand today.
Jefferson really
knew his stuff.
A voice from the past to lead us in the future:
John F. Kennedy held a dinner in the White House for a group of the brightest minds
in the nation at that time. He made this statement: "This is perhaps the assembly of
the most intelligence ever to gather at one time in the White House with the exception of when Thomas Jefferson dined alone."
 "When we get piled upon one another in large cities, as in Europe, we shall become as corrupt as Europe "Thomas Jefferson
"The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are
willing to work and give to those who would not."
Thomas Jefferson
"It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes. A principle which if acted on would save one-half the wars of the world." 
Thomas Jefferson
"I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government
from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them."
Thomas Jefferson
"My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results
from too much government."
Thomas Jefferson
"No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms."
Thomas Jefferson
"The strongest reason for the people to retain the right to keep and bear arms is, as a
last resort, to protect themselves against tyranny in government."
Thomas Jefferson
"The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants."Thomas Jefferson
"To compel a man to subsidize with his taxes the propagation of ideas which he
and abhors is sinful and tyrannical."
--Thomas Jefferson
Thomas Jefferson said in 1802:"I believe that banking institutions are more dangerous to our liberties than standing armies.
If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their currency, first by inflation, then by deflation the banks and corporations that will grow up around the banks will deprive the people of all property until their children wake-up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered."
Item Number:1 Date: 01/02/2018 AFGHANISTAN - AIR FORCE SET TO ACQUIRE ARMED CESSNAS FROM U.S. (JAN 02/FG)  FLIGHTGLOBAL -- The U.S. Air Force has announced plans to supply armed AC-208 Caravan aircraft to the Afghan military, reports Flight Global.   Under an acquisition notice posted by the Air Force on Dec. 27, the service says it plans to award a contract to Orbital ATK for the aircraft without a competition.   If finalized, the U.S. would supply seven AC-208s to Afghanistan. Orbital ATK advertises the armed aircraft as a mini-gunship equipped with 70-mm guided rockets and AGM-114 Hellfire anti-tank missiles, as well as sensors, target designation systems, data links and self-protection equipment.   The Afghan Air Force and Special Mission Wing already operate unarmed variants of the C-208 for cargo and utility missions.  
Item Number:2 Date: 01/02/2018 AFGHANISTAN - MULTIPLE TALIBAN LEADERS KILLED IN RECENT AIRSTRIKES IN HELMAND PROVINCE (JAN 02/MIL)  MILITARY.COM -- U.S. forces have killed a Taliban leader responsible for numerous attacks on U.S. and Afghan soldiers, reports Military.com.   Qari Fida Mohammad, a Taliban governor of the Helmand district of Marjah, was killed in an airstrike on Dec. 20, said a spokeswoman for Task Force Southwest. The Marine force is in Helmand to advise Afghan security forces.   Two F-16 jets executed the strike as Mohammad was traveling with his convoy.   On Dec. 31, airstrikes killed three more senior Taliban leaders in Helmand, reported the Khaama Press (Afghanistan). Mawlavi Ahmed Mansour and 15 others were killed in the strikes in the Shoraki region, local officials said.   Mullah Sediqullah and Mawlavi Sajad were identified as the other Taliban leaders killed in the operation
Item Number:3 Date: 01/02/2018 CANADA - OTTAWA AWARDS DEALS TO PRIVATE FIRMS TO SUPPORT COAST GUARD MISSIONS (JAN 02/CCG)  CANADIAN COAST GUARD -- The Canadian government has awarded contracts to private firms to provide additional marine services in support of the coast guard, reports the service.   Public Services and Procurement Canada and the coast guard concluded two supply arrangements for the St. Lawrence region and the Great Lakes region. Le Groupe Ocean, Montreal, Quebec, was contracted for both regions. McKeil Marine, Burlington, Ontario, was awarded a deal for the Great Lakes region.   Under the agreements, awarded on Dec. 27, the Canadian coast guard will be able to provide taskings to the private sector firms on an as needed basis.   The arrangements cover ice clearance and ice navigation; removing ice from buoys; icebreaking and vessel assistance; stabilizing vessels in distress; towing; and assistance in the event of fire aboard a vessel   The measures will improve services for users of Canadian marine waterways until the coast guard receives new vessels planned under the National Shipbuilding Strategy, said the service release.  
  Item Number:4 Date: 01/02/2018 INDONESIA - POLICE COUNTERTERRORISM UNIT TO DOUBLE ITS STRENGTH (JAN 02/JAKGLOBE)  JAKARTA GLOBE -- The head of Indonesia's national police says the service will strengthen its efforts to combat terrorism, reports the Jakarta Globe.   The Densus 88 counterterrorism unit will have its manpower doubled to improve its capabilities, Gen. Tito Karnavian said on Dec. 29.   An additional 600 personnel will help the unit to monitor Islamic State networks and head off lone wolf attacks, reported Reuters.   Police arrested 170 terrorist suspects in 2017, 10 of whom were convicted, he said. Sixteen suspects died in custody.   The national police have also stepped up their cybersecurity efforts in 2017, including establishing a multimedia unit under the public relations department; a special security directorate under the Bureau of Intelligence and Security; and a directorate of cybercrime under the Criminal Investigations Unit, Karnavian said
  Item Number:5 Date: 01/02/2018 IRAN - 9 KILLED IN LATEST VIOLENCE AS PROTESTS SPREAD (JAN 02/BBC)  BRITISH BROADCASTING CORP. -- Nine people have been killed as protests across Iran enter their fifth day, reports the BBC.   At least six people were killed when protesters attempted to enter a police station on Monday night in the town of Qahderijan, in Iran's central Isfahan province. State media said they were trying to steal weapons.   Protests began on Thursday in the northeastern city of Mashhad and quickly spread to a number of cities across the country.   Spurred by price increases and corruption, protesters have openly criticized the government in the largest demonstrations since the Green Movement in 2009, noted Reuters. The protesters have been unusually vocal in their criticisms of the Islamic Republic's leaders.   In contrast to the 2009 protests, the current demonstrations have taken place throughout Iran, including in traditional government strongholds, reported the Washington Post.   The unrest is driven in part by a lack of economic growth outside of the oil sector since international sanctions were lifted in 2015.   At least 20 people, including a police officer and a member of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, have been killed in the violence so far.   The government has arrested hundreds and restricted access to the Telegram messaging application in response to the protests.  
  Item Number:6 Date: 01/02/2018 ISRAEL - CHARGES BROUGHT AGAINST TEENAGE ACTIVIST WHO SLAPPED SOLDIER (JAN 02/YNET)  YNET NEWS -- Israeli authorities have indicted a 16-year-old girl accused of assaulting an Israeli soldier, reports Ynet News.   Ahed Tamimi was charged on Monday with aggravated assault, hindering a soldier in the line of duty, incitement, threatening a soldier's life and stone-throwing.   Her mother was indicted for her involvement in the assault, as well as another incident in December. She was also charged with incitement to terrorism on Facebook.   Nur Tamimi, 21, Ahed's cousin, was charged on Sunday with aggravated assault of a soldier and hindering a soldier in the line of duty.   Tamimi became a cause celebre after video was shared online of her slapping a soldier in the West Bank village of Nabi Salih.   Tamimi's lawyer said she was certain some of the charges would eventually be dropped, but prosecutors may seek the maximum penalty for other counts.   The defendant was also arrested two years after biting a soldier who was trying to arrest her brother.  
Item Number:8 Date: 01/02/2018 NIGERIA - 15 KILLED IN ATTACK ON NEW YEAR'S DAY CHURCH SERVICE (JAN 02/DP)  DAILY POST -- At least 15 people are dead after an attack on New Year's Day church service in southern Nigeria, reports the Daily Post (Nigeria).   Parishioners were returning from a midnight service early Monday morning in Omuku, Rivers state, when gunmen opened fire, said witnesses and police.   The gunmen repeatedly fired at random, said local officials cited by BBC News.   The shooting was likely related to an ongoing struggle for power between rival gangs, police told the Premium Times (Nigeria
Item Number:9 Date: 01/02/2018 PAKISTAN - 8 DIE IN 36-HOUR GUN BATTLE AT CRPF BASE IN KASHMIR (JAN 02/ALJAZ)  AL JAZEERA -- Five soldiers and three militants have been killed in an attack on a paramilitary base in Indian-administered Kashmir, reports Al Jazeera (Qatar).   Early Sunday morning, three militants tried to infiltrate a training base near Lethpora village in southern Kashmir, said a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) spokesperson, cited by the Indian express.   Two militants were killed outside of the camp, while a third managed to enter the base, the spokesperson said.   A fifth soldier died after suffering a heart attack during the encounter. Three paramilitaries were injured.   The attack was claimed by Jaish-e-Mohammed, reported the Hindustan Times. The group's leader was killed on Dec. 26, the paper noted
Item Number:11 Date: 01/02/2018 RUSSIA - PUTIN RATIFIES AGREEMENT WITH SYRIA TO EXPAND NAVAL FACILITY IN TARTUS (JAN 02/INT-AVN)  INTERFAX-MILITARY NEWS AGENCY -- Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a federal law ratifying an agreement with Syria for the expansion of the Russian navy's facility in Tartus on the Syrian coast, reports Interfax-AVN (Russia).   The two countries signed the accord in Damascus on Jan. 28, 2017. It provides an international legal foundation for the Russian naval base and regulates the status of base personnel, their families and ship crews.   The document provides immunity and privileges for base personnel, real estate, movable property and ship crews, as well as guidelines for criminal and administrative prosecution of Russian personnel and reimbursement for any damage that they may cause.   Under the accord, 11 Russian ships, including nuclear-powered vessels, are allowed at the Tartus port at one time.   The agreement is valid for 49 years, with potential extensions of 25 years thereafter
  Item Number:12 Date: 01/02/2018 RUSSIA - SARMAT BALLISTIC MISSILE COMPLETES INITIAL TEST (JAN 02/INDBAROBS)  INDEPENDENT BARENTS OBSERVER -- Russia has completed its first test of its latest intercontinental ballistic missile, reports the Independent Barents Observer.   The trial of the SS-X-30 Sarmat's first stage took place on Dec. 27 at the Plesetsk cosmodrome in Arkhangelsk, reported the Moskovsky Komsomolets.   The ejection test was considered successful. The missile flew several dozen miles, according to the Russian newspaper.   The Sarmat reportedly has a payload of about 10 tons allowing it to carry up to 10 heavy nuclear warheads, or 15 lighter warheads. It is capable of penetrating any missile defense system, according to Russian officials.   The new ICBM has a range of 9,940 miles (16,000 km).   The Sarmat is intended to replace the SS-18 Satan ICBM
Item Number:13 Date: 01/02/2018 SOUTH KOREA - HONG KONG TANKER INSPECTED AFTER DELIVERING OIL TO N. KOREAN SHIP, SAYS SEOUL (JAN 02/SCMP)  SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST -- South Korean customs authorities seized and inspected a Hong Kong-flagged tanker in November after the vessel secretly transferred oil to a North Korean ship in international waters, reports the South China Morning Post.   The Lighthouse Winmore was inspected when it entered the South Korean port of Yeosu on Nov. 24, South Korean officials said on Dec. 29. The tanker had transferred 600 metric tons of refined oil to a North Korean vessel on Oct. 19, reported the Yonhap news agency (Seoul).   The ship's 25 crewmembers -- 23 Chinese nationals and two from Burma -- were being held at Yeosu, but would be released after the authorities finished questioning them, the officials said.   The Chinese Foreign Ministry denied that any Chinese vessel had been involved in such an oil transfer at sea in October.   The ship-to-ship transfer of any goods for North Korea is a violation of a U.N. Security Council resolution that was adopted against Pyongyang in September
  Item Number:14 Date: 01/02/2018 SOUTH KOREA - UNIFICATION MINISTER PROPOSES DIALOGUE WITH NORTH OVER OLYMPICS (JAN 02/GUARDIAN)  GUARDIAN -- South Korea has proposed high-level talks with North Korea after North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said he was open to sending athletes to the upcoming Olympic Games, reports the Guardian (U.K.).   On Tuesday, South Korea's unification minister, Cho Myoung Gyon, proposed a meeting for the following week with North Korean officials.   "We hope that the South and North can sit face to face and discuss the participation of the North Korean delegation at the Pyeongchang Games," said Cho.   Seoul wants to restore suspended inter-Korean communication channels, the minister said, as quoted by the Yonhap news agency (Seoul).   South Korean President Moon Jae In stressed that any talks on the Olympics must proceed alongside discussion about Pyongyang's nuclear program.   Pyongyang has not yet responded.   The 2018 Olympics are scheduled for February in Pyeongchang, South Korea
  Item Number:16 Date: 01/02/2018 TURKEY - S-400 AIR DEFENSE SYSTEM DEAL FINALIZED WITH MOSCOW (JAN 02/HUR)  HURRIYET -- The Turkish government has finalized a deal with Russia for advanced surface-to-air missile systems, reports the Hurriyet Daily News (Ankara).   A loan agreement for the sale of one S-400 battery, with an option for a second battery, was inked on Dec. 29.   The systems will be fully under the control of the Turkish military, but it will not be interoperable with NATO radar systems, said a release from the Turkish Undersecretariat for Defense Industries (SSM).   The agreement also stipulates "cooperation on technological development and joint production of systems" although the SSM provided no further details.   The purchase is estimated to be worth about US$2.5 billion. Deliveries are scheduled to begin in March 2020
  Item Number:17 Date: 01/02/2018 USA - NAVY TAKES STEPS TO IMPROVE CREW REST (JAN 02/USNIN)  USNI NEWS -- The U.S. Navy is moving to improve rest for sailors at sea after service leadership acknowledged that poorly rested crews on deployment demonstrated degraded performance, reports USNI News.   Two fatal collisions earlier this year were found to be the result in part of overworked and under-rested sailors.   The Navy has established new rest guidelines for surface ship crews and is evaluating whether specially tinted eyeglasses can help sailors fall asleep faster.   Initial testing has shown that wearing specially tinted glasses for an hour or two before going to bed can make falling asleep easier.   Blue light produced by screens or artificial lighting blocks the brain's production of melatonin, which helps people fall asleep, noted Navy researchers.   Recently released guidance also calls for sailors to get at least seven hours of sleep every 24 hours. This can be either seven uninterrupted hours or five uninterrupted hours and a follow-on uninterrupted two-hour nap.   The workday for sailors should also not exceed 12 hours in a 24-hour period or eight hours of continuous work, except when required by operational tasks
  Item Number:18 Date: 01/02/2018 USA - RAYTHEON TO SUPPLY AMRAAM MISSILES TO SEVERAL COUNTRIES UNDER $600 MILLION DEAL (JAN 02/DOD)  DEPT. OF DEFENSE -- The U.S. Air Force has awarded Raytheon, Tucson, Ariz., a contract for the latest production lot of AIM-120 AMRAAM air-to-air missiles, reports the Dept. of Defense.   The $634.2 million deal covers production Lot 31 AMRAAM missiles, spare parts and telemetry kits, said a Pentagon release on Dec. 28.   The contract covers Foreign Military Sales for Bahrain, Indonesia, Japan, Morocco, Poland, Qatar, Romania, South Korea, Spain and Turkey.   Work under the deal is scheduled to be completed by Jan. 31, 2020
Item Number:19 Date: 01/02/2018 YEMEN - DOZENS KILLED IN MULTIPLE AIRSTRIKES IN HODEIDAH (JAN 02/XIN)  XINHUA -- At least 20 are dead after a Saudi-led coalition airstrike in a Yemeni port city, reports China's Xinhua news agency.   On Dec. 30, airstrikes hit three taxis parked outside of a crowded restaurant in the al-Jarrahi district of Hodeidah, on the Red Sea.   Medical sources in Hodeidah hospital said that at least 20 civilians were killed and 10 wounded.   A commander of the Yemeni army, which is backed by the coalition forces, said the strike killed 20 Houthis and destroyed a convoy carrying militants, equipment and motorcycles.   The internationally-recognized government of Yemen and its coalition backers have made steady progress in recent months against the largely Shiite Houthi rebels.   Additional airstrikes on Monday hit a gas station and market in Hodeidah, killing at least 20 civilians and injuring dozens more, local officials told Xinhua

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