Monday, April 2, 2018

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To All,
I hope that you all had a great weekend. This is a Bubba Breakfast Friday in  San Diego.
This Day In Naval History – April 2, 2018
April 2
1781—During the American Revolution, the Continental frigate Alliance, commanded by John Barry, captures the British privateers Mars and Minerva off the coast of France.  
1827 - First Naval Hospital construction begun at Portsmouth, VA
1898 - Adoption of U.S. Naval Academy coat of arms
1916—Lt. R.C. Saufley sets an altitude record for a U.S. Navy aircraft, 16,072 feet in a Curtiss pusher type hydroplane at Pensacola, FL, bettering the record he set on March 29th that was set with a record of 16,010 feet. 
1943—USS Tunny (SS 282) sinks the Japanese transport No.2 Toyo Maru west of Truk.
1947 - UN places former Japanese mandated islands under U.S. trusteeship
1951—Two F9F-2B Panthers of VF-191, each loaded with four 250- and two 100-pound general-purpose bombs, are catapulted from USS Princeton (CV 37) for an attack on a railroad bridge near Songjin, North Korea. This mission is the first U.S. Navy use of a jet fighter as a bomber.
1960—After floods cause destruction at Paramaribo, Suriname, USS Glacier (AGB 4) begins 12 days of relief operations, providing helicopter and boat transportation and emergency supplies to the residents.
1991—USS Chicago (SSN 721) arrives at San Diego, CA, homeport following Operation Desert Storm. During the six-month deployment, the attack submarine works with US and coalition forces deployed to the Southwest Asia area of operations, conducting surveillance and reconnaissance operations.
Executive Summary:
Top national headlines include China's announcement of tariffs against U.S. goods. CNN visited the USS Dewey as it was underway in the Philippine Sea, 120 years after U.S. Navy Commodore George Dewey led the U.S. to war against the Spanish in the Philippines, to discuss the North Korean threat, the South China Sea and the U.S.'s role in the Pacific. The Wall Street Journal reports that North Korea's response to the military drills that began on Sunday could shape President Trump's pending summit with North Korea. Michael Mazza, a research fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, said that Trump's more credible threats necessitate the exercises. "It is important to show that we're returning to business as usual, that the delay was an aberration rather than a precedent," Mr. Mazza said. Stars & Stripes report that this year's exercises are more subdued, in the lead up to the upcoming summits.
This Day in History
April 2
The United States authorizes the minting of the $10 Eagle, $5 half-Eagle & 2.50 quarter-Eagle gold coins as well as the silver dollar, dollar, quarter, dime & half-dime.
Haitian revolt leader Toussaint L'Ouverture takes command of French forces at Santo Domingo.
The British navy defeats the Danish at the Battle of Copenhagen.
Confederate President Jefferson Davis flees Richmond, Virginia as Grant breaks Lee's line at Petersburg.
Karl Harris perfects the process for the artificial synthesis of rubber.
The U.S. Federal Reserve Board announces plans to divide the country into 12 districts.
President Woodrow Wilson presents a declaration of war against Germany to Congress.
Jeannette Pickering Rankin is sworn in as the first woman to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Virne "Jackie" Mitchell becomes the first woman to play for an all-male pro baseball team. In an exhibition game against the New York Yankees, she strikes out both Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig.
Charles Lindbergh pays over $50,000 ransom for his kidnapped son.
Soviet forces enter Romania, one of Germany's allied countries.
The National Advisory Council on Aeronautics is renamed NASA.
Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King begins the first non-violent campaign in Birmingham, Alabama.
Argentina invades the British-owned Falkland Islands.
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With our thanks to THE Bear at
April 2, 2018    Bear Taylor   
RIPPLE SALVO… #758… ALASKA's JUNIOR SENATOR MIKE GRAVEL was instrumental, a driving force, in publishing "THE PENTAGON PAPERS." The most authoritative and complete version of four volumes–4,100 pages–of the Daniel Ellsburg purloined classified Defense Department papers are identified as "The Gravel Edition." The first half –275 pages– of Volume Four is a vital source of documentation of  "The Air War in North Vietnam," but Senator Gravel's work only goes so far. He wraps up Rolling Thunder at 1 April 1968 with a superb summary at pages 274-75… but first…
GOOD MORNING… Day SEVEN HUNDRED FIFTY-EIGHT of a 1000 blog through the past–OPERATION ROLLING THUNDER: the air war fought over North Vietnam, 1965-68 by some of the bravest of the brave… Yankee Air Pirates and Red River Rats…
HEAD LINES from the OGDEN STANDARD-EXAMINER for Tuesday, 2 April 1968…  the weather forecast was: "wide-spread precipitation will cover the nation."
Page 1: "U.S. CONCENTRATES WAR PLANES AGAINST SOUTH VIETNAM TARGETS–BOMBERS STEER CLEAR OF RESTRICTED ZONES"… "U.S. warplanes hammered targets in North Vietnam's southern panhandle today in its aerial campaign that is rising in tempo there since President Johnson's clampdown Monday on bombing farther north. Hanoi radio claimed one plane shot down. There was no confirmation in Saigon. Nor did U.S. officers indicate whether the raids were as intense as Monday or as far north…. U.S. bombers flew more than 100 missions against the North Vietnam Monday, nearly double the average number before the Johnson curtailment order….Hanoi radio said U.S. fighter-bombers  today repeatedly attacked Thanh Hoa Province. It said defense units shot down a F-4 fighter but made no mention of the crew."… Page 1: "PENTAGON FEARS ALL-OUT ENEMY SUPPLY BUILD-UP"…"Air Force officials say the North Vietnamese are likely to take advantage of the U.S. bombing limitation by preparing a massive supply run southward. The allied forces face the job of trying to intercept the new flow of goods ticketed for enemy troops in South Vietnam,…They said a month-long bombing halt would permit the Communists to rush 100,000 tons of supplies South. In other Pentagon reaction to President' Johnson's Sunday night speech on Vietnam, defense officials said the administration plans to mobilize up to 60,000 reservists. But they stressed the figure could vary up or down depending on Pentagon studies underway…..The key communications line in North Vietnam's upper bulge freed from bombing by the President's order is a rail line extending southwestward out of Red China into Hanoi. The line carries a substantial amount of small arms from China. This rail line hs  to be hit regularly to disrupt tis use. In addition, the military would have liked to continue striking industrial plants and military complexes located in the northeast quadrant, which is now out-of-bounds."… Page 1: IN THE GROUND WAR: "In South Vietnam Viet Cong gunners sent seven rockets whistling into Saigon's big Tan Son Nhut airbase today and shelled three other places from Hue along the northern seacoast to the Mekong Delta. Damage from the shelling was described as light and in all nine persons were wounded….The U.S. Command announced the end of Operation Scotland in which it said 1,561 North Vietnamese troops have been killed around Khesanh in five months."…
Some Monday Morning Humor from Al
I think…
A computer lets you make more mistakes faster than any invention in human history–with the possible exceptions of handguns and tequila.
There are 10 types of people in the world: those who understand binary, and those who don't.
In a world without fences and walls, who needs Gates and Windows?
Programming today is a race between software engineers striving to build bigger and better idiot-proof programs, and the Universe trying to produce bigger and better idiots. So far, the Universe is winning.
Computers make very fast, very accurate mistakes.

You know you're living in the computer age when:
You have five passwords, but can only remember one.
You haven't played solitaire with real cards in years.
You have a list of 15 phone numbers to reach your family of three.
You e-mail your buddy who works at the desk next to you.
Your reason for not staying in touch with friends is that they do not have e-mail addresses.
Your resume is on a thumb drive in your pocket.
Your biggest loss from a system crash was when you lost all of your best jokes.
Your supervisor gets a brand-new state-of-the-art laptop with all the latest features, while you have time to go for lunch while yours boots up.
Your relatives and family describe your job as "works with computers".
You read this entire list, and kept nodding and smiling.
As you read this list, you think about forwarding it to your "friends".

Submitted by Ed Denker:

Millennial Marriage E-mails:
From the daughter…
Dearest DAD,
     I'm coming home to get married soon, so get your check book out.  I'm in love with a man who is far away from me.  As you know, I'm in Australia and he lives in Scotland.  We met on a dating website, became friends on Facebook, and had long chats on WhatsApp.  He proposed to me on Skype, and now we've had two months of a relationship through Viber.
     My beloved Dad, I'd like your blessing, good wishes, and a really big wedding.
Lots of love and thanks.
Your daughter, Lilly

His response…
My Dear Lilly,
     Like wow! Cool!
     I suggest that you two get married on Twitter, have fun on Tango, buy your kids on Amazon, and pay
for it all through PayPal.  And when you get fed up with your new husband, sell him on eBay.
Your Dad

Submitted by Mark Logan:

     A few years after I was born, my Dad met a stranger who was new to our small town.  From the beginning, Dad was fascinated with this enchanting newcomer and soon invited him to live with our family.  The stranger was quickly accepted and was around from then on.
     As I grew up, I never questioned his place in my family.  In my young mind, he had a special niche.  My parents were complementary instructors:  Mom taught me good from evil, and Dad taught me to obey.  But the stranger ... he was our storyteller.  He would keep us spellbound for hours on end with adventures, mysteries and comedies.
     If I wanted to know anything about politics, history or science, he always knew the answers about the past, understood the present and even seemed able to predict the future!  He took my family to the first major league ball game.  He made me laugh, and he made me cry.  The stranger never stopped talking, but Dad didn't seem to mind.
     Sometimes, Mom would get up quietly while the rest of us were shushing each other to listen to what he had to say, and she would go to the kitchen for peace and quiet.  (I wonder now if she ever prayed for the stranger to leave.)
     Dad ruled our household with certain moral convictions, but the stranger never felt obligated to honor them.  Profanity, for example, was not allowed in our home … not from us, our friends or any visitors.  Our long time visitor, however, got away with four-letter words that burned my ears and made my dad squirm and my mother blush.
     My Dad didn't permit the liberal use of alcohol but the stranger encouraged us to try it on a regular basis.  He made cigarettes look cool, cigars manly, and pipes distinguished.  He talked freely (much too freely!) about sex.  His comments were sometimes blatant, sometimes suggestive, and generally embarrassing.
     I now know that my early concepts about relationships were influenced strongly by the stranger.  Time after time, he opposed the values of my parents, yet he was seldom rebuked ... and NEVER asked to leave.
     More than 60 years have passed since the stranger moved in with our family.  He has blended right in and is not nearly as fascinating as he was at first.  Still, if you could walk into my parents' den today, you would still find him sitting over in his corner, waiting for someone to listen to him talk and watch him draw his pictures.
     His name?   We just call him 'TV.'  He has a wife now…we call her 'Computer.'  Their first child is 'Cell Phone.'  Their second child is 'I Pod.'  And just born a few years ago was a grandchild:  'IPAD.'

Submitted by Ron Lavin:

     During a recent password audit by a company, it was found that an employee was using the following password:  MickeyMinniePlutoHueyLouieDeweyDonald GoofySacramento.
     When asked why he/she had such a long password, he/she rolled his/her eyes and said, "Hello! It has to be at least 8 characters and include at least one capital."

Submitted by Craig Lenz:

     One of Microsoft's finest technicians was drafted and sent to boot camp. At the rifle range, he was given some instruction, a rifle, and bullets. He fired several shots at the target. The report came from the target area that all attempts had completely missed the target.
     The technician looked at his rifle, and then at the target. He looked at the rifle again, and then at the target again. He put his finger over the end of the rifle barrel and squeezed the trigger with his other hand. The end of his finger was blown off, whereupon he yelled toward the target area, "It's leaving here just fine, the trouble must be at your end!"

Have a great week,
Thanks to YP …
These are bloody wonderful!
New definitions for the Webster Dictionary ...
1. ARBITRATOR: A cook that leaves Arby's to work at McDonalds
2. AVOIDABLE: What a bullfighter tried to do.
3. BERNADETTE: The act of torching a mortgage.
4. BURGLARIZE: What a crook sees with.
5. CONTROL: A short, ugly inmate.
6. COUNTERFEITERS: Workers who put together kitchen cabinets. 
7. ECLIPSE: What an English barber does for a living.
8. EYEDROPPER: A clumsy ophthalmologist.
9. HEROES: What a guy in a boat does.
10. LEFTBANK: What the robber did when his bag was full of money.
11. MISTY: How golfers create divots.
12. PARADOX: Two physicians.
13. PARASITES: What you see from the top of the Eiffel Tower.
14. PHARMACIST: A helper on the farm.
15. POLARIZE: What penguins see with.
16. PRIMATE: Removing your spouse from in front of the TV.
17. RELIEF: What trees do in the Spring.
18. RUBBERNECK: What you do to relax your wife.
19. SELFISH: What the owner of a seafood store does.
20. SUDAFED: Brought litigation against a government official . . .
Item Number:1 Date: 04/02/2018 AFGHANISTAN - 27 MILITANTS KILLED IN 3-DAY OPERATION IN BADAKHSHAN PROVINCE (APR 02/TN)  TOLONEWS -- Afghan security forces have launched an operation to clear the Jurm district in the northeastern Badakhshan province, reports Tolo News (Afghanistan).   At least 27 militants were killed over three days, local officials said on Sunday.   Operations to eliminate the Taliban in the region were ongoing. The Taliban has controlled the area for the last year.   The Taliban have been cleared from at least five villages, reported Asian News International.   Officials said a lack of air support was limiting the operations.   Afghan provincial council members said that the operation should also include the that Wardoj and Yamgan districts. The officials indicated that there were civilian casualties during the operations, although further details were not provided.  
 Item Number:2 Date: 04/02/2018 CHINA - UPGRADES CONTINUE TO ADD CAPABILITY TO J-20 (APR 02/DIPLOMAT)  DIPLOMAT -- China continues to update its J-20 stealth fighter in an effort to compete with the U.S. F-22 Raptor, reports the Diplomat (Tokyo).   China has developed a fifth-generation fighter engine, dubbed the WS-15, for the J-20, significantly improving its performance. Previously, the fighter was powered by the less powerful WS-10G engine.   The WS-15 has reportedly been installed on several prototypes for testing.   Improvements have also been made to its radar, avionics, software and other electronic equipment. The manufacturer has additional plans to further modify the engine, weapons bay and stealth coating.   Meanwhile, the F-22 has suffered delays in modernization programs, potentially creating an opening for it to be overtaken by the J-20.   The F-22 is now undergoing its second major upgrade, the Raptor Agile Capability Release, but the platform is limited by its software and computer architecture, which was developed in the 1990s
Item Number:3 Date: 04/02/2018 GHANA - THOUSANDS PROTEST PLANNED U.S. MILITARY BASE (APR 02/HILL)  THE HILL -- Thousands of Ghanaian citizens marched in the capital last week to oppose an agreement between Accra and Washington to create a U.S. military base in Ghana, reports The Hill (Washington, D.C.).   The agreement, approved by the Ghanaian Parliament on March 26, includes US$20 million in investment for the nation's military.   The deal also allows U.S. access to Ghanaian airport runways and radio frequencies and includes provisions for tax exemptions on the import of military equipment as well as diplomatic immunity.   Reciprocity is included for certain elements of the deal, such as legal immunity for Ghanaian troops training in the U.S.   On March 28, more than 3,000 people gathered in Accra to protest the deal, reported the New York Times. Opposition lawmakers had boycotted the vote, saying it was a violation of Ghanaian sovereignty.   The U.S. Embassy in Accra said that the agreement covered a small storage facility and several shipping containers. The site would be used for staging for military exercises and storage, officials said
Item Number:4 Date: 04/02/2018 INDIA - CURFEW IMPOSED AFTER VIOLENCE KILLS 20 IN KASHMIR (APR 02/BBC)  BRITISH BROADCASTING CORP. -- Twenty people have been killed in violence in India-administered Kashmir, reports the BBC.   On Sunday, three Indian soldiers and 13 suspected militants were killed in a series of clashes south of the city of Srinagar, said police.   Four more civilians were killed when security forces opened fire on demonstrators protesting the violence and throwing stones at soldiers.   Local officials described it as one of the bloodiest days for the region in recent history.   Seven suspected militants and two soldiers were killed in a shootout in the village of Dragad, reported Zee News (India).   Another suspected militant was killed by Indian security forces in Dialgam.   The militants were believed to be affiliated with Lashkar-e-Tayyiba and Hizbul Mujahedin.   Authorities imposed a curfew in Kashmir after the violence.     
  Item Number:5 Date: 04/02/2018 ISRAEL - GOVERNMENT REJECTS INQUIRY INTO GAZA VIOLENCE (APR 02/AFP)  AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE -- Israel has rejected calls for an independent investigation into the deaths of Palestinians during a violent demonstration last week, reports Agence France-Presse.   On Sunday, Israel Minister of Defense Avigdor Lieberman dismissed the possibility of an independent inquiry into the events. "We shall not cooperate with any commission of inquiry," Lieberman told Israel's public radio station.   He also defended the actions of Israeli troops when facing off with Palestinian protesters near the Gaza-Israeli border.   At least 17 Palestinians were killed during confrontations on March 30. Hamas said five of the fatalities were members of its armed wing. Israel said eight were from Hamas and two others were members of other militant groups, reported Reuters.   On March 31, the U.S. blocked a draft U.N. Security Council statement condemning the violence and calling for an investigation.   Palestinian groups in Gaza, including armed groups such as Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad, organized protests.   During the demonstrations, many members of the crowd pushed towards the Israeli border fence, attacking troops with Molotov cocktails and stones.   Israeli troops opened fire, injuring hundreds.     
  Item Number:6 Date: 04/02/2018 KUWAIT - CONTRACT FINALIZED FOR 28 SUPER HORNET FIGHTERS (APR 02/DOD)  DEPT. OF DEFENSE -- The U.S. Naval Air Systems Command has awarded Boeing, St. Louis, Mo., a contract to supply fighter jets to Kuwait, reports the Dept. of Defense.   The US$1.2 billion deal covers non-recurring engineering work to develop a baseline configuration for the production and delivery of 22 single-seat F/A-18E and six two-seat F/A-18F Super Hornet fighters, the Pentagon said in a March 30 release.   An initial award of US$275.9 million covered engineering work and long-lead items for radar warning receivers and armament equipment, reported Defense News.   The U.S. State Dept. cleared the sale in November 2016. At the time, Kuwait was considering buying up to 40 of the jets.    
  Item Number:7 Date: 04/02/2018 LIBERIA - U.N. PEACEKEEPING MISSION WRAPS UP AFTER 15 YEARS (APR 02/UNNS)  UNITED NATIONS NEWS SERVICE -- The United Nations peacekeeping mission in Liberia concluded on March 30 after 15 years, reports U.N. News.   The completion of the peacekeeping mission follows the first peaceful transfer of power from one elected president to another in 70 years.   President George Manneh Weah won the presidency in a runoff election in December, succeeding Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who had held the post since 2006.   Liberia experienced two bloody civil wars between 1989 and 2003, when the U.N. Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) was established.   Around 16,000 personnel from 12 nations served in Liberia during the mission. Around 200 peacekeepers were killed in accidents, from illness or for similar reasons, the U.N. said.   Weah thanked the U.N. peacekeepers at a ceremony in Monrovia last month that marked the conclusion of the U.N. mission.   "In our darkest days, the U.N. stood with us ... we will not fight again, I promise you," the president said.  
  Item Number:8 Date: 04/02/2018 PHILIPPINES - TROOPS CAPTURE ABU SAYYAF LEADER AFTER CLASHES IN SULU (APR 02/PDI)  PHILIPPINE DAILY INQUIRER -- The Philippine military says it has captured a lieutenant from the Abu Sayyaf terrorist group after a firefight on the southern island of Sulu, reports the Philippine Daily Inquirer.   Soldiers from the 32nd Infantry Battalion were searching for kidnapping victims on Sulu when they received word that Abu Sayyaf leader Walton Juljirin and four of his men were hiding nearby, said Brig. Gen. Cirilito Sobejana, the commander of Joint Task Force Sulu.   The soldiers traveled to the area and engaged the Abu Sayyaf militants. Four of the attackers fled. Juljirin was wounded and captured.   Denying reports from militant media, the general said no soldiers were injured during the fight.   The militant leader was transferred to the 501st Brigade headquarters in Barangay Tagbak, he said.   Juljirin and his band were reportedly behind a series of IED and explosive attacks in the area.   Soldiers recovered a rifle, ammunition and explosives after the clash.   Juljirin was the 14th Abu Sayyaf member captured in 2018, said Lt. Gen. Carlito Galvez Jr., the head of the Western Mindanao Command
Item Number:9 Date: 04/02/2018 RUSSIA - WEAPONS COOPERATION WITH CHINA LIMITED BY PROCUREMENT PROCESSES (APR 02/NATINT)  NATIONAL INTEREST -- With the degradation of relations between Moscow and the West, Russia and China have started to work together to develop new weapons systems, reports the National Interest.   "Joint experimental design work is underway" on a new drone that would be launched by a multiple launch rocket system, Tecmash Research and Production Group deputy CEO Alexander Kochkin, said on Saturday at a conference in Yerevan, Armenia, as cited by Russia's Tass news agency.   The relationship is not one between equals, analysts said. Russia primarily sells advanced weapons to Beijing, but has shown no interest in buying Chinese systems, such as unmanned aerial vehicles.   China is more advanced than Russia in UAV development.   One issue is that Russia's weapons development process has primarily been driven by industry. The Defense Ministry is trying to change this by employing its bureaucracy to drive unmanned weapons development, said Sam Bendett, a researcher at the Center for Naval Analyses in Arlington, Va.   Lessons learned from Russian military operations in Syria and Ukraine are likely to further drive this process, Bendett said.  
  Item Number:10 Date: 04/02/2018 SINGAPORE - DEFENSE MINISTRY CONFIRMS DELIVERY OF ASTER 30 AIR DEFENSE SYSTEMS (APR 02/DN)  DEFENSE NEWS -- Singapore has confirmed delivery of the Aster 30 air defense system, reports Defense News.   The Singapore Ministry of Defense confirmed the delivery to the newspaper in a statement.   The system is currently undergoing integration and local testing, said the ministry.   In a video posted as part of its 50th anniversary celebrations, the service displayed the Aster 30 SAMP/T medium- to long-range missile mounted on a MAN TG-series 8 x 8 vehicle.   Singapore announced the order in 2013. The Aster 30 is intended to replace the Raytheon MIM-23 Improved HAWK missiles used by the air force's 163 Squadron.   The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) reported that the order covered two systems and 200 Aster 30 missiles, worth an estimated US$805 million.   One system and 100 missiles were delivered in 2017, according to SIPRI. A typical system consists of four to six launch units.   Singapore is integrating its Aster 30s with the Thales Ground Master 200 radar and its own integrated air defense network.     
  Item Number:11 Date: 04/02/2018 SOMALIA - AL-SHABAAB KILLS DOZENS IN COORDINATED ATTACK ON A.U. BASE (APR 02/GAROWE)  GAROWE ONLINE -- Dozens of African Union troops have been killed in an Al-Shabaab attack in southern Somalia, reports the Garowe Online (Somalia).   On Sunday, the militant group attacked a base in Bula-Mareer in the Lower Shabelle region, said an Al-Shabaab spokesman.   The assault reportedly began with a suicide car bombing, which allowed the attackers to enter the base, about 80 miles (130 km) southwest of Mogadishu.   A second car bomb targeted a convoy carrying reinforcements to the base, reported the Guardian (U.K.).   Casualty counts varied. A Ugandan official claimed that four A.U. soldiers were killed in the attack, along with 22 Al-Shabaab militants. Local officials said as many as 46 Ugandan troops were killed.   An Al-Shabaab spokesman said 59 Ugandan soldiers and 14 militants were killed. Al-Shabaab has been known to inflate casualty figures.   In a statement released on Monday, the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) claimed to have killed at least 30 of the attackers, as reported by Al Jazeera (Qatar).   The attacks are designed to hasten the departure of A.U. troops, who are currently slated to leave in 2020
  Item Number:12 Date: 04/02/2018 SYRIA - LAST OF REBELS ABANDON E. GHOUTA UNDER DEAL WITH RUSSIA (APR 02/NA)  NEW ARAB -- Russia says it has struck a deal with the last remaining rebel group in Eastern Ghouta, the besieged suburb outside the capital, Damascus, reports the New Arab (London).   Members of Jaish al-Islam reached a deal with Russia to evacuate the area, according to statements from Syrian media, Hezbollah and Russian officials.   Fighters from Jaish al-Islam and their families would reportedly be relocated to Jarablus and al-Bab in Aleppo province, which are primarily held by Turkish-backed rebels, reported the Guardian (U.K.).   In return, Jaish al-Islam would provide a map detailing the locations of tunnels and mines planted by the group.   Rebels also agreed to give up medium and heavy weaponry in their possession, reported Reuters.   However, the Douma local council -- which represents the area under the control of Jaish al-Islam -- denied reports that the group would abandon the area. Agreements under consideration covered only the wounded, the officials said, as reported by Al Jazeera (Qatar).   Evacuations began on Monday, reported Agence France-Presse, citing Syrian state media. At least four buses carrying fighters were seen leaving the area, headed for Jarablus.   The enclave of Eastern Ghouta has been under the control of rebels since 2013.   Jaish al-Islam was the last remaining rebel group in Eastern Ghouta after members from Failiq al-Rahman evacuated the town on Sunday.   Government forces launched a renewed effort to retake the enclave in February. At least 1,600 people have been killed in the offensive.  
  Item Number:13 Date: 04/02/2018 USA - HUNTINGTON INGALLS WINS CONTRACT FOR 10TH NATIONAL SECURITY CUTTER (APR 02/USCG)  U.S. COAST GUARD -- The U.S. Coast Guard has awarded Huntington Ingalls a long-lead contract to produce the 10th Bertholf-class national security cutter.   The $94 million contract covers initial components and materials for the new ship, including propulsion systems, marine turbine/diesel engines, generators, electrical components, air search radar, steel plating and major castings, according to a service release on March 29.   The work will take place in Pascagoula, Miss.   The 10th cutter is the last planned for the Bertholf class. Six are in service with three more under construction, noted USNI News.   The unit cost for the cutters is about $695 million
  Item Number:14 Date: 04/02/2018 USA - PLANS CALLS FOR LCS TO CONTROL SWARMS OF DRONES (APR 02/WARMAV)  WARRIOR MAVEN -- The U.S. Navy is working to augment coordination between its littoral combat ships and various unmanned vehicles, reports the Warrior Maven.   The Navy plans to employ unmanned surface vehicles (USVs) and unmanned underwater vehicles (UUVs) to survey waters, destroy enemy mines and potentially launch attacks.   Developers are exploring the possibility of adding guns, missiles or lasers to the surface drones.   Under one concept, high-speed USVs would be launched ahead of the host ship to probe enemy defenses and launch attacks.   While algorithms for autonomous drone swarms are progressing quickly, Pentagon doctrine will likely continue to require a human "in-the-loop" to authorize lethal force.     
  Item Number:15 Date: 04/02/2018 UZBEKISTAN - GOVERNMENT INVITES INDIA TO PARTICIPATE IN DERADICALIZATION PROJECT (APR 02/ECON)  ECONOMIC TIMES -- Uzbekistan has invited India to join its deradicalization program as part of a comprehensive effort to combat the Islamic State terrorist group (ISIS) in the region, reports the Economic Times (India).   The Center for Islamic Culture in Uzbekistan in Tashkent offers services including the training of moderate imams and moderate religious education for youth to better prepare them to confront extremist voices, the newspaper reported on March 31.   Uzbekistan has invited India to join its deradicalization efforts and share best practices across the two countries, said Vladimir Norov, the director of the government-backed Institute for Strategic and Regional Studies think tank.   "The Hanafi schools of Islam is prevalent in both Uzbekistan and India and therefore it is imperative for both countries to join hands to fight extremism," Norov said.   The effort was spurred by fears of a growing ISIS presence in Afghanistan and the potential for spillover
  Item Number:16 Date: 04/02/2018 VIETNAM - COAST GUARD TAKES DELIVERY OF PATROL CRAFT FROM U.S. (APR 02/REU)  REUTERS -- The U.S. has delivered six patrol boats to the Vietnamese coast guard, reports Reuters.   On March 29, the U.S. Embassy in Hanoi announced the delivery of six Metal Shark 45 Defiant patrol boats. The boats were part of a US$20 million equipment and infrastructure package, reported the VN Express.   The U.S. provided six other patrol boats and a high-endurance cutter to Vietnam in 2017. It has also supplied a training center, maintenance facility, boat lift and a navigation simulator.   Ties between the former adversaries have warmed in recent years.   In March, the U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson made a port stop in Vietnam, widely seen as a show of solidarity in the face of expanding Chinese influence.

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