Friday, March 8, 2019

TheList 4944

The List 4944 TGB

To All,
I hope that you all have a great weekend.
This day in Naval History
March 8
1822Crew from the schooner Enterprise capture and burn seven small pirate vessels off Cape Antonio, Cuba.
1862The ironclad CSS Virginia destroys the wooden ships USS Cumberland and USS Congress in Hampton Roads, VA. 
1943PBY-5 Catalinas from VP-53 sink German submarine U 156 east-northeast of Trinidad. 
1945Phyllis Daley becomes the first African-American ensign in the Navy Nurse Corps and serves at the Naval Dispensary at Boston, MA. 
1945Navy patrol bombers hit a Japanese convoy, sinking cargo vessel No. 21 Yusen Maru in Formosa Strait.
1950Operation Portrex begins. The two-week-long exercise is the first use of airborne troops in support of an amphibious landing and takes place on Vieques Island, Puerto Rico.
1961USS Patrick Henry (SSBN 599) returns from patrol to become the first ballistic missile submarine to use Holy Loch, Scotland, as a refit and upkeep anchorage.
March 9
1847—An Army-Navy force begins the siege of Veracruz, Mexico. Approximately 12,000 U.S. troops land on the beaches, along with their horses, mules, artillery, and supplies. Veracruz surrenders Mar. 29, and the forces make their way to Mexico City.
1862 —In the first battle between ironclads, USS Monitor and CSS Virginia engage in close combat in Hampton Roads, VA. Neither side could claim victory, but it eventually ends the era of wooden ships.
1919—The first flight from a battleship platform is made by Lt. Cmdr. Edward O. McDonnell in a Sopwith Camel from turret No. 2 of USS Texas (BB 35) while anchored at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
1944 —USS Lapon (SS 260), while pursuing a Japanese convoy in the South China Sea, sinks two freighters and survives a counterattack by Japanese gunboat.
1952—USS Samuel N. Moore (DD 747) and HMS Morecambe Bay silence enemy shore batteries firing at USS Merganser (AMS-26) near Songjin, Korea.
1991—USS Cowpens (CG 63) is commissioned in Charleston, SC. The 17th of her 27-ship Ticonderoga-class of guided-missile cruisers, Cowpens is homeported at Naval Base San Diego.
March 10
1783The last naval action of the American Revolution takes place when the Continental frigate Alliance, commanded by Capt. John Barry, battles HMS Sybil south of Cape Canaveral, FL. Sybil is damaged in the fight and returns to the two warships that did not join in the battle.
1933The Pacific Fleet provides assistance after earthquake at Long Beach, CA.
1943USS Savannah (CL 42) and USS Eberle (DD 430) intercept German blockade runner Karin in the South Atlantic. After boarding the ship, a timed explosion goes off, killing 11 of Eberle's boarding party.
1944USS Kete (SS 369) attacks a Japanese convoy and sinks one cargo and two transport ships while dodging counterattacks.
1945The Navy and civilian nurses interned at Los Banos, Philippines as prisoners of war since early January 1942 are flown back to U.S. The Navy nurses are later awarded the Bronze Star for their time in captivity.
1948The carrier suitability of the FJ-1 Fury jet fighter is tested aboard USS Boxer (CV 21) off San Diego, with a number of landings and takeoffs.
2001USS Winston S. Churchill (DDG 81) is commissioned at Naval Station Norfolk. The 31st destroyer of the Arleigh Burke class is the fourth U.S. Navy warship to be named after a British citizen. Churchill has a Royal Naval officer assigned permanently to the ship and she flies the Royal Navy's White Ensign as well as the Stars and Stripes.
2007USS New Orleans (LPD 18) is commissioned at New Orleans, Louisiana. The second of the 12-ship San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock warships, New Orleans is homeported at Naval Base San Diego.
March 11
1778During the American Revolution, the Continental frigate Boston captures the British ship Martha in the North Atlantic.
1941President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs the Lend-Lease Act, which permits delivery of war materials to Allied Powers on credit or lease.
1942Lt. John Bulkeley, commander of Motor Torpedo Boat Squadron 3, helps Gen. Douglas MacArthur and Rear Adm. Francis W. Rockwell, as well as their families and others, escape the Philippines in motor torpedo boats PT 32, PT 34, PT 35, and PT 41. For this action, along with other operations in the Philippines during the start of World War II, he receives the Medal of Honor.
1945The U.S. Navy begins use of LCVPs (Landing Craft, Personal Vehicles) to ferry troops across the Rhine River at Bad Neuenahr, Germany.
1845George Bancroft takes office as the 17th Secretary of the Navy. Although he serves in that position only 18 months, he establishes the Naval Academy at Annapolis and encourages the growth and importance of the Naval Observatory.
1965Operation Market Time (Coastal Patrol Force) patrols begin off the South Vietnam coast. The objective is to interdict enemy efforts moving supplies to South Vietnam by sea.
Thanks to CHINFO
Executive Summary:
Today's national headlines include former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort being sentenced to nearly 4 years in prison, President Trump is scheduled to travel to Alabama to meet with tornado victims, and celebrations for international women's day.  USNI detailed the development of the Naval Surface and Mine Warfighting Development Center and its plans for the future. In 2018 the SMWDC brought the Surface Warfare Advanced Tactical Training to the East Coast and it plans to hold six SWATTs in 2019 and seven more in 2020. "To me, every ship deserves it, so now it's mandated and we're going to execute it," said SMWDC deputy commander Capt. Chris Barnes. USINDOPACOM Commander Adm. Philip Davidson warned that Chinese military activity is on the rise in the South China Sea, but stated that the U.S. is not retreating from the region reports Business Insider. "It's building. It's not reducing in any sense of the word," said Adm. Davidson. Additionally, VCNO Adm. Bill Moran conducted a series of Fleet engagements at Naval Station Norfolk on Thursday.
This day in World History
March 8

Johannes Kepler discovers the third Law of Planetary Motion.

Queen Anne becomes the monarch of England upon the death of William III.

George Washington delivers the first State of the Union address.

The first bronze statue of Andrew Jackson is unveiled in Washington, D.C.

The first train crosses Niagara Falls on a suspension bridge.

On the second day of the Battle of Pea Ridge, Confederate forces, including some Indian troops, under General Earl Van Dorn surprise Union troops, but the Union troops win the battle.


The Confederate ironclad C.S.S. Virginia (formerly U.S.S. Merrimack) is launched.


President Rutherford B. Hayes declares that the United States will have jurisdiction over any canal built across the Isthmus of Panama.


The Bundestag in Germany lifts the ban on the Jesuit order of priests.


The House of Commons, London, turns down the women's suffrage bill.


Pope Pius X lifts the church ban on interfaith marriages in Hungary.


Baroness de Laroche becomes the first woman to obtain a pilot's license in France.


Spanish Premier Eduardo Dato is assassinated while leaving Parliament in Madrid.


French troops occupy Dusseldorf.


Martial law is proclaimed in Holland in order to extinguish any anti-Nazi protests.


Japanese troops capture Rangoon, Burma.


Japanese forces attack American troops on Hill 700 in Bougainville. The battle will last five days.


Phyllis Mae Daley receives a commission in the U.S. Navy Nurse Corps. She will become the first African-American nurse to serve duty in World War II.


The U.S. Supreme Court rules that religious instruction in public schools is unconstitutional.


France and Vietnam open talks in Paris on a treaty to form the state of Indochina.


Max Conrad circles the globe in a record time of eight days, 18 hours and 49 minutes in Piper Aztec.


More than 4,000 Marines land at Da Nang in South Vietnam and become the first U.S. combat troops in Vietnam.


Australia announces that it will triple the number of troops in Vietnam.


The Nixon administration discloses the deaths of 27 Americans in Laos.


Two bombs explode near Trafalgar Square in Great Britain injuring 234 people.


The United States accuses the Soviets of killing 3,000 Afghans with poison gas.


Thomas Creighton dies after having three heart transplants in a 46-hour period.

March 8, 1917
February Revolution begins, leading to the end of czarist rule in Russia
In Russia, the February Revolution (known as such because of Russia's use of the Julian calendar) begins when riots and strikes over the scarcity of food erupt in Petrograd. One week later, centuries of czarist rule in Russia ended with the abdication of Nicholas II, and Russia took a dramatic step closer toward communist revolution.
By 1917, most Russians had lost faith in the leadership ability of the czarist regime. Government corruption was rampant, the Russian economy remained backward, and Nicholas repeatedly dissolved the Duma, the Russian parliament established after the Revolution of 1905, when it opposed his will. However, the immediate cause of the February Revolution–the first phase of the Russian Revolution of 1917–was Russia's disastrous involvement in World War I. Militarily, imperial Russia was no match for industrialized Germany, and Russian casualties were greater than those sustained by any nation in any previous war. Meanwhile, the economy was hopelessly disrupted by the costly war effort, and moderates joined Russian radical elements in calling for the overthrow of the czar.
On March 8, 1917, demonstrators clamoring for bread took to the streets in the Russian capital of Petrograd (now known as St. Petersburg). Supported by 90,000 men and women on strike, the protesters clashed with police but refused to leave the streets. On March 10, the strike spread among all of Petrograd's workers, and irate mobs of workers destroyed police stations. Several factories elected deputies to the Petrograd Soviet, or "council," of workers' committees, following the model devised during the Revolution of 1905.
On March 11, the troops of the Petrograd army garrison were called out to quell the uprising. In some encounters, regiments opened fire, killing demonstrators, but the protesters kept to the streets, and the troops began to waver. That day, Nicholas again dissolved the Duma. On March 12, the revolution triumphed when regiment after regiment of the Petrograd garrison defected to the cause of the demonstrators. The soldiers, some 150,000 men, subsequently formed committees that elected deputies to the Petrograd Soviet.
The imperial government was forced to resign, and the Duma formed a provisional government that peacefully vied with the Petrograd Soviet for control of the revolution. On March 14, the Petrograd Soviet issued "Order No. 1," which instructed Russian soldiers and sailors to obey only those orders that did not conflict with the directives of the Soviet. The next day, March 15, Czar Nicholas II abdicated the throne in favor of his brother Michael, whose refusal of the crown brought an end to the czarist autocracy.
The new provincial government, tolerated by the Petrograd Soviet, hoped to salvage the Russian war effort while ending the food shortage and many other domestic crises. It would prove a daunting task. Meanwhile, Vladimir Lenin, leader of the Bolshevik revolutionary party, left his exile in Switzerland and crossed German enemy lines to return home and take control of the Russian Revolution.
Thanks to Micro for setting this straight
The video of the "Israeli" rocket hitting the "Syrian" tank has been going around with those claims attached to it for almost 20 years.  It is neither.
That is not an Israeli weapon or a Syrian tank. It is a BILL 2 Anti-tank guided missile from Sweden and that is a test firing. Here is the video from another view.  It's a remote-controlled, probably German or Swedish, old tank with parts removed. There is no white phosphorus involved.  That stuff has been illegal for many decades, although it is useless, for the most part, against armor.
Thanks to Robert
For all my CA friends and a very interesting video.
You may need to key the YouTube below into your browser.
RENEGADE STATE: The Four Families Of California And The Private Company ...
Interesting take on California. If true it answers s few questions 
"The Four Families"
This may be the most important thing you ever learn about California.  After you almost pass out .. please pass it on !
Thanks to Carl
Historic Pictures & Rare Film Footage: NAS Pensacola – Birthplace of Naval Aviation
Thanks to Dr. Rich….this is really cool
If you work w. sheet metal you need one (or more) of these ...
and buy them here:
Thanks to Howard and Ron who forgot to warn me they were selling solar on the right side of the page OMG my Fit Bit hit 175.
Guy Makes Personal Flying Quadcopter

This pilot could not hide his delight as he took the skies in the first manned flight in a quadcopter.
With the long-term goal of personal flight for all,
Tomasz Patan took off in the Jetson Speeder flying craft over the skies above Toscana, Italy.

Thanks to Mud I have had this in the List before but could not remember a couple
    I think this quiz was designed to make us feel very stupid.
    I missed Nos:  3 & 9 altogether.   For #6  I only got 1 of 3, and for #9  I only got 4 of 6.
    I guess I'd have to count all of them as missed, so my score would have to be 5 out of 9.  I must say, however, that at 6:00 AM I didn't bother giving the one about things on one's feet much thought.
"Wisdom grows in proportion to one's awareness of one's ignorance."
There are only nine 
 This is a quiz for people who know everything!  I found out in a hurry that I didn't. These are not trick questions.
They are straight questions with straight answers..
Name the one sport in which neither the spectators nor the participants know the score or the leader until the contest ends.
What famous North American landmark is constantly moving backward?
3. Of all vegetables, 
only two can live to produce on their own for several growing seasons. All other vegetables must be replanted every year. What are the only two perennial vegetables?
4. What fruit has its seeds on the outside?
5. In many liquor stores, you can buy pear brandy, with a real pear inside the bottle. The pear is whole and ripe, and the bottle is genuine; it hasn't been cut in any way. How did the pear get inside the bottle?
Only three words in standard English begin with the letters ' dw' and they are all common words. Name two of them.
There are 14 punctuation marks in English grammar. Can you name at 
least half of them?
Name the only vegetable or fruit that is never sold frozen, canned, processed, cooked, or in any other form except fresh.
Name 6 or more things that you can wear on your feet beginning with 
the letter 'S.'
Scroll down for the answers
Aaaaaaat.....Don't Cheat!!!!
 Answers To 
The one sport in which neither the spectators nor the participants know the score or the leader until the contest ends:

North American landmark constantly moving backward:
Niagara Falls .. The rim is worn down about two and a half feet each year because of the millions of gallons of water that rush over it every minute.

Only two vegetables that can live to produce on their own for several growing seasons:
Asparagus and rhubarb.

The fruit with its seeds on the outside:

How did the pear get inside the brandy bottle?
It grew inside the bottle. The Bottles are placed over pear buds When they are small, and are wired in place on the tree. The bottle is left in place for the entire growing season. When the pears are ripe, they are snipped off at the stems.

Three English words beginning with dw:
Dwarf, dwell and dwindle...

Fourteen punctuation marks in English grammar:
  Period, comma, colon, semicolon, dash, hyphen, apostrophe, question mark, exclamation point, quotation mark, brackets, parenthesis, braces, and ellipses.

The only vegetable or fruit never sold frozen, canned, processed, cooked, or in any other form but fresh:

Six or more things you can wear on your feet beginning with 
Shoes, socks, sandals, sneakers, slippers, skis, skates, 
snowshoes, stockings, stilts.
Thanks to Donald
Fossil Fuels are NEEDED!
Fossil fuels are IN HIGH DEMAND for damn good reasons!
2 minute video.  
There AIN'T any suitable replacements for fossil fuels any time in the near future!!!!
Some items from around the world
Taiwan—All Options On Table For New Fighter Jets, Says Defense Ministry  Central News Agency (Taiwan) | 03/08/2019 The Taiwanese Defense Ministry says it is considering all options after reports suggested the country had requested permission from the U.S. to procure 66 F-16V fighter jets, reports the semi-official Central News Agency.  The F-15, F/A-18, F-16 and F-35 are all possibilities to strengthen the island's air power, Maj. Gen. Tang Hung-an, the head of the air force's planning division, said during a conference on Thursday.  Tang confirmed that Taiwan had recently submitted a letter of request to the U.S. for fighter jets. It did not specify what model the government was seeking. The air force will wait for a U.S. recommendation and then negotiate from there, he said. Taiwan has been seeking to buy new fighter jets since 2003, reported the Taiwan Times. The air force has 326 fighters in service but China's growing fleet has created an imbalance across the Taiwan Strait, said Tang.  Ongoing upgrades of the fleet's current F-16A/Bs to the F-16V configuration was slightly behind schedule, reported Taiwan News.  On Wednesday, the Apple Daily (Hong Kong) reported that Taipei submitted a letter of request on Feb. 27 to purchase 66 F-16V fighter jets, at a cost of US$13 billion.  A defense ministry official declined to confirm the cost quoted in the report.  The American Institute in Taiwan would not comment on the deal. All U.S.-Taiwan defense sales are guided by the Taiwan Relations Act, said a spokeswoman.     
Egypt—Police Kill 7 Members Of Banned Hasm Group  Egypt Today | 03/08/2019 Egyptian security forces have killed seven suspected militants in two operations near Cairo, reports Egypt Today.  On Thursday, three militants opened fire after police stopped their vehicle in Giza, said the interior ministry.  The group was in disguise and trying to plant explosives in the area when police intercepted them, reported Reuters.  One officer was wounded in the encounter. All three attackers were killed. Police recovered weapons, ammunition and an explosive device, reported Agence France-Presse.  Separately, in Cairo's 6th of October district, police raided an apartment where they suspected the group manufactured explosives.  Four militants were killed in a subsequent gun fight, said the interior ministry. Explosives and three automatic rifles were recovered at the scene.  The men belonged to the banned Hasm militant group, said the ministry.  The Egyptian government says the group functions as the militant wing of the banned Muslim Brotherhood political party. The Brotherhood denies this.  The Hasm group first appeared in 2016 and has claimed responsibility for several attacks.   
India—Defense Minister Approves Plan To Restructure Army  Press Trust Of India | 03/08/2019 The Indian Defense Ministry has approved reforms aimed at making the army leaner and more efficient, reports the Press Trust of India.  Defense Minister Nirmala Sitharaman approved the changes on Thursday, said defense sources.   Under the new guidelines, 20 percent, or about 229, of the officers at army headquarters will be reassigned to forward locations near Pakistan and China.  Sitharaman also authorized new posts, including a deputy chief of the army staff strategy to oversee operations, intelligence, strategic planning and logistics.  The reforms also call for the creation of a new information warfare wing and two additional directorate generals (ADGs) focused on vigilance and human rights.  The ministry has approved the merger of the deputy chief of army staff (planning and strategy) and the major general ordnance into a single office, the deputy chief of army staff (capability development and sustenance), bringing all revenue and capital spending under a single organization.  Other changes include a broader reduction in expenditures, restructuring the officer cadre and right-sizing the force.   
USA—Navy Set To Resume LCS Deployments To Singapore   Straits Times | 03/08/2019 U.S. Indo-Pacific Command chief Adm. Philip Davidson says Washington will deploy two littoral combat ships to Singapore later this year, reports the Straits Times (Singapore).  On Thursday, Davidson said the U.S. was still in discussion with Singapore over access to military facilities.  The planned deployment underscores Washington's commitment to the region as Beijing continues to pursue an increasingly assertive policy, said the admiral.  Amid talks of declining U.S. global presence, Davidson said Washington's footprint in the Indo-Pacific would remain strong.  In 2015, Logistics Group Western Pacific commander Rear Adm. Charles Williams said four littoral combat ships would deploy to Singapore by 2018. Those planned deployments have fallen behind schedule.  Three LCS have deployed to Singapore since 2013. The last, USS Coronado, departed in 2017 after a 14-month deployment.   
USA—XQ-58A Valkyrie Unmanned Demonstrator Makes Debut Flight  Air Force News Service | 03/08/2019 The U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory says it has flown a new unmanned aerial vehicle demonstrator for the first time, reports the Air Force News Service. On Tuesday, the XQ-58A Valkyrie conducted a 76-minute flight at Yuma Proving Ground, Ariz., said a service release on Thursday. The aircraft is scheduled to complete five test flights in two phases to evaluate system functionality, aerodynamic performance and launch and recovery systems, the release said. The XQ-58A Valkyrie can reach a top speed of Mach 0.9 with a range of more than 2,000 miles (3,220 km). It is capable of carrying two 250-pound (113-kg) GBU-39 Small Diameter Bombs, noted the War Zone website. The XQ-58 could eventually provide a low-cost surveillance, strike and electronic warfare capability that can operate independently, as a cooperative swarm or as a "loyal wingman" under the command of a manned aircraft. The Valkyrie was developed by the AFRL in partnership with Kratos, San Diego, Calif., for the Low Cost Attritable Aircraft Technology (LCAAT) initiative, which aims to design and build unmanned aircraft faster and cheaper through improved design tools and commercial manufacturing processes.   
USA—Navy Eyes New Class Of Unmanned Surface Vehicles  USNI News | 03/08/2019 The U.S. Navy is seeking to develop a new class of medium unmanned surface vehicles (USV), reports USNI News. The service is expected to issue a request for proposals for USV designs within the next two months and award a contract by the end of the year, according to documents obtained by the news service. The notional requirements call for a vehicle between 40-165 feet (12-50 m) long; capable of operating autonomously under maritime rules of the road at a cruising speed of 16 knots (30 km/h); a minimum range of 4,500 nm (7,240 km); able to carry a payload equivalent to a 40-foot (12-m) shipping container; operate independently for at least 60 days; and capable of refueling at sea. The new USV is expected to serve as a sensor and communications relay as part of a family of unmanned systems planned by the Navy. The requirements for the medium USV have been influenced by the Sea Hunter medium USV demonstrator, which began as a DARPA program and transitioned to the Office of Naval Research for ongoing work, Rear Adm. Ron Boxall, director of surface warfare, told USNI in January.   
Ukraine—Initial Bayraktar TB2 UAVs Arrive From Turkey  Anadolu News Agency | 03/08/2019 The Ukrainian army has taken delivery of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) purchased from Turkey, reports Turkey's Anadolu Agency.  The Bayraktar TB2s have arrived in Ukraine, President Petro Poroshenko said on Thursday. Poroshenko's statement did not indicate when the systems were delivered.  Ukraine will soon begin test flights of the drones, reported the Middle East Monitor.  In January, Poroshenko announced an agreement with Turkey to purchase six of the armed UAVs, as well as three ground-control stations and other equipment.  The Ukrainian president said that the next step in cooperation with the NATO country would be a joint enterprise in the city of Zaporizhia, focusing on producing components for unmanned platforms.    
Germany—Arms Embargo On Saudi Arabia Extended To End Of Month  Defense News | 03/08/2019 Germany is extending a ban on arms sales to Saudi Arabia until the end of the month, reports Defense News.  Foreign Minister Heiko Maas announced the extension on Wednesday.  The current restrictions were set to expire on Saturday.  Future arms sales will depend on developments in Yemen, where a Saudi-led coalition is fighting Houthi rebels, said Maas, as reported by Deutsche Presse-Agentur.  Berlin halted future arms sales to Saudi Arabia in November over the killing of a dissident Saudi journalist and reports of excessive civilian casualties in Yemen.  The stance has the support of German voters but is opposed by the defense industry, as well as France and the U.K., whose domestic industries have been forced to halt deliveries of systems with German components.  In February, Airbus said the delivery of 48 Eurofighter Typhoons was halted because of the ban.    
Germany—NATO Forces Test Out New Counter-Artillery Doctrine At Grafenwoehr Training Area  Stars And Stripes | 03/08/2019 An annual U.S.-led large-scale multinational artillery exercise is currently underway in Germany, reports the Stars and Stripes. The live-fire portion of Exercise Dynamic Front began on March 2 at the U.S. Army's Grafenwoehr Training Area in eastern Bavaria. Firing drills are also taking place in Poland and Latvia.  More than 3,200 soldiers from 27 countries are taking part in the exercise, which is focused on testing NATO's new counter-artillery doctrine. The doctrine, the first of its kind for the alliance, outlines contingency plans for responding to shelling by enemy forces. The U.S. and other NATO allies have their own counter-battery fire doctrine, but the alliance lacks its own, military officials said. For the Dynamic Front drills, the U.S. Army took its counter-artillery fire plan and applied it to the large-scale multinational exercise. This year's training also involves 24 multiple launch rocket systems supporting 62 howitzers. The rocket launchers provide the ability to deploy anti-tank mines and precision strikes at ranges up to 55 miles (89 km), said German officials. The live-fire training is scheduled to conclude this weekend.   
Malta—Rolls-Royce To Provide Propulsion System For OPV  Rolls-Royce Press Release | 03/08/2019 Italian shipbuilder Cantiere Navale Vittoria has selected Rolls-Royce to supply the marine propulsion package for an offshore patrol vessel (OPV) for the armed forces of Malta, reports the British manufacturer. The contract covers a pair of PROMAS controllable-pitch propellers and rudders; SC722 FCP steering gear; TT1300 bow thruster; TT100 stern thruster; fin stabilizers; and a remote-control system, said a company release on Wednesday. Rolls-Royce will also integrate the various hybrid diesel-electric propulsion modes via a power take-in for lower patrolling speeds of up to 12 knots (22 km/h), ensuring lower lifecycle costs, the release said. Details of the contract, including value and projected timeline, were not disclosed. The Maltan OPV, designated P71, is designed for border control, search-and-rescue, replenishment and helicopter operations. The 1,800-ton vessel is scheduled to be delivered in 2020.  
Egypt—Military Kicks Off Month-Long Joint Exercise With U.K.  Egypt Today | 03/08/2019 The Egyptian military has begun a joint exercise with the British armed forces in Alexandria, reports Egypt Today. The month-long Ahmose 1 exercise began on Thursday at Mohamed Naguib military base. More than 165 military personnel are taking part in the exercise, said the British embassy in Cairo. The training is focused on counterterrorism and combat operations in urban environments. It will strengthen bilateral military coordination, reported the Ahram Online. The British and Egyptian defense ministries signed the first memorandum of understanding to conduct joint military exercises last year as part of efforts to strengthen counterterrorism cooperation in the region, noted the Middle East Monitor. Separately, the Egyptian and French navies wrapped up a joint naval exercise in Egyptian territorial waters in the Red and Mediterranean Seas on Thursday, reported Xinhua, China's state-run news agency.
Israel—New Panther Armored Vehicles To Replace Aging Fleet  Ynet News | 03/08/2019 The Israel Defense Forces is planning to purchase new Panther multi-purpose armored vehicles, reports the Ynet News (Tel Aviv). The Panthers will replace the IDF's aging fleet of Sparrow and Wolf armored vehicles, which have been in service for 15 years, according to local media. The IDF intends to procure nearly 100 new vehicles for low-intensity conflict missions, reported Defence Blog. The Panther weighs 12 tons and can accommodate a 14-person crew with two stretchers. The hull is fitted with modular armored plates for 360-degree protection. The chassis is based on Oshkosh Defense's Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles (FMTVs). The vehicle is designed for transport, command and medical evacuation missions, but can be reconfigured for other military needs. A second prototype of the Panther is currently undergoing the final stage of testing. Serial production is expected to begin later this year. Unit cost is estimated at US$276,000.  
Iraq—ISIS Ambushes Shi'ite Militiamen In North  Kurdistan 24 | 03/08/2019 Six militiamen have been killed in an attack in northern Iraq, reports Kurdistan 24. On Wednesday, Islamic State terrorists ambushed a group of Hashd al-Shaabi fighters on the Mosul-Kirkuk road as they were returning from patrol, police told the Anadolu Agency (Turkey). Thirty-one fighters were injured, said the Iraqi Ministry of Defense. All of the militiamen were unarmed, according to the interior ministry. The attack was against "an off-duty Hashd al-Shaabi division" traveling through the disputed Makhmour district, said the interior ministry. 
Kenya—Maritime Dispute With Kenya To Be Resolved By ICJ, Says Official  Business Daily | 03/08/2019 Somalia says it will wait for a decision by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague over a territorial dispute with Kenya, reports the Business Daily (Kenya).  Talks between Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed and Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta in Nairobi on Thursday ended without a breakthrough agreement.  The ICJ is considering a claim on maritime borders brought by Somalia in 2014 after talks over the disputed 38,610-square-mile (100,000 square-km) area collapsed.  The Kenyan government had demanded an out-of-court settlement and reversion to a map agreeable to both countries.  The neighbors agreed to restore full diplomatic relations but no solution to the disputed maritime region was forthcoming, said a spokesman for the Somali president.  The two-day discussions were brokered by Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed. In February, Kenya recalled its ambassador to Somalia after Mogadishu began auctioning oil and gas exploration blocks in the disputed area of the Indian Ocean.  
Indonesia—3 Soldiers Killed In Latest Fighting In Papua  Jakarta Post | 03/08/2019 At least three Indonesian soldiers have been killed in fighting with rebels in the eastern Papua province, reports the Jakarta Post.  On Thursday, at least 50 members of the West Papua National Liberation Army attacked a group of 25 soldiers assigned to protect a road construction project in the province's Mugi district, said a military spokesman.  An Indonesian army statement said there were 70 rebels armed with military and traditional weapons, reported Reuters.  Three soldiers were killed in the fighting, which ended when the rebels retreated, the spokesman said.  Two military helicopters dispatched to evacuate the soldiers also came under fire.  As many as 10 rebels may have been killed in the fighting but rebels likely removed the bodies, said the army. The body of one rebel was discovered at the scene and is undergoing identification.  A rebel spokesman said that five soldiers had been killed in the incident, with no rebel fatalities.  The soldiers were supervising the completion of a road construction project, which was halted after frequent rebel attacks.  
Japan—OH-1 Ninja Helos Resume Flight Operations After 4 Years  Scramble | 03/08/2019 The Japanese Ground Self-Defense Force (JGSDF) has resumed flight operations of its OH-1 Ninja light observation helicopter after four years, reports Scramble magazine (the Netherlands). The fleet of 37 OH-1 Ninjas returned to service on March 1, although it will likely take some time before the fleet is fully operational, the magazine said on Tuesday. The Ground Self-Defense Force is expected to prioritize the retraining of pilots and observers for the helicopters. The OH-1s were grounded following a crash in February 2015. The aircraft have since undergone repairs to replace faulty engine parts. Kawasaki, the manufacturer, has proposed modifying the Ninjas into an attack configuration as a replacement for the aging AH-1S Cobra. The OH-1 can be armed with various munitions, including anti-tank and air-to-air missiles, noted Defence Blog.                   The militiamen were traveling in a bus from Mosul to Kirkuk when they were attacked, reported Rudaw (Iraqi Kurdistan). Most of the casualties were Shi'ite Turkmen, who have their own unit under the Hashd al-Shaabi. Turkish officials condemned the attack. Hashd al-Shaabi, also known as the Popular Mobilization Force (PMU), was created in 2014 to fight the Islamic State. The primarily Shi'ite group was formally incorporated into the Iraqi army in 2017.                                                                           

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