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This Day In Naval History – March 30, 2018
March 30
1944—Task Force 58 begins bombing of Japanese airfields, shipping, fleet servicing facilities, and other installations at Palau, Yap, Ulithi, and Woleai in the Carolines.
1944 - First use of torpedo squadrons from carriers to drop aerial mines (Palau Harbor)
1944—USS Darter (SS 227) sinks a Japanese army cargo ship near New Guinea, despite the presence of an escort vessel. Also on this date, USS Picuda (SS 382) attacks a Japanese convoy and sinks a transport ship near Guam while USS Stingray (SS 186) sinks a transport ship near Saipan.
1953—During the Korean War, five enemy guns in the Wonsan area fire about 20 rounds at USS Prichett (DD 561), falling about 150  yards short. Prichett silences the enemy guns with counterbattery fire.
1972 - Easter Offensive began in Vietnam
1973—USS Forrestal (CVA 59) and Sixth Fleet ships provided aid to Tunisia following a disastrous flood, relocating 729 persons, 27 tons of cargo and an entire herd of 227 sheep.
1991—USS Princeton (CG 59) and crew are awarded the Combat Action Ribbon in recognition of the superior and arduous work the crew put in to keep the ship in war-fighting status following the Feb. 18 mining of the ship where three crew members were injured and the ship's propeller was damaged during Operation Desert Storm.
2007—USS Hawes (FFG 53) provides medical assistance to Liberian cargo vessel MV Harmony while conducting Maritime Security Operations (MSO) in the southern Persian Gulf.
On this day in history (March 30):
1858: Hyman L. Lipman of Philadelphia patented the pencil.
1981: President Reagan was shot and seriously injured outside a Washington,
D.C., hotel by gunman John W. Hinckley Jr., who also wounded White House
news secretary James Brady, a Secret Service agent, and a District of
Columbia police officer, but recovered quickly & joked about his ruined
suit. As Reagan is wheeled into surgery, he quips to the doctors, "Please
tell me you're Republicans." Hinckley wanted to impress actress Jodie
Foster. Hinckley was later found NOT guilty by reason of insanity.
1999: Model Fabio was injured while riding a roller coaster as a goose flew
into his face at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, Virginia.
And today is:
National Hot Dog Day
March 31
1854—Commodore Matthew C. Perry and Japanese officials sign the Treaty of Kanagawa, opening trade between U.S. and Japan. The treaty also provided protection for American merchant seamen wrecked in Japanese waters.
1917—Rear Adm. James H. Oliver takes possession of the Danish West Indies for the United States, and they are renamed the U.S. Virgin Islands. He also becomes the first governor of the islands under American control.
1945—USS Morrison (DD 560) and USS Stockton (DD 646) sink the Japanese submarine I 8, 65 miles southeast of Okinawa.
1971---Poseidon (C-3) missile becomes operational when USS James Madison began her 3rd patrol carrying 16 tactical Poseidon missiles
1992—USS Missouri (BB 63), the last active American battleship, is decommissioned. Commissioned in June 1944, she served during World War II, notably for the location of the official Japanese surrender on Sept. 2, 1945. Today, the "Mighty Mo" is open for visitors in Pearl Harbor, HI, as the Battleship Missouri Memorial, under the care of the USS Missouri Memorial Association, Inc.
1993—Two 2 EP-3E aircraft, from Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron 2 (VQ 2), are on station over the Adriatic providing crucial support to the delivery of humanitarian air drops over eastern Bosnia-Herzegovina in Operation Provide Promise. This operation becomes the longest running humanitarian airlift in history at the time and operates from February 1993 to January 1996.
April 1
1893—Navy General Order 409 establishes the rank of Chief Petty Officer.
1899—A landing party of 60 men from USS Philadelphia (C 4) and a force of 100 friendly natives join 62 men from HMS Porpoise and Royal Isle in Samoa to establish order over Samoan throne.
1943—USS Shad (SS 235) torpedoes and damages the Italian blockade runner Pietro Orseolo, shortly after the Italian ship reaches the Bay of Biscay and her escort of four German destroyers.
1945—Under heavy naval gunfire and aircraft support, U.S. Army and U.S. Marine Corps troops begin the invasion of Okinawa, the last major amphibious assault of World War II.  
1966 - The command, US Naval Forces Vietnam established
1967 - Helicopter squadron HAL 3 activated at Vung Tau
1991—USS Marvin Shields (FF 1066) arrives at her home port of San Diego, CA. She is the first West Coast ship to return to CONUS from Operation Desert Storm.
2007—The last U.S. Navy T-2C Buckeye, assigned to VX-20, retires to Patuxent River Naval Air Museum.
Thanks to CHINFO
Executive Summary:
National news headlines are dominated today with reports that several companies will heed calls from a survivor of the Florida high school shooting to drop advertisements on Fox News' Laura Ingraham's program after the host mocked the student on Twitter; that the results of an independent autopsy conducted on Stephon Clark, an unarmed African-American man shot dead by Sacramento police, will be announced Friday; and that police are searching for answers after an SUV went off a cliff in California leaving authorities seeking 3 children.  Fallout following the poisoning of a former Russian spy in London continued on Thursday as Russia said it will expel 60 American diplomats reports the New York Times. Russia also ordered the closing of the American Consulate in St. Petersburg, Russia's second largest city. Inside Defense obtained a report to Congress from acquisitions chief James 'Hondo' Geurts that claims the Navy faces three major hurdles to improving public and private shipyard maintenance: large, docking-intensive mid-life availabilities, planned growth in the number of surface ships, and dry docking infrastructure. Additionally, USNI News reports that testing for the 3F software package could push back the F35C's initial operational capability to 2019.
Today in History March 30
King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella sign a decree expelling all Jews from Spain.
"Beau" Brummell, the English dandy and former favorite of the prince regent, dies in a French lunatic asylum for paupers.
Hyman L. Lipman of Philadelphia patents the pencil with an eraser attached on one end.
Russian Baron Stoeckl and U.S. Secretary of State Seward complete the draft of a treaty ceding Alaska to the United States. The treaty is signed the following day.
The 15th amendment, guaranteeing the right to vote regardless of race, passes.
President U.S. Grant signs bill readmitting Texas to the Union, the last Confederate state readmitted.
In Afghanistan, Russian troops inflict a crushing defeat on Afghan forces, despite orders not to fight.
The Queensboro Bridge in New York opens. It is the first double decker bridge and links Manhattan and Queens.
Mexican bandit Pancho Villa kills 172 at the Guerrero garrison in Mexico.
Britain announces a naval construction program of 38 warships. This is the largest construction program in 15 years.
The German Afrika Korps under General Erwin Rommel begins its first offensive against British forces in Libya.
Rodgers and Hammerstein's first collaboration, Oklahoma, opens on Broadway.
The U.S. fleet attacks Palau, near the Philippines.
The Red Army advances into Austria.
The Allies seize 1,000 Nazis attempting to revive the Nazi party in Frankfurt.
President Harry S Truman denounces Senator Joe McCarthy as a saboteur of U.S. foreign policy.
Tunisia and Morocco sign a friendship treaty in Rabat.
Hanoi launches its heaviest attack in four years, crossing the DMZ.
As the North Vietnamese forces move toward Saigon, desperate South Vietnamese soldiers mob rescue jets.
President Ronald Reagan is shot and wounded in Washington, D.C. by John W. Hinckley Jr.
Vincent Van Gogh's Sunflowers is bought for $39.85 million.
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March 30, 2018   Bear Taylor 
RIPPLE SALVO… #755… SELECTING THE TARGETS FOR VIETNAM AIR STRIKE OPERATIONS… THE WHITE HOUSE LUNCH BUNCH GETS BENCHED… With the President's announcement that Operation Rolling Thunder Operations would henceforth be limited to targets below the 20th and then the 19th parallel of North Vietnam, on 1 April 1968 the selection of targets moved to Blue Chip–7th Air Force–at Tan Son Nhut AND the warriors looking through the glareshields and canopies of Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps aircraft… but first…
GOOD MORNING: Day SEVEN HUNDRED FIFTY-FIVE of History 401: The air war called OPERATION ROLLING THUNDER and a remembrance of the gallant men who  carried the Vietnam war to the enemy homeland for 40 months (1965-68) …
HEAD LINES from The New York Times on Saturday, 30 March 1968…sunny in New York…
Page 1: "SEARCH CONTINUES FOR F-111A LOST IN VIETNAM RAID"… "The search for the F-111 jet fighter-bomber that failed to return on Thursday from a mission in North Vietnam continued yesterday (29th) without success. The Hanoi radio announced that the aircraft, the newest and fastest American warplane had been shot down near Laos about 100 miles north of the demilitarized zone… Page 1: "THE GROUND WAR"… "In the fighting near Trangbang…the enemy had suddenly opened fire on a force of Government infantrymen and American armored cars and tanks as they swept along a bank of the Vam Co Doing River. The allied troops were part of the 50,000-man force that has been maneuvering around the edges of Saigon in the largest allied offense of the war. … Trangbang sits astride a major infiltration route that may have been used by many of the 8,000 to 10,000 enemy soldiers believed to be in the vicinity a month ago.
I hope that this story comes through.  The night the Hornet sans Naval Aviator came home alone
Item Number:1 Date: 03/30/2018 AUSTRALIA - MILITARY ACKNOWLEDGES 2017 AIRSTRIKE IN MOSUL LIKELY KILLED CIVILIANS (MAR 30/SMH)  SYDNEY MORNING HERALD -- The Australian military has acknowledged that it may have killed two civilians in Mosul, Iraq, during an airstrike conducted last year, reports the Sydney Morning Herald.   Two children were also injured when an Australian F/A-18E/F Super Hornet dropped a precision-guided bomb on an ISIS sniper nest, military officials said.   The pilot and other decision-makers did not know there were civilians inside the house, where two snipers were firing on Iraqi troops, the officials said.   An Australian Defense Dept. investigation found that the pilot followed the laws of war and Australia's rules of engagement.   The U.S.-led Operation Inherent Resolve (OIR) has reported that 855 civilians have been killed in coalition airstrikes; another 522 civilian deaths are still being investigated, reported the Guardian (U.K.).   Australia withdrew its six F/A-18 Super Hornets from the region in January after a three-year deployment. The jets were replaced by six F/A-18A Hornets
Item Number:2 Date: 03/30/2018 CANADA - GOVERNMENT RECONSIDERING PLANNED WEAPONS TRANSFER TO KURDS (MAR 30/)  -- Ottawa is having second thoughts about transferring up to Can$10 million (US$7.8 million) worth of weapons to Kurdish fighters in Iraq, reports CBC News.   The battlefield defeat of the Islamic State in Iraq has forced the Canadian government to reconsider its plans.   The transfer, which included sniper rifles, anti-tank rockets and grenade launchers, was approved by Ottawa two years ago.   The government in Baghdad has refused to approve the transfer due to the separatist ambitions among the Kurds.   Canadian policy is to support a unified government in Iraq.   Canadian Defense Minister Harjit Sajjan indicated that the equipment, currently being stored in Montreal and Amman, Jordan, could be transferred to either the Iraqi government or the NATO military training mission.   
  Item Number:3 Date: 03/30/2018 DEM REP OF CONGO - ADF BLAMED FOR KILLING 11 CIVILIANS IN NORTHEAST (MAR 30/REU)  REUTERS -- Ugandan rebels are suspected in the killing of at least 11 civilians in the northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo, reports Reuters.   The Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) killed the civilians on Tuesday during a raid on the town of Beni, said the mayor of the town.   A local activist group concurred with the mayor's assessment, adding that reports indicated that the militants were armed with machetes and hatchets.   In response, Congolese forces targeted ADF locations in Virunga National Park, near the Uganda border, said an army spokesman.   DRC and U.N. officials blame the ADF, an Islamist group, with a string of attacks in the town since 2014. Critics say that some of the attacks were conducted by Congolese forces.   The ADF was blamed for a December 2017 attack that killed 15 Tanzanian peacekeepers. The DRC and Uganda launched a joint operation against the ADF following that attack.   Violence in the DRC has increased since President Joseph Kabila refused to step down at the end of his term in 2016.   Many militant groups with ties to previous conflicts in central Africa have exploited discontent towards Kabila to recruit new fighters.  
  Item Number:4 Date: 03/30/2018 EUROPEAN UNION - NEW PLAN AIMS TO STREAMLINE MILITARY MOBILITY ACROSS EUROPE (MAR 30/DEWELLE)  DEUTSCHE WELLE -- The E.U. and NATO are working together to cut red tape and strengthen transportation infrastructure so that military forces can quickly respond to crises in Europe, reports Deutsche Welle (Germany).   The European Commission called for evaluating options for swift border checks and identifying rail and road alternatives sufficient for military transport. Bridges would be upgraded under the plan to accommodate NATO's heaviest equipment.   The goal is to ensure military requirements are considered when developing infrastructure projects, said E.U. Transport Commissioner Violeta Bulc.   NATO has questioned its ability to adequately respond to a potential Russian incursion. It has a smaller command structure compared to the Cold War era and logistical challenges on its eastern flank could bog down an effective response after Russian forces breakout.   The E.U. plan complements NATO's move to upgrade its command structure, which includes a new headquarters to oversee troop movements in Europe, noted Bloomberg News.   The European Commission plan will now be sent to the E.U. member states for approval and must be reviewed by the European Parliament. The initial steps of the action plan are expected to occur in the coming months, with a progress report anticipated in 2019.  
  Item Number:5 Date: 03/30/2018 ISRAEL - 6 KILLED IN LARGE-SCALE PROTESTS IN GAZA (MAR 30/TOI)  TIMES OF ISRAEL -- At least six Palestinians have been killed by Israeli security forces during a protest along the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel, reports the Times of Israel.   About 500 were wounded after Israeli forces opened fire with rubber bullets and live rounds.   Israeli officials estimated that 17,000 Palestinians participated in demonstrations to commemorate Land Day, which commemorates the Israeli government's confiscation of Arab-owned land in the Galilee on March 30, 1976.   The protests mark the start of six weeks of planned "March of Return" demonstrations.   Protesters converged on five main locations along Gaza's border fence with Israel, where rioters began throwing Molotov cocktails and stones at Israeli troops.   Israel stationed additional infantry battalions and more than 100 snipers along the border to prevent demonstrators from breaking through.   Officials from the Hamas-run Ministry of Health in Gaza said that five men were killed after Israeli troops opened fire on some demonstrators. Most of the injured were struck by rubber bullets.   The Israeli army said its troops shot at the "main instigators." The service said it held Hamas responsible for any violence along the security fence during the protests as well as the consequences.   Hamas deliberately sent civilians, including children, into harm's way, said Israeli army officials
  Item Number:6 Date: 03/30/2018 ITALY - DEFENSE MINISTRY EYES HAMMERHEAD UAVS (MAR 30/DN)  DEFENSE NEWS -- The Italian Defense Ministry is seeking to purchase new long-endurance unmanned aerial vehicles for surveillance missions, reports Defense News.   The ministry sent a 766 million euro (US$951 million) spending request to the parliamentary defense commission in February. A total of 20 P.2HH Hammerhead air vehicles and 10 control stations are being sought.   The drone is an unmanned variant of Piaggio's P180 business plane, which features a forward canard and two turboprop pusher engines. The platform has a maximum altitude of 45,000 feet (13,700 m) and can remain in the air for 24 hours.   The aircraft would be able to land at civilian airports, fly in all weather conditions and operate in segregated and non-segregated airspace day and night, officials said.   
 Item Number:7 Date: 03/30/2018 LATVIA - DEFENSE MINISTRY AIMS TO STRENGTHEN RESERVES WITH NEW COURSE (MAR 30/LSM)  LATVIAN PUBLIC MEDIA -- The Latvian Ministry of Defense is seeking Latvians without a prior military background bolster its reserves, reports LSM, Latvia's public broadcaster.   Legislation passed in December 2017 opened up the status of "reserve soldier" to citizens without prior military experience upon completion of a suitable training course. The status is separate from the voluntary national guard, the Zemessardze.   The goal is to maintain a reserve force of about 3,000 personnel.   The military will conduct its first reservist training course between July 28 and Sept. 2, where the volunteers will obtain basic skills in in weapons training, military law, field administration, field combat skills, topography, orienteering, communications and basic first aid. Those completing the course will achieve the status of reserve soldier.   Men and women aged 18-50 are eligible to participate in the reserve soldier program. Plans call for training 50 reservists in 2018, although the final number will depend on the level of interest.  
  Item Number:8 Date: 03/30/2018 MALI - SOLDIER DIES IN HOTEL ATTACK IN BANDIAGARA (MAR 30/REU)  REUTERS -- Gunmen have killed one person and wounded at least two more in a hotel in central Mali, reports Reuters.   On Wednesday, five men approached the Hotel la Falaise in Bandiagara in the Mopti region and opened fire.   The hotel is frequented by U.N. staff and humanitarian aid workers, according to locals.   A soldier hit by the gunfire died. Two hotel employees were injured, witnesses said.   One of the attackers was killed.   The attack came two days after Prime Minister Soumeylou Boubeye Maiga visited the town. In a speech to residents, Maiga promised to defeat the Islamist insurgency that has plagued the country since 2012.  
  Item Number:9 Date: 03/30/2018 RUSSIA - DEFENSE MINISTRY PUBLISHES VIDEO OF SARMAT ICBM TEST (MAR 30/NBC)  NBC NEWS -- Russia has released a video that it says shows the test-firing of a new intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), reports NBC News.   The Russian Defense Ministry published the video on Friday.   The video reportedly shows the test-firing of the new Sarmat missile at the Plesetsk Cosmodrome in the northern Archangel province.   The test "confirmed the system's parameters in the stage of pre-launch preparations and the initial flight of the missile," reported the Voice of America News, citing the Defense Ministry's Krasnaya Zvezda newspaper.   The liquid-fueled Sarmat ICBM is a replacement for Russia's aging SS-18 Satan missiles.   The test comes amid heightened tensions between Russia and the West following the poisoning of a former Russian spy in England earlier this month.    
  Item Number:10 Date: 03/30/2018 RUSSIA - GERASIMOV OUTLINES MOSCOW'S MILITARY STRATEGY (MAR 30/D1)  DEFENSE ONE -- The head of the Russian General Staff says that Moscow will consider economic and non-military government facilities as legitimate targets in the event of a war, reports Defense One.   Gen. Valery Gerasimov made his comments on March 24 at the Russian Military Academy of the General Staff, the website said on Wednesday.   The speech highlighted the Russian military's investment plans, including drones, counter-UAV technology, ground robots, hypersonics, space and information warfare and artificial intelligence (AI) to assist command and control.   The military is already developing drones capable of strike and reconnaissance missions, the general said.   The modernization priorities are very similar to those of the U.S.   The plans indicate that the Russian military is seeking to push potential fighting away from its borders and increase the area to which it can deny access, said Sam Bendett, research analyst at the Center for Naval Analyses in Arlington, Va.   Russia is building its forces for short-range, short-duration conflicts, where it can overwhelm an adversary near its borders, he said.   The speech was also likely intended to try and re-focus the Kremlin's defense spending away from traditional programs and toward the advanced communications, reconnaissance and targeting capabilities that the military wants, said Mark Galeotti, the head of the Center for European Security in Prague
Item Number:11 Date: 03/30/2018 SOUTH KOREA - SEOUL MULLING INDIGENOUS NUCLEAR-POWERED SUBMARINE BASED ON FRENCH DESIGN (MAR 30/DN)  DEFENSE NEWS -- South Korea is considering strengthening its deterrence posture against the nascent North Korean submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM) threat by procuring a nuclear-powered submarine, reports Defense News.   In October, the South Korean navy commissioned the Korea Defense Network to conduct a five-month study into the feasibility of building an indigenous nuclear-powered attack submarine.   The think-tank recommended the soon-to-be commissioned French Suffren-class submarines as a model for its potential build, because the design uses low-enriched uranium.   Low-enriched uranium, aside from being easier to obtain, is important because South Korea's nuclear agreement with the U.S. forbids enriched material above 20 percent.   South Korea has already completed some of the basic research and design work required to build its own sub.   In 2003, Seoul launched a clandestine submarine project called the "362 initiative," but the program was cancelled after it became public the following year.   A program to build an indigenous nuclear sub would likely require 10 to 17 years to complete, analysts said. The unit cost would also likely exceed the government's estimate of US$1.1 billion
  Item Number:12 Date: 03/30/2018 SYRIA - 2 MEMBERS OF ANTI-ISIS COALITION KILLED BY IED (MAR 30/S&S)  STARS AND STRIPES -- An improvised explosive device has killed two servicemembers supporting U.S.-led efforts to fight the Islamic State terrorist group (ISIS) in Syria, reports the Stars and Stripes.   Five others were wounded in the explosion on Thursday, reported Reuters.   The wounded were treated and evacuated for treatment, said a statement from Operation Inherent Resolve.   The names and nationalities of the deceased were not released. The location of the bombing was not reported. The OIR statement came hours after local officials in Manbij told wire services that a roadside bomb had exploded in the town.   Manbij was liberated with U.S. support in 2016 and has since been controlled by an American-backed military council.   This marks the coalition's first death in Syria from hostile action this year. Eleven have died in non-combat incidents, noted the newspaper
Item Number:13 Date: 03/30/2018 SYRIA - MACRON PLEDGES TO SEND TROOPS TO MANBIJ, SUPPORT MEDIATION BETWEEN KURDS, TURKEY (MAR 30/DEWELLE)  DEUTSCHE WELLE -- French President Emmanuel Macron says he will send troops to the northern Syrian town of Manbij to help local forces fight the Islamic State terrorist group (ISIS), reports Deutsche Welle.   Following a meeting on Thursday with a delegation from northern Syria that included Kurdish groups, Macron said he hoped to encourage dialogue with the Kurdish-dominated Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) and Turkey.   Turkish officials on Friday rejected the offer, saying that Anakara would not engage in dialogue with terrorist organizations.   Macron said the French forces would be deployed to the town "very quickly," according to a Kurdish representative cited by Le Parisien.   The U.S. views Kurdish groups like the SDF as integral in the fight against ISIS. Turkey does not distinguish between the SDF and the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), which is listed as a terrorist group by Ankara and Washington.   Earlier in March, Turkey successfully completed the first phase of its mission to dislodge armed Kurdish groups from the northern Syrian town of Afrin.   Ankara has indicated a willingness to continue the mission to Manbij, where U.S. troops train their Kurdish counterparts.    
  Item Number:14 Date: 03/30/2018 UNITED NATIONS - U.S. CUTS FUNDING FOR U.N. PEACEKEEPING (MAR 30/HILL)  THE HILL -- The U.S. will limit its contributions to U.N. peacekeeping missions to no more than 25 percent of the total budget, reports the Hill (Washington, D.C.).   "Peacekeeping is a shared responsibility," U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Nikki Haley told the world body on Wednesday.   Haley said the U.S. would continue to be the largest financial contributor to peacekeeping missions and would work with other U.N. members to ensure that costs would be more equitably shared in the future.   The U.S. contributes about 28 percent of the US$8 billion peacekeeping budget. China, the second largest contributor, funds 10.25 percent of the costs
  Item Number:15 Date: 03/30/2018 USA - NEW VR TECHNOLOGY TO IMPROVE MINE DETECTION (MAR 30/MILTIMES)  MILITARY TIMES -- U.S. Army researchers are developing technology that could allow soldiers to see underground mines and improvised explosive devices (IEDs), reports the Military Times.   Researchers at the Army's Communications-Electronics Research, Development and Engineering Center (CERDEC) at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., are developing a platform that would display sensor data from handheld mine detectors on a tablet or virtual-reality goggles.   By viewing potential threats on a screen, troops can protect themselves without sacrificing situational awareness, said a combat engineer assigned to test the project.   The technology is modular, allowing it to be fitted to ground robots and drones, further distancing troops from potential harm.   One of the program's goals is to synthesize multiple detection devices into a single platform. Currently, soldiers use different sensors to detect different threats.   Geolocation data can also be shared, enabling soldiers to create maps of mine fields, saving lives and easing the work of bomb techs.  
 Item Number:16 Date: 03/30/2018 USA - SEOUL RECEIVES 1ST F-35 IN FORT WORTH (MAR 30/KT)  KOREA TIMES -- South Korea has taken delivery of its first of 40 F-35A Lightning II fighters, reports the Korea Times.   The jet was handed over in a Wednesday ceremony at the Lockheed Martin production facility in Fort Worth, Texas.   Seoul ordered the advanced jets in 2014. Deliveries are scheduled to be completed in 2021.   The first six South Korean F-35s will be delivered to Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., where they will be used to train South Korean pilots and maintainers, reported the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.   Deliveries directly to South Korea are scheduled to begin in 2019.

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