Wednesday, January 23, 2019

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The List 4910 TGB
To All,
I hope that your week has started well.
This Day In Naval History
Jan. 23
1854—The sloop-of-war Germantown captures the slaver R.P. Brown off Porto Praya.
1943—Submarine Guardfish (SS 217) sinks the Japanese destroyer Hakaze off New Ireland.
1945—Three US Navy destroyer escorts, Corbesier (DE 438), Conklin (DE 439) and Raby (DE 698) sink the Japanese submarine I-48 off Yap Island, Caroline Islands.
1960—The Bathyscaph "Trieste" descends on a nine-hour journey seven miles to the deepest part of the world's oceans, Challenger Deep, located at the southern end of the Mariana Trench.
1968—USS Pueblo (AGER 2) is seized by North Korean forces in Sea of Japan. The crew is released on Dec. 23, 1968.
Thanks to CHINFO
Executive Summary:
In national news today, top headlines include that the six-day Los Angeles teachers' strike ended yesterday after teachers and staff members reached a new agreement, and that the Senate will hold competing votes tomorrow on President Trump's proposal to spend $5.7 billion on a border wall and on a Democratic bill that would fund the government through Feb. 8 without a wall.  Many noteworthy headlines today focus on readiness and new capabilities for the U.S. Navy. Among the stories, the Navy is beginning to use an Xbox 360 controller – to operate the periscopes aboard Virginia-class submarines. The Navy says that the system has gone through extensive testing over the past two years and that the Xbox controller will be included as part of the integrated imaging system for Virginia-class subs beginning with the future USS Colorado, which is supposed to be commissioned by November. Also, the San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ships (LPD 17s) in production are incorporating improvements as the class progresses to the Flight II configuration, the Navy's program manager said. The LPD 17s will incorporate significant improvements with a solid-state laser weapons system. Lastly, Stars and Stripes reports that the destroyer USS Donald Cook has arrived for a port visit in the Black Sea nation of Georgia, as Russia monitors the ship's movements at a time of heightened tensions in the region.
January 23

A great fire ravages Montreal, resulting in $2.5 million in property lost.

The "Young Turks" revolt because they are angered by the concessions made at the London peace talks.

Franklin D. Roosevelt enters the presidential race.

The Soviets refuse UN entry into North Korea to administer elections.

The Communist Chinese forces begin their advance on Nanking.

Jerusalem becomes the official capital of Israel.

President Truman creates the Commission on Internal Security and Individual Rights, to monitor the anti-Communist campaign.

NASA unveils moon-landing craft.

President Richard Nixon claims that Vietnam peace has been reached in Paris and that the POWs would be home in 60 days.

Alex Haley's Roots begins a record-breaking eight-night broadcast on ABC.

Under international pressure, opposition leader Kim Dae Jung's death sentence is commuted to life imprisonment in Seoul.

U.S. begins maneuvers off the Libyan coast.
Another great H Gram from NAVAL HISTORY AND HERITAGE COMMAND. Click on the H-Gram -14 below. It also give you access to all the H-
H-Gram 014: The Capture of USS Pueblo.
In his latest H-Gram, NHHC Director Sam Cox focuses on the seizure of USS Pueblo (AGER-2) by North Korean forces on Jan. 23, 1968. Director Cox discusses the courage and heroism of Pueblo's crew while being in captivity for almost 11 months and the incident's fallout for both the Johnson administration and the U.S. Navy. Pueblo is still a commissioned ship, and it is the second oldest in the Navy's inventory. The ship is on display today in Pyongyang, North Korea, and is used mainly for propaganda purposes by the North Korean regime. To learn more, read H-Gram 014
Thanks to Don
Israel---Iran Dangerous Events??
World War 3 fears were sparked this week after Israel hit the Syrian capital of Damascus early on Monday as part of its increasingly open assault on Iran's presence there. In response, Iran issued a chilling message to arch-enemy Israel – warning it is "impatient" and ready to confront and destroy the nation in a statement issued just hours after Israel launched the air raids in Syria.
Landin at night on the ship with no moon and an overcast is like going into your closet in the middle of the night and closing the door and expecting to see something.
thanks to ted – and Dutch R.
22 January 2019
Commander's Moon
We have the second night of The Big Moon down in Culpeper County, one of those remarkable times when the orbital mechanics of our fractious solar system bring our hurtling orbs a little closer together than usual. It is an awesome view from the back deck at Refuge Farm. The pastures are bathed in silver, and it isn't the reflection of all the snow and ice but the light of eternity.
The snow has melted, mostly, except for the parallel lines where the passing rays of the winter sun were blocked by the shadows of the rail fence. DidI mention it was cold?
Bronco wrote me a note today. He is a pal from fighter days, He wrote to tell me what he was reading during the current weather emergency.  It ihappens to be a Raymond  Chandler novel from the greatest of the pulp fiction writers of the tumultuous years in LA around the Big War. You know, it was a time when things still made a certain degree of sense out there.
The reviewers say Chandler "invested the sun-drenched streets of the city with a glamourous presence." I know he could write with the impact of a wet fist, and back when I could still learn things, he taught me a lot.
I miss living in  Southern California and always will. Here in Virginia, it is is colder than hell back on the deck, Tonight, though, the reddish-tinged fellow-traveler in the heavens was as compelling as any I have seen. It was bight silver despite the orange tint and bright enough to bring even a squadron commander safely back aboard the ship.
We used to call them "Commander's Moons" at sea when the old fighter jocks liked to have some light as they went to the Marshall stack and eventually got their abrupt turn on final to recover to the ship.
Black-ass nights darker than the inside of a black cat are no fun. I understand that fact from those that know, even if USS Midway isn't doing that funny ass sway in the tumultuous South China Sea.
Bronco was a Landing Signals Officer (LSO) on Midway Maru, one of the select few of combat guys who were entrusted to provide final guidance to pilots coming home to the ship. The senior guys who had to run this incredible agglomeration of mighty ship, huge crews, and powerful jets preferred as much ambient light to help get aboard. The moonlight helped.
Fighter pilot protocol: remove glasses quickly after recovery so the deck kids don't see you wearing them. The Air Boss in the Tower already knows, and he gets keep his on.
Bronco asked me out to the LSO platform one night long ago. I don't remember where in the Pacific or Indian Ocean it was. But I wanted to see how it all worked. I was pretty full of myself then (as now) and I was honored to be availed the privilege. I hoped it would help me understand the complexity and adrenaline that goes with Routine Naval Aviation. This was not combat. It was a way of life. Add to this the combat part our pilots and Flight Officers do each day, it is something on an altogether higher level that most folks will ever experience. Thank God.
There was a pretty good moon that particular night, one of the endless series that-grinds on forever, black or less so. That particular one,  I had my float-coat and cranial protection on with earphones so I could try to understand what was going on around me as the recovery commenced. Midway had her usual stren sway, and the stars and moon danced above in the night.
If you have ever felt fully alive (unless waiting for a catapult shot) you might not have had the full experience in less than a couple seconds.
If you have never had jets land next to you, like right next to you, you may be the better for later hearing but poorer for not having the experience. As the lights of the jets formed a spiral ribbon in the sky and then come down to rejoin our company with a controlled crash, I watched the superb precision. Tthe LSOs providing direction when needed as the pilots "called the ball," affirming their acquisition of the sight of the Fresnell lens that showed relative position of the jet and the glide slope to the boat.
It might have been the seventh jet from the stack. I was too amazed to count. Things were going in a routine though noisy fashion. The usual chatter was going on. Then the radio calls for this jet (not naming any names) the men and women that do this are my heroes. This particular pass went from "little left for line up" to something with increasing urgency.
"Little settle in close. Power. Power. POWER!"
I watched in amazement as the jet went to zone six, got enough to clear the ramp at the stern and successfully catch a wire. We only had three, unlike the cruise boats from the Left Coast who had four. I turned to say to Bronco that it was pretty cool, but the LSOs had already bailed into the net fixed under the platform in the event of disaster.
They knew when it was happening and I did not.
Ignorance is bliss, and this was one of those handful of events in a life that make you appreciate the co tinuance of it all the more.
Commander's moon like this tonight?  It eases the odds against a smoking sparking catastrople a couple dozen feet away. Heck, even I might be able land a jet under a moon like this at the farm. Mighty as they are, the carriers are shorter than my pastures.
But I will tell you this: I have never been so honored as to serve with people like those who are doing this tonight, under this moon.
No shit. Commander's Moon tonight. Enjoy it. Fly safely, please. But fly well.
Thanks to Carl
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Kashoggi back in the news, understand this....
Thanks to Hal -  
  News today that an international investigation should be launched to get to the bottom of the Kashoggi murder.  Well, let me lay out what this is really all about.  Sedition.
  Sedition is defined as conduct or speech inciting people to rebel against the authority of a State or Monarch.  Kashoggi was guilty of that as far as the Al-Saud family monarchy.  So, we need to realize that their world is not like our world.
  In 1932, Abdulaziz ibn Abdul Rahman bin Faisal bin Turki ibn Abdullah ibn Muhammad al-Saud unified the four regions of Arabia and declared himself the King.  So the Al-Saud family owned it.  Until oil was discovered, it was a Bedouin society.  Oil wealth changed everything.  The 'seven sisters' of oil founded ARAMCO, the Arabian American Oil company. Wealth became millions of dollars an hour. All to the al-Saud family monarchy.  Next is the definition of nepotism...the practice among those with power or influence of favoring relatives or friends by giving them jobs. While that may be frowned upon here in our government, it is what the royal family does.  They say, why would you trust anyone else but family ?
  In Saudi Arabia where I lived and worked for many years, the punishment for a capital crime is death.  Murder, kidnapping, armed robbery, and sedition are capital crimes and if you are convicted of a capital crime you will be executed on the next Friday.  Friday is their Sabbath.  A crowd will be gathered, all traffic will be stopped, and everyone will gather behind the Mosque. After the noonday prayer, the convicted will be brought out, forced to kneel, and their head will be chopped off with a sword.  A cheer will go up that would match world cup soccer.
  Kashoggi was deemed guilty of Sedition, but would not return to the Kingdom, knowing what his fate would be. So, they had to take it to him.  He was executed in the Saudi Arabian embassy in Turkey and his body disposed of.
  That is pretty much what it was all about.
Thanks to Laurel
WAR HERO DIES World War II veteran, 97,who helped capture Nazi Enigma machine in daring mission aged 20 dies Bill Roper was a crew member on board HMS Bulldog as it launched a daring raid to swipe the device in the top-secret Operation Primrose
Thanks to Barrett…I am looking forward to this book. The stories of being around this bridge abound and the  gunners were really good. It was colorful because each caliber of weapon exploded with a different color. Lots of aircraft were claimed by those guns including a
Dear Skip:
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Approaching completion of the Thanh Hoa Bridge Book with Steve Coonts, due in May.
I missed this. 15 January 2009. Ten years ago Sully did the miracle on the Hudson
Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger is a former US Airlines pilot, who successfully ditched his passenger plane on the Hudson River after it struck a flock of Canada geese, thereby saving all 155 people aboard.
Chesley Sullenberger had been a commercial pilot for 29 years before a plane he was flying out of LaGuardia Airport struck a flock of geese, damaging the plane's engines. He turned the aircraft around and ditched it in the Hudson River, saving all 155 people aboard and becoming a national hero and instant celebrity. He retired a year later, wrote his memoirs and concentrated on a new career as an international speaker on airline safety.
Early Life
Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger was born in Denison, Texas on January 23, 1951. He enrolled in the U.S. Air Force Academy in 1969, and graduated as an officer in 1973 with a Bachelor of Science degree. (He also holds master's degrees from Purdue University and the University of Northern Colorado.)Website
Sullenberger served as a fighter pilot for the U.S. Air Force from 1973 to 1980, flying Vietnam-era F-4 Phantom II jets. He was a flight leader and a training officer and attained the rank of captain while building up experience overseas and at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada. A top pilot, Sullenberger was the mission commander for Red Flag exercises, in which pilots receive advanced aerial combat training. He was also a member of an aircraft accident investigation board.
In 1980, Sullenberger joined Pacific Southwest Airlines as a commercial pilot. (Pacific Southwest was acquired in 1988 by what would become US Airways.) Over his years as a professional pilot, Sullenberger was an instructor, as well as an Air Line Pilots Association safety chairman and accident investigator. He also participated in several U.S. Air Force and National Transportation Safety Board accident investigations.
Landing on the Hudson
Sullenberger's years of airline safety instruction and study paid off on January 15, 2009, when the US Airways plane he was piloting struck a large flock of Canada geese during liftoff from New York's LaGuardia Airport. Both engines were damaged, and suddenly neither was providing any thrust. With air traffic control, Sullenberger discussed his options: either return to LaGuardia or land at Teterboro Airport in New Jersey. Sullenberger quickly deemed the situation too dire for the plane to stay in the air long enough for either plan to be successful, so he decided that ditching (performing an emergency water landing) the jet in the Hudson River was the best option.
He announced over the intercom, "Brace for impact," and took the plane down onto the water's surface. The maneuver was a success, and all 155 people onboard flight 1549 survived, and all but a few uninjured. The crew evacuated the passengers; Captain Sullenberger left the plane last.
Recent Years
In the aftermath of the miraculous emergency landing, Sullenberger, an instant hero and international celebrity, received calls of thanks from President George W. Bush and President Barack Obama, following his inauguration. He was an honored guest at President Barack Obama's inauguration, and both the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives passed resolutions praising Sullenberger and his crew.
Chesley Sullenberger retired a year later, after 30 years as a commercial pilot. He then concentrated on running his safety consulting business, Safety Reliability Methods, Inc., which he founded in 2007, and on speaking in the United States and abroad about flight safety issues. In 2009, HarperCollins published Sullenberger's memoir, Highest Duty: My Search for What Really Matters. Sully, a movie about Sullenberger and his heroics on the Hudson River, directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Tom Hanks in the title role, was released in September 2016
Afghanistan—Mastermind Of Deadly Attack In Wardak Province Killed, Says Intelligence Agency  Khaama Press | 01/23/2019 The Afghan National Directorate of Security (NDS) says it has killed the Taliban commander responsible for a deadly attack earlier this week, reports the Khaama Press.  An airstrike killed Taliban commander Neman on Tuesday, said the NDS. Seven other militants were killed in the strike.  The spy agency said that Neman was behind a deadly attack on an NDS compound in Maidan Wardak province on Monday that killed at least 36 people and wounded 58.  Anyone else involved in the attack would also be eliminated, said the agency.  A spokesman for the provincial governor confirmed the airstrike but said it was unclear if the Neman was among the fatalities, reported Reuters.  Another provincial official said that two airstrikes had killed nine civilians, including a child.  In a statement, the Taliban denied that Neman had been killed. 
Yemen—Airstrikes Target Weapons In Houthi-Held Capital  Al Arabiya | 01/23/2019 The Saudi-led coalition fighting Houthi rebels in Yemen has launched two airstrikes on the capital, Sanaa, reports Al Arabiya (Dubai).  The first strike on Wednesday hit a weapons depot south of the city.  A second attack struck a warehouse holding similar weapons in the Qaa al-Zaidi area, which is also south of Sanaa.  There were no immediate reports of casualties.  Sanaa has remained firmly in the hands of the Houthi rebels throughout the conflict.  The move comes as U.N. negotiator Martin Griffiths seeks to salvage an agreement reached in Sweden in December to halt fighting in the port city of Hodeidah.  Talks are also underway to finalize a prisoner-swap deal, with an agreement expected in 10 days, reported Reuters.   
China—Chinese Aircraft Fly Through Disputed Bashi Channel  South China Morning Post | 01/23/2019 Chinese military aircraft have have again conducted a flight near Taiwanese airspace, reports the South China Morning Post.  An Su-30 fighter jet, Y-8 transport aircraft and other planes flew through the Bashi Channel, a disputed waterway north of the Philippines, the Taiwanese Defense Ministry said on Tuesday.  The aircraft took off from southern China and flew through to the western Pacific before returning to their base, said the ministry. Taiwan scrambled aircraft and surveillance ships in response to the flights, officials said.  China regularly conducts patrols in Taiwanese airspace. The latest flight comes days after U.S. Adm. John Richardson, the Navy chief, said that Washington could send an aircraft carrier through the Taiwan Strait.  Beijing considers the self-ruled island to be a wayward province and has not ruled out a forceful unification.   
Russia—Tu-22M Bomber Goes Down In Sudden Snowstorm In Murmansk  Russia Today | 01/23/2019 Three Russian pilots have been killed and one injured when their bomber crashed during routine training flight in the northwest Murmansk region, reports Russia Today. On Tuesday, the crew of the Tu-22M3 bomber was trying to land in a sudden snowstorm when it went down, said the Russian Ministry of Defense. The storm was of a rare type that develops very quickly and is difficult to predict, officials said. The accident occurred near the Olenya military base, an airfield on the Kola peninsula, said an unnamed source quoted by Interfax-AVN (Russia). The bomber, which was destroyed on impact, was not carrying weapons at the time, the ministry said. Russia grounded its Tu-22M3 fleet pending an investigation into the crash, reported Russia's Tass news agency.  
India—Army Eyes More Milan Anti-Tank Missiles As Stopgap  Asian News International | 01/23/2019 The Indian army has proposed buying more Milan anti-tank missile systems to fill a gap until an indigenous system is ready for service, reports the Asian News International (India). The defense ministry is considering plans to buy more than 3,000 Milan 2T missile systems, which are built under license by Bharat Dynamics in partnership with MBDA Systems, defense sources told the news agency. The procurement, which is estimated to be worth around US$140 million, will meet the army's requirements until an indigenous third-generation anti-tank guided missile system completes development, the sources said. The service has a requirement for more than 70,000 anti-tank missiles and 850 launchers to supplement its existing stocks of Milan and Russian Konkurs weapons. The Milan 2T is a man-portable missile system with a range of over 1.2 miles (2 km).  In December, India scrapped a US$500 million deal to buy Israeli Spike anti-tank missile system in favor of indigenous programs.  
Egypt—7 Soldiers Killed In Operations In Sinai   Anadolu News Agency | 01/23/2019 At least seven Egyptian troops have been killed in an ongoing military operation on the Sinai peninsula, reports the Anadolu Agency (Turkey). An officer and six soldiers were killed in clashes in northern and central Sinai, the military said on Tuesday, without specifying when the fighting took place. Fifty-nine militants, including 15 "highly dangerous" terrorists, were killed in security operations during the unspecified period, said the military, as cited by Egypt Today. Troops arrested 142 criminals and seized 242 explosive devices as part of the operation. Fifty-six four-wheel drive vehicles employed by the militants were destroyed in airstrikes. A number of terrorist hideouts were also eliminated, the military said. In February 2018, the Egyptian military launched a full-scale military operation against ISIS-affiliated terrorist groups in North Sinai, including Sinai Province. The insurgency gained strength in 2013, after President Mohammed Morsi was forcefully removed from power.

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