Friday, January 25, 2019

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To All,
I hope that you all have a great weekend.
This Day In Naval History
Jan. 25
1941—The keel to USS Wisconsin (BB 64) is laid. Commissioned in April 1944, she serves during the later stages of World War II in the Pacific. She is now a museum battleship stationed in Norfolk, VA.
1943—USS Shad (SS 235) encounters German blockade runners transporting ore in the Bay of Biscay. Shad fires on Nordfels, but the torpedo fails to explode, and Nordfels returns to Bilbao, Spain.
1945—USS McLanahan (DD 615) shells the German command post on the Italian Rivera and silences the shore battery.
1945—USS Silversides (SS 236), despite the presence of auxiliary submarine chasers, sinks the Japanese army cargo ship Malay Maru off Kuro Jima.
1952—High speed transport ship Wantuck (APD 125) under CTF 95 OpControl, lands South Korean troops at night for demolition raid on enemy rail line, tunnels and bridges east coast of Korea.
1963—The 1st Seabee Technical Assistance Team arrives in Vietnam. By the end of 1964, 14 teams are operating or have completed their six-month tours. 
Jan. 26
1913—The body of John Paul Jones is laid in its final resting place in the Chapel of Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD.
1943—USS Wahoo (SS 238) sinks entire convoy of four Japanese supply ships north of New Guinea.
1944—USS Skipjack (SS 184) sinks the Japanese destroyer Suzukaze and the aircraft ferry Okitsu Maru in the Caroline Islands area. Also on this date, USS Hake (SS 256) sinks the Japanese auxiliary netlayer Shuko Maru off Ambon and USS Crevalle (SS 291) sinks the Japanese gunboat Busho Maru 175 miles southeast of Cape St. Jacques, French Indochina.
1949—USS Norton Sound (AVM 1), the first guided-missile ship, launched the first guided-missile, Loon.
1960—Destroyer John S. McCain (DL 3) rescues the entire 41-man crew of the sinking Japanese freighter, Shinwa Maru, in the East China Sea.
Jan. 27
1778—During the American Revolution, the Continental sloop Providence, commanded by Capt. O. P. Rathburne, attacks New Providence Island, spikes the guns of the fort, captures small arms, holds off the sloop-of-war Grayton, and captures a privateer and five other vessels, while freeing 20 released American prisoners.
1942—Submarine Gudgeon (SS 211) becomes the first U.S. Navy submarine to sink an enemy Japanese submarine in action during World War II.
1945—Destroyer Higbee (DD 806) is commissioned. She is the first U.S. Navy combat ship to bear the name of a female member of the naval service.
1952—U.S. Navy carrier aircraft cut the Korean railroad, a constant target during the Korean War, in 165 places, a record for a single day's aircraft operations by Fast Carrier Task Force (TF 77).
1967—Tragedy strikes the Apollo space program when a flash fire occurs in command module 012 during a launch pad test of the Apollo/Saturn space vehicle being prepared for the first piloted flight, the AS-204 mission. Three astronauts, Lt. Col. Virgil I. Grissom, a veteran of Mercury and Gemini missions; Lt. Col. Edward H. White, the astronaut who had performed the first United States extravehicular activity during the Gemini program; and (Navy LCDR) Roger B. Chaffee, an astronaut preparing for his first space flight, die in this tragic accident.
1973—The Paris Peace Accords are signed, ending U.S. participation in the Vietnam War.
Thanks to CHINFO
Executive Summary:
Leading today's national headlines are reports that a pair of measures to reopen the government as lawmakers from both parties work try to compromise to end the nearly six-week partial shutdown. Noteworthy headlines in the Navy today include NBC News reports that the Secretary of the Navy's announcement to deny all remaining civil claims by individuals exposed to contaminated drinking water at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina.  According to the San Diego Union Tribune, the Navy is commissioning a stealthy $4.6 billion destroyer Saturday at Naval Base North Island in Coronado, with 5,000 people are expected attend the ceremony for the future USS Michael Monsoor (DDG 1001).  Finally, Seapower reports that the LCS Mission Module Program successfully completed shipboard integration testing of two unmanned systems on board USS Independence (LCS 2).
This day in History
January 25

Henry VIII marries Anne Boleyn.

Small farmers in Springfield, Massachusetts led by Daniel Shays, revolt against tax laws. Federal troops break up the protesters of what becomes known as Shay's Rebellion.

The dreaded Corn Laws, which taxed imported oats, wheat and barley, are repealed by the British Parliament.

Two-hundred coal miners are trapped in their Pennsylvania mine after an explosion.

Alexander Graham Bell in New York and Thomas Watson in San Francisco make a record telephone transmission.

Austria and Germany reject U.S. peace proposals.

The League of Nations plan is adopted by the Allies.

Members of the New York Stock Exchange ask for an additional 275 seats.

New York police rout a Communist rally at the Town Hall.

The last German airfield in Stalingrad is captured by the Red Army.

Axis Sally, who broadcasted Nazi propaganda to U.S. troops in Europe, stands trial in the United States for war crimes.

The U.S. Eighth Army in Korea launches Operation Thunderbolt, a counter attack to push the Chinese Army north of the Han River.

Columbia University scientists develop an atomic clock that is accurate to within one second in 300 years.

Khrushchev says that he believes that Eisenhower is sincere in his efforts to abolish war.

American Airlines begins its first coast-to-coast flight service on a Boeing 707.

Shirley Chisholm, the first African American woman elected to U.S. Congress, announces candidacy for president.

Nixon airs the eight-point peace plan for Vietnam, asking for POW release in return for withdrawal.

President Reagan endorses the development of the first U.S. permanently-manned space station.
Thanks to Don…..Something to get the blood running
Fast Fun
Something to watch when the Pro Bowl gets Boring…after the first 5 minutes
Wings Over Vietnam "Hugging The Deck" Documentary
Thanks to Billy & Dave  AND Dr. Rich….
"We wanted to get a little hate and disconnect in the game" …
Excellent video re. the Navy A-4 "Scooter", Naval Aviation training and the role of the A-4 in Vietnam …
Very interesting, especially when they show the carriers off of Vietnam.  "A-4's Forever" ………..
Thanks to Steve and Mud
Funny one, but EEEW.
    I like a dude who knows how to improvise.  😁
- Mud
The Spoon    
A lesson on how consultants can make a difference in an organization. Very impressive!

Last week, we took some friends to a new restaurant, 'Steve's Place,' and noticed that the waiter who took our order carried a spoon in his shirt pocket.
     It seemed a little strange. 

When the busboy brought our water and utensils, I observed that he also had a spoon in his shirt pocket.   
 Then I looked around and saw that all the staff had spoons in their pockets. When the waiter came back to serve our soup I inquired, 'Why the spoon?'   

'Well,' he explained, 'the restaurant's owner hired Andersen Consulting to revamp all of our processes.  After several months of analysis, they concluded that the spoon was the most frequently 
 dropped utensil.  It represents a drop frequency of approximately 3 spoons per table per hour.   

'If our personnel are better prepared, we can reduce the number of trips back to the kitchen and save 15 man-hours per shift.' 

As luck would have it, I dropped my spoon and he replaced it with his spare. 'I'll get another spoon next time I go to the kitchen instead of making an extra trip to get it right now.' I was impressed. 

I also noticed that there was a string hanging out of the waiter's fly. 

Looking around, I saw that all of the waiters had the same string hanging from their flies. So, before he walked off, I asked the waiter, 'Excuse me, but can you tell me why you have that string right there?' 

'Oh, certainly!' Then he lowered his voice.  'Not everyone is so observant.  That consulting firm I mentioned also learned that we can save time in the restroom.   By tying this string to the tip of our you-know-what, we can pull it out without touching it and eliminate the need to wash our hands, shortening the time spent in the restroom by 76.39%.

I asked quietly, 'After you get it out, how do you put it back?'

'Well,' he whispered, 'I don't know about the others, but I use the spoon.'
This U.S. Navy Submarine Terrified Russia For A Simple Reason
Halibut was decommissioned on November 1, 1975, after 1,232 dives and more than sixteen years of service. The ship had earned two Presidential Unit citations (the second in 1972 for Ivy Bells missions) and a Navy Unit Citation.
(NATIONAL INTEREST 24 JAN 19) ... Kyle Mizokami

Halibut and her crew were awarded a Presidential Unit Citation, for "several missions of significant scientific value to the Government of the United States."
One of the most unusual submarines of the Cold War was named after one of the most unusual fish in the sea. Halibut are flatfish, bottom-dwelling predators that, unlike conventional fish, lie sideways with two eyes on the same side of the head and ambush passing prey.
Like the halibut flatfish, USS Halibut was an unusual-looking submarine, and also spent a considerable amount of time on the ocean floor. Halibut was a "spy sub," and conducted some of the most classified missions of the entire Cold War.
USS Halibut was built as one of the first of the U.S. Navy's long-range missile ships. The submarine was the first built from the ground up to carry the Regulus II missile, a large, turbojet-powered cruise missile. The missile was designed to be launched from the deck of a submarine, with a ramp leading down into the bow of the ship, where a total of five missiles were stored. This resulted in an unusual appearance, likened to a "snake digesting a big meal." Halibut also had six 533-millimeter torpedo tubes, but as a missile sub, would only use torpedoes in self-defense.
Halibut was a one-of-a-kind submarine. At 350 feet long, with a beam of twenty-nine feet, she was dimensionally identical to the Sailfish-class radar picket submarines , but her missile storage spaces and launch equipment ballooned her submerged displacement to five thousand tons. Her S3W reactor gave her an underwater speed of more than twenty knots and unlimited range—a useful trait, considering the Regulus II had a range of only one thousand miles.
Regulus II was quickly superseded by the Polaris submarine-launched ballistic missile, whose solid rocket fueled engine made for a more compact missile with a much longer range. The combination of the Polaris and the new George Washington–class fleet ballistic missile submarines conspired to put Halibut out of a job—Regulus II was canceled just seventeen days before the sub's commissioning.
Halibut operated for four years as a Regulus submarine. In 1965 the Navy, recognizing that a submarine with a large, built-in internal bay could be useful, put Halibut into dry dock at Pearl Harbor for a major $70 million ($205 million in today's dollars) overhaul. She received a photographic darkroom, hatches for divers to enter and exit the sub while submerged, and thrusters to help her maintain a stationary position.
Perhaps most importantly, Halibut was rebuilt with spaces to operate two remotely operated vehicles nicknamed "Fish." Twelve feet long and equipped with cameras, strobe lights and sonar, the "fish" could search for objects at depths of up to twenty-five thousand feet. The ROVs could be launched and retrieved from the former missile storage bay, now nicknamed "the Bat Cave." A twenty-four-bit mainframe computer, highly sophisticated for the time, analyzed sensor data from the Fish.
Post overhaul, Halibut was redesignated from nuclear guided-missile submarine to nuclear attack submarine, and assigned to the Deep Submergence Group, a group tasked with deep-sea search-and-recovery missions. In mid-July 1968, Halibut was sent on Velvet Fist, a top-secret mission meant to locate the wreck of the Soviet submarine K-129. K-129 was a Golf II–class ballistic missile submarine that had sunk that March, an estimated 1,600 nautical miles off the coast of Hawaii.
K-129 had sunk along with its three R-21 intermediate-range ballistic missiles. The R-21 was a single-stage missile with a range of 890 nautical miles and an eight-hundred-kiloton nuclear warhead. The loss of the submarine presented the U.S. government with the unique opportunity to recover the missiles and their warheads for study.
Halibut was the perfect ship for the task. Once on station, it deployed the Fish ROVs and began an acoustic search of the ocean floor. After a painstaking search  and more than twenty thousand photos,  Halibut's crew discovered the ill-fated Soviet sub's wreckage. As a result Halibut and her crew were awarded a Presidential Unit Citation, for "several missions of significant scientific value to the Government of the United States."  Halibut's contribution to efforts to recover K-129 would remain secret for decades.
In 1970, Halibut was again modified to accommodate the Navy's deep water saturation divers. The following year, it went to sea again to participate in Ivy Bells, a secret operation to install taps on the underwater communications cables connecting the Soviet ballistic missile submarine base at Petropavlovsk on the Kamchatka Peninsula with Moscow's Pacific Fleet headquarters at Vladivostok.
The taps, installed by divers and their ROVs, allowed Washington to listen in on message traffic to Soviet nuclear forces. Conducted at the bottom of the frigid Sea of Okhotsk, the Ivy Bells missions were conducted at the highest level of secrecy, as the Soviets would have quickly abandoned the use of underwater cables had they known they were compromised.
Halibut was decommissioned on November 1, 1975, after  1,232 dives and more than sixteen years of service . The ship had earned two Presidential Unit citations (the second in 1972 for Ivy Bells missions) and a Navy Unit Citation. The role of submarines in espionage, however, continued: she was succeeded in the role of special missions submarine by USS  Parche. Today, USS  Jimmy Carter— a sub with a particularly low profile —is believed to have taken on the task. The role of submarines in intelligence gathering continues.
Thanks to Robert
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A bit of news from around the world
Philippines—Plans Made For Israeli Spyder Air Defense Systems   Philippines News Agency | 01/25/2019 The Philippines will acquire a new air defense system from Israel, reports the official Philippine News Agency.  The Dept. of National Defense will purchase the Surface-to-air Python and Derby (SPYDER) mobile air defense system from Israeli firm Rafael, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said on Friday.  Lorenzana said he did not know how many batteries Manila would receive.  A battery typically consists of at least three launchers. Lorenzana did not say if a contract had been signed or reveal a delivery schedule.  The Philippines previously purchased surface-to-surface Spike-ER missiles from Israel for the navy's multi-purpose assault craft.   
Saudi Arabia—Satellite Photos Reveal Ballistic Missile Factory   Washington Post | 01/25/2019 Saudi Arabia is believed to have built its first ballistic missile factory, according to satellite imagery cited by the Washington Post.  Photos of a site in Al Watah, southwest of the capital, Riyadh, show a rocket-engine production and test facility, according to an analysis by the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey, Calif.  The Saudi rockets likely use solid fuel, said two other experts who reviewed the material.  It is unclear if the facility is operational, said analysts. Construction appears to have begun in 2013, when King Salman was defense minister. The factory indicates Saudi Arabia's intention to produce its own missiles after years of relying on imports, analysts said.  Saudi Arabia has also sought to establish its own nuclear power program, which some fear could be used for military purposes.  A domestic ballistic missile production capability would enable Riyadh to keep up with Iran, which has a robust missile program. It is unclear where Saudi Arabia obtained the technology for the facility, although experts said the engine test stand resembled Chinese systems. Beijing has sold ballistic missiles to Riyadh in the past  
Yemen—Fighting Resumes In Hodeidah   Gulf News | 01/25/2019 Heavy fighting has been reported in the Yemeni port city of Hodeidah, the most significant since a cease-fire was reached in December, reports the Gulf News (Dubai).  On Thursday, government forces fought Houthi rebels for about three hours, security officials said.  Both sides employed heavy weapons and mortars and brought in reinforcements to the contested city, said officials.  A Houthi mortar struck a grain facility controlled by government troops, reported China's state-run Xinhua news agency.  Yemeni Information Minister Muamar Eryani said that the fire could destroy food that could feed up to three million people.  In December, representatives from the government, which is backed by Saudi Arabia, and the Houthis, who receive support from Iran, agreed to a cease-fire to avoid large-scale conflict in the city.  Observers feared a push by the Saudi-led coalition to take the port city could lead to famine, since the country relies heavily on imports to feed its population.   
USA—Naval Vessels Sail Through Taiwan Strait For 3rd Time In 4 Months  Cable Network News | 01/25/2019 The Navy says it has conducted its third passage through the Taiwan Strait in the last four months, reports CNN.  On Thursday, the destroyer USS McCampbell and oiler Walter S. Diehl transited the strait in what the service said in a statement was a "routine passage." The operation demonstrated the U.S. commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific, said a spokesman for the U.S. Pacific Fleet.  "The U.S. Navy will continue to fly, sail and operate anywhere international law allows," the spokesman said.  The U.S. does not officially dispute Beijing's claim to Taiwan, noted USNI News. Washington rejects Beijing's insistence that foreign warships provide advance notice and ask permission before sailing through its territorial waters, a request with no basis in international law.  Separately, Chinese H-6 bombers and KJ-500 airborne early warning aircraft flew through the Bashi Channel south of Taiwan on Thursday, the Taiwanese Defense Ministry told the South China Morning Post.  The Chinese aircraft flew from mainland China into the west Pacific before returning to their base, said a spokesman.  It was the second such Chinese operation in the last week.   
Russia—Pictures Of New Stealth Drone Surface  Moscow Times | 01/25/2019 Imagery has appeared of a new Russian unmanned combat aerial vehicle (UCAV), reports the Moscow Times. Photographs have surfaced of the Okhotnik UCAV, which were likely taken during ground testing in Novosibirsk in November, the Warrior Maven website reported on Wednesday. The Okhotnik began testing in June 2018 and is scheduled to make its maiden flight in the spring, Russia's Interfax-AVN reported at the time, citing unnamed sources. The stealth drone appears to be large in size and powered by a full-sized fighter jet engine, which could enable greater payloads.  An analysis by the War Zone website noted that the engine and its configuration would likely sacrifice any stealth gains provided by the airframe. The air vehicle is a prototype, so a production variant could address such shortcomings.
Iraq—4 Killed, 2 Missing In Turkish Airstrike In Kurdistan  Rudaw | 01/25/2019 Four people have been killed and two are missing following a Turkish airstrike in Iraqi Kurdistan, reports Rudaw (Erbil). On Wednesday, the Turkish air force attacked the village of Gali Rashava in Duhok province, said a provincial official. Two peshmerga troops who were fishing in the Upper Zab River were killed, said locals. Earlier this week, Turkish forces bombed a village in Erbil province. Two civilians were killed in the attack and two still remain missing, said the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP). Turkey regularly conducts cross-border raids against alleged Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) positions in northern Iraq. The attacks typically target sparsely populated areas, although scores of civilians have been killed over the past several years.  
Sudan—1 Killed In Fighting Between Intel, Army Troops  Agenzia Nova | 01/25/2019 A member of the Sudanese National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) has been killed in a clash with troops in the eastern part of the country, reports Agenzia Nova (Italy). Fighting erupted between the two groups on Wednesday night in Port Sudan on the Red Sea, said a local police official. Several personnel from both sides were injured in the battle, the official said. The incident was the first between security and military forces since anti-government protests began last month, noted Reuters. The NISS has been cracking down on the demonstrations.  
USA—NNSA Upgrades W76 Nuclear Warheads  Defense News | 01/25/2019 The U.S. National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) has completed the modernization of the Navy's W76-0 nuclear warheads, reports Defense News. All W76-0 nuclear warheads, which entered service in 1978, have been updated to the latest W76-1 configuration, the NNSA announced on Wednesday. Production of the W76-1 design began in 2008 and will extend the service life of the weapon by 20 years, as well as provide additional safety features. The warhead will be integrated with the Trident II D-5 submarine-launched ballistic missile. A low-yield variant of the weapon, designated W76-2, is currently in the works and could enter production as soon as 2020. The program is the first in a series designed to modernize the American nuclear arsenal. The NNSA is also set to launch production next year of the B61-12, an upgrade of the venerable gravity bomb that will replace the B61-3, -4, -7 and -10 variants. The program, expected to cost from US$7 billion to US$10 billion, is anticipated to conclude by 2024.  
USA—Michael Monsoor Destroyer Set To Enter Service  U.S. Department Of Defense | 01/25/2019 The U.S. Navy is about to commission its newest Zumwalt-class stealth destroyer, reports the Dept. of Defense. The Michael Monsoor (DDG-1001) will formally enter service during a ceremony on Saturday at Naval Air Station North Island, San Diego, Calif., said a Pentagon release on Wednesday. The ship is named in honor of Navy SEAL and Medal of Honor recipient Petty Officer 2nd Class Michael Monsoor, who saved the lives of two fellow SEALs during an insurgent attack in Ramadi, Iraq, in 2006. He dove on a grenade preventing it from killing his teammates and several Iraqi soldiers, suffering a fatal wound in the process. The Michael Monsoor, the second ship of the class, includes new technologies and will serve as a multi-mission platform capable of operating as an integral part of naval, joint or combined maritime forces, the release said.  
Ethiopia—Air Force Hits Al-Shabaab In Southwest Somalia  Mareeg | 01/25/2019 The Ethiopian military has conducted an airstrike against Al-Shabaab militants in southwestern Somalia, reports the Mareeg news website (Somalia). On Thursday, Ethiopian fighter jets targeted an Al-Shabaab position in Bur-Ayle, about 155 miles (250 km) southwest of Mogadishu, according to witnesses. There have been no casualty reports following the attack. The airstrike comes a week after Al-Shabaab claimed to have ambushed an Ethiopian peacekeeping convoy near Burhakaba. The group alleges to have killed dozens of troops. The Ethiopian military denies the claims.  

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