Saturday, December 07, 2013

3 Christians executed after refusing to convert

3 Christians executed after refusing to convert

Future USS Milwaukee (LCS 5) to Launch Site


As the Milwaukee (LCS 5) prepares for christening, she was moved to her launch site. Mounted on special equipment, the ship left the building facility and completed a 180 degree turn on land before resting at the waterfront of the Menominee River in Marinette, Wisconsin. The 389 ft. ship will be formally christened and launched in December. http://www.lockheedmartin.com/us/products/littoral-combat-ship.html

U.S. Navy: Remembering Pearl Harbor Day

We Remember

Today is Pearl Harbor Day. Let's keep in prayer all of our veterans who served so proudly on that day and all of our current armed forces.

Friday, December 06, 2013

Three Yak-130 jets joined the fleet of Borisoglebsk airbase named after N.E. Zhukovsky and Y.A. Gagarin - News - Russian Aviation - RUAVIATION.COM

Three Yak-130 jets joined the fleet of Borisoglebsk airbase named after N.E. Zhukovsky and Y.A. Gagarin - News - Russian Aviation - RUAVIATION.COM

Coast Guard News: Two Men Rescued After Sailboat Sinks

U.S. Navy Photo of the Day

ATLANTIC OCEAN (Dec. 4, 2013) Visitors from the Washington, D.C. area watch an AV-8B Harrier land on the flight deck of the multipurpose amphibious assault ship USS Bataan (LHD 5). Bataan Sailors are underway with the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit Marines for composite training unit exercise, designed to present the Bataan Amphibious Ready Group with scenarios seen on deployment. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class RJ Stratchko/Released)

USS Abraham Lincoln Promotes New Leaders

USS Abraham Lincoln Promotes New Leaders


By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Danian Douglas, USS Abraham Lincoln Public Affairs
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS) -- The Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) promoted 213 of its Sailors at a frocking ceremony Dec. 5 at Huntington Hall Athletic Field.

Twenty-five Sailors advanced to petty officer first class, 78 to petty officer second class and 110 to petty officer third class. Slightly more E3s were promoted to petty officer third class than the spring 2013 cycle.

Lincoln's Educational Services Officer, Chief Warrant Officer 2 Telly Myles, reflected on the results.

"Advancement plays a key role toward retention and a service member's decision to make the Navy a career," said Myles. "When highly trained Sailors advance in pay grade, they tend to re-enlist, which helps the Navy's goals."

Newly frocked Aviation Boatswain's Mate 3rd Class Kenneth Gilliam, is excited with being frocked after three tries.

"It feels amazing to be advancing my career," said Gilliam. "Now that I made it, I look forward to being stationed overseas."

Lincoln's Commanding Officer, Capt. Karl O. Thomas, presented each newly frocked Sailor with an authorization letter and words of encouragement.

"I enjoy rewarding hard work and I am looking forward to diffusing new, energetic leaders into our command," said Thomas. "I hope this motivates all of the Sailors that didn't advance this cycle, to study more and work hard during this difficult RCOH period."

Lincoln is currently undergoing a refueling and complex overhaul (RCOH) at Newport News Shipbuilding, a division of Huntington Ingalls Industries.

Lincoln is the fifth ship of the Nimitz-class to undergo a RCOH, a major life-cycle milestone. Once RCOH is complete, Lincoln will be one of the most modern and technologically advanced Nimitz-class aircraft carriers in the fleet and will continue to be a vital part of our national defense.


For more news from USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN-72), visit www.navy.mil/local/cvn72/.

Spike in battlefield deaths linked to restrictive rules of engagement - Washington Times

Spike in battlefield deaths linked to restrictive rules of engagement - Washington Times

Will America's Next Aircraft Carrier Shrink the Navy?

Will America's Next Aircraft Carrier Shrink the Navy?

Thursday, December 05, 2013

Vietnam follows developments in East China Sea -- Vietnam (VietnamPlus)

Vietnam follows developments in East China Sea -- Vietnam (VietnamPlus)

Coast Guard Station Wrightsville Beach Tests Newest Boat

USS Shiloh to Participate in Trilateral Naval Exercise with United Kingdom and Republic of Korea

USS Shiloh to Participate in Trilateral Naval Exercise with United Kingdom and Republic of Korea


By Lt. Arlo Abrahamson, Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Korea Public Affairs
SEOUL, Republic of Korea (NNS) -- The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Shiloh (CG 67) will join ships from the United Kingdom and the Republic of Korea navy Dec. 8-9 for a trilateral naval exercise in waters to the south of the Korean Peninsula.

The naval exercise is aimed at improving teamwork and interoperability between the three navies in theater security cooperation and humanitarian relief operations. The guided-missile destroyer ROKS Yulgok Yi I (DDG 992) and Royal navy destroyer HMS Daring will join USS Shiloh for the exercise.

"This is an exceptional opportunity to bring together three navies that have historically worked very closely together as allies and close friends," said Rear Adm. Lisa Franchetti, commander of U.S. Naval Forces Korea. "This exercise provides our navies a chance to work together and learn from each other so we may continue to fulfill our common interests in preserving a safe and secure maritime environment."

USS Shiloh, with a crew of approximately 400 Sailors, is part of the U.S. 7th Fleet and assigned to Commander, Task Force 70. The ship is forward deployed to Yokosuka, Japan to support security and stability operations and exercises throughout the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.

For more news from Commander, U.S. Naval Forces Korea, visit www.navy.mil/local/cnfk/.
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Sarah Palin’s first comments on Martin Bashir - Lucy McCalmont - POLITICO.com

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'Monstrous' Terror: Islamist rebels hold nuns hostage in Syria

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

How HMS Illustrious helped in the Philippines

Is Embarrassing the Government Terrorism? British Politicians Think So.

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U.S. Navy Photo of the Day

GULF OF OMAN (Nov. 27, 2013) The guided-missile cruiser USS Gettysburg (CG 64) transits the Gulf of Oman while MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopters assigned to the Sea Knights of Helicopter Sea Combat Squadron (HSC) 22 deliver cargo to the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman (CVN 75) during a replenishment-at-sea. Harry S. Truman and Gettysburg, part of the Harry S. Truman Carrier Strike Group, are deployed to the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility conducting maritime security operations, supporting theater security cooperation efforts and supporting Operation Enduring Freedom. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Lyle H. Wilkie III/Released)

IL Common Core School Assignment Requires Parents to Self-Identify as Conservative or Liberal

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RIA Novosti: Giant Japanese Submarine Stashed From Soviets Found Near Hawaii

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The Corps Report Ep. 29 -- Philippines Update and Remembering Pearl Harbor

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

South Korea Order Would Drive F-35 Cost Down

South Korea Order Would Drive F-35 Cost Down

Prayers For Bob Ziegelbauer

I was disheartened to see a tweet from Vicki McKenna that Bob Ziegelbauer may have suffered a stroke.  Our prayers go out to him for a speedy recovery.  Bob Ziegelbauer is one of the nicest men I have ever talked to in politics.  He is a public servant first.  They don't make many like him.

U.S. Navy Photo of the Day

ATLANTIC OCEAN (Dec. 1, 2013) The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Leyte Gulf (CG 55) is underway conducting at-sea training with the George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Justin Wolpert/Released)

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U.S. Navy: Headlines for Tuesday December 3, 2013

PRESS RELEASE: Cubic Selected to Develop Littoral Combat Ship Mission Bay Training and Simulation Solutions for the U.S. Navy

 
PRESS RELEASE
 
12/03/2013
SAN DIEGO, Calif. – December 3, 2013 – Cubic Defense Systems, a subsidiary of Cubic Corporation (NYSE: CUB) announced today it has been awarded a contract valued up to $112 million from the Naval Air Systems Command, Training Systems Division (NAWCTSD) to develop hands-on training devices, desktop trainers and simulators for each variant of the Littoral Combat Ship’s (LCS) Mission Bays.
 
Under the contract, Cubic will provide training solutions for the preparation, launch, handling, recovery, and securing of the ships mission equipment. These virtual trainers will be used at LCS training facilities in San Diego, Calif. and Mayport, Fla.
 
“This announcement underscores Cubic’s continued partnership with the U.S. Navy. We are honored to be selected for another LCS program,” said Dave Schmitz, president of Cubic Defense Systems. “Combined with three recent contract awards to develop and deliver game-based courseware for both variants of the Littoral Combat Ship and their mission bay, our virtual trainers provide the Navy with the key tools necessary to deliver the full scope of foundational training for the crew of the LCS ships.”
The Littoral Combat Ship program represents the U.S. Navy’s most advanced designs, capabilities and technologies to create the next generation of surface vessels that can operate in dangerous shallow and near-shore environments.
 
The Littoral Combat Ship training programs will be executed in Cubic’s Orlando, Fla. facility.  
 
About Cubic Corporation
 
Cubic Corporation is the parent company of three major business segments: Transportation Systems, Defense Systems, and Mission Support Services. Cubic Transportation Systems is a leading provider of automated fare collection systems and services for public transit authorities. Cubic Defense Systems is a leading provider of realistic combat training systems and secure communications. Mission Support Services is a leading provider of training, operations, maintenance, technical and other support services for the U.S. and allied nations. For more information about Cubic, see the company's Web site at www.cubic.com

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Monday, December 02, 2013

Release: Coast Guard oversees spill clean up in Brownsville Ship Channel


News Release

Coast Guard oversees spill clean up in Brownsville Ship Channel

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – The Coast Guard is overseeing the cleanup of 500 gallons of diesel Monday, that spilled from a tugboat in the Brownsville Ship Channel near the turning basin.

At approximately 3 a.m. Sunday morning, the Coast Guard received a report that an unknown amount of petroleum product had leaked near the turning basin. A Coast Guard pollution investigator determined that the tug Vickie Gates had spilled an estimated 500 gallons of Red-Dye Diesel while conducting an internal transfer. The Coast Guard responded to assist with containing the pollution. Vickie Gates has accepted responsibility for the spill and has contracted an oil spill response team to clean up the diesel.

Texas General Land Office and the Coast Guard have personnel on scene. Sector Corpus Christi deployed pollution investigators and monitored clean-up efforts by air using an MH-65 Dolphin helicopter and HU-25 Falcon jet.

“The Coast Guard is on scene providing oversight of the cleanup to ensure we mitigate any harm to the environment,” said Lt. Patrick Marshall, a Coast Guard incident management division chief. “The fast response of the Coast Guard and the contracted oil spill response team will minimize impact on commerce and vessels transiting the channel.”

At this time there are no waterway closures as a result of this incident. Mariners in the area should monitor VHF marine channel 16 for updates. Mariners should use caution and transit the area slowly for their safety and the safety of the clean up crews.
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Date: Dec 2, 2013
Coast Guard Sector Corpus Christi
Office: (361) 438-0176

U.S. Navy Photo of the Day

PACIFIC OCEAN (Nov. 26, 2013) The littoral combat ship USS Freedom (LCS 1) conducts a passing exercise with the Bangladesh navy frigate BNS Somudro Joy (F-28). Freedom is transiting the Pacific Ocean as the ship returns to homeport in San Diego, Calif. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Karolina A. Oseguera/Released)

First P-8A Poseidons Report for Duty

First P-8A Poseidons Report for Duty

P-8A Poseidon No. 429 aircraft from Naval Air Station Jacksonville. The take-off represents the squadron's historic first operational deployment of the Poseidon within the Navy's maritime patrol and reconnaissance community.

By Lt. Andrew Orchard of Commander, Maritime Patrol and
Reconnaissance Force Seventh Fleet
MISAWA, Japan (NNS) -- The Navy's newest, most advanced maritime patrol and reconnaissance aircraft, the P-8A Poseidon, arrived in Kadena Air Base, Okinawa, Japan for its inaugural deployment Dec. 1.

The War Eagles of Patrol Squadron 16 (VP 16) deployed with six P-8As Poseidons in support of 7th Fleet maritime patrol and reconnaissance operations in the Indo-Asia-Pacific region.

The deployment marks a milestone in the transition of U.S. Navy Maritime Patrol and Reconnaissance Forces (MPRF). For the first time since the Navy received the P-3A Orion in 1962 a new aircraft will be operated by a deployed patrol squadron.

The P-8A Poseidon is the most advanced, long-range anti-submarine and anti-surface warfare aircraft in the world. A true multi-mission aircraft, it also provides superior maritime intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) capability. The Poseidon is built on the proven Boeing 737 airframe, the most commercially operated aircraft in the world. The transition to the Poseidon brings with it enhanced safety and reduced maintenance.

Based in Jacksonville, Fla., VP-16 began the transition to become the first P-8A squadron 18 months ago, shortly after returning home from a six-month deployment to Kadena Air Base. The War Eagles achieved U.S. Navy safe for flight status in January 2013 and were certified ready for deployment in November 2013.

"I couldn't be prouder of what the War Eagles have been able to accomplish during the squadron's transition to the P-8A," said Commander Bill Pennington, VP-16's Commanding Officer. "We are well trained and well prepared for this deployment, and excited about the opportunity to demonstrate the Poseidon's exceptional capabilities."

The deployment of the P-8A Poseidons to Japan is part of a phased replacement of the propeller driven P-3C Orion now serving in U.S. 7th Fleet operating area. Deploying alongside VP-16 will be the VP-46 Grey Knights from Whidbey Island, Wash., who will operate the venerable Orion.

"In December, we will demonstrate the ability of the Poseidon to operate effectively alongside P-3C during high-tempo deployed operations," said Capt. Mike Parker, Commander of Task Force 72. "I also look forward to P-8A integrating seamlessly with our international partners and allies. Our interoperability will only get better with Poseidon,' added Parker.


For more news from Commander, Naval Forces Japan, visit www.navy.mil/local/cnfj/.

Chinese ADIZ in East China Sea: Posers for India | Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses

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15 Wanted Terror Suspects Arrested; Weapon Seized - Latest News Briefs - Israel National News

15 Wanted Terror Suspects Arrested; Weapon Seized - Latest News Briefs - Israel National News

Sunday, December 01, 2013

Maritime Security Of India: Future Challenges | Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses

Maritime Security Of India: Future Challenges | Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses

HMS Defender to Arrive in Glasgow, UK Naval Today

HMS Defender to Arrive in Glasgow, UK Naval Today

RIA Novosti: Russia Announces Development of Unmanned Arctic Radars

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Arleigh Burke Participates in COMPTUEX

Arleigh Burke Participates in COMPTUEX


By Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Jeff Atherton, George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group Public Affairs
USS ARLEIGH BURKE, At Sea (NNS) -- Guided-missile destroyer USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51) departed Naval Station Norfolk to participate in a scheduled Composite Training Unit Exercise (COMPTUEX), Nov. 22.

"We are getting ready to deploy," said Cmdr. Camille Flaherty, Arleigh Burke's commanding officer. "We are forging a command team that is ready to go into harm's way."

COMPTUEX allows Arleigh Burke the opportunity to work with other ships comprising the George H. W. Bush Carrier Strike Group.

"This exercise is an outstanding opportunity for Arleigh Burke to integrate into a strike group and work with different warfare areas," said Cmdr. Chris Majors, assigned to Commander, Strike Force Training Atlantic (CSFTL) and the senior assessor aboard Arleigh Burke during COMPTUEX.

Arleigh Burke, whose motto is "Built to Fight," will get to do just that -- participate in and be evaluated on a series of scenario-driven exercises aimed at integrating the ship with the rest of the strike group.

"The Arleigh Burke Sailors can expect to see a wide range of warfare areas such as air defense, surface warfare, anti-submarine warfare, electronic warfare and maritime interdiction operations (MIO), among others," said Majors.

These warfare areas are uniquely tailored to the possible challenges that the strike group may face while operating in the U.S. 5th Fleet area of responsibility. Sailors will be required to conduct missions with visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) teams and small craft action teams (SCAT) in order to achieve the Navy's maritime objectives.

"COMPTUEX allows Sailors to develop a battle rhythm," said Chief Gunner's Mate Chuck Thomas. "This is comparable to operating in the 5th Fleet because the VBSS team and SCAT are ready at a moment's notice to support MIO."

For the Sailors, the unknown is the most realistic part of COMPTUEX.

"We just don't know what to expect next," said Hospital Corpsman 1st Class Mahtob Johnson. "This is when training comes in and we can effectively execute what we have learned to do."

Following the successful completion of COMPTUEX, Arleigh Burke will be fully certified for its scheduled deployment in early 2014.

"As a ship, we are manned up at a heightened state of readiness," said Thomas. "When we arrive in theater, it will be like we have seen it before."

Although Arleigh Burke is the oldest destroyer in the fleet, having been commissioned on July 4, 1991, the ship remains ready to fight.

"This is not the same ship that was commissioned 22 years ago," said Flaherty. "She has upgraded engines control systems and a completely new ballistic missile defense capability, just to name some improvements."

The George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group consists of Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 2 staff, Carrier Air Wing (CVW) 8, Destroyer Squadron (DESRON) 22 staff, USS George H.W. Bush (CVN 77), guided-missile cruisers USS Philippine Sea (CG 58) and USS Leyte Gulf (CG 55), and guided-missile destroyers USS Truxtun (DDG 103), USS Roosevelt (DDG 80) and USS Arleigh Burke.

For more news from the George H.W. Bush Carrier Strike Group, visit www.navy.mil/local/cvn77/.

USS Freedom Visits Guam While Transiting Pacific

USS Freedom Visits Guam While Transiting Pacific


From Commander, Logistics Group Western Pacific Public Affairs
SANTA RITA, Guam (NNS) -- The littoral combat ship, USS Freedom (LCS 1), arrived in Guam, the furthest western U.S. territory, as part of her return transit across the Pacific Ocean, Nov. 29.

While the crew will have time to rest, relax and reset, Freedom will receive fuel and supplies for the next underway period as the ship wraps up a maiden overseas deployment to Southeast Asia that began last March.

Over the past several months, Freedom has worked with many regional navies that operate comparable-sized ships during a series of port visits, exercises, and exchanges. These engagements directly support the Asia-Pacific rebalance and further reinforced cooperation and interoperability among the Navy's partners and allies throughout Southeast Asia.

Prior to arriving in Guam, Freedom conducted a passing exercise (PASSEX) with the Bangladesh navy ship BNS Somudro Joy (F 28), supported humanitarian assistance and disaster relief (HA/DR) efforts in the Philippines, as part of Operation Damayan, and conducted a port call in Muara, Brunei.

USS Freedom's first rotational deployment to Southeast Asia began March 1, when the ship departed San Diego and commenced a Pacific Ocean transit that included port visits in Hawaii, Guam and Manila. Freedom used Singapore as a logistics and maintenance hub between April 18 and Nov. 16, during which she participated in the International Maritime Defence Exhibition (IMDEX), three phases of the bilateral naval exercise Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) with Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei, and the multinational exercise Southeast Asia Cooperation and Training (SEACAT). During port visits, Freedom hosted thousands visitors from throughout Southeast Asia.


For more news from Commander, Task Force 73, visit www.navy.mil/local/ctf73/.