Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Fw: TheList 4743

The List 4743     TGB

To All,
I hope that your week has started well…Yesterday should have been 4742.
June 12
1775—HMS Margaretta, commanded by Capt. James Moore, enters Machias Harbor to commandeer a load of lumber for the British Army at Boston. Jeremiah O'Brien leads the crew of the American sloop, Unity, and engages the British. After an hour-long bloody struggle, the Americans defeat the British. This action is the first naval engagement of the American Revolution.
1942—USS Swordfish (SS 193) sinks Japanese freighter Burma Maru northwest of Pulo Wai in the Gulf of Siam.
1943—TBF aircraft from Composite Squadron Nine (VC 9) based on board USS Bogue (ACV 9) sink German submarine (U 118) west by north of the Canary Islands.
1957—More than 100 ships from 17 nations take part in the International Naval Review at Hampton Roads, VA. in honor of the 350th anniversary of the founding of Jamestown, VA.
1970—After an earthquake in Peru, USS Guam (LPH 9) begins 11 days of relief flights to transport medical teams and supplies, as well as rescue victims.
1993—USS Cape St. George (CG 71) is commissioned at Naval Station Norfolk, VA. The Ticonderoga-class Aegis guided-missile cruiser is the first named for the Battle of Cape St. George when a destroyer squadron led by Capt. Arleigh Burke faced off against a five-ship Japanese destroyer force on Nov. 25, 1943 near New Ireland. DESRON 23 sank three destroyers and damaged a fourth during that World War II battle. 
Thanks to CHINFO
Executive Summary:
Top national headlines included the president's historic meeting with Kim Jong-un, as well as the Justice Department decision to no longer grant asylum to immigrants based on domestic or gang violence. The New York Times reports that President Trump concluded his meeting with The North Korean leader in Singapore Tuesday. Both President Trump and Kim Jong-un signed a joint statement affirming security guarantees for North Korea and a commitment to the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula. The Government Accountability Office reports that Navy shipbuilding has been plagued by cost overruns and delays over the last decade reports USNI News. Additionally, according to the Congressional Budget Office, roughly 30 ships could be forced to return to the U.S. for costly maintenance under the latest iteration of the National Defense Authorization Act reports Stars and Stripes.
Today in History June 12

Alfonso V of Aragon is crowned King of Naples.

Napoleon Bonaparte and his army invade Russia.

The gas mask is patented by Lewis P. Haslett.

Confederate General J. E. B. Stuart begins his ride around the Union Army outside of Richmond, Virginia.

Cuba agrees to become an American protectorate by accepting the Platt Amendment.

The first airplane bombing raid by an American unit occurs in France.

Republicans nominate Warren G. Harding for president and Calvin Coolidge for vice president.

President Warren Harding urges every young man to attend military training camp.

Brazil quits the League of Nations in protest over plans to admit Germany.

Gangster Al Capone and 68 of his henchmen are indicted for violating Prohibition laws.

Eight of Stalin's generals are sentenced to death during purges in the Soviet Union.

American bombers strike the oil refineries of Ploesti, Romania for the first time.

Black civil rights leader Medgar Evers is assassinated by a gunman outside his home in Jackson, Mississippi.

The Supreme Court rules that states cannot ban interracial marriages.

At a hearing in front the of a U.S. House of Representatives committee, Air Force General John Lavalle defends his orders on engagement in Vietnam.

David Berkowitz gets 25 years to life for the Son of Sam murders in New York.

The U.S. House of Representatives approves $27 million in aid to the Nicaraguan Contras.

Mount Pinatubo in the Philippines begins erupting for the first time in 600 years.
Thanks to Brown Bear aka Dick Schaffert
To All, with deepest respect, through tear-stained glasses ...
"Courage was indeed a common virtue for American Aviators who let it all hang out over North Vietnam, day and night, for nine years! The un-breakable "Cord of Courage," which bound Air Wing 16 combat aircrews during Rolling Thunder, was composed of thousands of threads of individual human virtue of the finest quality, which were woven with pure American patriotism."
With 376 combat missions over North Vietnam, many of them during deadly Rolling Thunder, Bob Pearl was indeed one of the "best of the best."  I was honored to work for him on the Oriskany in 1966, when he was our Sundowner Maintenance Officer.  He made it one of the most important combat deployments I ever made.  Among the most composed combat flight leaders amongst us, Bob always did the "right thing."  For the hardworking maintenance crews, he was a "role model" whom they would work for 20 hours a day, and smile with pride while doing it!  His steadfast dedication and genuine concern for his fellow shipmates shone brightly through the darkness following our tragic Oriskany fire.  When we finally pulled back into Subic Bay, with the acrid smoke still filling the passageways, he was there to assist with the offloading of our fellow Sundowners Norm Levy, Bill McWilliams, and Cody Balesteri.  When that sad task was finished, we adjourned to the Cubi Point "O" Club.  With Skipper Bob Rasmussen at the key board, and Bob Pearl leading the chorus, we sang all night long.  Some tunes were tough to get through, like "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling" for ENS McWilliams, but Bob's inner strength kept us going, as he did later at Fort Rosecrans for Norm, in the face of all those vile protestors.  I'm very sad for the passing of one of the Navy's best ever "Officer and a Gentleman," but I'm overwhelmed by the honor I had to call him friend, flight leader, and "Sir!"
Home is the Sailor, home from the sea ... and the hero finally home from the war.  Rest In Peace, Bob.  See you soon!
Very Respectfully,
Brown Bear aka Dick Schaffert
Bob's Memorial Service Announcement
Read the Trump-Kim joint statement released by the White House
By The White House Office of the Press Secretary - - Updated: 6:18 a.m. on Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Joint Statement of President Donald J. Trump of the United States of America and Chairman Kim Jong Un of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea at the Singapore Summit
President Donald J. Trump of the United States of America and Chairman Kim Jong Un of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) held a first, historic summit in Singapore on June 12, 2018.
President Trump and Chairman Kim Jong Un conducted a comprehensive, in-depth, and sincere exchange of opinions on the issues related to the establishment of new U.S.–DPRK relations and the building of a lasting and robust peace regime on the Korean Peninsula. President Trump committed to provide security guarantees to the DPRK, and Chairman Kim Jong Un reaffirmed his firm and unwavering commitment to complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.
Convinced that the establishment of new U.S.–DPRK relations will contribute to the peace and prosperity of the Korean Peninsula and of the world, and recognizing that mutual confidence building can promote the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, President Trump and Chairman Kim Jong Un state the following:
1. The United States and the DPRK commit to establish new U.S.–DPRK relations in accordance with the desire of the peoples of the two countries for peace and prosperity.
2. The United States and the DPRK will join their efforts to build a lasting and stable peace regime on the Korean Peninsula.
3. Reaffirming the April 27, 2018 Panmunjom Declaration, the DPRK commits to work toward complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.
4. The United States and the DPRK commit to recovering POW/MIA remains, including the immediate repatriation of those already identified.
Having acknowledged that the U.S.–DPRK summit—the first in history—was an epochal event of great significance in overcoming decades of tensions and hostilities between the two countries and for the opening up of a new future, President Trump and Chairman Kim Jong Un commit to implement the stipulations in this joint statement fully and expeditiously. The United States and the DPRK commit to hold follow-on negotiations, led by the U.S. Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, and a relevant high-level DPRK official, at the earliest possible date, to implement the outcomes of the U.S.–DPRK summit.
President Donald J. Trump of the United States of America and Chairman Kim Jong Un of the State Affairs Commission of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea have committed to cooperate for the development of new U.S.–DPRK relations and for the promotion of peace, prosperity, and security of the Korean Peninsula and of the world.
President of the United States of America
June 12, 2018
Sentosa Island
Thanks to Dennis
I am cautiously optimistic, and proud of President Trump for the historic meeting. But as Reagan always said,"TRUST, BUT VERIFY." Another Win!
Part 1 Thanks to Tom
Alcock and Brown . .  A Thrilling Story Of A Trans-Atlantic Flight PRIOR  To Lindbergh's Solo
    Several years prior to Lindbergh's flight, in a modified twin-engine air-
plane . . two English airmen, Captain John Alcock and Lieutenant Arthur Whitten Brown . . MADE THE FIRST NON-STOP AERIAL ATLANTIC CROSSING . . after taking off from Lester's Air Field near St. Johns, New Foundland, on June 14, 1919. 
     Sixteen hours and twenty seven minutes later, they dropped the Vimy IV into one of Ireland's swampy bogs.
    Vickers Vimy biplane being re-assembled at Lester's near St.Johns, Newfoundland in
late May,1919.
  After three weeks of exhaustive preparation, they finally made their take-off. Some of their preparat-
ion effort was spent trying to find a smoother take-off location than problematic Lester's Air Field.  But after a week of combing the rough terrain they decided to use it anyway.
 Under an overcast sky, at 1:40 pm, the " Vimy" taxied depressingly slowly on uneven ground toward a dark line of forest, then turned and proceeded at full take-off power.  At the last second, Alcock had gained a height measuring only a handful of  [ quote ] " inches above the tops of the trees  [ unquote.
   Ahead of them lay 1,890 nautical miles of cold, open ocean. A daunting overwater adventure, just 15 years and 6 months after the Wright brothers first flight with a couple of pusher engines..
 Their adventure would become one of the most breath-taking flights in the history of aviation.
   The vessels' sirens in St. John's Harbor blew a final farewell whistle to the pilots as their ' Vimy '
passed overhead. Alcock then turned the biplane in the direction of Ireland.  Slowly, the twin-engined biplane gained altitude as the Newfoundland coast was left behind.
  For the next four hours, the ' Vimy ' flew peacefully in the clear skies and the difficult takeoff  was forgotten. For Alcock and Brown it was just one more of the 1,001 takeoffs they had made as Flying Corps pilots.
 Already anticipating a safe arrival in England, and Brown remarked excitedly :
" What a banquet we'll have in London . . roast duck . . with green peas ."

    Very few people in the World, were aware of Alcock and Brown's plans. England was enjoying its first post-war summer. And newspaper special editions were carrying stories of revolution in Hungary and Russia's milit- ary successes against the Bolsheviks. 
  Buried somewhere on its back pages, a single newspaper remarked of a potentially successful non-stop flight across the Atlantic being readied in New Foundland. 
 And few paid attention to a ' buried ' 5-line item ; that would change.

As the Vimy flew over the Atlantic, the aviators talked about the good friends who had ' given them a hand' at Lester's Air Field.  And they re- called other various attempts to fly across the ocean from the New World to the Old. 
  At 5 pm, solid fog banks threatened the horizon . . stretching across their path . . with no breaks in the fog. " WE'VE GOT NO CHOICE ! " Alcock said.
   Brown made another sextant calculation of their position just before their Vimy disappeared into fog. Fog so thick, neither man could dis-tingish their engines' whirling blades.
  The comforting roar of both Rolls-Royce ' Eagle' engines was muffled by the vapor, as Alcock and Brown continued to fly in blind, not quite soundless flight.

    Time went slowly. Brown glanced at his wristwatch. It was now 6 pm. He grumbled :  " Won't this ruddy fog ever end ?"  Instead of replying, Alcock then slowly climbed the " Vimy " higher, hoping to find good visibility above the fog bank.
 Before dark, Brown might be able to take a fix on the sun one more time. After night fall, the individual stars might be too dim to reliably guide them on their course.

    Suddenly a terrifying engine noise broke the silence. The right engine sounded like a machine gun firing away. The two men were scared stiff.
    The exhaust pipe for the cylinders facing towards them had split open. And the engine was now firing naked flames into the slip-stream. 
   Rendered metal continued melting away . . and as white-hot globules, chunks of metal began hammering the Vimy's tail feathers and its flying wires.

    On top of this nerve-shattering clatter, the wires supplying heat to their leather flying suits shut down as the Vimy's batteries died. Alcock later recalled : 
" We froze [ like helpless ] young puppies."
     It brought them no good luck to have been flying on top of the fog. Way above them - directly in their path - lay unavoidable mountains of cloud. The Vimy plunged into the cumulous . . and into turbulence.
 Being ' thrown about like a leaf ' instantly produced vertigo. 
     Several times, both of them sensed the airplane stalled out - stood motionless for a moment . . before it plunged out of control.

    Compass spinning . . pressed down their seats in a deadman's spiral, they watched their altimeter reading passing through 4,000 ft. . . 2,900 . . then 1,000 ft. 
   Surprisingly, according to Alcock, their primary fear continued to be :
" However shall we get back on our course to avoid being completely lost in this endless Atlantic waste ?"

    On fear's naked edge, still spiraling down through the clouds, they both watched as the Vimy's altimeter touched . . one hundred feet.
    At 65 feet above the waves, Alcock could dimly see the ocean's surface
rapidly coming up in his face. Visually, he quickly muscled the Vimy's wings level.
    And simultaneously halted their descent as they were poised  to smack the water.
 . . hard. 
 When later asked how he and his captain reacted, Brown replied :
 " We  just   GRINNED  AT  EACH  OTHER  ! "
    Alcock had intuitively opened the throttles to their gates, and he now made a 180 degree turn to their course heading.
    Now, as they were steadily regaining altitude, both realized they were both hungry. Brown reached behind him to seize their frugal meal of sandwiches . . and whiskey.
 Also a bottle of beer - that they soon emptied then tossed into the sea.

    For a few minutes, they were feeling pretty good, as the calming routine  of their long-distance flight continued. Regular checks were made on the RPM's, cooling system temperatures, oil pressure and fuel consumption. And they carefully switched from each empty fuel tank to the next tank that had been newly-filled. 
 As the fuel tanks directly feeding the engines were emptied, it was Brown's task to hand pump the replacement fuel into them. It was a vigorous and 
sincerely welcomed task. 
 Because it warmed him up.
They had five hours of flying were behind them when they once again viewed a setting sun. Brown knelt on his seat, grasped his sextant, then  swiftly calculated their position. It was a small triumph for them to find out they were not far off from their flight plan.
 Once again they were swallowed up by cloud.
     Chilled to the bone, deafened by the unmuffled exhaust of the right engine, they continued to fly with zero-visibility.
 Now it was 9 o'clock p.m.

    In large bold, printed lettrs, Brown wrote an urgent note : " Can you get above the clouds by 9:30 ? We need stars as soon as possible" then held up the scribbled lines for Alcock to see, while focusing a pocket flashlight on the page.
    Alcock nodded his head that he'd give it a try. They were flying at 5,400 feet, and began slowly climbing even higher.
 But they found no way, as the cloud tops remained above their heads.
     They were surrounded by cloud and darkness - and the illumination of their world was the instrument panel lights green glow and the stabbing flames of the broken exhaust.
 At 12:05 a.m. Brown ' scribbled ' an urgent note to Alcock . . 
    At 6,400 ft. above the Atlantic, Alcock again ' fire-walled ' the throttles,
and re-entered a slow climb within zero visibility and absolute darkness.
Part 2 later
Item Number:1 Date: 06/12/2018 AFGHANISTAN - SECURITY COUNCIL URGES TALIBAN TO MATCH GOVERNMENT'S CEASE-FIRE (JUN 12/ALJAZ)  AL JAZEERA -- The U.N Security Council has urged the Taliban to reciprocate the government's offer of a temporary cease-fire as violence in the country continues, reports Al Jazeera (Qatar).   The resolution passed on Monday also urged the armed group to accept an offer of direct talks with the government "without any preconditions."   On June 7, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani announced a unilateral cease-fire until June 19 or 20, depending on the lunar calendar.   The Taliban responded on June 9 with an offer of a three-day cease-fire, covering the Eid holiday, which will begin between June 15 and 17.   The Taliban said that its offer would exclude foreign forces, such as U.S. troops.   Attacks have continued despite the truce.   In fighting in Ghazni province on Monday, up to 10 Taliban fighters and three policemen were killed in clashes.   Taliban insurgents also succeeded in taking the Kohistan district of northern Faryab province, the provincial governor told Tolo News (Afghanistan) on Tuesday. At least eight soldiers were killed in the fighting.  
  Item Number:3 Date: 06/12/2018 ISRAEL - MILITARY KICKS OFF SURPRISE MILITARY EXERCISE IN GOLAN HEIGHTS (JUN 12/TOI)  TIMES OF ISRAEL -- The Israel Defense Forces have launched a surprise, large-scale military exercise in northern Israel, reports the Times of Israel.   The exercise began on Sunday morning in the Golan Heights region and was expected to last several days.   Thousands of reservists were called up as part of the exercise, noted Ynet News (Israel).   The exercise, although a surprise to participants, was planned in advance as part of the 2018 training schedule and is designed to test combat preparedness, said an army statement.   The drill is not related to recent moves by Hezbollah and other Iranian-backed militant forces on Israel's northern border with Syria, said the army.   Separately, the Israeli military announced on Sunday that it had destroyed an underwater tunnel designed for Hamas commandos to emerge undetected on the shore and enter Israel, reported the Jerusalem Post.   The tunnel did not enter Israeli waters. A senior Israeli officer said that the military suspected there may be more such tunnels.  
  Item Number:5 Date: 06/12/2018 MALI - 16 DIE IN MILITANT ATTACK ON ARMY BASE IN BONI (JUN 12/ASHARQ)  ASHARQ AL-AWSAT -- Three Malian soldiers and 13 militants have been killed in a militant attack on an army base in Boni in central Mali, reports Asharq Al-Awsat (London).   The Malian Defense Ministry said that the army repelled Saturday's assault, recovering arms and munitions from the attackers.   Terrorists associated with Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb captured the northern Malian desert in early 2012, but were mostly displaced by a French military operation launched in early 2013.   The Malian government signed a peace agreement with coalitions of armed groups in June 2015, but bands of terrorists remain active in the central and southern region of the country, noted Agence France-Presse.     
  Item Number:6 Date: 06/12/2018 NORTH KOREA - TRUMP, KIM AGREE ON DENUCLEARIZATION; SPECIFICS TO BE DETERMINED LATER (JUN 12/WP)  WASHINGTON POST -- A historic summit in Singapore between President Donald Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un has ended with a verbal commitment to denuclearization and the promise to hold future meetings, reports the Washington Post.   Trump characterized Tuesday's discussions as positive and said that Kim "reaffirmed" his commitment to denuclearization and promised to destroy a missile site in North Korea.   The specific steps Kim would take toward denuclearization would be discussed in future talks, said Trump.   A joint statement signed by Kim and Trump expressed an interest in the "establishment of new U.S.-DPRK relations and the building of a lasting and robust peace regime on the Korean peninsula."   The statement also called for joint efforts in the recovery of POW/MIA remains and reaffirmed the April 2018 Panmunjom Declaration between North and South Korea.   Many analysts see these announcements as symbolic, rather than concessions likely to lead to tangible results, reported Reuters.   The agreement provides no details on verification or inspections systems to ensure that North Korea actually eliminates its nuclear weapons, reported USA Today. Those commitments that were made were limited, general and lacked specifics, said experts.   Trump pledged that dialogue would continue. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is scheduled to travel to Seoul on Wednesday to meet with foreign policy chiefs from Japan and South Korea, reported NPR.   The president also announced that he would order an end to annual military exercises that the U.S. conducts with its South Korean ally. Pyongyang has called them a prelude for invasion.   The exercises are "very provocative" and "inappropriate," said Trump. Ending them would save the U.S. money, he argued.   A statement from South Korean President Moon Jae In seemed to suggest that the matter had not been previously discussed with South Korea.   "We need to try to understand what President Trump said," the statement said.   The U.S. military command in South Korea indicated that it had not received notice of the proposed changes and would continue as planned until changes were announced.  
  Item Number:7 Date: 06/12/2018 PAKISTAN - ARMY HELICOPTER SHOT DOWN BY BALUCH SEPARATIST GROUP (JUN 12/ANI)  ASIAN NEWS INTERNATIONAL -- The Baluch Liberation Army (BLA) says its fighters brought down a Pakistan army helicopter near Quetta last week, reports Asian News International.   "Our fighters have targeted and damaged the military helicopters with sniper rifles and other automatic weapons in Sathak Bun area of district Sibbi Baluchistan which later crashed on the outskirts of Quetta," a BLA spokesman said on Sunday.   The June 7 attack was necessary to defend Baluch villages from ongoing Pakistani army offensives near the town of Kahan in Pakistani Baluchistan, he argued.   Many women and children have been wounded in the operations, he said.   A Pakistani army spokesman said the helicopter was shot down while evacuating a BLA fighter injured in fighting with Pakistani security forces.  
  Item Number:8 Date: 06/12/2018 PHILIPPINES - AIRSTRIKE TARGETING BOMB FACTORY KILLS 15 MILITANTS (JUN 12/PDI)  PHILIPPINE DAILY INQUIRER -- At least 15 Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters (BIFF) were killed in a military strike in Maguindanao in the southern Philippines, reports the Philippine Daily Inquirer.   The Philippine army launched an airstrike against the militant group on Sunday in the North Cotabato region of the Liguasan Marsh.   The operation targeted a facility suspected to be used by BIFF to make improvised bombs.   A related ground operation determined that approximately 15 BIFF gunmen were killed and eight injured in the attack, said Brig. Gen. Cirilito Sobejana, the commander of the 6th Infantry Division. A BIFF bomb expert and his wife were captured, he said.   A BIFF spokesman denied the casualty report and said the group was not affected by the airstrike.  
  Item Number:10 Date: 06/12/2018 SOMALIA - AMISOM STEPS UP OPERATIONS IN RESPONSE TO AL-SHABAAB ATTACKS (JUN 12/SHABELLE)  SHABELLE MEDIA NETWORK -- The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) says it has enhanced security measures in and around Mogadishu as Al-Shabaab militants increase their operations in the area, reports the Shabelle Media Network (Mogadishu).   The A.U. mission said on Monday that it had increased its operations, especially south of Mogadishu in the areas of Afgoye, Albao, Hawahabid, Lafoole and Lantabur.   The announcement comes as the group has increased its operations as the month of Ramadan draws to a close.   There have been attacks nearly every day.   On June 9, a suicide car bombing at a base near Kismayo in southern Somalia injured at least seven Somali soldiers. Al-Shabaab claimed to have killed 40 people in the attack. A U.S. soldier was killed in an attack on the base the day before.   On Sunday night, militants ambushed a Somali National Army base in Siinka Dheer on the outskirts of Mogadishu. The number of casualties was not reported but witnesses reported seeing at least two soldiers killed and more wounded.   Four Somali soldiers were killed in an Al-Shabaab attack on Monday in Teed village, in the Bakol region in southern Somalia, reported China's official Xinhua news agency.   Witnesses said the gun battle lasted for hours and the militants briefly took over the base.    
  Item Number:11 Date: 06/12/2018 SYRIA - ISIS WITHDRAWS FROM AL-BOUKAMAL AFTER DAYS OF HEAVY FIGHTING (JUN 12/RUDAW)  RUDAW -- Fighters from the Islamic State terrorist group (ISIS) have withdrawn from the Syrian city of al-Boukamal after days of fighting, reports Rudaw (Erbil, Iraq).   Fighting to take the city, located along the Euphrates River near the Iraqi border in Syria's Deir Ezzor province, ended on Monday, reported the U.K.-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.   At least 48 members of Syrian security forces and pro-government militias, including a high-ranking Hezbollah leader, were killed in the fighting.   Thirty-two ISIS fighters were also killed after the group launched an attack on Friday on government forces in the city.   Al-Boukamal has exchanged hands several times and is one of the terror group's last strongholds in Syria.   
Item Number:14 Date: 06/12/2018 USA - CHINESE HACKERS STEAL HUNDREDS OF GIGABYTES OF SENSITIVE U.S. NAVAL DATA (JUN 12/USNIN)  USNI NEWS -- Chinese government-sponsored hackers have reportedly stolen hundreds of gigabytes of sensitive undersea warfare data from a government contractor, reports USNI News.   The cyber-thieves stole 614 gigabytes of data linked to sensitive undersea warfare programs, signals and sensor data, submarine radio room information relating to cryptographic systems and the Navy submarine development unit's electronic warfare library, said an unnamed Navy official.   The data was described as being sensitive, but not classified, noted the Washington Post.   The information was taken from a government contractor's servers during multiple breaches in January and February. The name of the contractor has not been released. It was identified as working for the Naval Undersea Warfare Center in Newport, R.I.   One area of concern is the release of information in relation to the Sea Dragon anti-ship missile program. The project is run by the Pentagon's Strategic Capabilities Office and is designed to give an unspecified sub-launched weapon an anti-ship capability.   While the technical data on its own may be unclassified, enough of it combined together could give U.S. adversaries like China or Russia an edge in developing similar capabilities, analysts said.   The Navy is leading the investigation into the breach with FBI assistance, officials said.  
  Item Number:15 Date: 06/12/2018 USA - NAVY MOVES FORWARD WITH FULL-RATE PRODUCTION OF AIR-LAUNCHED TORPEDO SYSTEM (JUN 12/USNSSC)  U.S. NAVAL SEA SYSTEMS COMMAND -- The U.S. Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) intends to issue a sole-source contract to Boeing for the High Altitude Anti-Submarine Warfare Weapon Capability (HAAWC) air launch accessory (ALA) for use in launching the Mk 54 torpedo from the P-8A Poseidon aircraft, according to a Navy solicitation on Friday.   The HAAWC integrates an ALA with a GPS guidance system, and wing kit that carries the Mk 54 torpedo to a programmed release point and altitude, noted IHS Jane's Defence Weekly.   The system is intended to increase the standoff range and weapon release altitude for the Poseidon during anti-submarine missions. The Navy is seeking a capacity for the P-8A to carry and release five HAAWC weapons, the solicitation says.   The solicitation comes despite a March 2017 decision by the commander, patrol and reconnaissance group to withdraw its endorsement of the capability.   No financial details or production timelines were included in the release

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