Thursday, April 19, 2018

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This Day In Naval History – April 19, 2018
April 19
1783 - George Washington proclaims end of hostilities
1861 - President Lincoln orders blockade of Southern ports from SC to Texas
1917—The U.S. Naval Armed Guard crew on board SS Mongolia engages and damages a German U-boat, the first engagement against the enemy after declaration of war on April 6.
1920—The first German submarine brought to the United States after World War I arrives at New York. During World War I, U 111 sank three Allied merchant vessels that included the British steamer Boscastle on April 7, 1918. The submarine surrendered later that year.
1945—USS Buckley (DE 51) and USS Reuben James (DE 153) sink the German submarine U-879 southeast of Halifax, Nova Scotia.
1955—USS Albany (CA 123) and USS William Wood (DD 715) begin providing disaster relief to citizens of Volos, Greece, following a catastrophic earthquake.
1960—The Grumman A2F-1 "Intruder" makes its first flight. The Intruder receives the designation of A-6A in 1962, and upon entering service in 1963, becomes the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps principle all weather/night attack aircraft.
1997—USS The Sullivans (DDG 68) is commissioned at Staten Island, NY. The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer is the second Navy ship named after the five Sullivan brothers who died when USS Juneau (CL 52) was sunk during the Battle of Guadalcanal Nov. 13, 1942.
2017—The Cyclone-class patrol coastal ship USS Zephyr (PC 8), its embarked U.S. Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachment (LEDET) personnel and coalition forces pursue and board a small fishing vessel, called a panga, and interdict 750 kilograms of cocaine with a total street value of $22.5 million.
On this day in history (April 19):
1987: "The Simpsons" premiered as a cartoon short created by cartoonist
Matt Groening between skits on the second episode of "Tracey Ullman Show"
on Fox. They would get their own series in January 1990. In the opener.
Marge and Homer say "good night" to their kids -- but Bart wants to know
how tangible the mind is, Lisa is afraid of being bitten by bedbugs, and
Maggie takes "Rock-A-Bye Baby" too literally.
1995: The Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, OK, was
destroyed by a bomb. It was the worst bombing on U.S. territory. 168 people
were killed including 19 children, and 500 were injured.
And today is:
National Amaretto Day
Thanks to CHINFO
Executive Summary:
Top national news includes continued coverage of Southwest Flight 1380, identifying the killed passenger as Jennifer Riordan; and profile coverage of Barbara Bush.  The Washington Post profiled Capt. Tammie Jo Shults, a former Navy fighter pilot credited with saving the lives of 148 passengers by safely landing a Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 after it experienced catastrophic engine failure.  The New York Times reports that South Korea, North Korea and the United States have been in talks to officially end the Korean War after more than 60 years.  Additionally, China, in an effort to send a message, conducted live-fire exercises in coastal waters near Taiwan which were dismissed as "small-scale" by the Taiwanese Defense Ministry reports the Wall Street Journal.
April 19
Emperor Charles V reaches a truce with German Protestants at Frankfurt, Germany.
Residents of Boston oust their governor, Edmond Andros.
The English Parliament bans the American colonies from printing paper money.
The American Revolution begins as fighting breaks out at Lexington, Massachusetts.
The Netherlands recognizes the United States.
Tadeusz Kosciuszko forces the Russians out of Warsaw.
The Spanish reopen New Orleans port to American merchants.
English poet Lord George Gordon Byron dies of malaria at age 36 while aiding Greek independence.
The Baltimore riots result in four Union soldiers and nine civilians killed.
President Abraham Lincoln orders a blockade of Confederate ports.
The Times war correspondent telephones a report of the Battle of Ahmed Khel, the first time news is sent from a field of battle in this manner.
In China, Hankow communists declare war on Chiang Kai-shek.
Shirley Temple appears in her first movie.
General Francisco Franco declares victory in the Spanish Civil War.
Connecticut finally approves the Bill of Rights.
The Warsaw Ghetto uprising against Nazi rule begins.
Baseball uniforms begin displaying player's names on their backs.
Russia launches its first Salyut space station.
Alex Haley receives a special Pulitzer Prize for his book Roots.
NASA names Sally Ride to be the first woman astronaut.
The battleship USS Iowa's number 2 turret explodes, killing sailors.
The FBI ends a 51-day siege by storming the Branch Davidian religious cult headquarters in Waco, Texas.
A truck bomb explodes in front of the federal building in Oklahoma City, killing 168 people.
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Southwest Airlines hero pilot texted friend 'God is good' after landing
Travis Fedschun2 hours ago
 56-year-old Tammie Jo Shults is a former Navy pilot.Video
The Southwest Airlines pilot hailed as a hero for her efforts to land a damaged aircraft after a deadly engine explosion texted a brief, but powerful message to a friend upon touching down: "God is good."
Veteran Navy combat aviator Linda Maloney told the Dallas Morning News when she heard her friend Tammie Jo Shults was behind the controls she texted her "News travels fast. Praying for you."
Shults replied: "Thanks. God is good."
Maloney told the newspaper she met Shults at a Navy training event and kept in touch even as they were based on opposite coasts in Florida and California.
In this image provided by the U.S. Navy, Lt. Tammie Jo Shults, one of the first women to fly Navy tactical aircraft, poses in front of an F/A-18A with Tactical Electronics Warfare Squadron (VAQ) 34 in 1992. After leaving active duty in early 1993, Shults served in the Navy Reserve until 2001. Shults was the pilot of the Southwest plane that made an emergency landing on April 17, 2018, after an engine explosion. (Thomas P. Milne/U.S. Navy via AP)
In this image provided by the U.S. Navy, Lt. Tammie Jo Shults, one of the first women to fly Navy tactical aircraft, poses in front of an F/A-18A with Tactical Electronics Warfare Squadron (VAQ) 34 in 1992. (Thomas P. Milne/U.S. Navy via AP)
Shults was commissioned into the Navy in 1985 and reached the rank of lieutenant commander, according to Commander Ron Flanders, the spokesman for Naval Air Forces in San Diego.
"We became fast friends," she said. "We had a small group of girlfriends who were all aviators. When there's very few women, you tend to form strong relationships."
Shults, 56, was featured in Maloney's book "Military Fly Moms" along with the stories and photos of 69 other women U.S. military veterans, and even sang at Maloney's wedding.
Maloney told the Dallas Morning News she hopes her friend's heroic act will inspire other young people, especially women, to consider aviation careers.
In a statement late Wednesday, Shults and the other pilot on board, First Officer Darren Ellisor, said they felt like they were simply doing their jobs.
"On behalf of the entire Crew, we appreciate the outpouring of support from the public and our coworkers as we all reflect on one family's profound loss," the two pilots said in the statement, adding that their "hearts are heavy."
Shults and Ellisor said they won't be partaking in any interviews, and "ask that the public and the media respect our focus."
Passengers said Shults walked through the aisle and talked with them to make sure they were OK after the plane touched down.
"I specifically said to her, 'Do I get a hug too?'" Benjamin Goldstein told the Dallas Morning News. "She said, 'Of course. I wouldn't let you by without a hug.'"
National Transportation Safety Board Chairman Robert Sumwalt told reporters at a news conference Wednesday that the jet's pilots "seemed very calm and assured of what they were doing," and said Shults and Ellisor "behaved in a manner that their training would prepare them for."
"My hat is off to them," Sumwalt said.
Fox News' Nicole Darrah and The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Travis Fedschun is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter @travfed
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'Nerves of steel': She calmly landed the Southwest flight, just as you'd expect of a former fighter pilot
Samantha Schmidt – The Washington Post – 18 Apr 18
"Vietnam: 50 Years Remembered" – A documentary series worth watching
By Joe Ragonese
Fifty years ago, 1968, marked the halfway point in the Vietnam War.  The Gulf of Tonkin Resolution, signed in August 1964, marked our official beginning of hostilities, although we had troops in that nation, in one form or another, since the end of World War II.  The documentary, "Vietnam: 50 Years Remembered," available for download at Amazon videos, covers those pre-war years in its first of seven installments.  It clearly shows the incidents that led to the decisions which enveloped us in that maelstrom.  1965 marked the first year of offensive operations, up until then American forces provided only defensive or adviser positions.  Soldiers died preforming those duties, and this documentary clearly demonstrates that.
1968, 50 years ago, was the high point of the war, with the most battles fought and highest casualty rates.  Had this been any other war, 1968, would have been a turning point leading to our victory.  But political considerations at home were the driving force that shaped the outcome of that war, not military actions.  Politics, both in congress and on the streets of America, was what led to our valiant military leaving less than victorious, and shamefully caused the collapse of our ally, the South Vietnamese government and people.  It is a shame that cannot be undone, and is little known.
The thing is that almost no one knows about how shameful that period was because a false narrative was created as events were occurring.  In fact, every media account about Vietnam tells a false tale, one of America being evil and those who resisted victory and honor as heroes; at least until this documentary debunked the media's lies.
If you listen to the mainstream media, the Tet Offensive of 1968 proved that we could not win the war, even though the opposite is true.  Every television personality then, and now, repeated that false assessment.  Within this documentary; however, the truth is shown.  That truth is that we not only won the Tet Offensive, but overwhelmingly won.  So massive was our victory, that had we followed up using proper military tactics, surrender would have followed.
Our defeat of the Viet Cong (VC) and North Vietnamese Army (NVA) was so complete that after it was over, the VC, the guerilla forces, were vanquished, and the war only continued because the NVA took over the fight.  (Liberals would have us believe that the war was a civil war; however, it was a war of aggression on the part of the communist North Vietnamese.)
Russia, China, and even Cuba took part in that war, but America's media never mentioned that fact even though it was widely known.  Our prisoners were horribly abused, and the VC and NVA both committed untold mass murders and other atrocities to civilians in South Vietnam, also well known, yet never mentioned in the MSM for fear that Americans might realize that we were doing good there.  This documentary takes note of those facts.
Had protesters at home, aided by anti-American Democratic politicians not interfered in the conduct of the war, 1969 would have led to victory under President Nixon's leadership.  But his hands were tied right from the start by a Democratically controlled congress who passed law after law which prevented him from taking the actions necessary to win, and communist protests in the streets which weakened America and bolstered our enemies.  All of this is clearly shown within this documentary.
But the damage to America, especially the American veteran, had already taken place by 1968, and only continued afterward.  Vietnam veterans bear a burden that no other vet has ever before, or since, had to endure.  It left its mark on the vets that is as bad as the effects of Agent Orange.  That burden is so heavy that it cannot be lifted by welcome home parades 15 years after the war ended, or by someone thanking you for your service.  It is a scar on your soul so thick that nothing can remedy it.  This too is shown in this documentary.
The Vietnam veteran's burden began the day he/she walked off their military installation and back into civilian life, as was stated by an Army Nurse who was interviewed in this documentary.  She remembered how even her parents never asked what she had done or gone through in Vietnam.  There was apathy and intense criticism of veterans that intensified everyday after their discharge, that lasted over the next ten to fifteen years.  It did irreparable harm.
So much so, that a few years ago this writer went to the Grand Old Opry in Nashville, Tennessee, where the patriotic audience there is beyond reproach.  Prior to the show starting the emcee asked all veterans to stand and be recognized, dozens stood and were applauded.
I remained in my seat.  My wife asked why I didn't stand to be recognized and all I could say was that it was ok.  How do you explain that you've been beaten down so badly over the years that your natural instinct is avoidance.  Don't get me wrong, I am very proud of my service and will brag about it to anyone willing to listen, but that burden imposed on those who served in the military during the Vietnam War, weighed us down for the rest of our lives.
That beat down took place in every aspect of our lives.  Story after story of vets having bags of shit thrown at them as they came home from battle are told by so many veterans that some may think it false; but it was not.  From the minute veterans returned to American shores the beat down began.  I was shouted at and called a baby killer at the San Francisco Airport, as I waited for a plane home to Chicago after my discharge from active duty.  On the flight home the stewardesses ignored me, not even offering me food or drink.
If that wasn't bad enough, after joining my local VFW, I got into a conversation with a WWII vet.  He asked how I had the balls to walk into that place where honorable warriors gathered; he ended by telling me that he won his war, what the hell did I do?  Year after year, one insult after another, that is what Vietnam vets endured, and that is also shown in this documentary.
Americans treated vets like that because every newspaper, magazine, movie, book and television show portrayed Vietnam vets as crazed baby killers; where magically the druggies were the heroes and those of us who served honorably were the enemy.  Even the very same politicians who sent us into battle, turned on us, writing bills that hampered us more than helped us.
I went to college using the Vietnam era GI Bill, it was only good for ten years after my discharge and then it expired, no exceptions, no extensions.  I didn't go to college right away after my discharge, waiting a few years first.  After ten years had expired, the VA shut down all funds.  My last year was paid out of my pocket.  My older brother, who joined the Marines in 1959, was eligible for the Korean War GI Bill, and even though he was out of the service for 15 years before completing his degree, his was paid until graduation.
I guess Korean War vets were more worthy.  It was simply one more reminder of how worthless we were.  The treatment of Vietnam veterans is another of the shameful episodes in America that is secretly cheered by progressives and hidden from view by the MSM.  Some of that abuse is shown in this documentary; however, the totality of the abuse can never be shown.   It could be a documentary on its own.
The Vietnam War divided this nation as much as the Civil War did, but those who conspired to arrange our defeat were the very same people who told the history of that war and times.  It is why everyone thinks that those anti-war protesters were heroes rather than the cowardly, communist, anti-American pukes that they were.  This documentary debunks all of the anti-American, pro-communist rhetoric that we've heard for the past 50 years.
The series of seven episodes has actual Vietnam vets throughout the episodes, who tell the truth about the war, their feelings about those who opposed it and those who were cowardly.  From start to finish this documentary is a truthful representation of events at the time, leaving nothing out, and not painted with leftist ideology.
Anyone who would like to truly understand that war, why we fought it, and how we lost it, should take the time to view this series.  History, many years from now, will tell the truth, and this is the first installment of truthful history to see the light of day.
Maybe after enough people learn the truth, the anti-Americanism that is flooding this nation will abate.  In fact, only when the truth is told and the fake news ended, will America return to its rightful place in the world.
Another (nearly) bad day at the office!!
Thanks to Dan and Mo …
Aboard the USS Eisenhower this past March.  I'm sure they were just a few feet off the water.
And these guys don't have ejection seats!
PS - there are usually a bunch of serious injuries to the deck crew from the flailing cable when this happens .. you can see it disappear off the left-lower screen ...
Item Number:1 Date: 04/19/2018 ALBANIA - DEFENSE MINISTER SEEKS GREATER U.S. PRESENCE, INCLUDING BASES (APR 19/BI)  BALKAN INSIGHT -- Defense Minister Olta Xhacka says Albania is prepared to host U.S. military bases, reports Balkan Insight.   On Tuesday, Xhacka met with U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis at the Pentagon.   A U.S. base would help deter Russia's destabilizing activities in the region as well as similar efforts from China and Iran, she said.   "We have different ideas for making available our land, air and naval bases, but also our other capacities either bilaterally with the U.S. or by NATO," said the defense minister.   "Albania had proven that the geographic size matters less than the size of its commitment," said Mattis. "Albania punches above its weight as a NATO ally."   The defense secretary did not indicate whether Washington might consider Tirana's offer
  Item Number:2 Date: 04/19/2018 AUSTRALIA - AIR FORCE ACCEPTS FINAL SPARTAN TRANSPORT INTO SERVICE (APR 19/ADOD)  AUSTRALIAN DEPT. OF DEFENSE -- The Australian air force has accepted its 10th and final C-27J Spartan cargo aircraft into service, reports the Australian Dept. of Defense.   The Spartan was inducted on Wednesday during a ceremony at RAAF Base Richmond, New South Wales.   The light transport aircraft provides versatility that will enhance the airlift capability of the Australian air force, said Defense Minister Marise Payne.   Capable of carrying up to 5 metric tons of cargo, the Spartan can perform medical evacuation and airdrop missions, she said.   The C-27J is operated by No. 35 Squadron at RAAF Base Richmond, which is scheduled to move to RAAF Base Amberley in Queensland in early 2019. From there, it will operate across Australia and into the Asia Pacific.   The air force declared initial operational capability for the C-27J in late 2016. Final operational capability is anticipated in late 2019
Item Number:4 Date: 04/19/2018 EGYPT - TOP ISIS LEADER IN SINAI KILLED, SAYS MILITARY (APR 19/AFP)  AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE -- The Egyptian military says it has killed a major leader of the Islamic State terrorist group (ISIS) affiliate in the Sinai Peninsula, reports Agence France-Presse.   Nasser Abu Zaqul, the central commander of Sinai Province, was killed on Wednesday in a gunfight with Egyptian troops.   Security forces recovered a rifle, two grenades and a large quantity of ammunition from the scene.   Egyptian police and military forces have been fighting to push the ISIS-affiliate out of North Sinai since Feb. 9.   At least 100 militants and 30 soldiers have been killed as part of Operation Sinai 2018.  
  Item Number:6 Date: 04/19/2018 FRANCE - MISSILE LAUNCH FAILURE DURING SYRIA STRIKES UNDER INVESTIGATION (APR 19/DN)  DEFENSE NEWS -- One of the French navy's Aquitaine-class frigates was unable to launch its SCALP cruise missiles during strikes on Syria last week, reports Defense News.   The frigate's sister ship, the Languedoc, instead launched three of its cruise missiles on April 13, said the spokesman for the French Joint Chief of Staff. This was the first time that the French navy had employed its cruise missiles in combat.   Launching the missiles from a backup ship was part of the French military's redundancy approach, he said.   A technical problem caused the failed launch. The issue is under investigation, the spokesman said.   The navy deployed three Aquitaine-class frigates for the mission: Aquitaine, Auvergne and Languedoc.   The spokesman declined to clarify why air force Rafale fighters only fired nine of 10 SCALP cruise missiles they were carrying.   France is scheduled to field the naval cruise missile on its Suffren-class nuclear-powered attack submarines. The first boat in the class is slated for delivery in 2019.   
  Item Number:7 Date: 04/19/2018 INDIA - AIR FORCE FIGHTERS COMPLETE 5,000 SORTIES IN 3 DAYS DURING EXERCISE (APR 19/TI)  TIMES OF INDIA -- The Indian air force has maximized its operational tempo during its Gagan Shakti exercise, the largest Indian air exercise in over 30 years, reports the Times of India.   Approximately 1,150 aircraft, helicopters and drones and 1,800 personnel are taking part in the drills, which began on April 10 and run through April 23. Radar, surveillance, air defense missile units and elements of the army and navy are also participating.   The exercise includes air-to-surface combat, medical evacuation, paratrooper assault and aerial combat. There are also simulated strikes on maritime targets in cooperation with the Indian navy, including operations from the Andaman and Nicobar islands in the Bay of Bengal.   The Gagan Shakti drills are simulating a two-front conflict with Pakistan and China. Last week, 5,000 sorties were flown on India's western border with Pakistan, with missions then shifting to the northern border with China.   The training is designed to validate operational capabilities in a realistic scenario and evaluate the ability of the air force to conduct high tempo operations, said Air Chief Marshal Birender Singh Dhanoa, the air force chief.  
Item Number:9 Date: 04/19/2018 LIBYA - HAFTAR IN VERY POOR HEALTH, SOURCES SAY (APR 19/MIDEEYE)  MIDDLE EAST EYE -- The commander of military forces in eastern Libya may be sicker than previously thought, reports the Middle East Eye.   Khalifa Haftar is in a potentially permanent semi-vegetative state, a European diplomat told the news website on Wednesday.   An unnamed doctor told the website that Haftar appeared to have suffered a stroke and that the effects were irreversible.   Faiez Serraj, head of the internationally-recognized Presidency Council, said on Tuesday that he has not spoken to Haftar since the military leader was reportedly taken to a Paris hospital on April 10, reported the Libya Herald.   Conflicting accounts of Haftar's health have been circulating.   Officials in the Libyan National Army (LNA), a band of militias that fight for the eastern government based in Tobruk, have sought to quash rumors of Haftar's poor health. His spokesman has repeatedly said that his return to Libya is imminent.   On April 13, the U.N. envoy to Libya, Ghassan Salame, told Libya's Alnabaa TV that he had spoken to Haftar via phone. He later walked backed those comments, according to the Libya Observer.   The U.N. envoy was pressured by Italy, France and the U.A.E. to deny rumors of Haftar's declining health. Supporters of the LNA do not want to set off a "war of succession" in eastern Libya.  
Item Number:16 Date: 04/19/2018 YEMEN - TOP AQAP LEADERS KILLED IN ABYAN, SAYS COALITION (APR 19/REU)  REUTERS -- The Saudi-led coalition says it has killed two Al-Qaida militants in southern Yemen, reports Reuters.   Murad Abdullah Mohammed al-Doubli, also known as Abu Hamza al-Batani, and Hassan Basurie were killed on Wednesday in Abyan province, said the Saudi government media office.   The men were among the most dangerous leaders of Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), the terrorist group's affiliate in Yemen, it said.   Doubli and Batani were killed while battling U.A.E.-trained forces, in the Al Wadhea district, reported Gulf News. 

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