Tuesday, October 1, 2019

The List 5109

The List 5109 TGB

To All,

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Today in Naval History

October 1

1844 Naval Observatory headed by LT Matthew Fontaine Maury occupies first permanent quarters.

1880 John Phillip Sousa becomes leader of Marine Corps Band

1942 USS Roe (DD 418) rescues 17 merchant seamen and two Naval Armed Guard sailors of the freighter SS West Chetac who drifted off the coast of Brazil for eight days after their vessel is sunk by German submarine U 175.

1955 Commissioning of USS Forrestal (CVA-59), first of postwar supercarriers

1980 USS Cochrane (DDG-21) rescues 104 Vietnamese refugees 620 miles east of Saigon

1990 USS Independence (CV-62) enters Persian Gulf (first carrier in Persian Gulf since 1974)


Thanks to CHINFO

Executive Summary:

• Multiple outlets covered the 70th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China amid protests in Hong Kong.

• The Wall Street Journal reports that the U.S. Treasury Department issued new sanctions against Russian businessmen accused of meddling in the 2016 elections.

• Navy Times reports that the Navy is re-establishing the “torpedoman’s mate” rating.

October 1


Alexander the Great decisively shatters King Darius III's Persian army at Gaugamela (Arbela), in a tactical masterstroke that leaves him master of the Persian Empire.


Rudolf of Hapsburg is elected emperor in Germany.


The feeble Sultan Mohammed Shah of Persia, hands over power to his 17-year old son Abbas.


In Paris, the National Legislative Assembly holds its first meeting.


The British government decides to send a punitive naval expedition to China.


Maria Mitchell, American astronomer, discovers a comet and is elected the same day to the American Academy of Arts---the first woman to be so honored. The King of Denmark awarded her a gold medal for her discovery.


The first installment of Gustav Flaubert's novel Madame Bovary appears in the Revue de Paris after the publisher refuses to print a passage in which the character Emma has a tryst in the back seat of a carriage.


The Condor, a British blockade-runner, is grounded near Fort Fisher, North Carolina.


General Lew Wallace is sworn in as governor of New Mexico Territory. He went on to deal with the Lincoln County War, Billy the Kid and write Ben-Hur. His Civil War heroics earned him the moniker Savior of Cincinnati.


Yosemite National Park is dedicated in California.


The Ford Model T, the first car for millions of Americans, hits the market. Over 15 million Model Ts are eventually sold, all of them black.


The German Army grinds to a complete halt within the city of Stalingrad.


British troops in Italy enter Naples and occupy Foggia airfield.


The U.S. First Army begins the siege Aachen, Germany.


Eleven Nazi war criminals are sentenced to be hanged at Nuremberg trials---Hermann Goring, Alfred Jodl, Hans Frank, Wilhelm Frick, Ernst Kaltenbrunner, Wilhelm Keitel, Joachin von Ribbentrop, Fritz Saukel, Arthur Seyss-Inquart, Julius Streicher, and Alfred Rosenberg.


First flight of F-86 Sabre jet fighter, which would win fame in the Korean War.


Mao Zedong establishes the People's Republic of China.


"In God We Trust" appears on US paper currency as an act to distinguish the US from the officially atheist USSR; the motto had appeared on coins at various times since 1864.


The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) replaces the 43-year-old National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA) in the US.


Nigeria becomes independent from the UK.


The Federal Republic of Cameroon is formed by the merger of East and West Cameroon.


The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson debuts; Carson will remain The Tonight Show host until 1992.


The first Free Speech Movement protest erupts spontaneously on the University of California, Berkeley campus; students demanded an end to the ban of on-campus political activities.


Japanese "bullet trains" (Shinkansen) begin high-speed rail transit between Tokyo and Osaka.


Walt Disney World opens near Orlando, Florida, the second of Disney's "Magic Kingdoms."


First CT or CAT brain scan performed, at Atkinson Morley Hospital in Wimbledon, London.


Five Nixon aides--Kenneth Parkinson, Robert Mardian, Nixon's Chief of Staff H.R. Haldeman, John Ehrlichman, and U.S. Attorney General John Mitchell--go on trial for conspiring to hinder the Watergate investigation.


Legendary boxing match: Muhammad Ali defeats Joe Frazier in the "Thrilla in Manila."


US returns sovereignty of the Panama Canal to Panama.


First compact disc player, released by Sony.


Denmark introduces the world's first "civil union" law granting same-sex couples certain legal rights and responsibilities but stopping short of recognizing same-sex marriages.


Siege of Dubrovnik begins in the Croatian War of Independence.


The Supreme Court of the United Kingdom takes over judicial functions of the House of Lords.


Some Highlights of Carrier Activities

Thanks to Ben and Dutch

Wooden decks and iron men

Amazing they still had planes to fly the next day!!!

Some spectacular landings



Thanks to Al

Monday Morning Humor--One-Liners (or longer)

The nicest thing about the future is…that it always starts tomorrow.

Money will buy a fine dog, but only kindness will make him wag his tail.

If you don't have a sense of humor, you probably don't have any sense at all.

Seat belts are not as confining as wheelchairs.

A good time to keep your mouth shut is when you're in deep water.

How come it takes so little time for a child who is afraid of the dark to become a teenager who wants to stay out all night?

Business conventions are important…because they demonstrate how many people a company can operate without.

Why is it that at class reunions you feel younger than everyone else looks?

Scratch a cat…and you will have a permanent job.

No one has more driving ambition than the teenage boy who wants to buy a car.

There are no new sins; the old ones just get more publicity.

There are worse things than getting a call for a wrong number at 4 a.m.—like, it could be the right number.

No one ever says "It's only a game" when their team is winning.

I've reached the age where 'happy hour' is a nap.

Be careful about reading the fine print. . . . there's no way you're going to like it.

The trouble with bucket seats is that not everybody has the same size bucket.

Do you realize that, in about 40 years, we'll have thousands of old ladies running around with tattoos?

Money can't buy happiness—but somehow it's more comfortable to cry in a Cadillac than in a Yugo.

After 60, if you don't wake up aching in every joint, you're probably dead.

Always be yourself because the people that matter don't mind…and the ones that mind don't matter.

Life isn't tied with a bow…but it's still a gift.

Submitted by Mark Logan:

Bread is a lot like the sun. It rises in the yeast and sets in the waist.

Nurse came in and said “Doc, there’s a man in the waiting room who thinks he’s invisible, what should I tell him?” The doctor said, “Tell him I can’t see him today.”

I am so old that when I was a kid, we actually had to win to get a trophy!

So, if a cow doesn’t produce milk, is it a mild dud or an udder failure?

Sign reads: Huge fight at seafood restaurant; battered fish everywhere.

Warning: There is an email going around offering pork, gelatin, and salt in a can. If you get this email, do not open it. It’s spam.

Apparently you can’t use ‘beefstew’ as a password. It’s not stroganoff.

I’m taking care of my procrastination issues; just you wait and see.

We’ll be friends ‘til we’re old and senile…then we’ll be new friends!

Submitted by Dave Harris:

At my age, rolling out of bed in the morning is the easy part. Getting off the floor is a whole other story.

The weatherman said I’d need an umbrella today…so I just added a cocktail.

I want to be like a caterpillar. Eat a lot. Sleep for a while. Wake up beautiful.

Sometimes I laugh so hard…the tears run down my leg.

I bought a little bag of air today; the company that made it was kind enough to put some potato chips in it as well.

Hey Walmart, let’s buy 30 cash registers and only keep two open.

Restaurant sign reads: Don’t worry…our staff will not interrupt your cell phone conversation to wait on you. That would be rude!

My wife just stopped and said, “You weren’t even listening, were you?” I thought that’s a pretty weird way to start a conversation.

Some of you are too young to know what it feels like to take a ton of pictures then have to wait two weeks to find out they all sucked.

I often wonder who Pete is and why we do things for his sake.

Some days I amaze myself. Other days, I look for my phone while I’m holding it.

Ate a box of Thin Mints, didn’t get thinner. I don’t think they work.

You haven’t experienced true heartbreak until you’ve been thinking about leftovers all day and then come home to find that someone ate them.

‘Twas the night before Christmas when all through the house…the a/c was running ‘cause we live in the South.

A police officer came to my house and asked me where I was between 5 and 6. He seemed irritated when I answered, “Kindergarten.”

I always wanted to lay naked on a bearskin rug in front of the fireplace…evidently, Cracker Barrel has a policy against this.

Submitted by John Hudson:

Someone posted they had just baked some synonym buns. I replied, you mean just like the ones grammar use to make? Now I’m blocked.

Saying “Have a nice day” to someone sounds friendly but saying “Enjoy your next 24 hours” sounds threatening.

I hate when people say “He’s a nice person when you get to know him.” They might as well say “He’s a %#$@*&^, but you’ll get used to it.”

When I was young, I used to sneak out of my home to go to parties, now I sneak away from parties to go home.

There are so many scams on the internet now-a-days. Send me $19.95 and I will tell you how to avoid them.

I got gas today for $1.39. Unfortunately it was at Taco Bell.

Interesting fact: ‘Methamphetamine’ was shortened to ‘meth’ so it was easier to say with no front teeth.

I thought the dryer made my clothes shrink. Turns out it was my refrigerator.

Have a great week,



Thanks to Doctor Rich


First fully rechargeable 
carbon dioxide battery lasts 500 cycles

A breakthrough in battery chemistry at the University of Illinois at Chicago could lead to greener energy storage devices
A breakthrough in battery chemistry at the University of Illinois at Chicago could lead to greener energy storage devices

The search for advanced materials that can take battery technology to the next level has led scientists to some imaginative places, including designs inspired by the human spine and others that fashion key components into nanochain structures. Another example concerns an element we’re producing too much of in carbon dioxide, which scientists have now worked into a high-potential battery with the ability to recharge 500 times.
Promising more than seven times the energy density of today’s typical lithium-ion designs, there is considerable interest in the development of lithium-carbon dioxide batteries. And research has turned up some promising results in the past, with a breakthrough we looked at last year from MIT one recent example.
That team of mechanical engineers pioneered a new type of electrochemical reaction that increased the discharge voltage and actually converted the carbon dioxide into a solid carbonate material as a result. The researchers noted one shortcoming of the battery design, however, in an ability to only run for around 10 cycles before failure.
A team at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) now claims to have developed the first lithium-carbon dioxide battery capable of full rechargeability. The technical problem the researchers have overcome centers on the tendency of these batteries to quickly fail due to the buildup of carbon on the catalyst during charging, which has plagued similar efforts so far.
“The accumulation of carbon not only blocks the active sites of the catalyst and prevents carbon dioxide diffusion, but also triggers electrolyte decomposition in a charged state,” said Alireza Ahmadiparidari, first author of the paper and a UIC College of Engineering graduate student.
A way around this, the researchers have found, is to introduce new materials that shore up the battery's ability to recycle the materials, over and over. This meant integrating nanoflakes of molybdenum disulfide into the cathode catalyst, and using a new type of hybrid electrolyte made of ionic liquid and dimethyl sulfoxide.
This combination, the researchers say, leads the battery to output a composite made up of multiple components rather than individual products, which sees the carbon naturally incorporated into the recycling process rather than form a troublesome buildup on the battery’s catalyst on its own. So much so, they were able to recharge their prototype battery across 500 consecutive cycles.
“Our unique combination of materials helps make the first carbon-neutral lithium carbon dioxide battery with much more efficiency and long-lasting cycle life, which will enable it to be used in advanced energy storage systems,” says associate professor of mechanical and industrial engineering, Salehi-Khojin.
This research is a long way from commercial production, and even further away from putting a dent in the carbon dioxide that is continuing to build up in the atmosphere. It does, however, provide yet another proof-of-concept energy storage device for a next generation battery, along with yet another possible way we might one day be able to channel carbon dioxide into something more useful.


Double Agent Provides Counterintelligence Bonanza Regarding China's Spy Operations -

thanks to Tam

How many others are still operating?!


Double Agent Provides Counterintelligence Bonanza Regarding China’s Spy Operations

Sep 30, 2019


In a turn of events which doesn’t often come to the forefront, the Department of Justice unsealed the criminal complaint against Edward Peng, aka Xuehua Peng a U.S. citizen resident in Hayward, CA, for his role supporting espionage between a U.S. double agent located in the United States and the Chinese Ministry for State Security (MSS) in China.

Peng a sleeper intelligence officer or a classic support asset?

Peng entered the U.S. in June 2001 as a non-immigrant worker and in 2006 was issued lawful permanent residence. He became a naturalized citizen in September 2012.

Peng, a U.S. citizen, was an individual who could move about the country without drawing undue attention, whereas a MSS officer assigned to the San Francisco mission or Washington embassy of the PRC would most likely come to the attention of the FBI. What we don’t know is whether Peng was an individual sent to the U.S. under non-official cover, with the mission to ingratiate himself into the U.S., acquire citizenship and when called upon to act as a handler for sensitive human source of the MSS – which apparently was the case of a Chinese citizen who recently attempted to infiltrate the U.S. Army reserves.

Or perhaps, Peng was simply an individual who caught the eye of the MSS and was recruited by the Chinese some time ago.

What we do know is that he enjoyed the full trust of the MSS, given they had him service the intelligence collection from a valued asset with whom they wished to distance themselves.

Chinese tradecraft

Peng acted as the middle-man cutout and would retrieve materials from sources and in return leave funds as directed by the MSS.

In this instance, the MSS and Peng used a modified dead-drop scenario. Peng and the MSS used hotels as their location of choice, both utilizing the front desk of establishments and hotel rooms rented by Peng. As with any dead-drop, the source and handler (Peng) would have to be at the same place, though at different times.

The use of hotels, however, no doubt left behind a significant paper trail (room rentals normally do) and no doubt video evidence (every hotel has video surveillance in 2019).

As the operation evolved, the folly of the use of hotels would be revealed when the U.S. double-agent was asked to produce identification at one of the hotels.

U.S. double agent provides counterintelligence bonanza

Successful offensive counterintelligence operations often times uncover both requirements and infrastructure of the targeted entity. Chinese intelligence has picked up its pace, targeting U.S. interests, and is always playing the long game when it comes to intelligence collection efforts against the U.S.

In this case, U.S. intelligence initiated a human intelligence (HUMINT) operation in March of 2015. A U.S. double-agent (a trusted individual acting on behalf of the U.S.) met with MSS intel officers and provided to them classified national security information, and received financial payments in return. This initial meeting occurred outside the U.S.

It was at this initial meeting that the MSS revealed their modus operandi of the quasi-dead drop. They instructed the double-agent to put classified information on an Secure Digital card (SD), place the card in a book, wrap it in a bag and mark the package for “Ed.” Then leave the package at the front desk of a Newark, CA hotel. They asked that the first use of the methodology be a dry-run without any classified information being shared. On 13 June 2015 at about 0830 hours the double-agent entered the hotel, spoke with the receptionist and left a package for Ed. At approximately 1010 hours a California plated Mercedes pulls up and an Asian male (Peng) entered the hotel and retrieved the package. The vehicle was registered to an associate of Peng’s, who resided at the same Hayward, CA residence.

On 25 October 2015 the above scenario was replayed with live classified feed materials. Peng retrieved the package and then flew China Air from San Francisco non-stop to Beijing on 25 October 2015. Now with confirmation that Peng as indeed operational, the FBI dug deeper. The Call Data Records obtained on Peng’s phone number showed contact with the MSS. His iCloud account provided information on his contacts and when the contact entries were created. He had numerous ones dating back to 2012.

In November 2015 the double agent again had personal contact with the MSS. They modified the above process for future exchanges. The modification had the double agent advising via email when he had something to deliver. He was to proceed to Oakland, CA and go to a specific hotel (which coincidentally was partially owned by a relative of Peng’s) between 1600-1800 hours and to go to the front desk and ask for the “Key left by Ed.” Then the double agent was to proceed to the room and place the card (concealed in a small package) taped in the dresser under the room’s television. At that location there would be a package for the double-agent which contained funds.

This second scenario was replayed both in Oakland in April 2016 and then shifted to Columbus, GA. in July and September 2017, then again in June 2018. The move to Georgia was to accommodate the double agent’s “complaint” that San Francisco was too far to travel. It also served to make the MSS engage in additional espionage support tasks, which could possibly reveal additional resources available to the MSS. In addition the hotel in Georgia had no family connection to Peng and thus the FBI could mount their counterintelligence surveillance and collection efforts with little risk of discovery.

And that is exactly what the FBI did.

During the Columbus, GA exchanges the FBI had clandestinely video taped the activities within the hotel rooms used by Peng and the double agent. They witnessed Peng’s placement of envelopes with money and then the double agent’s collection of the envelopes and depositing the SD cards. Peng would then return and collect the SD card, and return to California and then shortly thereafter fly onward to China with the SD card to deliver it to the MSS.

U.S. Attorney David L. Anderson for the Northern District of California summed it nicel, “The conduct charged in this case alleges a combination of age-old spycraft and modern technology. Defendant Xuehua (Edward) Peng is charged with executing dead drops, delivering payments, and personally carrying to Beijing, China, secure digital cards containing classified information related to the national security of the United States.”

The DoJ advises on Friday, September 27 2019, Peng was arrested at his residence in Hayward and made his initial appearance in federal court in San Francisco. He is being held without bond and his next hearing is scheduled for October 2, 2019, at 10:30 a.m.



Thanks to Dutch

thanks to THE Bear who wants more proof of UFOs -

Gents... FYI... Two hours of Naval Aviation on the air... coast to coast...

Bear and Brown Bear unchained and growling with Commander Cobra....


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The New Madrid could be bad news - this from New Madrid Seismic Zone : "In varying degrees, a major earthquake in the NMSZ would affect all states east of the Rocky Mountains."


Five earthquakes in less than an hour rattle southeast Missouri, experts say

Read more here: https://www.kansascity.com/news/nation-world/national/article235639232.html#storylink=cpy

SEPTEMBER 30, 2019

An area of southeast Missouri experienced five earthquakes in less than hour Monday morning, experts say.


A couple from.Carl


September 30, 2019

Time to Set the Record Straight on Slavery

By James Simpson


Compare your reaction time to your age group.

The link below simulates you in the driver's seat of a car.

You're driving down a road, when you see a big red hand flash in front of you.

You have to put on the brakes.

Then, the Reaction Time Test tells you how old you are, when it comes to driving.

The test is based on reaction times of 2,000 people ages 18 and over.

The Reaction Time Test plotted their reaction times by age;

it matches your reaction time to those averages

Some of their results may surprise you

The Reaction Time Test found that left-handed people and men

have slightly better reaction times than the average person

Click on me

Bet you try it more than once! Repeating should improve your response.

Fun. I started with 24 and got to something that said I was not human.


USA—Army Gen. Mark Milley Takes Up Duties As JCS Chairman Voice Of America News | 10/01/2019 Army Gen. Mark Milley has been sworn in as the new chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS), reports the Voice of America News. On Monday, Milley, 61, was sworn in during a ceremony attended by President Trump at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall in Virginia. He is the 20th chairman of the JCS, replacing Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford, who is retiring after more than 40 years of service. During his time as Army chief of staff, the number of brigade combat teams rated at the highest level of readiness increased from two to 28, said Trump, as quoted by Military.com. Milley previously served in the 82nd Airborne Division and the 10th Mountain Division and holds a master's degree from Columbia University, reported Newsweek. Gen. James McConville succeeded Milley as Army chief of staff.

USA—Air Force Orders Additional KC-46 Tankers Dept. Of Defense | 10/01/2019 The U.S. Air Force has awarded Boeing a contract modification for another batch of KC-46 aerial tankers, reports the U.S. Dept. of Defense. The $2.6 billion modification exercises an option for 15 production Lot 5 KC-46 aircraft, data, two spare engines, five wing refueling pod kits, initial spare parts and support equipment, said a Pentagon release on Sept. 27. Work under the contract is scheduled to be completed by 2023. The order comes despite ongoing issues with the tanker program, including problems with the remote vision system and aerial refueling boom.

USA—White House Set To Host Interagency Space Exercise Air Force Magazine | 10/01/2019 The White House is planning to host an interagency tabletop space exercise in November, reports Air Force magazine. The wargame will include senior, strategic-level representatives, a step beyond the combatant command and service representatives at the previous Schriever exercise, Gen. John Raymond, the head of U.S. Space Command, said on Friday. The previous exercise focused on deterrence in space as a function of the broader U.S. deterrence posture, said Raymond. The upcoming exercise will be used to continue to develop a framework for information-sharing between the Pentagon and civilian agencies like the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

Slovak Republic—Air Force Grounds MiG-29s After Crash Slovak Spectator | 10/01/2019 The Slovak air force has suspended training flights for its MiG-29 jets after one of the aircraft crashed near Nove Sady in the western Nitra region, reports the Slovak Spectator. The jet was one of two MiG-29s that took off for a training flight on Saturday evening. One landed safely at Sliac airport about an hour later, while the other was sent to the Bratislava airport due to deteriorating weather conditions, said Defense Minister Peter Gajdos. The pilot directed the jet to an uninhabited area before ejecting safely. He was hospitalized in stable condition, reported Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. Preliminary evidence suggested that the crash was caused by a lack of fuel, reported TASR, the Slovak Republic news agency.

North Korea—Working Level Talks With U.S. To Resume On Friday Yonhap | 10/01/2019 The North Korean and U.S. governments have agreed to resume working level talks later this week, reports the Yonhap news agency (Seoul). On Tuesday, North Korean First Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son Hui said that preliminary talks would be held Friday, with working-level negotiations beginning on Saturday, reported the official Korean Central News Agency. Pyongyang hopes that the talks capitalize on improvements in bilateral relations, said Choe. He did not indicate where the meeting would take place. A South Korean presidential spokeswoman welcomed the announcement. Seoul is looking forward to "actual progress toward complete denuclearization and permanent peace regime on the Korean peninsula," said a presidential spokeswoman, as quoted by the Kyodo news agency (Tokyo). The talks will be the first since February's failed summit between President Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un.

China—Beijing Shows Off Military Might During Parade Marking 70th Anniversary Of PRC South China Morning Post | 10/01/2019 China exhibited several new weapon systems during a military parade celebrating the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China, reports the South China Morning Post. During the 80-minute parade on Tuesday, several missiles were shown off, including the nuclear-capable DF-17 hypersonic glide vehicle and the DF-41 intercontinental ballistic missile, which has a range of 9,300 miles (15,000 km). Chinese President Xi Jinping was joined by former Chinese leaders Hu Jintao and Jiang Zemin during the parade in Beijing. Other weapon systems on display included the DF-100 cruise missile, Type 99A main battle tank, YJ-12B anti-ship missile, Y-20 cargo aircraft, H-6K strategic bomber and stealthy J-20 fighter jet, reported the state-run CGTN. During the rehearsals for the parade, observers also photographed a uncrewed underwater vehicle (UUV) draped in camouflage. The vehicle has a large torpedo-shaped body measuring about 3 feet (1 m) in diameter and about 16 feet (5 m) long. It appeared to be configured for reconnaissance and intelligence work, said local analysts.

South Korea—Amid Growing Tensions With Japan, F-15K Jets Fly Over Disputed Islets Yonhap | 10/01/2019 South Korean fighter jets have patrolled contested islets in the Sea of Japan, reports Reuters. On Tuesday, four South Korean F-15K Slam Eagle jets flew over the Dokdo islands during events marking the 71st Armed Forces Day, said President Moon Jae In. Two of the four jets flew over the islands during the patrol, the defense ministry said. The rocky islands are administered by South Korea. Japan also claims the islands, which it calls Takeshima. Japan summoned a South Korean military attache to lodge an official protest of the incident. Since the Dokdos are "our inherent territory, geographically and by international law, Japan's claim does not deserve any consideration," said the South Korean Defense Ministry in a release quoted by the Yonhap news agency (Seoul). Both countries have been locked in an escalating diplomatic dispute over Japanese compensation for Korean forced laborers dating from Japan's colonial rule over the peninsula from 1910 to 1945.

South Korea—Japanese, S. Korean Navies Participate In Multinational Exercise Off Somalia Yonhap | 10/01/2019 Japanese and South Korean warships recently took part in a multinational exercise off the coast of Somalia, despite ongoing bilateral tensions, reports the Yonhap news agency (Seoul). Germany, Spain and Oman also took part in the counter-piracy exercise, which ran from Sept. 23 to Sept. 26, the South Korean navy said on Monday. The training covered a range of maritime missions, including visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) operations when dealing with pirates. The South Korean contingent included the destroyer Gang Gam Chan, which is currently part of Seoul's Cheonghae anti-piracy unit.

Taiwan—Chairman Of Ching Fu Shipbuilding Sentenced To 25 Years In Navy Fraud Case Central News Agency | 10/01/2019 A Taiwanese court has sentenced the chairman of Ching Fu Shipbuilding to 25 years in prison as part of a fraud case related to a navy contract, reports the Central News Agency (Taipei). On Friday, Chen Ching-nan was found guilty of forgery and violating the Banking Act. In addition to the prison sentence, he was ordered to pay a US$3.38 million fine. Chen's wife, Chen Lu Chao-hsia, was sentenced to 18 months in jail for failing to put up the funds she committed to in a capital increase plan needed to secure the loan in question. The former CEO of Ching Fu Shipbuilding, Chien Lang-chien, was sentenced to six months in prison for forging documents. The sentence is commutable to a fine. Project manager Lee Wei-feng was acquitted of all charges, said the Kaohsiung District Court. The court also ordered the firm to pay a US$9 million fine. The shipyard officials were indicted in February 2018 on charges that they used fake documents to obtain a US$660 million syndicated loan from nine domestic lenders in 2016. The loan was sought to finance the construction of six minesweepers for the Taiwanese navy after Ching Fu won a US$1.1 billion contract to build the ships in 2014. Chen Ching-nan and his son admitted to forging documents to obtain the loans, saying they needed funds to make up for cash flow shortages caused by insufficient payments from the defense ministry to support the project. Chen's son fled overseas in 2018.

India—BrahMos Cruise Missile With Indigenous Components Test-Fired Press Trust Of India | 10/01/2019 India has successfully test-launched a ground-launched variant of the BrahMos cruise missile with primarily indigenous components, reports the Press Trust of India. On Monday, the Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) and BrahMos Aerospace launched the missile from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur in Odisha state. The BrahMos successfully met all criteria during the test, said the joint team. The missile, featuring a domestically produced propulsion system, airframe, power supply and other components, flew its maximum range of 180 miles (290 km) during the trial, reported the Asian News International. With the test, the indigenous content of the missile has reached a new high, bolstering India's efforts to strengthen its domestic defensive industry, officials said.

India—BrahMos Cruise Missile With Indigenous Components Test-Fired Press Trust Of India | 10/01/2019 India has successfully test-launched a ground-launched variant of the BrahMos cruise missile with primarily indigenous components, reports the Press Trust of India. On Monday, the Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) and BrahMos Aerospace launched the missile from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur in Odisha state. The BrahMos successfully met all criteria during the test, said the joint team. The missile, featuring a domestically produced propulsion system, airframe, power supply and other components, flew its maximum range of 180 miles (290 km) during the trial, reported the Asian News International. With the test, the indigenous content of the missile has reached a new high, bolstering India's efforts to strengthen its domestic defensive industry, officials said.

Afghanistan—11 Police Casualties In Major Taliban Assault In Balkh Province TOLONews | 10/01/2019 At least 11 Afghan police officers have been killed or wounded in an attack in the northern Balkh province, reports the Tolo News (Kabul). On Tuesday, about 400 Taliban fighters attacked a police station in the Shortepa district, a provincial spokesman told Agence France-Presse. The Taliban suffered several casualties in the attack, although specific figures were not available, he said. Reinforcements were dispatched to the site, where fighting continued for several hours. Afghan officials denied claims that the area had fallen to the Taliban. Thirteen police were taken prisoner during the assault, said a Shortepa district official. The Taliban confirmed the attack and claimed that dozens of Afghan soldiers had been killed in the fighting.

Iraq—Top Commander Transferred From Counterterrorism Service To Defense Ministry The National | 10/01/2019 Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul Mahdi has suddenly transferred a popular commander in the fight against ISIS in Mosul from his post as deputy chief of the elite Counterterrorism Service to the defense ministry, reports the National (United Arab Emirates). On Sept. 27, Lt. Gen. Adbulwahab Al Saadi was relieved of his duties with the Counterterrorism Service and transferred to the defense ministry. No reason for the transfer was given. The general is popular throughout Iraq for his role in the battle to remove ISIS from Mosul in 2017. He was wounded four times during the fighting. Saadi was possibly removed because pro-Iran politicians were worried about his influence, said experts. Other analysts said that the general's strong views on the need to combat corruption within the Counterterrorism Services and refusal to back a political party had made him unpopular with officials in Baghdad. One lawmaker said that Saadi was removed because he had broken sectarian barriers in Mosul. On Sunday, Saadi confirmed that he had taken up his new post in the defense ministry, noted the Iraqi News Agency. The move will likely weaken the public’s trust in the military, said experts cited by Agence-France Presse.

Mali—2 Civilians Die In Attacks On Military Installations Agence France-Presse | 10/01/2019 At least two civilians have been killed in militant attacks in central Mali, reports Agence France-Presse. Early Monday, militants attacked a military post in Mondoro before attacking a military camp in Boulkessi, both located near the border with Burkina Faso in the central Mopti region, the military said in a statement on social media. The attackers hit a command post in Mondoro, said a local official. Two civilians were killed and three wounded after the army withdrew, said the official. Communications Minister Yaya Sangare called the incidents "a violent jihadist attack." Large air operations were launched in the area, said Sangare. The attackers burned 22 vehicles and destroyed about half of the automatic weapons at the camp, as well as large stores of ammunition, said a military source. There were no immediate claims of responsibility. Groups affiliated with ISIS and Al-Qaida are active in the area. The regional G5 Sahel force said that a position in Boulkessi held by Malian personnel attached to the force had been attacked by suspected members of Ansarul Islam.

Sudan—Rebel Leader Rules Out Return To Peace Talks Sudan Tribune | 10/01/2019 The leader of a Sudan Liberation Movement (SLM) splinter group has reaffirmed his refusal to join negotiations with the Sudanese transitional government, reports the Sudan Tribune (Paris). Following a meeting with Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdouk on Sunday in Paris, Abdel Wahid al-Nur said that he does not recognize the government's authority. In a statement, al-Nur said that he met with Hamdouk in a personal capacity, not as prime minister. The movement is committed to "comprehensive change and full civil authority," including the dismantlement of the National Congress Party, which was led by former President Omar Bashir until his ouster in June. Al-Nur ruled out a return to open hostilities at this stage in favor of "popular struggle," reported Radio Dabanga (Sudan). Al-Nur, who leads the Sudan Liberation Movement-Abdul Wahid (SLM-AW) faction, has refused to engage in talks with the government since 2006. Earlier this month, he called for a referendum on the transitional constitution and the transitional institutions. SLM-AW left the Sudan Revolutionary Front (SRF) umbrella group in July after the SRF reached an agreement with Sudan's largest civilian opposition group, the Forces for Freedom and Change.

Nigeria—Gulf Of Guinea Countries Lose US$2 Billion Annually To Piracy, Says Navy Chief This Day | 10/01/2019 Piracy is costing Nigeria and the 15 other states bordering the Gulf of Guinea around US$2 billion annually, reports by This Day (Lagos), citing the head of the Nigerian navy. Rear Adm. Ibok Ekwe Ibas also noted that his service also faces challenges from illegal fishing; sabotage of oil and gas resources; and marine resource theft. Illegal and unreported fishing by foreign vessels costs Nigeria an estimated US$600 million per year, noted the newspaper. Nigeria lacks sufficient resources to monitor and secure its coastline, analysts said. The International Maritime Bureau designated Nigeria as the top target for pirate attacks in the Gulf of Guinea two months ago.

Central African Republic—4 Peacekeepers Die In Helicopter Crash U.N. News Center | 10/01/2019 A Senegalese air force Mi-35 went down during peacekeeping operations in the Central African Republic, killing all four personnel onboard, reports the U.N. News. The attack helicopter was providing air support to a MINUSCA security operation in the Nana-Mabere province on Sept. 27 when it was reportedly forced to make an emergency landing due to bad weather near Bouar, not far from the border with Cameroon. Three peacekeepers were killed in the crash. The fourth was badly injured and later succumbed to his wounds, the U.N. said. The helicopter was returning to its base from an operational mission when it went down, said a Senegalese air force spokesperson cited by the Defense Post.

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