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A bit of history and some tidbits.



Today in Naval History

July 18

1779 In the largest prize value of the American Revolution, Commodore Abraham Whipples squadron consisting of Continental frigates Providence, Queen of France and sloop Ranger, captures 11 British prizes off the Newfoundland Banks sailing from Jamaica. The cargoes are worth more than $1 million.

1792 Continental Navy Capt. John Paul Jones dies in Paris, France. A legend during the American Revolution, Jones argues for Congress establishing a United States Navy. When it fails to do so, the unemployed captain found work as a rear admiral in the Russian navy for a couple of years, but eventually returns to France, where he dies. More than a century later, his body is discovered, exhumed, brought back to the United States under huge fanfare and reburied in a magnificent sarcophagus at the United States Naval Academy.

1813 During the War of 1812, the frigate, USS President, commanded by John Rodgers, sinks the British brig, HMS Daphne, off the Irish coast. In the next few weeks, she engages three more vessels. USS President captures the ship, HMS Eliza Swan July 24, burns the brig, HMS Alert, on July 29, and captures the bark Lion on Aug. 2.

1921 U.S. Army and U.S. Navy aircraft sink the ex-German cruiser, Frankfurt, in target practice as part of General Billy Mitchell's aerial bombing demonstration.

1943 German submarine (U 134) shoots down (K 47), the first and only U.S. airship lost during WW II, in the Fla. straits. In Aug. 1943, (U 134) is sunk by British aircraft near Vigo, Spain.

1966 Gemini 10 is launched with Lt. Cmdr. John L. Young as command pilot and Michael Collins is the pilot. The mission entails 43 orbits at an altitude of 412.2 nautical miles and lasts two days, 22 hours, and 46 minutes.

1981 USS Dallas (SSN 700) is commissioned at Groton, Conn., her first homeport. The Los Angeles-class nuclear-powered attack submarine is the first to be built with an all-digital fire control and sonar system.

1992 USS Shiloh (CG 67) is commissioned at Bath, Maine. The 21st Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser is the named after the Civil War Battle of Shiloh.

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Executive Summary:
• U.S. forces took part in a major amphibious landing and other naval training off Australia's northeast coast on Wednesday as a part of Talisman Sabre 2019, reports the Wall Street Journal.
• Following reports that Iran may have seized a foreign oil tanker, the Iranian Foreign Ministry stated that its security forces came to the aid of a tanker in the strait of Hormuz, reports the New York Times.
• The Wall Street Journal reports that the Trump administration formally ejected Turkey from the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program on Wednesday.

Today in History July 18


Robespierre, a deputy from Arras, France, decides to back the French Revolution.


Great Britain signs the Treaty of Orebro, making peace with Russia and Sweden.


Uruguay adopts a liberal constitution.


Union and Confederate troops skirmish at Blackburn's Ford, Virginia, in a prelude to the Battle of Bull Run.


Inventor Thomas Edison records the human voice for the first time.


The Ballot Act is passed in Great Britain, providing for secret election ballots.


Ethiopian King Haile Selassie urges his countrymen to fight to the last man against the invading Italian army.


General Francisco Franco of Spain revolts against the Republican government, starting the Spanish Civil War.


The German Me-262, the first jet-propelled aircraft to fly in combat, makes its first flight.


New Zealand and Australia announce they will pull their troops out of Vietnam.


In Buenos Aires, a massive car bomb kills 96 people.


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I am trying to locate any surviving members of vf-121 who were stationed at Miramar Naval Air Base in 1959. I am donating a plaque for Ensign Albert Hickman (Hickmon) who sacrificed his life by staying in his jet rather than crash onto the childrens playground at lunchtime.

This year is the 60th anniversary of his heroic sacrifice. The ceremony and plaque dedication will be held on this September 21, 2019, at Mt. Soledad National Veterans Memorial. I am a member of the association which operates & maintains the memorial.

I am also a member of Albert Hickman American Legion Post 460. I also attended Hawthorne Elementary, the school he saved. And Hickman Elementary the school named in his honor. I played Little League at Hickman Field. I have contacted several students who were present that fateful day. They will attend. So will the current Principals of both Hickman & Hawthorne Elementary as well as Post 460 and others.

This is very time-sensitive and I ask that anyone with any information for me to please contact me asap. Also anyone interested in attending, or requesting information please contact me by phone or email that I've given you.

Thank you for your service,
Sean Kelley


Cheers, Spike

T. E. "Spike" Prendergast

Captain, U.S. Navy (Ret.)


Thanks to Hawk

o Bro-Turtle et al Distinguished Men of Legends past;

For whatever ridiculous and non-sensical reason; --- This particular "Rendering" of the "Demise of Jack Tar" seemed to fill the bill of necessity for Wednesday, 17 July, 2019, and passed to me by an old friend & Submarine Sailor!

While imagining your way thru the verbiage below; -- Just axt yo-self (?) How many of these men have you known, raised, trained, escorted to Captain's Mast, Lectured, put on Restrictions when that was "Authorized"; given "Additional Duty for Training" and even (Perhaps?); -- Been one yourself?

Keep the pressure ON and don't let up!



----- Forwarded Message -----

Sent: Wednesday, July 17, 2019, 06:48:43 AM PDT

Subject: The Demise of Jack Tar

Every sailor past 60 will recognize this. In many cases this is what we all were.

"The Demise of Jack Tar"

The traditional male sailor was not defined by his looks. He was defined by his attitude.

He didn't cry victimization, bastardization, discrimination or for his Mom when things didn't go his way.

He took responsibility for his own sometimes, self-destructive actions.

He loved a laugh at anything or anybody. Rank, gender, race, creed or behavior, it didn't matter to Jack.

He would take the piss out of anyone, including himself. If someone took it out of him he didn't get offended. It was a natural part of life. If he offended someone else, so be it.

Free from many of the rules of a polite society, Jack's manners were somewhat rough and his ability to swear was legendary.

Jack loved women. He loved to chase them to the ends of the earth and sometimes he even caught one (less often than he would have you believe though). His tales of chase and its conclusion win or lose is the stuff of legends.

Jack's favorite drink was beer, and he could drink it like a fish. His actions when inebriated would, on occasion, land him in trouble. But, he took it on the chin, dis his punishment and then went and did it all again.

Jack loved his job. He took an immense pride in what he did. His radar was always the best in the fleet. His engines always worked better than anyone else's. His eyes could spot a contact before anyone else's and shoot at it first.

It was a matter of personal pride. Jack was the consummate professional when he was at work and sober. He was a bit like a mischievous child. He had a gleam in his eye and a larger than life outlook.

He was as rough as guts. You had to be pig headed and thick skinned to survive. He worked hard and played hard. His masters tut-tutted at some of his more exuberant expressions of 'joie de vivre,' and the occasional bout of number 9's or stoppage let him know where his limits were.

The late 20th Century and on, has seen the demise of Jack. The workplace no longer echoes with ribald comment and bawdy tales. Someone is sure to take offence.

Whereas, those stories of daring do and ingenuity in the face of adversity, usually whilst pissed, lack the audacity of the past. A wicked sense of humor is now a liability, rather than a necessity. Jack has been socially engineered out of existence.

What was once normal is now offensive. Denting someone else's over inflated opinion of their own self-worth is now a crime.



Thanks to Carl

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All you gunfighter pilots out there ... TINS?

Sometime in 1961 while serving as Cat Officer on Saratoga I dreamed up a way to launch four F-8s into a diamond formation for a VIP show. It took some convincing to talk Cdr. Christenson the skipper of VF-32 into trying it but finally he agreed.

We tried the launch four times and on three of the attempts something always screwed up the timing but on that one successful try everything worked as planned and we had four Crusaders in a somewhat loose diamond in a wing-up burner climb. It was spectacular and someone got a picture of it showing the bow of the ship with the four birds almost vertical. I have seen the picture twice but was never able to get a copy for my wall.VF-32 continued to use the launch for show launches after I left the Sara Maru. Royce Williams, then skipper of VF-33 reports they used it for VIP shows on their round-the-world cruise on Enterprise. In case you are curious how we managed, we had the lead on cat 2, right wing on cat 1, left wing on cat 3 and the slot on cat 4. We put all four in burner and all four cats in final cocked ready with the safety interlocks off. When cleared to launch all four saluted and the waist cats started the dance. When he touched the deck for cat three I immediately shot two, the slight delay between the shots was just enough to close three up to the lead. As fast as we could we each fired our remaining cats and the four were airborn in an almost perfect diamond.

As an ex-crusader I know I wasn't flying those birds but I was proud to be part of a team that managed to pull off a spectacular ( and legal) stunt with Crusaders.

Dick Bishop, CDR, USN (Ret)


OOPS! MiG on Mig

I hadn't heard about this yet......


Friendly fire incident.

Thanks. Ralph

Whoops: A Russian MiG-31 Shot down One of Its Buddies


Some news from around the world 18 July

NATO—Secretary-General Urges Russia To Return To INF Treaty British Broadcasting Corp. | 07/18/2019 The head of the NATO alliance has called on Russia to resume its obligations under the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty before the deadline expires on Aug. 2, reports BBC News. If Russia does not come back into compliance with the 1987 agreement, the alliance will take a measured, defensive response, NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said in an interview. New conventional air and missile defense capabilities, exercises and new arms control initiatives could all be part of NATO's response, he said. The U.S. suspended its obligations under the treaty in February, accusing Russia of violating its terms. Moscow followed suit in March. The INF treaty bans all land-based cruise and ballistic missiles with ranges of 300-3,400 miles (500-5,500 km). The new Russian missile that breached the accord is nuclear-capable, mobile, difficult to detect and capable of reaching European cities in a few minutes, Stoltenberg said. Russia has shown no indication that it intends to return to the agreement, the secretary-general said.

USA—Washington Formally Kicks Turkey Out Of F-35 Program USNI News | 07/18/2019 Turkey has been officially removed from the F-35 fighter jet program, reports USNI News. Ankara's acceptance of the Russian S-400 air defense system would put the stealthy jet at unnecessary risk, Ellen Lord, undersecretary of defense for acquisition and sustainment, told reporters on Wednesday. Work by Turkish firms supplying parts for the jet will end by March 2020, said Lord, as quoted by Defense News. Companies in Turkey make more than 900 components for the jet. The U.S. has allocated between $500 million and $600 million to cover engineering costs to replace Turkish suppliers with U.S. companies. Lord characterized the decision as a "suspension," suggesting that Turkey could return to the program if it gives up its S-400s. Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Policy David Trachtenberg said that Turkey's participation in other parts of the NATO alliance, including upcoming exercises in Georgia, Germany and Ukraine, would continue unchanged. Officials in Ankara were less optimistic. Pushing Ankara out of the program would irreparably damage relations, said a Turkish Foreign Ministry statement released after the announced. The move would not affect ongoing F-35 production due to preparations made over the last several months, said the manufacturer, Lockheed Martin.

USA—Troops Headed To Saudi Arabia Amid Heightened Tensions With Iran Cable News Network | 07/18/2019 The U.S. is sending hundreds of troops to Saudi Arabia as part of a buildup in response to growing tensions with Iran, reports CNN. Five hundred troops are expected to deploy to the Prince Sultan Air Base, east of Riyadh, two defense officials said on Wednesday. They will join a small number of troops and support personnel already on site, who are working to install a Patriot missile battery and improve the runway and other airfield facilities. The site was chosen because it was assessed that it would be difficult for Iranian missiles to hit the airfield. The deployment is part of a Trump administration plan announced last month to send an additional 1,000 troops to the Middle East. Washington anticipates operating F-22 and other fighter jets from the base. A formal notification to Congress of the deployment is expected next week, officials said.

USA—Air Force ICBM Program Takes Another Step Defense News | 07/18/2019 The U.S. Air Force has issued a request for proposals for the next phase of the Ground-Based Strategic Deterrent program, reports Defense News. The two remaining competitors for the program, Boeing and Northrop Grumman, will compete for the engineering and manufacturing development (EMD) contract that the Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center expects to award in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2020, said an Air Force release on July 16. The EMD contract will include options for five production lots. Boeing and Northrop Grumman are the only two remaining competitors for the program, which began in January 2015. The company that provides the best overall value will be selected, said Air Force officials. The manufacturers won design maturation and risk-reduction contracts in 2017. The GBSD is intended to replace the 50-year-old LGM-30G Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile beginning in the mid-2020s. Due to lifespan limits on the Minuteman III, the GBSD missiles must start replacing it by 2028, according to the Air Force. Previous estimates from the Pentagon's Cost Assessment and Program Evaluation Office put the cost of the program between $85 billion and $100 billion, although the most recent estimate from June has not yet been released.

USA—New Simulator Provides Realistic Training For Combat Ops Navy Times | 07/18/2019 The U.S. Navy has launched its second high-tech Combat Information Center (CIC) training simulator, reports the Navy Times. The facility at Naval Station Norfolk, Va., is the twin of an identical station in San Diego that opened in December. The first sailors began training on the Virginia-based system on July 15. The Combined Integrated Air and Missile Defense and Anti-Submarine Warfare Trainer supports full tactical capability training in a way that is not possible onboard a warship, said officials at the facility. The centers are larger than the CICs on naval vessels to allow instructors to better monitor and move between stations. The operator consoles are grouped in the same way as they are on warships. The shore-based training center provides extremely realistic training, with the ability to play back recorded scenarios to discuss results with participants, the officials said. The two centers cost an estimated $150 million to build.

USA—New Marine Sniper Rifle Reaches Full Operational Capability Marine Corps Systems Command | 07/18/2019 The Marine Corps has declared full operational capability for its new sniper rifle, reports the Marine Corps Systems Command. The Mk 13 Mod 7 Long-Range Sniper Rifle reached the milestone in the second quarter of fiscal 2019, the command said. The Mk 13 partially replaces the M40A6 sniper rifle employed by Recon Marines and scout snipers. Marines will deploy with the Mk 13, while the M40A6 will serve as a training rifle. This will help conserve barrel life on the new rifles, officials said. The Mk 13 fires a .300 magnum round, giving it a range of more than 1,000 yards (900 m), a major improvement over the 875-yard (800-m) maximum effective range of the M40A6, noted the National Interest. The rifle also integrates the new M571 enhanced day optic that provides greater magnification and an improved reticle. The Mk 13 was initially fielded to I Marine Expeditionary Force in 2018, and was also employed by the scout sniper platoon of the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines, for more than a year in support of the 2025 Sea Dragon Exercise.

France—Normandie Frigate Delivered Defense-Aerospace | 07/18/2019 The French navy has taken delivery of its sixth Aquitaine-class frigate, reports The French defense procurement agency, DGA, accepted delivery of the Normandie in Brest on July 16, reported Jane's Defence Weekly. The frigate had completed DGA trials enabling it to be delivered to the French navy, said an agency release. The Normandie is the sixth ship to be constructed for the French Navy under the European multimission frigate (FREMM) program. It is the last ship in the class that is optimized for anti-submarine warfare missions. The next two frigates, Alsace and Lorraine, are configured for air defense missions. These ships are scheduled for delivery in 2021 and 2022.

Ukraine—Cease-Fire Agreement Reached During Talks In Minsk Unian News Agency | 07/18/2019 Representatives of the Ukrainian government say they have agreed to a new cease-fire with Russian-backed separatists in the eastern Donbas region during talks in Minsk, reports the Ukrainian Independent Information Agency (UNIAN). The Trilateral Contact Group (TCG) agreed to a "comprehensive, sustainable and indefinite cease-fire" in the Donbas to begin at midnight on July 22, said a spokeswoman for the Ukrainian envoy. Representatives from the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), Russia and Ukraine make up the TCG. An OSCE representative told the Moscow Times that this was the first time that members had issued a joint statement announcing a cease-fire. The agreement includes a ban on forward movement, reconnaissance activities and stationing heavy weapons near population centers, reported the Tass news agency (Moscow). Both parties will also synchronize the removal of fortifications in the near future, beginning with those on the bridge in Stanytsia Luhanska. The sides also pledged to allow the OSCE monitoring mission full and safe access to all of Ukrainian territory.

South Korea—Political Parties Form United Front Against Japanese Export Restrictions Yonhap | 07/18/2019 South Korean leaders from across the political spectrum have pledged to form a united front amid an escalating diplomatic crisis with Japan, reports the Yonhap news agency (Seoul). In a meeting on Thursday in Seoul, President Moon Jae In and the leaders of five major political parties agreed to form a body to coordinate a national response to new export restrictions implemented by Japan. The meeting brought together the heads of the ruling Democratic Party, the opposition Liberty Korea Party (LKP), the Bareunmirae Party, the Justice Party and the Party for Democracy and Peace. In a joint statement, the leaders urged Japan to reconsider the recent export restrictions on materials used in semiconductor and digital displays. If the crisis worsens, South Korea could reconsider the General Security of Military Information Agreement with Japan, said the leader of the Justice Party, quoting a national security official present at the meeting. Japan imposed the export controls on the dual-use components earlier this month. Relations between the two countries have been tense due to lingering disputes over Japanese treatment of Koreans during the colonial era from 1910 to 1945. Tokyo has rejected calls that Japanese firms compensate survivors who worked for the companies against their will.

China—Beijing Hosts African Defense Officials For Security Talks China Military Online | 07/18/2019 The first China-Africa Peace and Security Forum is underway in Beijing, reports China Military Online. The conference is being attended by 100 senior defense representatives from 50 African countries and the African Union, including 15 defense ministers and chiefs of general staff. The forum, which runs through July 20, covers issues such as terrorism, fundamentalism, drugs, human-trafficking and arms proliferation. These security issues in Africa are interconnected with broader global issues and cannot be tackled by a single African or outside nation, officials said. China's ongoing assistance was noted by representatives as an example of collaborative efforts, as well as the efforts of the five African Union nations engaged in peacekeeping operations in Somalia. The African Union noted that China has provided support to the peacekeeping mission in Somalia since 2011, including equipment and funding of about US$1.2 million annually. Beijing has also provided vital gear for the African Standby Force worth around US$100 million, reported Xinhua, China's state news agency.

Burma—State Dept. Sanctions Generals For Role In Human-Rights Violations Against Rohingya National Public Radio | 07/18/2019 The U.S. State Dept. has levied sanctions on the commander of the Burmese military as well as three other generals and their families, reports NPR News. Sr. Gen. Min Aung Hlaing, the commander-in-chief of the armed forces, Vice Sr. Gen. Soe Win, and brigadier generals Than Oo and Aung Aung, along with their families, are barred from entering the United States under the sanctions announced on Tuesday, reported Reuters. Min Aung Hlaing ordered the release of soldiers convicted of extrajudicial killings in a Rohingya village in 2017 after months in prison. Meanwhile, Reuters reporters who uncovered the killings were jailed for more than 500 days, said Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. The U.N. recommended that top Burmese leaders be tried for genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes following a fact-finding mission that determined that the military "took the lead in killing thousands of Rohingya civilians, as well as forced disappearances, mass gang rape and the burning of hundreds of villages." A military spokesperson condemned the sanctions, but emphasized that the travel bans would not affect the generals much. With the latest measures, the U.S. has now sanctioned four military and police commanders, as well as two army units for their role in the abuses of the Rohingya people. Washington has held back from labeling the actions a genocide however, which would require the imposition of stiffer penalties.

Australia—Allies Hit The Beach In Queensland Australian Dept. Of Defense | 07/18/2019 Australian forces have led their largest amphibious assault since World War II during the ongoing multinational Talisman Saber drills, reports the Australian Dept. of Defense. During the operation, an amphibious task force with personnel from Australia, Japan, New Zealand, the U.K. and U.S. assaulted Langham Beach, near Stanage Bay in Australia's northeastern Queensland state, before moving into an extended operational area. The training simulated an operation to expel an invader from a fictional Pacific island nation. The exercise was a key part of Talisman Sabre, according to Australian defense officials. Around 34,000 personnel, 30 ships and 200 aircraft from Australia, the U.S., U.K., New Zealand, Japan and Canada are taking part in the drills, which run through early August.

Iran—IRGC Says It Seized Ship Smuggling Oil In Strait Of Hormuz Mehr News Agency | 07/18/2019 The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) in Iran says it seized a foreign oil tanker in the Persian Gulf, reports the semi-official Mehr news agency (Iran). The unnamed ship was detained on Sunday south of Larak Island, about 20 miles (35 km) west of Iran, the IRGC said on Thursday. Iranian TV said that a vessel that Iran had towed to its waters after receiving a distress call was later seized after it was discovered to be smuggling fuel, reported the Guardian (U.K.). The vessel and her 12 crewmembers were detained on suspicion of smuggling 1 million liters of oil, reported Al Arabiya (Dubai). The incident coincided with the disappearance of the Panama-flagged tanker Riah, which turned off its transponder late Saturday and has not been seen since.

Syria—Rebels Says Elite Russian Troops Deployed In Idlib Province Reuters | 07/18/2019 Syrian rebel groups say Russian special operators are fighting alongside Syrian troops in the northwestern Idlib province, reports Reuters. Russian troops recently joined Syrian government offensives in Idlib and neighboring Hama province after the strategic Humaymat hilltops fell into rebel hands last week, said rebel commanders. Rebels succeeded in taking the site despite the presence of elite Syrian units, said a commander for the Jaish al Izza rebel group. Russian officers had previously been restricted to command roles. In a statement, Russian Defense Ministry officials denied the presence of ground troops in Syria. Any Russian forces are deployed around the perimeter of the de-escalation zone, in accordance with a Russian-Turkish agreement, said the ministry. Another rebel leader said that some Iranian groups had also joined the conflict. Since April, Syrian troops and Russian jets have led a campaign to oust rebels from the area, the last part of Syria that remains out of government control.

Democratic Republic of the Congo—WHO Declares Emergency In East As Ebola Outbreak Continues World Health Organization | 07/18/2019 The World Health Organization has declared a global public health emergency in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, where Ebolacases have spread to Goma, the largest city in the region. The U.N. agency announced the emergency on Wednesday. The announcement came three days after the first case was reported in Goma, a city of 2 million people, reported the Wall Street Journal. Since the outbreak was first announced in the Congolese provinces of North Kivu and Ituri in August 2018, more than 2,500 people have been infected, 1,676 of whom have died. The fight against the latest Ebola outbreak has been hindered by distrust of medical workers and militant attacks on medical facilities, noted BBC News. This is the fifth time in the organization's history that it has declared a disease to be a "public health emergency of international concern." The announcement is intended to attract public attention and greater funding, said analysts.

Mali—Berlin Hands Over Armored Vehicles Defence Web | 07/18/2019 The Malian armed forces have received a batch of armored personnel carriers donated by Germany, reports Defence Web (South Africa). German Amb. Dietrich Becker handed over the 29 Casspir vehicles and other equipment during a ceremony at a parade ground in Kati, just outside the capital, Bamako. Germany also supplied 4,100 bullet-resistant vests, 4,300 combat boots and 2,700 ballistic helmets. Berlin previously donated 25 Mercedes trucks and other equipment in June 2018. Germany has deployed 1,000 soldiers and police officers with the U.N. peacekeeping mission in Mali, the European-led training mission (EUTM Mali) and the capacity assistance mission EUCAP Sahel Mali.

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