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This day in Naval History

Sept. 13

1803 Commodore John Barry dies at Philadelphia, Pa., having served in numerous commands and over vessels in the Continental Navy during the American Revolution and in the newly formed U.S. Navy.

1814 During the War of 1812, the British bomb Fort McHenry at Baltimore Harbor for 25 hours. The sight of Fort McHenry's flag and the British withdrawing from Baltimore the next morning inspires Francis Scott Key to write the Star Spangled Banner.

1847 During the Mexican-American War, Chapultepec - the gateway to Mexico City - is successfully stormed by Marines. The next day they are assigned to duty as guards to the National Palace, called the Halls of Montezuma. This action inspires the first line of the Marine Hymn.

1906 Sailors and Marines from USS Denver (Cruiser #14) land in Havana at the request of the Cuban government to preserve order during a revolution.

1944 USS Warrington (DD 383) sinks off the Bahamas in a hurricane. After a prolonged search, numerous Navy vessels rescue only five officers and 68 men of the destroyer's 20 officers and 301 men.

1996 USS Cheyenne (SSN 773) is commissioned at Naval Station Norfolk. The 62nd and last of the Los Angeles-class attack submarines, USS Cheyenne is the third to be named after Wyomings capital city.

2008 Hurricane Ike hits Galveston and Houston, Texas. At Galvestons Seawolf Park, a maritime museum, the museum ship USS Stewart (DE 238) and museum submarine USS Cavalla (SS 244), suffer damage as they are thrown out of the water onto land. Both vessels are restored to the prior locations and undergo renovations.

Sept. 14

1814 During the War of 1812, the sloop-of-war, Wasp captures and burns the British merchant brig, HMS Bacchus, in the Atlantic. A week later, she captures the brig, Atlanta.

1899 During the Philippine Insurrection Campaign, the gunboat, USS Concord, and the monitor, USS Monterey, capture two insurgent schooners at Aparri, Philippine Islands.

1944 USS Ludlow (DD 438) fires at an enemy shore battery and also fires direct hits on enemy vessels off Imperia.

1952 USS Lewis (DE 535) and USS Evansville (PF 70) are fired on by enemy shore batteries off Wonsan, Korea. Their counter-batteries silence the enemy guns.

1971 USS Wiltsie (DD 716) spots a crippled A-7 Corsair plunging into the Gulf of Tonkin and rescues the pilot from the water.

1976 While conducting nighttime underway replenishments off Scotland, USS Bordelon (DD 881) loses control and collides with USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67). Though suffering extensive superstructure damage with six men injured, USS Bordelon continues under her own power.

1991 USS Hue City (CG 66) is commissioned at Pascagoula, MS. The 20th of the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruisers, Hue City is the first ship named after a battle of the Vietnam War.

Sept. 15

1942 USS Wasp (CV 7) is torpedoed by a Japanese submarine while operating in the Southwestern Pacific in support of forces on Guadalcanal. USS O'Brien (DD 415) and USS North Carolina (BB 55) are also struck by torpedoes from the same submarine.

1943 USS Saufley (DD 465) and a Catalina Patrol Bomber piloted by Lt. W. J. Geritz from Patrol Squadron Twenty Three (VP 23) sinks the Japanese submarine RO-101 100 miles southeast of San Cristobal, Solomons.

1944 USS Pampanito (SS 383) and USS Sealion (SS 315) rescue 73 British and 54 Australian POWs who survive the loss of Japanese freighter, Rakuyo Maru, after she is sunk by Sealion on Sept. 12, about 300 miles west of Cape Bojeador, Luzon. There had been 1,300 men on board Rakuyo Maru when she is torpedoed.

1950 During the Korean War, after preliminary naval gunfire and air bombardment on Sept. 13, the First and Fifth Marines go ashore for the Inchon Invasion, which includes US Army and Korean forces.

2012 USNS Choctaw County (JHSV 2) is christened and launched at Mobile, Ala. The joint high-speed vessel provides rapid transport of military equipment and personnel in theater.

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Today in History September 13


King Francis of France defeats the Swiss army under Cardinal Matthaus Schiner at Marignano, northern Italy.


Pope Paul III closes the first session of the Council of Bologna.


On the verge of attacking Pedro Menendez's Spanish settlement at San Agostin, Florida, Jean Ribault's French fleet is scattered by a devastating storm.


British troops defeat the French on the plains of Abraham, in Quebec.


Anne Robert Turgot, the new controller of finances, urges the king of France to restore the free circulation of grain in the kingdom.


The British fortress at Gibraltar comes under attack by French and Spanish forces.


The Constitutional Convention authorizes the first federal election resolving that electors in all the states will be appointed on January 7, 1789.


Guardsmen in Orleans, France, open fire on rioters trying to loot bakeries, killing 90.


General Winfield Scott takes Chapultepec, removing the last obstacle to U.S. troops moving on Mexico City.


Union troops in Frederick, Maryland, discover General Robert E. Lee's attack plans for the invasion of Maryland wrapped around a pack of cigars. They give the plans to General George B. McClellan who sends the Army of the Potomac to confront Lee but only after a delay of more than half a day.


The Loudoun County Rangers route a company of Confederate cavalry at Catoctin Mountain in Virginia.


U.S. warships head to Nicaragua on behalf of American William Albers, who was accused of evading tobacco taxes.


U.S. and French forces take St. Mihiel, France in America's first action as a standing army.


Iran demands the withdrawal of Allied forces.


In Korea, U.S. Army troops begin their assault in Heartbreak Ridge. The month-long struggle will cost 3,700 casualties.


An unmanned Mercury capsule is orbited and recovered by NASA in a test.


The United States announces it will veto Vietnam's UN bid.


Hurricane Gilbert becomes the strongest hurricane ever recorded in the Western Hemisphere, based on barometric pressure. Hurricane Wilma will break that record in 2005.


The Oslo Accords, granting limited Palestinian autonomy, are signed by Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and PLO chairman Yasser Arafat at the White House.


UN adopts non-binding Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.


Five synchronized bomb blasts occur in crowded locations of Delhi, India, killing at least 30 people and injuring more than 100; four other bombs are defused.


Hurricane Ike makes landfall in Texas; it had already been the most costly storm in Cuba's history and becomes the third costliest in the US.


Thanks to NHHC Be sure to open the links in the articles below to read the full story

WWII @75: The Battle of Peleliu

Peleliu Invasion, September 1944. Crews of a U.S. battleship’s 20mm and 40mm guns take a breather, during the landings on Peleliu, 15 September 1944.

By the summer of 1944, Gen. Douglas MacArthur’s forces were advancing beyond New Guinea toward the Philippines. Concurrently, Adm. Chester W. Nimitz’s naval and ground forces had broken through the Gilberts and Marshalls chains and were engaged in the capture of Saipan, Guam and Tinian in the Marianas.

By June 1944, Japanese carrier forces and their aviation assets were soundly defeated during the Battle of the Philippine Sea. The logical next step was to break into Japan’s second line of defense by capturing the Palaus group. Occupation of the Palaus was considered a prerequisite for the planned Leyte Gulf landings.

Although the original operation had to be rescheduled due to tougher than expected fighting on Saipan, Operation Stalemate II was scheduled to begin Sept. 15 with landings on Peleliu by the 1st Marine Division and backed by the U.S. Army’s 81st Infantry Division. Operation Stalemate II was to be the largest amphibious operation in the Pacific to date, with more than 1,600 ships and craft and more than 800 aircraft engaged.

For more on the operation, read the essay by COD’s Carsten Fries at NHHC’s website. Also see “Peleliu: Heroism and Grit” by NHHC historian Thomas Sheppard.

Today’s Midshipman Must Be Tomorrow’s Jack Crawford

Midshipman John “Jack” W. Crawford, 1942.

The U.S. Naval Academy recently hosted a true American hero to help him celebrate his 100th birthday. Back in December 1941, Midshipman First Class John “Jack” W. Crawford may have wondered if he would see his next birthday, let alone live long enough to be a century old. Following the Pearl Harbor attack, Crawford and his classmates graduated from USNA, class of 1942. Graduation and commissioning ceremonies were accelerated to meet the demands of World War II.

Originally, Crawford was to report to USS Oklahoma, but those orders were cancelled. Although Crawford’s ship was out of the war, he was determined to join the fight as soon as possible. Crawford set his sights on joining USS Yorktown and fighting in the Battle of Midway.

To learn what happened next, read the blog by Vice Adm. Sean Buck, superintendent, USNA, at The Sextant.

Patriot Day

Arlington, Virginia (Sept. 11, 2001) — Medical personnel and volunteers work the first medical triage area set up outside the Pentagon after a hijacked commercial airliner crashed into the southwest corner of the building. U.S. Navy Photo by Journalist 1st Class Mark D. Faram (Released)
In memory of those killed in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, Patriot Day is observed annually to mourn their loss and never forget the tragedy.

President George W. Bush signed Patriot Day into law Dec. 18, 2001, with Sept. 11, 2002, being the first Patriot Day observed. A national moment of silence will be observed beginning at 8:46 a.m., corresponding with the exact time that American Airlines Flight 11 struck the North Tower of the World Trade Center—the initial attack.

The subsequent Global War on Terrorism, which included the worldwide manhunt for Osama bin Laden and destruction of the al Qaeda terrorist network, followed.

For more on the Navy’s continuing role in the GWOT, view the Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom, and Operation Inherent Resolve pages at NHHC’s website.


Thanks to Carl……The gym or wherever you take the time is the only fountain of youth. The physical and mental benefits are life changing if you have not done it

How Resistance Training Can Change Your Brain

Study — How Resistance Training Can Change Your Brain

by Dr. Joseph Mercola September 13, 2019


Thanks to Dr. Rich

Hey Dr. Sugden,

Can you believe it's the 10th Anniversary of the ACORN videos? I wrote this piece over the weekend and thought you might like it.



The ACORN Sting, 10 Years Later

By James O’Keefe

A decade ago, I was experimenting with an “old” genre of journalism. It was a merger of Andy Bichlbaum’s agitprop street theater group “The Yes Men,” meets Mike Wallace meets Borat.

After combining ideas from Tom Wolfe’s “Mau Mauing the Flak Catchers,” Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals, and studying Hunter S. Thompson’s work, I was inspired to change the world. This strange brew of inputs ultimately lead me to undercover investigative journalism. Rush Limbaugh would later describe what we do as “getting them on video tape being who they are. Therefore, no explanation is required.” This new frontier of journalism became my life’s work.

It started in college with a Gonzo campaign to ban the breakfast cereal Lucky Charms from Rutgers dining halls because it was an “affront” to Irish-Americans everywhere. Later, my gang of merry pranksters headed to Boston to ask citizens if they would “Adopt A Loving Gitmo Detainee.”

Next came a shocking phone call to a Planned Parenthood office. Posing as a donor I suggested, “The less black kids out there the better.” The Planned Parenthood worker said, “We’ll accept the money.”

But what ultimately created the movement that would become Project Veritas was a Facebook message from an inspired young woman I had never met. After a string of messages, she stated almost as an afterthought, “P.S. have you ever done undercover stuff with ACORN housing?”

To be honest, I didn’t even know what ACORN was.

Open the link for the full story


Some daily news from Military Periscope for 13 Sepetmber

USA—Truman Strike Group Deploys Without Carrier Due To Technical Issues USNI News | 09/13/2019 The Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group has deployed without its aircraft carrier after the Truman was forced to remain in port for repairs, reports USNI News. A problem with the Truman’s electrical distribution system was identified in August and remains unresolved. The carrier’s escorts, including the cruiser Normandy (CG-60) and Arleigh Burke-class destroyers Lassen (DDG-82), Farragut (DDG-99) and Forrest Sherman (DDG-98) are deploying as a surface action group. The SAG will be led by Destroyer Squadron 28 and elements of the carrier strike group staff. A detachment of MH-60R helicopters from Helicopter Maritime Squadron 72 (HSM-72) out of Naval Air Station Jacksonville, Fla., will join the surface warships. This is the first deployment of a SAG from the East Coast since 2006, said Vice Adm. Andrew Lewis, commander of the U.S. 2nd Fleet. A similar SAG deployment occurred in the Pacific in 2013, when the Nimitz’s escort vessels deployed without the carrier after it was sidelined for repairs. It remains unclear when the repairs to the Truman will be completed.

USA—Work Underway On Prototypes For Marine LAV Replacement Marine Corps Times | 09/13/2019 The Marines plan to test two armored reconnaissance vehicle (ARV) prototypes by the end of 2020 as potential replacements for the service's aging Light Armored Vehicles (LAVs), reports the Marine Corps Times. The office of Naval Research awarded a pair of contracts earlier this year for the production of full-scale technology demonstration vehicles, the office said in a release on Sept. 10. The General Dynamics armored reconnaissance vehicle (ARV) will employ the latest technology available based on a notional unit price, said ONR. The SAIC prototype will feature more advanced systems that may not yet be mature, but could be integrated as new capabilities. The goal is to envision advanced capabilities beyond current technology. The ARV will provide Marines with sensor, communications and combat capabilities and integrate robotics, artificial intelligence and uncrewed platforms, said ONR. ONR has also invested in component technology development for the vehicles with Battelle, Cougaar Software, QinetiQ and SRI International. The Marine Corps expects to evaluate the two prototypes starting in late 2020.

USA—Intelligence Agencies Attribute Cell Spying Devices To Israel Politico | 09/13/2019 U.S. intelligence agencies believe that Israel placed several cell phone surveillance devices around sensitive locations in Washington, D.C., reports Politico (Washington, D.C.). Sometime before October 2018, small surveillance devices called StingRays were found near the White House and other locations, said three officials familiar with the matter. The systems simulate cell towers and can intercept phone traffic, obtaining locations, the identity of the caller and the contents of calls and messages. Analysts at the FBI and other federal agencies concluded that the devices were likely placed by Israeli agents, with the objective of listening in on calls made by President Trump and his associates. A spokesman for the Israeli Embassy in Washington denied that Israel placed the devices or conducted espionage targeted at the United States. The discovery of the devices and attribution to Israeli agents did not result in any punitive action, an unusual lack of a response, said the sources. Typically, when brazen incidents of spying are found, the government involved would be rebuked or suffer other consequences.

Central African Republic—U.N. Security Council Agrees To Ease Arms Embargo After Peace Deal Signed Voice Of America News | 09/13/2019 The United Nations Security Council unanimously passed a resolution to ease the arms embargo currently in place against the Central African Republic, reports the Voice of America News. The C.A.R. has been under a U.N. embargo since Seleka rebels removed then-President Francois Bozize from office in 2013, resulting in wider inter-group violence. The government signed a peace agreement in February with 14 of those groups to end the fighting and set up a new government. France proposed the measure to ease the arms embargo to allow “C.A.R. authorities to train and equip their defense and security forces to be able to respond proportionately to threats to the security of all citizens.” While the U.N. has agreed to ease the embargo, several conditions remain, including limits on the caliber of arms used by security forces and a ban on the sale and transfer of the weapons.

Nigeria—9 Soldiers Die In Militant Ambush In Borno State This Day | 09/13/2019 At least nine Nigerian soldiers have been killed in a Boko Haram ambush in Nigeria’s northwestern Borno state, reports This Day (Lagos). On Monday, Boko Haram fighters ambushed an army convoy with heavy machine guns and rocket-propelled grenades. The troops were headed to Gudumbali to reinforce the Regional Multinational Task Force, including Nigerian and Chadian troops, for a new offensive against Boko Haram, reported Agence France-Presse. Other sources said the casualties were from a battalion recently deployed to the area as part of Operation Lafiya Dole, reportedly as part of a new strategy. In this account, the Boko Haram insurgents pretended to be farmers and surrounded a military camp before launching their attack. Twenty soldiers were still missing on Friday, the newspaper said. The new “Super Camp” strategy consists of consolidating previously scattered units into larger military camps near government institutions. The plan was announced last month. The insurgents also stole a fuel tanker and several other vehicles.

Sudan—Peace Talks Mapped Out In Accord With Rebels Sudan Tribune | 09/13/2019 The Sudanese government has signed a roadmap agreement for peace talks with rebel groups set to begin next month, reports the Sudan Tribune (Paris). On Wednesday, the Sudanese government signed a confidence-building accord with the Sudanese Revolutionary Front (SRF) and the Sudan Liberation Forces Alliance (SLFA) in a ceremony in Juba, the capital of South Sudan. Abdel Aziz al-Hilu, who leads a wing of the Sudanese People's Liberation Movement-North (SPLM-M), signed an identical agreement in a separate document. The document covers confidence-building measures, including the release of prisoners and the cessation of hostilities, ahead of talks that are to begin on Oct. 14. The government also agreed to review plans regarding the contested areas of the Kajabar Dam in northern Sudan and issues in eastern Sudan. Plans call for a final agreement to be signed no later than Dec. 14.

Morocco—Military Seeks Guided Weapons For F-16s, TOW Anti-Tank Missiles From U.S. U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency | 09/13/2019 The government of Morocco is seeking to buy a range of munitions from the United States, reports the U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency. One proposed sale covers weapons for Morocco’s F-16 fighter jets valued at US$209 million. The possible deal includes 5,810 Mk 82 and 300 Mk 84 general-purpose bombs; 105 Joint Direct Attack Munition (JDAM) tail kits; and several thousand Paveway airfoil kits, computer control groups and fuzes. The potential package also included an unspecified quantity of flares and chaff as well as spare parts and technical support. Rabat was cleared in March to purchase 25 new F-16C/D Block 72 fighters, noted Defense News. A second possible sale, worth US$776 million, covers includes 2,401 TOW 2A Radio Frequency (TOW-2A-RF) missiles; 28 TOW-2A-RF missiles for lot acceptance testing; 300 M220A2 TOW launchers; and 400 M41 Improved Target Acquisition System (ITAS) launchers. The potential deal also includes spares, logistical and technical support and training.

Algeria—Deal Inked For New Su-30, MiG-29 Jets Defence Web | 09/13/2019 Algeria has ordered new fighter jets from Russia, reports Defence Web (South Africa). The contracts cover 16 Su-30MKA and 14 MiG-29M/M2 aircraft at a cost of about US$1.8 billion, reported Russia's Vedomosti newspaper. The value of the deal could exceed US$2 billion if weapons and equipment are included. The agreement was likely reached during the MAKS Aerospace Exhibition in August. Deliveries would bring the total number of Su-30s in service to 74. Algeria has been looking for replacements for its aging MiG-29s, which are due to be retired in 2020.

Saudi Arabia—Security Forces Arrest Dozens Of Hamas Members Hamas | 09/13/2019 Saudi security services have arrested a top Hamas official and dozens of other members of the militant Palestinian group, says a release from the militant group. On Monday, Hamas announced on its website that the group's unofficial representative in the kingdom, Mohammed al-Khudari, 81, his son Hani and an undisclosed number of other Hamas activists had been arrested in April. The group chose not to announce the move until recently due to efforts to mediate the dispute. Hamas sources told the Jerusalem Post that 64 suspected members had been apprehended, with more arrests expected. Saudi police also confiscated Hamas assets. Khudri lived in the Red Sea port of Jeddah for almost 30 years. Saudi Arabia has taken an increasingly tough approach with Hamas due to the latter's support from Iran.

Turkey—7 Killed In PKK Bombing In Diyarbakir Province Anadolu News Agency | 09/13/2019 Seven civilians have been killed in a bombing in the Kulp district of Turkey’s southeastern Diyarbakir province, reports the Anadolu Agency (Ankara). Ten others were wounded in the attack on Thursday evening, reported Reuters. Two individuals remained hospitalized with serious injuries. Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said that Kurdistan Worker’s Party (PKK) militants used an improvised explosive device to attack villagers on their way to collect firewood.

Ukraine—Zelensky Anticipates Donbas Peace Talks This Month Reuters | 09/13/2019 Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky says he expects to hold fresh peace talks with Russia later this month on the conflict in Ukraine’s eastern Donbas region, reports Reuters. The talks would include representatives from Ukraine, Russia, France and Germany in the “Normandy format.” A prisoner swap last week has provided momentum for the possible talks, officials said. French President Emmanuel Macron mentioned the possibility of resuming negotiations last month during the G7 conference, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty reported at the time. Ukraine must ensure that any peace agreement does not create a situation like that in the breakaway Moldovan region of Transnistria, where Russian troops are permanently stationed under the auspices of a peacekeeping mission, Zelensky said. The president said he would be open to a peacekeeping mission on the border with Russia, reported the Ukrainian Independent Information Agency (UNIAN). Zelensky also indicated support for maintaining sanctions against Russia, calling them a “peace tax.”

European Union—European Maritime Security Mission In Gulf Stumbles After U.K. Joins American Op Reuters | 09/13/2019 The U.K.’s decision under new Prime Minister Boris Johnson to join the U.S. maritime security mission in the Persian Gulf has hindered European efforts to set up their own operation, reports Reuters. In July, France and the U.K. proposed a European-led task force that would be independent of Washington to protect shipping in the Persian Gulf after Iran seized a British-flagged tanker in the Strait of Hormuz. Other European countries supported the move out of concern that a U.S.-led mission would worsen regional tensions. Once Johnson decided to join the American mission on Aug. 5, planning for the European task force was halted, said a senior European Union diplomat. France is set to host a conference on Sept. 16 in an effort to move forward with the mission to protect merchant vessels in the Strait of Hormuz. The task force would likely be run out of the French military base in the United Arab Emirates. The European mission will be designed so that it does not appear like a coalition against Iran, said a French defense official.

Russia—Security Forces Raid Opposition Offices After Election Setback For Putin In Moscow The Guardian | 09/13/2019 Russian authorities have carried out simultaneous raids targeting the homes and offices of members of opposition groups, reports the Guardian (U.K.). More than 1,000 police officers were reportedly involved in over 200 separate raids carried out across 40 towns and cities throughout Russia. The raids also targeted members of the opposition in their homes and the homes of family members, said an opposition official cited by CNN. An unknown number of activists were detained for questioning and computers and other equipment were taken. The powerful Investigative Committee has accused Alexei Navalny’s Anti-Corruption Foundation (FBK) of laundering US$15.1 million from 2016 to 2018. Navalny has dismissed the allegations as an attempt to shut down the FBK, which has produced a number of reports about suspected high-level corruption. More than 100 bank accounts linked to the FBK and its employees have been frozen. The raids are the result of the Russian government’s “hysteria” in the aftermath of major setbacks the Moscow city assembly elections, Navalny said in a YouTube video cited by Agence France-Presse. “Putin got upset and is stomping his feet,” he said.

United Kingdom—Royal Navy Selects Babcock Design For Type 31 Frigate British Broadcasting Corp. | 09/13/2019 The British Royal Navy has selected engineering firm Babcock to build the fleet's Type 31 frigates, reports BBC News. On Thursday, the British Ministry of Defense selected a Babcock-led consortium to build five of the frigates to the Arrowhead 140 design, said a Royal Navy release. The defense ministry is still working to finalize program costs and suppliers before signing a final contract. The design is a modified version of the Danish navy’s Iver Huitfeldt-class frigate, noted Defense News. First steel is expected to be cut in 2021, with the first ship to be launched in 2023. The firm says that final deliveries will be completed by the end of 2028. Total program cost is estimated at 1.25 billion pounds (US$1.54 billion) or 250 million pounds (US$307 million) per ship. The ship is viewed as a smaller, more affordable alternative to the Glasgow-class frigates that are being built to replace the Norfolk-class warships. Thales will provide combat management systems for the ship. The flight deck is large enough to accommodate an AW101 Merlin or MH-60R/S Seahawk helicopter.

Indonesia—Joint Maritime Patrol Exercise Underway With Australia Antara News Agency | 09/13/2019 Indonesian sailors are conducting a joint maritime patrol exercise with their Australian counterparts, reports the official Antara news agency (Jakarta). The Uasindo Corpart exercise began on Tuesday and runs through Sept. 16. About 30 Australian officers and three warships have joined 90 Indonesian sailors and two patrol ships from the 2nd Fleet in Surabaya for the maneuvers off the coast of Indonesia's southernmost East Nusa Tenggara province. The drills focus on communication while patrolling shared sea borders and are expected to boost cooperation between the navies, said Capt. Mathew Brown, the naval attache at the Australian Embassy in Indonesia.

Thailand—Initial Batch Of Stryker Armored Vehicles Delivered Bangkok Post | 09/13/2019 The Thai army has taken delivery of its first Stryker wheeled armored vehicles from the U.S., reports the Bangkok Post. Army chief Gen. Apirat Kongsompong accepted the first 10 vehicles in a ceremony at army headquarters in Bangkok on Thursday. Gen Robert Brown, U.S. Army Pacific commander, formally handed over the Strykers during the event. The new vehicles will be deployed with the 11th Infantry Regiment, said the newspaper. Thailand signed a deal in May to acquire 37 refurbished Strykers for US$80 million. Under the agreement, the U.S. would provide an additional 23 vehicles at no cost. Deliveries of all 60 vehicles are expected to be completed by the end of the year.

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