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Today in Naval History

27 January


During the American Revolution, the Continental sloop Providence, commanded by Capt. J. P. Rathbun, attacks New Providence Island, spikes the guns of the fort, captures small arms, holds off the sloop of war Grayton, and captures a privateer and five other vessels, while freeing 20 released American prisoners.


Submarine USS Gudgeon (SS-211) becomes the first US Navy submarine to sink an enemy Japanese submarine in action during World War II.


Destroyer USS Higbee (DD-806) is commissioned. She is the first U.S. Navy combat ship to bear the name of a female member of the naval service.


US Navy carrier aircraft cut the Korean railroad, a constant target during the Korean War, in 165 places, a record for a single days aircraft operations by Fast Carrier Task Force (TF 77).


Tragedy strikes the Apollo space program when a flash fire occurs in command module 012 during a launch pad test of the Apollo/Saturn space vehicle being prepared for the first piloted flight, the AS-204 mission. Three astronauts, Lt. Col. Virgil I. Grissom, a veteran of Mercury and Gemini missions; Lt. Col. Edward H. White, the astronaut who had performed the first United States extravehicular activity during the Gemini program; and (Navy LCDR) Roger B. Chaffee, an astronaut preparing for his first space flight, die in this tragic accident.


The Paris Peace Accords are signed, ending U.S. participation in the Vietnam War.


Thanks to Carl…..Lots of news on this accident today.

JANUARY 26, 2020
BREAKING: Basketball legend Kobe Bryant killed in helicopter crash
The crash is reported to have occurred at approximate 10 a.m. local time Breaking News

Sure looks like CFIT at this early point! Sure was falling like a rock at the end though, 4500+ FPM...maybe hit wires?

Link is to a fairly good description of prelim info - especially from a GA/Airline Dude! Attached is the radar and comms from VAS Aviation...Danny, can you forward to Dan J?


Thanks to CHINFO

Executive Summary:

• Acting Secretary of the Navy Thomas Modly told the Navy would focus on building the Fleet needed for the next decade, instead of less realistic 30-year projections.

• The Newport News Daily Press reported from aboard USS Gerald R. Ford as the carrier is underway conducting aircraft compatibility testing.

• El Mundo interviewed U.S. Naval Forces Europe and Africa commander Adm. James Foggo while Business Insider reported on comments made by Adm. Foggo at a Defense Writers Group breakfast.

• Multiple outlets report that all five sailors are in stable condition following the crash of their MH-60S helicopter.

Today in History: January 27

1695 Mustafa II becomes the Ottoman sultan in Istanbul on the death of Amhed II.

1825 Congress approves Indian Territory (present-day Oklahoma), clearing the way for forced relocation of the Eastern Indians on the "Trail of Tears."

1862 President Abraham Lincoln issues General War Order No. 1, setting in motion the Union armies.

1900 Foreign diplomats in Peking fear revolt and demand that the Imperial Government discipline the Boxer Rebels.

1905 Russian General Kuropatkin takes the offensive in Manchuria. The Japanese under General Oyama suffer heavy casualties.

1916 President Woodrow Wilson opens preparedness program.

1918 Communists attempt to seize power in Finland.

1924 Lenin's body is laid in a marble tomb on Red Square near the Kremlin.

1935 A League of Nations majority favors depriving Japan of mandates.

1939 President Franklin D. Roosevelt approves the sale of U.S. war planes to France.

1941 The United States and Great Britain begin high-level military talks in Washington.

1943 The first U.S. raids on the Reich blast Wilhelmshaven base and Emden.

1959 NASA selects 110 candidates for the first U.S. space flight.

1965 Military leaders oust the civilian government of Tran Van Huong in Saigon.

1967 Three astronauts are killed in a flash fire that engulfed their Apollo 1 spacecraft.

1973 A cease fire in Vietnam is called as the Paris peace accords are signed by the United States and North Vietnam.

1978 The State Supreme Court rules that Nazis can display the Swastika in a march in Skokie, Illinois.

1985 Pope John Paul II says mass to one million in Venezuela.


This day in History

Jan. 26, 1911 Glenn H. Curtiss piloted a hydroaeroplane during the first successful flight of that type of plane at North Island, San Diego, California. Lt. Theodore G. Ellyson, Daedalian Founder Member #4377, who had assisted in preparing for the test, witnessed this important step in adapting aircraft to naval needs.

Jan. 27, 1967 During a "plugs out" test of the Apollo 1 Command Module, two weeks ahead of the scheduled launch of the Apollo/Saturn 1B AS-204 — the first manned Apollo Program space flight — a fire broke out in the pressurized pure oxygen environment of the capsule and rapidly involved the entire interior. The pressure rapidly built to 29 pounds per square inch and 17 seconds later, the capsule ruptured. The three astronauts – Air Force Lt. Col. Virgil I. Grissom and Lt. Col. Edward H. White II, and Navy Lt. Cmdr. Roger B. Chaffee, were killed. Colonels Grissom and White were Daedalian Life Members.

Jan. 28, 1986 The Space Shuttle Challenger exploded 73 seconds after launch, killing retired Air Force Lt. Col. Francis R. "Dick" Scobee, Navy Cmdr. Michael J. Smith, Dr. Judith Resnik, Dr. Ronald E. McNair, Air Force Lt. Col. Ellison S. Onizuka, Gregory Jarvis of Hughes Aircraft Corp., and schoolteacher Christa McAuliffe. This tragedy delayed America's manned space program for more than two years. The bios of all former and deceased astronauts can be found HERE.

Jan. 29, 1965 The C-141A's certification ends an unusual program in which industry, the Federal Aviation Administration, and the U.S. Air Force jointly developed, produced, and tested the aircraft.

Jan. 30, 2007 A B-52 Stratofortress at Minot AFB, North Dakota, fired up its engines before daybreak for a test to measure the difference between JP-8 fuel and a new synthetic fuel. The testing certified the synthetic fuel in cold weather as a means to reduce the Air Force's dependence on imported fuel. With the wind chill factor, Minot experienced temperatures of minus 25 degrees during the test.

Jan. 31, 1914 The Navy established its first air station at Pensacola, Florida. Happy 106th birthday to NAS Pensacola! Follow their Facebook page HERE.

Feb. 1, 1961 The Ballistic Missile Early Warning System site at Thule, Greenland, became operational.


Thanks to Michael ..and Dr.Rich.

… and then send it to your kids, grandkids, and great-grandkids??

You may have seen something like this one .. but wait until the end to decide ...


Thanks to Saundra

Hi Skip,

Honor Flight San Diego Really Needs your Help!

Would it be possible for you to post the upcoming 10 Year Anniversary Fundraiser several times before our event on March 7. We would really appreciate this information getting out to our Military Friends.

We would also like to let everyone know that if any members have a live or silent auction item they might like to donate, we would greatly appreciate them. We try to send 2 flight a year, each flight cost $250,000 As you might expect, raising $500,000 each year is a daunting task, but the reward for these veterans is worth every effort.

I have attached the flyer for our Event. Will you be able to use the flyer in this format for your news letter, if not, I will try to see what we can do to make it usable for you?

Please give me a call, if I can answer any questions.

Attached to this email is our Invitation for the March 7th event:

Here are 2 videos.....

What Honor Flight is all about:

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Monday Morning Humor thanks to Al

I'm so old that…

…I have dialed a rotary phone (that didn't have an answering machine),

…Recorded a song that I love off a transistor radio onto a tape recorder,

…Watched a black-and-white TV (with less than 10 channels) that had foil on the rabbit ear antennas,

…Taken a long walk without counting the steps, and

…Eaten food that I didn't take pictures of.

Submitted by Dave Harris and John Hudson:

I really don't mind getting older, but my body is taking it badly.
So it turns out that being an adult is mostly just googling how to do stuff.
Getting older is just one body part after another saying, "Ha ha, you think that's bad? Watch this."
I miss the '90s when bread was still good for you, and no one knew what kale was.
If you see me talking to myself, I'm having a staff meeting.
Do you ever get up in the morning, look at yourself in the mirror, and think…"That can't be accurate!"
As I watch this generation try to rewrite history, one thing I'm sure of…it will be misspelled and have no punctuation.
I don't always go the extra mile, but when I do, it's because I missed my exit.
Most people don't think I'm as old as I am until they hear me stand up.
My mind is like my internet browser: 19 tabs open, three of them are frozen, and I have no idea where the music is coming from.
Age is just a number…Yeah, and jail is just a room.

Submitted by Mark Logan:

I want to be like a caterpillar. Eat a lot. Sleep for a while. Wake up beautiful.
I can't believe how old people my age are.
Morning: Tired. Afternoon: Dying for a rest. Night: Can't sleep.
My super power is holding onto junk for years and throwing it away a week before I need it.
I always knew I'd get old. How fast it happened was a bit of a surprise, though.
I'm great at multitasking. I can listen, ignore, and forget all at once.
If you weigh 200 pounds on Earth, you'll be only 76 pounds on Mars. You're not overweight, you're just not on the right planet.
I wonder if clouds ever look down on us and say, "Hey look…that one is shaped like an idiot."
I am starting to think I will never be old enough to know better.

Submitted by Rick Hein:

Everything will kill you…so choose something fun.
The main function of the little toe is to make sure that all the furniture in the house is in place.
If you're paying $3.00 for a bottle of "smart' water, it isn't working.
Golf: The adult version of an Easter egg hunt.
You drop something when you were younger, you just pick it up. When you're older and you drop something, you stare at it for a bit contemplating if you actually need it anymore.
When I was a kid, my parents would always say, "Excuse my French," just after a swear word. I'll never forget my first day at school when my teacher asked if any of us knew any French.
I finally did it! Bought a new pair of shoes with memory foam insoles. No more forgetting why I walked into the kitchen.
You never appreciate what you have 'till it's gone. Toilet paper is a good example.
The best part about getting older is…Nothing. Getting older sucks.
Growing up, I always wanted to be a retired lottery winner.
I've found that growing up in the sixties was a lot more fun than being in my sixties.
One way to find out if you are old is to fall down in front of a lot of people. If they laugh, you're still young. If they panic and start running to you, you're old.
I find, these days, that most of my conversations start out with: "Did I tell you this already?" or "What was I going to say?"

Submitted by Mike Ryan:

The Winter of Life

"Life" is a GIFT to you. The way you live your life is your gift to those who come after. Make it a fantastic one. Remember: "It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver."

…Going out is good…coming home is even better!

…You forget names...but it's OK, because other people forgot they even knew you!!!

…You realize you're never going to be really good at anything...especially golf.

…The things you used to care to do, you no longer care to do, but you really do care that you don't care to do them anymore.

…You sleep better on a lounge chair with the TV blaring than in bed. It's called "pre-sleep."

…You miss the days when everything worked with just an "ON" and "OFF" switch.

You tend to use more 4 letter words..."what?"..."when?"...???

…Now that you can afford expensive jewelry, it's not safe to wear it anywhere.

…What used to be freckles are now liver spots.

…Everybody whispers.

…You have three sizes of clothes in your closet...two of which you will never wear."

…But "Old" is good in some things: old Songs, old movies...and best of all, our dear old friends!!

Do not regret growing older, it is a privilege denied to many.
I've seen better days, but I've also seen worse. I don't have everything that I want, but I do have all I need. I woke up with some aches and pains, but I woke up. My life may not be perfect but I am blessed.
Spending time with children is more important than spending money on children.
Putting your phone away and paying attention to those talking to you? There's an App for that it's called RESPECT.
If you are depressed, you are living in the past. If you are anxious, you are living in the future. If you are at peace, you are living in the present—Lao Tzu
Take care of your thought when you are alone. Take care of your words when you are with people.
I don't have time to worry about who doesn't like me. I'm too busy loving the people who love me.

Have a great week,



Daily News from Military Periscope for 27 January

USA—5 Sailors Rescued After Helicopter Crash In Philippine Sea USNI News | 01/27/2020 Five American sailors have been rescued after their helicopter crashed in the Philippine Sea, reports USNI News. On Saturday, an MH-60S Seahawk operating from the command ship USS Blue Ridge went down during routine operations, the 7th Fleet said in a statement. Japanese Air Self-Defense Force (ASDF), Maritime Self-Defense Force (MSDF) and coast guard, as well as U.S. Navy and Air Force, units, participated in the search-and-rescue operation, said the fleet. Three aircrew were recovered by an ASDF UH-60 search-and-rescue helicopter and two by an MH-60S from the Blue Ridge, it said. Three aircrew were transported by a Japanese helicopter to Naval Hospital Okinawa.

USA—Combat Vehicle Program Stumbles Under Weight, Protection Requirements Breaking Defense | 01/27/2020 The U.S. Army's latest effort to replace its aging Bradley infantry fighting vehicles struggled to meet protection requirements while being light enough for air transport, according to sources cited by Breaking Defense. The Army announced earlier this month that it was cancelling the Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle (OMFV) program, maintaining that it would move forward following a review, reported Defense News at the time. The program had an aggressive schedule, which led most bidders to drop out. Several quit because they could not meet the weight and armor requirements on the Army's schedule, an unidentified source said. General Dynamics, the only competitor by the end, was unable to provide a prototype that met the necessary armor requirements at a weight where two could be carried on a single C-17 transport. The vehicle could meet the weight requirements with its modular add-on armor removed, but the Army was unwilling to modify the requirements to allow that, the sources said. With a less aggressive schedule, industry may have been able to refine its designs to reduce weight, but the Army's timeline did not permit a solution to be developed that could meet minimum protection requirements at a light enough weight.

USA—Dedicated F-35C Production Line Stands Up Aviation Week And Space Technology | 01/27/2020 Lockheed Martin has established a dedicated final assembly line for the F-35C carrier variant after experiencing production delays last year, reports Aviation Week & Space Technology. The new line will be used to resolve F-35C production issues that emerged in 2019, the Joint Program Office (JPO) told the magazine. Full-rate production for the carrier variant had been scheduled to begin in 2019 but was pushed back due to unidentified problems. Those delays caused Lockheed to produce four additional F-35A variants last year. Lockheed has also increased training for F-35C mechanics and improved supplier performance to address the production delays.

USA—Marines Receive 1st F-35C Carrier Variant United States Marine Corps | 01/27/2020 The U.S. Marine Corps has taken delivery of its first carrier variant of the F-35 stealth fighter, reports the service. The F-35C was delivered on Jan. 21 to Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 314 (VMFA-314), 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif. Prior to this delivery, the service had only received the F-35B short-takeoff-vertical-landing (STOVL) jets. The Marines plan to purchase 67 F-35Cs that will be assigned to aircraft carriers, noted Aviation Week & Space Technology.

United Kingdom—Delivery Delay Pumped Up Cost Of Protector Drones Defense News | 01/27/2020 U.K. Ministry of Defence officials are blaming a large portion of the increased cost for the air force's Protector RG Mk 1 drone program on a decision to postpone delivery by two years, reports Defense News. The total cost of the uncrewed aerial vehicle program has increased by 325 million pounds (US$427 million), according to the letter sent to the U.K. Parliament's Public Accounts Committee on Nov. 5. The letter was only recently made public. The British government approved the purchase of 16 General Atomics Protector UAVs for 816 million pounds (US$1.2 billion) in 2016 to replace the air force's older MQ-9 Reaper drones. A government decision in June 2017 to delay the delivery of the UAVs by two years resulted in an additional 187 million pound (US$245 million) cost increase. The remaining cost growth was caused by a fall in the pound's value, the selection of a new primary sensor and other unspecified program costs. London is still negotiating a deal to purchase the first three aircraft from the U.S. That agreement is expected to be finalized in the next few months. The Protector is expected to reach initial operational capability in November 2023.

France—Order Placed For Mortar Carrier Variant Of Griffon APC Consortium1 | 01/27/2020 The French Directorate General of Armaments (DGA) has awarded a contract modification for mortar carrier variants of the Griffon armored vehicle, according to a joint release from Arquus, Nexter and Thales, which form the consortium that builds the vehicle. The deal awarded on Dec. 30 covers 54 vehicles, according to the Jan. 24 release. This was the sixth contract amendment under the Scorpion program. The value of the deal was not made public. The Griffon mortar vehicle will be armed with the Thales 120-mm 2R2M mortar system. France has now ordered 1,872 vehicles under the Scorpion program.

Russia—Russian Helicopters Reveals New Special Ops Chopper Tass | 01/27/2020 A new special operations variant of the venerable Mi-8 Hip utility helicopter has been developed by Russian Helicopters, reports Russia's Tass news agency. The Mi-8AMTSh-VN2, an updated variant of the Mi-8AMTSh-VN, features additional capabilities, including new weapons and sensors. The baseline Mi-8AMTSh-VN offers new avionics, combat management system, night-vision-goggle-compatible cockpit and armor. Last summer, the Russian Defense Ministry ordered 10 of the upgraded VN2 helicopters. The upgraded variant will serve as a bridge until the introduction of the new Airborne Combat Vehicle helicopter, officials said.

China—Delivery Of 2nd S-400 Air Defense Regiment Complete Tass | 01/27/2020 Russia has concluded delivery of a second regiment of S-400 (NATO: SA-21) air defense systems to China, reports the Tass news agency (Moscow). The delivery was finalized in December with the signing of the handover certificate, a source said on Monday. The delivery included two divisions of launchers, radiolocation stations, energy and service equipment, spare parts and other instruments. It also included more than 120 missiles in two types. Deliveries began in July 2019. China became the first international customer of the Russian air defense system in 2014. It took delivery of its first regimental set in early 2018.

North Korea—Satellite Photos Show Increased Activity At Missile Research Facility Near Pyongyang CNN | 01/27/2020 Satellite imagery shows increased activity at a North Korean missile research facility, reports CNN. Since Jan. 9, an increasing number of vehicles have been spotted in and around the Sanumdong missile research center outside Pyongyang, according to imagery obtained by Planet Labs. A large blue shipping container was also noted, which was moved around the site before disappearing on Jan. 19. The activity is consistent with preparations that came before previous missile and rocket tests, said four U.S. officials. Pyongyang could be advancing toward the test launch of a short- or medium-range missile or an engine test, the officials said. Analysts said that several visible steps would be required, including fueling, before a long-range missile launch. Researchers at the Middlebury Institute in Monterey, Calif., said that the activity could indicate a leadership visit before or after a major project or a deliberate attempt to mislead U.S. intelligence. North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un said in December that he would no longer be bound by a moratorium on nuclear and missile testing and would develop new strategic weapons.

Burma—2 Civilians Killed In Shelling In Rakhine State Irrawaddy | 01/27/2020 Two civilians have been killed and seven injured in an attack on a Rohingya village in Burma's western Rakhine state, reports the Irrawady (Burma). On Saturday, artillery shells struck the town of Kin Taung, a national member of parliament told Reuters. One woman died on the spot while another died on her way to the hospital. A spokesman for the Western Command of the Burmese army said that the incident occurred during a fight with the Arakan Army (AA) but denied that the military fired the shell. An AA spokesman blamed the military. The AA is fighting for more self-determination for the multi-ethnic Arakan people and recruits mostly from the Buddhist majority Rakhine people. Rakhine state is also home to Burma's Rohingya minority, of whom more than 730,000 have fled Burmese military operations since August 2017.

Philippines—Troops Kill Suspected ISIS Member In Lanao Del Sur Cebu Daily News | 01/27/2020 Philippine troops have killed a suspected member of an ISIS-affiliated group in the southern Lanao del Sur province, reports the Cebu Daily News. On Friday, soldiers from the 28th Infantry Battalion intercepted a band of seven suspected militants after receiving a tip from an informant. Fighting lasted about 15 minutes, reported the Philippine News Agency. Investigators identified the deceased as a 28-year-old from Marawi. His six companions fled. Blood at the scene suggested some were wounded. Soldiers recovered an M16 rifle, four improvised explosive devices (IEDs), explosive components and "valuable" documents. There were no reports of injuries among the soldiers.

Afghanistan—51 Taliban Die In Government Ops Khaama Press | 01/27/2020 At least 51 Taliban militants have been killed in recent Afghan government operations, reports the Khaama Press (Kabul). In 24 hours, Afghan forces conducted 12 air and 13 ground operations in nine provinces, the defense ministry said on Sunday as cited by Reuters. Thirteen suspected militants were injured and six captured, the military said. Local officials in Balkh province said that there were at least seven civilian fatalities in the strikes, which led to protests in front of the governor's office. Government officials said they would investigate. A Taliban spokesman said that 10 Afghan personnel were killed and three wounded in an attack on security checkpoints in the northern Kunduz province. Taliban fighters recovered a large weapons cache, the spokesman said. The Taliban also said it killed eight Afghan troops in an ambush in the northern Balkh province. The increase in attacks comes despite reports that the Taliban had re-entered talks with the U.S. and promised to reduce attacks on American and Afghan targets.

Iraq—Rockets Hit U.S. Embassy In Baghdad Al Jazeera | 01/27/2020 Injuries have been reported after a rocket attack against the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, reports Al Jazeera (Qatar). On Sunday, at least five Katyusha rockets were fired at the facility in the secure Green Zone, a security source told Agence France-Presse. One reportedly hit the cafeteria during dinner, while two others landed nearby. As many as three people were wounded in the attack, according to Reuters. There were no immediate claims of responsibility. U.S. officials told Newsweek that the attack was likely conducted by Iran-backed militias, who have carried out similar attacks on U.S. sites and personnel across the country. An Iraqi political analyst told Al Jazeera that pro-Iranian militias had denied any role in the attack. The U.S. State Dept. urged Iraq to protect the embassy and other diplomatic facilities.

Mali—20 Killed In Attack On Military Camp In Segou Region Agence France-Presse | 01/27/2020 Nearly two dozen Malian gendarmes have been killed in an attack on a military camp in the central Segou region, reports Agence France-Presse. On Sunday, about 100 gunmen on motorcycles attacked the camp in Sokolo, blocking escape routes, said witnesses. Twenty security personnel were killed, reported BBC News. Five gendarmes were reported injured in the attack. Fighting lasted for about two hours, said the resident. The attackers recovered their own dead and fled with weapons and vehicles from the camp, said locals. There were no reports of attacks directed at civilians. Following the attack, troops conducted combing operations in the area with the support of aircraft. There were no immediate claims of responsibility. The area is home to several jihadist groups, including those linked to Al-Qaida.

Mali—Dozens Of Militants Neutralized In French-Led Ops Defense Post | 01/27/2020 The French-led Operation Barkhane has killed nearly 40 terrorists in Mali near the borders with Niger and Burkina Faso, reports the Defense Post. An operation on Jan. 10 conducted by commando units in the northern part of the Mopti region eliminated three terrorists, including a logistician, said a French Armed Forces Ministry release on Jan. 23. On Jan. 14 and Jan. 15, a helicopter-borne operation in southern Mopti killed 30 jihadists, destroyed 20 motorcycles and recovered a large cache of communications equipment. Finally, on Jan. 19, five insurgents were killed in a drone strike near the town of Tindinbaen, not far from the border with Niger. Separately, a Malian military operation from Jan. 2 to Jan. 17, supported by French troops, captured a PKM machine gun, three unidentified machine guns, an RPG-7 launcher, four rifles and 13,500 rounds of ammunition.

Bolivia—U.S. Ambassador To Return To La Paz U.S. Embassy in Bolivia | 01/27/2020 The U.S. has announced that it will send an ambassador to Bolivia for the first time in a decade. Undersecretary of State David Hale announced the move on Jan. 23 in a video message posted to the U.S. Embassy in Bolivia website. The U.S. has not had an ambassador posted to La Paz since 2008, when then-Amb. Philip Goldberg was expelled by former President Evo Morales, noted Reuters. Morales blamed Goldberg for opposition protests going on at the time. Morales was ousted from power in November, after protests broke out over allegations of electoral fraud. A new election is scheduled for May 3.

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