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13 December 2002 Military News

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  • EAST AFRICA / TERRORISM VOA 13 Dec 2002-- Since the U-S led war on terrorism was launched in Afghanistan 14 months ago, the war has expanded to include much of East Africa
  • Text: U.S. Supports Program to Train Azerbaijan Border Guards Washington File 13 Dec 2002-- The United States strongly supports a joint project by the OSCE and the International Organization for Migration (IOM) designed to train Azerbaijani border service personnel at the Border Guard Academy in Ketrzyn, Poland, Deputy Chief of the U.S. Mission to the OSCE Douglas Davidson told the Permanent Council in Vienna December 12.

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Defense Policy / Programs

  • Hawk/5 Team Returns to Yokosuka Navy Newsstand 13 Dec 2002-- USS Kitty Hawk (CV 63), America's only permanently forward-deployed aircraft carrier, returned to its port of Yokosuka, Japan, Dec. 13 after seven weeks of mission-oriented training.
  • Last Nimitz-Class Carrier Named in Honor of Former President Bush NAVSEA News Wire 13 Dec 2002-- The Navy's tenth Nimitz class aircraft carrier, CVN 77, will be named in honor of World War II naval aviator and former President of the United States George Herbert Walker Bush. Secretary of the Navy Gordon England officially named CVN 77 during a ceremony Dec. 9 at the Pentagon.
  • New Minehunting System Will Provide Effective Defense for Ships, Sailors NAVSEA News Wire 13 Dec 2002-- Since the beginning of the Cold War, more than a dozen U.S. Navy ships have been casualties of mines, including the worst mine incident in history when the frigate USS Samuel B. Roberts nearly sank after striking an Iranian contact mine in 1988. Today, as naval forces become more expeditionary in nature, the need to dominate the littoral battlespace is critical to success. In order to dominate the littorals, however, naval ships must first effectively locate and either avoid or neutralize mines.
  • Early Planning for JFK Availability Shows Success NAVSEA News Wire 13 Dec 2002-- After a successful six-month deployment that included the launching of airstrikes against terrorist targets in Afghanistan, a major maintenance availability for USS John F. Kennedy (CV 67) will begin in January 2003. The 34-year-old carrier is one of three remaining conventionally powered carriers in the Fleet.
  • Indian Head's IMPASS System Proves to be Right on Target NAVSEA News Wire 13 Dec 2002-- In a recent Gulf of Mexico Exercise (GOMEX) mission, Naval Surface Warfare Center Indian Head Division's Integrated Maritime Portable Acoustic Scoring and Simulator (IMPASS) system successfully detected bomb drops from aircraft as well as ordnance shot from a ship's gun system.
  • NAVSEA Improving Fleet Diesel Engines NAVSEA News Wire 13 Dec 2002-- Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA), in partnership with Fleet engineers, is leading the effort to improve the Navy's diesel engines. Meeting for the first time last week at the Washington Navy Yard, engineers from the Fleet and NAVSEA, along with experts representing the surface, submarine and aircraft carrier communities, formed the Diesel Executing Steering Committee (DESG). This broad-based group of Navy engineering professionals will focus on identifying the Fleet's top maintenance issues and developing solutions for the Navy's more than 700 diesel engines that provide propulsion or generate electricity.
  • Preparing the Shipyard Workforce of Tomorrow NAVSEA News Wire 13 Dec 2002-- Training tomorrow's workforce of skilled artisans and engineers is a leading priority of America's public and private shipyards. It takes an average of six to eight years to train a fully qualified shipyard worker to the level of journeyman mechanic, technically skilled to work on nuclear submarines and aircraft carriers. The average age of a shipyard worker is about 45 years and 33 percent of shipyard workers are over the age of 50. To meet this challenge head on, the Naval Shipyards, under the guidance of Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA), are rejuvenating the skilled workforce base through the shipyard apprentice program.

Defense Industry

News Reports

  • AUSTRALIA/U-S VOA 13 Dec 2002-- A top American diplomat is in Australia seeking increased Asia-Pacific regional support for U-S policies
  • SHAPE NEWS MORNING UPDATE 13 Dec 2002-- Suicide squads trained in Pakistan to hit Afghan targets / U.S. and Russia give chief UN inspector advice on sensitive material to delete from Iraq's weapons declaration / U.S. carrier inbound; war seen less likely / Lord Robertson determined to boost NATO strength / EU accepts deal with Turkey on NATO ties / EU rebuffs Turkey, will decide on talks at end 2004 / NATO troops collect record amounts of weapons handed in by Bosnians / UN shuts down police and peacekeepers in Balkans / U.S. suspects two construction sites in Iran of being future weapons sites
  • KENYA /TERRORISM VOA 13 Dec 2002-- Last month's terrorist attacks on the Kenyan coast have left Kenyans deeply fearful of further attacks.
  • TURKEY / E-U REACT VOA 13 Dec 2002-- Turkish leaders at the E-U summit in Copenhagen are speaking very critically of E-U leaders for their failure to give Turkey a firm date to start membership negotiations
  • BUSH VENEZUELA VOA 13 Dec 2002-- The White House wants Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez to call early elections to end the political crisis that has paralyzed the country's vital oil industry
  • SHAPE NEWS SUMMARY & ANALYSIS 13 Dec 2002-- European Union turns down Turkey's bid for membership / EU draft backs aiding Bulgaria, Romania 2007 entry / Defense Secretary Rumsfeld watches virtual war exercise / Iraq arms report has big omissions, U.S. officials say / EU ready to launch Balkan peacekeeping operation, needs Turkish approval

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