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I hope that you all have a great weekend.  Countdown to Christmas shopping day left --24
This day in Naval History
Nov. 30
1881—The whaler Rodgers is destroyed by a fire at St. Lawrence Bay on the Siberian coast. Before the fire, Rodgers had charted Wrangel Island, proving conclusively that it was not part of the Asian continent.
1912—Lt. Theodore G. Ellyson, the first U.S. Navy officer to qualify as an airplane pilot, tests the Navy's first C-1 flying boat at Hammondsport, New York.
1942—USS Northampton (CA 26) is sunk and USS Pensacola (CA 24), USS New Orleans (CA 32), and USS Minneapolis (CA 36) are badly damaged by a Japanese torpedo counter-attack during the Battle of Tassafaronga at Guadalcanal.
1943—PBY aircraft sink the Palau-bound Japanese cargo ship Himalaya Maru south of New Hanover, Bismarck Archipelago. 
1993—President William J. Clinton signs legislation that lifts the ban on women serving aboard combat ships.
Dec. 1
1842—Midshipman Philip Spencer, Boatswain's Mate Samuel Cromwell, and Seaman Elisha Small of the Bainbridge-class brig Somers are executed for mutiny. Spencer was the son of then-Secretary of War, John Canfield Spencer.
1914—Rear Adm. Alfred Thayer Mahan dies. A graduate of the Naval Academy and a veteran of the Civil War, he served two tours as President of the Naval War College. He is also known for his numerous naval publications, notably "The Influence of Sea Power Upon History."
1921—The first flight of an airship filled with helium, the C-7, leaves Norfolk, VA, and arrives later that day in Washington, D.C. The airship is commanded by Lt. Cmdr. Zachary Lansdowne and piloted by Lt. Cmdr. Ralph F. Wood.
1943—USS Bonefish (SS 223) sinks Japanese transport Nichiryo Maru in the Celebes Sea while USS Pargo (SS 264) sinks the Japanese transport Shoko Maru north of Ulithi. Also on this date, USS Peto (SS 265) sinks Japanese transport Tonei Maru.
1945—Capt. Sue S. Dauser, Navy Nurse Corps, receives the first Distinguished Service Medal awarded to a nurse for her leadership of Navy nurses during World War II.
1984—USS Taylor (FFG 50) is commissioned. The ship is named after the late Jesse Junior Taylor, who gave his life attempting to save the life of a downed pilot during an attack on the key bridge near the North Vietnamese port of Haiphong, and consequently awarded the Navy Cross for extraordinary heroism.
2013—Pilots and Sailors of VP-16 arrive on station at Kadena Air Base Okinawa for the first deployment of the P-8A Poseidon aircraft. The P-8A eventually replaces the venerable P-3 Orion. 
Dec. 2
1891—New York (CA 2) launches. In 1911, it is renamed Saratoga and renamed again in 1917 to Rochester. Rochester serves as the flagship of the Asiatic Fleet from 1932-33 and is decommissioned in 1933.
1908—Rear Adm. William S. Cowles submits the report prepared by Lt. George C. Sweet recommending to the Secretary of the Navy the purchase of aircraft suitable for operating from naval ships on scouting and observation missions.
1944—USS Sea Devil (SS 400) attacks a Japanese convoy in the East China Sea and sinks merchant tanker Akigawa Maru and passenger-cargo ship Hawaii Maru, while USS Gunnel (SS 253) evacuates 11 rescued aviators from Palawan, Philippines and turns over all available stores to Filipino forces ashore.
1944—In order to halt resupply and reinforcement of troops on Leyte, Destroyer Division 120 leaves to attack a Japanese convoy escorted by destroyers Take and Kuwa. After midnight during the Battle of Ormoc Bay, USS Allen M. Sumner (DD 692) and USS Cooper (DD 695) sink Kuwa, but USS Cooper sinks from a torpedo.
1965—USS Enterprise (CVAN 65) and USS Bainbridge (DLGN 25) become the first nuclear-powered task unit used in combat operations with launch of air strikes near Bien Hoa, Vietnam. 
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Executive Summary:
Today's top national headlines include Michael Cohen, a former personal attorney to President Trump, pleaded guilty yesterday to lying to Congress regarding a Trump Tower project in Moscow, continued coverage of the probe by Special Counsel Robert Mueller into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, and the president's cancellation of a meeting with Vladimir Putin at the G20 summit in Buenos Aires. Vice Adm. Andrew Lewis stated that he plans to have U.S. 2nd Fleet fully staffed and ready to command and control naval forces by 2019 reports USNI News. "We're driving the team to reach full operational capability in 2019, with Joint Force Command to follow closely behind," said Lewis. The Navy sailed USS Chancellorsville near contested islands in the South China Sea ahead of the G20 summit in Argentina reports CNN. "USS Chancellorsville sailed near the Paracel islands to challenge excessive maritime claims and preserve access to the waterways as governed by international law," said Cmdr. Nathan Christensen. Additionally, Inside Defense reports that, after considering industry feedback, the Navy is moving away from a single hull design for the Common Hull Auxiliary Multi-Mission Platform towards two or more hull designs.
Today in History
November 30

The British sign a preliminary agreement in Paris, recognizing American independence.

Mexico declares war on France.

The British Parliament sends to Queen Victoria an ultimatum for the United States, demanding the release of two Confederate diplomats who were seized on the British ship Trent.

The Union wins the Battle of Franklin, Tennessee.

The French government denounces British actions in South Africa, declaring sympathy for the Boers.

Oscar Wilde dies in a Paris hotel room after saying of the room's wallpaper: "One of us had to go."

President Theodore Roosevelt publicly denounces segregation of Japanese schoolchildren in San Francisco.

Women cast votes for the first time in French legislative elections.

Non-belief in Nazism is proclaimed grounds for divorce in Germany.

Russian forces take Danzig in Poland and invade Austria.

The Soviet Union complete the division of Berlin, installing the government in the Soviet sector.

President Truman declares that the United States will use the A-bomb to get peace in Korea.

The United States offers emergency oil to Europe to counter the Arab ban.

The Soviet Union vetoes a UN seat for Kuwait, pleasing Iraq.

India and Pakistan decide to end a 10-year trade ban.

Pioneer II sends photos back to NASA as it nears Jupiter.

Pope John Paul II becomes the first pope in 1,000 years to attend an Orthodox mass.

Representatives of the US and USSR meet in Geneva, Switzerland, to begin negotiations on reducing the number of intermediate-range nuclear weapons in Europe.

Thriller, Michael Jackson's second solo album, released; the album, produced by Quincy Jones, became the best-selling album in history.

US President Bill Clinton signs the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act (better known as the Brady Bill) into law.

MS Achille Lauro, a ship with long history of problems including a 1985 terrorist hijacking, catches fire off the coast of Somalia.

Operation Desert Storm officially comes to an end.

Exxon and Mobil oil companies agree to a $73.7 billion merge, creating the world's largest company, Exxon-Mobil.

On the game show Jeopardy! contestant Ken Jennings loses after 74 consecutive victories. It is the longest winning streak in game-show history, earning him a total of over $3 million.

John Sentamu becomes Archbishop of York, making him the Church of England's first black archbishop.
Thanks to Dutch
Judicial Watch sues Defense Department, seeking POW and MIA records from Vietnam era
in the late 80's a man visited me - flashed a badge and whipped out an 8x10" glossy photo - I didn't even look at the badge nor ask what was his organization because the photo greatly distracted me - it was definitely a photo of Stan Smiley a squadron mate in VA-23 whom we lost in Laos in July 1969 - and I adamantly told him so.
Where is Stan - and where are the other hundreds of missing? - oh, those that John McCain and John Kerry (he served in Vietnam) said quite officially were NOT prisoners held by anyone - and the two Johns strongly blocked any congressional action on MIAs - 
Judicial Watch sues Defense Department, seeking POW and MIA records from Vietnam era
By Jennifer Harper - The Washington Times - Wednesday, November 28, 2018
Of interest to members of Rolling Thunder, veterans' groups and others who have not forgotten those soldiers who were prisoners of war or still missing in action during the Vietnam War, or through military action in Laos.
Judicial Watch has sued the Defense Department, seeking government records from 1973 to the present regarding American soldiers who were prisoners of war or missing in action.
"Judicial Watch filed the lawsuit after the Pentagon failed to respond to two Freedom of Information Act requests," the watchdog organization said in a statement.
The request includes access to lists of POWs and MIAs provided to North Vietnam, as well as materials used to brief President Nixon in 1973 about those who could be remaining in that nation.
The organization is also seeking reports of "live sightings" of U.S. soldiers from Jan. 27, 1973, to the present, along with data collected from the classified program known as "PAVE SPIKE," plus electronic messages containing individual code numbers issued to U.S. airmen transmitted from the ground in Vietnam and/or Laos from Jan. 27, 1973 to the present.
"The Vietnam MIA-POW issue is a sore spot for many veterans and concerned Americans," said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. "Why is the Pentagon stonewalling our attempts to obtain information that is clearly in the public interest?"
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As part of Motor Trend's annual Best Driver's Car competition powered by Mothers, we line up the contenders on an airstrip and bask in the glory of horsepower, wheelspin, and launch control. This year, Senior Features Editors Jason Cammisa and Jonny Lieberman give you a quick tour of the 12 competitors before strapping into their insurance-mandated helmets and firesuits and introducing pedal to metal. This year, the contestants are the Acura NSX, Aston Martin V12 Vantage S manual, Audi R8 V10 Plus, BMW M4 GTS, Chevrolet Camaro SS 1LE, Dodge Viper ACR, Ford Mustang Shelby GT350R, Jaguar F-Type SVR, McLaren 570S, Mercedes-AMG GT S, Nissan GT-R, and Porsche 911 Carrera S—except for one small addition after Jason realizes Jonny's Dodge Charger Hellcat is parked nearby.
Thanks  to Carl
November 30, 2018
Sharyl Attkisson, Veteran Journalist and Government-Fighter, Opens Up
Stonewalled is the title of investigative reporter Sharyl Attkisson's first book – and stonewalling is what the Department of Justice is doing to her now.  Determined to receive justice, she has a landmark lawsuit against the DOJ for electronically surveilling her computers.  Multiple forensics exams have revealed the government-related remote efforts to monitor her.  Government agents most likely did it because she had the "audacity" to dig into facts regarding wasteful green energy spending, as well as the Fast and Furious and Benghazi scandals. 
thanks to Doctor Rich 
Sure you're not covering up for a blonde??
Thanks to Mike and Gunder
Subject: Last EA-6B Squadron
U.S. Marines Complete Final EA-6B Deployment
Nov 28, 2018Steve Trimble Aerospace Daily & Defense Report
The U.S. Marine Corps' last squadron of Northrop Grumman EA-6B airborne jammers has completed its final deployment and entered a yearlong deactivation process.
The six EA-6Bs assigned to Marine Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron (VMAQ-2) departed Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar earlier this month, U.S. Central Command said. The squadron had deployed the 50-year-old aircraft type to support combat missions in Syria and Afghanistan.
"Following this deployment the Prowlers will be preserved at the Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group" in Tuscon, Arizona, Central Command said.
Meanwhile, VMAQ-2 is being replaced in Central Command with a deployment by the U.S. Navy's Electronic Attack Squadron VAQ-135, which operates the Boeing EA-18G.
The sundown of VMAQ-2 later this year will complete a decade-long transition to the EA-18G. The derivative of the F/A-18F will then become the Defense Department's sole airborne electronic attack fleet with a joint mission.
The Navy and Marines introduced the EA-6A and EA-6B in the early 1970s to replace the Korean War-vintage EKA-3 airborne jamming fleet.
The derivative of the Grumman A-6 attack jet received a series of generational improvements over a 40-year period, culminating in the Improved Capability (ICAP) III package. It added the ALQ-218 receiver, USQ-113 communications jammer and Litening targeting pod. The ICAP III also continued to use older technologies, including the ALQ-99 radar jamming pods and AGM-88 HARM missile.
The last upgrade for the EA-6B also formed the baseline of the initial mission systems configuration for the EA-18G, which entered service with the Navy in 2009. The Navy is developing two new pods—the Next Generation Jammer-Mid-Band and NGJ-Low Band—to replace the ALQ-99.
The Marines have already deactivated three EA-6B squadrons: VMAQ-1, VMAQ-3 and VMAQ-4.
Item Number:1 Date: 11/30/2018 AFGHANISTAN - AT LEAST 30 CIVILIANS KILLED IN U.S. AIRSTRIKE (NOV 30/RFE/RL)  RADIO FREE EUROPE/RADIO LIBERTY -- Afghan officials say at least 30 civilians have been killed in a U.S. airstrike in southern Afghanistan, reports Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.   On Tuesday, Afghan forces and U.S. advisors called in air support after coming under fire from Taliban fighters in a compound in the Garmsir district in Helmand province, said NATO's Resolute Support mission.   Ground forces were not aware of any civilians in or near the compound, the mission said.   The airstrike killed 16 Taliban insurgents. An investigation to determine the number of civilian casualties is underway, said Helmand Gov. Mohammad Yasin Khan.   At least 30 civilians were killed in the airstrike, which hit a house in the area, said Attahullah Afghan, the head of the provincial council.   The militants had stockpiled ammunition in the area, including a car packed with explosives, which could have led to the civilian casualties, Khan said, as cited by wire services.   The number of civilian casualties from airstrikes in the first nine months of 2018 was already greater than any full year since 2009, the U.N. said last month. The U.S. has stepped up air operations as part of efforts to pressure the Taliban to negotiate an end to the war, noted Reuters.  
Item Number:3 Date: 11/30/2018 HONDURAS - FORMER SOLDIERS AMONG 7 CONVICTED IN MURDER OF ACTIVIST (NOV 30/GUARDIAN)  GUARDIAN -- Seven men have been found guilty in the murder of a Honduran environmental activist, reports the Guardian (U.K.).   On Thursday, the court ruled that the murder of Berta Isabel Caceres in March 2016 was ordered by a company building a dam on the Gualcarque river.   Construction company Desa ordered the murder due to its frustration with repeated delays caused by protests, the court said.   The seven men convicted include three former members of the Honduran military.   One, Douglas Geovanny Bustillo, served as Desa's security chief and had received U.S. military training. Another served as a major with the country's special operations forces and had also received U.S. training.   A separate executive, David Castillo, a former military intelligence officer who received U.S. military training, is facing separate charges for masterminding the plan to kill Caceres.   Sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 10, 2019
Item Number:4 Date: 11/30/2018 IRAN - NAVY INDUCTS PAIR OF MIDGET SUBS (NOV 30/PRESSTV)  PRESS TV -- Iranian naval forces have commissioned two new domestically-produced Ghadir-class mini-submarines, reports the semi-official Press TV (Iran).   The vessels were formally inducted on Thursday in a ceremony in the southern port city of Bandar Abbas, near the Strait of Hormuz.   The midget submarines were built in Iran and are believed to be based on a North Korean design, either the Yono or Sang-o class.   Ghadir-class vessels, designed for shallow, coastal operations, are reportedly difficult to detect with sonar and highly-maneuverable.   On Saturday, the navy is scheduled to commission its third Jamaran-class corvette, the Sahand, reported the semi-official Fars new agency. The Fateh-class submarine, the first medium sub to be built domestically, is to be unveiled soon, officials said.  
  Item Number:7 Date: 11/30/2018 NORWAY - CREW ERROR, TECHNICAL ISSUES BLAMED FOR SINKING OF HELGE INGSTAD FRIGATE (NOV 30/DN)  DEFENSE NEWS -- An initial investigation into the sinking of a Norwegian frigate earlier this month blames crew error and design flaws, reports Defense News.   Confusion on the bridge following a change of watch was the proximate cause of the accident that led to the sinking of the Helge Ingstad, according to a preliminary report released on Thursday.   The Ingstad struck a Malta-flagged tanker on Nov. 10 in unlimited visibility. Investigators pointed to several mistakes in judgement blamed on the recent change of watch.   The board investigating the incident also identified issues with the ship's watertight compartments and warned that it could apply to other Fridtjof Nansen-class frigates.   Issues with stuffing tubes, which are supposed to tighten as water tries to pass through, led to progressive flooding within the ship, eventually forcing the crew to evacuate.   Navantia, the ship's manufacturer, said the report was preliminary and that the company was ready to cooperate with the investigation.   Investigators have not contacted anyone at the company yet, Navantia officials said
  Item Number:8 Date: 11/30/2018 PHILIPPINES - DUTERTE UNVEILS PLANS FOR SPECIAL UNITS TO FIGHT COMMUNIST MILITANTS (NOV 30/RAP)  RAPPLER -- Philippine Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana has confirmed plans to create a new "Anti-Sparrow Unit" to combat communist rebels, reports the Rappler (Philippines).   The unit will be headed by a two-star general, Lorenzana said on Wednesday.   On Tuesday, President Rodrigo Duterte announced plans to create the special units, reported Deutsche Welle.   The unit takes its name from the sparrow units within the communist rebel New People's Army (NPA), which were tasked with carrying out attacks on security personnel.   Jose Maria Sison, the founder of the Communist Party of the Philippines, said that the sparrow units only existed in the 1970s and 1980s and that Duterte was making up the current existence of the units "to justify his own death squads."   Rights groups have criticized the proposal as a legalized death squad and expressed concern that the plan would worsen violence encouraged by Duterte's "war on drugs
Item Number:10 Date: 11/30/2018 SAUDI ARABIA - PURCHASE OF THAAD MISSILE DEFENSE SYSTEMS FROM U.S. TAKES ANOTHER STEP (NOV 30/CNBC)  CNBC -- Saudi Arabia has signed a letter of offer and acceptance with the U.S. for the procurement of advanced missile defense systems, reports CNBC.   U.S. and Saudi officials signed the agreement for the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system earlier this week, said the State Dept.   The move is a key step in implementing the US$15 billion deal for up to 44 launchers and associated equipment. The package approved in October 2017 also covered 360 interceptors, 16-fire-control and communication mobile stations and seven AN/TPY-2 radars, reported Defense News at the time.   Discussions to purchase the system began in 2016. Congress was notified of the potential sale last year.   The sale will enhance Saudi defenses against Iranian missiles, said a State Dept. spokesperson. Saudi Arabia and the Gulf region face a growing ballistic missile threat from Iran and Tehran-backed militant groups, the spokesperson said.   It will likely be the U.S. largest foreign missile defense sale to date, said one analyst.  
  Item Number:11 Date: 11/30/2018 SYRIA - STRIKES TARGET WEAPONS DEPOTS USED BY IRAN, HEZBOLLAH (NOV 30/SOHR)  SYRIAN OBSERVATORY FOR HUMAN RIGHTS -- Israel has attacked targets near the Syrian capital, Damascus, reports the Syrian of Observatory for Human Rights, a U.K.-based watchdog group.   Syrian air defenses intercepted all the projectiles near al-Kiswah, reported the state-run SANA news agency.   Witnesses told the observatory that the strikes hit at least two targets near Damascus, including Iranian and Hezbollah weapons depots.   Explosions were also reported near the town of al-Dimes, which could indicate that an arms shipment was targeted, according to the Times of Israel.   Israeli officials denied an earlier RIA report, later retracted, that Syrian air defenses downed an Israeli plane, reported the Jerusalem Post.   One of the Syrian surface-to-air missiles landed in the area of the Golan Heights administered by Israel, said the IDF.   If confirmed, this would be the first Israeli strike in Syria since the accidental downing of a Russian plane in September. Moscow has since delivered upgraded air defense systems to Syria.   Israel does not usually confirm its involvement in such strikes.  
  Item Number:12 Date: 11/30/2018 USA - LOCKHEED WINS DEAL TO CONTINUE EXOSKELETON DEVELOPMENT (NOV 30/REU)  REUTERS -- The U.S. Army has awarded Lockheed Martin a contract to further develop super-strong exoskeletons for soldiers, reports Reuters.   Lockheed received a $6.9 million contract from the Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center in Massachusetts to research and develop the system, called ONYX, the company said on Thursday.   The project is based on a concept used by a Canadian company to help people suffering from mobility issues due to illness.   Developers hope the sensors, artificial intelligence and machines in the system will make it easier for soldiers to carry heavy loads. Troops frequently carry more than twice the recommended weight limit of 50 pounds (23 kg).   Under the two-year contract, Lockheed will optimize ONYX components. Soldier demonstrations are anticipated in 2019, the company said
  Item Number:14 Date: 11/30/2018 USA - PENTAGON DISPLAYS IRANIAN WEAPONS USED IN AFGHANISTAN, YEMEN (NOV 30/REU)  REUTERS -- The Pentagon has put on display what it says are weapons supplied by Iran to militant groups in the Middle East, reports Reuters.   In Thursday's presentation, Pentagon officials pointed to corporate logos and design features they said were indicative of an Iranian origin.   It was the second such presentation this year. U.S. officials described the event as an attempt to put pressure on Iran for its alleged supplying of weapons to militants in Afghanistan, Lebanon, Syria and Yemen.   Much of the material was supplied by Saudi Arabia, which has been targeted by Houthi missiles. Saudi Arabia and the U.S. believe that Iran has supplied the Houthis with many of those missiles, as well as the training needed to operate them, reported the Voice of America News.   One of the weapons, a Sayyad-2 surface-to-air missile, had instructions on the warhead written in Farsi, said U.S. officials. Saudi officials interdicted the missile on its way to Yemen in early 2018.   Other weapons include long-range drones, anti-tank missiles, AK-47 assault rifles, sniper rifles, grenades and Burkan-2 short-range ballistic missiles.   Israel has also accused Iran of using its actions in Syria as a cover for transferring weapons to Hezbollah.   Due to a U.N. resolution, Iran is not permitted to supply or transfer weapons without approval of the Security Council.   Iran denies supplying weapons to militants and called the presentation a fabrication
Item Number:15 Date: 11/30/2018 USA - PENTAGON EVALUATING OPTIONS FOR REORGANIZATION OF MILITARY SPACE CAPABILITIES (NOV 30/D1)  DEFENSE ONE -- The U.S. Dept. of Defense is looking at potential alternatives to creating an independent space force as ordered by President Trump, reports Defense One.   The Pentagon has been working on creating an independent Space Force as a sixth military branch. However, on Oct. 26, the department received instructions to consider different ways to reorganize space operations instead of establishing an independent branch.   Pentagon officials have indicated that the change may have been driven by concerns in the administration that the independent Space Force might not pass through Congress.   Four options have been developed: an Air Force-owned space corps that includes only Air Force assets; an Air Force-owned space corps that also takes space-related troops and assets from the Army and Navy; an independent service that consolidates assets from the Air Force, Army and Navy; and an independent service that brings together elements from the three services as well as parts of the intelligence community.   Pentagon officials favor an independent space corps within the Air Force, similar to how the Marine Corps falls under the Dept. of the Navy, instead of creating a sixth military branch, said a former top defense official.   Vice President Mike Pence and Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan were scheduled to meet on Thursday to discuss the options.   The new organization is expected to be called the Space Force regardless of which option is chosen, according to the Oct. 26 memo calling for the alternatives
  Item Number:16 Date: 11/30/2018 USA - THOMAS HUDNER GUIDED-MISSILE DESTROYER ABOUT TO ENTER SERVICE (NOV 30/NNS)  NAVY NEWSSTAND -- The U.S. Navy is set to commission its newest Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer, reports the Navy NewsStand.   The Thomas Hudner (DDG-116) will formally enter service during a ceremony in Boston, Mass., on Saturday, said a service release on Wednesday.   The Hudner will be the 66th Arleigh Burke-class destroyer in Navy service.   The destroyer is named after naval aviator Capt. Thomas Hudner Jr., who was awarded the Medal of Honor in 1951 for attempting to save the life of his squadron mate in the Battle of Chosin Reservoir during the Korean War.   The Hudner will be homeported at Naval Station Mayport, Fla.

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