Tuesday, February 26, 2019

TheList 4935

The List 4935     TGB
To All,
I hope that your week has started well.
This day in Naval History
Feb. 26
1944Sue Sophia Dauser, Superintendent of the Navy's Nurse Corps, is the first woman in the Navy to receive rank of captain.
1945TBMs (VC 82) from USS Anzio (CVE 57) sink two Japanese submarines: I 368, 35 miles west of Iwo Jima, and RO 43, 50 miles west-northwest of Iwo Jima.  
1945USS Finnegan (DE 307) sinks Japanese submarine I 370, 120 miles south of Iwo Jima.
1991During Operation Desert Storm, A-6E aircraft of VA-155 from USS Ranger (CVA 61) and Marine aircraft bomb Iraqi troops fleeing Kuwait City to Basra.
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Executive Summary:
Today's national headlines include continued coverage of the planned meeting between President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and a planned House vote on the President's emergency declaration. USNI News reports that two Navy ships passed through the Taiwan Strait on Monday for the fourth time in recent months. "USS Stethem and USNS Cesar Chavez conducted a routine Taiwan Strait transit on Feb. 25 in accordance with international law. The ships' transit through the Taiwan Strait demonstrates the U.S. commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific. The U.S. Navy will continue to fly, sail and operate anywhere international law allows," said Lt. Cmdr. Tim Gorman. The crew of the research vessel Petrel discovered the wreckage of USS Strong north of the island of New Georgia in the Solomon Islands. Additionally, USS Donald Cook participated in maritime interoperability training on Feb. 22 with Turkish maritime counterparts in the Black Sea.
12.       Military Retirees Can Still Be Court-Martialed, Supreme Court Affirms
(MILITARY TIMES 25 FEB 19) ... Kyle Rempfer
The Supreme Court decided last week not to review the case of a retired Marine who was court-martialed and convicted of sexual assault in 2015, upholding the Pentagon's authority to prosecute retirees for crimes they commit even after leaving the service.
The decision leaves the possibility open for retirees to face punishment, such as sailors involved in the Navy's "Fat Leonard" scandal and retired Army Gen. David Petraeus — who pleaded guilty to providing classified information to his biographer.
On Feb. 19, the Supreme Court chose not to hear the case of retired Marine Staff Sgt. Steven M. Larrabee, who left the Corps after 20 years of service but continued to reside in Iwakuni, Japan, his final duty station, where he managed two local bars.
On Nov. 15, 2015, after a night of drinking, Larrabee sexually assaulted a bartender at one of the bars he managed and used his cell phone to record the incident.
Larrabee "was subsequently convicted by a court-martial, pursuant to his pleas, on one count of sexual assault and one count of indecent recording in violation of Articles 120 and 120c of the Uniform Code of Military Justice," according to court records.
The military judge sentenced Larrabee to eight years' confinement, a reprimand, and a dishonorable discharge. As part of a pre-trial agreement, however, his prison term was reduced to 10 months.
In September 2018, Larrabee filed a petition for his conviction to be overturned on appeal based on the argument that he should have been tried as a civilian. However, the Supreme Court has denied that appeal, upholding the past standard that retirees are still subject to the UCMJ.
The argument against holding retirees to the UCMJ
Steve Vladeck, a law professor at the University of Texas, represented Larrabee in his appeal petition.
Vladeck wrote in a Feb. 12 Lawfare article that "until recently, lower courts had routinely upheld the military's power to try those retired service members who continue to receive pay from the government, reasoning that such a salary renders the retiree a continuing member of the 'land and naval forces,'" and one who could be recalled to active duty in time of war.
Larrabee's petition argued that considering a retired service member a continuing member of the military is "anachronistic."
"He receives pay in the form of his military pension, but he holds no active rank; he has no commanding officer or subordinates; he lacks the authority to issue binding orders; he has no obligation to follow orders; he performs no duties; and he participates in no regular military activities," Larrabee's petition reads.
Even in a national emergency, only a small percentage of retired service members could be realistically recalled to active duty, Vladeck said. Since the Vietnam War, the reserve component has been the Defense Department's reservoir to assist active-duty troops.
"And with respect to reservists, unlike retired service members, Congress has authorized military trials only for offenses committed while on active-duty or inactive-duty training," Vladeck said.
The argument for holding retirees to the UCMJ
Vladeck's argument was opposed by retired Air Force Maj. Gen. Charles J. Dunlap Jr., a member of the Duke Law faculty, who said that reliance on retirees as a strategic reserve is not anachronistic at all, but in fact, a growing reality.
"Forecasting the future of warfare is highly problematic," Dunlap wrote in a Feb. 16 blog post. "In my view, it's quite possible to envision a future where America must be ready to use all available manpower."
"Meeting a crisis with China, Russia, Iran, or North Korea ... with [an armed force] that has shrunk to nearly pre-World War II levels might well create a need for troops that cannot be quickly or easily filled by volunteers from civilian life," Dunlap added.
In 2017, President Donald Trump signed an executive order to expand the peacetime authority of the secretary of defense to recall retirees in part to deal with the Air Force's pilot shortage.
Dunlap also said that retirees are not forced to collect retirement pay, but instead choose to keep a relationship with the military. Larrabee, in particular, was still a member of Fleet Marine Corps Reserve
"The latter provision is especially important because there is no dispute that Larrabee was a member of it," Dunlap said. "Moreover, as explained by the Solicitor General, Larrabee could have requested discharge in lieu of transfer to Fleet Marine Corps Reserve if he had wanted to do so."
"If he had, he would have avoided potential court-martial jurisdiction, but doing so would have also ended his entitlement to retired pay."
Today in History fEBRUARY 26
0364 On the death of Jovian, a conference at Nicaea chooses Valentinan, an army officer who was born in the central European region of Pannania, to succeed him in Asia Minor.
1154 William the Bad succeeds his father, Roger the II, in Sicily.
1790  As a result of the Revolution, France is divided into 83 departments.
1815 Napoleon and 1,200 of his men leave Elba to start the 100-day re-conquest of France.
1848 Karl Marx and Frederick Engels publish The Communist Manifesto in London.
1871 France and Prussia sign a preliminary peace treaty at Versailles.
1901 Boxer Rebellion leaders Chi-Hsin and Hsu-Cheng-Yu are publicly executed in Peking.
1914 Russian aviator Igor Sikorsky carries 17 passengers in a twin engine plane in St. Petersburg.
1916 General Henri Philippe Petain takes command of the French forces at Verdun.
1917 President Wilson publicly asks congress for the power to arm merchant ships.
1924 U.S. steel industry finds claims an eight-hour day increases efficiency and employee relations.
1933 Ground is broken for the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco.
1936 Japanese military troops march into Tokyo to conduct a coup and assassinate political leaders.
1941 British take the Somali capital in East Africa.
1943 U.S. Flying Fortresses and Liberators pound German docks and U-boat lairs at Wilhelmshaven.
1945 Syria declares war on Germany and Japan.
1951 The 22nd Amendment is added to the Constitution limiting the Presidency to two terms.
1964 Lyndon B. Johnson signs a tax bill with $11.5 billion in cuts.
1965 Norman Butler is arrested for the murder of Malcom X.
1968 Thirty-two African nations agree to boycott the Olympics because of the presence of South Africa.
1970 Five Marines are arrested on charges of murdering 11 South Vietnamese women and children.
1972 Soviets recover Luna 20 with a cargo of moon rocks.
1973 A publisher and 10 reporters are subpoenaed to testify on Watergate.
1990 Daniel Ortega, communist president of Nicaragua, suffers a shocking election defeat at the hands of Violeta Chamorro.
1993 A bomb rocks the World Trade Center in New York City. Five people are killed and hundreds suffer from smoke inhalation.
Maybe they should call it the Big Brother card
thanks to Tam  and Dutch R.
First China, then Venezuela... then USA 👀 ??
The Brutal Truth About The CARNET: The Venezuelan Biometric ID Also Known As The Fatherland Card
Authored by Daisy Luther and J. G. Martinez D. via THe Organic Prepper blog,
If you want a totalitarian regime, you have to take extra steps to control the populace. And that's just what Venezuela has done with the advent of a biometric ID called Carnet, loosely translated as The Fatherland Card. Carnet is closely related to the dystopian Chinese social credit program and in fact, uses much of the same technology to track and spy on citizens.
Thanks to Phil…I remember all this stuff.  The flexible Flyer sled is in my garage. skip
Take a trip down Nostalgia Lane back into the 50's. This video is much better than others that attempt to do the same thing.
Thanks to Tod
Subject: Fwd: Heteronyms.....
*Read all the way to the end.................This took a lot of work to put together!*
For all of you who wonder why folk from other countries have a bit of trouble with the English language. This is a clever piece put together by an English teacher, who else??
*Homographs are words of like spelling but with more than one meaning. A homograph that is also pronounced differently is a heteronym.*   *You think English is easy??*   *I think a retired English teacher was bored...THIS IS GREAT !*
1) The bandage was *wound* around the *wound*.
2) The farm was used to *produce produce*.
3) The dump was so full that it had to *refuse* more *refuse*.
4) We must *polish* the *Polish* furniture.
5) He could *lead*if he would get the *lead* out.
6) The soldier decided to *desert* his dessert in the *desert*.
7) Since there is no time like the *present*, he thought it was time to  *present* the *present*.
8) A *bass* was painted on the head of the *bass* drum.
9) When shot at, the *dove dove *into the bushes.
10) I did not *object* to the *object*.
11) The insurance was *invalid* for the *invalid*.
12) There was a *row* among the oarsmen about how to *row*.
13) They were too *close* to the door to *close* it.
14) The buck *does* funny things when the *does* are present.
15) A seamstress and a *sewer* fell down into a *sewer* line.
16) To help with planting, the farmer taught his *sow* to *sow*.
17) The *wind* was too strong to *wind* the sail.
18) Upon seeing the *tear* in the painting I shed a *tear*.
19) I had to *subject* the *subject* to a series of tests.
20) How can I *intimate* this to my most *intimate* friend?
Let's face it - English is a crazy language. There is no egg in eggplant, nor ham in hamburger; neither apple nor pine in a pineapple. English muffins weren't invented in England or French fries in France. Sweetmeats are candies while sweetbreads, which aren't sweet, are meat. We take English for granted. But if we explore its paradoxes, we find that quicksand can work slowly, boxing rings are square and a guinea pig is neither from Guinea nor is it a pig
And why is it that writers write but fingers don't fing, grocers don't groce and hammers don't ham? If the plural of tooth is teeth, why isn't the plural of booth, beeth? One goose, 2 geese.  So one moose, 2 meese? One index, 2 indices? Doesn't it seem crazy that you can make amends but not one amend? If you have a bunch of odds and ends and get rid of all but one of them, what do you call it?
If teachers taught, why didn't preachers praught? If a vegetarian eats vegetables, what does a humanitarian eat? Sometimes I think all the English speakers should be committed to an asylum for the verbally insane. In what language do people recite at a play and play at a recital? Ship by truck and send cargo by ship? Have noses that run and feet that smell?  How can a slim chance and a fat chance be the same, while a wise man and a wise guy are opposites? You have to marvel at the unique lunacy of a language in which your house can burn up as it burns down, in which you fill in a form by filling it out and in which, an alarm goes off by going on.
English was invented by people, not computers, and it reflects the creativity of the human race, which, of course, is not a race at all. That is why, when the stars are out, they are visible, but when the lights are out, they are invisible.
PS. - Why doesn't 'Buick' rhyme with 'quick'? AND If a male goat is called a ram and a donkey is called an ass, why is a ram-in-the-ass called a goose?
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The first U.S. Naval Reserve unit ...
Thanks to Felix …  never heard of it!
Just over a hundred years ago, a group of affluent young men attending Yale University, with a foresight that the Nation would be going to war, formed a small navy militia to learn how to fly and become the original U.S. Naval Reserve.  
The video is called THE MILLIONAIRES UNIT.  I highly recommend it.  [You can rent it on YouTube … show it on your iPad or iPhone w. the AppleTV]
Thanks to Bart

Subject: The Original "Hold my Beer" Story
On September 30th, 1956, during a drunken argument in a New York City Bar, a man named Thomas Fitzpatrick claimed he could fly an airplane from New Jersey to New York in under 15 minutes.
To prove himself, Fitzpatrick left the bar, stole an airplane from a New Jersey airfield at 3am, flew without lights or radio completely intoxicated, and landed the airplane in the street in front of the bar. The owner of the plane was so impressed that he refused to press charges, and Fitzpatrick was only fined $1000 for his stunt.
Two years later, Fitzpatrick got into another drunken argument in which another bar patron refused to believe his wild story, so he did it again. This time finding himself in prison for 6 months....
Thanks to Mud
    Scroll down past to see what I googled.  Some of the statistics are misleading, as the fact that so many gun owners like myself have a multiple number of guns. 
- Mud
How many gun owners are there in the United States of America?
Number of guns and gun owners in USA. Most estimates range between 39% and 50% of US households having at least one gun (that's about 43-55 million households). The estimates for the number of privately owned guns range from 190 million to 300 million. Removed those that skew the stats for their own purposes the best estimates are about 45% or 52 million of American households owning 260 million guns).
Some recent estimates:
A 2011 Gallup poll estimates that 47 percent of US households own a gun.
A 2007 Small Arms Survey estimates there are 88.7 guns per 100 Americans (#1 in the world for guns per capita)
A 2010 estimate from the NRA states "Privately owned firearms in the U.S.: Approaching 300 million, including nearly 100 million handguns. The number of firearms rises over 4 million annually."
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Answer . According to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, there were about 215 million privately owned guns in 1999. The NRA estimates that half of all American households (total US population is 294 million) have at least one gun owner. Numbers vary, but estimates are 70-8 (MORE)
The FBI estimates that there are over 200 million privately-owned firearms in the US. If you add those owned by the military, law enforcement agencies and museums, there is probably about 1 gun per person in the country. If you want to get a rough idea of how many guns there are out there just look (MORE)
Some bits from around the world
India—Air Force Strikes Militant Camps In Pakistan  Hindustan Times | 02/26/2019 Indian warplanes have struck militant training camps on Pakistani territory in response to a deadly suicide bombing in Kashmir earlier this month, reports the Hindustan Times.  On Tuesday, Indian air force Mirage 2000 jets dropped 1,000-pound (454-kg) laser-guided bombs on a major site operated by the Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terrorist group in Balakot in Pakistan's northwestern Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, said Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale.  The attack was based on credible intelligence and designed to prevent civilian casualties, the foreign secretary said.  Pakistani jets were scrambled in response to the incursion and forced the Indian jets to drop their payloads as they flew away, said the Pakistani air force spokesman, as reported by the Dawn (Pakistan).  The strikes were believed to target Yousuf Azhar, the brother-in-law of JeM chief Masood Azhar who is believed to have carried out the 1999 hijacking of an Indian passenger flight, reported the Times of India
USA—Naval Vessels Make Another Transit Of Taiwan Strait  USNI News | 02/26/2019 Two U.S. Navy ships have again sailed through the Taiwan Strait, reports the USNI News.  On Monday, the guided-missile destroyer Stethem and dry cargo ship Cesar Chavez passed through the strait as permitted under international law, said a Pacific Fleet spokesman. The operation demonstrated "the U.S. commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific. The U.S. Navy will continue to fly, sail and operate anywhere international law allows," said the spokesman. This was the fourth such passage through the strait in five months. Pacific Fleet did not say why it has conducted so many transits of the sea in recent months. Prior to 2018, the Navy made one such transit annually, noted the Taiwan News. China opposes the "provocative" actions by the U.S., said a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman, as reported by the South China Morning Post.  U.S. actions in the Taiwan Strait harm peace and stability in the region and U.S.-Chinese relations, the spokesman said.   
China—Liaoning Aircraft Carrier Departs Dalian Shipyard After Refit  Global Times | 02/26/2019 China's first aircraft carrier is expected to return to service after completing six months of repairs and maintenance at the Dalian Shipyard in the northeastern Liaoning province, reports the Global Times (Beijing). On Sunday, the Liaoning was seen leaving Dalian Shipyard after reportedly conducting a sea trial last month, according to the Hong Kong-based Wen Wei Po newspaper. A banner reading "Farewell to the Liaoning and wish it all the best on its new journey" was displayed at the shipyard, the newspaper said. If maintenance work has been completed, the carrier is likely headed back to its home port in Qingdao in the eastern Shandong province, where it will return to normal service. Some military experts said that the departure could mean the Liaoning is conducting another round of sea trials to evaluate the results of the latest maintenance. On Feb. 22, China's Maritime Safety Administration issued a notice stating that a military exercise was scheduled to begin on Sunday and run through March 5 in the northern Huanghai Sea near Dalian. Such a notice, which prohibits other ships from entering the designated area, is typically issued when an aircraft carrier conducts a sea trial. The Chinese government has not yet given an official statement. The Type 001A, China's second aircraft carrier, is currently undergoing tests at Dalian Shipyard and is expected to begin a new round of sea trials in the near future.  
USA—Latest Round Of Peace Talks With Taliban Kick Off In Doha  Voice Of America News | 02/26/2019 U.S. officials and the Taliban have kicked off a fifth round of peace negotiations in Doha, reports the Voice of America News. The discussions, which began on Monday, are expected to cover the same two core issues: the withdrawal of foreign forces from Afghanistan and ensuring that Afghan soil is not used by any terrorist group or individual for attacks against the U.S. and its allies. During the previous round of talks in January, officials set up working groups to negotiate and find solutions on the primary issues. The groups will come up with "recommendations and a draft agreement," said a Taliban spokesperson. The Taliban team consists of 14 members, including Anas Haqqani, the younger brother of Sirajuddin Haqqani, the head of the Haqqani Network. The network is responsible for a series of deadly attacks on NATO forces in Afghanistan. Anas, currently in Afghan custody, was added to the team in an effort to pressure Kabul to release him, said analysts. Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, one of the founding members of the Taliban, is also expected to take part in the opening meeting. Baradar was released from Pakistani custody in October and appointed to head the Taliban political office in Qatar last month. The U.S. team is led by Zalmay Khalilzad, the special representative for Afghanistan reconciliation. Khalilzad was appointed to the position last year and has since made several tours of the region. The Taliban continues to refuse to meet with representatives of the government in Kabul. The militant group does not want to give President Ashraf Ghani any boost ahead of presidential elections set for July, according to Khalilzad. A grand assembly (loya jirga) is set for March after Ghani accepted a proposal by civil society groups to bring together all segments of Afghan society to develop a consensus for a framework for a peace accord, officials said. A commission overseeing the preparation for the event will decided whether to invite the Taliban.  
Turkey—TAI Receives Contract To Develop New Combat Helicopter  Yeni Safak | 02/26/2019 The Turkish government has launched the development of a next-generation heavy attack helicopter, reports the Yeni Safak (Istanbul). On Feb. 22, the Undersecretariat for Defense Industries (SSB) signed a contract with Turkish Aerospace Industries (TAI) to develop and build ATAK 2 heavy attack helicopters. The value of the deal was not disclosed. The ATAK 2 will be based on the indigenous T-625 utility helicopter and T129 attack helicopter, which is produced by Turkey under license from Leonardo. The aircraft will have an increased payload and advanced avionics systems, as well as improved performance and low maintenance costs. The aircraft is expected to use subsystems from the T-625, such as the transmission, rotor system and landing gear. Talks are currently underway with Italy on cooperation on the design work for the ATAK 2, Ismail Demir, head of the SSB, told local media on Feb. 20, as quoted by IHS Jane's Defence Weekly. The ATAK 2 is scheduled to begin test flights in 2024.  
Iran—Naval Drills Features 1st Cruise Missile Launch From Sub  Fars News Agency | 02/26/2019 For the first time, an Iranian submarine has launched an anti-ship cruise missile, reports the semi-official Fars news agency. On the last day of the Velayat 97 drills on Sunday, a Ghadir-class mini-submarine launched the cruise missile, which successfully hit the target. Rear Adm. Hossein Khanzadi, the navy chief, said that Ghadir-class subs conducted several firings of the anti-ship missiles and they hit their simulated targets successfully. Iran's newest sub, Fateh, has the same capability, which will be demonstrated in future exercises, Khanzadi said. The Fateh and the Sahand destroyer were each participating in their first-ever naval exercise. The Fateh carries the latest variant of the indigenous Nasr cruise missile, the admiral said.
Iraq—13 French Terror Suspects To Be Tried Domestically, Says President   Agence France-Presse | 02/26/2019 The Iraqi government says it will prosecute 13 French citizens suspected of belonging to ISIS, reports Agence France-Presse.  The suspects, who were transferred to Iraq by U.S.-backed fighters in Syria, will be tried according to Iraqi law, Iraqi President Barham Salih said on Monday during a press conference with his French counterpart.  The militants are accused of conducting operations against Iraqi citizens and installations, he said, declining to reveal their identities.  The move comes as the U.S. has repeatedly called on countries to repatriate and punish their citizens who fought for ISIS and other terrorist groups in Syria and Iraq.  The French government's policy is that French citizens must be tried where their crimes were committed, noted Al Jazeera (Qatar).  Lawyers for the accused terrorists would likely be able to point to mistreatment and irregularities during their detention, opening the possibility of acquittal.  The U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces hold more than 900 suspected foreign fighters in makeshift prisons in northern Syria. Since Feb. 21, the group has transferred 280 Iraqi nationals accused of fighting for ISIS to Iraqi authorities.
Syria—Attacks On Rebel-Held Areas Increase Despite Truce  Reuters | 02/26/2019 Airstrikes are escalating in Syria's rebel-held northwest, says a war monitor cited by Reuters.  Thirteen strikes were observed in the Idlib and northern Hama provinces on Tuesday, analysts said. The pace of attacks is unusual and accelerating, according to the analysts.  Syrian state media said insurgents had launched rockets at several towns in Hama province, killing one civilian and injuring seven in violation of the de-escalation accord.   Shelling and aerial strikes have increased over the last 10 days, the U.K.-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said on Tuesday. Violence is concentrated along the highway connecting the capital, Damascus, with the country's second-largest city, Aleppo, said the observatory.  Thousands of people have fled the rebel-held town of Khan Skeikhoun because of the violence. The region is covered under an agreement reached by Turkey and Russia in September to avoid major confrontations in the area. Russian airstrikes and small skirmishes have nevertheless continued. 
Somalia—35 Al-Shabaab Fighters Killed In U.S. Airstrike  Cable News Network | 02/26/2019 A U.S. airstrike has killed 35 Al-Shabaab fighters in Somalia, reports CNN.  On Sunday, the U.S. attacked the group in Somalia's central Hiran region, U.S. Africa Command announced on Monday. Fighters from the Al-Qaida-aligned group were attempting to amass their forces at the time of the strike, said the command.  There were no immediate reports of civilian casualties.  Two other Al-Shabaab fighters were killed in four U.S. airstrikes over the weekend.  An estimated 180 Al-Shabaab fighters have been killed in 22 U.S. airstrikes so far in 2019, according to AFRICOM statistics.  In August 2018, the Pentagon estimated that there were 3,000 to 7,000 Al-Shabaab fighters and 70 to 250 ISIS fighters in Somalia.  
USA—Austal USA Cuts Steel On 15th Independence-Class LCS  Austal | 02/26/2019 Austal USA has begun construction of the latest Independence-class littoral combat ship (LCS), reports the shipbuilder. On Feb. 22, a steel-cutting ceremony was held for the Canberra (LCS-30) at the Austal shipyard in Mobile, Ala., said a company release. The Canberra is the 15th ship of the class and the second U.S. Navy ship to be named in honor of Australia's capital city. Austal USA has five LCS currently under construction and four in the pre-construction phase, the release said. Five LCS were delivered to the Navy in 2018 and three more are scheduled to be handed over this year, said senior company officials.  
USA—Navy Takes Delivery Of Paul Ignatius Destroyer  U.S. Naval Sea Systems Command | 02/26/2019 The U.S. Navy has accepted delivery of its latest Arleigh Burke-class destroyer, reports the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA). On Feb. 22, the Paul Ignatius (DDG-117), the 67th ship in the class, was formally handed over at the Huntington Ingalls shipyard in Pascagoula, Miss., according to a NAVSEA release. Delivery followed a series of at-sea and pier-side trials to evaluate its material and operational readiness. The destroyer is named for Paul Robert Ignatius, who served as secretary of the Navy from 1967-1969 and assistant secretary of defense under President Lyndon B. Johnson. Four Arleigh Burke-class destroyers are currently in production at the Pascagoula shipyard, including the Delbert D. Black (DDG-119); Frank E. Peterson Jr. (DDG-121); Lenah H. Sutcliffe Higbee (DDG-123); and Jack H. Lucas (DDG-125), the first Flight III ship. Huntington Ingalls is under contract for six additional Arleigh Burke-class destroyers to be built in the Flight III configuration with enhanced air and missile defense capabilities.  
Bangladesh—Security Forces Neutralize Man Attempting To Hijack Airliner  Al Jazeera | 02/26/2019 A Bangladeshi man has been killed after attempting to hijack a Boeing 737 airliner en route to Dubai, reports Al Jazeera (Qatar). The 25-year-old man attempted to enter the cockpit of a state-run Biman Bangladesh Airlines flight after threatening passengers with a toy gun and explosives, police said on Monday. The man had a toy pistol and there was no bomb was attached to his body, said a police official quoted by Reuters. The aircraft was forced to make an emergency landing in Chittagong in southeastern Bangladesh, where security forces shot the individual after he pretended to shoot them when asked to surrender. All 143 passengers and seven crew members were safely evacuated before the commando confronted the hijacker, reported CNN. An investigation into the incident is underway. Police said that the suspect may have been "mentally imbalanced" and that it was not believed to be an act of terrorism.
Nepal—Communist Party Takes Responsibility For Deadly Attack  Kathmandu Post | 02/26/2019 An offshoot of the Communist Party of Nepal has claimed responsibility for a bombing and series of attacks last week, reports the Kathmandu Post. On Feb. 22, an improvised explosive device was detonated near the gate of the Ncell headquarters in Nakkhu. The explosion killed one and injured two. Ncell is a private mobile network operator. The party also torched at least a dozen Ncell telephone towers in the Achham, Gorkha, Kanchanpur, Kaski, Myagdi Nawalparasi and Nuwakot districts. The bombings were intended as warnings about ongoing corruption by Ncell and were not meant to harm civilians, said a party official quoted by the newspaper on Monday. The Netra Bikram Chand-led Communist Party of Nepal, an offshoot of the CPN (Maoist Center) that conducted a decades-long insurgency in the country, has accused Ncell of failing to pay taxes, money laundering, defying court orders and bribing employees of the state-owned Nepal Telecom to make its service inefficient. The Chand-led CPN targeted Ncell towers with pressure-cooker bombs in 2018 and has been accused of extortion and other criminal activities.  
Serbia—4 MiG-29 Fighters Handed Over By Belarus   Belarus Telegraph Agency | 02/26/2019 The Belarusian government has delivered four used MiG-29 fighter jets to Serbia in Baranovichi in western Belarus, reports the Belarus Telegraph Agency.  The jets were transferred to during a Monday ceremony attended by Serbian Defense Minister Aleksandar Vulin.  The aircraft are being modernized in Belarus prior to entering operational service in Serbia.   Serbia hopes to complete the work as soon as possible, with the jets meeting fourth-generation specifications, said Vulin, as quoted by the Defense Post.  Serbia previously received four MiG-29s from Belarus in April 2018, and six from Russia in October 2017. Belarus donated the MiGs and two Buk air defense systems on the condition that Belgrade pay for repairs and modernization.                                                                            

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