Sunday, December 9, 2018

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The List 4876     TGB
To All,
I hope that your week has been going well.
This day in Naval History
Dec. 6
1861—During the Civil War, the side-wheel steam cruiser Augusta, commanded by Cmdr. Enoch G. Parrott, captures British blockade runner Cheshire off South Carolina.
1917—During World War I, German submarine U-53 torpedoes and sinks USS Jacob Jones (DD 61) off England with the loss of 64 lives. U-53's commanding officer, Hans Rose, in a rare gesture, reports the 38 survivors' drift location to the American base in Queenstown, Ireland.
1941—USS Decatur (DD 341), in Task Unit 4.1.4, while on escort duty with convoy ONS 39, carries out a depth charge attack on a suspicious contact in the North Atlantic.
1941—President Franklin D. Roosevelt sends a letter to the Japanese emperor reminding the Japanese leader of their country's long-standing relationship and his concern about developments occurring in the Pacific area.
1943—USS Raven (AM 55) rescues 16 survivors from U.S. tanker Touchet, which was sunk by German submarine U 193 three days earlier. The entire merchant complement of 50 men survived but 10 of the 30-man armed guard are lost with the ship.
1959—Cmdr. Lawrence E. Flint, Jr., piloting a McDonnell F4H-1 Phantom II powered by two GE J-79 engines, betters the existing world altitude record by reaching 98,560 feet above Edwards Air Force Base, CA. The previous record of 94,658 feet was reached in the USSR by a TU-431 jet. 
Thanks to CHINFO
Executive Summary:
Today's top national headlines include coverage of 41st President George H. W. Bush's funeral, the arrest of Chinese company Huawei's chief financial officer in Canada, and the continued global stock market slide. USS McCampbell sailed near contested water in the Sea of Japan Wednesday reports CNN.  USS "McCampbell sailed in the vicinity of Peter the Great Bay to challenge Russia's excessive maritime claims and uphold the rights, freedoms, and lawful uses of the sea enjoyed by the United States and other Nations," said Lt. Rachel McMarr, spokeswoman for Pacific Fleet. Sen. James Inhofe expressed concern over the proposed plan to buy two aircraft carriers in one contract due to continued difficulties with bomb elevators on USS Gerald R. Ford reports Bloomberg News. USS Ronald Reagan has returned to its homeport following four months at sea reports Stars and Stripes.

Today in History December 6
Christopher Columbus lands on the island of Santo Domingo in search of gold.
Phi Beta Kappa, the first scholastic fraternity, is founded at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg.
The majority of Napoleon Bonaparte's Grand Armeé staggers into Vilna, Lithuania, ending the failed Russian campaign.
Union General George G. Meade leads a foraging expedition to Gunnell's farm near Dranesville, Virginia.
President Abraham Lincoln orders the hanging of 39 of the 303 convicted Indians who participated in the Sioux Uprising in Minnesota. They are to be hanged on December 26.
The monitor Weehawken sinks in Charleston Harbor.
The 13th Amendment is ratified, abolishing slavery.
Jack McCall is convicted for the murder of Wild Bill Hickok and sentenced to hang.
Thomas A. Edison makes the first sound recording when he recites "Mary had a Little Lamb" into his phonograph machine.
Lieutenant Thomas E. Selfridge flies a powered, man-carrying kite that carries him 168 feet in the air for seven minutes at Baddeck, Nova Scotia.
The Bolsheviks imprison Czar Nicholas II and his family in Tobolsk.
Ireland's 26 southern counties become independent from Britain forming the Irish Free State.
Benito Mussolini threatens Italian newspapers with censorship if they keep reporting "false" information.
American Ambassador Davis says Japan is a grave security threat in the Pacific.
France and Germany sign a treaty of friendship.
Britain agrees to send arms to Finland, which is fighting off a Soviet invasion.
President Franklin D. Roosevelt issues a personal appeal to Emperor Hirohito to use his influence to avoid war.
The United States extends a $3 billion loan to Great Britain to help compensate for the termination of the Lend-Lease agreement.
Florida's Everglades National Park is established.
The "Pumpkin Spy Papers" are found on the Maryland farm of Whittaker Chambers. They become evidence that State Department employee Alger Hiss is spying for the Soviet Union.
 Vanguard TV3 explodes on the launchpad, thwarting the first US attempt to launch a satellite into Earth's orbit.
Adrian Kantrowitz performs first human heart transplant in the US.
Hells Angels, hired to provide security at a Rolling Stones concert at the Altamont Speedway in California, beat to death concert-goer Meredith Hunter.
Pakistan severs diplomatic relations with India after New Delhi recognizes the state of Bangladesh.
US House of Representatives confirms Gerald Ford as Vice-President of the United States, 387–35.
A Provisional IRA unit takes a couple hostage in Balcombe Street, London, and a 6-day siege begins.
Democrat Tip O'Neill is elected speaker of the House of Representatives. He will serve the longest consecutive term as speaker.
The Babri Mosque in Ayodhya, India, is destroyed during a riot that started as a political protest.
NASA reveals photographs from Mars Global Surveyor that suggest the presence of water on the red planet.
Thanks to Carl
December 6, 2018
Army versus Navy: Football every American can appreciate
The best sports rivals in our nation meet on the football field this Saturday, when Army meets Navy.  The West Pointers will try to make it three straight wins after being pounded by the Midshipmen from 2002 to 2015, losing every one of their clashes.  Remove Navy's streak, the longest between the two in their history, and Army leads the series by only three games, which started at the end of the 19th century.  Neither team will be playing for the national title, nor will either even finish in the top ten.  That hasn't happened since Heisman Trophy-winner Roger Staubach quarterbacked Wayne Hardin's Midshipmen to a 9-2 mark, a New Year's Day Cotton Bowl game against eventual champion Texas Longhorns and a number-two ranking in the polls.
The glory days of the academies being in the hunt for the national title ended long ago, most likely never to return.  The growth of the NFL has made it almost impossible for the academies to recruit "blue chippers" to play for Army, Navy, or Air Force.  Signing with one of the academies means that a player willingly sacrifices his potentially most productive years earning a lucrative NFL salary because he stills has a commitment post-graduation to Uncle Sam.
The game is more than a clash between NCAA athletes and future officers.  No, this game is pure Americana, the pageantry of college football and the military at its finest.  The celebrities are not Hollywood actors strolling the red carpet, but the Army cadets and Navy midshipmen marching in lockstep precision.
Yes, politicians from both sides will be there, preening for the cameras and marking their time.  Hey, nothing's perfect.
Fortunately, real Americans recognize that this day is dedicated to true heroes of our nation.  Fans, bubbling with pride, watch them, nattily attired in their crisp traditional uniforms, march in unison – a precision unmatched except by their respective football teams.  If the weather holds, the crowd may be entertained and amazed by paratroopers jumping from helicopters and landing with pinpoint accuracy at the fifty-yard line.  Cadet discipline is observed on the football field as well, with the offenses and defenses of both teams run their respective plays with precision.
Americans will celebrate the men and women who have chosen a selfless path of contributing to our society by serving for the sake of our nation's defense.  On what will most likely be a cold, damp, gray wintry day out of Robert Frost, these future warriors will wage combat on a gridiron instead of a battlefield for sixty intense minutes (and maybe more) in front of an SRO crowd lucky to have a ticket.  Millions more like me will seek refuge in our cozy dens or man caves to view the game parked in a favorite easy chair with a buffet of food.  Either way, fans will be engaged for three-plus hours, awed by the athleticism and inspired by the efforts of our nation's youth.
This slice of our American culture is comforting.  That these young men and women are determined to protect our freedoms and country against the evil entities in a violent, chaotic, mercurial world.
More from last year
Thanks to Carl….Now you can get ready for the original Big Game
Army-Navy game history has unique firsts, has endured through tragedy
December 5, 2017
Thanks to Dutch and Lurch
Red McDankel: The Prisoner of War | Magazine | Campbell University
From: Robert Miles 
This was a four plane flight that Red was flying number two and I was the section leader in number three...
From a good friend, Jim Gosler.  Important to pass on.  Jim Bob


Thanks to Dutch R.
Thanks to Shadow - this email prompted Shadow's response below - 
Dear Sir sssss,
Not knowing if you are the right person, but if you are the one we are searching for we would really appreciate it  if you could maybe help us.                                                                                                                   We are Aymée Spijkerman, Demi van der Gronde and Jodie Vermeer. We are in our final year of HAVO at the van der Capellen SG in Zwolle, Netherlands. We have to make a pws, it's our final piece. We chose the Bermuda Triangle as our topic because it is all mystery and we thought it would be fun to investigate. We watched "Drain the Bermuda Triangle" by National Geographic, and your name was one of the names popping up, so we googled your name and that's why we send this email.
Our main question is "What is the most logical explaination for the mysterious things happening in the Bermuda Triangle, according to us?".                                                                                                                             Our teacher already helped us out a little by formulating chapters with us, and by that we have sorted out four possible theories we are going to probe.
We would like to ask you if you could maybe give us more information on one or more theories that could be useful for our research.
Thank you in advance
Aymée Spijkerman
Demi van der Gronde
Jodie Vermeer
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Dear Friends,

My reply is simply... geography.

My background is as follows:

I am 74 years old. As a child I was what we called; "A Navy Brat". A less than complimentary description for those of us who grew up with fathers in the Navy. My dad was a WW II veteran (Pacific Theater) and after the war became a member of the Navy's famous "Hurricane Hunters". This was the squadron tasked to track hurricanes in the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico and Western Atlantic Ocean. The very area often referred to as The Bermuda Triangle.

My first clear memories involved the squadron, the mission and the men who flew them. When you grow up as a child in that environment, you couldn't help but learn things that the average person would not know. I was exposed to Aviators, Scientists, Meteorologists and Engineers. Practical, grounded and highly educated individuals.

Generally, educated men with common sense. The squadron started in Miami, moved to Jacksonville and then to the Naval Air Station at Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico. Toward the end, it returned to Jacksonville. From the time I was four years old until I was a junior in high school (with the exception of two years), my dad was in the squadron and we lived on the Naval Air Stations where the squadron was based. From the time I was five or six years old... I have been hearing about the infamous "Bermuda Triangle".

Newspaper articles, magazine articles, radio an TV shows, etc. I was exposed to the sensational hyperbole of the media; but I was also exposed to the rational thoughts of men of science in that special group of men. These were men who flew in the supposed "Triangle" virtually on a daily basis. I remember my dad's navigator conversing with other pilots and crewman in the squadron, about how ridiculous all of these "theories" about the "Triangle" were... when there was a simple, common sense, explanation.

The area that defines the Triangle is one of the most intense and heavily trafficked areas in the world for maritime and aviation traffic. Both professional and recreational sailors and Aviators. And it is also the site of some of the most intense weather in the world; with tropical storms, hurricanes and other phenomena. I might point out that most of the mysterious stories about the Triangle occurred long before modern navigation aides and GPS technology. Going back to the time the "New World" was discovered by Europeans... the legends of the Triangle's mystery began. The Caribbean became the graveyard of an incredible number of Spanish, Portuguese and English sailing vessels. All because of the various reasons I have cited. There was no weather or storm forecasting... there was no modern navigation systems. It was not until the late1960's that any type of reliable navigation and forecasting systems came along (RNAV, TACAN, LORAN and finally GPS and satellite). Each new system was a quantum leap over the previous. And with each new system... the number of mysterious disappearances dropped dramatically. To my knowledge, there hasn't been an unexplained disappearance in over 40 decades. Virtually all disappearances can be attributed to weather, inexperience or other known causes... mechanical failure, taking on water or instrument failure. Even just four years ago we had a ship from Jacksonville that sailed into a hurricane and sank. No mystery, it was tracked right up until the time it sank. The Master made a wrong choice in deciding which direction to take to get around the hurricane. Tragic decision. It all honesty, it was the result of the most common cause for most of the disappearances of vessels and aircraft in the Bermuda Triangle. Human judgement error!

Even the famous "Flight 19" disappearance during WW II has a simple explanation. They were navigating by what we call "Dead Reckoning"... without the use of navigation aids of the era. A hazy day where the horizon was hardly visible, over water with no visible landmarks... they got lost, plain and simple. BTW, there was a complete and comprehensive post accident investigation by the U.S. Navy that came to the same conclusion.

In conclusion, I'd like to think I'm a logical, reasonably educated and experienced Aviator. I was a Marine F-4 Phantom Pilot. I've landed and taken off from aircraft carriers and flown all over the world. I don't believe in witches, ghosts, UFO's and the supernatural. I do believe in science.

Finally, I would hope you would understand... it is human nature for people to be susceptible to folklore and grand conspiracies or old wives and sailors tales, than a simple, logical explanation. Besides, it makes for more entertaining books and TV shows!

All the Best, Roy Stafford


As a coincidence, it just so happens I have an article in the current issue of "Flight Journal", an aviation magazine here in the states about a UFO incident. I think you'd get a kick out of it.

Thanks to Carl
Army Ranger Dog who Died in Afghanistan Saved Soldiers' Lives
Along with Sgt. Leandro A.S. Jasso, multi-purpose canine Maiko was killed in action on Nov. 24, 2018 in Afghanistan. (Courtesy Photo)
4 Dec 2018
Stars and Stripes | By  Phillip Walter Wellman
KABUL, Afghanistan -- A U.S. military working dog was killed during a recent clash in Afghanistan in which an American soldier also died, military officials confirmed Tuesday after the dog's unofficial biography began circulating on social media.
The dog, named Maiko, and Sgt. Leandro A.S. Jasso -- who was assigned to the 75th Ranger Regiment's 2nd Battalion and whose death was previously reported -- were fatally wounded during a raid against al-Qaida militants in southern Nimruz province on Nov. 24, military officials said.
The 7-year-old dog was leading Rangers into a compound when at least one militant fired at him, revealing the militant's position, which the Rangers then targeted, according to a biography of the dog.
"The actions of Maiko directly saved the life of his handler ... and other Rangers involved during the clearance," the biography said.
A spokesman for the 75th Ranger Regiment at Fort Benning, Ga., said they were still trying to determine who released the unauthorized biography for the multi-purpose canine, but said it was accurate.
The biography and what purported to be a photo of the Dutch-born dog were first published by the popular Facebook page U.S. Army WTF Moments. A representative of the site declined to say how they had gotten the materials.
Jasso, who was not Maiko's handler, died from injuries sustained during the same operation. Preliminary reports indicated his death was caused by Afghan forces who accidently shot him during a close-quarter firefight against "one of multiple barricaded al-Qaida shooters," the military said in a statement last week.
Like many of his human counterparts, Maiko had served multiple tours in Afghanistan -- six in total -- and conducted over 50 Ranger-led raids, the biography said. He had the most training and combat experience of any dog with the battalion at the time of his death.
"Rest assured, Maiko never backed down from a fight with the enemy, training or combat," the biography said. "He embodied what it means to be a Ranger."
Hundreds of dogs have been used to support troops in Afghanistan since the U.S. arrived in 2001 to oust the Taliban from power. They are trained for a variety of tasks, including detecting explosives and apprehending combatants. About 1,600 dogs are either in the field or helping veterans, the military has said.
While many dogs are trained for a specific task, multi-purpose canines like Maiko are highly skilled and must undergo a rigorous selection process, like the Rangers they assist. Maiko had been trained in patrolling, tracking, bomb detection and apprehension functions and had used these skills on several occasions, including clearing buildings.
Maiko, who had worked with five Ranger handlers over his career, was remembered for his "rock solid consistency" and forgiving nature.
"There was not a day that passed where he was not 100 percent committed to giving everything he had, regardless of how hot it was, how long the (operation) was, or how many buildings needed to be cleared," the biography said.
The document described the loss as devastating but said the results of Maiko's willingness to operate without regard for his own well-being were tangible.
"It is an empty kennel, husbands coming home to their wives, kids getting to see their fathers once more, and Rangers getting to live to fight another day," it said.
Thanks to Clyde
Forest Arden was the chief flight mechanic of a B-29 stationed
at Tinian Island. His aircraft was parked nearby to the Enola Gay
and he watched the loading procedure of the first Atomic Bomb.
He said that security was strictly enforced and no one was
allowed to approach to within 100 yards! Few had any inkling
of what was about to occur. Everyone was astounded at the sudden
end of World War II.
This is an unbelievable set of photos - the REAL thing - pix from
Tinian Island as the B-29 "Enola Gay" was being loaded. Notice
the "Top Secret" stamp on some of the photos. In the last few
Pix notice the CRUDE sheet metal work on the casing and fins
of "Little Boy" - the bomb that was dropped on Hiroshima. 
  Item Number:2 Date: 12/06/2018 IRAN - POLICE TARGETED IN SUICIDE CAR BOMBING IN CHABAHAR (DEC 06/PRESSTV)  PRESS TV -- At least two police officers have been killed in an explosion in the port city of Chabahar in southeastern Iran, reports Iran's state-run Press TV.   On Thursday, terrorists attacked a police headquarters with an explosives-filled vehicle, said local officials.   The driver tried to enter the site, but security forces stopped him, said the governor of Sistan and Baluchestan province.   The attacker then detonated the explosives, killing himself and two officers and injuring another 40 people, according to health officials.   The Ansar al-Furqan terrorist group claimed responsibility for the attack
Item Number:3 Date: 12/06/2018 ITALY - MULTINATIONAL POLICE OPERATION TARGETS 'NDRANGHETA MAFIA (DEC 06/AFP)  AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE -- At least 90 suspected members and associates of the Italian 'Ndrangheta criminal group have been arrested in a multinational operation, reports Agence France-Presse.   Operation Pollino, in the works since 2016, involved hundreds of police officers conducting raids in Belgium, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Suriname, reported the BBC.   At least two arrests were also carried out in Luxembourg, according to Reuters.   Authorities recovered 4.4 tons of cocaine, 264 pounds (120 kg) of ecstasy and 2 million euros (US$2.3 million) in cash from locations such as Italian restaurants and ice cream shops.   The investigation began after Dutch investigators noticed financial irregularities at two Italian restaurants. Further investigation revealed smuggling networks that brought cocaine, the group's main source of funds, into Rotterdam and Antwerp.   The 'Ndrangheta mafia is based in Calabria in southern Italy. It is believed to control up to 80 percent of Europe's cocaine trade and have some 6,000 members
Item Number:5 Date: 12/06/2018 MOZAMBIQUE - SECURITY FORCES COMMIT ABUSES IN BATTLE AGAINST ISLAMISTS IN NORTH, SAYS WATCHDOG (DEC 06/EA)  EAST AFRICAN -- Human Rights Watch (HRW), a New York-based watchdog group, has accused Mozambican security forces of human-rights abuses against suspected Islamist militants, reports the East African (Kenya).   An Islamist extremist group has been conducting attacks in the resource-rich Cabo Delgado province in northern Mozambique since October 2017. The group, originally known as Ahlu Sunnah Wa-Jama, is commonly referred to as Al-Shabaab, although it has no known links to the Somali terrorist group of the same name, noted Agence France-Presse.   There have been more than 60 attacks in six districts since, forcing thousands of people to flee their homes.   Since August 2018, security forces have arbitrarily detained, abused and summarily executed dozens of people suspected of belonging to the militant group, said an HRW report on Tuesday.   The watchdog said it interviewed 12 victims and witnesses of abuse, along with security personnel and journalists, last month about the security forces' activities.   Mozambican forces are said to have arbitrarily detained suspected insurgents for weeks, used torture to force confessions and executed dozens of unarmed people.   Security forces often arrive several hours after an attack and then arrest young men and others who refuse to cooperate with them, said HRW.   The security forces deny the allegations.  
  Item Number:6 Date: 12/06/2018 NORTH KOREA - PYONGYANG CONTINUES TO MODERNIZE MISSILE SITES, IMAGERY SHOWS (DEC 06/CNN)  CABLE NEWS NETWORK -- North Korea continues to upgrade a suspected nuclear missile site near the Chinese border, reports CNN.   Satellite imagery reviewed by analysts at the Middlebury Institute of International Studies in California shows construction and upgrades to the Yeongjeo-dong missile base as well as construction on a new installation at a previously unknown site. It is not clear if the two facilities are separate or if one is subordinate to the other, said experts.   Imagery from 2017 suggested that North Korea was working on a large underground facility. Work was continuing as of August 2018.   South Korean officials confirmed that the new Yeongjeo-ri site was a missile base and that South Korean and U.S. officials had been monitoring it.   Situated deep in the northern mountains, the sites are well-placed to accommodate North Korea's latest long-range missiles, including those capable of striking the United States, said the analysts.  
Item Number:8 Date: 12/06/2018 RUSSIA - DEFENSE MINISTRY TOUTS NEW COMBAT LASER SYSTEM (DEC 06/TASS)  TASS -- The Russian military says it has started to field an indigenous combat laser system, reports the Tass news agency (Russia).   The Peresvet laser system entered into combat service on Dec. 1, the Russian Defense Ministry's Krasnaya Zvezda newspaper reported on Wednesday.   The Russian Defense Ministry posted video of the laser system on Wednesday, reported the Daily Mail (U.K.). Few details of the system have been revealed.   Delivery of Peresvet systems began in 2017 and military personnel have been training on its operation, the newspaper said.   In March, President Vladimir Putin revealed the system, which is named after Alexander Peresvet, a medieval Russian warrior monk.   The system is designed to destroy targets within fractions of a second, according to Deputy Defense Minister Yuri Borisov
  Item Number:10 Date: 12/06/2018 USA - 5 MARINES MISSING AFTER COLLISION DURING AERIAL REFUELING DRILL (DEC 06/JT)  JAPAN TIMES -- Five Marines from the III Marine Expeditionary Force are missing following a mid-air collision off the southeastern coast of Japan, reports the Japan Times.   Early Thursday morning, a KC-130J tanker and a two-seat F/A-18D fighter jet were conducting a routine aerial refueling exercise about 60 miles (100 km) off of Cape Muroto, according to the Japanese Defense Ministry.   The Japanese Maritime Self Defense Force rescued one Marine later in the morning and another later in the day, the ministry said. One of those rescued was an F/A-18D crewmember.   The KC-130J had five personnel onboard at the time.   The U.S. 7th Fleet, a Navy P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol aircraft, the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force and the Japanese coast guard were taking part in search-and-rescue efforts 200 miles (320 km) off the Japanese coast, according to the Marine Corps.   The cause of the mishap is under investigation. Weather and visibility may have played a role, said the service
Item Number:12 Date: 12/06/2018 USA - DESTROYER CHALLENGES RUSSIAN MARITIME CLAIMS IN SEA OF JAPAN (DEC 06/WSJ)  WALL STREET JOURNAL -- The U.S. Navy has sailed a warship through the Sea of Japan in a challenge to "excessive" Russian maritime claims, reports the Wall Street Journal.   On Wednesday, USS McCampbell sailed through Peter the Great Bay in a freedom-of-navigation operation, said the U.S. Pacific Fleet Command.   The operation was designed to "challenge Russia's excessive maritime claims" and uphold freedom of navigation in the area, said a fleet spokeswoman. Moscow claims areas far beyond the 12 miles (19 km) from the Russian coastline guaranteed under international law, noted CNN.   The U.S. Navy conducts such operations around the world. This is the first targeting Russia in the region since 1987, said officials.   In 1984, the Soviet Union revised the maritime boundaries in the area, claiming waters recognized by other countries as international waters. The move was intended to keep military surveillance away from the Russian Pacific Fleet headquarters in Vladivostok, according to experts.   The operation comes amid tensions between Washington and Moscow over numerous issues, including Russia's seizure of three Ukrainian naval vessels in the Black Sea last month
  Item Number:13 Date: 12/06/2018 USA - INVESTIGATION FINDS SYSTEMIC FAILURES LED TO DEADLY AERIAL TANKER CRASH (DEC 06/MILTIMES)  MILITARY TIMES -- Investigators say a Marine Corps KC-130T aerial tanker crashed in July 2017 due to a deteriorating propeller blade, reports the Military Times.   The corroded blade began to pit and then crack, ultimately coming loose over Mississippi on a routine transport mission, flying into the plane's body and setting off a series of events that brought the aircraft down, killing 15 Marines and a sailor, according to a Marine Corps investigation obtained by the newspaper.   The propeller blade was delivered to Warner Robins Air Logistics Complex in Georgia in 2011 and was returned without being repaired, says the report. The investigation attributed the failure to neglect and systemic failures at the Air Force installation, which is responsible for maintaining C-130 blades for the Navy.   In one case, a protective coating was applied on top of the pitting without first repairing the corrosion, effectively sealing it in, investigators found.   To prevent similar mishaps in the future, the commander of Warner Robins Air Logistics Complex said that an independent review panel composed of elements from the Navy, Marine Corps the Air Force and industry would look at the blade overhaul process, reported Defense News.   The Navy also failed to monitor repairs done by the Air Force, said investigators.   At least 12 of the plane's 16 propeller blades suffered from corrosion that was present the last time the blades went through maintenance at Warner Robins.   Faulty and deficient blades were sent out to the military for years, investigators found.   The Air Force halted blade maintenance operations in September 2017. As a preventative measure, Navy and Marine C-130s were grounded until they received new blades
  Item Number:16 Date: 12/06/2018 USA - RUSSIA MUST COMPLY WITH INF TREATY WITHIN 60 DAYS OR U.S. WILL WITHDRAW, SAYS POMPEO (DEC 06/CNBC)  CNBC -- Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says that the U.S. is prepared to withdraw from an international nuclear treaty in response to Russian noncompliance with the agreement, reports CNBC.   The U.S. will withdraw from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty if Russia does not come into compliance within 60 days, Pompeo said on Tuesday at a NATO foreign ministers meeting in Brussels.   Russia has developed "multiple battalions of the SSC-8 missiles," which directly violates the treaty and threatens the security of Europe, said the secretary.   The NATO foreign ministers issued a joint statement saying that the Russian violation "erodes the foundations of effective arms control and undermines allied security." The ministers urged Russia to return "to full and verifiable compliance."   The announcement has received a range of responses.   After a decade of violations and previous warnings from the U.S., the announcement is justified, said analysts at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C.   Others argue that all options to salvage the treaty have not been explored, calling for further diplomatic efforts.   The collapse of the INF treaty could lead to a new arms race and the redeployment of nuclear-armed missiles to Europe, noted the Guardian (U.K.).   The INF treaty, which was signed in 1987, prohibits the development and deployment of mid-range nuclear-tipped missiles. The agreement required both Russia and the U.S. to dismantle more than 2,500 missiles with ranges of 310 miles to 3,420 miles (500 km to 5,500 km).


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