Monday, January 15, 2018

TheList 4634

The List 4634
To All,
I hope that you all had a great weekend.
This Day In Naval History – January 15, 2018
Jan. 15
1815—The frigate President, commanded by Stephen Decatur, encounters HMS Endymion out of New York and attempts to board her, not realizing the War of 1812 ended with the Treaty of Ghent on Dec. 1814. After British reinforcements arrive, Decatur is forced to surrender.
1865: In a joint amphibious force with the Union army, Rear Adm. David D. Porter and Maj. Gen. Alfred H. Terry capture Fort Fisher, Wilmington, N.C., which is the last port by which supplies from Europe could reach Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lees troops at Richmond, Va.
1846—The sloop-of-war Jamestown captures the slaver Robert Wilson off Porto Praya.
1865—In a joint amphibious force with the Union army, Rear Adm. David D. Porter and Maj. Gen. Alfred H. Terry capture Fort Fisher, Wilmington, NC, the last port by which supplies from Europe could reach Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee's troops at Richmond, VA.
1916—The submarine E-2 explodes at the New York Navy Yard because of escaping gases during an overhaul. The interior of the ship is severely damaged and four men are killed.
1942—Bad weather off Iceland causes destroyer Mayo (DD 422) and British trawler HMS Douglas to collide, and damages destroyer Simpson (DD 221). 
1997 - Navy physician CAPT Jerry Lineger joined the crew of the MIR space station after being launched on Atlantis during space Shuttle Mission STS-81. Prior to the mission, he was trained at the Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia for over a year.
2016 Today in History January 15
Riots flare in Mexico when it is announced that all churches are to be closed.
In a secret session, Congress plans to annex Spanish East Florida.
Union troops capture Fort Fisher, North Carolina.
The first telephone line between Berlin and New York is inaugurated.
Peasants in Central Russia rise against the Bolsheviks.
The Dry Law goes into effect in the United States. Selling liquor and beer becomes illegal.
The United States approves a $150 million loan to Poland, Austria and Armenia to aid in their war with the Russian communists.
The Dumbarton Bridge opens in San Francisco carrying the first auto traffic across the bay.
The U.S. Senate ratifies the Kellogg-Briand anti-war pact.
Amelia Earhart sets an aviation record for women at 171 mph in a Lockheed Vega.
In London, Japan quits all naval disarmament talks after being denied equality.
The U.S. Fifth Army successfully breaks the German Winter Line in Italy with the capture of Mount Trocchio.
Chinese Communists occupy Tientsin after a 27-hour battle with Nationalist forces.
Sir Winston Churchill suffers a severe stroke.
Some 462 Yale faculty members call for an end to the bombing in North Vietnam.
US President Richard Nixon announces the suspension of offensive action by US troops in Vietnam.
Four of six remaining Watergate defendants plead guilty.
The Alvor Agreement is signed, ending the Angolan War of independence and granting the country independence from Portugal.
Sara Jane Moore sentenced to life in prison for her failed attempt to assassinate US President Gerald Ford.
UN deadline for Iraq to withdraw its forces from occupied Kuwait passes, setting the stage for Operation Desert Storm.
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II approves Australia instituting its own Victoria Cross honors system, the first county in the British Commonwealth permitted to do so.
Slovenia and Croatia's independence from the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia is recognized by the international community.
Wikipedia goes online.
From: KT Tundle
Do you remember Murgatroyd?
Do you remember that word?

Would you believe the email spell checker did not recognize the word Murgatroyd?

Heavens to Mergatroyd!

Lost Words from our childhood:   Words gone as fast as the buggy whip!  Sad really!

Well, I hope you are Hunky Dory after you read this and chuckle.

About a month ago, I illuminated some old expressions that have become obsolete because of the inexorable march of technology.

These phrases included
"Don't touch that dial,"
"Carbon copy,"
"You sound like a broken record"
and "Hung out to dry."

Back in the olden days we had a lot of 'moxie.'
We'd put on our best 'bib and tucker' to' straighten up and fly right'

Heavens to Betsy!
Gee whillikers!
Jumping Jehoshaphat!
Holy moley!

We were 'in like Flynn' and 'living the life of Riley'',
and even a regular guy couldn't accuse us of
being a knucklehead, a nincompoop or a pill.
Not for all the tea in China!

Back in the olden days, life used to be swell, but when's the last time
anything was swell?

Swell has gone the way of beehives, pageboys and the D.A.;  of spats, knickers, fedoras, poodle skirts, saddle shoes and pedal pushers..AND DON'T FORGET.. Saddle Stitched Pants

Oh, my aching back! Kilroy was here, but he isn't anymore.

We wake up from what surely has been just a short nap, and before we can say,
Well, I'll be 'a monkey's uncle!' Or, This is a 'fine kettle of fish'!

We discover that the words we grew up with, the words that seemed omnipresent, as oxygen, have vanished with scarcely a notice from our tongues and our pens and our keyboards.

Poof, go the words of our youth, the words we've left behind

We blink, and they're gone.

Where have all those great phrases gone? ( My Favorite)" Let's all go to
the beach Saturday"...

Long gone:
The milkman did it.
Hey! It's your nickel.
Don't forget to pull the chain.
Knee high to a grasshopper.
Well, Fiddlesticks!
Going like sixty.
I'll see you in the funny papers.
Don't take any wooden nickels.

Wake up and smell the roses.

It turns out there are more of these lost words and expressions than Carter has liver pills.
This can be disturbing stuff! ("Carter's Little Liver Pills" are gone too!)

We of a certain age have been blessed to live in changeable times.  For a child each new word is like a shiny toy, a toy that has no age. We at the other end
 of the chronological arc have the advantage of remembering there are words that once did not exist and there were words that once strutted their hour upon the earthly stage and now are heard no more, except in our collective memory.

It's one of the greatest advantages of aging.

Leaves us to wonder where Superman will find a phone booth...

See ya later, alligator!     After while crocodile





............OUR MEMORIES........
Thanks to Bart and others
Naval Aviation Lingo
Yup - pretty much covers it!!!  Some GREAT "stuff" in here......

Subject: This ought to take care of ready-room discussions on Midway for the next couple of years, anyway
Thanks to Bird
Athletes in Acton
Talk about sheer joy!
Thanks to Dutch R.
Passenger plane skids off airport runway, dangles off cliff edge
A passenger jet skidded off the runway at a Turkish airport Saturday and plunged down the side of the cliff just a few feet away from the Black Sea, sparking mass panic among travelers and crewmembers.
The Pegasus Airlines Boeing 737-800 aircraft carrying 168 passengers and crewmembers had a "runway excursion incident" while landing at the Trabzon Airport, the airline said in a statement on Sunday. Photos showed the aircraft on a muddy slope with its nose dangerously close to the Black Sea coast.
"All 162 passengers, 2 pilots and 4 cabin crew have been disembarked safely from the aircraft. There has been no loss of life or injury to anyone on-board," the airline said.  
Passengers on the jet told state-run news agency Anadolu there was "panic" and "screaming" when the aircraft careened off the runway.
"We tilted to the side, the front was down while the plane's rear was up. There was panic; people shouting, screaming," passenger Fatma Gordu said, according to Sky News.
No one was injured in the incident. The plane was carrying 168 passengers and crewmembers.  (Reuters)
Passenger Yuksel Gordu said that words weren't enough to describe their fear.
"It's a miracle we escaped. We could have burned, exploded, flown into the sea," Gordu said. "Thank God for this. I feel like I'm going crazy when I think about it."
The airport shut down for hours after the incident, but reopened by Sunday. Trabzon Governor Yucel Yavuz said an investigation is being conducted.
"We've taken all necessary measures," Yavuz told Turkish media. "We will re-open the airport to airport traffic as soon as possible."
Pegasus Airlines also did not provide further details on what caused the jet to skid off the runway.
Item Number:1 Date: 01/15/2018 AFGHANISTAN - AIR FORCE NEEDS TO REDUCE RELIANCE ON CONTRACTORS FOR MAINTENANCE, SAYS REPORT (JAN 15/MILTIMES)  MILITARY TIMES -- A new report from the U.S. Dept. of Defense Inspector General calls for the Afghan air force to begin maintaining its aircraft on its own instead of relying on contractors hired by coalition forces, reports the Military Times.   Contracting out the work limits "the progressive transfer of maintenance responsibilities to Afghan air force maintainers," says the report, which was published on Jan. 4.   Existing contractor logistic support agreements do not contain plans or timelines to shift maintenance operations to the Afghan air force, noted the DoD IG.   The existing contracts will only "prolong Afghan dependence ... and delay the transfer of aircraft-related maintenance responsibility to Afghan air force personnel," says the report.   The agreements also reduce training opportunities for Afghan maintainers and delay the Afghans from setting up their own maintenance capabilities, according to the study.  
  Item Number:2 Date: 01/15/2018 INDIA - 6 MILITANTS KILLED IN INFILTRATION ATTEMPT IN KASHMIR (JAN 15/NDTV)  NDTV -- India says its forces have killed six militants trying to enter the disputed Kashmir area, reports NDTV.   Early Monday, the members of the Jaish-e-Mohammed (JEM) group were killed while trying to cross into India-administered Kashmir near Uri, said police.   Jammu and Kashmir police, army and paramilitary forces tracked the suspects to a crossing of the Jhelum river, where a gun battle ensued, reported Reuters.   Five bodies were recovered with a search ongoing for the sixth, said police officials cited by India Today.   Pakistani officials denied that any militants had been killed. The youth were simply Kashmiri teenagers killed by the Indian army, reported Pakistan's Geo News.   The attackers were planning a major suicide attack to coincide with India's Army Day, said a senior military official.   Arms and ammunition, including four AK-47s and 23 hand grenades, were recovered during the operation.  
Item Number:3 Date: 01/15/2018 INDIA - 7 KILLED IN CROSS BORDER EXCHANGE IN KASHMIR (JAN 15/REU)  REUTERS -- At least seven soldiers have been killed in border clashes in the disputed Kashmir region, reports Reuters.   Pakistani troops were conducting maintenance in the Jandrot region when they were hit by a mortar round, the Pakistani military's media wing said on Monday.   The statement did not specify when the attack occurred.   At least three Indian troops were killed when Pakistani troops returned fire and began shelling around the Mendhar sector of Poonch district, the Pakistani army said, as cited by the Press Trust of India.   The Indian army denied suffering casualties and said that its forces killed seven Pakistani troops and wounded four. The fatalities included a major.   Pakistan said its troops were not engaged in hostile activities. India said its soldiers were merely responding to attacks from the Pakistani side of the border.   Islamabad claims that New Delhi has committed more than 70 cease-fire violations in 2018, noted Turkey's Anadolu Agency.  
  Item Number:4 Date: 01/15/2018 IRAQ - DUAL SUICIDE BOMBING IN BAGHDAD KILLS DOZENS (JAN 15/ALHURRA)  ALHURRA -- A coordinated suicide attack in Baghdad, Iraq, has killed at least 35 people and injured at least 91, reports Al Hurra, an Arabic language news outlet based in Washington, D.C.   Two suicide bombers targeted Tayran Square in the city's center at rush hour on Monday morning.   The square is popular with day laborers waiting for work, noted Al Hurra. It has been targeted in the past, said BBC News.   The attackers detonated vests packed with explosives in the square's center, according to health ministry officials cited by Reuters.   The bombing was designed to maximize casualties, with the second bomb being detonated about 10 minutes after the first.   Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi promised to pursue and punish "the terrorist sleeper cell" responsible.   There were no immediate claims of responsibility. The Islamic State terrorist group has carried out hundreds of suicide bombings in Iraq. This was the first attack in Baghdad since the government declared victory over ISIS in December, noted the Washington Post
  Item Number:5 Date: 01/15/2018 ISRAEL - MILITARY TARGETS GAZA TUNNELS; BLAMED FOR ATTACK ON HAMAS FIGURE IN SIDON, LEBANON (JAN 15/REU)  REUTERS -- Israel has been blamed for a car bomb that targeted a Hamas figure in Sidon, Lebanon, reports Reuters.   Mohamed Hamdan was wounded as he entered his car, which exploded.   Hamdan was not said to be a high-profile figure within the group. A Hamas statement confirmed Hamdan's membership and the attack, blaming Israel for the bombing.   Hezbollah's Al Manar television described Hamdan as an important Hamas official, saying that he appeared to have a security role and was being tracked by Israel.   He was wounded in the leg and taken to a local hospital, said witnesses.   Separately, the Israeli military said it destroyed a mile-long (1.5-km) tunnel that ran from Gaza into Egypt.   Israeli jets bombed an area east of the southern town of Rafah, Gaza, on Saturday night.   Israeli officials say that the tunnels ran underneath strategic locations – such as oil and gas pipelines as well as military positions – and was likely used for attacks.   The nearest crossing, Kerem Shalom, was shuttered in preparation for the attack, noted Reuters
Item Number:6 Date: 01/15/2018 ISRAEL - REVERSING COURSE, HAMAS REFUSES TO ATTEND PLO MEETING (JAN 15/ANADOLU)  ANADOLU NEWS AGENCY -- Hamas has declined to participate in this week's Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) committee meeting, reversing an earlier proposal, reports Turkey's Anadolu Agency.   The PLO's Central Council, the body's second-highest decision-making assembly, met Sunday and Monday in Ramallah without representatives from Hamas and Islamic Jihad.   The meeting was intended to set a strategy following U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, according to Palestinian officials cited by the Jerusalem Post.   Hamas officials said the decision came from the group's leaders, who criticized the meeting.   Mahmoud Ismail, a PLO Executive Committee member, blasted the decision, saying Hamas seeks to replace, not coexist with, other Palestinian political and militant groups, reported the official Palestinian news agency Wafa, a Fatah ally.   Hamas previously said it would participate in the meeting, agreeing not to engage in any armed activities outside the framework of the PLO executive body.   The PLO, dominated by the secular Fatah party in the West Bank, negotiates with Israel. Hamas does not officially negotiate with Israel
  Item Number:7 Date: 01/15/2018 JAPAN - TOKYO SEEKS ADDITIONAL CAPABILITIES FOR PLANNED AEGIS ASHORE MISSILE DEFENSE SYSTEM (JAN 15/KNA)  KYODO NEWS AGENCY -- Japanese Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera says his government wants to enhance the capability of the Aegis Ashore missile defense system it plans to buy from the United States, reports the Kyodo news agency.   "We would like to develop [the system] into a basic infrastructure that will be helpful in comprehensive missile defense and can [intercept] cruise and other kinds of missiles," the minister told reporters on Jan. 10 after a visit to a missile test complex in Hawaii.   Tokyo is strengthening its missile defense capabilities in response to the nuclear and ballistic missile threat from North Korea and China's cruise missile threat.   The government has allocated US$6.3 million in the next fiscal year for the early introduction of Aegis Ashore, research and design work.   In fiscal 2018, Japan plans to test the SM-6 interceptor, which can be used against targets from cruise missiles to aircraft, noted the Nikkei Asian Review   Two Aegis Ashore systems will cover all of Japan and add to existing naval and ground-based missile defenses
Item Number:8 Date: 01/15/2018 ROMANIA - DEAL INKED WITH GENERAL DYNAMICS FOR SCORES OF WHEELED ARMORED VEHICLES (JAN 15/GDELS)  GENERAL DYNAMICS EUROPEAN LAND SYSTEMS -- General Dynamics European Land Systems (GDELS) has announced the signing of a contract with the Romanian government for wheeled armored vehicles.   The deal, with a potential value of more than US$1 billion, covers up to 227 Piranha V vehicles in six different configurations, said a GDELS release on Jan. 12.   The armored vehicles will be produced in Romania under a cooperation and technology transfer project between General Dynamics Land Systems-Mowag and domestic firm Uzina Mecanica Bucuresti (UMB).   The procurement is part of the Romanian army's modernization plans. The service has operated previous Piranha variants since 2006
Item Number:9 Date: 01/15/2018 RUSSIA - MOSCOW READY TO RETURN UKRAINIAN MILITARY EQUIPMENT STILL IN CRIMEA (JAN 15/UNIAN)  UNIAN NEWS AGENCY -- Russian President Vladimir Putin says his government is prepared to give back Ukrainian military equipment left in Crimea after Moscow annexed it in 2014, reports the Ukrainian Independent Information Agency (UNIAN).   Moscow began to transfer captured equipment to Ukraine, but the process was suspended after Russian-backed forces began their assault in eastern Ukraine.   "We are ready to return Ukrainian military ships that are still in Crimea, we are ready to hand over aviation equipment and armored vehicles," Putin told reporters in Moscow on Jan. 11.   The gear is generally in poor condition, the president said, noting it was found in that state.   The "hardware can be returned to Ukraine only by self-delivery," Russian Sen. Olga Kovitidi told the Tass news agency (Moscow).   Ukraine would likely only be able to use the tanks, armored vehicles and trucks for spare parts, said Russian analysts.  
  Item Number:10 Date: 01/15/2018 SAUDI ARABIA - SIKORSKY TO SUPPLY BLACK HAWK HELICOPTERS TO ARMY, NATIONAL GUARD (JAN 15/DOD)  DEPT. OF DEFENSE -- The U.S. Army has awarded Lockheed Martin subsidiary Sikorsky, Stratford, Conn., a Foreign Military Sales contract for utility helicopters for Saudi Arabia, reports the Dept. of Defense.   The US$193.9 million deal covers 17 UH-60M aircraft in a unique configuration for the Saudi Arabian National Guard (eight) and Royal Saudi Land Forces Airborne Special Security Forces (nine).   Work under the contract will take place in Stratford and is scheduled for completion by Dec. 31, 2022
Item Number:11 Date: 01/15/2018 TURKEY - MILITARY READY TO 'SUFFOCATE' TERRORIST ENEMY, ERDOGAN SAYS (JAN 15/BLOOMBERG)  BLOOMBERG NEWS -- President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says Turkey is ready to take military action against Kurdish militants on its southern border, reports Bloomberg News.   On Monday, Erdogan accused Washington of establishing an "army of terror" along its border and said his country world "suffocate" the terror army "at any moment."   On Sunday, Turkish units shelled Kurdish positions around the Syrian city of Afrin, current held by Kurdish forces. Afrin is less than 15 miles (23 km) from Turkey.   Turkey moved armored personnel carriers and tanks to its southern border over the weekend, reported the state-run Anadolu Agency.   The Kurdish units in question are members of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), an anti-Islamic State militia that played a key role in the liberation of Raqqa and other Syrian cities.   Many of the Syrian Kurds in the SDF are also members of the People's Protection Units (YPG), the armed wing of the Democratic Union Party (PYD).   Ankara sees no difference between the PYD and Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), which is listed as a terrorist group by Ankara and Washington. The U.S. considers the YPG an indispensable ally in the fight against ISIS in Syria.   Washington plans a 30,000-strong border force within Syria to protect territory held primarily by Kurds, reported Reuters. The border force will "prohibit Islamic State freedom of movement and deny the transportation of illicit materials" allowing the Syrian people to establish "effective local, representative governance and reclaim their land," the U.S.-led collation told Bloomberg in an emailed statement on Monday. The ethnic composition of the force "will be reflective of the area in which they serve."   Ankara says these crossings will turn into staging grounds for PKK attacks in Turkey. Syria and Russia also opposed the move
Item Number:12 Date: 01/15/2018 UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - QATARI SHEIKH DEPARTS AFTER SAYING HE WAS HELD PRISONER BY EMIRATI GOVERNMENT (JAN 15/ALJAZ)  AL JAZEERA -- Tensions between the United Arab Emirates and Qatar have flared into a war of words after a member of the Qatari royal family claimed he was being held against his will in the U.A.E.   On Sunday, Sheikh Abdullah bin Ali al-Thani released a video on social media that suggested he was being held prisoner in Abu Dhabi at the behest of the Emirate's ruler, reported Al Jazeera (Qatar).   Emirati officials denied that al-Thani was being held at all, noting that he had been living in the U.A.E. after the Qatari government had placed restrictions on his travel. A later statement added that al-Thani had left the country for an undisclosed location, reported Reuters.   On Monday, the U.A.E. accused Qatar of using fighter jets to intercept a civilian flight on its way to Bahrain, citing a report from the Emirates' General Authority of Civil Aviation, reported the National (Abu Dhabi).   The agency described the alleged act as a "a flagrant and dangerous threat."   The Qatari Foreign Ministry denied that the interception took place, reported Al Jazeera.   The U.A.E., Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and Egypt cut off relations with Qatar in June 2017, closing all transportation with the small Gulf country.   Abdullah bin Ali al-Thani has emerged as a potential voice of opposition against the Qatari royal family, noted Reuters
  Item Number:13 Date: 01/15/2018 UNITED KINGDOM - RAF TYPHOONS INTERCEPT RUSSIAN BLACKJACKS NEAR U.K. (JAN 15/BBC)  BRITISH BROADCASTING CORP. -- The Royal Air Force says it has intercepted two Russian Tu-160 Blackjack bombers over the North Sea, reports BBC News.   Two Typhoon fighter jets were scrambled from RAF Lossiemouth in Scotland on Monday as the Russian aircraft were approaching a U.K. "area of interest."   An RAF spokesman said the Russian planes were monitored before they were intercepted. The aircraft did not enter sovereign British airspace, the spokesman emphasized.   The bombers were intercepted as they flew over the North Sea between Denmark and the Netherlands, reported the Independent (U.K.).   Two Belgian F-16s were also scrambled in the same incident, said Belgian media
  Item Number:14 Date: 01/15/2018 USA - 1ST SECURITY FORCES ASSISTANCE BRIGADE HEADED TO AFGHANISTAN IN SPRING (JAN 15/USARMY)  U.S. ARMY -- The U.S. Army will soon deploy its first unit optimized for training and advising missions to Afghanistan.   The 1st Security Force Assistance Brigade (SFAB), Fort Benning, Ga., will head to Afghanistan in the spring, the Army announced on Jan. 11.   The SFABs are permanent, additive force structure that are being developed to meet an ongoing Army requirement, the service said in a release.   The Army plans to field six SFABs, five in the active-duty force and one in the Army National Guard.  
  Item Number:15 Date: 01/15/2018 USA - ARMY RANGERS SEEK LATEST KIT FOR WAR DOGS (JAN 15/ARMY)  ARMY TIMES -- The U.S. Army Special Operations Command (USASOC) is looking at new vests, cameras and sensors for military dogs with the 75th Ranger Regiment, reports the Army Times.   The command is seeking proposals for multirole equipment that can be issued to the unit's regimental dog program, said a statement of work published on Jan. 10.   The program trains dogs and their handlers to support Ranger combat operations around the world. The multi-purpose canine is intended to provide the same flexibility as their special operations handler.   Proposals should include tactical vests, cameras and sensors to be worn by the dogs, without weighing the animals down.   Tactical vests should weigh from 1.5 to 3 pounds (0.7 to 1.4 kg) and custom fit each dog.   The Rangers also want a camera system that provides real-time video to the dog's handler during missions and a sensor system weighing no more than 8 ounces that includes a green light, infrared light, high-power strobes, programmable voice command and a battery life of 36 hours
  Item Number:16 Date: 01/15/2018 USA - LOCKHEED DEMONSTRATES NEW RADAR TECHNOLOGY WITH AEGIS ASHORE MISSILE DEFENSE SYSTEM (JAN 15/LM)  LOCKHEED MARTIN -- Lockheed Martin says it has successfully connected key components of the Aegis Ashore missile defense system with its Long-Range Discrimination Radar (LRDR) technologies, demonstrating the ability to increase operational performance, efficiency and reliability of the Aegis Ashore system.   Connecting the two systems amounts to a low-risk "technology refresh" of the existing SPY-1 radar antenna, allowing it to detect targets at greater range; combat more targets at one time; engage additional targets; offers improved performance in complex land environments; minimizes interference with civilian and military radio emitters and receivers; and enables better use of the SM-3 Block IIA missile's performance, said a Lockheed release on Jan. 11.   The LRDR uses Lockheed's solid-state radar, a scalable gallium nitride (GaN) radar building block, which provides excellent performance, increased efficiency and reliability, the company said.   The radar completed a critical design review last year and is scheduled for fielding in Alaska in 2020.   Paid Military Periscope subscribers can get more information on the Aegis Ashore and SM-3 at:

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