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Tuesday, August 26, 2014
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This Day In Naval History - August 26
1775 - Rhode Island Resolve: Rhode Island delegates to Continental Congress press for creation of Continental Navy to protect the colonies
1839 - Brig Washington seizes Spanish slaver, Amistad near Montauk Point, NY
1861 - Union amphibious force lands near Hatteras, NC
1865 - Civil War ends with Naval strength over 58,500 men and 600 ships
This day in History
Many of you know the fight to keep the cross but not a lot of folks know about the rest of the memorial.
This is a really awesome place. I have friends who are on this wall.
Subject: : Mt. Soledad Veterans Memorial
A bit of shake rattle and roll
Why The Earthquake Near San Francisco Is Just The Start Of The Shaking In California
If you thought that the earthquake that struck northern California on Sunday was something, just wait until you see what is coming in the years ahead. As you will read about below, we live at a time when earthquake activity is dramatically increasing. This is especially true of the "Ring of Fire" which runs roughly along the outer perimeter of the Pacific Ocean. Approximately 81 percent of all big earthquakes occur along the Ring of Fire, and the entire west coast of the United States falls within the danger zone. Over the past few years, we have seen huge earthquake after huge earthquake strike various areas along the Ring of Fire, but up until now the California coastline has mostly been spared. However, there are indications that this may be about to change in a big way.
Early on Sunday, a 6.1 magnitude earthquake struck the heart of wine country. It was the largest earthquake to hit northern California in 25 years. More than 120 people were injured, scores of buildings were damaged and Governor Jerry Brown declared a state of emergency.
It is being projected that the economic loss from this earthquake will exceed a billion dollars. Since the initial quake, there have been more than 60 aftershocks, and residents are very much hoping that the worst is over. The following is how the damage caused by the earthquake was described by CNN...
"Everything and everyone in Napa was affected by the quake. My house, along with everybody else's, is a disaster. It looks like somebody broke in and ravaged the place, room by room." said CNN iReporter Malissa Koven, who was awakened by the shaking at about 3:20 a.m.
"Anything and everything that could fall, did," she said.
The damage in Napa is "fairly significant," said Glenn Pomeroy, the CEO of the California Earthquake Authority, who surveyed the area Sunday afternoon.
"The downtown area is hardest hit, probably because of the age of construction down there," Pomeroy said. In the residential areas, he is "seeing a lot of chimneys that've come crashing down."
That sounds pretty bad, right?
But remember, this was only a 6.1 magnitude earthquake. As Wikipedia explains, a 7.0 magnitude earthquake would be many times more powerful...
The Richter magnitude scale (also Richter scale) assigns a magnitude number to quantify the energy released by an earthquake. The Richter scale is a base-10 logarithmic scale, which defines magnitude as the logarithm of the ratio of the amplitude of the seismic waves to an arbitrary, minor amplitude.
As measured with a seismometer, an earthquake that registers 5.0 on the Richter scale has a shaking amplitude 10 times greater than that of an earthquake that registered 4.0, and thus corresponds to a release of energy 31.6 times greater than that released by the lesser earthquake.
And the earthquake that happened on Sunday would not even be worth comparing to an 8.0 or a 9.0 quake. In fact, one studyconcluded that a 9.0 magnitude earthquake along the Cascadia fault could potentially produce a giant tsunami that would "wash away coastal towns"…
If a 9.0 earthquake were to strike along California's sparsely populated North Coast, it would have a catastrophic ripple effect.
A giant tsunami created by the quake wouldwash away coastal towns, destroy U.S. 101 and cause $70 billion in damage over a large swath of the Pacific coast. More than 100 bridges would be lost, power lines toppled and coastal towns isolated. Residents would have as few as 15 minutes notice to flee to higher ground, and as many as 10,000 would perish.
Scientists last year published this grim scenario for a massive rupture along the Cascadia fault system, which runs 700 miles off shore from Northern California to Vancouver Island.
And when we think about "the Big One" hitting California, most of the time we think about southern California. The most famous fault line in southern California is the San Andreas fault, but the truth is that many experts are far more concerned about the Puente Hills fault line. According to one seismologist, that is the fault that would be most likely to "eat L.A." and cause hundreds of billions of dollars in economic damage...
Video simulations of a rupture on thePuente Hills fault system show how energy from a quake could erupt and be funneled toward L.A.'s densest neighborhoods, with the strongest waves rippling to the west and south across the Los Angeles Basin.
According to estimates by the USGS and Southern California Earthquake Center, a massive quake on the Puente Hills fault could kill from 3,000 to 18,000 people and cause up to $250 billion in damage. Under this worst-case scenario, people in as many as three-quarters of a million households would be left homeless.
So don't get too excited about what happened on Sunday. Scientists assure us that it is only a matter of time before "the Big One" hits California.
In fact, the 6.1 magnitude earthquake that hit northern California on Sunday was not even the largest earthquake along the Ring of Fire this weekend. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, a 6.4 magnitude earthquake shook the area around Valparaiso, Chile on Saturday and a 6.9 magnitude earthquake struck Peru on Sunday.
As I mentioned above, we have moved into a time when seismic activity is steadily rising. It has gotten to the point where even the mainstream media cannot ignore it anymore. For example, just check out the following excerpt from a recent CBS News report…
The average rate of big earthquakes — those larger than magnitude 7 — has been 10 per year since 1979, the study reports. That rate rose to12.5 per year starting in 1992, and then jumped to 16.7 per year starting in 2010 — a65 percent increase compared to the rate since 1979. This increase accelerated in the first three months of 2014 to more than double the average since 1979, the researchers report.
Something is happening that scientists don't understand, and that is a little scary.
As I wrote about the other day, earthquake activity seems to particularly be increasing in the United States. While the west has been relatively quiet, the number of earthquakes in the central and eastern portions of the nation has quintupled over the past 30 years…
According to the USGS, the frequency of earthquakes in the central and eastern U.S. has quintupled, to an average of 100 a year during the 2011-2013 period, up from only 20 per year during the 30-year period to 2000.
Most of these quakes were minor, but research published by the USGS earlier this year demonstrated that a relatively minor magnitude 5.0 quake caused by wastewater injection after conventional oil drilling triggered a much bigger, 5.7 magnitude quake in Prague, Okla.
"We know the hazard has increased for small and moderate size earthquakes. We don't know as well how much the hazard has increased for large earthquakes. Our suspicion is it has but we are working on understanding this," said William Ellsworth, a scientist with the USGS.
What in the world could be causing this to happen?
Oklahoma, which used to rarely ever have significant earthquakes, has experienced over 2,300 earthquakes so far in 2014.
That is absolutely staggering.
And of course volcanic activity has been rising all over the planet as well. In 2013, the number of eruptions around the globe set a new all-time high, and right now persistent rumbling under Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano has much of Europe on alert...
For more than a week the earth has been rumbling beneath Iceland's looming Bardarbunga volcano. The almost continuous small earthquakes led the government to activate its National Crisis Coordination Centre this week and block off access to the largely uninhabited region around the Bardarbunga caldera.
Major airlines are making contingency plans for a potential eruption that could throw dust into the atmosphere and disrupt flight paths between North America and Europe.
Some scientists are saying that if that volcano erupts, it "could trigger Britain's coldest winter ever".
Clearly something is happening.
All over the world seismic activity is on the rise.
That means that the shaking in California (and in much of the rest of the world) may soon get a whole lot worse.
Item Number:1 Date: 08/26/2014 AFGHANISTAN - DEMPSEY SAYS U.S. COULD EXIT QUICKLY IF ELECTION DISPUTE CONTINUES (AUG 26/RFE/RL) RADIO FREE EUROPE/RADIO LIBERTY -- The U.S. Dept. of Defense has a plan in place that would allow American forces in Afghanistan to quickly withdraw if a security agreement is not signed, says the nation's top military officer, as cited by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. All American troops and equipment in Afghanistan can be pulled out in about four months, Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey said Monday. The forces could withdraw even quicker if necessary, Dempsey added. Both Afghan presidential candidates, Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani, have pledged to sign an agreement that would permit U.S. forces to stay beyond 2014. The U.S.-brokered agreement designed to salvage the disputed election has been running into challenges, noted the Washington Post
Item Number:2 Date: 08/26/2014 CANADA - AIR FORCE WRAPS UP ROMANIA MISSION, HEADS TO LITHUANIA FOR AIR POLICE EFFORT (AUG 26/RCAF) ROYAL CANADIAN AIR FORCE -- The Canadian air force says it has completed its training mission in Romania. The air task force was deployed to Romania on April 29 as part of NATO's efforts to reassure Eastern European members of the alliance following Russia's annexation of Crimea in March, according to a service release. After the Romanian mission ended Friday, six CF-18 Hornet fighters will head to Lithuania, where they will augment the Baltic air-policing mission until December, said the air force. The Canadian contingent also features a command-and-control element, mission support element and an operational support element, totaling about 200 personnel.
Item Number:3 Date: 08/26/2014 CHINA - ARMY'S LAUNCH VEHICLE BREAKS APART (AUG 26/SCMP) SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST -- The Chinese People's Liberation Army has conducted its second trial of a hypersonic vehicle, reports the South China Morning Post. The most recent test did not fare as well as the first. The latest test took place on Aug. 7, at a missile and satellite launching center in Shanxi province, said unnamed sources last week. The vehicle broke up shortly after launch, the sources said. The test in January was successful, the Chinese Defense Ministry said at the time. The vehicle, dubbed WU-14 by the Pentagon, is designed to carry a ballistic missile to a suborbital altitude and release it. "It's a necessary for China to boost its missile capability because the PLA's weapons are weaker than the U.S.' shields, which are deployed everywhere in the world," said Wang Xudong, an adviser to the Chinese government.
Item Number:4 Date: 08/26/2014 INDIA - NEW KAMORTA ASW CORVETTE PACKS A PUNCH (AUG 26/INDIAMOD) INDIAN MINISTRY OF DEFENSE -- The Indian navy has commissioned its first domestically built anti-submarine warfare corvette, reports the Indian Ministry of Defense. The Kamorta officially joined the service during a Saturday ceremony at the Visakhapatnam naval dockyard on India's east coast. The corvette is the first of four being built for the navy. Navy officials say the 3,500-ton warship has a top speed of 25 knots. She carries anti-submarine rockets and torpedoes; medium and close-in weapon systems; and the indigenous Revathi surveillance radar. An ASW helicopter can also be carried, says the navy
Item Number:5 Date: 08/26/2014 IRAN - MILITARY SHOWS OFF NEW SHORT-RANGE ANTI-SHIP MISSILES, HIGH-ALTITUDE UAVS (AUG 26/AFP) AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE -- Iran says it has added two new missiles and two new drones to its arsenal, reports Agence France-Presse. During a Sunday ceremony attended by President Hassan Rouhani, military officials showed off the Ghadir (Mighty) ground-to-sea and sea-to-sea missile. It has a reported range of 300 km (185 mi), the IRNA news agency said. The missile is in the same family as the Ghader/Qader cruise missile, said Iranian officials. The Nasr-e Basir (Clear Victory) missile was also unveiled; it is equipped with a seeker homing head. No range was given. The military also revealed the Karar-4 (Striker) UAV, which rportedly can track and monitor enemy aircraft, and the Mohajer-4 (Migrant) drone, which is designed for photographic and mapping missions.
Item Number:6 Date: 08/26/2014 IRAQ - KURDISH PESHMERGA CONTROL MAKHMUR; IRANIAN ASSISTANCE NOTED BY KURDISH LEADER (AUG 26/S&S) STARS AND STRIPES -- Kurdish forces are in control of Makhmur, an oil and farming center 40 miles south of the Kurdish capital of Irbil, reports the Stars and Stripes. Peshmerga fighters said they pushed jihadists from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) to the town of Qarach, a 15-minute drive down the road. Around 100-200 ISIS fighters in armored Humvees seized Makhmur on Aug. 9. A small peshmerga force armed only with rifles retreated into the mountains to await reinforcement, said Kurdish officials. Last Saturday, fighters from the Turkish Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) arrived to help push ISIS out of the town, according to peshmerga officials. A PKK fighter was reportedly killed and 10 were wounded in the fight to retake the town. The PKK has since established a base in Makhmur, they said. Separately, Iraqi Kurdistan President Massoud Barzani said Tuesday that Iran was the first to supply peshmerga forces with weapons and ammunition after ISIS started its advance, reported Reuters. Barzani made his comments in Irbil at a joint press conference with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif. Britain, France, Germany and Italy have also promised to send military assistance to the Kurds.
Item Number:7 Date: 08/26/2014 IRAQ - NEW PRIME MINISTER SEEKS UNITY AMID WAVE OF BOMBINGS (AUG 26/NYT) NEW YORK TIMES -- A suicide bomber has attacked a Shi'ite mosque in the capital of Iraq, reports the New York Times. The attack took place Monday in the Baghdad Jadida ("New Baghdad") neighborhood during afternoon prayers, killing at least 13 people, said security officials. Prime Minister-Designate Haider al-Abadi had just made his first national press conference and called for national unity. Abadi has been attempting to form a new government and has until Sept. 11 to submit a list of proposed ministers to Parliament. On Tuesday, a car bomb hit the same district during morning rush hour, killing at least 15 people and wounding 37, reported AFP. The cities of Karbala and Hillah, both south of Baghdad, were also hit Tuesday by car bombings, killing at least 23 people, reported the BBC. The already tense situation between Shi'ites and Sunnis has been exacerbated by the advance of the ISIS terror group and associated Sunnis
Item Number:8 Date: 08/26/2014 ISRAEL - MORE HIGH-RISES TARGETED BY AIRSTRIKES (AUG 26/BLOOMBERG) BLOOMBERG NEWS -- Officials in Gaza say Israel has destroyed two more high-rise apartment buildings there. A 14-story apartment building in Gaza was toppled Tuesday by warplanes, reports Bloomberg News. The building was targeted because Hamas used it as a base of operations, an Israeli army spokeswoman said. While residents were given time to flee, dozens of people were wounded, said the Gaza Health Ministry. Another high-rise was badly damaged on Tuesday in Gaza, reported Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. Three high-rise buildings have been hit since Saturday in Gaza
Item Number:9 Date: 08/26/2014 LIBYA - EGYPT, UAE LAUNCHED RECENT AIRSTRIKES IN LIBYA WITHOUT U.S. KNOWLEDGE (AUG 26/NYT) NEW YORK TIMES -- American officials are said to have been surprised by recent unannounced airstrikes in Libya, reports the New York Times. Egypt and the United Arab Emirates twice carried out airstrikes in the past week on armed Islamist factions in Tripoli, Libya's capital, said U.S. officials. Egypt provided bases for use by UAE pilots, warplanes and aerial refueling planes, said officials on Monday, as cited by Reuters. Over the weekend, residents said unidentified war planes attacked targets in Tripoli. Airstrikes were also reported against Islamist positions on Aug. 18. Islamist fighters from the Libyan city of Misrata previously accused the UAE and Egypt of the strikes. The two Arab countries reportedly acted without consulting Washington. Egypt previously denied involvement, said the New York Times. The strikes did not stop the Islamists. A day after they were hit, the Islamists took over the Tripoli airport, noted Fox News.
Item Number:10 Date: 08/26/2014 LIBYA - VIOLENCE KEEPS E.U. BORDER MISSION ON OTHER SIDE OF FRONTIER (AUG 26/EUO) EU OBSERVER -- The European Union's border mission for Libya finds itself in Tunisia as the Libyan security situation continues to get worse, reports the E.U. Observer. EUBAM Libya was launched in May 2013 to help develop the nation's border guard and coast guard. However, all the European personnel have been in Tunisia since late July due to violence in Tripoli. The E.U. mission is still in contact with Libyan authorities and organizes study trips for Libyan officers outside the country, said a diplomatic source. The E.U. External Action Service is considering what to do with the mission since there is little chance of the personnel returning to Libya.
Item Number:11 Date: 08/26/2014 MEXICO - PRESIDENT UNVEILS SCALED-DOWN NATIONAL GENDARMERIE (AUG 26/MCCLAT) MCCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS -- A special police force has been launched in Mexico. On Friday, Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto activated a new mobile paramilitary force to combat organized crime, reports McClatchy Newspapers. The 5,000-man national gendarmerie is part of government efforts to create an independent police force uncompromised by drug cartels. "The gendarmerie will contribute to the protection of Mexicans, their assets and their jobs when these are threatened by criminals," said Pena Nieto during a ceremony launching the force. Chile, Colombia, France, Italy, Spain and the U.S. helped train the new unit, the president said. The gendarmerie will be the seventh division of the federal police, said Monte Alejandro Rubido, the national security commissioner. Pena Nieto originally said he would create a 40,000-man force that would allow the army to return to its duties, reported Reuters
Item Number:12 Date: 08/26/2014 NEW ZEALAND - 2 T-6C TRAINERS ARRIVE; 9 MORE EXPECTED NEXT YEAR (AUG 26/NZGOV) NEW ZEALAND GOVERNMENT -- The first two of 11 T-6C Texan II trainers for the Royal New Zealand Air Force have arrived, reports the New Zealand government's Beehive website. The aircraft were delivered seven months after Beechcraft was awarded the contract, Defense Minister Jonathan Coleman said last week. The planes arrived at Whenuapai from Wichita, Kan., said officials. The air force will accept the aircraft into service in October after maintenance training and pilot conversion courses are complete, said officials. The remainder of the order is due by mid-2015, noted UPI. The new training system is due to be operational for the first trainee intake in early 2016
Item Number:13 Date: 08/26/2014 RUSSIA - BORDER GUARDS SCHEDULE TRAINING WITH ESTONIANS, FINNS (AUG 26/INT-AVN) INTERFAX-MILITARY NEWS AGENCY -- The Estonian, Finnish and Russian border guards are holding a joint exercise this week in the Gulf of Finland and waters off St. Petersburg, reports Interfax-AVN. The Cooperation and Rescue drill scheduled for Aug. 26 to Aug. 28 includes bad weather, said the Russian Federal Security Service. Each country is providing a ship, helicopter and national border center for the exercise. Russia will send a maritime rescue ship, tow-boat and rescue boom-laying boat, according to a security service release. The training is designed to improve cooperation among border institutions and rescue coordination centers. According to the security release, the scenario involves a search-and-rescue operation following a simulated plane crash in the eastern part of the Gulf of Finland, and assisting a ship in distress.
Item Number:14 Date: 08/26/2014 RUSSIA - INDIAN AIR FORCE STARTS JOINT EXERCISE IN ASTRAKHAN REGION (AUG 26/PTI) PRESS TRUST OF INDIA -- The Indian and Russian air forces have begun an exercise in the Astrakhan region near the Caspian Sea in Russia, reports the Press Trust of India. The Avia Indra drills, involving Indian Su-30MKI fighters and Mi-17 helicopters, began Monday and will run through Sept. 5, said an Indian air force release. This is the first such exercise involving the Russian and Indian air forces. Indian fighters and helicopters are expected to conduct joint missions with Russian Su-30SM fighters and Mi-17 and Mi-35 helicopters. Air defense units will also hold discussions and take part in joint training, the air force said. The active part of the exercise will begin on Aug. 29, reported RIA Novosti
Item Number:15 Date: 08/26/2014 RUSSIA - WORK CONTINUES ON UPGRADES TO MISSILE DEFENSE SYSTEMS (AUG 26/INT-AVN) INTERFAX-MILITARY NEWS AGENCY -- Russia says it is improving its ballistic missile defense system, reports Interfax-AVN. "New means of target detection and tracking and new anti-ballistic missiles are being developed," said Maj. Gen. Andrei Demin, the commander of the aerospace defense forces air and missile defense service. He made his remarks during a press conference on Monday. The Don-2N radar stations have been modernized over the past two years, doubling their capacity, said Demin. Domestic accounts indicate the advanced A-235 Samolet-M anti-missile system will be able to defeat hostile nuclear missiles, including those in near-Earth space, according to Russian media. The system is said to be equipped with nuclear and conventional warheads to destroy intercontinental ballistic missiles. The missiles will be fitted with a new engine and the latest electronics, say officials
Item Number:16 Date: 08/26/2014 TAIWAN - JET FIGHTERS SCRAMBLED TO INTERCEPT CHINESE PLANES BREACHING AIRSPACE (AUG 26/VOA) VOICE OF AMERICA NEWS -- Taiwan says two Chinese military planes have repeatedly violated its airspace, prompting jets to be scrambled to intercept them, reports the Voice of America News. Two Chinese Y-8 maritime patrol aircraft entered the southwest corner of Taiwan's airspace on Monday, officials said. Taiwanese fighter jets were scrambled four times, and the Y-8s left the area, said a senior military official cited by Reuters. The Chinese planes took off from Shantou in Guangdong province and were headed toward the South China Sea, said Taiwanese officials. Mirage 2000s from Taiwan's 499th Squadron were scrambled during the first intrusion in the morning, reported the Alert 5 military aviation blog. Indigenous Defense Fighters (IDFs) from the 443rd Squadron were used for the other three intercepts, said an air force general
Item Number:17 Date: 08/26/2014 TURKEY - DUTCH PATRIOT MISSION WON'T BE EXTENDED AGAIN (AUG 26/REU) REUTERS -- The Netherlands has decided not to extend its Patriot anti-ballistic missile mission in Turkey, Reuters reports. The mission, already extended once, expires in January 2015, reported Euro Asia News. In early 2013, the Netherlands, Germany and the United States each sent two Patriot missile batteries to Turkey to defend that the Turkish border with Syria. Ankara had requested the deployment from NATO. In the first stage, 250 troops were involved. Last November, the mission was extended at Turkey's request. The Netherlands no longer can maintain its batteries in the field, a Dutch defense ministry spokeswoman said. "They've been deployed 24/7 for almost two years and you can't prolong it any longer," she said. The Dutch government said that since the threat to Turkey from ballistic missiles persists, the move is being announced so NATO can decide what to do.
Item Number:18 Date: 08/26/2014 UKRAINE - RUSSIAN ARMORED VEHICLES SAID TO CROSS BORDER; PARATROOPERS IN CUSTODY (AUG 26/WP) WASHINGTON POST -- The Ukrainian government says Russian tanks and armored personnel carriers have violated the nation's borders and entered into southeastern Ukraine, reports the Washington Post. Ukraine said 10 tanks, two armored vehicles and trucks crossed into Ukrainian territory on Monday. The column was spotted by Ukraine near the Sea of Azov, well south of the rebel-held city of Donetsk. Moscow denied it sent the convoy. The Russian vehicles, flying Ukrainian separatist flags, "violated the state border of Ukraine" near Novoazovsk and engaged in firefights with Ukrainian forces, a military spokesman said. The latest incident came days after Russia sent a "humanitarian" convoy into Ukraine, despite protests from Kiev. The Kremlin said on Monday it would send a second aid convoy. Ukraine's Security Service said Tuesday it had captured 10 Russian soldiers in the Donetsk region, CNN reported. The servicemen are from the 331st regiment of the 98th Guards Airborne Division of Russia's Airborne Forces, the spokesman said, as cited by KGS Nightwatch. On Tuesday, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko are scheduled to attend a European trade summit in Minsk, Belarus. There has been speculation they will discuss a possible peace agreement for eastern Ukraine. Poroshenko announced on Monday that snap elections for a new Parliament will be held on Oct. 26.
Item Number:19 Date: 08/26/2014 UNITED KINGDOM - LONDON NAMES SECURITY ENVOY TO KURDISTAN; WILL ASSIST AGAINST ISIS (AUG 26/INDEP) INDEPENDENT -- The British government has appointed a security envoy to the Iraqi Kurdistan region as part of its efforts to counter Islamist militants, reports the Independent (U.K.). According to a statement issued by Downing Street on Sunday, Lt. Gen. Sir Simon Mayall, a senior defense adviser for the Middle East, will travel to Baghdad next week to assume his new post. Mayall is expected to assist Kurdish efforts against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and work with Iraqi ministers to set up a unity government. The British government also said it would send non-lethal equipment to assist Kurdish forces, including night-vision equipment and protective gear
Item Number:20 Date: 08/26/2014 USA - ARMY'S HYPERSONIC WEAPON FAILS DURING TEST (AUG 26/DOD) DEPT. OF DEFENSE -- The U.S. Army says its Advanced Hypersonic Weapon failed a test on Monday morning at the Kodiak Launch Complex, Alaska. The flight test of the Advanced Hypersonic Weapon (AHW) was aborted near the launch pad shortly after liftoff to ensure safety, said the Dept. of Defense. The termination was "due to an anomaly," said the DoD, which indicated there were no injuries. An extensive investigation has been launched, said the DoD. The AHW is part of the Conventional Prompt Global Strike technology development program.
Item Number:21 Date: 08/26/2014 USA - CARL VINSON CARRIER STRIKE GROUP HEADS TO PERSIAN GULF (AUG 26/SEAPOWER) SEAPOWER MAGAZINE -- A carrier strike battle group is on the way from the U.S. West Coast to the Persian Gulf, reports Seapower magazine. USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70), Carrier Air Wing 17 and supporting ships left on Aug. 22 to relieve the George H.W. Bush (CVN-77) group and Carrier Air Wing Eight in the Persian Gulf. The air wing on Bush has been flying strike and surveillance missions against Islamic insurgents in northern Iraq since Aug 8, according to U.S. officials. The Bush was pulled from supporting operations in Afghanistan to support the Iraqi missions. It is not certain that the Bush carrier strike group will return home as planned when the Carl Vinson arrives. Both nuclear-powered aircraft carriers are of the Nimitz class.
Item Number:22 Date: 08/26/2014 USA - NAVY RELIEVES TOP NON-COMMISSIONED OFFICER ON DESTROYER (AUG 26/NTIMES) NAVY TIMES -- The Navy says the command master chief of the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer Dewey has lost his job, according to the Navy Times. CMDCM Joe Grgetich was relieved of duty on Friday by Capt. Lyle Stuffle, the commodore of Destroyer Squadron 1. The action was necessitated by a "loss of confidence in Grgetich's ability to fulfill his role as the command master chief," said Naval Surface Force Pacific (SURFPAC) in a release. The move was said to be related to incidents that occurred prior to Grgetich's becoming the command master chief on Dewey and was not related to job performance, said a SURFPAC spokesman
Item Number:23 Date: 08/26/2014 USA - NEW HELMET DESIGN DOES POORLY IN TESTS (AUG 26/ARMY) ARMY TIMES -- A new paper says trials of a new Army and Marine helmet design by the Navy Research Laboratory have raised concerns among researchers, reports the Army Times. Navy researchers said the Conformal Integrated Protective Headgear System (CIPHER) prototype was tested on all sides and in all configurations: helmet only; helmet and visor; helmet and jaw protection; and the full-face coverage with the visor and jaw protector. Findings revealed that adding face protection did not necessarily reduce the blast-wave impact. In a front-facing blast, for example, pressure on the forehead was higher with the jaw protector and with the protector-visor combination than with the helmet alone, said the researchers. Another finding determined that wearing just the jaw protection for a front-facing blast doubled the power of the secondary shockwave pressure on the forehead. Pressures on the forehead were more than twice as high for the protector-visor combination than for the helmet alone in a rear-facing blast, said the paper published in the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. The results could help designers mitigate such problems with slight structural changes, said the paper
Item Number:24 Date: 08/26/2014 USA - PRESIDENT ORDERS SURVEILLANCE FLIGHTS OVER ISIS POSITIONS IN SYRIA (AUG 26/CNN) CABLE NEWS NETWORK -- President Obama has authorized the U.S. military to make reconnaissance flights over Syrian territory, reports CNN, citing a senior White House official. The flights are aimed at the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), which has strongholds in Syria's northeast, said an official late Monday. The sorties could begin at any point, a U.S. official said. The flights are seen by some as precursors to airstrikes. One official told the Voice of America News that no approval has been made yet for military action, while acknowledging the U.S. is preparing options. "In general, when you're thinking about conducting operations like that, you certainly want to get as much of a view on the ground as you can," a Pentagon spokesman said. "Satellites can provide you good visibility, but you always want closer eyes on target if you can." The U.S. has been gathering intelligence on the locations of ISIS leadership and fighters in Syria, two U.S. officials told CNN on Friday.
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This Day In Naval History - August 25
1843 - Steam frigate Missouri arrives at Gibralter completing first Trans-Atlantic crossing by U.S. steam powered ship.
1942 - Five Navy nurses who became POWs on Guam repatriated .
1951 - 23 fighters from USS Essex (CV-9) escort Air Force heavy bombers attacking Najin, Korea since target was beyond range of land-based fighters.
This day in History
Thanks to THE Bear – Hand Salute!!
Dutch.... This will be of interest to every Tailhooker.... an awesome tribute from the "Golden Pen of Naval Aviation" to a fellow fighter pilot and mentor... Bear
When the Blues cancelled out of the annual Navy Relief Festival airshow at NAAS Kingsville, LCDR Boland accepted the responsibility of organizing a replacement show featuring the 3 training squadrons. I had the privilege of leading VT-23's division of F11A's. It was a piece of cake; with Bob Saville, Rock Miller, and Maggot Ruthven on my wing. We patterned our 20 minute time slot after the Blue's basic stuff – we didn't have the paint job but we had the same aircraft! We wanted to do the Blue's 4-plane division takeoff, but higher authority decided the runway was too narrow; so we planned simultaneous section takeoffs on the dual runways with join-up after lift-off. We were the first event; unfortunately on show day the left runway had some problems. We were given permission to line up our division on the right, with the tower assuming we'd do section takeoffs. After a quick discussion on squadron frequency, I set the interval time for the second section at a 10th of a second. As per the photos, it was a thing of beauty; with the Maggot sliding into the slot as our gear were coming up. I expected the worse from higher authority, but Bruce saved my rear with the simple statement: "LT Schaffert reacted to an adverse situation like all Naval Aviators are expected to react!"
Bruce and I, along with student Larry Durbin, left Kingsville at the same time and reported to VF-174, where VF-13 was transitioning from Demons to Crusaders. When the squadron flew from Cecil to the Shangri La, the first 3 landings were by the CO, XO, and OPS; and all three were nose gear failures. Newly assigned Maintenance Office Boland diagnosed the problem while being diverted back to Cecil. The also-transitioning maintenance crew had set nose gear oleo pressures at the Demon's specs and not the Crusader's!
Bruce was uncanny at visualizing the causes of accidents: (1) VF-13 XO Pete Peterson was killed when his Crusader nose-dived back into the runway on takeoff. Bruce uncovered the failure of the UHT PC cylinder by splitting along the flash (molding) line. In spite of LTV's opinion to the contrary, Bruce persisted. When Jim Doggette ejected into a cold North Atlantic a few weeks later with dual PC failure, Bruce won the case and LTV was forced to address the problem. (2) When Tom Najarian caught fire on a dark night over the El Centro desert (he ejected safely but later suffered a head and neck injury when the Medics forgot to tie down his stretcher in the back of the ambulance and crashed into a dry wash) Bruce suspected turbine wheel failure. Research showed the engine had come from TWA, which hadn't bothered to record the number of operating hours on the turbines they sold the Navy. Bruce's expertise and persistence also corrected that situation and undoubtedly saved several Naval aircraft, and pilots!
When Bruce took over VF-124 maintenance in '68, the RAG had limited aircraft availability and a significant overload of students. He turned that huge department around and enabled those students to join their squadrons in the Tonkin Gulf and get on with their careers, and our war.
A natural born leader, with a superior intellect, Bruce was also one heck of a nice guy! All those who worked for him admired him and respected him, to a very high degree. He returned respect with respect, loyalty with loyalty, and friendship with friendship!
As he moved up the line, Bruce never forgot those whom he met along the way. Thirteen years after our time together in VF-13, I was working out of the Embassy in Manila but managed to get myself immobilized in a remote Eastern European location. I was picked up by a US Army Medivac helicopter arranged by Bruce from his North Atlantic NATO Office in London. When I later needed a transfer of duty from the PI to NATO to complete some unfinished business, Bruce wrote a billet description that was apparently copied from my service record. I was clearly the only one who could have been assigned to that job in NATO, and I was. Then-Captain Boland laid his career on the line with both those actions, and he did so without even asking why all that was all so necessary to me!
His promotion to Admiral and assignment to the 11th Naval District was a God-send to the city of San Diego. Bruce resolved developing conflict between the Department of the Navy and the city government, with a compromise that eventually included the USS Midway Museum and increased support for the Naval bases in the area. As we all know, San Diego recognized his incredible leadership and managerial skills and made him one of their own after his military retirement. Even with increasing demands upon his time and energy, Bruce continued to work hard for his beloved Navy, and for us. Remember the Rick Amber legacy?
Officers and Gentlemen like Admiral Boland cannot be replaced. They're in an entirely different category of dedicated individuals who composed the core of leadership that successfully held our military, and America, together during the turbulent and trying Vietnam era. Any materialistic award would fall short of recognizing their achievements in vital careers. While America's future is now in doubt, with its leadership fragmented and disarrayed, we can only trust that those values of duty, honor, country, so creditably upheld by Admiral Boland, will emerge victorious over our distractions. One thing is certain: Those Peacemakers already welcomed by our Eternal Father now have a truly capable, honorable, faithful, and loyal addition to their ranks.
V/R Brown Bear
With all that is going on in the world we need some humor from Al this morning
Mandag Morning Humor from Al
Two Norwegian hunters from Minnesota got a pilot to fly them to Canada to hunt moose. They bagged six. As they started loading the plane for the return trip, the pilot said the plane could take only four moose.
The two lads objected strongly. "Last year we shot six and the pilot let us put them all on board; he had the same plane as yours."
Reluctantly, the pilot gave in and all six were loaded. However, even on full power, the little plane couldn't handle the load and went down a few moments after take-off.
Climbing out of the wreck Sven asked Olaf, "Any idea where we are?"
"Yaaah I tink we's pretty close to vhere ve crashed last year."
So Ole was hiking in the mountains of Norway and he slips on a wet rock and he falls over the edge of a five-hundred-foot cliff, and he falls twenty feet and he grabs hold of a bush that's growing out of a rock.
And there he is, he's hanging looking down at this deep fjord down below him -- certain death -- and his hands start to perspire and he starts to slip on this bush and he yells out, "Is anybody up there?"
And he heard a deep voice rings out in the fjord, "I'm here, Ole. It's the Lord, Ole. Have faith. Let go of that bush and I will save you."
Ole looked down, and he looked up, and he says, "Is anyone else up there?"
So Lena was competing in the Sons of Norway Swim Meet and she came in last place in the hundred-yard breast stroke and she said to the judges, "Oh say, I don't vant to complain, but I tink those other two girls were using der arms"!
Submitted by Rob Hansen:
Ole and Lena got married. On their honeymoon trip they were nearing Minneapolis when Ole put his hand on Lena's knee.
Giggling, Lena said, "Ole, you can go farther than that if you vant to."
So Ole drove to Duluth.
When Ole accidentally lost 50 cents in the outhouse, he immediately threw in his watch and billfold. He explained, "I'm not going down dere yust for 50 cents."
One day Lena confided to her friend Hilda that she had finally cured her nervous husband, Ole, of his habit of biting his nails.
"Good gracious," said Hilda, "How did yew ever dew that?"
"It vas really simple," was Lena's reply. "I yust hid his false teeth."
Ole and Lena were getting on in years. Ole was 92 and Lena was 89. One evening they were sitting on the porch in their rockers and Ole reached over and patted Lena on her knee. "Lena, vat ever happened tew our sex relations?" he asked.
"Vell, Ole, I yust don't know," replied Lena. "I don't tink ve even got a card from dem last Christmas."
Ole bought Lena a piano for her birthday. A few weeks later, Lars inquired how she was doing with it. "Oh," said Ole, "I persvaded her to svitch to a clarinet."
"How come?" asked Lars.
"Vell," Ole answered, "because vith a clarinet, she can't sing.
The phone rings in the middle of the night when Ole and Lena are in bed and Ole answers. "Vell how da hell should I know, dats two tousand miles from here" he says and hangs up.
"Who vas dat?" asks Lena.
"I donno, some damn fool wanting to know if da coast was clear.
Submitted by Rick Hein:
Lena called the airlines information desk and inquired, "How long does it take to fly from Minneapolis to Fargo?"
"Just a minute," said the busy clerk.
"Vell, said Lena, "if it has to go dat fast, I tink I'll just take da bus."
The judge had just awarded a divorce to Lena, who had charged non-support.He said to Ole, "I have decided to give your wife $400 a month for support."
"Vell, dat's fine, Judge," said Ole. "And vunce in a while I'll try to chip in a few bucks, myself."
Lars asked Ole, "Do ya know da difference between a Norvegian and a canoe?"
"No, I don't," said Ole.
"A canoe will sometimes tip," explained Lars.
Ole was walking home late at night and sees a woman in the shadows.
"Twenty dollars . ." she whispers.
He'd never been with a hooker before, but he decides, it's only twenty bucks.
So they hide in the bushes. They're going "at it" for a minute when all of a sudden a light flashes on them. It's a police officer.
"What's going on here, people?" asks the officer.
"I'm making love to my vife! ," Ole answers indignantly.
"Oh, I'm sorry," says the cop, "I didn't know."
"Vell," Ole says, "neider did I, til you shined dat dang light in her face!!"
Ole is so cheap that after his airplane landed safely he grumbled, "Vell, dere gose five dollars down da drain for dat flight insurance!"
Lars: "Ole, stant in front of my car and tell me if da turn signals are working."
Ole: "Yes, No, Yes, No, Yes, No, Yes, No...."
Ole and Lena went to the Olympics. While sitting on a bench! a lady turned to Ole and said, "Are you a pole vaulter?" Ole said,
"No, I'm Norvegian.and my name isn't Valter."
To those in North Dakota, Minnesota, and for that matter the rest of the country, including Canada, I must report the sad news that Ole was shot. He was up by the Canadian border on his 4-wheeler cutting some trees when some rangers looking for terrorists spotted him.
According to the news reports, the rangers shouted to him over a loudspeaker, "Who are you and what are you doing?"
Ole shouted back, "OLE..... BIN LOGGIN'!"
Ole is survived by his wife Lena and Lena's good friend Lars.
All of his life Ole had heard stories of an amazing family tradition. It seems that his father, grandfather and great-grandfather had all been able to walk on water on their 21st birthday. On that day, they'd walk across the lake to the boat club for their first legal drink.
So when Ole's 21st birthday came around, he and his pal Corky took a boat out to the middle of the lake. Ole stepped out of the boat and nearly drowned! Corky just managed to pull him to safety.
Furious and confused, Ole went to see his grandmother. "Grandma, it's my 21st birthday, so why can't I walk across the lake like my father, his father, and his father before him?"
Granny looked into Ole's eyes and said, "Because, you dumbie, your father, grandfather and great grandfather were born in January, you were born in July."
Submitted by Norm Rech:
Two Minnesota engineers were standing at the base of a flagpole, looking up. A woman walks by and asks what they were doing.
"Ve're supposed to find da height of da flagpole," said Sven, "but ve don't haff a ladder."
The woman took a wrench from her purse, loosened a few bolts, and laid the pole down. Then she took a tape measure from her pocketbook, took a measurement, announced, "Eighteen feet, six inches," and walked away.
Ole shook his head and laughed. "Ain't dat just like a voman! Ve ask for da height and she gives us da length!"
Sven and Ole are currently serving in the United States Senate
Submitted by Ed Denker:
"Hey, Sven," said Ole, "how many Swedes does it take to grease a combine?"
After Sven replied, "I don't know,"
Ole said, "Only two, if you run them through real slow."
Ole and Lars were on their very first train ride. They had brought along bananas for lunch. Just as they began to peel them, the train entered a long, dark tunnel.
"Have you eaten your banana yet," Ole asked excitedly?
"No," replied Lars..
"Vell, don't touch it den," Ole exclaimed. "I yust took vun bite and vent blind!"
Ole was arrested one night while walking bare naked down the streets of the little town of Minnetonka, Minnesota.
The policeman, who was good friend of Ole's, said, "Ole...What in the world are you doing? Where are your clothes? You're naked."
"Yah, I know," said Ole. "You see, I vas over to dat 'playboy' Sven's for his birthday party. Dere vas about 28 of us. Der vas boys and girls."
"Is that right?", his policeman friend asked.
"Yah, Yah, anyvay, dat Sven, he says, 'Everybody get into the bedroom!' So vee all go into the bedroom....den he yells, 'Everybody git naked!' "Vel, vee all got undressed. Den he yells, Everybody go to town!' "
"Oh, my!", exclaimed the policeman.
"Yah, Yah. I guess I'm the first one here".
Ole was stopped by a game warden in Northern Wisconsin recently leaving a lake well known for its Walleyes. He had two buckets of fish. As it was during the spawning season, the game warden asked, "Do you have a license to catch those fish?"
Ole replied, "No, sir! Dese here are my pet fish."
"Pet fish?" the warden replied.
"Ya sure, you betcha." answered Ole. "Every night I take dese fish here down to da lake and let dem svim around for a while. Den I vhistle and dey yump back into der buckets and I take dem home."
"That's a bunch of hooey. Fish can't do that." Said the game warden.
Ole looked at the game warden with an expression of great hurt, and then said, "Yumpin Yimminy! Vell den, I'll just show you den. It really does vork, don'tcha know?"
"O.K. I've got to see this!" The game warden was really curious now.
So Ole poured the fish into the lake and stood waiting. After several minutes, the game warden turned to Ole and said, "Well?"
"Vell what?" responded Ole.
"When are you going to call them back?"
"Call who back?" asked Ole.
Submitted by Mike Bolier:
Sven and Ole worked together and both were laid off, so off they went to the unemployment office. Asked his occupation, Ole said, "Panty stitcher; I sew the elastic onto cotton panties."
The clerk looked up panty stitcher. Finding it classified as unskilled labor, she gave him $300 a week unemployment pay.
Sven was asked his occupation. "Diesel fitter," he replied. Since diesel fitter was a skilled job, the clerk gave Sven $600 a week.
When Ole found out, he was furious. He stormed back into the unemployment office to find out why his friend and co-worker was collecting twice his pay. The clerk explained that panty stitchers were unskilled and diesel fitters were skilled labor.
"What skill?" yelled Ole. "I sew the elastic on, Sven pulls it over his head and says, ..."Yep, diesel fitter."
Submitted by Lauren Roesner:
Two Swedes from Wisconsin are sittin' in a boat on Dead Lake , fishing and suckin' down beer, when all of a sudden Sven says, "I think I'm going to divorce my wife. She hasn't spoken to me in over six months."
Ole sips his beer and shakes his head and says, "Sven, You better think it over...Women like that are hard to find."
Submitted by Holly Vanderpool:
Ole says to Sven, "You know, I reckon I'm about ready for a vacation, only this year I'm gonna do it a little different.
The last few years, I took your advice as to where to go.
Two years ago you said to go to Hawaii, I went to Hawaii, and Lena got pregnant.
Then last year, you told me to go to the Bahamas, I went to the Bahamas, and Lena got pregnant again."
Sven says, "So what you gonna do different this year?" Ole says,
"This year, I'm takin' Lena with me..."
Submitted by Chuck Kincade:
Ole is a farmer in Minnesota. He is in need of a new milk cow and hears about a nice one for sale over in Nor Dakota (that would be 'North Dakota' for you non-Scandahoovians out there). He drives to Nordakota, finds the farm and looks at the cow. Ole reaches under to see if she gives milk. When he grabs the teat and pulls, the cow farts.
Ole is very surprised. He looks at the farmer who is selling the cow, then reaches under the cow to try again. He grabs another teat, pulls, and the cow farts again. Milk does come out, however, so after some discussion with the cow's current owner, Ole decides to buy the cow and take it home.
When he gets back to Minnesota, he calls over his neighbor, Sven, and says, "Hey, Sven, come and look at dis here new cow I yust bought . Pull her teat, and see vat happens."
Sven reaches under, pulls the teat, and the cow farts. Sven looks at Ole and says, "You bought dis here cow in Nordakota, yah?"
Ole is very surprised since he hadn't told Sven about his trip. Ole replies, "Yah, dats right. But how did you know?"
Sven says, "My wife's from Nordakota."
Although you may not be Swede on these jokes, there was Norway I was going to pass them up.
Have a great week,
Item Number:1 Date: 08/25/2014 AUSTRALIA - DARWIN MULTINATIONAL DRILL INCLUDES 15 NATIONS (AUG 25/ADOD) AUSTRALIAN DEPT. OF DEFENSE -- The Australian navy is about to launch its largest maritime warfare exercise, reports the Australian Dept. of Defense. More than 1,200 personnel, eight warships and 26 aircraft from 15 nations arrived in Darwin on Friday ahead of the Kakadu exercise, said a departmental release. The drill runs from Aug. 25 to Sept. 12. It will include tactical warfare planning and cultural exchanges during the first week, said the department. The second week will feature high-end warfare scenarios, including naval gunfire, communications, boarding and air defense operations, according to the release. Warships and aircraft are being provided by Australia, Japan, Pakistan, the Philippines and New Zealand. In addition, Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, East Timor, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, and Vanuatu are sending personnel or observers
Item Number:2 Date: 08/25/2014 BANGLADESH - U.S. TROOPS JOIN DISASTER RESPONSE EXERCISE IN DHAKA (AUG 25/S&S) STARS AND STRIPES -- The Bangladeshi government and U.S. Army Pacific have concluded a major humanitarian assistance and disaster relief exercise in Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh, reports the Stars and Stripes. The four-day Pacific Resilience exercise took place last week at several locations in the capital, including the Fire Service and Civil Defense Training Academy and the Tejgaon airfield. The training focused on dealing with the aftermath of an earthquake, according to Bangladeshi officials. More than 150 civil and military personnel took part.
Item Number:3 Date: 08/25/2014 CANADA - MILITARY EQUIPMENT HUBS IN ARCTIC EYED FOR FASTER CRISIS RESPONSES (AUG 25/PMN) POSTMEDIA NEWS -- The Canadian military has decided to establish equipment stockpiles in the Arctic in order to accelerate responses to potential emergencies in the region, reports Postmedia News. "A series of northern operations hubs will be created with the view to facilitate initial rapid deployment and up to 30 days sustained operations in the North," according to remarks made by Lt. Gen. Stuart Beare. The comments by the Canadian Joint Operations Command chief took place in August 2013, according to documents obtained by the news service. The goal of the Beare plan is to have the sites in place by 2018. That concept is being tested in a tabletop exercise during this month's Arctic exercises, known as Operation Nanook. According to the potential plan, the main hubs would be located in Iqaluit, the capital of Nunavut; Yellowknife, the capital of the Northwest Territories; Resolute Bay in Nunavut; and Inuvik in the Northwest Territories. The hubs would also support ongoing Arctic operations. Alternate sites are also expected to be selected.
Item Number:4 Date: 08/25/2014 CHINA - BEIJING DENIES ITS JET INTERCEPTED U.S. NAVY PLANE (AUG 25/CBS) CBS NEWS -- China is disputing the Pentagon's account of a buzzing incident in international airspace last week. The Pentagon has charged that a Chinese jet pilot made a "dangerous intercept" last week of a U.S. Navy surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft off the coast of China, reports CBS News. A Chinese jet made several close passes on Aug. 19 near a Navy P-8A Poseidon plane, at one point coming within 30 feet, said a Pentagon spokesman on Friday. According to the Pentagon, the incident happened about 135 miles east of China's Hainan Island. The jet reportedly performed a barrel roll over the top of the Poseidon and passed across the nose of the Navy plane, exposing its belly to show it was armed, said the spokesman. Washington protested to the Chinese military through diplomatic channels, calling the fighter pilot's actions "unsafe and unprofessional." The Pentagon said similar fly-bys took place in March, April and May; all were reportedly conducted by the same unit of the Chinese air force based on Hainan Island. The Defense Ministry in Beijing on Saturday called the U.S. account "totally untenable," saying a "safe distance" was kept by the Chinese J-11, reported the Wall Street Journal
Item Number:5 Date: 08/25/2014 CHINA - MORE COUNTERTERRORISM COOPERATION PLEDGED WITH INDONESIA (AUG 25/XIN) XINHUA -- Senior Chinese and Indonesian officials have pledged to step up joint cooperation against terrorists, reports Xinhua, China's state news agency. On Friday in Beijing, Meng Jianzhu, the head of the Chinese Commission for Political and Legal Affairs of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, hosted Ansyaad Mbai, the head of Indonesia's National Counterterrorism Agency. Meng took note of the fact that both countries have experienced terrorism, saying that anti-terrorism cooperation is an important part of their partnership. The officials also promised to work together on regional and national peace and stability.
Item Number:6 Date: 08/25/2014 CROATIA - POTENTIAL DEAL WITH U.S. WOULD SEND MI-8S TO UKRAINE (AUG 25/JDI) JANES DEFENCE INDUSTRY -- Croatia and the United States have been discussing the transfer of used transport helicopters to Ukraine in exchange for surplus American aircraft, reports Jane's Defence Industry. The proposed deal would result in 14 Croatian Mi-8MTV-1 helicopters being sent to Ukraine, reported Jutarnji List (Croatia). In turn, the U.S. would transfer 20 UH-60 Black Hawks to the Croatian military, sources said. The talks have been informal to date, the sources said. No decision has reportedly been made
Item Number:7 Date: 08/25/2014 ECUADOR - DEAL MADE FOR DUTCH PATROL SHIPS, WITH BUILDING DONE LOCALLY (AUG 25/DSNS) DAMEN SCHELDE NAVAL SHIPBUILDING -- Dutch shipbuilder Damen Shipyards says it has finalized a deal with Ecuador's Astilleros Navales Ecuatorianos (Astinave) shipyard to construct two patrol ships for the Ecuadorian coast guard. Astinave will build both Damen Stan Patrol 5009 vessels in Ecuador with technical support from the Dutch firm, said a Damen release last week. Damen Technical Cooperation will provide prefabricated kits as well as on-site technical assistance, according to the release. Damen said the patrol ships will have a top speed of 23 knots and are able accommodate up to 32 personnel for missions lasting up to 30 days.
Item Number:8 Date: 08/25/2014 INDONESIA - ADDITIONAL INFANTRY PROMISED FOR N. KALIMANTAN (AUG 25/ANTARANA) ANTARA NEWS AGENCY -- Indonesian Defense Minister Purnomo Yusgiantoro says more military personnel will be sent to North Kalimantan province, which borders Malaysia, according to Antara News, Indonesia's national news agency. A new infantry battalion will be formed in the Nunukan district, as part of the Army Strategic Reserve Command, he said during a recent visit to a military facility in Bulungan in North Kalimantan. The unit will assist with border security as well as provide economic benefits, said the minister. North Kalimantan province currently has two infantry battalions
Item Number:9 Date: 08/25/2014 IRAN - REVOLUTIONARY GUARDS DISPLAY ALLEGED ISRAELI DRONE SHOT DOWN NEAR NUCLEAR FACILITY (AUG 25/NYT) NEW YORK TIMES -- The Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) says it has downed an Israeli drone that was heading toward the Iranian nuclear enrichment site in Natanz, reports the New York Times. The drone was hit Sunday "by a surface-to-air missile," the state Islamic Republic News Agency said. On Monday, state television broadcast footage that purported to show the drone. A brief video, aired on the Arabic-language Al-Alam TV, shows what are said to be parts of a Hermes 450 drone scattered in an unidentified desert area. Israel's military has declined comment, as is its customary practice. The Jerusalem Post suggested that if confirmed, the UAV was likely the Heron or more powerful Heron TP, which are built locally.
Item Number:10 Date: 08/25/2014 IRAQ - BOMBING ATTACKS SEEN AS APPARENT REVENGE FOR SUNNI MOSQUE KILLINGS (AUG 25/LAT) LOS ANGELES TIMES -- A series of explosions in Iraq appear to be retaliation for a mass shooting in a mosque. The blasts in several cities on Saturday came a day after a massacre at a Sunni Muslim mosque in Baghdad, reports the Los Angeles Times. At least 29 people were killed Saturday in Kirkuk, Irbil and Baghdad, said Iraqi security officials. Three car bombs exploded in Kirkuk, which has been controlled by Kurdish peshmerga fighters since June, said officials. Twenty-one people were reported killed and more than 130 were wounded. In Irbil, capital of Iraqi Kurdistan, a bomb attached to a vehicle went off on a busy road, wounding four people, said officials. In Baghdad, a suicide car bomber drove his vehicle into an intelligence headquarters in the central Karada district, killing eight people, according to police. The government has been inestigating whether the explosions were linked to Friday's mosque attack. Baghdad officials said suspected Shi'ite militiamen stormed the Musa'b bin Oumair mosque in Diyala province and opened fire, killing 73 Sunni Muslims. Earlier, they said the attackers detonated bombs near several checkpoints manned by Sunni tribal fighters in nearby Hamrin. The security committee of Diyala province, however, blamed the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), a Sunni Muslim group. Within hours, Iraq's Sunni political parties pulled out of coalition talks aimed at forming a new government, reported the Wall Street Journal
Item Number:11 Date: 08/25/2014 ISRAEL - AIRSTRIKES BRING DOWN GAZA APARTMENT TOWER (AUG 25/WP) WASHINGTON POST -- A massive Israeli airstrike has brought down a 12-story apartment tower in downtown Gaza, reports the Washington Post. On Saturday, two Israeli missiles destroyed the Zafer Tower, one of several high-rises in the upscale Tel al-Hawa neighborhood. The target of the strike was a Hamas operations room in the 44-unit building, the Israeli military said. An apparent warning missile was fired five minutes earlier, giving some residents time to escape the building, said Gaza police. Twenty-two people were reported wounded. In other action in Gaza, an airstrike on a car killed a man and wounded 11 others, said Gaza hospital officials. The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) later identified the man killed as a field commander. The Israeli air force said Sunday it had killed Hamas financier Muhammad Al-Aoul in northern Gaza, reported the Jerusalem Post. On Saturday, Gaza militants fired more than 100 rockets and mortars at Israel. On Friday, a mortar round reportedly killed a 4-year-old Israeli boy. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday, while speaking at the boy's funeral, that the war with Hamas will likely extend into September, reported the Wall Street Journal
Item Number:12 Date: 08/25/2014 KENYA - MAJ. GEN. KAMERU TAPPED FOR TOP NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE JOB (AUG 25/NSTAR) NAIROBI STAR -- President Uhuru Kenyatta has nominated Kenya's former director of military intelligence as the nation's director of general intelligence, reports the Star (Nairobi). Maj. Gen. Philip Wachira Kameru would replace Maj. Gen. Michael Gichangi, who retired earlier this month. Parliament still must act on the nomination, which was made last week. Gichangi had been scheduled to remain in the top intelligence post until 2016. His retirement, citing personal reasons, was made public on Aug. 14
Item Number:13 Date: 08/25/2014 LIBYA - ROCKETS HIT EASTERN AIRPORT; ISLAMIST MILITIA SEIZE TRIPOLI AIRPORT (AUG 25/REU) REUTERS -- Islamist militants claim to have taken over the airport in Libya's capital. Meanwhile, on Monday, attackers have rockets at eastern Libya's Labraq airport, east of Benghazi, Reuters reports. The airport has become a major gateway into Libya. Several countries canceled most flights into Tripoli last week amid worsening violence. The attack on Monday involved a Grad multiple rocket launcher, but did not shut down the eastern airport, said officials. On Saturday, a Misrata-based militia said they had seized control of Tripoli's airport from the Zintan militia. An umbrella Islamist group called the Dawn of Libya said Sunday it had pushed back the Zintan fighters about 90 km (56 miles) south of the capital, reported the Wall Street Journal. Airport buildings were set ablaze, with destruction apparently being more of the goal than holding the site, reported the Guardian (U.K
Item Number:14 Date: 08/25/2014 NIGERIA - BOKO HARAM DECLARES ISLAMIC CALIPHATE, ECHOING ISIS (AUG 25/DAILYIND) DAILY INDEPENDENT (NIGERIA) -- The leader of Boko Haram has announced the establishment of an Islamic caliphate in northern Nigeria, reports the Daily Independent (Lagos). Abubakar Shekau's remarks were noted in a video obtained by AFP on Sunday. He congratulated his men for capturing the town of Gwoza in Borno state last Thursday. "Thanks be to Allah who gave victory to our brethren in (the town of) Gwoza and made it part of the Islamic caliphate," Shekau said in the 52-minute video. In July, Shekau pledged his support to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terrorist group. ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared himself the previous month to be "the caliph" and "leader of Muslims everywhere." It was unclear if Shekau was associating himself with Baghdadi, reported AFP. Nigeria's army termed the claim an "empty" statement. noted the BBC
Item Number:15 Date: 08/25/2014 PHILIPPINES - MANILA ORDERS PEACEKEEPERS HOME FROM LIBERIA OVER EBOLA CONCERNS (AUG 25/REU) REUTERS -- The Philippines has ordered all of its peacekeepers in Liberia to return home due to a worsening Ebola epidemic, Reuters reports. "The president is getting worried over the Ebola outbreak in Liberia and has ordered all 115 Filipino troops to return home as soon as possible," a senior defense source said Saturday. The Philippine contingent will end its tour with UNMIL early, said the unnamed source. The Ebola epidemic in West Africa has killed almost 1,500 people. In a related announcement, a 331-strong Philippine contingent with the Golan Heights mission (UNDOF) will return home in October after its tour is complete, said a Defense Ministry spokesman, who indicated that deployment had become too risky as well, reported ABS-CBN News.
Item Number:16 Date: 08/25/2014 RUSSIA - 20 SHIPS TAKE PART IN CASPIAN FLOTILLA LIVE-FIRE EXERCISE (AUG 25/INT-AVN) INTERFAX-MILITARY NEWS AGENCY -- Ships from the Russian Caspian Flotilla have been conducting live-fire tactical exercises, reports Interfax-AVN. About 20 warships, hovercraft and support vessels took part in last week's drills, including firings against surface and coastal targets, according to the military. A release on Friday from the Southern Military District on Friday noted that the Buyan-class patrol ships Astrakhan and Volgodonsk fired Grad-M multiple rocket launchers. The Grad Sviyazhsk-class missile ships Grad Sviyazhsk and Uglich were involved in air defense and electronic warfare operations during the maneuvers, said the release
Item Number:17 Date: 08/25/2014 RUSSIA - IN ST. PETERSBURG CEREMONY, NAVY ACCEPTS DELIVERY OF SUBMARINE (AUG 25/INT-AVN) INTERFAX-MILITARY NEWS AGENCY -- The Russian navy has taken delivery of its first of six Novorossiysk-class diesel-electric submarines, reports Interfax-AVN. The navy's St. Andrew's flag was raised Friday on the Novorossiysk at the Admiralty Shipyards in St. Petersburg. The act marks the sub's transfer to the navy, noted a source in the navy headquarters. Three other subs in the class are under construction. The keels for the fifth and sixth boats will be laid this fall, according to the navy
Item Number:18 Date: 08/25/2014 RWANDA - TROOP COMMITMENTS BRING E. AFRICA STANDBY FORCE CLOSER TO REALITY (AUG 25/NEWT) NEW TIMES -- The formation of the regional Eastern Africa Standby Force is closer to fruition, with 10 countries pledging troops to the effort. Last week's developments took place during a conference in Kigali, the capital of Rwanda, reports the New Times (Kigali). Participants pledged to the 5,000-man force, which is expected to be operational by December 2014. Officials said the details are still being finalized by the defense ministers from Burundi, Comoros, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Seychelles, Somalia, Sudan and Uganda. Burundi has committed a battalion of light infantry; Ethiopia, a motorized battalion; Kenya, a mechanized battalion, Rwanda, a motorized battalion; and Uganda, a motorized battalion, according to attendees. Each battalion pledged has about 850 personnel. Other nations, including Comoros, have also reportedly promised troops
Item Number:19 Date: 08/25/2014 SYRIA - AS ISIS CAPTURES BASE IN RAQQA PROVINCE, DAMASCUS LOOKS FOR HELP (AUG 25/WSJ) WALL STREET JOURNAL -- The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has captured a key government air base in northeastern Syria, reports the Wall Street Journal. On Sunday, jihadist fighters seized the Tabqa air base, the government's last stronghold in Raqqa province, said the U.K.-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Over the past month, ISIS fighters drove Syrian troops from the headquarters of the Syrian army's 17th Division and another base housing the 93rd Brigade. Suicide bombers pierced the base's defenses on Saturday night, forcing the government to retreat, said the opposition activists. ISIS fighters were reported to be parading in the town of Tabqa with the severed heads of soldiers. Fighting is said to be ongoing in two nearby villages, according to the Observatory. The government in Damascus, through Foreign Minister Wahid Moallem, said on Monday it was prepared to accept support from the U.S. and others working under the United Nations to fight "terrorists," reported CNN. Moallem said any such action should be made in coordination with Damascus
Item Number:20 Date: 08/25/2014 SYRIA - NUSRA FRONT KIDNAPPERS RELEASE U.S. WRITER HELD SINCE 2012 (AUG 25/CNN) CABLE NEWS NETWORK -- An American freelance journalist who was held in Syria by Islamist rebels for nearly two years has been released, reports CNN. The United Nations said Peter Theo Curtis, 45, was handed over Sunday to U.N. peacekeepers in the Golan Heights, which is under Israeli government control. Curtis, who writes under the name Theo Padnos, is believed to have been taken captive in October 2012 and held by the Nusra Front, Al-Qaida's branch in Syria. The United States was not involved in negotiations, but was aware of private efforts to secure the release, law enforcement sources said. Curtis' family and U.S. officials said Qatar helped negotiate, reported the Wall Street Journal. Relatives said no ransom was paid, although details of the exact terms of the release were unclear
Item Number:21 Date: 08/25/2014 UNITED KINGDOM - BRITISH INTELLIGENCE SAID TO BE CLOSE TO IDENTIFYING BEHEADING SUSPECT (AUG 25/FN) FOX NEWS -- U.S. and British intelligence officials believe they have likely identified the man who beheaded a U.S. journalist on video, reports Fox News. The British ambassador to the U.S. said his government was "close" to making the identification, reported the Independent (U.K.). Ambassador Sir Peter Westmacott told CNN that he couldn't "go much further than that at this point" Abdel Majed Abdel Bary, a 23-year-old rapper who left his family's London home last year to fight alongside the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), is believed to be the masked jihadist, intelligence sources said. The suspect's Egyptian-born father was extradited from London to the United States in 2012 for his alleged connection to Osama bin Laden and the 1998 U.S. Embassy bombings in Africa, a senior source said. Bary is a member of a group of at least three British-born ISIS fighters known among former hostages as "the Beatles." The two other suspects are 20-year-old Abu Hussain al-Britani, originally from Birmingham, and 23-year-old Abu Abduallah al-Britani, originally from Hampshire. Britain's MI5 and MI6 intelligence agencies have been identifying Bary based, in part, on voice recognition from when he speaks in the video, reported the Sunday Times (U.K.). British Special Air Service and Special Reconnaissance Regiment operators have been deployed to northern Iraq to hunt down Bary, reported the Daily Mail (U.K.).
Item Number:22 Date: 08/25/2014 USA - AIR FORCE PLANS TO REVAMP RECRUITING OFFICES WITH BACKUP PERSONNEL (AUG 25/AFT) AIR FORCE TIMES -- Changes on the way for U.S. Air Force recruiting include increases in office staffing, reports the Air Force Times. About 70 percent of recruiting offices are currently manned by a single airman, said Gen. Robin Rand, the head of Air Education and Training Command. "I don't like that," said Rand last week at the Air Force Sergeants Association conference in Jacksonville, Fla. "That doesn't go with our core values. We don't go into the battle by yourself." The command and Air Force Recruiting Service have decided to consolidate its recruiting stations and ensure that each has at least two personnel, said the general. The current 925 recruiting storefronts will be reduced to 160 "hub" offices, with another 200 to 250 smaller recruiting stations, noted Rand. He said the change in structure will parallel how the other services do their work
Item Number:23 Date: 08/25/2014 USA - FLIGHT DECK OF BONHOMME RICHARD WILL NEED ANOTHER RESURFACING; DEPLOYMENT SCHEDULE IN QUESTION (AUG 25/S&S) STARS AND STRIPES -- A $3 million resurfacing of the U.S. Navy's Bonhomme Richard amphibious assault ship's flight deck has gone wrong and left the ship unsuited for flight operations, reports the Stars and Stripes. Last month's application of non-skid coating "was not up to Navy safety standards and is being reapplied," said a spokesman for the 7th Fleet last week. An "accidental gouging" of the flight deck on Aug. 8 led to a visual inspection, which discovered the non-skid surface was flaking because it had not set properly, he said. Because of the situation, the Sasebo Naval Base, Japan-based ship will likely have to delay its next deployment, which had been set for late September or early October. In the interim, the Navy will rely on the Peleliu amphibious assault ship -- which arrived Friday in Sasebo a port visit -- and the USS Makin Island Amphibious Ready Group, said officials
Item Number:24 Date: 08/25/2014 USA - USAF FLIGHT-TESTS UPGRADED ANTI-RADAR MISSILE (AUG 25/RAYTHEON) RAYTHEON -- The U.S. Air Force has completed flight testing of an upgraded High-Speed Anti-Radiation Missile (HARM), according to Raytheon, the builder of the weapon. The HARM control section modification (HCSM) offers improved accuracy and reduces the potential for collateral damage, says the company. A Raytheon release on Friday said that during the trial, an F-16 fired an AGM-88F HCSM against an emitter located beyond an exclusion zone around a similar emitter. The missile reportedly used its new GPS/inertial measurement unit to successfully hit the correct target. Further testing is planned before the upgraded missile is fielded, according to the release.