Sunday, February 3, 2019

TheList 4918

The List 4918     TGB
To All,
I hope that you all have a great weekend. A great Bubba Breakfast this morning with my brothers.
This day in Naval History
Feb. 1
1800—USS Constellation engages French frigate La Vengeance in a 5-hour battle during the Quasi War.
1902—USS Plunger (SS 2), the lead ship of the Plunger-class submarine, launches. She is commissioned Sept. 19, 1903, at the Holland Company yard at New Suffolk, Long Island, NY. Ensign Chester W. Nimitz is the submarines final commander when Plunger is decommissioned Nov. 6, 1909 at the Charleston Navy Shipyard.
1942—USS Enterprise (CV 6) and USS Yorktown (CV 5) make the first World War II air strike against the Japanese at their outposts in the Marshall Islands to protect the Trans-Pacific supply route to Australia.
1944—Three U.S. Navy submarines, Guardfish (SS 217), Hake (SS 256) and Seahorse (SS 304), attack Japanese convoys, sinking a destroyer, cargo ship and another vessel.
1945—USS Jenkins (DD 447), USS O'Bannon (DD 450), USS Bell (DD 587) and destroyer escort Ulvert M. Moore (DE 442) sink the Japanese submarine RO 115, 125 miles southwest of Manila.
1955—Task Force 43 is established to plan U.S. Navy Antarctic operations called Operation Deep Freeze.

Feb. 2
1848—The Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo ends the Mexican-American War and establishes the boundaries between the two republics.
1862—Capt. David G. Farragut, commander of his flagship, the screw sloop of war Hartford, departs Hampton Roads for Ship Island, MS, where Farragut takes command of the Western Gulf Blockading Squadron in preparation for the assault on New Orleans.
1938—While piloting a PBY-2 aircraft in a tactical exercise off California, Lt. Carlton B. Hutchins collides with another VP-11 PBY-2. Remaining at his badly damaged plane's controls, Hutchins courageously allows members of his crew to parachute to safety, but is killed in the plane's subsequent crash.  For his "extraordinary heroism," he is posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor.
1942—USS Seadragon (SS 194) sinks Japanese army cargo ship Tamagawa Maru.
1943—A Japanese destroyer is damaged, and later scuttled, by a mine laid by U.S. Navy light minelayers off Cape Esperance.
1944—Destroyer USS Walker (DD 517) sinks Japanese submarine RO 39, 10 miles east of Wotje, Marshall Islands.   ( I was on the USS Walker in the Summer of 1965 for my senior midshipman Cruise from USC. Within a few days we headed to sea for a couple of weeks. The second night at sea I was on the Bridge when the engineer came up and told the Captain that we were going to sink. Well that got my attention. We immediately turned for Pearl harbor and notified them we needed some major repairs and we headed there at best speed. We came in the channel and made a 180 into the dry dock and just about sunk onto the blocks, 9 weeks later as my airliner was taking off from the airport I looked down and saw the Walker heading out to sea. What happened in between was burning the candle at both ends in a non stop funfest. School started a couple of days later and I had come down with a sore throat and the first day I felt so bad the I stopped in the health center on my way to my first class and  passed out as I was providing my health card. I had a really bad case of Mono and was in the health center for many weeks. My payment for my funfest in  Hawaii I Guess but what fun it was.  A  few years later the USS Walker had some side scraping with a Russian cruiser that became the Basis for the INCSEA agreements between the US and USSR….skip
Feb. 3
1863—The "double-ender" side wheel steam gunboat USS Sonoma captures the blockade running British bark Springbok during the Civil War.
1917—President Woodrow Wilson, in an address to Congress, severs diplomatic relations with Germany after the country decides on the first of the month to reintroduce the policy of unrestricted U-boat warfare.
1944—PBY Catalinas and USAAF B-25s 5th Air Force aircraft attack a Japanese convoy west of New Hanover and sink a cargo ship, Nichiai Maru.
1944—USS Tambor (SS 198) attacks a Japanese convoy and sinks Goyu Maru and merchant tanker Ariake Maru about 200 miles southeast of Shanghai.
2017—The aircraft carrier, USS Enterprise (CVN 65) is decommissioned in a ceremony held in the ship's hangar bay, Feb. 3. The ceremony marks the end the ship's nearly 55-year career, and is the first decommissioning of a nuclear-powered aircraft carrier.
Thanks to CHINFO
Executive Summary:
Today's national headlines include the Senate passing an amendment opposing a fast withdrawal from Syria and Afghanistan, a federal crackdown on "Chinese birth tourism," and more than 20 people who have died due to the extreme cold hitting the U.S. The Portland Press Herald reports that Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer will be at the Kennebec River shipyard in Maine on Friday to attend the keel laying for the USS Carl M. Levin guided missile destroyer. USNI News quotes two CSIS analysts as suggesting that the President's 2020 national security budget could result in cuts to Navy projects, possibly including the frigate program. USNI also reports on the Navy's announcement that two Ford-class aircraft carriers will be contracted to shipbuilder Huntington Ingalls. The Fox News affiliate in San Antonio reports on a student assigned to the Fleet Anti-Submarine Warfare Training Center who saved a civilian from drowning.
2016 February 1
Edward III is coronated King of England.
Elizabeth I, Queen of England, signs the Warrant of Execution for Mary Queen of Scots.
The tobacco laws of Virginia are codified, limiting tobacco production to reduce dependence on a single-crop economy.
France declares war on Britain and the Netherlands.
A furious Governor Sam Houston storms out of a legislative session upon learning that Texas has voted 167-7 to secede from the Union.
U.S. Secretary of State John Hay protests Russian privileges in China as a violation of the "open door policy."
Germany contests French rule in Morocco.
U.S. troops leave Cuba after installing Jose Miguel Gomez as president.
A Loening Air Yacht of Air Ferries makes its first passenger run between San Francisco and Oakland, California..
Planes of the U.S. Pacific fleet attack Japanese bases in the Marshall and Gilbert Islands.
American tanks and infantry are battered at German positions at Faid Pass in North Africa.
U.S. Army troops invade two Kwajalein Islands in the Pacific.
U.S. Rangers and Filipino guerrillas rescue 513 American survivors of the Bataan Death March.
Three A-bomb tests are completed in the desert of Nevada.
Four black students stage a sit-in at a segregated Greensboro, N.C. lunch counter.
President Lyndon B. Johnson rejects Charles de Gaulle's plan for a neutral Vietnam.
Reverend Martin Luther King Jr. and 770 others are arrested in protest against voter discrimination in Alabama.
U.S. troops drive the North Vietnamese out of Tan Son Nhut airport in Saigon.
South Vietnam President Nguyen Van Thieu declares martial law.
Two days of anti-government riots in Port-au-Prince result in 14 dead.
Thanks to Bob. A new source of aviation History. I will try to get on the distro
Jan. 27, 1912
Clarence H. Mackay commissions the annual aviation trophy in his name, stipulating that it can be awarded by the War Department for the most meritorious flight of the year. Mackay was an American financier and philanthropist who supervised the completion of the first transpacific cable between the United States and the Far East in 1904.
Jan. 28, 1973
A B–52 Stratofortress crew performed the last Operation ARC LIGHT sortie, bombing enemy targets in South Vietnam at 0628 hours local time. This operation had continued since 1965.
Jan. 29, 1894
First Lt. Paul Frank Baer, Daedalian Founder Member #801, was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The World War I flying ace is credited with nine confirmed victories and seven unconfirmed victory claims. Although not the first American flying ace, he was the first ace flying for American military aviation. He also scored the initial victory for an American military unit. Baer died on Dec. 9, 1930, in an aircraft crash in Shanghai, China. He is buried in Lindenwood Cemetery in Fort Wayne. Learn more about him HERE.
Jan. 30, 1948
Orville Wright died at Dayton, Ohio, after suffering a heart attack. He was 76 years old.
Jan. 31, 1914
The Navy established its first air station at Pensacola, Florida. Happy 105th birthday to NAS Pensacola! Follow their Facebook page HERE.
Feb. 1, 1943
Navy crews in PBY–5 Catalina aircraft rescued Thirteenth Air Force commander Maj. Gen. Nathan F. Twining and 14 others near the New Hebrides Islands after they were forced to ditch their aircraft and spend six days in life rafts.
Feb. 2, 1947
Col. Bernard L. Smith, USMC, the second Marine aviator (Naval Aviator No. 6), died from injuries received when his car struck a train at Coral Gables, Florida. Smith served with Marine and Navy aviation elements in a variety of duties, including intelligence assignments overseas, from when he reported for flight training on Sept. 18, 1912, at Annapolis, Maryland, until his resignation on Jan. 20, 1920. From 1931 to 1937, he served as a member of the Naval Reserve, then transferred to the Marine Corps Reserve, and returned to active duty during World War II until his retirement in December 1946. Smith was Daedalian Founder Member #1283.
Thanks to Steve….This has been in the list before but is worth the short video and description.
Pearl Harbor Attack
There have been many movies and docudramas depicting the Pearl Harbor attack December 7, 1941..."A Day That Will Live In Infamy".

Most of the films, particularly the ones supposedly based on fact, showed short quips of a couple of two P-40 pilots getting airborne and shooting down Jap planes. But I, for one, never had seen the true story and more detailed info on who these two pilots were and their actions  and associated events while airborne.

A short video about two American P-40 pilots who were able to get off the ground at Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.

Great story!
Thanks to Clyde….I wonder if they will Get the Po up and running
More on the Chinese and Subic Bay.

Hi, the site below discusses the possibility of China taking over the former U. S. Naval Base, Subic Bay Philippines. 

Thanks to Donald
Very Dangerous Internet Outlook!
Big data is populated by 90% liberal, progressive Democrats--i.e.--Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Apple.  And....VERY LIKELY.....THEY WILL TAKE AWAY YOUR FREEDOM OF SPEECH!!  By control of their systems, they can limit, skew, alter or ELIMINATE alternative media, notions, opinions, thoughts, concerns, issues, etc., etc. THEY DISAGREE WITH.  THIS IS BAD NEWS!!
"An iron curtain has descended across the Continent," Winston Churchill once warned. A digital iron curtain is now descending over the internet. Free speech as we once knew it will be over in a decade. The internet will still be a noisy place, but it will be a managed noise of echo chambers, a moderated system in which dissenting views will be treated as trolling and purged as quickly as they are identified.
It was one of those things that you did not talk about. The first time you saw one those little jets coming up beside you it got your blood running.
Thanks to Kit
Operation Constant Peg
I had not heard of this Op. Maybe some of you flew in it. It must have been a bear to get funding as it was classified. I like the comparison statistics between USAF and Navy/Marine kills.
Operation "Constant Peg" by USAF 1977-1988 AT Tonopah, NV.
Thanks to Jack
In part, some of the aircraft were related to the fact that in 1970 Indonesia retired their fleet of MiG-17s, MiG-19s and MiG-21s – a total of about 60 aircraft.  Let me recommend what I believe is the definitive book on Constant Peg, its predecessors and related programs such as Have Doughnut, if you can find it. "Red Eagles – America's Secret MiGs" by Steve Davies with a Foreword by General John P Jumper, Chief of Staff of the USAF 2001 – 2005.  It has a number of interesting photos and was extremely well researched.
Published by Osprey Publishing (UK)   ISBN 978 1 84603 378 0
Thanks to Don
I flew practice sorties against the Mig-19 and Mig-21 in 1980 flying the F-15 Eagle.  Both jets are small and the Mig-19 will turn on a dime.  They both had very short time to engage as they didn't have much endurance...…..they didn't have a lot of fuel capacity. 
Thanks to Dutch and Ted
Subject: FW: Super Bowl 13 years ago  with night flyover
The opening of Super Bowl 39.
This video was shot 13+ years ago. Been quite a change since then, hasn't there?
Although Brady & the Pats are still there.
Thanks to Mugs….This was in the List a few years ago but worth the resend
Never knew about this.

Thanks to Cary and Dutch
Husband's call to his wife
"Honey it's me. I don't want to alarm you but I was hit by a car as I was leaving the office. Paula brought me to the hospital. They have checked me over and done some tests and some x-rays. The blow to my head was severe. Fortunately it did not cause any serious internal injury. However I have three broken ribs, a compound fracture in the left leg, and they think they may have to amputate my right foot."
Wife's Response:  "Who the f%&k is Paula?"
And if you find that hard to believe, you've never been married.
Thanks to Roy
Long but well worthwhile!
attempt at world record
A bit of news from around the world
USA—Navy Finalizes Deal For 2 More Ford-Class Carriers n Breaking Defense | 02/01/2019n The U.S. Navy has signed a contract with Huntington Ingalls Industries-Newport News Shipbuilding for two more Gerald R. Ford-class aircraft carriers, reports Breaking Defense. n The $15.2 billion contract covers the completion of the Enterprise (CVN-80) and construction of the currently unnamed CVN-81. n Another $9 billion in separate equipment brings the cost for both carriers to about $24 billion, reported Defense One. n The Enterprise, which began construction in 2017, is to be handed over by 2028, while CVN-81, the fourth carrier in the class, is slated for delivery in 2032. n The block buy is expected to save around $4 billion over the life of the program, said Newport News Shipbuilding officials. n The deal also includes integration of the F-35C stealth fighter jet, Mk 38 gun system and MQ-25 Stingray drones, which is expected to save an additional $100 million, the Navy said.n The announcement came hours after details of a report from the Pentagon's operational testing office were revealed raising ongoing issues with the electromagnetic launch and landing systems on USS Gerald R. Ford.n n
USA—Ford Carrier Experiences Problems With Launch and Landing Systems n Bloomberg | 02/01/2019n The U.S. Navy's newest aircraft carrier suffered additional technical failures during recent sea operations, raising concern about the ship's reliability, reports Bloomberg News.n The USS Gerald R. Ford experienced 20 failures of its aircraft launch-and-landing systems, including 10 critical failures during 747 at-sea catapults of jets and 10 operational mission failures during 763 shipboard landing attempts, said the Pentagon's testing office.n There were two "mission aborts" associated with the catapult launch system, resulting in a temporary suspension of flight operations and correction in both cases, said a Navy spokesman.n None of the interruptions resulted in injury to personnel or damage to the ship's aircraft, he said.n The Ford is unlikely to meet its sortie rate requirement because of "unrealistic assumptions" that "ignore the effects of weather, aircraft emergencies, ship maneuvers and current air-wing composition on flight operations," said Robert Behler, the director of operational testing, in an assessment obtained by Bloomberg.n The combat sortie rate over 24 hours is the prime metric for any aircraft carrier, noted the testing office.n The Navy spokesman emphasized that while 747 launch and landings to date are an achievement, they do not represent a sufficient number of events to make any conclusions about reliability. n n
Germany—Defense Ministry Rules Out F-35 To Replace Tornado Fighters n Defense News | 02/01/2019n The German Defense Ministry has decided against acquiring the F-35 to replace its fleet of Tornado fighter jets, reports Defense News.n Officials confirmed the decision on Thursday, reported the German military blog AugenGeradeaus.n The competition to replace the air force's 90 Tornados is now between the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and Eurofighter Typhoon. n The Typhoon has been seen as the favorite in order keep European firms involved in building combat jets and bolstering efforts to enhance industry cooperation with France. n However, the Typhoon is not certified to carry U.S.-made nuclear weapons, as required by Germany's NATO obligations. n Berlin may opt to split the acquisition between both jets, reported Reuters. Such a decision would force the air force to maintain two logistics chains to support the aircraft. n The selection process is ongoing and additional requests for information are being made, the defense ministry said. n The Social Democratic Party, in coalition with the conservative Christian Democrats, has sought to slow efforts to buy a Tornado replacement to gather more information, noted Deutsche Welle. Party officials say there is no rush since the Tornado can fly through 2035. Military officials say that operating the jets beyond 2030 could cost up to 8 billion euros (US$9.2 billion) due to additional maintenance costs. n n
Philippines—Indonesian Bombers Blamed For Deadly Church Attack  n CNN Philippines | 02/01/2019n Philippine security officials have identified two Indonesians who they believe conducted a suicide bombing at a church on the island of Jolo, reports CNN Philippines. n The perpetrators of the Jan. 27 attack were a couple, Interior Secretary Eduardo Ano said Friday.n Ano confirmed speculation that the attack, which killed 22 people and wounded more than 100, was a suicide operation. n The attackers were helped by local members of an Abu Sayyaf cell known as Ajang Ajang, he said. n The news comes as Philippine forces battle Abu Sayyaf militants on the island, reported Benar News (Philippines). n On Thursday, about 5,000 elite troops mobilized for the operation against the ISIS affiliate. n Soldiers from the 1st Scout Ranger Battalion battled about 20 Abu Sayyaf fighters near Patikul, said the military. n The military called in airstrikes during the fighting. There were no immediate reports of casualties. n Hundreds of families have fled the fighting.n n
USA—Pompeo Expected To Announce Intent To Withdraw From INF Treaty n Cbs News | 02/01/2019n Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will announce that the U.S. is suspending its compliance with the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty, reports CBS News. n Pompeo is anticipated to make the announcement on Friday. A Kremlin spokesman said he expected to receive official confirmation in a few days. n The decision was not a surprise after both sides announced on Thursday that weeks of talks failed to produce a solution, reported NBC News.n The announcement launches a six-month process before the U.S. can formally withdraw from the accord. Should Russia come into compliance during that period, Washington could elect to return to the agreement. n On Dec. 5, Pompeo announced that the U.S. would suspend the treaty in 60 days. n Washington maintains that the Russian 9M729 cruise missile violates the treaty, which bans both countries from stationing  land-based nuclear missiles with ranges between 310 miles (500 km) and 3,410 miles (5,500 km) in Europe. n Arm control experts have expressed concern that the move could result in a new missile race in Europe. n n
USA—2nd Summit With Kim Jong Un Planned For Danang, Sources Say n Cable News Network | 02/01/2019n President Donald Trump is planning a second summit with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un later this month in Vietnam, reports CNN, citing unnamed sources. n Current plans call for the meeting to be held in the coastal city of Danang, the sources said. The plan is still being finalized. n There are no plans to meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping, as some had speculated. n On Thursday, the top State Dept. official on North Korea opened the door to diplomatic relations and further cooperation if negotiations succeed, reported the Guardian (U.K.). n Stephen Biegun hailed progress between the two sides and called on Pyongyang to fully declare its nuclear weapons program. n The North has rejected such calls for decades, noted Al Jazeera (Qatar). n Washington is prepared to discuss confidence-building measures, establish a permanent peace regime on the peninsula and complete denuclearization, Biegun said on Thursday during remarks at Stanford University in California. n He dismissed the idea that the U.S. would agree to withdraw troops from South Korea as a concession to Kim.n The U.S. no longer seeks regime change in North Korea, he said. n Biegun is scheduled to visit Seoul on Sunday for talks with his North Korean counterpart. n n
Somalia—24 Al-Shabaab Militants Killed In U.S. Airstrike n Africa Command | 02/01/2019n At least 24 Al-Shabaab militants have been killed in a U.S. airstrike in central Somalia, reports the U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM).n On Wednesday, U.S. forces attacked a militant camp near Shebeeley in the Hiran region, said an AFRICOM release.n No civilians were believed to be injured or killed in the airstrike, the release said.n U.S.-led airstrikes in Somalia have significantly increased under President Donald Trump, with about 50 being conducted last year, noted the Hill (Washington, D.C.).n On Jan. 19, U.S. forces conducted an airstrike near Jilib in the Middle Juba region, killing at least 52 Al-Shabaab militants.n n
Zimbabwe—Police Reports Implicate Armed Forces In Recent Violence n Guardian | 02/01/2019n The Zimbabwean armed forces have been implicated in a wave of violent attacks in the capital, Harare, reports the Guardian (U.K.).n According to a dozen police investigative reports provided to the newspaper, a recent series of violent attacks in Harare were committed by men wearing army uniforms or camouflage carrying automatic weapons.n The reports include claims of rape, murder, theft and armed robbery.n The national police force's official position places responsibility on criminal "rogue elements" who had stolen army uniforms, although the evidence suggests military personnel are involved.n The allegations come after the military launched a crackdown following the start of violent protests against a recent increase in fuel costs.n The armed forces have been responsible for several brutal crackdowns since Zimbabwe gained its independence in 1980. n The leak of the documents suggests growing tensions between the military and at least some within the civilian law enforcement agencies, the newspaper said.n n
Netherlands—Lockheed Martin Rolls Out 1st Operational F-35A For Air Force n Lockheed Martin | 02/01/2019n Lockheed Martin has unveiled the first operational F-35A stealth fighter for the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF).n On Wednesday, the F-35A was formally rolled out during a ceremony at Lockheed's facility in Fort Worth, Texas, said a company release.n The aircraft was to be transported to Luke Air Force Base, Ariz., following the ceremony, where it will take part in pilot training before being delivered to Leeuwarden air base later this year, the release said.n The aircraft is the third F-35A to be delivered to the Netherlands. The first two were handed over in 2013 and are currently stationed at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., in support of operational testing.n The RNLAF plans to acquire 37 F-35As.n n
USA—Navy Orders Trident II D-5 Submarine-Launched Ballistic Missiles n U.S. Department Of Defense | 02/01/2019n The U.S. Navy has awarded Lockheed Martin Space, Sunnyvale, Calif., a contract for Trident II D-5 submarine-launched ballistic missiles (SLBMs), reports the Dept. of Defense.n The $559.6 million contract covers production and deployed system support, said a Pentagon release on Wednesday.n The Trident II D-5 is a three-stage, solid-propellant, inertial-guided SLBM that can carry multiple independently targeted re-entry vehicles with a range of over 4,570 miles (7,360 km), noted Defence Blog.n Work under the contract is expected to be completed Sept. 30, 2023.n n
Colombia—ELN Leaders Refuse To Return Without Security Guarantees n Reuters | 02/01/2019n Leaders of the National Liberation Army (ELN) militant group in Colombia say they will not leave Cuba unless Bogota provides security guarantees, reports Reuters. n The Colombian government has not provided a plan for the safe return of ELN leaders, as agreed to with the previous government, the leaders said in a statement on Thursday. n On Jan. 17, the ELN attacked a police academy in Bogota, killing 21 cadets. n In response, President Ivan Duque reactivated Interpol red notices against the group's leaders. n The red notices had been suspended during negotiations in Cuba. n Havana has said it will not extradite the leaders unless Bogota observes the protocols signed by the previous government. President Ivan Duque has rejected the protocols since taking office in August. n The agreement provided security guarantees for leaders to return to Colombia or Venezuela within 15 days after talks ended and bars military offensives for three days. The 15-day period will end on Saturday. n The militant group has tried to negotiate a deal similar to what the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) obtained in 2016 but talks have repeatedly broken down. n

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