Thursday, April 12, 2018

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I hope that your week has been going well.
This Day In Naval History – April 12, 2018
April 12
1861—The Civil War begins with Confederates firing on Fort Sumter, SC. The Union Navy plays integral part blockading Confederates, keeping them diplomatically and economically contained from other nations.
1911—Lt. Theodore Ellyson completes his aviator training at the Glenn Curtiss Aviation Camp at North Island, San Diego, CA, and becomes Naval Aviator No. 1. 
1944—USS Halibut (SS 232) sinks Japanese army passenger/cargo ship Taichu Maru despite the presence of at least three escort vessels.
1945—President Franklin D. Roosevelt dies at Warm Springs, GA. Besides being the nation's longest-serving president, he also was an Assistant Secretary of the Navy.
1962—U.S. Navy demonstrates new landing craft with retractable hydrofoils, LCVP (H), which are named Highlanders. The Navy eventually rejects the craft because it can't keep a straight path like a standard LCVP.
1975 - Operation Eagle Pull evacuation from Cambodia
1981—The first reusable Space Shuttle, Columbia (STS 1) is launched with an all-U.S. Navy crew: Capt. John W. Young (Ret.) is the shuttle's commander and Lt. Cmdr. Robert L. Crippen is the pilot.
1986—USS Samuel B. Roberts (FFG 58) is commissioned at Bath, ME and then homeported at Newport, RI.
1993—Aircraft from USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) and NATO forces begin enforcing the no-fly zone over the Bosnia in Operation Deny Flight.
2003—USS Mason (DDG 87) is commissioned at Cape Canaveral, FL. The Arleigh Burke-class destroyer is the 37th in the class and the ninth of the Flight IIA variant. 
April 12, 1861 -- A Day That Divided a Nation
Thanks to CHINFO
Executive Summary:
Top national news includes House Speaker Paul Ryan's retirement announcement that blindsided many House Republican candidates and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg's second hearing in the wake of the Cambridge Analytica data scandal. Threats exchanged between the U.S. and Russia increased the possibility of conflict reports the Wall Street Journal. In response to threats from the Trump administration to launch missile strikes into Syria, a Russian diplomat stated that Russia would shoot down any U.S. missile targeting Syria. According to USNI News, Navy acquisition chief James Geurts signed a memo announcing that the LX(R) requirement – which would replace the Whidbey Island-class LSD as a dock landing ship – will be filled by the San Antonio Class LPD Flight II. Ultimately, there will be 26 San Antonio hulls with 13 in Flight I and 13 in Flight II.  Additionally, Navy Times reports that the Navy's personnel and training modernization is gaining steam.
April 12
The Fourth Crusade sacks Constantinople.
England adopts the Union Jack as its flag.
Parliament repeals the Townsend Acts.
The British navy wins its only naval engagement against the colonists in the American Revolution at the Battle of Saints, off Dominica.
The first colonists arrive at Cape Disappointment, Washington.
Fort Sumter is shelled by the Confederacy, starting America's Civil War.
Confederate Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest captures Fort Pillow, in Tennessee.
The first catcher's mask is used in a baseball game.
Pierre Prier completes the first non-stop London-Paris flight in three hours and 56 minutes.
American cavalrymen and Mexican bandit troops clash at Parral, Mexico.
The British Cabinet comes out in favor of voting rights for women.
The U.S. Twentieth Air Force is activated to begin the strategic bombing of Japan.
President Franklin D. Roosevelt dies at Warm Spring, Georgia. Harry S. Truman becomes president.
Bill Haley records "Rock Around the Clock."
Dr. Jonas Salk's discovery of a polio vaccine is announced.
Soviet Yuri Alexeyevich Gagarin becomes first man to orbit the Earth.
Police use dogs and cattle prods on peaceful civil rights demonstrators in Birmingham, Alabama.
Emmett Ashford becomes the first African-American major league umpire.
Harold Washington is elected the first black mayor of Chicago.
With our thanks to THE Bear at
April 12, 2018   Bear Taylor 
RIPPLE SALVO… #768… CYRUS LEO SULZBERGER, "A PRIZE-WINNING FOREIGN CORRESPONDENT AND FOREIGN AFFAIRS COLUMNIST FOR THE NEW YORK TIMES FOR NEARLY 40 YEARS and the author of two dozen books, most of them on foreign policy and world leaders in the cold war era" posted a column in March 1968 titled: "Giap of Arabia." He succinctly made a case that the tactics of North Vietnam's General Vo Nguyen Giap employed by the North in the fight in South Vietnam were from the enduring principles of "how to fight a guerrilla war" attributed to and practiced by T.E. Lawrence in the southwest deserts of Asia. Applicable in 1914-18 in World War I, in the mid-1960's, and applicable in southwest Asia now….. but first…
GOOD MORNING: Day SEVEN HUNDRED SIXTY-EIGHT of a return to yesteryear when the skies over North Vietnam were full of Red River Rats, Yankee Air Pirates and tons of missiles and steel from thousands of guns defending the infrastructure of the North…
THE WAR: Page 1: "YANKS JOIN FORCES, REPULSE 400-MAN ASSAULT BY REDS–FOES FLEE-LEAVE 128 DEAD"… "U.S. footsoldiers, artillery and dive bombers repulsed 400 North Vietnamese and Viet Cong troops who stormed an American bivouac area today and drove to within  few feet of the GI's foxholes. After five-hours of close quarter fighting in War Zone C 49 miles northwest of Saigon, Vietnamese and Viet cong fled leaving 128 of their dead and more than 50 weapons on the battlefield. all of the bodies were found on the fringes of the American perimeter. AP photographer Al Chang reported from the battlefield that more bodies were probably farther out, victims of the massive air and artillery strikes. Sixteen U.S. troops were killed and 47 wounded. CLOSE RANGE FIGHTING. Chang said the fighting was at such close range that at one point the 25th Division infantrymen fixed their bayonets as their ammunition ran low. They didn't have any. Two Americans were found dead inside their bunker. Around them were the bodies of eight Viet Cong, gunned down by the two Americans as they were killed"… "In the far northwest U.S. Cavalrymen reoccupied the Khe Sanh outpost of Lang Vei without resistance after a day of frustration. Troops moved into the camp Wednesday, then retired to the east for the night. When they tried to reenter Thursday they found the North Vietnamese had reoccupied the outpost. Three American attacks were repelled…. The U.S. command announced the loss of two more American aircraft in South Vietnam, a Marine A-4 and an Army UH1 helicopter."…
Thanks to Barrett
Dated documentary on the 'sader.  I don't know any of the interviewees but they include John Konrad.
The Vought F-8 Crusader began active service in the US Navy in 1962, and went on to become the American aircraft the Russians most feared.
Thanks to Dutch
Find the Endurance!
Subject of a couple of great books, one being Endurance: Shackleton's Incredible Voyage by Alfred Lansing. - Dutch
Find the Endurance! British scientists in a race to locate the wreckage of Ernest Shackleton's lost ship which has laid undiscovered since it was crushed by Antarctic pack ice in 1915
Ernest Shackleton's ship Endurance succumbed to the Antarctic pack ice in 1915 
He and his crew began one of the most gruelling survival attempts in history 
Since the explorer led his 27 men to safety, there has been no sign of the ship 
But now, in an echo of the golden age of exploration, the race is on to the Antarctic once more – as two rival expeditions hunt for the lost vessel 
For those of us who spend too much time sitting on our butts - - Dutch
Deep vein thrombosis: What you need to know
FALLS CHURCH, Va. — Military Health System beneficiary Jamia Bailey plays three sports at Yokota High School in Fussa, Japan. She spends long hours traveling with her teammates to competitions at schools eight and even 10 hours away. When her left leg became swollen and painful one morning during class, a trip to the school nurse's office and then to the urgent care clinic on Yokota Air Base schooled Bailey on deep vein thrombosis, or DVT.
DVT is a blood clot that forms in a vein deep inside the body. It usually occurs in the lower leg, thigh, or pelvis.
"Blood clots naturally form in our body after injury to prevent blood loss through the blood vessel wall," said Air Force Col. Jay Sampson, a board-certified vascular surgeon at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio.
"We also have a natural process to stop clot formation and then to break down the clot," he said. "DVT occurs when something goes wrong with this clotting process."
As many as 900,000 Americans may be affected by DVT each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Of those, the CDC said, about half will have long-term complications, including swelling and pain. Additionally, about 33 percent will have a DVT recurrence within 10 years.
DVT is particularly dangerous if part of the clot breaks off and travels through the bloodstream to the lungs. This causes a pulmonary embolism, or PE, which prevents blood from reaching the lungs. According to the CDC, from 60,000 to 100,000 people die each year from PE.
"Numerous risk factors can help identify who might be at risk for DVT," Sampson said. "But in the medical community, we tend to think of it as, everyone's at risk."
Risk factors include being obese, older, or confined to bed because of illness or disease, Sampson said. But even young and fit people can be at risk when they're immobile for long periods of time. NBC television journalist David Bloom was 39 when he died of PE in April 2003 while covering the Iraq War. Bloom had spent long hours inside cramped armored vehicles.
Pregnant women up to six weeks after childbirth, and women who take oral contraceptives that include estrogen, also have an increased risk of DVT, Sampson said. Changes in hormone levels and blood composition may affect the normal clotting process. Also, blood flow in the legs may be reduced because of the fetus pressing on the veins.
Swelling and pain are two symptoms of DVT. But some people don't experience any symptoms at all, Sampson said.
The signs and symptoms of PE include difficulty breathing, chest pain, and coughing up blood. But sudden death, like Bloom's, is the first symptom in about 25 percent of people with PE, according to the CDC.
Bailey went to Tripler Army Medical Center in Hawaii for treatment with dad James, a retired Navy senior chief petty officer, and mom Pia, a Department of Defense Education Activity elementary school teacher.
"Jamia was predisposed to getting DVT because she has May-Thurner syndrome, and the long periods of immobility during bus rides were a contributing factor," said Dr. Brian Ching, an interventional radiologist at Tripler.
May-Thurner is a rare condition in which an artery compresses a vein in the pelvis. Bailey had minor surgery to remove the blood clots; a stent was inserted into the compressed vein to keep it open. She's now taking a blood thinner to reduce the risk of DVT recurring.
"A blood thinner prevents the clot from getting bigger," Sampson said. "It also stabilizes the clot to reduce the risk of it traveling to the pulmonary artery. That's the pulmonary embolism we worry about."
Bailey said she can't play soccer while she's taking a blood thinner because any head trauma could cause bleeding in the brain. Otherwise, she's resumed her normal activities. Her goal is to play basketball next year for Chaminade University in Hawaii.
"I really appreciate the doctors and nurses who helped me get through that rough part of my life," she said.
Sampson and other experts offer the following tips to reduce risk of DVT:
Move around as soon as recommended after being confined to bed for surgery, illness, or injury.
Stretch your legs every few hours during long periods of immobility, including during air travel. Wear loose-fitting clothing and perhaps even compression socks, which prevent pooling of blood in the legs.
Seek medical help immediately for swelling and pain in the legs or arms. "The next step would be an ultrasound test to diagnose," Sampson said.
Item Number:1 Date: 04/12/2018 AFGHANISTAN - DISTRICT GOVERNOR IN GHAZNI PROVINCE KILLED IN TALIBAN ASSAULT (APR 12/CNN)  CABLE NEWS NETWORK -- At least 14 people, including a district governor, have been killed in a Taliban attack in Afghanistan's southeastern Ghazni province, reports CNN.   Early Thursday, Taliban fighters attacked the district governor's compound and police posts in the province's Khwaja Omari district, said a provincial spokesman.   Ali Shams Dost, the district governor of Khwaja Omari, was among those killed in the attack, reported Tolo News (Afghanistan). Thirteen police and security personnel were also killed. Five people were injured, according to senior provincial security officials.   Militants used a ladder to climb into the compound before launching their attack, reported Agence France-Presse.   The fighting lasted about three hours until reinforcements arrived, said the spokesman. The Taliban used heavy weapons during the assault, he said.   Twenty-seven Taliban fighters were killed in airstrikes by Afghan forces in response to the assault.   Local officials denied Taliban claims that the militants were in control of key parts of the district.  
 Item Number:2 Date: 04/12/2018 DEM REP OF CONGO - 5 RANGERS KILLED IN AMBUSH IN VIRUNGA NATIONAL PARK; MAI MAI MILITIA SUSPECTED (APR 12/GUARDIAN)  GUARDIAN -- Five park rangers and a driver working with them have been killed in the Democratic Republic of Congo, reports the Guardian (U.K.).   The group was ambushed on Monday by suspected rebels in the Virunga National Park in the eastern North Kivu province while driving between Lalimbe and Ishasha, near the border with Uganda, reported Deutsche Welle.   A sixth ranger was wounded, reported the Telegraph (U.K.).   It was the deadliest attack on personnel in the park's history.   The park is one of the continent's most diverse habitats and shelters endangered species, including mountain gorillas.   Rebel groups are active in the region, staging attacks, poaching endangered animals and manufacturing charcoal from the park's trees.   Mai Mai militias are believed to be behind the attack, said park officials.   More than 170 park rangers have been killed in Virunga National Park over the last 20 years.  
  Item Number:3 Date: 04/12/2018 ESTONIA - PARLIAMENT SET TO SEND TROOPS TO MALI (APR 12/EMOD)  ESTONIAN MINISTRY OF DEFENSE -- The Estonian Parliament has passed the first reading of draft legislation that would allow the Estonian Defense Forces to contribute troops to France's mission in Mali, reports the Estonian Ministry of Defense.   Estonia plans to contribute up to 50 active-duty infantrymen, along with armored personnel carriers and support elements, to France's Operation Barkhane, Defense Minister Juri Luik said on Wednesday.   The platoon with elements from the Scouts Battalion would join a French unit at the Gao field base.   Contributions to international military operations have been key to guaranteeing Estonia's security, he said. It will also strengthen bilateral relations with France, said the minister.   Operation Barkhane aims to restore stability in Mali after a 2012 insurgency by jihadist and Tuareg nationalist groups. Many of the Tuareg groups have begun reconciling with the government in Bamako, but other militant groups continue to oppose the government.  
  Item Number:4 Date: 04/12/2018 INDIA - CURFEW IMPOSED AFTER 4 CIVILIANS DIE IN CLASHES WITH SECURITY FORCES IN KASHMIR (APR 12/IANS)  INDO-ASIAN NEWS SERVICE -- Authorities have imposed restrictions on movement and shut off high-speed internet access in India-administered Kashmir after a confrontation that left multiple civilians dead, reports the Indo-Asian News Service (India).   Four civilians were killed and 20 wounded on Wednesday when soldiers opened fire on civilians in Kulgam, southern Kashmir, during an operation against suspected militants, reported the Economic Times (India).   A joint team of soldiers and police were pursuing militants when they were pelted with stones by locals, prompting them to open fire, said witnesses cited by Latestly (India). One soldier reportedly died from wounds sustained during the clashes.   The opposition Joint Resistance Leadership called for a general strike in the area to protest the killings. It is unclear which services have been stopped by protesters and which services the government has shut down.   Chief Minister of Kashmir Mehbooba Mufti cancelled a Cabinet meeting scheduled for Thursday in order to travel to Srinagar and survey the situation.   Police also arrested Kashmiri separatist leader Muhammad Yasin Malik and other separatist leaders.   Residents reported a heavy presence of Central Reserve Police Force across Kashmir on Thursday.  
  Item Number:5 Date: 04/12/2018 LIBYA - MILITARY CHIEF IN EAST HOSPITALIZED IN FRANCE (APR 12/F24)  FRANCE 24 -- The top military commander in eastern Libya has been hospitalized, reports France 24.   Khalifa Haftar was admitted to a military hospital in Paris after losing consciousness in the Libyan city of Benghazi, according to reports that broke in France on Tuesday.   Haftar was reportedly flown to the Jordanian capital of Amman before being transferred to the Val-de-Grace military hospital in Paris.   Haftar has been suffering from cnancer for at least three months and visiting Jordan for treatment, according to Radio France International.   A spokesman for the general denied reports that Haftar was in a coma after suffering a stroke or a heart attack.   Haftar is fine and undergoing routine medical treatment in Paris, reported pro-Haftar media cited by Reuters.  
  Item Number:6 Date: 04/12/2018 NIGERIA - SURGE IN PIRATE ATTACKS RECORDED IN GULF OF GUINEA (APR 12/IMB)  INTERNATIONAL MARITIME BUREAU -- A surge in attacks off the coast of West Africa is pushing up global rates of piracy, reports the International Maritime Bureau (IMB), part of the International Chamber of Commerce.   According to data from the IMB's Piracy Reporting Center, there were 66 pirate attacks in the first quarter of 2018, compared to 43 in the same period in 2017 and 37 in 2016.   The Gulf of Guinea, located off the west coast of Africa, accounted for 29 of these incidents.   The waters off of Nigeria were of particular concern, recording 22 incidents. Eight vessels were fired upon in Nigerian waters, compared to three in the rest of the world.   All but one of the 114 crewmembers taken by pirates in the first quarter of 2018 were captured in the Gulf of Guinea. All four recorded vessel hijackings took place in the region, where no hijackings were reported in 2017.   The International Maritime Bureau is working with states in the region to enhance security and coordinate counter-piracy efforts, said a spokesperson.  
  Item Number:7 Date: 04/12/2018 QATAR - TYPHOON FIGHTERS ANTICIPATED IN TIME FOR 2022 WORLD CUP (APR 12/AFP)  AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE -- British officials say the U.K. will deliver Eurofighter Typhoon fighter jets to Qatar in time for the 2022 World Cup in Doha, reports Agence France-Presse.   "We expect that the Typhoon will be ready for the World Cup," the British ambassador to Qatar announced on Tuesday.   Qatar signed a US$8 billion deal with Britain for 24 Typhoons in December 2017. The parties also agreed to set up a Joint Operation Squadron with contributions from both countries.   The new Joint Operation Squadron will provide air security during the 2022 World Cup.   Qatar, the first Arab country to host the tournament, has increased arms purchases after many regional states imposed a blockade on it and accused Doha of supporting terrorism
Item Number:8 Date: 04/12/2018 RUSSIA - 6 TERRORIST ATTACKS FOILED IN 2018, SAYS FSB CHIEF (APR 12/TASS)  TASS -- Russian security services have foiled six terrorist attacks this year, reports Russia's Tass news agency.   The Federal Security Service (FSB) also broke up 12 terrorist cells, leading to the arrest of 189 members and the deaths of 15 suspected terrorists, FSB director Alexander Bortnikov said on Monday at a meeting of the National Antiterrorism Committee.   The plots targeted sites in the Caucasian region of Dagestan and the far-eastern areas of Khabarovsk and Sakhalin.   Attackers from a cell affiliated with the Islamic State terrorist group (ISIS) planned to target voting stations in the Ingushetia and Bashkortostan regions during recent presidential elections and a shopping mall in Saratov, he said.   Security services also stopped an attack by right-wing nationalists on election stations in the central city of Ufa, said Bortnikov. Two powerful homemade explosives were recovered in that operation.   FSB operations were contributing to the decreasing trend of terror-related crimes in Russia, Bortnikov said
Item Number:9 Date: 04/12/2018 SAUDI ARABIA - BOEING TO RESTART SLAM-ER PRODUCTION FOR SAUDIS (APR 12/DOD)  DEPT. OF DEFENSE -- Boeing has been awarded a contract to restart production of the Stand-Off Land Attack Missile-Expanded Response for Saudi Arabia, reports the Dept. of Defense.   The Pentagon announced the $64 million deal on Tuesday. The program includes the redesigning of obsolete, nearly-obsolete and uneconomical parts to improve future sustainment.   Work will primarily be performed in St. Charles, Mo., and is expected to be completed by March 2019
Item Number:10 Date: 04/12/2018 SAUDI ARABIA - HOUTHI MISSILES INTERCEPTED OVER RIYADH; REBELS SAY TARGET WAS DEFENSE MINISTRY (APR 12/ARAB)  ARAB NEWS -- Saudi officials say air defenses have intercepted three missiles launched by Houthi rebels in Yemen, reports Arab News.   The rockets were intercepted before striking the cities of Jizan, Najran and the capital, Riyadh, on Wednesday.   Houthis said the missiles were aimed at the defense ministry in Riyadh and oil facilities in in the country's south, reported Reuters.   The Houthi Al Masirah TV Network said Burkan 2-H missiles, based on the Russian Scud, were launched, reported Al Jazeera (Qatar). Qasif-1 drones were also used in a separate attack, said Houthi officials.   There were no reports of casualties or damage on the ground.   Saudi officials said the two drones launched by the militant group were downed in Jizan and nearby Abha. The drones were of a type used by Iran, said a spokesman for the Saudi-led coalition fighting the Houthis in Yemen.   Houthi officials said the attacks were in response to airstrikes by the Saudi-led coalition that killed four people earlier that day.  
 Item Number:11 Date: 04/12/2018 SOMALIA - U.A.E.-FUNDED TRAINING PROGRAM ENDED AMID ESCALATING TENSIONS (APR 12/ALJAZ)  AL JAZEERA -- Somalia has ended a soldier-training program funded by the United Arab Emirates, reports Al Jazeera (Qatar).   The Somali government will now be responsible for training and paying its troops, Defense Minister Mohamed Mursal Abdirahman told local media on Wednesday.   Soldiers in the U.A.E.-trained and -funded units would be integrated with regular forces the following day, he said.   Since 2014, the Emirati program has trained hundreds of soldiers in an effort to strengthen security in the face of an insurgency by the Al-Shabaab terrorist group. The central government in Mogadishu has largely lacked power since a civil war in 1991.   On Sunday, Somali officials seized bags containing US$9.6 million from a plane arriving from Abu Dhabi. Emirati officials on Tuesday said the money was meant to pay soldiers as part of the program.   Somalia's relations with the Emirates have been strained after a U.A.E.-Saudi effort to cut relations with Qatar, said analysts cited by Reuters. Somalia has maintained relations with Qatar and Turkey, a Qatari ally.   In March, the U.A.E government agreed to fund a similar program in the breakaway province of Somaliland, where it has numerous investments and often deals directly with the secessionist-minded government.   The Somali government has opposed the Emirati moves, calling them violations of international law
  Item Number:12 Date: 04/12/2018 SYRIA - DAMASCUS MOVING AIR ASSETS IN PREPARATION FOR U.S. STRIKE (APR 12/REU)  REUTERS -- Syria has repositioned its air assets to mitigate the damage from a potential U.S. strike, reports Reuters.   It was not clear what kind of effect the movements would have on an anticipated U.S. strike on Syrian military sites, anonymous U.S. officials told the news service on Wednesday.   One option to shelter Syrian aircraft could include placing them next to Russian assets, which Washington might be unwilling to hit, the service noted.   Main airports and military bases were also being emptied, reported the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a U.K.-based watchdog.   President Donald Trump has threatened to attack Syrian targets in response to an alleged chemical attack on civilians in the opposition-held city of Douma on April 7.   Trump has said missiles are "coming."   Russia said that it is monitoring the movements of a carrier strike group headed by the USS Harry S. Truman, which set sail for the Mediterranean Sea on Wednesday. A U.S. guided-missile destroyer, the USS Donald Cook, is already in the Mediterranean.   On Thursday, the Daily Telegraph (U.K.) reported that British Prime Minister Theresa May ordered British submarines to move within missile range of Syria. She is still considering a possible strike in coordination with France and the U.S., the newspaper said
Item Number:13 Date: 04/12/2018 UNITED KINGDOM - BRITISH FRIGATE JOINS FIGHT AGAINST N. KOREAN EFFORTS TO DODGE SANCTIONS (APR 12/BBC)  BRITISH BROADCASTING CORP. -- A British warship has arrived in Japan to help enforce international sanctions against North Korea, reports the BBC.   On Wednesday, the frigate HMS Sutherland arrived in Yokosuka, the headquarters of Japan's Maritime Self-Defense Force and the U.S. Seventh Fleet.   The Type 23 frigate will monitor North Korean vessels for any attempts to illegally trade at sea to bypass sanctions imposed on the country by the U.S., U.N. and E.U., officials said.   The frigate will patrol the seas around North Korea for about a month, Paul Casson, the British defense attache in Japan, told Reuters. It will also take part in anti-submarine warfare exercises with the MSDF, reported London's Daily Telegraph.   The Royal Navy plans to send the amphibious ship Albion and another Type 23 frigate, the Argyll, to the region later this year. The U.K. is strengthening relations with Japan and will also conduct freedom of navigation operation in the South China Sea, officials said
Item Number:14 Date: 04/12/2018 USA - AIR FORCE AWARDS $57 MILLION CONTRACT FOR ANTI-DRONE PROGRAM (APR 12/SYRACUSE)  SYRACUSE.COM -- The Pentagon has awarded a contract to SRC Inc., Syracuse, N.Y., to provide the Air Force with systems that can detect, identify and defeat enemy drones, reports   The Defense Dept. announced the $57.5 million contract on Monday.   The contract covers electronic warfare systems, radar systems and day/night cameras.   Work is scheduled to be completed by November 2018.   Over the past two years, the company has won contracts totaling more than $150 million to develop counter-drone technology for the Army, Navy and Air Force.  
  Item Number:15 Date: 04/12/2018 USA - HUNTINGTON INGALLS INDUSTRIES COMPLETES INACTIVATION OF ENTERPRISE NUCLEAR-POWERED AIRCRAFT CARRIER (APR 12/DPNN)  DAILY PRESS (NEWPORT NEWS) -- Huntington Ingalls Industries in Newport News, Va., has completed inactivating the world's first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier, reports the Daily Press (Newport News).   More than 1,000 shipbuilders defueled the Enterprise's eight nuclear reactors, inactivated its propulsion systems and prepared its hull for final tow, said a Huntington Ingalls release on Monday. The work was completed in December. Government certification concluded recently, the shipbuilder said.   The ship will likely remain docked in Newport News while disposal options are considered, said Capt. John Markowicz of the Naval Sea Systems Command.   Options under consideration include disposal in Puget Sound, Wash., where other former nuclear vessels have been stored. The disposal could be handled by a commercial firm, as well, he said.   The only ship of its class, the Enterprise was in service for 51 years, serving in the Cuban Missile Crisis and Iraq. It completed its final combat deployment in 2012.   It is the forerunner of the Nimitz-class, which makes up the backbone of the U.S. carrier fleet
Item Number:16 Date: 04/12/2018 UZBEKISTAN - TASHKENT INKS DEAL WITH RUSSIA FOR 10 MI-35S AT DOMESTIC PRICES (APR 12/RIAN)  RUSSIAN INFORMATION AGENCY NEWS -- Uzbekistan has signed an agreement with Russia to purchase at least 10 Mi-35M military helicopters, reported RIA Novosti.   The deal was announced on March 29 during ArmHiTec-2018 defense exhibition in Yerevan, Armenia.   Hinting that the deal could expand, Vladimir Drozhzhov, the deputy director for Russia's Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation, said "our military and technical cooperation with Uzbekistan is developing dynamically. We are speaking about more than 10 gunships."   A diplomatic source told Russia's Tass news agency that the deal covered 12 Mi-35s.   In November 2016, Uzbek President Shavkat Mirziyoyev signed a bilateral military-technical cooperation with Russia, which allowed the purchase of Russian arms at domestic prices.   Uzbekistan is the only Central Asian state outside the Collective Security Treaty Organization and Eurasian Customs Union with such privileges.

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