Thursday, March 5, 2020

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This day in Naval History

March 5

1942—The "Seabees" name and insignia are officially authorized. Rear Adm. Ben Moreell personally furnishes them with their official motto: Construimus, Batuimus -- "We Build, We Fight."

1943—Auxiliary aircraft carrier USS Bogue (ACV 9) begins the first anti-submarine operations by an escort carrier in the Atlantic as the nucleus of the pioneer American anti-submarine hunter-killer group.

1945—USS Sea Robin (SS 407) sinks three Japanese gunboats and USS Bashaw (SS 241) sinks two Japanese tankers.

1960—USS Newport News (CA-148) and personnel from Port Lyautey complete emergency relief operations at Agadir, Morocco after Feb. 29 earthquake.

2005—USS Nitze (DDG 94) is commissioned at Naval Station Norfolk. The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer is named after former Secretary of the Navy Paul Nitze, who was in attendance for the ship’s launching and christening in April 2004, but died before the commissioning ceremony.

Thanks to CHINFO

Executive Summary:

• Secretary of the Navy Thomas Modly spoke to Defense & Aerospace Report about the continuing progress of USS Gerald R. Ford.

• Multiple outlets covered Navy Assistant Secretary for Research, Development and Acquisition James Geurts’ testimony before subcommittees in both the House of Representatives and Senate.

• Speaking at West 2020, INDO-PACOM commander Adm. Phil Davidson highlighted joint force transformation to face adversaries such as Russia and China.

• Stars and Stripes reported USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN 71) arrived in Danang, Vietnam for a port visit.

This day in World History

March 5


Class-based legislation is passed in the colony of Virginia, exempting the upper class from punishment by whipping.


Antonio de Ulloa, the first Spanish governor of Louisiana, arrives in New Orleans.


Austrian troops crush the French and recapture Liege.


James Monroe becomes the first president to be inaugurated on March 5, only because the 4th was a Sunday.


Russians begin to retreat from Mukden in Manchuria, China.


The Italians become the first to use dirigibles for military purposes, using them for reconnaissance flights behind Turkish lines west of Tripoli.


The Soviets move the capital of Russia from Petrograd to Moscow.


Hitler's National Socialists win the majority vote in Bavaria.


Newly inaugurated President Franklin D. Roosevelt halts the trading of gold and declares a bank holiday.


Hitler and Nationalist allies win the Reichstag majority. It will be the last free election in Germany until after World War II.


In desperation due to war losses, fifteen and sixteen year olds are called up for military service in the German army.


In Fulton, Missouri, Winston Churchill tells a crowd that "an iron curtain has descended on the Continent [of Europe]."


The U.S. Supreme Court affirms the ban on segregation in public schools in Brown vs. Board of Education.


Gustav Heinemann is elected West German President.


Britain gives up on the Ulster talks and decides to retain rule in Northern Ireland indefinitely.


The U.S. Supreme Court rules that cities have the right to display the Nativity scene as part of their Christmas display.

This Day in Aviation History” brought to you by the Daedalians Airpower Blog Update. To subscribe to this weekly email, go to

March 1, 1935

The Army Air Corps activated its General Headquarters Air Force (GHQ) at Langley Field, Virginia. This was an independent strike force under Brig. Gen. Frank M. Andrews, which reported directly to the Army chief of staff instead of a ground commander. It proved a seminal step toward the refinement of strategic air power, and the creation of an independent air force. Andrews, Daedalian Founder Member #2129, was a lieutenant general when he was killed in an airplane accident during an inspection tour in 1943. He is the namesake of Joint Base Andrews, formerly Andrews AFB, in Maryland.

March 2, 1906

Scientist Robert H. Goddard, jotting down thoughts in his notebook, speculates that atomic energy might one day power spaceships during interplanetary flight.

March 3, 1911

With Capt. Benjamin D. Foulois, Daedalian Founder Member #321, navigating a course and Philip O. Parmelee, Daedalian Founder Member #12889, at the controls, the Wright “Type B” set an official U.S. cross-country record from Laredo to Eagle Pass, Texas. It flew the 106 miles in 2 hours, 10 minutes.

March 4, 1911

The first funds appropriated for naval aviation provided $25,000 to the Bureau of Navigation for “experimental” work in the development of aviation for naval purposes.

March 5, 1913

Army Field Order No. 1 officially organized Headquarters 1st Aero Squadron (Provisional) in a field near Texas City, Texas. It was the first U.S. unit created to conduct aircraft operations.

March 6, 1945

Ens. Jane Kendeigh became the first Navy flight nurse to serve in a combat zone when she reached Iwo Jima, Volcano Islands. The aircraft on which she arrived took Japanese mortar fire during its landing.

March 7, 1916

During an exhibition flight at Mobile, Alabama, a wind gust struck the hydroaeroplane AH-10 at an altitude of 75 feet, causing it to crash into the schooner Melba, at anchor in the Mobile River. The pilot, Lt. Edward O. McDonnell, Daedalian Founder Member #7927, survived because the vessel’s rigging checked his fall. AH-10 was demolished and Melba sustained damage to her rigging and stays, but the plane was subsequently rebuilt. McDonnell, who retired as a vice admiral, was a Medal of Honor recipient. Learn more about him HERE.


Thanks to Mugs

Prediction for America

Do you remember September 29, 1959? I do. At that time, the word ‘communism’ was feared throughout our nation. Now, it's kith and ken, socialism, is being embraced by the majority of the Democrat Party.

Just over sixty years ago, Russia’s Khrushchev banged his shoe on the podium and delivered this message to the UN with a prediction for America:

"Your children's children will live under communism, You Americans are so gullible. No, you won't accept communism outright; but we will keep feeding you small doses of socialism until you will finally wake up and find you already have Communism. We will not have to fight you; We will so weaken your economy, until you will fall like overripe fruit into our hands. The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not."

There has been no practical difference between socialism and communism as practiced so far in the world, and it has never worked. But in theory, socialism leads to communism, then the State will wither away. That will never happen. So, how do you create a Socialistic State ? There are 8 levels of control, using the following recipe.

1) Healthcare - Control healthcare and you control the people.
2) Poverty - Increase the poverty level as high as possible, poor people are easier to control and will not fight back if you are providing everything for them.
3) Debt - Increase the debt to an unsustainable level. That way you are able to increase taxes, and this will produce more poverty.
4) Gun Control - Remove the ability to defend themselves from the Government That way you are able to create a police state.
5) Welfare - Take control of every aspect (food, housing, income) of their lives because that will make them fully dependent on the government.
6) Education - Take control of what people read and listen to and take control of what children learn in school.
7) Religion - Remove the belief in God from the Government and schools because the people need to believe in ONLY the government knowing what is best for the people.
8) Class Warfare - Divide the people into the wealthy and the poor. Eliminate the middle class. This will cause more discontent and it will be easier to tax the wealthy with the support of the poor

Sounds just like the Democrat agenda. Some of these points were even talked about in their debate last night.



Thanks to Jack


Thanks, Robert -- finally had an opportunity to view this impressive video.


B-52 "low" flyby USS Ranger

. Thanks to Todd and Dr.Rich…

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HISTORY | This Day In History <>


March 05

The Boston Massacre

On the cold, snowy night of March 5, 1770, a mob of American colonists gathers at the Customs House in Boston and begins taunting the British soldiers guarding the building. The protesters, who called themselves Patriots, were protesting the occupation of their city by British troops, who were sent to Boston in 1768 to enforce unpopular taxation measures passed by a British parliament that lacked American representation.

READ MORE: Did a Snowball Fight Start the American Revolution?

British Captain Thomas Preston, the commanding officer at the Customs House, ordered his men to fix their bayonets and join the guard outside the building. The colonists responded by throwing snowballs and other objects at the British regulars, and Private Hugh Montgomery was hit, leading him to discharge his rifle at the crowd. The other soldiers began firing a moment later, and when the smoke cleared, five colonists were dead or dying—Crispus Attucks, Patrick Carr, Samuel Gray, Samuel Maverick and James Caldwell—and three more were injured. Although it is unclear whether Crispus Attucks, an African American, was the first to fall as is commonly believed, the deaths of the five men are regarded by some historians as the first fatalities in the American Revolutionary War.

READ MORE: 8 Things We Know About Crispus Attucks

The British soldiers were put on trial, and patriots John Adams and Josiah Quincy agreed to defend the soldiers in a show of support of the colonial justice system. When the trial ended in December 1770, two British soldiers were found guilty of manslaughter and had their thumbs branded with an “M” for murder as punishment.

The Sons of Liberty, a Patriot group formed in 1765 to oppose the Stamp Act, advertised the “Boston Massacre” as a battle for American liberty and just cause for the removal of British troops from Boston. Patriot Paul Revere made a provocative engraving of the incident, depicting the British soldiers lining up like an organized army to suppress an idealized representation of the colonist uprising. Copies of the engraving were distributed throughout the colonies and helped reinforce negative American sentiments about British rule.

READ MORE: 7 Events That Led to the American Revolution

In April 1775, the American Revolution began when British troops from Boston skirmished with American militiamen at the battles of Lexington and Concord. The British troops were under orders to capture Patriot leaders Samuel Adams and John Hancock in Lexington and to confiscate the Patriot arsenal at Concord. Neither missions were accomplished because of Paul Revere and William Dawes, who rode ahead of the British, warning Adams and Hancock and rousing the Patriot minutemen.

Eleven months later, in March 1776, British forces had to evacuate Boston following American General George Washington’s successful placement of fortifications and cannons on Dorchester Heights. This bloodless liberation of Boston brought an end to the hated eight-year British occupation of the city. For the victory, General Washington, commander of the Continental Army, was presented with the first medal ever awarded by the Continental Congress. It would be more than five years before the Revolutionary War came to an end with British General Charles Cornwallis’ surrender to Washington at Yorktown, Virginia.

READ MORE: Revolutionary War - Timeline, Facts & Battles

News from around the world from Military Periscope for 5 March

USA—RFP For Next-Generation Interceptor Expected Soon Defense News | 03/05/2020 A request for proposals (RFP) for the Next-Generation Interceptor (NGI) program has been delayed while the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) seeks to ensure it has the right acquisition plan, reports Defense News. Vice Adm. Jon Hill, the MDA director, told reporters at the McAleese Defense Programs Conference in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday that the RFP was delayed after an oversight body determined that the requirements were overly technical, reported GovCon Wire. As a result, the agency decided to focus on the operational perspective of U.S. Northern Command, which has indicated that its top priority is getting the new interceptors as soon as possible. The Joint Requirements Oversight Council is expected to hold another program review in the next week, Hill said. Agency officials have also worked with the Dept. of Defense undersecretary for research and engineering to review the plan. Plans call for fielding the NGI in 2030, with the goal of moving that date up as the acquisition program is finalized. Flight tests are anticipated in 2025 or 2026, said Hill. The NGI interceptor program is intended to replace the Redesigned Kill Vehicle project, which was axed in August.

USA—Contractor Linguist Charged With Spying For Hezbollah Dept. Of Justice | 03/05/2020 A contractor linguist working for the U.S. Dept. of Defense has been charged with providing highly classified intelligence to the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah, reports the Justice Dept. On Wednesday, Mariam Taha Thompson was charged with transmitting highly sensitive classified material to a foreign national, the department said in a release. Thompson, 61, supplied information that included the identities of active human assets to a Lebanese national overseas, said the department. Records showed an unexplained and unnecessary shift in her use of classified information in late December, a day after the U.S. carried out a series of airstrikes against Iran-backed forces in Iraq, including accessing information on human intelligence sources. A search of her domicile revealed a handwritten note in Arabic containing the names of assets and a warning to a known Hezbollah member that he was being targeted. The information was passed to her handler, a Lebanese national with ties to that government and Hezbollah. She is believed to have had a romantic interest in the individual. She was arrested at a U.S. overseas military facility on Feb. 27.

USA—Boeing Unveils Final Design For Army’s Recon Helicopter Program Boeing | 03/05/2020 Boeing has revealed its proposal for the Army’s Future Attack Reconnaissance Aircraft (FARA) program. The design consists of a compound helicopter with a single hingeless six-bladed main rotor with an articulated rotor system, the company said in a Tuesday release. It features a unique combination of a four-blade conventional tail rotor and a pusher propeller, similar to the 1960’s era AH-56 Cheyenne built by Lockheed, reported Aviation Week & Space Technology. The helicopter will be able to meet the Army’s cruise speed requirement of 180 knots, company officials said. The Boeing FARA is powered by a single General Electric T901 engine developing 3,000 hp. The design also features an internal weapons bay, a tandem cockpit and a 20-mm cannon and sensor ball in the nose. Boeing is the last competitor to reveal its FARA bid. Other companies competing for the program include a team of AVX Aircraft and L3Harris; Lockheed Martin; Karem Aircraft; and Bell Helicopter. All revealed their designs prior to the Association of the U.S. Army (AUSA) conference in Washington, D.C., in October. The Army is expected to select two candidates to move on to the prototype stage of the competition later this month.

USA—AFRICOM Picks Peraton To Provide Commercial SATCOM Services Peraton | 03/05/2020 U.S. Air Force Space Command has awarded Peraton a contract to provide commercial satellite communication services to U.S. Africa Command, reports the Herndon, Va.-based company. Under the five-year, $219 million contract awarded on Tuesday Peraton will provide Ku-band satellite connections acquired from several satellite fleet operators, reported Space News. The services will be supported by Peraton’s 24x7 Network Operations Center and a dedicated team of satellite services engineers and professionals, the company said. The award is the first under the Future Commercial SATCOM Acquisition (FCSA) program. The FCSA was previously managed by the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) but is now under U.S. Space Force’s commercial SATCOM procurement office. The contract was awarded to Inmarsat in June 2019, but Peraton successfully protested the decision, leading to a new competition.

Netherlands—ICC Authorizes Investigation Into War Crimes In Afghanistan Guardian | 03/05/2020 The International Criminal Court in The Hague has authorized an inquiry into allegations of war crimes and crimes against humanity committed by U.S., Afghan and Taliban forces, reports the Guardian (U.K.). On Thursday, an ICC appeals court reversed an April 2019 ruling that deemed an investigation into the alleged crimes unlikely to succeed due to a lack of cooperation by all parties involved. The appeals court ordered chief prosecutor Fatou Bensouda to continue with the investigation and not rely on preliminary findings, reported Reuters. The court also approved investigations into countries that had hosted sites associated with the CIA's extraordinary rendition program, including Lithuania, Poland and Romania. The investigation is authorized for events dating back to 2003 and other alleged crimes relating to Afghanistan. Afghanistan and the U.S. have opposed the investigation, noted BBC News. The U.S. is not a signatory to the court. .

Ukraine—U.S. To Provide Another $8 Million In Cybersecurity Aid U.S. State Department | 03/05/2020 The United States has announced another US$8 million in cybersecurity aid for Ukraine following their third bilateral cyber dialogue, reports the U.S. Dept. of State. Interagency teams from the two countries met in Kyiv on Thursday. During the dialogue, the two sides discussed recent cybersecurity policy developments, 5G security concerns, cyber capacity building and international cyber policy issues. The U.S. has consistently expressed concern about allied countries permitting Chinese firm Huawei to build their 5G networks due to the company’s ties to the government in Beijing. The latest aid is part of a plan to invest US$38 million in Ukrainian cybersecurity capabilities over the next four years, through support for legal and regulatory reform, cyber workforce development and private sector engagement. The U.S. provided US$10 million in cybersecurity assistance to Ukraine in 2017.

Russia—Erdogan, Putin Discuss Idlib In Moscow Anadolu News Agency | 03/05/2020 Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has arrived in Moscow for talks with his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, on the fighting in northwestern Syria, reports Turkey's Anadolu Agency. The situation around Idlib province "has escalated so much that this requires our face-to-face conversation," Putin said at the start of talks on Thursday, as reported by the Tass news agency (Moscow). Putin expressed condolences for the recent deaths of 34 Turkish soldiers, who were killed in Syrian regime bombardments of positions where Turkish troops and Ankara-aligned rebels were located. The talks are expected to begin in a one-on-one format and expand to include other officials. A Turkish official told Reuters that Ankara was anticipating a cease-fire announcement that would halt a regime advance in the area. Turkey has repeatedly called on Syrian troops to withdraw behind lines agreed to under a 2018 de-escalation agreement between Erdogan and Putin. On Thursday, Turkish defense officials said that 184 regime troops had been killed, captured or wounded as part of Operation Spring Shield in northwestern Syria.

China—New Variants Of Y-20 Cargo Aircraft In The Works Asian Military Review | 03/05/2020 At least two new variants of the Y-20 large cargo aircraft are under development and could be revealed by the end of the year, according to Chinese military officials cited by the Asian Military Review. An air-to-air refueling and airborne early warning (AEW) variant are currently under development, the officials told China Central Television last month. The development of an aerial refueling variant was first revealed in commercial satellite imagery in 2018. In those images, a Y-20 could be seen fitted with underwing refueling pods. This Y-20 version could be publicly debuted soon. It is expected to have similar capacity to the People’s Liberation Army Air Force’s Il-78 Midas tankers, which carry up to 90 metric tons of fuel, three times the full load of China’s H-6U tankers. China only has three Il-78s, which has limited its long-range capabilities, noted AIN Online. The Y-20 AEW is expected to supplement the air force’s four KJ-2000 aircraft. It could be the rumored KJ-3000 platform with an enhanced active electronically scanned array radar.

South Korea—Rotation Of Peacekeepers To South Sudan Delayed By Coronavirus Outbreak Yonhap | 03/05/2020 The South Korean government has decided to postpone a planned rotation of peacekeepers to South Sudan due to the coronavirus outbreak, reports the Yonhap news agency (Seoul). About 300 troops were scheduled to head to South Sudan this month to replace the current South Korean contingent. Due to the situation with the coronavirus in South Korea and abroad, the decision was made to review the timing of the rotation, a defense ministry spokesman said. South Korea has reported 5,766 confirmed COVID-19 cases, including 34 within the military. A total of 35 deaths have been attributed to the virus.

Vietnam—U.S. Aircraft Carrier To Arrive In Danang This Week South China Morning Post | 03/05/2020 A U.S. aircraft carrier is set to visit Vietnam later this week as a symbol of American support for Hanoi in its confrontation with China in the South China Sea, reports the South China Morning Post. USS Theodore Roosevelt is scheduled to arrive in Danang on Thursday. This will be only the second port call by a U.S. warship to Vietnam since the conclusion of the Vietnam War. The carrier Carl Vinson docked there in March 2018. The visit is believed to be a response to China’s increasing activity in the South China Sea, where its coast guard and oil exploration vessels have increasingly trespassed on Vietnam’s waters. The port call has likely been planned for several months, said experts. Vietnamese policy permits only one ship per foreign navy to visit annually, noted USNI News.

India—Internet Blackout In Kashmir Lifted India Today | 03/05/2020 Indian authorities in Jammu and Kashmir have lifted an internet blackout after seven months, reports India Today. On Wednesday, internet service returned to the region until March 17, unless it is extended, noted Deutsche Welle. Virtual private networks, which can bypass censors, will still be blocked. Mobile networks will be restricted to 2G speeds. The renewed access to broadband internet comes with Media Access Control (MAC) binding, which forces a device to access the internet through a specific IP address and enables authorities to trace it. The Muslim-majority area has been under an internet and security lockdown since August, when Prime Minister Narendra Modi moved to abrogate Kashmir's special status within India. In January, the Indian Supreme Court declared access to internet a fundamental right of which citizens cannot be deprived except under specific conditions.

Qatar—As Coronavirus Spreads In Middle East, Doha Cancels DIMDEX Conference Gulf Times | 03/05/2020 Qatar has announced that the upcoming Doha International Maritime Defence Exhibition and Conference (DIMDEX) has been cancelled due to concerns about the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), reports the Gulf Times (Qatar). On Tuesday, Doha announced that the trade show had been canceled, following the example of several other industries that have canceled upcoming international conferences out of concern for the spread of the coronavirus, reported Defense News. DIMDEX is the first defense industry trade show to be called off. The Singapore Air Show went ahead last month despite the withdrawal of several major participants and severely reduced attendance. Qatar has only reported three COVID-19 cases, while the outbreak is spreading rapidly elsewhere in the Middle East. Iran is suffering the severest outbreak, with more than 1,000 reported cases. The United Arab Emirates has around 20 cases; Bahrain and Kuwait have approximately 50 each; and Iraq has reported about 20.

Yemen—Houthis Attack Government Bases In Hodeidah Province Anadolu News Agency | 03/05/2020 Houthi rebels in Yemen have suffered dozens of casualties in assaults on government bases in the western Hodeidah province, reports Turkey's Anadolu Agency. On Thursday, the rebels attacked government bases in the al-Durayhimi, al-Tuhayta, and al-Fazeh districts, said unidentified sources. At least 14 Houthi fighters were killed and 28 injured in the fighting, said the sources. The Iran-backed rebels control the center of Hodeidah city as well as the port, through which much of the country's vital food and medicine aid flows. A December 2018 agreement intended to avert full-scale fighting in the city by handing the port over to neutral administrators and withdrawing from the front lines. The agreement has been unevenly observed.

Morocco—M88A2 Recovery Vehicles Sought From U.S. U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency | 03/05/2020 The U.S. State Dept. has approved the sale of more than two dozen armored recovery vehicles (ARVs) to Morocco, reports the U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency. The proposed US$239 billion deal covers 25 new-build M88A2 ARVs or M88A1s refurbished to the HERCULES standard. The possible sale also includes 25 M2 .50-caliber machine guns; 25 Single Channel Ground and Airborne Radio Systems (SINCGARS); 25 AN/PSN-13A defense advanced Global Position System (GPS) receivers with selective-availability/anti-spoofing modules; 30 AN/VAS-5B driver vision enhancer kits; 25 M239 or M250 smoke grenade launchers; 1,800 M76 or L8A1/L8A3 smoke grenades; and a variety of spare parts. At Morocco’s request, the sale could include additional smoke grenades and .50-caliber ammunition. The M88s would be used to support Morocco’s fleet of M1 Abrams tanks, of which it has 222 refurbished to the M1A1SA standard, noted Defence Web (South Africa). Congress has been notified of the potential sale and has 30 days to review it.

Nigeria—Troops Repel Boko Haram Assault In Borno State Premium Times | 03/05/2020 Numerous casualties have been reported following a Boko Haram assault on a town in Nigeria's northern Borno state, reports the Premium Times (Abuja). On Wednesday, dozens of militants launched a coordinated dawn attack on an army base in Damboa using about 30 mounted gun trucks, reported the Nation (Lagos). Gov. Babagana Zulum said that the troops successfully fended off the assault, pushing back the attackers with air support and destroying 19 gun trucks. At least five civilians were killed and 47 wounded, he said. Local sources told Agence France-Presse that six soldiers, four police officers and two members of a government-backed militia were killed in the fighting. Dozens of fatalities were reported, although figures for the militants were unavailable, since the retreating fighters collected their bodies.

Kenya—Talks Set To Begin On Withdrawal From Somalia Mission Daily Nation | 03/05/2020 Kenya is set to begin talks to withdraw its troops from the African Union’s peacekeeping mission in Somalia (AMISOM), reports the Daily Nation (Nairobi). Monica Juma, Kenya’s cabinet secretary for the Ministry of Defense, will lead the negotiations. AMISOM is currently set to end its mission in 2021. The talks are reportedly expected to cover the pull back of Kenyan forces from Somalia in that timeframe. Kenyan forces first entered Somalia in October 2011, with the objective of destroying and degrading the Al-Shabaab terrorist group while preventing cross-border terrorist attacks. Kenyan forces are now focused on shifting security responsibilities to Somali troops. .

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