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This day in Naval History

Nov. 2

1864—During the Civil War, Union paddle-wheelers Key West and Tawah encounter transports Undine and Venus, which the Confederates captured three days earlier on the Tennessee River. After a heated running engagement, Venus is retaken. Undine is badly damaged but manages to escape and gains the protection of Confederate batteries at Reynoldsburg Island, near Johnsonville, TN.

1899—The protected cruiser Charleston runs aground on an uncharted reef near Camiguin Island north of Luzon. Wrecked beyond salvage, she is abandoned by her crew who make camp on a nearby island.

1943—In the Battle of Empress Augusta Bay, U.S. cruisers and destroyers of Task Force 39, commanded by Rear Adm. Aaron S. Merrill, turn back Japanese forces as they try to attack invasion shipping off Bougainville. This action, with its successful use of radar to manage U.S. forces, marks the end of Japan's previous advantage in night engagement.

1943—USS Halibut (SS 232), USS Seahorse (SS 304), and USS Trigger (SS 237), all operating independently of each other, attack a Japanese convoy south of Honshu and sink five enemy vessels.

1952—Aircraft from USS Bonhomme Richard (CVA 31) and USS Oriskany (CVA 34) attack targets in the city of Pyongyang in the first of three major strikes against that city during a five-day period. 

Nov. 3

1853—The frigate Constitution, as the flagship of the African Squadron under the command of Commodore Isaac Mayo captures American slaver, the schooner H. N. Gambrill 60 miles south of Congo River. This capture is Constitution's last prize.

1865—Following the Civil War, Secretary of the Navy Gideon Welles orders all naval vessels to resume rendering honors when entering British ports and exchange official courtesies with English men of war.

1931—The dirigible USS Akron (ZRS 4) makes a 10-hour flight out of NAS Lakehurst, NJ, carrying 207 people and establishes a new record for the number of passengers carried into the air by a single craft.

1943—PB4Ys sink the Japanese stores ship Minato Mau 19 miles off Ocean Island.

1943—The battleship USS Oklahoma (BB 37) is refloated following months of laborious effort after being sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor Dec. 7, 1941. Too old and badly damaged to be worth returning to service, Oklahoma is formally decommissioned in Sept. 1944.

1944—USS Gurnard (SS 254) attacks a Japanese convoy and sinks the Japanese freighter Taimei Maru west of the Labaun, Borneo while USS Pintado (SS 387) attacks a small detachment of Japanese warships and sinks the destroyer Akikaze west of the Lingayen Gulf.

1961—After Hurricane Hattie, helicopters from USS Antietam (CV 36) begin relief operations at British Honduras providing medical personnel, medical supplies, general supplies, and water.

2006—NAS Keflavik, Iceland, is disestablished, marking the conclusion of 45 years of Navy control.

Nov. 4

1923—Lt. Alford J. Williams, flying an R2C-1 equipped with a Curtiss D-12 engine, raises the world speed record to 266.59 mph at Mitchel Field, Long Island, New York, beating the record set by Lt. Harold J. Brow only two days before.

1955—Gioconda R. Saraneiro becomes the first appointed female captain in the U.S. Navy Medical Corps. Initially appointed a lieutenant junior grade in the WAVES during World War II in 1943, she left the Navy to teach and start a private practice. She returned to the Navy in 1949 and retired in June 1966. Capt. Saraneiro died in 1983.

1966—Eight men are killed when a flash fire erupts in a storage compartment containing paint, oil, and hydraulic fluid four decks below the hangar deck aboard USS Franklin D. Roosevelt (CVA 42) while the ship launches strikes from the South China Sea over North Vietnam.

1967—Landing craft from USS Navarro (APA 215) rescues 43 men from British SS Habib Marikar, which ran aground on a reef at Lincoln Island in the Tonkin Gulf.

1971—USS Nathanael Greene (SSBN 636) launches a Poseidon C-3 Missile in the first surface launch of the weapon. 

Thanks to CHINFO

Executive Summary:
Today's top national headlines include coverage of President Trump's immigration remarks yesterday, a global walkout by Google employees protesting sexual harassment, and an investigation into Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke's potential violation of federal rules. Commander of U.S. Naval Forces Europe and U.S. Naval Forces Africa Adm. James Foggo appeared on CNN's Situation Room to discuss Russia's submarine presence in the North Atlantic and Artic Ocean and the Navy's efforts to combat the growing threat. Australia and Papua New Guinea agreed to upgrade the Lombrum Naval Base which was used by the U.S. as a World War II launchpad reports the Wall Street Journal. CNO Adm. John Richardson described the move as a "terrific opportunity" but said it was too early to say whether U.S. Navy ships would seek to use the base. Additionally, Navy Times reports that MCPON Russ Smith called on the chiefs mess to build deckplate-level teams so that warships will dominate sea combat.

Today in History November 2


A tidal wave in the North Sea destroys the sea walls from Holland to Jutland. More than 1,000 people are killed.


The first Committees of Correspondence are formed in Massachusetts under Samuel Adams.


The property of the church in France is taken away by the state.


The second Afghan War begins.


Sheriff Wild Bill Hickok loses his re-election bid in Ellis County, Kan.


James A. Garfield is elected the 20th president of the United States.


Newly elected John Poe replaces Pat Garrett as sheriff of Lincoln County, New Mexico Territory.


North Dakota is made the 39th state.


South Dakota is made the 40th state.


Lawmen surround outlaws Ned Christie and Arch Wolf near Tahlequah, Indian Territory (present-day Oklahoma). It will take dynamite and a cannon to dislodge the two from their cabin.


London's Daily Mirror newspaper is first published.


Russia declares war with Turkey.


The first radio broadcast in the United States is made from Pittsburgh.


Charlotte Woodward, who signed the 1848 Seneca Falls Declaration calling for female voting rights, casts her ballot in a presidential election.


Margaret Sanger and Mary Ware Dennett form the American Birth Control League.


U.S. Navy aviator H.J. Brown sets new world speed record of 259 mph in a Curtiss racer.


Air Commerce Act is passed, providing federal aid for airlines and airports.


The first high-definition public television transmissions begin from Alexandra Palace in north London by the BBC.


Lieutenant General Dwight D. Eisenhower arrives in Gibraltar to set up an American command post for the invasion of North Africa.


The Battle of Empress Augusta Bay in Bougainville ends in U.S. Navy victory over Japan.


Howard Hughes' Spruce Goose flies for the first and last time.


Harry S Truman is elected the 33rd president of the United States.


Charles Van Doren confesses that the TV quiz show 21 is fixed and that he had been given the answers to the questions asked him.


A British jury determines that Lady Chatterly's Lover by D.H. Lawrence is not obscene.


South Vietnamese President Ngo Dinh Diem is assassinated.


Jimmy (James Earl) Carter elected the 39th president of the United States.


President Ronald Reagan signs a bill establishing Martin Luther King, Jr., Day.


Serial killer Velma Barfield becomes the first woman executed in the US since 1962.


First resident crew arrives at the International Space Station.


More on VADM Tuttle, thanks to THE Bear and RADM Cox - 

Dutch... even the most indestructible are....

 Tough as nails on the outside,

 soft as silk on the innards... a brave heart

full of driving, fighting spirit was SLUF, who 

preceded me in USS KALAMAZOO by a few

years. He rests in peace, glory gained, duty done...Bear

Begin forwarded message:

From: "Cox, Samuel J SES NHHC, DNS-H"
Date: November 1, 2018 at 7:37:47 AM MDT

Fellow Flag Officers,

It is with deep regret that I inform you of the passing of Vice Admiral Jerry Owen Tuttle, U.S. Navy (Retired) on 30 Oct 2018.  VADM Tuttle first enlisted in the U.S. Naval Reserve on 10 March 1953, was designated a Naval Aviator (HTA) on 17 October, 1956 and served until his retirement in January 1994 as Director, Space and Electronic Warfare, OPNAV OP-094/N6.  His long and distinguished career included two combat tours to Vietnam aboard USS INTREPID, flying 260 combat missions (220 over North Vietnam) earning three Distinguished Flying Crosses and 23 Air Medals (5 individual and 18 strike/flight awards.)  Throughout his career, he was a driving force in the Navy for numerous tactical, operational, C4I, and technological advancements, many of which continue to benefit the Navy today.  He received the 1978 Navy League's John Paul Jones award for inspirational leadership, to which I can personally attest.

My very first brief as an ensign squadron intelligence officer was to RADM Tuttle aboard IKE in November 1981.  I was told that he was a bear to work for, he would probably wire-brush the heck out of me, but if you ever had to go to war, Jerry Tuttle was who you wanted to lead you into battle.  Luckily for me, the bulb in the overhead projector overheated and exploded, sparing me a wire brush.  But in later multiple close encounters with RADM Tuttle, especially during IKE's 1983 Med deployment, I came to the conclusion that he really was the kind of leader I would choose to follow into hell.  His impact on my professional development was profound, and his impact on the U.S. Navy was even more profound, especially in fostering a mindset of combat readiness and in driving innovation and improvements in the realm of C4ISR.

Jerry Tuttle's drive for excellence was apparent from the very beginning, being awarded the "American Spirit Honor Medal" at recruit training command in March 1955 after he came on active duty.  He entered Aviation Training Command in July 1955, receiving his wings and an ensign commission on 17 Oct 1956 (commission to date from 1 Jun 56.)  His first tour was at NAS Miramar in Fighter Squadron 112 (the first F-3H Demon squadron,) which was re-designated Attack Squadron 112 in February 1959.  In 1960 he attended U.S. Navy Post Graduate School, Monterey, attending post-graduate and under-graduate school simultaneously, earning a degree in Communications Engineering (for which the Navy would get extraordinary payback.)  Following PG school, he went to OPNAV 094 as Assistant Head, Fleet Air Section, Communications Operations and Readiness Division, Office of Naval Communications (OP-943C1B) followed by Head, Shore Section, Operations Branch (OP-943C2) where he was project officer for TACAMO.

Following training at VA-44, he reported to Attack Squadron 15 as Maintenance Officer and Combat Pilot, in the "all-attack wing" CVW-10 embarked on USS INTREPID flying the A-4C for two combat deployment to Vietnam (Apr-Nov 1966 and Mar-Oct 1967.)  In January 1969, he joined Attack Squadron 44 as an Instructor Pilot until July 1969, when he attended Naval War College while simultaneously earning a degree in International Relations from George Washington University.  From July 1969 to August 1970 he served as Aide and Flag Lieutenant for Commander-in-Chief, U.S. Pacific Fleet.

In August 1970, he reported as Executive Office on Attack Squadron 174.  Beginning in March 1971 he served as XO/CO of Attack Squadron VA-81 (the first A-7E squadron), based at Cecil Field and deployed to the Mediterranean flying the A-7E, until March 1973.  His squadron command tour was followed by a year working Special Projects at Commander, Naval Forces Atlantic, followed by a year in command of Air Wing THREE, based at Cecil Field and deploying to the Mediterranean, from February 1974 to February 1975, during which he was promoted to captain.  He next assumed command of USS KALAMAZOO (AOR-6) from April 1975 to August 1976.  In August 1976, he assumed command of USS JOHN F. KENNEDY (CV-67.)

In December 1978 he reported as a Special Assistant in the Office of the CNO, working challenging issues ranging from drug use in the Navy to aviation retention.  This was followed in July 1979 by a tour as the Deputy Assistant Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, during which he was promoted to rear admiral.  In Jun 1981, he assumed command of Carrier Group EIGHT, which included challenging operations in the North Atlantic/Norwegian Sea. This was followed in April 1983 by assignment to additional sea duty as Commander Carrier Group TWO/Commander CTF 60/Battle Force SIXTH Fleet.  His tour at CTF60 was marked by one crisis after another.  It is now understood that in Sept/Oct of 1983, the U.S. and Soviet Union came the closest to going to war since the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962, and CTF 60 was right in the middle of it with the Soviet FIFTH Eshkadra.  If that wasn't enough, U.S. Marines ashore in Lebanon came under increasing and lethal fire even before the bombing of the U.S. Marine Corps barracks in Beirut in October 1983.  In addition CTF60 conducted naval gunfire support by destroyers and the USS NEW JERSEY into Lebanon, and launched an airstrike into Lebanon by USS INDEPENDENCE and USS JOHN F. KENNEDY in which two U.S. navy aircraft were shot down.  (The strike was in my opinion a case study in what happens when Washington micromanages tactical decisions that should have been left for the on-scene commander (Tuttle.))  From April to November, RADM Tuttle was embarked on USS DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER, and I had the privilege to see close up a paragon of leadership in crisis and combat.

In August 1984, he assumed duty as the Navy Inspector General, followed in November 1985 as Deputy and Chief of Staff, Commander-in-Chief, Atlantic Fleet.  In April 1987 he was designated a Vice Admiral while serving in billet commensurate with that grade, and promoted in May,  assuming duties as the Joint Staff J-6.  In May 1989 he reported as Director, Space and Electronic Warfare, OPNAV (OP-094/N-6.)  He was subsequently nominated for Commander, U.S. Naval Air Forces, but retired in January 1994.

During his career he flew over 5,500 flight hours and over 1,025 fixed wing carrier landings. In addition to three Distinguished Flying Crosses, his personal decorations included the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, three Defense Superior Service Medals, four Legions of Merit, two Meritorious Service Medals , and four Navy Commendation Medals, all with Combat "V."  His campaign awards include the Vietnam Service Medal with three Bronze Stars.  Other awards included the 1983 Association of Old Crows Award for his contributions to electronic warfare, the 1984 Annual Tailhook Award for his contributions to Naval Aviation, and 1989 AFCEAN of the Year for his contributions to Armed Forces Communications and Electronics, among others.

After retirement, he went into private enterprise but continued to serve as a member of the Defense Science Board, and member of the Board of Advisors to the Superintendent of the Naval Postgraduate School.   He received numerous accolades for his leading role in business and computer technology.

There is no question that VADM Tuttle drove his ships, aircraft, staffs and people extremely hard.  He was demanding, exacting, with little toleration for anything but the utmost standards of professionalism, and little patience for obstacles in obtaining the most advanced C4I technology in the fleet.  If anything, he was single-minded in his unwavering pursuit of the highest combat readiness, especially during the peak of the Cold War.  If we had to go to war with the Soviets, he intended to win. He could certainly be profane, even in the call-sign that he referred to himself (SLUF, which I won't translate,) but he could motivate people to achieve things they wouldn't have thought possible.  He could just as easily wax eloquent in international relations with references to ancient history and classical philosophy.   VADM Tuttle was a true warrior, whose career in my opinion was unnecessarily cut short.  Nevertheless, the Navy is a far more effective fighting force for his efforts, and we owe him a great deal.

As of now, I have no information on funeral arrangements.

Rest in Peace Admiral Tuttle

Very respectfully,


On a personal note, while embarked on IKE following the bombing of the US Marine Corps Barracks, I was selected to be the strike intelligence briefer for a series of strikes (which were all cancelled at the last moment before being executed,) in which LCDR Fox Fallon was the strike lead, and our CAG, CDR Joe Prueher would fly in the strike.  Providing strike intelligence briefings at the SCI-level (a first, that anyone could recall at the time) to RADM Tuttle was the most formative experiences of my career as an intelligence officer.  Far from a wire-brushing, his questions were demanding, but reflected keen insight into intelligence and how to integrate it into effective operations.  He was boresighted on how to exploit weaknesses in Syrian air defense command and control, to improve the prospects of mission success and aircrew survivability.  On kind of  a lark, I invited him to my retirement ceremony from active duty in 2013.  After 30 years he remembered me, and made the time to come, and was the most charming gentleman you could imagine.  I will miss him.

Samuel J. Cox

RADM, USN (retired)

Director of Naval History

Curator for the Navy

Director, Naval History and Heritage Command


Thanks to Carl

THE TRUE HISTORY OF MILLSTONE BABIES - Ann Coulter - October 31, 2018


How could anyone -- even a not-very-bright person -- imagine that granting citizenship to the children of illegal aliens is actually in our Constitution?


October 31, 2018

Having mastered fake news, now the media are trying out a little fake history.

In the news business, new topics are always popping up, from the Logan Act and the emoluments clause to North Korea. The all-star panels rush to Wikipedia, so they can pretend to be experts on things they knew nothing about an hour earlier.

Such is the case today with "anchor babies" and "birthright citizenship." People who know zilch about the history of the 14th Amendment are pontificating magnificently and completely falsely on the issue du jour.

If you'd like to be the smartest person at your next cocktail party by knowing the truth about the 14th Amendment, this is the column for you!

Of course the president can end the citizenship of "anchor babies" by executive order -- for the simple reason that no Supreme Court or U.S. Congress has ever conferred such a right.

It's just something everyone believes to be true.

How could anyone -- even a not-very-bright person -- imagine that granting citizenship to the children of illegal aliens is actually in our Constitution? 
The first question would be:
 Why would they do that? It's like being accused of robbing a homeless person. WHY WOULD I? 
The Supreme Court has stated -- repeatedly! -- that the "main object" of the citizenship clause of the 14th Amendment "was to settle the question ... as to the citizenship of free negroes," making them "citizens of the United States and of the state in which they reside."

Democrats, the entire media and House Speaker Paul Ryan seem to have forgotten the Civil War. They believe that, immediately after a war that ended slavery, Americans rose up as one and demanded that the children of illegals be granted citizenship!

You know what's really bothering me? If someone comes into the country illegally and has a kid, that kid should be an American citizen!


Give me a scenario -- just one scenario -- where the post-Civil War amendments would be intended to grant citizenship to the kids of Chinese ladies flying to birthing hospitals in California, or pregnant Latin Americans sneaking across the border in the back of flatbed trucks. 
You can make it up. It doesn't have to be a true scenario. Any scenario! 
As the court has explained again and again and again: 
"(N)o one can fail to be impressed with the one pervading purpose found in (the 13th, 14th and 15th) amendments, lying at the foundation of each, and without which none of them would have been even suggested; we mean the freedom of the slave race, the security and firm establishment of that freedom, and the protection of the newly made freeman and citizen from the oppressions of those who had formerly exercised unlimited dominion over him." 
That's why the amendment refers to people who are "subject to the jurisdiction" of the United States "and of the state wherein they reside." For generations, African-Americans were domiciled in this country. The only reason they weren't citizens was because of slavery, which the country had just fought a civil war to end. 
The 14th Amendment fixed that. 
The amendment didn't even make Indians citizens. Why? Because it was about freed slaves. Sixteen years after the 14th Amendment was ratified, the Supreme Court held that an American Indian, John Elk, was not a citizen, despite having been born here. 
Instead, Congress had to pass a separate law making Indians citizens, which it did, more than half a century after the adoption of the 14th Amendment. (It's easy to miss -- the law is titled: "THE INDIAN CITIZENSHIP ACT OF 1924.") Why would such a law be necessary if simply being born in the U.S. was enough to confer citizenship? 
Even today, the children of diplomats and foreign ministers are not granted citizenship on the basis of being born here. 
President Trump, unlike his critics, honors black history by recognizing that the whole purpose of the Civil War amendments was to guarantee the rights of freed slaves. 
But the left has always been bored with black people. If they start gassing on about "civil rights," you can be sure it will be about transgenders, the abortion ladies or illegal aliens. Liberals can never seem to remember the people whose ancestors were brought here as slaves, i.e., the only reason we even have civil rights laws. 
Still, it requires breathtaking audacity to use the Civil War amendments to bring in cheap foreign labor, which drives down the wages of African-Americans -- the very people the amendments were written to protect! 
Whether the children born to legal immigrants are citizens is controversial enough. But at least there's a Supreme Court decision claiming that they are -- U.S. v. Wong Kim Ark. That's "birthright citizenship." 
It's something else entirely to claim that an illegal alien, subject to deportation, can drop a baby and suddenly claim to be the parent of a "citizen." 
This crackpot notion was concocted by liberal zealot Justice William Brennan and slipped into a footnote as dicta in a 1982 case. "Dicta" means it was not the ruling of the court, just a random aside, with zero legal significance. 
Left-wing activists seized on Brennan's aside and browbeat everyone into believing that anchor babies are part of our great constitutional heritage, emerging straight from the pen of James Madison. 
No Supreme Court has ever held that children born to illegal aliens are citizens. No Congress has deliberated and decided to grant that right. It's a made-up right, grounded only in the smoke and mirrors around Justice Brennan's 1982 footnote. 
Obviously, it would be better if Congress passed a law clearly stating that children born to illegals are not citizens. (Trump won't be president forever!) But until that happens, the president of the United States is not required to continue a ridiculous practice that has absolutely no basis in law. 
It's often said that journalism is the first draft of history. As we now see, fake news is the first draft of fake history. 


Item Number:1 Date: 11/02/2018 AFGHANISTAN - 6 KILLED IN SUICIDE BOMBING NEAR KABUL PRISON (NOV 02/TN)  TOLONEWS -- Six people were killed and eight injured in a suicide bombing outside Kabul, the Afghan capital, reports the Tolo News (Afghanistan).   The Afghan Interior Ministry revised the casualty figures after initial reports that seven people had been killed and 14 injured in the blast outside the Pul-e-Charkhi prison on Wednesday.   On Wednesday, a militant on foot detonated explosives near the entrance to the prison east of Kabul, said an interior ministry spokesman, as quoted by Al Jazeera (Qatar).   The attack targeted a bus carrying employees of the prison. Three security personnel and three civilians, including children, were killed, the spokesman said.   No group immediately claimed responsibility.   The attack comes days after a suicide attack near the entrance of the Independent Election Commission in Kabul. At least one person was killed and six injured in that attack.   A wave of election-related violence has killed or injured hundreds across the country in recent months as the Taliban and Islamic State stepped up attacks on Afghan security forces and government workers, noted Agence France-Presse.  

  Item Number:2 Date: 11/02/2018 AFGHANISTAN - TALIBAN SEIZES POLICE BASE IN FARYAB PROVINCE (NOV 02/PAJH)  PAJHWOK AFGHAN NEWS -- The Taliban has taken control of a police base in northern Afghanistan, reports the Pajhwok Afghan News.   At least three security personnel were killed and 17 captured during the fight for the Pul-i-Acha base in Faryab province, the chief of a nearby district said on Friday.   The Taliban suffered 10 casualties during the hours-long battle on Thursday night.   Security forces requested air support but did not receive any, said the district chief. The base was captured after reinforcements failed to arrive, he said.   The militants also took four tanks, two rocket launchers and other arms and ammunition.   The Taliban confirmed that it had captured the base but denied that it had taken any casualties.  

  Item Number:4 Date: 11/02/2018 DEM REP OF CONGO - HIGH RATES OF SEXUAL VIOLENCE IN KASAI CONFLICT, SAYS REPORT (NOV 02/WP)  WASHINGTON POST -- Scores of women are being raped each month in the Democratic Republic of the Congo's Kasai region, according to a new report by Doctors Without Borders (MSF) cited by the Washington Post.   Between May 2017 and September 2018, the humanitarian organization treated on average more than 200 survivors of rape each month.   Eighty percent of the survivors said they were assaulted by armed men. Most survivors were women, but at least 162 were children under the age of 15.   The figure is likely much higher due to the difficulty in gathering evidence and accessing treatment, said MSF.   Fighting began in Kasai in August 2016, when government forces killed a local leader.   Reprisal attacks are common. A report released by the Congolese Catholic church in June 2017 documented 3,300 killings in the first year of the conflict

 Item Number:5 Date: 11/02/2018 FRANCE - ALBATROSSES TO HELP NAVY COMBAT ILLEGAL FISHING IN INDIAN OCEAN (NOV 02/DTL)  DAILY TELEGRAPH (LONDON) -- The French navy is planning to use albatrosses to detect illegal fishing in the southern Indian Ocean, reports London's Daily Telegraph.   The navy will equip about 250 of the large seabirds with tiny transceivers over the next five months as part of Operation Ocean Sentinel.   The transceivers will automatically detect radar signals from fishing vessels within a radius of more than 3 miles (5 km) of the birds.   Vessel locations will be transmitted to the navy, which will use the data to identify boats fishing in prohibited waters off the remote French islands of Crozet, Kerguelen and Amsterdam in the southern Indian Ocean.   Illegal fishing vessels typically turn off their automatic identification system to avoid being tracked by satellite. The boats cannot navigate safely without systems that emit low-level radar signals, however.   Many vessels will also try to escape detection by changing names and flags; concealing ownership; removing ships from registers; and operating in international waters, said a report by the Environmental Justice Foundation.   Chinese-flagged vessels, as well as others registered in Panama, Belize and Malaysia, are frequently suspected of breaching regulations.   Scientists will also use the transceivers, which weigh about 60 grams, to track the birds and study their feeding habits.   Further testing of the transceivers is planned for 2019 off New Zealand and Hawaii.  

  Item Number:6 Date: 11/02/2018 GERMANY - MAJORITY OF NEW EQUIPMENT DELIVERED IN 2017 NEEDED UPGRADES BEFORE OPERATIONAL USE (NOV 02/DEWELLE)  DEUTSCHE WELLE -- The German Defense Ministry acknowledged on Wednesday that most of the large combat systems delivered in 2017 needed further work before they could be deployed, reports Deutsche Welle.   Only 27 of 71 Puma infantry fighting vehicles, four of eight A400M transport aircraft, two of seven Tiger combat helicopters, four of seven NH90 transport helicopters and one of four Eurofighter combat jets arrived operationally ready last year, said government officials cited by Deutsche Presse-Agentur.   The Bundeswehr seeks to have 70 percent readiness for its weapons systems at any given time, said Parliamentary State Secretary Peter Tauber.   In a letter to Parliament last June, German Defense Minister Ursula von der Leyen urged lawmakers to boost defense spending, saying that declines in the defense budget since the end of the Cold War had resulted in reductions in maintenance and hindered the acquisition of spare parts.  

Item Number:8 Date: 11/02/2018 INDIA - BJP CHIEF IN KASHMIR SHOT DEAD (NOV 02/NDTV)  NDTV -- A local chief of India's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has been killed in India-administered Kashmir, reports NDTV (India).   On Thursday, Anil Parihar, a state secretary, and his brother were shot in the Kishtwar district while returning home after closing the family shop. Both later died from their wounds.   The attackers were waiting for the pair and shot them from close range, said police quoted by the Indo-Asian News Service.   Authorities said they were working to determine the identity of the killers and whether the motive was criminal or political.   Following the attack, a curfew was imposed, and army personnel deployed to strengthen security, reported the Press Trust of India.   The attack was the third on a politician in Kashmir in the last month, noted NDTV.   Parihar was considered a moderate within the Hindu nationalist BJP, reported Reuters, citing local media

Item Number:10 Date: 11/02/2018 ISRAEL - SPY AGENCY PROVIDED INTELLIGENCE TO THWART IRANIAN ASSASSINATION PLOT IN DENMARK (NOV 02/JP)  JERUSALEM POST -- Israel's national intelligence agency, Mossad, provided Denmark with intelligence to foil an alleged Iranian assassination plot against an Iranian separatist figure, reports the Jerusalem Post.   A citizen of Norway with an Iranian background was arrested in Sweden on Oct. 21 and subsequently extradited to Denmark, where the suspect reportedly planned to kill a senior member of the Arab Struggle Movement for the Liberation of Ahvaz (ASMLA), an organization seeking a separate Arab state in western Iran.   The suspect was seen photographing the target's home and had explosives in their possession, reported Ynet News.   According to Danish intelligence head Finn Borch Andersen, the plot was targeting the leader of the Danish branch of the ASMLA, which Tehran blames for a Sept. 22 attack on a military parade in Khuzestan that killed 25, many of them from the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC).   The Danish foreign minister recalled the country's ambassador in Tehran for consultations.   Iran has denied involvement.  

  Item Number:11 Date: 11/02/2018 SYRIA - HEZBOLLAH RECRUITING FORMER REBELS AFTER U.S. WITHDRAWS FUNDING (NOV 02/WSJ)  WALL STREET JOURNAL -- The Lebanese militant group Hezbollah has paid some militias to switch sides and fight for the Assad regime in southern Syria, reports the Wall Street Journal.   Hezbollah has recruited up to 2,000 former fighters in this way, said a former rebel commander.   Many were prompted to switch sides after the U.S. stopped funding rebel groups last year, he said.   The move has allowed the Iran-allied Shi'ite militant group to make inroads in southwestern Syria near the Israeli border.   Hezbollah receives significant funding and other support from Iran. Russia and the Syrian government are depending on the group and other Iran-backed militias to defeat Islamic State militants and other rebels in the south.   The Israeli government has warned that it will not allow Iranian-supported forces to remain near its border.   The U.S. has made removing Iran-backed forces from Syria a precondition for contributing to reconstruction efforts.  

  Item Number:16 Date: 11/02/2018 YEMEN - COALITION HITS MISSILE, UAV SITES AT SANAA AIR BASE (NOV 02/ARAB)  ARAB NEWS -- The Saudi-led coalition fighting Houthi rebels in Yemen has attacked the air base in the capital, Sanaa, reports Arab News (Saudi Arabia).   On Friday, the coalition targeted ballistic missile launch and staging locations, unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) ground stations and explosives workshops at the Al-Dailami air base, said a spokesman for the coalition.   All possible precautionary measures were taken to avoid casualties in the densely-populated city, said the spokesman.   More than 30 strikes hit the site, reported Reuters, citing the Houthi-run Al Masirah TV. Al Jazeera reported that there were around 20 attacks, citing unnamed sources in Sanaa.   There were no immediate reports of casualties.   The Al-Dailami air base shares part of its facilities with the Sanaa International Airport.   The airport will remain open to U.N. traffic and relief shipments despite the attack, said the coalition.

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