Wednesday, February 29, 2012

This day in Naval History February 29 2012

From: Skip Leonard
> Subject: The List 3061
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> Date: Wednesday, February 29, 2012, 7:16 AM
>
> THE LIST 3061
> To All,
> Some history and tidbits today
> Regards,
> Skip
>
> This day in Naval History February 29
> 1944 - PB4Y-1s from squadrons VB-108, VB-109, and VD-3,
> conduct a low-level bombing raid on Japanese positions on
> Wake Island.
> 1968 - Four North Vietnamese trawlers attempting to
> simultaneously infiltrate supplies into South Vietnam were
> detected. Three of the trawlers were sunk in battle on the
> following day and one survived by turning back.
>
>
>
> Military Milestones from the First Marine Landing to a
> Billboard Hit Song
> by W. Thomas Smith Jr.
> 03/02/2010
> This Week in American Military History:
> Mar. 2, 1943: Elements of the U.S. Army Air Forces and Royal
> Australian Air Force intercept and all-but-destroy an entire
> Japanese troop-transport convoy in the Battle of the
> Bismarck Sea. Several enemy ships, scores of enemy aircraft,
> and thousands of enemy soldiers will be sent to the bottom.
> Gen. Douglas MacArthur will remark that Bismarck Sea
> “cannot fail to go down in history as one of the most
> complete and annihilating combats of all time.” Japanese
> Navy Capt. Tameichi Hara will refer to the battle as
> “shocking” and “unbelievable.”
> Mar. 3, 1776: A force of 250 Continental Marines and
> sailors under the command of Marine Capt. (future major)
> Samuel Nicholas land on New Providence in the British-held
> Bahamas and quickly seize Fort Montague in the first
> amphibious operation in American military history. The
> landing – largely unopposed (the British garrison spiking
> their own guns and fleeing) – nets for the Americans
> much-needed powder, shot, nearly 50 serviceable cannon, and
> a few mortars.
> An avid foxhunter and the highest-ranking leatherneck in the
> American Revolution, Nicholas will lead Marines alongside
> Army forces in the future battles of (second) Trenton and
> Princeton. He is considered to be the first commandant of
> the Marine Corps.
> Mar. 3, 1815: The U.S. Congress authorizes American
> Naval action against the pirate state of Algiers.
> Mar. 3, 1883: The U.S. Congress approves the creation
> of the “new Navy” with an authorization to build three
> “steel-protected cruisers” and a “steel dispatch
> boat.” The authorization begins a steel-ship renaissance
> for the U.S. Navy.
> Mar. 3, 1931: The U.S. Congress adopts “The Star
> Spangled Banner” as the official national anthem.
> The anthem’s lyrics were initially penned as a poem by
> Washington, D.C. lawyer Francis Scott Key during the War of
> 1812. Key wrote his now-famous words on an envelope as he
> witnessed the British night-bombardment of Fort McHenry,
> Baltimore, Sept. 13-14, 1814, from the deck of a Royal Navy
> ship aboard which had been detained.
> Portions of the anthem read:
> “…Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the
> perilous fight,
> O'er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming.
> And the rockets' red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
> Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.
> …
> “Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
> And this be our motto: ‘In God is our trust.’
> And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
> O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!”
> Mar. 4, 1944: B-17 Flying Fortresses of the U.S. Army
> Air Forces participate in the first daylight bombing raid
> over Berlin. A massive B-17 raid over the German capitol
> will follow in two days.
> Mar. 5, 1770: A contingent of armed British soldiers
> fire into a crowd of protesting colonists in what will
> become known as the Boston Massacre. Five colonists are
> killed. The soldiers, charged with murder, will contend the
> protestors were threatening them with rocks and clubs. The
> killings will spark public outrage, demands for the death
> penalty for the soldiers responsible, and draw America even
> closer toward revolution.
> Ironically, patriot and future U.S. President John Adams is
> the lawyer who will successfully defend the British
> soldiers. A portion of Adams’ argument reads:
> “Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our
> wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passions,
> they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence: nor is
> the law less stable than the fact; if an assault was made to
> endanger their [the soldiers’] lives, the law is clear,
> they had a right to kill in their own defense.”
> Mar. 5, 1776: Six years to the day after the Boston
> Massacre, British Gen. Sir William Howe awakens to find
> Continental Army Gen. George Washington’s artillery
> well-positioned atop Boston’s commanding Dorchester
> Heights. Howe purportedly says, “The rebels have done more
> in one night than my whole army would have done in a
> month.”
> Washington’s men continue to strengthen their
> gun-batteries and fortifications over the next 10-plus days
> forcing Howe to deem the American positions
> “impregnable.” The British will begin evacuating Boston
> on the 17th.
> Mar. 5, 1942: The Seabees – the U.S. Navy’s
> celebrated combat-capable Construction Battalions (CBs) –
> are established.
> Mar. 5, 1966: The "Ballad of the Green Berets"
> composed by U.S. Army Special Forces Staff Sergeant Barry
> Sadler and author Robin Moore hits the number-one spot on
> the Billboard Chart where it will remain for five weeks.
> A portion of the lyrics read:
> “Fighting soldiers from the sky
> Fearless men who jump and die
> Men who mean just what they say
> The brave men of the Green Beret.
> “Silver wings upon their chest
> These are men, America's best
> One hundred men we’ll test today
> But only three win the Green Beret. …”
> Mar. 6, 1836: The Alamo – commanded by Lt. Col.
> William Barret Travis – falls to Mexican forces after the
> garrison puts up one of the most heroic defenses in American
> military history (see previous week’s military
> milestones).
> Mar. 7, 1942: The first group of black airmen –
> including Capt. (future general) Benjamin O. Davis Jr. –
> graduates from the U.S. Army Air Forces flight school at
> Tuskegee, Alabama.
> Mar. 7, 1945: U.S. Army armored forces race to seize
> the strategically vital Ludendorff Bridge (also known as the
> Remagen bridge) before the Germans blow the structure. The
> Americans are successful, thus enabling the allies to
> establish a bridgehead on the enemy side of the Rhine River.
>
>
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> Thanks to Roger
> The Nanny State
> Morning Skip.
>
> After reading your paragraph this morning on government
> intrusion, I thought that I would advise you of another
> absurdity. According to the General Manager, and Chief
> Engineer of out Little Italy condominuim building, in
> effect, one can no longer have/utilize a barbecue on the
> deck of any residential building. I am unable to find
> an electronic copy of the entire law, but apparently, a part
> is contained in F 308.1 of the California Fire Code.
> In reading a small portion of the code, it states that "open
> flame devices (BBQ's, Heaters, etc.) in High Rise Buildings,
> where balconies are protected by an automatic sprinkler
> system, and under those conditions:
> 1) They are hooked up
> to natural gas from the building.
> 2) They are electric.
> 3) They have no larger
> than a 1 pound (16 oz.) LP gas capacity cylinder
> 4) They are located 10
> feet from all combustibles.
>
> There are several catches to all of this. First, even
> the weight of the little Coleman cylinders of propane is
> 1.02 lbs. More importantly, the interpretation of
> combustible means any door or window that might be opened,
> as the owner is considered too stupid to not wish fumes and
> smoke inside the dwelling. Obviously the size of most
> balconies places the grill within 10 feet of a window or
> door.
>
> I believe that it is impossible to find a copy of the entire
> section of the Fire Code on-line, with needed definitions,
> so that one can determine what the code/law actually
> states.
>
> I did enough checking on-line to find that San Diego is not
> the only city defining the code in this manner. In
> fact as best I can tell, this is a state-wide law. It
> seems likely that any joined residential buildings are
> subject to this and further the penalty is a $1,000 fine and
> 30 days in jail, one or both.
>
> Obviously, the California legislators and the Fire
> officials, have way too little to do!
>
> V/R, Roger
>
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> Thanks to Rick
> Subject: Your First Car
> Your First Car, The Sales Brochures
>
>
>
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>
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> Thanks to Rick…This is good
> :It appears that someone has listened to the uproar from the
> taxpayers!
> AIR FORCE CANCELS EMBRAER LIGHT ATTACK CONTRACT
> The Air Force Tuesday cancelled its contract for a Light Air
> Support aircraft with Sierra Nevada Industries and Embraer,
> will reopen competitive bidding, and has announced an
> investigation into the way the previous bid was handled. The
> Air Force raised eyebrows in December when it kicked Hawker
> Beechcraft's AT6B out of the running for the $1 billion
> contract. That left only Sierra Nevada's
> assembled-in-Florida version of the Embraer Super Tucano in
> the competition and the contract was awarded a few days
> later. "While we pursue perfection, we sometimes fall short,
> and when we do we will take corrective action," Secretary of
> the Air Force Michael Donley said in a statement. Donley
> would not say why the contract was overturned, only that
> senior officials were not satisfied with the documentation
> supporting the award. Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Kan., said a
> sudden reversal like this is rare and significant. "The Air
> Force does not do that lightly," Pompeo told The Washington
> Post. "This is highly unusual, which suggests that there is
> going to be a very broad re-look of the entire process."
> More...
>
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> Thanks to Carl
> February 29, 2012
> New $750 grand soccer field for Gitmo terrorists
> Rick Moran
> They're cutting military pensions and health benefits but
> the Pentagon found $750,000 for a new soccer field at
> Guantanamo for the terrorist detainees.
> Fox News:
> At a time of record deficits, a new soccer field for
> detainees at Camp 6 in Guantanamo Bay is just getting the
> finishing touches -- at a cost of $750,000 to taxpayers.
> The project was the highlight of a tour Tuesday of the
> detention camp for reporters at the facility covering the
> arraignment in a military court of Majid Khan, a former
> Baltimore resident and the the only legal U.S. resident on
> trial at Guantanamo.
> The project began in April 2011 and is due to finish this
> spring. The detainees will now have three recreation
> facilities at Camp 6, which is home to "highly compliant"
> detainees who live in a communal setting.
> In addition to an indoor recreation field and the existing
> outdoor recreation field, the new soccer field -- selected
> because it is such a popular sport with detainees -- is half
> the size of an American football field.
> The new field has been specially constructed so that the
> detainees "have maximum access" -- about 20 hours a day.
> Special passageways allow the detainees to pass into the new
> recreation yard without being escorted by the military.
> On the tour, a military police representative who asked not
> to be identified by name said allowing high levels of
> activity outdoors helped reduce behavioral problems at the
> camps, and it also limited the amount of interaction between
> detainees and the guards.
> I am very happy for the terrorists. Have their ever been
> prisoners treated in such a grand manner? These guys were
> living in hovels and mud huts before their capture. Now
> they've got 3 squares and a bed, a soccer field, a big
> library -- stuff they never dreamed of possessing back home.
> Not to mention a government lawyer provided free of charge.
> Something is wrong with this picture.
>
> Read more: http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2012/02/new_750_grand_soccer_field_for_g
> itmo_terrorists.html#ixzz1nmCD2SEB
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> Item Number:1 Date: 02/29/2012 CANADA - CURRENT SUBS SEEN IN
> REMAINING IN SERVICE THROUGH 2030 (FEB 29/CP) CANADIAN
> PRESS -- The head of the Canadian navy says the nation needs
> its submarines despite their recurrent
> problems. The navy may look at a
> replacement program for the Victoria-class submarines in the
> next four years, but the boats are expected to remain in
> service until at least 2030, says Vice Adm. Paul Maddison,
> the navy chief, as cited by the Canadian
> Press. Maddison defended the importance of
> the submarine capability before a Senate committee on
> Monday. Reports have suggested the subs may
> be in the crosshairs of budget cutters. The
> navy is currently conducting a life-extension analysis to
> see what is needed to keep the all four Victoria-class boats
> in service. Maddison said HMCS Victoria
> will complete the test-firing of its first torpedoes next
> week and be followed by HMCS Windsor in the fall. There
> could be operational boats on both coasts by early next
> year, he indicated
>  Item Number:2 Date: 02/29/2012 CHINA - 12 DEATHS REPORTED
> IN UIGHUR REGION IN XINJIANG (FEB 29/CNN) CABLE NEWS
> NETWORK -- At least a dozen people have been killed in
> rioting near the northwestern Chinese city of Kashgar, CNN
> reports. Knife-wielding assailants attacked
> people in a market in Yecheng county on Tuesday, said local
> authorities. Police shot and killed two
> people and 10 others died during the disturbance, according
> to the state-run Xinhua news
> agency. Chinese authorities have repeatedly
> blamed Uighur militants for violence in
> Xinjiang. A Uighur spokesman said the
> deaths followed a clash between local Uighurs and security
> personnel
> Item Number:3 Date: 02/29/2012 DENMARK - 2 HOSTAGES DIE
> FOLLOWING RESCUE FROM PIRATES OFF SOMALI COAST (FEB
> 29/DTL) DAILY TELEGRAPH (LONDON) -- Sixteen hostages
> have been freed by the Danish navy, though two others were
> killed in a rescue operation. Two captives
> held on a pirate mother ship off the coast of Somalia were
> killed during the rescue, reports London's Daily
> Telegraph. The Danish warship Absalon
> stopped the pirate vessel on Monday after following it for
> several days, said the Danish navy. When
> the pirates attempted to leave the coast, the Absalon
> stopped the ship. Two of the hostages who
> were seriously injured could not be saved by Danish medical
> personnel, reported Bloomberg
> News. Seventeen pirates were captured, said
> the navy
> Item Number:4 Date: 02/29/2012 EGYPT - ARREST MADE OF
> SUSPECTED AL-QAIDA LEADER AT AIRPORT IN CAIRO (FEB
> 29/BBC) BRITISH BROADCASTING CORP. -- Egyptian
> security officials allege a senior Al-Qaida leader has been
> detained at a Cairo airport, the BBC
> reports. Saif al-Adel, whose real name is
> Muhammad Ibrahim Makkawi, was Osama bin Laden's security
> chief and commander of Al-Qaida's military operations. He is
> wanted by the U.S. for the 1998 embassy bombings in Tanzania
> and Kenya. The suspect arrived in Cairo on
> a flight from Pakistan, security officials said on
> Wednesday. Other later reports suggest the
> man arrested might not be the wanted man and could involve a
> case of mistaken identity.
> Item Number:5 Date: 02/29/2012 FRANCE - INTERNATIONAL EFFORT
> LEADS TO ARRESTS OF ALLEGED HACKERS (FEB 29/RTTN)
> REALTIME TRADERS NEWS -- At least 25 suspected members of
> the hacker group called Anonymous have been arrested in
> Europe and South America, reports RTT
> News. The arrests were part of Operation
> Unmask, which was launched in mid-February, said Interpol
> officials on Tuesday. The international police agency is
> headquartered in Lyon, France. Coordinated
> police operations took place in Spain, Argentina, Chile and
> Colombia, the officials said. Police also reportedly seized
> about 250 items of IT equipment and mobile
> phones. Arrests were reportedly made by
> domestic law enforcement agencies under the aegis of
> Interpol. The suspects have been linked to
> recent cyberattacks on the websites of Colombia's Defense
> Ministry, the Colombian presidency, Chile's national
> library, Chilean electricity company Endesa and Spanish
> political parties, said officials
>  Item Number:6 Date: 02/29/2012 INDIA - ARMY CHIEF'S VISIT
> TO ISRAEL SCRUBBED (FEB 29/PTI) PRESS TRUST OF INDIA
> -- The Indian government has decided to cancel a mid-March
> planned visit by the army chief to Israel, reports the Press
> Trust of India. Gen. V.K. Singh was
> scheduled to visit Israel from March 16-18 to discuss joint
> development of future weapons
> programs. Recent events in Syria had a hand
> in the decision. "Syria is restless and
> other things are happening in the region," M.M. Pallam Raju,
> the minister of state for defense, told reporters in New
> Delhi on Tuesday
>  Item Number:7 Date: 02/29/2012 IRAN - NUCLEAR CHIEF SAYS
> THERE IS NO ATOMIC ACTIVITY AT SUSPECTED MILITARY SITE (FEB
> 29/AFP) AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE -- A senior Iranian
> official says requests for visits by international
> inspectors to suspected nuclear sites are matters for the
> military to decide. There has been "no
> nuclear activity whatsoever" at its military site of
> Parchin, said the Iranian official in charge of nuclear
> energy, reports Agence France-Presse. U.N.
> inspectors were denied access to the facility east of Tehran
> during a visit last week. Last November, an
> International Atomic Energy Agency report said "a large
> explosives containment vessel" at Parchin was being used in
> tests consistent with designing a nuclear warhead for
> Shahab-3 ballistic missiles. As a signatory
> to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty, Iran is required to
> submit to U.N. inspections at declared nuclear sites.
> Military sites without confirmed nuclear activity are an
> exception
>  Item Number:8 Date: 02/29/2012 KENYA - MILITANTS ATTACK
> CHECKPOINT IN NORTHEAST (FEB 29/SHABELLE) SHABELLE
> MEDIA NETWORK -- A Kenyan soldier has been killed in an
> attack on Tuesday by armed men on a checkpoint in a
> northeastern Kenya border town, reports the Shabelle Media
> Network (Somalia). One of the attackers was
> also killed on the outskirts of the town of Mandera,
> officials and residents said. Mandera is
> near the border with Somalia and
> Ethiopia. A civilian was also reported to
> have been shot in the crossfire
> Item Number:9 Date: 02/29/2012 MOZAMBIQUE - CHINA'S DEFENSE
> MINISTRY PROMISES EQUIPMENT FOR MILITARY HOSPITAL (FEB
> 29/MOZ) MOZAMBIQUE INFORMATION AGENCY -- The Chinese
> government has pledged to provide equipment to a military
> hospital in Mozambique's capital, reports the Mozambique
> Information Agency. The pledge was part of
> an agreement reached Monday in Maputo by representatives
> from the defense ministries of China and
> Mozambique. The US$3.2 million donation
> agreed will include medical and office equipment and will be
> delivered within six to eight months, officials
> said. The hospital equipment includes X-ray
> machines, scanners and ultrasound machines, said Mozambican
> Defense Minister Filipe Nyussi.
>  Item Number:10 Date: 02/29/2012 NIGERIA - MULTINATIONAL
> TRAINING BEGINS (FEB 29/DTRUST) DAILY TRUST -- Eleven
> countries are in the midst of a naval exercise off the coast
> of Calabar in eastern Nigeria, reports the Daily Trust
> (Abuja). The annual week-long Obangame
> drills are designed to improve interoperability and refine
> tactics, techniques and procedures, said Rear Adm. Usman
> Jibril, the head of Nigeria's Eastern Naval
> Command. Another focus of the drills is
> countering piracy and other illegal activities in the Gulf
> of Guinea. The exercise will be primarily
> conducted ashore in the operations center of the Eastern
> Naval Command and two other locations in the Gulf of Guinea,
> said Jibril. The Belgian, U.S. and Spanish
> navies are leading the drills. Other participants include
> Cameroon, France, Gabon, Ghana, Italy, Sao Tome and Principe
> and Togo, reported Nigeriadefence.com
>  Item Number:11 Date: 02/29/2012 NIGERIA - SCHOOL DESTROYED
> IN LATEST VIOLENCE IN MAIDUGURI (FEB 29/DTRUST) DAILY
> TRUST -- Assailants have destroyed four primary schools in
> the northern Nigerian city of Maiduguri, reports the Daily
> Trust (Nigeria). Suspected Boko Haram
> militants detonated a bomb in one school on Tuesday, causing
> a fire that destroyed the building, said
> officials. Three other schools in the area
> have been destroyed in a similar manner this week, officials
> said
>  Item Number:12 Date: 02/29/2012 PORTUGAL - DURING PENTAGON
> MEETING, DEFENSE MINISTER STRESSES ENHANCED RELATIONS WITH
> U.S. (FEB 29/AFPS) AMERICAN FORCES PRESS SERVICE --
> Portuguese Defense Minister Jose Pedro Aguiar-Branco and
> U.S. Defense Secretary Leon Panetta have discussed a range
> of common challenges during a Monday meeting, reports the
> American Forces Press Service. Panetta
> confirmed that the U.S. will continue to operate from Lajes
> Field in the Azores and will work with Portugal to determine
> the best force posture there, said a Pentagon
> spokesman. The ministers reportedly agreed
> to strengthen relations with a follow-up meeting in Brussels
> set up for April. Defense staffs are also
> scheduled to meet at bilateral political-military talks
> scheduled for June in Washington.
> Item Number:13 Date: 02/29/2012 SERBIA - BELGRADE TAKES
> ANOTHER STEP TOWARD E.U. MEMBERSHIP (FEB 29/VOA) VOICE
> OF AMERICA NEWS -- Foreign ministers of the European Union
> have recommended that Serbia become a candidate for E.U.
> membership, reports the Voice of America
> News. During a Tuesday meeting in Brussels,
> the E.U. ministers cited Serbia's improved relationship with
> Kosovo. A final decision on Serbia's
> candidacy is expected at an E.U. summit this
> week. In 2008, Kosovo seceded from Serbia;
> Belgrade does not recognize Kosovo's
> independence. Opposition to Serbia's entry
> has been expressed by Romania, which is seeking guarantees
> for ethnic Romanians in Serbia, reports RT (Russia
>  Item Number:14 Date: 02/29/2012 SINGAPORE - MALAYSIA
> ARRIVES FOR NAVAL DRILLS (FEB 29/SIMOD) SINGAPORE
> MINISTRY OF DEFENSE -- Hundreds of military personnel are
> involved in a bilateral exercise involving the Singapore and
> Malaysian navies, reports the Singapore Ministry of
> Defense. The 10-day Malapura drills, which began on
> Monday and are hosted by Singapore, cover joint planning and
> training at Changi Naval Base, as well as conventional naval
> warfare and maritime security exercises in the Malacca
> Strait. The Singapore contingent includes
> the frigate Formidable, corvette Valour and patrol vessel
> Brave. Malaysia has sent the frigate Jebat
> and the Kedah-class patrol vessels Terengganu and Selangor.
>
> Item Number:15 Date: 02/29/2012 SOMALIA - AL-SHABAAB ATTACK
> ON CONVOY SPARKS BATTLE (FEB 29/SHABELLE) SHABELLE
> MEDIA NETWORK -- Witnesses report heavy fighting between
> Al-Shabaab militants and government troops in the Lower
> Jubba region of southern Somalia, reports the Shabelle Media
> Network (Somalia). Fighting reportedly
> began around midnight on Tuesday when the Islamic insurgents
> ambushed a military convoy en route to the Qoqani
> district. Reports on casualties vary.
> Witnesses said at least nine soldiers were killed. A Somali
> military officer said five militants and one soldier were
> killed
>  Item Number:16 Date: 02/29/2012 SOUTH KOREA - ACTIVE
> PROTECTION SYSTEM DEVELOPED FOR ARMORED VEHICLES (FEB
> 29/DN) DEFENSE NEWS -- A state-funded effort in South
> Korea has led to the development of an active protection
> system to defend armored fighting vehicles from anti-tank
> weapons, Defense News reports. The Korean
> Active Protection System (KAPC) uses a three-dimensional
> detection/tracking radar and a thermal imager to detect
> incoming warheads, according to Seoul's Defense Acquisition
> Program Administration (DAPA). The system
> fires a defensive rocket that explodes 10 to 15 meters from
> the inbound threat, a DAPA spokesman
> said. The system -- a project of the Agency
> for Defense Development (ADD) -- will be installed on the K2
> Black Panther main battle tank, which is now being tested,
> said the spokesman
>  Item Number:17 Date: 02/29/2012 SYRIA - GOVERNMENT FORCES
> PUSH INTO REBEL DISTRICT OF HOMS (FEB 29/REU) REUTERS
> -- Opposition sources in Homs say Syrian troops have
> launched a ground attack on the rebel-held Baba Amr district
> of that besieged city, Reuters
> reports. That district has been hit by
> artillery for 25 days at the cost of hundreds of
> lives. On Wednesday, infantry armed with
> automatic rifles and heavy machine guns were seen advancing,
> an activist told the wire agency. The
> military shelled Baba Amr heavily on Tuesday and overnight,
> he said. The U.N. reported on Wednesday
> that over 7,500 people have been killed in Syria since last
> March, reported the Voice of America News
>  Item Number:18 Date: 02/29/2012 UNITED NATIONS - TOP U.N.
> OFFICIAL PUSHES REGIONAL ANTI-PIRACY CAMPAIGN FOR AFRICA
> (FEB 29/UNNS) UNITED NATIONS NEWS SERVICE -- A leading
> United Nations official says the countries along the Gulf of
> Guinea need a comprehensive regional strategy to fight
> piracy, reports the U.N. News
> Service. Different national initiatives
> have just forced pirates to shift their operations to
> different countries, said Lynn Pascoe, under
> secretary-general for political affairs, during a briefing
> to the Security Council on Monday. Piracy
> has been increasingly undermining the ability of regional
> countries to maintain peace, security and stability, Pascoe
> said. A U.N. mission launched last year
> found piracy to be more systematic, with the pirates
> resorting to more sophisticated modes of operations and
> utilizing heavy weapons, according to the under
> secretary-general. Attacks have primarily
> targeted cargo onboard the ships rather than taking hostages
> for ransom as is common off the coast of Somalia, said
> Pascoe. Already this year, the
> International Maritime Organization (IMO) has recorded 10
> incidents off the coasts of Benin, Congo, Ghana, Ivory Coast
> and Nigeria
>  Item Number:19 Date: 02/29/2012 USA - 1 CONFIRMED DEAD IN
> CRASH OF COAST GUARD HELICOPTER IN MOBILE BAY (FEB
> 29/UPI) UNITED PRESS INTERNATIONAL -- Authorities on
> Wednesday continue to search for three missing people after
> U.S. Coast Guard helicopter crashed off the Alabama coast,
> reports UPI. A MH-65C Dolphin helicopter
> went down Tuesday evening near Point Clear, Ala. after
> leaving the Aviation Training Center in Mobile, Ala. on a
> training mission, a Coast Guard spokeswoman
> said. One crew member was pulled from the
> water and later pronounced dead, according to a release from
> the Coast Guard
> Item Number:20 Date: 02/29/2012 USA - ADDITIONAL WEAPONS
> COST TIED TO NEW ACCOUNTING RULE, PENSION PERFORMANCE (FEB
> 29/DN) DEFENSE NEWS -- The Pentagon's comptroller says
> a new accounting rule may increase the costs of future U.S.
> weapons programs, reports Defense News. The
> law, which takes effect this week, requires the U.S.
> government to reimburse contractors to a larger degree for
> employee pension costs. While the Dept. of
> Defense has not yet budgeted for these costs, there are
> estimates that they could reach "billions of dollars,"
> according to Robert Hale, the Pentagon
> comptroller. Costs will depend on how the
> pension funds fare in the stock market, Hale said. If
> investments do well, more would be
> funded. If investments do poorly,
> contractors would be forced to make greater payments to
> cover those liabilities, leading to additional costs to the
> Pentagon
>  Item Number:21 Date: 02/29/2012 USA - NAVY TESTS WEAPONIZED
> RAILGUN PROTOTYPE (FEB 29/DN) DEFENSE NEWS -- One of
> the U.S. Navy's two new prototype railguns has been firing
> test shots with bullets, said service officials cited by
> Defense News. A new 32-megajoule prototype
> demonstrator, made by BAE Systems and delivered on Feb. 6 to
> Naval Surface Warfare Center Dahlgren, Va., was fired six
> times in a week, officials said on
> Tuesday. The gun has fired non-aerodynamic
> test shots designed to slow down quickly, the officials
> said. The goal is to fire low-drag, high-speed
> projectiles. A second prototype, built by
> General Atomics, is expected in April, said
> officials. Unlike an earlier laboratory
> prototype built at Dahlgren, these prototypes resemble what
> the actual weapon might look like on a Navy ship, said
> officials. Operational capability is projected in the 2020
> to 2025 timeframe
>  Item Number:22 Date: 02/29/2012 USA - NEW PROPULSION SYSTEM
> DOUBLES RANGE OF TOW MISSILES (FEB 29/RAYTHEON)
> RAYTHEON -- Raytheon says it has been testing a new
> propulsion system for TOW anti-tank missiles, reports the
> defense firm. The launch, boost, sustain
> propulsion system, developed by Alliant Techsystems (ATK),
> improves missile performance and incorporates a motor
> designed with insensitive munitions features for additional
> safety, according to a Raytheon
> release. The company says the enhanced
> system doubles the TOW's range and reduces flight time by a
> third. During the tests, the developmental
> propulsion system flew the missile more than 4 miles (7 km),
> reaching 2.5 miles (4 km) much more quickly than standard
> TOW missiles, said Raytheon
>  Item Number:23 Date: 02/29/2012 USA - NO ANSWER FOUND YET
> FOR OXYGEN PROBLEMS IN RAPTORS, SAYS GENERAL (FEB
> 29/AFT) AIR FORCE TIMES -- Top Air Force officials
> says the service has not found a conclusive cause for
> problems experienced with the F-22 Raptor's onboard
> oxygen-generation systems (OBOGS), reports the Air Force
> Times. The F-22 fleet was grounded for four
> months last year after more than a dozen cases of hypoxia, a
> lack of oxygen that can cause headaches, nausea or
> blackouts. One contributing factor was a
> leaky cooling system, although investigators could not
> determine how fluids got into the oxygen-generating system,
> said Lt. Gen. Herbert Carlisle Tuesday at an Air Force
> Association meeting in Arlington, Va. There
> may have been an interaction between contaminants and the
> materials in the system that the service has yet to uncover,
> he said. The service is considering adding
> backup oxygen systems to its F-22s and continues to collect
> data from the aircraft to find the malfunctions in the
> on-board system, Carlisle said
>  Item Number:24 Date: 02/29/2012 USA - ORDER PLACED FOR
> MOBILE LANDING PLATFORM NAMED FOR 'CHESTY' PULLER (FEB
> 29/DOD) DEPT. OF DEFENSE -- The U.S. Navy has awarded
> General Dynamics NASSCO, San Diego, a contract modification
> for construction of the third Mobile Landing Platform (MLP)
> ship, reports the Dept. of Defense. The
> $359.8 million contract covers detail design and
> construction of the vessel, which has been named Lewis B.
> Puller after the lieutenant general who was the most
> decorated Marine in history. To be
> performed primarily in San Diego, the work is scheduled to
> be completed by January 2015.
>

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