Monday, October 14, 2019

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Today in Naval History

October 14

1862 The Union iron screw gunboat Memphis, with acting commander Lt. P.G. Watmough, captures blockade running British steamer Ouachita at sea off Cape Roman, S.C. during the Civil War.

1915 The keel to first electrically-driven battleship USS New Mexico (BB 40) is laid. She is commissioned May 1918, and later provides numerous off-shore bombardments during World War II in the Pacific.

1935 Lt. Cmdr. Knefler McGinnis, Lt. j.g. James K. Averil, NAP Thomas P. Wilkerson and a crew of three fly an XP3Y-1 consolidated patrol plane from Cristobal Harbor, Canal Zone to Alameda, Calif. in 34 hours and 45 minutes and establish a new world record for Class C seaplanes of 3,281.383 miles.

1942 USS Greenling (SS 213) sinks the Japanese army cargo ship Takusei Maru six miles off Todo Saki near the northern coast of Honshu and USS Sculpin (SS 191) sinks the Japanese army cargo ship Sumiyoshi Maru 75 miles southwest of Kavieng, New Ireland.

1965 The 1,200-nautical-mile range Polaris A-1 fleet ballistic missile is retired from service when submarine Abraham Lincoln (SSBN 602) returns to the United States for overhaul and refitting with 2,500-nautical-mile range Polaris A-3s.

2017 Following more than 46 years of honorable naval service, the afloat forward staging base (interim) USS Ponce (AFSB(I) 15) is decommissioned during a ceremony at Naval Station Norfolk.

Today in History October 14

1066 William of Normandy defeats King Harold in the Battle of Hastings.

1651 Laws are passed in Massachusetts forbidding the poor to adopt excessive styles of dress.

1705 The English Navy captures Barcelona in Spain.

1773 Britain's East India Company tea ships' cargo is burned at Annapolis, Md.

1806 Napoleon Bonaparte crushes the Prussian army at Jena, Germany.

1832 Blackfeet Indians attack American Fur Company trappers near Montana's Jefferson River, killing one.

1884 Transparent paper-strip photographic film is patented by George Eastman.

1912 Former U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt is shot and wounded in assassination attempt in Milwaukee. He was saved by the papers in his breast pocket and, though wounded, insisted on finishing his speech.

1930 Singer Ethel Merman stuns the audience when she holds a high C for sixteen bars while singing "I Got Rhythm" during her Broadway debut in Gershwin's Girl Crazy.

1933 The Geneva disarmament conference breaks up as Germany proclaims withdrawal from the disarmament initiative, as well as from the League of Nations, effective October 23. This begins German policy of independent action in foreign affairs.

1944 German Field Marshal Rommel, suspected of complicity in the July 20th plot against Hitler, is visited at home by two of Hitler's staff and given the choice of public trial or suicide by poison. He chooses suicide and it is announced that he died of wounds.

1947 Test pilot Chuck Yeager breaks the sound barrier aboard a Bell X-1 rocket plane.

A note that he did it with broken ribs from falling off a horse. He did not tell the doctor because he knew someone else would get the job.

1950 Chinese Communist Forces begin to infiltrate the North Korean Army.

1962 Cuban Missile Crisis begins; USAF U-2 reconnaissance pilot photographs Cubans installing Soviet-made missiles capable of carrying nuclear warheads.

1964 Rev. Martin Luther King is awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for advocating a policy of non-violence.

1966 Montreal, Quebec, Canada, opens its underground Montreal Metro rapid-transit system.

1968 Jim Hines, USA, breaks the "ten-second barrier" in the 100-meter sprint at the Olympics in Mexico City; his time was 9.95.

1968 US Defense Department announces 24,000 soldiers and Marines will be sent back to Vietnam for involuntary second tours of duty.

1969 The British 50-pence coin enters the UK's currency, the first step toward covering to a decimal system, which was planned for 1971.

1983 Prime Minister of Grenada Maurice Bishop overthrown and later executed by a military coup.

1994 Nobel Peace Prize awarded to Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat, Israel's Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres for establishing the Oslo Accords and preparing for Palestinian Self Government.

1998 Eric Robert Rudolph charged with the 1996 bombing during the Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia; It was one of several bombing incidents Rudolph carried out to protest legalized abortion in the US.

2012 Felix Baumgartner breaks the world record for highest manned balloon flight, highest parachute jump, and greatest free-fall velocity, parachuting from an altitude of approximately 24 miles (39km).

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Oct. 13, 1917

Coast Guard 3rd Lt. Elmer Stone was assigned to the Navy's Bureau of Construction and Repair as a Seaplane Test Pilot and engaged in the development of the first aircraft carrier, USS Langley (CVS-1). Stone was Daedalian Founder Member #3473.

Oct. 14, 1981

The dedication of the Naval Aviation Hall of Honor and enshrinement of the first 12 selectees took place at the Naval Aviation Museum, NAS Pensacola, Florida. Those individuals (and their Daedalian Founder Member numbers, if applicable) are: Vice Adm. Patrick N. L. Bellinger, USN, #2101; CWO Floyd Bennett, USN; Rear Adm. Richard E. Byrd, Jr., USN, #10364; Lt. Col. Alfred A. Cunningham, USMC, #4134; Glenn H. Curtiss, Civilian; Lt. Cmdr. Godfrey Chevalier, USN, #10471; Eugene Burton Ely, Civilian; Cmdr. Theodore G. Ellyson, USN, #4377; Rear Adm. William A. Moffett, USN; Rear Adm. Albert Cushing Read, USN, #9899; Capt. Holden C. Richardson, USN, #13115; and Adm. John Henry Towers, USN, #4093.

Oct. 15, 2000

Crews from the 75th Airlift Squadron and the 86th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron earned the 2000 Mackay Trophy for evacuating survivors of a terrorist attack from Europe across the Atlantic Ocean to Norfolk, Virginia. The 28 victims were injured in a terrorist attack on the Navy warship USS Cole on Oct. 12, when it was docked at Aden in Yemen. The attack left six dead and a 20x40-foot hole in the ship's hull.

Oct. 16, 1943

The Navy accepted its first helicopter, a YR-4B (HNS-1) Hoverfly, following a one-hour acceptance test flight by Lt. Cmdr. Frank A. Erickson, USCG, at Bridgeport, Conn.

Oct. 17, 1922

Lt. Virgil C. Griffin (Naval Aviator No. 41 and Daedalian Founder Member #8391) completed the Navy's first carrier takeoff, flying a VE-7SF biplane, BuNo A-5932, from Langley (CV 1) at anchor at Berth No. 58 in the York River, Virginia.

Oct. 18, 2001

F/A-18C Hornets from VMFA-251, embarked onboard Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71), made the first Marine air strikes in Operation Enduring Freedom against Taliban infrastructure in Afghanistan.

Oct. 19, 1918

While flying as part of a convoy escort in the Lough Foyle sector off northern Ireland, Ens. George S. Montgomery Jr. (Naval Aviator No. 300 and Daedalian Founder Member #12626) sighted and bombed a U-boat stalking the convoy. The explosions brought heavy turbulence and oil to the surface. Montgomery received a commendation for "probably damaging" the submarine and preventing the Germans from attacking the convoy.

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Two brooms were hanging in the closet and after a while they got to know each other so well, they decided to get married.

One broom was, of course, the bride broom, the other the groom broom.

The bride broom looked very beautiful in her white dress. The groom broom was handsome and suave in his tuxedo. The wedding was lovely.

After the wedding, at the wedding dinner, the bride-broom leaned over and said to the groom-broom, "I think I am going to have a little whisk broom!"

"Impossible !" said the groom broom. "We haven't even swept together!"


Submitted by Mark Logan and Mike Harvey:


Well, a girl potato and boy potato had eyes for each other, and finally they got married, and had a little sweet potato, which they called 'Yam'.

Of course, they wanted the best for Yam. When it was time, they told her about the facts of life. They warned her about going out and getting half-baked, so she wouldn't get accidentally mashed, and get a bad name for herself like 'Hot Potato,' and end up with a bunch of tater tots.

Yam said not to worry, no spud would get her into the sack and make a rotten potato out of her! But on the other hand she wouldn't stay home and become a couch potato either. She would get plenty of exercise so as not to be skinny like her shoestring cousins.

When she went off to Europe, Mr. and Mrs. Potato told Yam to watch out for the hard-boiled guys from Ireland . And the greasy guys from France called the french fries. And when she went out West, to watch out for the Indians so she wouldn't get scalloped.

Yam said she would stay on the straight and narrow and wouldn't associate with those high class Yukon Golds, or the ones from the other side of the tracks who advertise their trade on all the trucks that say, 'Frito Lay.'

Mr. and Mrs. Potato sent Yam to Idaho P.U. (that's Potato University ) so that when she graduated she'd really be in the chips.

But in spite of all they did for her, one-day Yam came home and announced she was going to marry Tom Brokaw.

Tom Brokaw! Mr. and Mrs. Potato were very upset. They told Yam she couldn't possibly marry Tom Brokaw. Because he's just.....a common tater.

Submitted by Mike Farlow:

A man's home is his castle, in a manor of speaking
Dijon vu - the same mustard as before
Practice safe eating - always use condiments
Shotgun wedding - A case of wife or death
A man needs a mistress just to break the monogamy
A hangover is the wrath of grapes
Dancing cheek-to-cheek is really a form of floor play
Does the name Pavlov ring a bell?
Condoms should be used on every conceivable occasion
Reading while sunbathing makes you well red
When two egotists meet, it's an I for an I
A bicycle can't stand on its own because it is two tired
What's the definition of a will? It's a dead give away
Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana
In democracy your vote counts. In feudalism your count votes
She was engaged to a boyfriend with a wooden leg but broke it off
A chicken crossing the road is poultry in motion
If you don't pay your exorcist, you get repossessed
With her marriage, she got a new name and a dress
The man who fell into an upholstery machine is fully recovered
You feel stuck with your debt if you can't budge it
Local Area Network in Australia - the LAN down under
Every calendar's days are numbered
A lot of money is tainted -Taint yours and taint mine
A boiled egg in the morning is hard to beat
He had a photographic memory that was never developed
A midget fortune-teller who escapes from prison is a small medium at large
Once you've seen one shopping center, you've seen a mall
Bakers trade bread recipes on a knead-to-know basis
Santa's helpers are subordinate clauses
Acupuncture is a jab well done

Submitted by Rex Rolloff:

I tried to catch some fog. I mist.
When chemists die, they barium.
Jokes about German sausage are the wurst.
I know a guy who's addicted to brake fluid. He says he can stop any time.
How does Moses make his tea? Hebrews it.
I stayed up all night to see where the sun went. Then it dawned on me.
This girl said she recognized me from the vegetarian club, but I'd never met herbivore.
I'm reading a book about anti-gravity. I can't put it down.
I did a theatrical performance about puns. It was a play on words.
They told me I had type A blood, but it was a type-O.
A dyslexic man walks into a bra .
PMS jokes aren't funny, period.
Why were the Indians here first? They had reservations.
Class trip to the Coca-Cola factory-- I hope there's no pop quiz.
The Energizer bunny arrested and charged with battery.
The old man didn't like his beard at first. Then it grew on him.
Did you hear about the cross-eyed teacher who lost her job because she couldn't control her pupils?
When you get a bladder infection, urine trouble.
What does a clock do when it's hungry? It goes back four seconds.
I wondered why the baseball was getting bigger. Then it hit me!
Broken pencils are pointless.
What do you call a dinosaur with a extensive vocabulary? A thesaurus.
England has no kidney bank, but it does have a Liverpool .
I used to be a banker, but then I lost interest.
All the toilets in New York's police stations have been stolen. Police have nothing to go on.
I got a job at a bakery because I kneaded dough.
Velcro - what a rip off!
Cartoonist found dead in home. Details are sketchy.
Venison for dinner? Oh deer!
Earthquake in Washington is obviously the government's fault.
I used to think I was indecisive, but now I'm not so sure.
Submitted by Holly Vanderpool:

The fattest knight at King Arthur's round table was Sir Cumference. He acquired his size from too much pi.
I thought I saw an eye doctor on an Alaskan island, but it turned out to be an optical Aleutian .
She was only a whiskey maker, but he loved her still.
A rubber band pistol was confiscated from algebra class, because it was a weapon of math disruption.
No matter how much you push the envelope, it'll still be stationery.
A dog gave birth to puppies near the road and was cited for littering.
A grenade thrown into a kitchen in France would result in Linoleum Blownapart.
Two silk worms had a race. They ended up in a tie.
Two hydrogen atoms meet. One says, "I've lost my electron." The other says "Are you sure?" The first replies, "Yes, I'm positive."
Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana.
Atheism is a non-prophet organization.
Two hats were hanging on a hat rack in the hallway. One hat said to the other: "You stay here; I'll go on a head."
I wondered why the baseball kept getting bigger. Then it hit me.
A sign on the lawn at a drug rehab center said: "Keep Off the Grass."
The midget fortune-teller who escaped from prison was a small medium at large.
The soldier who survived mustard gas and pepper spray is now a seasoned veteran.
A backward poet writes inverse.
In a democracy it's your vote that counts. In feudalism it's your count that votes.
When cannibals ate a missionary, they got a taste of religion.
If you jumped off the bridge in Paris, you'd be in Seine .
A vulture boards an airplane, carrying two dead raccoons. The stewardess looks at him and says, "I'm sorry, sir, only one carrion allowed per passenger."
Two fish swim into a concrete wall. One turns to the other and says "Dam!"
Two Eskimos sitting in a kayak were chilly, so they lit a fire in the craft. Unsurprisingly it sank, proving once again that you can't have your kayak and heat it too.
There was the person who sent ten puns to friends, with the hope that at least one of the puns would make them laugh. No pun in ten did.

Have a great week,
Al

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This day in Military History

1938 – The first flight of the Curtiss Aircraft Company's P-40 Warhawk fighter plane. The Curtiss P-40 Warhawk was an American single-engined, single-seat, all-metal fighter and ground-attack aircraft. The P-40 design was a modification of the previous Curtiss P-36 Hawk which reduced development time and enabled a rapid entry into production and operational service. The Warhawk was used by most Allied powers during World War II, and remained in frontline service until the end of the war. It was the third most-produced American fighter, after the P-51 and P-47; by November 1944, when production of the P-40 ceased, 13,738 had been built, all at Curtiss-Wright Corporation's main production facilities at Buffalo, New York. P-40 Warhawk was the name the United States Army Air Corps adopted for all models, making it the official name in the United States for all P-40s. The British Commonwealth and Soviet air forces used the name Tomahawk for models equivalent to the P-40B and P-40C, and the name Kittyhawk for models equivalent to the P-40D and all later variants. P-40s first saw combat with the British Commonwealth squadrons of the Desert Air Force in the Middle East and North African campaigns, during June 1941. No. 112 Squadron Royal Air Force, was among the first to operate Tomahawks in North Africa and the unit was the first Allied military aviation unit to feature the "shark mouth" logo, copying similar markings on some Luftwaffe Messerschmitt Bf 110 twin-engine fighters. The P-40's lack of a two-stage supercharger made it inferior to Luftwaffe fighters such as the Messerschmitt Bf 109 or the Focke-Wulf Fw 190 in high-altitude combat and it was rarely used in operations in Northwest Europe. Between 1941 and 1944, the P-40 played a critical role with Allied air forces in three major theaters: North Africa, the Southwest Pacific and China. It also had a significant role in the Middle East, Southeast Asia, Eastern Europe, Alaska and Italy. The P-40's performance at high altitudes was not as important in those theaters, where it served as an air superiority fighter, bomber escort and fighter bomber. Although it gained a postwar reputation as a mediocre design, suitable only for close air support, recent research including scrutiny of the records of individual Allied squadrons, indicates that the P-40 performed surprisingly well as an air superiority fighter, at times suffering severe losses but also taking a very heavy toll of enemy aircraft, especially when flown against the lightweight and maneuverable Japanese fighters like the Oscar and Zero in the manner recommended in 1941 by General Claire Chennault, the AVG's commander in southern China. The P-40 offered the additional advantage of low cost, which kept it in production as a ground-attack aircraft long after it was obsolete as a fighter. In 2008, 29 P-40s were still airworthy.
1942 – On Guadalcanal, despite the damage from the night's shelling by the Japanese, American aircraft take off from Henderson Field. They damage three Japanese transports unloading at Tassafaronga.

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The daily news from Military Periscope for 14 October

USA—Booz Allen Wins Deal To Help Army Boost Soldier PerformanceBooz Allen Hamilton | 10/14/2019The U.S. Army has awarded Booz Allen Hamilton, McLean, Va., a contract to bolster human performance for the Army and other agencies.The five-year, $561 million deal includes the fielding of an athlete management system to provide fitness guidance to U.S. troops, said a company release on Monday.As part of the program, Booz Allen Hamilton will provide virtual training via augmented and virtual reality simulations to enhance both physical and cognitive performance.Personnel from other agencies will benefit from this training package, including the Air Force's 17th Training Group, the Army's Intelligence Center of Excellence and the Army Cyber Center of Excellence, among others, said the release.

USA—Talks Resume With Taliban In Effort To Revive DealWall Street Journal | 10/14/2019U.S. officials have resumed talks intended to finalize a peace deal with the Taliban, reports the Wall Street Journal.Zalmay Khalilzad, the U.S. envoy for Afghan reconciliation, met with Taliban representatives in Pakistan earlier this month.The discussions focused on confidence-building measures, including a possible cease-fire or prisoner swap, said sources familiar with the talks.No cease-fires have been agreed to since an Eid al-Fitr truce in June 2018.One possible solution could involve exchanging Anas Haqqani, leader of the U.S.-designated terrorist group the Haqqani Network, with a U.S. and an Australian professor, who were kidnapped in mid-2016.A Taliban spokesman indicated that the group was ready to sign the original deal, which was abandoned by President Trump in September.

USA—1st San Antonio-Class Flight II Amphib To Honor Pa. CapitalNavy Newsstand | 10/14/2019The U.S. Navy has announced that the first an Antonio-class Flight II amphibious transport dock will be named Harrisburg (LPD-30) after the capital of Pennsylvania.The vessel will be the second to be named after the city. The first was a troopship that served during World War I, reported the U.S. Navy NewsStand.Huntington Ingalls Industries was awarded a $1.47 billion fixed-price incentive-plus contract by the Navy on March 26 for the vessel, the shipbuilder announced at the time.Metal fabrication for the vessel is scheduled to commence in 2020, noted the Navy Times.The Harrisburg will be the 14th San Antonio-class LPD and the first Flight II vessel. The Navy plans to buy 13 Flight II ships to replace its aging Whidbey Island-class dock landing ships.Flight II vessels are designed to trade capability for decreased cost, including through replacing the composite mast with a traditional mast and integrating the new Enterprise Air Surveillance Radar.

USA—XQ-58A Low-Cost Strike Aircraft Prototype Damaged During Landing After 3rd Test FlightEdwards Air Force Base | 10/14/2019The XQ-58A Valkyrie uncrewed aerial vehicle was damaged in an accident following its third test flight, reports Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.High winds and a malfunction of the Valkyrie's provisional flight test recovery system resulted in damage as the air vehicle was landing on Oct. 9. The service did not reveal the extent of the damage.During the final descent, the prototype cushion system, which was used for initial testing but is not intended for operational use, suffered an "anomaly" causing the aircraft to sustain damage on touchdown, said a release from Kratos, the builder of the Valkyrie. An initial evaluation indicated that the damage was fully repairable.Prior to the incident, the prototype had conducted a 90-minute test flight over Yuma Proving Ground, Ariz. During the flight, the aircraft met several test objectives, including reaching greater heights and speeds than previously.The planned fourth test flight will be postponed until a safety investigation is completed, the Air Force said.The Valkyrie is being tested by the Air Force Research Laboratory as part of the Low-Cost Attritable Strike Demonstrator program, which aims to develop uncrewed strike aircraft that are reusable but inexpensive enough to be lost without concern.

Greece—Defense Minister Signs Statement Of Intent For French FrigatesKathimerini | 10/14/2019Greece has signed a statement of intent to purchase two Belharra-class frigates from France, reports the Kathimerini newspaper (Athens).Defense Minister Nikos Panagiotopoulos signed the statement of intent during a meeting in Paris on Oct. 10 with French Armed Forces Minister Florence Parly.A final agreement on the technical aspects of the vessels remains far off, noted Panagiotopoulos. If a deal is finalized, Greece would be the first export customer for the Belharra design, noted defense-aerospace.com.The French navy plans to buy five of the frigates, also known as defense and intervention frigates (fregate de defense et d'intervention, FDI), from French shipbuilder Naval Group.The class will have a displacement of 4,400 tons and integrate the Thales Sea Fire 500 flat-panel active electronically scanned array radar; Aster 30 surface-to-air missiles; MM40 Exocet anti-ship missiles; a 76-mm naval cannon; MLU 90 torpedoes; and possibly Scalp Naval (MdCN) cruise missiles.During the meeting, the two sides also discussed issues relating to the maintenance of Greece's Mirage fighter jets, Turkey's offensive in Syria and developments in the Eastern Mediterranean, such as illegal Turkish prospecting for hydrocarbon resources in Cyprus' exclusive economic zone.

Belarus—Upcoming Drills To Build Interoperability With Russian ParatroopersTass | 10/14/2019Belarusian and Russian paratroopers will train together later this month in western Belarus, reports the Tass news agency (Moscow).The drills will be held from Oct. 21 to Oct. 25 at the Brest training range, the Belarusian defense ministry said.Russia is sending a battalion from the 137th Guards parachute regiment, 106th Airborne Division. The unit was set to arrive in Brest on Oct. 12.The 38th separate Guards airborne assault brigade along with unidentified reinforcements will participate from Belarus. During the drills, personnel will negotiate a water obstacle with their equipment as well as conduct day and night parachute drops.Air elements taking part will include uncrewed aerial vehicles, Mi-8 transport helicopters, Mi-24 attack helicopters, Il-76 cargo aircraft and Yak-130 trainer jets.

Japan—SDF Mobilized To Respond To Typhoon HagibisKyodo News Agency | 10/14/2019Japan Self-Defense Force (SDF) and other emergency personnel have been mobilized to conduct rescue operations after Typhoon Hagibis struck Honshu, Japan's main island, reports the Kyodo news agency (Tokyo).About 31,000 troops, police and firefighters are carrying out operations, the defense ministry said on Monday.More than 1,500 people have been rescued so far, said the ministry, following an emergency response meeting chaired by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. About 38,000 people in 17 prefectures were evacuated, according to data from the Fire and Disaster Management Agency. At least 56 people have been killed and 200 injured since the Category 2 typhoon hit Honshu on Saturday, reported national broadcaster NHK. Fifteen people are still missing.

South Korea—Army Aims To Cut 99,000 Troops By 2022Korea Times | 10/14/2019The South Korean army plans to reduce its end strength by nearly 100,000 troops over the next three years, reports the Korea Times.The service revealed its plans for the 20 percent reduction in its report as part of an annual parliamentary audit.The service intends to cut its size from 464,000 to 365,000 personnel by the end of 2022 in part to deal with South Korea's decreasing population.Lower birthrates in South Korea mean that the cohort of males in their 20s is expected to fall to less than 250,000 after 2022 from around 350,000 in 2017, according to government figures.The force reduction will also be used to increase combat efficiency through the introduction of new combat equipment, including uncrewed aerial vehicles; Warrior Platform advanced military gear; and counter-battery radars.

South Korea—Navy Orders 1st Batch 2 Dosan Ahn Chang-Ho-Class Attack SubYonhap | 10/14/2019The South Korean navy awarded Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering a contract for an upgraded Dosan Ahn Chang-Ho-class submarine, reports the Yonhap news agency (Seoul).On Friday, Daewoo announced that it had signed a US$924 million contract with the Defense Acquisition Program Administration to design and build the first Batch 2 sub in the class.The shipbuilder had been awarded a design contract for the submarine in 2016. It completed work under that deal last year.The upgraded, 3,000-ton submarine is to be delivered by 2026.Daewoo is already building the Batch 1 subs.The upgraded subs will be able to remain submerged longer and will be faster than the earlier boats, the builder said.

Philippines—New People's Army Regional Leader Arrested In ButuanPhilippines News Agency | 10/14/2019Police say they have arrested the regional leader of the New People's Army (NPA) militant group in the Caraga region in northeastern Mindanao, reports the Philippine News Agency.Virgilio Torralba Lincuna was arrested during a joint police and military operation in Butuan on Oct. 10. Police monitored Lincuna for a month prior to arresting him.Lincuna is charged with three counts of attempted murder. Police said he headed the NPA's urban unit in Butuan and was secretary of the regional Urban Committee of the NPA Northeastern Mindanao Regional Committee and chairman of the Kilusang Mayo Uno, a militant labor organization, reported the Minda News (Davao).

Burma—31 Kidnapped In Rakhine StateAgence France-Presse | 10/14/2019At least 31 people have been kidnapped by suspected militants in rural Burma (Myanmar), reports Agence France-Presse.On Sunday, a man in civilian clothes flagged down a bus traveling to Sittwe, the capital of Rakhine state, according to the government-run Global New Light of Myanmar.When the bus stopped, 18 gunmen wearing sports clothing emerged from the surrounding woods and forcibly offloaded the bus.Most of those onboard were off-duty construction workers and firefighters, who may have been mistaken for soldiers, said a military spokesman.There were no immediate claims of responsibility. The Arakan Army and Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA) rebel groups are active in the province.

Yemen—Houthis Offer To Swap 2,000 PrisonersAnadolu News Agency | 10/14/2019The Houthi rebel group in Yemen has offered to exchange thousands of detainees with the Saudi-supported government, reports the Anadolu Agency (Ankara). The group announced the proposal on Thursday and said it could be implemented within a week, according to a Houthi official cited by the rebel group-run Al-Masirah TV.The first phase of the exchange would cover 2,000 prisoners, reported Reuters.The Houthis and the Yemeni government had agreed to exchange 15,000 prisoners in an accord negotiated by the U.N. last December, but that deal remains to be implemented.On Sept. 30, the Houthis unilaterally released 290 prisoners, including 42 who survived a Saudi airstrike on a Houthi prison, reported NPR at the time. The release was meant as a statement of goodwill. The Houthis were looking for an all-inclusive prisoner swap, a rebel spokesman said at the time.There was no immediate response from the Yemeni government.

Syria—U.S. Troops Withdraw As Turkey Widens Op In N.E.Cbs News | 10/14/2019Defense Secretary Mark Esper says that U.S. troops are preparing to evacuate from northeastern Syria as Turkey continues its operation against Kurdish forces in the region, reports CBS News.On Sunday, Esper told Face the Nation that the U.S. was preparing to redeploy about 1,000 U.S. troops in the region.Intelligence reports suggested that Turkey was likely to push its forces farther south and west than originally anticipated, said Esper.Reports that Kurdish forces were looking to reach a deal with the Syrian government also played a role, he said.The announcement came after a Turkish artillery attack on Friday that hit U.S. troops on Mashtenour hill in Kobane, first reported by Newsweek.The shelling was reportedly intense enough that U.S. troops considered firing back but later decided to wait out the assault and withdraw.

Syria—Troops Deploy To Northeast After Deal With KurdsBritish Broadcasting Corp. | 10/14/2019Government troops have deployed to northeastern Syria after a deal was reached with Kurdish authorities in the region following last week's Turkish invasion, reports the BBC News.On Monday, troops from the 93rd Brigade began deploying along front lines in Ayn Issa, north of Raqqa, reported the U.K.-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.Syrian personnel also deployed around Tabaqa, also in Raqqa.Government offices in Qamishli and Hasakeh raised Syrian flags for the first time in years, according to pro-Syrian government media cited by the Washington Post.Troops were able to reclaim Kobane, a garrison for Kurdish forces, and Manbij, where U.S. troops had been stationed, reported the pro-government Al Watan (Damascus).For the moment, Syrian forces will not deploy between Tal Abyad and Ras al-Ain, where Turkey has focused its military operation.On Sunday, the Syrian government announced the mobilization, which it said would liberate areas taken by Turkish troops in northeastern Syria. Syrian troops have not deployed in the region since 2014.

Kenya—11 Police Die In Roadside Blast Blamed On Al-ShabaabThe Standard (Nairobi) | 10/14/2019Eleven Kenyan police officers have been killed in a roadside bombing along the border with Somalia, reports the Standard (Nairobi).On Saturday, officers from the General Service Unit (GSU) were on patrol on Degoh Road, Garissa county, when their Toyota Land Cruiser struck a suspected improvised explosive device (IED).The bomb was believed to have been planted by the Somali militant group, Al-Shabaab. The group has claimed credit for similar attacks in the past.A joint team of made up of Kenya Defense Forces, Administration Police, the Rapid Response Police Unit and regular police was dispatched to pursue the suspected militants, said Inspector General of Police Hilary Mutyambai.

Ecuador—Deal Reached To End ProtestsReuters | 10/14/2019Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno has agreed to restore fuel subsidies 
for the poor as part of a deal to end two weeks of violent protests, reports Reuters.The deal was announced on Sunday following a meeting with leaders of the Confederation of Indigenous Nations (CONAIE), which played a large role in mobilizing opposition to the law.Protests began on Oct. 3 after Moreno announced Decree 883, which ended government fuel subsidies. The government maintained that the measure was necessary as part of efforts to improve the country's finances after it received a US$4.2 billion loan from the International Monetary Fund (IMF). At least seven people were killed, 1,300 wounded and more than 1,100 arrested during the demonstrations, which forced Moreno to temporarily relocate his government outside of Quito, reported the Wall Street Journal.The new agreement will maintain subsidies for the poor and needy while preventing abuse, Moreno said in a statement on social media.CONAIE cautioned that victory was not achieved until an agreement is fully realized and signed.

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