Saturday, January 12, 2019

TheList 4901

The List 4901 TGB
To All,
I hope that you all have a great weekend.
. This Day In Naval History
Jan. 11
1820—The schooner Lynx, commanded by Lt. J. R. Madison, departs St. Mary's, GA, bound for Kingston, Jamaica, to continue its service suppressing pirates. The ship is never heard from again and no trace of it or its 50 man crew is ever found.
1863—Iron side-wheel gunboat Hatteras gets duped by Confederate cruiser Alabama, masquerading as a British warship, and is sunk off the Galveston, TX, coast.
1900—During the Philippine Insurrection, the gunboat Princeton, commanded by H. Knox, takes possession of the Bataan Island group in the Philippines.
1905—The gunboat Petrel (PG 2) becomes the first U.S. Navy ship to enter Pearl Harbor, then Territory of Hawaii, by way of a newly-dredged channel.
1944—Torpedo bombing aircraft from USS Block Island (CVE 21) make first aircraft rocket attack on U-758.
Jan. 12
1813—During the War of 1812, the frigate Chesapeake, commanded by Capt. Samuel Evans, captures the British merchant Volunteer in the Atlantic and sends her into Portsmouth, VA, as a prize.
1943—USS Guardfish (SS 217) sinks Japanese Patrol Boat No.1 about 10 miles southwest of the Tingwon Islands, located just southwest of the northern tip of New Hanover, Bismarck Archipelago.
1944—PB4Ys bomb Japanese ships in Kwajalein lagoon and sink the gunboat Ikuta Maru, while PBY-5s from Tarawa mine Tokowa and Torappu Channels and the south entrance to Maleolap.
1945—Task Force 38, commanded by Vice Adm. John S. McCain, continues to bomb Japanese shipping, airfields and installations in French Indochina while also attacking three Japanese convoys, sinking approximately 30 Japanese vessels with numerous other vessels damaged.
1953—Aircraft begin operational landing tests, day and night, onboard USS Antietam (CVA 36), the first angled flight deck carrier.
1991—Guided missile cruiser USS Chosin (CG 65) is commissioned.
Jan. 13
1865—With 8,000 Union soldiers, Rear Adm. David Porter provides 59 warships and 2,000 Sailors and Marines to take Confederate Fort Fisher, NC, after a 2-day assault.
1943—PBY-5A aircraft from (VP-83) sink U-507 off Brazil, which had sunk 19 and damaged one Allied merchant vessels, including seven American ships.
1945—Destroyer escort Fleming (DE 32) sinks a Japanese submarine 320 miles north-northeast of Truk.
1964—Destroyer Manley (DD 940) evacuates 54 Americans and 36 allied nationals after the Zanzibar government is overthrown. 
Thanks to CHINFO
Executive Summary:
Today's top national headlines include President Trump visiting the southern U.S. border, the ongoing government shutdown, and the likelihood that the president will declare a national emergency to bypass Congressional approval to fund a border wall. Stars and Stripes reported on USS Stennis' efforts to combat ISIS in the Persian Gulf. "We are given missions to do and we fulfill those missions whether it's delivering ordnance where the ground commander may need it or providing overwatch for folks on the ground," said Rear Adm. Mike Wettlaufer. Speaking at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, MCPON Russell L. Smith noted the importance of recruits who are comfortable with high technology reports Seapower Magazine. "The Navy is a STEM service," said Smith. "We have to be qualified, astute technicians."
Today in History January 11
49 BC

Julius Caesar leads his army across the Rubicon River, plunging Rome into civil war.

Francis Scott Key, author of "The Star-Spangled Banner," dies in Baltimore.

Alabama secedes from the Union.

Lincoln accepts Simon Cameron's resignation as Secretary of War.

At Fort Smith, Arkansas, hangman George Maledon dispatches four victims in a multiple hanging.

British troops massacre 1,000 dervishes in Somaliland.

Russian General Yudenich launches a WWI winter offensive and advances west.

The French enter the town of Essen in the Ruhr valley, to extract Germany's resources as war payment.

The German police raid the homes of dissident clergy in Berlin.

Adolf Hitler orders forces to be prepared to enter North Africa to assist the Italian effort, marking the establishment of the Afrika Korps.

Benjamin O. Davis, Sr., becomes the U.S. Army's first black general, his son would later become a general as well.

Japan invades the Dutch East Indies at Borneo.

The Soviet Red Army encircles Stalingrad.

President Harry S. Truman proposes free, two-year community colleges for all who want an education.

Negotiations in China between the Nationalists and Communists open as Tientsin is virtually lost to the Communists.

A collection of previously unexhibited paintings by Pablo Picasso are displayed for the first time in Toronto.

Honda announces it will build the first Japanese-owned passenger-car assembly plant in the United States--in Ohio.

The Irish Government announces an end to a 15-year ban on broadcasting by the IRA and its political branch, Sinn Fein.

Illinois Gov. George Ryan commutes the death sentences of 167 prisoners on the state's death row in the wake of allegations that Chicago police detective and commander Jon Burge tortured confessions from some 200 suspects over a 19 year period.
Thanks to Kit
WW2 P-47s
If you haven't seen this on the History Channel, you can see it here.  I was going to watch the first few minutes and ended up watching all 45 minutes of it.  Excellent.

If you want to read a great book about these incredible pilots then pick up
a book that I have mentioned many times and loaned out to friends called Hell Hawks by Robert F. Dorr and Thomas D. Jones
It is the story of the P-47 Pilots in the 365th Fighter group that started just before D-Day on June 6, 1944 and flew the close air support of the ground forces for the army all across France and Germany to Berlin. It is a fantastic read. The description of the missions by the pilots themselves is awe inspiring. They lost 69 pilots in 1,241 combat missions from 6 June 44 to 8 May 45
For all of us .......
DEADBUG! A Tribute to Military Aviators
by unknown author
(In Victory, you deserve champagne. In Defeat, you need it!)
As we get older and we experience the loss of old friends, we begin to realize that maybe we bullet-proof pilots won't live forever. We aren't so bullet-proof anymore.  We ponder...if I we're gone tomorrow, "Did I say what I wanted to my Brothers?" The answer is "No!" Hence, the following random thoughts:  
When people ask me if I miss flying, I always say something like, "Yes, I miss the flying because when you are flying, you are totally focused on the task at hand. It's like nothing else you will ever do (almost)." But then I always say, "However, I miss the squadron and the guys even more than I miss the flying."  
Why, you might ask? They were a bunch of aggressive, wise ass, cocky, insulting, sarcastic bastards in smelly flight suits who thought a funny thing to do was to fart and see if they could clear a room. They drank too much, they chased women, they flew when they shouldn't, they laughed too loud and thought they owned the sky, the bar, and generally thought they could do everything better than the next guy. Nothing was funnier than trying to screw with a buddy and see how pissed off they would get.  (Guilty as charged, with an explanation your honor.) They flew planes that leaked, that smoked, that broke, that couldn't turn, that burned fuel too fast, that never had working autopilots or radars, and with systems that were archaic next to today's new generation aircraft.  
But a little closer look might show that every guy in the room was sneaky smart and damn competent and brutally handsome in their own way! They hated to lose or fail to accomplish the mission and seldom did. They were the laziest guys on the planet until challenged and then they would do anything to win. They would fly with wing tips overlapped at night through the worst weather with only a little 'Form' light to hold on to, knowing their flight lead would get them on the ground safely. They would fight in the air knowing the greatest risk and fear was that another fighter would arrive at the same six o' clock at the same time they did. They would fly in harm's way and act nonchalant as if to challenge the grim reaper.  
When we flew to another base we proclaimed that we were the best squadron on the base as soon as we landed. Often we were not invited back. When we went into an O' Club, we owned the bar. We were lucky to be the Best of the Best in the military. We knew it and so did others. We found jobs, lost jobs, got married, got divorced, moved, went broke, got rich, broke some things,  and knew the only thing you could count -- really count on -- was if you needed help, a fellow pilot would have your back.  
I miss the call signs, nicknames and the stories behind them. I miss getting lit up in an O' Club full of my buddies and watching the incredible, unbelievable things that were happening. I miss the crew chiefs saluting as you taxied out of the flight line. I miss lighting the afterburners, if you had them, especially at night. I miss going straight up and straight down. I miss the cross countries. I miss the dice games at the bar for drinks. I miss listening to BS stories while drinking and laughing until my eyes watered. I miss three man lifts. I miss naps in the Squadron with a room full of pilots working up new tricks to torment the sleeper. I miss flying upside down in the Grand Canyon and hearing about flying so low that boats were blown over. I miss coming into the break hot and looking over and seeing three wingmen tucked in tight ready to make the troops on the ground proud. I miss belches that could be heard in neighboring states. I miss putting on ad hoc Air Shows that might be over someone's home or farm in faraway towns.  
Finally, I miss hearing DEAD BUG! called out at the bar and seeing and hearing a room full of men hit the deck with drinks spilling and chairs being knocked over as they rolled in the beer and kicked their legs in the air—followed closely by a Not Politically Correct Tap Dancing and Singing spectacle that couldn't help but make you grin and order another round.  
I am a lucky guy and have lived a great life! One thing I know is that I was part of a special, really talented bunch of guys doing something dangerous and doing it better than most. Flying the most beautiful, ugly, noisy, solid aircraft ever built. Supported by ground troops committed to making sure we came home! Being prepared to fly and fight and die for America.  Having a clear mission.  Having fun.
We box out bad memories from various operations most of the time but never the hallowed memories of our fallen comrades. We are often amazed at how good war stories never let truth interfere and how they get better with age. We are lucky bastards to be able to walk into a Squadron or a bar and have men we respect and love shout our names, our call signs, and know that this is truly where we belong. We are Pilots. We are Few and we are Proud.
I am Privileged and Proud to call you Brothers
Push it Up & Check SIX!
Thanks to Clint
"Gentlemen, it is better to have died a small boy than to fumble the football".....
- John Heisman
"I make my practices real hard because if a player is a quitter, I want him to quit in practice, not in a game."
– Bear Bryant / Alabama
"  It isn't necessary to see a good tackle, you can hear it!"
- Knute Rockne / Notre Dame
"At Georgia Southern, we don't cheat. That costs money, and we don't have any."
– Erik Russell / Georgia Southern
"The man who complains about the way the ball bounces is likely to be the one who dropped it."
-  Lou Holtz / Arkansas - Notre Dame
"When you win, nothing hurts."
-  Joe Namath / Alabama
"A school without football is in danger of deteriorating into a medieval study hall."
-  Frank Leahy / Notre Dame
"There's nothing that cleanses your soul like getting the hell kicked out of you."
-  Woody Hayes / Ohio State
"I don't expect to win enough games to be put on NCAA probation. I just want to win enough to warrant an investigation."
-  Bob Devaney / Nebraska
"In Alabama, an atheist is someone who doesn't believe in Bear Bryant."
-  Wally Butts / Georgia
"I never graduated from Iowa. I was only there for two terms - Truman's and Eisenhower's."
–  Alex Karras / Iowa
"My advice to defensive players is to take the shortest route to the ball, and arrive in a bad humor."
-  Bowden Wyatt / Tennessee
"I could have been a Rhodes Scholar except for my grades."
- Duffy Daugherty / Michigan State
"Always remember Goliath was a 40-point favorite over David."
- Shug Jordan / Auburn
"I asked Darrell Royal, the coach of the Texas Longhorns, why he didn't recruit me ."
He said,  "Well, Walt, we took a look at you, and you weren't any good."
-    Walt Garrison / Oklahoma State
"Son, you've got a good engine, but your hands aren't on the steering wheel."
-  Bobby Bowden / Florida State
"Football is NOT a contact sport, it is a collision sport.
DANCING is a contact sport."
Duffy Daugherty / Michigan State
After USC lost 51-0 to Notre Dame, his post-game message to his team was;
"All those who need showers, take them."
-  John McKay / USC
"  If lessons are learned in defeat, our team is getting a great education."
-  Murray Warmath / Minnesota
"The only qualifications for a lineman are to be big and dumb. To be a back, you only have to be dumb."
-  Knute Rockne / Notre Dame
"We live one day at a time and scratch where it itches"
-  Darrell Royal / Texas
"We didn't tackle well today, but we made up for it by not blocking."
-  John McKay / USC
"I've found that prayers work best when you have big players."
-  Knute Rockne / Notre Dame
Ohio State's Urban Meyer on one of his players:
"He doesn't know the meaning of the word fear.
In fact, I just saw his grades and he doesn't know the meaning of a lot of words."
Why do Auburn fans wear orange?
So they can dress that way for the game on Saturday, go hunting on Sunday, and pick up trash on Monday.
What does the average Alabama player get on his SATs?
How many Michigan State freshmen football players does it take to change a light bulb?
None. That's a sophomore course.
How did the Auburn football player die from drinking milk?
The cow fell on him.
Two Texas A&M football players were walking in the woods.
One of them said,  " Look, a dead bird."
The other looked up in the sky and said, "Where?"
What do you say to a Florida State University football player dressed in a three-piece suit?
"Will the defendant please rise."
If three Rutgers football players are in the same car, who is driving?
The police officer.
How can you tell if a Clemson football player has a girlfriend?
There's tobacco juice on both sides of the pickup truck.
What do you get when you put 32 Arkansas cheerleaders in one room?
A full set of teeth
University of Michigan Coach Jim Harbaugh is only going to dress half of his players for the game this week  .
The other half will have to dress themselves.
How is the Kansas football team like an opossum?
They play dead at home and get killed on the road
How do you get a former University of Miami football player off your porch?
Pay him for the pizza.
Some tidbits from the world at large
Croatia—U.S. Objections Torpedo Purchase Of Israeli F-16s  Jerusalem Post | 01/11/2019 The Israeli Defense Ministry has announced that it will not be able to complete a planned sale of 12 F-16 fighter jets to Croatia, reports the Jerusalem Post.  Israel was unable to get Washington's permission to transfer the U.S.-made fighters, which were modified with Israeli equipment, Croatian Defense Minister Damir Krsticevic said on Thursday, as reported by Reuters.  In March 2018, Croatia agreed to purchase 12 F-16C/D Barak fighter jets equipped with Israeli-made electronics systems at a cost of about US$500 million. Washington opposed the sale, citing concerns over the transfer of Israeli technology in the U.S. jets. The U.S. insisted that the fighters be returned to the condition in which they were sold to Israel before being transferred to Croatia. The advanced Israeli systems were the primary factor in Croatia's decision to buy the Israeli jets, instead of U.S. aircraft, reported the Times of Israel.  Parliament Speaker Gordon Jandrokovic said previously that a new tender would be issued if Israel was unable to deliver the aircraft.   
USA—Pompeo Announces International Summit To Promote Stability, Counter Iranian Influence In Middle East  Fox News | 01/11/2019 Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says the U.S. will hold an international summit next month focused on Iran's destabilizing activities in the Middle East, reports Fox News.  The summit, scheduled for Feb. 13-14 in Poland, will bring together dozens of countries from around the world to promote stability and curb Iran's negative influence, Pompeo said on Friday.  Pompeo also suggested that Syrian President Bashar Assad might have a role to play in Syria's future, reversing previous statements from the administration.  The announcement comes on the heels of a fiery speech in Cairo in which Pompeo criticized Iranian influence in the region.  The secretary is currently on an eight-day trip across the Middle East that is focused on maintaining support for anti-ISIS and anti-Iran efforts across the region.  
Afghanistan—Top Taliban, ISIS Leaders Killed In Coalition Airstrikes  Khaama Press | 01/11/2019 Senior ISIS and Taliban members have been killed in separate coalition airstrikes in northern Afghanistan, reports the Khaama Press. On Thursday, ISIS-Khorosan commander Khetab Emir was killed in an airstrike in the eastern Nangarhar province, said military sources.  Emir supplied explosives and logistical support for attacks on civilians, said the sources.  Abdul Karim, an ISIS-K shadow governor for Kunar province, was killed in another air attack. Taliban intelligence chief Qari Sebghatullah was killed in a coalition airstrike in the northern Fayrab province. Sebghatullah is believed to have planned attacks on Afghan soldiers and civilians, said military sources.  At least nine other Taliban militants were killed in separate operations in the southern Uruzgan and Helmand provinces.   
China—Newly Acquired S-400 Air Defense Systems Successfully Conclude Trials  Tass | 01/11/2019 The Chinese military has finished testing its new S-400 air defense systems procured from Russia, reports Russia's Tass news agency.  The second and final test-firing of the system occurred in late December, a diplomatic source said on Thursday.  During the test, the system launched a long-range 48N6E missile and hit a target at a range of 155 miles (250 km).  Another trial was held earlier in the month against a simulated ballistic target.  China is the first international customer of the Russian-made advanced air defense system and has ordered two regimental sets. Beijing received its first S-400 regiment in May 2018.    
USA—Troops Begin Pullout, Says Pentagon  New York Times | 01/11/2019 The U.S. military has started the process of withdrawing its forces from Syria, reports the New York Times. The "process of our deliberate withdrawal from Syria," has begun, the spokesman for the U.S.-led Operation Inherent Resolve said on Friday.  Specific times and locations would not be revealed to maintain operational security, he said.  Ten armored vehicles were seen leaving a U.S. base in Rmelan, in the northwestern Hasaka province, reported the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a U.K.-based watchdog group.  The pullout is expected to begin with the removal of equipment from the country, reported CNN. Troops are expected to remain for a longer period.  The move follows conflicting statements from the White House. Several advisers, including National Security Adviser John Bolton, have sought to walk back Trump's December announcement that he wanted to bring U.S. forces home from Syria within 30 days.    
United Kingdom—F-35s Ready For Action, Says Defense Secretary  U.K. Ministry Of Defense | 01/11/2019 The U.K. Ministry of Defense has declared initial operating capability with nine F-35B fighters now ready to deploy. On Thursday, Defense Minister Gavin Williamson announced the milestone during a visit to RAF Marham in Norfolk, said a ministry release. Pilots and ground crew will continue training to operate and maintain the jets at the air base's new state-of-the-art training center, which formally opened earlier that day, the release said. The center features four full-mission simulators, classrooms and physical aircraft mock-ups. Williamson also announced that the air force's fleet of Eurofighter Typhoon fighters had been upgraded with an advanced weapons suite, including the Storm Shadow deep strike cruise missile, Meteor air-to-air missile and the Brimstone precision attack missile. The US$542 million (425 million pound) project provides the jets with increased capabilities to intercept airborne missile and ground-based targets, enabling the Typhoon to replace the Tornado strike jet, which is nearing retirement, the ministry said.  
Thailand—Security Guards Killed In Attack On School In Pattani Province  Khaosod English | 01/11/2019 Four security guards have been killed in an attack in restive southern Thailand, reports Khaosod English (Thailand). On Thursday, gunmen disguised in army uniforms opened fire on members of the Volunteer Defense Corps at a school in Pattani province, said police. No teachers or students were injured in the attack, according to witnesses. The gunmen seized the guard's rifles and laid road spikes before fleeing the scene, the police said, as cited by the Bangkok Post. One of the suspects was detained later in the day after a firefight, said Pattani City police officials. This was the third attack in the region this week. A 12-year-old girl and a soldier were injured when a bomb detonated near a school in Pattani on Tuesday. Also on Tuesday, a teacher in Songkhla province was murdered and his truck stolen and used in a bombing that injured six police officers. Pattani is one of three southern provinces that has seen a increase in insurgent violence in recent years. More than 7,000 people have been killed since 2004.  
Central African Republic—1,300 Troops Trained By Russia In Berengo  Sputnik | 01/11/2019 Central African Republic Defense Minister Marie-Noelle Koyara says that about 1,300 soldiers have received training from Russian personnel, reports the Sputnik news agency (Russia). Russian instructors trained troops to handle weapons and in combat techniques at the recently built training center in Berengo, Koyara told the news agency on Thursday.  The move is part of a military cooperation agreement between the two countries that was signed in August 2018. The framework agreement may allow for a Russian military base to be built on the basis of the Berengo facility, although this possibility has not yet been discussed, Koyara said.  
USA—1st KC-46 Tanker Delivered; Technical Issues Remain  Bloomberg News | 01/11/2019 The U.S. Air Force has accepted delivery of its first KC-46 Pegasus aerial tanker, about two years behind schedule, reports Bloomberg News. The service formally received the initial aircraft on Jan. 10, reported Defense News. The first eight of 179 planned KC-46s are slated to be handed over through February, said a service statement on Thursday. The Air Force has decided to accept the tankers despite ongoing issues with the remote vision system, said an Air Force spokeswoman. Air Force and Boeing officials conducted an extensive review of the camera-based system prior to reaching a decision. The review involved a "human factors unit" to determine how people interact with the technology. In response, Boeing developed nine new, highly technical performance parameters that will be incorporated into the aircraft at the company's expense.  Air Force officials said that accepting the aircraft with a clear plan for fixes will enable crews to begin training instead of having the planes remain unused on the ground. The service plans to withhold as much as $28 million of each aircraft's price until the work is completed, which is estimated to take three to four years, the spokeswoman said. Four aircraft are scheduled for delivery to McConnell AFB in Kansas in January. These aircraft will undertake operational combat testing, which is expected to conclude in June. A second batch of four KC-46s will be delivered to Altus AFB, Okla., where they will support flight and ground crew training.  
"The good news is this: The age of self-inflicted American shame is over, and so are the policies that produced so much needless suffering. Now comes the real 'new beginning,'"
Pompeo, at site of Obama's address to Muslim world, rebukes his legacy: 'Age of self-inflicted American shame is over'
Pompeo says that the age of self-inflicted American shame is over.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Thursday launched an astonishing rebuke of former President Barack Obama's foreign policy at the site of Obama's famous speech to the Muslim world -- declaring that "the age of self-inflicted American shame is over."
Pompeo delivered his remarks in Cairo, where Obama famously spoke in 2009 and promised a new beginning with Muslim and Arab countries. He was criticized by conservatives for placing too much blame on the U.S. for strife in the region.
Pompeo, while not mentioning Obama by name, said that "it was here, in this city, another American stood before you" and "told you that radical Islamist terrorism does not stem from ideology."
"He told you that 9/11 led my country to abandon its ideals, particularly in the Middle East," he said at the American University in Cairo. "He told you that the United States and the Muslim world needed 'a new beginning.' The results of these misjudgments have been dire."
Pompeo said that under Obama, the U.S. abandoned its allies and was "timid" about asserting itself, that the U.S. "grossly underestimated the tenacity and viciousness of radical Islamism," and kept silent as Iranians tried to rise up against the regime in Tehran.
He also criticized Obama-era policy for "wishful thinking [that] led us to look the other way" as Hezbollah built up its weaponry in Lebanon, and for doing nothing as Syrian President Bashar Assad gassed his own people.
He then took another swipe at the 2015 Iran nuclear deal -- from which the U.S. withdrew last year. The U.S. has since re-imposed economic sanctions on the country, including on oil exports.
"Our eagerness to address only Muslims, not nations, ignored the rich diversity of the Middle East, and frayed old bonds. It undermined the concept of the nation-state, the building block of international stability," he said. "And our desire for peace at any cost led us to strike a deal with Iran, our common enemy."
But he promised his audience that the Trump administration was ushering in a new era of U.S. foreign policy.
"The good news is this: The age of self-inflicted American shame is over, and so are the policies that produced so much needless suffering. Now comes the real 'new beginning,'" he said.
His speech emphasized America as a force for good in the region. He cited accomplishments under Trump's leadership -- including the pushback of Islamic State, the withdrawal of more troops and personnel from Iraq and Saudi Arabia, and building a coalition to push back against Iranian influence.
"We have rediscovered our voice. We have rebuilt our relationships. We have rejected false overtures from enemies. And look at what we have accomplished together," he said.
Pompeo's speech comes as part of a tour of the region, including Jordan and other Gulf nations, as he seeks to coordinate an anti-Iran strategy. It comes after a sudden decision from President Trump last month to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria, leading to concern from some allies in the region about U.S. commitments.
On Thursday, Pompeo appeared to attempt to assuage those fears by pledging U.S. commitment.
"Our aim is to partner with our friends and vigorously oppose our enemies, because a strong, secure, and economically viable Middle East is in our national interest – and yours," he said. "Let me be clear: America will not retreat until the terror fight is over."

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