Thursday, January 4, 2018

Fw: TheList 4627

The List 4627

To All,
I hope that your first week of the new year has been going well
. This Day In Naval History – January 4, 2018
Jan. 4
1863 - Blockading ship USS Quaker City captures sloop Mercury carrying dispatches emphasizing desperate plight of the South
1910—USS Michigan, the first U.S. dreadnought battleship, is commissioned.
1943—USS Shad (SS 235) sinks German minesweeper M 4242 (ex-French trawler Odet II) in the Bay of Biscay.
1944—USS Bluefish (SS 222) and USS Rasher (SS 269) attack a Japanese convoy off French Indochina; Bluefish sinks a merchant tanker while Rasher damages another tanker. Also on this date USS Cabrilla (SS 288) sinks a Japanese freighter off Cape Padran, French Indochina while USS Tautog (SS 109) sinks a Japanese freighter off southern Honshu.
1945—During attacks against the U.S. Navy force bound for the Lingayen Gulf, a kamikaze crashes into escort carrier USS Ommaney Bay (CVE 79) in the Sulu Sea and damages her beyond repair. USS Burns (DD 588) scuttles the carrier escort.
1972—Secretary of the Navy John Chaffee approved the establishment of the Legalman (LN) rating.
1989—VF-32 F-14 Tomcats from USS John F. Kennedy shoot down two hostile Libyan MiGs with AIM-7 [Sparrow] and AIM-9 [Sidewinder] missiles in the central Med north of Tobruk in international waters.
Thanks to THE Bear, Bud  and JC
Bud... Thanks for passing... This historic event has special meaning for me... 
     When the VFW convened their annual convention in Las Vegas that year they wanted to recognize the Navy F14 heroes from the Gulf of Sidra as one of their five annual award winners... The event was held in the Las Vegas convention Center in front of 25,000 delegates and a national TV audience... Dick Cheney was another awardee and the other three were heroic cops and a fireman... 
     Unfortunately for Kleeman, et al, their identifies were being withheld to protect them from retribution by Libyan terrorists and they were withheld from attending. The VFW and the Navy solved the problem. The Navy sent an expendable admiral from the Pentagon to accept the F14 guys plaque and honors ... Most expendable?... An attack puke... Bear Taylor...
     Tough duty...I got a weekend In Vegas and I got to sit on the stage and chat with one of my favorite people-- SecDef -- not--and then accept a plaque, honors and a rousing standing ovation on behalf of the unnamed F14 sharpshooters... 
     Anything for fighter brothers of brave heart and fighting spirit...  BearπŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ⚓️🐻
     PS... I still have a 3" button with the message: "Libya -- 0, F14 -- 2"
On Nov 3, 2015, at 7:25 PM, Bud wrote:
One of the pilots was Hank Kleeman who was previously in VF-32 sister squadron to mine VF-14. He later died landing at Miramar when his F-18 had that main mount issue and the bird turned upside down on landing.
From the net…courtesy of Roger…
Today in History January 4
Robert Francois Damiens makes an unsuccessful attempt to assassinate King Louis XV of France.
Union General Henry Halleck, by direction of President Abraham Lincoln, orders General Ulysses Grant to revoke his infamous General Order No. 11 that expelled Jews from his operational area.
Utah becomes the 45th state of the Union.
France offers to sell their Nicaraguan Canal rights to the United States.
The U.S. Supreme Court decides in the Gonzales v. Williams case that Puerto Ricans are not aliens and can enter the United States freely, yet stops short of awarding citizenship.
The Negro National League, the first black baseball league, is organized by Rube Foster.
The Paris Conference on war reparations hits a deadlock as the French insist on the hard line and the British insist on Reconstruction.
President Franklin D. Roosevelt claims in his State of the Union message that the federal government will provide jobs for 3.5 million Americans on welfare.
Billboard magazine publishes its first music Hit Parade.
On the Greek-Albanian front, the Greeks launch an attack towards Valona from Berat to Klisura against the Italians.
Japanese forces begin the evacuation of Guadalcanal.
UN forces abandon Seoul, Korea, to the Chinese Communist Army.
The French Army in Indochina launches Operation Nenuphar in hopes of ejecting a Viet Minh division from the Ba Tai forest.
Spain returns the Ifni province to Morocco.
A 7.7 earthquake kills 15,000+ people in Tonghai County, China.
Rose Heilbron becomes the first female judge to sit at the Old Bailey in London, England.
President Richard Nixon refuses to hand over tape recordings and documents that had been subpoenaed by the Senate Watergate Committee.
The Khmer Rouge launches its newest assault in its five-year war in Phnom Penh. The war in Cambodia would go on until the spring of 1975.
The Ulster Volunteer Force kills six Irish Catholic civilians in County Armagh, Northern Ireland. The next day 10 Protestant civilians are murdered in retaliation.
Ohio officials approve an out-of-court settlement awarding $675,000 to the victims and families in the 1970 shootings at Kent State University, in which four students were killed and nine wounded by National Guard troops.
Over 300 people die and more than 700 are injured in Pakistan's deadliest train accident, when an overloaded passenger train collides with an empty freight train.
Jesse "The Body" Ventura, a former professional wrestler, is sworn in as populist governor of Minnesota.
The euro, the new money of 11 European nations, goes into effect on the continent of Europe.
NASA Mars rover Spirit successfully lands on Mars.
Mikheil Saakashvili is elected President of Georgia following the Rose Revolution of November 2003.
Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-California) becomes the first female speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives.
Burj Khalifa (Khalifa tower) officially opens in Dubai, UAE. At 2,722 ft (829.8 m) it is the world's tallest man-made structure.
With our thanks to THE Bear at
January 3, 2018   Bear Taylor  
RIPPLE SALVO… #668… Ho says: "The Americans are less able, more confused; and we are stronger and our armed forces will be dashing forward and the impetus of new successes will win many still greater victories."… forewarned… but first…
Thanks to Bill…….Not good
Houthi Forces Capture U.S. Navy Unmanned Underwater Vehicle Off Yemen (Yemen)
By Ben Werner, USNI News, 3 January
Houthi forces have captured a U.S. Navy research unmanned underwater vehicle off the coast of Yemen, according to a video released on Monday.
In the video posted online by local media on Monday, four men described as members of the "Houthi Navy" in dive gear are surrounding what appears to be a REMUS 600 UUV with the name "Smokey" printed on the body. According to the AMN News web posting, the Houthis discovered the UUV within the past week somewhere off the coast of Yemen.
The UUV, branded with the logos from manufacturer Hydroid and parent company Kongsberg, was a passive system being operated by the Navy as part of a meteorological study, a U.S. defense official told USNI News on Tuesday.
The video claimed the craft was operated by the Saudi coalition, which has been fighting the Houthi Yemeni separatist group since 2015.
U.S. Navy officials in Washington and at U.S. 5th Fleet would neither confirm whether if the REMUS 600 belonged to the service nor provide details about any unmanned underwater vehicle missions in the region when asked by USNI News.
"It is intended to operate in shallow waters, intended to operate in littoral spaces, and is designed to be pretty autonomous," Dan Gettinger, co-director of the Center for the Study of the Drone at Bard College, said about the REMUS 600.
"It might be the most advanced UUV deployed."
The REMUS 600 is between 9 and 18 feet long, depending on the mission and payload, and can travel at about 4.5 knots, according to online fact sheets from Kongsberg Gruppen, the manufacturer. REMUS 600 was initially developed in 2003 through a partnership with the U.S. Navy and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute.
While other countries and a few corporations such as oil and gas exploration firms own REMUS 600 UUVs, Gettinger said they're not common. The REMUS 600 isn't cheap, with a sticker price of about $1 million each, he said, plus add-on kits for specific missions.
Typically, the most common Navy uses for a REMUS 600 are mine countermeasures and intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and target acquisition (ISRTA), Gettinger said.
Typical uses include studying underwater environmental conditions, meteorological research, and underwater mapping of terrain and currents.
What makes the REMUS 600 so useful for the Navy is its payload and ease in deploying. Gettinger said it typically only requires a patrol boat to put a REMUS 600 in the water.
Once underway, he said the REMUS has about 20 hours of operational use before it runs out of power and needs to be recovered. Gettinger guesses the UUV surfaced when its mission ended and was found by the Houthis before it could be recovered. In the future, he suspects such incidents will become more common as more unmanned underwater vehicles are launched near busy waterways.
"Underwater drones are not as frequently spoken about as UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles)," Gettinger said. "But there's a recognition, particularly in China and Russia, these will be a part of a future fleet."
In 2016, a People's Liberation Army Navy seized a U.S. Navy buoyancy glider that was operating in the South China Sea, claiming it was a hazard to navigation. The PLAN ultimately returned the gilder to the U.S. Navy.
Thanks to Robert
Subject: 6 Little Stories - Jewels
Well worth the 30 seconds to read! New Years
Once all villagers decided to pray for rain. On the day of prayer all the people gathered,
 But only one boy came with an umbrella.
 That's FAITH .
When you throw babies in the air, They laugh because they know you will catch them.
 That's TRUST.
Every night we go to bed. Without any assurance of being alive the next morning,
But still we set the alarms to wake up.
 That's HOPE.
 We plan big things for tomorrow
In spite of zero knowledge of the future.
We see the world suffering,
But still we get married and have children.
 That's LOVE.
On an old man's shirt was written a sentence I am not 80 years old;
 I am sweet 16 with 64 years of experience.'
 Have a happy day and live your life like the six stories.
 When I was a child, I thought nap time was punishment. Now it's like a 
Thanks to Dr.Rich
Thanks to Boysie … some good ones, if I could just remember them for the right situation!!
Pearls of Wisdom
As I Get Older, I Realize:
I talk to myself, because there are times I need expert advice.
I consider "In Style" to be the clothes that still fit.
I don't need anger management.  I need people to stop pissing me off.
My people skills are just fine. It's my tolerance for idiots that needs work.
The biggest lie I tell myself is, "I don't need to write that down.  I'll remember it."
I have days when my life is just a tent away from a circus.
These days, "on time" is when I get there.
Even duct tape can't fix stupid - but it sure does muffle the sound.
Wouldn't it be wonderful if we could put ourselves in the dryer for ten minutes, then come out wrinkle-free and three sizes 
Lately, I've noticed people my age are so much older than me.
"Getting lucky" means walking into  a room and remembering why I'm there.
When I was a child, I thought nap time was punishment.  Now it feels like a mini vacation.
Some days I have no idea what I'm doing out of bed.
I thought growing old would take longer.
Aging sure has slowed me down, but it hasn't shut me up.
I still haven't learned to act my age.
Item Number:1 Date: 01/04/2018 AFGHANISTAN - NIGHTTIME RAID SEIZES TALIBAN HASHISH VALUED AT US$3.4 MILLION (JAN 04/MILTIMES)  MILITARY TIMES -- Afghan commandos conducted a nighttime raid against the Taliban's elite fighting force in Helmand, reports Military Times.   Afghan forces launched the raid Monday, seizing more than a ton of hashish valued at US$3.4 million and freeing five captives held by the insurgents.   The Taliban's Red Unit is considered to be the group's elite branch, noted Newsweek. The Red Unit is also responsible for much of the group's suicide bombing operations, said the Long War Journal.   Recent raids have targeted the group's ability to fund its operations via drug-trafficking.   No casualties were reported.  
  Item Number:2 Date: 01/04/2018 FRANCE - AIR FORCE RECEIVES INITIAL C-130J CARGO AIRCRAFT (JAN 04/FG)  FLIGHTGLOBAL -- The French air force has taken delivery of its first of four C-130J Super Hercules transports purchased from the United States, reports FlightGlobal.   The aircraft arrived at the Orleans air base southwest of Paris on Dec. 22, the magazine reported on Wednesday.   The second cargo aircraft is slated to be delivered later in 2018. Two KC-130J tanker-transports are scheduled to be handed over in 2019.   The initial delivery followed type certification for the Super Hercules by France's DGA defense procurement agency
  Item Number:4 Date: 01/04/2018 IRAN - IRGC HEAD DECLARES PROTESTS 'FINISHED'; VOWS TO PUT TROOPS IN STREETS (JAN 04/FARS)  FARS NEWS AGENCY -- The head of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps in Iran has announced that anti-government protests have ended and promised to deploy paramilitary forces around the country as needed to quell the uprisings, reports Iran's semi-official Fars News Agency.   Maj. Gen. Mohammad Ali Jafari said he had sent forces to Hamadan, Isfahan and Lorestan provinces to address the protests, which he characterized as "sedition."   He claimed that many of the protesters were members of the Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization (MEK) terrorist group.   The protests, which began on Dec. 28, 2017, quickly spread to all corners of the country, with some turning violent. A pro-government rally was held on Jan. 3 in the capital, Tehran.   At least 21 people have been killed and more than 450 arrested over the last week, noted CNN. Three members of the IRGC have been killed.  
Item Number:5 Date: 01/04/2018 KENYA - BORDER SECURITY TIGHTENED AFTER FATAL AMBUSH (JAN 04/XIN)  XINHUA -- The Kenyan government has strengthened security along the mutual border with Somalia in Mandera county after Al-Shabaab militants ambushed a police patrol, reports Xinhua, China's state news agency.   Three police reservists and two administration police officers were patrolling along the Elwak-Kotulo road in northeastern Mandera county when they were attacked and killed on Tuesday evening, police officials said.   The militants also burned a police truck. Several additional officers were injured in the ambush.   A contingent of paramilitary personnel responding to the attack was also ambushed, the officials said.   Additional security personnel have been dispatched to the region, which has been the site of a number of terrorist attacks
 Item Number:7 Date: 01/04/2018 NORTH KOREA - MISSILE FLEW OFF COURSE, LANDED IN TOKCHON DURING 2017 TEST, SAYS U.S. OFFICIAL (JAN 04/DIPLOMAT)  DIPLOMAT -- North Korea accidently bombed one of its own cities during a missile test last year, reports the Diplomat (Tokyo).   According to the report, published Wednesday, a Hwasong-12/KN-17 intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM) struck the city of Tokchon on April 28, 2017.   Researchers cross-referenced various images from North Korean missile launches and propaganda and used commercially available satellite images to verify their findings.   The missile was launched by the Korean People's Army's Air and Anti-Air Force Unit 447 in Pukchang Airfield in South Pyongan Province. The area was not previously used for ballistic missile testing, noted the Diplomat, citing U.S. government sources.   The missile's first stage engines failed about one minute into its flight, never achieving its anticipated altitude, said an unnamed U.S. government source.   The missile flew about 24 miles (39 km) miles before crashing into a complex of buildings in Tokchon, causing significant damage. There were no reports of casualties
  Item Number:8 Date: 01/04/2018 RUSSIA - RUSSIAN MI-24 HELICOPTER CRASHES; BOTH PILOTS KILLED (JAN 04/MOS)  MOSCOW TIMES -- The Russian Defense Ministry has confirmed that one of its attack helicopters crashed on Dec. 31 in Syria, killing both crewmembers, reports the Moscow Times.   The Mi-24 helicopter struck power lines and crashed while escorting a convoy, said the Conflict Intelligence Team (CIT), a team of investigative bloggers who monitor the wars in Ukraine and Syria.   The crash comes weeks after Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered the Russian military to withdraw from Syria after declaring victory for the Assad regime over terrorist forces.   A statement from the Defense Ministry on Jan. 3 stated that the helicopter suffered a technical malfunction while flying to Hama airfield and went down about 9 miles from the base, reported Russia's Sputnik news agency.   A flight engineer was injured in the crash, the ministry said
  Item Number:9 Date: 01/04/2018 SYRIA - 23 KILLED IN AIRSTRIKES ON REBEL-HELD AREAS NEAR DAMASCUS (JAN 04/ALJAZ)  AL JAZEERA -- At least 23 civilians were killed by government shelling in Syria's Eastern Ghouta district, reports Al Jazeera, citing a human rights watchdog.   At least 18 people were killed in an airstrike Wednesday night in the town of Miraba, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a U.K.-based group.   Three others were killed in Bett Sawa. Russian air raids killed at least two more, said the group.   Seventy people have been killed in Eastern Ghouta since Dec. 31, the observatory said.   Monitors say attacks on rebel-held areas, located near Syria's capital, Damascus, have increased in recent days, despite the area being included among other de-escalation zones, where fighting is prohibited unless involving ISIS or Nusra Front.  
Item Number:11 Date: 01/04/2018 USA - BANKER CONVICTED IN FEDERAL COURT FOR IRANIAN SANCTIONS VIOLATIONS; ANKARA DENOUNCES VERDICT (JAN 04/NYT)  NEW YORK TIMES -- A New York federal court has convicted a Turkish banker for his role in helping Iran evade U.S. sanctions, reports the New York Times.   Prosecutors argued that Mehmet Hakan Atilla, the deputy general manager for international banking at the state-owned Halkbank, played a pivotal role in allowing Iranian firms to bypass sanctions by disguising transactions as humanitarian aid.   Atilla, 47, was convicted of five of six counts, including bank fraud and four conspiracy charges. He was acquitted of money-laundering.   The case has raised Ankara's ire. Turkey's deputy prime minister called the verdict "a plot against Turkey," reported the BBC.   After the verdict was issued, Turkey's foreign ministry criticized the evidence used in the trial and accused Washington of "unprecedented intervention in Turkey's domestic affairs."   The prosecution's star witness, a Turkish-Iranian gold trader, alleged that Erdogan himself spurred the participation of Turkish firms in the scheme.   Atilla will be sentenced on April 11. He faces the possibility of several decades in prison.  
  Item Number:12 Date: 01/04/2018 USA - BOEING WINS DEAL TO SUPPLY SMALL DIAMETER BOMBS TO MULTIPLE NATIONS (JAN 04/DOD)  DEPT. OF DEFENSE -- The U.S. Air Force has awarded Boeing Defense, Space and Security, St. Louis, Mo., a Foreign Military Sales contract modification for Small Diameter Bombs (SDB), reports the Dept. of Defense.   The $193.6 million deal covers SDB Increment 1 production Lots 12-14.   The award includes weapons for Israel, Japan, the Netherlands, Saudi Arabia, Singapore and South Korea.   Work under the contract is scheduled to be completed by Dec. 30, 2020
Item Number:13 Date: 01/04/2018 USA - DARPA SEEKS INPUT ON CAPABILITIES FOR UNDERGROUND OPERATIONS (JAN 04/MILTIMES)  MILITARY TIMES -- The Pentagon's main research agency is seeking proposals for new approaches to support underground operations, reports the Military Times.   The Defense Advanced Research Project Agency's (DARPA) Subterranean Challenge aims to develop new capabilities to rapidly map, navigation and search underground environments.   Proposals from teams from around the world are due by Jan. 8. Selected teams will test their proposals, mapping subterranean networks under conditions deemed too hazardous for human first responders.   "The DARPA Subterranean Challenge aims to provide previously unimaginable situational awareness capabilities for operations underground," said Timothy Chung, a program manager with the agency's Tactical Technology Office.   Teams will have the option to compete in one or both of two research tracks: systems and virtual.   The systems track seeks hardware and software that can be used on a physical course. The virtual track will focus on software-based approaches that can be tested on a simulated course, said DARPA.   The teams will be evaluated through three different circuits covering a single environment, such as a man-made tunnel network; urban underground networks; and naturally occurring cave networks.   A final challenge, anticipated for 2021, will involve all three environments.  
  Item Number:15 Date: 01/04/2018 USA - WASHINGTON STEPS UP DEPORTATIONS OF ALLEGED GANG MEMBERS (JAN 04/REU)  REUTERS -- The deportation of alleged gang members from the U.S. to El Salvador jumped 140 percent in 2017, reports Reuters.   In 2017, 1,241 Salvadorans were deported from the U.S. for alleged gang connections, El Salvador's migration authority said Wednesday. In 2016, 524 people were deported, officials said.   At least 90 were arrested after returning to El Salvador, said the government.   The Trump administration has pushed a harder line on both immigration and gang violence reduction, including deporting illegal immigrants suspected, but not convicted, of gang membership
  Item Number:16 Date: 01/04/2018 YEMEN - COALITION MAKES GAINS IN TAIZ, HODEIDAH AGAINST HOUTHI REBELS (JAN 04/REU)  REUTERS -- The Saudi-led coalition has made fresh gains in western Yemen, severing a supply line used by Houthi rebels, reports Reuters, citing local media.   Local fighters loyal to the internationally-recognized government, backed by U.A.E. troops, attacked Houthi strongholds on the nation's west coast, reported the Emirates News Agency (WAM).   "Emirati armed forces members and Yemeni resistance fighters managed to cut supply lines for the Houthi coup militias between Hodeidah and Taiz south of Heys city," said an Emirati army source.   Dozens of Houthis were killed, the source said.   Separately, least 16 Houthi fighters were killed in an attack on government-held positions outside of the city of Hodeidah, reported China's state Xinhua news agency.   The attack included the use of motorcycles for the first time, as well as the deployment of snipers by the Houthi rebels, said an unnamed military official.   Coalition forces have managed to push into the area, long held by the Houthis, but do not control the region, the lifeline of Yemen's economy. Hidden bombs, mines and a renewed emphasis by the Houthis on recruiting child soldiers has impeded progress, an Emirati official told Xinhua.

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